Trunk Coffee Table Craft

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I am making a move to an amazing apartment and the past week has been a little hectic. I got all packed, bought some furniture, but was on a budget. I found my grandfather’s old trunk from the Air Force in my parent’s basement. First thought: craft time! Bought some legs, stain, contact paper, and bam – I got myself a coffee table.

Not only was it easy, inexpensive and fun, but they are very much in style right now. You can buy a similar looking table anywhere from $250 – $1,000. Mine? Under $15 bucks! All it takes is a few simple steps.

1. Clean the outside with just soap and water, maybe some brass cleaner if needed.

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2. Take the paper lining out of the inside and clean it out. I used a bit of bleach and some white vinegar to get rid of the older musky smell.

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3. Attach brackets to the bottom of the trunk.

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4. Stain legs and attach the legs.

5. Line the inside with the new contact paper.

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Five easy steps and an amazing turn out.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

23 Jun

The next book I conquered from the Rory Gilmore Book Challenge is Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Another one of the many classics from the list. The story begins when the ghost of King Hamlet walks into the castle in Denmark. The ghost announces that he was murdered by Claudius and ordered Prince Hamlet, his son, to seek revenge.

When a group of traveling actors come to town, Hamlet gets them to perform a play similar to that of his father’s death. When the part of his death occurs during the play, Claudius got up and left the room, proving his guilt. Claudius fears Hamlet and his anger and has him sent to England not only to be banished but to be killed.

However, Hamlet returns to Denmark and Claudius plans a sword fight, poisoning the goblet to be drunk by the winner as well as dousing the sword in poison. So either way Hamlet will be killed. Hamlet wins, does not drink from the goblet and is stabbed by the sword doused in poison so he too dies along with his fighting mate, Laertes. A Norwegian prince named Fortinbras, takes the throne, and honors Hamlet at his time of death.

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The story is referenced in Gilmore Girls when Richard is surviving his heart attack and Emily brings nothing but fish in the house to eat. After Emily is mad at him for watching an old golf game rather than eat dinner with his family and already knows how it is going to turn out he says, “well, that never stopped people going to see Hamlet“. Emily gets upset says, “the idea that two grown men hitting a tiny ball with metal sticks is the equivalent to Hamlet — ridiculous. But can I say anything! No! Because I can’t agitate him.”

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Jurassic World

17 Jun

What a movie. Definitely one of my favorites this year. I am not even sure where to begin. Actually, yes i do – Chris Pratt. I have been a fan since before his Parks and Recreation days and my love for him has grown even larger. He has booked some pretty great roles recently that has made him one of the most well known and powerful men in Hollywood. After Guardians of the Galaxy he has this, and then there are rumors of him being the next Indiana Jones. Also, we all know there will be at least two more Jurassic World movies.

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This film made over $500 million dollars worldwide, and nearly $300 million of that was in the US. Basically, 90% of people who same a movie this weekend went to see this movie. The runner up in the box office this week was Melissa McCarthy’s Spy which brought in $16 million.

The movie was a great mixture of action, comedy, and the whole sentimental feelings thing. Of course the cast was amazing! Besides Pratt we had Bryce Dallas Howard who was a center of many memes because she ran from dinosaurs in three inch heels. Then there was Nick Robinson, Vincent D’Onofrio, and of course a small role by Jake Johnson.

The film reminded me a lot of the Jurassic Park films but with a nice twist and a cast of attractive actors and actresses. I would give the film 8.5 out of 10 stars. Definitely a must see in my book!

My Hand At Photography

15 Jun

Again, I am no professional by any means. However, I think my landscape shots are improving! Here are some photos taken in Athen, Ohio at Strouds Run State Park.

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Entourage

12 Jun

I had only seen a few episodes of the HBO series, but I knew I wanted to see this film. I love all of the actors and am also game for a good comedy. I assumed it would be full of foul language, naked women, and crude humor. I was a little shocked when I saw the film as it all seemed to be toned down. Maybe my expectations were just high and that was actually the entire film, but I don’t think it was that bad. There were a lot of funny scenes, but honestly not a lot of quotable moments. It was funny and I found myself laughing during the majority of the film, but when I walked out of the theater I couldn’t think of one specific quote.

There was a crazy amount of cameos in this film. Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Alba, Kelsey Grammer, Pharrell Williams, T.I, Mike Tyson, Calvin Harris, Common, Alyssa Miller, David Spade, Liam Neeson, Mark Cuban…the list goes on and on. It was fun to see these celebrities being a part of a film like this and was a nice surprise for many!

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Overall I would give the film 6 out of 10 stars. It wasn’t anything fantastic, but I would definitely watch it again.

Great Expectations

10 Jun

The next book I cross off the Rory Gilmore Book Challenge is Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. It is the story of a young boy, a blacksmith, who just wants to grow into a gentleman and marry a beautiful woman. The novel faces issues of justice and inequality from cover to cover.

Pip, the young boy, meets an escaped convict and steals food so the convict won’t starve (or kill him). Pip goes to Miss Havisham’s mansion which is creepy beyond belief, and the only good thing is Estella, her adopted daughter. Estella is cold blooded and snobby, but gorgeous to Pip. Pip is in love with Estella. Pip starts an apprenticeship at his brother-in-law’s smithy when he is older, but he hates it. He wants to be a gentleman and marry Estella.

Then, Pip comes into some money, leaves for London in search to find himself as a gentleman. He has a caretaker and a best friend who show him the ropes. Estella comes back to town after doing some traveling and is more beautiful than Pip remembered. Pip continues to ask her out but Estella turns him down time after time.

Pip discovers that his benefactor is the convict he helped when he was younger. He then discovers that the convict’s daughter is Estella who has recently married one of Pip’s least favorite people. Fast forwarding to the end, Pip finds that Estella’s husband was abusive and died forcing her to remarry a poor doctor.

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The novel is mentioned in Gilmore Girls in season one episode two “The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton” with Paris answering questions to intimidate Rory. It is also mentioned in the letter Lorelai wrote to Rory about Logan when he came to the Dragonfly Fly in to try to win Rory back after he cheated on her with the bridesmaids. Below is an image of the letter which stands at The Warner Bros Studios.

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Dear Rory,
So, right now you are reading my sealed words of wisdom as the tormented, foolish (but persistent) cad hangs off every nuance of your reactions, his heart and mind in a dizzying flurry of questions as to how the outcome will play out… As you read this, delight in the knowledge that this love-sick pup before you does not have a clue…

Now, ordinarily, after a fool has taken my daughter’s love for granted, if I did not kill him through a slow and excruciatingly painful death, I would instruct my daughter, much like Miss Havisham did to Estella in ‘Great Expectations’, to be cold blooded and calculating, to dash his hopes, and to crush him. However, the decision is all yours to make. Love is elusive and all-encompassing; when you fall under its intoxicating spell, you have little recourse but to live out its devices. If you love this boy, maybe you want to give it another chance?

Good luck, love you,
Mom

Mad Max: Fury Road

7 Jun

Another post apocalyptic film and the fourth in the series, Mad Max: Fury Road is a must see. I saw the film a few weeks ago and honestly did not have that high of an expectation. I’m not the biggest Charlize Theron fan, but she crushed it along with Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hunt, Zoe Kravitz, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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Always keeping you on the edge of your seat, the film was fast-paced and full of action. Stunts and ongoing action fills the screen in place of a script. I felt as though from this film the cliche was true; actions speak louder than words. The long awaited film was beyond our expectations, George Miller definitely did not disappoint.

It is set in somewhat of a nightmare of a world ruled by a hellish and grotesque cult. It was a nice relief from all the recent techno and robots taking over the world type of films. However, the message of what happens when the power is put in the wrong hands is not hidden. This is a movie in which the enemy is trucking into battle in tractors and semi size vehicles full of amps with a one of a kind character strapped to the front playing what looked like heavy metal guitar hero.

Overall it is a great film and I would definitely see it again – if you haven’t seen it, I would strongly recommend it!

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