Top 5 Horror, Thriller, and/or Halloween Films

Disclaimer: These are MY FAVORITES, so while I value your opinion, I don’t value it if you tell me I’m wrong. Just keeping it real.

Okay, so back in middle school, we were obsessed with films that were terrifying at the time. Specifically, I recall practically peeing my pants watching ALL OF THE POLTERGEIST MOVIES in my friend Laura’s basement, and jumping out of my skin watching ALL OF THE SCREAM MOVIES at Mandy’s house. WHY did we do this? I don’t know. These days, I am not at all into movies that scare you simply by making you jump for two hours.

That said, for varying reasons, here are my top five favorite horror, thriller, and/or Halloween films of all time.

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1. Hocus Pocus. You know you were born in the mid-eighties if this movie is a must for Halloween. The song. The one-liners. The innuendos we never noticed when we were ten. Oh, and if you watch NCIS, you may recognize McGee.

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2. The Orphanage. Saw this at The Belcourt with Whitney. Obsessed over it. Made all my other friends see it. It may be in Spanish (with subtitles), but you are totally going to freak out. It just gets in your head. Promise.

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3. Silence of the LambsReally no words here. Just classic and creepy and Anthony Hopkins will forever be a genius.

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4. The ShiningReally this only made the list because before I ever saw the movie, I read the book. And let me tell you, my 8th-grade-self WAS PETRIFIED. The movie seemed kind of lame after the terror I had created in my imagination. So watch the movie, yes. But really…READ THE BOOK!

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5. Seven. Just…Seven. If you haven’t seen it, well, you’re welcome.

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Honorable Mention (because it’s a total spoof but I love it) goes to Shaun of the DeadNot usually my type of humor, but honestly, I just love these two guys. Check it out if you want some laughs with a little bit of jumping mixed in.

So tonight, if you’re not dressing up / going out, you’re not alone. Rent one of these lovely little films instead and make some Halloween Puppy Chow!

And because I have a deep need to post photos of the puppy (yes, I’m obsessed with my dog), Happy Halloween from my little pumpkin!!

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A Bit of Bloggers Block

I still laugh at myself when I remember that when I began this blog, I FULLY intended to produce incredibly deep and well-planned prose about life, faith, relationships, and even a few pieces of poetry from time to time. There were a few fundamental issues with this:

1. There are a bazillion blogs out there. Very few become successful without photographs and other visually-pleasing touches.

2. Not only am I not an entrancing writer, but I quickly discovered I actually didn’t have all that much to say.

3. No one cares.

And so, the blog became a personal journal of crafts, food, photos, and my life. Sorry I’m not sorry?

But still, like everyone, I find that I have periods of time where I have nothing creative bubbling in my brain. No fresh stories to tell. No new projects or pretty food. Draughts. And then what? Well, this is probably one reason that I have a mighty but small following.

This week is one of those weeks. The season is changing, and the cold, rainy nights have made us hunker down with football and our puppy and I admit, I have not been terribly creative! I hope to remedy this soon, but in the meantime, I plan to spend the rest of the week re-posting a few of my most popular posts over the last six years. If you’re new, hopefully it seems new to you! If you’re not new, sorry, but at least you will have something pretty to look at!!

What do you do when you get block? Writers block, bloggers block, dinner block, etc…tricks of the trade?

A Sweet Family Wedding

I just have to share a few photos and words about the sweetest family wedding that the hubs and I attended in Nashville last weekend. Jonathan’s aunt Kathy (sister to his mama) got married over the weekend, to a wonderful man and family. It was just about 25 people or so – immediate family – at the newlyweds new gorgeous home in Murfreesboro.

Everything was so perfect! God is good, and it was so clear on Saturday that He brings people together precisely when they need to be put together. It’s a beautiful thing!

Puppy Sleeps

Puppy sleeps are the best sleeps. I swear, our pup Ryman has two modes – hyper crazy and sound alseep. She sleeps A LOT. And my husband informs me that she is currently a “teenager” in dog years which totally makes sense. She would honestly sleep until noon if we let her.

Here she was this morning when my hubster tried to get her up to go outside…

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“Are you serious, bro?”

She spends every night under the covers, curled up by our feet or against our chests/backs. And to get her to go out in the morning, we literally have to carry her all the way downstairs and force her out the backdoor, or she would just run back to the bed. The minute she comes in, she runs straight to her bed in her crate rather than even bothering to go back upstairs to the bedroom.

I seriously can’t handle the cuteness, which is why I don’t mind too much.

And don’t think she doesn’t sleep all day or something – most evenings, as we are watching TV or working on our computers, she is curled up asleep in our laps. Bedtime is really just carrying her outside, making her go to the bathroom, and then putting her in bed. Moral of the story here is I LOVE OUR PUPSTER!!

She’s a cuddler forever and ever – and seems to have been made just for us…

Snuggles for life.

On Guilty Pleasure Reading

I have pretty vast interests when it comes to my reading style. I LOVE non-fictions, like Wild  and Unbroken. But I also love the suspense of Gone Girl and the intricacies of Game of Thrones. 

But I also love the easy, thoughtless pleasure of reading cheesy love stories and tasteless tales. Most recently, this includes Courtney Robertson’s book, I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain.

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Obviously, by admitting that I read this book, I also must admit that I watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows. Well, I guess half-watch with my girlfriends while we drink wine and talk over much of it. But still, I most definitely watched Ben’s season, when we all loved to hate Courtney. I cheered for Kacie from Nashville, even though she turned out to be a hot mess in the end, and the whole time I thought Ben was a little, well, boring.

Okay, back to the book. I actually seriously, really enjoyed it. It had a lot of inside looks into what it’s really like to be on a show like this (regardless of if you’re the villain or not), and the aftermath of the show airing. She definitely digs on Ben a bit, but I also felt like she is pretty forthcoming about her errors and flaws along the way too. Gotta give it to the girl – she’s brutally honest. And it really goes to show how much you don’t know about these contestants’ lives BEFORE coming on a show like the bachelor.

All in all, read it if you want something fun and easy. And now that that’s done, it’s time for me to dive into the next Game of Thrones book…

Social Media Shaming

So several of my college theater friends (and other friends) have been playing fantasy football together for the last few years. If you play fantasy football, you know that often a team could be projected at 135 points, and end up with like, 80, based on fluke underdog wins, injuries, etc. And every year, we have a gmail chain going to make fun of members of our league (sometimes me) who have scored particularly low.

This year, we are upping the anty. Our first week, my friend Clare was the biggest loser with only 83 points. Meanwhile, the biggest winner was Molly with 155. Through a number of emails, the group decided that each week, the lowest scorer (now known as “The Clare”) will be faced with social media shaming, which will be chosen by the highest scorer of the week.

Make sense? Here’s the simple version.

Week 1: Clare was The Clare. She was forced to post this to facebook with the “♥ her” comment:

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Week 2: Ironically, Molly became “The Clare” and was required to post a selfie, in a bathroom, toilet visible, with the comment “everybody poops lol”

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Week 3, when I ALMOST BECAME THE CLARE, Brett actually became The Clare, and had to post a throwback photo to Vanderbilt Theater with the hashtags #tbt #college #missthis #tightiewhities… As you might could assume, it’s a VERY tighty whity picture that, no offense Brett, I’d rather not post on my blog.

It’s very possible that this will be me, sometime soon. My team did NOT look good last week when I lost miserably to friend Andy. So if you follow me on facebook, and something you would consider “embarassing” appears, you know why.