Movie Review: 3:10 to Yuma

I don’t know if it’s really ‘fair’ for me to review this movie because I’m not really a western movie fan in the first place.  I also haven’t seen the original 3:10 to Yuma that this movie is a remake of.  However, I’m going to share with you anyway. 

As I’ve mentioned before my favorite movie reviewer (professional) is Jay Forry from Blindside Reviews.  Unfortunately, when I tried to look up his review of 3:10 it wouldn’t come up.  So, I went to the next source I could think of… Roger Ebert.  If you want to read his review click here

Basically, I thought this movie was ok.  Nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either.  I thought it was rather predictable except for the very end.  In fact, I’m not sure that the end is really in keeping with the way that the characters are portrayed throughout the movie.  You’d think that since I took a Philosophy of Film class in college that I’d have more to say on the movie but I honestly don’t.  I get what the writer was trying to do… the whole dichotomy of the human soul and all that.  It was portrayed well and the movie itself was directed well.  The special effects are believable (which I’m always a fan of).  I think the part for me that was frustrating is that there really wasn’t a single character that I really liked and was rooting for the whole time.  Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is a full-on bad guy and Dan Evans (Christian Bale) who plays the good guy is just sort of a weenie.  He just irritated me too much for me to like him.  I also can’t really forget Christian Bale’s freak out during Terminator Salvation (not his first/last freak out by the way).  I think he’s just off his rocker.  Not that his possible psychotic-ness has anything to do with the movie.  

Anywho, I’m glad we Netflixed it if for no other reason than it’s one more movie out of my queue.  I wouldn’t buy it or watch it again though. 

What about you guys?  Have you seen it?  Did you like it?  Do you think Christian Bale is in need of serious anti-psychotic meds?

Conversations with aging parents…

I love my parents but it is kind of strange that they’re basically old enough to be my grandparents.  It was a bit odd growing up and being two generations apart instead of one.  I totally get why they waited to have kids (or kid in this case).  They traveled, saw the world, had FUN… and then had me (and it all went to hell… just kidding).  It’s interesting though, going through life in my twenties with parents who are in their seventies (my dad) and sixties (my mom).  I get to have conversations like this… 

Let’s set the stage. 

Here’s a picture of my wonderful husband:

Here’s the picture that one of his relatives posted on Facebook:

Here’s the conversation with my mom that ensued:

ME: Thought you’d like this… one of Husbands relatives posted this on Facebook today.  Isn’t my husband ADORABLE!?!?!

MOM: Don’t really get it.  Who is saying “Isn’t my husband adorable?”


MOM: Now I REALLY DON’T get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME: Oh my god, mom, it’s so not that complicated. Someone posted THE PICTURE on Facebook.  It’s a picture of my husband, his brother, and their grandfather. Doesn’t He (my husband) look ADORABLE in the photo?

MOM:  Well, It is complicated when you have no idea who these people are.  There is NO way I would have recognized Husband and I have never seen his brother (not true btw, he’s been to our house before) or their grandfather.  Why in heavens name would you think I would know these people?????????????

ME: Are you crazy?  Husband looks EXACTLY THE SAME – just 25 years older!  You’re bananas.  Even G (work friend), who has met Husband all of ONCE recognized him.  I love you.  You need new glasses.

Recipe Review: Shrimp with Cilantro and Lime

So I’m about 98% sure that I got this recipe out of a Cooking Light magazine a few years back but for the life of me I couldn’t find it on their website.  If you can find the recipe creator online let me know so I can link back to their website to give them credit for this tasty, easy recipe.

Shrimp with Cilantro and Lime
Prep: 10 minutes     Cook: 5 minutes


  • 1 lime
  • 1-3/4 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined (but uncooked)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Grate 1 teaspoon lime rind; set aside.  Squeeze 2 tablespoons lime juice into a large bowl.  Add shrimp and next 3 ingredients, tossing well to coat.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add shrimp mixture; cook 4 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat; stir in reserved lime rind, cilantro, salt, and pepper. 

YEILD:  4 servings (serving size:  about 1-1/2 cups)


One of the things I loved about this recipe is that we basically had everything on hand already except for the shrimp.  I love recipes like that!

I purchased 2 lbs extra-large shrimp that were frozen.  The day before, I prepared the marinade, opened the bags of frozen shrimp, dumped them into a shallow dish, poured the marinade on top, and popped them in the refrigerator to thaw.  You should never thaw meat at room temperature.  Doing this helped the shrimp to really soak up some of the marinade flavor. 

If you prepare the marinade the day before this recipe is a cinch to cook.  It took no more than 10 minutes to go from skillet to table.  I served this over a bed of white rice.

“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” ~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

I sincerely doubt anyone has forgotten but just in case you got amnesia in the last few months let me remind you… Texas had the drought from hell last year.  Like a lot of people, our lawn definitely suffered because of it.  We lost a lot of our grass and then this spring, when the weeds took over, there was no actual grass to prevent them from a total domination.  Then, about a month later when we put down weed & feed we ended up with nothing but large dirt patches in some places where the weeds died but there was no grass.  Our poor yard looks like the head of a three-year old who found his dads clippers.  A few weeks ago when we were working on our first landscape project I was sitting on the ground planting the new plants and kept complaining to my husband about how freaking hard the ground was and how sore my butt was getting.  That’s when we decided that this year, we are going to save our lawn.  The first step, we realized, is to make sure that we water consistently and evenly.  Lawns should get 1” of water per week but not all in one watering.  We decided that we should break everything into sections and water four sections per day (30-minutes per section).  With the number of sections we have, that means everything gets watered once every four days.  Works for us.  So, how do you make a watering schedule you ask?  I’m about to show you.  No laughing at my horrible drawing skills though.  I’m definitely not the artistic one in the family.

Front yard:


Back yard:

I said no laughing.

Basically the idea is to break your lawn up into sections that will get covered with the spray from the sprinkler each time you water that area. 

So far we’ve lived with this for about two weeks and we like it.  We bought a different sprinkler head and it’s much wider so we think we might be able to combine a few spots in the front yard.  Regardless, it’s working pretty well.  So far, Mother Nature has been helping along too – we’ve gotten at least one good rain each week.  There’s no rain in the forecast this week though so we’ll definitely start up our watering schedule today.  I’m seriously hoping that this watering schedule will help us out this year.  We either forget to water for weeks on end or we water every day for a month and give everything root-rot.  How about you guys?  You have any watering schedule tricks?

Washing Machine Woes

Remember the other day when I mentioned that our washing machine was leaking?  Well, Mr. Washing Machine Repair Man came to the house yesterday to fix said washing machine… except he didn’t.  When I got home the machine was still leaking and now it’s making some sort of grinding noise that it wasn’t making to begin with.  I had a rough day yesterday so when the hubs got home I basically ran into his arms and told him I just couldn’t take one more thing right now and he had to call the repair guy and get it figured out.  So, the guy is coming back again today and meeting the hubs at the house to get things sorted out.  I just want to be able to wash laundry people.  Are clean socks too much to ask?

My husband gave me a necklace. It’s fake. I requested fake. Maybe I’m paranoid, but in this day and age, I don’t want something around my neck that’s worth more than my head. ~ Rita Rudner

Ok… so remember the crazy busy weekend I told you about a few posts back?  Well, I thought I’d share with you something else that happened that weekend…

Sunday after we finished our landscape project and then took showers we were both EXHAUSTED.  It was only about 2:00 in the afternoon though so I didn’t want to waste the entire afternoon.  Instead, I got out my handy-dandy earring holder and added in some new earrings that have been sitting on my chest of drawers for about a month now.

We’ve all seen those cutesy earring holders that sell at places like Claire’s and Charming Charlie.  Those are great for people who have a few pairs of earrings.  They just don’t work though for people like myself who basically only wear earrings and have a LOT of costume pairs.  So, I created my own earring holder.  I took pre-stretched canvases (all the same size – 18” x 14”) that you can find at places like Hobby Lobby, Joann’s and Michaels, grabbed a razor blade, an ice pick and my earrings and went to work.  Here’s what I ended up with:

I didn’t hang them in any particular order because I basically know what earrings I have so I’m not all that worried about it.  You could sort them by length or style or color or basically just whatever suits your fancy.  What I like about this is that they’ll easily sit on the floor, or hang on the wall – whatever works for you.  And NO TANGLES!  Best of all, I can find whatever pair I’m looking for quickly!

I attempted to link up to a party this week to showcase this project.  Not sure if it worked but here’s where I linked up.

I also joined another party here:

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More the Merrier Monday

Ivy and Elephants

Ever wonder where you’d end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash? ~ Robert Brault

Yesterday was another afternoon spent at the local animal shelter.  I tell you, I love the few hours I get to spend there every week.  Puppy and kitten season are in full swing and this means that shelters around the country are filling up to capacity quick.  This particular shelter is already past capacity!  If you or someone you know has been considering adopting a pet, now is a great time. 

Here are the cuties I spent my day with yesterday:


Hi friends!  My name is Scrappy and I’m an adorable Boxer mix with the cutest little white markings.  Don’t you just love my ‘socks’?  I’m a very friendly pup who responds well to a leash.  I’ll be a great walking companion!  I do bark at other dogs but that’s just because I want to say hi and go play with them.  I have a kennel-mate right now and we’re best friends!  I love to chase balls and Frisbees but I haven’t quite figured out the ‘retrieve’ part yet.  Would you like to teach me?  I’m sure we’d be great friends!  Please come take me on a sleepover today!


What’s up ya’ll?  My name is Popeye and as you can see from my picture I have a beautiful shiny black coat.  You know I have to look good for the ladies right?  I’m a big boy (60+lbs) and all muscle but I walk really well on a leash for a beginner.  I’m responsive to ‘heel’ and if my owner is consistent with it there shouldn’t be any pulling problems.  I’m very calm in my kennel – I don’t bark or jump on the kennel gate.  I love to give kisses and just be loved on.  Please come see me today!


I love you, I love you, I love you!  That’s right, I don’t care who you are but I LOVE YOU!  My name is Homer and I’m the World’s Happiest Dog.  I love EVERYONE!  I’d be a fabulous family dog because I’m such a love bug.  Please give me belly rubs!  I don’t jump on strangers but I do wag my tail!  I do great on a leash and am very responsive to ‘heel’ and will have this down in no time.  Also, I’m good with cats!  If you’re looking for someone to love you unconditionally and play with your mini-humans (I think they’re called kids?) then I’m your man!  Please come see me and take me on a sleep over!!!


Hello, my name is Spencer!  I’m a very calm dog with a relaxed, easy-going personality.  I would do great with a single owner or a couple who lead a quiet, relaxed life.  I walk great on a leash and am good at ‘heel.’  I currently have a kennel mate and we’re great friends but I do need to be introduced to other dogs gently because there are just some dogs that ruffle my feathers.  If you’re looking for a sweet lap dog who wants to take a quiet evening stroll with you then I’m your guy.  Please come see me today!


HIIII!  My name is Jasper and I think I was a leg warmer in my past life.  I want to be in your lap getting loved on or by your side at all times!  I would be great for a retired person or couple who is home most of the day.  I have lots and lots of love to give!  I do well with other dogs, in fact, I have a kennel-mate right now who I get along with great.  I’m such a sweet, handsome boy, won’t you come see me today?


Howdy!  My name is Bethany and I’m a beautiful Staffordshire Terrier.  I’m a very sweet girl who just wants someone to take me on walks and play with me.  Like a lot of terriers, I have what’s called a high prey drive.  This means that I’m not good with other dogs, cats or small children.  I need an adult-only, experienced-owner home where I’m the only pet.  Don’t let my prey drive scare you though, I truly am a wonderful dog.  You’ll get hours of enjoyment watching me chase bugs in the grass too!  Grasshoppers are my favorite!  I respond well when you whistle as a call to ‘come’ and I’m learning to walk on a leash.  I like to give kisses too!  Please come play with me today!    


Hi friends!  My name is LuLu.  Aren’t I a pretty girl?  I need to put on a few pounds but with a loving home and some good, nutritious food I’ll be looking my best in no time.  I am a sweet dog who loves to give kisses and wants to play.  I like to chase balls and Frisbee’s but I haven’t quite figured out the whole ‘retrieve’ thing yet.  Perhaps you could teach me?  I’m good with cats and other dogs.  In fact, I have a kennel-mate now and we’re the best of friends.  It’s unlikely that I’d ever been on a leash before I came to the shelter because I have no idea what this ‘leash thing’ is all about so you’ll need to teach me.  The staff here at the shelter can give you some tips!  I’d love to go on a sleepover with you today!

Whirlwind of Clusterfuckery

A friend sent me this blog post today and told me she thought of me.  I’m fairly certain she thought of me because this is totally something I would bitch about.  Then again, I’ve been guilty in the past of some of these things too.  I totally hope I’m getting better at it.  Worth a read.  Check it out!

I don’t want to be arrogant here, but I’m an incredibly attractive man. I can’t help it, I don’t try to be, I just am. When I was a kid my mother’s best friend used to tell me that I was gonna be a little heart breaker. Turns out she was right. ~ Nikki in the movie ‘Spread’

Warning: if you’re a dude you might as well just stop reading right here… unless you want to see pictures of a bunch of half-naked sexy men.

Hi there ladies, and, err, some men…  this is totally not a typical post for me but I got into a discussion the other day about hot male celebrities and thought this might be worth sharing.  Get your drool cups ready. 

I realize that what each person finds attractive in the opposite sex is totally dependent upon their personal tastes.  Well here are mine:  a great smile, pretty eyes, and big, muscular arms.  I tend to lean towards either the clean-cut all American boy, or the bad boy.  Very little in between.  Yes, personalities totally matter.  I used to think David Boreanaz was really hot until I found out he’s a lying, cheating bastard.  He’s not so hot anymore.  Anywho, for the purposes of this particular post, I’m talking solely about physical attributes.  Although, as you’ll notice, David didn’t make the cut (just can’t get that lying, cheating bastard part out of my head). 

Here goes…

Shemar Moore



Channing Tatum



Vin Diesel



Ryan Reynolds



Adam Levine (the dude is waaaaay to tiny for my taste but he’s got a seriously drool-worthy bad boy face)


Cam Gigandet



You’re welcome.

Think you had a crazy day? Try this on for size…

First thing Monday morning I learned that a very dear friend of mine suffered a seizure over the weekend.  Upon searching for the cause of the seizure the doctors learned that she has a golf ball sized tumor in her brain.  She’s having surgery Tuesday morning.  My prayers are with her and her family during this time.

I received an email from a friend about Obama and Air Force One.  I won’t go into it because if we’re friends then I forwarded you the email so you already know what I’m talking about.  Long story short I received several emails back saying it wasn’t true blah blah blah.  I’m not surprised the part about the airplane isn’t true.  The part about him traveling more than any other president though?  I wouldn’t be surprised if that is true.  Even if it isn’t it doesn’t change the fact that I can’t stand the guy. 

I left work early Monday to go see a podiatrist.  I’ve been having this pain in my left foot for the last month or so and I finally decided to go have it checked out.  Turns out, I have a neuroma.  If you don’t know, here’s what a neuroma is (as per the Mayo Clinic) “Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. In some cases, Morton’s neuroma causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.”  Solution?  A series of shots in my foot over the next few weeks.  If you know me you know that I basically equate needles with the concept of being burned alive – I’m not a fan.  Also, if you know me you know that when it comes to the concept of ‘fight or flight’ that I’m ALLLL fight.  Basically, this means that when someone has to give me a shot or take blood, they’re in serious risk of getting a black eye.  I don’t faint, I don’t puke… I struggle against the very strong desire to punch someone in the nose and walk out.  Happily for me and the doctor issuing the shot, I didn’t punch anyone.  Yay for self-restraint.  I have to do it all over again in a week too.  Yippee.  (sidenote:  anyone remember that I broke my pinkie toe on my left foot TWICE last year?  Yeah… turns out that sucker is STILL broken!  Craziness!)

At the doctor’s office I received a call from the hubs that his truck broke down and he was stranded on the side of the road.  He’d called AAA and was waiting for the tow truck driver to come tow him to our mechanic.  We think it’s the transmission.  Needless to say I’m less than thrilled with this news. 

Upon finally arriving home I was welcomed by the sound of hacking and coughing – turns out my mom is sick.  Lovely. 

Guess what today is folks?  Mom’s moving day!  That means that movers will be traipsing in and out of our house all day long while my dog goes bananas and mom sniffles and coughs on them.  Oh, and the roofer is coming today to put on a new roof – we’ve been trying to have that done for over a month now but it keeps freaking raining on the days we have it scheduled.  So, that means that there’ll be lots of roofing nails around our house after today.  With my luck, I’ll step on one like I did when I was a child and end up in the ER tonight getting MORE shots in my foot.