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Yes, the holiday season is coming up fast … again.   I wish everyone joy and peace and prosperity!

We are having a party and there will be wine!  In other news, we adopted a kitten. Her name is Zena and she is already the warrior princess of this house.

I cannot believe how time flies.  Phew. It is already November.


I spent the last 4 days “back home” in Kentucky.  We had a family reunion up at Greenbo Lake Lodge. It was the first get together we’d had since my grandmother died last December. It was nice to see everyone and nice to be home in “good weather”.  Jackson and his mom went too! I also had the distinct honor of playing in Ashland’s Central Park with my grandson. I played there so many times as a small child. We went to Hill family reunions there with my Mamaw Cantrell. It was a amazing.  I also met long lost family members. I am still mulling over all that ..


So .. we are going on a cruise May 2012. Turkey, Greece, Greek Islands, Croatia, and Venice, Italy. Besides comfortable shoes, I dunno what to bring.  I think I want to work on getting in shape, too. I want to take some of the “walking tours” up and down and around some of the old cities. So ..reason number 293 to get back into shape … I am going to make a walking plan. Then I will worry about what to pack!

Meeting my brother and family over in Orlando for a super dinner tomorrow nite.


Vegas, baby.

Me and Hubs are headed out for a  long weekend of fun in Sin City.


Title Grade Comments
Inglourious Basterds A+ I loved it. Christoph Waltz gave one of the finest performances I have EVER seen. And Brad Pitt saying “Arrivederci” toward the end of the film was one of the funniest deliveries of a movie line EVER.
Star Trek A+ Loved it, loved everything about it.
Taking Chance (HBO) A+ Somber, beautifully attentive to details about which most of us are totally unaware. I sobbed my eyes out. Kevin Bacon gave a wonderful performance.
Eastern Promises A I think this was a 2008 movie, but only recently saw it. Violent, dark but absolutely Superb. Viggo Mortensen is amazing.
District 9 A Loved it. Made me think and consider. Gory, violent and not pretty to look at and a bit hard to watch, but superb.
X-Men – Wolverine A- Two words:  Hugh Jackman.
Hangover A- Hilarious. ‘Nuff said.
Watchmen B+ Dark and ambiguous, but I like superhero movies.
Angels & Demons B Pretty good, improbable, but good. I like Tom Hanks.
Public Enemies B Johnny Depp can hang a suit my friends. Smokin!
State of Play B Pretty good.
Taken B Liam Neeson carried this movie, but I liked it.
Harry Potter HBP B Love the world, the story, and the characters. Finely imagined and beautifully realized.
Transformers Revenge / Fallen B- Love the world, the story, etc. I am fan, but even I must acknowledge this was a bit weak.
Duplicity B- These characters have serious trust issues. Julia Robert is pretty good.
My Life in Ruins B- Beautiful scenery and Nia Vardalos is very funny and interesting.
The Ugly Truth B- Gerard Butler. I thought this was unnecessarily crude and it was hard for Kathernie Heigel to pull off some of this .. but Gerry Butler – yeah. I did miss his accent, tho.
Julie & Julia B- Very nicely done – I thought Nora Ephron’s writing was a tad light. Meryl Streep has a way of making everyone on the screen with her look good. Stanley Tucci was amazing in this role.
Medea Goes to Jail B- Funny .. Unnecessary crudeness, drug use and not subtle innuendo, but FUNNY!
Terminator Salvation B- Love the world, the story and the whole franchise. This was dark and bleak, and probably the weakest of the series.
Dead Like Me B- This used to be a series on Showtime, and they made a movie. I like it a lot.
My Life with Marly B- I like Jennifer Anniston. And what is not to like about Labrador retrievers?
He’s Just Not That Into You C+ It was okay.
Bride Wars C It was okay. Beautiful visuals.
The Proposal C It was okay – Alaska was beautiful.
GI Joe C Neat technology and I will see anything with Arnold Vosloo in it – just hoping to see him nekkid one more time.
Knowing C Nicholas Cage.. you didn’t know it was sci fi till the very end.
Night at the Museum Smithsonian C- The first one was amazing, this one, was okay I suppose. The relationship Ben Stiller had with his son in the first one was missing in this one, I think.


In the calendar year 2010 – I shall not buy new a single piece of stationery, a single greeting card nor post card. Including Christmas cards for 2010.

I have been cleaning out my office closet – and although I knew I had a LOT of cards and writing paper, even I am shocked at how many beautiful things I have in my “inventory”!



Yesterday we had beer and quiche with friends who have a 9+ month old baby. If you know Hubs and me even a little bit, I’ll bet you can guess which of us had which!  Their son is so adorable. He has about 8 teeth, he sits up, crawls and pulls himself up to stand. He will even take wobbly steps!  This is so wonderful to see! Besides just enjoying the cute little guy, I was thinking about all the upcoming fun for us.  Jackson (my grandson) is about 3 months younger and now I am so excited for him. Look at all the fun activities we have to look forward to coming right up!

We are going to see Jackson today. Love that boy.  Oh, and the 9+ month old has HAIR … !


Happy New Year to the one or two people who might actually be reading this. I am working on my list of resolutions for 2010. I am also thinking about movies I have seen and books I have read in 2009. Well, mostly I am looking forward to seeing Jackson on Sunday and to Las Vegas in two weeks.

I am listening to my favorite mix of music … Howlin Wolf, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, and Peter Gabriel. But I wish for my family and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010!