A chit's yearly list of nonsense

Arsenic and Old Lace


This has long been one of my favorite movies. Arsenic and Old Lace the 1944 film was based on the 1939 play. Frank Capra put together a stellar cast and it is the perfect antidote to a dull day.

The Plot

Mortimer loves Elaine and despite his reservations they get married on Halloween. Before they leave for their Niagara Falls honeymoon they stop at his aunt’s house where things quickly spiral out of control.

Dead bodies, trumpet-blowing Presidents and sweet little old ladies with a macabre charity become more than poor Mortimer expected on his wedding day.

Serial killers, writers, and elderberry wine swirl around and around until the entire cast belongs in the Happy Dale asylum.

The whole movie takes place in one fast-paced night. If you’re going to watch this movie be ready for some of Cary Grant’s funniest facial expressions. The whole cast; from the cab driver to Dr. Einstein are top notch.

Click to Tweet some of the best lines

“Insanity runs in my family, practically gallops!”

I’m the son of a sea-cook!

When I come back, I expect to find you gone. Wait for me!

Operator? Can you hear my voice? You can? Are you sure?

Pin this image and quiz your friends!

According To Denise

This is another post inspired by Calm My Crazy. If you’d like to be reminded of my next post you can subscribe by email or your favorite RSS feed reader. This is just one of my favorite classics that calms my crazy.

NaNoWriMo 2012

I’ve mentioned it before and am getting rather excited to start National Novel Writing Month. Not only because it is on my 31@31 bucket list but because it is something I look forward to every year. This is the fourth time around for me and I’ve only begun planning in the past few days. Every year I say I’m going to buy Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem! but always forget. Have you used it or the newer workbook Ready, Set, Novel!?

My story is from a spark that zapped me during my attempt at Story a Day in September and my main character is a mature widowed woman and far from my usual. It is supposed to be science fiction and while there may be hints of romance I hope it doesn’t take center stage.

I’m still trying to decide how to handle blogging next month and have begun to schedule posts in advance but it looks like I’ll be lucky to get one or maybe two posts out a week instead of three.

Are you participating too!? Awesome.

Share all the places you’d like to connect with others. Here’s my list:
Google+ Add your name in my circle post if you want to read my crazy updates throughout the month.
Twitter I’m making a list on there but have barely been on there lately.

Plus, I’ll be updating this list to add any posts I do that NaNoWriMo 2012 related.

100 pushups: First Check in

Photo by Rafael Peñaloza via Flickr

I mentioned my goal to go from zero to a hundred pushups in 10 months. Too bad that isn’t going to happen anymore. Since I’m already up to 100 a day now!

While October isn’t even halfway through I’ve been doing 100 hundred pushups for the past 10 days and it is extremely motivating. I’ve updated my original post but the idea of gradually adding ten more pushups every day went out the window in September when I started getting antsy to do more.

Is October going to be the month I hit my #100pushups challenge?

I’m not sure. I didn’t plan to start doing it but I’m going to keep doing it feeling no pressure since I’m so far ahead of schedule. Guess that shows sometimes planning can take the fun out of a challenge.

Here are some boring October stats for you

  • I’m doing modified (or girl pushups) but am starting to do a small amount of standard a day
  • I do regular, triceps, and diamond presses
  • I usually do 25 at a time with four sets throughout the day
  • Two of those are usually right before I go to bed*
  • The most I’ve done at once is 40

If I complete 100 pushups every day

  • I’ll still need to do one more day in November
  • I’ll be beyond pumped!
  • I’ll start adding more standard pushups

*I’m going to try to do more pushups when I wake up instead of before bed since my sleep pattern has been even worse than lately.

What about you? How are you doing on your challenges?

Check out this awesome guide on The Art of Manliness with videos for 35 different push ups! I’ve done the knuckle one a few times unintentionally 🙂

Roman Epitaphs


Last week I mentioned I’ll be reading a lot for my classes this month.  And I’m quickly noticing it is far too easy to get carried away during research! We were talking about the decline of the Roman Empire and how morale (not to mention morals) were at an all time low.

You can still buy the book but it is rather steep!

I found a bunch of epitaphs in this book, one with the phrase that became commonly used, “I was not, I was, I am not, I have no more desires”. There is even an article from European Journal of Archaeology that studies Roman life through its inscriptions.

Many of the epitaphs ranged from grieving husbands to those warning others away from their remains.  Here is a list of 10 MEMORABLE EPITAPHS FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD. The example below is sad and makes you wonder what Mevia Sophe and her husband’s life was like.

Click to tweet⇒  What I ate and drank is with me here; what I left behind is gone forever.

I’ve never thought of what message I’d like to leave behind if any at all.

What about you? What would your Roman Epitaph say?

Reading and Writing: October 2012

I took an unscheduled blogging break for two weeks trying to get back into the school rhythm. I ended up spending most of the time reading, writing, and enjoying the last bits of summer.

Being a native South Floridian fall has become my favorite time of year and if it wasn’t so dark out I’d be lying under the apple trees reading my next chapter in history. Instead, I’m inside doing laundry, cleaning out the fridge- you know typical Monday chores.

The countdown to NaNoWriMo is on but so is the countdown for my December vacation which means I need to be very, VERY organized for the next two months.  September’s writing challenge fizzled out just like my blog but I did get a few interesting pieces and mayhap even my NaNo ’12 idea!

Click to Tweet ⇒ What is on your reading & writing list this month?


NaNo for the New and the Insane: I mentioned it last month but am finding some great bits of advice so will keep reading. Only thing I noticed it is no longer on Barnes and Noble but you can still get it from her website.

15 days to write and submit a short story by Joe Bunting
I got this when I bought his eBook Let’s Write a Short Story 1 I’m not only reading this one but willing be following along with this workbook.

If you’re my friend on GoodReads then you’ve already seen my status updates about the one of the main books I’ll be reading. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Eighth Edition, Volume 1: The Middle Ages Through the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century and World History in Brief: Major Patterns of Change and Continuity, Combined Volume (6th Edition).


  • I’ll be preparing for NaNoWriMo
  • Writing advance posts so when things are at it’s craziest my blog won’t be so lonely
  • 15 days Workbook. I haven’t picked a start day yet but most likely it will be next Monday. Want to join in?
  1. Click on the image to go to Amazon but that is only for Joe’s eBook. Get the package on his website if you’d like the workbook too.