Saturday, December 18, 2010

A gift idea that gives twice

The National Geographic series on Great Migrations was amazing, especially the segment on Monarch Butterflies.  Of course, we might be prejudice because of our friend and neighbor Chip’s part in it.  It wasn’t only that, though.  The photography was amazing as were the stories.   Some of the more beautiful shots of the Monarchs are in this music video.

At the top of the video, it says, “visit the site.”  I highly recommend doing this but use this link.  It take you directly to the Great Migrations site.  There are background videos, blogs and  music videos from segments about other migratory species.

The entire series is now for sale.  The price depends on the type.  I ordered a DVD and it cost $29 from Amazon with blue ray $5 more. 

If you do order this or any thing else from Amazon, go to the Monarch Watch site and click on the Amazon Portal near the top of the home page.  Or save this link in your bookmarks.  In this way, Monarch Watch will receive a percentage of your order.  I know they work on a tight budget so if we all do this small thing, it is a win, win situation for all.  If you order right away, you can still get it by Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gift out of hand

I went into WalMart to purchase Despicable Me for Carly.  Pretty exciting as it comes with an inflatable Minion (?).  Also, I’ve got all the bases covered as it is a 3-Disc Combo Pack – Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy.  No tape for our VCR, though.

There was a $5 bin of movies there.  That’s where the shopping trip got a little out of hand.  I ended up with five DVD movies.  Here is what I purchased:

Two documentaries:  Victory at Sea and Victory by Air.  Both of these use WWII footage.  I’ll wade through these while walking on the treadmill.  I like actual footage of WWII.

61*  This is a baseball movie I purchased as a gift for our neighbor

A River Runs Through It  The scenery is beautiful in this movie.  I also enjoy the fly fishing scenes.

The Other Side of Heaven  This is a Disney movie that I thought maybe I could watch with the older grandkids.

Really, five dollars is not a bad price for a movie.  It just adds up with five of them.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Audio books help with preparations

I was gone a good part of the day today.  My kitchen was a mess.  I put the listening buds in my ears and the task was finished while listening to a good story.  Simple as that.  I do at least one or two tasks each day while listening to a book. 

Lately, I’ve had a hard time choosing a book.  I don’t want to listen to something that will make me sad, depressed or tense.  I just finished listening to The Good Guy by Dean Koontz.  It was a murder mystery.  Good story, but not a feel good Christmas story. 

Today, I started The Sweet Potato Queens’ First Big-Ass Novel:  Stuff we Didn’t actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet by Jill Conner Brown.  Now, here is a great read.  Funny with a story line every woman can identify with at some level.  I’m not finished yet.  It’s one of those novels you don’t want to finish.

Lately, I’ve mostly listened to audio books from the State Of Kansas Audio Books.  By downloading and installing Media Overdrive on that site,  it is simple to put an audio book on to an inexpensive little mp3 player.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Who knew? An IPad Band

Carol Lindahl, a Chapman High School classmate, posted this on her Facebook page.  Enjoy!