Saturday, February 28, 2004

Jesus Is Lord!

We saw The Passion Of The Christ. It was amazing. The theatre was packed, and everyone was silent throughout the movie, and exiting. I'll post more about it tomorrow. I would totally encourage people to see it, and as for taking children, I wouldn't take anyone under 16.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Video Killed Nobody
I had a great lunch date today with Shannon (and her cutie-pie daughter Kaylynn). I was thinking today about my Top Five Favorite Music Videos.
1. Everlong (Foo Fighters) - It's really funny to me.
2. Weapon Of Choice (Fatboy Slim) - Christopher Walken dancing? Come on, that's awesome.
3. Don't Come Around Here No More (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) - Alice In Wonderland theme, Tom as the Mad Hatter.
4. Sabatoge (Beastie Boys) - I love everything about this video.
5. (tie) Just & High And Dry (Radiohead) - I am referring to the High And Dry video with the "tasty time-bomb fries". There are two versions of the video.

Honorable mentions go out to
Barenaked Ladies' Enid & Too Little Too Late,
The Odds' Heterosexual Man & Make You Mad,
Daft Punk's Around The World, and
The Darkness' I Believe In A Thing Called Love.
You can see I'm a fan of Spike Jonze & Michael Gondry. I know I listed Barenaked Ladies in the honorable mention section, and frankly I love most of their videos. Two Christmas' ago my dad bought me Barelaked Nadies, which is a collection of their videos. It's hilarious, and you should watch the commentaries along with the videos. Very enjoyable. But back to my point, there are a lot of great videos, how do you narrow it down?

No big plans for the weekend. We may go to Peet's to pick up some more tea, and of course regular weekend chores. We found a kitty-sitter for our trip, and I made the packing list. We may go see Passion tomorrow, or we may go on Wednesday with some friends from church. We'll see.

I made peanut butter cookies yesterday for Geoff. They were really good. I may have the hang of this baking thing. :)

I'll end with a quote from Armageddon. I liked the movie, I thought it was good. It was the first DVD we bought once we bought the player. It was a dual pack, Armageddon & The Rock.

Oscar: The thing that really gets me is people who think that Jethro Tull is just a person in a band.
Dr. Banks: Who's Jethro Tull?

Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Worst There Ever Was?
It's no surprise to those who know me well, that I like President Bush. It doesn't take much for me to not like someone, just ignorance, hatred, and overwhelming self-centeredness. I don't hate anyone, as it is something God asks of me, but I can say I come close with some people. Those are the people I grit my teeth and say "Bless them Lord".

So Rosie O'Donnell got married, and shared these words beforehand: "I think the actions of the President are, in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president".

*The* most vile and hateful words ever spoken? Wow! That's pretty harsh. I sure would love the celebrity-fame to go on tv and say I think the crap that comes out of Michael Moore's mouth are "the most vile & hateful words ever spoken". I think the guy is a tool.

I think same sex couples should be able to have a legal union, but it's not marriage. God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman. Give it another name. I hold nothing against homosexuals, a dear friend of mine is a homosexual. He and his partner are two of the nicest people I've met. What I love about him, is he respects my opinion and my faith. Sadly, most people who claim to be open-minded, are not.
Afternoons & Coffeespoons

Everyone I know who has seen The Passion Of The Christ has said it was amazing, and could not make it through the movie without crying. Regarding the question about children being taken to see it, my friend Shannon says she heard it compared to taking your children to an execution. Would you take your kids to that? So I guess use your judgment.

My lunch date got moved to tomorrow. And we will be going to Chick-Fil-A. Yay!

Scrubs on Tuesday night was really, really good. At the end of the episode I felt like I'd been punched in the stomach. It was very well done. Great acting all around (except Tara Reid, who I don't care for). I really hope TPTB consider releasing it on DVD. I would totally buy it, and Geoff would especially if they sold it as a series box set. He hates when they break it up per season to milk money out of you. That's the chief reason he bought me Sports Night (and because it's a great show).

I changed the comments provider, because I wanted to be able to delete comments if I had to. I hope it works out. We better enjoy the spring weather while we can. The rain in California is heading our way, and will be snow this weekend. :(

I'll close with a quote from Kids In The Hall.

Filipino kid: You are American?
Tourist: No, I'm a Canadian. It's like an American, but without the gun.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

I Love Peet's
I had a great walk to Peet's. The weather was fabulous, and I had a fully charged iPod. I decided to break out of my box and try a new tea, Assam Golden Tip. I brought my How To Be A Canadian book, and was crying with laughter. I really love this book, and think everyone should read it. After I departed Peet's, I went into Sears and bought two cute shirts for...(wait for it) $3 total! can I find a bargain or what?! :)

The walk gave me time to thank God for the blessings, and bring to Him the people I've had on my heart. Also to process how I've been feeling about my dad. The last few days I have been thinking about him, and replaying those last days in my mind. I'm trying to let go of the anger I feel towards things that were said (or not said). What brought this on today was the free time as well as hearing "The Same Old Song" by the Temptations on the radio.

Thursday I will have lunch with the ladies in my couples group. I'm very excited, and I'm hoping to sway them into going to Chick-Fil-A. I hope to get some photos organized for scrapbooking this weekend, and to work on a packing list for Edmonton.

Well, Scrubs is almost on, so I have to go.
iPod Random Fun
This *is* fun!

You're Everywhere - Third Day
Morning Bell - Radiohead
Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
It's Raining Men - Weather Girls
Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band
She-La - 54-40
Cherish - Madonna
Every Morning - Sugar Ray
Song 2 - Blur
This Night - Billy Joel
The World I Know - Collective Soul
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Babe - Styx
Sullivan Street - Counting Crows

It's a beautiful day, I'm going to walk over to Peet's and have some tea after lunch. I hope you all are having a good day. I am looking at possibly making my own template for my blog. I got some instructions, I just have to figure it out. Maybe sometime next week, I'll get that.

Closing quotes are from Bedazzled.

Elliot Richards: Ah... well, you go out there and you give a 110%, and you wanna play good, and... you know... you hope you play good ... I think we played pretty good tonight!
Swimming by the sandy shore
Dancing up among the waves
Dolphin, dolphin I adore
Everything you are
You're so much more than a fish to me
My playful friend beneath the sea

Monday, February 23, 2004

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Had a good day at the museum. I also got a few nice emails today. It's nice to be thought of. It a beautiful day out, and I hope it will be again tomorrow. I got a few books out of the library last week that I hope to tackle this week. I also hope to get together with some of the girls in our church small group.

Didn't do too much this weekend. The calm before the storm (the trip to Edmonton). I dread leaving the kitty, but more than that I feel a little stressed about it all. I am trying to not think about it, and adopt the idea that some people will be disappointed by not having dinner with us. There are only so many nights in a week. It wouldn't be so bad if people came down here to visit, but if I had to put money on anyone visiting, it would be Heather. My mom hopes to come in the fall (as do the in-laws), which would be good. Colin & Dawn hope to visit next summer, which would be ideal, especially if they have a baby to visit.

Johnny Depp won best actor at the SAG Awards! I did not see that coming. I didn't really watch, I just flipped to it once in a while. Was thrilled that Tony Shalhoub won for Best Actor (Monk), and the cast of ROTK won for Best Ensemble Film Acting.

I guess that's all I have to say. We've been watching season three of Family Guy, so I'll close with some quotes from this show.

Peter Griffin: NOOOOOO. Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids. Damn longears, trying to take Easter away from Jesus.
Chris Griffin: Where do you think you go when you die?
Southern boy: I learned from church that if you're good you go to heaven but if you're bad, you go to a place where the dead believe they're still living and they pray for death but death won't come.
Chris Griffin: UPN?
Peter Griffin: We love the Bible in this house.
Francis Griffin: Really. What's your favorite book of the Bible?
Peter Griffin: Uhhhhh... the book where Jesus swallows the puzzle piece and the man in the yellow hat has to take him to the hospital.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

iPod People

Today, I bought Geoff an iPod Mini. He's very happy (shock). It's pretty cute. But we've been talking about it for a week. His is the silver one. I've had mine for 9 months, and it's not a mini. All our computer stuff is named after Spongebob stuff. My computer is Plankton, Geoff's laptop Squidward, my iPod is Pearl, his is Squilliam, and the wireless network is Bikini Bottom. Gary is our car. Yeah, we are a little weird.

It was a pretty nice day, though it's raining now. The last few days it's become more and more apparent that I don't have enough time to see everyone in Edmonton. A week isn't enough especially if you lose Friday & Saturday night. I really wish I could have another visit, one that didn't involve responsibility for being places. A laid back trip, but I doubt it will be this year. Maybe next year. There are already too many trips this year, and they all take place before August!

Oh, an update on the Pepsi/iTunes contest. On Tuesday, I picked up a bottle at Target & won! It wasn't hard, I just flipped the bottle to read the inside of the cap. They don't hide it, so why waste a dollar on a bottle that doesn't let me win. Geoff wanted to get in on the fun, so we bought two Sierra Mists at Safeway. We had to look at nearly 10 bottles. I spent my first free song buying Erasure's Chains Of Love. I'm saving my second win. I'm torn between Grazing In The Grass (Friends of Distinction), Virtual Insanity (Jamiroquai), Banditos (Refreshments), or some other song I haven't found yet. I'm still working on getting Geoff to set up an allowance for me on iTunes (which they do. How cool is that?!).

Here are my Top Five Worst Movies. Now these are movies I've had the displeasure of seeing, not movies that I'm sure will suck but haven't seen.
1. Lair Of The White Worm (Kyle's fault)
2. Eating Raoul (Also Kyle's fault)
3. Army Of Darkness (I realize a lot of people like it, but I hated it!)
4. Lightning Jack (saw it in the $1 theatre, and it was a waste of a $1)
5. Nothing But Trouble
Honorable mentions go out to Enemy Mine, The Last Supper (sorry Jason & Geoff. Karen would side with me), Election, and Tim Burton's Planet Of The Apes.

I'd be interested to hear what your list looks like, so email it or posted it in the comments under this post. I'm going to close with a quote from Red Dwarf. I have a feeling that season 3 & 4 on DVD may be coming my way.

Kryten: Sir? May I recommend I load myself into the reverse-thrust tubes and you use my body as decoy-fodder? This will, of course leave me splattered across deep space and unable to complete today's laundry, for which I apologize in advance.
Rimmer: Kryten, stop your blathering and get in the damn tube.
Lister: Kryten, sit down. I'm not doing me own smeggin' ironing.
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Friday, February 20, 2004

Random Button Fun
Here's a fun one:
1. Open your MP3 player
2. Put all your music on random play
3. Write down the first fifteen, no matter how embarrassing.

Karen Kamon "Manhunt" (Flashdance soundtrack)
Creed "Ode" (My Own Prison)
Sloan "Penpals" (Twice Removed)
Barenaked Ladies "If I Had A $1000000" (Gordon)
Toad The Wet Sprocket "Crazy Life" (Coil)
The Watchmen "He's Gone" (Silent Radar)
Barenaked Ladies "War On Drugs" (Everything To Everyone)
The Cast Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer "What You Feel" (Once More, With Feeling)
The Beatles "You Can't Do That" (A Hard Day's Night)
BoDeans "Closer To Free" (Party Of Five Soundtrack)
ApologetiX "Babylona" (Keep The Change)
The Blues Brothers "Jailhouse Rock" (Blues Brothers Soundtrack)
Melissa Etheridge "Ain't It Heavy" (Never Enough)
Josh Groban "Never Let Go" (Closer)
Mars Hill "Mr. Moresby" (Mars Hill)

Okay some of that is a little embarrassing. You can see how well my shuffle button works.

There was a light rain all day yesterday, and this morning, we woke to snow & ice. Any plans I had to drive today are out the window. I may walk to Cherry Creek Mall today, if I think I'll be warm enough. Other than that, my plans are to write some letters, watch some DVDs, and check my email way too many times. :)

I'll close with two quotes from Orange County. I thought it was a great movie, Colin Hanks & Jack Black are awesome.

Lance: Dude, I never went to college and check me out. I'm kick ass!
Lance: It was, it was a total electrical fire, it as like a the switches had sparks comin' out and the sockets an a... it was like the fourth of July man.
Firefighter: Why aren't you wearin' your pants Joe?
Lance: I tripped and and then I had to take them off to run faster out of the flames.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Coral Reef Adventure

We saw the new IMAX movie Coral Reef Adventure last night. It was really good. It made Geoff pine for the ocean though. It wasn't as busy as I expected at the museum last night for members night. We pretty much had all of Space Odyssey to ourselves. It was so beautiful here yesterday, I was able to walk around in just a t-shirt. And I had no hassles at the bank depositing a Canadian cheque. Usually it's a long process, as they don't know what to do. But I called in advance to make sure there would be someone who knew what they were doing.

I had the strangest dreams last night. First let me say, I almost always remember what I dream, though I never remember how they start, I can sometimes remember how they end. Okay the first dream I was part of a security guard team at a school. And John Cusack was one too, and I think he was kinda sweet on me. But I didn't have time to ask him about it because there was a Code 4. We meant that an animal had gotten out of it's cage. Yeah, there was a zoo at the school (don't ask). So I'm yelling in my walkie-talkie clear that area. I get to the scene, and the Yeti has jumped over his cage, and is in the wolf habitat. Seems that the wolf stole the Yeti's baby, and now they are fighting. So I enter the habitat to try to find where the wolf hid the baby. And try not to get killed. I'm climbing all over rocks and stuff. It ends at some point, but I think I may have been successful.

Next dream, I'm on a school bus, heading out on a school trip. An end of the year celebration, and we're going to an amusement park. It kind of looks like Six Flags. The bus isn't very full, and everyone seems to have musical instruments. The guy in the seat in front of me has a recorder. We get the park, and we file right into a line for a roller coaster. I claim I've been on it before and it's scary, but I like the feeling of being scared. I sit in the car, and the next person in line may or may not have been this guy Aaron I knew in grade nine. He looked like him, I think. Anyways, he moves to the next seat, and I ask "aren't you going to sit with me?" He says no, he wants to sit with his friend. But I tell him he has to sit with me because this ride scares me, and I can't ride alone. So he sits with me. The ride starts, and now there must be two of me, because I'm on the platform watching the roller coaster go. I tell the people on the platform, "if you listen, you can hear me screaming". I see the coaster go upside down, and I know I must be freaking out, because I hate rides that go upside down. Once it had finished one lap, it stops to let me off because I won't stop screaming. I walk towards myself, and one of us is saying something I always say "I don't go on rides where the floor drops and I'm stuck against a wall, if it goes too fast, or if it goes upside down."

Now I'm in a different part of the park, and everyone wants to go on some ride that looks dumb to me. So I pass. Then I come across a skit of sorts going on. They want me to play along, and I have to solve some mystery. They keep following me, until I solve it, and then I ditch them. I'm walking, and I look beside me to see Dave Glasel walking with me. I ask him what we should do. He says let's get a deck of cards and play. I tell him "we haven't played cards together since..." and I'm trying to recall, but it seems forever ago. I wake up, and the alarm is going to go off in a minute.

I don't really give much thought as to why I dream what I do. I find most of the time, like last night, it's jibberish.

Dr. Wong: Lloyd, what do you think about the dream?
Lloyd: I think she should stop telling it at dinner parties to all our friends.

So you didn't think that's what you'd get when started reading this, huh? :) I got some movies out of the library to watch, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Gross Anatomy (which I've seen before), & Murder By Numbers. I also am going to pick up Family Guy Season 3 today. It's suppose to rain today, so I'm going to get on my errands before that makes the roads slick. I'll take rain over snow. Work yesterday was good, busy.

I'll sign off and end with a quote from Scrubs:

J.D.: What the hell...?
[The Janitor and Troy stand over J.D.'s mangled bike, a crowbar and a bat in hand.]
Janitor: It's a riddle! Two guys destroyed your bike with a crowbar and a bat. One of 'em wasn't me!

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

The Passion Of Mel Gibson

Watched the ABC special interview with Mel Gibson. Geoff went off to read and missed it, which was probably good, as he can get worked up about stupid people. Diane Sawyer came across stupid, and annoying. Mel came across as the intellectual, compassionate guy he is. She wasn't all the interested in the movie as she was in getting dirt on Mel. Now, here are the facts as I understand them: they filmed for over 5 hours, Mel apparently asked them to turn off the cameras several times to recompose himself and his thoughts, and it was edited down to an hour of television. With my limited experience in television (I don't count the time I was on the Peter Hill show), I know from my experience being written about in the Orange County Register, that the media often takes things out of context, and can manipulate your words. They paint the picture they want painted, and that's what the masses are fed. So I took everything with a grain of salt. She asked him if he was an anti-semite, and why not put a disclaimer at the end of the film to tell people not to hate or blame the Jews. Mr. Gibson says he's a Christian, and it's in Christianity to love your neighbors, and he does (my paraphrase). As for the disclaimer, he said he wouldn't put one there, because that would be saying there was something wrong with his movie, that it was putting out a negative message. Gibson said, "It's about faith, hope, love and forgiveness. That's what this film is about. It's about Christ's sacrifice."

She brought up the history of Passion plays, which I can't speak on, as I don't have that info. I'll look into it, but Diane claims that they were used in the past to point blame at the Jews. That Hitler went and saw one, and he thought it was great propaganda. What did Mel say? That Hitler was a madman, a wacko, and that he (Mel) doubted that the play was the turning point in Hitler's hatred of the Jews. Mel also said that after watching Schindler's List, it didn't make him hate Germans, or want to hurt them. He said everyone is to blame for the death of Jesus,and he'd be first in line to say he was to blame.

My favorite quote from last night was this: "Critics who have a problem with me don't really have a problem with me in this film, they have a problem with the four Gospels. That's where their problem is."

I really hope that non-Christians will see this movie. Though it will be violent, it shows what Christ has done for all souls, he paid the price we never could. And because of it, we get to be free.

I'll close with a quote from a great Mel Gibson movie, Signs.

Graham Hess: People break down into two groups when the experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn't fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone their to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?

Monday, February 16, 2004

Happy President's Day
Well, the sun is shining, there is a slight wind, but it made for a nice walk today. Though I don't get why they celebrate President's Day (beats Family Day), I believe every month should have a holiday. Mind you, I felt that more strongly when I had a job. Still it's nice.

My mom & Russ went to Jasper for the weekend. Just to get away. Colin & Dawn celebrated their anniversary at the Edmonton Sun Valentine's Wedding (at which they got hitched two years ago.) Colin has dj'd the event the last two years.

Like Chris was with his blog, I've been curious about who reads my blog, so please feel free to drop me a line and say hi, I like when you ______, or you suck I'm never reading this again! :) Thanks to Dawn for sharing her thoughts on my blog. My email can be found on the upper right side.

While we were out at the B&B Friday night, I couldn't recall the name of a game that I enjoyed playing in the 80's. After 30 minutes, I gave up and resolved to look online when we got home. I.Q. 2000! Geoff was certain the word Quiz was involved, and I was adamant that the name of the last planet was Equalizer. You'll have to trust me that it was funny how moronic and stubborn I was. Now I hope to find this game somewhere, or at least someone who owns it and wants to play. Ebay currently doesn't have it.

To update a previous post, Jesus has been found! The Passion Of The Christ is now going to play in three theatres in Denver. Yay! So we might try to go on the 28th.

With the Oscars in just two weeks, I hope to come up with some theme food ideas for us to enjoy while we watch. Two years ago, we had a Lord of the Rings theme, invited some friends over, and we enjoyed Lord of the Onion Rings, Samwise Fries, and Boromir Burgers. Boromir burgers are still enjoyed at our house. I'm open to suggestions if anyone has some. Last year we were in Berkeley, so we didn't do anything special. But I did yell at the tv (that's kinda special, because I usually don't. At least not during the Oscars).

Well, that's all from here I guess. I'll close with a quote from The Two Towers. There was a very funny scene in the extended edition. This is a transcription of it. It was laugh out loud funny.

Legolas: Final count...42.
Gimli: 42? That's not bad for a pointy-eared elvish princling. I myself am sitting pretty on 43.
[Legolas shoots the orc that Gimli is sitting on]
Legolas: 43.
Gimli: He was already dead.
Legolas: He was twitching.
Gimli: He was twitching because he's got my axe embedded in his nervous system.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Which "Get Fuzzy" character are you?

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The stressed-out "guardian" of Bucky and Satchel, he works in an ad agency to support his unconventional family unit. He's a sincere, likable guy who can't seem to catch a break.

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Happy Anniversary To Us
For dinner Geoff prepared a pork roast, baked potatoes and corn. Yummy. We exchanged cards that we made for each other, and tonight we will finally watch The Two Towers extended edition. Not a bad way to celebrate 7 years of marriage.

I really got a lot out of our couples group today. One of the other women is meeting the same frustration I am with not having conceived yet. It's nice to know not everyone is so fertile. Another one of the women didn't conceive until after 18-24 months of trying. It was a real interesting time talking about fertility and a great chance for us to all bond. :) I just might feel at home here in Colorado. Wouldn't that be something.

I'm gonna end with a quote from Wonder Boys.
James Leer: Professor Tripp? Can I ask you a question?
Grady Tripp: Yeah, James.
James Leer: What are we going to do with... it?
Grady Tripp: I don't know. I'm still trying to figure out how to tell the Chancellor I murdered her husband's dog.
James Leer: You?
Grady Tripp: Trust me, James, when the family pet's been assassinated, the owner doesn't want to hear one of her students was the trigger man.
James Leer: Does she want to hear it was one of her professors?
Grady Tripp: ...I've got tenure.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Unbreak My Heart & Supplies!
The WB has decided not to renew Angel for next season. :(
Last season they thought this would be the last year, but numbers for the show have been up, and there was talk of a sixth season. I doubt UPN, who previously expressed an interest in Angel, will pick it up. Who knows! This may be for the best, based on this last week's fairly stupid episode.

Well, my Friday turned out much different than I thought. I was surprised at 5:00 to see Geoff walk through the door with roses and an offer to go out to the Bull & Bush for dinner. :) So we changed into something presentable and trotted down to the B&B. I enjoyed some potato skins (which were better than usual. I think they changed them), and a classic burger. Fridays is all you can eat fish & chips, which Geoff had, as well as he tried the Tower E.S.B. beer (they have a brewery on site). He said it tasted like Canadian. And "no alarms and no surprises" he had an Ardbeg after dinner. (Ardbeg is an Islay scotch. He likes it neat, fyi)

Tonight he's making pizza, my favorite pepperoni & bacon. And we'll watch Return To Me. Our first Valentine's Day we had pizza and watched When Harry Met Sally. The roses for our anniversary was a tradition started on our wedding day. Every year we're married, that's how many roses I get. And he wants us to make 75 years.

Monday is President's Day, and I won't go to the museum, as my dept closes for holidays. I hope the nice weather we have now holds out and we can go for a walk to the lake when the Canadian geese hang out.

I'll close with a quote from L.A. Confidential. It's such a good movie.

Captain Dudley Smith: Have you a valediction, boy-o?
Jack Vincennes: Rollo Tomasi.

Friday, February 13, 2004

TGIF The 13th
I watched Identity. I can't remember the last time I saw a good scary movie. This was a good scary movie.
I'll Tumble For You
What does that mean? "I'll tumble for ya"? "I'll be your baby, I'll be your score, I'll run the gun for you,
And so much more" I don't get it, but that song is so darn catchy! Curse you Culture Club!

Still cold here, but not as bad as it has been. We decided to got to the Bull & Bush on Monday, and now I can't wait. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that Geoff will enjoy an Ardbeg after dinner. It seems to be their feature scotch frequently, and he enjoys it so much. We will definitely partake in dessert, but I don't know what I'll order. I do care for the Queen's burger a great deal. Who knows. I dearly wish we had our friends here to celebrate our anniversary with us.

Honey cat has been out of control lately. She's been jumping on the counter looking for food. She never did this in Irvine, and I will have to consult Dr. Jen to see what she thinks. Is it the weather, is it a phase? It's bothersome. Her fur is growing back nicely, and Geoff plans to remove her stitches this weekend. The thought of it creeps me out, so he is welcome to do it. It's too much of a hassle to put her in her cage, drive to the vet for a 3 second visit.

I'm hoping to go to Blockbuster today and rent Lost In Translation. Yes, it's Valentine's weekend, and we could watch romantic movies, but I think I've seen Sleepless In Seattle & You've Got Mail a half a dozen times each in the last 2 months. If I had to pick a romantic movie from our collection to watch this weekend, I'd opt for Return To Me, Much Ado About Nothing, or When Harry Met Sally. I know Geoff wouldn't have Mrs. Winterbourne, hmmm...maybe I should watch that this afternoon. I also got Identity out of the library to watch. I tried to watch Down With Love, but I didn't get far before I had to stop. I thought it was awful.

To turn a little serious here, we were talking the other day, and venting about how unfair it seems to always be raising money to do research on AIDS, when cancer is a bigger problem. Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't know anyone who hasn't been affected by cancer, and I don't know anyone with AIDS. And with that, I'm sure there are other diseases who feel cancer gets all the money and they could use some. I guess I'm just annoyed that so many people I know die from cancer, or have family die from cancer. I have a friend who is going to lose her brother in a few years to cancer, and that just isn't fair. Death sucks.

Okay, lighter note now. It's a month to the big day for Meg & Mike. (Meg if you are reading this tick tock tick tock). I don't remember what I went through the last month. I don't think I was so freaked, but if anyone else remembers, please refresh my memory. I remember a fight Geoff and I had months before the wedding. It involved people in his family inviting themselves to the wedding. Distant relatives. I had distant relatives that lived in the city and didn't get an invite. Because we wanted a small wedding. Yeah, stupid thing to fight about, but hello? Planning a wedding, not a stress-free thing. Unless you are planning a wedding in 2 weeks (like Colin & Dawn). My advice to all brides (I don't know who I got it from) is "something will go wrong, and you hope it's something small and fixable".

In case I don't get around to posting tomorrow (who knows!) Happy Anniversary Colin & Dawn!

Alright, I'll close with a quote from Return To Me. It's a very sweet movie.

[Self-conscious about her heart transplant scars, Grace checks her appearance in a mirror.]
Angelo: Grace, come on, it's been over a year, you can hardly see it anymore.
Grace Briggs: Nice try, Angelo. I just don't like all the questions, you know?
Marty: You tell everybody you're just the luckiest girl in the world.
Grace Briggs: I know, Grandpa, I know.
Marty: You're beautiful, and no one's going to notice your chest.
Grace Briggs: Thanks a lot.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Keep It Comin' Love
(Sorry, I have KC & The Sunshine Band's Keep It Comin' Love stuck in my head)
On Sunday, Geoffrey and I will celebrate 7 years of wedded bliss. :) It seems like a lifetime ago, and in some ways it was. We were young, and much different than we are now. We've grown up a lot, but we can look back on our wedding and smile. We met in high school, and had a typical high school relationship. But once school ended, we decided to get serious about each other & treat each other with respect. The following February we got engaged, to no one's surprise. We set the date for a year later, to save our pennies. My maid of honour was my best friend Lisa, and Geoff's sister Meghan was my bridesmaid (both of whom looked great). Geoff's best man was Barry (Rick), and Doug served as a groomsmen. It was a small wedding, by the standard of other weddings I've attended. It was a lot of fun, but I wouldn't go through that again. Weddings are high stress, and a lot of work. Once is plenty. I could spend all day recounting the day for you, but I won't. But I will include the lyrics to one of the songs we danced to.

beautiful, you're beautiful, as beautiful as the sun
wonderful, you're wonderful, as wonderful as they come
and i can't help but feel attached
to the feelings i can't even match
with my face pressed up to the glass, wanting you
beautiful, you're beautiful, as beautiful as the sky
wonderful, it's wonderful, to know that you're just like I
and i'm sure you know me well, as i'm sure you don't
but you just can't tell
who'll you love and who you won't
and i love you, as you love me
so let the clouds roll by your face
we'll let the world spin on to another place
we'll climb the tallest tree above it all
to look down on you and me and them
and i'm sure you know me well, as i'm sure you don't
but you just can't tell, who you'll love and who you won't
don't let your life wrap up around you
don't forget to call, whenever
i'll be here just waiting for you
i'll be under your stars forever
neither here nor there just right beside you
i'll be under the stairs forever
neither here nor there just right beside you

The funny thing about weddings is everyone wants to go to them. I don't really get that. Is it the (relatively) free food? Or is it seeing two in love tie the knot? I have only been to two weddings where I wasn't required to participate. Since Doug & Kirsty's wedding, I've been inclined to think that's the way to go, as a spectator. But in my heart of hearts, there are certain people if they asked me to participate, I wouldn't hesitate to say yes. On the other hand, there are weddings I would not like to be in. It would be odd if they asked me, but I should be prepared for that to happen. I have been asked to be a bridesmaid for Meghan's wedding next month. And I was hesitant at first, but it has grown on me. It's not about me, but about Meg wanting me to share in her day. This will be my third bridesmaid dress, and I will try to post pictures from the wedding on my website when we get back. Frankly, I clean up nicely. It's like a photo capture of what I could like like if I put that much effort into myself. Click here to see pictures of me as a bridesmaid.

It snowed all day yesterday, and I can't recall when it's been that cold before. Thank goodness it wasn't anything like the -52 Edmonton had a little while ago. Or so I'm told. But I secured Geoff & I tickets to Coral Reef the new IMAX movie that opens in March. We'll get to see it next Wednesday. Haven't been to an IMAX movie since Everest. Today the sun is out, but I think I'll stay in and read & watch DVDs. Yes, I lead a rough life.

Well, I'll close with two quotes from Sleepless In Seattle. In honor of St. Valentines Day.

Jonah Baldwin: Talk to her, dad. She's a doctor.
Sam Baldwin: Of what? Her first name could be Doctor.
Jay: Well, this is fate! She's divorced, we don't want to redo the cabinets, and you need a wife. What do they call it when everything intersects?
Sam Baldwin: The Bermuda Triangle.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

You Might Think I'm Crazy
Look out now, I'm in 80's mode. I've been listening to 80's music all day, and I have more coming my way from the library soon. It drives Geoff crazy that I love 80's music, but I secretly think he finds it adorable. I generally don't subject him to it. Some of it is because it's fun music, and some of it is because certain songs remind me of people, places, experiences, or movies. Pointer Sisters make me think of my dad, he liked them. The Cars remind me of a road trip I took with my family. Huey Lewis reminds me of when I was in dance. Genesis reminds me of my Uncle Barry.

I was trying to put up more pictures around the house today. Geoff gave me some frames for Christmas, and I finally got around to hanging them. We have many bare walls in our place, and I have designs on putting some posters into frames (someday). So I'm trying to save room for those one day. Also I feel like our place has tons of photos of us, and so I'm trying to find was to display photos that aren't us. The thing about frames, I love when people buy them for me, but I want the option to hang it or set it up. I hate that not all frames come with that option!

I got two books out of the library to read. Yes, even though I have three books I'm in the middle of. The books I got are fiction, the books I'm reading are not. I got The Pleasure Of My Company by Steve Martin, and Death Rat by Mike Nelson. I've heard good things about them both, so I will be anxious to start those tomorrow afternoon.

For my Calgary fans (I could have fans), Easily Amused is playing at the University of Calgary on March 17 at noon. You should go for me. UofC has a beautiful campus. I've been once, when Doug, Geoff & I went for Geoff's conference. That was a fun trip. We blew a tire like 40 minutes outside of Edmonton. Then we played hacky-sack in the grass divider while we waited for AAA. Ah, good times, good times.

In keeping with an 80's themes, I'll end with a quote from The Breakfast Club. God Bless Mr. Mills for letting us watch this in CALM class. :)
John: Hey, how come Andrew gets to get up? If he gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Where's Jesus?
The Passion Of The Christ isn't going to play in Denver. Weird. We'll have to drive up to Boulder to see it. I'm hoping to hit Blockbuster this week to rent Lost In Translation (which Chris liked), Intolerable Cruelty, and Seabiscuit.

I watched The Shrink Is In this weekend. It stars David & Courtney Cox Arquette. I enjoyed it, it was a good "watch on tv" movie. I think they are a neat couple. I also watched Hackers, and Geoff sat through some of it. I rented Down With Love & Bringin' Down The House, but haven't gotten to them yet. If you've got an opinion on either of them, drop me a line.

Did some sewing at work today, getting the last of the Machu Picchu stuff ready. The gift shop is filled with great Peruvian items. Ah, if I had money, I'd buy me a llama. A stuffed one naturally. Where would I put a real one?

I got some great cds out of the library today: Huey Lewis & The News greatest hits, Pretty In Pink soundtrack, Weird Al Yankovic UHF, Peter & the Wolf (narrated by David Bowie), and INXS Elegantly Wasted. I put 44 items on hold, and picked up 14 today. Crazy. I'm out of control!

It's only fitting to end with a quote from UHF.
Philo: Hello, my name is Philo and welcome to Secrets of the Universe. Today we are going to learn how to make plutonium from common household items.
I Love Lemony Snicket!

Sunday, February 08, 2004

The Best Game You Can Name
Well, thank goodness I have a blog that is read by my family. Upon reading that I had plans to attend the Easily Amused concert on the 16th of March, I got a call from Dawn & Colin. Colin had already made plans to take me to an Oilers game that night. Well, if I have to choose between a great concert, or an evening with my favorite brother... I'd have to choose Colin. I never get to spend alone time with him (except when he came to visit California). I love my brother, he's so funny, and one of the only people who's known me forever. He also says he wants a bowling rematch. We'll have to see what time affords us.

It's a month until Edmonton. I am almost looking forward to it. As much as I want to see the world, I hate flying. It takes too long, there are too many rules, and I get motion sickness. I want teleporting, and I want it to be cheap (and safe). Is that too much to want?

We watched the Lion King last night. Since it was on tv, we decided to pop in the DVD as it would be shorter. It makes me want to see the musical again. :) Today at couples group, everyone was talking about Finding Nemo. We may watch that tonight. After Mythbusters of course.

The snow we were supposed to get has not yet come. Yes! I can't wait for the snow to be behind us.

My step-mom Debbie lost her dad last week. He's been sick for a long time, always in and out of the hospital. I wasn't surprised, but just relieved that he's not suffering anymore. Makes me grateful I didn't go through that with my dad. But keep the Newman family in your prayers.

Pepsi has a promotion right now that you can win a free song from iTunes. Everywhere I went I looked for a Pepsi that had the yellow lid. No where! What is up with that? How can I win if you don't sell them?! Geoff says I shouldn't be trying to buy a Pepsi, and I wouldn't if he just gave me iTunes allowance (you can set that up. How cool is that!). :) Now before you get on me about drinking Pepsi, let the record show that Colin & my dad both became traitors long before I did. If Coke had been smart enough to team up with iTunes, there wouldn't be a problem.

I'll close with a quote from So I Married An Axe Murderer.
Charlie Mackenzie: No, I tend to follow the Judao-Christian ethic of "Thou shalt not kill". But, that's just me.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Honey's Post-Vet Pictures
Photos of Honey are available here.

No big plans for the weekend. It's Friday, so tonight we'll watch Monk. I was able to catch up on some correspondence this week, which makes me feel much less guilty. I didn't get as much as I would have liked, but c'est la vie. Colin went on a job interview, which is good news. Pray that he lands a job soon and one that he enjoys.

Today I slept in and it felt great. Honey was in a much better mood today, though she did sneak some food last night off the counter. The vet office told us not to feed her more than a few teaspoons of food last night, as she's still recovering, and that today she could go back to normal. Obviously Honey was way too hungry to wait. Now I feel bad as maybe I should have asked more questions. I miss Dr. Jen. :( But as stated in an earlier post, Irvine is too far to drive for a vet appt.

Geoff thinks it's crazy that so many people he knows have blogs. He claims he had one before they were hip to have them. He also says I misrepresented myself in the blog post about how I kicked butt at bowling. Fact: I did win that game. Fact not mentioned: Geoff was in the lead up until the last few frames, until I came from behind with a series of strikes. There, are you happy now Geoff? ;)

Oh, I nearly forgot to mention...Easily Amused is playing Edmonton on their tour! And it coincides with my visit! Yay! They are playing the Sidetrack Cafe on March 16, 9pm. Tickets are $7. I plan on being there, and anyone who wants to join me is more than welcome. Come enjoy an evening of great music and fellowship with Melissa.

I'm closing with a quote from Pretty In Pink.
Duckie: Blane? His name is Blane? That's a major appliance, that's not a name!

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Poor Honey Cat

Poor kitty. She went in for a dental cleaning, and ended up losing two teeth, and had a cyst removed from her back. She's still all groggy from the anesthesia, she looks so sad. It breaks my heart. I hope she forgives us.

Tuesday night we watched Scrubs (since it's been moved off Thursdays for stupid Donald Trump!), and it makes me wonder why isn't everybody hooked on this show? It's so funny. Last night was Angel's 100th episode, and it was like vintage Angel. Likely because they brought Charisma Carpenter back to give her character Cordelia some closure. Somebody at Angel decided they didn't want her around so last year they gave her a stupid storyline & put her in a coma. I still like Angel, it just isn't the same with CC. Even Geoff watched it with me. I did get a little choked up, but it was an excellent episode.

I finished one of the books I'd been reading, The Prophet by Frank Peretti. It was good, but then I like all that I have read by him. I started to read the book Geoff got me for my birthday, Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti. So far it hits pretty close to home and is very entertaining.

It's still snowing. It stopped for a bit this afternoon then picked up again. It's not coming down hard or fast, which is nice.

Lisa is a bowling goddess. :) No she didn't pay me to say that, and to most it won't be a surprise. But the last two weeks she has had some stellar games. It's been a while since the two of us have bowled together. I'd say we should do that next month, but really I don't have the time. I have so much to do in the 8 days we're there, it's crazy. Wedding stuff will take at least 2 or 3 days. One day to go out to the farm, a day with Dylan, Colin & Dawn, and then try to see my friends. We'll be staying with my mom, so I'll get to see her everyday (which is great).

That's all, I better go try to comfort Honey. First a little advice from Dr. Abby Barnes (The Truth About Cats & Dogs).
Abby: We can love our pets, we just can't LOVE our pets.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Don't get sentimental, it always ends up drivel
It's snowing, as predicted. It started last night, and it hasn't ended yet. Thankfully the wind hasn't been too strong, so it isn't unbearable. A good day at work, steady. I did do something today I wasn't supposed to. I let a small group of kids passed the red ropes. We're not supposed to do that. I watched them and made sure they knew they couldn't touch anything. On a different note, Jeff (my boss) started singing Waltzing Matilda while we put the kangaroo in the parade. He wanted me to sing something from Peter & The Wolf as I moved the wolf. I couldn't recall anything, so I told him I'd work on that for next week. Moving the wolf is my favorite. I'll take suggestions for naming the wolf.

In the last few days, I watched Mallrats & America's Sweethearts, both of which I'd seen before. I did get some movies I haven't seen, but I haven't watched them yet. Honey goes to the dentist tomorrow, she'll be gone all day. I'm gonna miss her, who will keep me warm tomorrow?

I find it disappointing that it is Wednesday and everyone is still talking about Janet Jackson. Sigh.

Got a card in the mail that Geoff's diploma is ready, so we'll drop money & our new address in the mail and it'll come by certified mail. FINALLY! I bought him a frame for it for graduation, and I've been dying to hang it. It has a picture of the Physical Sciences building on it.

As mentioned in a previous post, I've been corresponding with someone who found me online. It isn't someone random, but rather my future brother-in-law's sister-in-law. :) Now I'll know someone at the wedding. :)

For Heather, who took Geoff to see The Mummy when it came out, because I was scared to see it, I'll quote The Mummy. (I've since seen it, several times, I love it!)

Evelyn: Where are they taking him?
Warden Gad Hassan: To be hanged. Apparently, he had a VERY good time.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Happy Groundhog Day!
No I Didn't See The Booby
It was certainly an exciting football game, much better than last year's. We tuned out for the halftime show, as I could care less about what MTV puts out (with the exception of Newlyweds which I love). I'm glad the Pats won, but Tom Brady MVP? I don't think so. He seems to be a bit of a tool.

I took two pictures of the Machu Picchu dig site for you to see. They are on my website. This is where I did the reverse archeology. Geoff and I are going to attend the Members Night on February 18, to check out the exhibit and to catch the new IMAX show Coral Reef (which opens in March).

We are expected to get more snow Tuesday night. I'm glad these snow days are few and far between.

Honey goes to the kitty cat dentist this week to get her teeth cleaned. Then we'll start putting her back on dry food. It's better for her teeth. The wet food was to help her lose weight, and she's at a good weight now (don't we all wish it were that easy?).

My plan for this week is to read, watch some movies, mail some letters, and hopefully tackle a movie. I also aim to organize some photos and maybe even do some scrapbooking. We'll see.

I'll close with a quote from Hackers (I have to get this on DVD soon).
Dade: Who's that?
Phantom Phreak: Curtis.
Dade: And what's he do?
Phantom Phreak: That's it man. You're looking at it. He just looks slick all day.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Why I Love This Comic Strip