Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Packing Heat

After last minute grocery shopping and elbowing elderly folks out of my way, I'm prepared for Thanksgiving.
Tomorrow, I'll be cooking a corn casserole made with fresh cornbread and sour cream and a wild rice and goat cheese dressing.
Right now I'm all about the goat cheese. I will eat it with almost anything and LOVE it.
There will be two fried turkeys and one baked, plus all the typical Thanksgiving accoutrement.

This year I'm most thankful for our right to bear arms and to prove it, I'm going to ask Santa Claus for a handgun.

I've decided that a single women living alone needs something between her and a potential bad guy. What if someone forced their way into my home? What will I do, throw my cell phone at him after I failed at dialing 911?
My phone is called a razr but it probably wouldn't cut anyone.

Don't worry, firearm experts, I'll take a class so I won't shoot myself in the foot or other precious body parts!

Now, the real question is...what to get? I suppose I should choose quality over beauty but wouldn't a pink pistol be the cutest??

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Ok, so I have to confess something...
I guess about a year or so ago I read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
I was sucked in (no pun intended!) by it. Loved the characters, loved the drama, loved the star-crossed lovers, etc.
All of us at work became HUGE Twilight fans and couldn't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.
Then we tittered like school girls when we found out they were making a movie.

Yes, I was one of those silly girls in line for the movie Friday night but thankfully, I wasn't giggling and woohooing when Edward came into view or texting all my friends, giggling and whispering during the movie. Also, my mother didn't come and take pictures of me and my friends in the theater while we watched the commercials. (?!!)

I judged the movie rather harshly because I loved the book so much. I noticed every difference and remembered all the back stories that you don't get to know when you're watching the movie.
But, for a movie based on a wildly popular book, it was pretty good.
I hate to say this about an actor but I thought Kristen Stewart ruined the character of Bella.
She spoke in a horrible monotone and kept the exactly same facial expressions throughout the entire movie.
I don't know if this is her acting style or if this is the way she interpreted the character but it was awful.
I'm hoping she'll learn some inflection before the sequel.

It doesn't really matter, though. I'll be standing in line anyway.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

MLB Playoff Action

Well, just because the Astros aren't playing post season baseball doesn't mean it's all over.
I have been pulling for the Phillies and last night they did it. They're going to the World Series!
I was so happy for them but also for my boy Brad Lidge who was traded at the end of last season by the Astros. Funnily enough, after leaving Houston, he had a near perfect season in PA.

Manny Ramirez of the Dodgers has got to be one of the biggest dickheads in the MLB.....second to Barry Bonds, of course. And as much as I wanted to see the Phillies crush his dread-locked head, part of me wanted to see the Dodgers and Red Sox at the WS.
I would love to see Man Ram hit a homerun in Boston, do his arrogant walk around the bases and watch the Red Sox fans go apeshit on his ass. Oh how delicious that would be...watching Boston fans ripping him apart!

I am pretty confident that it will be a Phillies vs Tampa World Series and they are pretty evenly matched so I'm looking forward to some good baseball.
Then I have a 5-6 month wait for the next opening day. Boo!

Last night, Fox miked Phillies center fielder, Shane Victorino. They would play sound bites every so often and he just seemed like a great guy who loves the game. Imagine that!
Anyway, had an article about it. Go read.

Friday, November 7, 2008

iPod Stuff

Because I'm trying to "SWF" Sheila and she did it...I tried to do it but it was BORING.
Then she posted her shuffle list and that was cool so I decided to try it again.

I'm posting my iPod Top 25. Just keep in mind that although I listen to it in the car, I mostly listen to my iPod while I'm trying to fall asleep. For a few months I had a terrible time trying to sleep so I would put on some relaxing music and give it a try.
I suspect that's why all the classical music shows up. I can't explain the Iron Maiden...not really.

Werther: Pourquoi Me Réveiller - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Après un Rêve, Op. 7, No. 1 - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore for Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

None But the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, No. 6 - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

In Trutina from Carmina Burana - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Rusalka: Song to the Moon - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Anna Molly - Incubus Possibly NOT falling asleep music

L'Elisir D'Amore: Una Furtiva Lagrima - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Ave Maria - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Rolling Earth - Coyote Oldman

Songs Without Words, Op. 62, No. 1: May Breezes - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Beau soir - Joshua Bell & Frederic Chiu

Le Monde - Thievery Corporation If you haven't heard of them, you must go download them NOW

Wasted Years - Iron Maiden Not exactly music to sleep by but it fucking rocks.

Six - Falling Asleep - Jesse and Jeane Stern The Meditation Podcast This really helps!

Siete Conciones Populares Espanolas: Nana (Bercuese) - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

O Earth, O Earth, Return - Bill Douglas

Estrellita - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Boot and Paisley - Al Gromer Khan & Kai Taschner

The Pearl Fishers: "Je Crois Entendre Encore" - Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra

Morgen! Op. 27, No. 4 - Anna Netrebko, Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra
Après un Rêve, Op. 7, No. 1 - Joshua Bell & Frederic Chiu

U & Ur Hand - P!nk I bet no one has fallen asleep to this one

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 In C Major: Andante

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm Just Glad It's Over

The person I voted for didn't win. That's always a disappointment.

I think John McCain is a good man but maybe he doesn't deserve to be president. I think being President of the United States is a thankless job that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. No matter what the president does, it's never good enough and it never pleases everyone.
Everyone leaves office looking 40 years older, haggard and grey.
John McCain deserves to spend the rest of his days enjoying his life and his family. As president, you don't get much time for that.

You can't help but admire Obama's speech writer and Obama's speech-making abilities. He definitely gives good speech.
But, I don't want the government telling me what the hell to do with my own hard-earned money and I don't want to be the one paying for other people to sit on their asses so if that's what we have to look forward to with Obama as president; I'm hoping that he will, at best, be ineffectual.

A few days ago I jokingly said to someone that I hope Obama wins just so I could tell everyone that voted for him "I told you so" when he failed.
However, I realized this morning that I want to believe the things he says about our country.
I want him to mean what he says and I want him to succeed in making our country a better place.
Naive? Maybe. Hopeful? I don't know...I think I might have a little hope left.