Copper gave me a Big Heart for Mother’s Day. His own.
Happy Mother’s Day to all moms in the world!
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander is airing on Starz this summer! Can’t wait!
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!
I’m happy to announce a Kindle Fire Giveaway sponsored by a group of authors who came together to make it happen. A special thanks goes out to Rebecca Hamilton for organizing it!
Entering is easy. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this post!
Before you get to that, be sure to check out this fantastic series, Dragon’s Call, by one of the sponsors, A.D. Trosper.
*** Finalist in the Readers Favorite Reviews and Book Award Contest***
“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future”
The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for thehundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders…and six lives will be changed forever.
The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on a journey where they learn everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.
With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.
But an evil from the past rises again. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more…
“Old things come again and new things surface.”
Faced with a looming war, the riders have no choice but to leave the safety of Galdrilene and reach out to the nations for help. But the Shadow Riders are doing the same and not all nations are opposed to their rule.
New discoveries are made, old wounds are reopened and betrayal hides among welcoming smiles.
As one nation begins to unravel it’s clear that some choices, even those made with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences.
Here, There Be Dragons is one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read! The sequels are definitely on my TBR list!
Written by a brilliant man who has not only written the books, but has also done the artwork himself after having recuperated his drawing skills lost from a painful car crash.
Giving a shout out to James Artimus Owen. You’re a Superstar!
Ever since Copper’s less than enthusiastic visit to the pool at Barley’s Canine Recreation Center, we decided to take my nephew’s dog, Ruffles, the Portly Beagle, and see how he would fare. Given Copper’s first swim lesson, we kept our expectations low. We thought he would take to the water the same way, but instead were pleasantly surprised. The Beagle loved it!
At first he was hesitant, but once he saw the other dogs playing in the water, he had to join in:
To see the difference between the two, here’s Copper’s swim again:
Big difference! Good thing Barley’s has other activities besides swimming. It’s a great place for dogs. They have a wide range of activities and services:
So want to see this!
I found a fantastic documentary on the rise and fall of the Greek Empire which happened in a matter of only two centuries. Amazingly, within those two centuries, they laid the foundation of our modern civilization. At 48:17 in the video, it describes how aristocrat, Cleisthenes established a democratic government. At 1:28;57, it talks about the ostraca, which were shards of pottery upon which Athenians scratched the name of a politician they wanted removed from the government. The politician with the most ostraca was tossed out of Athens altogether. It is where we get the word “ostracize”. Good practice, that! If only we had a measure for doing this with our Congress!
Here’s the full video narrated by Liam Neeson:
Today, I took Copper for his first swim lesson at Barley’s Canine Recreation Center, a fun center for dogs that just opened in Salt Lake City.
So, did he like it? Well …
Needless to say, it wasn’t his thing. The other dogs who loved the pool were looking at him like: “What the hell’s wrong with you? Don’t you know how to swim?”
Here’s a full video:
When he got out of the pool, he looked up at me as if to say: “Why did you do that to me?”
Poor guy! I thought he’d like it. Oh well. I guess we’ll be coming back for the other services they have for pups. Barley’s isn’t just for swimming. They have a wide range of activities and services for dogs:
They also have an entire wall-full of dog toys, oh boy!
So even though Copper was less than thrilled about the pool, he loved all the other stuff, especially the Barley balls!