25 March 2007

Now Playing: L to the A to the Z to the Y

Go ahead, call me lazy and unimaginative. After trolling around reading the memes from the others that Sari had tagged, I came across this one. Me too, me too! I love movies and the escape they provide sometimes. I've been sitting on this post for weeks now, and for lack of anything interesting, I am providing something for you to read if you have already read EVERY SINGLE OTHER BLOG ON THE INTERNET.

On with the show!

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

When Harry Met Sally. I saw it in the theater and loved it. It was my first DVD purchase, and I always watch it when I'm sick. Laughter is the best medicine, right? I love some of the one-liners in this flick. And it's about two people becoming best friends and falling in love - the best kind of love if you ask me.

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.

The Matrix. The first time I saw it, I had not read or heard anything about its premise and was BLOWN AWAY. I had to go back and watch it again. Trinity kicks ass.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.

Brad Pitt. For purely selfish reasons that need not be elaborated upon.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.

Danny Glover. That guy cannot act his way out of a paper bag. I react physically to the mere mention of his name. It's kind of weird, actually.

5. Name a movie that you CAN and DO quote from.

One of the best things about movies is that you can enjoy them long after seeing them! There's a couple that I have to mention:
Monty Python's Holy Grail - "What ALSO floats in water? Very small rocks! Churches!"
Glengarry Glen Ross - "As you all know, the first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Second prize is a set of steak knives. ...Third prize is you're fired."
Office Space - [pretty much the whole screenplay is one long quote]

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

Sound of Music! I know most of Grease too, but I've watched Sound of Music many more times, I think.

7. Name a movie you have been known to sing along with.

Sound of Music!

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

Amelie. I just love the way I feel at the end. It's such a feel-good movie full of life.

9. Name a movie that you own.

Raising Arizona. I have most of the Coen Brothers movies in my library, but this is the first one I ever saw.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

I guess I'd have to say Will Smith. He sure has come a long way from "Parents Just Don't Understand".

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

Yes, I have seen a movie at a drive-in. And I cannot for the life of me remember what it was. The last time I was at a drive-in was on a double-date, and we were definitely NOT watching the movie.

12. Ever made out in a movie?

*see #11* :P

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.

Ray. I don't know why I haven't seen it yet. But I want to.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?

Almost, several times. Van Helsing sucked, but I had kind of snuck in after seeing another movie in the theater, and figured a free movie doesn't need to be Oscar worthy. I also disliked Mission Impossible II in a way I find hard to describe. Something about the dorky closeup shots of Tom and Thandy that were soap-opera-ish and so dumb. It kept distracting me from the action. I had such high expectations for a John Woo movie, to boot. Don't get me started.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.

Forrest Gump. I bawled openly on at least three separate occasions. So did Patty, my movie buddy.

16. Popcorn?

Absolutely! And each person with me must have their own bag. My friend Meigan finds this amusing, but totally understands. I eat slow and do not appreciate someone eating five times as much popcorn as me in the same amount of time. Again: don't get me started.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

Sniff...since Boog was born, I think we've seen 3 movies. 4?? So sad. I used to watch one almost weekly. If I didn't have someone to go with, I'd go alone. But we have Netflix, so it's not really a big deal. Except that I miss movie popcorn. The homemade stuff tastes better, yes, and made with real butter, but there's something about the movie popcorn.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?

Casino Royale. It took me and Rob ten minutes to remember that. How sad. And we actually liked it! Our memories have taken a turn for the worse.

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

Romantic Comedy. I'm a sap. But I also love a good action movie.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

Snow White. My brother and I went with an older neighbor girl. Saturday Night Fever was playing in the theater next to ours and we peeked in for a second. I also remember going with all the neighborhood kids to see ET. We all sat in the second row, getting cricks in our necks from leaning our heads back. Good times.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

Queen of the Damned. I am a big Anne Rice fan, and this was such a disappointment.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

Brazil. Deliciously weird.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?

I'd have to say Halloween. Since I saw it when I was younger, it was easier to give in and let it scare the bejeezus out of me.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?

The Big Lebowski. Nonstop hilarity. I don't know where the Coen Brothers find these characters, but they are GOLD.

Oh! And Best in Show. Because dog show people are nothing if not freaks to be parodied. :) And I mean that in the most adoring sense.

So, that's it for the movie meme. Are you wishing you had these last minutes back in your life? If so, drop me a note and I'll see what I can do.

22 March 2007

Tag, I'm It!

The lovely Sari has tagged me with a meme - list seven songs you are into right now...no matter what they are. They must be songs you are presently enjoying. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

I don't have an iPod Shuffle like Sari, and usually listen to albums in their entirety, so I'm just picking the ones that I enjoyed MOST from the albums I've listed to recently, one anomaly, and some from the radio while driving.

I'm listening to:

1. Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys
2. It Won't Be Long - The Beatles
3. When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around - The Police (yes, the song title IS that long)*
4. French Toast - The English Beat
5. La Villa Strangiato - Rush
6. Benson (the TV Theme song) - Artist Unknown**
7. Busy Child - The Crystal Method

*an amusing note about number 3: Rob, my adorable hubbinator, thought for years that the lyrics were "When the world is running down, you make the best cup of stew around." I laughed for days when I had the privilege of correcting him.

**as for the Benson theme song, we have discovered that this tune sends Boog into yet another giggle session. Observe:


Thanks, Sari! That was fun! I think I will forgo the tagging, though. If anyone wants to grab it, please do! And let me know, because I think it's kind of cool to see what you all are into at the moment.

20 March 2007

Nana Visitor

The title of this post is me at my geekiest. It refers to my dear friend Meigan and her beautiful daughter Nana, who flew down from the Bay Area for a visit over the weekend. It also refers to an actress from Deep Space Nine. I am deeply sorry that I cannot refrain from being a nerd.

Anyhoo.

We had a terrific time, she and I and our kids. We were amused to no end when watching Nana and Boog interacting. [She's exactly two years older than him. My water broke at her birthday party last year!] Being deeply entrenched in toddlerhood, her sharing gene has yet to be activated. To add to the humor, Boog wants to be a part of EVERYTHING she is doing. This annoys her. He wants to play with whatever she's playing with, and she finds his pleads offensive. Hilarity ensues.

I had missed them both so much. Thank you, Meigan, for making the trek down here with your little bear. I love you. ITMODHFW! (Try and guess THAT one, my friend!)

Unabooger


Much cuter than Ted Kaczynski, obviously.

11 March 2007

Cousins

Three of Boog's cousins (my nieces) are visiting my in-laws (about an hour south) this week. They are six years, one year, and two months old. The oldest, "S", was supposed to spend this week (her spring break) solo with her grandma. Boy was she excited. When her mom decided that she was also coming, and bringing the other two girls, S was very upset.

I can see how that happened. She was the only child for five years, VERY close to her grandma. Then along comes "L" and she has to share the spotlight. Then another year goes by and "A" is born. She has become the "helper" now instead of the baby/center of attention. And boy did she love being the latter. And good at it! What a big personality for such a small person! She is a great kid. And in her defense, she ADORES her baby sisters.

But instead of relishing a whole week away from crying baby sisters, with Grandma's undivided attention, she found herself forced to share her visit with three other people: her mom, L, and A. Her favorite uncle (Rob) took pity on her plight and offered her some respite up here at our apartment for a sleepover.

All night tonight, from the moment we arrived home, until her bedtime, she got to be "the baby", and man did she play it up! Crawling around, talking in a baby voice, snuggling in my lap before bedtime, a story in Aunt Eva and Uncle Rob's bed. Tomorrow, she and Boog and I will be baking cookies and going swimming before her mom comes up to see our new place and pick her up.

I'm so happy that I have this enormous family on Rob's side. My immediate family is very small. Three siblings-in-law, and six nieces! And the best bonus is that my little Boog is growing up with cousins around him. It'll be fun to watch them all running around like monkeys, getting into trouble together and creating memories that they will cherish.

On another note, Boog took a couple steps this week! What a big boy! Both Rob and I were there to see it, even. Which is fantastic, considering it could have happened while he was at work, which would have totally bummed him out. So, YAY!

07 March 2007

The Joys of Parenting

I had a good mommy day today. Aside from him waking up at 5:30 and not going back to sleep again, it was a perfect day. I put all housework aside and just played with him almost all day. Can I do that every day? Is that allowed?

He was super stoked to have so much of my attention. We played chase, we crawled around the whole apartment, we made block towers and knocked them down again and again. We went to our music class and sang songs and danced around. We picnicked on the grass by the ocean in Laguna Beach with my friend Dawn and his buddy, her son, JT. We went shopping - to the fabric store - which he LOVED. As I pushed him up and down the aisles of bolts of fabric, he'd extend his chubby little arm to brush his fingers on the textures as they passed. He squealed with delight when we got to the ribbon aisle. Have I told you about his ribbon fetish? He waves ribbons over his head, back and forth, streamer-style. It really is just too much for words.

But anyway, the best part of the day? When he discovered that toilet paper rolls can be unrolled: