Sunday, June 30, 2013

Movie Monday Part 2 - Monsters University

Ok so I know I promised this movie review sooner in the week but it was the end of my semester at my teaching day job and that comes with a mountain of paperwork to deal with.  So here it is.  Last Monday I went to two movies.  Yes, I did.  I went early in the day with my mom and kids to see Monsters University and then later that evening I went again on my usual date with Ivy to see World War Z (read the review for it here).

Back to my Monsters University review.  I was very excited to see this one.  I love Monsters INC. so I decided to tag along with my mom to see this one with my kids.  In Monsters University we see Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal), Sully (voiced by John Goodman) and even Randall (voiced by Steve Buscemi) getting to know each other in college.  It's all a cute lesson about not judging people/monsters by their appearance or lack of scariness and throw in a little Revenge of the Nerds Disney style and you have Monsters University.  My kids said they loved it.  My mom and I thought it was cute but a little long and not as good as the first.  I know, I know most sequels are not as good but when we're talking about Disney/Pixar who DID make Toy Story 2 and even Toy Story 3 as good if not BETTER than the original the bar is high in my book.  Honestly what I think is missing is the sweetness of Boo the little girl in Monsters INC. and Sully's relationship.  We did not see it in 3D because the price starts to really add up when your paying for 4 people to see a 3D movie.  I honestly did not miss anything seeing it in 2D.  Unlike some other animated movies I've seen in 2D and thought wow now that would be awesome in 3D (Despicable Me) I never had that thought during Monsters University.  So I say skip the 3D but go see it your kids will love it.

Update: New rating scale added after the original posting.  My rating is 3 popcorn buckets out of 5.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Movie Monday - World War Z

This week I've already seen two movies.  But I'm only going to review one right now.  I will review the other one later in the week.  So tonight I saw World War Z starring Brad Pitt.  Ok so Brad Pitt plays an ex UN employee who (I think) is in the middle of taking his family on vacation or on a trip when the zombie apocalypse happens.  In the middle of the apocalypse he is contacted by a big wig from the UN to help figure out the whole zombie virus/contagion origin.  He leaves his family because he's got no other option and goes on a mission to find ground zero for the zombie virus/contagion.  Lots of suspenseful  moments then follow.  He figures a few things out and that's really about it (at least without giving away anything).

I'm not a fan of horror, so I was a little uncertain how gory this was going to be.  It's not gory really at all, but creepy and suspenseful yes.  Overall I liked it and so did Ivy.  It's pretty nail biting suspenseful and we both jumped a few times.  There are some plot holes but if you just kinda overlook those it's all good.  We saw it in 3D and I didn't think it was worth it.  There was nothing that really stood out about the 3D unlike some other summer movies I've seen in 3D (Star Trek totally worth the 3D).  The only reason we did see it in 3D was because it was the only good time it was showing.  So if you like zombie movies and or Brad Pitt then this is a good bet but skip the 3D.

Update: Movie rating added after the original posting.  My rating is 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My Hubby Rocks!

We all know I sell origami mobiles, bouquets and lots of other cool things on Etsy.  If you didn't know that well then you must be a first timer to my blog!  But anyway I've been wanting to have my own website for my business Katiemade Crafts. 

You know it's quite expensive to have a website designed especially for you.  If you go cheaper but not all that cheap you can use an online template.  But that's pretty cookie cutter if you ask me.  BUUUUUTTT I have a wonderfully talented husband who can build custom websites.  So I put him to work!  My website is not 100% complete but it's pretty close.  So please stop by and take a look and let me know what you think!!

Oh and if you ever find yourself in need of a custom website, custom software, any computer upgrades or repairs or networking issues my husband James can help!!  You can contact him through his website here (

Monday, June 17, 2013

Movie Monday - The Internship

We can all agree I pretty much suck at keeping up with this blogging thing.  So as I was sitting in my very cool mom mini van waiting for my friend Ivy to get to the movie theater, inspiration stuck.  I love going to the movies.  In fact I go just about once a week.  It's my escape from the real world for 2 hours.  I'm lucky enough to have found a friend who loves the movies too.  Ivy and I manage to sneak away once week to see whatever movie catches our fancy.  So anyway it hit me that I should at the very least blog about the movies I see every Monday. 

So this week I'm reviewing The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.  The basic premise of this movie is two middle aged salesmen (Vaughn and Wilson)  lose their jobs and decide to try to win coveted jobs at Google through their summer internship program.  Lots of Vaughn rants and nerd references abound. My favorite was the Quidditch match.  Yes, there is a Quidditch match and if you don't know what Quidditch is you most likely won't get 90% of the jokes in the movie.  But I laughed through all of it! In fact Ivy and I agreed it was one of the better movies we've seen a long time.  We both really loved the actress Rose Byrne who played the part of Owen Wilson's love interest.  It also made me want to get a job at Google.  But most importantly Google I now know you have Google Wallet, Google Drive and a whole host of other products I just can't live without.  Aside from all the product placement I really enjoyed The Internship immensely.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fancy Smancy Pictures

Okay let me just start by telling you I am not a photographer.  I wish I were a photographer,  but I'm just not. I try the best I can to take really good photos of my work, but let's be honest no one is EVER going to pay me to photograph anything.  I really find it incredibly funny that I actually was paid to take professional portraits at one point not that long ago.  Let's just say that career ended pretty quickly.  That's also a story for different time.  So it's a good thing there was a professional photographer at the Handmade Wilmington Pop-up Artisan Market the other weekend.  He did a fabulous job capturing capturing some wonderful pictures of my stuff. I just wanted to share the pictures he took because I think they're awesome and I wish I could take pictures that well.  Maybe mine would be half as good if I had a better camera but that's not really the point.