Love Never Dies - Phantom of the Opera Sequel Review

The sequel to The Phantom of the Opera - did you know such a thing even existed? I hadn't heard of this, but saw a preview for its Fathom Event during Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Sexy Nerd and I saw it last night.

The stunning chandelier scene? It has been replaced with a gunshot.

I won't go so far as to say that if you enjoyed the original, you are going to love this. Actually, quite the opposite is true. Andrew Lloyd Webber recreated the characters you know and love and threw them under the bus. He took the humble ballet performances and elegant masquerade ball and revved them up into the kind of Cirque du Soleil spectacular he must have thought his audience wanted. I just wanted to see The Phantom of the Opera.

The most crucial element to the plot is based on something that I am fairly certain did not happen during the original!

That said, I'm glad I saw it and I recommend you see this if you enjoyed the original. It was fun to see how the characters turned out 10 years after the original story, even if I no longer liked them. There are new songs, some of which were wonderful (though, I left the theater with All I Ask of You playing in my head, which was nowhere in this new show). The highlight of our evening was how much fun we had bashing Love Never Dies after the show. It's the kind of performance you enjoy once, then never want to see again.

There is just one more showing of Love Never Dies in the theater, which is on March 7, 2012. If you would like to see it, I recommend getting your tickets through Eversave, which is currently selling two admissions for only $14.

I'd love to hear what you thought of the movie/musical after you see it! Oh, and Sexy Nerd and I are rooting for a third Phantom production. We're certain that kid, Gustav, is going to grow up to be one screwed up and scary supervillain!

Dream Home Inspiration Photo of the Day

Yeah, you saw this yesterday. A house this beautiful deserves a post of its own!

Home Exterior Ideas

We probably won't be building our dream home in the mountains for another 5+ years, but Sexy Nerd and I are having trouble being patient. How can we own 13 acres and not do anything with it!?

In the meantime, I've been combing through the internets for home design inspiration.

That colorful Victorian in the 3rd collage is my favorite house of all time, but Sexy Nerd says that it's not at all "mountainy" and that it's not going to happen.

Hey, Sexy Nerd! If you're not going to build a multicolored Victorian home, why build a home at all?

I have gotten him to agree on red window panes with big, green shutters (and everyone knows that once it's blogged, there's no taking it back.) Score!

*More fancy dream home ideas here!*

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Earlier today, I pinned and tweeted that I was in the process of baking a chocolate applesauce cake.

Behold, the yummiest, most easy cake ever!

Sexy Nerd's Slice 'O Cake

My Cake

(Funny enough, I didn't notice those chocolate cake crumbs on the stove knob until reviewing my photos.)

If, like me, you have a jar of applesauce slowly fermenting in the back of your refrigerator, you're going to want to try this. And, if you're truly like me, you'll up the amount of chocolate from 2 Tbsp to 4. Mmmmm!

No More Sexy Nerds Jumping On The Bed...

 ***UPDATE: Amerisleep has started a new referral program. If you order your mattress through this link, you'll save an additional $50 on top of other discounts and specials!!!***

...Because One Fell Down And Bumped His Head.

Have you heard of Amerisleep? Sexy Nerd and I finally replaced our crummy (and lumpy! and saggy!) old (but not old enough that it should need replacing) rip-off Simmons (BLECH!!!) mattress and are loving our new Amerisleep memory foam mattress.

Yeah, we have a little bitterness toward Simmons. Can you tell?

We were hesitant about ordering a mattress online without being able to test it, but were reassured by all the Amerisleep reviews I read boasting their quality products and top-notch customer service. I spent a lot of time emailing back and forth with Amerisleep representatives and they never seemed to mind my many (many!) questions. I loved how enthusiastic they were about their mattresses. When I researched Simmons online, all I saw were complaints from other people who had been scammed (why, oh why, didn't I do my research before making my purchase?) but my Amerisleep Googling revealed dozens of happy customers.

"I look forward to hearing how much you love your new bed!!" is the personal email I received after placing my order. A great sign.

The following week, our Liberty Bed mattress arrived...

The box was bigger than Sexy Nerd! I do recommend this mattress. I also recommend that you have a second person to help you move it to the bedroom, especially when that means hauling it upstairs, like us.

Sexy Nerd claimed he could have moved the mattress on his own. He "just didn't want to". Yeah.

Pica was hunting the mysterious black bag in our bedroom.
It seemed wise to stop her from attacking it.

Biscuit wouldn't even enter the room.


Sexy Nerd was very careful when cutting the plastic off of our new mattress. He had to be, with yours truly jumping around and saying "Careful! Don't cut the mattress! Are you being careful? Oooooh, be careful!"

The mattress began expanding even faster than we'd expected. Plan to cut that black plastic away quickly.

Amerisleep mattresses must be freed!

It expanded this much in about a minute. Cool, right?

The mattress kept growing and growing!

There was still more plastic to remove before our new mattress was ready.
(And more expanding!)

At first, we were surprised by the amount of plastic. Really though, if it weren't for all that plastic, might a rogue mattress start expanding on the shipping truck?

FedEx and UPS would not be happy.


No more waking up with back pain for this Sexy Nerd.

What did Pica, who was sooo excited about our new mattress, think of it? Don't know.
She isn't allowed on the bed.

Amerisleep claims their mattresses are equal to Tempur-Pedic, but for a lot less money. We have been sleeping on our new Liberty Bed for several weeks now and I agree. As far as we can tell, there's no difference between this and the Tempur-Pedics we tested in-store. Anyone can say their mattress is as good as Tempur-Pedic though. There seemed like there must be a way to prove this.

You know those fancy commercials where the person jumps on the Tempur-Pedic mattress and the wine glass doesn't tip over?

Sexy Nerd, BTW, enjoyed this very much!

If you've been wanting a new mattress of your own and have any questions, I'm happy to help.


We've now owned our Liberty Bed mattress for more than 3 years and are completely happy with it. Sexy Nerd says it's perfect in every way. It hasn't had any problems with sagging (unlike our piece of garbage Simmons Beautyrest, which this had to replace) and it doesn't get too hot, which I've heard is a common problem with memory foam mattresses. My favorite thing about it is there is absolutely no transfer of motion, meaning I can continue sleeping when Sexy Nerd gets up for work at 5am (and he can sleep through the tossing and turning of my idiopathic insomnia). We're getting ready to break ground on our custom dream home and are planning to purchase Amerisleep mattresses exclusively for the bedrooms.


Amerisleep has started a new referral program. If you order your mattress through this link, you'll save an additional $50 on top of other discounts and specials!!!***

Pinterest and Blog Hop and Mauve, OH MY!

I have been resisting, but as of yesterday I am all about PINTEREST! It's like bookmarking things, but you can share them with the world and your bookmarks have handy dandy photos. 

Come follow my pins and I'll follow yours. Ooh, and you can bet I'll be finding lots of things to pin from the Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop!

And an *update* (so fun, right?)
The fabulicious winner of the last Best in Show Award, Vintage Mauve, is having her 1st ever blog hop today. I hope you'll swing by and show her some bloggy love after linking up here! Just look how nice her button is:
(It's true. I did.)

Vintage Mauve = Mauvaliciousness

Another week of voting has come and gone. Just like last time, one blogger blew the competition away!

Bonus? She's a super cutie!

I think your Brace Face (pre-brace face?) photo is adorable, Jessica @ Vintage Mauve. And I couldn't agree with you more that braces suck! The rubber band currently tugging on my left canine? I'm certain it will soon pull my tooth all the way out of my gum.

How is that an improvement, Mr. Orthodontist??

If you're feeling artsy, Vintage Mauve will teach you how to make a frugal and fabulous gift of coasters. Many, many coasters!

I'm so happy that Jessica at Vintage Mauve found her way to my Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop. She's a kindred spirit and one of my favorite new bloggers.

And I have a pretty new award just for her:

Be sure to check out Vintage Mauve, everybody. Do it! Do it, now!

Albuquerque Zoo Love - Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, my bloggy friends! We had a romantic evening sampling Church's Chicken. Thumbs up for their chicken tenders. Thumbs all the way down for the scary Albuquerque employees and for the chunky woman who ordered 48 pieces of fried chicken to split with her even chunkier husband! Now, we're settling in for the night with a cozy Pass and Play game of Words with Friends.

Valentine's Day just isn't the same when you're old and married, is it?

Who's up for an old, romantic story? Let's not call it a repost. It's a blog classic.

Sexy Nerd and I spent Friday morning at the Albuquerque Zoo* (you know, the one notorious for dismembered giraffes and break-ins by idiots). There was a small group of women with their young children walking ahead of us when we crossed paths with a few peacocks.

Hey baby.
One woman began to explain to her children that the male peacock is the one with the beautiful feathers, which he uses to attract a mate. Normal enough. The other woman, however, jumped in very enthusiastically and said:

"If I were a peacock, I'd just find that guy irresistible! Really, he's even turning me on as a human!" 

At what age do kids begin to realize how embarrassing their parents are?

Lookin' sexy, Mr. Peacock!

*I should point out that, despite the negative links, Sexy Nerd and I love the zoo. We even joined their yearly pass program. You just can't beat the people-watching!

BLOG HOP! Are you the Best in Show?

Not "Baaad" Sundays Blog Hop RULES and Other Fun Info
Because, really, what could be more fun than rules?

1. This Linky is open to all posts that you are proud of. Did you recently post about a great decorating project, craft, or recipe? How about a story or a cute photo? Share the fun!

2. Do you ever find yourself trying not to duplicate posts on blog hops but aren't quite sure what you posted the previous weeks? Problem solved! The Linky from today will be back on a future Sunday, making it easy to see what you've already posted and giving you another chance to visit any great posts you may have missed.
3. You don't want to be the grump at the party, so be sure to mingle with your fellow blog hoppers and tell them what a nifty job they have done with their post. You're bound to be the most popular girl at the link up with an attitude like that!

4. Please link directly to your post, not just your general blog, and include a post-related photo.

5. Participating in the Not "Baaad" Blog Hop is the only way to snag a coveted Best in Show award nomination. I'll send you a message if you make the cut. Good luck!
Speaking of the Best in Show award, are you curious to learn who the latest nominees are? In honor of February 14th, it's time for the extra-special Valentine's Day edition!

(Not officially a Valentine's post, but wouldn't this help make the day special?)

(Great idea, BTW!)

What a sweet batch of Valentine's nominees! Place your vote for your favorite(s) using the poll in the right sidebar. Voting will run through the end of the week. And here's a fancy button for everyone who is in the running:

Now, let's link up!

Faces with Braces. Oh Goody!

My orthodontist is all about sending mixed messages. At my first appointment, he said I've been brushing too hard. He showed me how to brush gently from now on.

At my first braces adjustment, he lectured me about my poor oral hygiene. I had been brushing too gently! He said not to be afraid of damaging my braces and that they are very strong. He then proceeded to grip my (very sore!) lower front teeth and shake my head from side to side, demonstrating just how mighty the braces are. He said that a toothbrush should last me a month, tops, and that by the end of the life of my toothbrush, the bristles should be smashed down and splayed out.

So, I went home and brushed more aggressively, per the insistence of my orthodontist.


And then spat out a piece of my braces.

Damn you braces. Damn you.

Little Green Bow

The votes have been tallied. Your favorite Best in Show blog post nominee is Little Green Bow!

It's not surprising. Just look at all the snazzy posts Deanna at Little Green Bow has to offer:

She recently completed a 10 day juice fast and details how/why to try it in several posts.

Okay. Truth be told, Deanna might prefer that I link to a different post than her juice fast results, which detail all kinds of nitty gritty details about her, but the results are impressive! Now I'm considering trying a juice fast too, though it might be hard with Sexy Nerd constantly saying that consuming nothing but juice is stupid and tempting me with delicious enchiladas.

Guys just don't get it, do they?

Deanna also made this super-cute nursery artwork for her friend. Not a bad friend to have!

Thanks a bunch to everyone who linked up and competed for the Best in Show award. Which reminds me...

Ta Da!

Football. Yippee.

Good morning and happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone! It should be a good game between...uhhh...the two teams that are playing today.

I'm just in it for the funny commercials, which I'll be watching online. Did I have you fooled?

If you're a game fan, however, and you've stopped by in search of some Super Bowl party foods, might I suggest an easy peasy (and yummy!) batch of Popovers with Onion and Gouda?

Sexy Nerd-approved football snack
(although, he will be ditching the game with me, so...yeah)
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