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BLOG: I Didn’t Become a Mom the Day I Had a Baby

Today is my daughter Emma’s 11th birthday. We prepared for it last night the same way we do every year, by telling her the story of her birth. My husband did the honors this time, telling Emma all about the cheeseburgers he made for dinner that night and how it was storming when we drove to the hospital. I was thinking about a different day though. I thought about the day 4 weeks before Emma’s birth when my doctor said, “This baby is coming ANY minute now!”

I burst into tears when he said that. Continue reading →

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BLOG: Is It Bad Luck or Stupidity? (aka “Farting In Front of Blythe Danner”)

I’ve had a remarkable string of bad luck this week. Sure, we all have the occasional stubbed toe or traffic jam, but when the bad incidents string themselves together over several days you’re left wondering, “What is the DEAL?”

Fortunately, nothing REALLY bad has happened (hope I didn’t just jinx myself) but I’ve broken my favorite lasagna pan, stomped on my cat, ruined dinner, gotten lost in the woods (see previous blog) and had a TV movie-segment (that I was PUMPED about) get canceled. Just last night, I showed up for a movie screening a whole week early. Even worse, I had friends driving in from McKinney to join me. When I got home from that last fiasco, I said to my husband, “Well, this doesn’t bode well for my interview tomorrow.” Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve- A Serial Killer’s Paradise

I’ve read several good things about the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve and was excited to hike it. I had also read some disconcerting comments about stray dogs on the trails and didn’t want to walk it alone. That’s why I asked my friend Regan to join me. She was enthusiastic but also worried about the dogs so she asked her brother-in-law if he had seen any. He bikes there often and said that the OCNP dogs are a known issue but he hadn’t seen them in a while. He also told us to carry big stick, just in case. Here we are looking really tough with ours. Continue reading →

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BEAUTY LIVE this Weekend at the Galleria Dallas

One of my favorite memories of Steve Kemble is when I walked in the Dallas Pride Parade with him last year. Steve was wearing a bright pink wig and a long white coat that would be perfect on a Mardia Gras Grand Marshall. He looked STUNNING and people stopped him on the street just to take pictures with him. Steve Kemble ALWAYS looks incredible, which is why I dressed as him for Halloween this year. You can imagine how ticked off I was when he showed up dressed as Elsa and was STILL prettier than me. Continue reading →

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BLOG: The Bigfoot Birthday Party

Emma’s 11th birthday is this weekend and since she’s obviously MY daughter, she wants to have a Bigfoot Party.

“We could take my friends on a hike and go look for Bigfoot. Didn’t you say your friend could make a Bigfoot cake for me?”

Yes, I did and since I was actually jazzed about this idea, I took it a step further. Continue reading →

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BLOG: I REALLY Suck at Easter

***I was reminded of this blog (which I wrote a year ago) when I opened the trunk of my car and accidentally showed my kids a stash of hidden Easter goodies. Yet another Easter FAIL.

I am NOT a fan of Easter. I’m not talking about the Easter we celebrate in church so you can stop that angry letter-writing campaign right now. I’m talking about the big bunny that delivers eggs and candy. Who is this guy and why is he so interested in giving my kids a sugar rush? Continue reading →

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Why I’m Posting Someone ELSE’S “Furious 7” Review…

I couldn’t see Furious 7 this week and I’m hating myself for it.

Not because I care so much about these movies. I don’t think I watched movies 2 through 6, even on basic cable because frankly, it’s not my thing. I was excited to see #7 though because I’ve heard nothing but praise for it and claims that it could be the biggest success story of 2015. Since I can’t post my own review, I’m posting a link to my friend James Wallace’s review. He wrote such a loving tribute to the film and franchise as a whole that I can’t imagine anyone topping it.

Plus, I’m super proud of James for picking up this gig at nerdist.com. Click the link below to read what he had to say about Furious 7 and the link below THAT to purchase tickets.

James Wallace Reviews “Furious 7” & Says Goodbye to a Franchise

Fandango: Furious 7 Tickets in Dallas, TX

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BLOG: Mom and the Panty Trick

This August 2nd will mark the 10-year-anniversary of my Mom’s death. Ten years and some days it still stings like a fresh wound.

I had some intense dreams about Mom right after she died, where we would sit together and talk about what had happened. Sometimes she was mad about having to leave so early and other times she seemed confused about where she was. Once, she even told me that she wasn’t dying after all but was pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. Those dreams scared the hell out of me because they felt so real. If I was honest, I’d admit that deep down I don’t think they WERE just dreams. That’s a little too painful to consider though. Continue reading →

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BOOZY MOVIES Reviews “The Longest Ride”

I changed the name of the Podcast this week. I did this for several reasons. First of all, Richie Whitt & Sybil Summers gave me nonstop hell about it, claiming that it didn’t make sense. I insisted they were wrong but several people also came forward to say the name was confusing. Don’t you hate it when you’re WRONG? So Wine ‘N Film Critics is now Boozy Movies. Happy?

This week was different because we went to a special screening of The Longest Ride WITH the author Nicholas Sparks and the stars, Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood. Also, I was the only one drinking. Fortunately, I’m not above drinking alone.

https://soundcloud.com/julie-hoyt-fisk/boozy-movies-reviews-the-longest-ride

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My “Rent the Runway” Review

“Ooo girl, you need to try Rent the Runway,” my girlfriend Ivonne said before going back to work on my mouth.

Ivonne is my dental hygenist. She’s become a friend over the years though, which is weird because 90% of our time together is spent with her hands in my mouth.

I was telling her that I needed to buy a dress for a party, but Ivonne had a better idea. She showed me the Rent the Runway app on her iPhone, where you can rent designer dresses for a fraction of their retail cost. You pick out a dress, they ship it and a backup dress to you and you return it in 4 days. Easy-Peasy right? Continue reading →