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You Never Know Until You Watch: Peabody and Sherman

First of all I am writing you at 2:30 am because my sleep is all messed up.  I had some caffeine on Friday (huge mistake but I kept falling asleep during work) and then had 0 sleep Friday night.  This led to a strange Saturday where I tried my best to not crash but fell asleep around 6 pm.

I woke up at 1 am and now am ready for the day to start…Oh boy. This is going to be a mess to fix.

But while I was searching for entertainment to pass the day/night hours I saw a movie called Mr Peabody and Sherman.

mr peabody My initial reaction was to groan as the Hollywood reinventions of our childhood favorites is typically a disaster (smurfs, yogi bear, scooby doo etc).  But I had heard some good things so I decided to give it a watch and you know what- I was delighted!

It’s a really funny, well written movie!

There’s some low-brow humor for the kids but it’s kind of the Bill and Ted’s Adventure Jr with Mr Peabody and Sherman zipping through time to different eras.  There are good jokes in each era including a segment with Marie Antoinette that was funny.

Mr.-Peabody-and-Sherman-Marie-AntoinetteThe Greek Trojan horse scene was also very funny.

It’s not a perfect movie but for what they had to work with it kind of is.  I can’t imagine doing the material any better as a feature film and that has to count for something.  The writing is very witty and there are jokes for kids and adults without them being too adult.

It’s also bright and colorful- pleasant to look at.  I really was shocked at how much I enjoyed it!

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It just goes to show you should always try to keep an open mind in life.  Maybe an author hasn’t been your favorite but if it sounds intriguing give the book a shot.  Or if you don’t normally like sitcoms and you hear good things give it a watch.  What do you have to lose?

There are so many times when I’ve been dazzled by something I initially discounted.  As far as movies go its happened a couple times in my Disney project (Rescuers Down Under, Atlantis: The Lost Empire I really liked!) and it definitely happened with this years Lego movie. 

It’s so easy to be a cynic and to criticize everything.  I prefer to be dazzled by most things and then when I am critical you know it is earned!

Give Mr Peabody and Sherman a watch.  I bet you will enjoy it. Try something you might have discounted and see if it surprises you! Let me know your experience.

Have you ever had a book, movie, tv show, food whatever that you initially thought would suck but then actually loved?  Please share.

Happy Weekend

Btw- this is my 800th post!

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This weekend has been fabulous.  I’m very happy! Since I have done my fair share of moaning and groaning on this blog (despite it’s merry title), I thought I’d share some pure happiness with you all.   I didn’t really take any photos of the days (mistake but I was just busy being happy not worrying about photos)

So here goes.  I’ve had a good work week and enjoyed watching the Olympics despite NBC’s attempt otherwise.  It has been a little bit of a disappointment in certain ways but I still enjoy them as a whole.  I know I’m working my hardest and whatever happens workwise in my future I’m enjoying the time right now.  So there’s that.

I’ve also had a pretty good sleep week and am feeling 100% healthy for the first time in over 2 months.  Hurray!

Even though I was feeling good I was having a hard time motivating myself to exercise.  I can’t really explain why I just was.  So I called my trainer and explained the problem and as the amazingly supportive person she is, she came up with a great, creative idea.  She offered to teach me some aqua aerobics instead of our normal meeting.

I’ve wanted to do this but simply never had, so I jumped at the chance.  My friend Lisa was planning on coming down for a visit and so I asked her if she would like to join in on the fitness class and she did.  The three of us had a blast!  It was a lot more fun than I thought it would and definitely a good workout (feeling it today!).  It was just fun to do something different and with friends.  I would like to do it again.

IMG_20140219_163151After exercise we went to dinner and had some Mexican food and good conversation.  It was a good time.  We ended the night by going to see the much hyped lego movie and you know what- it lived up to the hype!  It was extremely creative, funny and great for adults and kids (without the winking double entendres I hate in movies like Shrek).  The look is great and I thought it was going to be a Toy Story rip off but it really isn’t.  I definitely recommend it.

It has something for everyone.  Go see it.

So yesterday was great.  Then today I went to my BFF Emily’s baby shower.  This is baby shower #3 but it’s actually the first one I’ve been able to attend.  Emily was the only person I knew but it was a really cheerful fun group with great food.  I love finger foods, dips and things on skewers.  It’s just delicious.

One of the great things about Emily is she is a wonderful present opener.  She lights up no matter what she gets.  You could give her notepads and she’d say ‘you know I have been wanting notepads’ with a big smile.  I hope to be a great gift opener too.  I think I’m pretty good.  It’s a skill that should be taught because it really makes people feel good and it’s such a commonly needed social convention.

This is an old photo of Emily and I but I love it.  Great friend.
This is an old photo of Emily and I but I love it. Great friend.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun.  Then I got home and talked to my Mom for over an hour.  She was driving home and so I entertained her.  We talked about politics, Olympics, philosophy, family, my life, her life, everything.  When my Mom and I talk like that it’s our way of saying we love each other.  She’s been under a lot of stress lately and I think it helps to just talk with someone.  So many people are unwilling or awkward about talking about politics but it’s been something my Mom and I have always shared.  I love it.

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little worried about my strabismus in this picture but oh well!

So then I ended the night by making a very special dinner.  I’ve been carefully buying all the ingredients for the ultimate BLT-  sourdough bread, mayo, thick cut applewood smoked bacon (roasted in oven), romaine and vine ripe tomatoes.   Perfect!

That’s my weekend!  How are you doing?  I hope you are happy like me.  Happy Weekend!

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