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Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House for sale

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My husband noticed that Frank Lloyd Wright’s Los Angeles Ennis House was listed on the real estate market today for $15 million. I was surprised to read about some of its many big screen appearances – House on Haunted Hill, Grand Canyon, Blade Runner, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks, Black Rain, The Karate Kid III and 1975’s The Day of the Locust.

While I am a huge fan of FLW, this property is not among my favorites. However, I do hope someone decides to step up and responsibly take on the maintenance and restoration it needs.

My other Frank Lloyd Wright posts: Falling Water, Kentuck Knob, Pope-Leighey House


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Tagged! 7 Honest Things

I’ve been tagged by Tracy at Prickly Pear Bloom to post 7 honest things about myself. Surprisingly, I found this task to be difficult, and I’m not sure why… like maybe these bits of information aren’t really very post-worthy. But here goes…

  1. I just started group guitar lessons. It has been something on my “Things to do during my lifetime” list. Yesterday I had my second class. Now, instead of playing air guitar, I’ll post pics on how my playing turns my husband’s hair prematurely grey.
  2. Being around a lot of people makes me uncomfortable. I’m much better one-on-one or with smaller groups. If you meet me around a lot of people and think I come across perfectly normal, then know that I am acting.
  3. I’m allergic to alcohol – no beer, wine, or any liquor for me. It’s the saddest thing really, not having an excuse for my odd behaviors like everybody else.
  4. If I could choose an aspect of myself to change, I’d up my self-motivation. Then maybe I’d get through my “Things to do during my lifetime” list a lot faster.
  5. I really like sunny mornings. A good cup of coffee and a yummy breakfast make it even better. I like how the day feels so fresh and full of potential and promise. Like anything can happen. Like how today I might turn into superwoman and accomplish everything on my to-do list (yes, I’m big on lists).
  6. I have a sweet tooth. I think I get it from my Dad, and my sister is the same way. Even when I feel full to bursting, I can still make room for a little dessert. It’s amazing that I’m not seriously overweight, although I’ve had to buy new pants this year…
  7. My favorite movies are the feel-good kind, usually involving an adventuresome romance. A few movies I could watch over and over: The Fifth Element, Amelie, The Thomas Crown Affair, Sweet Home Alabama, and The Sound of Music. I know, it’s embarrassing.

Now, to carry on the tradition, I’m tagging: Turkey Creek Lane, Paper Kitty, Cross.Pollination, Amethystlune, KeenEye, Diane Aldred, and The Pure Interest (even though Rachel was recently tagged with the “Four” question kind). The guidelines are:

1 Link the person who has tagged you
2 Tell seven true things about yourself
3 Tag seven new people
4 Leave a message with the person you have tagged so they know about it

Good Luck!


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"Stranger than Fiction" Movie + Infographics

It is very unusual for David and I to find a movie that we both enjoy, but we recently netflixed Stranger than Fiction, which falls into that rare category. It is a comedy/drama about a lonely IRS agent (Will Ferrell) who starts to hear a voice narrating in his head. Turns out the voice belongs to eccentric novelist Karen Eiffel (played by Emma Thompson) who is on the verge of killing him off, not realizing her main character is real. Other supporting roles are played by the ever charming Maggie Gyllenhaal (the love interest), Dustin Hoffman (a professor who Harold goes to for advice), and Queen Latifah (who plays Karen’s writing assistant). The film’s unique storyline is artistic, dramatic, funny, poignant, revealing and classic.

Picture clipping of two frames out of the animated opening credits sequence (see video, below)

Picture clippings during the introduction of the main character (see video, below)

Beyond the story, however, is a very well done method of info graphics that was pretty intriguing. I don’t know why, but there is no hint of it in the trailer, so it came as a surprise while we were watching. David did a little online research and found the info graphics were done by MK12. Their site is definitely worth checking out because they’ve done some wildly cool design and animation. David also came across the blog infosthetics.com, who also posts about this subject.

I suggest watching the trailer before watching the opening sequence below, just so there is a better understanding of the film.

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