Going home.

A Quick Trip to Denver

Jesse’s dad lives in Wyoming so we decided to go on an adventure to visit him. We flew into Denver in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, slept for a few hours, hung out with family and friends, and left on Sunday morning. While I didn’t get to visit THE bookstore in Denver, I did get to experience Casa Bonita. (Jesse made me watch the South Park episode when we got back home).

Just a cliff-diver because every restaurant should have one. #slomo

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Evie was a superstar. She didn’t sleep on the way there — way too much new stuff for her to check out. But while we were there she was fantastic and on the way back she even napped a little on the plane. Thank goodness for the Internet and Googling how to successfully fly with a baby (it’s all about letting her eat during takeoff and landing)!


IntoTheWoodsI love the musical INTO THE WOODS and have the American Playhouse production with Bernadette Peters as the Witch on iTunes. I used to borrow the VHS from my local library as a kid/teen and watch it over and over. If you’re a fan of retelling fairy tales, then you need to see this musical. It’s wonderfully clever with great music.

Considering my love of the original, I was more than a little skeptical of Disney adapting the stage production into a film — it’s Disney…will they keep all the deaths? The sexual innuendo? The adult themes? Plus there were rumors about changes — even Sondheim said in an interview over the summer that a certain character wouldn’t die and that they were cutting some songs while adding new songs. Some changes are expected, there’s no way they could be completely faithful…I guess.

I didn’t mind most of the casting choices — everyone pretty much played their part well. The duet between the Prince Charmings is very well done and I was surprised by how much I liked the fellow that played the Baker. Though Johnny Depp was just…umm…wrong and weird and kind of pointless. I also felt Tracy Ullman took away the funniness of Jack’s mother. She seemed like she hated him for his idiocy rather than loved him for it (and goodness! the abuse!).

While the second act has never been my favorite part of the musical (it can be a little sluggish), the film completely massacred it (instead of fast forwarding to year later, it’s like the next day…what?). It’s sugar coated (imho) which is silly considering they kept in the creepy, sexual wolf and made him even more creepy and a pedophile more than a wolf — Depp looks perfectly human but with claws. I also felt that overall some of the humor was played down to make everything feel more dark and gloomy. (Which also goes against them keeping some characters alive.) AND there were story lines that just faded away in the end…it’s like they wanted to make the first act into a film, but couldn’t figure out how to completely cut out the second act…so they sliced it up into little tiny pieces. (Or maybe I’ve seen the American Playhouse version so many times they couldn’t even compete with its perfection.)

If you want to see the movie, by all means do so…but DO NOT watch the American Playhouse production first. You’ll only be disappointed by the film, but you could always just skip the Disney movie and watch the stage production — really. Do that instead. I bet you can even rent it on iTunes for less than the price of a movie ticket.

From the Web:

2015 Reading Goals

Despite how many books I tossed aside in 2014, I’m glad I did because I don’t want to waste my time on books I’m not enjoying. Abandoning a book doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just means it isn’t for me. For 2015, my goal is to keep reading what I like. If I don’t like something, I don’t have to feel bad about sitting it aside forever or just for a little while.

I have a fun goal, too! PopSugar has a Reading Challenge infographic that looks like a good time. Some of these are going to be really tricky! I haven’t decided yet if I’ll let books count for two categories or not…and well…my mom isn’t a reader so I might have to substitute something else for that one. The library I used to work for has a GREAT post about how to find books for a few of these, I know I’ll be using the resources suggested. Book Riot also has a 2015 challenge…their post also includes links to lists that might help with some of the PopSugar challenges.


I have a few books that I’d like to get to that I’m going to try to fit into a category — like the new Kate Atkinson, the new Judy Blume, and the many books I missed out on in 2014 (SO MANY).

2014 Reads

Year in Numbers: 2014

2014 Reads

Books read: 112

  • 93 Borrowed from the Library
  • 51 Picture & Juvenile
  • 16 Graphic Novels
  • 17 eBooks

Books abandoned: 8

Books still in progress: 5

Currently Reading

Pulitzer Prize winning books read: 0. Again…

Blog posts: 42

Popular Tweets: I forgot the Olympics were at the beginning of the year…

Ways people found my blog:songs about liars/lying/lies“, “books like world war z“, “what to wear when trying on wedding dresses“, “books like gone girl“, “anorexic demon” (no idea where this one leads someone). At least people have finally stopped searching for “fat” Jennifer Lawrence and the hunt for JTT seems to be over.

Houses lived in: 2! We moved out of our third floor apartment into a house!

Additions to the family: 1 happy little baby…but our kittens Ellie and Tiny left us to go live with a new family.

Crafty projects: I’m obsessed with Shutterfly (2 photo books, 2 magnets, and Christmas cards this year!). I finished a giant granny square blanket. Decorated the nursery — many project involved with that!

Resolutions kept: I had every intention of keeping my resolution to be more involved with the blogging community, but then I got pregnant and that changed everything. :-/

Time wasted watching TV: HOURS. We’ve spent the entire year without cable and I don’t miss it. (Surprisingly I think I watch less TV now that we don’t have cable, but when I do turn it on I watch more.)

Days spent NOT in Arizona: We spent 1 day in Portland and took a trip to Virginia & DC.

Previous Years:


December Recap

December FLEW by.

My mom was here for a visit. There were Christmas happenings (tree decorating, visiting, looking at pretty lights, Santa photos). We took a field trip to the library. We watched Call the Midwife. I spent a lot of time with a baby on the teat. I read books. I listened to Serial (Jay is a fibber and I don’t know if Adnan is guilty or not). We went to see our doctors (my blood pressure is back to normal, Evie is growing like a weed).


And the year is over.

What a year.

Happy 2015!

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." – Mark Twain