auntiemeesh: (misbehave -- writ_in_water)
I went shopping yesterday. Spent loads of money but caught lots of good after-Christmas sales and really replenished my wardrobe. Six shirts, tights and socks, two sweater dresses and a pair of boots. And then I pretty much crashed for the rest of the day.

Today we got out early to see Sherlock Holmes, which I enjoyed. And I only coughed a few times during the movie. I do believe I'm on the mend.

Next up was a trip to the vet's office. A couple different times this fall I thought I might have felt a little bump in Zoe's lower belly, but never for sure. Yesterday I felt it for sure, so a vet visit was called for. The vet says to keep an eye on it - if it's still there in two months or grows at all, take her back straightaway. Otherwise, she's probably fine. Zoe's a ridiculous girl and hid in the upper cabinet half the time we were there (but at least she didn't attempt to escape through the ceiling tiles). While there, I made an appointment for Mal so he can get his shots. The girl at the counter immediately asked if it was Mal like from Firefly. *grin*

I still haven't got around to watching Doctor Who. It will happen eventually, just not sure when.
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Tonight's movie review: Outsourced

I caught a few minutes of the tv series of this once, a few months ago, and didn't know what to make of it. So I was a little dubious going in, but I really liked it. Spoilers )
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Another work week has passed us by and another weekend has found us. *does a little happy dance* My 'vacation' officially started when I clocked out of work at 5:45 this afternoon. I have no travel plans but plenty of things to keep me occupied. I want to get the apartment into some semblance of clean and organized. I hope to go to the Butler County Fair on Sunday (plans dependent on others, of course). I need to get my resume polished and do some serious job hunting. I hope to spend a day or two planted at one of the local coffee shops doing just that. There' a story I've been playing around with and I want to stop fiddling around with world building and get down to plot structuring. I need to either find fabric for the Gangers costume or find another costume. Plans are in place to go to the gym. I think that should be enough to prevent me from moping about the fact that I had to burn my vacation time when I couldn't afford to take a vacation, while still leaving plenty of 'laze about the house staring at the tv/internet' time.

I started things off on the right foot by watching a silly movie. This one was an Indie called Ten Inch Hero. I first heard of it during my Supernatural days because Jensen Ackles is in it, and then, as it's an Indie and wasn't showing anywhere, I promptly forgot about it. But it's now available on Netflix, so I queued it up and off we went. It's a ridiculously romantic comedy in which four misfits end up working together at a sandwich shop where they "share touching moments and laughter about their personal struggles," according to Netflix. Spoilers )
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Happy Fourth of July!

It's been a very laid back holiday weekend. I did next to nothing Saturday and yesterday, although I did get the laundry washed. (Note to self: fold the laundry.)

It's been a movie-watching weekend. Yesterday, I watched a movie called The Curiosity of Chance, filmed in 2006 but set "somewhere in Europe, sometime in the eighties." Chance is an out of the closet teenage boy trying to make it through his first months at a new International school. The eighties soundtrack was fun, the clothing and hair varied from early to late eighties but there were no Madonna look-a-likes, so that was something. It was a bit of a dramedy with more focus on the comedy aspects. The acting was mediocre at best, with the young stars putting a little more hip hop, Justin Timberlake attitude into their characters than is possibly warranted with the 'sometime in the eighties' description but it was entertaining.

Next up was Highlander. It was on my list of 'gotta see 'em sometime' movies and this weekend seemed like the perfect time. Hm, yeah, it was mostly crap. Full of silly camera angles and dramatic pauses, with Christopher Lambert doing most of his acting by means of gazing off into the distance while flashback sequences were shown. This movie was authentically 80s and as such a certain amount of that stuff can be forgiven, but it was just a bad movie. Marginally entertaining, but I found myself laughing in places where I don't think laughter was the desired response.

I did get out of the house for a bit earlier. Did the weekend grocery run. Thanks to the humidity it was less fun than usual, but I have food in the house and that's always a good thing. And now it's time to start thinking about supper and how to pass the evening hours away.
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I watched Hot Fuzz tonight. Now I'm trying to decide if the teenagers in the bar were meant to look like Hogwarts students on a day trip to Hogsmeade.

I almost always enjoy Simon Pegg's stuff and Nick Frost is fast moving up the ladder for me. The only project they've done together that I didn't absolutely like was Spaced, which I didn't hate even if I didn't love it.

This fell right in line with what I expected and was the perfect sort of movie for a tired girl on a Thursday night after a long week. It was a little heavy on the blood spurting, but I liked it.
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Positives:

*I had a yummy, yummy cheeseburger and sweet potato fries for supper tonight.

*I didn't have to go outside into the cold at all, for any reason, today.

*My movie of choice for the evening was Little Miss Sunshine. A much better choice than yesterday's regrettable adventure. Little Miss Sunshine managed to combine elements of National Lampoon-like absurdity with heart-felt emotion as each member of the Hoover family struggled with their individual crises. I give it two thumbs up.
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Netflix is a great service for someone like me. For one thing, I've pretty much had to give up using libraries and things like that because I'm so bad about getting items returned in a timely fashion that late fees become a real problem. For another, I'm lazy and even when they were popular, there were no conveniently located video stores, so I would have had to take buses and such to go get a movie. Who wants to do all that, just to sit down and watch a movie at the end of the day?

Of course, having Netflix only encourages the laziness, making it less necessary to get off my duff and out of the house. However, since I'm naturally inclined towards hermitude and barely have enough energy to make it through a week of work as it is, I'm okay with that.

At some point within the past six months or so, I must have put Eragon on my queue. Then, I stopped paying attention to what was coming up and so ended up with Eragon at my house this weekend. Being in a good mood last night, I decided to risk it, and popped the movie into my dvd player.

Why I hated this movie, with spoilers )
auntiemeesh: (shopping)
I decided my Christmas present to myself this year would be to update the decor in the bathroom a little bit. I took a leap of faith with the shower curtain - the matching hooks were super cute but there was no image of the curtain itself. It's mod dots and whales, so I think it will be okay. I also got a fairly generic, not quite matching, liner, some simple but cute hooks that should coordinate with the shower curtain (not the actual matching whale ones, because I think that would have been a bit much), and a bath mat that should also hopefully coordinate.

I don't actually have a shower curtain now, just a liner, which is hideously dark red (a remnant from when I lived in an apartment with an ugly bathroom tiled in pink/black that I did my best to coordinate with), shredded by Mal when he was a bit younger, and pretty well soap scummed. My bathmat was irrevocably soiled by Tookie in her final months and never got replaced. Even if the new things don't coordinate as well as I hope they will, they will be a huge improvement on what I currently have.

I also attempted shoe shopping today, since all of my good fall/winter walking shoes have fallen apart. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything I liked in any sort of reasonable price range at the local independent store. So next weekend it will be off to find something cheap but functional at one of the chain stores.

I was hoping to see Harry Potter this weekend, as well. Until I remembered that the local theater that got the popular Hollywood blockbuster type movies had closed down, leaving us only with the crappy theater (as in, tiny screens, uncomfortable/old seats, bad sound) that has a selection of arty/indie/foreign films that I'm never even remotely interested in. Almost a guarantee they won't be getting Harry Potter. Maybe I'll do my shopping in the Southside next weekend, and catch it there.
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[livejournal.com profile] eve11 picked me up after work and we were off to the Waterfront. We stopped at Fuddruckers for supper (cheeseburger and french fries, nothing even remotely healthy). Then we crossed the street to the Loew's Theater to see Sherlock Holmes. This is the expensive theater, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn the weeknight showings are only five dollars. I'm pretty sure that's a new thing. I'm guessing they've been losing business with the economy in the toilet the way it is. I enjoyed the movie greatly, and kinda want to see it again. After sitting for two+ hours, however, I was practically crippled and had to hobble down the stairs (downside of stadium seating) to get out. This was by far the worst my knees have been after sitting in a movie theater (they protest after any being bent for any length of time longer than about ten minutes).

We also exchanged our Christmas gifts and I am now in possession of all sorts of wonderful kitchen things. This means I have significantly less excuse to cook real food once in a while. *grins*
auntiemeesh: (fourth doctor)
I should have done at least a little work this evening. I've volunteered to help with the annual bookfair coming up at some point in Nov/Dec, and the task I was given is to turn our Amazon wishlist into an Excel spreadsheet. Easy peasy (once I came up with a work around for entering isbn numbers that start with zeroes into a program that doesn't let numbers start with zeroes) but a little time consuming, and deadly boring if there isn't something else going on. So, instead I watched The Ghost and Mrs. Muir on the laptop, via Netflix. I like that they now have unlimited Watch Instantly time, and I've been doing a lot of instant watching lately, mainly Doctor Who.

Yesterday was a dvd, however, of Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy, another Fourth Doctor and Leela episode. The Invisible Enemy )

Tonight's viewing, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was entertainment of a totally different nature. Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison are the main stars in this 1947 movie. Totally schmoopy romance between a young widow and the ghost of a salty sea captain, the kind of movie I can only enjoy if it was made before 1950ish. I've always liked this movie, with its seaside backdrop and quiet love. It's schmoopy and sappy, but not drippingly so. And the characters are save from the fallacy of being perfect paragons. Mrs. Muir is occasionally haughty and a bit too full of her own good breeding, while the ghostly Captain Gregg is capricious and quick to judge others. He is, underneath all that and an unsurprisingly earthy personality, a good, kind soul. And Mrs. Muir is much the same. And somehow, the movie provides a happy ending to such a star-crossed pair. It was a good movie for tonight.
auntiemeesh: (mastermind)
Overheard at the bus stop:

Guy talking to cute girl: So they became infected and he had to have his nipples removed. They turned green and he had to have them removed and get new ones. But I have my own nipples.


***

In other news, I survived my first week of school. There are a couple of workshops at the library this weekend that I'm going to - one's a refresher on PittCat (Pitt's online library catalog) and the other on the various databases the library system has. No classes on Monday because of Labor Day, so my next class is almost a week away. Plenty of work to do between now and then, but it hasn't got crazy yet.

Today's class was an Intro to Information Technologies and promises to be pretty interesting as well as entirely useful to my non-technological brain.

***

A Clockwork Orange popped up on my Netflix queue this week, so I have that for my viewing pleasure. The choice is, do I watch it tonight or save it for tomorrow? I'll probably end up saving it - I have a feeling by the time I get around to starting it tonight, it would be too late to actually watch it, as I have to be at work early tomorrow, yet again.
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I watched a couple of fun movies tonight, Better Off Dead and Grosse Pointe Blank.

Better Off Dead was a hilariously painful reminder of all things bad about the eighties, from the hair to the clothes to the music, and the bizarro world approach to high school was scarily appropriate.

Grosse Pointe Blank, which is about an assassin dealing with his high school ten year reunion, made me realize that I'm actually closer to my twentieth than my tenth h.s. reunion. Yikes! But the movie has a great cast, awesome soundtrack (and, you know, lots of mayhem and blood and violence) and is lotsa fun.

Well, it's after midnight and I'm supposed to get up early to go jogging of all things. Yep, I'm giving the running another try. Despite the fact that it's on the road (ouchie painful hard unyielding surface) I'm feeling surprisingly good and the sore shins I had from trekking around town last week have even gone away. Wow!
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Saw Harry Potter last night.

This review (which contains SPOILERS) sums up my thoughts pretty nearly exactly. Thank goodness for professional critics; I could never have articulated things so well.
auntiemeesh: (fcg- mamoulian)
I saw Batman Begins with P and Mr. P today. We all really enjoyed it. The pacing seemed a little weak at points, leading me to think that the movie was nearly over about half way through, but other than that it seemed very solid.

For some reason that I no longer remember (possibly a negative comment in the early press or something like that), I wasn't sure about Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne but I think he did a fantastic job. P asked me if he was in anything else and I couldn't think of anything. Turns out he played Laurie in Little Women, with Wynona Ryder. (I always had a soft spot for Laurie -- Meg was so unfair to him and I always kind of thought he was settling with Amy.) He was also in American Psycho, Shaft and Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Apparently he's been around for awhile, lol.

The theater we went to is in North Conway, which is nearly an hour away, and is located in something that may have been a mall, once upon a time long, long ago. Now there are only about four or five stores in the entire building, with many empty storefronts. The theater itself was very small, but the seats were comfy and no one sat in front of me, so that's all that really counts. I was hoping for a Serenity trailer but no joy there. The obligatory War of the Worlds trailer, as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the Dukes of Hazzard (that one I'll wait to see on DVD, thank you very much).

/ramble
auntiemeesh: (mal)
Nothing like starting the day off right. With all the talk about the pre-screenings of Serenity, I just had to go see the trailer again. It just looks so good! *vbg*
auntiemeesh: (pip - tialys)
Well, you've spoken (or at least polled) and I'm taking your advice. First I went for a nice long walk in the fresh air and sunshine, earlier this afternoon, when it was nice and sunny out (now it's grey and cloudy). I had to remove all the yard sale signs I'd posted on phone poles and such, on Friday. One of our neighbors warned us that the city had recently passed a new ordnance or something that gives them the right to fine us up to $300 a day if we leave our signs up past the date of the event. It made for a nice walk, probably close to three miles all told.

When I got home, I gave in and watched the last few episodes of Angel. I have now made my way through all three series helmed by Joss Whedon. I must say that Firefly is my favorite, hands down. I liked Buffy and Angel, but I love Firefly. *bg*

Now I'm trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to come up with something for the [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_ficathon moving challenge before settling in to watch one or more of the original Star Wars movies.

Speaking of which, I went to see Episode III last night with [livejournal.com profile] eve11 and her boyfriend, D. Afterwards we entertained ourselves by ripping the movie apart, criticizing the directing, acting and writing (the dialogue stunk badly and the plot was kinda holey) but we all admitted that we enjoyed it nonetheless. I think it was the best of the three and it was entertaining but I agree with [livejournal.com profile] pumpkinescobar's grade of C+. Maybe B- but that's debateable.
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[livejournal.com profile] obeliamedusa made up an invertebrate sea creature quiz. I like the results. :)

My invertebrate self )

Went to see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with some friends tonight. I'd heard a number of good, bad and indifferent comments on it, so went into it with minimal expectations. It was just what I was hoping it would be, fun and entertaining, with lots of references that I remember from the books (read long ago) and some that remind me that it's time to read the books again. One friend who thought it was not that great complained that it was more a series of skits than a movie. I can see where he's coming from, but that's one of the things I liked about it.

Came home and started playing with my new iPod Shuffle. I installed the software tonight, but I'm waiting until tomorrow to pull the computer out of my desk in order to access the USB port in order to plug it in. The only disappointment was that the store was out of armbands for it. It comes with a lanyard, but I don't know how well that will work when I'm jogging. It's a simple matter to order an armband online, but it was annoying that I went to two stores and neither of them hand any armbands. But, eeee! it is so cute and tiny. I'll have to be careful to not lose it.

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