January 26, 2017

To Be Found

I opened my emails today and read my daily inspiration. Boy, did it hit home -

As adult children, we are good - no, ingenious - at finding hiding places. Sometimes we hide behind our work by staying super busy. We hide in prayer itself - behind sweet-sounding words. We can choose to always be tired so we can hide in sleep. We can hide behind any of the "helper" roles by fixing others so we never have to fix ourselves. We can even make our life a hiding place by going through the emotions, saying all the right things, but never really encountering ourselves.

If we want to be found, we have to come out where somebody can find us.

I will identify my hiding places and make conscious decisions about choosing them or not.
(from the book Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty)

The sleep part is what really struck me. I'm a professional napper. I gave myself that title :) I took yesterday off of work to take my Helena to the veterinarian. Her appointment was at 11am.  I got up at a normal work day time (6:30am) and had breakfast and watched the news. Around 9:25am I decided to take a cat nap with my cats. I slept for an hour and then took Helena to the vet.  Once we returned I ate lunch, watched the latest episode of This Is Us and then I took another nap.

I have a list of things I want to do. Start my new Bible Study, work on some step-work, read a novel... If I wasn't napping all the time I could probably accomplish something.  Am I hiding behind sleep to procrastinate? I tell myself that I need the sleep and that a day off is good for napping. But what is really going on in my subconscious?  This is something I think I really need to look at and work on.

Do you find yourself hiding?

January 10, 2017

5 Binge-Worthy TV Shows

I am one of those people that enjoys binge-watching my television. There's a lot of us out there. A good friend of mine spent Sunday binge-watching all of The OA. I can easily go through a 10-episode season in a weekend if not a day.  When it comes to my television shows that I can watch weekly on TV, sometimes I'll wait a few weeks so that I can watch four or five episodes in a row. There are so many television shows out there right now on so many different networks. Here are 5 that I think are totally 100% binge-worthy.

The Killing (Netflix)
Based on the Danish TV series, The Killing, is detective story that follows a murder mystery through a full season and more. The stories unfold through Seattle police detectives Sarah Linen (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinneman). At first they but heads as Linden is by-the-book and Holder is more 'fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants.'  As they work together to solve the murder of Rosie Larson (takes 2 season...but hang in there...it's worth it) they form a bond that gets them through the toughest of places.

Game of Thrones (HBO)
If you aren't familiar with GOT, then you're living under a rock. Based on George R.R. Martin's best selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," HBO has brought the many land and many characters in this medieval fantasy world to life. The series is approaching its seventh and final season, as the powerful men and women fight for the Iron Throne.  There is no better time to binge-watch!

Orphan Black (BBC America)
This is one of my all time favorite television shows! Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Rachel, Helena, Crystal, Tony, The Russian...and a few more!  She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and it was well deserved! OB is a sci-fi crime drama about clones and the goverment. It's addictive and absolutely fantastic!  The fifth and final season starts in April. The best time to get on the band wagon is now!

Fuller House (Netflix)
A spin off from the original Full House, this is a fun family show that Netflix picked up and produced. DJ Fuller is a single mom (husband passed away) raising three sons. Her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmie Gibbler have moved in to help her out. Seasons one and two are currently available on Netflix and they just got picked up for a third season!

The Crown (Netflix)
This is a television show I haven't seen. It just won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. It chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. I've heard it's amazing and I can't wait to watch it with a cup (or pot) of tea!

What are you binge-watching right now?

January 8, 2017

And the Golden Globe Goes To . . .

After the Golden Globe nominations came out early in December I did a post about the nominations (here).  The award show aired last night and I stayed up for the whole thing. I couldn't go to bed without knowing who won!

In preparation for the Golden Globes I saw as many movies as I could:
Hacksaw Ridge
War Dogs
Hell or High Water
Florence Foster Jenkins
Manchester by the Sea
La La Land

There are plenty more to be seen, especially with the Academy Awards coming up. I'm slated to go see Hidden Figures tomorrow night. I really want to see Lion, Fences, and so many more.  Here are the winners from the movie categories of last night's Golden Globe Awards.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
La La Land

Best Motion Picture - Animated

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Film
Elle - France

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Isabelle Huppert - Elle

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone - La La Land

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Ryan Gosling - La La Land

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Viola Davis - Fences

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Aaron-Taylor Johnson - Nocturnal Animals

Best Director - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Justin Hurwitz - La La Land

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
City of Stars - La La Land

You can go to the Golden Globe Website for a complete list of winners.

December 21, 2016

Movie Review: Moonlight

Golden Globe Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Naomie Harris
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting - Mahershala Ali
Best Director - Motion Picture: Nicholas Britell
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Over the weekend I saw Moonlight. It is nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and will probably get several Academy Award nominations as well.  Here's the summary from IMDB.com:

A timeless story of human connection and self-discover, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Moonlight is a sad story of a young man with a rough childhood, but it has been beautifully done. There are three actors who play Chiron through out the film. Alex R Hibbert plays Chiron around the age of 10. Ashton Sanders plays Chiron at high school age. Trevante Rhodes plays Chiron as an adult. All three of them were fantastic in this film.  Naomie Harris played Chiron's mother through out the film and is nominated for Supporting Actress.  Mahershala Ali plays a man that young Chiron meets when he needs a male influence more than anything.  If you look closely at the movie poster, you'll see that it's all three Chirons.  The three actors depict the three different chapters that this film is broken down into - i Little | ii Chiron | iii Black.

Brian Tallerico, from RogerEbert.com, "Moonight is a film that is both lyrical and deeply grounded in its character work, a balancing act that's breathtaking to behold."  This movie stays completely focused on its character and never strays away from the point of it all.

This movie isn't for everyone, but it's definitely something to see.  I give 4 out of 5 stars!

December 20, 2016

Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Let the movie reviews begin!

Golden Globe Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Andrew Garfield
Best Director - Motion Picture: Mel Gibson

Last week I saw Hacksaw Ridge and I was blown (no pun intended) away! Mel Gibson is back  in action with this fantastic movie.  This is an incredible true story about a WWII American Army Medic who was considered a 'conscientious objector.' What that means is, he claims the right to refuse to perform military service on the grounds of his religious beliefs.

Andrew Garfield brilliantly portrays Desmond T. Doss who is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia.  Doss joined up and fought in WWII at the battle of Okinawa without ever firing a single weapon.  He single-handedly rescued 75 wounded men from the trenches at Hacksaw Ridge. Doss received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.

If you haven't seen Hacksaw Ridge go see it now! I will warn you there are some scenes that are pretty gruesome. Mel Gibson knows how to display body parts that are missing...  There are also some pretty emotional scenes. My mom and I were sobbing!

I give Hacksaw Ridge 5 out of 5 stars!