Monday Movie Meme – Bring on the Heat

Feature Presentation…MONDAY MOVIE MEME
This week’s movie topic is all about Heat…
Devoted Monday Movie Meme-er Nicole @ The Madlab Post recently suggested
a topic for us that I thought was very appropriate given the weather we have
been having here in the Boston region lately. She wanted to discuss movies
containing a heat wave or extreme summer heat that was present in but not
necessarily the focus of the film…Share on your blog movies that turned the heat on their characters and link back here, The Bumbles.
Of course, the first one that comes to mind is Body Heat View Image  (1981).  Kathleen Turner and William Hurt were smokin’ hot!
The next obvious choice is the Seven Year Itch Seven year itch.jpg  (1955).  Even if you haven’t seen this movie that takes place one hot summer you are probably familiar with iconic Marilyn Monroe scene.
And while I’m thinking of hot, iconic images my mind goes to this scene.  Top Gun (1986)
Holes Holesposter03.jpg (2003) is very hot.  How hot would you be digging holes all day in the desert?
So, what’s another movie that sizzles?

Sundays with Gage – Time

Alone time is something I’ve always enjoyed and needed.  Growing up as an only child I am used to some quiet time to do solitary things (reading, writing…) and I thought I was prepared for that time being shared by two.  I was not.

The first few months babies do nap a lot.  A half an hour here, an hour there, so there were always a few stolen minutes to do necessary things.  Now that we  are down to two naps a day (and I think one very shortly) my alone time has shrunk.  I should admit that Gage and I co-nap so not much gets done there but a re-charge and a shower.

I appreciate when Jason comes home at 6:15 and ‘takes over’ until 8:30, but that time is not mine because we still eat dinner together, I still help with the bath and we take a family walk in that time. I take over again once Gage hits the crib around 9:30 or 10 with the baby monitor.

It takes its toll after months of the same routine with little time taken for yourself.  Being a stay-at-home mom is great but it isn’t easy to maintain your adult identity.  I heard myself mention a Gage bowel movement to a friend and knew that I had lost it.  So, I have to find ways to carve out a little time for myself.

Our community center offers babysitting for $2 an hour (the best bargain ever!) and the only requirement is that I have to stay at the center.  So far this has meant a half an hour of cardio and 15-30 minutes of reading time for me.  The first week we did this a few months ago I started to feel some sense of calm return.  We go a few times a week.

We also started going to My Gym, a rec center for babies and kids.  Last week Gage got bumped up the next age level and this one is 2 classes a week, one on Saturday mornings.  Jason has committed to this hour for guy time and I already have big, fancy plans for that one hour break.  These pics are from yesterday.  Yes, I went for the first one, just so I could take pictures!

I just met with a neighbor girl who is going to start babysitting for us. I’ve asked her to come for 2-4 hours during the week so that I might get some appointments made and shopping done, quickly sans baby.

Even these few hours a week are a huge help for my peace of mind and I know I am a better mom for it.  I never had plans to be a stay-at-home mom, but it is an adventure I’m glad I decided to sign up for.  I have less alone time, but I appreciate the hours I do get all that much more.  And I’m pretty sure that Gage enjoys the change of scenery too 🙂


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

These are the thoughts that touched me this week, especially after finishing Th1rteen R3asons.  Who knows how important your kindness is to someone? 

Afraid, by Jack Kilborn

AfraidFinished 7-4-11, rating 3.5/5, horror, 346 pages, pub. 2009

Chewing, right next to the bed.  Maggie gasped, pulling the flannel sheets to her chest.  She squinted into the darkness, could barely make out the dark figure of a man a few feet away.

The bag rustled.  Something touched Maggie’s face and she gasped.  A tiny pat on her cheek.  It happened again, on her forehead, making her flinch.  Again, and she swatted it with her hand, finding the object on her pillow.

Popcorn.  He was throwing popcorn at her.

Maggie’s voice came out in a whisper.  “What…what are you going to do?”

The springs creaked as he sat on the edge of the bed.

“Everything,” he said.

Chapter 1 

Safe Haven, Wisconsin, is a one road in and one road out kind of town.  Isolated by water and woods the town is a perfect target for a hostile takeover.  The takeover comes in the form of five special forces, trained and manipulated by the government, wreaking havoc on the small community in horrifying ways.

This book is a thrill ride and perfect for a fast and entertaining read.  If you find eating off toes and skinning people alive entertaining.  If you cannot find those things fun, even in the heat of a ride on the crazy train,  then this book is not for you.  I don’t mind a little horror as long as it’s accompanied by a healthy serving of humanity.  The story did have several characters who showed true strength and made me keep reading.  There were also well drawn characters who met very grisly ends and that did keep me guessing who would make it out alive and who wouldn’t.

If you like Stephen King or other horror authors you may want to give this debut author a try.  Or even if you like movies like Saw.

Th1rteen R3asons Why, by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: CD Audiobook CoverFinished audio 6-30-11, rating 4/5, YA, pub. 2007

Unabridged audio 6 hours, 25 minutes.  Read by Joel Johnstone and Debra Wiseman

High School good guy, Clay, received a box of cassette tapes.  On these tapes was the voice of Hannah Baker who had just recently committed suicide and she was telling the 13 people who had a hand in her decision her reasons why.  Clay was horrified that this girl, who he’d had a crush on for years could somehow think he’d had a hand in ruining her life and he spent the rest of the day and night listening and visiting the places she talked about, forever changing the way he looked at his classmates and himself.

This book has such a great premise and the story goes back and forth between Clay’s thoughts and Hannah’s words and it is really powerful.  I listened to the audio and I think it was the perfect way to experience this book.  The book made me think about how we don’t know what effect our actions, big or small, might have on someone else.  A kind word might be something that a person thinks about for days or changes the way she views herself and it was nice to be reminded of that.

I think the topic of teen suicide is important and I’m glad that this book has become so popular.  Teens need to know how suicide may affect those left behind and they need to know that people are there for you even when don’t notice right away. I think this is a must read for teens.

I don’t read a lot of YA.  No particular reason, maybe I’m a little too far removed from it.  But everything I read about this one intrigued me so I finally checked it out and was impressed.  My few problems with the book stemmed from how far removed I am, I think.  I do remember my teen years, when everything was SO IMPORTANT and NOTHING COULD WAIT.  Being a teen is no picnic, but neither is it so hard that some things cannot be overlooked as trivial.  Hannah listed 13 people on her tapes, but a few of the middle stories left me feeling like Hannah needed to get a grip.  But that’s coming from a 39 year woman, so take that for what it’s worth.  Even with that I’d still recommend this book.

I checked this audio out of the library.

Quiz Reboot

We’re between quiz rounds in July, but I have been in contact with an author who wants to create a quiz for August and her ideas are great.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  Oh, and she may be offering a special prize for that week’s winner.

This got me thinking that if any of you wanted to try your hand at creating one I would be happy to have a guest quizzer once a month.  So, no quizzes for July, but get your creative juices flowing and try your hand at making a fun quiz for us all.  You’ll get an automatic 100 points for the week.  Contact me if you’re interested.

I hope you all keep Tuesdays open for some bookish fun.

Sundays with Gage – Freedom

This weekend we celebrate our Independence from England.  As a new mom I don’t have a lot of independence these days.  Here are a few of the freedoms that have come and gone in the last 8 months.

The ability to have long hair and wear it down. Those little hands can still reach around and grab a fistful, but I try to make it as challenging as possible.

Indulging in a long, hot shower without company waiting on the other side of the shower curtain.

Wearing lotion. (This freedom has just come back!  Yea for everything else being more tasty than mom :))

Wearing earrings or necklaces.

Being able to go to the movies without having to plan around a grandparent visit.

Eating out with friends, stress-free.

Making plans knowing that they could all be ruined by a nap out of your control.

An 8 hour night of sleep (even if he’s doing it, that doesn’t mean you are)

And the last, but at the beginning the most surprising, is the ability to go to the bathroom without pre-planning.

Here’s another new mother.  This family arrived on our deck this week.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend here in the States.

Free books for July – closed

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. Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen. mass market (not in great shape, but perfect for beach or plane).  Published 1988. 378 pages. My review here. for Debbie

2. The Glass Flame by Phyllis A. Whitney.  mass market.  published 1978. 317 pages.  My review here. for Misha

3. The Hellion by LaVyrle Spencer. mass market. published 1984. 327 pages. My review herefor Carol M

4. The Lake House by James Patterson. mass market.  published 2003.  403 pages.  My review herefor Mariska

Happy Reading!

June’s 5 Word Movie Reviews & Money for Charity

Once a month I feature the movies I’ve seen for the first time with a 5 word ‘review’.  Only it’s not really a review.  For that I need your help.  I hope that you’ll add your 5 words to my 5 words and that someone else will add their 5 words and so on until we have a a fun hodgepodge of words that make up a ‘review’.

This month you can give money to charity by contributing your 5 words (Details here).  Please join the fun :)  Past 5 Word Reviews here.  We’re up to $74.

(2006. Cast- Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer, Jodie Foster)                  Grade B+

Well Done, Smart Hostage Thriller

(2oo3. Cast- Shia LeBeouf, Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette, Dule Hill, Henry Winkler)         Grade B+

Desert Digging.  Great Family Fun.

Surprisingly entertaining with Shia LeBouf (Heather)

Disturbing But With Cute lizards (Beth)

(2011. Cast- Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams)   Grade B

Classic Artists & Authors Revisited & Admired.

Roaring 20s through nostalgic eyes (Stephanie)

Owen Wilson? No. Movie great.  (Heather)

The best of times, too.  (Tony)

 (2010. Cast- Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan)  Grade C+

Book Was So Much Better.

Meh adaptation of awesome book (Heather)

Devastating yet strangely uplifting movie (Beth Hoffman)