Thursday, December 26, 2002

I had a great Christmas holiday with my sweetie and his family in Salt Lake. I also had a great time with two family parties up here in MN before and after my trip to SLC. I was able to fly down to Salt Lake on Christmas eve...and then had to immediately fly back on Christmas day. The "Santa" fare that Northwest airlines was sweet enough; only $150/rt. What made the fare sweeter was that I got bumped up to first class on the flight down to SLC. Bonus! I couldn't have asked for a nicer gift from the airlines. I do feel, however, that I wasted my holiday luck on that bump to first class...I was hoping to win that darned Powerball lotto last night so that I could fly first class all the time. :-) I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

I think I'm fairly good when it comes to the English language...usually. Last week I sent an email to a group of individuals at my job that included a pretty bad misspelling. Instead of using the word "rule" I spelled it "rool". While it might just be a typo, I think it's actually a synapse issue in my brain. In fact, it could very well be a tumor. I can understand a spelling like "ruel" where the letters are simply transposed, but ROOL? I think I need to get some therapeutic medication or maybe just a brain massage.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

I voted on Tuesday, much like many people around the country, I'm sure. I *bet*, however, that I had a stranger thing happen than most of ya'll... I received the ballot and the supplemental ballot to cover the addition of our new senatorial candidate, Walter Mondale, after Paul Wellstone's untimely demise. No problem at all with the supplemental ballot, so I fill out the supplemental ballot then go on to the big sheet of votes. Well, wouldn't ya know it, the first congressional seat up for bid had a name already marked! Granted, I was going to vote for that person anyway, but it seemed REALLY ODD that it was marked. Either this was someone else's vote or it was a "suggestion". Either way, it stunk. I walked over to the election "judges" and informed them that one of the circles was already filled in. They said, "What? How did that happen?" "I really don't know, you tell me." They threw out the card with nary a blink. Who knows how many times that scenario could have happened at that precinct? Was it a vote? Was it a clever way to stuff the ballot box? Just wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Monday, October 21, 2002

Ok, so the 'cat' is finally officially out of the bag. I am engaged to Ivan. (Photographic Exhibit D -- Proof of Ivan) I've wanted to post some of the details of my engagement on here, but have held off until those who "need to know" know before putting it here.

Ivan consistently amazes me with his thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit. This was evident during the little trip we took when he asked me to marry him. Briefly and with some supporting photos, I'll give you the low-down on the special things he did for me. First, you need to understand that he's not from Minnesota, so getting these surprises done in Minnesota along the North Shore was no simple feat. Here we go...

I was to pick him up at the airport and we were to head immediately up towards Duluth to stop off, have dinner and then continue on toward the BlueFin Bay resort in Tofte, MN. We started this leg of the journey a bit later than we had planned. Our reservations were for 8pm at Grandma's. Ivan voiced his concerns to me that we were going to be late to get to the restaurant. I said something like, "Hey, it's a Wednesday, it's Grandma's (not that fancy) and it's Duluth...They'll hold the reservation." Still he seemed a bit nervous about getting there on time. Something was up!

When we arrived in downtown Duluth on Canal, he started to suggest streets to turn on. "I know where Grandma's is," I proclaimed. He then said that he wanted to show me a store that he had heard about. Ok, cool, but what about the reservation? hehhe. Anyway, we park a little ways away from Grandma's and we walked along and then he said he wanted to go into the gallery. I figured he was just "being nice" about wanting to look at art with me, ya know? Well, we're looking around at the works and then he stops and says, "Aren't these beautiful?" I say yes. He then stops moving...a sneaky way to get me to see all of the "works". There in the corner on an easel was a black and white photo that he had taken of me when I was in Utah. Too sweet! Photographic Exhibit A

Then on to dinner at Grandma's. We were seated at a table with a huge bouquet of flowers. Of course I didn't notice those at first because I was too busy worrying about the booth being too small for us to sit opposite of each other. We sat on the same side and *then* I noticed the bouquet. We opened our menus. Inside my menu was a lovely poem that he had written. Apparently the woman from the restaurant who helped him with this surprise printed out the poem and laminated it. Too sweet on his and her part!

After dinner, I figured there couldn't possibly be any more surprises along the drive to BlueFin Bay. Ha!

It was getting late. Ivan was driving the leg from Duluth to Tofte and I had snoozed off and on along the way. When we arrived in Tofte he said, "I think we should go get some gas." To which I replied, "I can see the resort. It's right over there." I said as I pointed at the Bluefin sign. He pulls into the gas station directly across the street from the Blue Fin Bay resort. It's closed. On their marquee, however, I saw through bleary eyes, "Catherine, I adore you. Love, Ivan" Awwww...too sweet! :-) >Photographic Exhibit B

We checked into our suite at the BlueFin resort, and there, I found another gorgeous bouquet there. Sweet yet again!! Photographic Exhibit C -- Display of both referenced bouquets.

All this and still no proposal. :-) We had a great time going up to Grand Marais and around the North Shore the following day. We planned eat at the Bluefin Restaurant that night out on the deck overlooking a lightly rippling Lake Superior. The weather was perfect for an evening dinner...even that far north! Oh and what a gorgeous view! We ate dinner, talked and then...and then...the waitress brought dessert. We didn't order dessert. I figured it must be part of their service. You know, as many places provide bread at the beginning, maybe this place provided dessert at the end? Nah. In the whipped cream of the brownie sundae, sat a beautiful diamond ring. Ivan then asked the age old question..."Do you want me to lick that off?" hehehe. Actually he didn't say that, but instead, he asked me to marry him. I said yes. The end...or should I say, the beginning. :-)

Three Two Second Movie Reviews, all of 'em decent flicks!:
  • Red Dragon -- *Almost* as good as Silence of the Lambs, one of my all time favorite films. Plenty of suspense, gruesome ideas, good acting, and beautiful production values. A-
  • The Ring -- Chilling and stressful, this flick almost gets you to scream, but not quite. It's well worth your time if you're looking to be creeped out for an evening. B+
  • One Hour Photo -- Unsettling psycho-drama, almost creepy and consistently compelling, this movie and Robin Williams himself will suck you in with its delicacy. A

Friday, September 27, 2002

Dingfatz -- a new font...with several characters that are based upon my photos from the "Right to Bare Arms" Collection of pics. No, I didn't comission it, nor do I endorse it. I do find it purty funny though. Who'd have thought I'd ever be a FONT? Take a peek at it. Thanks to Jamie for letting me know 'bout this!

Here's a graphical comparison chart between the font and my "Right to Bare Arms" photos: click here.

Sunday, September 08, 2002

Two Second Movie Reviews:
  • Tadpole -- Often very funny and sometimes uncomfortable, this film (funny to say that since it's all digital video) is well worth catching. Aside from an excellent script and acting, this one really makes me want to visit NYC again. A
  • S1m0ne -- Flat and unreal, just as Simone. The story line is good, the execution of it just wasn't very tight. Not painful to watch, just not engaging.C+
  • City by the Sea -- A vapid, emotionally superficial bore of a movie. DeNiro couldn't save it. Highly forgettable. C-

Sunday, August 25, 2002

"Your Body is a Wonderland" by John Mayer. What a wonderfully sensual song. Ahhhhh. The MP3 link at the beginning is the live version, I believe. It's a little slower paced than that which is on the album...makes it even more sensual.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Wearable gems made from human cremains on the horizon -- Turning carbon remains of a cremation into gemstones. Interesting idea. I'm not sure that I'm sold on it, but ya know, having a box of ashes sit around doesn't quite seem as cool as having a gemstone made of their remains. Oh, but can you see it now...lawsuits over the accidental mixing of cremains. Who does the diamond actually belong to?? Oh, and how can you possibly know how much of a carat weight one will make? When I die, will I make a really BIG diamond? Hmmm...time will tell.

Monday, August 19, 2002

Pads and tampons. If you're feeling squeamish already, continue down to the next post. :-) Just a wee complaint in this department. Stop freakin' changing the packaging and brand names. In the last few years I've had to spend more and more time perusing the plethora of catamenial products than, frankly, I have wanted to spend. Regular. Super. Super Plus. Ultra. Etc, etc. If they could just STOP the "progress" here, I might be able to figure it out what combination of products work best for me. There's nothing worse than having an urgent need for the things and going to the store and not being able to find the brand/style/size you're used to. If you can't locate it, you have to just guess...a potentially embarassing risk, ya know? Is the Kotex Maxi as maxed as the Always Maxi? Is the Playtex Super as super as the Kotex Super? One never knows until it's too late. ;-)
Again, in the same vein of products, during my recent perusuals, I've discovered a new and laughable discovery. Thong panty liners. They're shaped like a wedge....well, which is the way they need to be shaped for a thong, but come on... THONG LINERS? On 1/2 inch of fabric, is there that much concern that ya might have "moisture" hitting the thing? If there's an excess "moisture" problem, maybe ya ought to not be wearing the thong at that time? I know I'm not convinced that the liners would even stay put. We're only working with a little adhesive and 1/4 inch of paper products. I have a distinct feeling that the liner would quickly wad up in my bum. Is it just me?

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Lebanese food. Nummy! I had an opportunity to try it last night. I thought Italian was garlic laden. No sirrrrreee...Lebanese food wins, hands down. Good for you and great for your breath. Don't let anyone tell ya otherwise. :-) Anyway, the food is kind of Greekish/Arabic but no foot cheese flavoring. (There's a dish that ya get at Greek restaurants that I cannot stand...it tastes like feet! Not that I eat a lot of feet, mind you...) Anyway, if you're in the St. Paul area, the place I visited was Beirut Restaurant on Robert Street. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, there's a distinct lack of good dining on Robert Street...a few decent chain restaurants and a few dives, that's about it. This place is a major coup! Good stuff, Maynard.

Monday, July 29, 2002

Two Second Movie Reviews...
  • Road to Perdition -- Strangely distant yet enthralling picture about family, obligation...and of course, the mob. A-
  • Sunshine State -- Like a meandering boat ride on gently waving water, this movie pulls you along. It's a wonderful thought provoking tale of racism, progress and family. A-
  • Eight Legged Freaks -- A "B" movie to the end. Great fun for it's pure camp. Boring for its predictability and lame effects. B-

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

I got my first glimpse at the pigeons today...only because the nest had been abandoned. The two chick pigeons are dead. :-( Sure, I know this sort of thing happens, but dammit, usually not on my balcony! I had been watching the nest for a couple of days and I never saw the two adults together. My guess is that either the food-supplying parent died somewhere and wasn't able to provide or that the heat the past couple of days cooked the darned things. In any event, it's a sad day in Mudville...

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

A quick synopsis of my trip to Vegas...
--Squishy plane flight, but had the exit row, so LOTS of leg room. Yay!
--The Riviera gave my Thursday night room away even though I paid for it and fully expected to be able to check in at 7am on Friday. Bastards. They ended up giving us a dirty room...yeah, nothing like checking into a "used" room. Luckily there wasn't a party goin' on the night before.
--Went swimming with Daphne to kill time while the room was being fixed up. Swim, swam, swum. Met an amazingly creative guy from Seattle at the pool. Irregularly burned my shoulders, chest due to poor sun block application.
--Lunch at a local Chinese spot. Had to eat quickly....we were running late for the next stop....
--Attended a wedding at the Riviera Chapel. Wonderful rendition of "Ave Maria." So many tears were shed by the attendees. I thought it was a happy occasion?? :-) The bridal party looked lovely albeit a bit nervous/stressed out.
--Tried to sleep. No luck.
--Attended some of the BBWnetwork's Bash meet & greet...also known as "pat ourselves on the back for several hours and hand out way too many door prizes..."
--Sleeeeeep.
--Met a longtime online friend from Utah and his travel companion.
--Went to lunch at the Flamingo. Great conversation. Great to finally meet him!
--Took a walk 'round the animal area of the Flamingo. African penguins! Turtles! and of course, Flamingos!
--Gambled with seed money from my Utah friend. Won quite a bit of money in the nickel slots. Divided up the winnings. It didn't' seem right to take it all since it was his initial investment.
--Dinner with the BBWnetwork folks. More self-congratulatory behavior and f*ing door prizes.
--Changed into fabulous duds and danced, danced, danced!
--Checked out of the Riviera.
--Had a fabulous lunch at the Bellagio with some of my pals from near and far.
--Gambled at the Bellagio. Won a $100 bet at Roulette. (There was 8 red picks in a row and one green pick...it was due for a black! Handed my keys to my friend from Utah while I was digging for more quarters to play a quarter game. (Remember this for later notes.) Friend from Utah headed home after a brief hug.
--Checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel. Freakin' fabulous hotel compared to the Riviera. Spectacular in every regard.
--Shared some ice cream with the amazing creative guy from Seattle. Sent him home with a hug outside the taxi.
--Hung out with my pals at one of the Mandalay Bay lounges. Gambled. Dinner and great chatter at the House of Blues. Gamble. Sleep.
--8am phone call from Utah friend. He has my keys. DOH! I completely forgot that I gave them to him and he didn't realize he still had 'em until he was home. Arrangements were made to send 'em overnight to my home.
--Lunch at some buffet. I don't care for buffets. NO MORE BUFFETS for me, thank you. :-)
--Off to MGM for some lions and gambling.
--Coffee with our friend from California and then goodbyes. I had to do a lot of goodbyes this weekend, it seems. :-)
--Shark Reef. Great aquarium! Lots of fun fishies. Both Daphne and I hesitated walking over the acrylic floor though. Seems fat girls don't trust 'em. :-)
--Time to fly home! Had a cranky guy in front of me. I asked him politely if he could refraid from putting his seat back as my knees were right up against the seat back already.. He barely grumbled something which I think was an "ok". A few minutes later he turns around and says, "Let's make a deal...you stop grinding your knees into my back and I'll not put my seat back." Grrr. As if I didn't already tell him that my knees were hitting the chair. He and his bitchy girlfriend just seemed tired.
--Arrive at home. *yawn* it was very early. Peter was kind enough to meet me at my apartment to let me in at such an early hour. Yay!
--Sleep.
Now, remember where the keys were to be coming from Utah? Overnight? Well, I went down to the security desk of my building late that afternoon and checked to see if a FedEx package had been delivered. None such. Grrrrr. My Utah friend indicated that the online site said the package was delivered at 11:30am. Curious. I inquired about the address, and then *DOH* the mode of the package's transport. It wasn't sent FedEx, but rather Priority USMail. *ding ding* The package, with my keys (work, house and *mailbox* ) was sitting in my mailbox. How ironic to have my mailbox key in my mailbox. Just all too funny. :-)

Friday, June 28, 2002

I'm off to Las Vegas in a couple of hours. Don't miss me too much. :-) I'll be back soon with many a story, I'm sure. Be good!
I see two eggs now. Two little pigeons will grace my balcony soon. Should I be excited?? heheheh. Ah well, such is life in the mid-size city.
The new Dimensions is here...the new Dimensions is here! Lookie...I'm on the cover. YAY! Aside from the fact that I'm in the magazine, the other layouts and stories are very well done. I've read this magazine for several years and I think this edition has the highest quality photography and layout of any I've seen. Kudos to the editor/publisher! Well done!

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Two Second Movie Reviews:
  • Windtalkers -- Good story idea, bad, bad execution. Poor Nicolas Cage. Just say no to anymore war films, Nick. D+
  • Minority Report-- Excellent, excellent. Sci Fi thriller that keeps you guessing and fascinated. Visually amazing too! Can't go wrong with this one! Good things to say 'bout every aspect. A
  • Insomnia-- A solid film albeit slightly forgettable. Good to see Robin Williams back in serious psycho mode.B+
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding-- A look at a woman's transformation from homely and insecure to confident and ready to take on the world...of course throw in the greek family and you've got a heartwarming overwhelmingly funny movie.B+
Two cooing pigeons on my balcony equal what? What do they equal? Well, they equal a laid egg in a flower pot. They've been hanging around for about two weeks sans egg...and well, now I feel like I can't disturb 'em 'cuz of the egg laying and all. Sure there are more than enough pigeons in the world, but I just can't shoo 'em now. Do you think they'll enjoy watching the fireworks with me next week?? That's the real question. How friendly will they be to my guests? Should I offer them a hot dog? So many questions, so few answers.

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

I've uploaded a funny, jiggly butt video to my Catay.com Update notification group. I thought I'd save my hosting service a ton of bandwidth by hosting it over there. Heck, it's free! Yay! If you're interested, go here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/catay/

Monday, June 17, 2002

Two second movie reviews coming up: Windtalkers and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Friday, June 14, 2002

Bishops bar abusive priests from direct parishioner contact -- I'll admit I haven't really being paying very close of attention to this topic, but riddle me this...why is it even an issue? Shouldn't those who abuse children and others be put in jail and not just be banished from public contact? Am I missing some fundamental tidbit of info? Help me out here... The article states: "Bishops also must report all claims of sexual abuse of a minor to public authorities. Church leaders have acknowledged that prelates in many cases had failed to report such allegations to law enforcement." Umm...isn't failure to report akin to acceptance of this behavior? What about reporting abuse of an adult? Or of a mentally challenged adult? Ick.

Sunday, June 09, 2002

More photos! In a BIG Way hosted a dance on Saturday night. I was "in your face" with the camera all night long. I just love being annoying with the camera. ;-) Here are the results.
I lost my "virginity" on the Big Girl, Big Stuff Tour. See this page for details.

That's a detour page on the BG/BS Tour Minnesota Tour #2 site which is officially open today! Yay! Click here to start the tour.

Friday, June 07, 2002

Oh! One thing I neglected to post was that the Lucys are popping up all over the city now. I saw my first one last week...and then another..and another. It's a crabby chick convention in St. Paul! Wooohooo!
Much going on in my wee little life and haven't had a chance nor the energy to post 'bout it. I was on a whirlwind trip for the Big Girl, Big Stuff Tours this past weekend. I'm pretty sure we put on about 1200 miles this trip. Lots of big stuff. Lots of fun. Lots of stressful interpersonal moments. Lots of not feeling well. Yes, I had to have my cold kick in while only 1/3 in to the tour. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I'm still coughing a lot and scaring my co-workers, but hey, if ya can't do that, what fun is a cold?!?

The Big Girl, Big Stuff pictures should be up and viewable sometime this weekend. I'll post a little note on here when the pages are ready to go. 23 stops on this Tour...from Minnesota all the way up past Winnipeg, Manitoba. Good stuff.

Thursday, May 30, 2002

Quick way to make yourself feel fatter -- go get an oil change and have the jerk-offs at the place adjust your seat all over the place. They must have adjusted the height, distance from the wheel *and* the back. For 15 minutes of an oil change...was this necessary?!?! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. OH, not only that, but they vacuumed up all the change from the back seat. It's my wee honesty test, actually. Typically, they move the change from the floor and put it someplace easily seen. No, not this time. Sucked it up (or pocketed it, or both) and tore up the foot pads from the back. OH! and what even pissed me off more...they took the pads up and didn't put them back right and didn't replace the little holders that keep 'em in place. In fact, I don't know where the little plastic circles are..probably sucked up too. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. PO'd, I am.

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Two second movie review...coming up...Insomnia.

Monday, May 27, 2002

I just returned from a whirlwind day of zoo hoppin', restaurant boppin', and fireworks watchin'. More fun than any human should have in one day. I'm pooped. The fireworks were held over Harriet Island which is directly south of downtown St. Paul, sponsored by an organization that I've never heard of... Melaleuca. Now, when I first heard the advertisements on the radio for this event, I don't believe they mentioned the name of the organization...rather all they mentioned was that this was the BIGGEST fireworks display that Minnesota has ever seen. Well, who can beat that?! Of course I wanted to see it. But then, the thoughts crossed my mind...Melaleuca...what kind of name is that? Biggest display of "fireworks". Hmmm...terrorist plot? Well, that's where my mind went anyway. What a great way to blow people up, I thought. Invite 'em to a "mysterious" Memorial fireworks display and then blow 'em up. Yes, it seems my mind has met paranoia head on. Paranoia in place, I went to the fireworks with Peter...did we go to Harriet Island? Hell no. I didn't wanna blow up. Instead, we went to the wee park near the state capitol grounds that overlooks downtown. A safe distance from a standard bomb. Probably not safe in event of a nuke, but what the hell. We arrived and had plenty of free parking. There were probably 100 other people there...not nearly the crowd that I saw at Harriet Island earlier that evening. So, there we sat on the moist ground watchin' the fireworks (nothing overly spectacular...just a long show) and there was complete silence in the crowd. An eery silence, quite frankly. Luckily someone with a blasting radio came by and played the simulcast music with the show. It didn't seem as creepy. Yay!
So, here I am, back at my computer...ready to finally check out this "mysterious" organization called Melaleuca. I go to the website referenced over there <<---. Now I'm just kind of creeped out in a different way. It's a "Wellness Company". Well, ummm...the site screams gently of brain control. Paranoid? Maybe, but darnit...take a peek. People on the site are much too...ummm...happy and cleansed. "Consumer Direct Marketing" is the key to keeping down costs. I'm SOOOO glad I didn't go down to Harriet Island. My guess is that they were going to do a fair deal of pitching their products. Much like an Amway type company does. Brainwashing through natural cleansing. Aaaaaaaaaaaaack. Gosh, do I sound cynical or what? :-) I hope you all had a good Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 26, 2002

A warm thank you to my anonymous flower sender. I'm not sure what I did to receive the Hallmark thank you bouquet, but you're welcome.

Thursday, May 23, 2002

I gave it a shot. I didn't know if I could do it, but I did it. I tried it...and well, it tastes pretty much like cream soda. Yes, I'm speaking of Vanilla Coke. Not a bad flavor, mind you, but all too similar to cream soda. It might have a slight more "kicky" vanilla flavor, but really, all in all, just cream soda. I suppose the real improvement is more caffeine than cream soda? Dunno. I am still up at 1am, so maybe that is the key?

Tuesday, May 21, 2002

In case you were sitting on the edge of your seat waiting, it appears my Lucy ideas were passed up in the selection process. *pout*
The Fieldmarshal Personality Style -- Ok, so today I took a version of the Keirsey temperment profiler. I am an eNTj. Each time I've taken a test like this, I'm different. Is it hormones or other factors that effect it? I think I should do it every 6 months or so to see how I change. Right now, I'm a fieldmarshal (eNTj). Hmm...sounds a bit too strong for who I feel I really am. *clears throat* "Line up and be counted, dammit." Hmmm...maybe this does fit. :-)

Sunday, May 19, 2002

Two Second Movie Reviews:

  • Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones - Much better than Episode I, and thank gawd, only a couple of minutes of Jar-Jar. If you're a SW fan, this movie will start to fill in many of the pieces of information that you've been trying to figure out for 25 years. It's fun with some painfully corny dialogue, but what else would ya expect? Oh, that's right...watch for Yoda's action seen. Amazed, you will be. A-
  • Unfaithful - Too long and a bit to subtle for it's own good, but this movie still packs a pretty fair emotional hit...oh and a couple of big surprises too. B-
  • About a Boy - Heartwarming, sweet and good humored...pretty much what I expected. You won't be disappointed in this flick! A

Thursday, May 09, 2002

Two Second Movie Reviews:

  • Spider-man - Putting the soul back into action movies! I loved the parts where he was learning how to use his new talents. Very funny at parts...heartwarming at others and always engaging. Fun, fun! A
  • Life or Something Like It - A lightweight mess of a film. Highly forgettable. C
Sheriff: Helder wanted to make 'smiley face' pattern -- Yes, how proud I am of my fellow Minnesotan pipe-bomber. How else could he "wake up" the country with a grin than to blow hands off *and* put a smiley on the map??! A quick peek at the map of discovered pipe bombs, he was well on his way...the two eyes are very distinguishable. The smile, well, that didn't quite work out. Ah well. You know what's interesting 'bout unbalanced people is that they're *almost* normal. They have good ideas and then *blammo* something just goes awry.

Monday, April 29, 2002

I should mention, I survived my trip to the Hipster's BBW Bash in Atlanta (Marietta), Georgia! 'twas a lot of fun. I'm sure there will be quite a few photos showing up from that little excursion. Some from the bash ...ummm...should be interesting. Get a couple of fat girls together and ya just never know what kind of mischief will show up on camera. Just wait until ya see the corsets! Wooohoo!. :-)

Also, I was able, with the help of the lovely Belinda and the gracious Scott (both Hipsters coordinators), to get some Big Girl, Big Stuff pics taken while I was down there. Those pics are already up and ready for viewing. Again, I should add: wooohooo! Here's the link if you're interested in seeing the three BG/BS stops in Marietta: http://www.catay.com/bgbs/gatour1/gatour01.html.

Just curious...can I see a show of hands of those of you who actually understood that the grand "he he" to the fat chick in the field photo of the week pic was about how crop circles are formed? I've received several emails and web board posts from people who think it *would have been* great to have said something about crop circles. Am I being TOO vague?? I'm starting to think that maybe a lot of my subtle references are going over the viewers' heads. Do I need to be more direct? I kind of thought there was humor in the vagueness of my presentation, but if the typical viewer "ain't gettin' it", then ummm... ummm... Help me out here... :-)

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

I'm off to Atlanta for a few days. With any luck Atlanta will be warmer and less windy than Los Angeles was last month and I'll actually be able to hit the pool. Woooohooo! I so want to go swimming in the sunshine!

Sunday, April 21, 2002

Just a few days ago, temps in the 90s. Today...a winter storm watch and heavy snow falling outside. Whaaaasup with this?? Calgon take me away!

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

My Lucys are done. YAY! I'm sure most of you know of what I type, but trust me, I'm happy they're done!
I decided a few weeks ago to see if I could submit some designs for this year's Looking for Lucy sculptural extravaganza here in St. Paul. If you're familiar with my site, you know that I have, for the past two years, followed the whole St. Paul tribute to Charles Schultz by taking pics with all of the sculptures that were scattered around downtown. Well, this year, I wanted to see if I could do more! I've seen the caliber of work that's done on the statues...I think I could do it! Some of them are clearly professionally done, but others, clearly are done by hacks. It's all fun though, right? So, anyway, I called the Looking for Lucy hotline and waited and waited and waited for the information to be mailed to me. Luckily I called 'em back last week 'cuz the deadline is this coming Friday, April 19th. Long story short is that each artist is allowed to submit only three ideas for consideration. I have no guarantee that any of the submissions will be approved nor picked up by a sponsor, but heck, at least I'm trying, right? :-) Last night, I was up until 3am drawing on these little artist template buggers. ZzzzzZZZZ. The first is a abstract piece where the colors of Lucy, seen from a distance are, when looked at close up, comprised of three colors in a melange of freeform texture. The second is Lucy as the sculptural representation of Justice, painted semi-metallic copper with touches of patina. (The patina didn't show up very well.) The sword, scale and blindfold will be painted antiqued silver. The last is a combination of several happy things of childhood all wrapped up in a Pucci inspired print dress....bubble gum bubble, yo-yos, puddle jumping and clear vinyl rain coats. All good stuff. Here are the three scans from last night's drawing rampage. 1. Abstract 2. Justice 3. Childhood fun.

Sunday, April 14, 2002

"Bubbles??!?! Sharon, I'm the Prince of Fucking Darkness!" -- Yes, just one of the lines from the MTV series, The Osbournes. I really had no preconceived idea as to who Ozzy Osbourne was, I mean, aside from the biting the head off the bat fiasco a gazillion years ago. Oh, I guess i know about the Ozzfest too, but if you were to hold me down until I came up with an Ozzy Osbourne song, we would have been there a while. That being said, I LOVE this series. It's a full addiction now, I think. I've not missed a show and when I was out to dinner last Tuesday night, I made a point of saying, "I have to be home by 9:30...it's very important (whisper)...the Osbournes are on." Luckily, my friend understood as she's heard many different folks praising it.

Anyway, this show is a hoot. It's reality based...meaning the Osbourne family has cameras in their house to record their statements, actions, arguments, etc. Very, very funny. I think it's especially funny because he is a famous guy...who is probably NOTHING like his onstage character. Talking to his daughter about going to the gynocologist was a hoot. The relationship between he and his wife Sharon gets me giggling at times too. Oh, and the family pet situation is funny too...Sharon, the wife, has a penchant for taking in wayward animals. Consequently, they have several dogs and several cats...which, in one episode, were seen poopin' and peeing all over the place, which pissed Ozzy off to no end. He told Sharon "No more!". We see a scene a few minutes later where she's telling one of the kids that she knows of another cat that needs a home. The kid says, "But dad said, 'no more.'" Sharon says, "He'll never notice." Which from what I can tell, he hasn't. The two siamese-y cats are quite different, but Ozzy has no clue. :-)

Check it out if you get a chance. It's all good. :-)

Four Two-Second Movie Reviews:
  • Kissing Jessica Stein -- A cute, fresh romantic comedy with a twist. One woman sick of the men she's met recently and feeling the need to be in a relationship, looks to the other "team" to see if they can complete her. Friendship, romantic love and sexuality are all explored in a real comedic sense. A-
  • High Crimes -- A careful, predictable yet well crafted made-for-tv-movie. Ashley Judd is a beautiful woman to watch, so it's not painful. ;-) B-
  • Changing Lanes -- An excellent morality play/social drama. It did, however, make me think of my job too many times. Boo. ;-) B
  • Frailty -- Creepy, evil, haunting, stressful, shocking and very well done. All that a suspense/horror film should be. A

Thursday, April 11, 2002

BBW Figurines! -- Love these! I ordered an entire set. I figure I'll give 'em as gifts and some away as door prizes at events. They're just toooo cute. :-)

Sunday, March 31, 2002

Two-Second movie reviews comin' up:
  • Panic Room -- I expected a lot from this movie...and got *most* of what I expected. It wasn't nearly as suspenseful as I would have hoped through 3/4ths of the movie, but it was tightly produced, visually interesting in it's camera work and excellently acted.B+
  • E.T. The ExtraTerrestrial The 20th Anniversary -- I'm sure most have seen this before, so I won't go into too much detail. It's a good movie, but really, 20 years later, it's just not that much of a compelling flick for me. B
  • Death to Smoochy -- Mean, silly and funny about the children's television productions, but again, not a compelling motion picture. Take it or leave it... see it as a matinee. Love Edward Norton as Smoochy. :-)B
  • Time Machine -- Some cool effects, but overall, very flat...uninteresting and over acted.C-
  • Shallow Hal -- I finally got a chance to see this "controversial" flick. I was out of town the weekend it came out and there were far too many other compelling movies to go to while it was in wide release. Cutting to the chase...it's not a *great* comedy, nor is it the hate filled monster that NAAFA and other fat acceptance groups/individuals want you to believe. Blindly condeming this film before it came out did nothing but a disservice to the fat community...and it helped to feed the belief that fat acceptance groups are nothing but whiney. *ahem* That being said, the movie does go over the top in it's portrayal of the fat lead character. No, her underwear wouldn't be that big. No, she wouldn't propel a child out of the pool when she jumped in, etc, etc. These are simply vehicles for comedic effect. Are they offensive? Nah, not really...they're EXAGGERATION. If you are in denial about your body effecting the world differently than you thinner counterparts, you will probably be offended. Truth be known, fat people DO effect the physical world differently than thin people. Accept that fact and LAUGH. OK?? Comedy often is often over the top to make a point. Well, gotta keep this to two seconds... it's an OK movie. If you see it with fat hating friends, then you'll probably see it as being a fat hating movie. If you see it alone or in the company of people who like or accept fat as just another way of being, you'll see it as a sweet, yet somewhat insulting movie. B-

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Sorry for the delay in my tale about my trip to LA. Here it is in brief:

The trip started out late...the Twin Cities was under a winter storm warning where we were getting an inch an hour in snow. Many flights were cancelled...but not ours (Daphne and I), no ours was delayed...and delayed and delayed. I believe we finally started boarding around 2am. *yawn*. I had bumped myself up to first class and was excited to finally experience the luxury of the big butt seats. This flight didn't disappoint. I had TONS of room. If you are a fat chick and have some frequent flier miles to spare, bump yourself to first class, you'll LOVE IT. Ahhhh. I was even able to put my tray table down all the way. The lap o' luxury! :-)

We arrived at our hotel at about 5am on that Friday morning. Clearly, Friday wasn't going to have a LOT of early day touring potential. We slept and then headed off into the great LA highway tangle towards a shop called Big Bad and Beautiful. Not exactly my clothes suiting my body or taste. The few georgette things that I liked were made for someone much taller. I wasn't fond of the *too* much crap stuffed into a single store look or smell...there's just something wrong with that. If I'm going to spend $90 on a jacket, it had better not be polyester/cotton and had better not smell musty. On top of that, the woman who runs the store was less than honest when asked about other plus size stores in the area. Initially she said there were "none" and then I mentioned that I knew a woman named Monique ran a store *somewhere* in LA. Well, ummm...that's when the proprietor decided to tell us a nasty story about Monique and how she *steals* designs and such. Hey, ya know, I don't need to know all of the history between them, ya know? It was bad form. Oh, and theft of the designs?!? Please! There wasn't anything original in the entire place....all of it was just basic, basic.

So, not to put a completely bad light on the trip to the store...we did happen to mention to the proprietor that we were heading to the Big Difference dance the following night. Well, another customer heard us mention that and she piped up that she wanted to go, but hated going when she didn't know anyone. Well, hey, she knows us now! Roslynn is one of those genuine people who I'm very glad that I've had the opportunity to meet. I can probably only count on two hands the number of people I've met over the years that has struck me like this. She's sweet, smart, cute and well, genuine! (If you're a single guy in the LA /San Fernando Valley area and looking to meet someone like that, let me know. ) We left the shop and walked down a couple stores and had coffee with Roslynn. (Gosh, I hope I'm spelling her name right! :-) ). Delightful chicka! I'm sure Daphne would agree.

We said our goodbyes and "see ya tomorrow nights" to Roslynn and we headed to Target down the street to grab some stuff that we had forgotten to pack. I received my big butt bruise at this Target lot. I parked a wee bit close to the car next to me (I was driving a boat of a car and I'm used to a wee Beetle, ya know). I scraped/squeezed my bum getting out of the car, which resulted in a bruise about the size of a large grapefruit on my bum. It hurt like a sunovobeyatch the rest of the trip. I purchased a curling iron (gotta have "bouncy" hair for the dance, don'tchaknow?) and a couple of Kelly dolls that were dressed in Easter costumes. (I knew some day I'll have to confess my obsession with the little Kelly Club dolls in cute little costumes. It started innocently enough one Halloween season four years ago...the rest is history....I'm hooked.)

Off we went back to the hotel, fully loaded with jetlag. I don't think we did anything but order dinner and watched Shallow Hal on the in-room movies the rest of the night. Not a hugely eventful day. My review of Shallow Hal will come in the next "Two-Second Movie Review".

Saturday started with a morning trip to Venice Beach. It was *very* windy and quite chilly as was most of our trip. We walked along the bike path and got sand blasted along the way. My skin has never been so smooth. heheheh. Actually, it was probably worse than a winter storm on my skin. My lips were very dry after that. After getting a pound of sand in my eyes, we stopped at the giant K sculpture and took some photos (Click here to see the Big Girl Big Stuff tour photos from that stop). We headed toward the shopping area. Here's a picture that I snapped there. It made me laugh. It's a stand with garbage-y looking film packages blowing in the breeze. It just screams, "Come here and shop!", doesn't it??

I stopped at a store that was selling lingerie. I asked the woman who was wearing socks on her hands (it was cold!), "Do you have anything like this in larger sizes?" She proceeded to show me some caftans even though I was pointing at the cool chain mail outfit. She called back to the guy who owns the shop, "Do we have anything more in large, ummm, big, ummm..plus sizes?" clearly acting unfamiliar with the terms. I said, "What about fat chick clothes." She didn't get the humor. hehehe. She then proceeded to tell me that her aunt is, "... a BBW...very large chested." hehehe. She was obviously one of those "BBW = Big Breasted Women" people. Ah, who was I to explain to her? :-)

We stopped at a few other stores, looked at the empty muscle beach area, ate a nummy corn dog and proceeded back to the car. Daphne was going to meet her cousins and I was going to meet up with "Lindy B" from the Dimensions boards at 1pm.

I get back to the hotel with a few moments to spare before "Lindy B" was to arrive. I quickly try to clean out some of the sand crusties in my shoes, eyes and ears...and then off we went on a grand tour of the area! Wheeeeeeeee! "Lindy B" was very kind to even offer to have lunch with me, much less offer a several our excursion through the city. Very sweet, don't ya think?? :-) We hunted down the Hollywood sign, the La Brea tar pits (where this little boy found some tar oozing out next to the sidewalk, rather than in the pits). I vaguely remember seeing this when I was probably around 4, but it was very fun to see again. I don't remember the buildings surrounding it, but now there are some fabulous looking museum buildings around it now. Apparently, one of the pretty art museum buildings next door is slated for a major overhaul...why?!?! I have far more photos from the trip and will eventually add them to my "US Tour Photos". "Lindy B" was such a gracious hostess and a wonderful LA historian. I picked up tons of factoids during our drive through the city. We stopped in Beverly Hills to take a photo of a lovely house which had a huge patch of its yard covered with trailer trash bunny and tulip yard decorations. Lindy mentioned that they decorate seasonally with that stuff. I got a good chuckle out of it. :-)

After looking at the trashed lawn, we started to hear a noise coming from a back tire. It sounded like we had a branch stuck in the wheel well. We had to drive quite a ways out of Beverly Hills to find a place to stop. Apparently the folks in Beverly Hills don't need to buy gas?!?! hehehe. Anyway, we look around the tire we *thought* had the twig, and nuthin'! Strange. I started to get the feeling that my extra poundage was breakin' her little car. :-( I *always* feel like it's my fault when something goes wrong with someone else's car, ya know? Anyway, I head back to look at the tire on my side and there was a "huge" nail sticking in the tire. Well, not as huge as we thought it was judging by the sound...just an inch long nail wedged in the tread of the tires. Very strange that the sound *seemed* to be on the other side *and* that it sounded so much like a branch or some other large object...not a wee nail. Problem solved.

Off back towards the hotel, we made a photo op pit stop at the Randy's Donuts Big Girl, Big Stuff tour stop and of course to buy a couple donuts. The donuts were pretty good, but you have to admit, the donut on the building is the best! I hugged Lindy B and sent her on her way back to her family. She's a sweetie. If ya need a LA tour guide, let me know. I'll see what I can do to hook ya up with the best!! :-)

Next up...preps for the Big Difference dance. *blah* *blah* *blah* Voila! We head down to the dance. Not a huge crowd, but not too shabby. If you're an FA in LA, I don't know why you're not there...there are LOTS of nice looking women there and quite frankly, very few available men. Roslynn did show up. YAY! Dance over, we went up to Pam's room where I got the phone dropped on my foot by a seemingly careless individual. (I got quite a few bruises from this trip!). We (Daphne, Roslynn, Ilan and I) decided to head off to Denny's instead. Woohoo..nothing like Denny's in the middle of the night. ;-) Decent chatter and then sleeeeeep...sleeep. 'twas a long day of sightseeing and socializing.

Daphne and I were a little bit slow in the morning on Sunday. We had party hangover without even drinking! Our one big plan for the day? The Getty Museum! We arrived at the line up of cars at the Getty. I read online that they no longer require parking reservations for weekend visitors. YAY! We went into the parking ramp and headed down...and down...and down and down...I felt like we were *close* to the center of the Earth, when I finally see a parking spot. Yay! Up the elevator to the chilly wait for the tram. It was a very cold blustery day in LA. Clouds were threatening rain the entire time. The tram ride was a great way to get initiated slowly into the breathtaking views of the area.

The Getty itself was fabulous. I looooove the architecture...I looooove the views...oh, and the art was cool too. heheh. There are comfy seats in all of the galleries...something you don't find in every museum. There was a Rembrandt that Daphne and I both agreed reminded us of the Masterpiece game we played as a child. If I remember correctly, the painting was on the cover of the game. If you're in LA, make sure you stop here. The museum isn't overwhelming in it's scope...the collections are relatively small, so it's not like the Louvre where you'll need a few days to see most of it.

Sunday events ended with a short jaunt over to the big donut to get a photo of Daphne with the thing and then a jaunt to a wonderfully nummy italian restaurant....the name of which escapes me right now. OH, we watched another in-room movie that took us into the wee hours of the day.

Monday it was time to head back home. PACKED plane ride, and this time, no first-class seat. :-( I had an aisle, so it wasn't *too* bad although I was near the bathroom where I kept getting hit by those needing to empty their bladders. I hate that.

I'm sure I've forgotten lots of stuff, but that's the "quick" overview. hehehe. It took quite a while to write this all down! Overall, it was much more fun than my last trip to LA...and I don't dislike the town as much as I did before....in fact, I can see why people live there now! It's not a bad place at all. :-) I was disappointed in the weather...far too cold, windy and drizzly to even attempt a belly flop in the pool. The traffic still sucks just as it did before, but it wasn't nearly as bad as my last trip. Maybe because I was driving this time it helped the time go faster while waiting in line after line? :-)

Congratulations to Russ for picking 16 correct in my Oscar Showdown competition. Russ *knows* Hollywood!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

It's *that* time of year...time for Cat's Annual Oscar Showdown..maybe it should be called the "Two-Second Movie Review Oscar Showdown"??. Anyway, think you know who will walk away with the golden statuettes on Sunday? Well, c'mon out and play my little game. It costs nothing to play, but you can win a gift certificate to Amazon.com. Woohoo! All in good fun!! Click here to play. The rules for participation are included on the page. Good luck and save me the big butt seat!
Just a quick note to say that I survived my trip to Los Angeles this past weekend. I'll write with greater detail 'bout the trip *hopefully* a bit later today.

Sunday, March 03, 2002

Three Two-Second Movie Reviews....comin' up:
  • Monster's Ball-- A very dark, harsh movie encompassing "hereditary" racism, death, grief, love and passion. Excellent performances by Halle Barry and Billy Bob Thornton. It's often uncomfortably dark at times, yet hopeful, if that makes any sense. A
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights-- Silly, stupid, raunchy...what more do you want in a film about a young man's abstinence and love? It made me laugh quite a bit, what more could I ask for from a romantic comedy?? B+
  • We Were Soldiers-- I think I've had my fill of war movies for a while, thank you. This one didn't sucker me in as much as Black Hawk Down on an emotional level, but I think it was just as "real" if not more so. There's a gruesome scene with napalm victim that really, really wasn't necessary. I think I'm putting it at the top of all time grossest movie scenes. Worse than what ya might see at rotten.com, for instance. Ick. B
I took a few minutes to update the "International Initiative" section tonight just in an off chance that there were new countries logging into the site. Voila! There were several! Anyway, while doing my research on the countries to find out where they lie in the great blue marble, I was reminded of a wonderful resource of which ya'll may not be familiar: The CIA's World FactBook. While it might not be the most unprejudiced tool on the web it provides a great snapshot view of the countries of the world. Take a peek at it...see countries that you've never even heard about...certainly at least a hundred that weren't represented at the Olympics. :-) Good stuff, Maynard!

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

A Minnesota Zoo lizard's lunch, revisited -- Too funny. Take a peek at the Komodo Dragon's photo with the "lunch" remains. The poor stuffed animal...it looks so...ummm...sad not to mention repulsive. :-)

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

So, you're curious about where I work? Well, I can't really give that information away, but I can show you my department members: Click here. I know, you're all jealous now. :-) We were dressed up for our Mardi Gras parade. Leather was the fabric of the day. Tricycles were the mode of transport. Wheeee! Every few months my department hosts firm-wide events just to keep up morale. For instance, the past two Halloweens we've hosted a haunted house in our department. We sold tickets and donated the monies to charity. Always a hit.

This was the first time we've done Mardi Gras. I think for the faint of heart, Mardi Gras was decidedly more popular than Halloween although there were some striking similarities. Groups of people from our firm participated in a parade float contest where they had a radio flyer wagon to decorate. Of course for each float, there had to be fantastically decorated participants. We had the prom queen group, the zoo animals group and several others. The tricycles and wagons were donated to a local children's charity after the lunch hour event. Oooh...we also catered the thing with fabulous cajun-y and soulfood food from Dixie's. Ok, I know you're really jealous now. ;-)

Monday, February 18, 2002

The extraordinary Minnesota winter continues today. Highs near 55 today. Weeeehaaaa! I do wish I had President's day off...I'd go out and get a suntan! heheh. Ok, not really.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Lots of 2nd Movie Reviews!:
  • Count of Monte Cristo -- A wonderful retelling of the classic novel...at least it seemed to be pretty dead on from what I remember of the book. I was probably only 12 when I read it, so give me a break. If you haven't read the book, I think you'll still be pretty impressed with it. Action, betrayal, love, gorgeous cinematography and other good stuff. ;-)A-
  • Mothman Prophecies -- 'Twas a genuinely creepy movie for me, but only because it was supposed to be based upon true happenings. If it was a complete fabrication, it would be a lukewarm thriller/horror. B-
  • Iris -- I saw this last night, so it hasn't had a lot of time to sink in completely. First off, the performances were phenomenal...even the performance of Kate Winslet's boobs was wonderful too. :-) It's a fairly quick and overwhelmingly sad look at alzheimer's toll upon a brilliant mind, Iris Murdoch. Of course the main thrust, aside from the illness, is a frank reflection of Iris's life's loves. Pretty powerful stuff. A-
  • John Q -- Was this supposed to be a made for TV movie?? It was flat, silly and pretty insulting to the audience. Denzel pulled a decent performance out of a rotten script. D
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf -- There are so many levels to this film...I don't think I could tell ya the "genre" and be 100% dead on. I guess it's got a little bit of everything for everyone?! :-) Martial arts, humor, horror, suspense, murder mystery? It's got it all and does each pretty well. It's got subtitles for those of ya who don't know french, so if that's not your thang, wait until the DVD with dubbing comes out. A-

Friday, February 08, 2002

I'm a wee bit behind on my Two Second Movie reviews. Hopefully I'll be able to write 'em up this evening or tomorrow. Movies to be reviewed: Count of Monte Cristo, Mothman Prophecies. There may be another, but right now, I'm drawing a blank. Grrr.

Sunday, February 03, 2002

I watched the tail end of the "Man Show" on television tonight. I've seen snippets of it before, and from what I understand, they have hot chicks dancing 'round in pretty much every show. Cool enough...lots of guys dig that. One thing caught my attention tonight. I noticed that at the end, the cheerleaders and other girls were bouncing on a trampoline. Up and down and doing splits, etc. What amazed me was that the chicks they had doing it didn't have enough flesh to make much point of the trampoline motion. Their breasts were small or implants and didn't have any "motion to the ocean" if ya get my drift. No bouncing up nor down other than with the body. No real thigh waves, nothing. Their hair flew and had lovely movement, but that's it. I then started to wonder if origination of the titilation with women on trampolines didn't start at some point with women who had enough flesh to actually "JIGGLE"? Dunno.

Saturday, February 02, 2002

30% of Minnesotans Earn Less than $10/hr -- I don't know how people can live on that. I know that many moons ago I lived on 6.50/hr, but that was in the late 80s to early 90s. I don't know how I made it through on that little amount even back then. How do people do it now? $10/hr? I suppose most of those people are working more than one job, living at home with their 'rents or bunking up with several roommates. Renting a one bedroom in the Twin Cities is averaging close to $800 if you want to live in a decent place in an ok neighborhood. What's even more shocking 'bout the initial statistic is that 62,000 workers in my state are making $5.15/hr or the minimum wage in the country. I *really* don't know how a typical adult could afford to live on that. I sincerely hope those are just teenagers trying to make some money to buy a nice set of CDs to add to their collection. At that wage, they couldn't even rent the $800 apartment on their own. Dunno why I had to post this aside from the fact that I had to gripe *and* count my blessings.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

3 1/2-ton satellite to fall to Earth tonight -- if ya don't see me around after tonight, this could be one reason why. :-) I know the chances are slim, but I think I saw the Mothman this weekend. Ok, I saw the movie, but still...the mothman *was* there. It's significant. Really!

Sunday, January 20, 2002

Three Two-Minute Movie Reviews:
  • Ali -- An exciting man defeated on the screen by a boring movie. It was disappointing in it's depth. You won't learn any more about Ali's personal life that you don't already know. The boxing scenes were dull, dull, dull, and those were the highpoints. I did think that Will Smith did a decent job in the portrayal, however. C-
  • Gosford Park -- An uppity English period piece/murder mystery with a very real, down to earth personable comedic edge. I loved the performances as well as the characterizations of the common-staff and "upper crusties"...and of course the intercourse between them. (Double meaning inferred!!) I would love to see this one again. Good show! A
  • Black Hawk Down -- All the stress of war that you can handle as realistically portrayed as I can imagine. Gore, guns and guys....ya can't look away, but ya really want to. If you're at all squeamish about blood on the screen, don't see this movie. B+

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

It's come to my attention that I've been on AOL for hours today/last night. Well, I wasn't there. I'm not being rude. I have a new cell phone that has AOL/AIM messaging on it. I've tried to use for a few minutes last night and well, I didn't know that I had to direct it to sign me off in order for it to show me as being offline. I thought just ending the call would do that, but nooooooooooo. Arrrrrgh. I had quite a few IMs that were in my IM cache but not all of 'em. My cell phone was listening but I wasn't. Sorry to those of you who thought I was being rude. Technology happens. :-)

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Ahhhhhh... 50 degrees in January...in Minnesota?!!? That's only about 35 degrees above normal. Will wonders never cease? Of course I'm trapped in my office, but darn it, my Weatherbug is having a good day in my systray.

Sunday, January 06, 2002

Two Minute Movie Review--
  • In the Bedroom -- Grief, anger and revenge are all superbly displayed in this film. You'll feel it deep in your gut...as you share it with the actors on the screen. An excellent, emotionally potent film. Spacek will no doubt be an Oscar nominee for this film. She was phenomenal, as was the male lead, Tom Wilkinson. Very, very powerful. A

Wednesday, January 02, 2002

Well, since it is the new year, I suppose I'm somehow obligated to divulge my resolutions. Well, ok, not obligated, but I feel I should bare my soul to ya'll since so often ya see almost every other part of me. So, here it is...the big resolution of the year. *drumroll* I hope or endeavor to eat less salty foods. There I said it. Now, watch, tomorrow I'll be "chip hounding" again, but dammit, at least I have put the resolution on the table. Table salt? No, no...I don't ever salt foods at restaurants nor at home. It's all that evil hidden salt that's come to my attention. Go to Taco Bell, order a burrito and take home 79% of your daily sodium intake. That's the kind of salt I'm talkin' 'bout. I suppose the real resolution might be better stated as "I hope to make more home-cooked meals" rather than going to restaurants or fast foodie places. It'll save on salt as well as money! Time on the other hand...well, that's gonna be the catch, isn't it?