favorite song friday: take me to church

This song by Irish singer Hozier is everywhere right now, but I can't help but get caught up in it too. Hozier, image from Bedroomdisco ...more

happy throwback thursday thanksgiving

In 2008 my mom, the kid, and I were in New York for Thanksgiving. We had a blast checking out the parade — the first time I ever saw it live, even after years of living in the city. We dined out on turkey day in a restaurant in Rockefeller Center, and generally just had a good ol' time ....more

winter wonderland (sorta)

People in Buffalo have been inundated with the white stuff and my heart goes out to them. I remember snow. The spring before we moved down here to Florida we were hit in D.C. with three consecutive blizzards ....more

mockingjay, part 1: post-traumatic stress katniss

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 picked up right where the second film, Catching Fire left off, but viewers may still feel like they got caught in a different film franchise, though it is following the original story, written by Suzanne Collins, (who also gets a screen credit for adapting her novel). This film is very deliberately paced, some may even feel slow-moving. But it is a very different story than the first few films, which followed Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) as she tried to survive two Hunger Games, an annual ritual that pits young people from each district in the country of Panem in a fight for survival — only the strong, and the last person standing — make it out alive ....more

flocks of birds

Seeing a flock of birds always raises my spirits. Apparently seeing birds, or flocks of birds, is also considered to be quite auspicious. So here are some photos I have taken over the past few months (and years) ....more

favorite song friday: uptown funk

Channeling Prince, Outkast, and Funkadelic, producer Mark Ronson and wunderkind Bruno Mars have teamed up on a new song, "Uptown Funk," which is the first single from Ronson's upcoming album, Uptown Special, due to be released on January 27. It's fun, funky, and infectious. The pair, who have worked together before, on “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla,” are set to perform the song tomorrow on Saturday Night Live ....more

throwback thursday: star trek

I have been enjoying following bird of the galaxy's flickr feed, which highlights some great stills and behind-the-scenes images from the original Star Trek series. Alternate-universe Spock Who knew Kirk had rhythm? She almost could be checking her iPhone Tribbles! ...more

what a boob

I had my yearly mammogram the other day. Just about six months later than I was originally scheduled. I just couldn't deal with having it done this summer ....more

only lovers left alive

Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive is an extremely romantic film. It has been dubbed his "vampire movie." but it is less a horror film and more a romance that concerns two vampires. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are Adam and Eve, a (really) old married couple ....more

cinderella, then and now

The kid and I saw Cinderella this weekend. Waiting for the show to start It was her second Broadway musical - we saw Shrek the Musical about six years ago on a Thanksgiving trip to NY. This show was lots of fun, a revival of a revival, with a few contemporary and feminist spins to the age-old fairy tale ....more