Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I got a Beagle puppy back in mid April.  He was born from a litter of about 10 on February 5, 2010

I named him Porthos.  Yes, that is one of the three musketeers.  Although the name came from the show Star Trek Enterprise.  The Captin, Jonathan Archer, had a pure bred beagle who he named Porthos.  I have always wanted a beagle, and after watching the show, I decided if I get one and it's a boy, I'll name it Porthos.... At least one dream has come true.

Here are some pictures.... He can be crazy, but he's such a smart dog......

Wasn't he so little?  The little white mountain range on his bum is still there.  I just hope it stays there.  As he's gotten bigger the spot on his head has blended in with all the other brown, but the bum mountains have stayed, just stretched out.

This has to be one of his favorite positions to sleep in.... He's so funny.  

The above three pictures were taken by the breeders.  He's got the most beautiful amber eyes that match his coat perfectly.  He's got all these great freckles all over....

The first day I got him.  We drove from Utah to Colorado... a 5 hour trip.  For 3 of the 5 hours he slept.  Then John Mayer came on & the beagle came out.  He loves howling.  It was cute.  He whines more now, but can't seem to get over that.  He's howl is getting deeper now too.  It's crazy how big he's getting so fast.

He was so small.  I could fit him under my arm and hold him for an hour without getting tired.  That harness doesn't fit him anymore.  I thought it would last, but I've never owned a dog, so I have no clue what works.

Shouldn't this be a centerfold of a puppy magazine?  He also as overtaken the back seat of my car.... it's all his.  He also likes to stand with his front paws on my arm rest while I'm driving & watching all the happenings outside.  He will lean on me and then rest his head on my shoulder.  He's so cute!

My boss at work said I could bring him to work for the first while and my co-worker had her 9 month old English Bull Dog there.  When Bella saw Porthos she ran right at him and totally ran him over.  I thought he's get all scared, but he played with her like nothing had happened.  He eventually needed a rest.  He was funny. He's about Bella's size now.

This was after his first bath.  He loved it, but right after this laid down and was out for the count.  I've never seen him like that before 5pm.... & this was only 11am...

Pour little guy got snipped.  He was so groggy for about 5 hours.  He is normally so energetic, so this was shocking.  

He was so cuddily.  I loved it!  Usually he cuddles with his face in my face and breaths on me.... He doesn't really have the best breath..... 

This is a planter in the yard.  He loves to jump in them all and dig them out.  As of late he has taken to sleeping in them and then  hanging out in them during the day.  He's so funny....

I have been able to teach him to sit, laydown and go in his house (his kennel), but he is stubborn and smart.  He knows when he wants to stop playing and training.  As I've done research I've found that beagles have a short attention span, but once you teach them it will only take a couple more times to get it to stick.  Although I have noticed that he knows what is coming and he tries to avoid it.  I am wanting to get a female in the next litter, or the next one after that so that he can have a friend while I'm not there..... He gets really bored really easy.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


One of my favorite songs ever is SMILE.  Originally written by Charlie Chaplin for one of his movies in 1935.

I have grown to love this song ever since I  was a little girl and my Grandma played it while she was going to bed and I always think of it as our song.  Eddy Arnold sang the version I always listened to with my Grandma.  

Then I fell into deeper love with it when I heard it in the movie My Girl 2 when Veda, Anna Chlumsky's character, finds old film footage of her mother singing the song, which also gives Veda a connection with her mom and then she sings it to her new born baby brother.

The newest version that has become my favorite is my the cast of Glee.  Listen here.

Here are the lyrics:


Smile though your heart is aching 
Smile even though it's breaking 
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by 
If you smile through your pain and sorrow 
Smile and maybe tomorrow 

You'll see the sun come shining through for you 
Light up your face with gladness 

Hide every trace of sadness 
Although a tear may be ever so near 

That's the time you must keep on trying 
Smile, what's the use of crying? 
You'll find that life is still worthwhile 
If you just smile 

That's the time you must keep on trying 
Smile, what's the use of crying? 
You'll find that life is still worthwhile 
If you just smile

Friday, February 12, 2010

REVIEW: Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day
released February 12, 2010


On an airplane to Los Angeles, Kate Hazeltine (Julia Roberts), a captain in the U.S. Army on a one-day leave, meets Holden (Bradley Cooper) who has recently become single again. In Los Angeles, florist Reed Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) eagerly proposes to his girlfriend Morley (Jessica Alba) who accepts his offer, much to the surprise of Reed’s colleague Alphonso (George Lopez) and best friend Julia (Jennifer Garner). Julia, a primary school teacher, has recently fallen in love with Dr. Harrison Copeland (Patrick Dempsey) who might just be hiding his true agenda. Meanwhile one of Julia’s students, Edison (Bryce Robinson), is trying to send flowers to his Valentine, while his babysitter, Grace (Emma Roberts), is planning her first sexual encounter with boyfriend Alex (Carter Jenkins). Meanwhile Edison’s grandparents, Edgar (Hector Elizondo) and Estelle (Shirley MacLaine), are facing the troubles of a long marriage while Grace’s friends, Willy (Taylor Lautner) and Felicia (Taylor Swift) are experiencing the freshness of new love. Sean Jackson (Eric Dane), a closeted professional football player, is contemplating the end of his career together with his publicist Kara (Jessica Biel) and his agent Paula (Queen Latifah). Kara, a close friend of Julia’s, is organizing her annual ‘We Hate Valentine’s Day’ Party but is starting to become interested in sports reporter Kelvin Moore (Jamie Foxx) who has been sent out by his producer Susan (Kathy Bates) to cover Valentine’s Day because of a lack of sports news. Paula has recently hired a new receptionist called Liz (Anne Hathaway) who has recently started dating mailroom clerk Jason (Topher Grace). However, Liz is keeping a kinky little secret from Jason.

The above synopsis is all from the Wikipedia site about the movie.  Click on the title and see more details for yourself.  There are so many big names in this movie, and I thought that this breakdown was much better than anything I would come up with.  It's also much shorter than I would have come up with.

Now for my thoughts on my it.
I loved it.  There are so many different stories going on, and they are all connected.  There are so many different couples, and they are each at different stages.  
Couple #1: Long term/ living together/ should be getting married/ breaking up
Couple #2: Two who have been married for 40+ years
Couple #3: Best friends, not dating, but ready to date
Couple #4: Man who cheats on wife and does not tell his mistress he's married.
Couple #5: Young HS love with no base in reality
Couple #6: Young HS love who are trying to decide to take it to the next level. (Having sex.)
Couple #7: 2 weeks new and almost in love.
Couple #8: First crush on a teacher.
Couple #9: Mother and son.

There are also those who are single.  There are many people who are so bitter about Valentine's Day.  I have been one of those who would be the instigator of hating the holiday.  But I have become one of the ones who just treat it like another day, and ignore it.  
But watching this movie with my parents made me rethink some of my thoughts.  My favorite part is Julia Roberts' character is a captain in the military traveling home to the one guy who means the most to her.  She meets Bradley Cooper's character and he finds out she is going home for just a day and gives her his limo to get home to her man.  You later find out that it's her son who she trying to get home to.  It was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.  There are so many great lessons in this movie, but the best is that any relationship, whether it be with a friend, or with a parent, or with a lover, that Valentine's Day isn't always about celebrating the romance of love, but celebrating the loving relationships that we have.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

REVIEW: 500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer
released September 2, 2009


Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom. He is the protagonist in this film.  Living a life that he's not totally satisfied with, he dreams of one day finding "The One" who will make everything okay.  Then he meets Summer (Zooey Deschanel), who he thinks is "The One".  Tom believes that love exists, but Summer does not.  She makes it very clear at the start that she is not looking for anything serious.  During the time of their relationship Tom wants more and Summer wants less.  It's funny because eventually in the end they end up switching places.  
Tom, at first seems like he's the weak one for wanting more and seeming really needy, but it's Summer who learns from Tom.

As you see on the poster, it says, "This is not a love story.  This is a story about love."  It's very true.  Love is indeed the main focus of the film, but it's sad to see Tom's heart being broken.  I never thought guys could be so down about a broken relationship like girls are.  I'm somewhat relieved to find that out!  Each relationship we have has an effect on our lives, whether it be good or bad, but there is an effect.  In Tom's relationship with Summer, it might have ended badly for them, but they both helped each other to overcome the biggest faults in their lives and they both eventually do find love, hopefully...........

This movie had a small feel of an 80s flick with the animated bird (which only happened once in the movie), and there was a funny scene of dancing in an open quart.  It was random, yet very entertaining.  

I loved that in one scene, that there was a double shot of what Tom "expected" and another of the "reality" of what was happening.

It's so true that when we are in a relationship, we get blinded by being happy so we forget to watch for all of bad signs that keep happening.  "Blinded by love," is visualized in this film.  Love exists in the world, yet we have to focus on reality, and not focus on everything that puts our head in the clouds.  It takes work to be in every relationship, and each person must put 100% into it if they want to make it work.

The soundtrack to this film is also amazing!

REVIEW: Time Traveler's Wife

Time Traveler's Wife
released August 14, 2009

Eric Bana (Nero in the new Star Trek film) plays Henry, the time traveler.  The concept is that he travels through time, although he has no control of when he leaves, or when he comes back.  Another interesting thing is that he cannot take anything with him, except his own body, so all the clothes and jewelry are left in a pile right where he's standing.  
Through out his time traveling he is always drawn to familiar places and people.  Yet he will always come back to his time in his life.  In the traveling he meets Clare, played by Rachel McAdams.  She meets him for the first time when she is six, but he meets her for the first time when he is in his late 20s. It's an interesting story, yet is filmed to help all understand what is happening---just keep an open mind.  It's a great film. Keep a box of tissues handy.  It will pull at your emotions.  Like any family, there is drama, but the bond of love is stronger than ever and it will tug on your heart strings and you will value your family more after watching this film.

Adapted from the best selling Novel The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003, this film is explosive in it's original depiction of the time space continuum. I love everything Sci-Fi, but this film has none of that feel.  It is unique in it's filming and the story feels real, like it has really happened.  I love that Audrey Niffenegger's vision has come off the page in a beautiful array of ingenuity.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

REVIEW: Love Happens

Love Happens
released September 18, 2009

A really cute movie.  

Burke, Aaron Eckhart's character is a motivational speaker who deals with those who have lost a loved one.  Traveling around the country he holds workshops to help people face the deaths of loved ones.  It all stems from a book he had written about how he overcame the death of his wife.  He has avoided going to Seatle because that is where he and his wife lived before her death.  But facing her death is not something he's done, even though his book has said he has.
Based in Seatle, WA he meets a variety of people at the hotel. One of them is a woman who delivers flowers to the hotel, Eloise, Jennifer Aniston's character.  They don't click right at first, but they need each other.  Eloise has her own problems.  She always dates guys who are way beneath her, breaking her heart.  So meeting trust worthy guys is something she has no hope for.
As they get to know each other they are forced to deal with their problems.  I will let you watch the movie to see the beauty of how to overcome your trials. 

One character I loved is Walter, played by John Carroll Lynch, who is a big (no tears) construction worker who has lost his son.  He does not want to be at the workshop, but Burke helps him to face his loss and stop looking back.  I love this side story and it made my heart smile!

Another thing I loved is that Eloise has a fetish with extraordinary words.  Burke happens to find out about it and it helps them to bond.  I loved this screen play.  Hopefully you will too!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes
release December 25, 2009

Films now a days have a realer feel to them because of all the hard work that goes into the design and research of what the time was really like.

This film only enhanced the realism of the time Sherlock Holmes lived.

Of course, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character, inspired by the creator, Arthur Conan Doyle's friend Joseph Bell.
Each story created gives more detail of the life of Sherlock Holmes.  Written from Watson, Holmes devoted sidekick's perspective we learn more and more about what it is like to be Sherlock Holmes.  

Only in this new vision of Sherlock Holmes do we see the life that Watson saw.  Holmes is a visionary, but some times when great men like this are inspired they take food and other necessities of life for granted until they achieve what they desire.  Read up on the original ideas from Doyle at this site.  What I love most about this film is that Holmes is not depicted as this 'put-together' guy, who I grew up with.  He has those flaws were he neglects his hygiene and refuse to go out of the house, scaring the housekeeper/landlady while working on a hand pistol (silencer).  Yet he is a man and as most men's weakness comes down to loving a woman who uses him.  Rachel Adams plays Irene Adler, Holmes love interest.  The one person who will destroy him by weakening his mind.

The antagonist, Lord Blackwood, played by Mark Strong (Stardust), who deceives to show that he is magically powerful, transforms himself into an evil man.  Fear is one of the worst possible ways to rule over someone.  Strong is amazing in his ability to secure the evilness of playing a role that will strike fear into your soul.

Holmes has a sidekick, a doctor who lives with him.  But in this film Watson is on the verge of getting married, forcing a wedge between Watson and Holmes.  Although this wedge becomes a new link to make the chain of relationships stronger for Watson and Holmes.  One new aspect I love about this depiction of the timeless story, is that Watson is portrayed as a strong sidekick who can fight.  With his background in the military, Watson is opposite of Holmes.  He is clean-cut and the strong link in the relationship, always taking care of Holmes' needs.  What's great is that this film proves that opposites attract.  Only that they work well together as a team. They depend upon each other.  They are  yin and yang.

Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., has proved that he can conquer any role he is given with outstanding ability.  He immerses himself into this role with a fervor that I admire.  Wow!

Watson, played by Jude Law, is also amazing.  He plays a sidekick, yet stands on his own when on screen.  It's like there are two protagonists instead of only one.

The strength of these two men only add to the timeless relationship that was created by Watson and Holmes in the written word.  What a masterful piece of film making.  As seen below, Downey and Law carry each other and yet their juxtaposition only adds to the beauty of the film.
This film will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the action, or it will have you pushing against the back of the seat with some of the action's intensity.  You will enjoy this film for ages and I hope there will be another to follow... At least that's how the movie was left open to at the end of the movie!

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