2.27.2007

Weekender

So, this past weekend I stayed pretty much insanely busy.



Saturday, I did laundry, watched one of the Indiana Jones movies again, went to Costco, walked to Starbucks, and watched After the Thin Man. (Which I will be reviewing soon, I have a bit of catching up to do.)


Sunday, Jessica and I went to the Promenade to see Gray Matters (another review pending), and wound up getting snagged for haircuts by the Vidal Sassoon School that's down there. We were just walking along, and this girl walks up to us and asks us if we want free haircuts, they need models, and we said yes. It took like 3 and a half hours, because it was a class, but it was fun. The haircut looks good, but it's more stylish than I usually go. I'm still trying to figure out how to style it myself. I mean, I know how to, but it's more work that I normally put into my hair, blow drying and all that. Then wax, pomade, stuff, whatever it's called. I'm capable if doing it, but I don't have the energy or the motivation to do that on a daily basis, especially not when I wear a hat to work.



After we finally got home at almost 4:30 we invaded the apartment next door to watch the Oscars. I thoroughly enjoyed myself because the Oscar results were all over the place. I was very happy that An Inconvenient Truth won both the awards it was up for, awards it actually deserved as well. It was the obvious choice for Best Documentary and while Dreamgirls (which I have yet to see) was up for 3 Oscars in the Best Song category, there was no was it was going to win when it was spread so thinly. The song from Cars may have been good, but honestly it was just like every other James Taylor song ever.



We weren't too surprised by the other wins, and we were totally cheering for Martin Scorsese. It's about damn time he won...



In other random news, I may stay in LA for a while. I think with Starbucks, I need to stick around for a little while until they at least give me one promotion, then I can go home to Florida and wait for the other promotion. I don't know. Either way, I still have to make the final decision. My mom is pushing me to look for another job altogether, thinking that I need to make more money, but she just doesn't understand that I really enjoy this.



Question of the Day: What are you having for dinner?

2.26.2007

Life in Progress

I think I've got my life plan for the next 5 years or so. I think, but then again, this is me we're talking about, so it could change in 2 weeks...



Right now what I'm planning on doing is moving home for 6 months to a year, however long it takes for me to get a promotion to assistant manager at Starbucks.. I'll do that for a year or 2, maybe 3, until I feel fully comfortable with running a store, the location I'm in and all of that. I won't stay in Florida to take the promotion of course, I'll go to Portland at that time, rather than going now. After a few years at Starbucks in management, I'll apply for a small business loan and open my own tea and coffee shop. It won't be super espresso like based like Starbucks is, it'll be more tea based, with some coffee thrown in for those die-hard drinkers. We'll have pastries and cookies, and other goodies, but no real food.



That sounds like a plan, right?



At any rate, I think I'll be more likely to be approved for the loan if I have money stashed away for it, and if I have management experience. I still have to figure out logistics of everything.



For example, I have a ton of stuff here in LA. When I move home, all I have to take home is my clothing & movies, so I'm going to either have to sell everything, or rent a storage unit. I don't think I'd get what all my stuff is actually worth if I sold it all. I'll probably sell a few things, like my amazing orange chairs. But things like the TV, I might get $100, but I paid $300 for it. And there's nothing wrong with it. I might get a decent deal for some of the basics, like lamps & my couch & all that, but it might be worth it to move it, especially because I don't know what I might have to pay to replace stuff. So I'm planning on storing some stuff. I still have to do research on what a storage unit is going to cost. Of course, storing stuff means that I'll have to move to Portland via LA, which means taking a longer route, but I think I can live with that. Plus, I can always change my mind and sell a bunch of it or even move back here a few years down the road.



God I sound so logical and planned out. I can't recall being this sure of anything before.



Question of the Day: What do you think of my plan?

2.23.2007

Irish




You're 65% Irish



You're very Irish, and most likely from Ireland.

(And if you're not, you should be!)





What I find funny is that's about how Irish I actually am. My dad is something like 95-100% irish, and my mom is like 25%, which makes me, wait, 65%? Right?




I have to admit, doing those quizzes on websites like Blogthings (where I got the one above) is kinda fun. I mean, it doesn't take up my entire day, but it's a good way to kill time, when I'm bored doing other things.


Question of the Day: What do you do when you are bored beyond belief?

2.21.2007

something about sexy

So the good news is, I'm feeling loads better than I was. I'm still nowhere near 100% though. I'm coughing like crazy, and can feel the mucus running down the back of my throat (tasty!), but I am feeling better. The bad news is I'm not going to Alaska. I wish I could I don't think I'll be better in time to catch a flight at 10 on Friday, besides which, I really don't need to worry about giving my germs to their sons. Also, I'm sure the cold Alaska air is exactly what my lungs need right now, especially when I'm having problems breathing to begin with. So I've managed to trade all my shifts (because of course I got scheduled to work when I was supposed to be gone), but not it's irrelevant.



I'm still trying to make up my mind for certain about Portland. My mom mentioned this morning that it would be a good idea for me to move home for a year, and I think I might agree. Move home, save lots of money, and not be as strapped for cash. I can go to the movies, go out to eat. I can go home and become a shift supervisor there, train and everything, then apply for Assistant Managing jobs from there for anywhere else in the country. I could stick all my crap in storage, as seems to be the theme, and then in another year, move up to Portland, or wherever is striking my fancy at that point in time. Maybe by then I'll have met my husband, and I can go from there.




Will someone please just tell me what I want to do?!?



Question of the Day: What do you think of my brilliant plan?

2.20.2007

Gah

I am just not getting better. My abs hurt from all the coughing. I have taken more than half of the Antibiotics, and they don't seem to be kicking in. I don't know what's going on, and I'm going to the doctor again tomorrow. I love this. I am still going to work, I'm just doing only register, so I can cough directly onto people instead of only on their drinks.



To make matters just that much more exciting, I've got cramps. So I've got one of those ThermaCare wraps across my stomach. Those things are the best invention ever. Ever.



I think I'm actually officially moving to Portland. I'm actually going to go through with it. I was putzing around and talking to my mom about it, and she e-mailed me an apartment listing. Apparently she just thought it was well written, but I actually read it and the guys who need a roommate, have a room available in May (perfect timing), and require someone neater. It's great because my lease here is up in April, but Jess's new roommate doesn't get here until May from Arizona. Plus, if they're already in it, they should have furniture, etc. All I'll need is a mattress. I can store my stuff here in a storage unit or something, and then when I get my own place up there, I'll come down and uHaul it up there. If I do an 'in-town move' I can rent a trailer for $10 a day and maybe make 2 trips. It'd be a huge pain, but then I wouldn't have to sell any of my stuff, or worry about what price I'd get for it.



Question of the Day: If you're female: What do you do if you get cramps? If you're male: What do you do if your girlfriend gets cramps?

2.18.2007

I made Iced Tea

So I was playing with blogger because I didn't really have anything better to be doing. Well I did, but I didn't feel like doing it. But I discovered something Cool. Look up at the URL for this webpage. It's no longer RandomOasis.BlogSpot.Com, it's now Blog.RandomOasis.Com. Isn't that cool? And blogger still hosts it for me! That makes me happy. I think it's fun that I can have it at my website without actually having to deal with it.



Mmmm, tea is yummy...



Question of the Day: What is your favorite kind of tea?

They All Laughed

This is a silly-fun romantic comedy about a bunch of private eyes falling for the women they're supposed to be following. It's got a relatively good cast including John Ritter & Audrey Hepburn. It's really silly though. John Ritter is bumbling around, goofy and slightly inept as always, especially when he's supposed to be in love with a beautiful woman. He makes his prat-falls and runs into things and gets quite a few laughs. Blaine Novak, who has filmography all over the place as writer, producer, actor, etc, plays Arthur, another Private Eye with really big hair, and a way with the ladies, although he hasn't figured out how to keep them from wanting to kill him afterwards apparently for not calling. Ben Gazzara plays the oldest of the 3 detectives in the Agency, and he's supposed to be following Angela, Audrey Hepburn, and instead, he falls for her. There's a few other characters of course, some of them great, some of them kinda boring. Overall the movie isn't great. It's not horrible, but it's definitely not great.

Do you always look sexy when you're running late? I guess I'll have to keep you tardy.

2.17.2007

How to Marry a Millionaire

Marilyn Monroe. Lauren Bacall. Betty Grable. Three beautiful women in search of wealthy husbands. I love this movie. It's so funny. Lauren Bacall is fabulous as the dame who comes up with the scheme to set themselves up in a posh apartment to hunt for rich guys. Betty Grable is constantly meeting guys as the grocer's and getting them to pay for their food. Marilyn Monroe is blind as a bat and wonderfully silly. They all wind up falling in love, as happens in these old movies, and it's fantastic. The men each of them wind up with fits each of them so well. The only thing I don't like about this movie is something I don't understand, and that's at the very beginning, they've got an orchestra playing music for 4 minutes, with nothing else going on. There's no impact on the plot at all. It's just 4 minutes of an orchestra before the opening credits. Very odd.

A very fun movie about going after what you want, and finding what you need. Sorta.

A Cloud in Pants

I think I've figured out why I've got bronchitis. It's not because it's cold. It's not because 'It's going around.' It's because I live in the most Polluted City in the US. I looked it up online (US Mayors.com) tonight, and Los Angeles, is the most polluted in terms of Smog and Particle Pollution. I'm not 100 percent sure what that means, but I noticed that a city could be on the list for being bad on one, and not even really be that bad on the other. I'm guessing it has to do with industrial stuff. Coal burning and Oil and other non-smog pollutants in the air. All the other crap that we throw up into our atmosphere. So I think I've figured out I officially have to move. I may be OK in a different apartment with windows that actually seal to keep out the dirtiness of the air here, but I think I'd be better off just moving away.



I was talking to Jim earlier, and thinking about New York. I really miss New York. Unfortunately, that's on that list of dirty places too, not to mention it's freakin' expensive to live there. So I look at the list of Green cities that's on the same site as the other list. New York is on that list, thanks mostly to the extensive public Transportation System. Portland is also on that list which intrigues me. I like the idea of living up in the Northwest. But sadly other than that I have no reason to move up there. Maybe I will fall in love and get married and we will move up there and live happily ever after. But that's still a pipe dream. I'll probably wind up back in the Northeast.



I was thinking about San Diego earlier this evening, stay in the general southern California region, but that's on the list of polluted cities too. I don't know. I still want to move to New Zealand. Although, I really don't think that's going to happen anytime soon. There's so much I want to do. But not having money is quite the inhibitor.



Question of the Day: Where would you live if life was ideal?

The Hunt for Red October

Considering this one is so old, it's one I had never seen before I sat down and watched it after I bought it. I only paid a few bucks for it, so no big deal. But the back of the box pretty much gave the entire movie away. Don't get me wrong, it's good movie, but I wouldn't call it great. First off Sean Connery, is completely not believable as a Russian. I love him as an actor, and he makes a great Bond, etc. etc. etc., but He is not Russian. He's Scottish. He can pull of British or even Irish, but he's definitely not Russian. Since the plot was entirely given away on the box, it was entirely predictable. There was no suspense (or very little anyway). Alec Baldwin was very good as Jack Ryan. I'm trying to figure out if this is the first of the Jack Ryan movies, or where this one plays in the Jack Ryan timeline. I know technically, the one with Ben Affleck is first chronologically, but I think this was the first one actually made.

I tried to suspend disbelief, but it was just so hard with this one. I'm usually so good at it too...

The Full Monty

You can't help but love this one. If you're woman, a movie about men taking their clothes off in order to save their skins has to be endearing, and definitely worth a hoot and a holler. If your a guy you can probably understand the whys and the issues that these guys go through on their roads to nudity. It's kinda crazy. It all starts because one guy is going to lose his son completely (he's got joint custody now), and he stumbles across a Chippendale's show that apparently makes a lot of money, so he convinces others to join him, and antics ensue. It's a great movie.


One I really really love, beyond just the fact that it's a British comedy..

A League of Their Own

I'm glad I'm finally writing this one, because I actually watched it back in December. It's a good movie about when women took over baseball because the men were off at war. It sounds like it could be silly, and it is, but it was made in the early 90s I think, and it's got Gena Davis, and Tom Hanks, and Madonna, and Rosie O'Donnell before she was gay. It's also got David Strathairn, of Good Night and Good Luck, who plays the manager of the league. It's not a great movie, but it's good, and it's certainly not bad. I generally enjoy it.

It's always a little different that your average sports movie.

2.16.2007

Il Postino

This was a relatively good movie It's slow, but it's Italian, so it's very lyrical and poetic. Considering it's mostly about a poet, that makes sense. The background on this is that a famous Chilean poet gets exiled to a beautiful island in Italy (some exile, huh?), and he makes friends with his postman. The postman is not very bright, but he loves poetry, and gets Pablo (the poet) to teach him about metaphors. Mario, the postman, falls in love with a woman at an inn. He uses the poetry that Pablo teaches him, the metaphors, to win her. Eventually they get married, and Pablo stands up at their wedding. The sam day, Pablo receives a communique saying that he's no longer exiled, he can come back, so he leaves the island. There is more after that, but I don't want to give away the whole movie...

Soft and lyrical. A metaphor of a movie...

2.15.2007

Sick again...

YAY!! I officially have bronchitis! Isn't that fun? Aren't you just so excited for me? I know, I know... You're jealous of me. It is something to be envied, but trust me, it's not all it's cracked up to be...



Enough fun. I feel like crap. I can't stop coughing, and my head is all stopped up. My nose is running, and it's hard to breathe. I just got back from the doctor's office and he's putting me on an antibiotic, a medicine that's usually for asthmatics, and that mucus medicine, I forget what it's called....



I just got a call from work, too. Here I was considering calling in, and now I'm working a longer shift. I don't have to go in until almost 4, but, yay, I get more hours...




Question of the Day: What did you have the last time you got really sick?

Planet Woes

Oh, my God, I am moving to New Zealand tomorrow. Their current prime minister just vowed to make their country the first entirely carbon-neutral country in the world. I think it's amazing. They've got real things going on there, and they're requiring the government to chip in and help with how they're going to do that. Not just saying, hey you, be more efficient. But also saying, hey, we need to do this ourselves. Helen Clark (the PM) said that the different agencies of their government (47 of them) have to set an example by insulating, using more efficient transport, and having more sustainable practices.

"Two decades ago it was the threat of nuclear war destroying the world as we knew it which galvanised New Zealand to become nuclear free," she said, adding that the policy had since become "central to our national identity". "So it must be with this century's environmental sustainability challenge. We have to make a stand for our world, and for our own sake."
--Canberra (Some Australian Newspaper)



Question of the Day: What are you doing to save the planet?

2.14.2007

mobile

I think i'm going to start blogging from my phone. That should make my life seem interesting at least.

2.13.2007

eh...

Tonight is the store's Christmas Party. Yes you read that right, Christmas Party. It's the day before Valentine's Day, and we're just now getting to it. I was going to go, but I just decided not to because I took my shower and decided I really didn't feel like getting dressed again. Plus, the place they chose all the way down in Torrance, and it's rush hour. So, to me, it just doesn't make any sense to go down there. They really should have chosen a place around here, so people could get there easier. I mean, it's half an hour away in good traffic. How long would it take right now, especially since it just rained a little?



To make today even more fun, I tried to slice off the tip of my thumb with a table knife. And I don't mean a sharp one. I mean an every day, slightly serrated, but mostly dull, table knife. Like you use for butter. I was trying to cut butter because I was actually making myself some real food for a change, but it was frozen and the knife slipped and gouged into my thumb. I think I hit an artery because I bled like a stuck pig. This happened at 10 am-ish, and I think it might actually still be bleeding. I need to change the bandage again.



I'm really officially loving the new glasses. I know, I know, I'm raving about them. And yes they look great on me, but beyond that, they've got transitions lenses, so I can still see outside. They're plastic, rather than wire, so if I sit on them, they won't go all out of shape. And the shape itself doesn't dig into the side of my head. It's not so loose it falls off, and it's not so tight it gives me a headache. I could see it aggravating a headache if I got one, but it won't actually cause one. Plus they stay put. I'm not shoving them up my nose all the time. And they're purple. That's always nice too...




Question of the Day: What's the worst damage that you've ever caused yourself?

2.12.2007

More Adventures in the Life of a Sexy Librarian


I got to pick up my glasses today and dude, they look totally awesome. I'm so pleased. I can see now! I got motivated to actually put on makeup and and take a few pictures to update things because I haven't had recent pictures up anywhere for a looooong time. It's great because I don't have to deal with contacts, I shelled out for transitions lenses, so I don't have to deal with sunglasses, and these are totally sexy frames. I'm happy with these.



Question of the Day: What's you're opinion of my new specs?

talking my ear off

I spent something like 5 hours on the phone yesterday. Which alone is a personal record. But I think I only talked to 3 people. I talked to my parents for about 20 minutes. I talked to Bill & Michelle for a bit more than an hour. And then I talked to Jim, my friend in DC, for upwards of three and a half hours, in two separate phone calls. I have never, in my life talked more than an hour and a half on the phone in one day to one person, and Jim and I talked for an hour the first time, and over 2 hours the second time. We would've talked more the first, but it we got interrupted by Bill & Mischa calling about my coming up to Alaska.



Personally, I'm in shock that I can carry on a single conversation for that long without it ever going to dead silence. Not only that, we both had people com in and out on the sidelines. I passed on hanging out at the Albertson's because I wanted to stay on the phone with Jim, and he went to Starbucks and then drove home, all the while on the phone with me. There was other stuff in the periphery that only temporarily distracted us from talking to each other. Which I find highly amusing. And amazing...



Question of the Day: What is your personal record for longest single phone call?

2.11.2007

Doughnuts & Sleep

I think I have officially discovered why it's a bad idea to eat a doughnut right before you try to go to bed. I was on the phone with a friend in DC, and got a little hungry, and ate the damn thing, about 5 minutes before we hung up. I have to work in about 20 minutes now, so I went to bed. No big deal right? Wrong! Between the doughnut and the people have a get-together in another apartment, I barely slept at all. Even after I went down there and told them how much their voices carried (I could pretty much understand their entire conversation, it was only slightly muffled by my window), I barely slept because of all the sugar that was in my system still! Argh!



But now I have to go to work. Which is even better. Luckily it's sunday, and I don't have to be there until 5:15, and it's only 4:55 now. I think I'll stop and get a doughnut, they open at 5....



Question of the Day: What are your sleep deficiencies?

2.09.2007

Myspace

So, I've been playing with MySpace today because I think I'm getting a cold. But I found a slideshow thing that shows all my jewelry that I've posted there. It's not all I've made, not by a long shot, but I have to take lots more pictures, and then clip them and photoshop them, and get them all embedded, etc. This is hard work to stay on top of!













Question of the Day: What are you busy doing today?

2.08.2007

Clueless

You will either feel stupider after watching this, or feel smarter in comparison. It was very roughly based on Jane Austen's Emma, so you may feel even smarter if you get the over-arching reference. Considering it takes place in Beverly Hills in the 90s in High School, it's a, umm, solid adaptation. Personally, I like the movie. My first year in college, I think I watched this movie once a week with one of my best friends. We'd check it out from the library, and watch it in the lounge of our dorm. It was free and more appealing at the time than the other stuff available...

Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.

V-Day Plans?

The big day is coming up. Next Wednesday, all sorts of red hearts and valentine's and love and kisses will be all over the place, and yet, I am still single. I don't think it bothers me as much anymore because I'm not in school, so it's not shoved in my face quite as much. I don't know what I'm doing, but probably nothing. I know I'm working for at least part of the day, and the next day I have a super-duper, special exciting root canal planned!



I kinda want to treat this like a diary, and there's someone who I know reads this, who I would really like to talk about. I could try to talk about him in code, but it would be really obvious... I'm kinda lame like that. It's frustrating though. I want to get feeling out about someone, and I can't because he'll read what I write here... but at the same time, I don't want him to stop reading because it makes me feel special that I have people who read my blog... (The sad part is, he'll probably figure out that I'm talking about him just by this little bit.)




Question of the Day: Who is your sweetheart?

Uncomfortable Appointments

I had 2 different doctor's appointments today. Both were of the kind that no one likes to go to. The first one was a dentist appointment. Which wasn't so bad because it was a new patient appointment, and they didn't do a cleaning, but they did do all those annoying x-rays where they stick the square film in between your teeth that scratches the roof of your mouth. It was all peachy keen though until the doctor noticed a bit of decay on one tooth (apparently I haven't been flossing enough), so I have to get a crown done because there's already a filling on that tooth. So, I get to go back next Thursday for the whole deal: the teeth cleaning and the crown (maybe a root canal thrown in just for kicks). Fun, huh?



After that, I got to go to my regular doctor's office and get a check-up because I haven't seen him in a while. And because it's been at least a year, I got to get a pap smear.




Yeah....



Not saying anymore...



Question of the Day: What's your least favorite doctor's appointment?

My Man Godfrey

I paid $1.50 for my copy of this movie. It's not even in a regular DVD case. There's a good reason I paid so little. The version I have is a really crappy transfer of the original black and white. That said, I love this movie. There are several versions of it, and this is the one that was made in 1936 with Carole Lombard and William Powell. It's fantastic. It's so completely old school. The clothes and the styles. It's so great. I love William Powell. He's so restrained in everything he does. I really feel like I need to see more of his work. It's such a great movie because Irene (Carole Lombard) is this scatterbrained, spoiled, rich girl and she gets her family to hire a forgotten man, Godfrey (William Powell), as a butler. This is all well and good except she follows him around making moon eyes at him, and her sister, Cornelia (Gail Patrick), keeps trying to sabotage him.

"Stand still, Godfrey. It'll all be over in a minute."

2.06.2007

Get Shorty

I still don't know what the plot line of this movie is. I've seen it probably 4 or 5 times, and I can't figure it out. There's this guy, Chili Palmer, who's some kind of flunky for one side of the mob. But his head honcho dies. So, he's in crap with a flunky of another side of the mob. Except, this is John Travolta we're talking about, so he's no real flunky. There's this other guy, a dry cleaner, who scammed $700 grand from the airlines, and Chili goes after him because they're friends or something. He's supposed to be in Vegas, but he's already gone onto LA. While he's there, in Vegas, he meets up with a guy who wants Chili to go after another guy inLA while he's there, or something, a Producer. And this all happens in the first 20 minutes! It's so convoluted, and confusing, you'd think it would be a bad movie. But it's not. It's funny and cynical and for people who like mob movies and people who live in Hollywood.

It's like a Hollywood mob movie.

I Married a Witch

Supposedly this is the movie that the TV show Bewitched is based on. After watching it I'm not surprised. It's a good movie, and I can see how the humor in it translated to the small screen. The way this one goes is that Veronica Lake is a witch. She and her father were imprisoned in a tree when they were burned at the stake back during the Salem Witch trials. One night, lightning hits the tree they're trapped in and releases them, so they go out and start trying to cause havoc on the most recent member of the family of the man who had them burned. It's quite funny, especially at the wedding (because the guy, Fredric March, is supposed to be getting married). And the father (Cecil Kellaway) is hysterical because he keeps trying to kill the guy off, even after his daughter has fallen for him (courtesy of a handy little potion).

Lots of fun, mostly romantic, and in Black & White.

Like Water For Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)

This is a beauatiful movie. I think it's Mexican. It does take place in Mexico, for the most part. At least just south of the border. There are a few scenes that take place in Texas. Around 95% of the movie is in Spanish, but it flops to English for a few lines because one of the characters is a British doctor. At any rate basically the movie is about these two people, Pedro and Tita, who fall madly in love when they are about 14 or even younger. However family tradition dictates that because Tita is the youngest daughter, she will never marry, and her mother forbids the union. So, instead, he marries one of her older sisters to be near her. Tita pours herself into cooking, and people start to experience her emotions through the food. It's a wonderful story, and I really like it, but the acting is a little strained at times. You know in many instances that they're playing at their roles. A few of them are quite good, and the woman who plays Tita, Lumi Cavazos, plays both sides of that fence. Sometimes she is wonderful, playing overwrought and depressed, but sometimes, maybe she was just having a bad day, and she was just pretending to act.

I will watch this one again and again for the story and the food and the love. It's beautiful.

Hostage

I rented this movie purely because it stars Bruce Willis. He's fabulous. I usually love anything he's in. And while this movie had it's good points, overall it was just kinda flashy. The basic premise is that three kids take a house hostage, but they don't know that the guy who owns it is an accountant for the mob. So the mob takes hostage this other guys family so he'll take care of other certain things and make sure the negotiations go their way.But that guy is Bruce Willis. In the opening scene of the movie, he's in LA with a serious bead, negotiating with some psycho who ends up killing a kid. And so because he considers himself all washed up, he moves to this little town, and becomes sheriff.

The overall movie isn't bad, but it isn't great either.

2.05.2007

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Holly Golightly. I just think that's a wonderful name, darling. Fred-baby, we really should watch this movie more often. I am so immensely happy that I bought this movie. It's so much fun, and romantic and it's like she doesn't mean to let him into her life but she does. There's an element of despair about Holly, Audrey Hepburn, and it's something we all feel. She just doesn't want to get hurt, but at the same time too she wants to get close to someone. It's incredibly difficult to do that. The cast is great. I love George Peppard was my first love, ever since I first saw the A-Team (I love that show). He is amazing: sexy and caring and confidant. Audrey is classy and vulnerable and tough.

There's no reason to wonder why this movie is so well loved.

2.04.2007

Twister

This is a fairly fun movie. It's completely predictable. And you can tell from moment one what's going to happen. (A really big twister is going to come. Hence the title.) But it's still a fun movie. The characters are fairly witty and it's got Philip Seymour Hoffman before he was Capote. And Cary Elwes in his 'downtime' between The Princess Bride and Saw (a movie I will never review because I will never EVER see it). It is possible to enjoy the predictable, you just have to turn off the predictor in your head. Pretend you don't already know what is going to happen. It's a lot more fun that way. I promise.

A great 90s action movie. But you already know how it ends.

The Lion King

Considered by many to be the best Disney movie ever (ever!), it's actually a little bit further down my list. I do love this movie, but Emperor's New Groove is my favorite. What's great about The Lion King though is that it's a happy animated version of Hamlet. It's got the death of the father and the take-over by the uncle. It's even got Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in the form of Timon & Pumbaa. It's only missing a few things, like the final death of Hamlet/Simba, and the rejection and subsequent suicide of Ophelia/Nala. It's a fantastic movie though, and the voices are really amazing. The songs are a lot of fun and watching it this time I'm noticing I still have them memorized from when I learned them as a kid.

Hakuna Matata.

L'Auberge Espagnole

This movie feels a lot like a documentary. Like someone just has a camera and is following this guy around. Obviously that's not true, but the way the camera moves, the quality of the film, even the candor in some situations is very spur of the moment. It's a light movie, about coming into yourself, and the big thing in you life that while it happens you don't realize how it changes you, but at the end you sit up and say, "Hang on a sec." The movie itself can get a little confusing at times because it's in three different languages: French, Spanish and English. There's even a dash of German thrown in for fun, but no one is actually expected to understand it, and one of the character's 'translates' for the audience. The reason I rented the movie was because Audrey Tatou is in it, but she has a very small role. There's another actress that I've come to recognize, named Kelly Reilly. She's really talented, and has been in quite a number of other things (including Pride & Prejudice, as Bingley's sister, and Mrs. Henderson Presents).

A good movie for young people. Should encourage study abroad, or at least travel.

Starbucks Rules

Working at Starbucks has clued me into the pet peeves of those who work there. So as a public service to both those of us who work there, and to those people who have to wait behind you in line, I'm making a list.
  • Be either off your phone of hang up when you walk up to the counter. There are people behind you and if we have to wait for you, it slows everybody down.

  • If you're ordering like 10 drinks, call ahead. We can usually have them made for you by the time you get there. Or at least have them written down. It's easier for us. (And we're more likely to get your drink right.)

  • If you're ordering one drink, know what it is before you get up to the counter.

  • If you are a regular, and the barista knows you and knows your drink, let them know when you walk up, if you plan on changing it. You confuse us if you get something different!

  • If you aren't a regular, don't expect us to know what you drink.

  • If you see someone you don't know, maybe they're new, don't expect them to know what you drink.

  • Make sure you speak loud enough to be heard over both the steam wand, the blender and the coffee grinder, just in case all three happen to be going at once.

  • If we're busy, expect to wait longer than 30 seconds for your drink. There are people ahead of you.

  • If we're slow, expect to wait longer than 30 seconds for your drink. We may have to steam more milk.

  • During the late afternoon and evening, we shut down some of the coffee shuttles, therefore, if we temporarily run out of coffee, it will be at most for 4 maybe 5 minutes. You're caffeine withdrawals will not kill you before then.

  • If we happen to be short-staffed, which does happen, be patient with us. We are doing the best that we can with only X (insert current number of employees) people. Usually there are at least 3 people, but the state and company mandates we give breaks. It's a coffee shop, not a sweat shop.

  • If you are ordering a pastry, please tell us what it is. They all have signs, and literacy in this country is fairly high. Please don't just point. I have no idea what you are pointing at.

  • If our doors are locked, no matter what time of day it is. There's probably a reason. If it's the middle of the night: It's the middle of the night. If it's the middle of the day, there was probably some kind of accident. Look for a sign and then look for another Starbucks for today.



Question of the Day: What do you order when you go to a Starbucks-like place?

2.03.2007

Sexy Librarian

I had a doctor's appointment today. I went to the optometrist and am getting glasses. I have to tell this whole story though. It's kinda funny. I woke up this morning at 7:30 and decided to ride my bike to my appointment because I knew that I'd get dilated. So I left here at around 8:15, and rode over and of course didn't check on the address. Of course, the building I was thinking of the address for was the dentist office (I have that appointment next week). I had to call my dad, and coach him through the VSP website to try and get the address for the optometrist's office. It was fun because it's actually right next door to the dentist's building. One is at 3855, and the other is at 3831. I finally get into the office, and luckily I am actually early (even after taking 10 minutes with my 74-year-old father on the phone), and I find out that, wait, my Vision insurance doesn't cover the visit with the doctor I have the appointment with. My Health insurance might, but they'd have to submit it, and there's no guarantees, especially since I wasn't referred. I asked if there were other doctor's there that I could see and luckily there was. I wound up seeing Dr. Kathy. Yep, that was her name. She was really cool, too: very chatty, very young (late 20s, maybe 30), and rather pretty. We go through the eye exam and she dilates my eyes and she puts me out in the waiting room. While I'm waiting to go completely blurry, I look at glasses, and I pick out a pair and all that stuff. I think I've got a very sexy pair. I'll post a new picture of me with glasses when I get them. But they're purple! I decided to shell out some extra cash for Transitions Lenses, and a little extra on top of that for a thinner lens on the right side. The thing with my eyes is that I've got a lazy eye, aka it's amblyopic. I still have full control over the eye, so it's not staring off to one side while the left eye looks at you, but it just means the eye doesn't pull it's full weight in terms of what I see. Also because of that, my left eye (the good one) is starting to get a little tired from doing more than it's fair share of the work. Hopefully, I'll gain more control over the right eye and it'll get 'better' to where I can get more use out of it, but most of that has to be done during developmental years (i.e. before age 14). While some was done, it apparently wasn't quite enough. I don't have a ton of problems with my eyes, just enough to be slightly annoying. But now I get to be a Sexy Librarian!



At any rate, once I finally got out of the appointment, I left, went home and crashed. I fell asleep for around 4 hours; and I was still dilated when I woke up. I called my parents, and got some bad news. My mom is leaving tomorrow for Illinois because my Great Grandmother just died. She was so cool too. She was like 93, I think, and her hair was still pink. It had been red when she was younger, but it just faded out. She lived in her own house until a few years ago when she started taking diuretics, and she was taking 2, one in the morning, one at night, but she was taking them both at the same time. She apparently started having some problems with blood in her urine and was in a lot of pain like a week ago, so I'm glad she went quick, but I'm really sad she's gone. She was my first relative to hold me when I was born. I'm sad that I'm not going to be able to head back for the funeral. It's this Tuesday, and I have doctors' appointments, and I don't think I can afford to take the time off of work, let alone buy a plane ticket. Especially since I'm going to Alaska later this month already.



Question of the Day: Where would you most like to travel to if money wasn't an issue?

2.02.2007

An Inconvenient Truth

Every person on the planet should see this movie. I was literally in tears while watching it. I've been half-heartedly green for a long time, but this movie points out things that are happening that shouldn't be. And has graphs and charts that prove what we are doing to our planet. And Al Gore (yes, that guy who barely lost the presidency a while back) is great. He's funny and approachable and real. He's not some scientist that no one cares about, muttering about carbon dioxide emissions and CFCs. There's reality here, and photo-documented proof that you can't ignore unless you shut your eyes and refuse to believe. I had watched a ghetto-version of the slide show a while back and it's good, but not as good as watching the actual DVD. This version gets the point across, but you can't see all the graphs and animations. The DVD though. is amazing.

Watch it. You'll resolve to walk to work, or buy a hybrid.