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Friday Fun! (Happy Thanksgiving!)

November 23, 2011 12 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  For once I’m actually writing this a couple of days ahead of time, because it is American Thanksgiving this weekend, and I’m going to be one busy lady.  My dad is coming down from Vermont to spend a few days with me in my lovely city of Boston.  I’m looking forward to the quality time.  It’s something that’s hard to come by when you live in a different state from your parent.  I’m also excited for him to see me looking far healthier than the last time he was here, which was almost a year ago!

There will probably not be anything particularly traditional about our Thanksgiving, since I’m a vegetarian, and there’s only two of us.  We may go out. We may order in. We may make tacos.  Who knows.  We will, however, definitely be drinking beer and watching the game.  We are traditional Americans in THAT regard. 😉

Once he heads back for home I’ll be doing the laundry, getting in some quality gym time, and finally getting started on editing zombies.  I’m aiming for a release date toward the end of January and am excited about this book.  Whereas the Tova Gallagher series is a just for fun romance novella lite, zombies is all about the feminist scifi and horror writer inside me.  It’s a different kind of excitement.  A more serious one.

I do want to take a moment to ask you all to seriously consider avoiding the crass consumerism that is Black Friday sales this weekend if at all possible.  I understand money is tight, trust me, I do, but all you have to do is youtube some videos of the types of mobs that happen to see how disgusting this obsession with stuff can be.  Spend your long weekend with loved ones, whether related by blood or by choice.  Get outside.  Go for a hike. Read a book. Go to the library!  Just don’t spend your precious hours off obsessed with stuff.  As Tyler Durden says, you don’t own your stuff.  Your stuff owns you.

Happy weekend all!

Friday Fun! (Family Visit and Blood Pressure)

July 29, 2011 4 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your weeks have treated you well.  Mine has been incredibly busy (I feel like I’m always saying that in these posts……)  My brother and his family were in town taking their daughter to participate in a research study at Boston Children’s Hospital, so I got to hang out with them for an evening.  My niece and nephew have both grown so much!  My nephew (who is four) was very intrigued by my cat, and since his family has dogs, I got to explain to him the differences in interacting with a kitty versus a doggy.  He eventually got the idea that cats scare easily and he had to approach her quietly.  Then she let him pet her, which was adorable, because she hasn’t ever seen a miniature person since I adopted her (I don’t know about previously).

My brother also brought along a box of presents for me from my daddy, which included the most adorable father/daughter cookbook.  (Plus tons of kitchen gear. I’m a bit obsessed with cooking).  It also had presents for my kitty.  She completely flipped out over them.  I have yet to let her try the toy that blows catnip laced bubbles.  I think that particular toy might call for some video, lol.

I also had two job interviews this week plus a doctor’s appointment (routine), which kept me running around the city like a chicken with my head cut off.  It also meant a got a lot of kindle time though.  At my doctor’s appointment, I finally got an updated blood pressure reading.  Back in January, my blood pressure was extremely unhealthy, so much so that they wanted to put me on blood pressure medication.  Heart disease runs in my family, and these stats freaked me out.  So I made a lot of changes in my lifestyle–both eating and exercise level–in the hopes of fixing my blood pressure without meds.  Well at the doctor’s this week my bp was 110 over 80, which is really excellent and healthy!! Yay!! 🙂

My weekend is mostly going to be consumed with prep for the party I’m throwing that I’m super-excited about.  Also seeing Cowboys and Aliens, which, um, is kind of part of the party.  Don’t worry though, I’ll definitely squeeze some reading and writing time in.  Happy weekends!

Friday Fun! (Visit to VT, Gal Pals, Wii)

April 2, 2010 4 comments

Although the reason for my visit home last weekend was sad, I had a wonderful time getting to see my dad’s side of the family mostly together for a change.  My aunts, uncles, and cousins were all wonderful, although it’d been so many years that I did shock a few by having beer at the wake.  Hah!  Apparently, me being 23 snuck up on them.  I also got to see my nephew, who is now talking in complete sentences.  I was shocked at how well he remembers me, as well as at how much time he wanted to spend with me.  It was fun!  Apparently, I like toddlers.  Who knew.  I also got to meet my niece for the first time.  She’s got her daddy’s red hair, so she’s bound to be a bundle of trouble. 😉  Really, though, she’s looking quite good for all the time she had to spend in intensive care at first.

Back in Boston, I hung out with my ever-lovely gal pals, Nina and E.  I, shockingly, got to introduce them to the infamous Telephone music video, which they naturally fell in love with.  Bonding occurred over Thai food, and Nina sent me off with a bottle of vodka.  The gal knows me so well.  🙂  Meanwhile, all three of my herb plants came up and seem to be doing relatively well. *fingers crossed*  Also making an appearance is the seedlings from the mystery seeds I got from Old Navy.  I have no idea what flower it’s going to be.  We shall see.  I’ve been playing my way through wii’s Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess.  It’s the furthest I’ve ever made it in that type of game.  I will say, getting to swipe the wiimote in the air and having it kill troll things on the screen is AWESOME.  I think if I ever actually manage to defeat this, I’ll have to try another game where I get to wave my arms around and kill things.

Happy weekends, everyone!  Here’s hoping the gorgeous weather holds out!

Movie Review: Matilda (1996)

January 20, 2010 14 comments

Summary:
Matilda has the unfortunate luck of being a smart kid born to not only stupid, but annoying and neglectful, parents.  They leave her alone for extended periods of time at a young age, time she fills by reading books from the public library.  When she’s six and a half, her father finally sends her to a private school with a bully of a principal.  However, her sweet teacher tells her she’s special, and Matilda’s mind stretches to be even more powerful than she ever thought it could.

Review:
This movie sounds serious, but it’s actually quite funny.  Danny DeVito directs and acts–both as the narrator and Matilda’s father.  Rhea Perlman, known like DeVito for comedic roles, plays Matilda’s mother.  Matilda’s telekinetic abilities are played mainly for laughs, and she tends to use them in a child-like manner.

Matilda’s parents aren’t mean to their daughter on purpose; they  just don’t understand her.  They think it’s fun to watch terrible game shows on tv, and are offended when she says she’d rather read Moby Dick.  Matilda doesn’t hate them, but she also knows she doesn’t belong.

The message of the movie really is that family is what you make of it, not what you’re born into.  Matilda could have dumbed herself down to fit in with her family, but she doesn’t.  Her parents could have insisted that she belongs with them, but they don’t.  Sometimes people are born into the right family; sometimes they’re not, and there’s nothing wrong with fixing that.

If you want some giggles and a heartwarming message that doesn’t have a love interest for once, give Matilda a shot.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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Friday Fun! (Merry Chrismukkah!)

December 18, 2009 4 comments

What a busy week it’s been!  Full of good and bad stress.  Thankfully mostly the good kind.  Unfortunately stress of any kind can make me act kinda wonky, so…..sorry about that.

Over the weekend I visited my family in Vermont.  My nephew is 2 and has reached the “why” stage of development.  My brother and sister-in-law have grown a bit tired of it, but I gotta say I thoroughly enjoyed answering all of his “why’s” to the fullest extent.  Of course, I only was around him for a portion of 2 days, lol.  My aunt and uncle (who my dad lives with) were very hospitable, and I drank much wine.  My dad gave me housewarming money which was fairly promptly used to buy a toaster and a rice cooker.  They haven’t arrived yet, but they’re bright red and appear to be entirely awesome.

Monday was my presentation of my final team project for this semester of grad school, which means I am officially on winter break! Yayyyyyy!!!  I already got my grades, and they were both just fine and dandy.

This week I hosted a Chrismukkah gathering for my group of lesbian friends (I call them “The Lesbians,” and yes they are just fine with that.  In fact, they kinda love it).  I had my first attempt at making latkes.  I used the vegan sweet potato latke recipe from this month’s issue of Vegetarian Times magazine.  I was doubtful that substituting pureed sweet potato for egg would work, but by golly it did.  The latkes tasted great, although I need to work on figuring out the appropriate cooking time.  There aren’t the helpful bubbles that you get with regular pancakes, so a few got a bit, erm, burnt.  We lit the menorah (and I am proud to say that I can now sing the prayer), and we watched Claymation Christmas.  If you have never seen Claymation Christmas I hereby order you to go find it on Youtube.  It is quite trippy.  The Lesbians surprised me by giving me a crock pot!  This means you may be hearing about my vegetarian crock pot cooking adventures in the future.

You guys were totally going to get an adorable picture of my kitty snuggled up in wrapping paper, but I didn’t get a chance to download them to my computer.  I swear these Friday posts will have pictures eventually.

I hope everyone’s holidays are going well.  Try to enjoy and stay stress-free!