My Life in Movies, by N

My Life in Movies | completely silly I wrote a few years ago when snowed in and bored)

Movie my brothers got taken to see while my mother was giving birth to me:
Return of the Jedi

First movie I can remember seeing in a theater (the library screening room, IIRC):
The Fox and the Hound

Movie I fiercely fought back tears at, because I was a tough girl at the ripe old age of 6:
All Dogs Go to Heaven

Movies that, embarrassingly, can always make me cry:
Tomorrow Is Forever

Movies I can quote every single line of dialogue to because we rented them repeatedly and/or taped them off TV:
Follow that Bird
Robin Hood
National Velvet
The Little Mermaid
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown
What About Bob?

Movie we got to watch if it rained at recess:
The Neverending Story 2

Movies that my childhood best friend would watch only certain scenes of, over and over:
The Wizard of Oz (flying monkeys)
Return of the Jedi (Ewoks dancing)
Meet Me in St Louis (throwing flour in people’s faces)

She might have been insane, it appears:

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Movies that were always on HBO when we would get the free trial:
Rain Man

Movies that my family members quoted until the lines lost all meaning:
Rain Man
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Sling Blade
This one terrible TV movie about Charles and Diana’s divorce that sells for a small fortune Stateside

Movie my parents bought because the dog liked to watch it, even though no one else did:
Snow Dogs

Movies that informed my notions of romantic relationships:
The Cutting Edge
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
A Far Off Place
The Bodyguard

Movies I watched chiefly because of the attractiveness of the actors therein, a la Tina Belcher:
Christian Bale dancing
Christian Bale living next door
Cute boys on a boat
Handsome guys cheating at baseball
That one where Bon Jovi is on a submarine with Matthew McConaughey

Movies that made me feel smart as a nerdy teen:
The Truman Show
Romeo + Juliet
10 Things I Hate About You

Movies I was so desperate to see I bought illegal, edited DVDs:
Garden State
Love Actually

Movies I watch when I’m sick:
Can’t Hardly Wait
She’s All That
Persuasion (1995)

Movies that shaped my sense of style and aesthetics, to the present day:
Troop Beverly Hills
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Movies I have watched way, way, way too many times:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Citizen Kane
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Hot Rod
The Saint

Movies with comically bad Russian dialogue and/or accents:
The Saint
The Hunt for Red October
The Bourne movies (Лштшфум Ащьф)
Independence Day

Movies I saw on awkward dates/group outings/group dates:
The Hulk
A Beautiful Mind
Paradise Now
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Movie I slept through in a theater:
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Sequels I’ve seen without having seen the first film:
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (well, sort of. I fell asleep in the theater.)
Toy Story 2
The Incredibles 2 (in Russian no less)
Ocean’s 12
Return to the Blue Lagoon

Indie movie I saw on an early date with my husband:
Children Of Invention

Movies my husband made me watch before we could get engaged:
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Those other three ones

Movies I made my husband watch after he put a ring on it:
Roger & Me
Hot Rod
Escanaba in Da Moonlight
Love Actually (see above)

Movies I don’t understand why everyone loves:
The Goonies
The Notebook

Movies I didn’t see until later in life and now regret all those years not knowing:
Soul Man
In the Mood for Love

Movie I have no intention of ever seeing:

Movie my husband cannot believe I’ve never seen:
The Shawshank Redemption

Movies my husband and I quote most often to each other:
Summer Catch
Varsity Blues (this)
School Of Rock (this)
Bring It On
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!
The Other Sister
The Saint

Possibly the best gift I have ever received:
Eddie and the Cruisers parts 1 & 2 DVD set

Movie I watched once in the middle of the night and told everyone was awesome for the next decade and then rewatched and was so embarrassed:
Thank God It’s Friday

Movie I’ve seen the first 15 minutes of, over and over, on an overseas flight:
V for Vendetta

Movie I watched in a hotel room in Denmark because it was literally the only thing on TV that wasn’t porn:
Hotel For Dogs

Movies I will sit down and watch every time they’re on TV regardless of how many times I’ve seen them/how good or bad they are:
Happy Gilmore
Tommy Boy
The Breakfast Club
Sleepless in Seattle
A Few Good Men
Dumb and Dumber
Office Space

Movies I think are dumb but I will hate-watch if I am in the right mood and have a potent potable:
The Jane Austen Book Club
Runaway Bride
The Last Song
The Lincoln Lawyer
Blue Crush

Movies I hate so much I can’t speak about them coherently for very long without just starting to make noises:
Garden State
Emma (1996)
Dan In Real Life
The Village

Movies in which I root for the “bad guy”:
The Sound of Music (Baroness Shraeder is awesome.)
Return of the Jedi (The Emperor)
Swing Kids (Christian Bale, that is, not, you know, Hitler)
Armageddon (the asteroid)

Movie I should have seen in a theater:
The Perfect Storm

Last movie I saw in the theater:

Next movie I will see in a theater:
Casablanca, if I can drag the mister


Make Money Online: Swagbucks

One of the things I admire most about the “Greatest Generation” (besides their amazing fashion sense, of course) is their frugality, their “make-do-and-mend” approach to money and possessions. They knew that banks fail, economies go through major depressions, and it’s better to have a coffee can full of money buried in the yard in case of a rainy day or a dustbowl decade.

In that spirit, I thought from time to time I could share a few things that I’ve found to be a reliable source of a few coins for the Folgers can. There might be an affiliate links to some items, but as you know, I only recommend items I trust and believe in.

First off is Swagbucks.

Swagbucks is a sort of gamified reward site. You can earn points (“Swagbucks”) for using the search engine, watching videos, taking surveys, and click-through shopping.

You can redeem the points for various stuff, although I have only ever bothered with Amazon Gift Cards and PayPal cash.

Since 2009, I’ve earned $189 in Amazon GC and $235 in PayPal cash, mostly for searches I do anyway. I’ve recently gotten into the SwagIQ app, which offers live trivia contests most weeknights and extra games on holidays.

Want to give it a try? Here’s my referral link:



Replacing a Coat Lining

An inexpensive trenchcoat of waterproof khaki ...
An inexpensive trenchcoat of waterproof khaki with a snap-out lining by VEB Leipziger Bekleidungswerks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been meaning to write about replacing a coat lining for months–I’m either very late, or very early!

J has a now-vintage winter coat from Structure (the former men’s line from Compagnie Internationale Express) that has held up to much abuse over the years. The lining finally gave out though (and was hanging from the hem in tatters not unlike a tail!), but J didn’t want to give up on it.

You’ll find many vintage coats at thrift stores and estate sales have this same issue–the lining tends to be the least durable part of the coat’s construction. Thankfully, though, replacing a lining is something you can do fairly easily and inexpensively.

Supplies needed:

  • Fabric: For this project, I bought some nice cling-free poly lining from the late Hancock Fabrics. I bought 3 yards just to have some left over. You can use many different fabrics for linings–silk, polyester, even quilting cottons! It can be so fun to add a funky patterned lining to a classic trench or peacoat. The sky is the limit!
  • Thread: Go for good quality, since coats take strain at the seams.
  • Needles: With thick fabrics like wool, make sure you have the appropriate size needles for your machine–they can get dull quickly. There will also be some hand-sewing to finish, so make sure you have a needle for that too!

The black fabrics didn’t photograph terribly well, and I always forget to take in-progress photos, so I can just briefly explain the process:

  1. Take a seam ripper and carefully remove HALF of the lining. Go ahead and cut it away from the half you are leaving intact.
  2. The half you cut out will become your pattern for the new lining. Just cut on the fold for the main interior piece, cut two sleeves, etc., until you have all the pieces.
  3. The half of the fabric you left in will show you how to re-construct the garment. Assemble the sleeve, and then start sewing the lining into the coat. Work around until you hit the sections of the old lining that you left in, and begin to remove them and sew in the new lining.
  4. Finish off the bottom corners by hand.