Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Last year as a last resort I dressed up as butterfly, only because Katherine had both the wings and antennae that she let me borrow. Oh, and come to think of it, I was also a witch (at a different party). So, yeah. I think I need something new.
When I was a kid, my favorite thing to dress up as was a gypsy. This was mainly because it meant I got to wear a lot of jewelry - including dangly clip on earrings - and a lot of Wet and Wild makeup.
Once I was old enough to wear make up on days other than Halloween, I got slightly more creative. One year I was a devil disguised as an angel (an angel costume with a devil tail in the back). I stole that idea from a list I found online so I can't take credit for it. Another time, when I had a job working with migrant students, I was La Llorona which was pretty good. But I've been in a rut for a couple years now.
Halloween is only a couple days away so I need a costume idea stat! Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Don't watch this one alone. In fact, you might want to have a group of friends spend the night (with all the lights on) after watching this. It's way scary. If you think it's going to be too scary for you, invite a certain friend over - you know, the friend who makes wise cracks all throughout a movie, like, "Ooooh, I'm sooo scared!" in a sarcastic voice, or the friend who looks at things too logically ("why would a ghost do that!? I mean, come on!"). It'll help with the tension.
*Some people have asked me if the new Angelina Jolie movie titled Changeling is a remake of the original. The answer is: definitely no! It's something totally different. Glad we cleared that up.
The Skeleton Key
So spooky!! I first saw this movie in the theater with my cousin Polly and every time something scary happened, we'd grab each other and scream. It's about voodoo and takes place in and around New Orleans. If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend it. It's pretty scary though so don't say I didn't warn you.
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
A classic. This one transports you back to your childhood. I put a link to it on the title - you should check it out. As soon as you start watching it and you hear that Charlie Brown theme music, you'll find yourself playing air piano (I wouldn't do that, but you would), and wondering why everyone was always so mean to poor Charlie Brown! But this movie is great because it takes you back to your childhood, which was when Halloween was the most fun, right?
Another good non-scary Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus. This one is fun, and I usually try to watch it every year. Check it out if you're in a house with kids! (Or if you're a kid at heart.) Also does anyone else remember the Disney movies Mr. Boogedy and Bride of Boogedy? I loved these movies when I was a kid but I don't think they are sold on DVD. Sad.
So, for now those are my top picks. I hope you enjoy some scary movies this week. If you have a favorite medium level scary movie you recommend, let me know! And if the movies I recommended scare you so bad you have to sleep with the lights on, don't say I didn't warn you.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
After high school it was years before I played the game again. Then one day, my friend Kristin and I were hanging out at our friend Jimmy's apartment when someone suggested we play Dr. Mario. Well, after just one night of playing, we became addicted. But since we couldn't be at Jimmy's all the time, Kristin bought the game, found an old Nintendo and started holding tournaments at her house. That summer we probably clocked about 1000 hours of Dr. Mario. We had four controllers so we'd invite friends over for tournaments, but mock their inferior skills. Most of the time the players who rotated in and out of the game were: Kristin, Abram, Garrett, Jimmy, Katherine, Brandi, and me.
Even though we weren't actually looking at each other (focused on the game!), we grew very close playing Dr. Mario. After staring at those pills long enough, we'd just start opening up about our lives. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was through playing Dr. Mario that Kristin and Abram fell in love (they are now married).
Well, that was years ago. Someone broke Dr. Mario (I'm pretty sure it was Abram, who was sick of feeling inferior, although I have no way of proving this). So after going through some intense withdrawal, we moved on with our lives.
Recently, Dr. Mario came back into my life. It was at Brian's movie night. Katherine suggested that I play but I was reluctant at first. I mean, I'd moved on with my life and maybe I wasn't good anymore. Turns out playing Dr. Mario is like riding a bike and I had no problem dominating that night (I'm sorry, playing this game makes me really sassy).
Then I found out my friend Emily has the game so we started playing too. She has greatly improved in the last couple weeks in skill, trash talk, and passion for the game (even throwing herself on the ground last night after losing). Even though I trash talk her like crazy, I think our friendship has grown stronger.
And this past weekend, I was able to play against one of my former opponents, Jimmy. He was in town for the weekend and invited some friends over to play games. Apparently his memory is bad because for some reason he thought he could beat me at Dr. Mario. Wrong! He claimed exhaustion from running a marathon that day, but pullease. Yes, he could barely move his body, but his fingers were still nimble.
As you can see, this game brings out my evil side. Usually the whole room ends up rooting against me, cheering for whoever my opponent is. But, you know, I guess it's always lonely at the top. It's just Dr. Mario and me.
We were told to watch this today at work and it's pretty amusing. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did. It's informative and entertaining! And the acting will leave you speechless. (What's up with the guy in the gym!?) Enjoy.
Monday, October 20, 2008
This breathtaking clock was generously left on my desk a few months ago. I tried regifting it to Kathy and Justin over the months that followed, but it always ended up back on my desk. Eventually I just accepted that it was mine for keeps and positioned it so it's facing Kathy all day. Trust me, the look on her face says it all. She loves it.
But we've enjoyed its beauty long enough and decided that it might be time to find a new home for this gorgeous clock. So today Kathy posted it on craigslist with this description:
Take a safari ride back through time with this ceramic masterpiece. Feel the wind rush through your hair as you bump through the Serengati in your Jeep. This work of art is perfect for your new nursery or centered on the mantle in the family room. You can watch your newborn's eyes light up as they check the time. Or have a great conversation starter piece for those uncomfortable dinner parties. Either way, you can't lose. Monkey pendulum swings with ease, and the color palate makes this beautiful piece versatile for any decor. Made in China- sticker insignia still in tact to prove authenticity. (batteries not included.) Asking $125 OBO. (Will accept trade for Snickers)
Keep in mind that this is a total joke, and we wouldn't accept any real money for it (not that we'd be offered any). But... we'd definitely trade it for some Snickers.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Me: "What about a peanut butter and cheese sandwich!?"
Justin: "I'd try it."
Me: "Well guess what? You're getting one for lunch this week."
Justin: "I can't wait."
Kathy: "I'm going to throw up in my mouth."
Me to Justin: "What about cheesy brownies!?"
You guys, I had to do it. I had to call his bluff. I mean, brownies with cheese? Justin tried to convince us that other countries think chocolate and cheese are delicious together by sending us this link to a product eaten in Asia. It looks like Kraft singles, but it's chocolate cheese.
In discussing this topic with other people, I've discovered that people have some strange ideas about what cheese tastes good with. My mom loves cheese with her apple pie, for instance. And imagine my surprise when I was hanging out with a few friends last night talking what mixes with cheese, and Shauri told me that she grew up eating cheese and peanut butter sandwiches. She claims they're delicious. I guess I have a lot to learn about what cheese mixes with.
Ok, we ate the brownie. Yes, WE. I asked Justin, right before he took the first bite, if he was nervous. He paused and said, "No....not nervous. Maybe a little anxious." Then he dug in. He said it wasn't bad, and that the texture was interesting. So, I caved. I had to know. So I ate a tiny bite. Then another. To be honest, you couldn't taste the cheese. Justin pointed out that it could have just as easily been coconut, and he's right. Maybe next time, I'll try it with Velveeta. And in case you were wondering, Justin ate the whole thing (minus my bite).
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This article raises a very good point about another sort of competition the two candidates should go through to really got both our attention and our approval. (Link)
I found this funny article from last week's debate describing a "debate watch game." It has a list of words and phrases to look for, and includes bonus questions. So I'm going to make up my own bonus questions for this one:
3. How many times will we hear the word "economy" tonight? (I'm counting on this one being high, and I might lose track about half way through because of the sugar. So, I'm going to leave the counting to you guys.)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
This week, a coworker brought in a big tray of Jelly Bellys and to my great surprise, the popcorn flavored ones were the first to go! What?! This makes no sense to me.
Am I the only person out there who doesn't like this flavor? And why do the people who like it feel so passionately about it?
This isn't the first time I've seen this kind of food passion though and all the emotions that go with it. But really, I shouldn't be too judgmental about these popcorn Jelly Belly lovers, because I too have questioned friendships over food tastes. It happened in high school when I found out a so-called friend of mine didn't like pizza (pizza!!). I remember looking at him like I was seeing him for the first time. I think my response was something like, "Have you tried different pizza restaurants? Have you tried thin crust? What about deep dish!? Have you tried it with pepperoni? What about plain? Do you not like cheese!? I don't understand!!"
Why do we take it so personally when our friends don't like the same foods as us? Just today at work, Kathy said to me in a shocked voice, "Elizabeth, did you know that Justin doesn't like Milky Ways!?" But it was turned around on her later when Justin and I expressed our shock at her love of black licorice. We're still friends, but I think things are strained. ;) If you have any similar experiences, I'd love to hear them.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
But for those of you who, like me, aren't able to stay at home and get in some R & R today, here's something you can do to take your mind off it. Try to use three words from this list of endangered words today. Personally, I've never heard of any of these words before (have you?), but I don't like the idea of getting rid of words. Together we can try to save them from extinction! I've been trying to figure out how to use them myself. Here are a few sample sentences:
I was really embrangled this morning when my alarm went off and it was still dark out.
Ew, something is very olid in here today.
I heard a skirr outside my window and thought it was a bird, but it turned out to be a ghost.
That last one had a twist, huh? Let me know what you come up with. I haven't been able to figure out how to use a few of them - like muliebrity and fubsy. Actually, those are two I wouldn't mind seeing go extinct.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Even though it's a different kind of debate tonight, it's still a debate and to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to decorate sugar cookies with themes from the election (one of them is pictured above). I gave one to my friend Justin today at work to eat during the debate tonight, but the cookie didn't make it through the work day (not that I blame him, I had one for breakfast). He said that it did make him feel more patriotic though. Hopefully he'll think of that cookie during the debate tonight.
If the cookie isn't enough to make the debate more exciting, I have another idea: I'm going to count how many times the words "fundamental," "maverick," and "economy" are said tonight. All right, time to concentrate. Enjoy the debate, friends! (Or "my friends" as McCain said about 100 times tonight.)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I spent a good amount of time yesterday looking through the pumpkin carving pattern book that came with the pumpkin carving kit. Each pattern was rated for difficulty - one pumpkin meant it was easy, four pumpkins meant it was very hard. Since I'm a beginner, I went with an easy design - the "one pumpkin in difficulty" skull.
After I carved the eye patch and part of the other eye, I started to get cocky. "This is so much easier than I remember!" I thought to myself. I started carving faster, haphazardly even. That's when it happened. I cut my thumb. It stung immediately and I didn't want to look at it for fear of how badly I had cut it. When I finally glanced down, I saw that it really wasn't too bad thank goodness. But it had shaken my confidence. After washing it, putting a bandaide on it, and feeling sorry for myself for a minute, I got back to work. This time slower and less trusting of the supposedly "kid friendly" knife (turns out nowhere on the packaging does it say "kid friendly" but for some reason I thought it did... not that I was getting ready to sue or anything).
After working on the pumpkin a bit longer, it was finished. And I have to say, it looked pretty darn good. I think I'm on my way to that best pumpkin ever! That is, if I have the courage to carve another one.