Monday, June 23, 2008

I'm going to need you folks to stage an intervention for me. I already spent fifteen dollars on this print of the BSG Last Supper photo. Do not let me spend sixty-five dollars on a toaster that burns an image of a Centurion into your toast. I don't care that this is my one and only chance to ever own this toaster. Don't let me do it.

(If everyone posts that it's totally awesome and I just have to get it, I completely will. I'm waiting for an excuse.)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Okay, remember how I said this was the year of Felicitous Stray Animal Adoption for us? I'm not sure I'll be able to communicate the sheer, joyous WTFness of this situation properly, but my entire family has been staring at each other with wild bugeyed incredulousness for two days now.

My Grandpa adopted a stray dog. MY GRANDPA. ADOPTED A STRAY DOG.

The man has not owned a pet in the entire time I've known him. My dad and his brothers had dogs when they were younger, but after the disastrous chihuahua-peeing-on-pillows tale of yore, they were all good ol' boy dogs chained up in the yard. Gamps kind of vaguely tolerates our pets, usually with a high level of theatrical put-upon-ness, although he does grudgingly allow that Phoenix is a "pretty good" cat.

Laura and I are over at his house Thursday morning when a Boston Terrier shows up, wild with excitement at seeing us, jumping around like crazy. After two whole minutes, Grandpa's like, let him in the car while we run errands! And bring him in the house! Here, some lunchmeat for you! Surreal. In the afternoon he goes and buys dog food. Has my grandpa been replaced by a pod person? He lets the dog sleep in his house with him. He bathes the dog. He names the dog. I honestly don't know where I am, or who I am, or what's going on.

We think the dog's a year or so old, because it seems full grown but he still has lovely white, little teeth. The pads of his feet were in good shape, but all his nails had been worn down almost to the quick, and he was missing one, so we think he may have been on the road for a day or two at least. He is the absolute sweetest thing, and his name is Roy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Maybe you guys can help me out. IDK. I really, really want a Bento box, but I'm having trouble even finding anywhere in Kansas City that sells them. You can buy them off the internet (Here is one of my favorites), but they're much, much more expensive than if you can find them in a Japanese or Oriental shop. (Like, 30 or 40 dollars as opposed to less than 10.)

Does anyone have that kind of store around them? I don't know if they sell them in straight-up Asian food markets, but I've read online you can find them in places that sell Japanese cooking supplies, like woks and chopsticks and rice cookers, et cetera. I couldn't find anything in a thirty mile radius of me that fit the bill, so I thought I'd just ask.

Otherwise I'm going to end up blowing 40 bucks on a lunchbox. Heh.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pop quiz, hotshot. Who has the better legs? A hot twentysomething, an international supermodel, or a middle-aged woman?

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Have you made your guess yet?

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...Yeah.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What a day so far! This morning Laura and I decided to go in to Grandpa's, to maybe do the thrift store circuit or just hang out. About a mile from our house, on our usual route, I saw what I thought was a gray squirrel in the median of the road. It was a tiny kitten. We stopped and it came right up to me. Guys, it can't be more than six weeks old. We brought it home, and I think it's a done deal; this must be the year of Felicitous Pet Rescue and Adoption. The kitten was dirty and ate its weight in chow, but it seems healthy and active and if it had been dumped (which is our guess), it couldn't have been long ago. Gray and white, very cute. It's sleeping in a crate right now.

We went in town, then decided to stop at Big Lots to pick up a little food dish and anything else we thought we didn't have on hand. Their beds were expensive, and I'd already grabbed food at Target, so we just got the dish. However, at the front of the store they have their DVD rack. Usually there's a lot of direct-to-DVD crap, old movies I've never heard of, and recent dreck, but every now and then you find a gem; I bought Breakfast on Pluto there about six months ago, and Laura picked up Goodbye Lenin in the last year.

Today, I bought: The Dark Crystal Collector's Edition, Little Women Collector's Edition with book, Sweet and Lowdown, Longford, Junebug, The Squid and the Whale, American Splendor, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Eight movies, at three dollars apiece, for a grand total of $24. Twenty four dollars for eight brand-new DVDs! Exciting times.

And the day's only half over! What else will happen?!

ETA: Say hello!



Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Some more:

Knights of Cydonia

Sunburn

Sing For Absolution
Some Muse songs:

Unintended

Butterflies and Hurricanes

Stockholm Syndrome

Hysteria

Starlight

Supermassive Black Hole

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Chatted with Alyssa last night. We spent, oh, at least half an hour talking about the wonder and beauty and awesomeness that is Mary McDonnell. Therefore, I bring you a Picspam of Amazing and Perfect Wonderfulness. Enjoy.









I love this dress. Imagine some really hot gold heels underneath, and you've got the rest of the look.







Mary + Eddie = <3



Although she sparks with everyone in the cast.







This is probably my favorite picture of her ever.





And this is the most gorgeous she's ever looked. This is just this spring, btw. 56 years old. Respect.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Grandpa is home! He came home earlier this week; his last doctor's appointment, they decided that just letting this drug work its way out of his system over at least a few months wasn't going to work, especially since his aches and pains and stiffness and swelling was getting worse. So, they put him on prednesone (me?), and it was a MIRACLE. Once his lab work checked out, he packed straight up. Since then, he's worked on lawnmowers, weed-eated, worked in his garden, drove hither and yon, et cetera. Very happy times.

I'm applying to some actual grown-up adult jobs. Keep your fingers crossed.

FINALLY saw Indiana Jones. I really, really liked it. Probably because Karen Allen is awesome and wonderful and beautiful, and I'm so, so glad they brought Marion back. But I also just liked the whole style of it, the retro 50s pastiche both in production design but also in plot, and of course the cinematography was gorgeous (Kaminski FTFW), etc, etc. CATE. Amazing. We saw a trailer for Benjamin Button and I am way stoked.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Movies

11. Iron Man (2008). 5-4
12. The Darjeeling Limited (2007). 5-20
13. There Will Be Blood (2007). 5-25
14. Forbidden Planet (1956). 5-31

Books

19. Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov. 5-4.
20. Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov. 5-7.
21. The Omnivore’s Dilemna: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan. 5-18.
22. Foundation’s Edge, Isaac Asimov. 5-21.
23. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Michael Pollan. 5-24.
24. The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson. 5-26.
25. The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way, Bill Bryson. 5-30.