Pictures and movies and gift shops

A few weeks ago we heard about an opportunity to apply to be on a show where Disney and HGTV redo your backyard and send your family to Disney World.  We didn’t get it but it was fun to dream.  They requested a family photo (you think that’s what took us out of the running??) so we had to get my sister to take one because we DIDN’T HAVE ANY.  That’s right, not a one.  The only one I could come up with was at least four years old so Ziva wasn’t even a zygote yet.  So Em took one for us:

Go ahead, you can say it, we're adorable

Two weekends ago I got to spend the night away from those darlings when I went up to Dayton to help celebrate Em’s birthday.  We started with a Mexican lunch followed by mani-pedis.  There was some time to kill after that before people started showing up to her house so I took advantage of some alone time.  I had noticed a small museum gift shop nearby and I LOVE gift shops so I went in to have a look.  Turns out it was cheaper than most gift shops and all proceeds went to the historical society’s educational program.  So I had to buy stuff, it was for a Good Cause.  Here’s what I found:

For $2.50 I couldn't resist this little guy!

A non-porny turtle!

He even opens up! In a totally non-porny way!

An adorable little tin

That's right, it said lotion. It's a lotion BAR. I love it.

My favorite purchase. This $10 ring. It makes me feel pretty.

After that little excursion I circled a shopping center for forty minutes looking for the Macworld so I could get a new phone charger.  As much as I love Apple products, their accessories SUCK ASS.  And yes, I know why, I did just spend another $20 on a cord.  After that I went to Em’s party where, as I mentioned before, I cornered her very pregnant friend for a couple hours.  After that I stayed up until first light watching the finale of LOST (I still don’t know what happened, I was either too drunk or I was watching LOST) and slurrily (is too a word) discussing God with Jason.

So that was awesome.  This past weekend I decided that since I love gift shops so much I should go ahead and stop into the one I pass all the time in Evendale whose sign boasts “largest gift shop in Cincinnati”.  I always thought it looked a little too “figurines” for me but I can ALWAYS find something to buy.  Nope.  this store was full of the kitchyest kitch that ever kitched.  Half of the store was Christmas stuff and the rest was Precious Moments and teddy bear figurines.  Not WINNING.

I’ve still been on a major movie kick so let me tell you about what I’ve watched since the last post.  Let’s see…there was Welcome to the Rileys which was so bad I just had to Google it to remember what it was about.  It stars Kristen Stewart (need I go on?) and James Gandolfini as a trashy stripper/prostitute and an old guy who decides to try and take care of her.  Stewart is the stripper and Gandoflini is the old guy.  It would have been better reversed.  A totally forgettable movie even if you can get all the way through a Stewart performance.  Next up was Fish Tank which was weird and gritty but I kind of liked it right up until the end when it blew.  It’s about a teenage girl who builds a relationship with her mother’s boyfriend.  They end up sleeping together, ew, blah blah blah.  The thing is, I really liked her character.  Until the end when the whole thing just got weird.  After that we have The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.  Absolutely must-see documentary about the White family, famous for Jesco White of Dancing Outlaw fame.  It is such an intimate and realistic view into this strange and endearing family.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie but it does include the uglier parts of life so don’t go in looking for rainbows and kittens.  After this I watched Skid Row where Pras Michel (of The Fugees) spends nine days on Skid Row in L.A.  This was another must-watch documentary.  The cool thing is that when it gets to be too much for him, Pras is so real and passionate and scared and those parts where he seems to be losing it are not edited out to save face.  Beautiful glimpse of life on the other side of the poverty line.  Lastly we have Takers.  This is one of those group heist films with a bit of a twist.  The cast includes T.I., Chris Brown, Michael Ealy (commence drooling) and Idris Elba (STRINGER!!).  The story was good, the movie wasn’t bad, some of the acting was pretty terrible.  All in all, worth the watch if you like that sort of thing.

I finished the book The Unlikely Disciple-A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose and I’m dead serious that this is one the best best books I’ve ever read.  I zoomed through it which I NEVER do with non-fiction.  The story is fascinating and the writing flows really well.  Seriously, I can’t even read a long blog post without a break but this guy held me captive the whole time.

What are you watching/reading/buying?

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About Just Vegas

I'm a 30-something married SAHM which means the nightmare scenario that plagued my early 20's has become reality. Funny thing is, I kinda like it. I have 3 lovely daughters who are educated at home and at a part-time alternative school. I love animals and I love people (in the general sense, not everybody all the time). I have no income to speak of, I'm not crafty and I hate cooking. My skills include reading the internet, watching tv on the internet and conversing with people on the internet. I'm an armchair philosopher, spiritualist, agnostic, feminist, liberal, activist, political pundit and tv critic.
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7 Responses to Pictures and movies and gift shops

  1. Susan says:

    Thank you for this. For what it’s worth, the Precious Moments mothership is just a few miles from where I grew up. I know people who have worked in the chapel/gift shop. Those big-eyed children make me hack up a hair ball. But I love gift shops, too, and I am right now off in search of a ring just like yours.

  2. Swistle says:

    I just read The Art of Losing, which I liked pretty well even though it was grim, and I’m in the middle of watching Adam, which I’m not sure I’m going to finish because it’s getting really after-school-specialy.

    What a great family photo!!

  3. Mel says:

    Lots of fun stuff in this post. I hate Precious Moments, too. Why do those type of things exist? Anyway, some good movie suggestions to add to my Netflix queue.

  4. Mel says:

    Oops I meant to add that that is a great family photo. You are all adorable.

  5. Christie says:

    you’re adorable – I’m doing happy flips (in my head 😉 – I have a family picture of you guys!!!

  6. LRA says:

    OMGosh! Your family is so beautiful! You must be so proud!

    😀

    I hope you are well!

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