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Gravity ~


I don’t usually “do” critiques of movies online, but for some reason, this one has been uppermost in my mind all day ~ after seeing the movie last night.  First of all, in my opinion, it was not an award-winner.  It was good, but not great.  I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it in the theater, but the $1.30 it cost me at Redbox is worth it.  Indeed, there are precious few movies I would pay to see in the theater, since they’ll be at Redbox within 3 weeks after they’re released.


My worst complaint about the movie was the sound… maybe it was our t.v., but we just couldn’t hear the dialog 99% of the time.  Thank God for closed captioning.

Visually, it was pretty entertaining.  And the premise different and interesting.  I don’t recall ever seeing a movie with this exact story line, which was refreshing.  I am a science fiction addict, so this space stuff was right up my alley.

I’m not a huge fan of George Clooney, so the fact that he kinda took a back seat to Sandra Bullock was good for me.  She played her part well.  But I think my “thing” was – and it’s my own fault – I found myself competing (?) with her.  In the most harrowing parts of the film, I’d think “What would I do in that situation?”  And I found, for me, most of the time I would be throwing up.  Her character, Dr. Ryan Stone, did not have all that much “training” to be up in space… didn’t they say 6 months?  Maybe I mis-heard it, but 6 months is not all that long to me.  Considering all of the inconceivable things she went through during this space adventure, I’m sure she would’ve been stricken with PTSD of the worst kind by the time she managed to land and crawl up onto that beach at the end!  I would’ve NOT stood up, but clutched that beach, kissing the sand, for at least 2-3 hours.  And where did she end up, anyway?  She just struggles to stand and wobbles off – end of story.  Did she ever get anything to eat or drink?  Because she never did either, or pee either, that we know of, during the entire escapade.

I can’t imagine going through all of the catastrophes that she went through and surviving.  She had one REALLY BAD day that day!  I don’t know that I would’ve had the strength of her character.  It was interesting to watch for that reason alone, all of the “stuff” that poor woman went through.  You’d have to put me in a cage if I ever made it back to Earth.  But you’d never find me in space anyway… not even if Jean Luc Picard himself tried to lure me.  I’m afraid of heights.

Thanks for stopping by and checking me out.  Hope you have a blessed day.

TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Cee’s Share Your World: Week 14 & 15 ~

What’s Cee got in store for us this time? Well, two weeks into one, for one thing! Cee, have a good time at the beach next week. Here’s my answers to Weeks 14 & 15:

If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you? Funny as this may sound, but I could see Kathy Bates playing me.   I loved her in “Harry’s Law” on t.v.  She’s got a great sense of humor, but she’s also not afraid to kick some ass, if need be.


Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

Show us a couple of your favorites photographs? If you are not a photographer, think of a favorite scene in your life and tell us about them.   Below are a couple of my favorites.  The train on the left was one of the most exciting I’ve ever taken, as it was only moments from hitting me and I almost got knocked over by the caution arm coming down behind me when I didn’t know it.  The photo on the right of a kayaker on Long Lake in the Adirondack Mountains is another favorite.  The evergreens that flank left and right, and all of the fully displayed fall colors of the trees straight ahead… it must’ve been quite the view from the kayaker’s perspective!

A CSX freight train heads right for me

A CSX freight train heads right for me

A lone canoist on the water in Long Lake, New York







What do you like most about home?  It’s mine… well, ours.  I love the house and the property.  But the house is just the right size for me and Al.  Three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, kitchen, diningroom, familyroom and livingroom.  No basement to have to worry about traversing stairs, but we do have an unfinished attic for storage.  The front and rear decks were both hand made by my husband.  That fact, alone, I treasure.  I also love that he and I collaborated on the floor plan and made it our own.  It’s the foundation of the two of us.

Week 15 ~

What is one of your quirky traits?  Only one?  That’s a tough one!  I have so many!  Perhaps the fact that when I drive, I must drive “between the lines”.  I’m Ms. “Middle of the Road”.  I can’t take my corner short, and I have to turn at right angles.  I know!  I know!  I can’t get myself to take my car over a painted traffic line… unless, of course, it’s a passing zone where it’s ok to go over a line or two.  You did ask for quirky!

What has surprised you about blogging?  How much I enjoy it and it’s becoming addicting.  Not to mention the endless amount of challenges and awards etc. that are out there!  It is a world within the world!  I love the photography blogs, as I’m learning so much and it’s an opportunity to see what else is out there across the world through photography.  Yeah, National Geographic can pretty much take care of that, but this is a personal side that others see and create.  It’s a way to live vicariously.

Which do you prefer sweet or salty?  Or both at the same time?  Probably both at the same time, usually.  Or maybe in close proximity.  Potato chips followed by a Milky Way.  That’s just sinful!   🙂

Time to call it a night, Cee.  Thank you, again, for your thought-provoking questions.  Until next time… TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Cee’s Share Your World: Week 7 ~


Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…   Here’s Cee’s Share Your World Week 7’s Questions:

Your favorite place within two hours of your home?  Probably any freshwater lake.  Fair Haven Beach on Lake Ontario is one of my faves in the summer.  During the fall, my favorite place is anywhere the leaves are peaking within 2 hrs of my home ~ north, east, south or west ~ it’s all good!  In the winter, I like to be near snowy, ice-covered waterfalls.

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced ("Troop")

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced (“Troop”)

What is your favorite TV show or movie of all time (for example can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it)?  Favorite t.v. show would have to be “Wheel of Fortune” !!  LOL!  There’s also a quilting show (“Quilt in a Day”) that I watch only on Saturday afternoons.  Favorite movie would have to be the most current Star Trek movie… yep, I own it and can recite almost every scene.  But I can do that with almost every Star Trek movie and much of the series (old and new). 


Where do you eat breakfast?  Weekdays I manage to wolf down a bowl of Cheerios before going to work, usually.  If not, I eat at work… there’s a deli down the hall that opens up with breakfasts at 7:30 a.m.  Perfect!  On weekends, the hubby and I usually have a more leisurely breakfast consisting of one or two courses.  The first Sunday of each month, we try to drive to a local Legion for their awesome breakfast that benefits local kids with educational funds.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?  That would have to be lilacs.  Growing up, our house was surrounded by lilac trees that bloomed profusely each spring and summer.  Now that I own my own piece of this earth, I’ve done my part in planting lilac trees around my house.  I’ve planted several particularly right in front of my kitchen window so I can smell the lilacs in the spring as the scent wafts through the entire house (when I leave the window open).  Sometimes I’ll go out in the morning and just stand amidst the group of 10 trees and enjoy the smell, close my eyes and remember what it was like growing up.

Until next week, TTFN!

     Tamara Eckstadt ~