Guardians of the Galaxy: The Best One Yet

August 1, 2014 by  
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I love superhero movies. I’m a huge Thor fan. And I’d be remiss not to give a big nod in Superman’s direction.

When I say ‘superhero’ movies, I totally mean Marvel, though.

So, let’s talk about the new flick in theaters today…Guardians of the Galaxy.

This one was the best in show. Guardians of the Galaxy does not disappoint. Not in the least. It was full of fun, action, funny…you name it, it was there, all wrapped up tightly in an excellent storyline with a perfectly cast band of characters.

I think this movie is fine for kids 10 and up. Personally, however, I would have taken my kids to see it even younger than 10 because there isn’t anything too scary or too sexual in nature. Also, the language isn’t all that inappropriate. But, you know your kid and how much stimulation they can handle.

We saw the screening in 3-D. I don’t think it’s a must to see this in 3D unless that’s your favorite way to watch a movie. Then again, I don’t have anything to base my comparison on because, like I said…I saw it in 3D. I did duck a few times. What? I got into the movie!


Here’s the official stuff:




Guardians of the Galaxy – Special Extended Look






GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!



Genre:                                       Action-Adventure

Rating:                                       PG-13

U.S. Release date:                     August 1, 2014

Running Time:                           121 min.

Cast:                                         Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as

Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova   Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector

Director:                                    James Gunn

Producer:                                  Kevin Feige, p.g.a.

Executive Producers:                 Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham,

            Nik Korda, Stan Lee

Written by:                                James Gunn and Nicole Perlman




From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Last note:  If I had a rating system of some sort, I would give Guardians of the Galaxy the highest possible rating. Because it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.

Go. See it!


Why are you still here?


Guardians of the Galaxy. In theaters now. Everywhere.


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Peace in the Kingdom: No Conflicts Allowed

July 25, 2014 by  
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In my kingdom, things are peaceful here. With the exception of sudden outbursts of dogs barking at the squirrels, leaves, shadows or a neighbor walking by.

No hatred exists. As long as you don’t count the one I feel toward barking.

No wars are waged, unless all the bathrooms are occupied.

There are no borders because there are no threats..aside from the teen girls expanding mess that’s taking over the entire top floor.

Freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the law. Unless you want to be sad, that’s okay too.

Life in the kingdom is good. On the most part. Sure, I get annoyed with the King and the royal pains…er…children. Sometimes, I even get pissed as hell. But, all in all…pretty normal.

Then, I read the comment sections in articles posted about the conflict in Israel. You know the one.

And I realize how much hatred there is in this world. Normally, I have my head stuck in the sand. I don’t like leaving my bubble of a Kingdom to venture out into the comment section of the world.

Because it’s sad.

And scary.

I find it hard to reconcile the fact that there are so many people out there who hate Jews. And that the conflict has created a bigger platform of Jew bashing.

I also cant believe how much ignorance there is.

And there is so much ugliness. I don’t like ugly. It’s..ugly.

I wish the rest of the world was like my kingdom.

We’d all like each other. We could hang out and discuss things without nasty Jew-hating or Muslim-hating or Christianity-hating venom.

Because, we are all humans who share a planet and we’d like to see it survive.

We would all agree that terrorism isn’t a religion.

Because it’s not.

We would all know the difference between propaganda and the truth.

There’s a huge difference.

We’d know that Anti-Israel really translates as Anti-Jews.

And, in my kingdom, we wouldn’t stand for that

We’d also know that Anti-Hamas means anti-terrorism.

And in my kingdom, there is no terrorism.

We’d also know that just because we are anti-terrorism, that doesn’t mean we are anti-Muslim.

Because not all Muslims are terrorists.

In my kingdom, skin color, hair color, body types…none of that would matter.

What matters goes far deeper than what’s on the outside. That’s just a shell. A vessel that protects what’s inside.

My kingdom is a fantasy world. Clearly.

Beyond the moat, none of the laws of my land exist.

Beyond my kingdom, there is so much hatred.

In the US.

In Europe.

In the Middle East.


Right now, we are divided and I’m not sure how evenly.

You’re either Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestine.

To me, being Pro-Israel isn’t just about Israel anymore. It’s about being Jewish. And I, the Queen, am Jewish.

That doesn’t mean I’m not Pro-Palestine. Even though I have my own feelings about Palestine.

I’m pro-Protect the Innocent, get rid of Hamas and Free Gaza from terrorists.

I’m Pro-figure out a solution so everyone can co-exist peacefully.

I’m Anti-War.

I’m Anti-Terrorism.

I’m Anti-Hate.

I’m Anti-Blame it on Jews.

I’m Anti-Blame is on Muslims.

When I see posts about how the Hamas should blow Israel to smithereens, I shudder because I realize how anti-Semitically fueled the comments are.

And, vice versa.

It scares me for humankind.

It worries me that my children are living in this hate filled world.

OUR children.

I wish I truly believed in the power of prayer.

I wish I truly believed that the God I was raised to believe in…that he was with us. With Israel. With the innocent people.

I wish I truly believed that hatred could be conquered.

I truly wish.

I just have to believe.

But for now, I’ll pretend my kingdom and its laws are reigning.

It’s much prettier that way.

Admittedly, I’m idealistic.

But, I’m the Queen here. I’m allowed to be.




July 24, 2014 by  
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Almost 3 years ago, a friend of mine called me.

She had found a kitten at the park and, knowing I’m the bleeding heart type, asked me if I wanted her.

Of course, I said yes.

Because my friend had to go and send me a picture of this kitten. Who happened to be the cutest thing on the planet.

She was tiny.

She was infested with fleas.

She loved crawling into bowls and mugs.

Yes, she was that tiny.

She was goofy and silly.

And so sweet.

She loved everyone.

And we all loved her.

Even the dogs.

She grew.

And grew.


Until she was huge.

But she was still the sweetest.

Most loving.



We figured we had quite a few years left with her.

She seemed happy and healthy.

Always hanging out on the kitchen table, talking to us.

She loved licking our faces.

She loved taking rides on our shoulders, as long as her nails were dug deep into our flesh.

She was.

She was.


Last night, we found her dead in our basement.

She must have been there for awhile.

I keep wondering how I missed signs.

Was she sick?

Did she get into something?



How hadn’t I noticed she wasn’t around.

She was always around.

Hanging out.

Talking to us.

Our hearts are broken.

Saying goodbye is never easy.

But this was too soon.

Too unexpected.

Too shocking.

Too heartbreaking.

We haven’t been able to wrap our brains around this yet.

I’m not sure we ever will.

RIP Chloe.


You are forever loved and forever will be missed.


10 Boredom Busters

July 22, 2014 by  
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I, the Queen, am not a boring person. Typically, I’m not bored, either.  I can usually find ways to entertain myself to distract me from the boringness of this particularly inactive summer that I’ve been having.

Sure, I’ve been doing stuff. Things. But not every single day. Which is probably what makes me appreciate the stuff and things even more than I normally would.

So, if you are having a summer much like mine, may I suggest some activities in which to keep you preoccupied? These work for me and I am happy to help my royal subjects find their entertainment. Oh and…don’t mention it, you are so welcome.

1. Facebook Quizzes: I limit myself to 5 a day. I wouldn’t want to run out of quizzes before the summer ends. Although, it does seem that they are being produced rapidly and I’m thankful for that. I’ve learned so much about myself through these quizzes. For example: my mythical creature is a unicorn. I should have been born a vampire…or a witch, depending on which day I take the quiz. I was a rebel in high school…which, I didn’t need a quiz to tell me, it just confirmed the truth. I have a husband who is 91% awesome. And just today, I learned that I’m a woman in my mid-40′s. Oh, the things you can find out about yourself by just taking a few hours out of your day to partake in these very informative quizzes.

2. Beyond Candy Crush: I’ve crushed enough candy and have since moved on to bigger and better games. Currently, I am busily aiding in protecting the jungle animals in Forest Mania. I’m also quite proficient in Juice Cubes except I can’t find anyone to send me a ticket to move onto the next level. So instead, I play the same levels, over and over, in hopes of beating the person who holds the high score. Turns out I’m pretty competitive so watch out!

3. Amazon Kindle: I enjoy looking up free or .99 books, reading the reviews, downloading the books and then…never read them. My Kindle library is quite impressive in its diversity and I’m not sure I know many who can rival my collection.

4. Scour Craigslist for RV’s: My husband and I decided we want to buy and RV. Only, we don’t have $250,000 for the one we want. So, we spend way too much time searching Craigslists both near and far, in search of our future Kingdom on Wheels. Also, it will come in handy for that Zombie Apocalypse. We’ll be like what’s his face from the first couple seasons of the Walking Dead…hit me up if and when the time comes and we’ll swing by and get you!

5. Groupon Vacation Deals: I live to dream. Because realistically, I’m not going to be buying a Groupon to travel to faraway places anytime in the near or distant future. But OMG..I have such bad Wanderlust. I need to go somewhere soon or I’m going to spontaneously implode. Or explode.

6. Obsess over the news: Right now, my main obsession is what’s going on over in Israel and Gaza. It’s driving me insane. I just want them both to shut up and learn to get along. I mean, how hard can that possibly be. Anyway, it keeps my mind busy. Kinda.

7. Looking at YOU: Your pictures come through my Facebook timeline and I start looking. And somehow, I get lost all the way back to 2009. Wow you guys, you have really cute kids! I love your gardens. You look like you have a nice marriage. And I love your dinners.

8. Laundry and Swiffer: At this point, it’s not even about household chores, it’s about the salvation of my sanity. Swiffering is a monotonous motion and, to be honest, I have a lot of pets so there is a lot of swiffering going on. And the laundry mountain…is unending. Unending, I tell you. Like…it never, ever ends. So, I turn on music and fold. And switch loads. And clear out the lint filter because I can’t afford to buy another dryer…or another house, for that matter.

9. Stare into space: Yeah, I sometimes do that. I sometimes even throw in a little fantasy, like I’m joining Daryl in the war against zombies. Hey, don’t judge, I’ve come up with great story lines simply by staring into space.

10. Wander around aimlessly: It is kind of amazing how much I can accomplish by wandering. I’ve weeded my gardens which is home base to mutant weeds. My efforts are usually rewarded by more weeds growing within a day. I’ve also cleaned bathrooms, kitchen counters, walls and other places that I wouldn’t have noticed had I not been wandering around aimlessly.

There you have it.  These are some sure things to keep you from being bored.

I, the Queen, approve this message.

On a side note: I’m going insane and need a vacation. Send an RV and money, STAT!


Protecting Tech Devices in Summer Heat

July 22, 2014 by  
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Disney On Ice – Presale Code (Yes, FROZEN Characters Are In It)

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A Dozen Reasons for a Dozen Years

July 21, 2014 by  
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We’ve been married for 12 years.

A dozen years.

That happened fast.

This is the first year that I almost forgot about our anniversary.

And by almost, I mean..I forgot about it until I remembered a couple days ago. I completely forgot the date.

Not because I don’t love my husband. In fact, I love him an awful lot.

It’s just, I guess the one day on the calendar gets lost in the everyday shuffle of to-do lists and other life events taken over by 5 kids.

I haven’t even gotten him a card yet.

It’s our anniversary.

Honestly, I can’t believe we’ve been married as long as we have.

Time really flies when you’re having fun.

We’ve had some ups and some downs, as to be expected.

We’ve had major twists and turns, some not so expected.

But, all in all, it’s been a great twelve years.

So, this year, in honor of our almost forgotten TWELVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, I present you with twelve things I love about my husband. I could come up with more reasons but I need to save them for future posts, of course.

Keep in mind, I’m not a romantic nor am I a mushy, lovey-dovey person. Thankfully, neither is my husband.


I love the fact that, even though I mostly work from home, he still pitches in with all the household stuff. He doesn’t expect more from me than what I’m capable of doing! I think that he realized 13 years ago, when we started dating, I wasn’t the most domestic of all domestic engineers. Thankfully, he is more domestic than I am.

I love that he is playful and silly. We may not be a romantic, hold hands and make out type of couple..but we are on a level playing field when it comes to being…well…playful. Instead of hugging in the kitchen, like my parents used to do…we have fake karate, wrestling matches that inevitably end with me getting a little bruised. But that’s okay, I can’t complain.

I love the fact that we both have separate interests but we also have many of the same ones. He likes playing poker every Friday night which allows me to escape to my friend’s houses to hang. But then, we go out another night and do what we both enjoy. Together.

I love how he is with my daughter. I mention her, in particular, because they have a special bond. They are proof that being Daddy/Daughter isn’t blood relative. She’s just so lucky to have him. And, I think he’s pretty lucky to have her.

I love how he encourages me to chase after whichever dream I’m dreaming at the moment. Because, I’ve switched directions way too many times to count. Yet, he is always my biggest supporter in whatever online, offline venture I’m in pursuit of.

I love that we get addicted to the same television series! He loves the paranormals and zombies as much as I do.  And we love the same types of movies.

I love that he is truly my best friend.

I love that he ‘gets’ me. And I ‘get’ him. Even when he’s pissing me off!

I love how hands on he is with our mixed batch of brats. He’s there. He’s present. And all the kids know it.

I love that we rarely fight. When we do, they are doozies. But, they become forgotten by both of us and we move onto the next matter at hand…usually involving food.

I love our marriage. I love our relationship. I love him.

And I love that he loves me.

Happy Dozen to my husband. In the most un-mushy way…I love you with all my heart.

You’re one lucky guy, ya know!

Then again, I’m pretty darn lucky, too.

Here’s to many more where this one came from!


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