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I really don't think I wanna watch the Oscars again. Crash?? Crash???? What planet is the academy on? I couldn't believe it was even nominated.
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I just talked to mom on the phone. She's been substitute teaching and today got to chaperone a field trip with the 5th and 6th graders who went to see Chronicles of Narnia. She came home and told my dad she wanted to rent it on DVD when it comes out, so she can see more of the special effects and costumes. My dad turned his nose up at this idea, to which she responded:

C'mon! There were talking beavers and one of them was Michael Caine -- you don't get talking beavers and Michael Caine every day.

(And no, the double entrendre was not lost on her.)

My mom rocks.

Eve Ensler

Jan. 12th, 2006 03:05 pm
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My friend B. and I saw Eve Ensler perform her new show "The Good Body" last night at OSU. Both of us are going through somewhat similar health crises so we thought a show about body image would be a good way for the two of us to decompress. Plus, she got cheap tickets. :-)

The show was awesome. Just a simple set, with photographic lights and a backdrop, a rack of garment bags, a table and chairs. She wore a black outfit that she could throw a scarf or jacket over to transform herself into the different characters, which included Helen Gurley Brown, Isabella Rosselini, an overweight teenager at fat camp, an Indian woman, a supermodel married to a plastic surgeon, etc.

We were both surprised there wasn't more about eating disorders in the content of the show, but she did tackle Botox and diets, vaginal "reconstruction" and obsessive exercise, etc, all of it within a recurring theme of how she was appalled at herself, as a radical feminist, for being so obsessed with her own hated body part: her stomach.

It's playing through Sunday for you Columbusites. For the rest of you, the show is on tour, with dates here.


Next up: I'm terribly excited that Christine Vachon is coming to the Wexner this month. I declared my desire to be her intern several years ago. Tomorrow they're showing two Todd Haynes movies, including "Poison," which I've never seen, and then next week she'll be on hand to introduce a film about Bettie Page. Yay!
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Migraines suck. I went off of the pill over a month ago. I really do think my incredible depression this winter was largely attributable to it, seeing as how a.) this has happened to me before on a different pill and b.) 95% of it went away since I've been off of it, yet it's still grey and yucky outside. However, the headaches have ratcheted up with that. I need to start keeping better track. Last week I had one, then I had another yesterday that was a killer. My caffeine consumption has also gotten higher (damn you, pepsi itunes promotion!) so I need to get that under control.

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] kismet09! I got the yarn package Saturday right before I went to my stitch and bitch. I have some uses for some of it planned already. Strangely, I have pink loopy stuff just like that bright blue you sent me, so I may make some wild thing out of that. I think the mohair has a project picked out already too!

Got one more square of my sister's wedding afghan done yesterday, and finished mom's birthday hat at the Stitch n' Bitch Saturday. So all was productive. Had I not gotten the headache and gone straight to bed last night, I would have made further progress on Sitcom Chic as well. Photos in the knitting blog after work.

I saw Million Dollar Baby on Thursday. A good movie, but not sure it should have been best picture. I thought Finding Neverland was better. But it did a good job of avoiding the overly sentimental treatment of drama that so many big Hollywood productions do, so I am happy at least with that. We also got a chance to see some of the shorts that were nominated. The live action short which won, Wasp was really heart wrenching and hard to watch. My friend B. and I were covering our eyes during the scene where everything changed, in that way that you normally do when it's threat of gore or blood on screen, but there was none of that. Just a really misguided, overwrought single mom who didn't quite have her head on straight.

The animated films were ok, but the one that really stood out was the winner of the student academy award, Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher. Put all the "pro" animators to shame when it came to actual production values and storyline. Someone remind me again why I didn't go to NYU when I got in?? (oh yeah...the $170,000 price tag for a PhD. That would be why.)

And now, back to our regularly scheduled work week, where we are still covering for our understaffed consultant group. Sigh....
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I'm a bit busier at work now, which makes for fewer updates. And makes the updates I do a mere smattering of miscellany.

On the Oscars: Boring boring boring. Good dresses, and boring.

I did not audition for the Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice on Saturday. This is for the best, as it turned out that they had people lined up at 3 am since the Trump version was also auditioning. I had no intention of actually trying to get on the show, I merely wanted to go do a great Donna Reed hyperdomestic act and see what happened.

Now that the Circa site is up and running, I am free to work on the WittyKnits site that's in my head. So I drew up some sketches and maps earlier, and will be trying to get that up in the next few weeks/months. Also, since the yarn shop is apparently a no-go (in addition to Knitter's Mercantile opening a store, it seems the Wolfe space is still to be a shop--I've got no details beyond that)I'm also getting together my plan of attack for teaching/knitting parties. I'm going to apply to teach with the UA Lifelong Learning program. Any locals know of other places that might need a knitting instructor?

On the new Tori Amos album, The Beekeeper: eh. I hate to say it, but this one isn't grabbing me. Then again, I didn't like Boys for Pele when it came out, and it's my favorite of hers. It's not horrible, it's just not up to her standards. What I hate more though, is stupid music critics who suggest things like "motherhood has mellowed her out" or whatever. They'd never say that about a male musician, they'd just say "he's had a misstep" or something. Grrrrr.... I haven't gotten the DVD out yet though--perhaps there'll be some redemption there.

Getting closer on the homebuying front. We have one session left in my How to Buy a House class, which is the real estate attorney. So far we've had the realtors, a lender and a home inspector. It's not a lot of new info, but it's good to know I know what I'm doing. I think I've shelved the idea of a downtown condo, as anything with enough space/more than 1 BR is starting in the $260K range, which is well above my range. Not cool. I don't care if it's tax-abated, I can't swing that. So Clintonville/North Campus it will be for me, most likely. And I've found a few decently affordable things online, so I think it's do-able. I'll get pre-approved in the next couple weeks and pick a realtor and get things moving. As I told [livejournal.com profile] automat76 yesterday, it's possible that last year was my last Comfest as a local. Scary!

Finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time yesterday, just in time for book club next week. I liked this a lot, as I found myself identifying so much with the narrator. I do all these odd things that he does. And it spurred an obsessive bout of Minesweeper last night, as I tried desperately to beat his best time. No such luck. We also read (re-read for me) the Nick Hornby edited anthology, Speaking with the Angel, which I love. I need to skim over some of those stories again before Monday.

Knitting: I am plugging along on my sister's wedding gift, with 20 weeks and 18.5 afghan squares to go.

Here's the first completed one behind the cut )

That's a cable based on the DNA helix. And that popcorn stitch on the edges is addictive. Luckily the second square which I'm working on now also has it.

Also working on a cardigan for me (about 30% done), a hat for my mom's birthday that's coming out very cool (about 75% done), the second legwarmer for me. Starting soon: Bad penny (short sleeved raglan) for me and a lacey flower shawl for me. All for me!!

Tonight: Million Dollar Baby with B. This weekend: possibly a Joanna Newsom show Saturday, Stitch n' Bitch and much knitting.

Also need to figure out what to cook for ICFD: Foods on a stick battle. I wanna do something totally wacky, yet yummy.
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I'm slacking on updating here since I've gotten a bit more work to do at work. Last week was a whirlwind of concerts and culture. So the reviews will follow.

Wednesday night was Jolie Holland at Little Brothers. If ever there was someone who just didn't look like that voice was going to come out of her, it's Jolie Holland. She was funny and sweet though, and the show was surprisingly full given that Wilco was playing up the street at the Wexner Center. She's kind of bluesy, with that every once in a while twang bit that satisfies my need to a tiny bit of country.

Thursday night was Low and Pedro the Lion. [livejournal.com profile] automat76 and I had it in our heads that Low was the opener but that was not so. The show was in what the call the "black box" in Mershon. Basically that meant they put a small stage on one end of the real stage in the auditorium, and left the curtain down and we all stood on the stage. Odd. Not my first choice of venue, but it wasn't bad. At least, when we all sat down for Low, that meant the floor was clean. Can't imagine doing that at Little Brothers or the Newport. Pedro was good--I'd heard absolutely nothing by them before so had no clue what to expect. I was shocked though at how many people left before Low started playing. The acoustics were way better than when we saw them in Newport, KY last year, so I enjoyed this set more I think.

Friday, watched The Saddest Music in the World. I'd heard some people rave about it, but wasn't quite prepared for the weirdness that is the beginning. I loved it though. We decided it's what would happen if David Lynch and John Waters had a love child. Plus, I love Isabella Rosselini.

Saturday, watched At Home at the End of the World. I hadn't read the book yet (but will now) and hadn't really heard anything about the movie except for the whole controversy about Colin Farrel's dangly bits, which didn't end up appearing in the final film. It's too bad that that kind of overtook all the talk about this movie because it's really good. Very well written and acted (Robin Wright Penn is really good) and a good story.

Sunday, went to the ballet -- Rendesvouz at the Riffe. Anyone here in C-bus, you should try to get to this one. It's a collection of 6 shorts. My favorites were the opener "Blue" and "Imposing" which was choreographed by one of the dancers who we on occasion hang out with at Mac's. It was set to Tango music and was very very cool. They did "Group Therapy" as the ending piece and I'd heard good things about that when they did it before, but it wasn't my thing. It was good, but a bit cutesy for me. They're doing The Firebird later this year at the Wex, and I've never seen it before. I must get tickets to that.

This week will hopefully be a little less wacky. I start my "How to Buy a Home" course through the Upper Arlington Parks & Rec department tomorrow evening. I'm also supposed to have my knitty submission in tomorrow, but I'm not sure I'm going to make it. I have to put the collar on it still, and weave in ends, and sew on a fastener, and write out the pattern properly and take photos. Not sure that's going to happen. And ICFD: Wine is this weekend. I need to find a wine dish. I'm thinking ratatouille perhaps, but I'm not certain.

Weekend...

Sep. 8th, 2003 09:40 am
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Friday -- the fish sickness. Don't care to repeat that.

Saturday -- Drove 3 hours to Cleveland Heights to B's bridal shower. There were only two of us from Columbus there, but luckily, I knew one of B's sisters already, and there was a friend of B's from high school who was fun too. Everyone else was family. All 50 of them. Stayed about 3 hours, did toilet paper bride and all that, and ate yummy food catered by Aladdin. Then drove 3 hours back. I did stop at the outlet malls near Akron, but only found a couple of things. Not like the shopping fest that ensued after my failed Jeopardy! audition last year. Watched The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Saturday night with [livejournal.com profile] automat76. I liked it, but was definitely not expecting the ending. Wow.

Sunday -- BestFriend and I went to the "tomato farm" and picked a few more pounds. Then we canned about 5 pints of salsa from all the cherry, orange, and yellow pear tomatoes. We still have probably 10 pounds of regular tomatoes left. I think we're going to try to can spaghetti sauce later in the week. I'm just glad we have pressure cookers now, because last year we did pickles and tomatoes with my water bath canner and that was a very long hot day.
Sunday night, went to [livejournal.com profile] yerpretty's friends house and had dinner. Super-yummy ratatouille. We shall have to determine whose friends are better cooks. This is going to be a tough one. Iron Chef ginger is next week, so perhaps that will be the deciding battle.

I had really screwy dreams last night. The first involved running into this guy from work and making him show me all the things he got his wife for her birthday. It was a little strange, because I felt like I was prying in the dream, but then he made me finish his shopping with him. I kept seeing people from high school in the mall.

Then, I was being honored in some way by the government (ok--not gonna happen). I was at this big ceremony, and all these governmental dignitaries and such were there in black suits, and we were standing on really steep risers on stage. I was right next to Shrubya, who was wearing no jacket, and no tie, just a rumpled dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. I was very offended by this, especially when he started muttering under his breath about "too much ceremonial bullcrap in this job." Wow. I never want to dream about him again.

OK, back to the videos. Gotta get the headphones out and listen to the sound of my own voice again. Joy.
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This has been an odd weekend. No homework, because next week is the week between trimesters at Franklin, before I get to start my summer session with not 1 but 2 classes--Java and Discrete Math. The math is on online course, so I think it'll be ok, but I was warned that the full-time workers usually do things one class at a time. I'm impatient though. My plan is to do this for this trimester, then in the Fall, do the next programming class and test out of the presentational software, access and WWW design courses. That way I'll have credit for almost a full-time load at the end of this year. I'm crafty like that.

Friday night, I went to Mary's yoga class and that was fun. Afterward BestFriend, Boy Wonder and I had yummy veg food at Whole World, then went back to BF's house to watch DVDs (she just got a player). We watched Dr. Strangelove. I had no idea how apropos to the current situation in the world that would be. We enjoyed it, then both BW and I crashed there for the night.

I ended up going home in late morning, only to spend the whole day in bed with a killer headache. Then BF had people over on her back porch last night. Our friend M got engaged last weekend to her boyfriend of 5 years. Well, this week it got called off and she is now moving out. She's ok, but we all sat around and had girl talk, which was good. I did my laundry while we were there too.

So today is Easter and I have to drive to Chillicothe to my aunt's house. Not a fun drive, especially for someone like me who hates to drive. I will have to find my discman and speakers to take with me in the car.

We are interviewing people for the second web job like my current one this week. I hope the user interface job that is probably going to be mine in the IT department posts this week. That way, when I leave, I can tell the boss to just hire her first and second choices out of the batch we're interviewing now, and all will be smooth. Hopefully that will delay the power trip she WILL try with me later. Fun.

Must go find my easter dress now and eat some more yogurt (this webMD thing has me od'ing on calcium.) I lost what looked like 5# this week, but most of that is probably water. Just a shaving off on the inches too, which is what I'm really more worried about. I pulled out the summer clothes last night and tried to wear my short jeans from last year, but there was no way they were zipping. All I ask is to fit in what I already own!!! :-)

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