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Sexy Olympics?

And the 2016 Summer Olympics keep calling me to watch when I should be writing. The best of the best pitted against each other for medals. Phenomenal World Records. Heart-wrenching losses. I still remember the old ABC commercials as a kid:

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“The thrill of victory…and the agony of defeat.”

 

Random conversations blossom from catching highlights. The massive shoulder size of swimmers. Confusing rugby rules. Imagining road rash after a mountain bike course crash. The women gymnasts have floor routine music and the men don’t. The most recent?

 

“Mom, why do the women’s beach volleyball players wear bikinis and the guys wear normal clothes?”

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And I thought to myself, “That’s a great question.” 

 

I read several articles about the matter. What it all boils down to is this: women who play beach volleyball don’t see it as a sexual matter–they view their bikinis as a uniform. And until 2012, that itty bitty bikini was an Olympic dress code requirement! Now players have the option of shorts and sleeved tops.

 

It boils down to a matter of modesty and I WON’T open that particular can o’ worms on my blog. I can flood this post with articles one way or the other, for or against bikinis, how skin shouldn’t be viewed as sexy or how it attracts a perverted mind. There are those in the camp that it objectifies a woman.

 

I err on the side of conservative by choice and belief but have Christian friends who differ with my opinion. It’s not a hair I’m willing to split a friendship over, but I’ve been known to give the stinkeye in their general direction. 😀


Vikings – Definitely NOT Veggies Tales

History is brutal. Most blockbuster movies gloss over the blood and brutality nations used against one another to gain power. One of the most brutal clans in history were the Vikings. *caveat – I’m not Scandinavian, but I did stay at a hotel this month*
I never planned on watching the TV show “Vikings.” It was sheer boredom on my lunch break and a random text from my brother. I blame him for my four season rabbit hole.

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*Poster for Season 3*

“Vikings”, produced and aired on the History Channel, is loosely based on the surviving stories of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking king. Records from the era were spotty at best. It’s hard to tell myth from history, but for Ragnar, it was a bloody life. Every day was a struggle, from farming to healing from battle wounds.

 

This show is NOT for anyone sensitive to gore or blood. There are axes, swords and spears. Beheadings and torture methods were used to prove a point. Gangrene and beatings were common in battles or for prisoners. Vikings scrabbled for food and murdered for gold.

 

It is also decidedly not Christian world view based. In fact, Vikings worshiped multiple gods and downright despised the “Christian God.” Some of the more pivotal moments are centered around the struggle with Ragnar’s tolerance of God. It was a capital offense to shun Odin.

 

However, blood and guts aside, the storytelling is superb. An underlying subplot woven through half a season, slapped me in the face at the end of season two. The pace is as hectic as their brutal battles. And, there are some sexual scenes. While no bits and parts are out on display, the intent and visuals make it crystal clear.

 

Ragnar may be the central, fantastically flawed character, but the supporting cast adds layer upon layer to each episode. Lagertha makes me want to take up sword fighting and become a shield maiden.

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Always be yourself…unless you can be Lagertha. Then be Lagertha.

But I’m not sure I could get past licking the seer’s hand…ew.

 

Seasons 1 through 3 are currently available on Hulu. Season 4 is available through iTunes. And Season 5? I’m going to go cry in a corner until 2017.


Multiple Offender

Hi. I’m Sarah. And I’m a multiple offender. I like to read my favorite books over and over. Same with movies. Even music videos.

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Why do I watch/listen what I love over and over? Because I love great stories. Sometimes, it’s just comforting to know Gilbert and Anne will end up together. Or that Luke and Leia kiss each other in front of her future husband.

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There is something about a set of lyrics or a certain quote and it connects with your noggin (or soul, if you’re deeper than I). I present to you, some of my favorite quotes:


 

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” ― (Anne Shirley) L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

“What do you despise? By this are you truly known.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune

 

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” – (Lloyd Dobler) Cameron Crowe, Say Anything

 

“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” ― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

 

“I’m not a psychopath, I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.” ― Sherlock Holmes (“Sherlock” TV series)

 

“Into the garbage chute, flyboy!” ― (Princess Leia) George Lucas, The Star Wars Trilogy


 

These aren’t for resale value, so don’t be a chump and try to rip them off for your own work. Plus, there are copyright laws. Expensive and timely laws. And I could fill pages and pages with fantastical quotes!

 

What are some of your favorite quotes? What movies or books are your multiple offenders?


Nothing New Here

I have nothing new to report. Waiting for an editor to touch bases with me. Writing stuff. Living life. Being a mom-taxi.

Watching the new X-Files!!! (yes…I’m one of the only people who doesn’t own a gigantic flat screen!)

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I’m an unabashed fan of the original series. You may remember I’m a scaredy cat. To that end, I’ll admit there are some episodes I either skipped, walked out on or watched with my hand over my eyes. But in total, it was sci-fi campy goodness, smothered with a side of conspiracy theories. Get me my tin foil hat, people!

 

Even Thing 1 and 2 believe “The Truth Is Out There.” They both were able to watch the first episode. The second one, we told Thing 2 she’d have to skip and let us preview. Good call for us parents, because it was classic style weirdness with a bit o’ gore. Thing 1 will never look at a letter opener the same way.

 

We have four more episodes and then: crying_baby-1680x1050

I hope they wrap up the six episodes in a grand fashion. We waited eleven years for an encore!

 

In other news, Blade Runner starts filming in July.

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Lastly, and totally out of the realm of my normal viewing (but I remember watching Every.Single.Week as a girl), “Little House on the Prairie” is headed to the big screen. I’m not sure how to feel about this yet. I want to rage against it, but there is potential. I guess it depends on the plot, because I’m not sure anyone other than Michael Landon will be Pa.


The Other Beauty and the Beast

I had intended to go see Fantastic Four this past weekend. However, after reading reviews and having friends warn me, this tweet (from the director and it’s already been deleted) was brought to my attention and saved me two hours of grief:

 

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Oh, Netflix, how I love thee! I was bummed about the movie and kinda bored when I clicked on Beauty and the Beast. Must’ve been distracted too, since I tend to try and stay away from shows from the CW. But imagine my surprise when I liked the first one! Then I clicked the second. And third. And then my family was already asleep and I was like…

 

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As a kid, I grew up with this version on television:

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 So, you can see why I wasn’t exactly jonesing to get back into a cheesy story line. But fast forward the plot to 2012 and update the main characters! Catherine “Cat” Chandler is a New York Police detective who witnessed her mother’s murder. She falls in love with Vincent Kelly, an ex-soldier who has been hiding from the secret government organization that turned him into a genetically altered beast. Be still my conspiracy and sci-fi lovin’ heart!

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I’ve only made it through the first two seasons, but they each have twenty-two episodes! Holy binge watching, Batman! I’ll be hitting season three via Hulu soon and season four was ordered by the CW, so I’m set for a while.

 

Unlike the vast majority of the shows on the CW, Cat dresses like a relatively “normal” adult. Her shirts don’t flutter or show off cleavage and she wears boots to work. Vincent does have some gratuitous shirtless scenes in Season 1, but it’s not over-the-top(less). And yes, the characters do have sex, but again, there is much less skin than the average PG-13 movie. I was pleasantly surprised. Expect bouts of self-deprivation and loathing – again, it’s the CW. A mild dose of excessive drama is par for the course. Oh yes, and add in a masquerade. Another bonus of television? No swearing! Wait…I think the “b” word comes out a couple of times (in two seasons).

 

All in all, I never expected to get sucked into the vortex that is Beauty and the Beast. It’s nowhere close to any of my top favorites, but it’s palatable and that’s good.

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