I was a teacher for seven+ years before our bouncing baby boy was born. Going back to work after, would have given us more money, but we just would have spent it. We had a great house, all we could eat (and some left over to share) and had many terrific vacations every couple of years. We didn't have a snow mobile or a boat, but we were the first on the block to have a computer. My hubby saw it as "the future" and when he's right, he's right. (That's most of the time he tells me.)
We have cats, hair balls. Spot and Smudge hope for another friend, Stain, but he better be hairless or he won't get through the front door.
Pretty typically, I like crafts (you name it and I've done it), movies, TV, travel, reading, taking pictures, decorating and the internet. When I was younger I liked doing things, (dancing lessons till I was 16, drama clubs, candy-stripper and the like) now I like watching things be done.
The baby boy is now headed for 35, lives in Europe, and tagged me for this blog. It's expanding my horizons, for sure...great people and great laughs.
OLD HITCHCOCK's are my favourites...............Foreign Correspondent '40, Sabateur '42, 39 Steps '35 (NOT '39 as written blow) , The Lady Vanishes '38, Rear Window '54, and both versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much '34 &'56......................also Pimpernel Smith '41 (not Hitchcock) and The Peacemaker (neither Hitchcock or book, so I just stuck it here.
I love remakes of old movies and movies from books I've read, like these below.
The Bone Collector, The Client, The Firm, Double Indemnity '44 & Body Heat '81, Sword of Gideon '86 & Munich '07, Manchurian Candidate '62 & '05, The Big Clock '48 & No Way Out '87 (all time best ending), The Lady Vanishes '38 & not so hot TV movie in '79, Rear Window '54 & just O.K. TV movie with Christopher Reeve, 39 Steps '39 &'78, The Man Who Knew Too Much '34 &'56
Indiana Jones Series, Jack Ryan Series (I wish Harrison Ford played Jack in each movie.) Jason Bourne Series, Charlie Chan Series '29 - '49, Thin Man Series '39 - '47.
Lawrence of Arabia, Rebel Without a Cause, Eye of the Needle, Coma, Outbreak, Malice, Consenting Adults, The Fugitive, Double Jeopardy, Kiss the Girls, The Bone Collector, Murder at 1600, Crash.
COMEDIC MOVIES don't usually do it for me. If millions of dolars are going to be spent, it darn well better be hilarious. Only these below made the grade with me.
The Long, Long Trailer (hilarious), The Birdcage (hilarious), Jumpin' Jack Flash (very funny), Little Miss Sunshine (very funny)
MUSIC and SINGERS THAT I LOVE
David Foster - best orchestration
Celine, Barbra, Sarah B.
Alan Parson's Project, Chicago, Abba
Dan Fogelberg, Josh Groban, Andre Bocelli, Sara McLaughlin, Mandy Moore, Jan Arden, Diana Kroll
Music brings out many emotions in me. I think it's a girl-thing. I rarely use music as a background sound. I want to hear every word and appreciate the orchestration. Melody and orchestration are ALL important!
Books and Authors I Enjoyed
Erma Bombeck's hilarious accounts of everyday life.
Ayn Rand - My all time favourite novel is ATLAS SHRUGGED. Unhappily, Rand's futuristic view of the world is our present and it seems to be coming true.
Howard Engels writes mysteries with Benny Cooperman as a detective from my hometown. He lived here when young and calls his city "Grantham".
Agatha Christie's insightful and endearing mystery novels take place in small towns around Marymeade, England.
Robert Munsch - I'll Love You Forever - an excellent, heart warming book to give a new mother.
Dr. Seuss - Horton Hatches An Egg
Clancy, Grisham and Crichton are all adventurous and fun. I slide over Clancy's technical explanations.
Horror is not for me, but two passed the test. Steven King's Salem's Lot and Tom Tryon's Harvest Home. (scared the heck out of me, but, in a book you can skip a paragraph if it's too intense.
P.J. O'Rourke - Political (USA) commentary and satire
Charles Dickens - His stories of the mistreatment of children at the beginning of the industrial revolution made the world aware of the terrible lack of protection for child labourers.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I even enjoyed his descriptions of Victorian decor.
Robert Ludlum - everything he writes, especially the Jason Bourne trio, The Holcroft Covenant, The Road to Gandolfo et al.
Dean Koontz - all his novels are good reads.
The Blue Nowhere - A Jeffery Deaver novel for computer geeks. All Deaver's crime mysteries, although some are quite gorey, are on my favourites list.
Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett writes about the decades and people it took to build a magnificent cathedral in the 11th century. Architecture is beautifully explained in this sprawling story.
Patricia Cornwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta series - a medical examiner helps police solve crimes. Think of a female Quincy.
Robin Cook's series of medical mysteries.
All of Clive Cussler's books - big time underwater adventure with Dirk Pitt as the recurring character.
A History of Progress
On the Beach - In the 50's people around the world await the spread of the radio-active cloud after the bomb is drop,