Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lost (Spoilery)

Last night was good. It was certaintly not Ab Aeterno but still good. I long for Sun and Jin to be together again. Alive, dead, whatever. I just want them to have their reunion. They have come such a long way as a couple since first stepping foot onto Oceanic 815. Since I can't come up with original thoughts on my own, here is an excerpt from Jeff Jensen's http://www.ew.com/ column. This paragraph is about Sun's loss of the English language and while on the surface it seems random and lame to the plot, it might have a bigger meaning..... But here's another idea for you. There has been one other instance on Lost in which a character mysteriously lost the ability to communicate verbally. The episode was ''Further Instructions,'' and the victim was Locke himself. The Island had taken away his speech in the aftermath of the Hatch explosion as a kind of punishment for his big season 2 sin: Straying from his Island mission and becoming obsessed with pushing the Button, abandoning the natural world of jungle for the unnatural environs of The Hatch. Stripping Locke of his speech was part of the Island's way of dressing down its unfaithful servant and reminding him of who he was and what he was supposed to being doing. Perhaps Sun was stripped of her English for similar reasons. After all, she learned the language in order to run away from Jin. Moreover, she learned it from a man that became her lover. Sun's English had once saved her husband from the false charge of setting fire to the raft. It helped her build bridges with the castaways. Otherwise, her English must be something of a bitter talent. To use a phrase from Dogen, she must ''hate the way it tastes on her tongue.'' Regardless, she doesn't need it anymore. Her future is in Korea, with her husband, with her daughter, and with a mother and father that need her forgiveness. So maybe losing her English wasn't a psychic assault. Maybe it was a movement of the Island to reminder her of who she is — and what she needs redemption for. See you next week!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sharing Laughter with my readers

The world isn't always funny. Sure, you laugh when you watch Curb Your Enthusiasm but the new season doesn't start for forever. And then you watch 30 Rock and laugh at something Liz says but you have to wait until Thursday night to see it again. Then your kitty does something super duper cute but then she does something super duper annoying so your laughter turns into a maniacal rage. Stuff like that. But then comes the internet. There are lots of funny things on the internet. But watching the same video on YouTube is only funny for so long. And Lamebook is pretty funny but sometimes it isn't. But thennnnnn you read a blog. A blog that makes your coworker laugh but you think she is crying because you hear sniffles and you wonder why you made her cry and you feel really bad only to have her come over to your cubicle wiping tears away and saying that this blog made her whole day and it is like Christmas. I might be late on this. She has 1,500 followers so everyone in the world might already be reading this blog but it is awesome and totally worth devoting your entire night to reading. But don't do it tonight because Lost is on. Lost precedes everything. And don't do it tomorrow night because Modern Family is on and that is hilarious. And Thursday night is reserved for Survivor and The Office and 30 Rock so not then either. Probably Friday night. Yeah, read it Friday night.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dear Mr. President

Congrats on the passage of your health care reform. Like many Americans, I hope we get a better explanation of how this bill will effect us very soon. The real reason I am writing this is because I'm troubled by some comments you are making on HCR Tour '10. You are the President of everyone in this great country of ours. We look to you to unify us when we are divided and sir, we are very divided right now. You know that. So when you are on your tour, making your speeches and saying that you dare Republicans to try to overturn the bill. You "dare" them? What is this, 4th grade on the blacktop, daring Tommy to go kiss Sally? Instead of using childish terms, why don't you use big boy language and explain to the Republican leaders (and citizens who don't understand it) what this bill will really do. Explain why we should support it. Explain how it will benefit us. Please explain instead of criticizing and making jokes. What jokes? When you said "Republicans said armageddon would strike when the bill was passed. I looked around this morning, trying to find meteors and astroids." hahahha. No. Stop. You aren't campaining anymore. You aren't trying to get votes. You shouldn't be playing one side against the other. You should be unifying. Stop being childish. Start being a leader to everyone.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Things My Husband Says

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and she asked if I was still blogging. I told her that I was but my life isn't very interesting and I'm struggling with things to write about. Since she knows my husband, she suggested that I blog about the crazy, weird, funny things he says. But I think people will just end up thinking that he has the mental capacity of a 4 year old. And thats not being mean. He said the same thing when I told him this idea. My husband keeps telling me that I should "blog about something interesting so you can get paid to blog and stay home all day with the kitty." I'm pretty sure he said something about making dinner every night and doing his laundry but he was walking away so I'm not sure. He and his friend started a blog called Two Nerds, One Blog or something equally lame but stopped blogging after about a day and a half. He thought his website was going to BLOW UP. His reviews of video games and movies and nerd stuff was going to be all the rage and be would be interviewed on Access Hollywood and linked on nerd websites. But again, they blogged 3 times and that was it. I tried to give him a feature on my blog called HubCaps. He wrote an introduction and then never met my deadline so I fired him. I'm tough. But I think my friend Ashley was onto something. I'm going to randomly jot down the crazy stuff my husband says and blog about it. Come to think about it, he says stuff that is so inappropriate, I'm sure I would lose readers by blogging about his quips. Nevermind.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Times, they are achangin'

I saw a high school student, on campus, wearing this shirt today. After lunch, he walked into the front office and never came back so I am assuming he got in trouble for wearing this shirt. Sadly, he went through 3+ hours at school before any teacher noticed this highly inappropriate shirt and sent him to the office. Since when it is ok to wear shirts like this to school? Oh yeah and I saw a girl wearing a shirt that said "Bitches Love Me". She also went to the office and came out wearing a P.E. shirt. WOW.

Pop Music 4 Eva

On the way to work this morning, I was listening to my usual favorite talk show guys but needed boost and a break from the health care chatter. I plugged in my ear phone (just one!), turned on my ipod and before I knew it, I was singing along with The Dixie Chicks, Britney, NSync and New Kids on The Block. My mood instantly changed. I was happy and awake (despite a few yawns in between). I've decided that there will not be a day when I don't love listening to pop music, especially from the 90's and 00's. I love me some Britney Spears. I feel like the pop music of today is mostly garbage. Justin Beiber? NO. NO. NO. Jonas Brothers? Crap. Miley Cyrus? Don't get me started. I will treasure the 6 Britney concerts that I attended and the New Kids reunion show I went to in 2008. That was seriously one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Mostly because Jordan Knight had his shirt off for an entire song and it was the first time in my life when I didn't blink for 4 minutes straight. For realsies. I belong in the record books for that.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March Madness becomes Sadness

When the team you put down to win it all loses in the second round, March Madness is now March Sadness. Plus, I already owe my mom $5 since she beat me by 1 game in the first round. Go Butler. Go Kansas. Go Michigan St. Go Tennessee. Go Ohio St. Go Syracuse. Go Pittsburg. Go Kansas St. Go Kentucky. Go Wisconsin. Go New Mexico. Go West Virgina. Go DUKE. Go Purdue. Go Baylor. Those "go's" are subject to change when we get into the Sweet 16. I'll turn my back on half of you. Don't take it personal.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Hurt Locker

Spoilerish ahead... We finally got around to watching The Hurt Locker on Monday night. Since we were sure it was a stellar movie, my husband purchased it, thinking it was a movie worth having in our collection. Wrong. This was his response to that decision: "...that movie blew whale b@lls. I'm pissed that I purchased it." The movie started off pretty well. It was intense throughout. The acting was terrific and the camera work was awesome. I was tense the entire time wondering if one of the bombs they were trying to defuse was going to explode in their faces. Midway through the movie, it took a random, ill-placed twist. The plot completely turned and it was almost as if it was a different movie. From that point on, the movie seemed erratic. Was their a point? Where is the plot going? Is there even a plot? No. Who knows. No. I went on Rotten Tomatoes the next day and saw the 97% rating. I was expecting that since duh, it just won the Oscar for best director, movie and screenplay. But I wasn't feeling it and I knew someone else had to agree. I came across THIS review. This is exactly how I felt about the movie. Let me preface my next paragraph by saying, I know the Oscars don't mean jack squat to anyone but the people who are in the film industry. They are silly awards that really mean nothing in the grand scheme of life. But as someone who enjoys watching movies and spent 3 hours watching the show, I have some thoughts... Before the Oscars, I said if Avatar won for Best Picture, we would look back in 10 years and think how other movies were FAR superior all the way around and deserved the top honor more. That is how I feel about Titantic. Good Will Hunting was a way better movie that year. And when Avatar didn't win and The Hurt Locker did, I was satisfied. Now? Not so much. Inglorious Basterds was above and beyond a better movie than Avatar and The Hurt Locker. I can't speak for the other movies that were nominated (aside from Up) because I didn't see them but out of the movies that I watched, Inglorious Basterds should have won Best Picture. Have you watched The Hurt Locker? What did you think? Loved it or agreed with the critic that I linked to and thought it had no direction and no really meaning.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Ghost of John Lennon

See this clock? It plays Beatles songs at the top of every hour. See right above the 9 and the 3? See how it is clearly split into two pieces? At the top of every hour, the two pieces split and the clock lights up and that piece below the 6 spins around and it is very pretty. I made the mistake of keeping batteries in this clock for way too long. The batteries burst a bit and nasty battery acid got in the clock. It still works but it is a bit spaztic. Right now, the two pieces are apart. It makes it a bit harder to tell time but whatever. It is still a pretty clock. You can turn the music off and the clock still works. I think the music bugs my husband because a while back, he turned the clock off. Last I checked, it was off. I haven't heard the music in a while. This morning at about 8:50, the music started. Not all of it. Just for a few seconds. I stared at the clock super duper confused. As far as I remember, it didn't play again and I've been sitting on the couch all day so I would know. Well, just now, at 2:50, the music played again. I think the ghost of John Lennon or George Harrison is in our house. They are pissed that my husband turned them off so they are sending warning signals out that we best turn the clock back on. John and George, I'm on your side. Haunt my husband in his sleep. He turned the clock off!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

RIP Corey Haim

Corey Haim was my favorite of the Corey's. He was way totally cuter than Corey Feldman. WAIT. That was Heather Graham in License to Drive with them? Didn't know that.
Anyways, remember when you would buy Teen Bop and Tiger Beat and read super cheestastic articles about Kirk Cameron and Corey Haim and they would have those pull out posters and you would tape them to your bedroom wall and behind your bedroom door so you could stare at them and imagine your life with them because they were totally going to marry you?
And now, all these years later, it is weird how that boy that you totally crushed on when you are a pre-teen and watched in movies and stared at on your bedroom wall died of a drug overdose.
If he would have married you, that never would have happened.

Monday, March 8, 2010

NO Kitty, thats a bad Kitty!

Good morning and happy Monday! This is nail polish on the kitchen floor..... Kitty, you are grounded. But first, you need to take this $1 bill, march yourself down to Wal-Mart and get me a replacement bottle of nail polish. What? You think people will stare at a cat walking into Wal-Mart to buy nail polish? Honey, it is WAL-MART. There are weirder things going on in there than a cat buying nail polish. Believe me. Now scoot! If you aren't back in 2 hours, I'll come look for you. Look both ways before crossing the street and use the crosswalks. Don't talk to strangers and make sure you get the change. Yes, there will be change. That nail polish was only .85 cents. Yes, your mommy is cheap.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kitty Photo Shoot

My kitty was looking super cute laying on the couch today so I grabbed the nice camera (instead of snapping pictures with my iphone) and started taking pictures of her. I'm pretty sure she loves having her picture taken because she changed poses several times as I was taking her picture. Seriously. She is a diva.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

LOST (Spoilers)

I can't come up with any thoughts of my own this week so instead, I will steal from the Entertainment Weekly Lost recapper genius, Jeff Jensen. Interesting Point #1: Remember before the season began, when ABC released a trio of images that had the cast of Lost replicating Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper? According to tradition, Jesus’ final meal with his disciples occurred on Thursday evening. The next day, on ’'Good Friday,’' Christ was crucified. Jesus was taken off the cross at sundown (although it had been oddly dark all day) and placed into a tomb. From there, the Christian messiah, God’s only begotten son, is said to have descended into hell to give Satan the finger. Sundown. Son Down. Now, think back to the season premiere, ’'LA X.’' The castaways arrived back on the Island in the evening. Last night’s episode was the first time we’ve seen evening on the Island since then, and based on what we’ve seen, I think it’s safe to say that only one day has passed since Team Jughead was uploaded to Island 2007. Oh, and in case you weren’t keeping track, Lost’s last season is now one-third complete. Six hours of Lost 6.0 = 1 day on the Island. 18 hours on Lost 6.0 = 3 days. If we say that ’'LA X’' was Maundy Thursday, and if ’'Sundown’' was Good Friday, then will the show’s final hour be... Easter Sunday. And you know what happened on Easter? Resurrection. I’m telling you, folks, Alpha, the god of beginnings is coming back to balance the scales, but this time he’ll be wearing a whole new body, because he’s going to be a whole new creation: the resurrected John Locke. Interesting Point #2: I am no expert on Islam. Can’t you tell? But in my research, I stumbled on this find. In Islam, there are ’'major signs’' and ’'minor signs’' that the world is about to end and the Day of Judgment is at hand. One of the major signs: the coming of a false messiah that will lead the faithful away from remembrance of Allah. And then, there’s ’'The Smoke.’' Seriously, I’m not making this up. From Wikipedia: ’'The Smoke will appear all over the earth that will cause believers to catch something similar to the common cold, whereas disbelievers will be hit harder by it. Finally, a cool wind will cause all the believers to die. This leaves all the unbelievers left on earth to experience the last hour of the day of judgment.’' Questions: #1: Where is Sawyer? Still hanging out in the cave? #2: Are Sun and Jin ever going to be together? #3: Is Claire going to tell Smokey that Kate took her bay-bee and together, they will destroy her? #4: What is going to happen to all of the Smokey Followers? Will he rescue them from the island? What if Smokey really is the good side of the good vs. bad equation. I'm enjoying the small revalations each week. I know some people are screaming WE WANT ANSWERS but those people need to RELAX. Slow and steady. Have faith.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kitty says, don't cry lady

Monday was a slow tv night so I scanned the movie channels and was excited to see that one of my favorite movies ever was playing: A League of Their Own. This movie has excitement, humor and touching moments and to be honest, there are several points in this movie where I get tears in my eyes: 1. When Marla Hooch says bye to her dad at the train station. TEAR. 2. When Jimmy Duggan gives his "If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard makes it great" speech to Dotty Hinson. small tear. 3. When Dotty smiles watching her little sister Kit carried off the field after she scores the winning run. TEAR. 4. When Dotty and Kit talk after the game. BIG TEARS. And finally....the biggest tear moment of all... 5. When Old Dotty and Old Kit see each other at the Baseball Hall of Fame. WATERWORKS. I think my kitty knew that this part in the movie was coming and she wanted to distract me. She was on a rampage (trying to get our attention since we were watching the tv and not her). She jumped onto the coffee table and knocked several magazines and a picture frame onto the ground JUST as Dotty and Kit hugged. That would have been the point where I would have hid under my blanket so Chris couldn't make fun of me for crying. But my kitty didn't want me to cry, so she stopped me from seeing that scene at all. What a good kitty.

Monday, March 1, 2010

99 things

I stole this from Heather's blog. How many of these 99 things have you done? My accomplished tasks are in bold. 1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars (does camping count?) 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii (it was a near yearly vacation spot when I was little) 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland (both Disneyland AND Disneyworld) 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (in the process of teaching myself photography) 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (shhhhh don't tell!) 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Run a Marathon 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (I'm going to cheat and say a private water taxi counts) 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (and climbed to the top) 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David (stared at him for a while in fact) 41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (one of my favorite parts of the Italy trip) 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud (so fun!) 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Heck yes!) 62. Gone whale watching 63. Got flowers for no reason (such a sweet husband) 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten caviar 72. Pieced a quilt 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone (my arm in 1st grade) 78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person (it is HUGE...thats what she said) 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car (after I graduated college and landed my first "real" job) 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve (college years) 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox 89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Got a tattoo (or 5) 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person (it's smaller than I thought it would be) 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 97. Been involved in a law suit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee 39/99. Not so good. I need to work on these things. Hmmm I'll try to save a life and be in a movie today. And if I can find the time this evening, I'll hold a lamb and build a snow fort. How many have you done?!