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Happy All Hallow’s Eve!

Posted by Melissa on October 31, 2014 in Holidays |

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Nipha, the Ghost Puppy, is wishing everyone a Happy All Hallow’s Eve on the day “which is the last day of the harvest and the first day of the dark of winter“.  A day in which the veil between worlds thins and the spirits of the dead walk the Earth to be among the living.

So, watch out tonight while you’re trick-or-treating!  You might encounter something you never expected!

Muahahahahaha!  :)

Happy Halloween!

~ Melissa

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Nipha, the White Beauty

Posted by Melissa on October 28, 2014 in Books |

For anyone who’s read The Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, they will remember Nipha as the beautiful, intelligent, and powerful horse who lives in the snowy mountains of the Trui’Quirre and who plays a major role in the story.  I named the horse Nipha because it is the Greek word for snow, very fitting given her environment.

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But today, I’m not going to be talking about Nipha of the Trui’Quirre, but of a new little being, born in September of this year, who has inherited the same name.

Who is she, you ask?

Meet Nipha, the White Beauty, the Dogo Argentino (photo below taken by Prince McClinton).

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She is my new baby girl who arrived at my house on October 24th and who has taken up permanent residence in my home and in my heart (photo below taken by Lino Innocenzi).

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At only 6 weeks, she is already taking on two dogs at a time during her playing hours.  Here is she playing with the neighbors dogs, Muffin and Piper, on the lawn:

As for her breed, Dogos aren’t really well known in the U.S., but they really are some of the best dogs in the world.  They are intelligent, strong, protective, and loyal.  They make good hunters, search & rescue dogs, and family dogs.  They are also used in the military and police work.

So, how did such a breed of canine come to exist?  Here’s a little history on the making of Dogos:

In 1928, Antonio Nores Martinez, a medical doctor, professor and surgeon, set out to breed a big game hunting dog that was also capable of being a loyal pet and guard dog. Antonio Martinez picked the Cordoba Fighting Dog to be the base for the breed.[11] This breed is extinct today, but it was said that as a large and ferocious dog, it was a great hunter. Martinez crossed it with the Great Dane, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Old English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Pointer, Irish Wolfhound and Dogue de Bordeaux.[11] Nores Martinez continued to develop the breed via selective breeding to introduce the desired traits.

In fact, he bred the dog so well, there is one named Morocho, who is famously known for killing a puma to save its family:

And that’s it!  That’s the Dogo in a nutshell.  Pretty impressive, ey?

All I can really say is that I’m grateful to have learned about Dogos and to be the proud adoptive parent of one that is the sweetest little girl in the world.

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Remember 911

Posted by Melissa on September 11, 2014 in Books |

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Net Neutrality

Posted by Melissa on June 8, 2014 in Breaking News, Random Thoughts |

Omg!  This guy hit the nail right on the head!  Hilarious!

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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You’re Beautiful

Posted by Melissa on June 7, 2014 in Random Thoughts |

This goes out to all my friends, family, and readers.  You’re beautiful!

I’ve never mentioned this, but I’m a huge James Blunt fan and wanted to share the song that kicked off his career!

Happy Listening!

~ Melissa

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The Age of Ultron

Posted by Melissa on May 28, 2014 in Movies |

Ugh!  Do we really have to wait another year for this?  I don’t think I can.

:)

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by Melissa on May 11, 2014 in News, Random Thoughts |

Copper gave me a Big Heart for Mother’s Day.  His own.  :)

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Happy Mother’s Day to all moms in the world!

~ Melissa

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Outlander Disappearance Trailer

Posted by Melissa on May 6, 2014 in Movies, Random Thoughts |

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander is airing on Starz this summer!  Can’t wait!

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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Thor: The Dark World

Posted by Melissa on May 5, 2014 in Movies |

Although this movie came out last November, I’m just now getting around to reviewing it, but before I do, here’s the original trailer:

As far as plots go, the critics were right.  It was fairly mediocre, but, really … who cares?  I didn’t exactly go see the film because of the plot, which I knew would be storyboard anyway.  I would love to claim that I am above these basic, hedonistic desires, but alas, I am not.  I went to see it for the same reason all females watch the Thor movies — to see the most gorgeous man in the history of the human race, Thor Hemsworth, swing his mighty hammer, and to watch his brother, Loki Hiddleston, whose appeal lies solely in his sexy style and clever moves, weasel his way into the throne … again.

But I mean, really, shouldn’t the characters of the Nine Realms know by now that they can’t trust Loki and that he doesn’t ever die?  This is the second time Thor has mourned the death of his brother.  You’d think he would have learned the first time!  Sadly, he does not. Although, I have to say I wasn’t disappointed with the ending.  I was rooting for Loki the whole time and he finally got what he wanted. Finally.  So did Thor.  Happy endings for all … well, except for Odin and Frigga.  But that, I won’t talk about as I don’t want to give it away.

Overall, I loved the movie as much as the first one, but this one left me with so many questions.  Like, who the heck was the Circus Vargas lookin’ guy at the end of the credits?  You know, the one who accepts the Aether?  Never seen him before.  And what happened to Odin at the end?  What did Loki do with him?  Did he kill him or did Odin just go into another Odinsleep?  The movie doesn’t tell you.

Also, where were the Avengers?  Captain fury established the Avengers so that they would come together in a time of need, when Earth was threatened, and yet, you see absolutely NO Avengers.  Just Thor.  But I suppose it is a Thor movie so …  All the same, I had to point out that glaringly obvious plot hole.

Another question that burned in the back of my mind was about Frigga.  Is she Loki’s real mother or not?  Or is she just his adoptive mother?  What did she mean when she said: “Always so perceptive about everyone else but yourself”?  And then she vanished using her magic.  Did he inherit her magic, or did she teach it to him?  Also, how is it that when he’s with the people of Asgard, he’s not blue like the frost giants?  And why was he born so small?  Is it because he is actually biologically related to Frigga?

And speaking of Frigga … Is it just me, or did her hair look absolutely ridiculous in this movie?  They made her look like a fraggle, and that’s insulting because Rene Russo is a beautiful woman.  But at least Frigga could actually fight this time around and got to kick some dark-elf butt.  She must have been taking some fighting lessons from her husband and son because in the first movie, Laufey just kind of casually pushes her aside, like she’s this annoying little fly.  In this one, she slashes her blade like nobody’s business.  I liked the fact that she was much more formidable in this movie.

For the most part, I loved this sequel.  Aside from the missing sub-stories (like Heimdall, who commits treason a second time, but who always manages to keep his job) and the creative physics, it was a good action flick.  Yes, it had its problems, but overall, it was worth the money paid.  I think my feelings on the movie are best summed up in the Screen Junkies Honest Trailers.  I swear, these are getting funnier!

Happy Viewing!

~ Melissa

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