Friday, November 30, 2007

Grouching About TV, Etc.

Have I mentioned lately that I hate re-runs? Well, re-runs that I've already seen anyway. What I hate even more is the fact that quite a few shows won't be back on until January and the network doesn't even bother to put up re-runs! Instead they completely replace them with holiday specials. It's about time that someone recognized that people still love the old things like How the Grinch Stole Christmas but really, did they have to steal Grey's Anatomy to do it (which reminds me, The Polar Express will be on ABC tonight)?

Anyway, sorry... I finished another book for the Four-Legged Friends Challenge and the Newbery Award Challenge last night when I read Sounder by William H. Armstrong. It's been years since I first read it and I still don't know what to think about it! I've got a few things ahead of it, but I'll write up a post soon.

As you may have noticed, I've only been watching and posting animated Disney films and that's because I wanted to watch the live-action in chronological order as well but not only are there almost a billion of them, but a lot are difficult to find. I'll continue to post about the animated works in the correct order but don't be surprised if the next thing I post over there is something about Pollyanna. Or maybe I'll start posting anything that's not animated over on the Movieholic blog? Don't know but you can better believe some posts on Christmas specials are coming up soon!

I just had to share what I'm using as a background for my computer this year:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

2007 Advent Calender/ Online Book Groups

Kaliana's Written World is doing an Advent Calender for December this year and I'm participating on the 3rd. I haven't decided what I'm going to do my post on but since my blogs are about books and movies I guess that's the direction I'll take. There is plenty of time left to sign up if anyone wants to!

I've mentioned on my blogs before that I'm part of a few online reading groups. I've recently had to delete myself from a few because I couldn't find the time to participate but I'm looking forward to what we're reading in December (starting with the one I'm a moderator for):

The Chick Lit Cafe- The Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
Children's Books of Yesterday- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Book Crossing Reading Group- Inheart by Cornelia Funke & Persuasion by Jane Austen
Witch Novels-The Burning Times by Jeanne Kalogridis
The Reading Loft- The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
Cafe Libri- Undecided

All of the groups are friendly and always happy to have new members so if any of the books above sound like fun please come and join in our discussion!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

My Reading Challenges

Third post and already I haven't got a clue of what to write about! I'm enjoying all of the early Christmas festivity going around on the blogs I visit daily. December seems to be here already doesn't it?

I'd like to participate in another reading challenge soon or for next year so if anyone knows of any good ones please let me know! I recently finished one of the books for the Four-Legged Friends Reading Challenge. Here's the complete list of what I'll be reading:

1. Kävik the Wolf Dog by Walt Morey
2. Sounder by William H. Armstrong
3. Scruffy by Jack Stoneley

I've really got to get on the ball because the challenge ends in February and I've only read two books on my list! I really hope that it will become an annual thing.

I'm also participating in the Newbery Award Challenge but I've been hung up on the 1922 winner The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

**In other news, I wrote up a post on His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell today. I really enjoyed the film (it was the first time I'd ever seen it) and it made me want to see Bringing Up Baby again.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Day After Thanksgiving Madness

Well I did the whole "shop-to-you-drop" or in my case shop-to your-feet-scream-in-agony today. I actually had a lot of fun and got some good things: DVDs, clothes, the new Disney Scene-It Second Edition, more DVDs, and a few books of course! For some odd reason my husband wants one of those TomTom navigation thingies so I got dragged to a few stores that I have no interest in and he still didn't buy the thing lol! I picked up some of those milk chocolate with white chocolate filling Holiday Lindor Truffles as a treat for all that running around. So heavenly!

Mind you, we all got up around 4am to do all this. Crazy I know, but some people actually camped out at the Best Buy last night!!! And boy was it cold. At least everyone I saw today weren't those crazy people you always hear about. Needless to say I wanted a nap when I got home though.

For those of you not entirely Wind in the Willow-ed out yet, I have a new post on the 1983 Cosgrove Hall stop-motion film that later became a TV series. Don't worry! Only a few more left and then I'll be through with the Wind in the Willows for good.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving or as I like to say, Happy Turkey Day! I won't be around too much this weekend so I'll leave you with what T*mmy over at My Gentle Retreat posted a few days ago. I just love it:

Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white,
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation,
The thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,

Till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees....
Happy eating to all---pass the cranberries please!

~~Author Unknown.~~

Hope everyone has a yummy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hello everyone! I figure it's about time that I got around to getting to know everyone a little better. My name is Jen and I live in Mississippi with my husband Darren and our two cats Jarren and Sunshine. I'm also the proud owner of The Movieholic & Bibliophile's Blog and Ladytink's Neverland (or Ladytink's Happy Place). As you can tell by looking at my blogs they are only posts of movies and books. I've never posted personal stuff about me there (or fun stuff like meme's either!) so that is where this blog comes in. I can't promise that I'll update all of the time, or that this will even last that long but I'm willing to give it a try!