| War, Inc., Friday Five (TV!) and Fitness/Workout
||[May. 16th, 2008|11:31 am]
Article about War, Inc.
Today’s thefridayfive is TV Time!
1. What's your favourite TV network?
CBS because it has The Amazing Race. I also watch some FOX shows and some Travel Channel, Bravo and VH-1 shows.
2. If you could create your own channel, what would it be?
It would look different almost every day depending on my mood, but there would be a lot of Anthony Bourdain, Top Chef, Project Runway, American Idol and Amazing Race. There would be exactly two scripted shows – I would pick up Moonlight since CBS dropped it, and I’d steal Dirty Sexy Money from (I think) ABC. Those are the only two scripted shows I have any interest in at all anymore. There would also be occasional music videos, random funny stuff, and of course lots and lots of John Cusack movies.
3. What TV show did you watch as a child, that you wish they would bring back?
As much as I loved Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart, I’d vote for Carol Burnett’s show if we could make her immortal. Or maybe Battle of the Network Stars in all its cheesey glory.
4. What show have you always hated, and wonder why they ever made such a dumb show?
One show? Seriously? Because there are so many! Everybody Loves Raymond tops the list for me, though. Followed by that Tim Allen awfulness.
5. What TV show's seasons would you buy on DVD?
I have a lot of TV shows on DVD already:
I own all seasons of BTVS, Twin Peaks, SportsNight, Blackadder, Speed Racer, and Rumpole of the Bailey. I have most of Ab Fab, 2 or 3 seasons of Smallville, 2 seasons of QaF US, 1 season + (?? can’t remember) of QaF UK, 2 seasons (or maybe 3?) of the Geraldine McEwan Miss Marples, 2 seasons of Hart to Hart (I want more!!!) I think I have 2 seasons of CSI. And I can’t remember if I own 1 or 2 seasons of Jonny Quest (the original, not the new imposter Jonny Quest). I also own 1 season each of X-Files, Starsky & Hutch, Heroes, and 24.
I would like to have the rest of Hart to Hart and Fawlty Towers, and almost everything ever shown on Mystery on PBS. And as a guilty pleasure, I kind of want all of Murder She Wrote and Columbo, even though they are both so predictable, especially by today’s TV mystery standards.
I am really sore today. I felt like I hardly worked out at all last night, but apparently I did more than I thought!
| Last Week's Friday Five, Good Things!, Movies
||[May. 12th, 2008|11:36 am]
(This is a combination of what I was going to post on Friday but ran out of time for and today’s post.)
My horoscope on Friday was trying to warn me away from this:
There is a fanciful frenzy that is trying to lure you in to its madness. ... If it doesn't have real meaning for you, don't waste your time.
I don’t know, horoscope. That sounds like a fun time to me, especially since it’s Friday and fanciful frenzies can have a great deal of meaning for me. I think my horoscope writer is anti-Discordian.
( My Friday Five Answers were kind of long )
Today is my weekly weigh-in and I always feel nervous and stressed out before it, because what if I haven’t lost any weight, or have lost less than I feel I should have. I know that’s not a good way of thinking and that some weeks I won’t see the number on the scale go down, even though I’ve done all the right things. So to help me stay motivated and not stress out over the numbers, I’m going to try doing something new on Mondays. In addition to weighing, I’m going to remind myself of how my life is better this week since I started eating healthier food and getting some exercise.
( Good Things )
( The Laws of Attraction )
( Chak De! India )
I hope everyone who celebrates it had a lovely Mother’s Day.
| Trainer/Gym, Movies, USA Film Festival, Dog Furniture, Friday Five
||[Apr. 25th, 2008|11:12 am]
Our meeting with a trainer last night was a huge waste of time. I’m still angry about it this morning. The first part of it, where he got our measurements and calculated our bmi using calipers was fine. But he didn’t share the information with us (except the bmi, mine was a tiny bit lower than I thought it was). Then he babbled at us for approximately an hour. It was basically his sales schpiel. I just really didn’t need that. I understand they don’t want to give away a real training session for free, but I’d rather buy an hour of his time that amounted to something substantive than be babbled at for an hour. And at the end he refused to quote us any prices. I felt like I was on a used car lot. Not good. Not good at all. When the second trainer calls, (the one who’s more likely to do any actual training) I’m just going to tell him up front he needs to start out quoting me a price or hang up the phone. My dad taught me to walk off car lots when salesmen treat me this way and I can do that with a gym, as well.
In more fun weekend news:
The USA Film Festival has a salute to Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Saturday with creator Joel Hodgson and MST3K vets Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Kevin Murphy, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein reuniting for a special clip presentation (created exclusively for the USA Film Festival) and panel discussion. I probably won’t go, but boy is it tempting.
Also, there’s a lovely little wankfest in the comments to Pegasus News’s review of Expelled (which also opens at and has a panel at the USA Film Festival). Not that wank there is surprising. It’s a movie (like some of Michael Moore’s) designed to create wank.
And finally, if you’ve been asking yourself, “What if my dog is not spoiled enough? ... Tuesday Morning provides the answer.
1. Whats harder to live without, chocolate or alcohol?
I suppose that depends on whether or not you’re an alcoholic. I’m not addicted to either. My problem is more with sugar and fat-drenched starchy carbs.
2. Does the colour yellow remind you of anything?
a) That creepy short story about the wall paper, and 2) a framed print I have at home. I can’t wear yellow, because it washes me out, but I don’t object to it on principle. Still, it’s not one of my favorites.
3. Who most annoyed you last week?
See above paragraph re: trainer.
4. Do you have a cutesy romantic nickname for your partner (or previous partners)?
I don’t currently have a partner, but I usually don’t do that.
5.What is your favourite Stephen King movie?
I think I’ll have to go with Stand by Me as my all time classic favorite, though I have a cheesy fondness for the original TV miniseries of Salem’s Lot (from 1979), I am still scared by The Shining and I adore 1408. There are a few recent ones, including The Mist (which short story scared me witless when I first read it) that I have on my Netflix queue.
| Friday Five, Time Change, Diet, Gyms
||[Mar. 14th, 2008|10:43 am]
1. What do you see when you are looking out of the window closest to you?
Trees, a street and an office building.
2. Who was the last person coming into your room?
The last person to walk by my desk was one of our paralegals, Rosa.
3. What is the most predominant colour around you?
A sort of yellowish light beige.
4. What is right behind you?
5. What is on today's calendar sheet?
My boss is at a mediation. I’m catching up on filing and billing, but I also have some discovery to work on and an Answer to revise. I’m taking one of my co-workers to lunch for her birthday. This evening I’m going to go to the grocery store, clean and do laundry. Tomorrow morning my computer guy is coming to put in more memory (2 more G) and update my drivers and I’m going to be trying to keep D Kitty away from the windows because the people tromping through our yard to get to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade get him all worked up.
Today, for the first time in a week, I am not stumbling around half-asleep and exhausted. I don’t feel like sparkly sunshine or anything, but I do feel not-sick and reasonably coherent. Thank goodness! I hate feeling exhausted all the time. And I hate this time change.
I have a skirt that I bought to take on my upcoming trip that didn’t really fit me. I could get it on, but I couldn’t zip it all the way and it kind of bunched up. It was obviously not wearable the last time I tried it on, two weeks ago. I tried it on last night and it zipped and fit perfectly! So it should be fine two and a half weeks from now when I leave. Also, my back and legs don’t hurt as much or as often. I am so happy to have some tangible results from the dieting I’ve been doing. It hasn’t been unbearable, but it hasn’t been easy, either. Most nights when I go to bed I do it with fairly bad hunger pains. I’m eating between 1,300 and 1,500 calories a day (usually about 1,475 or so). I like most of the food I’m eating, but I miss cheeseburgers, potato chips and such.
I’m going to have a cheeseburger for lunch today. I give myself one day off a week and since I’m taking someone to lunch I’m going to make that today instead of tomorrow. I feel a little guilty about it, even though doing it hasn’t really set me back. I’m going to spend part of today working on not feeling guilty.
I’ve also changed my goals this week. Originally I had the trip in mind and was hoping to lose enough that I hurt less at night and could wear certain clothes on this trip. I’ve met both those goals. So now I’m thinking further into the future. I’d like to have dropped at least one or two sizes by summer. At two pounds a week, I think that’s a fairly reasonable goal.
I am also going to join a gym. I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but the firm pays $50 a month towards a gym membership. I didn't know that or I would have joined one before. I'm going to start when I get back from my trip at the beginning of April. I've narrowed it down to three, which I'm going to take a look at when I get back. I think Trophy Fitness Club will probably win out unless it's too expensive. I like that yoga and pilates classes are included in the membership, I like that it's across the street from the train station, and most of all I like that it is next to and affiliated with a spa. That means I can treat myself to a massage or pedicure as a reward and even give myself a day at the spa for my next birthday. I think that will help me stay motivated to go. I am almost tempted to go on and join now, but I am trying to save money until I get back from this trip, since I have no idea how many $100s more it's going to cost me.
| Today's News, Friday 5, More News & Politics, Celebrity Apprentice, Supermodel, Top Chef (Briefly)
||[Jan. 11th, 2008|10:54 am]
Happy Friday! First, I’ll share some fun Pegasus News Items with y’all:
“Film guy John endured the on-screen Daniel Day-Lewis spittle-fest that is There Will Be Blood and survived relatively unscathed to write about it.”
And a headline:
“Celebrity Goat Milking Contest followed by Goat Creative Costume Contest
In the Cattle Arena”
I hope someone shows up dressed as Aberforth Dumbledore.
What is your favourite fruit?
What is the last book you read?
I am in the middle of reading Odd Thomas
Do you like any of your school photos?
My senior year high school choir photo was decent. But that was a long time ago. I look at them all with amusement now.
Do you ever blowdry your armpits to get the deodorant to dry quicker?
Hahahaha! I’ve never heard of such a thing!
What was the last film you watched?
Hostage, reviewed here.
Oh, Roseanne! You quit being relevant several years ago. Why are people in the entertainment industry with “Rose” as part of their name so yucky?
And a column I enjoyed a lot:
Phone-People vs E-people
I’m an E-person. My family members (especially my sister) are phone people. So this column really resonated with me. My favorite quote about phones:
“They are the electronic equivalent of a toddler, pulling at your skirt while you are in the middle of something, saying, "mommymommymommymommyNOWmommywant mommyNOW."
Another thing of note – Ms. Crittenden says that once it’s possible to order pizza online, she will likely do so. A few commenters clue her in that it’s possible to do so already. I order from Papa John’s online every once in a while myself. Mmmmm, pizza!
Last night’s TV:
( Celebrity Apprentice [Yes, I am watching. Go on and laugh, but it’s actually interesting.] )
( Make Me a Supermodel )
The ads for Top Chef Chicago are getting me really excited. W00t!
More ( Celebrity Apprentice Thoughts )
| Okay, This Is Long, But It's My Happy, Happy, Happy Friday Entry!
||[Nov. 2nd, 2007|01:19 pm]
Happy Day! There is a lot of great stuff going on today, yay!
And, okay, I admit I am squeeing like crazy over the front page of the IMDB. I’m going to see Martian Child on Saturday, so I’m really excited. I discovered this week that one of my coworkers loves John Cusack almost as much as I do and she’s going to see it with me. Wheeeee!
Cinema Blend’s fairly recent (10/22) interview
It looks like we’re going to be able to edit comments, finally!
And we get an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning!
I have a computer upgrade in the works so I should be able to play Sims2 soon! And the newer Rollercoaster Tycoon games!!!
( Features!! )
I suppose I should comment on the Lexicon wank. I am 100% pro-Jo and pro-WB on this one. Steve really should have known better than to even try this. I used to like the guy well enough on HPFGU, especially since he was one of the most pleasant, non-combative Harmoanians there, but he seems to have taken a huge turn for the worse post-HBP. That was when he quit updating the site (and I think the reasons why are obvious) and the wankiness started encroaching into his behavior, so it’s really all just part of the post-HBP wank that’s continued into the apparently endless Potterdammerung. I can’t imagine how a book version of the Lexicon could possibly be useful, considering the outdated information and wanky jossed essays that generally comprise the site now. It’s great for an attempt at a map of Diagon Alley, or if you can’t remember how to spell Wizengamot, I guess but otherwise fairly useless.
The Chicago Tribune wants you to vote on the Top 25 Worst TV Shows Ever. I can’t believe they have Beauty and the Beast on that list!
1. one place you volunteer (or would like to)? Why?
I’ve volunteered at the Dallas SPCA and I’d like to do that again. I enjoy helping care for and socialize the animals and helping find them homes.
2. one book you'd like to see made into a movie? Why?
Hmmmm. Well, my favorite book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was already made into a movie. I wouldn’t mind a remake that was truer to the book. But with the same cast, of course. ;) My second favorite set of books (HP) was also made into a series of movies and I’m fine with most of them.
There is another book I’ve always thought would make a terrific movie and I wish someone would buy the rights to it – DOWN THE COLORADO: John Wesley Powell, Diary of the First Trip through the Grand Canyon 1869. I think there was a made-for-cable movie about his life, but I can’t find it on the IMDB. I find it very strange that no one has ever attempted to make an epic movie about the man and his exploration of the American west. He’s a hugely sympathetic and even PC character, a patriot and civil war hero, and his life was full of excitement and adventure. Who ever made it would get to work with stunning scenery. Maybe family won’t sell the rights to his journal?
3. one creature (living, extinct, or mythical) you'd like for a pet? Why?
I would like a second cat because I think D Kitty needs a friend to keep him company while I’m gone during the day and I think he’d have more fun playing with another kitty than with me. Also, I have a Dracoish cat so I think I really need a Harry cat.
4. one place on Earth you'd like to visit? Why?
Everywhere. If I have to narrow it more than that, I’d choose Angkor Wat, or if I can get away with it as an answer, all of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
5. one talent or skill you'd like to develop? Why?
Only one?! Okay. Fine. I wish I could sew.
I hope y'all are having as great a day as I am. :)
| movies, Survivor, Friday Five, Fannish Five
||[Oct. 19th, 2007|12:58 pm]
I really want to see 30 Days of Night, but this review has me howling (and not at the moon) every time Ebert calls Barrow, Alaska “Barlow.”
ListVerse.Com has a list of the Top 15 Film Misquotes
( Survivor )
Name five favorite movies.
My “Movies I Love” List - recently updated.
Name four areas of interest you became interested in after you were done with your formal education.
- Southern American Folklore
- The Pacific Arena of World War I
- Tarot Cards
- Celtic Folklore, Mythology and Religion
Name three things you would change about this world.
- The absurd gulf between the Haves and Have Nots
- The way we handle/manage or rather, mismanage, our resources
Name two of your favorite childhood toys.
I also loved my Lite Brite and Easy Bake Oven and at one point I had this huge box in the backyard that I was trying to create an air conditioning system in so it could be my little house in the summer, and we also used to build homemade dollhouses and furniture out of shoe boxes and other stuff around the house and I had lots of Barbie and clothes for them and
Name one person you could be handcuffed to for a full day.
Ahahahahahahahahahahaha! No. I mean, yeah, in my fantasies and who is pretty obvious but ... no. Or maybe. Thing is, I’ve kind of done that and I’m kind of over it, ya know. But if they wanted it, I’d probably say yes.
What are the five spookiest episodes or scenes?
Erm, of what? I guess they mean of movies or TV shows but the question’s wording is a little confusing. Anyway, ( mine are )