Isn’t it Romantic?

So, in book club the other week, we read this book (I’m not telling you what it was, because I’m going to give away the ending here and I don’t want to wreck it for you.)   It was a lovely book about star-crossed lovers dealing with a major impediment to their being together.  There was some magic involved.  The ending was somewhat convoluted and a little melancholy, but the gist was that they more or less sorted it out and kind of/sort of died/became immortal and were thereby able to live together happily ever after.


Because they were immortal.

Until the end of time.

Until the end of time.

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Some Days You Really Just Need to Set the Bar Low

There has been a LOT going on in my head lately.  Stressful stuff and it’s kind of exhausting to think about.  So in any given free moment, my focus has been to do everything in my power to prevent myself from thinking and just give it all a rest.  Which is why I haven’t written on here in an eon.  Writing on here involves thinking.  I’ve not been up for it.

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Requiem for a Video Store

This is not my video store. My video store is much more interesting. I just found this photo on the internet.

I suppose it was inevitable.  Between the fancy TVs with all the movie channels, that thing that lets you record shows and skip through commercials, and Netflix coming to Canada, it was probably just a matter of time before Schlockbuster, our local independent video store, closed down.  (That link could die at any moment.  I have a feeling they haven’t even updated that website in the last two years.  Enjoy while you can.) Continue reading

Life According to the Movies – Lesson #8067: The Perfect Gift

You’ve all seen that movie – there are at least a dozen of them, and that doesn’t count whatever they’ve got on TV these days.  The set up: it’s Christmas morning around the tree or Christmas eve in a stolen private moment between the couple of the budding romance and he says, “I got you something.”  And it’s a box and she opens the box and in the box is… wait for it… a snow globe.  And she is delighted.  This is somehow the best present she has ever received and she is deeply moved.

Omigod! How did you know this is exactly what I've always wanted?!!!!

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In a Time of Cynicism

We live in cynical times.  It was inevitable, probably, that cynical is what we, as a species, would become.  It’s a bad, bad world out there.  Horrible things happen all the time, and not just to people who deserve it.  Nasty things happen to nice people and they happen all the time.

Even if you pay the smallest amount of attention to what’s going on in the world around you, the message is clear: life is not fair.  If there is a great plan for humanity, it must have been derailed.  Either that, or it is a plan that is pretty darn mysterious at best, nefarious at worst. Continue reading

Bandwagon = Jumped On

I have a confession: I have not read the Harry Potter books.  Or at least, I’ve only read the first two or three or whatever the series had got to in 2000.  I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but it is odd for me, because a) I read constantly, and fairly indiscriminately, and b) I went through a big fantasy stage as a kid, and still have quite a respect for youth fiction of this nature. Continue reading

Stephanie’s Infinite Playlist

I watch a lot of movies.  I don’t have a TV, so mostly it’s going to the cinema.  I probably go to the movies five or six times a month.  I almost always see things on the opening weekend because I’ve already seen everything else.  I have (many times) walked out at the end of a movie, turned around at the box office, and bought a ticket for whatever else was showing next. Continue reading