Monday, June 23, 2008

What happens in Vegas....

Ahh, it's good to be home.

We drove to Las Vegas - - we left on Wednesday morning at 4 and got into Vegas at 2:30 their time.  Not bad.  It was 111 degrees when we pulled in.  Bleck.  Thank God for air conditioning!

We stayed at The Paris which was cool. The inside there was made to look like Parisian streets - very pretty.  Our room was big - Collin took pics & I'll get them posted soon!  The first show was Penn & Teller that night at the Rio.  They were amazing!!  After the show we got to meet them and get pics with them!!  Yay!!

The next day was Mac King in the afternoon at Harrah's.  He's very funny!  And a great magician.  We got to meet him afterwards as well.  That night at Mandalay Bay was Mamma Mia which I loved!  The performers were great and of course I adored the music!!

The last night was Cirque du Soleil's "O" - definitely my favorite thing about the trip!  It was at the Bellagio which is a gorgeous hotel.  We were front row and were in what they termed "wet seats."  Yeah, we got wet!  At least twice they kicked water straight at us!  But the show was the coolest thing I've ever seen!

We walked everywhere the first 2 days.  Then I ended up with a blister on my little toe that covered the entire bottom of it.  So, we took cabs Friday.  That was much nicer than dealing with the heat, the people and the porn card dealers.  I'll write in a little more detail when I get the pics up.

Oh!  And one more thing.

As of yesterday at about 1:30 pm, Collin & I are officially engaged!!!!!  I'll post a pic of the ring as well.  :D  Hope you all had a fine weekend!!!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

All right, Dad

A post not about books or movies....

A few months ago, I started messing around with the search feature on MySpace. I realized that if people sign up using their real name, it's pretty easy to find people so I started culling through all the people I've worked with or gone to school with. I found a lot of them but only a few I decided to request to be friends with.

Out of the few, only 2 never replied. Everyone else got back in touch with me but only for maybe a week and then I never heard anything else. Except for one.

Darcie. She was my friend in elementary and junior high - we walked to school together every morning and she always shared Fireballs with me. She was fun to hang out and talk about boys with. Sadly, she moved to Woodland Park shortly after high school started and I lost contact with her until just recently.

We've been emailing ever since and it seems we still have a lot in common. She's a dealer in Vegas and since Collin & I are going there on vacation in 3 weeks, we're going to hook up, hopefully, for lunch or something. I'm very excited! Yay for MySpace!!

Speaking of Vegas - - - yeah, Collin & I are going the middle of this month and we're staying at The Paris. We've got tickets to see O, Mamma Mia, Mac King and Penn & Teller. And I heard the Titanic exhibit is a fixed attraction at the Tropicana. Whoo-hoo!! We're taking my pretty new VUE on her first road trip - thank God I have air conditioning! :D

Let's see....what else....Max is the BEST BABY EVER...he's so cute and he laughs and smiles all the time. There's a ton of pics of him over in my pics section on my MySpace if you wanna see him.

Work is going a little better - I survived my trek to the dungeon and am now firmly ensconsed back on my normal floor. Even the boss is being nice to me - - hopefully that lasts!!

Hope you all have a great week!!



Monday, June 02, 2008

May Books & Flicks

14. I Heard That Song Before - Mary Higgins Clark I've always enjoyed her books - she's not called the Queen of Suspense for nothing - and this one was no exception although she kinda fell into the trap of the likes of Agatha Christie by not revealing any clues to the motive til the very end. That annoyed me - I always like having a chance to figure it out myself.

15. Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay The second book in the Dexter chronicles...I think I've gotten too used to the formula where all the main characters get out unscathed at the end of the book. This one had a disturbing ending although it was still good and brought up the question: Can you get a prosthetic tongue?? I love the way Jeff Lindsay writes; the sarcasm and rapier wit amuse me to no end. I've heard incredibly bad things about the third and latest book in the Dexter series so I don't know if I'll give it a chance. Maybe I'll go to the library.

16. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie Another online read at work...this one centered around Tuppence and Tommy and was an incredibly fun read. I loved all the characters and kinda sorta had it figured out but not completely. What amused me was one character, Julius, was American and talked like a Texan but he was from New York. I figured dear old Agatha must have only come in contact with Texans! And another thing - the name Jane Finn was constantly brought up as being "odd" and "a crazy name" yet one character is named Tuppence and another James Peel Edgerton. Go figure!

17. Curtain - Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot & Arthur Hastings team up yet again in this mystery...***SPOILER ALERT!!!*** If you've never read this book and plan on it, skip the blank part. If you'd like to see the spoiler, highlight the blank part. Okay, I know that everyone has to die. But seriously, Hercule Poirot??? Why not let him solve his last murder and walk off into the sunset still alive! He's timeless, he shouldn't have died. :P The book, however, was very good. The mystery was well plotted and after the evidence came to light it was like, "DUH!! Of course!!"

18. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum I can't count how many times I've seen the movie and yet I've never read the book. This was another at-work, online read and an easy one at that. I never realized how much liberty the movie took over the book - everything I thought I knew was wrong! It was still entertaining and at some point I'll read the other Oz books as well.

19. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte The cool thing about this online book deal is reading the classics that I always told myself I'd get to. So far it's awesome and I'm loving it but sadly I got moved to the other floor at work, aka The Dungeon, and they don't have internet access down there so I haven't gotten the chance to finish it. :'( I'll let you know in the June book list how it was - - if I get to it!! **UPDATE** I just finished it - - it definitely wasn't what I was expecting but you really get to know these characters...Heathcliff was nasty because he couldn't be with his true love and in turn ruined everyone's life around him. Not that Catherine was a prize but...just a lesson that pride can ruin everything. It was an excellent book though although I had a tough time following Joseph'd manner of speaking.

20. The MacGregors: Alan & Grant - Nora Roberts These books are always fun & easy reads. Two stories about the legendary MacGregor family smushed into one book - - the stories are usually alwasy the same: boy meets girl, one of them (or both) doesn't have time for a relationship but how long can you deny true love??? For our heroes and heroines, about 150 pages!


57. Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium This was a cute movie that I'll probably buy when it gets cheap enough. The plot was a tinch weak but it was cute and cute overrides weak most of the time.

58. Frank & Cindy Ever heard of the 80's band OXO? Or their one-hit wonder "Whirly Girl?" Well, this film was made by the stepson of one of OXO's members, Frank. Frank married Cindy, the filmmaker's mother, who is 20 years older then him...she thought she was marrying a rock star and his music career stalled. This movie shows their life together - sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's sad but it's always entertaining.

59. Hostage Bruce Willis doing what he does best - - playing a cop in turmoil. Ben Foster plays the bad guy and he does a first-rate job of oozing creepiness. He was the best part of this movie.

60. Indiscreet ahh, Cary Grant. This was another cute vs weak plot flick where cute wins out!

61. Shortbus I posted about this movie earlier...odd, lots of nudity and sex but a great film and a great message!!

62. The Orphange I was very excited to be scared by this movie. Guillermo Del Toro usually does a great job of that but this one wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. It had it's moments and the end disturbed me greatly but it wasn't his best effort.

63. The McCartney Years 3 discs of nothing but Paul McCartney. Can it get any better?

64. 27 Dresses Yeah, it's a chick flick but I loved it!!!

65. The Darjeeling Limited If Adrian Brody hadn't been in this to keep me occupied, I'd have been bored stiff. Enh.

66. Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull heeheeheehee!! I've been waiting YEARS for this movie. YEARS!!!! And guess what? I FREAKING LOVED IT! Yeah, the plot is a bit iffy but it's Indy. Indy trumps all.

67. Raiders Of The Lost Ark I HAD to watch this after seeing IJ & KCS.

68. Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Yep. Again. The same day in fact - Collin and the kids needed to see it. Just as fun the 2nd time.

69. Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom My favoritest movie EVER. Just as good the 120th time as the 1st. :D

70. Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade Sadly, I don't know every line of this one so I need to watch it like 19 more times.

71. Sex And The City I loved the show and the movie didn't disappoint. It was 2 1/2 hours long so it was like a marathon of SATC! Yay!!

72. Paris, Je T'Aime This was a clever little flick with a ton of 5 minute shorts all about love set in Paris. It wasn't as fun as I thought it would be but it was okay.

73. Return To House On Haunted Hill This movie could have been waaaay scarier but nothing seems scary anymore.

TV7. Heroes Season 1 I love this show - - it's on a night I work so I'd never been able to catch it and we got TIVO too late to start recording it. Finally, Netflix Instant Watching let us do so and it rocked. "FLYING MAN!" My fave line from my fave character.

TV8. Heroes Season 2 This ended with my 2nd fave charcter being shot and seeing as how Season 3 just ended....ARGH!! I need to know if he dies or does he get saved by Claire's blood???

BOTM goes to The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie.
MOTM of course goes to Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

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