The Conjuring

I’ve been wanting to watch The Conjuring for a couple of months now. While I like scary movies in general, the genre has been going downhill in the past few years (maybe even longer). A friend of mine had gone to the movies to see it and said that it was a good one, which is actually a compliment considering that even she is becoming chagrined by the number of badly made horror films.

I liked this movie because it was created with the traditional gothic scary story in mind. It was one of those films that built up the tension slowly throughout the show until it crescendo-ed at the end. In other films, the horror is thrown in your face at the beginning until there’s nowhere else to go by the end of the movie. What’s even scarier is that the Warrens were real people who researched the paranormal by trying to capture them on film and even tried to help people who were possessed by malevolent spirits.

Not too many things phase me in the fictionalized horror movies these days. But The Conjuring is probably the closest to getting me a little freaked out. Need a ghost story for your Halloween adventures? The Conjuring just might do the trick.

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Creation at Its Finest

I think I’ve finally gotten my blog to look the way I want it to look. It doesn’t just look like a blog, it looks like my blog. It looks personal, creative, my personality on the web. I don’t expect it to change anytime soon (unless I suddenly gain an influx of money in which I can pay for one of those fancy blog themes that cost around $80). It just made me so pleased that I had to write a post about it.

I even have my reading blog looking the way I want to as well (tho this occured about a week or so ago, maybe longer). It’s nice to just know that your blog is the way you want it to look. Sure, I can pick whatever theme I want and it’s going to look good no matter what, but it’ll just feel bland and formulaic. I want to feel satisfied with it. want to be happy about how my own blog looks. This is my sanctuary, shouldn’t I personalize it to the way I want it to look like?

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And the Days Go By…

It’s been three weeks and one day since my dad died. Only a little over three weeks since I’ve seen him alive. It’s hard to imagine that he was here only three weeks ago. It feels like it’s been three years since he was here, rather than three weeks. Your mind can truly mess with you when tragedy strikes. I wonder if it’s like this for every person who has lost someone important in their lives. It probably is, but mostly you feel truly alone while you’re in the thick of it. Every day I think how I could’ve spent more time with my dad, went in there to say goodnight to my dad the night before, one last night. But I was tired, so I went to bed.

You only think of the what might have beens and could haves after the fact.

I don’t think my dad holds it to me, but still I can’t help but think about it. I don’t want to dwell on the bad things, I only want to remember the good. But sometimes you just can’t help it. Here’s to another three weeks. I hope it gets better.

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Just When You’ve Thought You Seen It All…

When you work in a public library, you tend to run across some very interesting characters. Some of them are interesting in a good way and others, well, not so much.

Fortunately, today was one of those interesting days in a good way. While I was doing walking around the library straightening things up, a couple went up to the Reference desk and asked if they could reserve one of the study rooms and said that they wanted to use it because they were getting married. One of the reference staff motioned me over to tell me this story and when I glanced in through the windows, I could see the happy couple posing for pictures that the constable was taking for them.

In all the years that I’ve worked at the library, I’ve never heard or seen such a thing. Who wants to get married in a public library? I can understand if the library has some pleasing aesthetics to it like the Library of Congress, but if it’s just a drab old building, why go? I suppose if you don’t want to spend money on a wedding, going into the study room at the library would be the perfect place to be.

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, you see something like this, a simple, happy wedding in the most unlikely of places. Whatever floats your boat.

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Christmas in October?

We’ve been having some strange weather here in the old Midwest. The other day we had snow falling for half the night and morning. Yesterday it rained and randomly hailed. Today it snowed for like 40 minutes. I don’t understand it. It never used to snow in October. Why is it starting now? I’m sure there’s going to be arguments about global warming and the like but I don’t (totally) buy it. It’s my humble opinion that the weather is just plain moody and wants to mess with us mere humans just because it can.

The second downfall to this crazy weather is that it’s messing with my head and causing headaches. Not only do I hate the cold weather and fall, I have to deal with headaches until it settles down. I’m pretty sure I’ve complained about this before, but it’s a constant in my life that’s probably never going to go away unless I make a conscious decision to move somewhere where the weather doesn’t change so much.

Have any of you experienced crazy weather in the place where you live?

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Hannibal the Cannibal

I finished watching Hannibal today when I got off my morning shift. Technically I had ten minutes left of the second to last episode, but I didn’t feel like going through the whole first thirty minutes of the show that I’d already seen just to watch the last ten minutes. I mean, I *could* stick it in my laptop and fast forward it to the last ten minutes, but I’m not that ambitious. So, after watching the whole t.v. series, this was my reaction to it:

O.O Wow!

How disturbing…how dark…how…bloody. I can’t believe I watched that whole t.v.  series and lived to the end to tell the tale. Mads Mikkelsen really knows how to play the bad guy. Talk about psychological thrillers. I know that Dr. Lecter is somehow a part of all the killings throughout the t.v. show, but I haven’t quite figured out he’s twisted his “victims” to kill their victims. I suppose I’d know if I actually read the books, but I haven’t, so therefore I have to sit there in front of the t.v. screen and just chew over it.

Seeing season one has made me want to read Red Dragon, though. I want to read the books that have started a cult fascination of such a twisted, sadistic doctor. Why does he do the things he’s done? What makes him feel pleasure over the death of many, especially in particular ones whose minds are right there on the edge of breaking down? It’s sick, twisted, yes, but at the same time fascinating. We humans have a natural curiosity, and we want to know why people do the things they do, even if it means the person is a sadistic serial killer who takes pleasure in killing and eating others.

I may or may not read the books, but getting over season 1 of Hannibal is going to be quite a feat. Mads Mikkelsen said he was afraid of accepting the role of Hannibal because he felt that Anthony Hopkins (the man who played Hannibal in the original movies), played the character perfectly right down to a T. But from what I saw of the first season, I think the man has done Anthony Hopkins proud. In a sick, twisted way, of course.

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One Year Blog Anniversary

I realized that I’ve had this blog for a year this month. I guess things have been so hectic since the beginning of it that I haven’t had the time to even think about my blogversaries. But there you have it. I wonder what else I’ll be posting about in the next year or so.

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