Monday, May 6, 2013

Meter Monday


William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Free For All

It should come as no surprise that I'm a fan of the "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" trilogy by Laini Taylor. Everything from the characters to the world building to the crazy awesome writing keeps me in a trance. So when I heard that a movie adaptation was in the works? Well, I got myself busy. Busy fancasting. 

What is fancasting? It's where weirdos, i.e. fans, troll their imaginations finding the perfect cast for a movie or tv show. Not that I am in the least bit biased, but I happen to think I've done a pretty good job. My brother and sister-in-law have heard me drone on and on about this for a while now. Now I will burden all of your lovely brain meats with my obsession. ;) Enjoy! 

Zuzana:: Ksenia Solo
 Reasoning: Played Kenzi on the show "Lost Girl", has a background in dance, and is freaking adorable. 

Mik:: Ben Wishaw
Reasoning: Uhm, he's also adorable? I have no logic behind this choice. Because reasons.

Brimstone:: Cle Bennett
 Reasoning: Played The Ash in "Lost Girl", terribly wonderful husky voice. 

Twigga:: Tom Hiddleston
Reasoning: Because if I can't have Tom Hiddleston in glasses and being cute, then what can I have?

Issa:: Kate Winslet
Reasoning: Issa is described as having a "madonna face", and well, that's Kate isn't it? Beautiful. Classic. Timeless. And a damn fine actress. I think she could really pull of the maternal and also the slightly menacing.

Thiago:: Kris Holden-Reid
 Reasoning: Already played a Celtic werewolf in "Lost Girl", so why not play a hot-to-trot, evil beasty boy again?

Akiva:: Richard Armitage
Reasoning: What's better than Richard Armitage playing a Seraphim? Nothing, I tell you. Nothing.

Karou:: Katheryn Winnick
Reasoning: She looks young enough to play the part, has a background in martial arts, can pull off blue hair, and uhm, yeah. Good enough for me!

The hardest part? Finding someone to play Karou. In my mind anyway, this was a tough hurdle, but I think I may have found a contender. What do you think? 

Are you a fan of the book? Who would you have cast?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Things i Love Thursday: The Nana Edition

It's been a tough week here at Fantastic Spatula HQ. My awesome Nana was officially admitted to hospice on Tuesday. So in place of the usual Things i Love Thursday, we're having a Things i Love About Nana Day.

My beautiful Nana Lady

Revlon Red Lipstick
Giving me my first driving lesson

Dress-up birthday parties
Laughing at me the first time she heard me swear (She was so proud!)
Cheesy eggs and pigs in a blanket
Letting me paint in her basement. And on the basement walls. And the ceiling...
The Skittle Drawer
Our mutual love of all things Madeleine L'engle
How she always sang "Every girl's crazy bout a sharp dressed man!" Just that one line. Over and over.
Her love of laughter
She loved any excuse to throw a party: An open house every Christmas, a tail gate every 4th of July, ...
Her dirty jokes (Sometimes a little too dirty, but hey, that's Nana)

Teaching me how to play solitaire. And how to cheat at it
Knowing the value of a good hot dog 
How anytime is coffee time
That one time she called the preacher a "jackass"
♥  Being a real, live "Golden Girl"

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Let's Be Adventurers!

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Spring & Summer Are Made For Adventures! 

Here are some things that I'm going to be getting into. Most of these are simple things. But isn't that how all great expeditions start?

See a movie under the stars | Visit a local Alpaca farm (I'm particularly excited to meet Galahad!) | Road trips to see friends | Meeting up for bonfires and hooch on the beach | Taking a day off of work to go out and have a picnic | Using up rolls and rolls of 35mm film (FILM! Like the olden days!) | Having fresh, local fruit for breakfast. NOM. | Cannon balling into as many bodies of water as possible.

Your turn! What's on your Adventure List?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Things i Love Thursday

Days off | Playing fetch with Mowgli the Needy Cat | Making Magic kits to send out | Getting back into the writing mode | Mama's coffee in blue cups | Waking up late | Drive-thru breakfasts (terrible, tasty habit) | Crossing things off my to-do lists | The freeing feeling of letting go of guilt | Dawn French | Seeing a painting come to life | Richard Armitage, because, like, duh | Fancasting for the movie adaptation of "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" with my sister-in-law | Longer days! | Vitamin D, makes  a difference! | Feisty Grandmothers | Perfect Hair Days | Going on long drives for no reason | Staying up late reading | Rediscovering things I used to like | Cello music

Your turn!
What's making your bones hum with life this week?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

TiLT: Pi Day

So... if you read this post Thursday (the day it was supposed to be posted...) it looked half-finnished and there wasn't really much to it. Sorry. I got distracted. I get distracted a lot. I'm working on being focused... that and I'm working on my procrastination "problem". But, hey. Here's what it was supposed to look like... Things I Love Thursday: Pi Day.

pie  coconut oatmeal pie  pumpkin pecan pie  cheese and salmon pie  maple, walnut, pecan, chocolate chip pie (three pies in one? sugar coma? overkill much? yes. yes. yes.)  pumpkin butter on biscuits  coffee with cream and honey  coffee with cream and honey in a Montana cup  being notified that my reserved library books are available for pick up  pi day  making pie day buttons (pins? po-TAY-toe, po-TAH-toe?) wearing almost all my bracelets at once ♥ Learn about pi Holy pi, dominoesPi, a hula hoop, and  a Rubix's cubeMore Pi! SO this is what pi sounds like... I thought it sounded like "mmmmmm"... smelling like spring feeling like spring emailing pretty regularly with Lucy hearing that writer friends are sending out their stories! go Gin! also the argument for tau... which would be June 28 and would be an excuse to make two pi... (any excuse for pie, right? right.) 

Pi Pie

Pumpkin Butter and coffee in a Montana cup

Thursday, March 7, 2013

TiLT: Things I Love Thursday

wine and cheese for dinner  cheese for breakfast  wine for dinner  making an actual delicious dinner that wasn't just wine or just cheese  cup cakes with a surprise caramel filling  cats rolling about in the sun  reading a new book called 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami  getting excited for pi/pie day on March 14 (what pie to make...)  getting invited to a Thanksgiving-in-March dinner  green paisley smoking jackets  sheep wool slippers called Cloud Nine (because they are warm and my feet get cold and I don't like being cold)  potluck style dinners with loads of people  a new bike light so I can see in the dark when I ride my bike  a new helmet so I'm not scared my head is going to be crashed whenever I ride my bike. Also, it's sparkle pink. Oh, yes.  Cowboy Bebop Marathon at my house in my pajamas (P.S. Hey, Laura Abe! Cowboy Bebop still reminds me of you!)  online window shopping for cute pajamas (I want the red fox) 

This bear is tied to a bike outside
my apartment building and is so very cute.
This is my "Don't Go Knockin' on My
Noggin" face. It means biz-nas.

I always think this is a pretty cool thing. I even made one for myself on Wednesday!

Amanda Fucking Palmer's Ted Talk. Take a few minutes to enjoy and soak this up.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Whimsy Wednesday: The 13 Clocks

Do you have a favorite book from childhood? One of mine is The 13 Clocks by James Thurber and illustrated by Marc Simont. It has everything I ever wanted in a story: magic, adventure, princesses, strange creatures with strange names (the one and only Golux). My mom used to read this to me and my siblings when we were but wee human sproutlings.

As I got older I forgot about the book. Two month's ago I couldn't have told you the last time I read it. But, last week (ish?) I bought a used copy of The 13 Clocks I found hiding in a book store called The Book Exchange. Holy mother of Bambi, I remember how much I love this book. Does that ever happen to you? You have this favorite thing, and then you forget about it, and then you remember it and wonder how you could have ever forgotten about it?

A few days later, as I was perusing the interwebs, I stumbled upon a video about The 13 Clocks. What in sweet pickle relish is this? I thought as I clicked and watched the following video:

The 13 Clocks from Juan Delcan on Vimeo.

I really love when things like this happen: You find something to love (or something you have loved and find that you still love that thing) and then you find more or new things to love about that thing you love.

Oh, Golux. I love you and your funny hat.

What book from your childhood do you still adore?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Meter Monday: Sending Faces

Cozy faces unrelated to poem!
Good morning (or afternoon), Spatulans. It’s Monday. Huzzah. Huzzah! It’s Meter Monday. Here’s a poem to start your day… or end your day. It’s got cozy blankets and… faces? Yeah, faces.

Here’s to seeing things differently, or looking outside the box. Here’s to cozy blankets, cozy faces, Meter Mondays, pareidolia, and delightfully crappy poetry. Here, here!

Sending Faces
There are faces in my blanket. When I close one eye
           They disappear. When I close the other eye
They appear in front of me covered up to their chins in my own down comforter snuggled up close,
           Eyes wide open or half shut winking
Of cotton blended dreams of human faces.
They are distorted as in yawn or big laugh
Both which sound like feathers falling from a pillow burst.

When I close one eye they disappear
Seeing faces in clocks too.
            But I know they are still there
Snoring behind a fold. When I close the other
They are there again. When I close both
            I know they are gone.
No longer waiting to be seen. They have
Vanished like a magician’s trick:
Hands waving over a dove
The movement of my body
Sends shapes to new places.