1. I hate printers. I have a daily sparring match with the one in my office. I think it forgets how to be a printer every night.

2. I hope all my fellow Americans had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. I know I did, except for the getting stuck in Chicago traffic for three hours. But, I was hitting the city at rush hour Wednesday night, so I really only have myself to blame. My sister and I used our down time to make a list of all the different state license plates we saw (28 + Ontario) and attempted to find a decent radio station. We did, however, learn (to her horror) that there is such a thing as flying snakes.

Random story regarding my extended family. Apparently two of my uncles aren't speaking to each other after an event that occurred back during the summer. We had a cookout for my Grandparent's anniversary (and because my grandpa suffers from ever progressing dementia). The uncle who hosted the event has a dog, a pit bull, named Rufus, who is just a complete sweetheart. A second uncle asked if it would be OK to bring his dog, Walker, a labradoodle, a curly-haired, adorable, idiot, over. Uncle #1 OKed it, but said they would have to keep an eye on him. And they did. As long as Walker was on his leash, he and Rufus got along great. It was only when Walker was off his leash that he got a little over-excited. Note, we're talking about the labradoodle, not the pit bull here. But on a whole they got along pretty well.

Well, one of my cousins, daughter of Uncle #3, who is a complete princess, but I'm not going to get into that here, decided she'd go get her dog and bring him over. Her dog, Yogi, is a French Bulldog. So, quite a bit smaller than the other two. Well, the second she set him down, Yogi goes after Rufus. Rufus, understandably so, I think, bites Yogi. He drew blood, but Yogi is fine. My family had left by this point, so everything I know is second hand. But apparently there was much yelling and Uncle #3 blaming Uncle #1 aaaaand... now they aren't speaking.

This just supports my belief that we may graduate from high school, but we never leave it behind.

3. Saw Deathly Hallows and looooooooved it. I've only read the book once (when it first came out), so I feel a great desire to read it again now. Though, I think this may be the first time that I like a movie version better than the book. It may even unseat PoA as my favorite HP movie. The only downside is that it's so serious, it doesn't lend itself well to multiple viewings.

It's a beautiful film and I loved everything about it. I also cried like a freaking baby at Hedwig and Dobby's deaths, just like I did when reading the book. So, obviously afterwards I had to go watch this:

Go here for the better quality version (with captions!) that I couldn't embed.

4. Another year of NaNo fail. I was moving along pretty well for the first half of the month. Then I got occupied by other things and generally lost heart with the story. I need to do some more research so I can get more comfortable with my story. I should also probably decide on the rules for the universe I'm creating. :/

5. What is everyone watching right now?

My Can't Miss TV Schedule includes Community, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead. I'm going to attempt to pick up Jyuui Dolittle. Maybe I can get through the first episode this time? Secret Garden also looks promising. At some point I need to go ahead and watch the Liar Game and Nodame Cantabile movies. Crap! I need to watch Unubore Deka as well.

Better hurry up so I can include these in my year-end drama countdown!
This is completely random, but I just felt like sharing it with everyone.  I will post something worthwhile at some point, since I AM watching a crap-ton of dramas this season (Prosecutor Princess, Oh My Lady, Personal Taste, and Down With Love) and plan to pick up even more (Cinderella Unni, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, and Eita and Ueno Juri's Twitter drama whose name I can never remember, OH AND KIMURA'S DRAMA!  :O).  But currently all I want to post about is Dinosaur Comics.

In particular: Yesterday's Comic featuring Shakespeare.

Why? You ask, dear readers?  Because it reminds me of Christmas.  Well, just this past Christmas actually.  I don't know what everyone else was doing on Christmas Eve, but over at the [livejournal.com profile] cranberrysheep household we were listening to the Camelot soundtrack, drinking shots of tequila, and quoting Shakespeare.

I don't know why Camelot entered the picture, since I believe Justin Bieber was the background music of choice before that.

We were drinking tequila... because who doesn't like tequila?  COME ON.  

Shakespeare came up since one of our shot glasses came from my sister's trip abroad to England.  She bought it when she visited Anne Hathaway's (the wife of Shakespeare, not the actress) house in Stratford-upon-Avon for our father.

There was even some Googling because my father couldn't remember the quote he wanted from Henry V and made me go look it up. Well actually he told me it was Richard III so he was totally wrong. Not that I would know because I haven't read any of the historical plays.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day

My sister did an excellent job of reciting the prologue to Romeo and Juliet just as she learned it nearly 10 years ago in freshman English. Over-exaggerated iambic pentameter and everything.

I don't really know why I wanted to share this silly little story, other than I love how random my family can be. Things aren't always so harmonious, but most of my favorite memories are with them.


Oct. 9th, 2009 12:17 pm
Guys, I finally just had to drop My Fair Lady. I made it through episode ten and just couldn't force myself to watch another episode. I really, really, really wanted to like it. I thought the main cast was great and I can't wait to see them in other things. Yoon Eun Hye should have waited longer for her drama comeback if this was all that was available. Granted, I don't find Yoon Sang Hyun very attractive, but he is a decent actor and did what he could with the role. I've also started The Return of Iljimae and am loving it and Jung Il Woo. I also thought Moon Chae Wong was great in Painter of the Wind and I hope she gets a lead role soon. She totally deserves it.

Having read the recaps at dramabeans, I don't think I'm missing anything.

I'm also going to pick up You Are Beautiful since everyone on my flist is going crazy for it. It looks like fun.

That'll have to wait though, since I'm off to a wedding this weekend. Hopefully it'll stop pouring down rain. Enough is enough, weather.

I had to buy a new dress because I didn't really like anything I currently have. I found one which, even though it was petite, was still too long in the sleeves. So I did some rudimentary shortening of them. I have to wear a cardigan over it (not really a problem in October) because I just tucked it into the back of the dress. I just liked the cut and the front detailing so much I wanted it to work.

Random, but I'd really like to finally do a picspam for [livejournal.com profile] picspammy, I just don't know WHAT.
I may have gone to see Star Trek twice this weekend. I may have LOVED IT and would totally watch it again if I could. That was just a fun, well-written, well-acted, thoroughly enjoyable movie going experience.

I do still find it a little funny that so many people are freaking out over this movie, when just a short time ago Star Trek was a giant joke. Which, yeah, it was, but the movies (at least the majority of the TOS ones and Generations) were quite good. But this one really toned down the camp factor. But it did it without losing the heart of the original. So many times when things are redone they suck all the fun out of it, and they so didn't this time. It was just a fantastic movie, I can't say enough wonderful things about it. If you haven't seen it, DO. I don't care if you're not a Star Trek fan because you will like this movie. I honestly don't see how anyone couldn't.

The rest of Memorial Day weekend was spent helping my mother garden. So my chest is nice and red (not really sunburnt, just a little toasty). It wasn't too insanely hot which was a bonus, but boy was it a lot of work. Digging and hauling clay, planting, mulching (WHICH I HATE. Lugging around twenty bags of sweaty woodchips is not fun), etc. etc.

I finished ToGetHer as well. It was a little difficult to get through the last couple of episodes after stepping away from the series for a few weeks. Momo and Mars were still adorable, but the majority of the story had been told. They just wrung out a few more pieces of unneccesary drama, so that was a little tiresome. It was Momo's fault, for as strong as she was in the beginning, she got a little wishy-washy. I found it tiresome because it was so obvious how completely in love with her Mars was, she was only trying to fool herself. I think Mars may be one of my favorite drama characters ever. He grew from the entitled, self-absorbed (but HILARIOUS) man-child into a grown-up, caring, responsible and loving young man. It was wonderful. How could you not love him?

Now I am just waiting anxiously for the subs for the last episode of Atashinchi no Danshi to come out (the subbers took a break for the long weekend) and the first episode of Mr. Brain. I think I am going to start Painter of the Wind next, since it got good reviews from several people whose opinions I trust. I also need to finish capping the last episode of Exhibition of Fireworks so I can start watching and doing recaps for Smiling Pasta.

Oh! I also introduced my mother to True Blood (which is a little awkward to watch with your mother, since Jason Stackhouse can't keep it in his pants). It was kind of a vampirey weekend, since we watched the second and third craptacular Underworld movies. Now I'm all anxious for the next season to start. I need my summer tv now!

ETA: Saw a preview for Blood: The Last Vampire which looks AWESOME. It looks like a mixture of Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, AND VAMPIRES. I am very excited.

ETA RETURNS: Totally just spoiled myself for AtaDan ep 7 (which isn't even the one I am waiting to watch) and OMG. Must watch it nooooow. Chisato/Sho FTW.

ETA THRICE: Apparently there is a possible new Buffy movie in the works, with no involvement from Whedon at all. I have my issues with the man, but that may be one of the worst ideas ever.
A few years ago my parents built a new house. It is in one of the newer subdivisions that kept popping up around the outskirts of the city when everyone was building houses they couldn't actually afford. This being Illinois, the majority of the land was former corn/soybean fields. So, flat with no trees.

Now there are trees, but they are still wee little baby trees. Not enough to attract many birds beyond finches, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, and mourning doves (who are just too stupid to realize there isn't any food for them). There aren't any squirrels, but what there are plenty of are rabbits. Rabbits that like to eat everyone's freshly purchased shrubs and flowers.

The rabbits are my parents' nemesis. As one of the first houses to do major landscaping the first year the rabbits hit them pretty hard. They even ate the holly bushes and those thick prickly leaves can't be tasty. It's better now that other people have gardens. The destruction is more spread out.

In an effort to keep the bunnies at bay, my father sprays the garden with something that smells like fox urine. They've filled in initial attempts at bunny nests beneath the boxwoods. And yet, there still must be some kind of draw to our yard. When I came home yesterday evening for the Easter weekend, my mom immediately led me over to the kidney bean shaped garden bed. And there, snuggled in a little hole beneath the roots of the dormant cottoneaster, were two little baby rabbits.

Click here for devious cuteness )

My apologies for the quality of the photograph. It was dusk, so I used my flash and it totally blew out the picture. I went out this morning to get another one, but they were gone. Either Momma Rabbit wised up and moved them to a more secluded nest (they were completely exposed in their current location) or they were out looking for food. I'm going to check again tonight.



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