Hello There

I know I’ve been on hiatus for a while (again) and I’m sorry about that, but I think I had a good reason. On Saturday, May 31 at 1:00 pm I married the man I love.

The few short months leading up to the wedding, especially the last because I’m good at procrastinating and bad at asking for help, were packed with a flurry of plans.

Now, we have a new to-do list a mile long withe everything from getting his stuff moved to my-now-our apartment, to changing my name, to planning the honeymoon for later this year… But I’m not stressing as much as I normally would be because my mom brought it into perspective for me. My husband and I need to take it one thing at a time, one day at a time. It will get done.

Part of what helps me stress less is by spending more time writing. Partly because of this and partly because I’ve simply missed it, I’m going to try to start blogging regularly again.

But, since I’m now running two blogs, the regularity of posts is going to change.

For example, I’m going to have posts for here (I Breathe Words) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week while posting on my second blog on Tuesday and Thursday.

The afore mentioned second blog is called Food for Thought. This Tumblr blog of mine has been several different things in its lifetime and I think I finally settled on something that’ll stick. Food for Thought is a blog of reviews on a little bit of everything and anything–recipes, restaurants, products, companies, etc.

I know that I already do reviews on IBW, but these are different. Although, with the lower number of posts, I’m now contemplating having the literature type reviews I do here on Food for Thought instead….

Also because the number of posts are different, I’ll need to rethink weekly posts. Obviously I’m still working out the kinks to my new plan and I hope the end results are wonderful.

Game of Thrones

 

Just a quick note before the actual review: review posts should be returning to Monday starting next week. I simply wanted to make sure that yesterday’s post happened yesterday.

Rating: 5game-of-thrones 

If you don’t watch or read Game of Thrones yourself, you’ve more than likely at least heard of it. George R. R. Martin‘s works of fantasy have attracted many many fans. And when HBO got its hands on said books, Game of Thrones’ popularity soared.

I’m currently just starting to dig into the third book, A Storm of Swords. There are five books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series so far (each roughly 1,000 pages long) and Martin is still writing, so I have a little ways to go.

I am, however, caught up on the TV series. The fourth season just started on Sunday, April 6 and I was able to see both it and the second episode (on Sunday, April 13) as they aired. I had to watch season three just a couple of weeks before the first episode of season four started after my fiance bought the season on DVD.

And the first two episode haven’t been a disappointment.

Part of what’s amazing about Martin’s books is the way that he organizes the timeline his characters live in. All of the main characters take turns using their own voices to tell their stories as they sometimes take part in each others’. For example, in the third book, the first chapter is told by Arya and the following by Tyrion. These two characters are both important players in the battle for the Iron Throne. And they’re also two of my favorite characters.

george-rr-martin---credit-karolina-webb_custom-f55e7468bf1390094e2995cc4f26d8e6a8f7ab47-s6-c30For someone who isn’t used to reading a book with flipping perspectives, it might be hard to get in to at first. You’d think that with the large number of characters whose minds are entered, it might be hard to get attached to said characters. But it’s actually hard not to connect to them–all of them really. From my favorites–like Daenerys and Sansa–and the ones I love to hate–like Joffrey and Cersei–I have strong emotional attachment to each of them.

And the plot is masterfully complex. There are stories and stories within stories. There are knights, ladies, kings, queens, magic, dragons, fighting, and explicit scenes. A little something for everybody really.

My one major criticism of it all is just how explicit both the books and TV series are. You can’t read this to or watch this with your children. There’s a reason it’s on HBO–language, sex scenes, and bloody violence. Even if you don’t enjoy all of that, the stories are spellbinding, and well worth pushing past what might make you uncomfortable. And, if you have DVR or opt to wait and get them on DVD, you can utilize your fast forward button.

If anything, I highly recommend that you delve into this book series. Also, I suggest you click this picture of Martin and read the post that the link reads to.

The Croods

Rating: 5

This DreamWorks movie came out in March of 2013, and, in case I haven’t told you yet, I adore animated movies. My boyfriend bought me this movie on DVD for Christmas and we watched it last night since there was a freakish snow/ice/cold storm coming to KY. And, I promise that I will one day review something other than a movie.

The Croods is a movie set in a fantastical world whose trailers instantly had me intrigued. Besides the story and world of this movie, the fact that Emma Stone was the voice of the main character, Eep, had me wanting to see this movie. The first movie I saw her in was Easy A, and I’ve been a fan since then. This movie didn’t disappoint me.

This movie focuses on a family, The Croods, who have only survived the harsh environment they live in because the leader of their family, Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage), has created strict rules for all of them to follow. His number one rule–“Always be afraid.” As his daughter, Eep, has gotten older, she’s grown to resent these rules as her curiosity finds her stretching her limits around the confines of the cave. The rest of her family, Ugga (her mother, voiced by Catherine Keener), Gran (her grandma, voiced by Cloris Leachman), Thunk (her brother, voiced by Clark Duke), and Sandy (her baby sister, voiced by Randy Thom), all follow Grug’s rules without a second thought.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS

But, one night, Eve sees something strange outside the cave and risks her Grug’s anger by going out to investigate. She discovers a boy her age, Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), and the strange thing he has created–fire. After some slightly awkward conversation in which she acts like a caveman because she is and he tells her that the world is ending, Guy heads off on his mission for the mountains while Eep goes back to the cave. But, the family has discovered her escape and meet her half way in their search for her. Her father confronts her and she attempts to explain to them what has happened, making them more and more alarmed because Eep is telling them about things that are new and different. Then, the world starts to shake, just as Guy said it would.

Their instant reaction is to flee for the cave, but it’s destroyed in an avalanche of rocks. In the clearing dust, the family is confronted by a lush land full of dangerous and wondrous creatures and so many possibilities. Naturally, Grug wants to do anything but explore this new world, but a predator at their rear forces them to literally dive into it. As they attempt to survive the new terrors that face them, they discover that Guy might be the one thing that will keep them alive and their family bonds are tested.

I loved this movie for both the story and the beautiful animation. The artists and voice actors did a wonderful job of bringing this spellbinding world to life. The animals that they came up with and created are We didn’t see it in 3D because, well, we never see movies in 3D, but I’m sure that this would be a movie fitted to it.

What’s really important in this movie is the bonds of family, specifically the lack of bonding between Eep and Grug. The family seems to loose respect for Grug as they semi-quickly adapt to their new lives and he sticks to what he knows. Grug is deeply hurt by this, but he doesn’t quite know how to fix it. Will he and his family survive this ordeal the way that they started, one unconventional but loving family?

Watch the movie yourself and find out!