Monday, January 28, 2008

My new hero

**Side note: The spooky whisper will be played on this Wednesday's episode of the Half Hour Power Hour! Go to Derek's site to hear it!**

When the Oscar nominations were released, they also put out the reactions of the stars up for the prestigious award. When I read Daniel Day-Lewis's reaction, I thought it was very classy: "You put me shoulder to shoulder with a group of fine actors. I'm proud to be in their company and to have the broader recognition for the film is a lovely thing."

As if my estimation of him couldn't get any higher, he dedicated his SAG award to Heath Ledger, even though he had never met him: While accepting his award as outstanding male actor in a leading role – for There Will Be Blood – Daniel Day-Lewis gave a moving tribute to Heath Ledger, who was also honored in the annual "In Memoriam" montage. Recalling several of Ledger's most iconic roles, Day-Lewis called the late actor an inspiration and "unique," before dedicating the trophy to Ledger. "Of course, in Brokeback Mountain he was unique," Day-Lewis said. "He was perfect. And that scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I have ever seen." Asked backstage why he'd decided to dedicate the award to Ledger, he said, "I suppose that's all I've been thinking about for the last few days. I never met him. I thought he was beautiful. I just have a very strong feeling that I would have liked him very much as a man. ...I admired him very much."

What a classy guy. I didn't have a fave in the Best Actor category but now I really hope he wins.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Birthday Recap

Yep. My birthday was yesterday. I'm officially *almost* old. :D Collin got me The Beatles Anthology DVD's, Grease DVD and the new Scissor Sisters DVD aaaaand an iPod Nano which I'm completely head over heels in love with! I got a ton of clothes from Mom & Dad not to mention lunch & dinner yesterday and Derek & Squatchy got me a cool Broncos hoodie and 3:10 To Yuma on DVD!! Shanon got me a Harajuku Lovers purse & make up bag & yummy goodies! Thank you to everyone!!

Conversation in a new VUE

Thursday morning Collin & I were going to breakfast with Mom & Dad....

Dad: Hey! Do you know who the ugliest guy in rock 'n roll is?

Me:  Bob Dylan?

Dad: No!  Steely Dan!

Me: Really?

Dad:  Yeah, he was on TV the other night playing the piano and he stood up and...I don't know if it was Steely or Dan but he was UGLY!!!!

Okay, like, gag me with a pitchfork, totally!

 Yesterday, Mom & I went to Wendy's for lunch after shopping.  Sitting across the restaurant was an older fellow who wasn't eating.  At one point, I happened to glance around and I saw him scratching the inside of his ear vigorously with his little finger then...THEN!....he pulled it out, popped it into his mouth and sucked the wax off.  BLEARGH!

Looking for something good to see at the theatre?

Go see Juno.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sad Again

What the hell? Heath Ledger dead? He was only 28 - that's way too young! And his poor's looking right now like maybe an accidental overdose on sleeping pills in my opinion. And what's weird is he died and was found the same was as Brian Epstein all those years ago....
And now whenever Christina or I say "You saying I'm not a pretty guy?" it'll make me sad.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cross Streets

***Collin has the spooky whisper voice thing pulled off the tape and it should be posted here very soon!!!***

Jordyn's birthday is coming up on Friday and this year she's having a Skate City birthday party. Of course she's beside herself with excitement. Her job today was to call her great grandma and her aunt to invite them.

Me: Did you call great grandma & Pam?

Jordyn: Yeah but I had forgotten why I had called so I was just talking then I went "Oh, yeah...." and great grandma said "Yes?" And I said I didn't remember.

Me: So you never invited them to the party?

Jordyn: No...I forgot why I had called.

Me: *sigh* Call them back and tell them about the party.

So off she goes, phone in hand, to the basement.

Me: Did you call them?

Jordyn: I left a voice message.

Me: What did you say?

Jordyn: I just told them it was at Skate City on Academy & Beauregard.

Me: Academy & WHAT?

Jordyn: Academy & Beauregard.

Me: It's Academy & Constitution.

Jordyn: I thought it was Beauregard.

Me: It's Academy BOULEVARD, not Beauregard.

Jordyn: Ohhhh.....


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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Been There, Surveyed That....

But it was so fun and I have new tunes so - -

1. Put your MP3 player/ ipod/ itunes on shuffle.
2. For each heading, press the next button to get your answer.

Come And Get It - Badfinger

Teach Me How To Shimmy - The Coasters

Run Red Run - The Coasters

Baby Loves The Life - Dana Fuchs

Rip Her To Shreds - Blondie

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrew Sisters

Hey You - No Doubt

Around The World - Aqua (Really! I'm not that kind of girl!)

Something - The Beatles (Aww!)

Next Time, This Time - Jim Croce (Aww again!)

Besame Mucho - The Beatles (ha! I doubt THAT!)

We Owe - Dance Hall Crashers

Hear Me Lord - George Harrison

Cuba LIbre - Aqua

World Go Round - No Doubt

Goodbye To The Circus - Aqua

Ex-Girlfriend - No Doubt (That's funny!!)

Helter Skelter - Dana Fuchs

Calling You - Aqua

What Is Life - George Harrison

Last Laugh - Dance Hall Crashers (That's right! Cuz that's what I'll have! ha! Haha!)

Halloween - Aqua

Marry Me - No Doubt (Well, this is certainly in the wrong place!)

Bumble Bees - Aqua (Yep! Cuz that's what'll kill me!!)

Good Guys - Aqua

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Something Seriously Creepy


Wednesday night was the big election meeting here for the homeowner's assoc. board.  It was different than any other meeting I've been to....for one there was a bunch of people there as opposed to the handful that usually show up.  It started 30 min later than normal and the first 45 minutes was taken up with vote counting and a fire safety presentation.

After the votes were in and the 3 winners announced (everyone I voted for won.  Yay!) the new board retired to the back room to vote on officers; president, vice pres, treasurer, secretary and asst treas.  Luckily they like me and I was able to stay on as secretary.  

But the point here is this:  I have a tape recorder that I use to tape the meetings so I don't miss anything.  It sits in front of me and is pretty good at picking up sound.  However, the farther away you are, the harder it is to hear.  If you're whispering, there's a good chance that unless you're standing smack-dab next to me, it's not going to pick it up.

Except yesterday while I was working on the minutes, I got to the point where the new board left to vote.  There were pieces of conversations as the members filed by me...Chris asking about the gavel, Jim saying something to either Frank or my dad and their answer of "Whatever, Jim."  It was after hearing that that I heard something else.  


Intrigued, I rewound.  Sure enough, someone had whispered something.  Now I'm a tinch freaked out because I don't recall anyone standing that close to the recorder.  I rewound it 5 more times and thought I understood what "he" was saying but just to be sure, I popped on the headphones.  There's a unintelligible whisper at first followed by "I know what you dream."

I swear to God!  "I know what you dream."

I was covered in chills.  And sufficiently freaked out!  

I told Jordyn about it when she got home and she said, "Well, what are your dreams?"  I told her I didn't even remember and she answered, "Well, at least HE knows!"

When Collin came home I let him listen to it and he agreed.  The whisper is saying "I know what you dream."  But why?  And who is it?

Too creepy....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


My mom, as you know if you read this little blog, has an interesting way of putting things. Like Christmas Eve when her brother asked her what the last movie she had seen in the theatre was. Turns out, since Sweeny Todd was happening the next day, the last movie she had seen had been with me - 3:10 To Yuma. Ray hadn't heard of it and asked what it was about. Mom's description was this: "There's this train...and at 3:10, it goes to Yuma!" You have to imagine her saying this, sweeping her arm forward like a train taking makes it all the more funny!

The next week, Collin & I were riding with my parents in Dad's new VUE up to Denver to have dinner with Ray & Mary Beth. We were listening to XM Radio, the 60's station at my request, and Running Bear by Johnny Preston came on. Dad asked what song was playing and Mom told him, "You know that song where the two little indians swim together then DIE!"

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Friday, January 04, 2008

At the Year's End

Before I get to the books & movies from December, I have a little story to tell.

Yesterday I went out shopping for Jordyn's birthday. When I got back the mail had come - there was a package with my name on it sitting on the chair by the front door. Since my birthday is 3 weeks away, I couldn't imagine why I had a package. Then I looked at the return address: it was from Kathleen! What could she be sending me???  I excitedly ripped into the box to find the coolest pair of Bronco-orange sunglasses and suddenly I remembered.

A while back I posted about how I ran over my shades with my car and Kathleen said if she found another pair of these awesome glasses she had, she would send them to me.  I had completely forgotten about the offer but she didn't!  It was a great surprise and Kathleen proved again just how sweet she is!  Thanks!!!!

And now onto the books and movies!  I did pretty well with reading considering I was off of work for 11 days!  It was hard to read at home with the kids home on vacation, Collin off of work for a week and baby showers and Christmas festivities going on.

48.  The Adversary - Julian May  The last book in the Pliocene Exile series.  It was good but it didn't really answer some of my questions like who was it that Mercy thought Aiken looked like?  I know that doesn't sound important but to me it really was!!

49.  Dead Days of Summer - Carolyn Hart  Another fun Death on Demand mystery.

50.  The Beatles Come To America - Martin Goldsmith  This was a tiny book about The Beatles and their effect on the American people after the assassination of JFK.  It took maybe a couple hours to read and while there were cute pictures, I didn't learn anything new.

51.  Ticket To Ride - Larry Kane  This was a cool book.  Larry Kane was the only reporter to tag along with The Beatles for each one of their American tour dates.  He had some great stories to tell and it came with a CD of some of the interveiws he conducted.  This is the book that is responsible for my falling for John Lennon.

52.  Magical Mystery Tours - Tony Bramwell w/Rosemary Kingsland  I started off a little iffy about this book...Tony Bramwell struck me as a bit of a braggart: "I knew The Beatles before they were The Beatles and I worked with them on everything, blah blah blah."  The one thing that got me was when he said he never had to pay for a single Beatles album, they were all given to him.  Well bully for you!  But after a while, I got used to his way of telling a story and was able to enjoy the book told by the promotions director-type fella for The Beatles.

53.  Louie Louie - Dave Marsh   This was a fun book.  It was all about the history of the song Louie Louie, made famous by The Kingsmen.  It went through all the versions ever recorded, which is a phenomenally high number, the life of Richard Berry (who wrote the song and recorded it first) and how Louie Louie influenced a ton of songs!  I wish this one had come with a CD!

54.  The Twylight Tower - Karen Harper  I picked this up on a whim at the library and ended up loving it and wanting to read more.  Karen Harper writes mysteries and the main detective is Queen Elizabeth I.  She's very accurate in her historical background and characters which makes her stories all the more enjoyable!

55.  Maria Callas: A Musical Biography - Robert Levine  One of two opera singers I know.  I figured what the heck, why not read about someone I know absolutely nothing about and ended up fascinated.  Maria Callas led an interesting and sometimes sad life and thank God there were 2 cds included so I could hear the songs that were being talked about.  That woman could sing!!  And she was so pretty...I want to be an opera singer now.  Haha!  I think this is my BOTM.

56.  John Lennon - Bruce W. Conord  I went on a John Lennon freak-out the last time I went to the library and I grabbed whatever book about him I saw.  The girl who checked me out asked if I was doing a paper on him! What I didn't bother to look at was what I was grabbing.  This book turned out to be a young adult book and written very thinly.  I enjoyed the pictures, though. 

I did better with the movies this month than last month due to the fact that all my TV shows were on reruns or just not on because of Christmas specials.

161.  Copying Beethoven  I was excited to see this when I saw the preview and then later when I saw that Joe Anderson was in it I was REALLY excited to see it.  I loved the music but it was so blatently un-historical I more than likely will never watch it again.  

162.  Mr. & Mrs. Smith  Collin bought the unrated version of this movie so we watched to see what was unrated about it.  Turns out it was only the special features.  But it's still an awesome movie.

163.  Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!  Christina & I had plans to go shopping but then her niece got sick so I went to her house and we watched movies.  I picked this one because I had only seen it when it first came out and remembered it being really cute.  Turns out Ginnifer Goodwin is in it and now I can't see her as anyone but Vivian Libretto Cash in Walk The Line.  But the movie is cute and has a sweet message.  And I love Topher Grace!

164.  A Hard Days Night The second movie I watched with Christina.  You can't go wrong with this Beatles fun-fest!  "Hey mister! Can we have our ball back?"

165.  The Simpsons Movie Collin bought this so of course we had to watch it again.

166.  A Bugs Life I picked this movie to watch one night when nothing was on.  I adore this movie - it's so funny no matter how many times I see it.

167.  Shrek  This was on TV and I hadn't watched it in years!

168.  Miss Congeniality Once again, on TV.  Love this movie!

169.  Futurama: Bender's Big Score  This one had it's moments where I laughed my fool head off ("Your tail was wagging") and other moments where I was totally annoyed.  Overall I liked it though.

170.  A Christmas Story What's Christmas without this movie?

171.  Sweeny Todd The MOTM.  Oh my God, I loved this movie!!!  It was so dark and Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter were amazing!  Yeah, there was a lot of blood but it's The Demon Barber - - you gotta have blood!!

172.  Hairspray  Christina brought over the original movie for me to watch and I loved it just as much as the remake.

173.  Snakes On A Plane  Yep.  We watched it.  Just to get it out of the way and you know what?  Yeah, it's cheesy and goofy in spots but it wasn't near as bad as I was expecting.

174.  Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen  I owe Collin a zombie movie for this one.  It was okay.

175.  Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story  Funny funny funny!!  If I hadn't seen Sweeny Todd, this would have been my MOTM.  Judd Apatow & his crew make some funny-ass movies!!!

So that's it.  My final tally is 56 books (which I feel shame about - it should have been much higher) and 175 movies which doesn't surprise me.  This year I'll have to try for 200!!  :D  The Book of the Year goes to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Movie of the Year honors belong to Across The Universe.

I hope you all have a fantastic 2008!!  

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