Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I've been secretly scrapping again (I guess it's not a secret anymore).
Here's a look at some things that got me back on the bicycle again. I still feel a little rusty. I noticed that I hadn't scrapped a single thing from 09.
My goal now is to remedy that...I cannot scrap anything BUT 09 events. Also I am not buying supplies anymore (except adhesive). If (when I run out of supplies) I decide that I will continue this hobby, then I will buy supplies.
title again from Patty Griffin's: Mary, I am so loving this one lately.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
edited to add: Mo'Nique definitely deserving of all the accolades she has gotten recently. Precious was totally worth my time. It was important & tragic, and real.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I finished the book voraciously and am off to see this film later this afternoon. I have heard the critics are not liking it...but I am hopeful. I can't wait to see Peter Jackson's interpretation of Alice Sebold's interpretation of Susie Salmon's heaven.
edited to add...LOVED the film! I thought the acting was well done and the cinematography was beautiful. I loved the changes that were made to adapt this book into a screenplay. I balk at you critics!
title courtesy of Stevie Wonders song by the same name
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The roaring twenties are coming to a screeching halt...actually I am going out of my twenties as gently as I came into them. I thought it would be interesting to look back on the last decade of my life as I brace to begin the next one...
A list from my twenties (or "What the heck was I...")
I remember feeling like I was on-fire reading this book well into the night and early morning of 2004. It's still one of my top 5: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, read in 2008...I am as in love with Oscar as a narrator as I am with Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird).
I read the Twilight series in 2009 and it catapulted me back into the feverish type of reading for pleasure that I needed post grad school. (Plus they were pure unadulterated fun).
Desperately Wanting (all that stuff I had to have):
title courtesy of Counting Crows: August & Everything After
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I'm a little slow on this post, but I feel I should do the obligatory declaration of a new year of goals. After all, I can only celebrate last years goals so long...speaking of, here is my last celebration of them...
1. I quit caffeine. It started with soda and ended with coffee. I actually crave water now, and drink a ton of it. This incidentally helped me reach my size 6 goal too...I am not hung up on weight, in fact I don't know what I weigh for sure, but I know I felt off as a size 8. So its back to the size 6s again and I am feeling great (although I'm still working on Jillian Michaelsesque arms).
2. I am an RDT (registered drama therapist). This is a goal that I've had since 2001, so its really huge to see that to fruition.
3. My other goal was to pay off my debt. I've made a significant dent in my student loans and have that pesky credit card manageable as well. I paid one loan completely off, and paid an old card off as well.
4. We went on a vacation (we try to do this at least once a year) to NYC.
5. Completely whole-wheat (pasta, bread, rice) -- no bleached flour, at least for home, at restuarants and others homes I am happy to consume a little, I am not fanatic, just trying for a healthy body. Also still sticking to "No Red Meat", this is a migraine prevention trick and year 2 of it is going well, I can now not notice a difference between ground turkey and ground beef. I haven't bought red meat in two years now, I probably end up eating it about twice a year at others' homes (again, I am in no way against the consumption of meat).
So...onto the new year...
1. Read every night. I used to do this and would like to get back to this old habit. I can accomplish this by only watching TV using the DVR (you didn't think I'd cut back on TV?!!).
2. Continue to work on student loans/debt.
3. Go on a beach vacation (we've been to Chicago, Philly, Vegas & NYC...we need a beach to round this out, Long Beach doesn't count) --In 2011 I will talk Keenan into a mountain vacation...but for now I've got to concede.
4. Look for opportunities for freelance work. I did this a few times last year, but need to keep expanding.
5. Keep up the good habits I worked so hard to develop last year.
with that I am off to drink my water...happy new year!
title courtesy of Better Than Ezra: This Time of Year
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Nine...eh more like a "Five"...it was dreadfully boring, even with the gloss of tons of Oscar winners (Marion Cotillard, Dame Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren & Daniel Day Lewis) it didn't matter. Fergie (the only "name" in the movie who hasn't won an Academy Award) actually upstaged them all...her performance and song were the best parts of the movie. That's how you know it was dreadful.
Up in the Air...aka The George Clooney film...Keenan LOVED it...I did not. However, I am not a Clooney fan (I always feel like he is trying poorly to channel Cary Grant, this maybe unfair, but it's just one woman's opinion). Clooney's performance is solid but there is no way I think he can best Colin Firth (A Single Man). And although I doubt Brothers will be an academy-darling Toby Maguire was better too this year. The script is decent (again Brothers is better) and save one completely silly crying scene Anna Kendrick was spot-on.
The Hangover... I bought it for Keenan for Christmas, he saw it at the theatre with his friends and has been raving over it ever since. I loved Zack Galifianakis. It's basically what it is supposed to be, the everyday-guy's pipedream, including completely stereotypical roles for females. The Hangover left me minimally charmed and feeling a little nauseous myself. (To atone for making me watch this he watched my gifted DVD Julie & Julia)
Two Lovers...A redbox rental (since our Netflix is devoted to Mad Men at the present time). It's a small indie flick with Gwyneth and Joaquin. They are both great in this film, which starts a little slowly but satisfies eventually. The performances are definitely better than the script. But it's a good rental.
Adventureland...Another redbox, we hadn't seen it. And to be honest we didn't see the end. However, we were pretty sure there wasn't a big twist ending. I really only want to see Micheal Cera as the lovable-smart guy...sorry Jesse Eisenberg...Micheal does it better.
A Few Good Men...I watched it on TV, all the way through, for probably the thousandth time...Keenan saw it for the first time when we were first together. It was really difficult to not recite the lines that first time he watched it, I don't abide by that restriction anymore, therefore he doesn't watch it with me anymore. I can't help it, every time Lt. Caffey demands "Col. Jessup did you order the code red?" And the Col. screams "You're damn right I did!" I get chills. Solid story, great performances (Keifer Sutherland makes me squirm), and great dialogue...I love this film.
I am looking forward to seeing...Sherlock Holmes, The Lovely Bones, Me & Orson Wells and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
title courtesy of Something Corporate: Me and the Moon