Posts Tagged ‘childhood’

For finally, finally, FINALLY finishing your children’s series, The Unicorn Chronicles.

It was one of my favorite series, along with Nancy Drew and about a million other things. I started reading this series in probably 2nd grade. Or at least I thought it was going to be a series. It said “Book 1” at the top, and he spoke of how excited he was to start a series like the one he was creating with The Unicorn Chronicles.

I loved that book. An epic “family” feud between the Hunters (also their last name) and the unicorns in a fanciful world that a young girl named Cara jumps to through a portal from the real world when she and her grandmother were attempting to escape the Hunters. Full of great action and funny characters with funnier names, I re-read it a lot — it was practically falling apart. I patiently awaited Book 2.

Book 2 came out 10 years after Book 1. Ten. YEARS.

At this point it wasn’t as challenging a read as it was when I was 7, but I still enjoyed the story and world Mr. Coville created.

3 years or so later — Book THREE!

And now, finally, as I was roaming the shelves of The Grove’s Barnes & Noble a fine Sunday afternoon, there was Book 4: The Last Hunt (and final book in the series, according to the introductory acknowledgements) sitting in the New Releases in the Children’s Section.

I caved.

Never could resist an interesting story, regardless of supposed “age limits”. I’ll let you know how it is!! 😉

*In other blog news — due to me continuously forgetting to sync my phone and clear up space so I can edit some video of my trip…the next posts in my Adventures in Maui series have obviously been delayed. Look for some hula/luau fun in the coming days.


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My favorite newbie in TS3 - Trixie!

Last week, I had the immense pleasure of seeing Toy Story 3. Let me just say — yes, you have seen the reviews about how “OMG AMAZING GO SEE THIS MOVIE NOW” this movie is. Yes, it seems like they are being a little over the top.

No they are not being over the top.

This is by far one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time — I think it’s partially due to the fun action, hilarious dialogue and really tight story. It’s also because we’ve grown up with Woody, Buzz and the gang and that simple fact makes all of the emotional beats of the movie hit that much harder. I’ve seen the movies multiple times over the years (including the really fun double feature they had in theaters last summer) and this really was the perfect way to end the saga  of Andy’s toys. To say I cried a ton a little bit (especially the end!) is probably the biggest understatement I’m making in this post. My sister even cried, and she’s normally the one making of me for crying in movies.

The movie starts off with an action packed opening, that many others have likened to Indiana Jones and they are completely right. It’s such a fun sequence, and really brings you right into the world. As the previews show, they end up at a daycare center, and prison break-esque action ensues. We meet a ton of new toys (“New toys!!”) and we learn about being true friends, and growing up. I truly cannot recommend this movie more, to anyone of any age.

After the jump, some of my favorite moments (only click through if you’ve already seen the movie or if you don’t mind spoilers big and small) (more…)

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Oh, Stephanie Tanner and your 90s version of “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”  TV-middle-children say the darndest things!

How. Rude.

In all reality though, I think this was my favorite insult for at least a year when I was younger.

Well, it was a tie between this and “Up your nose with a rubber hose”, a classic from Mr. Vinnie Barbarino (John Travolta!) in Welcome Back Kotter.

Vinnie Barbarino and his high school teacher Mr. Kotter

Apparently I had a thing for rhyming and noses in my insults-of-choice.

I primarily watched Disney related fare as a kid, but I loved Nick at Nite. Nick at Nite (on Nickelodeon) used to be how kids watched all the classics from the beginning of TV-dome. In its beginning it’s how I watched I Love Lucy and I Dream of Jeannie, then worked my way though other classics like Bewitched, The Facts of Life, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, Happy Days and Welcome Back Kotter.

Now? Nick at Nite is Full House and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It makes me feel really old at the still young age of 23.


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