My Ms. Know It All!

Delayed Contact ~ How would you get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only met them for the first time today?

The person would be my daughter, and she would probably get on my nerves because my daughter is a Ms. Know It All. When she was younger and in elementary school, she had answers for everything, since she grew up right in the age of computers and the internet, she would look it up and answer any, “I wonder why” question, I or someone she and I were with ever had. And her running answer to most of these questions was I saw it on myth busters. What I mean to say is, when I would ask her about her sources for answering the question she would say I saw it on myth busters and as she got older it just got worse.

This I must admit used to make me angry, because after a while I would start to quiz her on proof and she would stammer at times, till one day I said, “Do you know or do you just think you know?” and she said, “Sometimes I know for sure and sometimes I think I know.” And then I knew I was raising a Ms. Know It All.

What’s also interesting, is I’ve asked a few of her close friends what did they think of Lani when they first met her, and most of them said, “I liked her, but sometimes I thought she was a Ms. Know It All.” and I laughed and thought, wow it’s sure good to know who your children are. The best part of this story, is refuting her so-called proof and letting her know that her facts were wrong, and then remind her that she doesn’t have to have an answer for everything. That it’s okay to not know something, but also remembering to only refute her proof in private so as not to make her look bad. Do I still struggle with this in her today? Not so much, but it seems her husband has taken over where she left off and now I have to deal with him. :(

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No Good Deed, 2014

I. Elba as C. Evans/image: craveonline.com
I. Elba as C. Evans/image: craveonline.com

Premise…

Convicted felon Colin Evans, Idris Elba is up for parole after 5 years in prison. As he get’s his verdict and then transported back to prison, he decides to escape. As he successfully escapes, he ends up at his ex girlfriend’s house to confront her about not coming to visit him in prison. His ex then tries to explain she’s moved on with her life without him, and an altercation ensues. Then he escapes from that situation but gets into a car accident and goes to a house near by to get a tow truck because he claims he left his cell phone at home. There he meets Terri, Taraji P. Henson a pretty stay at home mom, who’s burnt out with motherhood and her marriage, who is extremely lonely and distracted by the handsome strangers good looks. When she answers the door Colin asks to use her phone and so the stories goes from there.

T. Henson, as Terri/image: spycemagazine.com
T. Henson, as Terri/image: spycemagazine.com

This story was entertaining mostly because of who is in the movie, Idris plays a very good scary character. This is the first time seeing him play a bad guy but he fares well. Taraji is good at playing scared, she has very emotional eyes which convey a lot as you watch her act. The writing however, had a lot of holes in it. There were so many mistakes she made which were things any women would know not to do, like telling the intruder, your husband won’t be home til the next day? Especially someone in her former profession as a criminal lawyer specializing in cases of violence against women? This gave the story a silly unrealistic tenor and all you could think is, “What, that wouldn’t have happened.”

The Sum Up…

With it’s very unlikely story and Terri’s silly promiscuous best friend, Leslie Bibb this story wasn’t believable. The actors did try to act the best they could with the bad material they had, but it just couldn’t save the movie. The score for this flick is, C ~ DVD ONLY, don’t waste your money on the theater. It was slightly entertaining but so very far-fetched it got stale very quickly. With only one real SAFETY ALERT, some scenes of violence, this movie didn’t pack the punch I was hoping for. This one you can see with kids 10 and up, to teach them what NOT to do when a stranger comes to the door. This movie is rated PG13.

The Green Drink & The Shoes

My ingredients.
My ingredients.

So, as I thought, I will be making this healthy journey I’m on a series. I think this is the biggest undertaking for health I’ve ever been on and it feels good, and I’m very grateful that God has given me another opportunity to get back in shape. So here’s some of the things I’ve drunk on my road to health. Celery, Carrots, Spinach, Apple, and Ginger. This is what I will be drinking at night, and no eating after 7pm. I also, went on a very short walk tonight and I bought these new kicks.

Workout kicks.
Workout kicks.

I’ve already lost a few pounds, but I’m not really thinking about weight loss just yet, I really want to get the good habits in place, and work from there. Sometimes, it’s a little discouraging because those veggies from the above pic only makes this amount of juice. But no one said doing the right thing would be easy, it usually never is.

This is my drink, I just took a few sips but this isn't very much juice for the prep time, but that's ok.
This is my drink, I just took a few sips but this isn’t very much juice for the prep time, but that’s ok.

Healthy Eating Here I Go!!!

My Omega Juicer
My Omega Juicer

On Monday my doctor said, that I can get off all my medication if I give him 50 lbs. so that’s what I’m doing and in six months I will visit him again. On Tuesday, I began my healthy living again. Sometimes, I get a little distracted and lazy and that’s all it takes to stop eating the right things. So because medication has side effects, I decided to get my holistic hat back on because it’s the very best way to prevent having to take medication. Plus, I would like to get slimmer anyway, and if I don’t have to diet to do it, I’m all for it. Just eating right and exercise will take care of my weight so I’m good with that.

Also, becoming vegetarian is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and now is the time. And the beautiful thing about this is, I’m not missing meat at all, I do realize this is my first 4 days but so far so good. My biggest temptation is SUGAR. Absolutely no refined sugar, a piece of fruit now and then but no chocolate, or white sugar can go in my mouth AT ALL. That said exercising will also be pretty difficult, but I’m going to do that too because I want to be a healthy grandma for my grand kids, not a shaky handicapped one. My juicer will also help me extract the very best nutrients out of my vegetables because they will be raw, and I am so excited about my new changes, I hope to share more about this. It may become a series pretty soon so look out for it.

My Friend’s New Motor Home

fiesta 1
Fiesta 2003

Wow, how fun, a new motor home, I’m so happy for my friend Paula and her husband Bryan. I love rejoicing with those who are rejoicing ~ Romans 12:15. Always being faithful to take their extended family camping with them on their camping trips, and not just them but friends as well.

And when I say new motor home, I mean new to them, a Fiesta 2003. Having upgraded twice before, now they have one that’s even better than the other two and didn’t have to pay for this one. And why you might ask? Because they have been very generous with what they had in the past. It’s so nice to witness people being blessed for their faithfulness. And not just faithful in taking family and friends camping but in other ways as well. Continue reading

Happy Valley, A Netflix Original 2014

S. Lancaster as C. Cawood/image: mediatel.co.uk
S. Lancaster as C. Cawood/image: mediatel.co.uk

Happy Valley is anything but happy, so don’t let the name fool you. BBC TV is really kind of AMAZING. And in this crime drama on Netflix streaming you really have to try to pull yourself away from watching the series in one night. I however didn’t attempt to pull myself away and watched it all in one night, as this is also a series you have to stay with from episode 1 to 6. Also, SUBTITLES VERY NECESSARY, because although it’s in English, it’s British Yorkshire English! Continue reading

I Don’t Really Watch TV

Cast Change ~ You’ve just been named the casting director of your favorite television show (or movie franchise). The catch: you must replace the entire cast — with your friends and family. Who gets which role?

Hmm, some of the these suggestions leave me confused, and uninspired and this is one of them. I would have loved to have written something but when you don’t watch TV and have a small family, it makes it hard. Or when you do watch TV it’s a dance show and the cast member’s change every week. So unfortunately for me I got nothing on this prompt today, I guess I have to come up with my own topic. :(

Precious Moments Redeemed

In the bible it teaches us to redeem the time for the days are evil, Ephesians 5:16, and the bible is right. Since we waste so much of it, when you do really get to redeem it, it feels precious.

My daughter and her husband spent the weekend with me, and since I hadn’t spent much time with them in the last few weeks it was very sweet. Because although it was very early in the morning, I got to spend real quality time with my daughter since she married her husband. Just she and I, kind of like old times when she was young and would slip into my bed when she got frightened about something.

Even though she wasn’t scared she slipped into my bed at 3 in the morning and we talked for a while about how things are going for she and her hubby. The precious part was that it was 3 am, we both couldn’t sleep and she came in on her own. She said, “Hey mama, I can’t sleep can I get in bed with you?” and I thought, these are the moments that you wait for as a parent. The moments, when you don’t have to compete for affection from your married children. They just come to you and want to be kids again. At least for a few moments. I was so moved by this it made all the time we spend apart so worth it, because it’s true even though clichéd, absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

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My Blog Just Turned Two!!!

So today marks my second blog anniversary with WordPress. That’s exciting, having been blogging for a little over 2 years, I started blogging with Google’s Blogspot. But over time I decided it would be better if I tried WordPress. Continue reading

Calvary*, 2014

B. Gleeson, Calvary/image: redcarpets.com
B. Gleeson, Calvary/image: redcarpets.com

Brendan Gleeson has some acting chops. He’s got such a believable style and It doesn’t seem like he’s acting. I can’t really articulate it but he’s truly gifted at his craft. Also, I think just about every movie I’ve seem him in he steals the show. He’s who I always remember, and he is an awesome leading man with a co starring man’s face. And in this latest John Michael McDonagh film, he’s much of the same kind of first-rate actor as in earlier films, like Gangs of New York, In Bruges, and Edge of Tomorrow all films where he is in a co-starring role.  It’s nice when actors can go from leading man to co star and back again with ease.  Continue reading