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March Madness for Sports Movies Quiz

Okay, this one is going to be fun, but may take a few minutes to complete!  I’m going to have you fill out a bracket for the BEST SPORTS MOVIES!  I’m giving you 32 sports movies YOU must choose the SWEET SIXTEEN, ELITE EIGHT, FINAL FOUR and THE WINNER for best sports movie.  Start by numbering 1-16, then start choosing your movie selections IN ORDER!  So, #1 is your choice for the winner, 1-4 would be the Final Four, 1-8 are your Elite Eight, and 1-16 are your Sweet Sixteen.  Yes, you only have one #1, and one #2, etc.  Any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll answer it for everyone.

How are you going to score points this week?  Read on if you care to know the gory details, if not get to filling out your best movies choices 🙂  I’ll tally up everyone’s votes for the best 16 movies.  If the movie is someone’s top choice it will get 4 points, Final Four 3 points, Elite Eight 2 points and Sweet Sixteen 1 point.  Once the movies are scored you will earn points accordingly.  The top movie will be worth 16 points if it’s on your list, the second movie is worth 15 points, etc. and an extra point if the movie is in the correct category. If there is a tie in the movies my hubby will choose (since he will not be biased in any way and he’s probably seen all of these)  Yes, this means there is a possible 148 points this week.

A few rules…No cheating.  No looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system…Your first answers will be the only ones accepted…Have fun!  This round for every participant I have (currently at $29)  I will put in a $ for a B&N gift card or a Babies R Us gift card for the winner. Even if you play only once you are eligible to win the second prize (something special I pick out) and you will be adding money to the kitty for the winner.  

Answers to last week’s quiz here.  Current Leaderboard here.

Your 32 choices…

The Karate Kid with Ralph MacchioJerry Maguire with Tom CruiseRudy with Sean AstinBrian's Song with James CaanThe Hustler with Paul NewmanA League of Their Own with Geena DavisCaddyshack with Chevy ChaseRocky with Sylvester StalloneHoosiers with Gene HackmanMajor League with Tom BerengerRaging Bull with Robert De NiroBull Durham with Kevin CostnerDodgeball: A True Underdog Story with Ben StillerThe Mighty Ducks with Emilio EstevezField of Dreams with Kevin CostnerThe Natural with Robert RedfordMiracle with Kurt RussellMillion Dollar Baby with Clint EastwoodSlap Shot with Paul NewmanThe Champ with Wallace BeeryRemember The Titans with Denzel WashingtonAll the Right Moves with Tom CruiseKickboxer with Jean-Claude Van DammeCool Runnings with LeonEight Men Out with John CusackBend It Like Beckham with Parminder NagraHappy Gilmore with Adam SandlerWhite Men Can't Jump with Woody HarrelsonBreaking Away with Dennis ChristopherKingpin with Woody HarrelsonLove & Basketball with Sanaa LathanAbove the Rim with Duane Martin

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Quizzes | , , | 39 Comments

Monday Movie Meme- Books

Feature Presentation…MONDAY MOVIE MEME

This week’s movie topic is all about Books In The Movies… today’s movie topic is all about books in the movies. Not movies made from books, but movies that feature books, reading, librarians, bookstores and the like.

There are so many choices!  Fun week 🙂

1. The Breakfast Club (1985) A whole Saturday locked in a library?  Sign me up!

2. You’ve Got Mail (1998) A cute romance featuring the big bad bookstore taking out the small independent bookstore. 

3. The Book of Eli (2010) This post apocalyptic world is a dangerous place and the power is found in The Book.

4. The Proposal (2009) This hate/love relationship between a publishing editor and her writer/assistant is a bestseller.

5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) This classic has a few great New York Public Library scenes.  I love the one where Paul Baby signs his own book in front of the disbelieving librarian!

Do you have a favorite?  Visit The Bumbles for more choices.

March 14, 2011 Posted by | Monday Movie Meme | | 23 Comments

Sundays With Gage- A House Divided or Double the Fun?

It’s not secret we are college sports nuts here.  I love my Ohio State Buckeyes and Jason loves his Michigan State Spartans, but where does that leave Gage?  My Buckeyes are poised to be the #1 team in the NCAA tournament, WooHoo!  And with a win over Purdue, the Spartans have also solidified their place in March Madness for the 14th year in a row.  So Gage is choosing to double his fun and make both of his parents happy…

I don’t think I’m wrong when I say he looks happier as a Buckeye! 

We’ve watched a lot (too much) basketball here this weekend as both of our teams went far in the Big 10 Tournament, but that will only get worse over the next few weeks.

Every year since we’ve known each other Jason and I have had a March Madness bracket wager.  The winner gets to choose the next 5 movies we see at the theater.  We have been to the movies twice in the 4  1/2 months since Gage arrived, so the winner will have to find a sitter for movie night too! 

So, will you be watching the tournament and filling out your brackets?  Who will you be rooting for?

March 13, 2011 Posted by | Gage | 36 Comments

Call Me Irresistible, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Book CoverFinished 3-2-11, rating 4/5, romance, 385 pages, pub. 2011

Lucy, daughter of the former President of the United States, is preparing to walk down the aisle to marry Mr. Perfect, Ted Beaudine ,when her best friend, Meg voices doubts about the marriage.  Lucy takes them to heart and walks out on Ted at the church.  Meg is blamed by everyone and is asked to stay in the small Texas town for a few days to see if Lucy returns.  But not only is Meg completely broke and cut off from her family, she is also stranded in the town when everyone blames her for the heartbreak of their mayor, Ted.  Needless to say, life is not easy for Meg as the women of Wynette blacklist her and do everything possible to make her life miserable.  But Meg was having problems before getting stuck in town and it forces her to confront her roaming and aimless ways.

I’ve read every Susan Elizabeth Phillips romance.  They are fast, fun, sassy, and usually feature spunky heroines and alpha male heroes.  This is as good as her best and it features wonderful secondary characters who jump off the page.  Meg was born with a silver spoon and yet has done nothing with her life.  This is her story of growing up.  Ted was also born with a silver spoon and can do no wrong.  When these two are forced together they come to recognize the best and worst in each other.

This book will feel like hanging out with old friends, especially if you’ve read any of Phillip’s past books.  Ted showed up in two previous novels (Fancy Pants & Lady Be Good), Ted’s parents were the story of Fancy Pants.  Meg was in What I Did For Love and her parents story was told in Glitter Baby.  Lucy and her parents appeared in First Lady and Lady Be Good had four of the citizens of Wynette.  With all of that the book could have seemed crowded with characters, but it wasn’t.  They each had their own personalities and because they were fully developed characters it made this story so much richer.  You do not need to have read any of the other books to fully enjoy this one.

I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances, but I make the exception for Phillips and am never disappointed.

This is from my personal library.

March 10, 2011 Posted by | 4 Star Books | , | 16 Comments

The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen: CD Audiobook CoverFinished 2-28-11, rating 3.5/5, fiction, pub. 2008

Unabridged audio is 8 hours, 2 minutes.  Narrated by Karen White.

Josey Cirrini is a 27-year-old who hides sweets and romance novels in her closet so her perfect southern belle mother doesn’t see them.  She lives in servitude of her mother with no life of her own until a local woman shows up in her closet to hide out for a while, seemingly to escape a boyfriend.  She draws Josey out of her shell and she starts to develop relationships that her mother doesn’t approve of.  Chloe and Adam both give Josey the confidence she needs to take a look at life in the small North Carolina town where everyone remembers her as a mean child.

I sympathized with Josey, but only so far.  I understand about living in a small town, but her knee jerk reaction to her father’s death (this happened before the book began) and her choices because of it seemed extreme.  I was much more interested in Chloe’s mysterious book ability.  When Chloe had a need in her life the perfect book would appear in front of her.  How awesome would this be?  I totally loved Chloe’s story and her transformation.  I think this is why I liked but didn’t love the book, I wanted Chloe to be the main character, not Josey.  I wanted to give Josey a little tough love pep talk.

Lots of people told me I would like this one better that Allen’s first book, Garden Spells, but I didn’t.  Maybe I was expecting too much. It was good, but I didn’t love it like I did Garden Spells.  I wanted a little more magic.

I checked this audio out of the library.

March 9, 2011 Posted by | 3 1/2 Star Books | | 19 Comments

What Book is That? Quiz – guessing closed

It seems like I just did one of these, but when I was at the library over the weekend I couldn’t help myself.  Tell me the title of the book for 8 points and the author for an additional 2.  If you tell me the theme I’ll give you an extra 10 points!  You have until Friday at noon to submit your answers.  Good luck (I think it’s tough)!

A few rules…No cheating.  No googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system…Your first answers will be the only ones accepted…Have fun!

This round for every participant I have (currently at $29I will put in a $ for a B&N gift card or a Babies R Us gift card for the winner. Even if you play only once you are eligible to win the second prize (something special I pick out) and you will be adding money to the kitty for the winner.  

Answers to last week’s Rachel McAdams Quiz here.  Current Leaderboard here.

1. Beloew Zero by CJ Box

2. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

3. A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

4. Three by Ted Dekker

5. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

6. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

7. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

8. 61 Hours  by Lee Child

9. The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri by David Bajo

10. The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Quizzes | | 28 Comments

Monday Movie Meme- Weight


Feature Presentation…MONDAY MOVIE MEME
This week’s movie topic is all about Weight…Share on your blog movies featuring those who want to lose or need to gain extra pounds.  Check out The Bumbles  for more lists.
The first one that comes to mind is Shallow Hal (2001) and it’s one of the few Jack Black movies that I enjoyed all the way through (usually I’ve had enough about halfway into the movie, similar to how I feel about Will Farrell).  After being hypnotized by Anthony Robbins (LOL) he sees only the inner beauty of women and falls in love with an overweight Gwyneth Paltrow.  Surprisingly, a decent movie.
The second is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).  This family drama is driven by the matriarch being an obese woman who is afraid to leave the house.  How this affects her four children is where this movie finds its center. 
Number three is memorable only because of the false premise that the main character is fat.  Yes, I’m talking about Bridget Jones (2001).  If she hadn’t spent the whole movie harping about her weight I wouldn’t have thought twice about it.  Maybe you have to be English to think she’s fat?
And that leads us to my fourth pick, Wall-E (2008), a movie that shows us a glimpse into the future of Americans if we continue to eat and spend our way to happiness.
My last choice is Invention of Lying (2009).  In this one Jennifer Garner can’t seriously consider Ricky Gervais as a love interest because he is genetically undesirable.  She mentioned this so many times that I wanted to reach through the screen and shake her.
Am I missing a good one?

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Monday Movie Meme | , | 13 Comments

Sundays with Gage- No News But a Belly Laugh

I want to thank everyone who left a comment or sent an email telling me you were thinking of and praying for Gage.  It meant a lot to me.  We had our last doctor appointments this week.  Poor Gage (and Mommy) had an hour and a half EEG.  This meant 24 wires glued to his head.  I thought the 40 minutes it took to attach them all was excruciating, but the next hour and a half when he was supposed to be still without me touching him was, um, interesting.  Didn’t they know he was only four months old?!  Well, after a ten minute meltdown in the middle and about 30 minutes of me singing his favorite songs over and over (Old McDonald and Jesus Loves Me are staples) it was done.  We then had two neurology appointments that same day and there was good and cautious news.  His EEG was normal and we’ll just have to wait and see if it happens again before they can test for more metabolic disorders.  We also met with the GI pediatrician and she wants to do one more blood test this month, but she said she was looking at a healthy baby, hooray!

So, we still don’t know what happened.  At this point it might be that we never do and that would be a great thing.  I am still vigilant but not nearly as terrified as I was two weeks ago.  I mean look at the guy on the left, how can I not focus on that fact that he is happy and well?

And, drumroll please, Gage laughed for the first time last night.  He gave me and then his dad several belly laughs apiece and I can’t believe how giddy we were over them.  It’s amazing how that sound can make stress just go away 🙂

March 6, 2011 Posted by | Gage | 38 Comments

February 5 Word Movie Reviews & Invitation

Somehow I managed to watch all of these before our Valentine’s Day trip to ICU with Gage! If you’ve seen any of these movies leave me your 1-5 words in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.  Or, if you are feeling ambitious and want to do this on your own blog leave me a link in the comments and I’ll add it to the bottom of the post.   Commenting is always appreciated even if you don’t want to participate 🙂 (2007. Cast-Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, Stuart Townsend)         Grade B

What Does Family Really Mean?


  The poster shows a woman holding a coffee mug. At her left is a man with a awkward-looking expression. At her right is another woman smiling. At the middle reveals the title while at the bottom reveals the tagline and production credits.Morning Glory, 2010. Cast- Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams)     Grade B-

Star-Studded Predictable Morning Television Fun. 

Cute, but not memorable (Kathy) Grade C

Ford doesn’t sleep with actress!  (Heather)  

(2001.  Cast- Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart)  Grade B-

Mysterious. Strange. Disturbing.  Ultimately Unsatisfying.

  (2005. Cast- Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy)      Grade B-

Urealistic Terrorism. McAdams Cute & Tough..

 Cheering for the bad guy (Heather) B-

Cillian Murphy brings the scary. (Nolatari)

A thrilling flying experience, unfortunately.  (Tony)

March 4, 2011 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 11 Comments

Free Books for March

In my ongoing quest to keep books moving out and not just in I give away a few books each month.  Leave a comment, tell me which book you want and I’ll get the book to you for FREE either by mail or personally if I’ll see you soon.  The first one to request each book wins.  Once you’ve ‘won’ the book I can get your shipping address if I need it.  Also, you can come back and get a free book every month if you want.  These have all been read a time or two.

1. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. Mass market paperback.  395 pages. Published 2004.  B&N review herefor Margie

2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Mass market paperback.  462 pages.  This edition printed 1978.  B&N review here.  for Mariska

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Trade paperback. 421 pages. This edition published 1991.  B&N review here.  for Hannah

4. Julie by Catherine Marshall. Hardcover.  364 pages. Published 1984.  B&N review here.  for Carol M

Happy Reading!

March 3, 2011 Posted by | FREE | | 4 Comments