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Dear everyone in the world…

Posted in BLARG!!!, Random shit, Ranting, Uncategorized on January 14, 2014 by swinglizrd

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While scrolling through Facebook i encountered this article.  If you don’t have time right now to read it, basically the writer, a mother with an autistic little girl was sending a very powerful thank you note to a man that was seated next to them on an airplane.  While obviously a busy business man, he took the time during the flight to be kind to this little girl.  He took the time to play with this little girl.  He even too the time to try to help comfort this little girl when she lost it toward the end of the flight.  Folks, let me tell you, and i think we ALL know this.

THIS SORT OF KINDNESS IS A DYING BREED IN OUR WORLD.

I encountered a situation where the person acted the opposite of what the the angelic man in the article did.  I wrote a blog post about it, but never published it… I just never took the time to edit or post it, so it’s not perfect, but here it is anyway…

~Patience, kindness and understanding are altogether lacking in this day and age. Recently, while traveling I sat directly across from a woman who had a mother with a toddler in her lap behind her.  The toddler was laughing and happy even through the airplane taking off, unfortunately she was, as most toddlers are, very wiggly.  The child accidentally pushed the woman’s chair a couple of times.

The woman became extremely (and in my opinion unnecessarily and overly) annoyed.  The toddler again tapped her seat and the woman pushed from her feet through to the seat back and the back hit the toddler in the head.  Of course loud crying ensued disturbing the rest of the cabin and making life miserable for the poor mother.  When the child calmed, I looked back and made silly faces at her, making her smile.

The angry  woman looked to be in her sixties, but I have no idea if she had any children or grandchildren of her own.  I simply  don’t understand why she couldn’t have turned around and calmly asked if they could try to keep the child from bumping her seat. A smile and a kind word go a lot further than an Immature temper tantrum.

Our world is so full of narcissism, impatience, immaturity, and hate.We all know this. If we are decent human beings we should strive to alleviate some of the negativity by simply letting things be.  As decent human beings we should offer a few more smiles everyday.  As decent human beings we should forgive a toddler for being as nature intended them.

The rest of the flight passed without further incident, but I found myself holding animosity in my heart towards this bitter woman.  I was angry that she put forth her negativity and injured *even slightly* a child.  How then do I deal with MY negative feelings about this encounter?

I realize i had no idea what kind of day that woman was having, to me though it doesn’t excuse any behavior like that.  I suppose i shall just accept it for the learning experience, reminding myself to be a bit kinder, a bit more gentle to people i encounter day to day.

Love as thou wilt,

Liz


		
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My Husband… The Ass.

Posted in Funny, Random shit, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe, Wuv... TWUE Wuv with tags , , , on October 7, 2011 by swinglizrd

I love my husband.  He is sweet, funny, sexy as hell, and wonderful… BUT….

This morning as i said earlier on Twitter (@swinglizrd) I woke up with the song “Jenny From the Block” in my head.  I don’t know why or how this song intruded into my brain, I just know I needed to get it OUT.  Hubs was working on homework, so I suffered in silence for a while.  I tried to surf the interwebz to distract my traitor brain, to no avail.

Finally I say….

“ugh.. damn song stuck in my head.”

Hubs: “what song is that?”

me: “Jenny From the Block”

He laughs and continues to do what i THINK is homework…

a couple of minutes later I hear……… DUBSTEP REMIX OF “JENNY FROM THE BLOCK”.

Face… MEET KEYBOARD…

We go on with our day, with him working on stuff and me hitting the market… a bit ago he decides to declare war by singing it to me from the other room… yeah. Ass.

My motto is “Love as thou wilt”, but hubby is PUSHING IT.

Liz

On badly dubbed foreign films.

Posted in BLARG!!!, movies, Random shit, Ranting with tags , , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by swinglizrd

subtitles? puhlease? ack!

Sorry folks.. I’m kind of being elitist here.
This evening I tried to watch the japanese “film”  ROBOGEISHA on Netflix instant queue.  I wasnt worried too much when I saw there were no audio and subtitle options… *We have a PS3 enabled Netflix account*  I wasnt worried because in the little picture, it looked like it was subtitled.  I watched the first 10 minutes of it.  It looks incredibly promising.. BUT….

I do NOT like watching foreign movies that are dubbed instead of subtitled.
I LOVE hearing the language of the particular country.  I love hearing japanese, Cantonese, mandarin, french, italian…  I love words period.
BUT…
Putting badly recorded and “acted” voices over the original voices makes me ANGRY….. and you won’t like me when I’m angry…

soooo, now I am trying to find a movie on Netflix that is either subtitled or written and filmed in english.. I have a LOT of foreign movies in my queue though…

such is my elitist burden.

love as thou wilt,
Liz

Random Movie monday…

Posted in Funny, Random shit with tags , , , on September 13, 2011 by swinglizrd

Watching: Dracula 2000

Best line- “NEVER EVER F@#$ with an antiques dealer!!!!!”

i love incredible, horrible, vampire movies. They make me happy.
love as thou wilt
liz

yup…

Posted in BLARG!!!, Random shit, Self indulgent Tripe on August 12, 2011 by swinglizrd

I find this demotivational picture really defines how i feel recently.  I need some inspiration. 

love as thou wilt,

liz

On the reasons i love “Burn Notice”

Posted in BLARG!!!, Random shit, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , on July 28, 2011 by swinglizrd

*Warning: May include spoilers, i make no promises.*

Burn Notice.

This Dramady is a delightfully bright romp through the decadent streets of Miami and the life of burned spy Michael Westen and his friends and family.  Everything is warm and lush leaving you at the end of most episodes imagining the heat of the city and wanting to quench your thirst with a mojito.  I have fallen in love with most of the characters and find them all wonderful and charming with fantastic acting chops.  The only person I’ve not been completely impressed with, sadly, is Jeffrey Donovan.  I think he has grown and become a bit more believable, but he’s not as much of a natural talent like the others on the series.   I think he will only continue to grow and impress me more and more as the series goes on.  Any-who…. 

There are abundant reasons to love this show.  I have many popping into my head right now, but i am going to count down my top FIVE reasons I LOVE “Burn Notice”.

Reason #5 :

The clothes.  A well-tailored suit on a handsome man is like icing on cake.  I believe a man can be even more sexy in a suit than in any other state of dress.

The simplicity of all his suits is fantastic counterpoint to not only his “Trigger happy girlfriend Fiona” but  EVERYTHING ELSE IN MIAMI!  He always looks cool, collected, and confident in his very simple clothing.  So major props to the wardrobe people for everything, but most of all Michael Westen’s clothing.

Reason #4

The car.  Yes.  I have a CAR in my top 5 reasons I love this show.  But let me tell you boys and girls, this ain’t no simple car.  This car is sex on wheels.  This car grabs your eyes and says “hey, you over there… I’m the most badass car ever and you cannot resist me.”  The car in question is supposedly a 1973 Dodge Charger.  I have read in different places that it’s a 1971 or that is a “SE”… I don’t really care about all that.. I don’t know what most things about cars mean.. I just know this car is sexy, powerful, and FAST.

Hot. 

Reason #3

Explosions.  Fiery fiery explosions.  Gunfire.  Big Booms.  Fighting.  Action.

Yes.  I love action.  I am not the typical girly girl.  I do like  “girly” movies sometimes, BUT, give me a good action or sci-fi and I will pick one of those over a romance or comedy every time.

 I love watching a well choreographed fight on-screen.  I have incredible respect for stuntmen and women.  They take a huge beating and get up to walk it off.  The men and women of the stunt world have HUGE cojones.  Burn Notice delivers on the action front.  Not only that, they have Fiona who is possibly the most gorgeous weapons and incendiary expert around.  Her bass-assery knows no bounds.  Why a little boom, when a BIG boom would work just as well with better fireworks!  This stuff gets your heart pumping.

Reason #2

Bruce Campbell.  Hail to the king baby. 

Reason #1

Bruce Campbell.  Yes folks, The groovy chin is SO badass and SO incredible he takes up the top two places on my little list. 

Simply stated this man… IS THE MAN.

I know, not Burn Notice... i just couldn't resist.

Bruce plays the aging lush of a retired covert agent who always has an eye out for the rich older ladies of Miami.  His line delivery and presence on-screen is quintessential Bruce.  I cannot say enough about him.  He makes the show and He is…. The main reason I watch Burn Notice.  Thank you USA network for letting me have a weekly Bruce fix!

So there you have it. If you havent watched Burn Notice… Do it.  You will not regret it.

love as thou wilt babes…

Liz

*None of the pictures in this post are mine, they are from various sources. I do not claim them and will be glad to take them down at any time! No harm is meant!*

Stuck in the 90’s with you!

Posted in BLARG!!!, Friends, Music, Random shit, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by swinglizrd

Recently I have been remembering my highschool days.  Ah those awkward gawky years where you think everyone else thinks you are a big dork, and in reality, everyone thinks you are actually pretty cool.  These memories are brought about in part by the creation of a new Facebook group for my graduating class (very small highschool 53 people in my senior class… yeah) , by randomly conversing on Twitter with one of my favorite actors Ethan Embry (@Childactor), and because of the Facebook group, really reconnecting with some of the people who I loved in highschool.

So I have been thinking about some of my favorite movies ,books, and music from the 90’s.  Highschool for me was 1993-1997 soooo here we goooo!

Empire Records.  I was IN LOVE with this movie.  I was right to love it.  It has incredible people.. Ethan Embry, Liv Tyler, Johnny Whitworth, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Lapaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield… *hope all names were spelled right*  The music was fantastic, the feel was incredibly fun and the issues it dealt with you really felt connected with.  A great movie for us teens in 1995.

Now there are many more movies I loved, but I feel this one embodied that time the best.. at least it did for me!

Onto music…

I was into soo many different things and had such wacky tastes that I couldn’t even begin to post everything I loved..  Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, Poe, Nirvana,  Blind Melon.. the list could go ON and ON…  So to get you in that 90’s mood.. here are a couple of my favorite videos!

Now as for books.. Highschool is where is discovered my beloved Anne Rice.  Interview and The Vampire Lestat immersed me in this incredibly lush world full of beautiful bloodsuckers.  To this day I can pick up any one of her Vampire Chronicles or Mayfair Witches books and be completely enraptured at the level of detail and beauty that she has put into these novels.  I loved the movie version of Interview, and the less I say about the movie “based” on Queen of the Damned the better.  But Mrs. Rice changed my thinking about the world.  Her words gave me a new vision that as a cute little southern Baptist ministers daughter, I had never had before.  Her books influence my writing even today as I strive to achieve that incredible level of detail and continuity.

So.. there ya have it.  My brain recently.  Now that I got all this out, maybe it’ll be a bit less cluttered in there.  I needed some room to get some actual work done and some actual writing done.  I love my blog, but when I have a post in my head floating around, it takes up a LOT of space!

love as thou wilt,

Liz