Destructive Verbage!

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

Today I finally got all my ducks in a row for our new project.  Sorry for the delay and the horrible cliche just implemented in those post.  What with your visit and all the tumultuous goings on at school, it has been a most wild and crazy time.

I like that we’re doing the same pages for this project!  It was fun to see what you had done in your interpretation of the pages in comparison to my interpretation of said pages.  My first welcome page ended up looking like this:

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For some reason, this Tim Burton Charlie and the Chocolate Factory quote always says welcome to me.  So I had to make it my hello page.  I left a good deal of the space blank because I figure I can fill it in as I learn more things about myself throughout the course of this project.

The second page I found extraordinarily frustrating.  For some reason, I decided it would be a most excellent idea to weave an actual checkerboard out of paper and then adhere it to the page.  This was surprisingly difficult for my un-crafty fingers and did not turn out nice looking.  But I promise I tried.

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I unsurprisingly roped Sparhawk into playing checkers with me, using pennies and dimes as checker pieces.  He was very amused by my antics, obviously.

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In a depressingly short amount of time, I was clobbered.  I tentatively put up a good fight, but it was for a brief moment.  Sparhawk came out solidly victorious in the end.  As the book dictates, he got to sign his name on the page.

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That’s all I have for this week!  I’m excited to get back in the groove again and see what you have on Friday.

Love,

Super Koala

P.S. Just booked our hotel room for Chicago!

A Long Overdue Sister Bag Adventure

Dearest Sister,

My sincerest apologies for having the sister bag for basically a thousand years.  It is a rather tragic event, especially when considering that I’ve done a lot of fun things, I’ve just failed to take the sister bag with me.  Luckily, I remedied this two weekends ago when I took the bag to Cider Days for some quality puppy volunteer time.

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Now, as you may or may not know, Cider Days is a Springfield, MO fall festival.  It takes place on “Historic Walnut Street,” and I used to find it quite fancy and adorable.  However, Sparhawk and I have now attended fall festivals all over the Ozark area, and we have found many more impressive events.  Sorry, Cider Days.

Even if it is not nearly as fancy as the other festivals, Cider Days does have one significant benefit.  And that would be the Humane Society tent!  In past years, I have giddily ogled the puppies that come to these events.  This year, I got to hang out with them.

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These were three of the puppies that came with us.  The fourth, Stormy, spent most of her time on another volunteer’s lap, so I didn’t spend much time with her.  The first puppy, Bella, is the one that Amanda ended up adopting.  The middle one, Oddie, was my little buddy most of the day.  And the last one posing with her paw on the sister bag, Brittany, is the one that almost came home with us.  No shame.

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We had a fun day saying hello to people and going for miniature puppy walks.  After many hours outside, we were all sleepy.  Particularly little Oddie, who was also chilly.  We made them all beds.  It was incredibly precious.  Fortunately I had the bag with me to save my chair and house my snacks.

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After we loaded the pups back in the van to go home, Sparhawk and I wandered around the street a little more to look at all the vendors.

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I had spent most of my time in the tent with the puppies.  We found a lot of fantastic things, including the customary honey sticks, the most delicious apple cider candle of my life, and your present!  We also found this lady who does absolutely fantastic work.  Some of her paintings featured pets, so of course I asked her about them, and I discovered she does custom pet portraits!  So look out for that in my house soon.

All together, it was a very fun day.  I ran into lots of people I knew on the street, and several friends came by to visit and pet puppies.  As you can imagine, when I returned home, Annabelle and Nyxen were very jealous and had many opinions on how I spent my time.

– Super Koala, Out!

Super Koala: Summer Countdown Final Update 2

Hello Cap’t Spazzmataz, who is sitting two feet away from me.  Maybe three.  I’m terrible at distance.

Even though we are in each others presence, I am still going to do my weekly summer update.  As of today’s end, there are only seven days left!

1. Catch Up on My 2015 Reading Challenge – Sadly, I only read three books this week.  That means I am still seven books behind for my challenge.  Strength.

2. Do 1,000 squats and 1,000 sit ups – I have a remaining 670 squats and 630 sit ups.  Crunch time.  Bazinga.

3. Run 50 miles and do 50 total minutes of planks – 28.9 miles left.  I really don’t want to talk about the planks…

5. Cook three new meals – I cooked something!  I successfully cooked this Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta, the recipe for which can be found here.

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As can be viewed by the picture, my finished product was not nearly as beautiful as seen on its blog of origin.  Also, it easily took me double the times provided to make the sauce.  But I got so many compliments on the finished product.  Sparhawk took it to work, and everyone wanted the recipe.  Two meals left.

8. Watch five things off my Netflix “List” – Thus far, I have finished Orange is the New Black.  I also watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (adorable) and Repo! The Genetic Opera (dark).  That means I have two left.

12. Finish Kingdom Hearts I – So. Much. To. Play.  I’m only at Wonderland.  Shame.

13. See four movies – This past week I finally took the time to see Spy.  It was so, so, so good.  I loved it, which is something I never thought I’d say about a Jason Statham movie.  Also, Jude Law looks like he’s had horrible plastic surgery on his mouth.  Sadness.  Two movies left!

14. Write 25 pages – Six pages down, nineteen to go.  Whaddup.

Super Koala: Summer Final Countdown Update 1

Hello Sisterly!

As my list is large and lengthy, I decided I would write weekly updated to inform you of my progress toward said goals.  I must admit, I have forgotten about some of them.  Obviously, I need to double my efforts!

Anyhow.  Thus far I have tackled the following goals:

1. Catch Up on My Summer Reading Goals – I read five books this week!  Lamentably, I’m still eight books behind.  I shall get there.

2. Squats/Sit Ups – I sort of forgot about this one.  That being, I have 870 and 830 left of each.

7. Reorganize my closet – I am so proud of myself!  I spent so much time yesterday completely reconstructing my closet and it. looks. beautiful.  I have pictures for evidence.

Before:

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After:

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It’s gorgeous!  And, it was super fun cleaning as the kittens used my closet as a fantastic jungle gym the entire time.  Best cleaning company ever.

11. Go to Silver Dollar City – this one is fully completed.  Sparhawk and I went on Tuesday and encountered the smallest lines we ever have during the summer time.  It was quite pleasant.  We did all of the roller coasters, stopped in at the glass shop, and then Sparhawk surprised me by buying us a cinnamon roll to split.  A very lovely Silver Dollar City day indeed.

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13. See four movies – BBKF and I saw Train Wreck this week.  It was way better than I was expecting and gave me a soft spot for LeBron James, which I didn’t think was possible.  Obviously, I need to rewatch Space Jam to reaffirm my forever love of the greatest basketball player: Michael Jordan.

That’s all I got so far!  I’ll keep at it!

1001 Movies: Patton

From the Chair of Super Koala, this is Captain Spazzmataz:

Most of the war movies that we have watched this month have been really good. This was good as well, but not my favorite. It is really hard to like a movie when the main character is absolutely repulsive. It isn’t even the actor’s fault, I thought he did a really good job, it is just the general attitude of George S. Patton that is really off putting.

I did really enjoy the plot of the movie and how everything unfolded. I thought it was really interesting, and there were lots of things that I didn’t know before that were brought to light. It was kind of nice to see WWII through just one person. When learning about it in school they try to show you the war from every angle, but seeing it focused on just one person was very refreshing.

Over all, I thought the movie was really good, it is just incredibly difficult to enjoy a movie with a sour main character. Every time you thought he was getting better, he just got worse again.

3 stars

From the Couch of Super Koala:

I fell asleep for the middle section of this movie, so this review will probably be scant.

Like the Spazz, I thought the George C. Scott did a wonderful job in the role of the title character.  He almost made Patton likeable, which is definitely saying something.  His performance is basically the sole focus of the entire movie as he’s almost always on screen.

I do wonder about the movie’s reception in the 70s.  While watching, Sparhawk pointed out that it would have came out at the peak of the American-Vietnam conflict.  It makes me curious how people would have received a three hour pro-military movie.

The ultimate downside of this movie is that I fell asleep, so I was obviously missing a certain element of interest.  The 70s have such a specific filming style that I don’t always love, and that was definitely in full effect here.

3 stars.

Butt Total: None to my waking memory.

1001 Movies: Moonstruck

From the Chair of Super Koala, this is Captain Spazzmataz:

This was probably one of the most oddly enjoyable movies I have watched.

I was immediately interested to see this movie after reading that it was about Italian Americans given the fact that Super Koala and I had just talked about them. We are from an Italian American family, and we were discussing what certain factors make them unique and were tossing up story ideas that loosely relate to our family. So upon seeing that this movie was about a family of the same ethnic background, I was excited.

Just about everything portrayed in this movie was very accurate to the way Italian Americans act and live. Every so often Super Koala and I would look at each other and just give a nod implying that we agreed with just about everything that was shown. The only problem that I found was that when the food was placed on the table, people continued to talk, and that isn’t really how it happens. Once the food is out, it gets really quiet until people start to finish up their meals.

The film was oddly enjoyable for many reasons. First off, some of the script wasn’t all that great, especially when it came to Nicolas Cage’s lines, but it sort of worked and just made me giggle. Also, Cher was the leading actress, and she was surprisingly amazing. I loved everything about her character. Furthermore, the fact that everything that happened could totally happen within an Italian American family, and it was just amusing to see the similarity between our family and theirs.

4 stars

Still on the Super Koala Couch:

Olympia Dukakis.  That is all.  Cher was pretty cool, but for real though, Olympia Dukakis.

Anyhow, I very much so agree with Spazzmataz’s review.  This movie was so absurd yet enjoyable.  As Sparhawk pointed out, it feels like a classic comedy for the theater.  Everything gets all crazy and clustered and relationship haphazard and, just when it should all collapse, there is a sudden happy ending.

I can’t believe Nicholas Cage is in this movie.  I had never seen baby Nicholas Cage, and I still don’t like him very much.  But his portrayal here was at least amusing.  I feel like there’s some huge generational joke I’m missing when I watch his performance.  Like, I’m confident a theater full of people would be laughing at all his nonsense, but I am just so confused.  Much like the grandpa in this story.

Excluding Nicholas Cage’s horrible dialogue and delivery, this was a very fun movie.  I’ve never been abundantly fond of romantic comedies, but I appreciated this one.  I actually chuckled.

I was going to give it three stars, but I’d definitely watch it again.  So it’s a four star from me as well.

Butt Total: None, but I did have to look a Nicholas Cage’s weird back tattoo.

1001 Movies: Silence of the Lambs

From the Couch of Super Koala:

It has been quite some time since we posted, particularly since we posted regularly.  Things got a little hectic there at the end of the school year, what with Spazzmataz being a student and I being a teacher.  Here’s hoping we can get back on track!  Starting with the discussion of this:

With neither of us being overly fond of fear, I can confidently say that this list item was not met with great excitement.  Somehow, despite being a child of the early 90s, I missed viewing this film earlier in my life.

I tend to find many thriller movies boring.  The plot is predictable, the characters stereotypical, and the logic tends to be lacking.  I was both delighted and slightly horrified to say that was not the case for Silence of the Lambs.  Even just scrolling through pictures on the Internet gave me repulsed shivers, but the movie doesn’t rely on cheap conventions to “scare” the viewer.  Any suspense is genuinely created through legitimate story development and masterful filming.  Also, I love crime drama, and it was interesting to see what obviously spawned many of the tropes seen in crime television today.

Four stars overall.

From the Chair of Captain Spazzmataz (but is actually Super Koala’s Chair):

I too really despise everything that has to do with horror and suspense. I just get so anxious and wind up spending most of the movie hiding. However, with some coaxing of Mammabird and Sparhawk, I allowed the movie to be played in the night hours.

This film was surprisingly good. I was not expecting to find it so captivating. However, Thomas Harris must be a scary man to have thought up all of these horrible things. Seriously, how does anyone come up with these ideas! It can only be the work of someone extremely creative and imaginative and slightly twisted.

(THE HORROR!!!)

Moving on. All in all, I did enjoy the movie even though I hated every single second of the super suspenseful music. I give it four stars as well.