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I’m very interested to see what comes of this web show, because if nothing else they’ve got a great opening song and they reference one of my favorite poets, Dorothy Parker (known for coining the tongue-in-cheek “Boys Don’t Make Passes At Girl Who Wear Glasses”).

Brooke is an ex- American Idol contestant (I would never have known that, not a show I watch) and Summer is an Editor of Eliza Magazine (which I just got a subscription too, I’ll let you know what it’s like).  And they want this to become the “Smart Girls Talk Show”.  I look forward to seeing what it turns out to be.


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I agree, though I wonder if it’s just us Iowans who get this.

Since I’m wrapped up in Costuming Land for the next month I thought I’d share something fun with you!

Look Closely!  Notice Anything Similar?

Yep, in film and theatre we recycle costumes all the time!

Go here to see more examples and find out just how old your favorite Queen Elizabeth Dress is or how many versions of Jane Austen that dress has been used in.

Fun Note if you’ve seen the BBC “Pride and Prejudice” and the British “Lost in Austen”, look closely, “Lost in Austen” borrowed a lot of the BBC “P&P”‘s costumes to outfit a young British Girl obsessed with that movie.

This Website just brightened my day.


Home Sweet Home has captivated the “I can’t have a house, but I can dream” part of my brain again.  Especially since I’ve been fantasizing about being able to building this one day.

However I need to learn that not every cool picture should be shown to my husband.

Because he’s now trying to figure out how to get one of these in our house.

*okay, okay I think it’d be super cool too*

This is a marriage moment brought to you by the letter W and the color Purple.

The other day I went on a cleaning rampage.  The last of the holiday decorations finally got taken down, more pictures finally made it up on the walls, art work too!  Books also got rearranged because I was tired of having our DVD collection spilling out on the floor as the DVD holder we bought last year has ceased to contain more than half of our collection.  On to the bottom self of the near by bookcase went the extra movies that didn’t merit a place on the DVD shelves-proper.  These  lowly pieces of cinematic entertainment were my “girl-movies” and a good selection of what has joined our que in the last year.  I arranged them nicely in and organized fashion and waited for Ben to get home so I could show all my progress for the day.  If you think I had my makeup done, a fresh starched dress on and greeted him with a fresh from the oven plate of cookies  and a “how was your day dear?” you’ve got another thing coming.  Nope in all my dust covered, sweaty from moving furniture glory I asked him to pick up a pizza and greeted him with a “Look at everything I’ve done!”

The pizza went in the oven and the nights entertainment had already been chosen for a nice night at home.  That’s when I took him over to show him the DVD’s that were no longer on the floor.

“Hm,”  he says.  “That’s good, but with a little work we could have this organzied.”

Organizing our DVD’s is not an easy feat.  It is not done alphabetically or by color nope it’s done by major theme/genre.  So instead of sitting down to our pizza and Big Bang Theory we sat on the floor idlely munching on pizza for a half our testing our brains with conundrums like

“Should The Incredibles go with the animated, comedy or superhero genre?”  – It became the bridge between the comedy and superhero sections.  Oh yes, the movies aren’t just arranged based on group each group is supposed to move seamlessly into the next group. Example one shelf is arranged thus:

Historical Fiction Section

Bridge Movie: Newsies

Musical Section

Bridge Movie: Labyrnth

Fantasy- General

Bridge Movie: The 10th Kingdom

Fantasy – Based on Books and Stories

Bridge Movie: Enchanted


and this how married people spend their time…. wow….

p.s. my “girl-movies” are still banished to the bookcase…. but now so is his kung-fu section 😉

This week has been a little mellow in my home, so I thought I’d share some of my pearl’s of wisdom.  Essentially this boils down to my favorite quotes, some are thought provoking and some are just plain silly.

1“There is something backwards about having to climb up six flights of stairs to get to a dungeon.” –  King Mendanbar – The Enchanted Forest Series Book 2: Searching For Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

2.  “What is the body?  Endurance.  What is love?  Gratitude.  What is hidden in our chests?  Laughter.  What else?  Compassion.” – Rumi

3.  “Well, I’m talking to Momo” – Sokka – Avatar: The Last Airbender – this is probably the most quoted quote in my house, it works as a rebuttal to everything.  You didn’t hear what someone was saying?  That’s because they were talking to Momo.  You disagree with whats being said?  That’s be you they were talking to Momo…. it has far reaching implications.

4.  “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

5.  “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” – Molly Weasley – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6.  “Love all. Trust Few. Do Wrong To None.” – All’s Well That Ends Well – William Shakespeare

7.  A Tie – “We might experience some sudden turbulence… and then explode.”  and “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!” Wash – Firefly

and as an extra treat this gem from the other night  (Noack is one of Ben’s best friends and a genius at board games):

Me: “I want the superpower to beat Noack at board games.”

Ben: “That’s not a superpower it just takes practice and hard work.”

Me: “Yeah, that’s why I want the superpower.”

Right Now I Am Happy Because :

1. I feel ready and excited to get back to work at the end of the month – I feel like a new person.

2.  My husband actually likes my embroidery artwork – this means it can go on the walls!

3.  Dr. Pepper exists – I don’t really drink much, don’t smoke, don’t drink coffee, go easy on the sweets, it’s my one vice and it’s lovely.

4. Peanut Butter Twix exists – okay, fine I have two vices.

5.  I have some great things coming to me in the mail – even if I’m still waiting for my Christmas Converses to arrive.

6.  As of this moment we are one month away from paying off our credit card, about 4 months away from paying off our loan and possibly 12 months away from paying off our car and being extraneous debt free – my financial planning abilities are a great source of pride for me at this moment.

7.  My husband and I actually used “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock” to decide who went first at Blockus

8.  This song just makes me giddy.

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*If the list doesn’t appear just hit “Pop-Out Player” to listen to the song*

9. Did I mention that Dr. Pepper exists?

10. This rocks my nerdy socks

Example #1 – Molly wants to take a New Years Picture.  Ben wants to enjoy his New Years brew.

Example #2 – We try to combine these activities.  Picture Fail.

Example #3 – We try again and get questionable product placement.

Example #4 – Okay seriously now.

Example #5 – Really Ben? Really

Example #6 – Okay Bub listen here….

Example #7 – That’s better.

I hope you had a wonderful, and more cooperative, New Years.

I was given an Award Challenge to do from Musing of a Young Mom.  All I am required to do is list 7 things about myself and then tag 7 bloggers. So I hope you don’t mind more facts about me!

1.  I’m a girlie-girl.  I like to look pretty.  I love shoes and doing my makeup.   I do grandma – crafts, love to decorate my house and do my nails.  I say this now because after reading the rest of this list you probably won’t believe me.

2.  I love comic books, comic books movies and superheros.  This fact almost started a few fights between my now-husbands and a few forlorn gentlemen in bars during college when I was deemed “the perfect woman” based on my knowledge of the above and my ability to drink Guinness without flinching and my ability to “hold my own” with people twice my size.  (I have since lost that ability)

3.  When I was younger I never want to be the “damsel in distress” when I played make-believe.  Usually I preferred to pretend that I was either Robin Hood/Will Scarlet or one of the hobbits from LOTR, which one I was (Frodo/Sam/Merry/Pippin) varied based on my mood or where I was in the book.

4.  I started to learn Japanese Martial Art Weapons training (sword, bo-staff and general unarmed with some knife training thrown in for kicks) when I was in college but had to quit due to a badly pinched nerve in my back.  I hope to get back into it some day when I’m in an area that offers it again.

5.  My husband and I met while taking part of and later helping to run our universities Stage Combat Club.  There’s no better way to get to know someone than spending two years trying to figure out different ways to kill them.

6.  In our last year we choreographed an amazing fight, it used quarterstaves, sai’s and some unarmed combat and tumbling.  About six months later we were amazed to see it’s almost exact copy as the final fight between the Witch and Peter in the first Narnia movie.  Everyone in the club that went to see the movie found us later – in awe over the similarities.  Now every time we watch that movie we turn to each other and say “They stole our fight”.

7.  I know Godzilla… no really I do, or at least I did when I was in high school.  I met and did some physical theatre workshop with a wonderful gentleman who works for the Dell’Arte School in Northern California who just happened to be the gentleman who was Godzilla in that Matthew Broderick Godzilla movie.  He wore the suit with all the lights and things.  He  was amazing, when I’m in my fifties I want to be able to do the splits like him.  Anyways I was one of a small number of students to do a little physical theatre performance for a bigger Mask Workshop being held in my home town’s college.  The performance went great until we were all trying to leave the stage in a mass through a rather small door and I ended up at the bottom of the pile with my wrist at an unusual angle.  It was a battle wound I wore proudly.

… But I swear I’m a girl….


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