Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Amazing Holiday Light Shows

One of my very favorite things to do, during the Holiday season, is check out Christmas lights. Since there aren't too many elaborate displays around my neighborhood, at least not yet, I started looking around on to see if there were any neat ones that I could share with our daughter. I was amazed by what I found, so I decided to share them with you as well. They are awesome. I wish someone in my neighborhood would do something like this. Our daughter goes crazy for regular light displays. I can only imagine her reaction to seeing something like this in

Christmas Lights Gone Wild

How do people do this? Great show for sure. I love the peace sign they have included too.

Frisco Christmas Lights - Wizards in Winter

This one has way more lights in it than the first one. I wonder how long it took them to put all those out. I love the stars on the roof of the house.

42,000 Christmas LED Lights Dance to Coca Cola Holiday Song

Not sure how much I like the Coca Cola song but, this house is amazing!

Animated Christmas Lights- Bagpipes Merry Christmas

I just love bag pipes so this one immediately caught my eye.

So what do you think? I wonder how long it takes to put those light shows together? All I can say is that it must take a lot of money, planning, and time. What’s the best light show you’ve ever seen? :o)

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My Top 5 Christmas Movies

So how many of you are still full from Thanksgiving? I know I It went by so fast. Someone stop the clock! Christmas can't already be a few weeks away can it? I guess it's time to break out the tree and decorations. You know what it also means though right? Why it's also time for Christmas themed movie watching parties. Now, I know everyone has personal opinions about what makes a good Christmas movie. I think most people prefer nostalgic movies that make them think of their childhood but, I personally want to laugh myself silly. Give me a comedy anytime. Wow, now that I really think about it, I have to say that most of the movies I own are comedys but, I I just like to laugh. So whip out the hot chocolate and marshmellows, here are my top 5 favorite Christmas movies.

Grinch Pictures, Images and Photos
5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas 2000
I loved this book as a kid and I love Jim Carrey movies so this is a win, win for How could you not like it?

Nightmare Before Christmas poster Pictures, Images and Photos
4. Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
Now, I know this isn't your typical Christmas movie. In fact I think most everyone considers this a Halloween flick but, I love it. It centers around Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, who gets bored with Halloween. On a walk, through the woods, he discovers Christmas time but, doesn't really understand the concept of it. Now, he wants to bring Christmas to everyone, and is planning to take over the job from Santa. Some of the "presents" that get delivered are something

A Christmas Story Pictures, Images and Photos
3. A Christmas Story 1983
"Ralphie" Parker wants only one thing for Christmas -- an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock. Too bad everyone, including Santa, thinks he will just shoot his eye out. Grownups can be such a downer can’t they?

CHRISTMAS PIC Pictures, Images and Photos
2.Christmas Vacation 1989
This is another movie with that lovable family the Griswolds. All Clark wanted was a fun-filled old-fashioned family Christmas. Too bad he didn't get it. He has the worst

1. The REF 1994
This has got to be the greatest Christmas movie of all time. I absolutely love Dennis Leary in it. He plays a burglar, who gets abandonded by his partner in the middle of a heist, and ends up having to take a family hostage. He realizes real quick though that he got more than he bargained for when the couple's blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they're driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. He ends up having to play referee between everyone and it is just hilarious. You must watch this movie. :o)

Have you seen the preview's for "Four Christmases" yet? It looks hilarious. I have a feeling that it will be on my list next year. Hopefully, it will So that's my list of fav's. What do you think?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving :o)

Hola, well I wasn't able to find all three parts of the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special again. I was only able to find the first one. It still works fine if anyone would like to go watch it. It's in the previous post. I did find this one though. It's one of my favorite parts of the cartoon. I just love Snoopy and Woodstock. Hope you like it. Happy Holidays. :o)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I am feeling sooo nostalgic today. Thanksgiving is in a couple of days. I'm gonna hang with the family and stuff myself crazy. It's going to be One thing I love to do every Thanksgiving is watch Charlie Brown. It's been a holiday tradition, of mine, since I was.... hmmm....well, since I was 5 at This cartoon is great. Can you believe it came out in 1973? Dang, time flys doesn't it? Anyway, I thought I would share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Hope you have an amazing Holiday. :o)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Part 1 of 3

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Part 2 of 3

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Part 3 of 3

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Wedding Singer

"Hey psycho. Get out of my Van Halen tshirt before you jinx the band and they break up." Dang, that's greatness!lol It has to be one of my favorite lines out of this entire movie. Just in case you haven't watched the video I posted yet, I'm referring to the movie The Wedding Singer. I just watched it again the other night. It never gets old. I am such a child of the 80's. You might say I'm stuck in the 80's Well, maybe not quite that bad but, I love all the cool references in this movie. There is everything from miami vice, to flock of seagulls, to Boy George in it. They even have a Delorian. Those were such awesome cars weren't they? I can't help but, wonder whatever happened to those cars but, I digress. Has anyone else seen this? If you have, what did you think of it? :o)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Where Did The Time Go?

I’m feeling so melancholy today. The holidays tend to do that to me. It’s got me reminiscing with old high school friends again and thinking about my teenage days. I wish we all hadn’t moved so far away from each other. I remember my mom telling me, back then, that those were the best years in life and that I had better enjoy them while they lasted. I think most parents tell their kids that don’t they? Of course, my teenage self had no idea what she meant back then. What do teenagers know really?lol I was too busy thinking that she obviously doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I definitely know what she meant now that I’m older though and hopefully a little wiser. All too soon real life creeps in and, the next thing you know, twenty years have gone by like a flash. You wake up one day and go what happened? I’m not really 37 already am I? Where did all these bills come from?lol Was this what I wanted for myself? I thought I was going to be a singer in a rock band, like Ann Wilson in Okay, now that last one probably wouldn’t have worked out but, it’s just one of those crazy things that you think you can do when you’re a kid. You think you have all the time in the world to do anything. Life goes by so darn fast doesn’t it?

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

It's Just Around The Corner

Thanksgiving Pictures, Images and Photos

So Halloween is over and I’m already missing it. We took down all the Halloween decorations and put them back in storage yesterday. We still haven’t found out if we won the contest or not though. I’m thinking we didn’t but, that’s okay. I was just stoked to get nominated at all. That was the first time that has ever happened. We live in a big complex and only 5 apartments were included in the contest so it’s all good. At least it is to me anyway. My fiancĂ© was a bit disappointed. He is a more competitive person, than I am, though so I know he is feeling like he could have done better.

Anyway, it’s all over now so I can’t help but start looking forward towards the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I love it for two reasons. The first is that you get to spend time with family without all the stress that comes along later with Christmas. There aren’t any worries about if you bought the right gift or not or, the more likely worry lately, if you can afford to buy gifts for everyone. The second reason, and this is my favorite, is that it’s the only day out of the year that I feel a complete and total lack of guilt about stuffing myself senseless. In between power naps that It should be especially interesting this year because we have to split the day between his family and mine. Hopefully, one day we can mix it all up but, until then we will just have to make do.

I was wondering how many, other people, out there will be celebrating numerous times on Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear all about it. :o)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I Can't Believe It! :o)


Have you ever lived in an apartment complex that holds contests for the residents? Most of the ones I have lived in, over the years, will have pool parties in the summer or chili cook offs in the winter. You know, get to know your neighbor kind of stuff. They are nice but, I honestly don’t pay a whole lot of attention to them. Mostly, just because I always seem to be busy whenever that stuff happens. Anyway, I received a notice on my door yesterday saying that my apartment has been nominated in the Halloween contest they have going on. Awesome! That’s never happened before. I can’t take the credit for it though. I love Halloween but, I don’t usually bother with decorating the outside of my apartment. This year has been different though. My fiancĂ© is a Halloween freak and I am not dropping the “F” word lightly here He loves Halloween the way most little kids love Christmas day. So far he has put 2 skeletons, 3 ghosts, 3 lit up pumpkins, a vampire, and a scarecrow on our patio. He also put up little flashing skeleton string lights and strings of pumpkin lights as well. I think that’s all of There definitely isn’t room for anything else on our tiny patio. He told me last night that he doesn’t want to put anything else out because then that would just be going overboard with it. You think?lol Voting goes on until Monday I believe. I hope for his sake we win. Wish us luck.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

That Makes Two

Remember how freaked out I was by the Halloween toy, in the living room, going off all by itself a couple of weeks ago? I almost put the darn thing in the closet outside but, decided to go ahead and keep it there just to see what would happen. Well, it did it again wednesday evening. Just went off 3 times in a row then nothing. I'm not quite sure what to think about it. I guess I have a friend visiting? Two times definately isn't enough to get TAPS interested but, I wish I had a video camera so I could do some investigating of my I checked it again just to be sure it works okay and it appears fine. I don't know....what do you think? Am I loosing it?lol

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Scare Me Please!


Woo Hoo! I am loving this Halloween season. Has anyone been to Thrillvania Thrill Park out in Terrell, Texas yet? It was selected by America Online as one of America’s top haunted houses and it is Awesome! My only regret is getting out there too late to see all the attractions. Now, knowing I had limited time I went straight for Verdun Manor. The tale behind it goes something like this. In 1901, Baron Michael Verdun, who is a psychopathic werewolf, and Lady Cassandra, his vampire wife, build a grotesque house on Voodoo Bayou where he conducts cruel experiments on travelers, turning them into human-animal hybrids. Those crazy Verduns, also loved throwing fiendish masquerades where they would serve human flesh to their guests. All the fun and games came to an end though, one stormy night, when an angry vigilante mob, set the house on fire and murdered the Baron and his wife. Before he died, Michael swore vengeance upon any who dared to enter his realm. Now, that’s an entertaining story to be sure but, I have to admit that I am not normally impressed by most haunted houses I visit. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and not as easily impressed by guys swinging a chainsaw at me I must say though that I have never been to one that put this much attention into the details before. They put a lot of work into that place. The bayou and graveyard leading up to the house are impressive. Just imagine, it’s cold and dark and the mist is so thick you can barely see in front of you and it seeps into your clothes after awhile. When you do finally get to the house it looks just like a haunted house is supposed to look like. Scary!lol Plus, it’s cool how they have flames that shoot out of the chimneys on the house. They even have a fountain out front that is full of blood and bones. It’s great. The only thing that put a damper on it, for me, was that there were too many people there. I don’t blame them a bit for wanting to be there but, it does make things a tad less scary when there are a truckload of people going through it with you. The actors still managed to scare the tar out of a few friends of mine though. That was hilarious! I’m such a nice friend right?lol Oh, I forgot to mention that they had a lot of well known scary movie characters representing throughout the grounds. My favorite one out there was pin head from, the movie, Hellraiser. His costume was awesome!

So that was my latest haunted adventure. I’d like to go to another one this weekend if at all possible. Does anyone have any recommendations? I’d love to hear them.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

American Hauntings

Oak Alley Plantation Pictures, Images and Photos

I just love watching stuff about ghosts. Did anyone catch Taps last night on the Sci Fi channel? It was awesome! They were down in Louisiana investigating Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie. I wish I could have been there with them during filming. Do you remember the scene, in Interview with a Vampire, where Brad Pit’s character is talking about his days before becoming a vampire? Well during that scene there is a shot of him riding away from this humongous plantation home that he lives at. That’s Oak Alley plantation. I actually got a chance to visit it a few years back. That place is huge! They say that during one tour, a candlestick flew across the room in full view of 35 tourists! Unfortunately though, nothing out of the ordinary happened while I was there. It would have been so cool if it had. Anyway, they guys get called out by one of the people who run the place. They want to see if Taps can get real documented video footage on the ghosts that are said to inhabit the place. They said that staff and volunteers have witnessed all kinds of cool stuff. Everything from figures in windows, lights coming on and going off by themselves, and the sound of boots on the floor even though no one is there. There have even been instances where some of the tour guides swear that they have heard carriages coming up the drive that are accompanied by a cloud of dust moving towards the house but, there isn’t anything there to be causing it. Now I am a skeptic so my first thought was okay, how much of this is really true? I’ve watched a few of their shows where they go to investigate places only to find out that the strange things people are experiencing can be explained away by normal stuff like shutters or mirrors. They actually had some cool stuff happen to them though and caught it on video. There was one instance where they had a flashlight come on all by itself and when they went to investigate, it went off and they found that the light was very cold to the touch and the immediate area surrounding the light was cold as well. My favorite thing, that happened to them, was they caught someone looking at them through the window off the balcony. There was no one out there though! Another cool thing they caught, on audio, was the sound of the boots on the floor. They were all wearing either flip flops or tennis shoes! Awesome. If I had actually been there, I probably would have been scared out of my ever loving

I can’t help but, wonder how many people have unexplainable things happen to them? You know in ordinary places like their apartment or house. It doesn’t just happen at old plantation homes and castles. I would be interested to hear about it. If it will make you more inclined to tell me, about it, I will tell you about something that happened to me just the other night. It freaked me out and I still can’t figure out if I've watched too many episodes of ghost hunter or if I’m just losing my mind. Probably a little of both but, I Anyway, I was home by myself, late Tuesday night when one of our Halloween toys, in the living room, started going off all by itself! Now I know some of those things have sensors that get set off really easy but, this one is set so you have to literally push the button on this thing to make it work. It went off 6 or 7 times in a row and then stopped. It hasn’t gone off since. I was tempted to stick it in the closet on the patio it freaked me out so In the end though I left it. I’m curious to see if it does it again anytime soon. So, as I mentioned before, I would love to hear if anyone else has had some strange stuff happen to them. Please tell me I’m not the only :o)
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Top Halloween Movie Pics

Do you mind if I complain for just a very brief moment? Hope not, because I’m going to do it anyway. Now this is just an observation of mine but, it seems like Christmas sales are starting earlier every year. I remember, when I was a kid, the stores would at least wait until Thanksgiving was over before they ”whipped the holly jolly” out on everybody. Not anymore. Did they even wait till September this year? Come on already. There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than hearing Christmas carols before December. Please, give me a chance to enjoy Halloween and everything that comes with it first. The fall season just started and I am so excited about it. This is the one time of year when adults can dress up like Zombies, Vampires, heck even our favorite super hero and totally get away with it and, after recent events, I’m already wondering how many bananas chasing gorillas we will see on the streets come Halloween night. Yes, this time of year is great. When else can you visit haunted houses, play pranks, and eat candy shaped like eyeballs. One of my favorite things to do is have scary themed movie watching parties. Now I know we all have our own strong opinions as to what the best movies to watch are, at least in my house but, it’s always a great time. I thought just for the heck of it I would make my own countdown of personal Halloween favorites. I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me on this but, that’s fine by me. I welcome the feedback. Now without further ado let’s get to it:

10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Why do I like this one? It was really gory and twisted. There were a few times that I had to shut my eyes but, it’s based on a true story and who doesn’t love that? R. Lee Ermey plays the deranged stepfather who kills the sheriff and takes on his identity. He was absolutely disgusting! It was great! Even if that kid had been born “normal” so to speak he would have never stood a chance being raised with that group of freaks that he had to call family. Yikes!

9. The Amityville Horror (2005)
This is based on a true story too. I remember having nightmares as a kid after I saw the original. I may be the only one who thinks this but, I prefer the remake with Ryan Reynolds. He was great in it and the special effects were pretty cool. What I don’t get is why would anyone want to move into a house that looks like that in the first place? It just looks creepy. No thank you very much.

8. Gothika
I was surprised by this one. I didn’t expect to like it. I just love a good ghost story though and this one delivered just that. Halle Berry plays the part of a repressed psychiatrist who wakes up as a patient in the very asylum were she worked and has no memory of what happened. It is a trip and the ending is very unexpected, which is great. I hate it when you’re able to figure out the ending ahead of time.

7. Blade: Trinity
Now I know this is the 3rd movie in the Blade Trilogy but, it is by far my favorite. Dracula, the king of vampires, is awakened and it is just one kick butt scene, at least to me, after another. Of course, if your familiar with the Blade character at all, you already know he will kick ass but, that doesn’t matter. If you like Vampires, you will love this movie.

6. Saturday the 14th (1981)
I didn’t say that all my favorites were actually scary did I? This is some great stupid humor and was on the top of my list, as a kid, back in the day. It’s a spoof on the Friday the 13th series but, it also takes shots at several other horror films. If you like watching movies from the 1980’s, like I do, then you are almost guaranteed to like this movie.

5. Underworld
There is nothing better to me, around Halloween, than a good vampire movie and this one is awesome. Kate Beckinsale plays Selene, a vampire warrior, who is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. It’s fought in a gothic-like setting and the special effects are awesome.

4. Shaun of the Dead
How can you not love a romantic comedy filled with flesh eating zombies? Poor Shaun is just trying to turn his life around, win back his girlfriend and reconcile with his mother but, these darn pesky zombies are taking over and trying to eat everybody. This movie is greatness!

3. Interview With a Vampire
Have you noticed my love of vampire movies yet? This is another great one. I love just about everything Anne Rice writes and this movie was about the first book of the Vampire Chronicles. When I first found out Tom Cruise was playing the Vampire Lestat, I was shocked. Tom Cruise? No way! He actually nailed it though. He was great. That was such a good surprise. Unlike the Queen of the Damned movie that came out a few years ago that was based on another of her books, this one was awesome. It kept with the story line almost perfectly. If you haven’t read the Vampire Chronicles yet you should.

2. 1408
I didn’t know what to expect when I went to see this at the theatre. This movie is a trip! It’s about Mike Enslin, a cynical writer who writes books evaluating supernatural events that go on in hotels and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. Anyway, he hears about this hotel room, in the Dolphin Hotel, that is permanently unavailable to guests. The manager tries everything to keep him from staying in that room but, finally gives up after Mike threatens to sue the hotel. He finds out real quick though that while he can check out anytime he likes, he can never leave alive.

1. Planet Terror
I’m not much for zombie movies but, this movie was awesome. It’s a throwback to the Grindhouse movies from the 70’s. It’s even made to look and sound like one from back then. It takes place one night after an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a remote U.S. Military base in Texas. Anyone exposed to the gas turns into flesh-eating zombies. If you have an affinity for old style movies like this you have to see it. It is sheer greatness!

So there is my list, love it or hate, I don’t mind. I meant it though when I said that I’m open to feedback or suggestions. I would like to find one or two new ones to watch the next time movie night rolls around. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to spoil my inner child by shopping for Halloween goodies. I am having a hard time deciding the perfect thing to be this year but, it’s fun to look around.

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