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MOVIE REVIEW: “Inherent Vice”

New in theaters this week is the latest from director Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice.” It’s based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon and is the very first time one of his books has been adapted for the screen. I’m not familiar with Pynchon’s work but from what I understand, his books are even more incoherent than this movie.

It opens on a shabby beachside home in 1970, where Private Investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is sleeping off a buzz when his ex-girlfriend Shasta shows up. Shasta is played by Katherine Waterson, who just might be the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen. She has this incredible body and thank GOD we get to see her naked eventually. If I looked like Katherine Waterson, I would never wear clothes again and my kids wouldn’t even be embarassed. They would say, “Have you seen my naked Mom? SHE LOOKS AWESOME!!!” Continue reading →

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Is “Trinity Groves” Really Family Friendly? We Put It to the Test!

Trinity Groves describes itself as a “restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment” destination. I got that directly from their website: http://www.trinitygroves.com/

I think we’re all AWARE that there’s a cool collection of restaurants over by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge but most of my friends don’t frequent that area. That’s because most of us have kids and feel like we can’t take them to hip eateries because they’ll complain loudly if there aren’t chicken tenders. Trinity Groves CLAIMS to be a family destination though and encourages people to bring their kids so I took them up on the challenge. For the record, my kids think that Chicken Tenders qualify as Mexican AND Chinese food, because that’s what they order everywhere. Continue reading →

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Bradley Cooper Coming to Plano for “American Sniper” Benefit Screening

Yep, you read that correctly! A special screening of “American Sniper” is going to be held Wednesday, January 14th at 7pm and according to a press release I just received, Bradley Cooper AND Chris Kyle’s wife Taya will be in attendance as well as Veteran Jacob Schick. It’s a benefit for Kyle’s Foundation and that’s where you purchase your tickets. Here’s a link:

http://www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org/events/american-sniper-preview-screening-dallas/

See you there!

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RECIPES: Comfort Food for the Guilt Ridden Soul

The day started off innocently enough.

My husband has a wicked case of Whatever-Is-Going-Around so I took our daugthers to McKinney for the afternoon. We had a blast running around The Heard Nature Center and pretending to be scared of the animatronic dinosaurs. Then we hit the historic downtown square for some shopping and lunch. We capped the whole thing off with a massive piece of chocolate pie at Spoon Cafe before heading home for the day.

We were about 20 minutes into our drive back to Dallas when I realized I’d done something horrible. Continue reading →

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A Domed Ski Resort in TX? Can We Call It Logan’s Run?

Am I the only person in the world who is kind of excited about ski-slopes in Grand Prairie?

Have you heard about this? It’s a $215 million dollar project called The Grand Alps Resort which promises year-round skiing and a Hard Rock Hotel next door. Here’s a link to the most recent story in the Dallas Morning News:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20141230-vote-on-grand-prairie-indoor-ski-resort-coming-as-soon-as-january.ece

There are already TONS complaints about this proposed resort, some more coherent than others. Some people are worried about the impact it would have on the environment and the lost funds if it fails, but most people just seem to think it’s a stupid idea. Continue reading →

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RECIPE: Sit-In-It Dip

Years ago, my sister came to visit for my birthday and bought me the most incredible looking grocery-store cake. Most store-bought cakes don’t look that great but this one was all fluffy white-icing Heaven. She and I were ogling it when she said, “Kinda makes you want to sit in it, doesn’t it?”

My husband stood there stunned for a moment before saying, “Wait, what? NO!!! No, I definitely DO NOT want to sit in that cake!”

I understood his shock but I also knew EXACTLY what she meant because sometimes, it’s simply THAT GOOD.

I’m telling you this story so you’ll understand why I’m renaming this particular dip. Continue reading →

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New Year’s Resolutions: Make-Up, Kayaks & Lady-Boners

If you ran into me on this day in 2013 and asked where I thought I’d be in a year, I would’ve been WAY off. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve lived through BAD years and I know that 2014 doesn’t qualify as one, but it definitely could’ve ended on a higher note.  That’s why I’m making New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.  I don’t usually believe in resolutions because I think you should change things whenever you want. Waiting for a new year seems pointless, right? But it’s appropriate for me now because someone tore my life into little pieces & threw it up in the air. I’m just lucky because now I get to piece it back together into a pattern I really like. Continue reading →

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RECIPES: New Year’s Collard Greens & The Best Damn Biscuits Ever

Everyone knows that eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring good luck but did you know that eating collard greens is supposed to bring money?

I imagine most people gloss over that part because they don’t LIKE collard greens or have never tried them. I get it. They look mushy & gross, like something you’d find growing in a gas station bathroom. If you can get over that though & actually get them into your mouth, you’ll find they are AWESOME. At least MY collard greens are. Continue reading →

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Road Trip of Paranoia

I’m extremely paranoid. I’m not joking around here. If I talked to a doctor and told him/her EVERY paranoid thought that crosses my mind in a single day they would probably try to medicate me.

I get especially paranoid during road trips when I have to spend the night at a hotel. This comes from years of traveling alone & all the WEIRDNESS I’ve experienced at my roadside stops. I found syringes under my bed once and then there was the guy who got stabbed to death in the parking lot. There was also that one time someone tried desperately to open the door to my room. I was standing naked in front of the TV, brushing my teeth when that started.

Traveling with my daughters has not helped this problem. I have, on more than one occasion, decided that we were being “cased” by someone who was going to kill my husband & I and steal our daughters.
See, I told you it was bad.
I convinced myself of this yesterday when we were traveling home from our Christmas vacation. I won’t go into the specifics because it would make you see just how truly insane I am, but I thought the 2 men I kept seeing at our hotel were following us. I decided they were probably working with the girl at the front desk & would split the money once they sold my kids to some creepy old man.
Now, I didn’t tell my husband any of this because I know how crazy it sounds. That is the ONE good thing about my clinical paranoia: I KNOW I’m insane. That’s why I kept it all to myself but I still locked the door & bolted it. I also pushed a chair close to my bed so I could throw it at the guys when they knocked down our door. It was also a place to keep the various glasses I would throw at them & my phone, to call 911 of course.
I planned to stay awake most of the night to protect my family from a danger they weren’t aware of, but I drank 2 bourbons & fell fast asleep.
My husband was already up when I woke the next morning. I’d slept like a baby & through the whole night, which is uncommon for me. I lounged in bed for a moment with no memories of the prior days panic, until my husband noticed to door to the adjoining room.
“Wow, this thing doesn’t lock! It was sitting open all night long. Well, it’s a good thing nobody wanted to get in here.”
Somehow, during my freaked-out-planning-phase I had completely neglected that ONE GIANT DOOR. The door that didn’t bolt properly so the child-thieves would only need one finger to push it open & cause their mayhem.
So now I have to wonder, what’s the point of being THIS paranoid if I still have to be really stupid?

 

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The 2014 Films Most Likely To…

The DFW Film Critics Association announced their picks for the best movies of the year. If you haven’t seen that yet, here’s the link: http://www.dfwcritics.com/dfw-film-critics-name-birdman-as-top-film-of-2014/

I’m a member of the DFWFCA (I tell this to everyone within 5 minutes of meeting them) and I agree with our winners, but there are a few other movies I wanted to mention. That’s why I compiled my “2014 Films Most Likely Too…” list. Think of it as the Senior Superlatives for Movies. Continue reading →