Machete Theory: Review

So I won’t be seeing The Last Jedi this weekend, because having a newborn totally takes over your life. I hope to see it around Christmas, but I hope you all enjoy it now! I will be avoiding all your spoilery posts 🙂

In the meantime, having the Little Jedi at home makes me ponder how I will eventually show him Star Wars, and here are Kiri’s thoughts on watching the Machete order of the PT and OT Star Wars movies, and why she thought it did not work all that well.

I doubt I will use Machete order with my son; it seems more likely he’ll see the current trilogy first, or whatever movie cartoons are tying into in a couple years. But honestly, I don’t think watching order is that important. If someone connects with the story and characters of any of the movies, they are bound to want more. That’s just how Star Wars is 🙂

Star Wars Anonymous

I did it. I watched 7 Star Wars movies over 7 weekends. You may be thinking, “Really? That’s a feat?”

Yes. Why yes, it is.

I have a 19-month-old toddler. I run my own business and I’m up early in the morning working and late at night working. We bought a new house that we have been working on. It is the Christmas season.

Dammit, yes, 7 movies in 7 weekends is a lot!

If you remember, I decided to prep for The Last Jedi by watching every Star Wars saga movie in the Machete Theory order.

To recap, I watched them in this order: IV, V, I, II, III, VI, VII. This is not the original Machete Order, but my version because I love TPM and TFA is a new addition.

I also tried to pretend I was watching these movies for the first time and being…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky

From Gougane Barra.

I’ve featured the lovely location of Gougane Barra before in photo challenges (like Textures), but I haven’t yet shown its cheeky side.  Our breakfast at the hotel, for example, was very happy to see us, and one of the building sports a cute old Guinness ad.  We found such charming touches all over Ireland amid the more serious history lessons and inspiring landscapes.  I think the Irish have a wonderful sense of humor!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

From Killarney National Park.

So much of Ireland’s landscape is rugged and wild, but sometimes it can seem extremely peaceful, too.  Killarney National Park, created in 1932, is a wonderful expanse of mountains, woods, rocks, lakes, and waterfalls.  We were biking through the park, which was frankly exhausting, but the views were quite restorative.

Speaking of rocks, the park has an interesting geological boundary, with one side underlain by Devonian (sandstone) rocks, and the other with Carboniferous (limestone) rocks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

Fan Art Friday: Artoo Awakens

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.


I chose a simple picture this month so I would be able to color and schedule this post ahead of time.  Also, R2-D2 is one of the few characters that appears in all Star Wars movies thus far, and I’m looking forward to seeing him again soon on the big screen.

Although The Force Awakens introduced the wonderful BB-8 as a new favorite droid, many of us were disappointed with the very small role that R2 had in that movie (only barely more than Luke himself).  Hopefully we will see more of him this time around in The Last Jedi.

So much of the advertising materials for TLJ have featured the color red prominently, so I chose red shades for the decorative details, and then just tried to color R2 as realistically as possible.  Of course, since I can never take anything too seriously, I added a little “beep boop” near his head.  R2 always seems to have something to say about any given situation.

Check out Kiri’s version of the “overweight glob of grease” here.  We’ll see you again in the new year!


One Lovely Blog Award

I was happy to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by NovElla and Banannabelle.  Thank you!

One Lovely Blog Award

Here are the guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award:

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link that blog in their post.
  2. Each nominee must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Also add 7 facts about themselves.
  4. Nominate up to 15 people to do the award.

Seven Facts about Me

  1. I am currently 9 months pregnant, but I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, so who knows if I will still be at this point in time!
  2. My essential Thanksgiving food is Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  Also good: mashed potatoes, and roasted sweet potatoes.  I guess turkey, too.

    Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Dinner Rolls
    But I make my husband pop open the can.
  3. I just bought the first Christmas presents for family members, which is quite early for me to be shopping.  I figured I’d better get a head start, as it might not be the first thing on my mind with a newborn.
  4. My favorite dinosaur is the stegosaurus.  Luckily, they make tons of baby stuff right now with dinosaurs on it.  I have bought most of it.

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  5. The mobile game I play the most is Disney Magic Kingdoms.  I’ve always loved theme park-building games, and I get so excited when I get to put in all my favorite rides and welcome favorite Disney characters.  However, I have a general rule that I don’t spend money on mobile games, so I do a lot of grinding to try to get the good stuff, and some I just have to skip.
  6. I love reading in so many genres; the last three books I read were a nonfiction sociological memoir, a YA fantasy duology, and a Christmas-themed Regency romance.  Next will be either a fairy tale retelling, or a compilation of Star Wars short stories.  I’ve been stocking up books on my Kindle in case of downtime at the hospital.
  7. Last year I won NaNoWriMo by writing 50,000 words in a month.  I signed up again this year, and have written about 250 so far.  >_<  But I knew I wouldn’t win this year (other priorities), and hey, it’s 250 words I didn’t have at the beginning of the month!Image result for nano 2017 banner

I don’t really have the time to nominate anyone at the moment, but if you are reading this and would like to participate, please go ahead!  I’d love to hear more about you on your blog.

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo?  What’s your favorite dinosaur?  Have you bought all your Christmas presents yet?