Movie news

1. They’re making a sequel to Cate Blanchett’s Oscar winning film, Elizabeth. Called The Golden Age, it will focus on Elizabeth’s relationship with Sir Walter Raleigh, being played by Clive Owen. Who is hot. So that’s a promising looking film. 😉

2. I’m intrigued about the new film version of Beowulf that is coming in November. It’s done as motion capture which means it’s largely CGI. But it’s kinda cool looking. And they’re going to release it as 3-D. And the script was co-written by Neil Gaiman, who I like. They showed a preview at Comic-Con last week and it went over really well. Check out the trailer, it’s kind of fascinating.

3. They’re remaking Footloose. Seriously. With Zac Efron (the kid from High School Musical) as the Kevin Bacon character. Seriously.

Ok, I’m really going to do housework now. Ciao!

I suck!

No updates for days! Mea culpa! Here’s a rundown of the past week….

My new toy arrived and it’s pretty sweet! Here is an image of it:

iPhone

It’s so very shiny and touchable – I love it! Though it makes me nervous to carry it around as I’m a notorious cell phone losing girl.

I finally got a Harry Potter book and finished that off. I’ve read a couple more things this week – you can always check my LibraryThing list to see what I’m reading. I did learn that despite the fact that I got rid of more than 250 books, we still have TOO MANY. Argh.

I worked 3 days this week, longer than usual hours. My new store is about 1.5 miles from home and is under construction for a remodel. When it re-opens it will be a gajillion times bigger (and busier) than my old store. So no more me complaining that I’m bored at work! I’m part-time right now because I wanted the time off to get settled and do stuff like register my car and get insurance settled and whatnot. I think they’re going to start pushing me to go full-time here pretty soon there. I rather like my 3 day a week schedule though! 🙂

This weekend we saw The Simpsons Movie. It was pretty dang funny. Shopped some more at IKEA. Did some more unpacking. Learned that something is missing, so that’s not cool. And it may cause us problems down the road but we’ll have to see what the movers can do this week.

Next weekend is the big Missouri Tax Free weekend. And I don’t have to be there – ha ha ha ha ha! Maybe I’ll go to the beach next weekend instead. Oh, some of the ones are clothing optional, too. Because people need to see my fat glowing white ass nekkid.

Santa Cruz beach

Ok, off to unpack!

Roller coaster weekend

So I ended up working till 4am Saturday morning. Yikes. Which means I slept late on Saturday. Which was fine because my plan was 1. play with new gadget 2. read some Harry Potter 7 and 3. hang with my husband, maybe play a little XBox, and generally chill. Except… the gadget wasn’t set for Saturday delivery so it’s in a Fed Ex facility in Oakland. UPS mis-delivered my copy of Harry Potter. And then the XBox 360 flashed the red rings of death. BOOOOOOOOOOOO. Although I did randomly get a $5 Target gift card, so that was ok.

Today was much better though. We went to IKEA and got some desks. Then we had lunch and hit Borders to pick up Harry Potter. Then we went to the Kwik-E-Mart in Mountain View! If you haven’t heard, a few 7-11s were turned into Simpsons’ Kwik-E-Marts for the launch of the movie. It’s so cute!

Kwik-E-Mart in California

I added more photos of the Kwik-E-Mart to my flickr stream – it was really busy and fun.Then we came home, set up my desk, did some unpacking in the office. Then we did more shopping and totally poached a TV right out from under the noses of some other shoppers. Our house had an open house today and it sounds like some interest was generated so here’s to hoping we get an offer soon! This evening Drew made an excellent meal, and now we’re just chilling watching the Bourne Supremacy.

How was your weekend? Did anyone see Othello? Read Harry Potter? Do something fabulous?

NOW READING: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Happy Friday

Today is a big day – I have to go to WORK. Waaaah. A couple of days ago I got a call from a California branch of the place where I work and they want me to come over and play for awhile. So yeah, today I have to go to work.

This weekend is also the release of the last Harry Potter book. And we might be getting a new geek toy this weekend.

But best of all I found this awesome video on Boing Boing. It’s prison inmates, in the Philippines, doing, well, watch the video.

R. Kelly is coming back!

A few summers ago my husband’s sister and her husband (I think they were just dating at the time, actually) came to visit. We were flipping channels and landed on a music channel which had a remarkable series of music videos playing. It was R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” saga. I’ve since seen it referred to as the “Plan 9” of music videos, and I think that is a pretty accurate description.

Why am I bringing this up? Because Kelly’s gearing up to release 10 more chapters in a few weeks! And the chapters will be released online!

If you want to get caught up on the series, here’s Chapters 1-5 for you. It runs about 20 minutes or so:

South Park did a BRILLIANT episode about Scientology and this song which is really worth watching. There’s a little clip of it here at Google Videos.

Enjoy!

NOW READING: Children of God (Ballantine Reader’s Circle)

House on the market

So our house officially went on the market Monday. The listing is up and it has its first open house this weekend. It’s kinda weird – we thought we’d be in that house for years to come.

Our House

It’s such a pretty place, and it’s weird adjusting to apartment living again. But the weather’s good, there’s a pool and a hot tub, and less to clean (well, not right NOW but in general). Of course, at the house we had our doggie, and I do miss our doggie. Ah well, life is change, right? Speaking of pools, maybe I should check that out today?

Here’s to hoping the house sells quickly!

NOW READING: Children of God by Maria Doria Russell

Lazy Sunday

Today we drove up to San Francisco and had brunch with a college friend in the Castro district. After some yummy french toast and mimosas we headed over to Golden Gate Park to visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden.


SF Botanical Garden


Oh, here’s a snap of the outside of our new apartment:


Apartment


And here’s the view just outside our town, on the highway:


mountains

Mountains! Anyway, more pix on my flickr site!

I made it!

The flights were uneventful and my husband picked me up and the airport and all is right with the world! 

Couple of thoughts:


1. I was hoping to see some crop circles while we flew. No such luck. But there is a cool Google Earth website dedicated to crop circles here.

2. It’s really weird to live in an apartment again.

3. My husband did a pretty nice job of unpacking and setting up said apartment.

4. There are beautiful roses and purple flowers about the apartment – nice!

5. The weather is brilliant. 🙂

Ok, I’m going to organize the bathroom or do some shopping or something. I will upload some pictures soon!

Moving day!

July the 12th – the big moving day! I become a California resident! Yikes! It’s been kind of bittersweet this week. But I’m looking forward to the nice weather, the new challenges, and oh yeah, seeing my husband for the first time in… 66 days. Also? I will be living near this place, which is pretty exciting since I’ve always wanted to visit it:

Winchester Mystery House

It’s called the Winchester Mystery House. Mrs. Winchester, the heir to the Winchester rifle money, was widowed and left the Winchester fortune. Legend has it that a medium told her to build a home to house the spirits of all the people killed by Winchester rifles. Whatever the case, she decided she had to move to California and keep building a mansion. And by “keep building” I mean she had contractors adding things to her house, non-stop, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 38 years. She had stairs built that led to the ceiling and crazy little rooms to nowhere. She also had some marvelous innovations, like push-button gas lights, elevators, and an indoor hot shower.

Oh, the house is also reputed to be haunted. And the Ghost Hunters did an episode on it.

And I will be living, like, a mile away from it. Sweet!

Blame Mr. Rogers

Did you hear the one about Mr. Rogers being the root of all evil? A professor at Louisiana State University has a new theory – that kids today are spoiled and self-centered with a sense of entitlement, and it’s all Mr. Rogers’ fault. The Wall Street Journal ran an article on it a couple of days ago – check it out.

I’m sorry, I realize that I have no kids, but it seems to me that the problem is lack of parenting, not Mr. Rogers.

Fred Rogers

How can you blame a mug like that?