Archive for December, 2008

17
Dec
08

Movies in my Head

So since there is officially no good TV on (I just read the Nielsen Top 10 recently, and I don’t watch *any* of those shows!), I’ve finally gotten to my movie list that I started taping last year on my TiVo. I’ve seen quite a few movies lately, and they were all pretty good!

First I saw Quantum Of Solace over Thanksgiving break. I thought it was good. I do like Daniel Craig as Bond, but I hated the actress that played (and the stupid name) Vesper, and was not happy to hear her name mentioned over and over in this current movie.

Then I saw Twilight, because I hear it’s for teenaged girls and their 40-something moms. Well, I’m not 40 yet, and I don’t have any daughters, but I still had to see it. It was kind of nice to not be the only person under 60 at the theater on a weekday. I enjoyed it, although it was a bit over the top at times, the flying and laying around and staring at the sky being the worst. I ended up buying 3 of the 4 books, but those things are *long* and I haven’t finished my 3 library books yet! I was also a bit turned off by the letter to the editor of a recent Entertainment Weekly saying that it was basically a 2 hour advertisement for teenage abstinence, which does really make sense based upon the movie, and the fact that the author went to Brigham Young University, I believe.  Anyway, I’ll start the books and then I’ll see.

At home I watched Invincible with Mark Wahlberg.  I hate sports, but apparently I enjoy sports movies! This year I watched Friday Night Lights, We are Marshall, and now Invincible.  And I have very little idea what’s actually going on in the games.  This was a good movie, about a 30 year old man who ended up being on the Philadelphia Eagles for 3 seasons.  It was pretty inspiring!

I started Love Actually, again, and my TiVo actually deleted it, while I was watching it! I was pretty upset, because it’s a good movie, with Colin Firth *and* Alan Rickman, and isn’t on again until this Saturday! Did I mention I was in the middle of it?  That pretty much sucked.

Then last weekend I finished up Speechless, a 1990s movie with Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.  It really felt ’80s to me, though, since it seemed so weird that these two were ever big box office draws.   I mean put Michael Keaton at his heyday up against any of the sex symbols of today and he almost seems like your brother or funny friend.  (By the way, did anyone believe that even in a fat suit Ryan Reynolds was “Just Friends” with his neighbor in the movie of the same name?  No, I didn’t think so.)  It was a good movie, though, full of fun political stuff that is very timely today after, what, 2 years of selecting the next president?

And just today I finished the remake of The Amityville Horror.  I never did have the nerve to watch the original, but I’ve seen many shows about the “event”, and have even been to Amityville myself (I went to college in Long Island for one year, long story…).  Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, I can see why he could get the most desired single actress on the planet to marry him.  I’ve been a fan since Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. (Yes, even before they dropped “and a pizza place” from the title!)  The movie was pretty good.  I won’t be rushing out to see another horror movie anytime soon, but it was enjoyable.

I had been planning on going to the movies this week, but OR was sick, so I had to stay at home.  I do have one afternoon alone left before Christmas break, and perfect timing, Milk just started up near me.  I hope I end up having the time to see it tomorrow, because that will be my only chance until next year.

So since I was going to the movies, I had to start up a new stockinette-heavy project to bring with me.  I bought tons of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick on Thanksgiving Day at the Michael’s sale, so I checked Ravelry for a pattern with super-bulky yarn and found a great one on the Lion Brand website.  I started it with some TQ in Charcoal, but haven’t gotten too far yet.

I have, however, finished a project in TQ and used up the 3 skeins of Rowan DK Marl that I bought years ago at an LYS that isn’t even in business anymore as a carry along yarn.  It is a very warm shawl.  I thought I might get into using shawls since they’re easy to knit and use up lots of yarn, but I feel weird wearing it.  This is kind of like a blanket, though, so I can see why it might be different than a light and lofty lace shawl, though.

*Damn, I just realized it’s in the car, so no photos today.  We’re going through a cold spell and I can’t face that 40 degree weather tonight to go out and get it! (Yes, we are wimpy here in California.)

12
Dec
08

Can’t Shape Up!

There are too many memes for me! I just found this on Jenger‘s blog:

1. Magazines subscribed to – I subscribed to a lot so I could take them to the gym, and then I never go to the gym (and they never stop coming!) Even though I’m not 40 yet, I do really like More, for the over-40 woman.  I also get Self, Glamour, Allure (so, so boring), Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone (I’m so done with this), Paste and Under the Radar.

2. Aside from knitting, my favorite past times are – baking, making music CDs for Swap-bot, watching TV.

3. If I were not a ______(insert your own profession), I would be -Well, I am technically a librarian, but since I don’t live in Qatar or New Orleans, I don’t have a library job.  So if I weren’t a librarian,  I would be a radio station personality. Ah, to restart my after-college years.

4. I am irrationally worried about – my kids’ future – are they at the right school, are they getting enough social outlets, etc. It’s so much pressure!

5. If I were the opposite sex – BR does always say he’s the “female” in the couple, so maybe I already am?

6. The thing I miss most about childhood is – Living in D.C. I didn’t appreciate it enough, especially when I was working at the Library of Congress.

7. I like to collect – Yarn, of course,  and knitting needles and patterns, also music, specifically covers of popular music.

8. Though I’ve never been there, I feel inexplicably homesick for – Scotland, although I did go there briefly as a kid.  My name is Scottish and supposedly I’m 1/4 Scottish, but we don’t have much history there.  Also, Germany, since I’m 1/4 German and BR is 1/2 German and neither of us has been there.

9. I’ve never really liked to eat – Seafood. I like to say I’m a “vegetarian” since I eat meat, but not fish, and some “vegetarians” eat fish but not meat.  Also, I’m deathly afraid of crabs.  I guess that’s an irrational fear.

10. When I have nightmares, they’re usually about – I’ve had a few about my kids getting taken, hurt or lost, but luckily they don’t occur often.

11
Dec
08

The Chipmunk Song

Christmas, or a meme I missed:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  Both! Whatever I have left over from last holiday.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, I’m too lazy to deal with a new tree every year (oh, of course it’s more “green” so that’s why I do it 😉 )

3. When do you put up the tree?  When my kids find it in the garage and force me to bring it out.

4. When do you take the tree down?  After Christmas.

5. Do you like eggnog? It’s fine, but not really.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?  One of two birthday presents: my first digital watch, or my first CD player. Ah, the ’80s.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My father

8. Easiest person to buy for?  My mother

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?  Mail, when I get around to it.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I’m sure there was something but I think I’m blanking it out.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?  Any of those claymated ones.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  Whenever I start thinking about it, probably late fall.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Absolutely!

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Entenmann’s Stollen (but only Entenmann’s, which of course they don’t sell on the West Coast), and christmas cookies

16. Lights on the tree? I’ve got to find them, but yes.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Santa, Baby or “Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus” not sure of the real title

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home. Everyone’s either local or way too far away to visit.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? Yes

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Eve: it’s my husband’s family thing

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The huge waste of electricity for those lights and blow up things on people’s lawns.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?   red!

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Steak!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Well, besides a tummy tuck and trip to Vegas since we can’t afford it for my “big” birthday in March, definitely the health and happiness of everyone.  (And I’m also getting a trip to Portland! If I can get it for free with airline miles).

Anyone else?

10
Dec
08

Whatever you Like

I love this new Weird Al Yankovic song, “Whatever You Like,” a parody of T.I.’s song of the same name, only in T.I.’s song his girl can have anything expensive she wants, and in the Weird Al version his girl can have anything *in*expensive she wants. Hilarious.

I guess “helping” someone destash on Ravelry is my version of getting whatever I like, usually discounted! Here is my latest addition to my stash closet:

It’s 3 skeins of Artfibers Diva in a very nice red. Now to figure out what to do with it? I’ve been interested in Jane Thornley’s Feather and Fan set, so maybe that will become part of it when I can justify the $10-20 per pattern (boy, can I be that cheap? I’m sure it’s worth it).

Recently I also did some great trades. I traded 3 sock yarn skeins, one Malabrigo and one other I can’t think of, and recieved 8 skeins of Knitting Fever Angora Extra. Nice for me, but I ended up with *more* yarn! 😉

02
Dec
08

More, More, More

I just found this on Zonda’s blog, so why not …

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I don’t think so. My former middle name was my mom’s middle name, but she kept it at marriage, and I didn’t.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
I can’t remember, which is a first for me.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
sometimes

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
b-o-l-o-g-n-a

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
3 boys under 8

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
I like to think so. I’m negative sometimes but I try hard not to be 🙂

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
When I’m trying to be “funny”.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Not at all.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Hmmm. I like quite a few, so maybe Frosted Mini Wheats?

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
no

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yes

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Coffee Heath Bar Crunch. I wish Ben & Jerry’s sold it in their stores so I could just get a scoop, though. 2nd choice – Starbucks Java Chip

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Eyes

15. RED OR PINK?
Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
my height

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Armando

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO DO THIS?
Of course!

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
black, natch

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
vegetarian chili, even though I’m not a vegetarian.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The 11 o’clock news

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
black

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
chocolate, coffee and cinnamon

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
my mother

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
Of course!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
None…

27. HAIR COLOR?
red with blonde roots 😉

28. EYE COLOR?
blue

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
no

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
pepperoni pizza

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
happy endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
27 Dresses

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
black

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Spring?

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
chocolate cake, brownies, cookies, that kind of thing

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
not sure

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
not sure

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Television Disrupted by Shelly Palmer

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
that is so 20th century!

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
Skins, True Blood (catching up on my taped TiVo shows)

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
music

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Stones, I guess, since I abhor the Beatles.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Prague

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
knowing very little of many foreign languages

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Palo Alto, California

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?
everyone’s




Elspeth

is a knitter, librarian and pop culture enthusiast in the San Francisco Peninsula. Email me at emmckee@rocketmail

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