zaterdag 31 augustus 2013

In My Mailbox (112)

Seven offials this week and one private swap. This very adorable hedgehog came from Hämeenlinna, Finland.

Sent: august 13th 2013
Received: august 25th 2013
Distance: 1,574 km (978 miles)
Travel Time: 12 days

I love this Catherine Deneuve postcard. It's from Kiev, Ukraine.

Sent: august 18th 2013
Received: august 27th 2013
Distance: 1,722 km (1,070 miles)
Travel Time: 9 days

From Bejing, China I received this fun postcard. How cute is that bunny in his suit?

Sent:july 9th 2013
Received: august 27th 2013
Distance: 7,866 km (4,888 miles)
Travel Time: 49 days

A pretty lakeview with beautiful autumn colors. Love it! From Atlanta, Georgia, US.

Sent: august 18th 2013
Received: august 27th 2013
Distance: 7,194 km (4,470 miles)
Travel Time: 9 days

All those lovely colored flowers. They came from Rotorua, New Zealand.

Sent: august 18th 2013
Received: august 27th 2013
Distance: 18,354 km (11,405 miles)
Travel Time: 9 days

Another card with an autumn theme. Nice! This time from Kaluga, Russia.

Sent: august 19th 2013
Received: august 31st 2013
Distance: 2,055 km (1,277 miles)
Travel Time: 12 days

From Charleston, South Carolina, US I got this building. I think it's a hotel or something like that.

Sent: august 23rd 2013
Received: august 31st 2013
Distance: 6,982 km (4,338 miles)
Travel Time: 8 days

And this wonderful classic moviestar from my friend in Gdynia, Poland.

Thanks Sirpa, Dasha, Zhu, Shannon, Sparrow, Dima, Mel and Patricia for your awesome cards this week!

50 Books Challenge 2013 Update - August

Only three books this month, I blame work. I started at a new workplace and there were a lot of new impressions. I tried to read a little bit every day, but I was jut very tired.

# 29. The Hive by Gill Hornby - 3,5/ 5
# 30. Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling - 2/ 5
# 31. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments # 4)- 4/ 5

Average: 3,2

Favorite of the month: City of Fallen Agels

I really have to read four books this month, because the theme I choose is a series of four books.

I recently rewatched "The Silence of the Lambs", so that's how I got this idea.

donderdag 29 augustus 2013

Top 5 Thursday: Movies from 1984

I found someone doing lists like this online and I thought of doing it too. I decided to start with my year of birth, 1984. The best movies from that year in a top 5.

5. The Neverending Story
This movie was a big thing for me when I was a kid. These days children wouldn’t appreciate it as much, but I still do. And that wolf, Gmork, freaks me out!

4. Ghostbuster
How can I not include “Ghostbusters”? Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are great together and the stars of this movie. I haven’t seen it in a while though.

3. The Terminator
Although the second one is the best in the series, this is very cool as well. I think this put Arnie on the map.

2. Gremlins
“Gremlins” is one of those movies I can watch over and over again. Gizmo is the cutest movie character ever and I think this film is timeless. It’s fun and scary at the same time.

1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
I love the entire franchise, okay maybe I want to forget about the last one, but it brought my favourite male character in movies.

They Almost Made the Top 5: Nightmare on Elm Street, Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop

woensdag 28 augustus 2013

50 Books Challenge 2013 - # 31: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instrumens # 4)

Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments # 4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Story: The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one. When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Start: august 19th 2013
End: august 28th 2013
Comment: I enjoyed this series so far, so I was ready for "City of Fallen Angels". Reading this proofs that the series is pretty consistent. The world-building has always been something that stood out in "The Mortal Instruments" and the fourth book is no exception. It's really great to read about it and feel like you're actually there. What bothered me is that there was lot of teen relationship angst, especially with Clary and Jace. Jace is actually starting to annoy me a bit. I don't know what it is. So "City of Fallen Angels" is another good read in the series.
Rating: 4/ 5

Quotables: "Ted"

This is one of the better comedies made in the last years. Just the idea of a foulmouthed, pod smoking teddy bear makes me laugh. And it comes with some funny and memorable quotes. That all with thanks to Seth MacFarlane.

John, Ted: [singing] When you hear the sound of thunder, / Don't you get too scared. / Just grab your thunder buddy / And say these magic words: / "Fuck you, thunder! / You can suck my dick! / You can't get me thunder / 'Cause you're just God's farts!"

John: [calling 911] This guy took my teddy bear!
John: Hello? Hello?

Ted: [to fat kid] Back off, Susan Boyle!

Frank: You think you got what it takes?
Ted: I'll tell you what I got. Your wife's pussy on my breath.
Frank: Nobody's ever spoken to me like that before.
Ted: That's because their mouths were full of your wife's box.
Frank: You're hired.
Ted: Shit

Ted: There. Proof. Garfield's eye look like a pair of tits.

Lori: There's a shit on the floor!
Ted: Or, or, or, maybe the floor is on the shit.

Robert: You can't have my Teddy bear!
[Charges John and Lori at full speed. John punches him in the nose, knocking him unconscious to the ground]
Lori: Jesus!
John: I'm sorry, but somebody had to go all Joan Crawford on his ass!

John: Can you call my cellphone?
Lori: Yeah
[Lori calls John's phone which plays "The Imperial March"]
Lori: Is that my ringtone? What is that? Cause it sounds really negative.
John: No. I-it's from The Notebook

Narrator: Now if there's one thing you can be sure of, it's that nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns AND missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine.

Ted: Oh, come on! I do not sound that much like Peter Griffin!

Ted: [after a TV falls on John] Why are you crying?
John: My dick was squished by the TV.

Donny: You're mine now, Ted.
Ted: Screw you, pal. I belong to John Bennett.
Donny: I can give you love and rocking horses and dancing.
Ted: I think we're very far apart on this.

Ted: [while being carried inside a bag] Oh, I hear the fat kid running! I bet it's hilarious!

dinsdag 27 augustus 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 2013 - Theme # 34: Animal

Here is this weeks theme.

This is one of the easiest themes so far. I have made so many pictures of animals. While vacationing in Uganda, visiting zoos, pets. But my favorite animal of the moment is without a doubt my bunny Oscar. He's adorable, sweet and a great companion. I love this photo!

maandag 26 augustus 2013

Movie Moments: "The Muppets"

If you don’t like the Muppets, you’re insane! How can you not like them? I just rewatched their latest film and I chose my favorite moments. Oh, and I can't wait to see the new movie that comes out next year!

Moment # 1: Life’s a happy song
Gary is about to leave for Los Angeles with his girlfriend Mary. He tells Walter he's coming too. They, and the whole population of Smalltown breaks into song.

Moment # 2: Walter overhears plan
When Walter visits Kermit’s office in the Muppet studios, he overhears a plan that Tex Richman has for the studios end theater. Walter starts screaming, all the way to the hotel.

Moment # 3: Electrical fence
When Gary, Mary and Walter find Kermit’s house, Walter wants to be thrown over the fence. Mary worries it might be an electrical fence, but Walter says it’s impossible because it’s Kermit the Frog. When Gary throws him over, Walter is electrocuted.

Moment # 4: Kermit the Frog
Kermit arrives and invites them into his home. Walter persuades Kermit into getting the old gang back together to put up a show.

Moment # 5: The Moopets
First they’re trying to find Fozzie Bear, who has his own show in a Reno casino called The Moopets. Which has some Muppets characters, but the ten times worse.

Moment # 6: Montage
Already they found Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal, the rest of the Muppets are in a montage.

Moment # 7: We build this city
Gary, Mary, Walter and all the Muppets fix up the old Muppet theater, while singing “We Build This City”.

Moment # 8: Me party
Mary is sightseeing Los Angeles by herself and she starts singing about it.

Moment # 9: New dance partner
Miss Piggy can’t do her duet with Kermit, because she has a new dance partner: Pepe the Prawn, who is supposed to catch her like in “Dirty Dancing”.

Moment # 10: Man or Muppet
Mary left L.A. with a question for Gary: are you a man or a muppet. Gary and Walter try to find out through a song.

Moment # 11: Barbershop
The Barbershop quartet give Jack Black a haircut while mee-meeing “Smell Like Teen Spirit”.

Moment # 12: Rainbow Connection
Kermit plays the banjo and sings “Rainbow Connection”, with Miss Piggy.

Favorite Moment: Moment # 1 : Life’s a happy song

zondag 25 augustus 2013

Pic Spam: Lauren Cohan

I didn't like her character on "Supernatural", but I love her in "The Walking Dead". Lauren Cohan is actually my favorite female on the show. And she is gorgeous!

Movie Trailer Sunday (102)

Here are this weeks trailers.

Description: Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, "Parkland" weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas' chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK's security team, witnesses to both the president's death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson's rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.
Director: Peter Landerman
Starring: Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong, Tom Welling
Trailer: Trailer "Parkland"
Comment: Has anyone seen "JFK". Exactly... But produced by Tom Hanks so that gives it a bit more appeal!

The Book Thief
Description: A spirited and courageous young girl transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany.
Director: Brian Percival
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie NĂ©lisse
Trailer: Trailer "The Book Thief"
Comment: The book didn't grab me as much as it did to most people, the trailer on the other hand looks like it will.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Description: A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane (Amber Heard), "a good girl" who becomes the object of everyone's affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welch, Aaron Himelstein, Edwin Hodge
Trailer: Trailer "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane"

Shepard & Dark
Description: A remarkable story of a friendship in letters.
Director: Treva Wurmfeld
Starring: Sam Shepard, Johnny Dark
Trailer: Trailer "Shepard & Dark"

Muppets Most Wanted
Description: While on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit lookalike and his dastardly sidekick.
Director: James Bobin
Starring: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey
Trailer: Trailer "Muppets Most Wanted"
Comment: Can't wait!!!

zaterdag 24 augustus 2013

In My Mailbox (111)

Only five postcards this week. I actually really love this first card I received this week. It's gorgeous. The postcard came from Hamburg, Germany.

Sent: august 15th 2013
Received: august 20th 2013
Distance: 378 km (235 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

You might know that bunnies aways make me smile, so when I got this adorable fluffer I was very happy! It's from Zwolle, Netherlands. 'Hoi' is hello in dutch.

Sent: august 18th 2013
Received: august 21st
Distance: 158 km (98 miles)
Travel Time: 3 days

And autumn cards are also very welcome. I just love those beautiful colors. The card is from Tokyo, Japan.

Sent: august 13th 2013
Received: august 21st 2013
Distance: 9,376 km (5,826 miles)
Travel Time: 8 days

From Dalerpeel, a little town in the Netherands, I got this really nice postcard. The sender wrote a letter with it, she told me everthing about her town. And she put in a handmade clover, so kind!

Sent: august 19th 2013
Received: august 21st 2013
Distance: 171 km (106 miles)
Travel Time: 2 days

My favorite of the week came from Munich, Germany. A gorgeous card with a balletdancer.

Sent: august 19th 2013
Received: august 21st 2013
Distance: 527 km (327 miles)
Travel Time: 2 days

Thanks Johannes, Carin, Hisae, Wenda and Nika for your wonderful cards this week!