Kill Bill

Last Saturday I revisited an old film series- Kill Bill Vol 1&2. We often show our children films from our past that we found to be entertaining. Sometimes films don’t hold up- sorry Encino Man but wow you are a terrible film. While other times the films remain incredible.

Kill Bill is the type of film that really holds up. From the musical score, to the cinematography, to the story arcs, to the monologues- this film nails it. There is really nothing negative to say about the film.

  • Strong female lead? Check
  • Action packed? Check
  • Plot twists? Check
  • During the film, we discussed every aspect. Our oldest is interested in film making and is trying to find her vision. Our middle wants to be a writer and loves to dissect film and tv shows to understand how they piece together. And our youngest tries to read into foreshadows to guess where the story will lead to. I love that each of them can take something unique and different away from our viewings.
  • As much as I love the fact that this film holds up, I also understand that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The scenes are a bit gratuitous in the violent aspect but are necessary for the story. I mean with a title like Kill Bill someone has to die.
  • For those who love a good Tarantino film- go back and re-watch Kill Bill. There’s no need for me to give a review of this film because of how long it’s been since it was released. Now to figure out our next family movie. I wonder if Howard The Duck is any good…

    Three Years of Blogging

    I have now done three years of daily blogging.

    Woot-woot!

    This is a great achievement for me since I write each and every blog post myself. I actually missed my anniversary date by a day which to me means that I’ve made writing a daily routine that I cannot miss. Those times I’m out of WiFi or cellular range- I’ll “schedule” a post.

    Every day I write about something that piques my interest. Note: I just had to look up which word to use- peak,peek or pique. I enjoy writing about my adventures, my family and my thoughts.

    After three years of writing I have also become a more positive person in my interactions and stories. If you look back at my works you may notice that I avoid using negative words or connotations. This positivity has made me like who I am a great deal more than I expected.

    Of course I am human after all, and my world does have moments that can be more unicorn farts and pixie poops than I want to share. But throwing a learning moment, revelation or change of action helps to turn my mood around.

    I have more stories to share and a life to live. I hope that all of my readers and followers have enjoyed checking out my life and adventures. Thank you for a wonderful three years!

    Crafting on the Cheap

    I went to the dollar store yesterday and walked out with a cheap Christmas wreath.

    It is rather ugly on its own, but I had a vision for it. I wanted to make my own Nightmare Before Christmas decoration. Similar to the one found on the Haunted Mansion ride:

    Obviously I wasn’t going to make it as large. But with the ugliness of the dollar store wreath, I figured it could look cartoon like when done.

    I pulled out some old craft foam we had and my glue gun. Within a few minutes, I had pretty much completed my decoration. I am impressed with myself.

    All that’s left is to dig out an old red bow for the bottom and presto- our wreath will be completed. Now to just find a good place to hang it in our home.

    Painting Number 2

    I had never taken an interest in painting growing up. I did the occasional project in school- but I never bought any art supplies for myself. I tinkered a bit with pencil crayons and sketching, but never really with painting.

    I enjoyed decorating my children’s rooms over the years, so I at least made some attempts at art on the walls.

    On canvases however, I’ve only ever done two pieces- one was a pencil sketch I made for my wife years ago for her 40th Birthday. The other was my first real attempt at acrylics A month ago– A painting of some planets and a sun. I also used some spray paint on it to liven it up. I was rather pleased with the final results. So I decided to buy another canvas and steal my daughters’ paints and brushes today.

    I’m rather pleased with myself this time around and remembered to take a few photos along the way.

    I started with a quick background coat of primer gray spray paint. Then I pencilled in my idea.

    Then I got started on my trees and bushes. I enjoy blending colors to give it a more natural feel.

    For about an hour or so I added in my flowers and lanterns. I was starting to really enjoy the piece but knew it wasn’t quite finished.

    With the final details added, the painting was ready to be hung up. I put it above my wife’s computer, maybe she will notice it later on.

    I based the painting on a few photos from our trip to Tokyo. This one was my biggest inspiration:

    I don’t think I did too shabby considering it’s my second piece. Of course I see many flaws and realize what I could’ve done differently. In the end, I think I may have a new hobby blossoming.

    Back to Getting Ready for Back to School

    Last week we received an email about our daughters’ courses for the upcoming school year. As with every year, there are mistakes that need to be corrected before starting in September. No big deal really. In fact, the school is pretty good about fixing these things. Especially the academic courses.

    This morning, my wife is heading out to the school office to make the appropriate changes. Being that our oldest is entering her last two years of high school, we deemed it important to get on the corrections immediately. Crazy to think that even as a teenager, our kids have to start planning for university well in advance.

    I’m impressed at the goals our kids are setting for themselves. My wife and I will support them as much as possible throughout these crucial years. Hard to believe that another summer is drawing to an end though.

    I’m starting to miss my children being kids already.

    Blockbuster Movies 2018

    This is the first year I have been excited about movies in a very long time. We went to see Avengers as a family and it was great. I’ve already bought advanced tickets to a couple of upcoming films as well.

    I’m taking my wife next Thursday to the VIP Cinema to watch Deadpool 2 with a couple of our friends. I enjoy the VIP since it is for adults only. Where they have comfy seats, serve beer and there are no children. Always a good way to enjoy a film such as Deadpool 2.

    The Thursday after, I am taking the family to see Solo: A Star Wars Story. I’m excited about this one. Because STAR WARS! But also because it is the first branching off to show a back story of a beloved character. If this one is good, I expect more similar films (with potential crossovers like in the MCU).

    Later this summer is Incredibles 2. The first one was a blast, and I like the idea of superheroes having regular struggles in everyday life as well as being heroes.

    Jurassic World 2 looks like a fun campy ride. The first one really brought back the feel of the original Jurassic Park. I will see this no matter what, because Dino-sours!

    There are many more films coming up this summer and I will be spending money at the VIP, the drive-in and the local IMAX. I hope to enjoy them with friends and family!

    Blockbuster Movies 2018

    This is the first year I have been excited about movies in a very long time. We went to see Avengers as a family and it was great. I’ve already bought advanced tickets to a couple of upcoming films as well.

    I’m taking my wife next Thursday to the VIP Cinema to watch Deadpool 2 with a couple of our friends. I enjoy the VIP since it is for adults only. Where they have comfy seats, serve beer and there are no children. Always a good way to enjoy a film such as Deadpool 2.

    The Thursday after, I am taking the family to see Solo: A Star Wars Story. I’m excited about this one. Because STAR WARS! But also because it is the first branching off to show a back story of a beloved character. If this one is good, I expect more similar films (with potential crossovers like in the MCU).

    Later this summer is Incredibles 2. The first one was a blast, and I like the idea of superheroes having regular struggles in everyday life as well as being heroes.

    Jurassic World 2 looks like a fun campy ride. The first one really brought back the feel of the original Jurassic Park. I will see this no matter what, because Dino-sours!

    There are many more films coming up this summer and I will be spending money at the VIP, the drive-in and the local IMAX. I hope to enjoy them with friends and family!

    Weekend Haul

    Here’s some of the fun stuff we got this weekend. These Conventions always mean souvenirs and fantastic art to come home with us. We already packed up some of the artwork safely for our drive home.

    First off is a T-Shirt from Calgary Expo. A quick freebie for getting a bunch of stamps.

    I got this cute pin from Anne Wheaton as she is here promoting her new book. I gave her a set of pink cosplay ears that reminded me of “Piggy” from her book.

    My son bought a “Box of Mystery” from one of our artist friends. It contains some fan art stickers, magnets, and pins. Pretty cool for only $5! Sadly, it is our friend’s very last ever convention.

    After our recent trip to Japan, we have had a renewed love of Studio Ghibli. I found an artist that makes glass with shadows over prints. So I had to buy one.

    Lastly, my son worked hard helping me this weekend, so I picked up a Mudkip Pokémon for him. It’s rare for us to find this Pokémon, and he loves it.

    As usual, we also traded some of my wife’s hats and such for other art. People love using the barter system. We all have a value that we put on our time and work. Sharing is a great way to create new friendships and showcase work.

    Only one more day to go. Maybe more art is going to grace our home.

    Two Years of Daily Musings

    January 18, 2016 I began this blog. I’ve written one post every single day. It’s my baby and I’m proud of myself. Last year I wrote about My One Year Blogaversary. I thought that was special. But today is doubly as good.

    Another year of stories with more positive thoughts than negative ones written. More shares, likes and follows from old friends and new ones. A couple of days ago, I surpassed 100 followers on WordPress. (Yay!) The majority of whom are folks I’ve never met in person. None of them trying to trade “A like for a like” which is respectable. If someone new follows me, I will read a few of their stories. Many times I end up following them. I’ve enjoyed the conversation and feedback through these interactions with complete strangers as well.

    Twenty years ago, a friend of mine once said “Constant observation of myself has made me what I am today.” That phrase stuck with me as I moved forward in life. I often forgot to look back. Over the past two years of reflection and memories, I have re-discovered who I am:

    I’m just a guy Making It Up As I Go.

    Dystopian Life

    Our eldest daughter just discovered the novel 1984. I had recommended it to her ages ago, but of course she only wanted to read it when she discovered it at school. Why would Dad know something about anything. But I digress.

    I am happy she is enjoying it. I’m trying to recommend other novels as well. I loved reading about dystopian ideas as a teen. Sometimes the ideas, like the ones in the novel 1984, hit close to home eventually. You could easily compare “Fake News” to “Doublespeak” with today’s information sharing. Even terminology was derived from the novel- “Big Brother is watching.” Sadly, we’ve all just become accustomed to it.

    I have even recommended a couple of movies to my daughter. Brazil is a personal favorite. I love Terry Gilliam films, always have. Somehow he envisions people working around “the system” with possible consequences. Not everything is a happy ending. Perhaps my children need to learn that not everything has Disney feel good moments. Sometimes the world just exists and the people are merely pawns.

    And as we move forward through life, staring at smartphones, sharing our lives willingly on social media- I can’t help but think that we are somehow living in Orwellian Times. As said in 1984:

    Ignorance is strength.