Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Thursday Thirteen (with a little bit of Kevin Spacey thrown in)

I've decided to combine The Thursday Thirteen with Friday's little bit of Kevin Spacey.  Don't worry it's not going to be one of those - thirteen things I like about Kevin Spacey.  Instead, I'm going to give you thirteen of my favorite online Kevin Spacey sites!  You're excited right?  In no particular order:



1.  Driving Mr. Spacey  A fan site that is one of the first that pops up under any Kevin Spacey search.  The webmistress Liss and I have become very good friends.  She doesn't nearly get to keep it as updated as much as she'd like, but there's still lots of archive there.  It's also the home of the infamous KevieBear - his adventures are a nice, fun and creative read.  Yes, I know, there's fans that find KevieBear stupid & juvenile but I think y'all just need to lighten up; see him as fun - like it's suppose to be!  Oh and the chatroom is here too!



2.  Legacy Unleashed  A yahoo group with all the bells and whistles.  If you're a Kevin Spacey fan you know about Legacy.  No?  Well, get yourself over there!  There is more information here than any other place!  Plenty of articles to read; videos to watch; photos to see, fan messages to read.  It's there all in one place.  You also don't have to deal with the pettiness that occurs on most of the groups/boards.  The moderators just don't allow it.



3.  Kevin's FaceBook Page  Yep, he has a Facebook page and a Twitter one.  Though not updated regularly, he does post on occasion and sometimes answers questions.  On the downside, FB is often cluttered with fan postings, which are okay to some extent but can cause problems.  There's always a group that tends to attack other fans, which causes attack backs.  I'm sad to say I've involved myself in some of these; then a few weeks ago I decided not to as that's not what the page is there for and apparently we all seem to forget that.  I decided it's best to let Kevin's staff handle the moderating there.  I know my decision has caused a few fans to re-think their opinion of me even though it had nothing to do with "taking sides".  It was an opinion and decision that I made that I felt was best for me.  Though I'm sorry to lose those online connections, I respect their decision as I'm sure, like myself, they did what they felt was best for themselves.  Yes, hard to believe, sometimes things get that bad.     



4.  Everything Spacey  A fairly new fan site with a lot of information on it.



5.  Kevin Spacey at imdb  Ahhh yes, the internet movie data base that has a wealth of information on just about any celebrity, movie or tv show and then some more.  Kevin has a page where you can see a list of all his movies (great if you're a new fan and want to play catch up); look at photos or talk on a message board.  Again, another board that can get out of hand at times...but at times it can be fun.



6.  The Old Vic Theatre  Technically not a Kevin Spacey fan site...but Kevin is the artistic director here, so it's always worth a daily glance!



7.  Triggerstreet  Kevin's online company for aspiring screenwriters, film makers, etc..  Though again not a fan type site; it is part of him and thus a favorite of all Spacey fans.



8.  A Genius At Work and it's sister site A Genius At Work Photo Group are two other Yahoo groups.  Though they haven't been updated in a very long time there's some very good photos there.



9.  Unofficial Kevin Spacey Forum  Another fan forum which is pretty hit and miss with it's updated postings - it use to be much more active.  I normally pop in once a week.



10. YouTube  Go to YouTube and run a Kevin Spacey search - lots of videos show up!!  I visit quite often.



11. Tour de Spacey  A much older fan site that hasn't been updated in years and never will be; but it's always fun to find some older stuff!



12. Kevin Spacey Fan Site  A fan site from the Czeck Republic.



13. Kevin Spacey.de  A german fan site.



And that's my thirteen!!







The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!


Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



View More Thursday Thirteen Participants




Friday, July 23, 2010

This & That


My last post indicated my favorite book series "The Clan of the Cave Bear."  I had mentioned that though originally to be a series of 6 books, I had given up on ever seeing a 6th one.  Well the internet provided some very good news - the 6th will be published NEXT YEAR and all books will be made available on the Kindle.  I'm so very excited about that!!!  FINALLY!!!  Hope they start releasing the others on Kindle soon as I'm going to have to re-read them to remember everything - lol!!!



Some of my online friends have disappeared off my friend listings at FaceBook and Twitter.  I find that very sad and certainly hope that I did nothing to offend.  Anyway, y’all are welcome to come back on my lists at any time and if you choose not to – good luck with all you continue to do in life!  And I *do* truly mean that! 


 


And for the little bit of Kevin Spacey…one of my NY photos:





 



Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Thursday 13

Okay, I was somewhat unprepared for the 13 this week but I received a tag at FaceBook for books and well that helped!  Here's 13 of my favorite books or series of books:



1.    The Clan of the Cave Bear (and sequels) by Jane Auel.

        The very first time someone handed me the first book, I thought they were nuts!  Really?  A story set in 

        prehistoric times, what a snorefest!  I was so wrong.  This is indeed my very favorite set of books.  

        Originally to be series of 6, only 5 have ever come out and it took FOREVER for the 5th one to come out.  

        The 6th supposedly is coming but I've stopped holding my breath for it; but still if you've never read these:  

        The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage,

        and The Shelters of Stone...GET THEM.  And the movie of the first book with Daryl Hannah does 

         NOT do the books justice - READ!



2.    The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

        I read this book during hubby's first stay at Johns Hopkins.  It was very inspiring and a very easy read.

        Randy Pausch was dying of cancer when he gave his last lecture on achieving your childhood dreams.

        It's really worth the read and you can do it in a day.



3.    Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor.

        Probably one of the original historial romances and considered pornagraphic in its hey day which it's 

        very far from.  Follow social climber Amber as she tries to impress her one true love by gaining a 

        "title".  The movie really does not do this book justice.  I can never understand why it's never been 

        remade into a mini-series. 



4.    The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

        Christian fiction at it's best.  The rapture occurs and the concept is "What happens to those that 

        are left behind?"  The first 3 books have been made into low budget movies, don't bother with them.

        The books are much better and you don't even have to wait for the next one to come out - you can 

        read them one right after the other!



5.    Coffee, Tea or Me (all 4 books) by Trudy Baker & Rachel Jones.

        Supposedly the memoirs of two airline stewardesses in the 70's.  The books were really written by

        a man and are fiction but they are a fun read (and hard to find - especially the 2nd, 3rd and 4th one).



6.    Loves Tender Fury by Jennifer Wilde.

        I use to really be into historical romances, not anymore but along with Forever Amber, this is one

        I really love and Jennifer Wilde is actually a pen name, the real writer is a man!  There are one or 

        two more books in this series, but the first one is the only one worth reading.



7.    Flowers In The Attic Series by V.C. Andrews.

        Another first book made into a very flawed movie - don't even bother; but this series of book is worth

        the read and are the best V.C. Andrews series.



8.    The Stand by Stephen King.

        Yeah, I know it's an extremely thick book, but so worth the read and you won't even realize it's that

        thick.  This is one that I can say that the mini-series was just as good!



9.    The Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz.

        I'm a really big Dean Koontz fan - I could recommend so many, but this particular one about a group

        of a religious zealots that believe a little boy is the anti-christ - is an edge of your seat thriller!  It also has

        been made into a movie - but not a very good one.



10.   Bye Bye Baby by Caroline Sullivan.

        You may have to of been a Bay City Roller fan to appreciate this one - it's the true memoirs of the author

        during the BCR heydays!  She was a superfan (or rather a groupie) and followed them EVERYWHERE!



11.   The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom.

        A very different book recounting the simple life of a man and a tragic accident that befalls him.  I wasn't

        impressed with the movie of this, but the book is a good, quick read.



12.   If Life's A Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing In The Pits by Erma Bombeck.  

        I've always loved Erma Bombeck and was a faithful reader of her newspaper column.  Her books 

        are funny stories of everyday life!  Read them all!



13.   Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

        I do love Jane Austen, but this story tops the list.  If you just can't read it, watch the A&E version mini-series 

        with Colin Firth - love it!  

              



*********************************************************************************************************************************






The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!


Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



View More Thursday Thirteen Participants




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ho Hum

I've worked overtime the past 2 days and I'm pretty sure it'll be with the next 2 as well.



Nothing really blog worthy happening.  I'm thinking of getting a part time job.  I don't really want one, but the economy is hitting us bad and we just need some more money coming in.  I did do an application at Petsmart and they called today; but I didn't get the call to late, so I'll have to call in tomorrow.



Looks like life just may have gotten busier for me!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

                                   



I'm not too sure what Joppa & Cooper have going on in this photo - but it made me laugh and I thought I'd share!



CC and I went to see the new Twilight movie tonight - was just as unimpressed with this one as I have been with all the others.  I cannot figure out what the draw is.



Back to work tomorrow - not looking forward to it.




Friday, July 16, 2010

A Little Bit Of Kevin Spacey Thrown In......

I've decided Kevin Spacey needs to have a weekly spot here at the garden.  So here's a clip from his concert in Atlantic City.  I found the clip at youtube, it's not mine...but I was at this concert!





Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Thursday Thirteen

It's Thursday and that means it's time for The Thursday Thirteen.



This week, I'm going to list 13 of my favorite actors.  Since it's quite obvious Kevin Spacey is my favorite...I'm going to list 13 others that I like:



1.    Sean Bean.  Oh yeah, his rugged good looks makes him a winner everytime.  Normally plays the bad guy in the movies; but so nice to look at.



2.    Michael Rosenbaum.  Became a fan through Smallville and have always enjoyed his tv interviews, seems like a fun guy.



3.    Johnny Depp.  CC and I make it a point to see all his movies.



4.    Arnold Vosloo.  What?  You have to look him up?  He's actually the mummy in the The Mummy movies with Brendon Fraser.  My sister Sharon and I could never understand why the herione preferred Brendon - cause we sure didn't.



5.    Gabriel Byrne.  Love the face, love the accent.  The reason I found Kevin Spacey.



6.    Stellan Skarsgard.  First noticed him in Mamma Mia.



7.    Alexander Skarsgard.  Yep, it's Stellan's son.  He's my vampire hottie in True Blood.



8.    Ed Norton.  What's not to like about Ed?  He's got those boy-ish good looks and always gives a stunning performance.



9.    Vin Diesel.  Though you don't hear too much about him anymore, he's still a sexy man!



10.    Sam Trammell.  Another hottie from True Blood, not a vampire though, he's a shape shifter.



11.    Morgan Freeman.  Can't go wrong here, the man just does not make bad movies.



12.    Robert Downey Jr.  Need I say more?



13.    Eric Dane.  So worth giving my Thursday nights to (Grey's Anatomy).











Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A True Blessing

I found this little thing called "status shuffle" at facebook, that has all these little quotes/sayings you can use.  If you've ever visited my facebook page, you'll know I'm quote happy - so this little gadget is fun!  I posted this one along side my name:



has some of the truest & best friends & family anyone ever imagined!



And it's actually true - I do!  My family is pretty much a given - we've always been very close and there for each other whenever needed.  I've truly been blessed with a wonderful family.



But I have with friends too.  Facebook has brought me back together with so many people I haven't seen in years!  And it's like, that time has never past.  Gwyn Collier left a short comment under that thread, and it really made me think of Gwyn's friendship.



It started over 30 years ago, back in the days when the internet didn't exist - we were penpals, she in Missouri and me in Maryland.  The band Rosetta Stone (a Bay City Roller spin-off band) brought us together - we then shared a Loverboy passion.  We then went on with our lives with occasional letters or cards here and there...time passed with no contact...the internet brought us back together.  Facebook keeps us very close.  Gwyn and I have never met, never talked on the phone - but we're life long friends, supporting each other through the good and the bad; laughing about our younger days.  It's a friendship I really cherish.



God has certainly blessed me when it comes to friends & family - I hope y'all have the same!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Water Is A Coming.....

Every once in a while things just happen at work that are frustrating and funny at the same time.  Take bottled water for instance.



In case you didn't know, our office has been running a person short since May 25th.  The person missing in action is responsible for the budget, paying bills, etc..  The rest of us?  We handle inmate related things.  Anyway, this person is out and the rest of us are just faking our way through her job (but doing quite nicely at it).  Fiscal year started over July 1st (bad time for the budget person to be out), this resulted in some contract changes, one being the bottled water for our water coolers.  Old ones were picked up, new ones were delivered....but there's lots of us, there's a heatwave going on and they just didn't deliver enough water!  We were without.  We called the company, they promised to come out...we never saw them because they went to the other division, decided they didn't need any and left.



We were now all in water hell.  Oh, my office still had half a bottle...but I'd of killed anyone that got anywhere near it - it was the only bottle left with any water!   Oh yeah, we know - there's this thing called a spigot that water comes out of all over the place...but c'mon now, we're spoiled - WE WANT OUR BOTTLED WATER!!



Another call to the company, different deliver guy - full closet full of water - THANK GOD - we were so parched (well technically *my* office wasn't).  Polt dropped and broke a full bottle and keeps blaming it on an inmate......(glad you can comment again Polt). 



Bottled Water = Happy Staff!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Thursday Thirteen

I've decided to try a regular feature here at the garden.  I've joined The Thursday Thirteen . Which basically means, I blog about 13 things of my choosing.  Since this is my first - I'm going to blog about 13 Movies I can watch over and over again and again.  If I'm flipping channels and come across them, I have to watch (even if I own the DVD):





1.    27 Dresses.  A cute little romantic comedy with one of those feel "saw it coming" endings.  Love it!



2.    Accepted.  A comedy about a guy who doesn't get into college much to his parents disappointment, so he

      develops a fake college that turns into a real one!



3.    Never Been Kissed.  Another romantic comedy.



4.    Sorority Girls.  I first came across this comedy because I'm a Michael Rosenbaum fan.  Three fraternity

       brothers are thrown out of the fraternity and dress as girls, join a sorority and hope to prove their innocence. 

       Very slapstick - hubby likes this one too.



5.    The Usual Suspects.  Yes, it's Kevin Spacey in his first Oscar winning role!  Who is Keyser Soze???



6.    The Devil Wears Prada.  Another comedy taking place in the fashion world.



7.    Night of the Living Dead.  The original one in black & white.  Still hide my eyes through most of it.



8.    The Brady Bunch Movie.  The very first one - and if you've never seen an episode of the original series,

       well the movie doesn't make much sense.



9.    Muriel's Wedding.  This is a comedy but shows the growing changes a young girl makes to her life.



10.  Mamma Mia.  Gotta love the music!



11.  Jesus Christ Superstar.  I can sing this entire movie - know it all by heart!



12.  Pride & Prejudice.  The A&E version.  Love Jane Austen.



13.  Robin Hood.  The Kevin Costner version - so romantic!



Not necessary my all time favorite movies - but definately worth watching everytime I come across them!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Reworked Recipe

Many posts back, during my low carb days, I cooked a Bacon & Cheddar Quiche .  It came out very good and I ended up making it again, only using deli ham in place of the bacon (still good).  However, looking at it in a Weight Watchers way it comes to 9 pts. a piece...and well, that just doesn't work.  So I re-worked the recipe into a low fat version and made it yesterday:







It didn't come out as pretty as the other, but the taste was still wonderful.  So what was the recipe?  Here it goes:



4 slices of cooked bacon ( I used the pre-cooked kind)

1-1/2 cups of egg beaters

1 cup of low fat shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup skim milk

1/2 tsp table salt



Mix together the egg beaters, skim milk and salt.  Arrange the cheese & bacon evenly in a greased 9" glass pie plate.  Pour egg mixture evenly over the cheese/bacon.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (watch the last 10 minutes so top doesn't burn).  Again it makes 6 servings that come out to 3 points each!! 



As with the others, I froze them.  I'll let you know how they taste reheated, but I don't forsee any problem.  I thought I'd reheat it and then add a slice of tomato on top.  Next time I'm going to sautee some mushrooms and onions and add to it!  I think this dish can really have variety added to it; so whether you use this version or the low carb one - experiment!


Monday, July 5, 2010

A Long Holiday Weekend

It's been a long weekend.



For me it started on Thursday, which was my 10 year anniversary.  We didn't do anything special mostly because we've been doing some house landscaping and such.  When we bought the house we got this:







Yep, the house was hidden by some huge bushes (which I hate) and no it wasn't due to over growth - that's how they were suppose to be.  It took awhile, but we got to this by last September:





We got rid of the bushes and the shutters that were on each side of the door (if you look real close you can see Toby sitting in the window).



This year we finally went a step further and decided to paint the window sills white and the shutters and door wine red.  We then took down the wrought iron railings and carpeted the stoop with red carpet:





The neighbors across the street we're like "WOW"!  LOL!



And the past few weeks we've done some landscaping on the alley side:





A close up:





I still want to add something in the area in front of the hanging basket.  And, of course, the bushes will grow out some the next few years and fill out a lot of space.  The red tub we found in the attic crawl space - it was sliver and we spray painted it to match the shutters.



Hubby said something about gnomes, I rolled my eyes, he laughed...but we did agree on a solar cat & dog:







We still have the other side to do but I'm so happy with just this much being done!  The guy across the street does landscaping and he says everything we do just improves the house's appearance (yeah, he really hated those bushes too).



******************************

Anyway, the weekend started on Thursday for me and it started with no hot water!  I checked the breaker and then called hubby who advised me on how to find the reset button on the water heater.  It wasn't popped out, so it didn't help.  He came home and after much checking we realized there was not enough of electricity coming into the breaker box to the water heater (it's wired separate).  This resulted in a call to the electric company which showed that the old wiring in the outside box was shot.  Naturally, this wasn't the electric companies responsibility even though the problem exists in a box they keep locked and we can't access.  Anyway, the next day an electrician came by and replaced the wiring; he's also suppose to give us an estimate on replacing the outside wiring and electric panels in the basement.



*******************************

Saturday hubby and I headed to the Summer Jamboree in town.  First there's a parade (that we didn't go to) and then there's a festival with food stands, crafts, music and such.  We live up the hill behind the hospital and the festival is right across the street from the hospital.  So it's walking distance for us.  The walk is easy going down, can be rather challenging going up!  We chose to come down through the cemetery.  I live in a historic area (especially when it comes to the civil war) and we past some history on the way:











Then it's the festival (don't expect anything close up - this is all you're getting):





Later that night we sat in the cemetery and watched the fireworks.  Yes, you heard that right - the cemetery - lol!  Keyser went with us, Toby stayed home and hid under the bed.  You may be asking why everything was done on Saturday instead of on Sunday which was actually the 4th.  Well, there's some town ordinance that doesn't allow parades on Sundays.  I can't explain it either, it's small town America!



************************

On Sunday, CC, Josh and I headed to Caldonia State Park to the pool:







It was hot.  The pool water was very cold.  The one female lifeguard was whistle happy.  Snack bar food was good.  It was a nice relaxing day.  There are no photos of CC and I in bathing suits for obvious reasons...however, after being there and seeing some of the sights...well, we felt much better with our appearances.  But you're still not getting any pictures (we didn't even take any).  Afterwards, Josh went to work and CC had a cookout of steak, shrimp, mac & cheese, mushrooms & onions - YUMMY!  She and I then watched a very badly acted remake of the classic "Night of the Living Dead".  This one was done in 2006 or 2007 and was shot in 3D.  Naturally it wasn't 3D to us.  It gave homage to the original with some changes in the story.  The acting was extremely bad...and well, it's just bad.  We laughed.  Hubby spent the day on the couch.



*********************

Today, hubby's at work and I'm on my "official government holiday".  It's my day to lounge, though I did do some grocery shopping and bought the dogs and I hotdogs for lunch.  It's very hot and humid today.





Hope everyone else's weekend was fun and eventful.



Friday, July 2, 2010

It's Not About You

"It's Not About You."



That's how the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren opens.  I don't agree with Rick Warren's "political" opinions, but his books on how to live your life for God are very inspiring.  I've read this particular one over and over; but those opening words have stuck with me since the first reading.



When times get tough - It's not about  you.

When times get sad - It's not about you.

When times are happy - It's not about you.



It's all about God.



Everything you do here on this earth is preparing you for your life with God. 



The book is designed to be read one chapter a day for 40 days.  My first reading of this was an entire church effort and changed my life completely.  Since then, I've dropped that church (due to too much politics and too less God) but I re-read the book everytime I need some inspiration.



When you realize that the world isn't designed to spin around you and that in the end all that happened here won't matter and that God has a special purpose for you.....all the day-to-day grind and little irritating things don't hurt or matter as much. 



Because it's not about me or you; it's about God.





Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ten Years Ago Today....

Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary.  It's hard to believe so much time has past.  In honor of this day, I'm sharing some photos (had to scan these in, so the quality isn't great):





Kelly, Jamie, Me, Lauren and Judy.





Paul, Terry, Kyle, Alan and Jay.





Here comes the bride!





Saying the "I Do's".





Husband and Wife.





Throw the rice!  Okay, there was no rice, everyone rang little white bells!





Arriving at the reception.





The cake!





No face smashing and yeah, we changed into to much more comfortable clothing!





Me with my co-workers Mary & Brenda in our favorite pose (it actually has special meaning to us)!





And of course, there's karoke!