Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Saginaw's new claim to fame - B+
Big Ten Market - A
UPDATE - the coffee was delicious!
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Grizzly Peak - B-
Monday, November 28, 2005
To give the Dixboro General Store some props, I used another Newcomers Club coupon and got a free Yankee Candle (and they aren't cheap) and 20% off something else I bought there. If I had more money and the ambition to have a completely country house, I would go there again, but until that day, I'll stick to my side of town.
Dixboro General Store - C+
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Why do I love this dog? Well, roughly translated, Affenpinscher means "monkey dog" in German. This is awesome. In French, however, the dog's description translates to "mustachioed little devil." This is for sure the dog I want. Monkey devil with a mustache? Yes, please!
So I don't really want one of these dogs for Christmas, but I do want to spread the love for this mostly unheard-of breed. Go, little Affenpinscher, go!
Affenpinscher - A+!
If you haven't checked out Toothpaste for Dinner or Natalie Dee, go right now to www.toothpastefordinner.com and www.nataliedee.com - these are some of the funniest drawings you'll ever see. Drew and Natalie are married, so I think they borrow from each other in their drawings. Check this one out. I think Natalie used me as a model for the girl on the right.
Toothpaste for Dinner - B+
Natalie Dee - A-
Friday, November 25, 2005
Layer Cake - B-
Thursday, November 24, 2005
The thing that bothers me the most about this is that you can still buy the "Hollywood Weddings" special issue of People with Nick and Jessica's wedding pictures all over the front (and presumably, all over the inside, too - I've never actually looked inside, believe it or not). I just saw it at the grocery store yesterday. Not that there weren't already a thousand ways for these two to be reminded of their marriage. I just think it sucks that every time Nick or Jess goes in a grocery store, they'll see pictures of their happy day staring back at them. Wait, what am I saying? They don't go to the grocery store!
Nick and Jessica's split - C
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
You want specifics? OK. The cast is as amazing as they were ten years ago, and Rosario and Tracie can totally hang with them. Rosario was actually pretty impressive - I always kind of liked her, but now I REALLY like her. Anthony Rapp, who for some reason gets last billing in the credits, is phenomenal. As for Jesse L. Martin and Wilson Jermaine Heredia - there are no words. They blew me away. They were absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking, and just so you know, Jesse is my new celebrity crush. I think I want to marry him.
Only two things I didn't like: 1 - Adam Pascal's hair. Ew. It's really shaggy and gross and makes him look like an aging rock star, especially since they show "early Roger" with short hair and he looks great. 2 - I also didn't like "Living in America." It was really music video-y, and none of the rest of the movie is, so it was sort of bizarre.
High points: "I'll Cover You - Reprise" - cried like a little girl; "La Vie Boheme" - I felt like I was in the Life Cafe; "Without You" - for once, a good use of the video montage!; "Out Tonight" - I'm telling you, Rosario is GOOD! This movie isn't going to win any Oscars, but it might just be the newest addition to my top ten list. It was everything I wanted it to be.
I'd also like to give a huge shoutout to all the people who were with me in the theater this snowy morning. You are die hard fans, yet you were able to restrain yourselves and didn't sing until the closing credits, which meant that I got to hear the movie instead of you. For that, you get an A.
RENT - A-
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Britney's 'Charity' Act?
Despite reports that their year-old marriage has hit a rough patch, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline looked very much together as they descended on New York late last week, but was their trip to the Big Apple more business than pleasure?
Although the London Mirror says the déclassé duo hit the town to shop their problems away (aka "retail-relationship therapy"), the Insider claims the semi-retired pop tartlet-turned-fashion-challenged mom of Sean Preston is in the midst of "serious negotiations" to take over the starring role in the Broadway production of "Sweet Charity."
If the thought of Britney warbling live eight times a week gives you a nervous twitch, consider this: Former backup hoofer-turned-underemployed wanna-be rapper Kevin could join her onstage.
"He'd be a dancer in the show," a mole tells the Insider. "The producers really want Britney and will do anything to make this happen."
Christina Applegate is currently starring as the titular lovelorn dancer in the revival, which the Federlines took in on Thursday (for their big night out, Spears wore a sparkly jacket stolen off the set of "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," while Federline sported snake-like cornrows that would have even Bo Derek rolling with laughter).
Britney's camp isn't commenting on the board-treading talk, but we'd be surprised if the new mom decides to make her debut on the Great White Way so soon after the arrival of her still under-wraps bundle of joy.
After all, it was just one year ago this week that the Britster gushed on her Web site, "To be a really good mom, I feel your child needs to be your full-time job. I want to raise my kids and share all of those precious moments with them and not rely on nannies."
Still, perhaps Mrs. Federline feels a connection to the production, filled as it is with ditties that some might say (hey, don't look at us) echo her own relationship, from "Big Spender" to "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" to "I Love to Cry at Weddings."
This is bad, folks. Very, very bad.
Britney on Broadway - F
Well, this is not the best romantic comedy ever made. It's cute, sure, but look at the stars - Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are the embodiment of cute. Reese plays a doctor who gets in a car accident, and Mark sublets her apartment, but her spirit is still there... and the hilarity ensues! Okay, not really. There's a typical spirit-possession gag with Reese jumping into Mark's body, causing him to make a fool of himself at a bar, and the rest is pretty cliche, too. Now, I don't want to ruin it for any of you, but since it's a romantic comedy, you know it works out in the end. You'll just have to watch to find out how. It was fine, and a pleasant way to waste a little time on a Tuesday afternoon, but if I were you, I wouldn't pay much more than a dollar to see this movie. Don't rush right out and rent it as soon as it comes out on DVD. Let it hit the non-new release shelf.
One great thing about this movie: Donal Logue. If you don't know who I'm talking about, check him out on IMDb. You know, that guy. I love him in everything he's in.
Just Like Heaven - C+
Monday, November 21, 2005
The VIRGINIA STRONG.
Nope, no pictures of my actual mother on the Internet, but when I did a Google search for my mommy, I got a picture of this flower. Awww!
Happy Birthday, Mom!
the Virginia Strong epiphyllum (and Mom's birthday, too) - A+
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Last night was the '80s karaoke birthday party of my friends Scott and Lisa. I wore an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, a little denim skirt, legwarmers, cowboy boots, enormous hoop earrings, and tons of white eye shadow, and I was one of the least dressed-up folks there. I saw some mall bangs and a couple lace gloves with no fingers. It was inspiring. The karaoke was sweet, and the party favors were awesome. I have a new Rubik's Cube keychain now.
Of all the people to run into at the bar, I saw my old camp counselor, Bobbi Fischer. She's married, teaching math at Saginaw High, and looks fabulous. She's also only six years older than I am. I always thought those counselors were so much older. Who knew?
'80s karaoke birthday party - A- (my hair wasn't nearly cool enough to merit an A)
Saturday, November 19, 2005
So, I have a fear. Not many people know about it, but it reared its ugly head today. I am afraid of historically dressed mannequins. Yes, you read that correctly. Historically dressed mannequins. I got lost in a museum when I was six years old, and I came around a corner and there were these mannequins in cowboy costumes and I flipped my shit. Now, over twenty years later, I still don't like them. They freak me out. And of course, in an exhibit about slavery, there were all sorts of mannequins in historical costumes. The first creepy ones were royalty from Benin circa 1700. Super scary. There were two that were absolutely horrific: a slave trader with curly hair and a bartender from the '50s... I saw those and had to turn away. I'm not joking. Ask my dad. We went to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame a couple summers ago and some of those vaqueros were evil.
Museum of African American History - A-
historically dressed mannequins - D
Friday, November 18, 2005
There's one thing abour Amer's that frustrates me: the pronunciation of the name. I've always said "Ahh-merz." Some people say "Uh-Meerz," and some people say "Uh-Mehrz." I need some clarification here.
Amer's Mediterranean Deli - B+
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Shakira "Don't Bother" video - A-
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
What do you think?
my blog's new style - I for Incomplete... tell me what you think of it
UPDATE: final grade - D - the votes are in and you say "too pink." I'll start shopping for another new template soon!
I decided to have a little non-buying shopping trip today, and went to Old Navy. I hadn't been to Old Navy in a while, and the last time I had been to one, it was in the Traverse City outlet mall. For what it's worth, if you're looking for chain retail clothing, don't go to TC. They have crap.
The Ann Arbor Old Navy was heavenly. Their selection was huge - velvet blazers and sequin shoes and jeans and tank tops and great pajama pants and cute skirts and jackets and vests and purses and scarves, and all reasonably priced... it was awesome! I saw lots of things I wanted to get for myself and for Christmas gifts. Who knew? Plus, they also had wrapping paper, gift bags, bows and such. I guess it really is one-stop shopping. I had decided that Old Navy was lame, but today's trip changed my mind - and I left without spending a penny.
Old Navy - A-
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The "sophomore season" can be a hard one. I think a lot of shows get better with a little time under their belts. Case in point: American Idol. You know, Kelly really is the best contestant to have been on AI, but the show improved a lot during season 2. But some shows have a hard time living up to the hype they got during their first season. Look at Desperate Housewives. Sure, it's still a great show, and is in the top five every week, but a lot of people feel something is missing this season.
But back to Project Runway - it will be hard to top season 1. It was truly magical. The designers were crazy characters; will there ever be another Jay, Austin, or (God forbid) Wendy? Plus, the design challenges were so interesting, and really showed what the designers were made of, and I hope that Tim and Michael and Heidi and the rest of the gang can come up with new challenges so the viewers don't just get a rehash of the season 1 challenges. I'll be watching with high hopes and high expectations. Don't let me down, PR, or "you're out."
Project Runway season 2 - B+ (I'll reevaluate after December 7!)
The worst part of deer season is seeing all the sad little deer strapped to the hoods and roofs of cars flying down the highway. Super gross.
deer season - C (a few points for population control)
Monday, November 14, 2005
Mirrormask - B-
Gina McKee being able to walk - A+
Sunday, November 13, 2005
bad VCR - F
Saturday, November 12, 2005
I think TSATW is the pinnacle of Billy Baldwin's career, that's for sure.
The Squid and the Whale - A
Friday, November 11, 2005
PetSmart commercial - B+
But perhaps the best thing of all happened on November 11, 1965. No, not the independence of Rhodesia, although that happened that day, too. 11/11/65 was the day that Nell McNutt and Monte Strong tied the knot. Those crazy kids!
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad - as Dr. Dre would say, Still doing that shit, right?
Mom and Dad's 40th wedding anniversary - A+!
Thursday, November 10, 2005
You gotta love the success of old friends (especially when that success allows them to send you free CDs). For those of you in the greater Arkansas/Oklahoma area, Robb will be playing a live show near you someday - the man's a touring machine - and you really should see him. some guy named robb's a hell of a live show. Those of you reading in other parts of the country should buy his albums at www.someguynamedrobb.com so he'll make a lot of money, get famous, and then tour the whole country and not just a little corner of the South. It'll be worth it, and if you tell him I sent you, maybe someday he'll finally record the song he wrote for me back in the late '90s.
the pale sessions v. 1 - everything matters - A
You know you love the song. You know you do! Gordon Lightfoot is a genius.
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - shipwreck - D-; song - A
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Seriously, it was sort of gross. I don't think an eleven-year-old should ever be included in a fashion magazine, especially not one as creepy-looking as Talullah. Look at those eyes... just don't look too close. Scout is beautiful, but both of the older girls came across as really, really pretentious. Oh, little Ru - the woods of northern Michigan could have been so good to you, but you gave it all up for Marc Jacobs and Galliano.
Teen Vogue and the Willis girls - C+ (well, it was good for a laugh!)
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Arbor Brewing Company - C
Monday, November 07, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Still, there's something about it that I can't put my finger on, and I can't give it a solid A. There a few scenes that seemed pretty contrived, with dialogue that people would never say in real life. Also, PSH was just tremendous, but no one's talking about Catherine Keener and Clifton Collins, Jr., whose performances give this movie its meat. I hate that. I loved both of them. Also, this may be farfetched, but I'm afraid that this movie is going to have a DaVinci Code affect. You know, all those people going on tours of the Louvre and monasteries in France and England to see where it "really took place." I don't like the idea of hordes of people travelling to Kansas.
Capote - A-
Saturday, November 05, 2005
I've eaten at the Roadhouse a few times, and it's good, but I just don't think it's all that it's cracked up to be. For one thing, it's incredibly expensive, even by Ann Arbor standards. You have to work hard to get out of there for less than $50 for two people. Second, the food crosses that line from down-home to high-brow. It's great that the food is made by local artisans, and doesn't have preservatives and is incredibly fresh, but I don't need the cheese on my burger imported from a tiny dairy in England to make me feel good about said burger. Finally, it's utter insanity in the restaurant if you go at a normal eating time. I've been there twice around 4 PM, and it's fine, but much later than that and it's loud and crowded and dark. Not my idea of a joyous dining experience. Yes, the food is really good, but in this case, it's just not good enough.
Zingerman's Roadhouse - B-
Friday, November 04, 2005
Tomorrow night I am going to a Euchre party... and there's money on it, so I have to play well. I haven't played a good hand of Euchre in a few years, but I am confident that I will remember all the rules and make some good decisions and come out a winner! I'd better - Mama needs a new pair of shoes.
Euchre party - B
I wish stamps weren't so expensive. I remember back in the '80s when stamps were just 20 cents apiece. I would send so many more letters and cards if stamps were less expensive. Plus, why do they have to be such a crazy amount? 37 cents? Please! That number's not divisible by anything! It's a prime number! No stamp should come in a denomination you absolutely have to use pennies to buy.
Stamps - A-
Thursday, November 03, 2005
What's your song?
Wedding Songs - B+ (they're all wonderful, but some are cheesy, and you know it!)
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
I have the most enormous zit, and it's right on the bridge of my nose where God and everyone can see it. It's terrible. I mean, I don't have a photo shoot coming up or anything, but it's probably the worst, most obvious zit I've had in a long time.
This is what I get for eating buttery popcorn at work. This is what I get for using corn starch as face powder on Halloween. I thought I was too old for these monsters, but I guess I was wrong wrong wrong.
Enormous nose zit - F
UPDATE: It's better, but now it's red. Damn.
On the plus side, I have a new favorite radio station - one I discovered when I was scanning for something to replace 100.3. Good times.
Christmas music before Thanksgiving - D-
The best part of Cheetos is the spore left over on your fingers when you're done eating. Dried cheese product - yum! Of course, it's bad if you get said spore all over someone's homework that you're looking at. Sorry, Claire.
Cheetos - B+