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A classy broad's life... with footnotes.
Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like a banana
I've had this journal nearly FOUR years. Holy smokes.

I've been a redhead for three already. Seems like yesterday.

I got my first and last professional manicure in October, 2001. Wasn't I going to do that regularly?

I built my computer in April, 2002. I still haven't moved some stuff over from the old one.

Why does life fly by more quickly the older we get?

I need to move to Florida before we all grow up.

And I need to lend my hand to the shaping of the world.

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Vampires: Things that suck (or not suck, if sucking's a good thing)-- going for Celerity 3, and forgetting not to use the transits. D'OH! Nothing brightens one's day like losing all one's savings to stupidity! Mind you, bright days are a bad thing in a vampire's world. C'est la mort!

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Work is crazynutty. Nuff said there.

The other day, I had such a bad time at work that I went across the street and had three pints of Guinness and a cigarette* in a matter of two hours, then bought a bottle of wine and walked home through the park. Actually, it was rather fun :)

I think I'll try that again sometime when I'm not stressed-out beyond belief ;)

I've been walking to work when I can, and drinking protein shakes in the mornings. I've also been trying to get more sleep. Last night, I was in bed by 10:30p. That's pretty impressive, my friends. I still had a difficult time getting up.

* I don't generally smoke, though I don't kick myself on those rare occasions that I do. It was an an hourly need for twenty something years leading up to last July; now it's a weekly or monthly indulgence.

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Mister Fatty McFatfat McMaxerton is getting older. He tried to climb back into bed this morning after I'd decided to sleep in a bit, and didn't quite make it. He also had a little trouble climbing up on the sofa as I was leaving. The weather has changed, and the rain is coming. I can feel it in my ankle. He, apparently, can feel it all over. I've already increased his vitamin intake to twice daily. I hope it helps. He's so good.

He went into the attic this morning, and made me go up to fetch him instead of coming straight down. I think he wanted me to hang out with him awhile. I so wish I could have.

Soon, he will be in a retirement home in Florida, with three willing servants instead of one. We're both excited about that.

* For those just joining us, Max is my Lord and Master cat.

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My hand is actually getting better. This is a good thing, since the specialist can't see me 'til-- get this-- June 21. I'll make an appointment to see the regular doctor next week for a follow-up in the hopes that I can avoid the June visit altogether. I'm only supposed to use this medicine for two weeks-- it'd be a shame if I were just a few days short of a cure.

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I'm an actress who doesn't watch movies. I know, it's weird. I really love movies... I just don't make time for them. Two hours seems like a long time to devote to a screen that isn't interactive.

Well, Paul and Zack are big movieheads, and I like increasing the area of common ground with those I love, so I've finally been making plans for Nigel time for movies.

Thursday or Friday: rented Adaptation. Wow, just wow. Best movie I've seen in a long time. I fell in love with the music via beatnikside, I think, many moons ago, but never heard of the movie 'til now. Spike Jonze/Jones/whateverhecallshimselftoday (side note: same guy who did the Beasty Boys' Sabotage video) and Charlie Kaufman are on my short list of people to watch. They're doing another collaboration (a horror movie?) in 2005, so we'll see what comes of that. Spike Jonze is doing Where the Wild Things Are in 2005 as well, which has a screenplay by Michael Goldenberg, who also did the screenplays for Peter Pan and Contact. Could be interesting. I should go see Eternal Sunshine, now that I know Kaufman wrote it.

Saturday: Saw Secret Window with Michele and Ken. Killing someone to fix that corny ending wouldn't have been a half-bad idea. It easily could have ended in the supermarket, and would have been ten times the movie it was if it had. I know, I know-- everybody's a critic. Depp did his homework very well, and the direction, editing, lighting, sound and script were good... up 'til the end.

Sunday: rented Finding Nemo. That was wonderful :) Great characters, great stories, great acting, great editing, great music, great tech work... this was obviously a labour of love, and it shows. They took their time on the front-end, and apparently started gathering info for the DVD early on. I spent a little time last night discovering the easter eggs in the DVD. Much fun :) (On a side note, does anyone know what this is? Thank you, folks!)

Last night: rented Johnny English. It probably would have been funnier had I been in a room with other people. Not Rowan Atkinson's best work (*cough*blackadder*cough*), though he did the best he could. I grew bored with the exposition. The writing was wanting, and never clarified whether Atkinson's character was A. a bumbling buffoon who got lucky sometimes or B. a talented spy who fell into funny situations. Even when the choice is clearer, a spoof like this is hard to pull off (Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers had a hard time mining jewels from a mediocre script forty years ago). Strong characters make for strong stories, and this one had neither. Oh, well. It was OK, but I always hope for better from British comedies (I'm silly; I know). John Malkovich was a delicious villian, and Ben Miller was quite good, too. I'll keep my eye out for him in future.

I'm still on the hunt for Being John Malkovich, which, interestingly enough, would tie the first and the last movie in this listing together nicely. For some reason, it's never in at Blockbuster.

Tonight: Mystery Men and/or Gosford Park (supermarket had a rent 1 dvd, get 2 tapes free dealio).

Oh, and data freak that I am, I simply adore IMDb.com. You probably didn't know that, did you.

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Paul has decided to go back to school, long-distance, through Excelsior (which, ironically, is near where I live now!). I think he's going for his Master's in English Literature and his Bachelor's in International Business. It's a great program, in that a lot of it is (or can be) based on independent study and testing. He's very excited about it all. I know it will make him happy :)

He wants to learn a language together. He's keen on German, and so am I. I already have 4-5 years of French (which I've forgotten, but could relearn pretty quickly I think), and some limited exposure to German (when I stayed in Germany with Scott's brother's family). Michele knows (or knew) German, too. We'll see :)

I just may get a degree or two myself. Now wouldn't THAT be something!

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I really love this link. A few feeds and friends have mentioned it in recent days, but here it is in case it's new to you:
Ghost Town-- a motorcycle ride through Chernobyl

This hotel is really cool, too-- I hope to visit it next year:
Propeller-Island (Browse through the rooms-- they're all unique and, well, words cannot describe them!)

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Well, that's it for now!

I hope to post photos of Toronto by Sunday at the latest. I know, a month late and a Looney short and all that.

My... but how time flies.

Here's hoping that your Here & Now is a beautiful place & time to be, and that your hope is a thing with wings *hugs*

I'm feeling all kinds of: sneezy
What I hear: Sabotage, in my head

19 tall tales or Tell me a story
monkey From: monkey Date: March 31st, 2004 09:28 am (UTC) (permalink)
Thats ok, I keep forgetting to post mine as well!

alcestis From: alcestis Date: March 31st, 2004 09:34 am (UTC) (permalink)
Short comment for now: VG = Video Game
ldy From: ldy Date: March 31st, 2004 09:48 am (UTC) (permalink)
AHA! That would explain why two guys from Kingdom Hearts were listed as having done VO work.

Thanks kindly! *SMOOOCHADOOCH!*
noodleboi From: noodleboi Date: March 31st, 2004 09:39 am (UTC) (permalink)
Glad to hear your hand is getting better.

You know, I *still* haven't seen Finding Nemo. I am ashamed. :o

Also, yes, IMDb.com kicks ass.
corto From: corto Date: March 31st, 2004 09:41 am (UTC) (permalink)
oh my gosh... that hotel is a freakshow... :D I love it... I want to sleep in the upside down room. !
From: keefsbriefs Date: March 31st, 2004 09:42 am (UTC) (permalink)

building your own computer

fun or a major bitch? well versed in it or are you a geek who knows that they're doing? recommend it to a newbie who knows nothing but who wants to save mucho bucks?
duinlas From: duinlas Date: March 31st, 2004 09:46 am (UTC) (permalink)

Re: building your own computer

If you don't know what you're doing, you can fuck things up badly. But if you gave me a stack of random parts that contained enough to make a computer, I could do it. There's just lots to know about that you learn from experience.

If you don't know what you're doing, I wouldn't recommend it, even though you save a LOT of money.
ldy From: ldy Date: March 31st, 2004 09:51 am (UTC) (permalink)

Re: building your own computer

I'm not a geek by trade-- I just did a lot of studying up on it beforehand.

Having done it, I can say it really wasn't as difficult as it seemed. I didn't save a whole lot, but I went for high-end parts (they're probably obsolete, now!).

Building can be scary... but if you decide to go that route, I'll be happy to help you along :)
beatnikside From: beatnikside Date: March 31st, 2004 09:47 am (UTC) (permalink)
Funny you should see Adaptation and Secret Window in the same week. Thematically, they're a good double bill -- though the ending of the Depp movie did indeed suck eggs.
ldy From: ldy Date: March 31st, 2004 10:01 am (UTC) (permalink)
It was a great double-bill, though Donald's character in the first rather gave away Shooter's character in the second!

I wish I could end Secret Window just after the supermarket scene-- the VO of the perfect ending starts as the camera pans over the neat little cottage to show the corn outside the secret window... or end it during the supermarket scene, so that at least a few people get the delayed butter and salt aha moment as the credits roll. I love delayed aha moments, don't you?

I'd wondered when I rented Adaptation if the music were related... when the music started, I said (out loud, I think) "Carter Burwell!" and thought of you :)
waning_estrogen From: waning_estrogen Date: March 31st, 2004 09:49 am (UTC) (permalink)
andysoft From: andysoft Date: March 31st, 2004 10:15 am (UTC) (permalink)
well I see everybody told you already it's a game, hehe, btw let us know how you liked Gosford park and I'll have a question about it next time you write about it :)
From: zztzed Date: March 31st, 2004 10:30 am (UTC) (permalink)

Deutsch macht spass!

Oder wenigstens denke ich so.
theraevyn From: theraevyn Date: March 31st, 2004 10:49 am (UTC) (permalink)
IMDB rocks, and so does that Chernobyl link. I sent that to many friends who I thought would enjoy a ride through atomic wastelands.

And that Propeller Island? Awesome. What a fantastic idea.
serendipity From: serendipity Date: March 31st, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I'm finally watching videos again, after far too many years of simply not having the spare time or energy. A few weeks ago I saw Being John Malkovich for my very first time, and just last week I enjoyed My Dinner With Andre for the first time. I also saw Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, which I hadn't seen since it first came out in the mid-60's and I was about the age my daughter is now. We loved watching it together.

If the movie you want to see is never at Blockbuster, could you try a local branch library? Our library system has an excellent video/DVD collection, with one-week checkout periods, for free!
mattcallow From: mattcallow Date: March 31st, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC) (permalink)
there's a great sounding dvd series out(a friend has it, hopefully borrowing it soon), retrospecting (is that a word?) the work of the wonderfully incestuous jonze/kaufmann/gondry network: their commericals, short films, rock videos etc... i love all their stuff and this dvd set looks incredible...
shazam From: shazam Date: March 31st, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC) (permalink)


glad you discovered the World of Kaufman. Being John Malkovich was (in my opinion) better than Adaptation, although I loved that one too. Can't wait to hear your opinion on that one.

I also liked Johnny English, it was simple and dumb, but it made me smile. I watched it on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Have you ever seen Cypher? It's a really great film, but I think unavailable in the US. I found it here in Australia and watched it recently. GREAT movie!

And that Chernobyl site is great. Thanks for posting it! See my most recent post and visit my blahg for another fun site.

From: stealthgear Date: April 1st, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Guiness is poison.
ldy From: ldy Date: April 8th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC) (permalink)
Just about everything is poison.

Guinness is damned fine poison, in my book :)

Meant to post this some time ago. Glad to see you back!
19 tall tales or Tell me a story