Anniversary in Astoria

Yesterday Ryan surprised me with more than just a trip to the Washington State Capitol.  You can see that picture if you follow me on Instagram (joycandee).  He warned me that it was a bit of a drive and I was slightly worried after we spent some time rambling around Aberdeen, driving by Kurt Cobain’s childhood home and the bridge where Kurt Cobain drew a lot of his musical inspiration from.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that but Aberdeen was definitely more of a treat for Ryan.IMG_20160223_073244~2However, once I figured out that he had booked a place in Astoria, I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful drive and even laughed as we got to sing along to a little Cindy Lauper that was serendipitously on the radio.IMG_20160223_084908For those of you not familiar, Astoria is a little town on the Oregon coasts where the Goonies was set and filmed.  It also boasts the location where Clark Gable began his acting career and also a few places where outdoor scenes from Kindergarten Cop were shot.  I’m sure there are a few other noteworthy things but since I really shamelessly love The Goonies, this was just a fun place to be if only for one night.IMG_20160222_170247We drove by some of the places you can see from the movie.  However, the Goonie house is privately owned and tucked away on a hillside that is currently closed to traffic.  But we still got to see the jail and walked by the intersection that is highlighted during the police chase in the opening credits of the film.  Recognize the car?  That’s the one (if not the actual car then the same style) the Fratelli brothers were driving.IMG_20160222_170915~2As much as I enjoy the Goonies, the highlight of the day was time with my husband in the beautiful, romantic hotel.  He chose very well.  We enjoyed the amazing views, the welcome complete with a wine and cheese bar, the relaxing sounds of the Columbia River, a bubble bath including complementary champagne, fluffy white bathrobes and a cozy fire.  We just stayed in, ordered pizza (after all it was Ryan’s anniversary too) and played games all evening.IMG_20160222_173442~2This beautiful view is what we woke up to.  I’m so blessed by my husband who took the time to plan something special even in our busy season of travel, moving towards Australia and support raising.  We’ve known each other 3 years, been married 2 years and I’m excited to see where the future takes us.

The End of the World- Part 2

Tonight my husband and I will watch Ghostbusters 2 in anticipation of the latest upcoming end of the world prediction.  I’ve blogged about the end of the world before like in this post from 2011 aptly named: The End of the World.  Since I survived the first prediction, I’m looking forward to surviving this next prediction.20160107_143351Many people have tried to predict the end of the world in the movies as well as reality, going so far as choosing years or even specific dates.  In this scene Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) takes predictions from two psychics.  One predicts New Years Eve and the other predicts…February 14, 2016.20160107_143248In response to this I will quote Peter Venkman, “Valentines Day…Bummer.”  I hope you will enjoy your evening and live through next Valentine’s Day.  🙂

Back to the Future

Today is the day when Marty McFly went to the future.  In anticipation of this momentous occasion, Ryan and I watched all 3 of the Back to the Future movies last month.  It was fun to watch these movies with my husband.


We enjoyed thinking about Marty’s future when fax machines still reigned and “Skype” was a new novelty.  Nope, we don’t all ride on hover boards or have clothes that automatically fit us with the push of a button or shoes that lace themselves but I’m sure the writers had fun dreaming of all the details.  I’m pretty impressed with all the things they did get right.


Ryan and I also enjoy parking at a spot in Port Hueneme that is near the rail road tracks where they filmed some of the scenes from the 3rd movie.  We get to take a walk or head to the beach and remember Marty McFly.

The future is here.

On This Day in History

Happy May Everyone!  Here are a few random fun facts to welcome this new month.

On May 1st 1786 Mozart’s opera “Marriage of Figaro” premiered in Vienna, Austria.

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On May 1st 1883 “Buffalo Bill” Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show.

On May 1st 1920 Babe Ruth hit his 50th career homerun and his first homerun for the Yankees.


On May 1st 1941 Orson Welles’ movie Citizen Kane premiered in New York.

On May 1st in 1966 the Beatles played their last British concert at Empire Pool in Wembley.


On May 1st 1967 Elvis Presley married Priscilla Ann Beaulieu in Las Vegas.

On May 1st 1991 the Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago Cubs, 10-9, in 19 innings. (I had to throw that one in for Ryan.)

#11-#13 Why I Love My Husband

#11- His sense of care and protection.  For example: when we go on walks, he purposefully walks on the outside closest to the street. We rarely walk on busy or dangerous roads so in some ways this is a formality but he genuinely wants to protect and care for me.  With this little gesture, he is putting actions behind his words.

#12- His willingness to sell/get rid of many of his DVDs, baseballs cards and records.  Since we are hoping to be mobile, we don’t have the storage capacity for everything.  Ryan has begun the process of sorting through his large collections.  Anyone interested in buying DVDs, baseball cards or records, let me know.  We’ll make you a great deal!

IMG_0348DVDs lined up alphabetically on our wall.  The line extends well into the shadows.

IMG_0350Yes, these tubs are filled with baseball and even some football cards.  I love hearing Ryan’s collecting stories.  Some of these cards came with pizza and most of them are filled with sweet memories.  How about starting a collection for one of your kids?

IMG_0352This is just a fraction of the records Ryan is willing to part with.  But he’s not getting rid of everything because there is something still very special about listening to music on vinyl.

#13- His commitment to me.  He reminds me often that he is committed to loving me and making our marriage work.  His words help me to feel safe and secure in our relationship.

Check out the first 10 reasons why I love my husband: #1-#4, #5-#7, #8-#10.  Ryan is a wonderful, remarkable man.

Movie Review: The Sapphires

MV5BMTQyNTk5MDk1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjgyODYxOQ@@._V1_SX214_Now here is a movie that I can happily recommend.  The Sapphires is based on a true story and accurately portrays some of the historical challenges facing Aboriginals in Australia.  The movie is about four Aboriginal girls who sign up to sing for and entertain the US troops in Vietnam but in the end they do a lot more than just sing.  They fall in and out of love, see the harsh realities of war and deal with difficult interpersonal relationships.  But throughout it all the bonds of family, friendship and music keep them strong.  The Sapphires is an Australian gem.

Movie Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert

I am always up for an excuse to watch a movie.  My most recent and often used excuse is “It’s about Australia.”  And that’s what lead me to the story of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  This movie is also a stage production which is currently playing in Sacramento and San Francisco.  However, after seeing the movie I am not inclined to run out and see it on stage despite its rave reviews.  However, even with my hesitations, the scenery, costumes and comedy kept me watching to the end.


Priscilla Queen of the Desert is about two drag queens and a transsexual who get a cabaret gig in the middle of the Australian desert.  The relationships between the characters and their witty, playful banter is amusing.  And the Australian setting, complete with it’s great desert expanses is not only a beautiful backdrop but it also becomes a character.  As the group traveled further from the big city, I was impressed with how the relationships between conservative rural Australia and the more liberal cities was presented in a raw and unapologetic way.  The obvious point of conflict being the effeminate drag queens butting heads with the stereotypical Australian macho male.  And there is no doubt that the over the top, flamboyant, interesting costumes were both fun and beautiful.  The whole movie is easy to sing along to with old favorites and catchy tunes which included lots and lots of ABBA.  However, everything was over the top including the raunchy scenes.  Inappropriate doesn’t even come close to describing some of the dialog and unfortunate visuals.  So much so that this strongly overrides any of the positives previously mentioned.  I can not recommend this movie.  If you really want a taste of the good parts, look up pictures of some of the costumes online while listening to some ABBA and there are plenty of other movies that showcase the amazing Australian outback.