Haiku Me Friday! Hanging upside down

I’m disoriented
The blood rushes to my head
But I feel the Force

This scene in ESB is often overlooked.  It’s a scene that seems like it could have been left on the cutting floor EXCEPT for the fact that we see Luke use the Force in a way we’ve never seen before.  As someone who has grown up with the OT, I’ve gotten used to this scene but I believe it shouldn’t be overlooked.

Before now, we have not really seen what the Force can do.  We’ve seen Obi-Wan mind trick some Stormtroopers, fight Darth Vader with a lightsaber, and speak inside Luke’s head.  Luke blows up the Death Star but it’s still a little hazy on whether or not that was the Force.  As an audience member, we are to believe that he blew up the Death Star with two perfectly timed proton torpedoes using some supernatural element but still…ehh…maybe it was luck?

Then we see Luke pull his lightsaber to him like a magnet.  This is a huge jump from what happened in ANH, even more so because Luke is actually physically doing it and there can be no doubt.  Also, he does this while hanging upside down for goodness knows how long.

After this scene where it is determined that yes, Luke does have the Force, and yes, he’s getting stronger in using the Force – we see him speak to Ben on Hoth through a Force vision and then he heads to Dagobah where he trains in using the Force with Yoda.

This scene serves as a moving piece on the Saga game board.  Though small, it helps cement the audience’s belief in the Force.


Happy St. Patricks’ Day everyone!  Hope you find your pot o’ gold.  🙂

I leave you with this picture of my husband and I at the Guinness Brewery in October:



Haiku Me Friday! It’s snowing…

Wampas and Tauntauns A cold desert in the snow The barren landscape

Wampas and Tauntauns
A cold desert in the snow
The barren landscape

I woke up this morning to an inch of snow.  Yesterday I was thinking to myself about how wonderful it was to finally be walking my dog with sneakers again because all the snow and ice had melted.  I must have jinxed it.

I’ve written about Hoth before in a Haiku but it always comes to the forefront of my mind when winter slams Massachusetts.  We live in a funny area of MA, closer to the coast, but not too close.  We’re on this dividing line where forecasters will often say, “West of I-495 should expect to see 6” or more of snow, whereas East of I-495 will see around 2-4”,” or vice versa depending on if it’s a land storm or a coastal storm.  But we are at that weird dividing line of I-495 so we never know what we are going to get.  Today is only an inch but tomorrow is 4-9” depending on what part of Massachusetts you live.  I would prefer 0” but it looks like I have no say in this matter.

My husband and I always thought we’d move out of here since we despise the winters.  But having family so close when you have children changes everything; I can’t imagine not living near our families now that we have ARM.

I think I just need to reframe my thinking, to go along with my New Year’s resolution to be more positive.  Every time I complain about snow I can think, “At least it’s not Hoth.”  Think about it – Hoth didn’t have any trees or greenery to be seen.  It was pretty desolate.  At least I have trees to look at and I don’t have to wear jackets indoors (ever notice how everyone in the Rebellion is wearing their jackets within Echo Base?).  It’s like when I had finals in college and was stressed.  I would say to myself, “At least the fate of the world doesn’t depend on me dropping a mind-twisting ring into Mt. Doom at Mordor.”  Do not think I’m joking.  I said that to myself at the end of every semester.

Okay, bring on the snowstorm!  At least it’s not Hoth.


In other news – I’m hosting my first annual Star Wars party in February.  I can’t believe it took me this long to make it an annual party.  I boba-fett-dancing-gifcan’t stand the month of February.  It’s cold, there’s a lot of snow, and Valentine’s Day is stupid.  Now I have a reason to be more positive!  I’m going to host a Star Wars party every February.  I’m trying to make it as chill as possible…open to anyone, light food, some alcohol and drinks, and one game.

Guess what the game is!

(Pun!)  The attendees have to guess what movie I am going to pick.  If they guess right, they get a prize.  Yup, no one knows what we’re watching until the day of.  This gives me a bit of a manic glee (probably similar to what General Hux experienced as Starkiller Base was charged by the sun) as I love having other people in suspense over something I control.

You guys are welcome to guess too and I’ll also send you a prize if you guess correctly.  But you won’t get the prize until after February 11th


Have a great weekend everyone.  I’m working on my books of 2016 post and I’m hoping to be more active here in 2017.  Xoxo.

Scene it on Friday – ROTJ Scene #21 (and another award!)

very_inspiring_blogger2015 Is starting off great.  Mei-Mei just nominated me for another award!  Sweet.  That’s two on the shelf now.  Thanks guys, I love the love, especially after a rough couple of months.

Now, I have a problem with this award though.  In the past 2.5 years of being here and writing about Star Wars, I have only been inspired to write a post here by one other blog.  That’s it.  Just one.  It’s kind of shocking actually.  Either I don’t get inspired often or no one writes enough about Star Wars that sparks something in me to either disagree, agree, or write something new.

The rules for this award:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations

What I’m going to do instead of nominating 15 bloggers is to put the only blog that has ever inspired me.  I feel kind of bad, but I want to be true to the award.  This doesn’t mean I don’t like your blog, it just means that you’ve never set something off in my head that makes me want to write.  And it’s nothing against all of you – it’s just, in all honesty, you probably don’t write about Star Wars, if at all.

Onwards.  I thought it would be funny to take the 7 things Mei-Mei mentioned about herself and just twist that onto myself.

7 Things About Me:

  1. I’ve owned 2 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 5 birds, 2 mice, 1 beta fish, and many goldfish in my life.
  2. After college I went straight into my first job with only 4 days off. I was not happy about that.
  3. I love olives and I don’t remove the pimientos. My favorite olives are probably the disgusting (to a lot of other people)
    Black pearl olives are the best out there. Seriously.

    Black pearl olives are the best out there. Seriously.

    canned pitted black olives.  My husband hates olives.

  4. I didn’t teach myself how to read, but my parents started teaching me when I was 3 or 4 years old. I was always in the highest level of reading in elementary school and zoomed by other kids.  I was also an excellent speller but could never remember definitions of words.
  5. I’m horrible at languages. I have tried multiple times and I get to some point where I hit a block and can’t get any better unless I was actually thrown into the culture.  I took French for 9 years and can only speak in the present tense.  I grew up with Italian being spoken all around me but didn’t do well when I tried to learn it.  I can understand it almost perfectly but talking is just too hard for my brain.
  6. I don’t write thank you notes for Christmas or birthday gifts. But I do write thank you notes when someone hosts me or I go to someone’s place for a party/dinner.
  7. I am not indecisive at all. In fact, I can make a decision pretty quickly.  Even when I’m struggling with a decision, I’m struggling because I know the answer but I don’t want to accept it.  I bought the first wedding dress I tried on.  I find something on a menu within 30 seconds and decide to eat it.  I knew I wanted to marry my husband within a month of dating.  It’s just who I am.

Okay and now onto the one blogger I nominate for this award.  And the award goes to……

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Kelly, whose blog is Geek for His Glory!!  I wrote this post on friendship a year ago, and it was inspired by this post that she wrote about keeping your word with God.  So, thanks Kelly, for inspiring my one post, keep up the good work, and I nominate you for this award!

(I still can’t figure out if only nominating one person makes me a bitch and no one will nominate me ever again)


x wing interior artoo

And now onto my Scene it on Friday.

I always had this weird problem with Han’s comment, “Now I owe you one,” because as a child (and still today) I had a very analytical mind.

I thought, “No, Luke is still in Han’s debt because Han saved Luke with the Death Star run and he saved him when he was attacked by the Wampa and wandering around an icy, frigid planet.  So Luke is actually still in his debt.”

Therefore, no reason for Han to say that comment.  He’s an idiot.

Haha, you know it cracks me up now to think about how stuck I used to get on that comment.  Now, every time I hear it, I still think that Han’s calculations are wrong, but I think of it with fondness more than anything.

It’s nice to read the last line by Luke in this scene and know that he’s fulfilling his promise.  Last he saw Yoda, Yoda was trying to get him to stay behind and finish his training.  He really didn’t want Luke running off to rescue his friends and all Luke has to say to that is, “I’ll return.  I promise.”  I don’t know about you guys, but I feel horrible when I don’t keep a promise.  And the best part about promises is when you are faced with people trying to force you to break it, but you hold true.  And I know that Luke probably felt that way too as he goes back to Dagobah.

Like the blog I just nominated, a man is only as good as his word.  And I guess we can say that Luke keeps his word.

Now I owe you one


The desolate yellow planet fills the screen, Luke’s X-wing appears and peels off to the left. A moment later, the FALCON appears as a dot and grows huge, to roar directly over the



Luke is at the controls, with Artoo attached behind him outside the canopy. Luke speaks into his comlink to the others, in the MILLENNIUM FALCON.

LUKE: I’ll meet you back at the fleet.

LEIA: (over comlink) Hurry. The Alliance should be assembled by now.

LUKE: I will.

HAN: (over comlink) Hey, Luke, thanks. Thanks for comin’ after me. Now I owe you one.

A message from Artoo appears on the small monitor screen in front of Luke. He smiles at the monitor and speaks to Artoo, as he pulls a black glove on to cover his wounded mechanical hand.

LUKE: That’s right, Artoo. We’re going to the Dagobah system. I have a promise to keep… to an old friend.