Love, Juliebug: September 2015

Director Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy and an All-Star Cast Go Undercover in The Funniest Movie of the Year!
Available on Blu-ray, DVD September 29 and
Digital HD September 4

The Locked & Loaded Blu-ray Release Comes Armed with an Unrated Cut, the Theatrical Cut, and more than two hours of outrageous bonus features

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 4, 2015) – Queen of Comedy Melissa McCarthy “in her funniest movie yet” (Leonard Maltin, LeonardMaltin.com) embarks on the mission of a lifetime as secret agent Susan Cooper in SPY. The September 29th Blu-ray release will include two versions of the film - Theatrical and never-before-seen Unrated Cut.  The DVD will feature the Theatrical version.  Both the Theatrical version and Unrated Cut of Spy will also be available on Digital HD September 4th. The global ensemble cast features Jason Statham, Jude Law and Rose Byrne who deliver hysterical performances in this summer blockbuster hit that totaled over $100 million in the domestic box office.[1] The movie was adored by critics who gave it an astounding 95% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com.


                                                   
McCarthy is armed and hilarious in this “outrageously entertaining” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) comedy hit from director Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids). Deskbound CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is about to become the world’s newest — and unlikeliest — secret weapon. When her partner (Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Statham) is compromised, Susan volunteers to go deep undercover and bring down a deadly arms dealer. Loaded with wise-cracking action and adventure, SPY is a mission impossible to resist!

Unlike Susan’s absurd yet effective secret agent gadgets, the SPY Unrated Blu-ray can barely conceal its massive amounts of bonus features, including two gag reels, fifteen alternate scenes and an all-new Unrated Cut with an extra 10 minutes! With more than two hours of never-before-seen footage, fans of the film will be able to join the fun on set as the cast cracks up while doing Feig’s bidding, learn just how handsy the world of espionage can get for McCarthy, and see just how all those bats made it into the CIA Headquarters and onto Susan’s desserts! And don’t forget to check out the 15 classified alternate scenes and three redacted scenes, featuring Jason Statham as you’ve never seen him and outrageous performances by the rest of the cast, including Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Serafinowicz, and 50 Cent. Fans can also join the filmmakers, including Feig and producer Jessie Henderson, as they talk about how the summer’s funniest film came to life while you watch it.



We also have a copy of SPY on Blu-ray/Digital HD to share with one lucky reader! Just enter using the rafflecopter below. The giveaway runs 9/29 - 10/13.

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The Amazon original series Transparent won five Emmys over the weekend. To celebrate, they are discounting the cost of Prime for new members this Friday. From 12:00 AM ET to 11:59 PM PT on Friday September 25th, customers signing up for the annual subscription will pay $67 instead of the usual $99. Having Prime gives you many perks including access to the Emmy winning show and other movies and TV shows, in addition to music streaming, free two-day shipping and more.

I've even heard of a possible secret "hack" of sorts if you already have Prime. Check HERE for details. Yes, it is from March 2014 but you might just be able to get an extension for $67. Worth a try, right?

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My mind has been filled all day with thoughts of this day fourteen years ago. Though I can't quite believe it has been that long. I can't bring myself to re-live the day in photographs no matter how many times they fell before me today.

It saddens me to know that so many souls perished from the events of that day. That the hatred that perpetuated this horrendous crime still exists - lives and breathes in corners of the earth. It makes my heart ache and my head pound. These moments make me want to scream "Why?" and still, after all this time, I have no answers. 

As there are so many stories of sorrow and deep loss - I've heard many that fill me with awe. Stories of those who should have been there, right there, but for a small, seemingly insignificant reason they were not. And so, they lived.



I can't pretend to make sense of it all. Some people would say it's all to do with God's will or, worse, his condemnation. I think both of these trains of thoughts are horribly inaccurate and cruel. My God is a God of love and though, yes, he works in mysterious ways, I cannot and will not believe that he set those events into motion.

So, this day ends - once again - with me thanking God for each day, each moment of my crazy little life. Even the ones that drag on or seem filled with sadness, loneliness, or frustration. Because each day I take another breath is one to be thankful for. 

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I have always wanted a garden. Okay, not always but, seeing as I can't keep a houseplant alive, I figured vegetables and fruits were out of my reach. Still, my hubby and I talked about it last Spring (which is like Winter #3 for us in Wyoming) and we decided to give it a go. We bought some seeds, a few supplies and began to grow our seedlings indoors. 


They started out looking like this. We planted broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, strawberries, and zucchini initially. Lo and behold - we had growth! I was ecstatic!


Except. These beautiful plants didn't all make it into the ground in our backyard. They...died. Not due to an error on my part but we had a significant amount of rain. SO much more rain than usual and we couldn't get them planted because of it. So, all but the zucchini and tomato didn't make it. I was so sad. I could have cried. I may have teared up.

We didn't even know for sure if our "babies" would make it. But, we had hope.


Those are the pitiful looking zucchini. A couple looked really good but one even was broken a bit. So, do you want to see months of hoping, watering, and weeding? Here goes! See the little green tomatoes and zucchini blossoms?




Now, we even have tomatoes starting to get red along with 15 others on their way and many zucchini that are growing nice and big. I had no clue I could feel so much...pride and joy over growing our own garden. I can't wait for next year when we will, hopefully, be able to grow even more of our own veggies. 

Do you garden or have you ever wanted to do so? What would you grow?

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