Violent Delights

Romeo and Juliet (1870) by Ford Madox Brown
Current location:
Deleware Art Museum

I was watching a movie the other day that I swore I would never voluntarily watch. It won’t do you any good to ask which one because I don’t intend to tell you. Or anyone. Ever. As expected, it wasn’t a very good film; however, in the midst of the watching, something dawned on me…

I kinda sorta really miss those all encompassing early stages of teenage obsession love. Yeah.

I don’t miss the wretched pining and weeping that comes after or during… even though I only recall behaving in such a manner on a singular occasion since I was usually the one doing the running away leaving.

Remember? No walls. No baggage. Just blind stupidity. Heartbreak be damned.

Good times.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
~ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

31 Movies

I stole this from Avitable. Yeah, I did. Meme + Movies = Duh! He came by it through legitimate meme etiquette. Tag, you’re it. Of course, it’s supposed to be a 31-day writing project, but as Adam states so eloquently, “I’m not writing 31 fucking posts about movie titles.

I concur.

Day #1: Favorite Movie – The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) Don’t make me give you the “it was supposed to be one book therefore it’s one movie speech”… again.

Day #2: Least Favorite Movie – The Notebook (2004)

Day #3: Favorite Comedy – Hot Fuzz (2007)

Day #4: Favorite Adventure – The Mummy (1999)

Day #5: Favorite Horror – Halloween (1978)

Day #6: Favorite Suspense/Thriller – The Usual Suspects (1995)

Day #7: Favorite Animated Movie – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Day #8: Favorite Guilty Pleasure – The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Day #9: A Movie You Never Expected To Love – Love Actually (2003) Ironic, huh?

Day #10: Biggest Let-Down – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)… and II… and III. Boo.

Day #11: First Movie You Saw In Theaters – The Black Hole (1979)

Day #12: The Last Movie You Saw In Theaters – Sanctum (2011)

Day #13: Favorite Documentary –
The 11th Hour (2007)

Day #14: Favorite Satire – Fight Club (1999)

Day #15: A Movie With Your Favorite Actor –
Oyster Farmer (2004)

Day #16: Favorite Movie Based On A Book (other than #1) - The Princess Bride (1987) Pssssst! The book is even funnier.

Day #17: Favorite Movie With An Actor You Hate – Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Day #18: Movie You Can Watch On Loop – Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Day #19: Favorite Movie Based On A Historical Event – 300 (2006)

Day #20: Favorite Movie Based On A Historical Figure – The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Day #21: Favorite Musical –
White Christmas (1954)

Day #22: Most Over-Rated Movie – Forrest Gump (1994)

Day #23: Most Under-Rated Movie – 25th Hour (2002)

Day #24: Movie With Best Soundtrack – High Fidelity (2000)

Day #25: Favorite Black and White Movie – Psycho (1960)

Day #26: Cheesiest Horror Movie – The Happening (2008) The cheesiest and the worst. So bad.

Day #27: Favorite Oscar-Winning Movie – Out of Africa (1985)

Day #28: Favorite Made-For-Television Movie – SHARKTOPUS! (2010)

Day #29: Favorite Movie Based On A Television Series – Serenity (2005)

Day #30: Favorite Re-Make – The Departed (2006)

Day #31: Favorite Sequel – The Dark Knight (2008)

There you go. I tried not to over think my answers... or duplicate. First instinct and all that jazz. Be advised, there is no permanency in this list.

“The movies we love and admire are to some extent a function of who we are when we see them.” ~Mary Schmich

Beth & the (Broken) Power of Juju

January 9, 2011 - "Hoth", AR

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~Anthony J. D'Angelo [Sunshine = Juju. Work with me here, people.]

It is official. My juju is broken… and my hoodoo and voodoo too.

I have been able to convince myself and, on occasion, my children and some highly gullible acquaintances that my anti-winter juju is sufficiently powerful enough to hold back the threat of “this is not supposed to happen in Southern Arkansas” ice and snow stormage. Year after year the predictions come. Year after year the forecasters are wrong. A little dusting here. A bit of ice there. Maybe a little slush. Weather happens. Inevitably. But, for the most part, when I see a winter storm forecast I start sending my “I really freaking hate winter” juju vibes into the atmosphere and we are spared.

Illogical? Yes. But, it keeps me sane (It's all relative.).

This warped illusion would never work if I lived north of the
Mason-Dixon Line. I don’t. Why? Drastic winters. Duh.

One month into bloody twenty-eleven and the truth of my broken juju is abundantly apparent. We’ve had not one but two “major” (Again, it’s all relative. Really.) snows… and Wednesday brings yet another one. My juju cannot stop it. The weather front is coming, so saith my weather predicting knees, and am powerless.

I see only one solution to this problem.

Somebody send me back to Africa.
My juju needs an equatorial recharging.

Other Duties As Assigned

Tricky phrase. Work bureaucracy.

“When are they just going to create a new position for you?”

These are the welcome yet laughable words heard today. They came from a coworker who doesn’t even witness the full extent of everything I do. Sigh. At least people notice.

The “other duties as assigned” portion of my job description is ridiculously out of control.


But, I have a job.


It isn’t an excuse for my lengthy absences from the interwebs; however, it is a reason. A damn good one, in fact.

“Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.” ~Doug Larson

(That quote applies to single-motherhood as well, by the way.)


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