Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yeah, it's definitely a sinus infection.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's my birthday! So of course I woke up this morning stuffy and congested, fairly certain I have caught Sarah's cold/sinus infection, which would be my second of the year.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's time for the Oscars! Sadly, at this final stage of the awards season, I'm actually a bit burnt out, and far less excited than I am for, like, the NYFCC. A lot of that is that most of the excitement of the race has dissolved away. After each field has been winnowed down to the same five to seven nominees, we start seeing the same winners over and over again; even though there are ostensibly five nominees, most battles are mostly being fought between only two people, with maybe a third as a dark horse. It's not really in keeping with the spirit of these shows, I think. And now with the shortened Oscar season, it's even worse.

Anyhoo, my predictions.

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Danny Boyle
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke
Best Actress: Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz

Best Original Screenplay: Wall•E
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Animated Feature: Wall•E
Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

Costume Design: The Duchess
Documentary: Man on Wire
Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Foreign Language: Waltz With Bashir
Make-Up: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
Original Song: Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire
Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
Sound Mixing: Wanted
Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

These are who I think will win. I'd love to see Viola Davis win supporting for Doubt, but I'm afraid that with Doubt not making a strong enough showing outside of acting, it's not going to happen. I'd love to see In Bruges win original screenplay, but it came out too long ago and isn't about the environment, so.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Day in the Life

9:14 AM /// Breakfast

9:47 AM /// Noah Bennet ♥

11:02 AM /// Writing I

11:55 AM /// Mrs. Pasta Sauce, Substitute

2:07 PM /// Latin

4:11 PM /// Library

6:03 PM /// Captain Picard ♥

6:56 PM /// Writing II

8:42 PM /// Photoshop

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dear stranger from this county,

Please turn back in Star Trek: The Next Generation S2D4. I would like to watch it. I have put a hold on it, so I know you can't renew it, but that still means I have to wait a week. I cannot wait any longer. I need to see Jean-Luc Picard. I have tried to make do with watching the original series, but William Shatner, even young, fit William Shatner, ≠ Patrick Stewart.

Thanks in advance.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sarah won the other spelling bee, hee. She's definitely the best speller in top-right corner of Kansas. This time she doesn't move on anywhere, and all she got was a certificate, which we all thought was kind of lame. Last week she got a big trophy, a medal, and all the left-over cookies! I said to her, at least they could have given you a gift card, and she quite vehemently agreed.

One of the words she spelled correctly was "chrysanthemum." Laura and I laughed, and asked if she really stressed the "e," and she said she was pretty sure she did without even meaning to. I would have died when I was her age if I'd gotten "chrysanthemum."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Last night, Kansas played Missouri on Big Monday. It was kind of a big deal. They've really improved this year, making the rivalry mean something more (it's less fun if you just clobber them all the time). We needed to win to stay tied with Oklahoma on top of the Big 12. We're ranked #16 and #19 respectively, so a win helps overall RPI a lot. We held them to only 16 points in the first half, and had a 14 point lead going into halftime. Everyone was feeling pretty good.

Then, we started the second half, and Laura and I had to go find booze.

Even though we managed to scrape back up a double digit lead after a Missouri run brought them to within three, KU ended up squandering the lead, missing free throws, committing stupid fouls, and MU won the game at the buzzer.

This gif is the best way to sum up my feelings.

I don't know whom I'm directing it towards, Kansas or Missouri. Both, probably. Some times when your teams loses, you're just sad. You mope, and maybe even cry a little if it was a big enough game (like when we lost to Syracuse in the 2003 Championship). But sometimes, you get really angry. Like, if I saw Sherron Collins today? I'd be like, "YOU STUPID PAB, QUIT GOING END TO END, THERE ARE FOUR OTHER GUYS ON THE TEAM WITH YOU, THREE FRAKKING CARRIES, WHAT THE HELL GOD."

Friday, February 6, 2009

I wonder if I'll ever reach a point in my life where the things I'm most excited about and most looking forward to aren't episodes of television. Seriously, you guys.

My grandpa always reads the Thrifty Nickel and classifieds, just seeing what people are putting up for sale; he's always looking for a deal. Most of the time it's for tools and assorted other manly what-not. He took us all by surprise, though, when he announced this week that he had bought a piano (!), and was having it delivered. It's very nice, and the woman from whom he bought it hadn't had any other calls and was moving, so she needed to get rid of it, so he ended up getting a really good bargain.

The interesting thing I learned is that Grandpa once played the organ; I had never heard of this, although Laura knew of it. When she asked him if he was going to play it, after we'd polished it and got it all situated, he just laughed. "Shit, I haven't played in 50 years." Then he reached over, plonked a single key, and said, "There, I played it." So he basically got it so we can come over and play, and he can sit and listen to us, which I think is terribly sweet.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Icons from Sometimes A Great Notion, A Disquiet Follows My Soul, and The Oath. There are two icons from that one crop and I don't like either, ugh, but since I spent so much time trying to make it right, I figured I'd put them up and let you call it. I love the crop itself, though! So frustrating. Also, I bet no one can guess which single icon took me, like, an hour (why) to make.

1. 2. 3.

4. 5. 6.

7. 8. 9.

10. 11. 12.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sarah won the county spelling bee! Now she goes on to the state spelling bee in Great Bend, which is about a four hour drive from KC. She's been studying for weeks, very diligent, and we're all very proud of her. This is unconnected with the Scripps spelling bee that you see on TV (at least, that's my understanding); she's doing the local qualifier for that next week.

I was really, REALLY hoping I could get through the winter unscathed, but no, I have the flu. Or maybe a really bad cold; I can never tell the difference. One day, and already the outside of my nose is completely red and raw. It's totally worth the extra money for the super-plush, lotion-infused, medicated Kleenexes, but I'm too incapacitated right now to go out and buy any.

CORRECTION: She just won the Scripps National Spelling Bee local qualifier. So if she wins the state bee, she goes on to Washington DC. We're definitely going to be studying and we think she's great, but we're not exactly thinking about travel plans, heh.