Favorite Things of the Moment

Some of my favorite things at the moment are….
I’m really loving my Xbox 360.  I’ve never been a gamer by any means & I mainly use it as a DVD player or to stream Netflix shows & movies.  I do occassionally get in the mood to play a game.  I also have the Kinect, which basically lets your body be the controller & it reads all of your moves & motions.  So today, I finally opened up the game I bought when I got the system a few weeks ago, “Dance Central” & it totally kicked my butt & worked up a sweat!  It burns more calories than sitting on the couch though! 🙂
Glee: Season One – LOVE IT!  Found out the first season was available on demand on Netflix, so I’ve been watching all of the episodes over the weekends.  I started watching the show initially when it first came out, but then I didn’t watch it for a while.  I’m glad it was on Netflix…I forgot how good the show was.  Gotta love Sue Sylvester…she cracks me up with some of her off the wall sayings.  Makes me wish I could sing!
“Something Borrowed” is the latest book I downloaded to read on my Nook & I’m loving it so far!  I’m not even half way done yet, but I would highly encourage you to pick up this book!  Can’t wait for the movie!
I love the wine cork cage my brother bought me when he was here back in February.  Evidently, I’m not the only one that liked keeping the decorative corks when I was done with a bottle of wine.  Plus, it’s a great decorative piece in my kitchen.  Don’t you just love it!  Just type in “Cork Cage” in google to find a whole bunch of them in different styles and designs, like, a house, a purse, a pineapple & many more.
My sister had sent me some of this Caress Evenly Gorgeous for X-mas & it’s nothing I would normally buy.  I guess I’m more of a Bath & Body Works gal, but this stuff is the bomb digity! Smell like brown sugar…yum!
My favorite song of the moment is Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”.  I would have posted his video, but I love this version that was done on “Glee” by Gwyneth Paltrow.  She has an amazing voice!

Happy Saturday!

     Hey there blog land!  It was another lazy Saturday at my house this weekend!  Needed a new book to download for my Nook last night, so I downloaded “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin & had a hard time putting it down last night.  Then when I woke up this morning around 8:00, I grabbed the Nook & had to read at least another two chapters before getting up for the day.  So far, it’s a really good book!  It’s another one of those books that been made into a movie.  I believe it’s going to be released in theaters shortly and has Kate Hudson & Ginnifer Goodwin as the main characters, so that should be good.  
     Then after I got up, I sat on the couch in front of the t.v. with the laptop on my lap trying to figure out what I was going to do for the day.  Other than doing some cleaning around the house, not much else got accomplished today.  I kept thinking I was going to go to a movie, but I think I might go to one tomorrow instead since I don’t have any plans for Easter.  I wasn’t going to go see “Water for Elephants” right away, but I keep hearing such good things about it, I just might have to.  I also really want to see “Soul Surfer”, as I’m a surfing movie freak…love them!
     I wanted to get some of the project done that I started last weekend, but I didn’t have the energy, as it’s a tedious project and will probably take me a few weekends and many hours on the couch to complete.  It will be so cool looking when I’m done though, but I’m not telling you what it is…you’ll have to wait for that blog post when it’s all finished! 🙂

The only thing I did manage to get done today was the above painting.  I’ve had the canvas all ready for a couple weeks, but I was trying to think of the right word or design I wanted to put on it.  Then when I was watching “Lilo & Stitch” today, it got to the part where Stitch says, “Ohana means family.  Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten“.  And I thought, perfect….”OHANA”!  Then I added in the little hibiscus flower design for that little bit of Hawaiian flair & Whaaaala…painting complete!  Hope you like it…I do! 🙂

Water For Elephants…Loved it!

After many weeks of reading “Water for Elephants” little by little, trying to make the book last me a little while instead of reading it all in a matter of a weekend, I finally finished it up last night.  I’m a little sad that the story had to come to an end, but boy what an ending it had…absolutely LOVED the ending!  I am a little hesitant to watch the movie, just because I loved the book so much, but it’s going to be hard not to eventually watch the movie, as it has a couple of my favorite actors in it, but I’ll probably wait until it comes out on dvd.

This book made me laugh many times throughout, as well as cringe during a few parts.  Personally, I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it was a great story of the depression-era, with a whole boat load of interesting characters! To briefly summarize, the book is narrated by the main character, Jacob Jankowski, who alternates back and forth between his current life, as a spunky old man in a nursing home and that of a much younger self, whom once hopped a train & ended up joining a traveling circus & becoming the resident vet.  Along the way, he falls in love with Marlena & Rosie, one, is the lovely & stunning equestrian star and the other is the shows elephant.  The book literally takes you on a train ride of an adventure & along the way you meet stage hands, circus freaks & clowns, the sideshow acts that are only known through word of mouth & many more.  This was a wonderful story with an ending that made me literally lie in bed laughing.  

I tried to keep this review short & sweet, especially since the movie is coming out tomorrow.  But, I’d highly recommend reading the book first, as I do with most books that become movies.  The books are always better in my mind, even as much as I love movies!  If you get a chance though, pick up this book and read it…you won’t be disappointed! 

Yippee for New Books!!

After a very busy & loooooong day at work, it was so nice to come home to see a box in front of my door & I knew exactly what was inside!  Seven brand spanking new books for the bookshelf!  YEAH!  So, sue me…I’m a big nerd that gets excited when she gets new books!

     I’ve already ready “Vision in White” that a friend lent me & it was so good I just had to get it, in addition to the three other books in the bride quartett series!  Can’t wait to read these, especially after the first book was so good! Then, a co-worker suggested that I read “Duma Key” by Stephen King.  I’ve never been a big reader of his books, but she swears that it’s the best one out of all of the ones he’s written, so I hope it’s as good as she says!  Then “The Pioneer Woman” is just a city girl meets cowboy true love story, so had to get that one!  And last, but not least, “Sh*t My Dad Says”…..hey, everyone needs a good laugh every now and then!
     Now, I’ve already written up a book review on “Vision in White” on my prior blog, but I will go ahead and post it hear too, just so you can get a snip-it of the book!  It was never a book I would have picked up myself, but a friend read it & kept hounding me to read it when she brought it for me to borrow.  But I was totally in love with the book once I made myself sit down and get into the book. Okay, so on with the review!
To make it short & sweet, I loved “Vision in White” by Nora Roberts. The book, the first one in the series of the bride quartet set, is full of love and friendship, which makes me laugh and smile and is just an enjoyable read. 

“Vision in White” introduces Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline. The four woman have been best friends since they were little girls and they spent many days in their childhood playing getting married. From just playing “Wedding Day” as kids they went on to planning weddings and now run a successful wedding planning business, which they named, Vows.  Isn’t that the cutest!  Mackensie, a photographer, loves her job and especially making someone else’s wedding day and the pictures of it just perfect. But she doesn’t believe in a happily ever after for herself because of an absent father and a selfish and unstable mother, which made her wary of marriage and longterm relationships. When she meets nerdy, cute (with a capital C), intelligent and charming Carter Maguire she is shocked that she starts thinking of a future that includes him. Carter is a great hero, he is smart but also easily flustered and still sure of what he wants in life. Their meeting scene is just hilarious and even though Mackensie is afraid to enter a serious relationship she cannot stop getting more and more involved with Carter. But Mac’s doubts and her ongoing struggle to handle her selfish mother are making her afraid to trust in her love for Carter. But thank god Carter is also strong-willed and not ready to let go of the one woman that completes his life and for whom he had a teenage crush 13 years ago (so sweet when he tells her about it). “Vision in White” is a beautiful book. I love the wedding theme, heroine and hero are adorable and their relationship is sweet and sexy at the same time. The friendship of the four woman just warms my heart and their scenes together are so touching. Parker’s brother Del and his buddy Jack are also great guys and all in all this book wants me to believe that somewhere out there my own Carter is waiting for me (if he would only came out of hiding!!!). I can’t wait to read book two in the series “A Bed of Roses”, to see how Emma finds the one man she wants to share her life with (an excerpt is included in “Vision in White”).
All fans of romances and strong characters will love this book.  I’d highly recommend it, as it just puts a smile on your face the whole time you’re reading it!

"Burlesque" Movie Review

OMG!  Are you in for a real treat if you go out and rent the movie, “Burlesque”.  I had seen the previews for this movie a while back and thought that it looked pretty good, so I added it to my Netflix queue & forgot about it.  Then when I checked my mailbox on Saturday, to my surprise, “Burlesque” was my movie for the weekend!

The only reason I was a bit hesitant to watch it was because it’s Christina Aguilera’s first movie & as much as I love her as a performer, sometimes singers totally sink when they try their hand on the big screen.  I made that mistake once before by watching Britney Spears first movie, “Crossroads”.  Two big thumbs down on that stinker!  But don’t worry, Christina did not disappoint & pulled off her first roll rather well.  But I’m sure she had some good acting tips from the all-star cast: Cher, Stanley Tucci (LOVE HIM), Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher & Kristen Bell.

If you’re not sure what this movie is all about, it’s basically one of those stories we’ve seen many times over in movies—small town girl leaves to go to the big city to make herself a star.  The big city in this case was L.A.  When she arrives, you see her do the typical, hide your life savings in cash in your toilet tank….Ewww!  Then she goes out on the town & spots a Burlesque dancer outside on a break, which catches her attention, so she walks into the Burlesque club to see what it’s all about & is floored and determined from that moment on that she will be on that stage.

Ultimately, she is shot down by the owner, Tess (Cher) when she asks for a job, so instead she picks up a tray and starts working the bar area and proves herself, so the cute bartender (Cam Gigandet—better known as “James” from “Twilight”) ends up hiring her.  So she is mesmerized by the stage dancers & memorizes all the dance routines as she works waitressing.  Then one of the dancers ends up pregnant, so they must find a replacement.  So Ali (Christina Aguilera) walks into work as they are having auditions & hops on stage to shake her stuff for Tess & ends up landing the gig.

Then one day in the middle of a performance, a jealous dancer goes and pulls the plug on the music & at that moment I bet you can guess what happens!  Yep, Ali belts out some amazing vocals that make you want to laugh & cry at the same time because it was her moment to shine & it just excites you, along with her audience & she rocks the stage.  From that point on, the show is revamped around Ali. 

Even though Ali brings in more business, Tess is struggling with making her 2 mortgage payments & is about to lose the club.  Tess was made an offer by a millionaire wanting to buy her out, but she refuses.  When it seems hopeless & Tess thinks she’s going to lose everything, Ali comes up with a brilliant plan & saves the club. 

There is more to the story than I just summed up…of course there is a little love story mixed in there as well between Ali & Jack (Cam Gigandet).  Shoot, you’ll want to rent this movie just to check out Cam Gigandet…he is much hotter in this movie, then when he played James in Twilight!  You’ll also get to hear Cher belt out a few songs of course & play her typical role as a hard ass bitch, but ya gotta love her.  And Stanley Tucci as her trusty gay sidekick is great, but Stanley Tucci is just an awesome actor & can make any role fabulous!

All in all, I give this movie a big two thumbs up!  So get it added to your Netflix queue pronto, if not for anything else, but to check out smokin’ hot Cam Gigandet!

A Clean Slate

Ahh…A clean slate to start, yet another blog!  I’ve blogged on and off for years, but typically get bored after a while….this time instead of not blogging for a while I just decided to start a new one!  After a while there is only so much you can do to redesign your blog, especially if you gave your blog a title/blog address that is hard to design around.

Anyways, I thought “The Little Black Rain Cloud” was a cute title, as I’ve always said that I was born with a little black rain cloud over my head, as I get hit with the worst luck in the world, frequently.  I won’t bore you with the thousands of stories I’ve accumulated over the years of my back luck run-in’s, but I’m sure new incidents will pop up here and there over the span of this blog.  My most recent bout with bad luck was last weekend, when my car was making a horrid noise that scared the crap out of me so bad I quickly signed up for a AAA membership, so I had towing in case I needed it.  Well, the mechanic initially said it was the water pump coming apart and would run around $500, so I thought okay…thank god I put away my tax moola in case of an emergency, then later in the day after the mechanic had it tore apart he called with the news that it wasn’t the water pump….instead, it was the a/c compressor, so $800 later….my car is fixed & my a/c works now too, which is probably good since I’m living in sunny Florida, but I hate having to spend that much on a car repair.  Now my savings account is very sad and pathetic looking, so I’ll having to start putting what I can aside in case of an emergency because I feel a whole lot more comfortable being in an area by myself with a little cushion in the bank to fall back on if needed.
Well, enough of that for now!  There is still a lot of little things I want to add to my blog when the time allows, but weekends fly by & when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is look at my computer after staring at one for 9 hours.  So, additions, such as, tabs/links to different pages will eventually get added, but it may be a slow process.  I love to do reviews on movies & books, so I’d like a tab for those & I love to post my latest craftiness, whether it be a new painting or a DIY project that I found.  This weekend I found an awesome project to work on, but it’s time consuming and tedious, so I’ll save that sucker for another post!  
I hope to have giveaways at certain milestones along my blog journey as well, just for fun & because it makes people happy!  Plus, it’s an incentive for those of you that choose to follow my blog.  The more that follow via google on my sidebar…the faster the giveaways will come up, so spread the word!  My first goal is a giveaway at 50 followers, so send people my way!  Well, I’ve rambled on long enough for my first post, so I’ll blog at y’all later!