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Once A Critic… – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Trish and Eric sat in the theater, sharing a bucket of popcorn while watching a movie. The movie had already been out for a while, so the theater wasn’t very crowded. There were only a handful of people there besides them. They took seats near the front.

The date had been going fairly well so far, and she had been looking forward to seeing this movie.

Trish tried her best to enjoy the movie, but Eric kept muttering comments. He complained about a variety of things, such as acting performance, special effects, plot holes and gaffes in continuity. It quickly started to get on her nerves, and she found herself rolling her eyes a lot and not able to focus her attention on the movie.

Eventually, she said to him, “Can you please stop being so critical of the movie? It’s making it hard for me to enjoy it.”

“Sorry,” he told her. “I guess I just can’t help it. Old habits, and all that. I used to work as a movie critic, you know.”

As she debated whether to stay to finish the movie, Trish promised herself to not go on any more blind dates and to give her friend Kelly an earful later for setting her up on this one.

 


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “critic(al)”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 23/19


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Pretty? Or Pirate? – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS #JusJoJan

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“Preference?” he asked her as they browsed the movie listings.

Pretty in Pink,” she replied.

Pretty in Pink?” he said, surprised she’d like something like that.

“Perhaps,” she said. “Perhaps not.” They scrolled through the listing a little more, then she touched his hand at the same time he stopped scrolling.

Pirates of the Carribean!” they said together, and they chuckled.

“Pizza?” he asked as he reached for his cell phone.

“Please,” she said, and he dialed and ordered, then they settled back on the couch to start the movie.

 


This silly little story is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “P”, and Just Jot It January:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS and #JusJoJan Jan. 14/17

 

 


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Michael Bolton, Percy Sledge, & Al Bundy

 

A little something funny that happened at work today:

I was working in a room with two of my co-workers when the song When A Man Loves A Woman came on the radio. My one co-worker, an older man, comments “That doesn’t sound like Percy Sledge.”

And my other coworker, a middle-aged black lady, agreed. I told them it wasn’t Percy, that it was Michael Bolton.

 

My female co-worker asked my other co-worker what songs Michael Bolton sang, since she’d only heard his name and never heard any of his songs, and he told her he didn’t know but that I might know.

I told them I hadn’t heard Michael Bolton songs in a long time, and drew a blank as I tried to think of some. So as I grabbed my phone to look it up, I mentioned that I used to like to listen to Michael Bolton but now whenever I even hear his name, all I can think of is Al Bundy from Married…With Children.

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(There’s also a jab a Michael Bolton in this episode, and many more episodes)

 

My co-workers got a good laugh from my comment.

I’ve noticed how a lot of times, a song or something a can be used in a tv show or movie, and though I might be familiar with it already, after seeing the show or movie, that’s the first thing to come to my mind whenever I hear it afterwards. Does that ever happen to you?

 


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Ultimate Harry Potter Book Tag

I saw this posted on Susanne Valenti‘s blog the other day and, as a Harry Potter fan, I thought I’d take a shot at answering the questions myself. So here goes! And if you’re a Harry Potter fan and want to have a go at it yourself, you’re more than welcome to 🙂

1. Favourite Book?

Hard to say. They’re all great. But I’d probably say – and I know a lot of you may think it crazy – but I kinda liked Order of the Phoenix. Yes, I know Harry seemed to act a bit of a git in that one and with what happened with Sirius and all, but for some reason what all happened at Hogwarts (Umbridge and all) seemed to appeal to me. I’m not really sure why. But I rather liked how they stood up to Umbridge and everything. Prisoner of Azkaban and Chamber of Secrets would be my next favorites.

2. Least favourite book?

Probably Half-blood Prince. I didn’t like Slughorn all that much, with how he “collected” students and all. And Lavender and her “Won-Won” all the time got on my nerves.

3. Favourite movie?

Deathly Hallows (both parts). I think they were done very well, given everything that had to be covered. Part 2 in particular I thought was done quite well (though I wish they had kept Harry using the Elder wand to repair his broken wand).

4. Least favourite movie?

Half-blood Prince. Just too much was changed or left out for my taste. I didn’t care much for the scene in the Room of Requirement with Harry and Ginny when they go to hide the potions book. And the scene with the fire at The Burrow and the chase through the field? What the heck?

5. Favourite quote?

There are just so many great quotes, especially from Dumbledore.  Like “Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” and “It matters not what someone is born but what he grows to be.” and “It is our choices that show us what we truly are far more than our abilities.”

6. Favourite Weasley?

Fred and George. I assume no explanation is needed for picking the fun-loving pranksters who manage to chase Umbridge out of Hogwarts with their fireworks and can even give Peeves a run for his money.

7. Favourite female character?

Hermione. Sensible, book-smart, has a cat, and punches Malfoy. What’s not to like about her?

8. Favourite villain?

Bellatrix. She’s just so deliciously mad and evil.

9. Favourite male character?

Harry, obviously.

10. Favourite professor?

McGonnagal. She acts tough, but she obviously cares about the students and the school. She has no problem taking charge at the start of the Battle of Hogwarts. And she can turn into a cat!

11. Would you rather a) wash Snape’s hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Listen to Lockhart. At least I’d be fairly certain of getting a few laughs. I’m not touching Snape’s greasy hair with a ten-foot pole!

12. Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly?

An angry Molly. She might be angry at me, but unless I did something really, really bad, I’m pretty sure I’ll at least live through the duel.

13. Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express or flying car?

The flying car might be fun for a lark, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have snack trolly.

14. Would you rather kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a bubble bath?

Hmm. Well, as The Doctor said, “Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose.” So I guess I’d rather give Umbridge a bubble bath – and find some way to make it as unpleasant an experience for her as I can.

15. Would you rather ride a Hippogriff or a Firebolt?

Hippogriff. I don’t think broomsticks are all that comfortable.

16. Is there any character that you felt differently about in the movies?

Not really, though I do think Molly seemed a little over-acted.

17. Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

Not really. I love them both. But naturally, I tend to prefer the books.

18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

I love them both, but as soon as I saw Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, I thought he was more how I pictured Dumbledore in the books.

19. Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most?

The Sphinx in the Goble of Fire maze! And Harry repairing his wand at the end! And Dumbledore’s funeral! And Peeves! I miss seeing Peeves!

20. If you could remake any of the movies which would it be?

Half-blood Prince, to put in some of the things they left out (like Dumbledore’s funeral) and get rid of that stupid scene at The Burrow.

21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Probably Gryffindor

22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?

Hufflepuff. Which I suppose makes sense.

23. Which class would be your favourite?

DADA (Defense Against the Dark Arts) or Transfiguration

24. Which spell do you think would be the most useful to learn?

As someone who wears glasses, I’d like to learn Reparo or that spell Hermione used to keep the rain off Harry’s glasses. Accio also seems fairly useful.

25. Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?

As a fellow bookworm, probably Hermione

26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

The Invisibility Cloak. That would be so useful!

27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

I’d like to know more about what happened to some of the characters during the Battle. Like Lupin and Tonks – what exactly happened during their fights?

28. Favourite Marauder?

Sirius. He seems like he would’ve been a fun guy to hang with. And he can turn into a dog!

29. If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?

Sirius. I wish he could’ve had more time to be a more proper godfather to Harry.

30. Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows, of course. I really don’t see myself tearing my soul into pieces and disfiguring myself. No nose? I don’t think so.


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R.I.P. Robin Williams

 

I still can’t believe the news that the great actor and comedian Robin Williams is dead. I didn’t want to believe the first reports I saw, but when the major news outlets started reporting it, I had to resign myself to the fact that he was gone. He was one of my favorite actors. I first remember seeing him in reruns of Mork and Mindy when I was a kid. And I loved him as the voice of Genie in Disney’s Aladdin. He was great in Good Morning, Vietnam, HookJumanj, Dead Poets Society, Night at the Museum, and so many other movies. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Robin.

 

 

What are your favorites?


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Liebster Award!

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I have been nominated for a Liebster Award! Wow! How unexpected this is!  Thank you so much to http://mommyx4boys.wordpress.com for the nomination. I truly appreciate it. This is my first award here on WordPress, since I’m relatively new here.

Okay, now, let’s see…

The rules for this award are…

1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award
2. Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog
3. Answer the questions the award giver asked
4. List 11 facts about yourself
5. List your nominees

 

The questions I’ve been given:

1. If you had one wish what would it be?

– Only one wish? Well, I’d love to be a relatively famous author, with a contract with a big publisher 😀

2. If you could change one law, what would it be and why?

-probably repeal “ObamaCare”. I understand the motivations, but I’ve always thought it was silly to force people to pay for insurance when a lot of people still can’t afford it thanks to the bad economy, and it hasn’t really worked out like “they” had hoped it would.

3. What is your favorite movie?

-Oh, I have a lot of movies I love. Casablanca, The Princess Bride, My Cousin Vinny, Monty Python and Holy Grail, Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, etc.

4. What is your dream job?

-full-time author 🙂 or something where I can work with animals, probably. cat behaviorist might be interesting.

5. If you could travel to a different time period, when would it be?

-I’ve always been fascinated with Ancient Egypt. If reincarnation is real, maybe I was an Egyptian in a past life. It might explain my love for cats 😀 I’ve also been interested in the Middle Ages.

6. Do you love zombies, if not why?

-they’re not my favorite, but I don’t hate them. I like some zombie movies, like Resident Evil and World War Z, but for the most part they just don’t catch my interest. I’m more into vampires and ghosts.

7. Who is your favorite actor/actress

-I love Johnny Depp 😀  I’ve also recently become a fan Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant.

8. Do you now or have you ever had a nickname?

-a couple of women I used to work with used to call me “Boo” and “Jeannetta”.

9. What would you want your last meal to be?

-one last trip to a Chinese buffet 😀

10. What is your biggest fear?

-being broke

11. Do you think im awesome?

Yes 😀

 

 

 

11 Facts about me:

1-I consider myself an introvert.

2-I’m named after Joan of Arc.

3-I think of myself as a bit of a tomboy.

4-I could easily become a crazy cat lady if conditions were right.

5-I believe in soul mates, and am still looking for mine.

6-I don’t care much for romantic movies.

7-I have an eclectic taste in music.

8-I’ve been writing stories since high school.

9-I have green eyes.

10-I’m 5 ft. tall

11-My favorite color is purple.

 

Ok. Now my nominations. Since I’m new here, I might not know many people to chose. If I chose someone and they’ve recently done this, forgive me.

 

http://misslouella.wordpress.com

http://katzenworld.wordpress.com

http://dezizworld.wordpress.com

http://clowiescorner.wordpress.com

http://writingfordesire.wordpress.com

http://aworriedstudent.wordpress.com

http://gradypbrown.wordpress.com

http://jgiambrone.wordpress.com

http://lindaghill.wordpress.com

 

My questions for the nominees:

1-What is your favorite food?

2-What are your hobbies?

3-What was your favorite book as a child?

4-Do you watch reality tv?

5-Who is your least favorite celebrity?

6-If you could back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

7-If you could talk to one famous person from history, what would you talk about?

8-What is your favorite color?

9-Do you still watch cartoons?

10-What is your favorite Disney character?

11-What is your favorite tv show?