Oct 30, 2010


Currently loving Masked Rider Gunsmoke Red Wine.  Bought a bottle on a whim, and may have decided that this needs to be my new red wine of choice.  Quite delicious. 

Oct 29, 2010


I love having a little brother who surprises me with reserved books.  It's a Book is funnn-neeee!  It's a childrens book that seems more written for grown-ups.  It has good illustrations and a fun story.  Made me laugh ot loud.  I give it a 7.5.

Z addiction

It took someone else pointing it out to me, but I've come to realize that I'm a fan of the zombie genre.  (And if you haven't read World War Z, get thee to the library now!)

Anyway, I finally watched 28 Days Later the other night.  The zombie stuff is very very good and frightening.  Zombies who move fast are so extra terrifying.  The last half deals with a subject that I have a very hard time watching.  Still good - just hard.  Plus the original Dr. Who is in it!  I'm definitely checking out the sequel on this one.  I give this one a 7.

Oct 28, 2010

Introduced to the tardis

Consider me hooked.  Doctor Who season one did it.  Already off on season two, and not minding the change in actors as much as I thought I would.


Found this in my drafts:


I could do with a bit more excess. From now on I'm going to be immoderate--and volatile--I shall enjoy loud music and lurid poetry. I shall be rampant."

I think it's impossible not to love a book that contains the above sentiment.  Chocolat is a fantastic novel - different from the movie but in a good way.  Joanne Harris is master of the lovely turn of phrase and perfect sentiment.  Not that this is a treacley sweet book - far from it.  It's balanced just right between reserve and rampantness.  I really really enjoyed it.  I give it an 8.5. (I love my .5's).

Oct 27, 2010

So blue

My morning glories are finally glorious.  Just in time for frost but I'll enjoy them while I can.  The rose bush is having a second go of it as well.


Boy-o and I celebrated our 5th anniversary this month.  He went a little etsy mad (not that I'm complaining!)  My favoritest gift was this day of the dead piece:

I lurve day of the dead items and this little guy is awesome.  Cart Before the Horse offers so many cool dolls.  Love the robot girl they have listed right now too.

Year number 6 looks like it'll be chock full of new experiences for us.  I'm looking forward to it.

Oct 26, 2010

Perfect timing

October is the best month for creepy movies.  This one made me shriek and about jump out of my skin.  I would definitely watch the first one first.  7 out of 10 for heart beating out of my chest level.

Oct 25, 2010


Made this forever ago and I don't think I ever posted it.

1 part green creme de menthe
1 part crem de cocoa
1 part milk

Intensely minty.  The color is the best best part.

Oct 24, 2010


Freezer paper stenciling is so easy and fun.  This was my most recent creation.

Stuck in time

I actually grew up on heavy metal - something that didn't work in my favor in a mall small Ohio town.  While I was never familiar with Anvil, I did listen to a lot of Metallica & Megadeath.  This documentary follows a couple of 50-something guys trying to catch their long overdue big break. 

It was an okay film.  I'm sure it's supposed to be a lesson for sticking with your dream, but parts of it just made me tired and kind of sad.  I give it a 4.

Oct 22, 2010


Oct 21, 2010

Oct 20, 2010


Oooh - love bower birds and these prints.

Preparation and reminiscence

Out Stealing Horses is one of those stories that linger over you for a good while after they end.  It's about an old man preparing for winter and  remembering a particular summer as a boy.  I loved that both time periods had equal weight and flow.  It's full of many gorgeous words and descriptions.  When the tale was in winter, I felt the chill and sluggishness.  The summer memory was equally up to the task.  It just felt so perfectly balanced and right.  I feel like I'm having a hard time shaking this one.  It's a 9 by my scale.

I can't resist leaving you with a quote. 

If I just concentrate I can walk into memory's store and find the right shelf with the right film and disappear into it.

Oct 19, 2010

Everyone needs tools

Pretty cute.


About Alice is more of a long essay than a book.  It's a really touching piece about the author's late wife.  He writes with a great deal of humor, wit, and emotion and creates a beautiful tribute to her.  I'm a sucker for this sort of thing, and this one is really good.  8 out of 10.

Oct 18, 2010

Do not be scared

The "do not be scared" series by House of Navarone are awesome.

A very simple search

Hector and the Search for Happiness is a brief little book about a psychiatrist who decides to travel around the world to find out how to make people happy.  It's written in an overly simple style - something I like sometimes if say we're talking about number one ladies detectives.  It only works for me though if the tale has heart.  Hector and his search seem to lack that.

He travels all sorts of places and makes notes in his book.  I just never cared much about Hector or any of his friends.  Only a 3.  Apperently Hector will be searching for more things in upcoming books.  I'll be passing on those.


Oct 16, 2010


Hexagon blanket

Starting to wonder if this shouldn't be the winter that I learn to crochet.

Oct 15, 2010

Just saying

Water went where water goes

A title like What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us is hard to resist.  It's a collection of short stories about women unhappy with their situations and looking for something they can't define.  And the situations are magical - an actress who plays bigfoot in the wild for enthusiasts, a scientist looking for a rare flower around the banks of Loch Ness, and other women looking for something elusive.

Unfortunately, all the stories except the title story fell a bit flat and hollow to me.  Only a 3.

Oct 14, 2010


I love an art piece with a good story.

Slap something

Ugh!  I borrowed Slap Shot in honor of the beginning of hockey season - a big deal in my household.  I expected sillyness and a chance to appreciate the charms of Paul Newman.  Instead, I got a pretty snooze-worthy film whenever they weren't playing hockey.  Add to the boredom a sprinking of seriously offensive homo-phobic slurs and you get a big fail of a movie.

Only a 2 in my book and a big sad face that Paul Newman was in this one.


I love how thisneckofthewoods displays their pretty garlands.  Spot on.

Oct 13, 2010

Dance with the One-Legged Zantz

Don't Bump the Glump! is wonderful.  Who doesn't love Shel Silverstein?  Great illustrations and silly rhymes make me happy.  I give it a 6.

Oct 12, 2010

Happy pink house

So very cute.

Post apocalyptic

The Children's Hospital is a monster of a book at 600+ pages.  The premise is fantastic - God sends another great flood and instead of an ark, the only survivors are afloat in a children's hospital.  Interesting and original, right?  But the telling of this drug on and on.  I think a good editor could have helped make the telling of the story more concise.  Even had it been more focused, I still struggled with the end.  I expected mind blowingness or something to really make me think.  I didn't get either.

I will give it credit though for having one of the best covers of any book I've read.  That artwork is perfectly perfect.  Too bad for the story inside.  4 stars.

Oct 11, 2010

Little red pitcher

Stumbled upon this pitcher in a gas station / antique store.  And just last week I was declaring my choice of vases far too limited.  I really love this happy little find.

Oct 10, 2010

Already planning

Originally uploaded by floridapfe
Even as I rip out this year's veggie garden, plans for 2011 are forming. I usually line the outer edge of my garden with nasturtiums, but next year it'll be marigolds. It'll be bright and pretty and bad bug repellant. Perfect!

Grey and huge

I have a thing for whales

Oct 9, 2010


I don't want to tell you anything about The Staircase, an 8 part documentary except that it's about a murder trial, and the ending left me questioning a lot of things.  Very good film.  I give it an 8.

Oct 8, 2010


The Informant is silly fun.  Matt Damon makes this movie entertaining although I don't think I'll remember much about it in 6 months.  I give it a 5.5.

Oct 7, 2010


I love finding a fashion blog that makes me reconsider my closet.  Bright side dweller is one of those.  All those cute looks!

I find myself wanting belts and more jewelry now.  Dangerous!


Oct 6, 2010

See See Rider

Oct 5, 2010


I'm not spoiling anything.  Catfish is a good documentary, but it is definitely not a thriller.  The marketing folks made this movie look like something it isn't.  It seems very unfair to the moviemakers and the people who go to see it.  While I liked the film, I couldn't help being disappointed because I went in for an entirely different experience.  Not gonna do a rating on this one.  It's a decent documentary and a terrible thriller.  How's that?

Oct 4, 2010

Expectations not met

Late for School should have been better.  A picture book written by Steve Martin and the audio book has him singing it while playing the banjo.  Not clever enough.  Only a 3 outta 10.

Oct 3, 2010

Affleck does have good abs at least

Pretty good - but why'd the girlfriend have to be such a goody two shoes.  Entertaining but flawed.  Don't think TOO hard about it.  5 outta ten.  Also the actress who played the ex-girlfriend was rather marvelous.

Oct 2, 2010


Can you say addicted?  Doodle Find!