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3/31/2008

Almost Made It

Wait. Where were the sirens, the circling helicopters, the blinding spotlights? I thought for sure that I'd be humiliated in some way for not posting yesterday. Oh yeah. Who really cares? This daily post thing is something I decided to do and I'm the only one holding myself accountable to do it. And I've been quite ill for the past few days, so it just didn't happen yesterday. I'm sure I'm the one who is most disappointed.

I didn't post a photo for Project365 yesterday either. However, I did actually take a couple of photos, so I'll post those retroactively. Meanwhile, back to recovering and hopefully being up and fully operational by tomorrow.

3/29/2008

Blergh

Feeling too crappy...blah, blah, blah...so here's a photo of Little Guy.

Sick Bed Buddy


3/28/2008

Feelin' Groovy

Edit on 03/29/06 @ 8:30 am: So I had a window of grooviness that passed. I've been up, pretty sick, most of the night. I'm going to try to catch a little more sleep now. Blergh.

Groovy
might be a bit of a stretch, but compared to how I felt yesterday, I'll go with it as a description of my current state. I was pretty scared and thought death might be imminent. I'd never felt that way before. Ever. I would sleep for a few hours, get up, and still be in really bad pain. Every inch of my body hurt and I could not find a comfortable position in which to sit, lie, or stand. Once sleeping, I had very vivid and bizarre dreams. Even though I didn't wake up until early afternoon today, I was exhausted. However, except for a little twinge in my back and a slight headache, the pain was gone! Besides that wondrous news, here are some other good things:
  • I sat and catnapped in my hanging chair in the back yard for a couple of hours late in the day. The dogs hung out with me and took turns snuggling. I even snapped a few photos.
  • I managed to get a much-needed hair appointment for tomorrow--not always possible last minute. When my bangs start looking like a baby possum, something must be done. I may be doing something color-wise too, but no final decision yet.
  • We're going with a friend to get the best Brooklyn style pizza in L.A. at the newly opened Robano's in Toluca Lake. I mentioned it before and this weekend is their official grand opening.
P.S. Thank you for the 'get well' comments and emails!

3/27/2008

...I Guess It's Pretty Serious

Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night...

If I was feeling better, this might be better. However, I'm suffering from:
  • Body and muscle aches from my neck to my toes.
  • Low grade fever.
  • Wooziness.
  • Mild headache, compared to the other pain.
Enough complaining. I'm going back to bed. I hope everyone else is well.

3/26/2008

(Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile

Online comics that make me giggle, chuckle, and occasionally snort:
  • Hamleto The Hamster (: This Italian strip is updated three times a week. I can relate to the current post about the sometimes confusing gender of your pet hamster.
  • Patches (Kelly Vivanco): This off-the-wall comic features various depressed, anxious, and self-depricating rodent-like creatures who appear to be hamsters and/or gophers and/or rabbits. Good times.
  • Kawaii Not (Meghan Murphy): "the comic for cute gone bad."

3/25/2008

Listmaker, Listmaker Make Me A List

Lists. I love 'em. I don't know if it's biological at all, but SnarkyMom is quite the list maker herself. Her daily things to do is quite elaborate and she not only crosses out, but also highlights or something like that. I'm not quite that organized. I often have more than one going at a time. Sometimes they are repetitive, if a task is REALLY important. Other times, I don't even look at them once I've made it. In that case, it serves as a brain dump that hopefully clears away some of the mind clutter. I'm not convinced that it always works. Here are some lists I make regularly:
  • Groceries. I don't have a running one, in spite of a nifty program in my PDA that could serve this purpose. I do this as I'm about to run to the store. Four out of five times, I still forget to get something.
  • Work tasks. I usually have a list at work that gets revised multiple times during the day. This is the one I follow most closely. Write this report, email this person, update this document, punch so-and-so. Okay, I may be exaggerating on the last point, but I haven't gotten to my mental list yet.
  • Packing. I always make lists if I'm going out of town, even if just for overnight. That way, I can check things off as I pack. Four out of five times, I still forget to pack something.
  • Thank-you notes. I am pretty good about sending thank-you notes, cards, or emails. Okay, so there are still a few from last Christmas I haven't done, but somewhere there is a list!
  • Lists. When deciding to do "lists" as a theme for the month of March, I listed ideas. I've used some of them and not others. I've mostly been inspired to do things that aren't on it, but when I run out of ideas, I will be posting my favorite bass players.

3/24/2008

The Easter Beagle Won't Let Us Down

While I don't celebrate Easter in any sort of religious way, it's a holiday, like Christmas, that's hard to escape. I can't say yesterday was terrible, but it wasn't the greatest of days. For one, I missed the calling of the start of the egg hunt and then only found one egg. One lousy egg. At least it was one of the plastic ones with candy and not a real egg. Ew. The real kick in the pants came though when I went to stock up on discounted Peeps that night, only to be told they had sold out two days ago. I did pick up some Cadbury Creme Eggs and chocolate marshmallow eggs. But no Peeps. Boo.

None of those disappointments compare to when I was about five years old and my father told me that the Easter Bunny had been hit by a car and killed. As I used to be pretty gullible, I was understandably devastated.

Not all of my Easter memories are bad. Here are my top three:
  • I believe it was 1978. I was in 2nd grade and The E. Bunny put Shaun Cassidy tickets in my basket. Coincidentally, a few of my friends got them too. Best first concert ever!
  • It must have been 1979 or 1980 and I got my first pair of panty hose for Easter. Nowadays, I avoid wearing them like the plague, but I'd been begging my Mom for some for a while. I was growing up and felt ready to move up from tights. Awesome!
  • In 2006, I embarked on making the Easter candy version of the turducken. I called it an Egg Peepunny. Click to see a set of photos of the process and finished product.

3/23/2008

Gee Our Old LaSalle Ran Great

Besides this one, there are a few blogs in my little family:
  • E, being the 3D enthusiast and expert that he is recently started Retinal Rivalry. He probably won't update it more than once a week, but if you are interested in checking out some 3D photos, videos, and other projects from time to time, you might like it.
  • I have a photoblog, Jodi101 Snaps, where I'm posting daily photos for Project 365, which I'm doing for 2008. I used to participate in daily challenges, but now am not constrained by themes and just put up whatever I feel like shooting.
  • One of the canines in our household, Rusty, has had a blog longer than any of us. Rusty's online diary is where I started my foray into the blogosphere back in November 2002. It's not Rusty's fault, but when I started my other blogs, I started neglecting his. I have plans to rectify this situation very soon.

3/22/2008

Sing, Sing A Song, Sing Out Loud, Sing Out Strong

Karaoke songs I may or may not have participated in tonight:
  • "Tiny Dancer"
  • "Summer Lovin'"
  • "American Pie"
  • "Rhinestone Cowboy"
  • "Born To Be Wild"
Also, I may or may not have sang into the mic on one of the above.

3/21/2008

What's With Today, Today?

Some of the things I did today:
  • Picked up dog poop in the back yard.
  • Steam cleaned the dining room carpet.
  • Walked to a local theater to see a play.
It doesn't cover everything. I won't bother listing what I didn't get done.

3/20/2008

ABC, Easy As 123

I got an email today announcing the theme for April's NaBloPoMo, which is LETTERS. I've kept up with the March challenge so far and have actually had fun trying to come up with daily lists. There are still several days to go in the month, so I may have to get even more creative. Here are some reasons why I'm considering doing April as well:
  • I'll be more likely to blog consistently with a central idea.
  • Finishing projects is not a strength of mine. Committing to blogging daily and actually doing it is a way to work on this issue.
  • I already have some ideas and feel like I might be more inventive than I have been with this month's theme.
  • The lazy in me comes out thinking, "Oh! I can reprint some letters I've received, thus not having to think up my own content." Ha!
  • I can possibly do even more cross-posting of photos from the Project365 I'm doing and posting on my photoblog.
So, who's with me?

3/19/2008

Good Thing, You've Been Gone Too Long

Some Good Things:
  • The smaller of my new twin nephews, Lucas, made it to 5 pounds today! Pretty soon, he'll catch up to bigger brother Dillon.

Photo by C.M.
  • Thanks to Joz, I found out that a wish of hers, as well and mine and E's, came true. Thomas Wilkins will become the Principle Guest Conductor for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for the next two years. We saw him at a couple of shows last summer and as much as I miss John Mauceri, I said I'd love to have Wilkins take over. Looks like we're a step closer to that becoming a reality!
  • Good pizza is back in L.A.! And I can walk to it!!! Albano's on Melrose was always our favorite place for a N.Y. style pie. There was a short-lived Studio City location, but after that closed, we would go over the hill whenever we wanted a good pizza. We never really found out why, but sometime around last Thanksgiving, Albano's suddenly closed. Lights out. Gone. Tonight, E and I were thinking about getting a pizza from one of the places we've been settling for, when we are too lazy to make our own. E, the eternal optimist, decided to look online--just in case--and found this on Yelp, written by Anthony Albano himself. WHAT? He's back??? We got very excited and hopped in the car. We were practically hyperventilating on the quick drive over. Robano's is in the location where Sebastian's, a restaurant that starred in one of the most entertaining episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, was in Toluca Lake. We spoke to Anthony and got a lot of scoop of where Albano's has been and where Robano's is going. They officially open at the end of the month, but you can go there now and get the best Brooklyn style pizza that is cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven! Oh, and for those who care about such things, there is a full bar.

3/18/2008

Like A Tiger Defying The Laws Of Gravity

  • Ready for Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica? Even if you answered yes, you may want to review the series so far in this brilliant 8-minute recap, What The Frack Is Going On?
    *Um, yeah, there are spoilers if you aren't up to speed.*
  • There is a fantastic documentary that can be viewed on YouTube for those interested. The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off is the story of Jonny Kennedy and his acceptance of and preparation for his impending death. If you can handle someone who is somewhat disfigured, you might just learn something from Jonny. (The film is in 5 parts, each about 10 minutes long). I know this won't be every one's cup of tea and won't be offended if you don't watch.
  • For some lighter fare, you might want to check out these hilarious Lost recaps. The one for "Eggtown" particularly cracked me up.
  • I'm nicking this from a certain Ambitious Hamster, who previously posted this link to a video of a very persistent (and perhaps not too bright?) hamster. Hilarious and best use of the Queen song "Don't Stop Me Now"* since the pub scene in Shaun of the Dead.
  • Another video link idea I stole from another blogger is this one, that Beaucoup Kevin posted a while back, in which a 3-year old explains Star Wars. Fracking brilliant!
*The song also features prominently in the Jonny Kennedy film. I didn't know that when I was putting this somewhat random list together.

3/17/2008

It's Going To Be A Long Day

  • 5:30 to 6:00 am: Wake up. (I snooze my alarm a lot).
  • 7:30 am to 12 pm: Work
  • 12 pm to 1:00 pm: Meeting (This is usually my lunch break).
  • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Work (I normally work until 6 pm).
  • 4:20 pm: Vet appointment for Cosette.
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Chuck @ the PaleyFest
  • 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm: Work. Yes, I'm going back to work tomorrow night to do some training for some night shift workers. Luckily, I only have to do this every five years or so.

3/16/2008

They Say It's Your Birthday, We're Gonna Have A Good Time

As I mentioned before, this past Friday was Rusty's birthday. Since we were visiting the program where he works as a therapy dog, I proposed having a little celebration that the staff was all for. We pulled it off and had a fun party for 1 dog, 22 children, and 4 staffers. What does it take to do this?
  • Cupcakes for the humans. Much to the chagrin of certain friends, I was not about to bake for that many people. I ended up getting them at Ralph's, a local grocery store, and they were quite tasty.
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  • Cute doggie themed plates, napkins, tablecloth, and party hats. I didn't get a photo of the hats and tablecloth. Party America came through for me with an entire selection of dog themed party supplies. That store has been good to us lately.
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  • Goody bags for the kids, with stickers, tattoos, and candy.
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  • A #8 candle and doggie party hat.
Rusty's 8th Birthday
  • Rolling in the grass and belly rubs from some of the kids.
Happy Birthday Dog


3/15/2008

...But I Have My Reasons Why

This year's PaleyFest, something I look forward to every Spring, moved venues. Here's why holding it in the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight Hollywood is so much better than the previous Directors' Guild location:
  • More seats, which means more people can get tickets. The event has become so popular that it's become really difficult to get in.
  • Parking is SO much better. Sometimes in the past, we could park at the DGA, but other times we had to park down at 8000 Sunset. (I found free street parking tonight anyway).
  • Concessions!!! The DGA theater doesn't allow any food or drinks. Being at at movie theater, that happens to have really great popcorn, makes it possible to enjoy a snack or some caffeine.
  • The Arclight is much closer to my home and work making it much more convenient for me. And really, it's all about me.
These are the panels we are attending at this year's festival:
  • Pushing Daisies-well, I just got home from this one and it was great. Looking very forward to the new season this coming fall. They even threw out some t-shirts to the hardcore fans that rushed the stage after the panel. I've only done that once*.
2008 PaleyFest
  • The Comedy World of Judd Apatow and Friends
  • Chuck
  • The X-Files
Paley Fest events I've been to in the past: (I really wish I'd known about it sooner).

2002
  • Undeclared
  • St. Elsewhere
  • Six Feet Under
  • Alias
2003
  • Creating Comedy (Judd Apatow)
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  • Columbo
  • Monk
  • 24*-This is the one time I lined up super-duper early to get a close seat and I rushed the stage to meet Kiefer. You can read more about it here.
2004
  • An Evening with William Shatner
  • Arrested Development
  • A Salute To Sherwood Schwartz
  • Carniv├ále
2005
  • In Living Color
  • An Evening with Michael Palin
  • Lost
2006
  • Entourage
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Medium (I don't watch this show and fell asleep during the panel).
  • My Name Is Earl
  • How I Met Your Mother
2007 (This was the year of major ticketing snafus. We almost saw nothing!)
  • The Office
  • Heroes
  • The Simpsons
This year, the Paley Center will post video highlights from all of the nights. They announced that there will be live streaming of a couple of events, including the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion, which sold out very quickly. E really wanted to go to that one, but we were shut out. Maybe we'll watch it online. I'm not a Buffy fan, but may want to hear Whedon. (So much for having any geek cred. I just feel I should be honest).

3/14/2008

Practically Running A Nursing Home Up In Here

As of today, with Rusty's birthday, these are the pets in my home who are considered old:
  • Cosette, 15. She's had her share of health problems lately, but is doing much better for the most part.
  • Little Guy, 11. He doesn't really have arthritis, like Cosette does, but he limps around like an old man. His hearing is still great.
  • Rusty, 8. He's a fairly small, healthy dog, so I don't think of him as a senior. He is graying on his snout and has lost some front teeth.
  • Ami, a little over 2. For a hamster, that's pretty good. He's still quite active and perky. Must be the fresh veggies.
In lieu of links, for photos of the pets, refer to the banner and left to right corresponds to the list.

Coming soon: Recipe for throwing a birthday party for a dog and 22 kids.

3/13/2008

We Get Distracted By Dreams Of Our Own

My excuses reasons for this lame, boring, overdue but back-timed post:
  • Our internet connection has been wonky tonight. True story.
  • Lost night! We watched the recap show in fast speed and the new one. Some more answers, a lot more questions.
  • I went shopping, after already working late, to pick up some supplies for Rusty's birthday party (more on that at a later time).
  • While I have some ideas for potentially interesting posts, I am lazy and a lot of them take too much effort.

3/12/2008

Hey! I'm Gonna Use That List On My Blog!

Apparently, I'm not a peaceful sleeper. It may be the extremely vivid dreams I tend to have. I don't know. E has told me this many times. The other night, we were driving somewhere and he was complaining that I was "burrito-ing" myself in the covers and he had trouble getting them free when he came to bed. He said I "thrash" and practically jump up in the air when I turn over.
Unable to take all of the criticism, I shot back about his snoring. I know that I snore too, so that's what he shot back at me. He said, "On nights when you go to bed before me [most work nights], I'm in the den and can hear:"
  • The ocean
  • Seagulls
  • A restless pig!
I found it really funny. He said, "Yeah, but YOU'RE the pig!" Well, so? If we can't laugh at ourselves, then we really are taking things way too seriously, right? The ocean and seagulls are from my noise machine I like to fall asleep to, along with the air purifier. I have problems if it's too quiet.

3/11/2008

And I said, "What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?" and she said, "I think I remember that film."

For tonight's fun and games, here's a meme I jacked from Ren. This requires audience participation, with some rules. First, here's what I did:

* Pick fifteen of your favorite movies.
* Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
* Post them on your blog for everyone to guess.
* Fill in the film title once it’s guessed.

This part is for you, dear reader:
* No Googling or using IMDB search functions.
* Leave your answer(s) in the comments.

  1. Oh, no, sir. I'm sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children and definitely not for me. It would be too... humiliating. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Calvin)

  2. I am not a gun. THE IRON GIANT (Chris)

  3. All gay men have track lightin'. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve. STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Ashleigh)

  4. And though every single human in the stands or in the commentary boxes was at a complete loss for words, the man who in his life had uttered fewer words than any of them knew exactly what to say. BABE (Stan)

  5. Are you frightened? Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you. LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (Anonymous)

  6. Don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Jen)

  7. What's with you? Yesterday you were normal and today you're like the Chinese guy from the Karate Kid. What's with you today? EMPIRE RECORDS (Ren)

  8. There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Jen)

  9. As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is... I collect your fucking head. Just like this fucker here. Now, if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now's the fucking time! KILL BILL, VOL. 1 (Miss Know It All)

  10. "Empire" had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of down endings. All "Jedi" had was a bunch of Muppets. CLERKS (Ren)

  11. You all wanna be looking very intently at your own belly buttons. I see a head start to rise, violence is going to ensue. Probably guessed we mean to be thieving here but what we're after is not yours. So, let's have no undue fussing. SERENITY (Ren)

  12. Say that reminds me, how'd you get that kid so darn fast? Me and Dot went in to adopt on account a' somethin' went wrong with my semen, and they said we had to wait five years for a healthy white baby. I said, "Healthy white baby? Five years? What else you got?" Said they got two Koreans and a negra born with his heart on the outside. It's a crazy world. RAISING ARIZONA (Jen)

  13. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! GHOSTBUSTERS (Ren and Stan was right that it was said by Bill Murray)

  14. We take Pete's car, we drive over to mum's, we go in, take care of Phillip - "I'm so sorry Phillip" - then we grab mum, we go over to Liz's place, hole up, have a cup of tea and wait for this whole thing to blow over. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (Ren)

  15. Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that. BETTER OFF DEAD (Ren)
Happy guessing and remember...no cheating!

3/10/2008

No List For You

Sorry, no list for today. I'm pooped. I had something that was short and funny, but it has escaped me. I'll post it if I can remember it. Eventually, I will discuss, or at least list, my favorite cartoon dogs.

3/09/2008

The Making Of A Monster

Put all these together:
  1. Orange felt
  2. Orange thread
  3. Polyfiber stuffing
  4. Pieces of a pink soft blanket
  5. Brown felt, cut into small shapes
  6. Glue
  7. Googly eyes
  8. Frilly yarn (not sure that this is the correct term)
  9. Pink embroidery thread
And you get this:

I Made This!

I was hoping to make a cupcake-shaped monster, with a bite taken out of it. It looks more like a piece of pizza or as E described it, a "deranged carrot."

3/08/2008

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

Fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today...

It was a warm, gorgeous day in the Southland today. I was itching to be outdoors, in spite of an excruciating headache that was not cured by the combination of Alleve, espresso, protein, water, ice, and relaxation that I tried. I was still dying to get out and go for a bike ride. Los Angeles has quite a population of hardcore cyclists. I admire them, but am not one of them. Street riding scares the bejeezus out of me. Two of my co-workers have been hit by cars while on their bicycles in the past couple of years. One was pretty seriously injured and was out for over six months.

E and I bought bicycles about 12 years ago at Toys R Us. They were having a sale and we didn't really need anything fancy. They've held up fine. Of course they have, we've barely used them for years. The thought of getting back on his bike was a bit anxiety producing for E, but he agreed to join me. We decided to play it safe and go along the Chandler Bikeway, a glorious paved and lined path that runs from Burbank, not far from the above mentioned toy store, and to the North Hollywood subway station in the other direction. The landscaping is coming along nicely.

On our somewhat leisurely ride (a relative notion since we are both pretty out of shape) we saw lots of people of all ages, from infants to octogenarians, from various ethnic groups, and of different shapes and sizes. These are some things I observed:
  • Families walking, in-line skating, and biking.
  • Many people walking their dogs, from adorable little beagles to big, unaltered mastiffs who weren't so cute.
  • Several kids and one adult skateboarding.
  • Two women, each with a dog, working with a dog trainer.
  • A dirty, hairy guy pushing his 99-cent Store shopping cart in the bike lane. He was keeping up quite well.
  • Children jumping on a trampoline in a front yard. I don't think I've ever seen one with a big net all around it. When I was a kid, we just risked falling off and sometimes did.
  • A couple of teenage boys playing football.
  • Several houses for sale, many of which were pretty run down.
  • A woman who was struggling to ride a bike again after 15 years. Two young girls were encouraging her. On our way back, she was resting, but proudly told us she'd done it.
It was so refreshing to be out moving and to see so many others doing it to. The Chandler bike path is one more reason that I really like where I live.

3/07/2008

Everything's Heavy Underground

I thought this daily list thing would be easy-peasy. I make lists all the time. But yeah, they aren't very interesting and, if work related, would probably make no sense to most of you. Harumph. I am struggling with this and so close to just posting hamster photos. I swear.

So, for tonight, I'm going to "cheat" again and re-post a list from the early days of this blog when I had 0-1 reader. Well, I had at least one and that was me! The same rule applies in that the entry had no comments. Sadly, in the nearly three years since I wrote this list, I can't add to it.*

Subway/Light Rails Systems I've Ridden

In chronological order:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Philadelphia
  • Toronto
  • NYC
  • Atlanta
  • London
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Las Vegas* (added 03/08/08)
Originally posted 07/22/05.

*E reminded me that I have ridden the monorail in Las Vegas.


3/06/2008

You Might Be Addicted To Animal Crossing If...

  • You think to yourself that the tile in the staff restroom at work is very similar to the kitchen floor in your AC:WW house.
  • You spot a single, tall green weed in your front lawn and feel compelled to pull it. Then you frantically look for the other two.
  • You want to make special trips to Fry's just to get another AC:WW character charm from the vending machine by the exit.
  • You lament during your Oscar party that you're missing your town's fishing tournament. (Not that you'd win).
  • You are thrilled beyond belief when your husband gives you a Japanese animated film based on the game, without any English subtitles, for your wedding anniversary.
Part Of My Anniversary Gift
  • You've neglected your Nintendog and Hamsterz for so long that you're afraid to check on them lest they have passed on.
  • You get pretty bummed out that your favorite animal friend, Hugh--a blue pig--wants to move out of your town.

3/05/2008

On The To-Do List

Magazines I've Bought Recently, But Have Not Yet Read
  • Best Friends (February 2008)
  • Animal Wellness (February/March 2008)
  • You Can Write For Children (Writer's Digest Guide)
  • Men's Vogue (March 2008-Viggo Mortensen on the cover)

3/04/2008

She Blinded Me With Science (Fiction)

Occasionally, okay probably more often than that, I make outlandish statements such as, "I don't like sci-fi." I will say something so general and broad that it isn't entirely true. Unless I'm talking about eggs. I HATE eggs and that is true and total. I'm not proud of this difficult, childish aspect of my personality, but it does rear its ugly head every now and again.

I was thinking about this because a good friend recently reminded me of my proclamation and then went on to name several science fiction tv shows and movies that I love. Okay, so I'm a bit of a hypocrite and a liar or just a stubborn brat. Honestly, I think it's a little of it all. So, to prove how ridiculous I can be, I thought I'd list some of the sci-fi shows I've enjoyed.
  • The Bionic Woman (the original)
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Mork and Mindy
  • The Jetsons
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Sliders
  • The X-Files
  • Futurama
  • Alias
  • Firefly
  • Lost
  • Invasion
  • Red Dwarf
  • My Hero
  • Heroes
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Battlestar Galactica (the current one)
So, yes, I'm eating my words without even going into movies in the genre that I like as well. I didn't include it on the list, but I did sometimes watch Star Trek: The Next Generation when it was on. I refuse to watch Dr. Who though. It's not even open for discussion. See? Difficult and childish.

3/03/2008

I Think I'm Turning Japanese, I Really Think So*

I recently mentioned that E and I celebrated our 13th anniversary. Never ones to be traditional, or even modern, we skipped the gifts of lace and textiles/furs. Instead he's the proud owner of two new light sabers and I received the following awesome presents, direct from Japan:
  • Hamster Stickers: This cool book of sticky hamstery goodness is done by Yoneo Morita, the "most famous and enthusiastic pet photographer in Japan." I'm not sure I can use them because they are so adorable! Maybe I'll photograph them sometime.
  • Animal Crossing: The Movie: This animated film is directly based on the video game that I'm currently obsessed with. There are no English subtitles, but my knowledge of the Animal Crossing world helps me follow the story. It came with a bonus soft case, decorated with some of the game's characters, for the DS Lite.
  • Komaneko Box Set: I don't really hate cats. Especially a kawaii kitty who makes her own puppets and then shoots them in a stop-motion movie. E and I saw the film at the L.A. Film Fest last summer and I was smitten. This special edition includes all kinds of goodies, like some plush characters and photos. Again, no English subtitles on the dvd, but there is very little dialog anyway.
*Okay, not really. And yes, I know what the song is actually about and I'm not discussing THAT either!

3/02/2008

I Hate Goodbyes

One of my very favorite late-night eateries, The Nova Express Cafe, is closing. So, I'm going to head over there now for one last broccoli* pesto pizza. Where else will I be able to dine with Cthulhu in Los Angeles?

*They were out of broccoli.


Sometimes You Get What You Need

Things I Went To Target To Buy Today
  • Mouthwash
  • Dog gravy (aka gravy for dogs)*
What I Went To Target For Today

Things I Bought At Target Today
  • A brown wallet
  • An orange tote bag purse
  • 3 pair of pants (orange, tan, and greenish-brown)
  • 5 t-shirts (2 black, brown, orange, red)
  • A pair of chocolate one-star Converse
  • Toilet paper
And, oh yeah....
  • Mouthwash
  • Dog gravy
Other Things I Came Home With

*To clarify any confusion, yes, it's gravy for dogs! It's not necessary and it's from Iams, which is a controversial company, but it has helped my picky eater eat every night. And if you do it for one...

3/01/2008

The Lists Of March

As I mentioned before, I'm participating in the March '08 edition of NaBloPoMo. I'm going to follow the suggested theme of LISTS and see what I can come up with that doesn't bore everyone to tears. I've posted a number of lists since starting this blog, way back when I had 0-1 reader. I am going to cheat and repeat a post, but it had no comments.

Places With Hamburgers I Really Like
Pines Burger

*List originally posted 07/23/05.

 

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