Archive for November, 2008

A Comedy of Errors.

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Well, its the last day of November and its snowing something fierce here in Ann Arbor. Its quite cozy, actually. I won’t think its cozy when it snows like this in February, March, and April…but for now, I’ll take it. Especially with our Christmas tree up and our glog from IKEA ready to microwave at a moment’s notice. That’s right, glog. That stuff is gud. And by gud, I mean amazing. Better with vodka, but still excellent just on its own, thank you very much.

Lars and I took advantage of the long weekend by going to see two movies. The first movie we saw was Role Models starring Paul Rudd of the famous kiss in Clueless at the top of the staircase fame. Also starring in this movie was Sean William Scott. I can’t remember what movies he was in previously but I rest assured I’ve seen him in more than a couple.

ANYWHO, the second movie we saw was Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig. He is hot. No, really. You don’t believe me? He is! Trust me. If you’ve never trusted me before…trust me now! Okay, okay, here is some evidence.

There you have it. Actually, the photo doesn’t do him justice. He’s good in the Bond movies. Definitely swoonable.

But now let me get to my point. Lars and I both enjoyed Quantum of Solace. It was a perfect Thanksgiving weekend movie when you just want to sit in the darkness and be entertained for two hours. That said, we both thoroughly enjoyed Role Models much more.

This got me to thinking that I have seen quite a few good dramas. I mean, there are some movies you just know you’re going to go into and they’re going to resonate with you because its so easy to strike a chord with human emotions through a shared human experience. There is good story-telling, sure. But involve love, death, relationships, children, work, etc…its just asking for us to give a piece of ourselves to the movie. To relate on that deep level where the movie really makes us reflect upon ourselves and decisions we’ve made, regrets we have, loves we have endured, hearts that have been broken, etc. Not to wax philosophical–but truly the more I realize how many dramas I empathize with, the more I realize its a lot easier categorical area for filmmakers to work in. Comedy, on the other hand, is not.

It has been AGES (ages!) since I’ve seen a delightful comedy where I’ve laughed so hard that I’ve cried…where I’ve so enjoyed the actor’s and their craft of making people laugh that I’ve not checked the time in the theater. Yet, these escapist films rarely get much respect. Role Models certainly won’t win an Academy Award but I wonder why. The comedic timing was spot on. The actors were good if not great. The storyline had a heart at its core and the audience was left thinking that the two main characters weren’t total losers and idiots. I was laughing nearly non-stop. I honestly couldn’t tell you the last movie that made me this joyful.

So there’s my plug for y’all to see this movie. If I had a blockbuster favorites shelf circa 2008 it would certainly be on it. Probably along with a few dramas and some romantic comedies :(. There goes my credibility.

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Thank You Notes of Doom

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

So I spent a bulk of last weekend writing Thank You notes (so close to being done!). While I would like to thank people for the very generous gifts that Lars and I received for our wedding–I will not be doing it at the coffee table EVER again. On Monday I went into work with a crick in my neck that ended up just really growing throughout the day (I’m sure my ergonomically incorrect desk and bad posture did not help). I had to leave work early it hurt so so badly. My sister-in-law, Kacey, recommended going to see her massage therapist, Daisie, so I booked an appointment as the pain really only seemed to be getting greater. Anytime you have to turn your entire body to look to the left = bad. I have way too many back/neck/shoulder problems for someone who’s only 28 years old.

Anyway, so I went to Daisie and she was channeling Billy Crystal’s “Miracle Worker” character in “The Princess Bride because that’s exactly what she did–work miracles, that is. She was just fantastic. An interesting side note on her personal life is that she’s NOT that old but was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer in her 20s (in 2002). As it was plastered all over the massage room in beautiful gold lettering, she is currently “5 years cancer free”..and Pregnant! With Twins! You know, with a personal history like that, you know you’re in the hands of someone who has the capability of healing. I think I will definitely be going back. Plus she talks to you about football!

Speaking of “Miracle Workers”—our dishwasher broke this week. This was BAD news. Especially since there was dirty water just sitting in the bottom of it and it started kind of smelling. I was resigned to having to pay a repairman at least $100 to come out and fix an appliance that goes for $400…and who knows if the repairs would stop at $100. Anyway, Lars decides to take a look under it and finds that a wire has burned. A little tinkering below the surface and rewiring and voila–its all fixed! I was more than a little impressed.

Today marks the first Thanksgiving we are going to–over at Helen & Al’s. I am bringing a dessert recipe from The Cottage Cookbook….Rocky Road Brownies. Nom nom nom. I have never made brownies from scratch before (although it seems to be very easy). Hopefully they don’t suck! They’re in the oven right now. Lars and I are going to try and take a walk before the turkey nonsense just to get some exercise in on this day of indulgence.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rick Roll!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

So I know that “Rick Roll’ing” is totally not kewl anymore but there’s something about this video that just gets me everytime. It brings me joy and happiness…and if it doesn’t bring you joy and happiness, well then something is just wrong with you.

….I never thought I was a quilt person.

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

I have seen some pretty bad looking quilts in my day. This is not to say that I spend my days judging quilts, they’ve just never really appealed to me in anything other than a “baby blanket” kind of way–and even then they’re kind of “meh”. Well, today in the mail we received a package from my neighbor in Encinitas, Liz, and in it was the most gorgeous, beautiful, fantastic quilt I have ever seen. While we were back in Encinitas before the wedding, she stopped by the house and asked us what colors we liked–I replied “anything bright…red, purple, orange!”. A couple of months later, this is what we got. Isn’t it so beautiful. Its not kitschy at all. I just love the mixture of the modern fabrics combined with the really bright and colorful floral prints. Its just a really nice quality and classy quilt–and I know how much time goes into making something like this so it makes it all the more special. She said to us in her wedding note that if we didn’t like the color we could bring the quilt back and she would consult with us for other colors but this is just perfect.

Honestly, I don’t know why I’m rambling about this quilt–Its just so neat that someone made Lars and I this. So cool. I wish I was crafty!

In sad news–Michigan lost. Big time. Oh noes. At least we won 3 games this year? It is a bad year to be a Michigan fan compounded by being a San Diego Charger fan. Let’s not even talk about the Detroit Lions.

Red Meat

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

I have recently rediscovered red meat, the cartoon that I was minorly obsessed with back in the trials and tribulations of my youth as an undergrad at UCSD.Probably my favorite cartoon (or the most favorite cartoon that I feel I can safely post here without being judged) is below. It ain’t Garfield. Then again, there’s truly nothing more horrible than Garfield so that isn’t saying much. height= I’m not really sure what makes them so high-larious other than that the fact that they’re completely ridiculous. I did become famous for “hating people more than ever” which is essentialy the relationship between Karen and Milkman Dan, as expressed in the cartoon here. Speaking of hating. Lars and I are going to be watching the OSU v. Michigan game today. We are cautiously hopeful. Lars said height=200the other day in the car “I predict the biggest blowout in Michigan/OSU history….Michigan Wins!”. Wouldn’t that just be grand? Ohio State is to Michigan what Milkman Dan is to Karen. And no, I”m not saying Ohio State is “McMoo the Anti-Drug Cow”, just that they’re horrible in all capacities without question. I’m so glad the game is in Columbus this year because its just more insult to injury to lose in your own stadium :(. I think fans are realistic, though, and we’ll just have to look towards next year. I’d like to see a team other than OSU go to the Rose Bowl, though. I’m all about Penn State :). This is mostly because I’m in love with their old man coach. Who isn’t in love with Joe Paterno!?

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008

meh.

This pretty much sums it all up for me.

Mosaic Post

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I saw this over at Chelsea’s cute little site and it was kind of a lot of fun. Its creating a personalized mosaic of images from flickr based on your answering’s of a couple of questions (below). Self-discovery? Probably not. But still pretty neat.

Here’s how you do it:

Concept:
1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
http://www.flickr.com/search/
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php
(choose four columns and three rows, also choose individual URL’s)

Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your nickname.

Chocolate Cake in Five Minutes?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

I found this neat little recipe on www.stumbleupon.com. Lars was trying to get me to see the picture of Miner’s Castle that was posted their recently (resulting in 9,000 hits on his site just yesterday!) but when I went to the site it directed me to cake recipes. Oh how the internet knows me so well. This could definitely be dangerous. Click on the picture to read the original blog post with the recipe and user’s variations of said recipe.

Speaking of recipes, this morning I subjected Lars to torture, Megan-style. I turned on the Food Network and pumped up the volume. Luckily, Rachael Ray was on for maximum pain inflicted. I left the remote control on the dresser across the room from where Lars was chilling out in bed so that he would have to get up if he wanted to change the channel. His screams of agony and despair eventually lead me to change the channel before I left for the grocery store–but it was a good lesson for him of who’s in charge in this relationship. Screw up and you get subjected to Rachael Ray in stereo sound. I actually have nothing against her recipes and enjoy making them (even though they’re NEVER 30 minutes or less), but she is pretty frigging annoying. I’ve become a Paula Deen fan–I don’t make her food I just like listening to her talk. So comforting. Also comforting is the amount of butter she uses in her recipes. Butter makes everything better.

Since I’m on a food rant, anyway, I’ll talk about milk now. Recently, my sister-in-law exposed us to Calder Dairy, a local dairy that delivers to the grocery store I go to , Busch’s. Their skim milk is delicious and tastes rich and creamy. I never really knew there would be a difference, but there totally is. Plus it comes in super awesome glass bottles that you can bring back to the grocery store for a $1.25 rebate per bottle which off-sets the price of the milk so that its almost cheaper to buy them. This is good. Its a far superior product and you should always buy local foods when a) its an option and b) its financially viable. Its a little bit of extra work but not that much–plus its a lot more eco-friendly than buying milk that’s been carted across the country.

Michigan Hockey “DANCE!”

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

The students…they dance like they didn’t know the Wolverines were going to lose to Western Michigan 2-1 only one period later.  The Hockey Pep Band has their number.

The Best Nephews!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Lars and I have the most wonderful nephews in the whole wide world.  Just today, in fact, we were engaged in a riveting discussion about farm animals with young Mats.  It was a very existential conversation that really had us digging deep into labels and objectification of animals.  But, despite the labels we give them, cows really do say “moo” and ducks really do “quack”…no arguing about that!  Young Mats was quick to make this point and he did, in fact, turn out to be correct overall.  Lars was speechless.  Lars is always speechless.  It ended up just being me quacking into the phone and Jen quacking back and Mats would sometimes moo and Lars just sat their with total social anxiety disorder because he’s apparently afraid to talk to his one and a half year old nephew.   He probably doesn’t want Mats to school him in the vocab department.  Well, Lars, I’ve got news–he already has.