Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 182

FOR TODAY: October 16, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window... night, I am not sure why I keep this section. I am more often writing at night and the answer is always a variation of the same idea...night, darkness, stars, etc.

I am thinking... about costumes and cosplay ideas. It's because Sister is practicing her Halloween make-up at the moment.

Been thinking about theology, church history, and John Wesley. I had a very Wesleyan/Methodism moment a few weeks ago.

I am thankful... being close with my family

I am wearing... Christmas pants and a red tank top

I am creating... fancy nail art. Really I am a beginner but I had fun:

I am watching... I introduced Sister to Gilmore Girls last weekend, it's become our weekend show. I forgot how much I loved the show, The Pretender with Mom, and Tuesday is Firefly night with Sister and her friends. On my own I've been watching Midsommer Murders and trying to watch Daredevil (second season) and Luke Cage. Both are very good but my tolerance for violence is...heightening.

I am geeking out... DC, I know I'm weird but I really like it.

I played... Warmachines, it is a strategy/tactician game like Warhammer and Stoneage.
One of my favorite things... Thanksgivings walks followed Thanksgiving feasts

Verse of the week... Exodus 15:2 NLT
The Lord is my strength and my song;
    he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
    my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
Song of the Week:

From the Garden:... we harvested most of the vegetables last weekend, there might be one last zucchini to pick this week if the frost doesn't kill it.

In the Kitchen... Thanksgiving was so much fun, Mom and I worked together on preparing the meal over three days. I tried to make Maria's very yummy sweet potato casserole. It turned out well and I learned a few things for next time.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...the week is packed there is the regular things plus Monday night I'm going to the city to shop. Tuesday have a ministry lunch followed by youth ministry leaders networking meeting (that's a mouthful) followed by Firefly TV night. I've started attending a Bible Study on Wednesday looking at 2 Timothy. Thursday I'm back in the city to participate in contemplative worship. Friday is the most exciting activity, Toby Mac concert! And Saturday I visiting the Ottawa Vineyard church, because even pastors need to find ways to worship.  

Happening On The Blog:... I have no plans. I mean I do have plans but I haven't been the most quick to actually write. My goal is to write twice this week. That might include my non-regular weeklies Daily SaladThankful Thursday, and Wednesday Art.

A few pictures to share:...

A few weeks ago I was at a pastor retreat and conference. This was my view every morning.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sister + Friend Movie Review: Storks

Two reviews in two days! Yesterday I finally posted our review of Suicide Squad.

And Friday we saw Storks.

It is ridiculous and awesome.

I didn't expect I'd want to see the movie few months ago, just looking at the poster. At best it would a "renter" (not that we really rent movies these days.) However the more we saw the previews the more we wanted to see it. For the last month Sister and her friends have been quoting the wolves just based on the previews. 

We are glad we went. It was such a fun love. It has been awhile since I have laughed so hard. It was a great film and as a group we saw "go see it."

Warning: there are a few spoilers in the review, but nothing that will harm your enjoyment of Storks.

Darby: Creative idea and the wolves were the best.
Zack: It was the right mix of comedy.
Sister: It was quiet entertaining.
Me: We were laughing hysterically through out the movie; it helped being the only group in the theater. It was just plain fun. Just when I began to think, "this is ridiculous" one of the characters would acknoldge the feeling with some type of "how is this possible." I think my favourite example was when the wolves formed a "wolf bridge." It made the next wolf transformations hilarious and allowed the story to be very creative.

Less Than Good:
Darby: there were not enough wolves
Zack: the stork-human family bond felt awkward
Sister: I just liked it...all of it.
Me: Most of our favourite lines/scenes we knew going in because they were in the previews.

Favourite Character:
Darby: Wolves
Zack: Orphan Tulip
Sister: Wolves
Me: the kid, Nate Gardener

Best Scene:
Darby: The wolves falling in love with the baby, "tastes like flowers"
Zack: The baby controlling the robot "Babies are smart -babies are dumb"
Sister: The wolves falling in love with the baby, "Are you in love cause I'm in love" "I'm love" "I agree, I agree, I agree"
Me: The stork facing off against his nemesis "glass"

Darby: 5 bad-ass mini birds out of 5
Zack: 4 wolves out of 5
Sister: 5 blue haired babies out of 5
Me: 4.5 plates of glass out of 5

Finial Thoughts:
I love it and highly recommend Storks. It reminded me of Jimmy Neutron. It has a similar off the wall humor, child-like imagination, and unexpected twists. But the movie isn't for everyone. It was a hit with our group and it I could see young children also enjoying it. If animation annoys you I would skip Storks.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Friend Movie Review: Suicide Squad

It has been a month and a half, maybe more, since I took a few of Sister's friends to see Suicide Squad. (We would have included Sister except she away on an adventure for three weeks.) I haven't been in the headspace to write but I still wanted to give this review for a few reasons 1) the friends took the time to share their thoughts 2) I'm still thinking about the movie and this is away to formalize my thoughts and 3) there have been a lot of reviews focusing on the negatives about Suicide Squad and we didn't hate. In fact we all enjoyed the movie and I think it has been underappreciated.

I hadn't really wanted to see Suicide Squad. The idea of rooting for bad guys because there are even worse evil out there isn't my thing. I went because its a piece in the DC universe and like comic movies, even the bad ones. I excepted this to be another bad one. The bar was really low for me, I had recently seen Batman vs Superman and had been disappointed you can find the review here. I was convinced Suicide Squad as going to be more of the same and that I would hate it. I was surprised. For me there was more good than bad, it wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable.

WARNING: there are spoilers a plot details ahead.

Darby: "A lot of it"
Brendan: the soundtrack was great, the characters were funny and felt real because they were broken people which gave them dimension.
Liam: the characters were fantastic and the soundtrack was enjoyable
Me: The intro to the characters, with the animation tie-in to the poster art, was great. Especially for the two characters the movie focused on the most, Harley Quinn and Deadshot. Very early into the movie I was able to set my prejudices aside.

I enjoyed Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and thought she made the movie. She was the right amount of emotion, comedy, and vexing. And while I don't ideologically agree with Harley Quinn on many things I found watching Robbie's portrait fascinating and fun. I convinced I was going to hate Deadshot. It bothered me in the previews to see Will Smith with two eyes. I am still very new to comics and DC. I admit I enjoyed the shows Flash and Arrow before I started reading comics. So my first introduction to Deadshot was Arrow and I didn't think I was going to like this new version. I was expecting be annoyed for by the change in backstory and him having both his eyes for the whole movie, cause I can be petty like that. I was quickly able to let go of my expectations because Smith's Deadshot felt different in a good way. I also really liked the interactions between Harley and Deadshot.  Diablo was another of the movies highlights for me. I was interested in his development and backstory and thought it was one of the more subtle good qualities of the movie.

And the few small bits that kept us in the extended universe I liked, like the T-shirt vendor reminding us Superman is dead, Batman's appearance, the post-credits scene between Bruce Wayne and Amanda Waller, and any hit of Wonder Woman and Aquaman. I am so excited for both of those movies, the studios will probably disappoint me but I am hopefully anticipating they won't.

The overall baddy wasn't important for the story being told, so I didn't mind the vagueness of the "machine," how it worked, or what is was going to do. It was more about the Enchantress' motivation and desire for revenge that interested me. Also idea of look what our (Amanda Waller's) actions created. I did think the Enchantress was thoroughly creepy and the first time the June Moone transformed into Enchantress was excellently done. The hand flip was a great visual.

Last thing, Amanda Waller was the greatest villain in this movie. Viola Davis was excellent and made me hate Waller. There is so much about her character's ideology I been pondering since the movie. I kick myself for not realizing sooner in the movie that the Squad's mission was to retrieve her.

Less Than Good:
Darby: Captain Boomerang and Slipnot felt useless. Other then that I liked it.
Brendan: The explanation of Harley Quinn bothered me. I would have also preferred the Squad going on a number of missions, failing and then coming together for the big final mission.
Liam: the plot was very scattered and they almost completely ignored Katana which is disappointing because she is an interesting character.
Me: I did like the movie but it wasn't without its flaws. It felt like the writer/director tried to cram three movies into one. There was so many elements that they wanted to include that each theme/subplot became weaker. Makes me think of finger painting as a kid, I would mix all the colours till the picture was just a muddy swirl.

I agree with Darby and Liam, Captain Boomerang, Slipnot, Katana, even Killer Croc and Diablo were poorly incorporated characters with little over there backstory being told in comparison to Harley Quinn and Deadshot.  For a team bonding movie to work each character needs to have a reason to be in the movie to further the plot. It felt more like the Harley Quinn Deadshot movie. And maybe if they did that story and then a Squad movie it would have been better.

The other issue for most people was the Joker. There was so much hype beforehand about how dark and twisted and great Jared Leto was going to be. I don't think anyone could have lived up to the expectations especially after Heath Ledger's performance. I didn't hate him but found most of the Joker scenes didn't help advance the plot especially the club scene.

2nd Favourite Character:
Across the board we all said Harley Quinn was our favourite and the best acted character.
Darby: Katana
Brendan: Diablo
Liam: Captain Boomerang
Me: For favourite it is tied between Diablo and Katana, the little we saw of her was great. I would have liked more of her and more explanation of why she was joining the team. And I still like them best, but the more I think of it the best villain was Amanda Waller.

Darby: 4 Harley Quinn bats out of 5
Brendan: 3.5 slow Joker laughs out of 5
Liam: 4 dead Slipknots out of 5
Me: 3.2 Soultakers (Katana's katana) out of 5

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Thankful Thursday #211

This week I've been thankful...
  • ...for Octobers. I do love Octobers.
  • ...that Sister is still healthy. Her annual check up was this past week and she is doing well.
  • ...that I have two jobs and they are going well.
  • ...farmer's markets; especially one of the vendors in my area that has been very good to me.
  • ...for delicious cupcakes.
  • ...the new connects and friends I've made over the past few weeks.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Daily Salad #62

I'm noticing that my salads have gotten kind of routine. In June when I started making these daily salads posts I was trying new things. It was the only way I could making eating greens enjoyable. I found what I like and the routine is helpful. Just need to figure out how to balance routine with variety so I don't get bored.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 181

FOR TODAY: September 11, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window... a beautiful garden

I am thinking... about Anabaptist theology

I am thankful... for my Sister
I am wearing... grey Rend Collective graphic tee and jeans

I am creating... a schedule of youth ministry events and activities.

I am reading
... I've been reading some Janet Evanovich I've worked through Wicked Appetite, Wicked Business, One for the Money and currently Two for the Dough. And also my spiritual reading are Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of JesusThe Rhythm of Prayer: A Forty Day Experience, and The Books of the Bible.

I am watching... Galavant, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, The Pretender with Mom, and Tuesday I'm introducing sister and a few of her friends to Firefly.

I am geeking out... Star Trek, two Fridays ago we went to the Star Trek Experience. We did fun quizzes and games. It was so much fun.


I played... Tiny Epic Defenders, Tiny Epic Galaxies, and DC Deck-Builder Rivals: Batman vs. Batman.
One of my favorite things... new chip flavour taste tests. Lays have three new country flavours UK: cheese and onion, Canada: bacon poutine, and Thailand: Thai Sweet Chili. At this week's youth ministry event "Lunch with Liz" we did a taste test. UK won and the poutine was the least favourite.

Verse of the week... Mark 4:18-19 NIV
‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
Song of the Week:

From the Garden:... we harvested the eggplant and mum liked it.

In the Kitchen... I've been trying new things. Mum and I have started informal cooking classes with a friend of hers. This week we made salsa and hummus. Then with the eggplant I tried to make a balsamic glaze. I over cooked it and ended up with candied balsamic taffy. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:...the week is seems packed. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are my regular office days. Tuesday is there is Lunch with Liz, tea with a new friend, and TV night. Thursday mum and are attending a retreat called "Day of Joy" (I think that's the name). And Saturday I have a youth ministry event planned.  

Happening On The Blog:... I have something planned for everyday this week. Tomorrow should be on the garden, Tuesday about Suicide Squad (at last). Friday I have a few different ideas. And as always this week the regular series are back: Daily SaladThankful Thursday, and Wednesday Art.

A few pictures to share:...
From the long weekend

The first day of school