Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Um, what? There's a huge difference there. I mean, my younger siblings--all Gen Y, technically--don't know what high speed dubbing is. They make fun of me for calling a portable CD player a "Discman." They're probably laughing that I'm even talking about a portable CD player.
Maybe if we were all older, you could lump us together, but while we're younger, the groupings have to be much smaller. And why do we have to have a name for each generation anyway? So that it's easier to make unfair sweeping generalizations? Do I really have that much in common (socially, physically, economically, etc.) with a six year old? No, and I don't think I will in twenty years, when they're getting jobs and finishing grad school and my (imaginary) children are in high school. It just doesn't make any sense.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
But the people. This is about the people at the courthouse. Now, I'm bad at guessing height, weight, distance, and numbers in large groups, but I'd say there were at least 200 people there, and more crossing the street from the parking lot/bus stop region. I figured there was some sort of protest. Another stupid "kiss-in," maybe.
Ah, but then I looked at the individuals. The long dresses, the long sleeves, the pastels, the incredible high hair (how do they do that?) and I realized, this isn't just some protest, these are... "Pligs! Pligs!" Now, some say that's a derogatory term, but I see it more as a contraction. Shouting "Polygamists! Polygamists!" to no one in particular seems unnecessarily formal.
It was crazy. It would be like...I dunno, driving through downtown Philadelphia and seeing 200 Amish milling around the courthouse. Out of context, a large group, atypical wardrobing, uncommon religious sect, in the middle of a large city. It was just strange. I wonder what legal issue brings them downtown today.
In other news, I had grapes and yogurt with almond slivers for breakfast. It was like a poor man's caramel apple with peanuts, I tell you. My only regret is that I didn't bring more. Or take a picture. It was so pretty in its coordinating tupperware before I put it in my purse, at which point the presentation was diminished a little.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Anyway, I bought some shirts from Charlotte Russe last week. They're not here yet, but I just got an e-mail with a code for free shipping, through Saturday, August 1. So if you missed the last free shipping promo, use "EMAILFS" (as in e-mail free shipping) and buy yourself something nice. So, no booties.
P.S. Oh, and if you want a 30% off coupon for Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic (good online and in stores, but it's only for this weekend) let me know. I think I have 20 or so left. That's a stinking deal.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I call it "I Was Five Minutes Late to Work so My Hair Could Look Like That? or Can Anyone Recommend an Industrial Strength Under-eye Concealer?" The sad thing is, you should have seen the "before" picture of my hair. Not that there is one. But if you had been there...yipes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So, what did everyone think? I had a couple "WTF, David Yates?" moments, but overall, I really enjoyed it. Of course there were a lot of differences, entire characters that were absent, like the Dursleys, Madam Rosmerta, Rufus Scrimgour--and Fudge, for that matter--but then, they've been doing that for ages, ever since they neglected to bring back the adorable Oliver Wood...for shame! I understand the narrative necessity of moving the story along.
There were a few things that didn't sit well with me, though. Like the entire additional scene with Bellatrix? Now, don't get me wrong, Helena Bonham Carter is awesome. Spot-on as Bellatrix. But the scene was unnecessary. It was like they were just looking for an opportunity to get some more screen time for her. There isn't anything we learned from that scene that we couldn't get elsewhere. And as I like to say, "What? Because there wasn't enough content in the book, they had to add a new scene?"
My other major beef was at the end, that Dumbledore told Harry to hide. There is a big, big difference between being immobilized and forced to watch and being hidden and choosing not to act. And how do they make sure that Harry doesn't do anything? They have Snape know he was there! That changes everything!
Although it does add another layer of ambiguity to an already-enigmatic character. Was Snape trying to keep Harry safe, or was he making sure he, Harry, didn't stop him from killing Dumbledore? Of course, it was probably both. But how does Harry interpret it? Snape isn't a hero. The only heroic thing he really does is showing Harry the memory--but then, that's still two movies away.
Still, some of my favorite scenes and lines in the movie were not from the book. Harry saying that at this point, he just goes along with whatever Dumbledore comes up with. The discussion about skin quality as a contributing factor to romantic interest...hilarious! Ron falling off the couch was so unexpected that it made it even funnier. And Daniel Radcliffe's depiction of the effect of Felix Felicis potion as somewhat intoxicated was great. Considering how heavy the story is, there were actually a lot of really funny moments. And in that regard, it's just like the book.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The best part? It's not me being all awkward in the photos.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
- Children's literature and children's literacy
- Geology, particularly vulcanology
- Math, just because I'm bad at it
- Musical theater
- Exercise science, particularly yoga
- Pediatrics (I suppose it's not too late to become a doctor; you have to turn 40 anyway, right?)
- Pastry chef...ness. (Chef-dom? Cheffitude? I don't know how to turn that into a field of study. I doubt they have a degree in cookies, but I'd like to open a bakery or something)
- A few other languages. Russian, maybe, just because it sounds cool
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I guess don't watch a lot of dramas, because in every drama catagory there was a lot of shrugging and "I dunno that." I like House, Bones, and NCIS, but that's about it. Apparently I like procedural dramas. Perhaps because everything is wrapped up in a neat, 43-minute package. Well, not everything. House is still an addict at the end of the episode, y'know? But the main story is wrapped up in an hour. I like the closure. I don't want to watch some crazy, involved show where you can't miss an episode or be utterly lost. I don't want that kind of committment with a TV show. I want to laugh, and I want things to wrap up nicely. That's it.
In totally unrealted news, I very well may have broken my toe last night. Or maybe I just sprained the crap out of it. All I know is that it's bruised and it hurts like crap. I should just get rid of it all together. Who needs two baby toes, anyway?
ETA: Oh, I forgot Dr. Horrible! They have to win. They just have to!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Speaking of unhealthy perfect storms, I'm pretty sure my caramel corn is the perfect combination of fat and sugar, because it is physically impossible to stop eating it once you start. So, so good.
In other news, I was thinking about getting a kit for making funnel cakes, and then I realized, hey. I own funnels. I have the internet. Problem solved! So the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie will be followed by funnel cakes, just like when I read the book. Good times, good times.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
But, I gave it up. Now if I want to watch Monk I have to get it from Netflix. It’s a hard life, I assure you. And yet I was thinking about it, and even if I had the extra $40 or so a month, I wouldn’t spend it on cable. I’d take a dance class or join a gym (or the Salt Lake sports complex, which seems to have all the amenities of a gym at a fraction of the price). I’d save it towards more frequent travel, or I’d go to more concerts and plays. I’d use it to buy kitchen gadgets and books and shoes (my three greatest weaknesses). I’d buy ridiculously overpriced but very intriguing mineral makeup. (Has anyone tried that? Would you recommend it?) I’d give more money to charity and not-for-profit arts organizations. I’d buy the blue topaz ring I’ve had my eye on that is the size of a small skating rink. I’d do any number of things that isn’t watching TV. Which isn’t to say that I don’t still love and miss watching crazy diagnoses on Discovery Health. I guess there are just a lot of things I’d rather do more.
Monday, July 13, 2009
- Red Red Wine, UB40
- Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
- Bad Day, Daniel Powter
- You're Beautiful, James Blunt
- Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield
- Pretty much anything by Pink, Amy Winehouse, or Katy Perry
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
And that got me thinking to other strange compliments and comments I've gotten. I think "I like your face" probably tops the list. All it needs is a bad fake Italian accent, more of "I like-a you face." I think my reaction was along the lines of "What the devil does that mean?" and less "Oh, how nice of you."
There was also "dainty." Now look. I may be a tiny little woman ("I ain't got no shins!") with little monkey hands, but dainty I am not. *Checks online dictionary* Oh wait folks. This just in. I am dainty, but only if we're going with definition 4, "overly particular; finicky." That I certainly am. Especially with food. A great insult yesterday at lunch was when I said someone was such a picky eater, he made me look like a garbage disposal. Burn!
I'm sure there have been other strange, strange things said to me, I just can't think of them. What's the weirdest compliment--backhanded or otherwise--that you've ever gotten, given, or heard? I think this could be right up there with bad date horror stories (of which I have several).
I fully support this video. I've never had specific problems with United, but there are enough other companies that I wish I could write an angry song about (Chase credit cards, I'm looking in your direction). And sometimes the only way that companies will do anything to fix your problem is after you've made it a huge PR issue for them. Public shamings still work!
So even if you can't write a song to shame a company you've had trouble with, sit back and enjoy this one. It's catchy, too.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
See, my blender broke. Not really. Just the little plastic coupler/coupling/clutch thing on the underside of the blade that makes it spin. I thought, "Well, that should be easy enough to replace." Yes. If Rival still made blenders, and therefore there were still replacement parts. Another brand's piece might work, but there's the real potential that it won't.
So what do I replace it with? Another blender? A Magic Bullet? A blender/food processor combo? I don't know. Can I really use the Magic Bullet to make salsa, chopped nuts, alfredo sauce, shredded cheese, smoothies, and more? (Can you tell I've seen the infomercial a few times?) Does anyone have one?
I really don't know what to do. All I know is that it's getting to be smoothie season, and all I have is a hand immersion blender. And I doubt that is going to take me far.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So, my family is coming to town. Hooray! They'll be here for a week. A week? They'll be covered in moss in a week! How will I keep them entertained? Sure, they're coming to put in ceiling fans and curtain rails and whatever else my evil genius desires (have I mentioned a programmable thermostat?) but I'd like it to be at least mildly entertaining as well.
What does one do for fun in Utah? My parents would be easy enough to entertain, but my brothers...? And then I thought, "Dude, they're teenagers. They hate everything." But then I remembered. Firecrackers. They're only legal for a few days around the Fourth, the twenty-fourth, and New Year's. I can't think of a better way to entertain my youngest sibling. Why, when he was small, he loved to go to the dollar store and get those poppers, which technically are illegal in Arizona. Even as a kid he knew that, and I think got an extra delight out of being sneaky, in addition to the loud snapping noise and faint smell of gunpowder. Quite frankly, it's been a long time since I've played with sparklers, and I wouldn't say no.
In addition to firecrackers--as though we need anything else--there's also the Freedom Festival. I don't know how exciting that would be, but on the radio commercial I caught the end of last night, it mentioned funnel cakes. Dude, I'm in it just for that. (Remember when IHOP had the funnel cake celebration one summer? It was 2005, one of the best summers ever.)
There's Lagoon, which I've never been to, but supposedly is fun. There's Boondocks and Trafalga, if you like minigolf and batting cages and who knows what else they have there. And I live right by the movie theater.
What else is there to do in Utah? And what does one eat on the Fourth of July if one doesn't own a grill?!