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Halloween is just around the corner, and this year I have been getting into it a bit more than usual. One of the things I’ve been doing is going through my favorite “spooky” movies; here are my top 10.
Practical Magic – One of my all time favorite movies. Forever cursed by the spell placed on the Owen’s women by their ancestor Maria, Sally and Jillian struggle to become the one thing that has always eluded them, normal. Ostracized because of their name and abilities, the girls each strike out on separate paths to build a spell free life for themselves. But when tragedy and danger strike, the sisters have to band together and embrace their legacy to protect themselves and those they love, and hopefully, to find the happiness they’ve always searched for.
Sleepy Hallow – A wonderful interpretation of the tale by Washington Irving. The incomparable Johnny Depp plays the part of studious forward thinking police constable Ichabod Crane, who has been dispatched to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a string of grisly murders. Upon arrival he finds himself immediately swept up in the wake of the intriguing Katrina Von Tassel (Christina Ricci) and her complicated family. As the body count rises, Crane and his firm belief in facts and science are tested as political wrangling and super natural forces expose the seedy underbelly of life in Sleepy Hollow and force him to confront the ghosts of his past.
The Craft – I actually found out about this movie from a church meeting. The church administration decided to show us all a video on the dangers of witch craft in the media and why you should shouldn’t let your children read or watch anything from the Harry Potter series. It was supposed to be a “scared straight” sort of thing, but all it did was add movies to my mental list of things I’d watch as soon as I was old enough to make those decisions for myself. It’s 90’s angsty girl perfection with some questionable CGI and only a nod at accuracy, but a good watch. I’ve seen it dozens of times, but it still speaks to the part of me that will always be that awkward teenage girl wishing for magical powers and perfect late 90’s hair.
Queen of the Damned – While I am not a huge Ann Rice fan, I am a fan of the movies made from her books. It was a close call between this and Interview with a Vampire as to which made the list, but this one won out because it doesn’t have Tom Cruise. Plus, I have a soft spot for violins.
The Addams Family – Probably my favorite dysfunctional family of all time, and man, do they know how to throw a great party. Not to mention Angelica Huston’s costume and make up #goals.
The Haunting – Pair chronic insomniacs with paranormal happenings and it isn’t surprising when this experiment goes off the rails. But you know what, I don’t care if it’s haunted by a murdering old creeper and the souls of lost children, the house in this movie is EVERYTHING. I want it, I was deeply disappointed that it was only a set, and I am incredibly jealous of the actors who got to work in it.
Corpse Bride – If you’ve ever worried about things being dull after your dead, this movie shows us, that if anything, it’s when the party really gets started. Also, a cautionary tale against jumping into marriage with someone you barely know and practicing your wedding vows with items that are only seemingly inert. I am a Tim Burton fan, and like his other movies, there is a zany whimsical quality to the worlds created that one finds almost more enjoyable than the story line itself.
Coraline – Talking cats and parallel universes where everything is exactly the way you want it? Sounds amazing, right? But is it everything you’ve ever dreamed of or is it too good to be true? Throw in a creepy spider lady and some button eyes and you have an animated tale that is entertaining, but still creeps me out even as an adult.
The Village – Being blind doesn’t keep you from being a bad-ass. Ivy walker lives a full life and is an intricate part of her small secluded community, and when the life of the man she loves is in danger, guess who womans up and sets off into the woods by herself? That’s right, the blind chick. Even after being abandoned by her guide, Ivy bravely navigates the forest with it’s dangerous inhabitants to bring back the medicine that can save her guy. Of course, there are some twists thrown in along the way in true M. Night Shyamalan fashion.
Underworld – Vampires, werewolves, and secret plots, oh my! Kate Beckinsale plays the gun toting boot stomping vampire warrior Selene, who finds herself tangled up in a centuries old feud and a conflict which will force her to question everything she knows. Throw in Michael, a dreamy detective who is inexplicably caught up in the supernatural happenings, and it isn’t long before things get interesting and bloody.
Which movies are on your Halloween watch list?
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Quite the name, right? This event takes place once a year, and though I’ve considered going in the past, the stars never really aligned to make it happen. This year, however, things fell into place perfectly so Saturday morning my friend Cassie and I found ourselves pulling into the farm at 9 with all the other “gotta get there early” shoppers and handing over our $10 to peruse what is supposed to be one of the best antique and craft fairs in Tallahassee.
I have to admit that I underestimated this event a little. I mean, I’ve been to local craft fairs and you can find some really incredible stuff, but the furniture at this event… it’s probably better for my bank account that I couldn’t fit most of the larger items in my vehicle. I would have been HGTV worthy I promise you, oh well… maybe next year 😉We really lucked out; the weather was gorgeous for most of the morning, which is something that is never a given here in Florida, but it did start to warm up around lunch time. By that point, we’d made our way to the booths that were more small items and crafts. We also made some furry friends along the way, like this sweet guy named Diesel. I think Cassie would have stolen him if she had the chance. I wanted this bed so badly! It was so gorgeously detailed and colorful. The kind of thing that would make Andy roll his eyes, but makes my little hippy heart sing.I bought a lot more things than I intended; one of the impulse purchases was some really incredible soap from a local vendor. I’ll post more information later after I’ve used it for a while and make sure it really is as good as I think it is. On the way out, we picked up a few pastries from one of my favorite local places Trevas, who had a booth stocked with some of their most popular items. We made some final purchases and listened to some music by this talented father and son duo.If you happen to be in Tallahassee around this time next year, you should definitely plan to check this event out.
Hey guys, I regret to inform you that there in no link love this week. I know you’re disappointed, that handful of internet randomnesss really makes my week too. Today though, I just don’t have a lot of happy to share. I know that thousands of cat videos are a short Google search away, but right now I am feeling a little defeated and glossing over it seems a little dishonest.
It’s been a rough week. My job, while usually merely unfulfilling, has been downright awful. It kicked off with a coworker regaling all of us with her husband’s hospital “nightmare” story. Evidently they were “forced” to interact with several gay nurses, there was even a transgender nurse, and these “people” watched her husband’s post-op bathroom trips. I couldn’t believe the narrow minded hate spewing from her unenlightened mouth. I stood there in horror as my pro-Trump co-workers nodded sympathetically. My supervisor, thank God, gave her a look and said that she didn’t see what the problem was, since sexual preference didn’t dictate job performance, a sentiment I quickly seconded, but it really hurt to see how in the minority our opinions were. My younger brother, who passed away three years ago, was gay. He was also engaged to one of the sweetest guys I have ever met. I don’t expect everyone to be as a pro-LGBTQ as I am, but I do expect them to have basic respect for their fellow humans. It is so wrong to condemn a person based on a single facet of who they are. And I have news for my co-worker, I am 99.9% sure that none of those nurses got any enjoyment out of watching her husband take a piss. It was just a reminder of how little I fit in at my job and how little I can really do to get away. Throw in some screaming clients, incessantly ringing phones and looming deadlines, and I am walking out of the building at the end of everyday completely exhausted and my blood pressure through the roof.
On a grander scale, I am feeling socially impotent. As a plus size tattooed pink haired feminist, I feel like ever damn day I walk out the door, or hell, go online, is a battle. And I say that sitting here in my white hetero middle class privilege, knowing how much worse it is for so many others. But I am tired, and I don’t feel like things are getting better. I know that the fact that the recent Weinstein scandal came out at all means that things are beginning to change, but this isn’t an isolated event. This is the same shit that goes on in lesser forms every damn day. So much so, that we women don’t realize how crazy it is sometimes. I haven’t met a woman yet, who hasn’t had her ass groped in a crowded bar or been inappropriately propositioned by some guy who thought that the fact that he had a penis entitled him to whatever he wanted. I’m tired of having to worry about what I wear and the message it’s sending. Of not feeling comfortable going into certain situations without check-ins and back up. Of being told what is and isn’t acceptable for me to do with my own damn body. Of being valued by my appearance and my cup size instead of my skills or intelligence. Of trying to be an example of tolerance and mutual respect in a world full of raging offensive pontificating assholes. I am tired, but what’s my alternative? To throw my hands up and say, “No mas! It’s too hard!” ? I can’t stop, because that privilege I was referring to earlier? That privilege gives me power, gives weight to my words makes me responsible for pressing forward where others can’t. It’s like that whole Uncle Ben/Spiderman thing “with great power comes great responsibility”.
So what is the take away from all this? I am tired, I am pissy, and I am feeling sorry for myself, but after I have indulged in a good wallow, I will be back at it. Also, just be nice one another. Seriously, if we could just recognize that we are all different and no one has the right to tell us how to live our lives, we’d all be a lot happier. Happy Friday.
Tallahassee has a new bakery, and I am delighted! Shocking, right? But you heard right, I’m here, I’m chubby, and I like pastries! SoDough opened its doors a week and a half ago, and the buzz around town has been palpable. They have no parking, limited seating, long lines, and it’s worth every damn minute you have to wait. I’ve been twice now for early morning weekend pastry runs with my friends and not a single thing we’ve tried has been anything less than amazing.
A group of us got up early and decided to make our first visit at 8 am the day of the grand opening. The line was out the door, but the staff bustled around filling cases, offering coffee cups to people who were planning on purchasing so they’d have something to sip in line. The crew behind the counter was hustling, filling orders, making/decorating donuts, and ringing up purchases, all while being helpful and pleasant to each and every customer. After securing a box full of pastries apiece, we retreated to the seating nook near the window and proceeded to over indulge. We all got a couple different things so there was a lot of “try a piece of this” and “holy crap, this is amazing – you have to try this.” There were also some wordless happy dances performed after trying a bite of something especially amazing. Between what I’ve purchased and what my friends have let me try I can whole heartedly recommend the following: the Strawberry Lavender Sugar Donut, Delta Butter Donut (Andy’s favorite), Key Lime Pie Donut, Chocolate Stout Donut, the Indigo Shibori Bread, The Everything Bagel Kolache and the Mushroom Pastry (my favorite). The pastry case always has something new and interesting to try, but this at least gives you a place to start.
Since both of my visits have been on the weekends, I am trying to figure out how to get over there during the week to see if things are a little less hectic. No luck so far, but it’s only been two weeks.