Sunshine Daydream

As is my custom when someone nominates me for an award, I try to accommodate if I can, but I never play by the rules. Mostly because these things require you to pass on the award to others who may or may not wish to join in. This is supposed to be the Sunshine Blogger award and I was nominated by the lovely Vinnie H. Do go check out his wildly entertaining film and television blog. These are the questions Vinnie asked and my answers to them:

  1. How often would you say you spend on your blog? I blog nearly every day. Even if I don’t post, I try to visit and comment on all the blogs I follow. Depending on the type of post I’m putting together, I could spend anywhere from an hour to several hours writing and compiling information and composing the text.
  2. What has blogging taught you? Blogging has ‘taught’ me that some of the people you meet, can become very dear friends. This was something I never really expected when I started my blog. Actually, I really didn’t know what to expect when I started blogging. I figured I’d maybe connect with some other writers and get some feedback on the pieces I would post. But I’ve met all sorts of wonderful creative people, had the chance to collaborate with some of them, and I’ve been enlightened by the things they are passionate about which only serves to make my life a little better, you know?
  3. Amy Adams or Natalie Portman? Amy Adams, hands down. No offense to Natalie, she’s a wonderful actress, and very beautiful but Amy is something special.
  4. Walks along the beach or romantic meal inside? Both? How about a walk on the beach and then a romantic meal inside?
  5. Have you ever written in the nude? Silly question. I’m nude right now.
  6. What film had the biggest emotional impact on you? This is a tough one, so I’m just going to go with the very first thing that popped into my head: Planet of the Apes, the original with Charlton Heston. When he finally realizes he’s on earth and mankind has basically destroyed themselves…. Wow.
  7. What is your fondest memory from childhood? I spent a lot of time in the company of my grandmother. She was a painter and used to give me a brush and a pail of water to ‘paint’ the sidewalk with. I could spend hours, believe it or not, painting and repainting the sidewalk with pictures that would dry in the sun and need to be redone.
  8. Is there any scene you would love to recreate from a movie? Yes! I want to be the woman King Kong carries to the top of the Empire State Building.
  9. Where do you see yourself in five years time? This is a question I have never, ever been able to answer. Every time I’ve been forced to answer it, like on a job interview, I’ve had to make something up. I have no clear vision of my future. In one respect, it keeps me spontaneous and in another I live in perpetual uncertainty. Not sure that’s a good thing.
  10. What film have you been meaning to watch for a long time, but just haven’t got the chance to? The King’s Speech. Totally missed it when it was in the theaters and then kind of forgot about it. But having just watched The Crown on Netflix, my interest is rekindled.
  11. And in the style of Stuff and That, do you think I have a nice bum? Yes, you have a very nice bum.

PS – I’m not really nude right now…


I swear to Godzilla…

Week 4 of the year of drinking adventurously!  And it’s a fail!

The view from my front door at about 3PM Saturday. I’d already shoveled the front walkway once.

I tried, I really did.  I knew the storm was coming.  Rather than wait till the last minute, I started looking last week for the Japanese whiskey that was to be this week’s offering.  According to Jeff’s book, Japanese whiskey rivals the best products of Scotland and Ireland.  Who knew? I live in the suburbs of a major East Coast city so I figured one of the larger liquor stores would stock at least one or two varieties on their shelves.  Nope.  I searched for it online.  The closest liquor store to carry it is in East Brunswick, New Jersey; a trafficky hour and a half away.  I couldn’t even find it on the menu of any of the local Japanese restaurants.  I will have to refer you to Lula’s blog to see how she liked it.

Now, you would think I’d take advantage of this enforced downtime to write, edit, research or something.  But you would be wrong!  We brewed our own beer!  You knew I’d get around to alcohol at some point, right?  Rather than bore you with the details (and I intended to bore you with the details but I bored myself just writing them, so…), I will just say that when this batch is finished fermenting, we will hopefully, have an English Ale.  And because this week’s adventure should have taken me to Japan, home of the legendary and awesome radioactive monster, Gojira (Godzilla), I thought it would be the perfect day for a Godzilla movie marathon!  That didn’t happen either, my husband can’t sit through them.  Although to be fair, that might have something to do with the fact that I own the boxed set of the original Toho Productions movies, in Japanese with subtitles! (I could bore you with those details, too.)


Nevertheless, sometimes marriage is about compromise and in order to satisfy my desire for giant alien monsters, he agreed to watch Pacific Rim, which I found on TV.  It really doesn’t take much to make me happy!

Anyway, sorry to fail on week 4.  I am slightly more  optimistic about next week, however. The drink of choice is from China.  Philadelphia does have a Chinatown …  Anyone up for a night on the town?

(Header image courtesy gizmodo.)