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Did everyone see the picture of Thranduil from The Hobbit? I love parts of it and hate parts of it. Mainly, I can't stand the HUGE black caterpillar eyebrows.



I haven't posted in forever. I've been really busy with work and trying to go to the Y most evenings, plus I've started making my own soaps, bath salts, and lotions. It's a LOT of fun! Plus I know exactly what's in everything and I can scent it how I want. Love it! In other news, I've lost 65 pounds :) What a difference that makes in everyday life! My back and knees (both of which have arthritis) no longer bother me at all. I can also sleep through the night (as long as my cat doesn't get in my face and wake me up, which she really likes to do). Anyway, that's a quick and dirty update! Hope everyone is doing well!

p.s. Hurry, Hobbit, hurry!

Letter to Lowe's

I sent the following email to Lowe's corporate office today.

I am absolutely disgusted that you would give in to extremist organizations like the FFA and pull advertising (essentially, funding) from a show on TLC that promotes understanding rather than bigotry. You have basically informed this country that ignorance and bigotry are a part of Lowe's corporate core values. I have been a patron of your store for many years. As of today, I am no longer a patron of your store. Furthermore, I am encouraging everyone I know using various forms of social media to also take their business to your competitor. I refuse to spend a penny in a store that promotes hatred. Don't we have enough of that already?
I am so sick of the ignoramuses in this country. I realize that we don't have a monopoly on ignorance, but I swear sometimes I feel like we're going to drown in our own bile and vitriol. Another company announced today that they are pulling their ads from the show All American Muslim because of pressure from angry ignoramuses in this country who for some reason think that all Muslims are terrorists. The Florida Family Association (FFA) (or whatever they're called) started a letter writing campaign to try to get all the sponsors to pull out of the show because the show didn't show the radical element of Islam. ...are you effing kidding me? The show features five American families from Dearborn, Michigan, of course they aren't showing terrorists! That isn't the point of the show. If you want to see terror, turn on the news and you will be bombarded with all the horror you can take.

Kudos to The Learning Channel for actually trying to show Muslim culture as it exists in the United States.

Shame on people like FFA for fanning the fires of ignorance rather than actually learning something about their subject matter.

Double shame on Lowes for bowing to extremist organizations. I regret the money I spent there recently upgrading my bathroom. I will not spend a dime there on the kitchen remodel, which will of course be WAY more money.

365 Days until Hobbity Goodness!

Originally posted by theonering_net at 365 Days until Hobbity Goodness!



We are officially 365 days away from the release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ on December 14th 2012. We hope you will join us on this fantastic journey through the next year and beyond! We promise to give you the most authentic and unique coverage of The Hobbit films possible from a fan perspective. [...]


Okay, seriously??? It's been almost FOREVER since they announced the guy playing Thranduil in The Hobbit. Since then we've seen all the dwarves and occasional shots of Bilbo, Gandalf, Radagast, and Elrond. Even heard some stories of various elf extras. When do we get a picture of Thranduil?!?!?!?


You are The Lovers

Motive, power, and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse.

The Lovers represents intuition and inspiration. Very often a choice needs to be made.

Originally, this card was called just LOVE. And that's actually more apt than "Lovers." Love follows in this sequence of growth and maturity. And, coming after the Emperor, who is about control, it is a radical change in perspective. LOVE is a force that makes you choose and decide for reasons you often can't understand; it makes you surrender control to a higher power. And that is what this card is all about. Finding something or someone who is so much a part of yourself, so perfectly attuned to you and you to them, that you cannot, dare not resist. This card indicates that the you have or will come across a person, career, challenge or thing that you will fall in love with. You will know instinctively that you must have this, even if it means diverging from your chosen path. No matter the difficulties, without it you will never be complete.

What Tarot Card are You?
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The Help

I loved this movie! I never read the book so maybe someone who read the book and saw the movie can comment as to how faithful the movie was. If you haven't heard of it, it's about three women in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. One of them is white and just graduated from Ole Miss; the other two are black maids who work for upper middle-class households. The two maids have spent their lives raising the kids who later become their employers, but aren't able to even use the same bathroom as the family they work for. The women decide to write a book about their experiences working for those families as well as teh experiences of the other maids in town. It was really a great movie.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog has produced a 3-D documentary on a cave in Southern France with some of the oldest cave paintings ever discovered. I went to see it today with some friends and it was really amazing! The technology being used at the cave is awesome, as are the lengths the French government are going to in order to protect it. There is an element of cheesiness to the whole thing, but well worth going to see.

Get Ready to be Pissed...


I'm so disgusted I can't even be articulate about this.