Laptop bag vote

A few months ago I got a sexy new laptop, and it’s bigger than my previous ones so the bags I have are a bit small. Now that I’m about to be a working girl again, I’m looking for something new in case I need to take my new sex machine to work. we’re also looking at some travel in the next few month. My requirements: something on the girly side (black briefcases are BOOOOORING) but nice enough to bring to a work meeting if needed. Protective. Room on the inside to bring the power cables and a few accessories (maybe in lieu of a separate purse). Water resistant. I’ve found three bags that all seem to meet this requirement. Help a sister pick a bag!

This Targus bag

This JoJo Designs bag

This Icon Motion Systems bag

OR, feel free to tell me about YOUR bag that you love. Thanks!!

Oscars

My TV has issues with ABC (which is why we watch LOST at a friend’s place on Wednesday nights) so we got no Oscar love tonight. I did see the following quote though from Sean Penn, that just made me laugh.

“You commie homo-loving sons of guns. I did not expect this, and I want it to be very clear that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me, often, but I am touched by the appreciation.” — Sean Penn, accepting the best actor Oscar for his role in “Milk.”

He was excellent in Milk, it’s a well earned win. Heath Ledger = YAY!! He was so, so brilliant in Dark Knight (though I did think it was hilarious that Robert Downey Jr. was up against him for his role in Tropic Thunder). Didn’t see her performance but I love Kate Winslet. And Slumdog Millionaire was a lovely film and I’m glad they did so well tonight.

How was Hugh Jackman? I was looking forward to seeing him.

Artsy fartsy

On Saturday we had a dinner date in San Francisco with one of my husband’s co-worker’s and his wife. So we decided to head up early to do something in the city. We ended up at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which my husband and I hadn’t been to before. The museum was in between special installations so we ended up checking out their permanent collection, which is pretty nice. A few snaps are up on flickr.

Pencils in the head

And my husband bought me a fun bracelet at the gift shop, which was a sweet surprise! After the museum we had some time to kill, so we went and grabbed some drinks. Then we met up with co-workers for dinner and saw Dark Knight on IMAX. It’s almost as if we have a life and things to do lately! 😉 Today’s all rainy and grey so I think it will be a nice indoor lazy day. Happy Sunday!

Lovely surprise Friday

My husband surprised me by taking the day off today! Yay! And it’s been dry for a couple of days so it was a beautiful day. Husband took me to lunch at a lovely little Italian place called Bella Saratoga in adorable downtown Saratoga. Just past downtown is a place I’ve been wanting to go for months – the Hakone Japanese Gardens. They filmed part of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha there. The road up to the gardens were so steep that we had to throw the car into first gear. There was a family of deer running around. The garden is set kind of up in a mountain area so when you got to an outlook, the view was AMAZING. There are some big, fancy homes built into the hills. Anyway, I uploaded a few snaps. It’s a really serene and lovely place and worth a re-visit. As we drove around we realized there’s a big beautiful park area just past the gardens so we have some new places to explore soon!

Bridge

Waterfall

husband in a gate

Oh, and by the way, in case you missed it, I got a job! Woot! Happy weekend!

Weekend recap – FANBOYS!

It’s FINALLY raining out here in the Bay Area. This is a big deal as we’re actually in drought conditions for the third year in a row and my county is on the verge of water rationing. And it was Valentine’s Weekend. I don’t do Valentine’s Day and I knew all dining places and whatnot would be jam packed so I was looking to stay home for the weekend. So on Saturday afternoon, after sleeping in like the lazy bums that we are, we hit the movie theatre. The movie we chose – Fanboys. The premise is that it’s 1998 and four guys who were friends in childhood (plus an additional friend, the always awesome Kristen Bell) are big time Star Wars fans. One of the guys has cancer, so they plan a road trip to California to steal the rough cut of Star Wars Episode 1 from George Lucas’ house. And wacky hijinks ensure. It’s fairly hilarious, especially if you grew up a Star Wars fan.

This movie’s been trying to get released for a very long time so it was great to finally be able to see it. Then we came home and… watched more movies! And ate New York style pizza!

Sunday was an exercise in laziness.

How about you, do anything for the Heart weekend?

Miserable American Cities

This week Forbes published its second annual “miserable cities” list and it surprised me some. The rankings are based on the following:

We ranked those metros on nine factors: commute times, corruption, pro sports teams, Superfund sites, taxes (both income and sales), unemployment, violent crime and weather.

Here’s the top ten list:

1. Stockton, CA
2. Memphis, TN
3. Chicago, IL
4. Cleveland, OH
5. Modesto, CA
6. Flint, MI
7. Detroit, MI
8. Buffalo, NY
9. Miami, FL
10. St. Louis, MO

And they said this about St. Louis:

The Gateway City scored in the bottom half of all nine categories we looked at for the Forbes Misery Measure. It was the only metro area to pull off that feat.

BRUTAL!

I was honestly surprised that Chicago was that much higher than Detroit. And Gary, Indiana isn’t on the list? Maybe it’s not populous enough? Gary’s an awful place. Also, no New Orleans? Really? That was the most surprising thing to me. Thoughts? Any place you’d have wanted on that list?

Cate Blanchett makes everything better

Long, long ago I posted a quick article that Ridley Scott was working with Russell Crowe on a new Robin Hood film called Nottingham. And Sienna Miller was slated to play Marian. Sienna’s ok but I just thought she couldn’t quite stack up to Russell Crowe. And then there was a lot of drama around the production – rumors that Crowe was way overweight and was unwilling to work out, and that he and Ridley were fighting. And then recently word came that Sienna Miller was let go from the film altogether. And the rumors further say that it was creepy and gross seeing young, pretty Sienna making out with sloppy, heavy, Russell. But NOW word comes that the awesomely awesome Cate Blanchett is in talks to replace her. And THAT, my friends, is a movie I’d see opening weekend. Though, to be honest, I’d probably watch “Cate Reads the Phonebook: The MOVIE!” if such a thing existed. I do like my strong British Aussie actresses.

Cate Blanchett