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Yesterday I posted my 200th blog post!
Unfortunately I wasn’t around to pimp it like I wanted to,
so check it out today.
It was a good post that I put more time than usual into.

So far we’ve talked about quite a bit.
You’ve gotten to know some of my very important people.
You’ve been lectured by me to watch for motorcycles.
You’ve met my dog Isabella.
There are so many more things to come!

At this point, my top 3 blog posts have been:

I Love A Good Heist

PLEASE HELP!  My Friend Needs Relationship Advice!!

No Longer With Us

Thank you to all of you for hanging around and reading my ramblings!!

My blog jumps around quite a bit.

What else should we discuss??
Do you have any favorite blogs I’ve written?

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Have you seen the new movie Eclipse from The Twilight Saga?
What did you think?

Personally I loved the way it was filmed!  David Slade did an exceptional job as director.  Especially the scene where they chased Victoria (Played by Bryce Dallas HowardRon Howard’s daughter)through the woods and also the big fight scene.    Watching them fly through the air was awesome!

I also really enjoyed the scene where Edward and Jacob were talking in the tent while Bella was sleeping.  Whatever they did to Edward he actually looked cute for a change!

They have discussed online that the 4th book of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series Breaking Dawn will be filmed as 2 movies.  This book is the most graphic of the 4.  I’m not sure how they’re going to film it and keep it at a PG-13 rating.

Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen

Now I just have one wish/request for the last 2 movies – let’s see Peter Facinelli who plays Carlisle Cullen without his shirt on!!  (And in case you missed it, Carlisle was listed as the wealthiest fictional character with a net worth of $34.1 billion by Forbes.com)

Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?  I’m team Carlisle 🙂

Have you read The Eclipse Novella – The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner?

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Welcome to the 100th Blog!!

When I started blogging, I worried that I might not stick with it.  Well today is number 100!


We’ve chatted about all sorts of things so far this year.
You’ve gotten to know some of my friends, you’ve given one of my closest friends relationship advice,
you’ve consoled me when a close friend passed away, we’ve talked about bloggers,
duck, castles, art, my doggy Isabella, motorcycles, movies, travels, my weeks….

My top three blogs to date are:
PLEASE HELP!  My friend needs relationship advice!!
Interview Series ~ DerryX
What I Did Last Night

Thank you to all of you for hanging around and reading my ramblings!!

My blog jumps around quite a bit.
What else should we discuss??

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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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UPDATE!!
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It's a Wrap

The Weekly Read: The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet – by Margaret Hubert

The Weekly Music: My Best Days Are Ahead of MeDanny Gokey

The Weekly Movies: The Maiden Heist, The Proposal, and Everybody’s Fine

The Weekly Re-run: Las Vegas Season 5

The Weekly Downer: USA losing the gold to Canada during sudden death overtime.

The Weekly Schadenfreude: I live in NY so of course it’s anything to do with Governor David Patterson.

The Weekly Beverage: Coca~Cola that other people though was a dark beer I was drinking 😉

The Weekly Food: More Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti & Sausage

The Weekly Amazing Fact: An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.  

The Weekly Congratulations: to George Kalpaxis & Julie Hermannsdoerfer on their engagement.

The Weekly Birthdays: Matt Prados, Shane Delyser, Billy Volinsky (LEAP YEAR), Julie Hermannsdoerfer (LEAP YEAR), Fred Duffus, Matt Jones, Paul Holman, Bill Pendergast, and Deonne Dixon

The Weekly Craft: I worked on a crocheted sweater I’ve been making for Isabella.

The Weekly Activity: Going to karaoke (no I didn’t perform) and watching movies.

The Weekly Shoes: My black stiletto boots.

The Weekly Responsibility I Hate To Do: Michael & I took Isabella to the vet for some boosters and routine blood work.  I hate watching her get stuck with needles!!

The Weekly Score: Canada vs. USA Men’s Ice Hockey 3-2

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Genwar, MrsMetalFrog, MHuberTU, RMadeo, My50Cheeses

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: National MS Challenge Walk: Team LaDorka’s

The Weekly Hypothetical: Do you think it’s easier to listen to your mind or your heart?

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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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The Weekly Sadness: My friend Shane Anthony Leone died on Tuesday February 2nd.  He was a wonderfully kind, caring and compassionate friend.  I will miss him.  😦

The Weekly Read: The Road by Cormac McCarthy you can read my review of it on the Goodreads page.
My favorite quote was from page 12: “You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget”

The Weekly Music: Behind Blue Eyes – The Who and Calling All Friends – Low Stars

The Weekly Movie: The Wizard, Independence Day, Employee of the Month, Roadtrip, and Jerry McGuire “You had me at hello.”

The Weekly TV Show: The wait is FINALLY over.  LOST is back on for it’s final season.  I’m STILL confused though!!

The Weekly Big Blog Moments: My Please Help!  My friend needs relationship advice blog got almost triple the views of my biggest blog hit day ever!  That’s pretty incredible.  I wish it were for a happier reason though.  What I can’t believe is that over 200 people came to my blog that day and NOT EVEN ONE new person subscribed to my blog.  I’m shocked!

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Sarah Palin’s response to Rahm Emanuel & Rush Limbaugh using the word retard or retarded. The word was used properly.  Retard is defined as: “Sometimes offensive: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress.  The way our government has been lately, I don’t blame him for using the word, because it does seem that many are limited in the intellectual department….  It wasn’t used against her child.  Sarah needs to get over herself, it’s NOT all about Sarah!!  Also, I just now realized that Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to have her own website.  Interesting….

The Weekly Time Waster: The NYS Senate Committee has passed a gallons per mile bill.  Seriously?  NY needs to learn to do math on their own.  Why are you wasting valuable time creating shit like this.  I want to drive 1000 miles my car gets 25 mpg therefore it will take me 40 gallons of gas to get there.  It’s MATH not rocket science.

The Weekly Tea: Garden Aria White Tea

The Weekly Food: Grandpa Pete’s Vodka Sauce Grandpa Pete’s had a booth at the Home Show this past weekend.  They had samples.  OMG their sauces are good!  They’re worth every penny!  (Or should I say Penne?)  LOL!

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Ever wonder how you can react so fast to things around you or why that stubbed toe hurts right away? It’s due to the super-speedy movement of nerve impulses from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, bringing reactions at the speed of a high powered luxury sports car.

The Weekly Birthdays: Darrell Kuhn, Jen Adams, Jay Gruen, Katie “Pampered Chef” McKay, and Joey “The Word” Parola

The Weekly Annoyance: If you list things on eBay, and I buy them, make sure they get to me.  Excuses are annoying.  “I lost your gift certificate.”  “Your game must have been lost in the mail.”  ANNOYED!!

The Weekly Activity: Helping one of my best friends who a HUGE relationship issue. Hopefully he’ll sort it all out soon….  Thank you to everyone who commented and gave advice.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter:
Angelos Tzelepis – He likes wine, photography and soccer – good combination if you ask me 🙂
Never In Vegas – They’re a great Rock ‘n Roll cover band from Boston, MA
Punxsutawney Phil – I had to add him – I wrote a blog about him 🙂

The Weekly Charitys I’m Pimping: You’re going to get two this week.
Hannah’s Hope Fund – This little girl has Giant Axonal Neuropathy.  She is an adorable 5 year old little girl.  Dorris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation is providing a matching grant for all funds raised through February 15th, 2010 up to $500,000.
Save Bannerman Castle – I wrote a blog about Bannerman Castle they’re trying to raise money to work on the restoration.

Weekly Cool Stuff: My good friend Janet Reeves has submitted a video for the CBS casting call for Survivor Season 21.  I think she’d be awesome on  the show.  Check it out and leave her a comment.

Weekly Grand Totals:
Time spent on the phone being a sounding board for my friend with relationship issues: 1025 minutes = 17+ hours
Different types of tea I drank: 2

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you were going to be a product reviewer, what companies would you ask for products?

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