Monday, May 30, 2005

DVD Meme

Can you believe it? Two posts in a row! But I just noticed I got my first tag, so I had to hop to. Thanks, Noelle!!

DVD Meme

1. Total number of films I own on DVD or video:

Probably 5, definitely less than 10. I rarely find movies that I would want to watch over and over again, so we own the ones that I would.

2. The last film I bought:

I got Tim the first season of SCTV for his birthday. That's not a film, but it was on DVD, does that count? "Five Neat Guys" kills me. When you watch, you can see Joe Flaherty is playing drunk and he's just a little bit off step with the other guys. HILARIOUS.

3. The last film I watched:

We went downtown and saw Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. I humored Tim. It was okay, people. I just wish that Lucas would let go just a little bit and use some of those billions he's got to hire his damn self a scriptwriter. Good actors reduced to cardboard. And, I'm sorry, but Hayden is Horrible. Did you see Shattered Glass? Terrible film, even with the fabulous Peter Sarsgaard.


4. Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me (in no particular order):

Garden State. I love this movie. When I saw it last year, I was thinking about the theme of this movie anyway--the idea that you create your own sense of home and family. In your twenties, you don't fit in in the house you grew up in, or the neighborhood or sometimes even with the friends you had in high school, so you spend your twenties (at least I have) trying to create a new place where you belong, where you can be who you really are and be accepted for that person. Natalie Portman is so cute and amazing, and Zach Braff, performing the amazing trifecta of writer, director and star, blows me away. Zach is my boyfriend, by the way. I love him none too secretly.

The Graduate. I saw this for the first time when I took a film class with the amazing Peter Mascuch at UNH. It was the first time that I saw the artistry that went into making a film, not just the performances of the actors. The way Nichols sets up his shots...he's brilliant anyway, but this was the film that won me over. I wrote a paper arguing that The Graduate is a modern day western, and compared it to a very traditional western, Stagecoach I think. It is too--the outcast, trying to save the day and get the girl--his horse is that sexy red convertible he drives over the bridge in that one great long shot. Anyway, Peter called me into his office and said, "What the hell? There is no way that The Graduate is a western!" and I was all scared that he was mad or was going to fail me or whatever my 19 year old self thought, but he told me that he had never thought of it that way, and that I argued my point very well, and he could see it if he looked at it that way, but I was still wrong and crazy. He gave me an A.

The Anchorman. Will Ferrell can just stand there and I will laugh. This movie is my current favorite funny movie, and one of the five DVD's we own. It is sublimely riduculous.

When Harry Met Sally. I can watch this movie again and again and still enjoy it. Billy Crystal ruined me for boyfriends for a while. And this is Meg at her finest. All those other romantic comedies she did are just trying to recapture the magic of this movie.

Amelie. A Perfect Film. Hands down, probably my favorite of all time. This is my desert island movie. The combination of adorable story, quirky humor, and beautiful cinematography-- cinematic bliss. We own this one, too.

5. Tag five people and have them put this in their journal:

Yipes, I don't think I know 5 bloggers well enough to tag them. I'd have Alyssa do it, but the bitch doesn't blog. Something about too busy or something. Well, if you read this and want to do it, I'd love to read about it. Otherwise, it was fun to do, so there you go.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Blog Fodder

I've been back for a week now, but I just haven't felt like posting. So many things are going on right now, so many of which are blog-worthy, but I guess the sheer amount of potential blog fodder is a bit overwhelming. We have a sold house in Albuquerque, we have a new house in St. Paul, I have progress on Audrey,


you know what I just noticed? Those sleeve caps are totally different sizes. ARGHHHHH. Looks like there will be some ripping...

a first Koigu sock that I didn't even bother posting about when I started it cause it was seriously 6 months ago (at that rate I will have a pair by christmas...ugh, how I wish I loved to make socks, cause I sure love to wear them...), and I have a buttload of stash enhancement, thanks in large part to the wonderful yarn shops of the Twin Cities and the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta. I am so looking forward to being somewhere where there are a myriad of yarn shops to choose from, rather that the one in town that has spotty customer service. But like I need the enabling of my addiction!

Speaking of enablers, I was very happily impressed with the Fiber Fiesta. Noelle and I decided we didn't need to drag the husbands along, and the two of us happily spent the afternoon on Thursday blowing our yarn budgets. The highlight had to be Textiles a Mano, simply beautiful, hand-dyed, made with love yarns. Laura had some absolutely lovely lace weight mohair that I kept petting and wanting to take home, but I am trying to stick with buying yarn for a specific pattern, rather than on the fly as I've done in the past. I did buy some soft-as-can-be, very lovely cotton in a aqua/seafoam color that I'm hoping to turn into a copy of Kim Hargreaves' Harmony sweater. I can't swing the UK price and shipping to get her kit, but I'm pretty sure I can design a copy myself. I also got to visit with Black Water Abbey Yarns and Marilyn, the lovely owner. She remembered me from sending me a color-card a few months back, and we chatted for a bit while I made my color choice. I picked Moss, mostly green with blue and brown mixed in--so earthy and yummy. It's going to be a simple, in-the-round gansey for the very lucky Charles, one of Tim's best friends (he's worth it). Marilyn will be at Stitches Midwest in August, so I will see if I can get someone to come to Chicago with me so I can go. But I'm not sure if the budget can handle the insanity that is Stitches.
After the budgets were blown, Noelle and I went to lunch at Cafe O, a combination comic book/video game and Asian food delight place, where I had my very first bubble tea and some very delish fresh spring rolls. Bummer that I discover this place 3 weeks before we leave ABQ for good. And double bummer that I met Noelle this late in the game. She is so sweet and I feel like we've known each other for ages. Well, we can still be online friends, right?

So yeah, we got a house. Finally. We went for two weeks, and the first week pretty much sucked. We looked at tons of houses but they were all dumps or just not "the one." Tim's mom came and looked at one we thought was "the one," but after looking at it a second time, we all said "no way." Actually, what we said was a little naughtier than that, but this is a family show. My Memere reads this, for heaven's sake! So after the horrible first week, we took a break, went to open houses on Sunday, talked to the mortgage loan guy about what payments would actually be instead of what we thought they would be, and on Monday looked at a bunch of great houses, the last of which we made an offer on, got and close on June 24th. I couldn't be happier. Cute as can be and so close to just about everything we need. We can walk everywhere, people. Charles is a bikeride away, Tim's mom is a quick hop to 94 away, and school is a five mile drive away. Can't beat it. I've only got one little crappy picture of it, 'cause numbnut that I am, I totally forgot the camera. Our house is way cuter in person, promise.



Okay, so more to come soon. I have progress on a Belize top for me, out of some smooshy silk blend I got for a STEAL in Minnesota and hopefully I will have pics of all the goodies I got at the Fiesta, if I can remember to take pictures when it is not thunderstorming. Isn't it a little early for monsoon season?

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Leavin' on a Jet Plane...

We're leaving today for house-hunting in Minnesota. Our realtor is one of Tim's long-time friends, so it should be a much less painful process, because we can make poop jokes in the car between seeing houses. I've decided, since we put our house on the market on Thursday, and had a gazillion and one people in here to see it, that I hate real estate. I hate looking, I hate selling, I hate everything about it. What makes it at least bearable is that we have great people working for us. If you ever want to move to Albuquerque and want to buy a house, just let me know, 'cause I got your woman.

So school is finally over, and I am going to miss all of those jokers. UNM has a cohort program for its Elem. Ed. majors---basically a group of 25 people who all take the same classes together and do their student teaching in the same school. Our group was so fabulous--we really got to know each other and we learned so much from each other, and I ended up making so many good friends. I have pictures of my girls, but they are still trapped in the camera. Next time. I hope that MN will be as good of an experience.

Mom was in Belize last week, and she had an amazing experience, so I will leave you with a picture of her and her best friend Sharon walking through the town market place. Wish us luck for a new house, and hopefully I will be able to blog and tell you how it's going. Ciao!



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Sunday, May 01, 2005

They say it's your birthday....

...so Happy Birthday to ME!!!!! Yep, I'm the big 2-7 today. We celebrated yesterday, since my favorite restaurant is closed on Sundays. So we got in the car and drove up to Santa Fe. Tim drove



so there was car knitting



That is the beginning of Audrey from Rowan 35 in Coral Calmer. I know I'm late jumping on the Audrey bandwagon, but better late than never, n'est ce pas? I am such a fan of this yarn--so soft, so smushy. But no one in this god-forsaken state carries it. I got mine on ebay last week with the intention of using it to knit Elspeth, but after 3 cast-ons and 3 rips, that was just not happening. I guess others have been having problems with it too, so I decided to save myself the headache. Summer knitting list? Out the window. The new list, as of this moment today:

1. Rowan Audrey
2. Apricot Sweater from Rebecca
3. Soft Kid wrap sweater from Rebecca
4. Belize tank for me in mango Bali

As always, the list is subject to change.

Anyway, back to Santa Fe. We had lunch at the fabulous Tia Sophia's, where I had my favorite beans and rice burrito and Tim had the Saturday special. No pictures, as we were too busy eating. After stuffing ourselves silly, we had time for silly tourist pictures



before I got down to the birthday shopping. I had to get this bag and the matching scarf--so cute, such a splurge. We hit the outlets and I got some deals--a couple of cute tops and a pair of capris. But you know I'm saving the real goodies for last



10 skeins of All Seasons Cotton for the Rebecca Apricot sweater, some Koigu that Tim picked out for me, and a couple of Addis. I had to upgrade for my future projects--no more Susan Bates! (not that there's anything wrong with that....)

And this morning I finished all of my homework. You read that right, ALL OF MY HOMEWORK IS FINISHED!! I am officially done for the summer. The couple of classes I have to attend next week is nothing. I don't have any more work to do--I am officially Checked Out. Couldn't have a better birthday present. :-)

off to eat tiramisu for lunch...