Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Little Squishy Junior

I'm an aunt again!!! Yay! My sister and her husband who live on The Other Side Of The World had the baby last night - we think. (It might have been early this morning. Stupid eight hour time difference.) BUT! They had a boy (they didn't want to know earlier), 9lbs 3oz and mother and baby are doing fine. That's all I know right now. My sister's sister-in-law called my parent's house late last night and spoke to my sister there (are you confused yet?) and then my mom called me this morning. I'm gonna call at lunch time here (evening there) and see if I can get some more details. They hadn't picked a name at Christmas and they may not have one still.
So, I read this yesterday. I don't think it's very accurate. My favorite color is Blue. I'm hardly the outgoing, tell-everyone-what-I'm-feeling or wanting kind of girl. I frequently run out of things to say, especially to new people. Tarzan's favorite color is Green. He has a good heart, but he doesn't exactly put the greater good before his own...He looks after his own and screw the rest of the world. (And he's TOTALLY the bodice-ripping kind.) Both my parents' favorite color is Red, and they think things through ad nauseaum. THEY are greater good kind of people.
Yay! PrincessReva is back! I missed her.
In the continuing saga of my teeth, I went in for the (hopefully) last appointment for a loooooooong while yesterday. The installation of the permanent crown was very anti-climatic. No Novocaine, no upside down-ness, not even many "open wider please-es." Got my teeth cleaned too. After I got home I was convinced something was wrong because it hurt to chew and felt like something was stuck between the teeth. Today it's better. Still feels high, but maybe it will settle into place?
Okay, having spoken with the new grandmother (brother-in-law's mom) I have more information. It's a boy, 9lbs 3 ozs, 21 inches, brown hair and no they don't have a name as yet. We're not sure of the time either. It was 2:40 this morning over there which means last night here? They're probably coming home tomorrow or today...or yesterday...(curse these time zones!) Every body's fine and they will be sending pictures as soon as they have some. Fairly short labor - they left for the hospital late last night and three hours later - baby!

This is me, Aunt Jane for the second time.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Dancing Through Life

For those less obsessed, or those who don't really care at all, I give you the celebrities that will be learning the waltz, jive, foxtrot and paso doble on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. Season starts March 19th!
(Sort of bummed that they changed the schedule on me...Monday and Tuesday nights now so as not to coincide with American Idol. Which was good from the show's point of view. I don't really care as I don't watch Idol. Never have, never will. Fortunately the results show will be between Gilmore Girls and L&O:SVU.) Be that as it may, here are the names, claims to fame and partnerships for Season 4.
  1. Laila Ali - daughter of Muhammad Ali, oh yeah and boxer herself - Maxim Chmerkovskiy (love him - no one is built better than a professional dancer IMHO)
  2. Billy Ray Cyrus - singer mostly, jack-of-all-entertainment-trades - Karina Smirnoff (this should be interesting, she's highly competitive and kind of annoying)
  3. Clyde Drexler - basketball star, I don't watch b-ball so I have nothing on him other than he's probably tall and athletic, perhaps gangly - Elena Grinenko (who's also tall but she got eliminated first last season so I don't know much about her)
  4. Joey Fatone - *Nsync member, just because Drew Lachey could do it does not mean every boy band guy is a natural dancer - Kym Johnson (she seems really nice)
  5. Shandi Finnessey - Miss USA 2004 - Brian Fortuna (he's new so I don't know anything about him)
  6. Leeza Gibbons - talk show host - Tony Dovolani (love him - SO hot and he's funny too!)
  7. Heather Mills - married to Paul McCartney, has an artifical leg - Jonathan Roberts (love him and real life wife and dance partner Anna Trebunskaya)
  8. Apolo Anton Ohno - Olympic speed skater - Julianne Hough (she's new so I don't know anything about her either)
  9. Vincent Pastore - a Mafioso, or at least he plays one on TV - Edyta Sliwinska (I like her more each season but is it just me who thinks Edyta gets the old guy every time?)
  10. Paulina Porizkova - supermodel, enough said - Alec Mazo (he's from Season 1, I kinda forget what he's like)
  11. Ian Ziering - Steve on 90210 - Cheryl Burke (she won the last two seasons and I like her but it seems like she has an advantage somehow)

Does anyone know how the couples are decided? (The studio swears it's a secret from the performers until the first taped meeting.) So...bets on the winner this time around? I predict some temper tantrums (duh) and some tears (duh). At first glance - having not seen them dance yet, I say either Ian or Laila.

Ack! I just realized that Louis van Amstel is not back this season! Louis is awesome - his legs looked like they were made out of rubber when he danced - especially jive. I wonder if he's doing more choreography for the show. Ack! And neither is Nick Kosovich (we also love him and his real life wife and dance partner Lena Bahcheva.) Ack! Neither is Ashley Delgrosso (rumor has it she's Mormon.) It's a good thing I don't believe any of this 'reality' business, thinking people are really like what we see on the TV, betting on the results, concerned that the votes might not be based on actual talent (ya think?) I just watch it for the dancing.

(Hee hee, did you get the double meaning with the title there, the song and then DWTS?...Oh never mind.)

This is me liking the sound of March.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The Weekend

Okay, first:
was FABULOUS!! I so want to go again and again and again and again...well you get the idea. The sit-down show was slightly different from the touring show but not in a bad way. I don't know if they cut the waltz from "Wonderful" on purpose, if someone forgot a cue or if it's just a Jungle thing...that was kinda disappointing but the added dialogue, the bigger better sets and the larger chorus were all to the good. Megan Hilty was fantastic as "Glinda" and Eden Espinosa did a very nice "Elphaba;" a lot less angry than in the production we saw in Happytown last year which also was good. This was only my second "Glinda" (having only heard Kristin Chenoweth (on the soundtrack)) though I've seen three "Elphabas" (I've only heard Idina Menzel on the soundtrack as well) so I'm courious to see how the Rockies production compares with two completely new leads. I'm not sold on Kristoffer Cusick as "Fiyero" (though the boy IS hot) because Derrick Williams was SO awesome (that link does not have a flattering pic). Love, love, LOVE Jenna Leigh Green. So glad to have her at the Jungle show; it's a pity she only gets the one number. Also LOVE Adam Wylie as "Boq" who I first saw on "Gilmore Girls" and recognized from row RR. (Thank you.) I wonder if I could get a job seeing all the productions and commenting on them. I'd even learn foreign languages so I could see it the world over. If they make a movie of the show I should TOTALLY be a consultant...
Went to the dentist on Saturday to get my temporary crown reapplied. As I drove it occurred to me that if they were going to have to Novocaine me up and do the oral gymnastics necessary why not just wait for Tuesday (that's tomorrow) and get the real one. That's exactly what Mike my hygienist said when I got there. So after tomorrow I will hopefully not bite my cheek 15 times a day and not have a "gaping chasm" between my last two teeth.
Watched the Academy Awards last night. As I hadn't seen most of the movies it was more about the dresses and the jokes. (What's with all the "R" rated films lately? Has it always been like this?) Nice to see some class coming back to the red carpet. Lots of long skirts and off the shoulder looks for the girls and mostly black tie for the guys. The shot of the five nominees for Best Actor was funny as they all were in black tuxes with black bow ties ('cept Leo had a long tie.)
On a completely different subject, what's with all the radio stations changing? I went 12 years knowing exactly where on the dial to get my country, my classical, my oldies and my 80's. Now someone is switching them all around on me and it's very annoying. Why can't the new station tell us where the old music went to? I might like BOTH stations. Grr. It's weird to go to bed one night with Beethoven and wake up the next morning with Tim McGraw...
OMG. If you get the chance to see The Reduced Shakespeare Company, GO. SO hilarious. I almost died Saturday afternoon watching their (only) released DVD of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).
This is me back to normal.

Friday, February 23, 2007


Year of the Pig nothing - this is the Year of the Dentist people! OMG. I was driving home from work last night, and I know I probably shouldn't have been playing with my temporary crown but it drives me nuts - there's a little bump on the back of it which catches my cheek all the time and it's all grainy feeling and it hasn't felt too secure since it was installed - anyway and as my tongue was running around it the whole thing just popped off! Ack! So there I was trying not to run off the road and not swallow the tiny metal crown and not bite down in case that's a bad thing to do and dial the dentist's number to find out when I can get it put back on. As it turns out this is not as big a deal as it sounds. I can eat and brush and they don't have someone who can put my crown back on until Saturday...okay then. The appointment for my permanent one is on Tuesday anyway. In the meantime it feels really weird in my mouth. I checked it out in a mirror and it doesn't look like there's a gaping chasm between my last two teeth but that's how it feels! Errg. To distract myself I give you photos:
This is how small the crown actually is (that's my thumbnail):
And check out the bright spot that is the hole where it's been worn away (do you like my glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling?):


Just check this out. It's awesome.


But wait! It gets better...Tonight my sister and I are getting all dolled up and going to see:

I know we've seen it four times already but it's fantastic! Simply marvelous - and this is The Jungle's very own sit down show! I am SO excited you don't even know. Though I've seen three different actresses play Elphaba (including Eden Espinosa who is playing here in The Jungle) this will be only the second Glinda and I am really curious to see how Megan Hilty takes to the character. The Jungle Times had great things to say about them both. Check out all the info and places and whatever here. I know ALL the words to ALL the songs and it's spectacular! AND THEN I get to see it AGAIN in The Rockies in May with all the family there. Yay! Believe me. It does not get old. Each show is different and all the talent is awesome! So, so, SO excited!

This is me ack-ing!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I Only Met The Man Twice (Weird#9)

It started out as a bad dream, with our house being burgled in the night by an unknown. Tarzan and I were trying to hide so he wouldn't find us. Then it was day and the guy robbing us was my boss's friend and roommate (who still has a roommate at 76 years of age?) and he was very jovial about it-not scary at all. He had a U-Haul truck pulled up in the alley and was helping himself. We didn't actually see him take anything, though we heard him talking to his assistant about our deep freezer (we don't have a deep freezer), because the police were talking to us about the guy from the night before. Tarzan had to go to work, so he took my car and I took his (why, I'm sure I don't know), which was a little yellow convertible, (apparently I can drive a manual transmission because that's what it was), and I followed my boss's friend to what appeared to be our house in a different location. I finally talked to MBsF and we agreed he would put everything back if he was allowed to come and use it whenever he needed and we would stock bologna for him (?!) Then I woke up.
Where do I get this stuff?

This is me weirded out.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

In Case You Were Curious

For those of you who have been waiting with baited breath to find out how the roses are doing, I give you the following updates:
Day 2 (Feb 14th) Here is the result of the Stuffed Cherry Tomato exercise on Valentine's night. (I couldn't even get a picture of the full plate before Tarzan dived in. The near ones (sun dried tomato filling) were okay. The far ones (goat cheese filling) were a HUGE hit:
Day 3 (Feb 15th)
For some bizarre reason I don't have pictures from Day 4 (Feb 16th) That's the day the kitties knocked over the vase and spilled water everywhere. I trimmed the stems and opened the second flower food pouch when I re-vased the roses. The flowers seemed to like that.
Day 5 (Feb 17th)
Day 6 (Feb 18th)
Day 7 (Feb 19th) Here's a close up from yesterday:

This is me sharing.

Monday, February 19, 2007


How was my weekend you ask? Despite the lame party we went to Friday night, early morning meetings and the huge fight I had with Tarzan - it was infinitely better than coming in to work this morning.

Bleah, I'm grouchy today.

Perhaps it's because Tarzan (yes, we made up last night) is at home in the nice warm bed listening to the rain fall, reading, watching TV and relaxing while I am at work on a holiday, to do a lot of work in very little time for not much pay, getting yelled at in absentia by clients (who are NOT working today BTW) so I can say "thank you sir, may I have another" and redo the project because the client didn't listen to our office in the first place while the guy behind me curses at himself ALL DAY LONG while tapping his feet and/or fingers constantly and whistling intermittently. (That would be MC yes it would - do you think I could plea out with justifiable homicide? If he hates himself as much as his cursing suggests why doesn't he just take the entire bottle of sleeping pills and end it all?)

Yeah. I think that might be the reason.

This is me wishing I were home today.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


So I know that the Sunday comics came out four days ago, but if a strip is still funny on Thursday than it deserves to be posted. This one is great. Hee hee hee:

There are days I TOTALLY feel like doing that!! Pancakes are so soft and warm...(More Get Fuzzy strips.)

This is me tee hee-ing.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day 2007

If you were to ask Tarzan, he would say you are crazy ("ylaargh no!-all that mushy hearts and flowers stuff is for girls, I'm a man and men don't do that!" for example, accompanied by a full body shiver) but he really is a romantic guy. Infinitely more romantic than I. Which is not to say that he is not a husband-husband as well.

***Insert my mother's explanation of men: There are two kinds of husbands, boyfriend-husbands, and husband-husbands. A boyfriend-husband is a romantic guy but he isn't really practical. He doesn't plan and then live within a budget, he doesn't want kids, he tries out many jobs, searching for himself. This guy buys expansive (and often expensive) presents for birthdays and Valentine's Day and anniversaries. A husband-husband is a guy who gets a good job and works hard at it, his intent being to provide for his family. He wants kids and he wants a helpmate in his spouse, not a party girl or a trophy wife. He can seem boring but he will get further in life and in eternity. This guy doesn't make a statement on 'important' days because every day is important to him. He loves you (the wife) everyday and doesn't need the calendar to tell him when or what to say.
Now before you freak out over sexism and all that "old fashioned" nonsense, most guys aren't solely one type but a mixture of both. The moral being pick the one that is the best balance for you.
There are girlfriend-wives and wife-wives too, but my mom was talking to my sisters and I at the time. And now back to your regularly intended blog***

The point being that on the surface Tarzan shuns all thoughts of demonstrative behaviors: "let's not do anything big this year for Valentine's Day, just a card or something small" but underneath he's as gooey as a caramel left too long in the sun. "Nothing big" turned out to be roses yesterday and a card and chocolates left on the seat of my car this morning. (I, of course, took him at his word and got a card and the fixings for Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Small, understated...)

This is me undeserving.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A Day Early

They didn't even bother to ask today when flowers came to the office... A day early too! Tarzan sounded a little worried when I thanked him for the roses. He wanted me to read the card to him to make sure they were his. (It was in German, who else would be sending me a German card I ask you?) He said they weren't supposed to come until tomorrow. Surprise! So pretty. Eighteen long stemmed red roses from Columbia! So luscious...The booklet says if they are fed properly they will continue to bloom for a week or more. Here's day one:

This is me getting flowers.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Original four

This might not mean much to those of you who aren't in the picture. (left to right) Me, Qwan Smi, Smurfy and Fleighund met at the School of Architecture orientation the summer before freshman year at the University of Southern California. Though we are all quite different we have stayed the best of friends ever since. After graduation Fleighund and I moved to The Jungle, but the other two moved far away (some of us several times, right Qwan?) and it has been seven years (seven!) since all four of us were in the same place at the same time. The last time was graduation, May 2000. Three of us graduated in architecture and two of us still work in the crazy business. The other two got smart and got out. :)
Saturday we went out for dinner and just hung out, chatting about any and everything. I was amused by how we had all changed, becoming project managers, getting licenses and having staff to work for us, and yet the dynamic of the group is still the same. It's hard to summarize but basically Fleighund makes a comment, Smurfy responds, Qwan cracks a joke and I bust up laughing. The jokes and subjects are more mature, but otherwise... Sunday afternoon we got some lunch downtown and then said good bye. Wish it had been longer. It was a crappy reason we were reunited (Smurfy's father passed away) but it was excellent to see the boys. I hope it's not seven years until we get to all hang out again.

This is me and my posse.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

IMDB's Top 250 Movies

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
5. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
6. Casablanca (1942)
7. Schindler's List (1993)
8. Pulp Fiction (1994)
9. Shichinin no samurai (1954)

10. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
11. Star Wars (1977)
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
13. Rear Window (1954)
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
15. 12 Angry Men (1957)

16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
18. Cidade de Deus (2002)
19. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
20. Goodfellas (1990)

21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
22. Psycho (1960)
23. Citizen Kane (1941)
24. C'era una volta il West (1968)
25. North by Northwest (1959)
26. Memento (2000)
27. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
28. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

29. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
31. Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) We just called it Amelie

32. Fight Club (1999)
33. American Beauty (1999)
34. The Matrix (1999)
35. Vertigo (1958)

36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
37. Taxi Driver (1976)
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
39. Se7en (1995)
40. Paths of Glory (1957)
41. Léon (1994) (the org. version: The Professional not the same movie)
42. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
43. Chinatown (1974)
44. American History X (1998)
45. The Third Man (1949)
46. Untergang, Der (2004)
47. The Pianist (2002)
48. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

49. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
50. M (1931)
51. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) AKA Sprited Away
52. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
53. Boot, Das (1981)

54. Alien (1979)
55. L.A. Confidential (1997)
56. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

57. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
58. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

59. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
60. The Shining (1980)

61. Double Indemnity (1944)
62. Metropolis (1927)
63. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
64. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
65. Rashômon (1950)
66. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
67. Sin City (2005)
68. Raging Bull (1980)
69. Modern Times (1936)
70. Aliens (1986)
71. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
72. Rebecca (1940)
73. Some Like It Hot (1959)
74. The Great Escape (1963)
75. All About Eve (1950)
76. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
77. Touch of Evil (1958)
78. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
79. Amadeus (1984)
80. The Departed (2006)
81. Vita è bella, La (1997) (Life is Beautiful?)
82. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)
83. Forrest Gump (1994)
84. Jaws (1975)
85. The Sting (1973)
86. Strangers on a Train (1951)
87. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

88. Batman Begins (2005)
89. On the Waterfront (1954)
90. Braveheart (1995)
91. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
92. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
93. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
95. The Elephant Man (1980)
96. Blade Runner (1982)
97. The Apartment (1960)
98. The Incredibles (2004)
99. City Lights (1931)
100. High Noon (1952)
101. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
102. The Big Sleep (1946)

103. Notorious (1946)
104. Donnie Darko (2001)
105. Fargo (1996)
106. Ran (1985)
107. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
108. Crash (2004)
109. The Great Dictator (1940)
110. Finding Nemo (2003)
111. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
112. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
113. Mononoke-hime (1997) (Princess Mononoke)

114. The Sixth Sense (1999)
115. V for Vendetta (2005)
116. Unforgiven (1992)
117. Salaire de la peur, Le (1953)
118. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
119. Ben-Hur (1959)
120. Oldboy (2003)
121. Back to the Future (1985)
122. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
123. Annie Hall (1977)
124. Yojimbo (1961)
125. Wo hu cang long (2000)
126. The Killing (1956)
127. The Green Mile (1999)
128. Life of Brian (1979)
129. The Princess Bride (1987)
130. Laberinto del Fauno, El (2006) (Pan's Labryinth in english)
131. The Deer Hunter (1978)
132. Platoon (1986)
133. The Graduate (1967)

134. It Happened One Night (1934)
135. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
136. Gladiator (2000)
137. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
138. Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957)
139. Gandhi (1982)
140. The African Queen (1951)
141. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

142. Ladri di biciclette (1948) (The Bicyle Theif)
143. Amores perros (2000)

144. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
145. Battaglia di Algeri, La (1966)
146. Toy Story 2 (1999)
147. Diaboliques, Les (1955)
148. 8½ (1963)
149. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
150. Brief Encounter (1945)

151. Stand by Me (1986)
152. Lola Rennt (1998) (Run Lola Run)
153. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
154. The Wild Bunch (1969)
155. Die Hard (1988)
156. Harvey (1950)
157. The Conversation (1974)
158. The General (1927)
159. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
160. Smultronstället (1957)
161. Patton (1970)
162. Duck Soup (1933)
163. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
164. Glory (1989)
165. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
166. Gone with the Wind (1939)
167. Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das (1920)
168. Groundhog Day (1993)
169. Ying xiong (2002)
170. Spartacus (1960)
171. Children of Men (2006)
172. The Gold Rush (1925)
173. Finding Neverland (2004)
174. Toy Story (1995)
175. Trainspotting (1996)
176. The Exorcist (1973)
177. Magnolia (1999)

178. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
179. A Christmas Story (1983)
180. Heat (1995)
181. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
182. The Big Lebowski (1998)
183. Mystic River (2003)
184. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
185. Belle et la bête, La (1946) (Beauty and the Beast)
186. Shrek (2001)
187. King Kong (1933) (the original people)
188. Cinderella Man (2005)
189. Big Fish (2003)
190. Before Sunset (2004)
191. Ed Wood (1994)
192. The Hustler (1961)
193. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
194. The Terminator (1984)
195. Snatch (2000)

196. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
197. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
198. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
199. The Prestige (2006)

200. Walk the Line (2005)
201. Hotaru no haka (1988)
202. Out of the Past (1947)

203. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
204. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
205. Stalag 17 (1953)
206. Sleuth (1972)
207. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
208. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
209. The Thing (1982)
210. Young Frankenstein (1974)
211. Hable con ella (2002) (Speak to Her)
212. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

213. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
214. Manhattan (1979)
215. Frankenstein (1931)
216. Scarface (1983)
217. Sling Blade (1996)
218. The Straight Story (1999)

219. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
220. Tengoku to jigoku (1963)
221. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
222. Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
223. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
224. Kumonosu jô (1957)
225. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
226. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
227. Quatre cents coups, Les (1959)
228. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
229. Roman Holiday (1953)
230. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
231. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
232. The Lost Weekend (1945)
233. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

234. The Searchers (1956)
235. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
236. Planet of the Apes (1968)
237. United 93 (2006)
238. Haine, La (1995)
239. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
240. Brazil (1985)
241. Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004)

242. Mou gaan dou (2002)
243. Great Expectations (1946)

244. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
245. Idi i smotri (1985)
246. Inherit the Wind (1960)
247. To Have and Have Not (1944)
248. Dial M for Murder (1954)
249. In Cold Blood (1967)
250. Umberto D. (1952)

This is me having seen the bolded ones.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Lunch time

Do I really want to live in London? My sister does and she says it's cold and wet and does not have great variety of foods...
You Belong in London
A little old fashioned, and a little modern. A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.A unique woman like you needs a city that offers everything.No wonder you and London will get along so well.

This is me living in the wrong city apparently.


On the other hand, I will take the root canal over the "prep and build-up" any day! Wow. That was a REALLY long and not painless procedure. My appointment was at 10:00am. Because I live between the office and the dentist I totally lazed out and didn't go in to work beforehand. The assistant (Mike) guessed it'd be about two hours of work - they had to remove the temporary filling, shape the tooth, take the impression for the permanent crown and then install the temporary crown. I've had a crown put in before. I figured I'd be to the office just after lunch. Then the poking and the drilling and the grinding and the stretching and the "open bigger, bigger, really big now" started. I glanced at my watch at noon and hoped we were almost done. Then the desk staff asked when they could have the room as there were patients out front who'd been waiting an hour! That was at 1:15 and I knew I wasn't going anywhere soon. The dentist said I was a "really tough case" with my "really small mouth" (they had to use the kid sized mouth plate to take the crown impression - great.) and my "big tongue." Lovely. Just what a girl wants to hear from a cute guy. (Dentist: totally cute. Assistant: not too bad either. How did I notice this being nearly upside down? Well, lets say that I had very little else to do the entire time.) The dentist totally earned his fee on that exercise. At 3:00(!) I finally got to sit up again, and then nearly fainted when all the blood rushed from my head. Five hours in the chair - the anesthetic had worn off before I left the place! Call me a wimp or whatever but I called the office and told them I wasn't coming in. My head hurt, my mouth hurt, I was exhausted... Really the whole day was a blur of pokey metal objects and throbbing.
And guess what? In two weeks I get to go back while they pry this silver one off and try to wedge the porcelain crown in under the gum tissue. Oh yay. Can you tell how excited I am for that experience?

This is me a newly anointed oral hygiene fanatic. Floss anyone?

Friday, February 02, 2007

Boob Tube

Do I watch too much TV? Probably. Tarzan thinks so. But I think he plays too many computer games. It's one of those agree-to-disagree things. (Isn't marriage great?) The Matheson Clan posted a link to one of their favorite television shows and it spurred me to do the same. I like to think I watch only quality stuff. No sex or violence, good writing, thought provoking topics...well mostly anyway:

  • Sunday night we watch Brothers & Sisters. We started watching because of David Annable who used to be on Reunion before it was cancelled IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON WITHOUT TELLING US WHO MURDERED SAM!!!!!!! But that's all in the past now. ;) Now we like B&S because it's good. Sally Field really is phenomenal. Rob Lowe is too cute! I hope he stays. Does anyone else think this thing with Holly is a little over the top?
  • Also on Sunday is Iron Chef America. Not that I would make, or even like, most of the stuff they make on the show (clam flan anyone?) but Alton and Kevin are very entertaining and the Chairman looks like he's secretly amused by the whole situation. All the chefs are fabulous, no big egos getting in the way of a civilized competition. Most of the judges are great too - the right mix of funny and critical. I think the only one who's annoying in Jeffrey.
  • Monday has Heroes which we started watching because of Milo Ventimiglia (who used to be on Gilmore Girls) but we continued watching because it's very intriguing. Who's really the good guy? They saved the cheerleader thus far...Will they save the world?
  • Following that on Monday night is Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Despite the long name it's well worth the time. In one word: fabulous! [said like Jim Carrey does in The Grinch] I think it might have been Matthew Perry (hands down the best Friends character) that caused us to start watching but after the first episode that wasn't an issue at all. All the characters are great. The cast is great. It's all great. Aaron Sorkin sure can hire people to write good! :D I've read criticism that the show may not be renewed because the higher-educated audience watching isn't large enough. What does that say people? Do we want to be labeled as a stupid viewing market? I say NO! Watch more Studio 60! :)
  • Tuesday nights are the reason we ended up getting a DVR box. First there's the aforementioned Gilmore Girls. I've been watching since the very first episode. Seasons 1-5 I own - because I like(d) it so much. It's still good. Not loving it as much this season since ASP quit and left us hanging as to what the last lines between Lorilei and Rory will be. Lorilei married?!! And what is with Christopher being a stand-up guy?
  • Also on Tuesday is Dancing With The Stars. (Season 4 starts on March 19!) As an opponent of reality TV this is the one exception. I watch for the dancing, obvi, not the judges silliness, and not the sob stories that they tell before each couple performs. In fact the professional exhibitions are the best part of the whole show. Those and Tom Bergeron. :)
  • Rounding out the Tuesday evening is Law & Order:Special Victims Unit. A little forced these they're trying to hard to have a "shocking, surprise" ending but the character stories are fascinating. I like seeing "Fin's" son every now and then. B.D.Wong is so cute! (Can you see him as Linus on stage? Check this out.) Richard has the driest humor ever seen, it's like he's British or something! I still REALLY want Elliot to work things out with Kathy, but that doesn't seem like it's gonna happen. Totally love Mariska!
  • Wednesday is a bit of a break after Tuesday's madness - with only Knights of Prosperity and the results show for DWTS. KoP is such a silly show, but the actors do a good job of making it not stupid. It's hard to explain...The celebrity cameos are fun too.
  • Thursday starts up with The O.C. (our only Fox show) and I can't believe they're cancelling it!! After all the drama of Seasons 2 and 3 they finally write a funny show again (Season 1 was hilarious!) and then it gets cancelled. There ain't no justice. Again, we started watching it for Adam Brody who left Gilmore Girls for the O.C. and we stayed to see how it would go. We're still here so it must have had something going for it...I've always been a Peter Gallagher fan, and I'm loving Rachel Bilson and Autumn Reeser both.
  • Then there's the staple of all prime time television: E.R. This show has been on forever but it's still hanging in there. Kinda sad with Laura Innes moving to directing, and what is up with Pratt? Will Mekhi Phifer be back or is he leaving the show too? Love Maura Tierney. And Goran Visnjic has always been my favorite guy on this show.
  • Friday night has/had our last regularly scheduled show: Battlestar Galactica. Not only are they making me wait FOREVER (Feb. 11th) for the return, they're ALSO changing the night. So Fridays will be free and there will be one more show on Sundays. It was not my decision to watch this show, but I'm hooked and can't miss an episode. Baltar is soooooooo icky but you kinda feel for the guy once in a while which I guess is the genius of James Callis. I used to like Apollo and Starbuck but now that they're committing adultery I don't know...Love Edward James Olmos!
  • Saturdays have USC Football as long as that runs and then I actually DO stuff on the weekend!

Wow, that's a lot of time we used to spend in front of the wonder my DVR is 78% full. But I can't stop watching them [whiny singsong voice] they're so good. :)

This is me loving the boob tube!

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