12.31.2005

I HATE SHOES!!!!

OK, I think shoes have turned into the complete bane of my entire existence (at least when it comes to clothing)!! I have an odd foot size, so it's officially impossible to find shoes. I wear an 11 Narrow. It's impossible to find in stores, so I was looking at Nordstrom's website, and I found 2 pairs that I want to get, but my mom convinced me to wait until I get out to LA where they have like 6 stores in the area. They're so cute though. One's a slide with leather strappy things in turquoise, and it's on sale, so it's just under $40. The other pair is a slingback in suede with almost a tennis shoe look and totally cute, but they're almost $83.



Don't get me wrong, I love shoes as much as any other girl, but I hate having to shop for them!!! I'm going out of my mind!! I have 2 pair of shoes that I could wear in an office environment and one of them is actually a little two small, and the other I wouldn't wear with a skirt (they're little ankle boots, but they're wide around the ankle, great with pants, not with skirts).



Question of the Day: What size shoe do you wear?

12.29.2005

Poor doggies....

OK, so again I was reading Slate (it's getting to be a habit--they've got some good articles, and free!) and I came across an article on genetic engineering. OK, so Genetic engineering is really nothing new. It's been in the news and everyone's heard about DNA and mapping the human genome or DNA comparisons and all of that, even if they only watch CSi or something once in a while. Great. So I found this article the same place or area that I found the article on the SUV from last night's entry. At any rate it's all about how humans have been Genetically Engineering dogs practically since we could walk upright. Different breeds were 'Engineered' to do different things, hunt, herd, protect, obey. It's scary. And all the inbreeding has caused genetic defects and diseases that are specific to each breed. At any rate the article is called "FrankenFido: Our creepiest genetic invention, the dog." It's the most appropriate title for the article. I can officially never look at a dog the same way.



And if you think about it, cats are the same way, not as extreme, but much the same. Cats were domesticated, and then bred, but nowhere near to the extreme that dogs were, and still are! I never thought of it as twisted, but it totally is. It's really scary..... Ick!!



Question of the Day: What kind of pets do you have, or did you have growing up, or do you wish you have?

12.28.2005

An SUV that I actually like...

So I was reading Slate and I came across an article that makes some predictions for the upcoming year. At any rate they said that Toyota won't be able to make enough of the 2007 FJ. It's funny because I actually like this thing. It's ugly, but it's funky. It's not as horrible as so many of the others that are available. The back seat looks a little skimpy, but I still like it. I want someone to buy me one! Please?



Question of the Day: Look it's a flaming llama!!

White Bean and Yellow Pepper Soup

This is an amazing soup that my mom has mad for years. It was our Christmas Eve dinner. It's incredibly yummy, and very easy to make. We've been having issues with the beans lately, but I think that's because we're the only ones who buy the dried white beans. It'd be very easy to use canned beans instead of dried, though you might have to use more than the required 2 cups....



To give credit where credit is due: this recipe is out of a really old cookbook called The Art of Low Calorie Cooking by Sally Schneider. It's got the calorie counts at the end of each recipe and all of that.




2 Cups of white beans (navy or great northern beans, cannelinni [white kidney beans] would also be good too)

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil

3 yellow bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch dice (3 cups)

1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)

4 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1 can Italian peeled tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped, and their liquid (we usually just used diced)

1 & 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned broth

8 sage leave, preferably fresh (orignial recipe, but we use basil)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 teaspoon balsamic or red wine vinegar

freshly ground black pepper



If you are using dried beans, soak overnight, or cover with water and bring to a boil, cover and let sit for one hour. Drain the beans, recover with water by two inches and cook until tender, but not mushy. (The recipe says at least one hour, but we've had it take much longer.) Drain the beans. We're going to be switching to canned beans I think, and you just skip the steps above.



In a large heave saucepan or flameproof cassarole, combine the oil, bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are oft but not brown, about 15 minutes.



Add the tomatoes and their liquid, the chicken stock, sage (or basil), salt, sugar, and cooked beans (or canned). Simmer until the soup begins to thicken and the beans are soft, 30 to 40 minutes.



Stir in the cream and vinegar. Season with black pepper to taste. This soup can be made ahead. Let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days; or freeze up to 3 months.



Variation: This soup also makes a great sauce for pasta, 351 calories per serving. For each serving, figure 1/2 portion (about 1/2 cup) of the soup per 2 ounces of dry pasta.



8 Servings

282 Calories

13.4 gm Protein

8.0 gm Fat

41.0 gm Carbs per serving





Question of the Day: What's your favorite recipe?

12.25.2005

Christmas

Well, Merry Christmas Everyone!!



Everyone here is all off at church, I'm here on my own. I'm supposed to put the turkey in the oven at 11:30, and peel potatoes while they're gone. We did my fabulous French Toast for breakfast, and it was very yummy, but my mom didn't cook it while everyone else was getting dressed, so we couldn't open gifts before church. We'll have to do that later. Stephan got to open one of his presents just after we finished eating and he seemed to like it. It was one of those Lego Bionicle things. He's 10 and likes to build things so my mom and I were basically clueless as to what to get him. But he seemed to like it a lot. It's funny because I already know what a lot of my gifts are. I had to wrap a couple of them. I don't like that: knowing what I'm getting before I'm allowed to have it. It takes all the fun out of things. It's one thing to try and guess, but it's another thing to know and to see it and then to actually have to wrap it yourself and put it under the tree! I feel really bad for my mom because she grew up doing that. She was the oldest of 5 kids and had to wrap everyone's gifts including her own. I wouldn't want to put someone through that.



At any rate, I was playing Uroulette while I was waiting to be able to put things in the oven and whatnot, and I found probably the most beautiful dedication to the AIDS virus that I've ever seen. It's called Looking for the Light and it's all photography and stories of people over the course of 10 years. It's really beautiful and well done. I had tears in my eyes....



Question of the Day: What are you doing today for Christmas, Hannukah, or whatever other holiday you're celebrating? (Ramadam, Kwanza, Winter Solstice...)

12.18.2005

sleep is becoming an issue....

OK, so I am so wound up with this move it's insane. It's all I can think about, all I can talk about, and I'm not sleeping well because of everything I'm thinking about with it. I want to talk about other things, but I can't seem to come up with other topics because even talking about movies (my favorite subject) brings me back to the reason I'm moving to LA in the first place! I'm sleeping really poorly because I'm so wound up and waking up every two hours.



I did something mildly related to moving today. I'm trying to get organized. I figured out a way to organize my jewelry that I'm making. I've got a large frame that I'm going to decorate and then fill in with a chicken-wire type stuff and then I'll hang S-hooks from it to hang necklaces from it. I'll add a wooden dowel with eye-screws for the hundreds of bracelets that's I'm accruing (these are just simple, single-strand, single color, stretchy ones). I'll put some thin jewelry chain on it for earrings and either paint the backer-board black, or leave it out entirely (I haven't decided). But it's a project to get my mind off of moving. So today, to work on it, I went through the vintage section of art.com looking at posters and little things that I can print out and glue onto the frame. I think because of the nature of the frame, I'm going to use Poloson pictures (not the chickens and fruit, just the shoes and corsets and such). But I'll glue those around the edges and then use a silver paint around the edges of the raised parts of the frame. It's simple, but it does have a little detail--just enough to annoy me.... Maybe I'll post a picture of it when (if) I finish it.



Question of the Day: What color eyes do you have? (Don't just say "brown." I'll bet your eyes are a lot cooler than that, dammit!)

12.17.2005

Apartment Hunt

So, I've completely started freaking out about my upcoming move to California. I've actually started thinking about what I have to do, and the list is completely daunting. I have to find an apartment, which is going to be impossible. I have to pack to move. I have to go out there and come back and take all my stuff. I have to find a job. I need to find friends because I really don't know anyone. I'm leaving in 15 days or so, and all of this is just starting to come home to me!



I've started lurking around craig's list looking at apartments, and looking at roommates. I realized that I don't think I'll really be able to get a place by myself right away. I don't have a job, and because I haven't really been making any money recently, I'm not sure I'll be able to qualify for one. But if I get in with a roommate, first off the rent is cheaper, I'll have a friend (hopefully), and I'll be able to have a starting point. So, I actually e-mailed one girl today who has a place in Culver City. It's a great place, and I'd love to live there, but I'm really a little scared to commit to a place until I have a job, but I'm not really sure I'll be able to get a job until I have a place. And that kinda scares me...



Plus, I have to have some kind of vehicle. I'm not sure I care what kind anymore, but I still really like the idea of a Vespa. I'm going to look into a used one. It just makes a lot more sense than buying a new one. It's just a matter of finding one. I don't know the first place to look. Especially since JD Power doesn't even rate motorcycles at all. It's a little annoying. So, I just realized that Ebay has vehicles (though I don't understand why people would want to buy or sell a car like that: it just doesn't make sense to me). But I went over there and they have about 20 Vespas available, though most of them are the vintage kind, and while those are completely cool, I'm not sure I want to deal with another old car.... Don't get me wrong, I love my car (it's a '90 VW Cabriolet Convertible in red), but it's seriously coughing, and it's incontinent now (it leaks gas). *sigh* I just need someone to give me a vehicle that will survive for my first year out there without needing any work except oil changes.



Question of the Day: How hard was it for you to move out of your parents' place?

12.16.2005

Vespa

So I think I've decided to get a Vespa when I move out to Los Angeles. They've got a model called the GTS that even if I paid full price, it'd be under $6 grand. Depending on the kind of insurance rates I can get, I'll be able to afford an apartment closer to work if I get a scooter rather than a car. Plus in a place like Los Angeles with beautiful weather all year long (like here), a scooter or a convertible would be great. Plus the GTS can go up to 76 miles per hour, so it's still viable on the highway. The only major questions I have are about mpg (for it's 2.4 gallon tank), security, and how to get groceries to and from the store.



I was looking at the Ural website the other day because I'm liking the idea of a motorcycle more and more, but I don't really want a real motorcycle. Urals all (or mostly) have sidecars, which are supremely cool. I saw Garden State when it was in theaters and he had a sidecar, and it was just the coolest thing ever. I loved it. So that got me thinking that if I want a motorcycle, it has to have a sidecar. But then one of my friends told me that Ural is a Russian design based on, like, 1970s German design that they bastardized. Or something like that. I'm completely misquoting him, but he went on this long rant-like thing basically telling me why I should not get a Ural. He'll probably go off on me about Vespa, too, but those are Italian, and nobody can talk bad about Italians (except maybe Mussolini) to me: they perfected pasta (the Chinese invented the stuff).



At any rate, Motorcycles are expensive, and scooters just feel safer to me until I learn more about them. So that's how I remembered Vespa. I honestly can't think of other brands of scooters besides Vespa and the Hoveround or whatever it is, and that's a old people motorized chair that goes 2 miles per hour....



Question of the Day: Who is your favorite late-night talk show host? (ex: Letterman, Conan, Leno, etc.)

12.15.2005

Shopping Trip

So my mom and I went shopping today. Sort of. We didn't do the all out girls shopping trip, but we went to lunch after our respective doctor's appointments (she had a dentist appointment and I had an appointment with a gastro-something-or-other). Then we went to Joanne's, Linen's 'n' Things, and then Target. I think I've said before that I've gotten really into beading and jewelry making, but I had to get more stuff for gifts for Christmas. Also, since mom was with me, we picked out some Christmas gifts for me, that I'll use to make gifts for others, then wrap and stick under the tree. It's all sorts of crazy. But this way, Mom knows she's getting something I want. It's not expensive, but hey....



I also want an ipod and a car, but what can you do?



We went to Linen's 'n' Things, and I was shocked because they sell wine now. They're only supposed to sell things like sheets and towels and drapes and soap dishes!! Why are they selling wine?? And it's not like it's only one or two varieties: they've got a whole wine section. It's as big or bigger than the towel section!!! And they sell food too!!! I was so confused!!! And they still don't sell the brand that I love. I've only found Cloudy Bay at the liquor store near my house. It's crazy. None of the specialty wine places sell it, but I walk into the liquor store by my house and they've got it on the shelf there.



After that we stopped at Target. We went in to look for shams to match the quilt/bedspread that my mom had bought at a different Target a few days earlier. And for Starbuck's. I find it so amusing that Starbuck's is in Target. There's one shopping center with a Barnes & Noble and a Target, so now there's 2 Starbucks. It's just like New York! (But with more strip malls!) *sigh*



Question of the Day: What's you're favorite Starbuck's treat?

12.14.2005

King Kong

OK, so I know: it's 4 AM, but I just saw King Kong and I had to gush. Also, for some reason my stomach is really upset and that's only happened since I got home. But anyway, I LOVE King Kong. I totally cried. I don't know why, but I always seem to fall for the monsters in a story. Phantom of the Opera: I saw the show in San Francisco, and read the book and completely fell in love with the phantom and thought Raoul was a complete idiot.



But the main point is that King Kong is awesome. The effects (as per Peter Jackson and Weta) were stunning. The story completely swept me away even though I knew how it ended. I really didn't like the so-called "spiderpit scene" with all the creepy crawlies, and I will probably have nightmares about it. It was disgusting and I think I might just go throw up...



I did love the fact that the movie followed the same plot points as the original. I didn't see the original, but movies from that era tend to do the same thing: end somewhat abruptly. There was no happily ever after here. He didn't show a wedding or a funeral or a press conference of some variety. It wouldn't make sense, but some directors would probably try to tack something like that on. Old movies always ended where they needed to without all the excess jibber-jabber.



I honestly think that might be enough about Kong for now, but I did also see the preview for the DaVinci Code. Oh, my. That is going to be very, very good. That's all I'm going to say about that. Plus it's going to make a ton of money: from the people who read the book, and from the people who were too lazy to read it. The only people who won't go are people who've either never heard of the book or are boycotting it because of what the theory behind it is (read the book, I'm not telling you what it is). And even then, some of those will sneak into the theater when their fellow protesters aren't watching.....



So I think that's seriously all for now, because I really need sleep....



Question of the Day: What was the last movie you cried in?

12.10.2005

Dear Santa...

Ok, so I got sent a site that does a letter to Santa for grown-ups. It's really funny, and you should go do it yourself before you read mine, below....









Santa Claus

North Pole, Earth



Dear Santa,



I have been a good girl.



It really wasn't my fault what happened at Laura's Office party. It was Steve who spiked the punch with too much rum. I can't help it if I drank 13 glasses. It was so good---smelled and tasted just like bread.



I thought it was funny when I put Laura's dress on my head and danced the tango on the sofa while singing 'So Cold'. I didn't mean to break Laura's Camera and don't know why Laura would accuse me of murder.



I don't remember calling Bill's wife a tall cow---even though she looked like one with purple eye shadow and blue lipstick!



And when I threw up on Michelle's husband's arm, it was only because I ate too much of that chocolate.



After all that fun, I admit I was a little tired. So I fell asleep on my way home and drove my Volkswagen through my neighbor's bedroom. I don't think that was any reason for my neighbor to call me a fat elephant and have me arrested for robbery!



So, Santa...here I sit in my jail cell on Christmas Eve, all beautiful and windy. And I'm really not to blame for any of this cold stuff. Please bring me what I want the most---bail money!



Sincerely and quickly yours,

Debbie (Really a nice girl!)



P.S. It's only 42 bucks!



Question of the Day: How much is your bail?

12.06.2005

X3

Ok, so I was originally going to write about New Zealand, and missing it and traveling, but I'll have to save that for later because I just saw the trailer for the newest of the X-Men movies, X3. That movie is going to be so cool!!! I am officially really excited because Jean Grey/Phoenix comes back. Kelsey Grammar is Beast. There's all sorts of cool stuff and the preview is only a minute and a half long!! Just go watch it....



Ok, Are you back? Wasn't that cool? I am so excited because, well I just am.... I know I need to get over it. It doesn't come out 'til May, but still!!



Yay!



Question of the Day: Are you more excited about King Kong or Narnia?

12.04.2005

Get Smart

Ok, before I go on my little rant, I have to say that I completely approve of the casting choice of Steve Carrell for Maxwell Smart. That said, I can't believe they're making a Get Smart movie. I was reading The Hollywood Reporter (best Entertainment news source ever) and I found an article about Helmer Segal signing on to direct. I was starting to freak out. I grew up watching Get Smart, and I Dream of Jeannie, and Bewitched. I watched Dragnet, too, when my mom would let me stay up that late.



Besides, they already made a Get Smart movie. (Or two--I couldn't tell.) It's just not ok!!!



Question of the Day: What TV shows did you watch growing up?

Hmmm.....

I don't even know what to talk about tonight. I'm bored, listening to music (not of the holiday variety--I'm starting to get really sick of it), and thinking about what I probably should be doing instead of sitting here trying to come up with a blog topic.... Sad I know....



But at any rate, I should work on homework. Or I should work on finding more places to apply to, because I still haven't heard back from William Morris yet. I did drop another resume in the mail today, though it won't go out until tomorrow. It's addressed to International Creative Management. They represent some HUGE names. And their program is very similar to WMA's, so I'm happy. I just need a job. That's not true, I could get a job doing almost anything, but I want a job doing this. I'm too picky, it's the same reason I haven't been able to make a relationship work....



All I know is that right now, I don't feel like doing anything that doesn't have to do with moving. I've got to study for an exam on Tuesday night, and then I've got a project due on Thursday, but we might need to present on Tuesday, so it needs to be all or at least mostly done by then, which is really annoying. Luckily, I'm completely done with one class, so I don't have to worry about that...



Question of the Day: What kind or shoes are you wearing (or not wearing)?

12.03.2005

Holy Sh*t it's December!!!!

Ok, I'm freaking out slightly here. It's December 3rd already, and while I wrote half of this entry yesterday, I went to a concert and decided to discard the entry. I know where October went, but I still wasn't ready for it to be over. October got consumed by Hurricane Wilma. But I still don't know where November went. Thanksgiving came and went so quickly, that my head is still spinning.



So I went to a concert last night. It was the 99X-Mas ball. It was a ton of fun, but I didn't do the normal things I do at concerts. Usually I'm way up front by the stage, yelling and screaming, and singing along. Last night, I stayed toward the back and hung out with my friend Steph, and drank beer. Quite a bit more beer than I'm used to. So, I had a bit of a hangover today. Which wasn't pleasant at all. Plus Steph was sick earlier this week, and I think she may have potentially given me her cold because the hangover is gone, but I'm still achy all over. Cold/Flu symptoms, not results of too much to drink....



Question of the Day: What's your favorite song this week?

11.29.2005

I'm a sex kitten?


You're Brigitte Bardot!


What Classic Pin-Up Are You?
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Who'd have thought? I mean I know I've got the innocent thing going on, but I've never tried the sex-kitten act.... I'll have to try that sometime. I mean I make myself uncomfortable a lot of times when I try stuff like that, but I'll just have to try to get over that. There has to be some reason I'm still single. (Besides the fact that I live in a town where there's just not enough quality fish to choose from.)




Question of the Day: What size shoe do you wear?

jewelry...

So I've been doing jewelry making, and it's fun. I'm really enjoying it. Stringing beads onto wire and then crimping them off. Coming up with designs. I made a necklace, earrings and bracelet last night that I'm wearing now that I really like. It's purple (of course), and they're rather pretty. The earrings are really simple, just two kinds of beads, a flat-ish oval purple beard and seed beads on a head pin. Then the necklace and bracelet are done with the same kind of beads but they're looped around so it looks like it's a ladder. There's a name for the technique, but I don't know what it is. I think I want to stop by JoAnn's or Michael's tonight and buy more beads tonight after class. These would make great gifts. I do have to make another set like the one I'm wearing for my cousin Kelly. She's graduating from High School at the end of this school year, and it would be a good gift. But I think I'll make hers in black instead of purple because it's more her style that way.



Question of the Day: What's your favorite vending machine snack?

11.27.2005

I'm sleepy.....

I know, If I'm tired I should go to bed, but I'm not sure I want to yet. That's really just me being stubborn. I have no good reason not to go to bed. I don't even have a bad reason not to go to bed. It's after 1:30 in the morning on a Sunday night (Monday really), and I'm not sure why I'm awake. I went to see The Ice Harvest with Chris earlier, and got back around 12:30, I guess. I had to finish a project I had started before I left so I didn't go to bed then. I need to shower before I sleep, but I don't want to because I'm going to be doing stinky things early tomorrow, like detailing my car so I can sell it (I'm going to miss my VW, even if it doesn't work properly). Oh, well. I am really sleepy. I guess, I will go shower and sleep....



Question of the Day: What kind of shampoo do you use?

Mean Reindeer

So, I was over at a neighbor's house earlier today, helping her decorate her house. She has a large house and needed help putting up garland and lights. At any rate, we were listening to Christmas music while decorating and for the first time in my life I really listened to the words of the song, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Think about the words, really. It's all about how this little reindeer was teased and hated for being different. Then when he gets recognized and earns world fame, Rudolph suddenly has all the friends in the world!! It's sad. In all reality, it's telling kids that you have to be famous to have friends!! It's a horrible thing to be teaching kids. I never realized that it was so bad....



Question of the Day: What's your favorite Christmas Holiday song?

11.26.2005

Pins & Needles

So, I applied to the William Morris Agency last week. They've got this amazing agent training program that I am dying to be a part of. I am so unbelievably excited about this I can hardly sleep. The office I've been working in is closing as of December 31, so I'm moving out to Los Angeles. Ever since I made the decision, I have been on pins and needles (hence the title). I haven't been sleeping because I'm too excited with this decision. I've been looking up prices on Uhauls (it's only going to cost about $500 plus gas to move all my crap!!) and apartments. My friend Chris, who currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, is probably going to be moving with me. I've already gotten promises from friends here that they will come and visit me there. I think we'll probably get a one-bedroom because it's a cheaper, and we'll do that until we get steady incomes (he'll have to sleep on a futon or something in the living room). But once we save up enough money for a down payment, I want to buy a place rather than renting. I hate the idea of donating my money to someone else....



At any rate, I'm zoning out now. More later....



Question of the Day: What kind of vacation would you go on if you had two weeks and no budget limit?

11.24.2005

Thanksgiving

I'm sitting here watching one of the many parades that's on TV today, and I'm not really sure why. We never did the parade thing when I was growing up. My dad was a pilot so whenever we did a turkey for Thanksgiving, he would leave the next day on a trip and my mom and I would be stuck with all the leftovers, and he would have it for maybe one day. This was always especially amusing because my mom found out that she's actually allergic to turkey. I've never liked it (or ham for that matter), so it's always been interesting here. My dad's birthday is this coming Sunday, so he is a Turkey. At least we've always called him that. He loves turkey. So it's caused just a bit of tension in my house. But since my dad is sick and can't do any of the cooking, my mom and I overrule him. So, we're having prime rib today. Especially since the last few years we've gone out to eat with friends, and my dad didn't want to do that this year. So he really can't have turkey this year. He's just completely S.O.L. I don't feel sorry for him. (OK, maybe a little, but I really don't like turkey.)



Question of the Day: How are you spending Thanksgiving? (A little more normal question today, but hey, it's a holiday....)

11.22.2005

Insane Drivers

I officially hate this town. Or at least driving in this town.



I was trying to get gas today, and just getting around the parking lot was pure insanity (I get gas at Costco, it's a LOT cheaper, usually by 10-15 cents). At any rate, I've decided to come up with a list of my driving pet peeves. Just the little things that piss me off.

  • Turn signals: why don't people use them? They're there for a reason, dammit!!

  • Don't cut someone off just to turn at the next intersection. Get behind them!!!

  • When getting off the highway, don't slow down more than a hundred feet from the exit. The people behind you don't always want to get off at the same freaking place!!!

  • Parallel driving isn't cool. If the person next to you is going to same speed you are, for the love of god, either spped up and get in front of them, or slow down enough to get behind them, so the people behind you don't have a coronary because they are running late and can't pass you!!!

  • There is no place outside of a residential area or a construction zone that the speed limit is less than 45 mph. Please do not drive 25 miles per hour....

  • I think there needs to be an additional driving test for cell phones. Some people can drive and talk at the same time, no problem. Other people slow down 10 mph and start weaving all over the road.

  • Don't make a left turn into the right lane if there's more than one lane!!! (I've narrowly missed so many accidents because of this...) If your car can't make the turn, it's probably because your going to freakin' fast!!!

  • I don't care how late you are, lights turn red for a reason....




Question of the Day: What do you want to be when you grow up?

11.21.2005

MOVIES!!!

I am so proud of myself!!! I've finally gotten back into my movie swing again. Well sorta.



My friend Chris came over to Fort Myers for the weekend (he lives in Fort Lauderdale) and he was always my movie buddy. So while he was here, we saw 3 different movies this weekend. YAY!!! Considering I haven't seen a movie in the theaters since A History of Violence came out.



We started off when he came into town on Friday, I dragged him to the new Harry Potter movie. It's the first time I've actually read the book before seeing the movie (in terms of a Harry Potter book), so I was laughing and random spots that people didn't understand. I thought the books were much bigger, but apparently not. Or at least no one really remembered the little stuff that I thought was amusing.



At any rate, I had a crap-load of stufff to do on Saturday that I did while watching movies on TV (The Lady Eve, Legally Blonde, and Serendipity) that I only vaguely got done.



Sunday, I worked at my temp job (I only work holidays), then had a group meeting 'til 6:30, so we met for another couple of movies. We started with Walk the Line. That was a fantastic movie. I really loved it. Reese Whitherspoon is a better actress than even I gave her credit for, and I knew she was good....



I'm a huge movie fan, so you probably don't want to take my movie advicce simply because I end to like everything. You have to get used to my degrees of liking a movie. "Fantastic" is 4 stars, "Great" is 3 stars, "Good" is 2 stars, "I liked it" is one star. Only, "Eh" doesn't get any stars. And if I say I don't like a movie, it gets negative stars....



At any rate, after that one, we went to Jarhead. That was great. It was a little beyond what I expected. I knew that military guys were intense, but I didn't think they were that intense. My dad was Navy, waaaaay back in the day. Not only that but he was a test pilot. So he was completely crazy, so I had an idea of how nuts military guys could be. But the USMC is veeerrrry different than the Navy.... And that's all I have to say about that....



Question of the Day: What kind of underwear are you wearing?

11.18.2005

Strange Trip

So, I had the most bizarre dream I've had in a long while last night. It involved Jeremy Irons barking like a dog (doing very good impressions by the way), and an amazing amount of Jelly Beans. I was apparently working at a KFC, but we didn't serve chicken, we only served Jelly Beans. At one point, there was someone else I recognized as a movie star, but can't remember now showed up and was driving the truck with the barking Jeremy Irons in the back. Then, later, I was Scarlett O'Hara, and Rhett was shoveling horse manure while I was trying to move a piano so we didn't get snowed in, but it fell off a cliff and started an avalanche. Like I said, it was one of the more bizarre dreams I've had in a long time.....



Question of the Day: Where were you born?

11.17.2005

Late Night

I'm not entirely sure why I'm awake right now, but I'm watching The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He's so awesome. He's from Scotland, so he's got one of those awesome accents, but it's not so thick that I can't understand him.



While I was in New Zealand, I stayed at a youth hostel in Christchurch called Faulty Towers. It was named for, but not copying entirely Fawlty Towers. At any rate there was an older gent from Glasgow staying there at the same time, and I'm sure he was very nice, and I know he was speaking English, but I couldn't understand a word he said. Actually, I understood a word here and there, but it was few and far between. His accent was so thick, it was crazy!



I miss New Zealand.... I want to go back, but I can't afford it if I want to save money for my future and moving and everything else.... Especially since when it comes to vacations, I really don't know the meaning of "moderation." I was there for 2 months and spent probably $5 grand (or more), and stayed in Youth Hostels at $12-15 per night. The big ticket was that I rented a car and that was $900. So, then I'd spend money on food and the youth hostels. And drop a random $100 or more on activities. It's no wonder I couldn't afford to go sky diving when I wanted to.....



Question of the Day: Where did/ do/ will you go to college/ uni?

11.16.2005

Key to my.... heart....

The Keys to Your Heart




You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.



In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.



You'd like to your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.



You would be forced to break up with someone who was ruthless, cold-blooded, and sarcastic.



Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.



Your risk of cheating is 100%. You are not suited for a monogamous relationship.



You think of marriage something you've always wanted... though you haven't really thought about it.



In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.



What Are The Keys To Your Heart?



Question of the Day: What kind of car do you drive?

11.15.2005

Mistaken Identity

Today, I e-mailed someone with the same name as me. Well almost. Her name is spelled slightly different. Her name is spelled the way everyone assumes that mine is spelled. My last name is actually a fairly common last name, all things considered, but no one can seem to spell it correctly. Everyone seems to want to stick an E in it somewhere, or an S on the end of it. But last week I verbally gave a new friend my e-mail address. He asked how to spell my first name ("I or Y or IE? One B or two?"), but not my last. I of course didn't correct him, wanting to see what happened. His e-mail finally got to me over the weekend when he told me what had happened. I knew that he would either get a "Mailer-Daemon" or some random person he's never met. Either way it would be pretty damn funny for me. But apparently, he got another girl, and he told me that, so I e-mailed her today. I have yet to hear anything back from her....



Question of the Day: What is your favorite chewing gum flavor?

11.14.2005

Signs of Affection

hug from behind
hug from behind - you like to feel what the other
person is feeling and see things how they see
them. you tend to be serious and emotional.


What Sign of Affection Are You?
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Question of the Day: Who is your favorite CSI character?

Hidden Talents

Archery
Your hidden talent lies in Archery. You are kind, outgoing, and cheerful. You know that quitters never win and strive to do your best to be the best. Some might think you'd do anything to win, but thats because they've never had a chance to really get to know you. You are truly kind hearted and a good person, no matter what anyone else tries to say. Chances are that they're just jealous of you.



Where Does Your Hidden Talent Lie?
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Question of the Day: What's your favorite kind of pizza?

Viva Variety!

So I found a podcast that I love.



It's by Variety and it's movie interviews. So, of course I love it. But it's the Variety Screening Series 2005. And it's really fantastic. I'm listening to the first one of the right now: and interview with Charlize Theron and Niki Caro about North Country.



I love listening to podcasts while I'm working on my computer. I've got the Andy Rooney one and one called Martini Shot by Rob Long that's brilliant if you're involved in the entertainment industry. It's hysterical.




Question of the Day: What's the last song you listened to, and Where does it fall on your rating scale?

11.13.2005

Essential Details

Blah Blah Blah...



Hmm, so I was thinking and if you just happened to stumble across this blog, you really don't know anything about me. So just to fill in some details. Obviously I'll tell you a lot more as I write more in the blog and add more entries, but I thought I'd stick some vitals in here.




  • I'm a movie fanatic, but I don't have a favorite movie.

  • I can't watch horror movies. (I couldn't sleep for 2 weeks after a friend forced me to watch The Ring.)

  • I've never had a relationship work for more than 3 weeks.

  • I'm still a virgin.

  • I'm an only child.

  • My dad was 50 and my mom was 25 when I was born.

  • My favorite color is purple. (The color of my shirt in my profile picture.)

  • I currently live with my parents, but I hope to be moving to L.A. soon.

  • I started college at 16 at a school called Simon's Rock College of Bard. (The Coen Brothers went there.)

    • No, it's not a prep school.

    • Everyone there starts at 16 or 17, after their sophomore or junior year of high school.

    • We were all high school drop outs. I had to go back and get my GED because when I tried to get into another college after I got my AA, the computers couldn't process me.

  • I love crime shows like CSI and Criminal Minds.

  • I watch a lot of HGTV and Food Network because I work from home and my mom generally has control over the TV.

  • I don't own an iPod (but I want one).

  • I love trashy romance novels.

  • I do have a few favorite authors:

    • Christine Feehan

    • Terry Goodkind

    • Dara Joy

    • Stephanie Laurens

    • Edward Jay Epstein (he writes articles on the movie industry for Slate magazine)

    • Sherrilyn Kenyon

    • There are a lot more that I can't remember right now....

I'd say more, but I think that's enough for now....



Question of the Day: What's your favorite art? (I'm thinking like fine art: painting, sculpture, photography, theater, etc.)

The World is Not Enough

Ok, so it's waaaay too early for Christmas. I'm in shock that Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas is less than a month and a half away. That's just not okay!!!



So I was thinking about Christmas and about the worst line in a movie ever, namely the last (or nearly last) line in The World is Not Enough:

James Bond : “I was wrong about you”

Dr. Christmas Jones : “Yeah? How so?”

James Bond : “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.”


It's officially the worst movie quote ever. They named that character that just for that line!! It's so cheesy!! AAGH!!



OK, I'm over it....



Question of the Day: What color is your hair?

11.12.2005

Jazz and the Cult of the Mac

I love Jazz. I'm currently listening to DI.fm's Modern Jazz stream and I love it. It's got Miles Davis and Coltrane, and Eric Dolphy is currently playing, though I've never heard of him. I love it. It's so good, with a great beat the doesn't distract from whatever you're *supposed* to be doing (like homework, usually, though often times it's just work.)



I am a card carrying member of the cult of the Mac. I think there's a book with that title, though I've never read it. But in this household we have 6 Macs in various stages of useability. There's a 10 or 15 year old s/e 30 that hasn't functioned quite properly since cell phones started being popular. I think the radio waves mess with it's functionality. We've got a Performa 630 that was mine, then my mom stole it from me to play with Quicken. We've got an old shell of a PowerMac G3 that my dad fried by playing with it's system files far too much. We took it partially apart to see if we could fix it, and couldn't. But luckily we did manage to take the hard drive out of it and off load the files onto the G5 that we got for my dad for Father's day last year. It's not a dual sadly, and it's over a year old, so it's only 1.6 gHtz, but that's still pretty damn fast! Then we've got a toilet seat/clam shell iBook. One of the originals that's about 6 years old (maybe a little more). I got it sometime during my first year of college. It still functions mostly well, except it has no hard drive space left because we put OSX 10.3 on it. Also the battery is pretty much defunct: it won't even turn on unless it's plugged in. Then there's my computer. It's the newest and the sexiest. Granted it's not a G5, but it is an almost brand new iBook. It's all sleek and white and pretty. I got it in June with the money I got for my graduation. I do literally everything on this computer and have it with me at nearly all times.



Question of the Day: Polka dotted or plaid skirts/pants?

Hmmm....

Ok, so I've gotten addicted to blogging. I admit it. I have two other blogs that are completely unrealted to me. One is work related and I just update it to tell all my clients what is going on, and the other is just random jokes that I get e-mailed. But I find this fun, and interesting, and I'm wondering if anyone actually cares about my life.



Not that my life is all that interesting, mind you. I used to think so. As teenagers, we all think our lives are vastly wonderful and interesting. And then, hopefully, at some point we find out otherwise. Wow, that sounds amazingly depressing. I'm really not a depressed person. I used to be, but I'm not anymore. I don't even know where to begin with this blog thing. So many of my friends and people I know do this, and I'm just getting into it, so I figure, "Why not?"



I'm hoping I'll have time to do this on a regular basis and really get into it, but who knows?



Question of the day: What is your favorite ice cream flavor, after eating BBQ ribs at a picnic in July (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, December if you live in the Southern)? (Because time and place matters when choosing the proper flavor.)