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My Mom

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my Mom.  We met at my birth.  (obviously!)  She’s one of the most kind-hearted people I know.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.  So… without further ado – here is my Mom.  :)

Name: Mom

Age: 69

Location: My house –> Dutchess County, NY

Hails from: Pennsylvania

Me, Mom & Dad with my Aunt Rita in the front. She's my God-Mother.

Relationship Status: Happily Married for 49 years

Children: 4 – 3 sons & 1 daughter

Occupation: Takin’ it easy & lovin’ it!  spoiling my Grandkids – both 2 & 4 legged

What is the most challenging part of your job? Finding the nearest couch

If you could spend an evening with anyone from history, who would it be? Jesus Christ

What do you miss most about your childhood? Walking to the brook and swimming with the neighborhood kids.

What’s a goal in life you have yet to accomplish? Getting to heaven

What 5 things in life could you not live without? My husband and 4 kids

What’s your favorite snack? Drumstick Ice Cream Cones (not the chicken variety)

What super power do you wish you had? I’d love to be able to fly without stepping foot on an airplane.

What is your favorite movie? Ben Hur

How did you meet Dad? By remembering that the quickest way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

What are your favorite flowers? I like roses, daisies, peonies, and gladiolas.
Author’s Note: Thank goodness she didn’t name me after any of the other 3!!!

Who was your best friend growing up? Patsy

What was your favorite subject in high school? Math – I still enjoy puzzles with numbers like Sudoku.

Who’s your favorite grandchild? Elizabeth, Anne, Katie, Sofia, Jacob, Frank & Bella.  (Bella’s my 4 legged grandchild)

Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been? Greece

The Sistine Chapel

Where was the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? The Sistine Chapel

What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas – for a few reasons.  I love to see happy children, I like Christmas music, our Christmas mass is always nice, and Rose usually cooks Christmas dinner.

Mom & her Mother (My Grandmother)

Who’s your hero? My Mother was.  She had 9 children (I was the youngest), 30 grandchildren, 50+ great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren before she passed away at 102 years old.  (And she remembered ALL of their names!!)

What is your favorite song? How Great Thou Art

Where do you go for your favorite ice cream? Holy Cow

Mom & her sister Rita (my God-mother)

What would you like to know about my Mom?

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I LOVE Heist Movies!!!!!I’ve always loved heist movies.  The word heist is defined as: “to commit armed robbery or steal.
I’m an honest person.  I don’t steal things or rob places, but for some reason these movies have always been my favorites.  I’m going to tell you about a few of my favorites.

The Thomas Crown Affair ~ 1999

The Thomas Crown Affair I think this one is my all time favorite.  In the movie Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is a millionaire who loves his Monets.

San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk ~ Claude Monet

Throughout the film Catherine Banning (Renee Russo) is an insurance adjuster is trying to prove that Thomas Crown was the one who stole the painting.  There are twists throughout the movie and it’s fun to watch Thomas toy with Catherine and the local detective on the case.   (Denis Leary)  There’s also a great sex scene on the stairway of Thomas’ mansion….  The music in the movie is wonderful.  The theme song The Windmills of Your Mind is performed by Sting and is a great song.  So check out my favorite cat and mouse game that is The Thomas Crown Affair.

Ocean's Eleven ~ 2001

Ocean’s Eleven What a great movie!  There’s one of the best all-star casts you could ask for as far as big names: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts.  In the film they rob 3 Las Vegas casinos (Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand).  They plot and plan with the precision of surgeons.  George Clooney plays the ringleader Danny Ocean.  He has a personal vendetta against Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) because he is dating Danny’s wife Tess (Julia Roberts).  The only way to get to Terry though is hit his pride/hit his wallet.
I found out a few interesting flaws in the movie (there are many) while I was researching this post:

  • Danny Ocean says that Nevada Gaming Commission regulations require casinos to have enough cash in their vaults to cover every cent in play on the floor. In fact, no such regulation exists.
  • The $100 dollar bill is currently the largest US note in circulation (and has been since the sixties). One million dollars in $100 bills (10,000 notes) weighs about 22 pounds according to the US Treasury Dept web site. Therefore $160MM dollars would weight about 3,520 pounds. There is no way eight people could carry that much weight in canvas bags in one trip from the vault to the SWAT van.
  • During the robbery, the first set of 6 bags which allegedly contained half of the $160 million actually held fliers for hookers. As Rusty had instructed, they were sent up from the vault using the elevator, and carried out of the casino and placed in the white van by Benedict’s men before the SWAT team arrived. However, there is no explanation about how the fliers were transported into the vault in the first place – Danny and Linus did not bring them, and there would not have been enough extra space for that much paper in the cart that held Yen.

The Real McCoy ~ 1993

The Real McCoy is a movie that not too many people remember.  In the movie Karen McCoy (Kim Basinger) is a former bank robber who was recently released from prison.  Her greedy parole officer (Gallard Sartain)  holds her son hostage and threatens to put her back in jail if she doesn’t pull off one final bank heist for his boss Jack Schmidt (Terence Stamp)  She enlists the help of her biggest idiot fan J.T. Barker (Val Kilmer) to pull it all off.  Check this one out if you can find it.

The Maiden Heist ~ 2009

The Maiden Heist is a newer movie out to DVD.  I watched it for the first time last month and found it amusing.  It was an art heist where 3 museum security guards decide to steal their 3 favorite pieces of art before the new museum curator can have them sent to their new museum owner in Denmark.  Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, and William H. Macy all put in amusing performances.  (If you like art, check out my Art Blog)

Gone In 60 Seconds ~ 2000

Gone In 60 Seconds has got to be another one of my favorites!!  Aside from the fact that it stars one of my favorite actors Nicholas Cage as Memphis Raines the movie kept my interest the ENTIRE time which is tough to say for alot of movies.  Like Ocean’s Eleven this movie has another all-star cast.   Angelina JolieGiovanni Ribisi, Robert Duvall, James Duval, Scott CaanDelroy Lindo, Chi McBride Christopher Eccleston, Vinnie Jones, Timothy OlyphantWilliam Lee Scott (He’s from Hudson, NY), and T.J. Cross.  Just in case you live under a rock and haven’t seen the movie, it’s about a retired car thief who has to come out of retirement to pull off a 50 high end car heist in 1 night to save his little brother’s life.  There are some BEAUTIFUL cars in this movie as well as funny scenes (remember the snake?) to keep you glued to the TV.

The Saint ~ 1997

The Saint is a movie that many people have forgotten.  I was always a big Val Kilmer fan so when this movie came out it was something I needed to see instantly….  Val plays a character named Simon Templar (one of many names he uses throughout the movie) who is a professional thief/master of disguise who says once his bank account gets to $50,000,000 that he’ll retire.  His last transaction is working with the Russian Mafia and his last assignment is to steal the formula for cold fusion from Dr. Emma Russell. (played by Elisabeth Shue)  What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with her.  When he realizes that the formula isn’t complete and the Russian’s will stop at nothing to get it to work Simon realizes that Emma won’t be safe and goes to her to keep her safe.  Also stars Rade Serbedzija as Ivan Tretiak.

Heist ~ 2001

Heist starring Gene Hackman, Danny DiVito, Delroy Lindo, and Sam RockwellGene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman’s youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. Summary written by John Sacksteder (off IMDB)

Flawless ~ 2007

Flawless starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine is a diamond-heist thriller set in London during the 1960s. Demi Moore plays Laura Quinn, a bright, driven and beautiful executive at the London Diamond Corporation who gets frustrated as she watches man after man get promoted ahead of her despite her being more experienced.  Michael Caine plays Hobbs, the nighttime janitor at London Diamond.   Nobody notices Hobbs, but over the years he’s worked there he’s acquired extensive knowledge about how the company runs. Observing Laura’s frustration, he convinces her to help him execute his plan to steal a hefty sum in diamonds.

The Score ~ 2001

The Score was a great movie starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon BrandoDe Niro plays Nick Wells, a professional criminal who almost got caught on his last job.  He wants out of the business for good.  His plan is to live in peace with his girlfriend Diane (played by Bassett), and to run his Montreal jazz club NYC.   Nick’s good friend Max (played by Brando who’s also his financial partner in his illegal dealings) has an offer Nick can’t refuse.  A historical and priceless French sceptre has been discovered while being smuggled into the country.   It is under intense surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon will be returned to France.  Nick has to team up with Max’s man inside.  When Nick and Jackie Teller (Norton) meet it isn’t exactly love at first sight.  Nick thinks he’s young and careless.  They go into the job together, and only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share?

The Italian Job ~ 2003

The Italian Job starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Edward Norton.  A team of expert thieves pull off a heist in Venice, Italy stealing 35 million dollars worth of gold bars.  One of the thoieves betrays his team and swipes the gold for himself.  A year later, in Las Angeles, the remaining team members create a smart and devious plan to steal back the gold and get their revenge on the traitor.

The Doberman Gang ~ 1972

Finally I’m going to mention a movie you’ve probably never heard of.  In The Doberman Gang a bank thief decides to train a pack of doberman pinschers to rob a bank after a failed bank robbery attempt.  Dobermans are a breed of dog that trains extremely well and there’s less room for deviation in the robbery.  Even though this is an old movie, it’s nice to go back to an old school movie to remember how it was all done before we had computers and all the technology used in most heist movies we see today!  According to Wikipedia there were two sequels to this movie as well which I haven’t seen.  If anyone has them I’d love copies!!

What are some of your favorite heist movies?  Tell me, maybe I haven’t seen them yet!!

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I was tagged by Cute~Ella is Bold here and Cassie here to do this blog.
I have to post 10 facts about myself and then tag 6 other bloggers.  So here we go.

6 Bloggers I tag

MichaelThe World Through My Lens
KimLaDorka – They’re Only Words
KatKatmasutra
ChrisRude Cactus
LisaMilwifeaviation
SaraConfessions of an Army Wife

10 Random Facts about me

1. I took Irish Step Dancing lessons as a child.  I was pretty good too! (and I’m not one drop Irish, I just fake it REALLY well)


2. I put mushrooms in 75% of the things I cook.

I've been to 10 countries - This map says 9 because it counts Vatican City as "Italy" but it has it's own government so....

3. I’ve been to 10 countries.  USA, Canada, Ireland, England, Spain, France, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, and Austria.
4. I have 4 nieces and 2 nephews.


5. I once wrote a 60 page paper about Levi Strauss for my Senior Seminar class in high school.

My FJR-1300AE and I in Montreal Canada

6. I own my own motorcycle.
7. My favorite meal is duck.
8. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers.

Me with STRAIGHT HAIR!!

9. I have NEVER dyed or permed my hair.  The biggest modification I’ve ever made was having it flat ironed ONCE and people didn’t recognize me!!
10. I LOVE heist movies!!!

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It’s getting late in the day and I’ve been working on a blog, but it’s become more involved than I thought it would be so let’s save that one for another day.  For now though I’ve been thinking about art. (you’ll see why when I post that other blog)  I like different kinds of art.  I’ve already told you about the Piccadilly Circus painting by Thomas Kinkade that I like here in my blog.
A few of my other favorites are these:

"The Kiss" ~ Auguste Rodin 1889

I saw “The Kiss” when I went to visit my Aunt Teresa in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Art Museum about 5 years ago.  Right away I loved it!

"Primavera" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1482

I saw the Primavera when I was in Florence, Italy at the Uffizi Gallery about 8 years ago.

"The Birth of Venus" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1486

I’ve always thought The Birth of Venus was beautiful.  I found a nice print of it last summer at a tag sale and hopefully I can hang it in my office eventually.  I also saw this painting at the Uffizi Gallery when I was in Florence, Italy about 8 years ago.

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

This sculpture is found outside the Uffizi Gallery in the Loggia dei Lanzi on the corner of the Piazza della Signoria.  “The Rape of the Sabine Women” implies abduction vs. the modern word rape.

"The Sistine Chapel" ~ Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Botticelli

Perhaps one of the most impressive works of art on the planet in my opinion has got to be the Sistine Chapel.  I’ve been known to tell people “I don’t care if you’re Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Protestant, Baptist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Islamic, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhist,  Atheist, etc. – go see the Sistine Chapel before you die.  It’s breathtaking!”  The chapel is located in Vatican City.
When I visited there I was able to rent a MP3 player that came with a “map” of the chapel.  Each fresco has a corresponding number that I could punch into the player and it would tell me about the fresco.  Who was in it, who they believe painted it and approximately when.  One of the most popular paintings is in the very center of the ceiling.

"The Creation of Man" ~ Michelangelo

It has also been called “The Creation of Adam”  I think I spent about 3 hours in there just trying to take it all in.  It wasn’t nearly long enough.  I did have quite a cramp in my neck by the time I left though!

"The Last Judgment" ~ Michelangelo

They say “The Last Judgment” was painted by Michelangelo between the years 1537 and 1541 and was painted nearly 3 decades after he painted the ceiling.

These are all works of art which I’ve seen.  I have yet to see:

"The Starry Night" ~ Vincent Van Gogh c-1889

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starry_night

"Mona Lisa" ~ Leonardo da Vinci c-1503-1506

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_lisa

"The Persistence of Memory" ~ Salvador Dalí

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melting_Clocks

What are some of your favorite works of art?  Send me links if you can.

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