First Glimpse of the Silver Surfer

Okay, I just saw this and had to post. Here’s a first glimpse of what the Silver Surfer will look like in the upcoming Fantastic Four (2): The Rise of the Silver Surfer.
I’m giddy with geeky excitement.
The first trailer for the movie will be released this weekend at the movie Night at the Museum. Can’t wait!

Thursday 13 Unique Gift Ideas

With Christmas right around the corner, here are 13 unique, last-minute gift ideas for those of you who still haven’t bought all of your presents yet:
Thursday 13

1. Ball Ice Cream Maker – for a holiday flare.

2. Flameless, Scented Candles – safer around pets and kiddo’s.

3. Sippin’ Seat Cushion – Actually, this is just kind of gross.

4. A Square Foot of Irish Countryside – You can’t get much use out of it, but you can say you own property in Ireland I guess.

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The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me, by Ian Fleming was a short but fun read. As I mentioned yesterday, it was written from “the Bond girl” perspective. Vivienne recalls her upbringing and failures with men for the first half of the book. Then, in the midst of her reverie while managing a closed motel, two gangsters barge in and her nightmare truly begins.

My favorite quote from the book is when Vivienne realizes, “Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it.” This suspense is gripping, constantly fearing for Vivienne. Even when James Bond shows up at the door with a flat tire.

I now understand why the movie was nothing like the book, but in name only. The first half of the book was only the drama and heartbreak of Vivienne’s past, and the main story for the rest of the book would have made for a very short movie. It was wonderful as a book though.
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Currently Reading

I’ve started several books but haven’t finished anything lately. The Spy Who Loved Me, by Ian Fleming is a bit unlike his other Bond books, as this one is written from a woman’s perspective. I’m about halfway through this 172-page book, and so far it has just been Vivienne’s back-story – who she is and how she views men. So far, it has been masterfully written and engaging.
I found the book with the cover to the right at Half-Price Bookstore.
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Meme of Fours

I was tagged by Christine a couple days ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting it. And since I’m even more sick today with some bug (most likely just Laryngitis), this was the perfect little thing to post today so I don’t have to think too hard.

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Children’s Department at my local Library
2. Accounts Payable – all through college
3. Graphics Design for a missions organization – I got burned out in less than two years.
4. Currently – Proposal Analyst for a Wellness Company – I can barely explain it… don’t ask.

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Muncie, IN
2. Marion, IN
3. Pine Valley, CA
4. Fishers, IN
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Thursday 13 of Upcoming Movies

With the release of Eragon tomorrow, I decided to list the
Upcoming Movies I’m Excited About Seeing for Thursday 13,
In no particular order…

1. Eragon (2006) – The best book I’ve read all year.
2. Night at the Museum (2006) – Ben Stiller, I’m there.
3. Spider-Man 3 (2007) – Everyone’s favorite web crawler back to break more records at the box office.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) – The last of the blockbuster trilogy.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) – “You will lose everything.”
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Christmas Candle and Meme

For my third entry in the 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge, I read The Christmas Candle, by Max Lucado. This was a touching, short story about faith and miracles. Every quarter of a century an angel visits a candle maker’s family, touching a certain candle and miracles happen.

While very short, this was a great little Christmas story that provides more meaning to the season than the usual stories. Max Lucado remains one of my favorite authors for his style of writing and the depth and insight he gives to everyday life.

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The Holiday and Santa Clause 3

I saw two Christmas movies this weekend. And I’ll be giving both reviews today, as I’ll be out tomorrow getting more tests done at the hospital. So here are two out of four of my entries for the 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge.

The Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who have made bad choices in men and find themselves single right before Christmas. They decide to switch homes for the holiday (in L.A. and England), just to get away and be alone. Both women realize they don’t necessarily want to be alone, but just want a change. This movie was incredibly heart-warming and funny. The double leading men, Jude Law and Jack Black, were wonderfully sweet in their roles as well. I found myself tearing up quite a few times throughout the movie. Though, that had a lot to do with an old man that Kate Winslet’s character befriends.

This was a perfect, romantic, feel-good movie for the holidays.
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