March 18, 2019

This Is Thirty-Four | Week Two

Here's week two of my "This Is Thirty-Four" series...

March 11th, 2019 − Justin and I went shopping because he needed new button downs for a business trip he was going on the next day.

March 12th, 2019 − Mine and my friend's favorite authentic Chinese restaurant closed, so I was attempting to recreate their spicy cold sesame noodles. I think they came out good.

March 13th, 2019 − Just a normal boring day at work.

March 14th, 2019 − I got to go to happy hour with Justin and his friends because I had a meeting in the morning and didn't have to work in the evening like I normally do on Thursdays.

March 15th, 2019 − Justin and I went to get Chinese food for dinner at the new authentic restaurant we found to replace our old restaurant. Yes, I had Chinese food twice this week...

March 16th, 2019 − Amelia came to visit me at work!

March 17th, 2019 − Picked up a couple of cans of Recess seltzer to see how it was. I personally wasn't a fan because I hate seltzer, but Justin enjoyed them a lot.

March 13, 2019

CLOSED | Mary Poppins Returns Digital Card Giveaway

I'm excited to announce that Disney's Mary Poppins Returns (2018) is coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 19th and in honor of it's release, I'm giving away three (3) digital cards (And I'm not going to lie, I'm thrilled to be doing this giveaway because I really enjoyed seeing this in theaters when it came out in December).

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The One-and-Only Mary Poppins Is Back and Nominated
 for Four Academy Awards®, Including Best Original Song
Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19  — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus material explores the making of “Mary Poppins Returns,” going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award®-nominated “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” and “A Cover Is Not the Book,” showcasing the tremendous talents of  Blunt and Miranda; “Turning Turtle,” an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy; and “Can You Imagine That?” an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children.

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) — bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”

Deleted Song—“The Anthropomorphic Zoo” - In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.

The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
  • Introduction - Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
  • “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” - Discover how the team mined PL Travers' books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
  • “Can You Imagine That?” - Be on location for Mary's iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie's original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
  • “Nowhere to Go but Up” - Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns” - Go behind the scenes and experience the film's production numbers from a new angle.
  • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” - Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film's biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
  • “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” - Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
  • “Turning Turtle” - Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
  • “Can You Imagine That?” - Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.

Practically Perfect Bloopers – There's nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!

Deleted Scenes
  • Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
  • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie's biggest musical production.
Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.

Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep & Dick Van Dyke
Director: Rob Marshall
Written by: David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca & P.L. Travers
Producers: John DeLuca, Ben Howarth, Jennifer Lane, Rob Marshall,  Callum McDougall, Angus More Gordon, Marc Platt, Caroline Roberts, Alonzo Ruvalcaba & Michael Zimmer
Rated: PG

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March 11, 2019

This Is Thirty-Four | Week One

As you may or may not know, last Monday was my thirty-fourth birthday. And in honor of my thirty-fourth year of life and the fact that I deem thirty-four to be my lucky number, I've decided that I'm going to take a photo every day for the next year. So every Monday for the next fifty-two weeks I will be posting my daily photos from the previous week. Here's week one...

March 4th, 2019 All I wanted for dinner on my birthday was Cuban food, so I made myself some.

March 5th, 2019 − Random call numbers from the books I cataloged the week before.

March 6th, 2019 − A note from my Page who just resigned because she got a new job in the field she loves.

March 7th, 2019 − Picked up some goodies from the local health food store.

March 8th, 2019 − Day and I went to the mall to see if we could find new outfits for my birthday party the next day (We didn't) and we saw this mug at Charming Charlie.

March 9th, 2019 − Complementary drink from the bar at the AC Hotel because I yelled at the person at the front desk for my reservation being screwed up.

March 10th, 2019 − Margarita pizza from my birthday brunch at Sotto 13.

March 5, 2019

CLOSED | Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 DVD Giveaway

The complete fourth season of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead (2015 - Present) is out on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD today (March 5th) and in honor of it's release, I'm giving away three (3) copies.

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“One of the best shows on television, with non-stop twists”  
– Brandon Davis,

AMC’s Hit Television Drama Returns! 

Worlds Collide When Season 4 Comes to Blu-rayTM and DVD on March 5     

There’s no calm after the storm when Season 4 of “Fear the Walking Dead” – the companion series to the #1-rated cable series “The Walking Dead” – arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD March 5 from Lionsgate. Morgan Jones crosses over into unknown territory as the worlds of “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” collide in what has been hailed as “absolute must-watch television” by “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 4 stars Lennie James (TV’s “The Walking Dead” and “Save Me”), Alycia Debnam-Carey (TV’s “The 100,” Friend Request, Into the Storm), Kim Dickens (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Gone Girl), Frank Dillane (TV’s “Sense8,” In the Heart of the Sea, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Colman Domingo (Selma, Lincoln), Danay Garcia (TV’s Prison Break”), and new season regulars Maggie Grace (Taken, The Hurricane Heist), Garret Dillahunt (12 Years a Slave, No Country for Old Men), and Jenna Elfman (TV’s “Dharma & Greg,” Friends with Benefits).

In Season 4 of “Fear the Walking Dead,” we will see the world of Madison Clark (Dickens) and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones (James), who is joining the story from the world of “The Walking Dead.” The characters’ immediate pasts mix with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes, and threats. They fight for each other, against each other, and against a legion of the dead, and work to build an existence strong enough to resist the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; and the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together toward a new reality for “Fear the Walking Dead.”

The home entertainment release of “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 4 includes four different audio commentaries with cast and crew, providing an in-depth, personal account of how episodes 401, 405, 410, and 416 were made. The “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 4 Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $44.99 and $39.98, respectively.

Produced by AMC Studios, “Fear the Walking Dead” is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero.

• Episode 401 Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Scott Gimple, Showrunners Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg     
• Episode 405 Audio Commentary with Director Michael Satrazemis, Actors Jenna Elfman & Garret Dillahunt     
• Episode 410 Audio Commentary with Director Michael Satrazemis & Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey     
• Episode 416 Audio Commentary with Showrunners Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg

    Year of Production: 2018
    Title Copyright: Fear the Walking Dead © 2018 AMC Film Holdings LLC. Artwork and Supplementary Materials are TM, ® and © 2018 AMC Network Entertainment LLC. Package Design © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: TV-on-DVD
    Rating: TV-MA
    Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 730 minutes
    BD Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 (1.78:1) Presentation
    DVD Format: 16x9 (1.78:1) Presentation
    BD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 2.0 Dolby Stereo, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Stereo
    DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Stereo, Spanish Dolby Stereo

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    March 1, 2019

    Month In Review: February 2019

    ♥ Justin and I celebrating our sixteen year dating anniversary.
    ♥ Celebrating Valentine's Day with Mimi.
    ♥ Meeting Alana and H's baby Max.
    ♥ Prom dress shopping with Bianca.
    ♥ Hard cider and Mexican food with Toni, Tom and Jamie.
    ♥ Video game night with Phil and Rob.
    ♥ Going to Albany for Library Advocacy Day with Nicole.
    ♥ Pretending to care about the Super Bowl with Justin, Toni and Tom.
    ♥ Prom dress shopping with my sister-in-law.
    ♥ Winning Trivia Night at one of the local bars with Justin, Toni, Tom, Jamie and Shannon.

    This Just Pinned: Valentine's Day Edition
    Getting Ready For Thailand

    Carmen Sandiego (2019 - Present)
    Dancing Queen (2018 - Present)

    February 28, 2019

    March Photo-A-Day

    Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for March 2019...

    How To Take Part In March Photo-A-Day:
    • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
    • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
    • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
    • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

    February 23, 2019

    Getting Ready For Thailand

    As I've done for the majority of my other travels, I've collected links to articles and blog posts about traveling in Thailand. And even though we aren't going until the end of the year I thought I'd share my current findings because someone else might find them useful. So here's what I've put together as of thus far...

    A Little Adrift
    Adventurous Kate
    Adventure In You -- Thailand Travel Tips
    CNN -- Thailand's Tourism Myths: 7 Things You Can't Believe
    Condé Nast Traveller
    Geeky Explorer -- An Awesome 2-Week Thailand Itinerary (For First-Timers)
    Globetrotter Girls
    Lonely Planet
    National Geographic -- Thailand Travel Guide
    Nerd Nomads
    Nomadic Matt -- Backpacking Thailand Travel Guide for 2019
    Rough Guides -- Places To Visit In Thailand
    Salt In Our Hair
    Solo Traveler
    The Blonde Abroad
    The Boho Chica
    The Broke Backpacker
    The Travel Hack
    The Wanderlust Kitchen -- 39 Things You Need To Know Before Traveling To Thailand
    Thrifty Nomads -- 4 Reasons NOT to Ride Elephants (& 1 Awesome Hands-On Alternative)
    Travel Fashion Girl -- What To Wear In Bangkok And Northern Thailand
    Travels Of Adam -- Visiting Thailand: A First Time Visitors' Guide
    Two Wandering Soles -- Thailand Travel Guide
    Young Adventuress

    It still pains us but we're going to rewatch the episodes Anthony Bourdain has about Thailand.

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005 – 2012)
    • Season Five, Episode Sixteen: Thailand
    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013 – 2018)
    • Season Three, Episode Eight: Thailand
    In addition to rewatching our beloved Bourdain, we will probably also rewatched some other random travel shows about Thailand.

    Somebody Feed Phil (2018 – Present)
    • Season One, Episode One: Bangkok
    Rev Runs Around the World (2015)
    • Season One, Episode Six - Chiang Mai: Elephant for X-Mas
    And the other evening I stumbled upon "Thailand: A Feast For The Senses" (2014) on AWE and watched that to get an idea or two about what I do and do not want to do while in Thailand.

    February 21, 2019

    Stuck In My Head: Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)

    All day long I've had Lil' Kim's 1997 single "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)" featuring Da Brat, Left Eye, Missy "Misdeameanor" Elliott and Angie Martinez stuck in my head.

    And as you know, if it's stuck in my head I need to get it stuck in someone else's head, so here it is...

    February 10, 2019

    Sunday Steal

    1. Which Book Do You Irrationally Cringe Away From Reading, Despite Seeing Only Positive Reviews?  
    I refuse to read anything by E.L. James or Stephenie Meyer, not that they necessarily get only positive reviews.

    2. If You Could Bring Three Characters To Life For A Social Event (Afternoon Tea, A Night Of Clubbing, Perhaps A World Cruise), Who Would They Be And What Would The Event Be?  
    • Party with Jay Gatsby from "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Dinner with Don Corleone from "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo
    • High tea with Eloise from "Eloise" by Kay Thompson

    3. You Are Told You Can't Die Until You Read The Most Boring Novel On The Planet. While This Immortality Is Great For Awhile, Eventually You Realize It's Past Time To Die. Which Book Would You Expect To Get You A Nice Grave?  
    "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy

    4. Which Book Have You Pretended, Or At Least Hinted, That You've Read, When In Fact You've Been Nowhere Near It?  
    I'm a librarian. I don't lie about books I've read.  I tell people that I've heard good things about books I haven't read.

    5. As An Addition To The Last Question, Has There Been A Book That You Really Thought You Had Read, Only To Realize When You Read A Review About It/Go To 'Reread' It That You Haven't? Which Book?  
    No because I keep a list of the books I read.

    6. You've Been Appointed Book Advisor To A VIP (Who's Not A Big Reader). What's The First Book You'd Recommend And Why?
    As a librarian I find this to be a terrible question because I know nothing about this VIP. Is the VIP a male or female? What subjects interest them? Would they prefer fiction or nonfiction? Etc...

    A proper reference interview needs to be done to determine what recommendation I'd make.

    7. A Good Fairy Comes And Grants You One Wish: You Will Have Perfect Reading Comprehension In The Foreign Language Of Your Choice. Which Language Do You Go With?  
    I'd probably be lame and choose Spanish because I'd be able to help the most people with it.

    8. A Mischievous Fairy Comes And Says That You Must Choose One Book That You Will Reread Once A Year For The Rest Of Your Life (You Can Read Other Books As Well). Which Book Would You Pick?  
    "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo

    9. What's One Bookish Thing You 'Discovered' From Book Blogging (Maybe A New Genre, Or Author, Or New Appreciation For Cover Art-Anything)?  

    10. That Good Fairy Is Back For One Final Visit. Now, She's Granting You Your Dream Library! Describe It. Is Everything Leather Bound? Is It Full Of First Edition Hardcovers? Pristine Trade Paperbacks? Perhaps A Few Favorite Authors Have Inscribed Their Works? Go Ahead-Let Your Imagination Run Free.
    See I don't need any fancy books or first editions. I just want all the books that I want to read to always magically be around.