Well, Wisconsin has been all a buzz with Johnny Depp and crew filming the new John Dillinger movie, Public Enemies. The movie crew has been filming in various Wisconsin towns such as Columbus, Darlington and now they are in Oshkosh, which is 20 minutes from where I live. I like Johnny Depp and would love to stand around downtown Oshkosh to watch the filming, but alas my busy life and workload takes precedence. However, we did have some excitement in the ol' restaurant yesterday. Seems Johnny and crew came to our town (very quietly I might add) and did some filming in one of the old houses down by the lake. I guess they were doing some kitchen/living rooms shoots in this particular house. The way I found out is that they called our restaurant to order sandwiches and when our delivery driver arrived they invited him into the house in order to pay him. When he stepped in he saw the cameras and film crew. If that wasn't excitement enough, as he was walking out, he saw Mr. Depp in the window looking over what seemed to be a script. Now all my employees (including me) have volunteered to take any future deliveries to this particular house. LOL! I drove by the place today, but no activity. I heard that they were back down in Oshkosh. I hope they were doing some inside shoots as it is rainy and cold... not a very pleasant day for being outside.
I'm in want of photos or pics of Snape and other Harry Potter characters done up in St. Paddy's attire. I want to use a few to decorate my MySpace account in anticipation of the upcoming St. Patrick's day celebration. I'm hoping that some of you have one or two or three in your collection that you are willing to share. I remember one that was passed around of Argus Filch altered to look like a Leprechaun. Does anyone still have that one in their archives? A sour faced Snape with a Leprechaun hat would please me as well.
I saw this on rosedemon's page. How fun! I had a hard time keeping my favs down to 20 but here are my picks. Give it a try and see if you can guess my top twenty movies. You'll soon see that I am mainly into comedies. I LOVE to laugh!
1. Pick 10-20 your favorite movies. 2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie. 3. Post them here for everyone to guess. 4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed. 5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.
Well, we have been having our share of snow and cold up here in good ol' Wisconsin. Last night the southern part of the state was hit with nearly 2 feet of snow which closed down part of I-90 and leaving many travelers stranded on the road for hours. The lucky ones were able to at least pull over to a truck stop. It is yet another reminder of how we are at the mercy of Nature.
Of course, with huge amounts of snow comes every child's dream of a "snow day" where school is canceled - a day spent not behind a desk, learning the three "Rs" but a day of romping around outside in the powdery drifts. However, kids aren't the only ones who enjoy the abundance of snow. Take a look at this video of a dog having fun in the snow. It is hilarious! I especially love it when the dog disappears beneath the snow but he keeps going and going and going. Take that Energizer Bunny! Dog Having a Blast in the Snow
Ok, I just had an extremely busy, hectic, chaotic, lunch with the phones ringing off the hook for deliveries and a line of people out the door for darn near an hour straight. I'm pooped, sweaty and I just want to fall into a big comfy chair with a big cold glass of ice tea or Dr. Pepper (which ever is most convenient) and get lost in cyber world for a while. So, in my scant moment of downtime I checked my email and found that my cousin had sent me one of those goofy ass internet jokes. I generally skip by them, delete them or let them pile up until it is time to purge my email. Today, however, I just said what the hell and read the thing. To my horror and surprise, it has come to my attention that I may be a victim of a terrible crime. I had wondered what was happening to me these past few years and now I know. I'm really distressed and I don't know if I should call the police or set up a home security system.
You like "Little House on the Prairie" as much as anything, and watching or reading it makes you feel quite nostalgic. You've also held a fascination with China, though a little bit of bitterness towards Japan. This natural interest in traveling likely stems from a frustration with being in the middle of nowhere. Most people assume that you spend your time smiling.
If you have ever been to Stevens Point, WI or have spent significant time in Wisconsin you will find this video amusing and well... uncomfortably familiar, esp. the hot bar scene. I think the average ratio of bars to churches in the state are 8 to 1. LOL! Hey! Keep your eyes open for Skipp's Bowling Center in this video. I've been there! Whee Hoo!
In honor of the dog days of summer I have included this annoying icon to my list of userpics. These little creatures of the earth simply drive me crazy as they invade my home, my life, land on my food and try to share sips of my soda. I would dearly love to have my own personal fly zapper ready and willing to assist me in my times of need. I know it would probably a bit of a demeaning job for a certain Hogwart's professor but I would certainly make it worth his while. *big smile*
I just got word today that my cousin has started off on a new adventure. She started sharing some more of her artistic talents with a line of cards called "Very Wild Flowers". Some of her flowers take on the persona of famous musicians such Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Marley while others remind us of those Hippies and Flower children of those Woodstock days. When she showed me her web page I couldn't help but shout "Cool Baby!" Of course, the word Groovy almost slipped from my lips but I have promised myself never to include that word in my everyday conversation... again. LOL! If you like flowers, the 60's and 70's you HAVE to at least check out her site. I am soooo proud of her and extremely happy that her friend pushed her on to venture forth.
Julie was the epitome of the folk song era. She started playing guitar and singing for family when she was in high school (mid to late 60's) We realized then that she had an incredible voice and looked forward to hearing her sing. She spent the 70's singing for her supper and managed to hang out in Aspen, CO for a few years. She has since then delved into the world of acting in community plays, making jewelry and clothing for her small town boutique and now trying her hand out in drawing. If you like her work, let me know and I'll pass the word to her. I hope her efforts make you smile!
I'm so excited that they have made Philip Pullman's Golden Compass into a movie. It is scheduled to come out in December of this year. Yes!!
For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, check out Philip Pullman's trilogy The Dark Materials Trilogy . The books include, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and finally, The Amber Spyglass. You will find it in the youth section of your favorite bookstore or local library. But it is a series that definitely appeals to adults as well. It's steeped in theology, science and magic. I love the main character who is a young girl by the name of Lyra Belacqua. Her world is turned upside down when she realizes that another parallel world exist and things there are the same but not quite the same as hers. Namely, souls of people in the other world are within a persons body. In Lyra's world the person's soul is permanently attached to the outside of the body and takes the shape of an animal familiar of daemon. Lyra's childhood life also takes a dangerous turn when she thwarts an assassination plot and discovers the meaning behind the disappearance of so many children. It is not a light hearted series and has some terrifiying and heart wrenching moments. If you thought Harry Potter got dark, you will find this series even darker. I found the trilogy a rather complex story so you have to keep your wits about you while you read it.
The movie stars a couple of notables, Sam Elliot and Nicole Kidman. Nicole Kidman plays the very manipulative Ms. Coulter. I would put Ms. Coulter in the top ten most evil women villains in children's fiction. I don't know who I hate more... Ms. Coulter or Delores Umbridge. While Umbridge is evil in an annoying way, Ms. Coulter is definitely a more serious and dangerous adversary.
I have not been on for a while. The reasons being: summer means a busy lifestyle; our restaurants continue to keep me from having much free time; I spent over a week in Stockholm, Sweden visiting family while my girls spent a whole month (which meant hubby and I had three weeks of time together - no kids! You figure it out!); I just spent better part of a week reading Deathly Hallows. Whew!
I kept offline, purposely, so I wouldn't chance reading spoilers. Since finishing the book I have seen some very emotional messages regarding the book. Some loved it while some were less happy. So, in the spirit of things all Potter, here are my thoughts.
The last stage of alchemy which is the "Purple stage" produces a substance that is the alchemical powder used to transmute every metal into gold. It is a tincture that is referred to as the "Rose of our Masters", the "Red blood of the Dragon", or "The purple cloak that covers the Queen of Salvation".
I don't know if I can explain the thought that is going through my head right now, but I will try and hopefully you will get my drift.
As of GoF, Voldemort now has some of Harry's blood in him. Harry seems to be going through a spiritual alchemical process throughout the books. Once he reaches the final stage of "perfection" or "enlightenment", will his blood become the "tincture"? Will Harry's blood cause Voldemort to transmute or some other cataclysmic reaction? Perhaps cleanse the evil doer?
'Nevertheless, in his interpretation of 'The Elixir' he equates the stone not with Christ but with God: 'God is seen as the "famous stone", his will is the "tincture", man is the "mean" substance upon which the tincture is projected' "Nothing can be so mean, Which with his tincture (for thy sake) Will not grow bright and clean."