Weird Food Haiku Friday

See that weird food there?
Devine Pastabilities
A pasta sandwich
Hollowed out French roll
That's stuffed with different pastas
In San Diego
Can't say it was bad
But definitely unique
No need to try more


So Close

Last Tuesday I went to meet with my academic adviser to make sure I am on the fast track to graduation. She gave me some unfortunate news that I had 6 units taken away from my transferred credits and I was 1 unit short of my lower division Spanish requirements. The good news she gave me was that I only needed two classes this semester and 1 class and a capstone in the spring and I was good to go. All I had to do was contest with records that they had made a mistake and then petition to the chair of my department that I had some other classes under my belt that should cover that 1 missing unit.
Last night I got an email saying that it was indeed a mistake that the 6 units were taken away so they reinstated them and now that is one less thing I need to think about. Today I get to meet with the chair and plead my case. I cannot believe I am three classes and a capstone away from graduating with a bachelors in Spanish. It's really happening. I'll be the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: Persistence pays off.


TMI Tuesday: Sleep Edition

1. Do you have "your" side of the bed? Which side?
I do. If we are lying down, I am on Husband's right hand side, closest to the window. Unless he's not in bed with me, then I sleep on his side or basically dominate the entire California King.

2. How old is your pillow and what condition is it in?
It's not too old but it's nice and smooshy. Thank God for the extra big ones we just got or Husband would crush me in my sleep instead of them.

3. What is your favorite position to sleep in?
I'm usually on my side in the fetal position with my head covered by the blanket.

4. How often do you change your sheets?
Once a week, usually the morning of Husband's return.

5. What helps you fall asleep when insomnia strikes?
Smoking dope though I can't say I recall ever having had insomnia.

6. Does sex make you sleepy or energized?
Doesn't really make me either...

7. What is the minimum amount of sleep that you need to be functional the next day.
I generally sleep about 9 hours a night. I wake up a few times a night because of the animals or to go potty. I don't know that there is a minimum amount but I definitely don't like not getting a full night's sleep. It's truly my favorite thing. Sleeping.

Bonus (as in optional):Describe your most vivid dream.
Last night I dreamed that both HLP and my friend Laurie had died. That was weird. Most of my dreams are pretty vivid though... I just don't really retain them. Memory's shot.

Questions are from here.


Inglourious Basterds

I guess you can say I am a Quentin Tarantino fan. Ever since I took a community college course on movie appreciation and we dissected Pulp Fiction, I've been pretty interested in the films he directs. Is that to say I have liked them all? No, not really. But each time I have seen one of his movies, I walk away with an appreciation for their originality and what they mean in cinematic terms. That's pretty much the way I felt about the highly anticipated Inglourious Basterds.
Some things I liked:
1. Dialogue in French, German and English. I admire the fact that this is Nazi occupied France and that the characters didn't all have the prerequisite British accent even though they are supposed to be French and German.
2. Mike Myers' cameo. Like Husband said, he is always best in small doses and while his appearance may have been less than needed, it was much appreciated.
3. The way this movie looked and sounded and felt. Quentin Tarantino knows how to direct a movie and make it totally original and utterly interesting. His characters are unrivaled.
Some things I could have done without:
1. The nearly 3-hour running time. Jesus, people, let's go back to the days of 90-minute movies. Disney did it with Bolt (Netflix, bitches), I know they're not the only ones capable of making a reasonably long movie.
2. The dialogue. Man, Quentin Tarantino can run his mouth. There is a lot of talking in this movie. Probably one of the reasons it ran almost three hours long.
3. Lack of back story. This movie is entitled Inglourious Basterds after a group of soldiers that share the same name yet we learn nothing about how they came to be or who they were. I think we got the back story on a couple of the guys but I wanted to know about the others, too. And maybe understand why Brad Pitt's character spoke with a jutted out lower jaw like Sling Blade.

So there you have it. I don't know whether to recommend this movie or not... I didn't like it or dislike it... I appreciated it. So if you can do that, I'd say go for it. Otherwise... it might not be for you.


Big News Haiku Friday

Going off NuvaRing
Sunday, August 23rd
It is official
Got the doc's ok
Letting nature take its course
Maybe a baby
Want to be off "drugs"
Not getting any younger
Ready to be "mom"



Last night I purchased two Jessica Simpson belts and a pair of J-Lo earrings.

Who am I again?



The word "volver" is Spanish for the verb "to return." Yesterday was a volver kind of day because I went back to campus for the first time since school got out for summer. I had to meet with an academic adviser to make sure I was on the right track to graduate in May. Turns out, I am a credit short on one requirement so I have to petition to the Spanish Chair to see if she will count some other classes toward that one missing credit since classes are mostly 3 credits minimum and I don't need those other 2. We also discovered that 6 of my transfer credits were adjusted and removed from my transcripts. Not sure why but I had to submit a rebuttal to the records department to make sure that it is merely an error on their end. Good news? I only have to take one upper division classes and my capstone in the spring. I originally thought I had to take two classes so that was nice to hear. IF the records department IS right, I will have to take 5 extra random units so I can graduate next summer. So there ya go!
Since school starts again on Monday I've been trying to slowly dive back into the world of Spanish speaking so I ordered Volver on the Netflix. I really liked this movie. I guess Almodóvar is kind of like the Spanish Hitchcock with his thrillers and twists and turns. This one wasn't as heavy as Bad Education but equally intriguing and very noir. Actually... the topic matter was pretty heavy but the film had a lighter feel to it. Penélope Cruz definitely gave an Oscar worthy performance and is a much better actress in her native language than she is when she is speaking English. I can see how she became Almodóvar's muse.


I Wish We Had HBO

Have I mentioned how much I love Will Ferrell? Or how I think he has a magic touch for being a part of comedy creation save for the epic misstep Land of the Lost? Well he and Adam McKay - co-founders of Funny or Die - are a key part of HBO's Eastbound & Down and it is utterly hilarious. Danny McBride's hair stands alone as comedic genius but I really, really like this show. We don't have cable so ended up watching the first DVD of Season One on Netflix. And I guess weird hair is the way to go because if you don't laugh when Will Ferrell makes a cameo as a BMW salesman with his superior 'do, well you just don't know what funny is. Plus, how can you dislike a show with gratuitous drug use, nudity and all around bad behavior? Clearly my life is chock full of interesting shit right now because all I do is talk about what I rent from Netflix. Lord help me.


District 9

One word summary: GROSS. Seriously. I left this movie repeatedly telling Husband "Babe? That was gross." There is a lot of exploding bodies, cow heads being sliced in two, pigs being obliterated by alien weaponry, nasty looking prawn aliens, freaky eyeballs, teeth falling out, fingernails falling off, and the list goes on and on. I was totally disturbed by D-9. Not only is it science fiction, it's also a social commentary on slums and prejudice and all that jazz. I can say for certainty that District 9 was unlike any other movie I have seen before. It didn't dawn on me how much I appreciated it as "cinema" until later in the evening I found myself analyzing it over and over, trying to figure out what made it stick with me. Was it the disturbing imagery? The idea that we aren't so different from those around us we consider threatening? I don't know. I will say that for a relatively inexpensive film with no big name stars, it held its own as a summer blockbuster. And it was gross.


Miscellaneous Haiku Friday

10 more days, school starts
Summer is almost over
For this I am glad
Went three weeks, no beer
Decided "eff it" and had
Two bottles last night
No plans this weekend
Other than watch DVDs
Maybe District 9


Huey Lewis Kind Of Summer

Back In Time

Husband and I for some reason got on a Back to the Future kick a while back and we bought the DVD. If you haven't watched it in a while, I highly recommend it. It hasn't lost any of its original charm, in my opinion, thought it is extremely cheesy. Ah, the 80s. We happened to take note of Huey Lewis' cameo and his appearance on the soundtrack. In passing, Husband said we should buy a greatest hits album. Shortly thereafter, when the posters came out advertising the Ventura County fair, I happened to see that none other than Huey Lewis and the News would be performing. We, of course, had to go. And we did. And we had a great time and even bought the tee shirts you see above. Then things started to get weird. The next day we decided to go to our local used CD vendor, Salzer's Records, to purchase a greatest hits CD to commemorate our concert attendance. Under the actual Huey Lewis slot, we only found Sports and Fore! but no greatest hits. I wasn't about to settle for these CDs so I headed over to the new arrivals and lo and behold - there it was, the CD you see above. What are the odds that someone recently sold their greatest hits CD just for me? When we compared the tracks on the GH CD to the tracks on Sports and Fore! we saw there was only song not represented, a favorite of BFF,"Hip to be Square." We decided we could live without it and purchased 1 instead of 2 Huey Lewis CDs. Here's where it gets weirdest. After our trip to Salzers, we decided to go to the market. Wouldn't you know it, on the overhead music being piped into our local Vons, "Hip to be Square" was playing. There is a larger force at hand here. I'm not sure if I should be in awe or filled with terror. Oh, Huey.


Only At The Fair

Chocolate. Covered. Bacon.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: There is such thing as going too far.


Another Movie Review

Since school starts two weeks from yesterday and I have not practiced my Spanish at all this summer, I thought it would be a good idea to watch a Spanish language film. I have read a lot about Pedro Almodóvar and his muse Penelope Cruz but I can't say that I have ever seen one of his movies prior to watching Bad Education last night. You may have heard about it before because it stars Gael García Bernal dressed in drag. Well there is more to it than him looking like Julia Roberts' not so feminine twin. It's a murder mystery and a story within a story within a story. Almodóvar dives into some very taboo topics like cross dressing, gay romance, child molestation and drug abuse without them ever seeming cliché or exploitative. Thank goodness this bad boy came with subtítulos in English because these fellas speak Spanish faster than I could listen to it. I recommend this movie if you don't mind reading though. The twists and turns are many and for the most part (at least to me) totally unpredictable.


Movie Review Monday

Today's Netflix review is for the movie Taken starring Liam Neeson. I would like to take this opportunity to give Husband credit for not bringing another craptacular flick into our home. This movie is cuh-razy. Liam Neeson is a retired government "preventer" that keeps bad things from happening. He's like a super savvy dude that can sniff out the bad guys and kill them without hesitation. His super spoiled 17-year old daughter lies to her dad to get to France to allegedly check out some culture but really wants to follow U2 around on their European tour. She ends up getting snatched up by some dude that sells her into the sex trade. Famke Janssen (a.k.a. Jean Grey) plays his super bitchy ex-wife who is now some rich dude's trophy wife. While this movie was far from believable, it kicked some serious ass. There is a lot of killing going on in this one and on more than one occasion Husband and I either had our mouths agape or were shouting "Damn!" So I recommend it... though Liam Neeson's accent gave me agita.

This review was brought to you by the word "super."


Busy Weekend Haiku Friday

Fighting a flu. Cold?
Either way, gotta get well
Lotsa plans ahead
Tonight is the fair
Huey Lewis & The News
Husband loves those guys
Tomorrow? Dodgers
And if we can handle it
Fiesta Sunday


Behind The Times

A while back I read that Julie Andrews autobiography and most of it focused on her time on Broadway and in London Theater doing My Fair Lady. I realized I had never seen this before and since I am a lover of musicals I put it on my Netflix queue even though Julie Andrews wasn't the star, Audrey Hepburn was. Rex Harrison, however, reprised his role as Professor Henry Higgins so I thought I would get at lease a good feel for it. Turns out, I didn't like it much. This movie was three hours long. The music wasn't particularly catchy in my opinion. And can I say for the first quarter of the movie I thought I was going to have to rip off my ears to keep from hearing Hepburn's screeching Cockney accent. Good Lord. Anyway, this wasn't really supposed to be a movie review but more of a question forum for those of you who like the "old movie" genre and thought this film was the cat's pajamas. Oh and here's a ***SPOILER ALERT*** for those of you that have yet to see this 45-year old movie:
At the end, when Eliza returns to Henry, is it in a romantic way? I mean, she's supposedly 21 and he's got to be at least 60... are they lovers? Or is it more of a situation where she's his daughter/person who brings him his slippers?
Help me out here.



That number up there is the most I have weighed in my life thus far. I have not had children, nor am I with child. However, I am (according to the BMI calculator) "obese." I don't feel "obese" but I definitely feel like I have been alternating the same 2 pairs of jeans for some time as they are the only bottoms that fit me. I certainly can't just pull a size 12 (or even a 14!) off the rack and just throw it on. So drastic times called for drastic measures and I am pleased to report I have been taking baby steps to start a lifestyle change that I hope will lead to some weight loss. I realize now that making lofty goals just don't work so right now I'm hardly looking beyond 24 hours at a time. Some milestones? Well, I have not had a beer in 2 weeks and 2 days. I haven't puffed in a week and a day. And I have gone two week nights so far without having a glass of wine after work. I have also not dipped into the neverending candy drawer here at the office for 3 whole work days. I'm walking the dog. Not eating after 7 pm. Watching my portions. But most of all I'm coming to terms with the fact that I didn't put on these 40 extra pounds overnight so they certainly aren't going to melt off overnight. And most importantly, I'm not expecting results and will not even check my progress until the end of August.

MORAL OF THAT STORY: It's not a race, it's a marathon.


TMI Tuesday - Relationships

1. Family is a perfect example of "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em."

2. Friends are nothing to take for granted.

3. Exes are good for teaching you what not to settle for.

4. Strangers might offer you candy but you must say "no."

5. Relationships are best when drama's at rest.

Bonus: Tell us about your first love:
I'm married to him.

Questions are from here.


Movie Review Monday

First, Funny People. You all know about my obsession with the folks affiliated with Judd Apatow so you knew I was going to see this in the theater. I want to say for the record that I really loved this movie. I guess it would be considered a dramedy so don't go into it thinking it is anything else. You will laugh but there are a lot of grown up themes in this one like terminal illness, competition amongst friends, lost loves and the true meaning of "success." Husband said it was also a bit of a bromance between Sandler and Rogen and even Rogen and his roomies played by Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman. I will give him that. I laughed consistently throughout the whole movie but there were times I felt like I was holding back tears. Funny People is probably one of the most realistic looks at "grown-up" life I've seen on film. And it's long. I guess movies just can't be less than 2 hours any more. I hope that trend reverses soon. A bitch has to pee.

Secondly, Doomsday. This was a Netflix choice of Husband's. Let's just say that he is going to be put on some sort of probation if he doesn't clean up his queue and get rid of some of these godforsaken movies. Doomsday is about a virus that attacks Great Brittain. People are put into quarantine to isolate the virus and then years later, the virus resurfaces in London so they have to send in this special force team to find the cure blah blah blah. This movie was 28 Days Later meets Mad Max meets Camelot. Not sure how those things tie together? Me neither. Apparently anyone that survives an apocolypse turns into some sort of punk rock cannibal. There are a lot of shoot 'em up chase scenes but this movie requires an absolute suspension of disbelief. One would think that when someone decides to make a movie, they would hire a team of rational folks that would ask questions like: Why a castle? How did she get cell phone service? I thought all these folks were dead? Yeah... it fucking sucked. The end.