Uff da!

Joseph FinaleWell color me impressed, I survived my first musical! Between working in the day and singing at night, I am beyond wiped. However I can honestly say I would do it again in a heartbeat. I had forgotten just how much I enjoy performing. Sure I took a couple semesters of acting in college, but then we only performed in class. Which believe me, I’m not knocking, but there is something a bit different about performing in front of a crowd and such.

A rare shot of me with my 'husband'

A rare shot of me with my ‘husband’

The town festival was once again a big success. After a week of prepping at work (we do a lot of printing for the various parade floats and activities that happen during the weekend) it arrived. Going off with pretty much no hitches (there was some rain late Saturday, but even that can’t dampen our Scandinavian Spirit). Much of my time was occupied with either sleeping, work or performing. I nearly forgot that my sister’s family was down for the weekend. Usually when they come down I put everything aside so I can hang out with them, this time I only spent a few hours with them. Pretty remarkable considering they were here for three days.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of this production. I met so many new people and have found another niche in the community in which I seem to fit rather naturally. (If that isn’t the case, please, some cast member let me know.)

Smiles all around, even off-stage

Smiles all around, even off-stage

One of the directors had stopped me once and commented how happy I looked on stage, and I have to admit I had the time of my life. However when you have a team of people that are all so obviously loving what they are doing, it’s easy to be in the moment. I can hardly wait for next year when the troupe will be performing Disney’s Tarzan. Hopefully I’ll be able to help in someway with that production too. (Not entirely sure I can make the casting cut, but time will tell). So although Joseph has worn his coat for the last time this production, my connection to it will live on in the memories and friends I have made. I am truly a fortunate and blessed person.

Until next time ~ Q

Movie Double Feature: Scream 3 & Sleepy Hallow

Yesterday conspired against me to make it so I couldn’t get this posted. Mainly in the fact that my alarm didn’t go off until 15 minutes before I was due at work. Safe to say I didn’t make it on time.

Anyway the last of the halloween double features! It’s been fun but 3 double features in 4 days is too much. I almost couldn’t watch the third scream movie because during trick-or-treat the night before a kid had walked in with the ghost face outfit. It honestly made my heart skip a beat before me remembering 1) it’s a movie 2) the human in that outfit is about 4 feet nothing 3) i could totally take him out. So I went ahead with the plan.

Scream 3 had some interesting twists and turns. As trite as it is to have Randy ‘come back’ via video he had made I do like hearing him spell out the rules of movies. Too bad he didn’t do that for all movie types. However we can extrapolate. Romantic Comedies: person A meets person B | person A is hiding something | person B eventually finds out | person A tries to win B back | person B leaves anyway | something intense happens to B showing them that A really does love them | A & B live happily ever after. It may not be exact but a lot of movies can fit in that mold. Which is why we sometimes like them. The reassurance that A & B will end up in the end.

Wow I digressed pretty hard. I countered Scream 3 with Sleepy Hallow. I love the stark imagery that Tim Burton movies have. The blacks/whites/dark colors juxtaposed the vivid red makes for interesting dreams if you aren’t careful. The thing I admire every time about this movie is the costuming. The patterns are amazing. I always love Mrs. Van Tassel’s dress the first time we see her, it’s an orange dress with black swirls and screams Halloween. Although Johnny Depp doesn’t take on the typical Ichabod appearance (see video below) he does capture his more cowardly essence, so in that, is true to character.

I’m short on time so to end this post a didly by Mr. Bing Crosby

Until next time ~ Q

  • I did not remember that the movie began with Cotton
  • “There’s no reason to presume that Cotton’s death had anything to do with this movie, is there?”
    “He was making a movie called Stab. He was stabbed.”
    I just fell in love with you character
  • Again with the crazy colored suits Gale?
  • Dewey knows her waaaay to well. “You bought me this purse, didn’t you?”
  • “Psychos can’t kill what they can’t find.” Way to throw the gauntlet
  • Closet full of scream costumes – creepiest thing ever
  • “ten more murders and we can publish a calendar” – seriously, love this character “this is the scene where you come with us”
  • Patrick Warbruton!
  • aaaaand the psycho found you Sid, sorry
  • Dewdrop….so cute
  • I love the faxing…it’s so creative
  • “when it’s a threat you’ll know it” so tough”
  • The Randy thing, just seems so trite
  • “What are you doing”
    “Being Gale Weathers, what are you doing”
    “I am Gale Weathers”
  • Is him grabbing you from your bedroom window not instil the fact that it’s a fake house? The front door is NOT secure.
  • “Oh I forgot, happy birthday Roman!”
    “Yes, life isn’t tragic enough”
  • Oh Detective McDreamy, how insightful you are
  • Way to check under the mask Roman, smart guy…of course you have nothing to fear
  • Leaving the voice mimicker out of your sight is just dumb
  • I never noticed Sidney wearing her college boyfriend’s greek letters before. I like that touch.
  • Head shots people, you must learn to take head shots
  • They are taking their sibling rivalry a little too far
  • I like Gale and Dewey’s oddly magnified voices…totally makes him trip out
  • Third movie in the trilogy (well quadilogy or whatever they call it since there were four) and the hero finally actually stabs someone
  • Why do they insist on dragging in the Gale-Dewey love story?!?

Sleepy Hallow

  • I sympathize with your desire to flee, but perhaps staying in a driver-less coach is preferable than discovering what made the driver headless. The horses aren’t going to run themselves off the road, they (unlike you) have an ounce of self-preservation
  • “We have not yet determined the cause of death”
    “When they are found in the river the cause of death is drowning” – thank you captain obvious
  • You are not welcomed to Sleepy Hallow
  • Perhaps if you don’t wish to get caught, don’t make out by the front door
  • Wouldn’t you just go around the circling men who are clearly playing a game
  • “We have not heard your name”
    “I have not given it” – rude Ichabod. You interrupted the party in the first place
  • Out go the torches, out goes your life
  • If you see the lookout post leveled, wouldn’t you think there was a murder (or something a foot) long before the next morning?
  • “You have moved the body”
    “you must never move the body”
    “because” – yes, clearly you win that battle of wits
  • “We are dealing with a madman” please ignore the fact that I’m covered in blood. I’m no madman.
  • your talisman did not protect you…sorry magistrate
  • I want to pit myself against a murdering ghost, perhaps I’ll find one in the creepy basement at work.
  • Ichabod Crane is equal parts courageous and cowardly…okay maybe not equal parts. A dash or two more coward perhaps
  • “To the Hallow and back he rides. I see him, I smell the blood on him.”
    “Do you.” – so conversational. like they are having tea.
  • I hate to break this to you Ichabod but that red stuff squirting on you from the tree is not sap.
  • Did you not read the sign? It said to knock before entry. Then again you don’t have eyes, perhaps you didn’t see it?
  • “Perhaps you are a witch…because you have bewitched me.” – smooth character
  • “Spider! Kill it, no stomp it!” – how I feel around all spiders and insects
  • “There is something under the bed.”
    “Here help me move it.”
    “No, I mustn’t, you do it.” Once again, so mature
  • “Then you are bewitched by reason” –
    “and am beaten down by it!”
  • “It is a hard lesson for a hard world and you best learn it”
  • Villainy wears many masks, none so as dangerous as virtue.”
  • “Return the coach”
    “Turn around now!” (just speak plainly silly Ichabod)
  • Worst step-mom ever
  • Christopher Walken you are a gem
  • How do I get a part where I only yell ‘hya’ and scream? Best gig ever (reminds me of a play I did in high school where I had a monologue in Elizabethan English. every night right before I went on stage I’d have to rehearse it like 50 times to make sure I could say it right on stage. Def. didn’t memorize those lines.)
  • And our three heroes lived happily ever after, while Masbath carries all of the bags. He’s a sturdy little thing.

Movie Review: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

One of the things I like so much about this movie is that to this day (after rewatching it dozens of times) it makes me laugh. So many great lines that don’t rely too much on cultural context to be funny. Also it plays on the nostalgia of a different time. (Where sometimes guys tucked their ties into their high pants).

We took a moment to freeze and get into character before the kids arrived.

Anyway like every time I’ve watched this flick it was great and a great way to top of a wonderful evening. We had our trick-or-treat night last night in town (in case you’ve missed me mentioning it one of the previous posts…it’s consumed my life up until tonight). My co-workers and I went all out and dressed up as gnomes, which to be honest did scare some kids. ‘Scare’ might be the wrong word, but they were apprehensive (my manager’s kid wouldn’t walk up to her the first time the came into the office).

I wasn’t sure how successful the night would be, it being the first year we had the event. There were over 150 kids and may places ran out of candy (and by extension Dollar General, but that could be everyone in the town needing back up). All in all it was a great night and I think everyone was pleased with the outcome.

Oh, also I got to have a Doctor Who geek out. A guy was dressed up as the fourth Doctor. As soon as he came in a laughed and gave him props which made him equally happy. Shockingly I was the only one that had recognized his costume. Then his son told me about how he had Dalek cupcakes at his birthday party (he is not afraid of them). That is how I want my kids to be, life might be tough for them if they don’t share my love.

Until tomorrow (with the final Halloween movie double-feature!) ~ Q

During Movie Thoughts:

  • “I’m a union man, I only work 16 hour days.”
    “A union man only works 8 hour days.”
    “I belong to two unions” – Gold
  • Dracula going in and out of the coffin is clearly just messing with Wilbur. So mean.
  • Yes, be afraid of Wilbur, not the mannequin holding a butcher’s knife.
  • Why are Chick and Wilbur staying in a hotel? Something I’ve never understood.
  • Chick is such a joker, pretending to be hypnotized. Also so mean too, hitting Wilbur.
  • I saw what I saw when I saw it
  • Oh, everyone is trying to use Wilbur…poor guy.
  • Can we bring back the ‘[insert name] sends me’
  • “Yours had teeth”
    “Did you see that tooth”
    “Yes, I happened to see it”
    “She had so much bridge work every time I kissed her I had to pay toll”
    – Such witty lines
  • Why would you answer the phone in a stranger’s house (It’s Scream 2 all over again)
  • I really want a moat in my basement (or waterway access)
  • Joan Raymond, you are not sneaky
  • Your will is NOT as strong as Dracula
  • “Professor, do you understand women?”
    “I don’t even try.” – smart man
  • Why the bats in the eyes, so weird.
  • Why is it that werewolves always have to acknowledge the full moon before their transformation is triggered? Just don’t look.
  • McDougal just can’t get anything right
  • First hit with a chair, then thrown out a window, Sandra is having a rough night
  • Hehehe, barricading a door that opens out, love it!
  • That is the most winding circular house, ever
  • Diving grab for bat with amazing splash effect!
  • Wilbur, why does it take you so long to untie the boat? Silly man
  • Best way to end a movie ever – with Vincent Price’s disembodied voice. Good choice

Movie Double Feature (only not really) Scream 2 & The Nightmare Before Christmas

Continuing my movie marathon I had planned on watching Scream 2 and Nightmare Before Christmas. Since, as I’ve stated before, we have down town trick-or-treating that I’m co-in charge of I had to take sometime last night to fill luminaries with sand. I only was able to watch Scream 2 (luckily filling bags after the movie fulfilled my rule of having to do something to unwind after a scary movie)

The thing about scream 2 is that somethings feel very forced, like the Dewey-Gale love line. Is it necessary? Not really. Can’t he just be mad at her, do they have to have this reconnecting moment? Or can’t the reconnecting moment be that she really isn’t as terrible as she portrays 85% of the time? Sidney is fairly inconsistent, very hot and cold. However, surviving as many traumas as she has I can see how that would happen, but still. You shouldn’t rely on audiences giving her that break. All in all though I still jumped and cringed so they did there job, right?

Until tomorrow ~ Q

During Movie Thoughts:

  • Really, you’re commenting about how her wardrobe choice moves the plot of the story along. It’s a HORROR movie, there isn’t an earth shattering plot. Stupid comment dumb character who will be dead in 5 minutes.
  • And boyfriend of the year award goes to….you Mr. Jump out of the closet
  • Never listen to other bathroom stalls, lesson learned
  • time to change numbers again, that would not be cool
  • ‘a vague promise at best’…I’ll have to use that
  • Is Sidney destined to always hit Gale upon their first meeting?
  • Is having the girl who is the vampire slayer watching Nosferatu an example of directorial intent?
  • Memo to self, throw bike at attacker. Seriously bikes are awkward when you’re on one, how much harder to maneuver when one is thrown at you.
  • Yes, we’ve all been underage drinking, lets rush to where there are cops!
  • Why would you answer a phone at a random sorority? Bad call
  • Yes make your distraught girlfriend the center of attention by singing her a love song in the cafeteria. Nice gesture and all but a better one would be something private, no?
  • Didn’t Sidney crack a shot about ‘with her luck Tori Spelling would play her’ in Scream 1. Hey Luke Wilson!
  • Dewy and Randy are 5 – ‘if I’m a suspect so are you’
  • “The battle for the soul is fought in the forum of art” – I do like that
  • Here Sidney, let me protect you by moving you by an exit and leaving you
  • Greek Tragedy, nice symbolism
  • Can you look any more guilty Cotton
  • Nice theme music for Dewey
  • “Ask Cotton, he’s the real hero.” Gag me.
  • Sidney flip flops her opinions on people every two seconds…Gale (she saved our lives….smack!), Boyfriend (we should stay apart… i love you… leave me alone) Cotton – you see where this is going

Movie Double Feature: Scream & The Corpse Bride

As promised a Halloween countdown double feature. Day 1: The Scream Bride

Scream is your typical slasher flick. Unknown assailant terrorizing a person/small group that usually turns out to be closely connected to the group. In this case *spoiler* the two boyfriends. The thing about this movie that always gets me is the fact that Drew Barrymore is up front and very prominent in the poster and she is one of the first to die (making her not be in the movie very long). Where Rose McGowan makes it about 2/3 through and isn’t even mentioned on the poster. Oh well, put the names up that will draw the crowds, right? (Like Tim Curry being on the Alice miniseries cover when he’s in it for seriously 5 minutes. That’s cool I like Curry, and Barrymore for that matter)

Corpse Bride is your typical Burton flick. Johnny Depp, Helena Carter, Danny Elfman (who is one of my favorite composers) with a dash of Christopher Lee. I say this but I do enjoy it. I’m always amazed they could get the severely proportioned figures to work. Victor’s legs (if they were using the type of clay we used in elementary school) wouldn’t even roll out that consistently, let alone hold up to the task of being bent a lot. I also like something about how the characters became more colorful after death…there’s something to that.

Both movies are good picks for the haunting season. Scream has that scare element people seem to crave during Halloween, and the trilogy is a staple in the genre. Corpse Bride has the costuming and visuals that make the holiday so fun.

Until tomorrow ~ Q

During Movie Thoughts:

  • Poor Steve, he really didn’t do anything
  • why, Why, WHY are girls in scary movies so dumb
  • Wow, look at Gail’s suit
  • Only in a movie would that many upperclassmen ride the bus
  • Oh 90s where have you gone? Belly shirts…VHS…a kid having a ‘cellular’ telephone is questionable
  • I am not entirely certain that the garage door would be able to lift/kill a girl.
  • ‘[Life] is all just one big movie’…very insightful Billy
  • ‘we prefer the term psychotic’
  • ‘movies make psychos more creative’
  • the cracking neck movement is creepy in a movie…always
  • Stu and Billy falling apart at the end is possibly the best part of the movie
  • ‘did you really call the police…my parents are going to be so mad at me’
  • really? you have enough time to find/change into creepy mask and call the police you were out of sight for about a minute

Corpse Bride

  • It began with a butterfly
  • Wear do I go to school to make awesome claymation sculptures?
  • What it must be like to have such an unsupportive mother (either of them)? It would be horrible
  • I should make myself some calling cards. I shall hand them out when I arrive places
  • Stuff it Lord Barkis, he’s an awkward musician, of course he is a catch
  • If I ever leave Story City it will be to a place where there is a town crier….and then I will promptly steal said persons job…or become their apprentice. ‘Fishy fiance could be canned’ gold
  • Who do I talk to about changing my life story into a catchy song?
  • Ukrainian Haunting Spell….can that take me on a quick trip anywhere? I’d be interested in something like that – hello afternoon in Athens. Where do I get one of those spell egg laying birds?
  • I wouldn’t mind spiders nearly as much if they did all my sewing
  • It ended with a butterfly

LOEB: Halloween Traditions

I’ve been away but I’m back and kicking with a series of posts all about Halloween. To kick the week off we have The League‘s question for the week (I’m a little late in getting to it): What are your Halloween traditions?

I would have to say I don’t have many traditions. Mainly I just start listening to The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack at the middle or beginning of the month (depending on when the need hits me) and then I make sure I watch it before the month is out. This pulls double duty for me, watching this movie. I always want to get my Christmas shopping done way before the holidays (perhaps it’s because of people like me that we see the Christmas stuff go open in July. Hobby Lobby I’m talking to you). So I get to celebrate both Christmas and Halloween in one movie when both are on the brain anyway.

In the end, nothing says Halloween more to me than scary movies and Tim Burton. With this in mind I’m going to have a marathon of double features:
Sunday (tonight/right now in fact) I’ll pair Scream with the Corpse Bride
Monday I’ll watch Scream 2 and Nightmare Before Christmas
Tuesday is trick-or-treat night and I’ll be working late so I’ll just watch Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (a must for every year)
Concluding Wednesday with Scream 3 and Sleepy Hallow.

I have a rule, if I watch a scary movie I need something to tone me down after it, hence the Burton follow ups.

Also, nothing delights me more than those pumpkin things. Absolutely terrible for you, but I swear all the good stuff is (except my spinach-grape smoothie. I love that. I try to substitute other fruit in but it never tastes as good as the grapes.)

Still to come will also be all my Halloween costumes. I’ve dressed up as Red Riding Hood so far, but still have a garden gnome and Shy Violet/Indigo to be. Stories to accompany the photos.  All in all I have a lot going on the Halloween, which is unusual for me. I guess that’s what comes from starting your life anew right? This time last year I was moving out of my parents house. One year changes a lot.

So not a whole lot in this post, sorry, but lots coming this week. Honestly you’ll be sick of me.

Check out some of the other League members
AEIOU and Sometimes Why | Branded in the 80s | | Dead Man Dan | Geek It Till It Hurts | Gen X | Hench Girl | Monster Cafe | Rediscover the 80s | Talk Star Wars to Me – which was particularly good since I could 100% relate (just spent my Saturday with my sister at Hobby Lobby doing step # 3 | That Figures post 1 or 2 | The Man Who Stares at Toys | Whatever I Think Of |

LOEB: Young ________

It’s that time again – the League has called.

In the spirit of Young Indiana Jones, Young Frankenstein, or Young Einstein, come up with a “Young ___” prequel or series.

I know you’ll be shocked to hear the first thing that popped into my head was a “Young Holmes” series. Can you imagine what life was like growing up with Mycroft and Sherlock. You, as a parent, wouldn’t be able to get anything past them.

“Oh look Sherlock, the tooth fairy came and dropped off a bag full of coins!”
“Mother, I felt you slip them under my pillow when you came in to wake us.”
“No, Sherlock, that must have been the fairy scurrying away.”
“Oh mother,” Mycroft butts in, “the coins were jingling in your pocket as the door opened.”

Contrarily imagine the childhood you’d have to survive to become the way the two brothers are:

“Mycroft, come come, best be eliminating the inert ingredients if you hope to figure out what you were poisoned with.”
“What! Dad, it’s Christmas, you promised not today!”
“Sherlock,” Mr. Holmes would switch focus, “based on your brother’s symptoms, when, during dinner, was he dosed?”

Whether or not their parents were fiendishly clever or not, think of the spy vs spy mischief the two would get into.

“Sherlock, really, the water over the door trick. When, in any stretch of the imagination, would that work on me.”
“Oh Mycroft to true, tell me, has your hand done something agregious or are you just scratching it for fun.”
“Of course it’s not for fun, but I’ve got an itch that I just can’t- Oh. Oh you’re a dead man.”
“You may want to go wash before you spread it around to much.”
“I’d run if I were you.”
“Why, are you going to roll me over?”

BUT seeing as how that is already a thing apparently (I haven’t seen it, but according to IMDB it does) my second choice would then have to be the Young Marauders.

Dear old J.K. has teased with a few back stories of the four friends, but what was life actually like at Hogwarts in their day? How much did Lily really despise James and how did he really turn it around? What did James look like when he screwed up his transformation and had little antlers poking out of his head the next day (did Snape see – of course)?

I envision James and Sirius being in constant friendly competition to see who could pull the bigger prank, sneak out the latest or in general cause tom foolery. Mean while Peter and Remus might compete over the Rolaids in reaction to some of the more extreme stunts. However I think the spectrum would most likely settle out to be Sirius-James-Remus-Peter.

Check the League’s main post to see updates to the prompt all week, or you can head on over to other members to see The Young Dukes of Hazzard, Toddler Mutant Ninja Turtles, or a Prequel (young) Monster vs. Aliens.

Until next time~Q