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BLOG: Tales From the Hamster Crypt

I’ve written volumes about hamsters lately.

It started when we bought one for my daughter two years ago, which brought back traumatic memories from my OWN childhood hamster. I wrote more when we discovered a growth in Snowball’s ear and were told that she had a common form of Hamster Cancer. The rodent blogs continued as the growth got larger but never stifled Snowball’s little hamster spirit. One friend even joked that she might be a Zombie Hamster.

The winds have shifted for poor Snowball though and she appears to be on the decline. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “I’ll See You In My Dreams” & Blythe Danner at the DIFF!

Emmy and Tony winning actress Blythe Danner is coming to town!

She will be at the Dallas International Film Festival’s Opening Night on April 9th, where she will accept The Dallas Star Award. Blythe is known to many as Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother, which is too bad because she was a great actress before she ever became a mom. Danner starred in Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides long before she made any of those Focker movies, and who can forget her run as Will’s mom on Will & Grace?

Blythe will also attend a screening of her latest film I’ll See You In My Dreams on DIFF’S Opening Night. Continue reading →

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BLOG: Someone Burned Down My Yoga Studio & I’m Really Not Surprised

This woman is smiling because she set a yoga studio on fire. She is in jail for it now and says that her only regret is that it didn’t burn to the ground. I have stared at this photo many times and tried to place her face because I went to that same studio on a regular basis. I was mad at them too because all of my favorite instructors left recently and I’ve been searching for a new yoga home ever since. I wasn’t mad enough to burn it down or shoot bullets through the windows though, which is another thing this woman has allegedly done. Continue reading →

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BLOG: The Forgotten Art of Prank Calls

The best talks I have with my daughters usually happen when we’re driving to school. They’re riled-up for a new day and I’m groggy from coffee-depletion so I tend to reveal things to them that I shouldn’t.

It happened this morning when Emma told me about her friend who has been prank-calling people and claiming to be “Mr. Dinkleberry.” She giggled furiously at the name but I rolled my eyes.

“Emma, if you want to know about prank calls, I’ll TELL you about prank calls,” I said.

See, I saw myself as Prank-Call-MASTER when I was young and would spend entire weekends working the phones with my accomplice, Tamela. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW (PODCAST): Get Drunk & Watch “Get Hard”

We were REALLY excited about taping this podcast because we hadn’t seen each other in weeks. Maybe that’s why everything went south so fast. Maybe that’s why we drank more and cussed more and went places that we NEVER should have gone. Whatever the reason, it resulted in our FILTHIEST Wine ‘N Film Critics to date. Continue reading →

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Nicholas Sparks Is Screening “The Longest Ride” In Dallas & YOU Could Be There!

Remember when you finished reading “The Notebook” and you were crying so hard you thought you might vomit? Then you saw the movie and the ending was even sadder than it was in the book?

You probably thought to yourself, “If I EVER meet Nicholas Sparks, I’m gonna tell him how pissed I am about that ending!”

Well, now’s your chance!

Nicholas Sparks is coming to town next week for a screening of “The Longest Ride!” Continue reading →

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PARTY AT MADEWELL TONIGHT Featuring a Woven Laine Pop-Up Shop (& cocktails!)

If you waited in the REALLY long line to get into the Dallas Flea recently, you probably noticed that woven wall-art is having a moment right now. That’s thanks in part to local artist Laken Vanderwall and her Woven Laine pieces. They are unique, loom-made designs inspired by everything Laken sees around her and they have a cool Native-American vibe to them. Even better, they’re far more affordable than a typical piece of one-of-a-kind art. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW (Podcast): “Insurgent” Review & Some Miles Teller Crushing

Rebekah Black & I saw “Insurgent” last night, then drank some wine on the patio at The Alamo Drafthouse & discussed it. Please excuse the excessive bitchieness and when Rebekah tries to give away the ending. TWICE!

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Rihanna & Jim Parsons are coming to Plano TODAY!

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Rihanna (Please,You Know Who She Is) are coming to town and will be walking the red carpet at the Cinemark West Plano TODAY at 5pm! They’re starring together in the new movie Home (opening March 27th) and are in Texas for the Premiere. Special thanks to Cheryl Jackson and Minnie’s Food Pantry for making THAT happen! 

Organizers are usually hush-hush about local premieres when celebrities are attending but not this time! They hope to have big crowds cheering for Jim & Rihanna so feel free to come on out! Continue reading →

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SPRING BREAK 2015: FOG, RAIN & HUMAN REMAINS

Our Spring Break trip was jinxed from the start.

The downward spiral started one hour into the drive when we hit stand-still traffic. Power lines had fallen across the highway so it was closed in both directions. People got out of their cars to stand in the road and stare angrily at the stopped traffic in front of them. This turned our 5.5 hour trip to Arkansas into an 8 hour drive. The rain found us not long after the traffic jam and followed us for 2 straight days. Fog joined the party as we drove up the mountain and we were soon socked in like a creepy Stephen King story. Continue reading →