Wednesday, February 18, 2015

50 Shades of a Great Movie!!!

Like plenty of others I ventured out this past weekend to see the 50 Shades of Grey movie. I had actually read this when it was only a fanfiction from Twilight so obviously I'm a fan. I own and have read multiple times the books so I was excited that they were going to make a movie adaptation.

I went into the theater hoping it would be good but I didn't have super high expectations for a couple reasons. The first reason I was slightly apprehensive was because a lot of times they take a good book and butcher it in the movie leaving out a lot of good stuff and changing things they should have left alone. Another reason is that when you read a book you obviously form some thoughts of what the characters will look like and well Jamie Dornan just didn't fit my thoughts of Mr. Grey. Don't get me wrong he is very attractive and goodness his real life accent is Delicious but he just wasn't very stern and solemn looking like I thought Christian should have been.

Okay now that I've told you why I wasn't expecting much let me tell you why I was WRONG. Yep you read that correctly I was totally wrong because both Jamie and Dakota did a wonderful job. There was obviously lots of sexy time in this movie but I thought that everything was pretty tasteful (or as tasteful as you can get in a BDSM movie). There was quite a bit of humor in the movie and I liked the play of the characters. We went on Friday the 13th and the theater was pretty packed but not too bad. The first boob shot got lots of giggling and snickers, which I thought was ridiculous I mean seriously who let the 12 year old boys in the movie? They are just boobs people so get a grip. There was also a lot of commotion when we see Mr. Grey's butt the first time - I can understand that though because it was a very nice rear. :) I very much enjoyed the way these two portrayed Christian and Anastasia. They certainly won me over. I can't wait until the next movie because although I liked all three books the first wasn't my favorite of them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Another Mountain

Zilla has been diagnosed for several years now and every single day is a new day with a new hurdle. Some days that hurdle is tiny and barely even registers and other days that 'hurdle' is really a huge mountain. Today's mountain is school related.

Zilla's school years started off pretty rough and that's actually how I came to recognize that Zilla needed to be evaluated. One of the teachers at his private Pre-K recognized that he didn't make eye contact and he was having a lot of problems engaging and a whole list of other things that she pointed out to me. I'm sure I would have realized that my son was "different" at some point but luckily a wonderful teacher caught it. Early prevention is beyond important for a whole host of reasons and my little monkey was diagnosed before he even entered the public school system which really proved useful for us.

Kindergarten was really really rough. There isn't any other way to describe it and honestly even thinking about that year makes me want to cry so just suffice it to say we'll leave it at that. First grade was a huge turnaround year for us and second grade continued in that same way. Luckily for us Zilla has been blessed with soooo many awesome teachers and school staff that we were able to make it through to the preset. Without them I don't know where Zilla would be academically. Even though I think this year we may have the best teacher yet, recently Zilla has been going through some problems and seems to be regressing a bit emotionally/behaviourally. Everything scares him and he has wanted more help doing things he knows how to do.

We always have his IEP meeting in December and this time we all decided that it was time to do away with the behavior plan because he'd been doing so well. I guess maybe we should have thought twice about doing that. Since December I've been called at work a handful of times because my sweet boy is freaking out and causing a distraction for the other students. Today he did something he's never really done - he threw things at one of the staff that was trying to work with him while screaming his head off. They had to clear the classroom so that everyone else could actually work and learn.

What has silent tears streaming down my face is that while she was telling me what was happening she mentioned that all the rest of the students "did really well and even just stepped over or around him when he was on the floor and in their way" and this was a positive statement. I know logically that it's a good thing that Zilla's classmates were able to work around him up to a point but the mother in me just wants to burst out in huge fat ugly tears with the thought that they have to get used to my son and things he does. At some point (and I'm guessing this is coming soon) the kids are going to stop being understanding and start being mean to my sweetface. I know it's coming and that Mountain sure looks Mt Everest sized to me.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Feeling Sick

Ugh I hate being sick. I'm not sure if one of my super awesome co-workers or my darling Zilla contributed to my current feeling but I'd like to find the culprit and maybe smack them.

I know us gals always joke that men become huge babies when they are sick and how awesome we handle ourselves in the same situation. Well I have to say I'm not very fun when I'm sick at all because I get whiny and just want it to be over already. In general when I'm not feeling well (headache, sore, sick etc...) I tend to become impatient, okay more impatient, than I usually am and that never bodes well for anyone. I usually have too much stuff going on in my life and in my head so being sick doesn't do anything for me what so ever. Don't get me wrong I still have to do all the mom things that I have to but I'm not very fun to be around when I'm doing them lol.

Unfortunately I have an eight year old and he is around too many kids and they all carry germs so more often than not I can't smack my germ dealer around. Luckily though my little bug is sympathetic to my plight - as long as I take care of his needs anyway lol. The life of a parent.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Thoughts on Served Hot

Served Hot by Annabeth Albert is a delightfully short read about Robby and David, both of whom have been in closeted unhealthy sounding relationships prior to meeting. Robby who runs a coffee cart in a downtown area of Portland waits everyday for David to come in to get his daily dose of coffee but can't seem to make himself flirt. David comes in every day from his job but seems to be giving some mixed signals for sure in the beginning. Robby and David both come across as shy and reluctant to put themselves out there.

I really enjoyed these two characters because they were just so real and had to fight not only for each other but for themselves. Robby was in a previous relationship for several years where his boyfriend wanted to keep him a secret and controlled a lot of what happened with them. David was previously living in a very small town and in a relationship with a friend who was very much in the closet and liked it that way. David moved to Portland after his relationship was discovered in a very traumatic way. It certainly felt like Davids past 'boyfriend' was the giant elephant in the room throughout much of the book. Robby doesn't want to be a secret ever again so he has to decide if his relationship with David is worth waiting for. David needs to decide if he's ready to be out and open after so many years being pushed into the back of the closet.

I liked that both David and Robby come with some baggage (like real people) and didn't instantly fall in love and act like everything was perfect. Nothing is more annoying in a book than everything falling into place perfectly and all problems evaporate instantly with love. I mean seriously Love is not some magic potion designed to fix your life. I also liked that although it took him a little bit Robby stood up for himself and made it known what he needed. Keeping your feelings bottled up doesn't usually do very well in the end. Once David really shared what he went through I think that helped him realize what he deserved to have and allowed him to fight for his relationship. I was a little worried that Davids past might be too much for them both to get over but I'm glad I was wrong. 

There were several times in the book where the author jumped time and then explained what happened in a sentence or two. That would have been great but this was important stuff we were missing! I wanted to see how the meet the parents went after all the work up for it but I was ROBBED! 

Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit and I will be checking out this authors other work for sure cause I love me some M/M stories.

This book was provided to me by NetGalley for my honest review.