A parents worse nightmare….

Hi everybody. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. You know, busy life and all. 😥

But I had to share an amazing movie with you. I rarely have time to watch them but this one is SO GOOD.

It’s called Kidnap and it stars the talented Halle Berry.

Curious? Check out the description below:

A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mother Karla Dyson when kidnappers snatch her young son Frankie.

With no cellphone and no time to wait for police, Dyson jumps into her car to follow the vehicle that holds Frankie.

As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Karla must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child.

This movie is truly a parents worst nightmare. Turning your back for just a moment and poof! your child is gone, taken by a stranger.

Luckily I have not had anything remotely like this happen to me and I would never wish this on my worst enemy. There have been a few times I have had a little scare but thankfully it turned out fine.

There are so many kids taken and kidnapped now that the very idea of losing your child is terrifying, crippling even. In most instances, the parent does not know they are missing until it’s too late but in this movie, Karla (Halle Berry) witnesses the kidnappers taking her child and is able to give chase.Despite everything that is thrown her way, Karla never gives up.

Halle Berry gives an excellent performance in this movie, making you feel her terror as her only son is ripped away and her frustration as time and time again, she is unable to stop the events from unfolding.

This movie has several highs and lows, stomach dropping scenes, and more than a few shocks. It was such a good movie that even my husband was on the edge of his seat the whole time.

But it definitely makes you think about the what-ifs. True, you can’t keep your child/children in your sight 24/7/365 but there are a few things to help you keep them safe.

  • PAY ATTENTION

It is so easy take your eyes off of them for just a minute because of distractions. While at the park, the store, ball games or wherever, pay attention to your kids. Watch them play or better yet, play with them.

  • SAFETY IN NUMBERS (ALWAYS make sure your kids are not alone. Have them play with friends, other family members, etc)
  • GIVE THEM A CURFEW

They may think it’s punishment or that you don’t trust them but it’s just a parents way of keeping them safe.

  • CHILD SAFETY KITS

These allow you to keep your child’s info all in one place and handy in case they do go missing (hair or fingernail clipping sample for DNA), latest picture, age, height, weight, birthmarks, characteristic, etc)

Here are just a few sites to get your free child safety kits:

https://www.childsafekit.com/

https://secure.pollyklaasaction.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=291

http://www.missingkids.com/ChildID

You can also check with your local police department for safety kits as well.

  • CELL PHONES

If you’re avle to buy one for your child/children, do so. Yes, they can play games, watch videos, etc on them but they are also a good way to stay in touch with your kids.

  • USE A LOCATOR APP

There are a ton of apps, free and not free, that allow you to keep track if your kids movements and locations.

  • COME UP WITH AN ALERT WORD

For example, perhaps there is a certain word or number they can text or speak in case of danger. Make it short, easy to remember, and confidential.

  • KNOW THEIR PEOPLE

Get to know their friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, etc. And know their friends’ parents, their addresses and phone numbers.

  • KEEP TRACK OF THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I’m not saying stalk your kids. Just keep an eye out for them. Because unfortunately there are bad people that use these platforms to trick kids.

Hopefully these ideas will help in keeping your kids, and other kids, a little safer.

Thanks for stopping by.

Don’t worry, I’m still here…

Good evening everyone. I realize sp.e of you may have thought I disappeared. It has been over a month since I last posted on my blog. But nope, I’m still alive and kicking. The holidays were so hectic that I barely found time to sleep let alone write a post here.

But they are over. Well almost. We still have New Years Eve to get through. I know everyone makes New Years’ resolutions. Some even keep them.

I personally think the trick to keeping them is to have realistic goals. Things you can reach eith a little work. Nothing so far out of reach that to achieve them would be a miracle.

Also, it helps to have a support group or person to continue to drive you toward your goals. Someone that will boost you up and encourage you to do your best even when you start falling behind or dragging your feet.

And most importantly you have to WANT to fulfill your set goals. If you really don’t want to do something, you will find every excuse not to do it. Whether it be to lose weight, eat healthier, quit smoking, etc.

My personal goals are simple. We’ll maybe not simple but certainly achievable.

#1: Lose not only weight but inches. I am to do this by exercising and eating a little better. Already I’ve been working out at work on my breaks and not snacking as much. I’ve even but back on my pop intake.

#2: Finish book 3 in my Perfect Order Series and start on the 4th.  Possibly get it finished as well. I’m on chapter 6 but have hits standstill bc of the holidays and my own lack of motivation. But I plan to get back on track.

Whatever your goals, know you can achieve  them. You just have to have motivation and the want-to.

Until next time, enjoy!

 

My baby’s not a baby anymore….

Good morning all. I know its been awhile since I’ve posted here. Life tends to get pretty busy as the holidays approach. As many of you might know, Halloween is my favorite and this year my family and I did it up big since we finally bought our first house!! (You can check out all of my pics on my Facebook page).

And now Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. It’s going to be pretty crazy.

But before those much loved holidays, there is another important day I celebrate every year. November 11th.

Yes, it is Veteran’s Day. A great day to give thanks and show respect to those that have fought, do fight, and will fight for our freedoms. But it is special to me for another reason.

13 years ago, on this day, November 11, 2004, my son James was born. He was a gorgeous baby and has grown up into a handsome young man.

From a shy, quiet little boy into a outgoing, fun loving teenager, the years have passed much too quickly.

I don’t want to embarrass him too much but I love him more every day.

HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY JAMES!

40 years and counting…

Good morning all. As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but to watch the clock, waiting for midnight, for October 2nd to roll over into October 3rd. Why? No, not for my break time (I work nights). The reason is simple:

On October 3rd, I will forever leave my 30’s behind. Yep, that’s right, I will join the group of 40 year olds.

By the time you read this, you will no longer be reading a blog post written by a 39 year old woman but from a 40 year old woman.

Big difference? Maybe….

There are those familiar sayings about a person turning forty. You know the ones:

  • Over the hill
  • Your life is half over
  • One foot in the grave
  • It’s all downhill from here

They go on and on. Now I’m not going to lie. Turning 40 makes me feel a tad bit depressed. I mean, I have been alive and on this Earth for 40 years and I don’t know, I just thought I would have done more with my time.

BUT….

I refuse to dig myself into a pit of despair about all of the things I have not done or the places I’ve never been. Instead, I want to think about everything I have experienced in my last 40 years.

1. I didn’t finish high school

BUT…

I got my G.E.D.

2. I worked on a stinky chicken farm

BUT…

I met my best friend in the whole world

3. Unfortunately I had to quit college

BUT…

I have a very good paying job

WITH…

A great partner

4. I got married…and divorced

BUT…

I met and married my soul mate

5. I didn’t have the twins I always wanted

BUT…

I did have two beautiful children

AND…

became a step mom to another beautiful child

6. I’m not living in some million dollar mansion

BUT…

I did purchase an even better, cozy, loving home with my wonderful husband

7. I didn’t get on become a NY Times Bestsellers List or sign a movie deal based on my books (YET…)

BUT…

I did become a published author!

P.S. The 3rd full length book in The Perfect Order series is in the early stages…

So, to sum it all up:

I may not have accomplished everything I wanted to in the way I wanted to…

And I may not have “The Perfect Life”…

But what I have accomplished is amazing to me

And what I do have, the LIFE I have, is perfect for me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Enjoy!

IT is here….

Hello everyone. Sorry I haven’t written any posts lately. Between work, working on book 3, reading and reviewing a few books, and kids returning to school, life has become pretty hectic again. But now that I have a spare moment, I wanted to tell you about a movie I saw last week.

IT

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If you haven’t heard of this movie by Stephen King, “Master of Horror”, by now, I will be totally shocked. But just on the off chance that you have no clue about it, here is a quick rundown:

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine are about to face their worst nightmare–an ancient shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise. 

This movie is most likely the cause behind a lot of people’s fear of clowns or Coulrophobia. I know that at least for my best friend it was. She can’t even look at Ronald McDonald without breaking out in a fear induced panic.

As for me, I loved the original show. But then again, I am a major fan of Stephen King and anything spooky, creepy, and scary. So of course when I heard there was a new release of this movie coming out, I made a vow to go see it opening day.

For over a year, I planned to watch this iconic movie from my childhood. I wanted to be there for the late night version. Creepier, darker, more spooky. You get the idea.

Unfortunately, once the day arrived, my plans got changed. Now if I wanted to see IT, one of my favorite scary movies of ALL time, I would have to go to an earlier viewing if I wanted to see it in theaters. And I did! I mean, I’d been planning it and waiting anxiously for a year. So there was no way I was missing IT.

I went to the movie. Nestled in a comfortable seat, surrounded by darkness and the smell of buttered popcorn, I watched the newest version of a movie that stuck with me throughout the years. This new movie followed the book and the original version closely. There were a few changes but not many and not significant enough to detract from the story line and definitely not worth mentioning here.

Okay, I knew the movie would be good. I mean, it’s a Stephen King movie. And I knew it would be more up to date. But what I wasn’t expecting was how much BETTER it was. Darker. Scarier. More detailed.

I LOVED it!

*(I learned later from a reliable source that at the late night showing, there were actually red balloons floating in the theater and a person dressed up as a clown. All to add to the scariness of the movie. And I missed it…By the way for those that don’t know, red balloons are IT’s calling card.)*

Here is a comparison of the IT before and the IT now:

 

How about these movie posters?

 

Both are very well done. Enough to give you chills…

The actors for both movies are as follows:

AS PENNYWISE:

Tim Curry                                           Bill Skarsgard

 

AS BILL DENBROUGH:

                                    Jonathan Brandis                                   Jaeden Lieberher

 

AS GEORGIE DENBROUGH:

Tony Dakota                                  Jackson Robert Scott

 

AS  BEN HANSCOM:

                            Brandon Crane                                                 Jeremy Ray Taylor

 

AS STANLEY URIS:

                                    Ben Heller                                          Wyatt Oleff

 

AS EDDIE KASPBRAK:

Adam Faraizl                                               Jack Dylan Grazer

 

AS MIKE HANLON:

                                   Marlon Taylor                                              Chosen Jacobs

 

AS RICHIE TOZIER:

Seth Green                                          Finn Wolfhard

 

AS BEVERLY MARSH:

Emily Perkins                                           Sophia Lillis

 

While researching the making of this new version, I came across some pretty interesting details about the movie and actors. Check them out below:

  • Whenever Pennywise’s eyes look in two different directions, there are no special effects used for that. Director Andres Muschietti had planned on using CGI to achieve this and informed Bill Skarsgard of this but Skarsgard then demonstrated that he could do it on his own and that is what is used in the film.

 

  • Andy Muschietti kept Bill Skarsgard sepearate from the child actors up until they had to shoot scenes together. On the day of their first scenes together, the production staff warned the kids about how scary Skarsgard could be while in character. The kids brushed it off, claiming that they knew he was just an actor in costume and that they were professionals and would be fine. However, when the time came for Skarsgard to be Pennywise for the scene, the kids were genuinely terrified. Some even cried…

 

  • 27 is a number that often becomes associated with this story.

*This movie was released 27 years after the original television release.

*In the book, It returns to Derry every 27 years.

* Jonathan Brandis, who played young Bill in the original film, dies at 27 years old.

*This movie was released one month after Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) turned 27                    years old.

  • Bill Skarsgard had admitted that he was so into his performance as Pennywise that he would have constant nightmares during production.

 

  • Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) was born in 1990, the same year that the original was released.

 

  • The trailer for this film enraged real life professional clowns, who stated that the Pennywise character will encourage people to think of clowns as scary and murderous. Rallies to defend the good name of clowns in the U.S. are planned for October 2017, one month after the movie IT is released in theaters.

 

  • When asked if he would write more about Pennywise, Stephen King declared he would never write about IT again. Because he was too scary. Even for him…

Thanks for stopping by my blog. And if you get the chance to watch IT and are brave enough to, please do. Enjoy!!

 

You can’t go home again….

To most, Greenfield, Oklahoma is a nothing town. It always has been, it always will be. But to some Greenfield was, and is, home. And up until I was was 15, it was my home as well. 

What was once a vital, prospering town when it was founded in 1892 has now become a virtual ghost town with the latest census siting less than 90 people living in the .1 square mile area. (Yes, it’s really that small.)  But it wasn’t always so desolate.

Established at noon on April 19, 1892, Greenfield, Oklahoma was founded when the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation was opened for non-Indian occupation. 
Named in honor of the first postmaster, William Henry Greenfield, the town’s first post office was established on January 30, 1900. 

The Enid and Anadarko Railway (later the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway) built the first railroad line in 1901. Two freight and four passenger trains served the community on a daily basis.

Greenfield provided a trade center for the surrounding agricultural area. The town had two hardware stores, four general merchandise stores, garages, filling stations, cafés, a cotton gin, an elevator, and a bank.

The first bank, established in 1908, failed and closed in 1923. Another bank, founded in 1924, was later sold to Watonga State Bank. 

Early-day newspapers included the Greenfield Hustler and the Greenfield Booster. 

In 1908 in anticipation of an oil boom, several other businesses opened, including a hotel, a general store, a pool hall, and a butcher shop. Settlers organized Baptist, Nazarene, and Presbyterian congregations.
Twelve students attended classes during the winter months in the first schoolhouse. The teacher’s salary, usually fifty dollars, was paid on a voluntary basis. Eventually, a four-room building was constructed and enlarged as additional space was needed. 

A high school was erected in 1921 and a grade school in 1930. At that time there were twelve teachers. The Greenfield schools held their last commencement in May 1991.

No census was made until 1940,when the residents numbered 303. In 1960 Greenfield had 128 residents. With a population of 123 at the turn of the twenty-first century, Greenfield served as a “bedroom” community.

As you can see, the population declined sharply. And when the school system shut down in 1991, the numbers fell even more drastically. 

Going back to my hometown and seeing it as it is now was both shocking and heartbreaking because I remember what it used to be. 

I was shy, quiet and my nose was always in a book. (Not much has changed there huh?)

But I remember riding my bike to school and all around town. I remember my friends. (My best friend was named Jessica a.k.a. Punky). I remember the basketball games, the track meets, the school plays, and softball games. 

So much has changed over the last 20 years, the town is almost unrecongizable. 

Here are a few pics of my hometown now:

My old house

The church

The post office

The town park (this is a new addition by the way)

The only remaining store in the town. (Can you believe my friends and I used to climb to the very top of these towers?)

The railroad

My grade school

My high school

It’s in a sad state now. Nothing like it used to be of course. 

Absolutely heartbreaking….

I hate to see how much my hometown has fallen. How lonely and forgotten it is. But I will always have the memories of how it used to be. I will always remember the good times. And I will never forget where I came from.

Looking for a pysicologocal thriller? 

Although you may not be familiar with the name M. Night Shyamalan (I’m not sure how that’s possible but i suppose it could happen), you have to know at least one of the movies on his list of hits:

  • The Last Airbender
  • Signs
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Village
  • The Happening
  • Afterearth
  • Unbreakable
  • The Visit
  • Devil
  • Lady in the Water

But not all of his films are included in the horror/suspense genre. Here’s two movies that totally took me by surprise as being his work:

  • Stuart Little
  • She’s All That

Yeah I know, unbelievable right? 

Well, if you loved any of those movies, here’s another one of his thrillers to check out. 

SPLIT

   

STARRING JAMES MCAVOY AS KEVIN

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.

This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. As you meet the various personalities, you become more and more drawn into the dark and twisted world and mind of Kevin. 

For me, it enthralls me just because I like the suspense, the unknown, and the strange  behavior of people. I want to know the hows and whys of their unusual actions. What makes them go from being an average child into the person they’ve become. 

So if you enjoy a dark thriller that makes you stop and question the recesses of the human mind, this movie is for you. Enjoy!

Hi everybody. So the last few days I have watched several movies but only 2 truly stand out as great. I am going to share my take on both if them in the next few days. First up, A Dog’s Purpose. 

Now unless you live under a rock, you had to have heard of this movie. Whether it be the emotional turmoil of the plot or perhaps the controversial aspects such as animal cruelty. Either way this movie made headlines. And after watching it, it made it’s way into my heart. 

Starring roles include:

DENNIS QUAID


BRIT ROBERTSON


JOSH GAD


Here’s a quick look inside the plot if the movie. 

A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan. As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

This movie had it all. Happiness, joy, love, laughter, sorrow, anger, heartbreak. At times, I adored the characters and other times I grew so frustrated with them I nearly began giving them a good chewing out. (Like they could hear me right?) I smoked, laughed, and yes, even cried. A true roller coaster of emotions.

Although it didn’t rank very high in the review category, don’t let it sway you from taking a chance on it. I loved this and who knows, you might too. So check out A Dog’s Purpose today. Enjoy!

I HATE

Good afternoon everybody. I jotted this down and I wanted to share it with you. It’s about how much a person hates to love the person in their lives that hurts them and lets them down. Its one of frustration and sorrow and the realization of their own weaknesses toward their beloved.

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I HATE

I hate the way you hurt me
I hate the way you lie
I hate the way you push me away
I hate the way you make me cry.

I hate when you destroy my trust
I hate when you disappear
I hate when you won’t answer me
I hate when you leave me in fear.

I hate how your always on my mind
I hate how you break my heart
I hate how you mess me up
I hate how you can rip me apart.

I hate that I need you so much
I hate that I forgive everything you do
I hate that I can’t stay mad
I hate that I don’t want to be without you.

I hate that my love is blind
I hate that you know it too
I hate that no matter what you do to me
I hate that I don’t hate you.

Lessons from a Hobbler

Good morning friends. Today I wanted to share with you a few things I’ve learned about being a hobbler. A limper. A shuffler. Whatever word you would like to use, it all comes down to the same thing: A person forced to move in an unnatural, awkward way due to a injury in the lower half of your body.

It could be your hip. Could be your knee.  Maybe even your foot. Mine is an ankle injury. (From over pedaling a bike of all things…) It’s nothing too serious I suppose. Not like a broken bone or anything. But let me tell you, an inflamed Achilles tendon is nothing to laugh about. Especially when you are awakened from a deep and restful sleep in the early morning hours by a sharp, biting pain exploding through the backside of your ankle. OUCH!!

Since that rude awakening 4 days ago, I have been following Dr’s orders. Well mostly….I mean, I can’t just lay around all of the time. I have a family to take care of, responsibilities that have to be managed, and I have a job. 

Anyway, like the title of my post suggests, I have very quickly learned 5 things from becoming a hobbler. Ready? Then let’s jump right in! (Not literally of course. I’m already injured. No need to make it worse right? 🙂 )

#1. THERE WILL BE PAIN                       

Okay, so you’ve got an injury. Maybe serious, maybe not. Either way, there is residual and lingering pain that prevents you from walking properly. If there wasn’t, you would not be a hobbler would you?

#2. YOU WILL DRAW ATTENTION         

I don’t know about you but I really dislike drawing attention to myself. Especially with an injury. If you don’t understand why, picture this: Your trying valiantly to walk down the hallway without getting in anyone’s way or slowing anyone down but you are moving at a racing snail’s pace at best. And then you feel them. The eyes of passerbys. Each set focused on you and each slow, awkward step you take. 
#3. PEOPLE WILL ASK QUESTIONS 

People are curious by nature and so when they see you limping along, don’t be surprised if you get asked a hundred times: “What happened?” or “How did you get hurt?” Sometimes a simple answer will do but then depending who you are talking to, a more detailed, play by play explanation will be required. Try not to get annoyed. No matter how many times you have to repeat the story.  🙂

#4. MOVING FASTER ONLY MAKES         IT WORSE                                       

So you want to move at a more normal pace to avoid all of the above. THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! First of all, you could trip or fall which would be majorly embarrassing. You think people stare now? Just wait until your flying through the air like a broken kite before hitting the ground. And secondly, moving faster than your healing body us ready for may inflict more injury, causing a relapse to your recovery time. 

#5. THE TEASING WILL HAPPEN     

As much as your family and close friends love you and worry about you and pray you get better soon, they will inevitably tease you. Call you gimpy or slow poke. Or in my case, they say things like, “Run Forrest run!” It’s not that they love you any less or are making light of your injury. It’s just a way of cheering you up and getting you to laugh about the unfortunate circumstances bc honestly, you don’t want to be depressed and upset all of the time right?

I hope you liked reading this and I hope should you have an injury or get one in the future, that you heal up quickly. And if this post entertained you or made you smile or even nod your head in agreement, then I’ve accomplished something. Have a great day and enjoy!