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Thrill Me: Summer Movie List

*ROW80 update at the bottom of the post

Ah, yes, it’s summer again. Around here, summer lasts roughly half the year and the temperatures average 542°F.

Okay…maybe I’m exaggerating. But not by much.

Fortunately, there are a few good movies to watch while we hide out from the heat.

This summer, I’m all about the thrill. Give me some horror, a little adventure, a touch of psychological disturbance and maybe a super hero or two.

There are two upcoming releases I’m super-duper excited to see:

The Dark Tower series is my all-time favorite Stephen King story. I can hardly wait to see how they’ve translated it into film.

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I read IT around sixth grade (clearly, I needed more adult supervision with my reading choices). It’s still on my list as one of the scariest stories ever.

I’m planning to reread the novel before I see the movie.

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There are several movies I missed in the theater, but I’ll be just as happy watching them on video:

I’m a little hesitant with M. Night Shyamalan movies. Sometimes they work for me, other times… But Split was highly recommended to me, so I’ll give it a chance.

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The original Resident Evil movie is one of my favorites. Of course I have to see all the installments, including Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

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The trailer for A Cure for Wellness reminds me a bit of Shutter Island and American Horror Story: Asylum. How could that not be fun?

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Ah, Life. We all know alien life forms are always evil. Why do people keep looking for them?

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Alien: Covenant is another case where the original movie is one of my favorites, compelling me to see how the rest of the story turns out.

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I’ve grown rather fond of the seemingly endless Spider-Man reboots. I hear Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t another origin story, so that’s a plus.

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And here’s the ROW80* update:

This week’s goals are coming along nicely. Now, I just need to keep up the pace for the rest of the week.

Writing

Still working on the STO scene. I’d hoped to have it done by today, but I knew that’d be a stretch. I think I’m on track to finish by the end of the week.

Cello

I’m putting in lots more than the minimums I set, to the tune of 45-50 minutes daily. I’m tempted to raise the minimums but reluctant to do so until I know I can consistently put in these kind of hours.

Health

Now that I’m back to a normal routine, the intermittent fasting is no problem, and I’ve been able to increase my workout time for each session.

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*ROW80, also known as a Round of Words in 80 days is an opportunity for to set goals (for writing and/or other areas) and share them with a community ready to keep you accountable and cheer you on. If you’re interested in ROW80, you can find more info here and the latest check in post here.

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For my fellow ROWbots (or anyone working on a goal or two): How’s it going?

For everyone: What’s on your summer watch list?

Tuesday Toss-Up

Are You Afraid of Falling Through the Cracks?

Facing a Big Project Turns Us into Little Kids Again

…in a Bad Way

pg pier by mike138 on FlickrWhen you were a kid, did you ever walk across a pier, look down through the narrow cracks between the planks to the ocean below and become convinced that, if you made the slightest misstep, you were going to fall through the cracks and drown? Or maybe you crossed a bridge, clinging to the side or staying steadfastly in the middle because it seemed like you might be easily swept over the side and plunge to your death, that you might even be compelled to jump over?

When we got a little older, we realized how irrational, how insane, those fears seemed. We could laugh them off because we knew, duh, people can’t fit through the cracks in a pier nor easily be swept over a bridge. But it seemed so real back then. Continue reading “Are You Afraid of Falling Through the Cracks?”

Tuesday Toss-Up

Why You Should Punch a Time Clock…

… Even if You Don’t Have To

Some folks are naturally organized. Their junk drawers resemble a photo from Martha Stewart’s website, they’re never late and they always remember Great-Aunt Louise’s birthday.

I am not one of those folks.

My regular drawers look like junk drawers. If I shoot for being early, I stand a good chance of being somewhere on time…usually. And I can barely remember my birthday. So, for folks like me, some kind of time-management protocol is a must. And, if you can’t afford or don’t want to hire a personal assistant, something like Toggl might do the trick for you. Continue reading “Why You Should Punch a Time Clock…”

Tuesday Toss-Up

What Happens When You Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone?

I’m a fiddler.

No, not the kind that inspires the Devil to bet a shiny fiddle made of gold against my soul.

I just can’t seem to follow directions, recipes or plans without giving them a little tweak. This is almost compulsive in the kitchen. I’ve only ever met a few recipes (all of them involving baking…which apparently has some “delicate” chemistry requiring one to pretty much stick to the recipe…but I often manage to still throw in a little something different) I couldn’t fiddle with a wee bit. Continue reading “What Happens When You Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone?”

Tuesday Toss-Up

What Do You Do When You Fall Off A Horse?

A few weeks ago, my daughter was riding horses with a friend and trying to learn how to jump. After a few misses and a couple of almost-got-its, the horse had enough and unceremoniously dumped my daughter on the ground. As I saw her falling, my heart stopped, I held my breath and ran for her. But, before I could even get halfway there, my daughter popped up, said something like, “Well, that was rude,” and got back on the horse. She didn’t even dust herself off first. Continue reading “What Do You Do When You Fall Off A Horse?”

Tuesday Toss-Up

When You Text the Wrong Person

When Texting Goes Wrong
I can’t believe I just sent that to Mittens. Awkward!

Remember passing notes in high school? (If you’re about to say no because you had cell phones in high school… just stop. You’re making me feel old). Did you ever have that awkward experience of dropping the note and having the wrong person pick it up? The right note in the wrong hands could have epic embarrassing consequences.

Now that just about everyone and their great-grandma has a cell phone, we can pass notes via text message. While it might be faster and vastly more convenient, it certainly opens up a whole lot more opportunities to embarrass ourselves. This goes for email too.

It’s just soooo easy to hit “send” before we’ve double checked our messages. But the wrong name in the “to” field can lead to disaster or just monster embarrassment. Continue reading “When You Text the Wrong Person”

Tuesday Toss-Up

Is Patience Really a Virtue?

Merlin the Patient
I AM being patient. Now can I have a bite?

“Patience is a virtue,” I often tell my kids in a sing-song voice, like Rachel Weisz in The Mummy. When they’re asking if it’s time to go to the park yet or “are we there yet” on a long trip, patience is exactly what I need them to have they need. And they happily remind me of that virtue when I’m cursing the internet for being slower than usual or  when I’m telling the driver ahead of me (as if he can hear me) “the speed limit is 55 here, not 35.”

There are so many times in life when we can’t have what we want right when we want it. We have to wait on other people or for opportunities. We have to wait on ourselves to learn what we need to learn. We have to wait till the next season of Walking Dead to find out just how badass Rick has really become or for George R. R. Martin to publish that next A Song of Ice and Fire book already.

And yet the opposite of patience is celebrated far more often in our culture. Go-getters don’t  wait for opportunities, they seize them. Winners don’t let pain slow them down, they pop a [insert brand name over the counter painkiller here] and keep running. Heroes rush in where angels fear to tread. Continue reading “Is Patience Really a Virtue?”

Tuesday Toss-Up

Embrace Your Inner Doberman and Other Life Lessons from a Tiny Dog

Note: this post was originally shared as part of the Life List Club Blog Hop on Jenny Hansen’s awesome More Cowbell blog

This is Katara.

Katara at approx 6 months old and full cuteness capacity.

She’s half chihuahua. We have no idea what the other half might be, though we’re pretty sure there’s at least a little alien in the mix.

She stands 8.5 inches high, is 12 inches around the deepest part of her chest and 23 inches long. About a quarter of that lenth is tail.

And yes, she is named after the female protagonist in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The animated series, not the movie.

Although she’s closer in size to a guinea pig than a full-grown doberman, she doesn’t let that stand in the way of taking care of her doggish duties. Guarding the property and house from burglars and meter readers. Terrifying birds that have the nerve to land on her grass. And keeping the cats in line. Continue reading “Embrace Your Inner Doberman and Other Life Lessons from a Tiny Dog”

Tuesday Toss-Up

How Do You Keep Cool?

Around here it’s been HOT. Okay, maybe not somewhere-in-the-Sahara-hot. But hot enough.

Actually, right now we’re on something of a cooling trend…only high 90s and just over a hundred on the horizon. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back up to 110 or 112+ before the end of summer though. So it’s imperative we find ways to keep cool.

While I prefer to hang out anywhere there’s a/c, other folks might prefer a little more unusual way of keeping cool… Continue reading “How Do You Keep Cool?”