August 31, 2014

Belle, 2014 {movie review}

My phone rang last Saturday to the tune of BBC's Sherlock (I'm one of those people), and I answered to hear the excited ramblings of my mother. "I found it!" she declared. She'd seen Belle on the big screen upon its release, and has been eagerly awaiting it's arrival in DVD form. When my dad sprained his ankle last week (he's fine, don't worry), the hunt for a non-Blu-Ray copy reached its bless├ęd culmination. I don't even know what Blu-Ray is, people. We still use VHS up in here.

Director: Amma Asante
DVD Release: August 26, 2014
Run Time: 1 h 45 min
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson
Rating: PG

True stories are the best kind, in my opinion, and such is the case with Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804).

August 28, 2014

netflix favorites

We don't have cable - banished it from our household when I was a child because of its superfluity of garbage. But over the years, I've grown fond of a certain few television shows nonetheless, on Netflix especially, that blessed thing.

1. Dr. Who. Always and forever. Yes, Cesca, I am one of those people. I've only seen a few moments of the "old" series, and the wondrousness of the new one caught be by surprise during a fit of sleeplessness. It was somewhere around 2 a.m. during the time I lived in Ann Arbor (I did have cable then for a few months) - I flipped dazedly through the channels until David Tennant's beautiful visage flickered across the screen on BBC. Who doesn't love a time-traveling madman in a flying police box? "After all, you never know what could happen." I found it online and watched dedicatedly from the beginning of the new series. Hooked, I am.

August 26, 2014

mellow mushroom {restaurant review}

There is a haven for the wearied traveler to duck in away from the rain and oily pavement, guarded stoically by the Terminator himself. Yes.

August 23, 2014

When the Game Stands Tall {movie review}

Well, my friends, I had this review completed on my Windows Surface last month, aaaaand then I lost the charger, rendering that draft unattainable, because I am such a mentally graceful human being. Anyway, here's what I was able to re-create from memory. Once I find said charger, I shall update this post.

I laughed. I cried. I forcefully covered my mouth to prevent the cheering at the screen. I love me some good high school football.

August 20, 2014

featured blogger: kendra tierney @ catholic all year

Welcome to Featured Blogger at Country Girl's Daybook, a fun way to acquaint ourselves with favorite bloggers, and build our wee community. Last month, Devra Torres, a mom of 8, so graciously payed a visit to this blog, and this time around, I'd like you to meet Kendra. Please, pour a cup of tea and join us.
Q: How did you first get involved with blogging, and what inspired you start your own?

Well, the short version is that a Church Lady yelled at me for having a noisy baby in an adoration chapel, and I figured the world should know about it.

The long version includes my love of the blog CakeWrecks, my unsuccessful attempt to become a picture book author, and the fact that I’m the sort of person who would say to herself, “You know what there should be? A Catholic blog. Written by a mom!” And then just start one. It turns out a couple other folks had the same idea.

August 18, 2014

Carolina Bound

I am en route to Fayetteville, North Carolina, home of Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army installation in the northwesterly part of the city, where I'll be attending the graduation for the newest class of 18-Delta combat medics. I'll be there until Thursday evening.

August 16, 2014

oh captain, my captain.

Even though I'm proud and excited to share my first published Ave Maria Radio project with you dear, dear people, I'm saddened that it has to be about this topic.
Robin Williams was a wonderful actor, and took a starring role in one of my favorite films, Dead Poet's Society, and as I'm sure you have heard by now, committed suicide on the 11th of August. As someone who has had friends do the same, this hit pretty close to home.

How should Christians (people in general) respond to depression and suicide?