Friday, October 23

Murder House Needlepoint Pattern

I've been slowly but surely jumping on the bandwagon and watching FX's American Horror Story. I absolutely LOVED the first season. There is just something so amazing about knowing a house is haunted then eventually becoming one of the haunted. I'm currently in season three and so far I'm loving the witchy vibe. Do you love American Horror Story as well? Check it out, I've got a new pattern for you!

Thursday, October 22

The Magic of ASMR

Okay, I know what I'm about to say won't make much sense, but some people claim to get brain orgasms when listening to certain video and audio recordings. I honestly thought this was nuts until I experienced it firsthand when I was listening to Taylor Swift's song Wildest Dreams in the car super loud. I started feeling this tingly, tickly sensation in the back of my head and around my forehead. I went home and told my husband and he was all like, "Oh yeah, I get those all the time. I listen to ASMR videos every night while I'm falling asleep. Helps me relax." Uhh, okay. I knew the hubs liked to sleep with his headphones in, but I thought he was just listening to music. So on top of discovering this whole side of my husband I never knew about, I learned about the magic of ASMR.

Life's Trivial Pursuits Trivia - Crimson Peak

My husband and I recently went to Texas to visit with family. While there we decided to dump the kids on grandma so we could go check out Guillermo del Toro's new film Crimson Peak. I went in knowing nothing about the film (seriously, I didn't even know it existed until we got to the theater and saw it on the marquee), so I had relatively low/no expectations. In all honesty, I was pleasantly surprised that the movie was an amazing throwback to older horror films like The Shining and was very reminiscent of gothic romance novels like Frankenstein and Dracula. Although the film was two hours long, I really felt like it was properly paced and everything that was in the movie served a purpose. It's not scary, had awesome production value, and was a movie that had ghosts in it rather than being a ghost movie. So if you've got some time this Halloween, definitely go check it out!

Wednesday, October 21

Best Audition Videos on YouTube

"Oh, I'll just watch this one video." ... two hours later... "Okay seriously, this is the last video!" ... three hours later ... "Damnit." Yeah, that literally happens every time I open up that soul-sucking-time-consuming black hole that we call YouTube. I had one such moment earlier today and I thought I'd turn my wasted hours into something positive by blogging about it. I spent the bulk of my day watching audition videos because it seriously makes me the happiest person ever when I watch someone just kill it at an audition. I especially love it when everyone thinks the person is going to be super crappy but then they end up being totally amazing (I always tear up at Susan Boyle's audition). Without further ado, here were my favorite audition videos!!

P.S. I'm not sure if it's just on my browser, but all the videos were muted automatically. So sorry. You might have to turn the volume up each time you watch a different movie.

Best Audition Videos on YouTube

Monday, October 12

Top 25 Children's Series for the Last 5-ish Years

Top 25 Children's Series for the Last 5-ish Years
The Top 25 Children's Series for the Last 5-ish Years
Based on the New York Times Best Sellers List

How many have your read?
Take the challenge here.

Thursday, October 8

New York Times Best Sellers with 12+ Weeks

New York Times Best Sellers with 12+ Weeks

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that The New York Times puts out a weekly best sellers list. I've always been a little fascinated with this because it seems like every other book claims to be a New York Times Bestseller. So how exactly does a book make the list? Well, that's complicated because The Times has deemed their methods a trade secret. But according to some sources, it involves a complicated formula of wholesale and retail sales with independent book stores weighing in a bit more than big chains like Barnes & Noble. Also, The Times doesn't really keep track of sales on classic literature, which basically means you won't see books like 1984 or The Grapes of Wrath on any current lists.

So why make the formula of the list super-duper top secret? Well, it turns out it's to keep authors and publishers from gaming the system. In fact, The Times puts a little dagger symbol on books that only made the list because of large bulk orders. This is supposed to rat out those authors who buy thousands of copies of their own book to make the list.

The Times currently keeps track of the following categories on a weekly basis:

Wednesday, October 7

150 Movies to Enjoy This Halloween

150 Movies to Enjoy This Halloween

Click HERE to use
to keep track of what movies you've seen.
  1. 12 Monkeys (1995) - Psychological
  2. 28 Days Later (2002) - Zombies
  3. 28 Weeks Later (2007) - Zombies
  4. 30 Days of Night (2007) - Vampires
  5. The Addams Family (1991) - Weirdo Family
  6. Addams Family Values (1993) - Weirdo Family
  7. Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Tim Burton Film (Enough Said)
  8. Alien (1979) - Aliens
  9. Beetlejuice (1988) - Tim Burton Film
  10. Bewitched (2005) - Witches