Monday, March 25, 2013

Dogs That Talk And Other Stuff

1. Easter is coming up! Natty and I spent yesterday working on three dozen eggs for our baskets. My husband's eye was twitching because we made such a huge mess. But we had a great time.

If you're looking for something sweet and silly and different for your kids' Easter baskets this year, why not order a copy of LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE? You could add a small plush weenie dog, too, just for fun!

2. As you all know, I love ridiculous movies. Somehow I missed the sheer excellence that is HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, starring John Cusack and assorted other hilarious actors. Dear Lord! It was utterly fabulous, set in the 1980s, and chock full of delicious gems like this...(my favorite quote)...

"I write Stargate fan fiction. I think I know what I'm talking about."

Penelope Highly Recommends watching this movie if you have fond memories of the 80s, like John Cusack, asinine humor, and lots of cocktails. A winner!

3. First I read a book with a cat's POV (The Girl With The Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir). Then, I read a book with a dog's POV---The Love Dog by Elsa Watson. The premise for this novel is really cute. A tabloid reporter goes undercover on a reality TV show that features a "love dog" who brings together fractured couples. The suspense portion of this story was high...the entire time you're worried that Samantha's cover will be blown. Watson did a good job wrapping up this difficult conflict at the end.

I'm not gonna lie. My favorite character, by far, was the dog Apollo. He was super sweet, loving, and adorable, and I was stressed out thinking he would not get his HEA. (I was more worried about Apollo and his HEA than the human characters in the story). Well, the ending was PERFECTION! True love and happiness for all, human and canine alike. I do think the H/h of this book took a back seat to the dog and his quest to make people happy. But the magic of this story was the dog, and getting his charming POV added the pop into this book.

Grade: B+

I think I am now addicted to books with animals' POVs and must find more!

All righty folks...time for another exciting Monday! Hope y'all have a great week.



Tales of Whimsy said...

Ha! I like that silly movie. :)

Unknown said...

I missed that one, too!

Arizona and I cuddled up and watched it yesterday. Loved the fanfic line, and the reference to Manimal, which I made the mistake of bringing up the other day, only to get a bunch of blank looks from friends who whipped out their phones, Googled it, and howled.

My bar for entertainment, it is not high!

JenM said...

My hubs just watched that movie a couple of weeks ago. I tried to avoid it, but kept going into the living room and getting sucked in.

You should try Cattitude by Edie Ramer. It's a really cute, sweet romance about a girl who somehow magically switches bodies with a cat named Belle. Belle in human form still acts like a cat (ie. the Mistress of the Universe) and ultimately gets the guy.

Penny Watson said...

Juju...I LIVE for movies like that!

Penny Watson said...

Hey Jesse! Have you watched Pitch Perfect? It's my favorite movie from the past year...absolutely hilarious!

Penny Watson said...

Hi JenM! You got sucked into the Time Machine! Ahhhh!!!!!!

Thanks for the rec for Cattitude!

Julia Barrett said...

Your kind of movie. My husband's too. I wish I wasn't so tired, I'd leave a comment about how much I like fun animal books instead of sad animal books.

Penny Watson said...

Uh oh. Hi Julia! 1st, go sleep! 2nd, I HATE sad animal books. Ugh. But this one has a super nice happy ending for the golden retriever. It made my day!

Anonymous said...

I loved Hot Tub time machine. It had one of those amazing, wait-he's-his-father? moments that was perfect for shock value and plot progression.
So fun!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I keep forgetting to order Hot Tub Time Machine on Netflix. I need to see that movie!