Recommendations

31 08 2009

I have a few recommendations for you this fine Monday morning.

First off, a movie.  Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist.  It stars Michael Cera (who I LOVE) as a youn (straight) musician in a band of gay guys who’s just been horribly dumped by his girlfriend.  He and his band mates go out for a gig and then to find their favorite band, “Where’s Fluffy”.  It’s a very cute movie.  In my favorite part of the movie, Nick is talking to one of his band mates Thom:

Nick: I just feel like she’s messing with me.
Thom: Who are you talking about?
Nick: Right now, Norah. No, Tris. Tris.
Thom: You just haven’t figured it out yet, have you.
Nick: What?
Thom: …The big picture!
Nick: I guess not.
Thom: The Beatles.
Nick: What about them?
Thom: This.
[grabs Nick’s hand]
Thom: Look, other bands, they want to make it about sex or pain, but you know, The Beatles, they had it all figured out, okay? “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The first single. It’s effing brilliant, right?… That’s what everybody wants, Nicky. They don’t want a twenty-four-hour hump sesh, they don’t want to be married to you for a hundred years. They just want to hold your hand.
[Gay couple passes holding hands and smiles at them]
Nick: I’m gonna stop right now.

The writing is excellent and for the most part the acting is great.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie

Next up, I have a music recommendation.  Storyville.  They’re a local band that sort of made it big.  According to Wikipedia:

Storyville was a blues-rock band formed in 1994 in Austin, Texas, USA. Drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon, former members of Arc Angels and the rhythm section for Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble, formed the band with Malford Milligan after a jam session at Antone’s. After releasing an album on November Records in 1994 , the band won a total of nine Austin Music awards; they became stalwarts on the local music scene and toured nationally. They subsequently signed to major label Atlantic Records, for whom they recorded two albums before breaking up. The single “Born Without You”, from their 1998 release Dog Years, reached #28 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart

First off, let me say that I grew up listening to this band so they hold a very special place in my heart.  If I truly had to name on band as my favorite they would probably be it.  “Blues-Rock” is probably a good description of their music.  My mom saw a little show Malford Milligan did last week and actually got to sit down and have a beer with him afterwards (she aparently also has a signed photo for me too, /swoon), and it seems the band is getting back together!  We’re going to see them Thursday night (at the Saxon Pub on S. Lamar  at 6:00 in you’re in the area), I’m so excited I can hardly wait! 

I have 2 of their albums, Bluest Eyes and Dog Years and I highly recommend both.  They are both on iTunes and Amazon.

Enjoy!

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It’s Thursday

20 08 2009

Ok, so I know I said I’d be back to regular Thursday posting today, but I’ve found my writing ability has leaked out my ears.  I don’t know what to write about.  I thought about telling you guys about my wisdom teeth extraction experience but that’s not funny, not interesting, not anything I want to read let alone write. 

I’m planing on going back on the healthy diet wagon next week so I could write about that… I just don’t really have anything to say about it.  Going back on the wagon on Monday.  That’s all I got. 

I could tell you guys about how I love my church.  This month’s series is all about sex… yeah, sex… in church… and I quote “God INVENTED sex!  He wants it to be good, He wants it to be fun!”  Of course it goes on from there to mostly what you’d expect but not in the judgemental, condemming way most churches do (you can listen to the sermons at their website).  But again, that’s about all I’ve got to say on that topic.

I know the best way to beat the Writer’s Blahs is to keep writing… so here I am… typing random crap… 

I think I’ll cut myself short before this gets worse… here’s your weekly trivia.  But first, a question.  Should we root for Tami since she’s 1 point away or root for everyone else?  Discuss.

Trivia

“[standing before a training dummy] Hey, what you got? You got nothing because I got it right here. You picking on my friends? Get ready to feel the thunder. Come out with the crazy feet. What you goin’ to do about the crazy feet. I’m a blur! I’m a blur! You never seen *Bear* style!”





All Quiet

19 08 2009

It’s been quiet around here lately.  Sorry about the unexplained absence, I finally got my wisdom teeth out and have been out of comission.  I’m back on my feet again and should be back to my regular Thursday posting tomorrow.

In other news, I started playing WoW again last night… probably not an inteligent move but I just couldn’t help myself.  I’m not going to be raiding, that’s what has made me quit every time before.  I’m thinking about switching back to Alliance, I miss Stormwind 🙂





TV I’m Watching This Summer

23 07 2009

I watch entirely too much TV (as far as I’m concerned the DVR is the best invention EVER).  When summer rolls around I’m usually desperatly searching for something to watch.  Nowadays the cable and premium networks don’t leave us hanging all summer long; espcially with the advent of the 12-13 episode season that fits nicely in a summer and is much easier and cheaper to produce.  Here’s what I’m enjoying this summer season:

Dark Blue – This is a new show from TNT, it airs Wednesdays at 9 Central.  The show stars Dylan McDermott (The Practice) as the head of a super secret under-cover team in the LAPD.  Only the pilot has aired so far but I really enjoyed it.  I’m looking forward to seeing more.  You can see full episodes at TNT’s website.

Hawthorne – Also on TNT, this aires on Tuesdays at 8 Central.  Jada Pinkett Smith stars as the Head Nurse at a hospital.  She is a no-nonsense kind of character who is constantly bending or braking the rules to help out her nurses and patients.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the show.  As a side note, this isn’t a show like Gray’s Anatomy where the patients play a big role and have all kind of interesting ailments, this is all about the nurses.

Leverage – Another on TNT, aires Wednesdays at 8 Central.  The premise is dificult to explain but basically this is about a team of thieves who do the Robin Hood thing.  They take on clients who have no legal recourse to get their money/property/justice for a lost loved one, they get money or pay back for their clients and usually screw the bad guy in the process.  The show is funny and very entertaining.  It’s actually in it’s second season but you can get the first season on DVD.  I’d immagine with a little internet searching you could get enough info on the characters to watch the second season with out needing the first.

Nurse Jackie – On Showtime, airs Mondays at 9:30 Central.  Staring Edie Falco as an ER nurse, this show is a little on the edge for me.  Jackie uses prescription pain killers recreationally and is having an affair with the pharmacist in order to get them.  She is constantly looking for ways to thwart the system and get what she wants for her patients.  I can deal with just about any kind of behavior from a character as long as I like them.  I just haven’t decided if I like Jackie yet.

Royal Pains – USA, Thursdays at 9 Central.  Royal Pains stars Mark Feuerstein as a MacGuyver-esque conscierge doctor in the Hamptons.  I like this show A LOT.  It’s funny and entertaining and Hank totally pulls life saving medicine off with a paper clip and a ball-point pen.

True Blood – HBO, Sundays at 8 Central.  This show is adapted from one of my favorite series of books, the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris.  It’s an urban fantasy where vampires not only exist but have “come out of the coffin.”  A synthetic blood was invented (intended for human blood transfusions) that satisfies their nutritional needs.  True Blood is in it’s second season but the first is available on DVD.  If you’re a fan of the books you kind of need to let them go.  The show has some plot lines that aren’t in the books at all, but if you can forget that fact they make the show work.

Trivia

“She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”

Name that movie.  As a side note, this movie stars my all-time favorite actor.





Lists Everyone Should Keep

2 07 2009

I can’t claim credit for this one, it came from Lifehack.org (Full article here).

Basically the article talks about 9 lists that everyone should keep updated.  The author recommends a moleskine, but you could use a list app on your phone, or laptop.  The 9 lists are:

  1. Things I want – have an answer other than “I don’t know” when asked what you want for Christmas/Birthday/etc
  2. Gift ideas – Think of a great gift for someone but their birthday isn’t for a few months?  Jot it down and you’ll have it for later
  3. Got a minute – The random things that you can do/read about/learn/research that don’t need to be done right now.  Take a look at the list next time you have a few mins to spare
  4. Watch, read, listen – Movies, books, music
  5. BHAGS – Big Hairy Audacious Goals
  6. Bucket List – things you want to do before you die
  7. Don’t Forget – Make a habit of looking at this a few times per day
  8. Great Ideas
  9. Grocery List

I don’t use all of these, to be perfectly honest I don’t find all of them useful.  I use 6 of them.  I created page with 6 sections and attached the page to the inside cover of my Uncalendar.  When the page gets full enough that it’s dificult to use all I have to do is print out a new one, transfer any list items that are still relevant, and attach it where the old one was.

Here’s the lists I use:

  1. Music, Movies, and Books – I have sub headings under this one for each category
  2. Blog Post Ideas – I found that I didn’t have a use for “Great Ideas” but I always had a blog post idea I wanted to remember
  3. Don’t Forget – I make a point of looking at this 2-3 times per day, it does seem to be helping me remember the incidental stuff
  4. Goals – I find it’s always good to write goals down, helps keep you accountable.
  5. Gift Ideas – I’m always thinking of gifts that would be good for my husband but I can’t buy them right then because there aren’t any good hiding spots in my house.  Now I just have to keep The Hubby from seeing the list!
  6. Things I Want

I find that keeping these lists helps me stay organized and keeps me from forgetting things!  If you decide to use any of these let me know how it works out!

Trivia

The full rules of the trivia game have their own page, but the gist is this:  Every Thursday post gets a trivia question, other posts will have them at my discretion.  Questions will usually be movie quotes but I will throw other things in there too.  The first person (according to WordPress) to correctly answer the trivia question in the comments gets a point.  When you accumulate 4 points you win a prize.  They are probably going to be a selection from a handmade item from me or an Amazon gift card.  Once someone wins the points will NOT be reset, you’ll keep acumulating them.

This week’s trivia question:  “Moles and trolls, moles and trolls, work, work, work, work, work. We never see the light of day. We plan this thing for weeks and all they want to do is study. I’m disgusted. I’m sorry but it’s not like me, I’m depressed. There was what, no one at the mutant hamster races, we only had one entry into the Madame Curie look-alike contest and he was disqualified later. Why do I bother?”  Name that movie!





Thursday Ramblings

25 06 2009

My thought processes aren’t terribly coherent today, I’ve been sleep deprived all week.  Here’s what’s on the top of my head:

Movies

I saw Bolt last night.  Was a little disapointed.  Don’t get me wrong, it was cute and if you tend to like animated movies (as i do) you’ll probably be entertained.  It’s just, after really great movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Shrek, Monsters, Inc., and Kung Fu Panda I have high expectations for animated movies… I should probably let that go but I can’t help my self.  Bolt was cute… just not great.

Up.  I can’t wait to see Up.  Going this saturday.  VERY EXCITED!

Television

With the summer slump in TV (there are some good shows this summer but that’s not what I want to talk about right now) I’m getting Six Feet Under on DVD from Netflix.  I ❤ Dexter so I thought I’d give SFU a try (the actor Michael C. Hall is in both shows if you’re not familiar with them).  I’m only 2 episodes in to the series so I’ll give it a little longer but I’m not really excited about the show.  It’s got excellent acting on all parts (except maybe the sister).  The plot started a little slow (and how many shows have started with Dad getting killed unexpectedly in the pilot and doing something quirky in the will?) but did leave me wanting to learn more about the characters.  Characters are what will keep me comming back to a show.  Big Love is an example of that.  The plot is kinda wierd but I love the characters.  They are real and believeable and I genuinely want to see how they will react to their world. 

Anywhoo, my big problem so far with SFU is David.  I’m watching the show because I like the actor so much.  I really like Dexter… he’s creepy and a literal psycho but I like him.  David… not so much.  He’s cold with everyone except his boyfriend which feels really fake.  He just seems like he’s got a 6 foot pole up his ass.  I’m going to give it a little longer and see if it gets better.  I like everyone except David so far.

Uncalendar

After Temerity-Jane and Bre’s recommendations I bought myself an Uncalendar.  I just got it yesterday so I haven’t been able to really test it out yet.  I think this thing will become a big hit for me.  I have a hard time using the iPhone’s tools because it’s so small.  I can’t enter things quickly and I can’t see more than a day at a time.  I also need to use several different apps for different functionalities.  I’ve been using Google Calendar and really like it.  It works well, it’s shareable, has customizable views.  Like it a lot… it’s not portable though.  I have to be sitting in front of a computer to use it (yes, I can look at it on my phone but that has the same problems as the native programs).

I have tried the Franklin-Covey (and their clones) planers before.  Ignoring the cost (FC planners can run you upwards of  $100, the Uncalendar was $20), they are nice but I give up using them after a while.  They tend to be too small for me to comfortably write in or too big to carry easily.  They also have too much junk on the page.  I have this complusion that I can’t ignore the stuff that’s already there.  If the hours of the day are printed on a planner page… I have to use them.  What do I do with something that lasts all day… or something that will only take 30 mins but doesn’t have a specific time I need to do it.  I wind up with planner stress and can’t write anything down because I don’t know where to put it, thus negating the purpose of the damn thing.

The Uncalendar has very little written on the page.  It’s mostly colored blocks and lined sections to use however you like.  I’m finding the flexibility VERY nice.  On one week have the numbered list block as a shopping list for a shower I’m throwing.  On another week it’s a list of projects I want to complete over the long weekend I’m taking.  I really like the ability to use it however I need to and plenty of space to put… whatever!

I’ll let you guys know how I’m liking it in a few weeks!

Trivia

I think I’ve decided to bring back the movie trivia.  There will be prizes this time!  I haven’t decided how to handle them yet, but I should have the details ironed out later this week or early next week.  I’ll put a post up with details later and next Thursday’s post will have a trivia question to answer.

Have a great weekend out there on Teh Interwebs!





Sunscreen and Other Meandering Thoughts

4 06 2009

Yesterday John aka The Big Bear Butt made a post with advice for HS graduates, this being the last day for may students across the country.  He referenced Baz Luhrman’s good old Sunscreen Song (which was actually written by Mary Schmich but that’s another story).  Thinking about that song brought back a flood of old memories about High School.  See, that song was released while I was a sophomore… I knew all the words.  I really liked that song.  I thought myself wise beacuse I thought I understood all the things that song was trying to tell people my age.  LOL, the arrogrance of youth 🙂

Anywhoo, I think back on that time in my life.  I had such plans for myself.  I was going to get out and live my life.  Finally be a real life grown up, I had always been independant but now I was going to be in a whole different city from my parents.  I was going to distinguish my self as a briliant student in my biochemistry classes.  I was going to become a brilliant scientist.  I was going to cure cancer for pete’s sake!

My, oh, my how life throws you curve balls.  I met my husband the summer after I graduated HS.  We had a whirlwind romance.  Met in June ’01, got engaged Oct ’01, and married in June ’02 a year and 2 days after we met.  I only lived in Dallas for one semester, when we got engaged I decided to move back to Austin.  I had to go to a Community College since I didn’t have enough credits to transfer directly to UT.  Eventually I droped out of college so I could work full time and The Hubby could finish his degree (he was going to make more straight out of college so he got to finish first).  I still have not returned to school.  I’m also still not a real life grown up and every time I think I am something comes along to put me back in my place.

I felt lost for a long time.  My expectations for my life were so drastically different from the reality I had trouble reconcilling them.  I still wanted all the things that I wanted when I graduated but when I reflected on how my life really was I couldn’t say I regreted any of it.  Sure, The Hubby and I have had some rough patches, but that’s marriage.  All in all, we’ve had a great life together and are looking forward to lots more.  It took a lot of time and a lot of prayer for me to finally be ok with where I was in life.  I realized that those goals haven’t gone anywhere… I just have new ones now too.

As usual I’ve rambled for almost 500 words and realized I have no point and I’m not sure I can squeeze one out.  I guess I’ll just give this little piece of advice for the graduates this year:

Life will never be what you thought it would be.  Some times reality will fall drastically short of your expectations.  Some times the reality will surpass your wildest dreams.  Don’t ever let go of your dreams but realize that they will probably change.