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My Good Intentions…Again

I meant to be a bit more prolific in my writing when I restarted this blog but life has once again intervened. This past month has been really busy, with family crises, school, dance competitions (my son, not me), and a few health issues thrown in. On a good note, all that waiting around has allowed me to get a lot of reading done.

I’ve managed to finish a Young Adult series by Gail Carriger. The Finishing School is a four-book series is set in an alternate steampunk England. Per Gail’s description:

Sophronia is recruited to a finishing school for spies located in a dirigible. Set in Gail’s Parasolverse these four YA books are full of steampunk etiquette, well-dressed espionage, and flying food.

This series was a fun read, just what I needed hanging out in the emergency room. I needed some characters to root for, and Sophronia and her friends, Dimity, Agatha, and Sidheag, and Soap, her boiler room beau, gave me that. Highly recommend!

After The Finishing School Series, I moved on to some science fiction, reading Martha Well’s first book in her Murderbot Diaries series, All Systems Red.

Per the book description:

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

In a corporate-dominated space-faring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. For their own safety, exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists is conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid–a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, Murderbot wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is, but when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and Murderbot to get to the truth.

I also really enjoyed this book, hard scifi combined with a murder mystery, it checked all my blocks. I am looking forward to the second book, Artificial Condition, as my next read.

As for other forms of media, I finally got around to watching Wakanda Forever. I loved this movie, more than I expected to. I watched it with my family, and they were also greatly entertained. Great story, great acting, great CGI, and great costumes.

I’ve been watching Wolfpack on Paramount +. Yeah, it’s cheesy but I love Sarah Michelle Gellar and was happy to see her back in a supernatural setting. I will also warn you; the protagonists are a quartet of horny teenagers. Not really my cup of tea but there is always the fast forward button, and the plot is good enough for me to forgive the romantic drama. I think the finale is tonight, so I better get going.

Thanks for joining me. I’ll try to write a more thorough blog later this week, as I’m getting ready to finally get time out in my craft shed. Let me know what you are watching and reading! I’m always looking for recommendations. Enjoy the spring weather, if you were lucky enough to get any today.

Kind regards,


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A Puppy ate my homework.

Where have I been you ask? Well, we acquired a little lad last weekend. Not having had a puppy in the house for 17 years meant we’d forgotten how demanding the little stinkers can be, and Schnitzel the Schnoodle is no different. Between his needs, family birthdays, the end of the school year, and various house maintenance, I didn’t get much done in the way of reading and writing.

As for movies, we hosted a family movie night this weekend to watch the 1996 classic, Mars Attacks!

I’d forgotten how many big name movies stars of the 1990s were in it. Annette Benning, Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, even a very young Jack Black, to name a few.

The movie still got laughs from us and our boys were delighted with the campy CGI used in the film. Don’t get me started on the hammy overacting by some of these titans of the silver screen, either. It’s still comedy gold, even though a bit dated. Only cringeworthy moment, having our oldest child ask about Martin Short’s character talking to the “sexy ladies” standing on the side of the road in one scene. Ummm, a wee bit awkward, that…

As for this week, I’m almost finished with The Forbidden City by Deborah Wolf and I’ll post a review as soon as I’m done. I promise! We will also be trying to get out of the house to see Solo: A Star Wars Story. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Be cool, summer is coming!

Kind regards,





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Movie Review: Life of the Party

The weekend before Memorial Day, I went to see two movies, Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy, and Deadpool 2. Needless to say, only one of these movies lived up to the hype and it wasn’t Life of the Party.

From the movie description on IMDb:

“When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college – landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna – now Dee Rock – embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.” 

I can only describe this movie as cringeworthy, chock full of vagina jokes and mining a one-sided sexual relationship with a callow frat boy for bawdy humor that just continually fell flat. It also had what felt like a few glaring plot holes.

Got some spoilers ahead, if you haven’t seen it yet.

The premise of this film rests on Deanna and her divorce from her husband, who leaves her for a real estate agent. The plot hole comes into play when Deanna apparently gets nothing in the divorce even though they’ve been married for twenty years and her husband is the one cheating. She decides to go back to college but doesn’t have the money to pay for tuition as her ex-husband cuts her off. Cue the “Keep Dee Rock in College Fundraising Party” plot device that culminates in a not-so-surprise cameo from Christina Aguilera.

I have to say that the movie did have some shining comedic moments, such as Deanna killing it at an 80s-themed college party but those moments were few and far between. I wish McCarthy had kept the storyline more sweet and redemptive instead of going for the low-brow humor that she did. Couldn’t Deanna have wound up with her old classmate, now her Archeology professor at the end instead? It was an opportunity lost.

I give this movie 2 out of 3 stars. Go see Deadpool 2 instead. Just sayin’.

Hope you had a good weekend.

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