Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I just got back from writing at Starbucks, which felt wonderful, as I've been in a bit of a writing funk lately. Sometimes you just have to buckle down and get to it.

My thoughts on the Oscars, let me show you them: All in all, I was fairly entertained by a ceremony celebrating films that, with few exceptions, I have not seen. I was surprised that there were actually surprises this year, as there really haven't been any since they moved the show up from March. Although I would have loved to see Cate win, I do enjoy Tilda Swinton and seeing her genuine shock at winning was nice. Her speech was ASOME, too. The only really objectionable nominee was Le Clooney, who wasn't going to win anyway, so it was relatively stress-free for a change, as I wasn't dreading someone I don't like heading towards their inevitable victory.

Dresses were boring for the most part; black and red, ho-hum. Cate looked beautiful but I hated the clunky necklace. Helen Mirren looked smashing as always, but no one else was really memorable.

Seriously, would they just can the song performances? Let's face it, the songs suck. Okay, the one from Once wasn't bad, but...it just slows down the show so much, and the staging is always boring and/or awkward, and no one cares. We don't get fifteen minutes for all of the cinematography nominees, or a selection of the best edits, so why the songs? Maybe it's just because I found the Enchanted songs to be really insipid stripped of their film context, but the whole thing was profoundly unenjoyable.

All in all, though, I can't wait till all these movies come to DVD, my library orders them, and they finally get put on the shelves, so I can watch them. Eight months from now is going to be great!

Thursday, February 21, 2008


I have shoveled the driveway four hundred thousand times this winter.


Monday, February 18, 2008

It's been a boring couple of weeks. I've been subbing a lot, and it's been really cold. We had two snows in the last week, and it's snowing again today; I can't ever remember having such a rough, cold, snowy winter. As much as I've bemoaned the lack of seasons while at school the last seven years, this is kind of taking things too far.

For some reason, I have completely stalled on watching new movies. We didn't end up seeing There Will Be Blood, and it's been two months since I've been to the theater. Which is a really long time. Sigh.

And, to sum things up, I have the flu. Again. It's much nastier this time around, though, and I've pretty much been exhausted the last three days. It looks as though I won't be working this week; I don't think I'm up to it, and it's not that responsible to work around kids when one is potentially still contagious. (I'm not sure how it works. The old wives' tale is that if you don't have a fever, you're not contagious, but I'm not sure if that's true or not.)

For fun, I've been keeping a list of kids' names at school. I wonder about parents who misspell their child's name, or spell it in a weird, kre8tiv way, or use an ethnic name and then not know how to pronounce it. Some highlights: "Cierra", the new bastardized version of "Ciara", which should be pronounced like "Keira," but instead is pronounced like "Sierra." Even though I knew while taking role that the girl pronounced her name the latter way, I asked anyway. Because I think she has the right to know her parents are stupid. "Arek," instead of "Erik." "Alijah," which I said out loud as "Elijah," but was in fact pronounced like the singer "Aaliyah's" name. (Which isn't even a name to begin with, I don't think.) McKinley. For a girl. As a first name. Dominique. For a boy. Pronounced "Dominic."

My favorite? Kipchogue. ???

Saturday, February 2, 2008

This was supposed to go up on Thursday, but I subbed every day this week and thus haven't had copious amounts of random computer time. This is also why I'm now behind on movies.

Progress thus far:

1. Cujo, Stephen King. 1-5
2. Homeland, R.A. Salvatore. 1-11
3. Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, Mara Leveritt. 1-15
4. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, John Allen Paulos. 1-19
5. Exile, R.A. Salvatore. 1-23
6. Sojourn, R.A. Salvatore. 1-27
7. The Crystal Shard, R.A. Salvatore. 1-30

1. Topper (1937). 1-5
2. Amazing Grace (2007). 1-9
3. Flushed Away (2006). 1-10
4. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006). 1-16
5. The Fountain (2006). 1-22