eee1313: (Strictly Ballroom - Doug's breakdown)
I haven't posted in FOREVER. I'm sorry. What I should do is figure out how to get my Twitter feed to show up here every day. I know others of you do this, but I don't know how. I suck.

So let's see, what's been going on? Well, first off, I've become completely addicted to playing Neko Astume. Worse yet, I told another girl at work about it, and she told about ten people, and now there's a whole bunch of us at work who are addicted and try to share tips on how to get the rare cats to show up and how to get more fish. I think we're all just soooooo exhausted with our company that we need something fun and happy to get us through the workday. Because honestly, morale is just SHIT right now. And I miss my old boss. I hate walking past his office and seeing it all empty. We've e-mailed a few times. I hope he's doing okay.

Wow, that got sad quickly.

Okay, what else? The February holidays are coming up, which is fun. This weekend the zoo is doing a Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) celebration, which should be fun for the kids. Then there's a Superbowl party on Sunday. The next weekend is Valentine's Day, so the Scientist and I will be celebrating by attending the Winter Wine Walk that afternoon. In the evening we'll do something fun with the kids, and the next morning I've promised to take VEE out for breakfast. Of course, the Scientist and MDR will come, too. Then later in the month is the Academy Awards, so of course I'll be having local people over for that. Though this year I'm really not giving a crap about any of it other than Mad Max: Fury Road. How I would LOVE IT if that movie somehow won a bunch of awards, just because.

I am absolutely exhausted today. Last night the kids both kept me up for hours and it was terrible. I ended up sleeping on the couch for a bit, because my daughter's coughing was keeping my son awake. I spent an hour getting him back asleep and then he woke up 15 minutes later and I just could not deal with it. So I put him in bed with the Scientist and went downstairs to cool down. Once I fell asleep on the couch I ended up having this terrible nightmare about spiders everywhere (including going down my throat) and it was just terrible. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep at all and I woke up with a splitting headache. So I called in today. The kids are with their grandma as usual, and VEE has preschool right now. I asked the Scientist if I should feel guilty dropping the kids with his mom and not telling her I'm staying home to sleep, and he was like "Nope!" So there we are.

Otherwise the kids are okay. My daughter's been pretty whiny lately, which is getting old fast. She seems to run in cycles. One week she's great, then the next week she's a bratty monster. I don't get it. She's going to make one hell of a teenager. As for MDR, he's fine. He's starting to talk a bit more, which is great. He'll say "bye" and wave when someone leaves, he'll say some phrases along with his favorite books (mostly "oh no!" when we read Going on a Bear Hunt), and he's cute as a button. He still likes to throw things, though, which is no good when it's food (messy) or board books (painful).

I'm not doing much in the way of entertainment. Despite all the Oscar-bait in theaters, I have no interest in seeing most of the movies that are out right now. I did see a sneak preview of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies a few weeks ago. As someone who hates zombies, I thought it was fun. I'm looking forward to Deadpool. Otherwise I can't really even remember what I've gone to see in the past few months, which is pretty sad. Of course there was The Force Awakens, which I'd like to see again sometime. The nerds at work are constantly coming up with new theories on the characters' backstories. Heh. As for TV, we're lucky to watch anything that's not on PBS Kids or Disney Junior. We've watched some Supergirl, which I like okay. It's got some issues, but it's fun. I've missed too much of The Flash to watch without a major binge/catch-up. I think Castle comes back on next week; I hope they fix what they messed up in the first half of this season. People don't want to watch for Castle/Beckett angst. We had seven seasons of that. Can we just have them solving crimes and being fun for this (probably final) season? Man, losing their showrunner really put a dent in that one... What other TV is good? Obviously we still watch Lip Sync Battle ever week. That's probably the only show we get to watch with regularity. Some day I'll watch Jessica Jones on Netflix and a bunch of other stuff people have recommended, but for now, it's more Wild Kratts and Curious George.

Okay, I'm really exhausted now. I'm going to sleep for a bit. Y'all take care. Hopefully I won't be a stranger as much as I have been.
eee1313: (Domestically disabled)
I am currently on a staycation until the middle of next week. I took time off from work to stay home with VEE and work on her potty training. So far she's gone to the bathroom three times on her own today. Right now she's taking a nap. She didn't want to use the potty before she fell asleep. Fingers crossed, everyone.

I'm glad to be away from work. I don't know what's going on at that company, but right now morale is just awful. It's not just in the crapper, it's gone down the hole and around the trap and is heading for the sewer. It's bad. I still love what I actually DO at the office but the constant cloud of defeat that everyone seems to live under is just getting to me. I hope this time off dealing with my daughter's poopy pants helps improve my outlook on the place.

That said, I've decided on a new career path should this job every dry up: I want to be a phlebotomist and work at a blood bank. I have always been fascinated by blood donations and giving blood (even though I used to always pass out). I went to donate last week at Heartland Blood Center. OMG, these people are awesome. I haven't once passed out while donating in their care. They're fantastic. Anyway, while I was donating I was that annoying person going "What does that do? No, what does THAT do?" And the Scientist joked that I should become a phlebotomist. The woman taking my blood said that she changed careers after she got laid off from her last job -- working prepress for a printer. So she and I got a good laugh about my current job being in the same vein (no pun intended) as her previous job. Anyway, so yes, if I lose my job I think I'm going to get out of desktop publishing/design and work for a blood donation company. (PSA: my BFF is currently having twice-weekly plasma transfusions to keep her healthy. Her health issues are a reminder to me that I need to donate regularly and so should everyone else who can. Donating blood or plasma saves lives!)

Okay, so what else is up? I've done a bunch of laundry today. Well, I've folded a bunch of laundry. The Scientist is the one who put it all in the washer. But I feel slightly accomplished. I should go strip the sheets from our bed and do that laundry. As well as MDR's bedding. He's been wetting through his diaper and PJs every night this week. Getting up at 3 a.m. to change his crib sheets is no fun. So once VEE wakes up we're off in search of better nighttime diapers for him.

Man, my life sounds fun, doesn't it?

What else is going on? We went to see Ant-Man last night, which was enjoyable. It's not as dire as some of the latest Marvel films have seemed which is a nice change of pace. It's all getting so SERIOUS these days... It's not as funny as I was hoping for, but I liked the fact that the story hinged on a bad guy creating bad tech at his company which had to be brought down by an unlikely hero. In that regard, it reminded me a bit of the original Iron Man, with the whole Tony Stark/Obadiah Stane final fight. But the final fight in Ant-Man is the best. So, so much fun. Anyway, yes to that movie. I only have two more episodes of Daredevil to watch before we're done with the first season. And I blasted through Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in about a week (lots of late-night viewing when MDR would wake me in the middle of the night). I didn't find it as fall-down hilarious as a lot of people seem to, but I still liked it. Kimmy's whole "I won't let the world bring me down" attitude was kind of refreshing. And while I didn't think "Pinot Noir" was funny at all (seriously, I don't get the love for it), Titus is the funniest thing about the show. Between passing off Katy Perry's "Firework" as his own creation, living as a werewolf, and his unfortunate viral video at the end of the season, he's the best. And in other entertainment news, I'm also watching episodes of the latest How to Train Your Dragon series on Netflix and plan to watch the Wet Hot American Summer prequel series. I want to know how the can of vegetables begins to talk!

Anyway, I should go do something productive while my daughter is asleep. I hope you're all well.
eee1313: (She-Ra)
It's about freakin' time, but summer is FINALLY here. I don't know if I'm excited or worried. Much like [livejournal.com profile] aj, I'm not a huge fan of Chicagoland's hot, humid summers. On the other hand, it's finally pool season. Now that June is almost over, it's finally warm enough to take the kids to the pool.

Things around here have been, and will continue to be for the rest of the summer, crazy. The Scientist's youngest brother is getting married at the end of August, and so there's been a lot of wedding-related activities. The bachelor party already happened (a three-day weekend extravaganza of booze), the bachelorette party and bridal shower weekend are coming, then there's a "team-building scavenger hunt" for the entire wedding party so everyone can get to know each other before the actual wedding, and then a day of wedding favor making. Also in there I have a baby shower, MDR has a doctor appointment, there's a zoo trip with my coworker and her family, and at some point we have to go to the Ren Faire because we bought crazy-cheap tickets at C2E2. And all before the end of August. Needless to say, almost every weekend is booked.

To make things even more fun, work has been crazy for the past month or so. I had the big book to finish which turned into a nightmare because the managing editor decided to make a whole bunch of changes at the last minute. We were literally laying out pages the day before it was due to go to the printer. After that project ended, I was immediately put on another project with an even crazier deadline: a 700-page book to lay out in one month. That's creating all the art, doing the layout, sending pages through proofing/editorial/author corrections, making all the corrections, sending the pages to an outside certification group for their approval so that we can link our pages to their certification training, and prepping all the pages for PDF release so that the book can be sent to the Florida board of ed for approval for adoption. Thankfully I've been paired with my company's very best editor. He and I have done many projects before and have a really good working and personal rapport. I think that's why they put me on the project, because they knew he and I work well together and I was his best shot at getting the book done. We have one week to finish all the pages before we want to turn them over to the digital media department so they can prep the PDFs for release. Amazingly, we have everything done except the front matter, glossary, and index (the latter of which take no time to lay out). I only have two chapters' worth of corrections left to do, which I can probably complete tomorrow. So this editor and I are walking around the building like we're hot shit (cuz we are) and I'm blown away by how much the two of us accomplished with this book.

That said, because I've proven time and again that I can crank out really good quality work with few mistakes under insane deadlines, I've now been given another completely craptacular project. As I said to my boss, it's as if I'm being punished for doing good work. ::headdesk::

So what else is up? The family's doing well. Yesterday was the Scientist's birthday, which we celebrated by going to a pool party. Today we're going for a wine tasting. VEE is on her first steps to reading -- sounding out words letter by letter and figuring out what they say. Of course this takes some coaching on our part, but for a kid who's not even four yet I'm quite proud of her. Potty training, on the other hand, is a joke. I'm going to take time off later this summer to do "potty boot camp" with her, wherein I stay home for a few days on either side of a weekend and all we do is practice going to the potty every hour on the hour till she figures this out. Because she's such a tall and big kid she's almost outgrown the largest size diapers they make, plus she needs to be potty trained before preschool in the fall. So boot camp it is. As for MDRE, he's not crawling yet but he's close. He just cut his seventh tooth and we've moved him on to 2nd stage foods. He continues to be a smiley, cuddly little (big) guy and a ton of fun.

Anyway, that's about it for me. I hope all is well with all of you.

Sorry I don't update more often -- just finding time to sit down at the computer and hammer out an update uninterrupted is next to impossible these days. People keep asking the Scientist and I if we've seen a certain movie or watched a certain TV show. We're like, "If we can find more than two hours to ourselves during the evenings it's a miracle. But we can tell you exactly what Daniel Tiger has been up to over on PBS Kids." Every now and again we manage to watch an episode of Daredevil on Netflix, which is making me incredibly happy. I really appreciate that the creators approached the show as a crime drama first and a superhero show second. And how deliciously creepy is Kingpin? It's not as dark and foreboding as the Dark Knight side of the comic spectrum, but it's leaps and bounds more serious than a lot of comic-related shows or movies. That said, I will readily admit that I don't always like my comic shows serious; the lighthearted-yet-earnest approach to The Flash this past season totally worked for me as well. I could go on and on about comic media and how I might be getting burned out on comic movies and how knowing a studio's multi-year release schedule is taking the surprise out of things for me (TLDR-version: I'm currently more excited for DC than Marvel just because I don't know what to expect). But my kid wants me to play with her, so I'm wrapping this up.

Oh, two more things: today I'm wearing this awesome She-Ra shirt, which I love. I've already gotten compliments on it when I went out shopping.

And finally: HOORAY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY!!! I couldn't be more pleased. Love love love love love.
eee1313: (SV - smells like hand)
Today I have the rest of the morning and a good portion of the afternoon all to myself. I'm strangely excited about this. The Scientist just took off with VEE to go to the zoo, and his mom will be going with them. I packed them all up a lunch of PB&J sandwiches, pretzel rods, apples, cheese curds, and pepper slices. Oh, and ABC animal crackers. I hope they have a nice time today. The weather is clear and crisp and lovely.

I, meanwhile, will be doing whatever I want at my own pace. I've considerably slowed down in the past week and I feel as big as a house. Seeing as how the baby is due TOMORROW and my sciatica flares up if I walk/stand too long (what a great side-effect of pregnancy), I thought skipping the zoo was a good idea. So I'm going to straighten up the house a bit, run some errands, etc.

Tomorrow is my last full day of work for 2014. I'm taking a half-day on Tuesday and am kind of glad I didn't take the whole day off as now they're doing a catered lunch for the office. As soon as I'm done eating, I'm outta there. See you in 2015, suckers! And then it's spending the rest of the day with VEE and getting the house ready. No food or drink after midnight on Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) as I'm heading to the hospital bright and early for my c-section. It's really, really surreal to think that in just a few days I'll have a son. That's just... wow.

In other news, my kid has been falling asleep early the past few nights which has resulted in catching up on TV shows. I finally watched the last episode of The Musketeers and we also caught the first episode of The Flash. Seeing as how I know nothing about the Flash other than what I've seen on the Justice League TV show, I'm going into this as a total n00b. Which is kind of fun, honestly. But it's still weird to hear the Flash speak and have it not be Rosenbaum. Much like it's wrong to watch any animated Batman and it NOT be Kevin Conroy. Anyway, I digress. Back to media. Last night I was feeling out of sorts, just uncomfortable and awkward, and the Scientist suggested we watch a movie. Nothing sounded good until he mentioned The Rocketeer, which I've never seen before. So we put that in (despite his having seen it 30+ times) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's directed by the same guy who directed the first Captain America movie, and it has that same nostalgic, glossy, big-hearted feel. I can't believe I'd never seen it before.

So yeah, that's what's up around these parts. I hope you're all doing well. If I don't post again for a while, I'm sure you can all guess why. Till then, take care, people!
eee1313: (Robbie - smarm)
Last night the Scientist and I were watching a few episodes of BBC's The Musketeers after VEE went to bed. I'm really enjoying this show. I think I'm about six episodes in (we just watched the kidnapped baby episodes last) and it's really lots of fun. So anyway, last night I was actually paying attention to the opening credits, and one of the names rang a bell for me. I looked up Santiago Cabrera, because I knew I knew that name from somewhere. Lo and behold, Artemis is played by the same guy who played Isaac on season one of Heroes. Yeah, yeah, minor character, whatever. BUT the reason I remember this guy is because I met him once in Des Moines, Iowa. Remember years ago, how me, [livejournal.com profile] xica_s, [livejournal.com profile] mei_x, and [livejournal.com profile] fava_bean all went to Des Moines to see Robbie Williams' not-close-to-pro LA soccer team play an exhibition game? Santiago was on that team. [livejournal.com profile] xica_s was all excited to see him and he was extremely surprised that someone would fangirl over him. I remember there was a cute picture of the two of them together. So now I'm all happy to watch The Musketeers because I've met Artemis and he was really nice.

In other news, it's 5:36 on a Saturday morning and I'm wide awake. My husband was up at 4:30 to head to Michigan to help his aunt with house painting. I'm up because I couldn't sleep after her left, and in 23 minutes I'm supposed to drive my sister-in-law J to the airport. I just hope that VEE sleeps in the car and isn't up for the rest of the day...

'Sup?

Mar. 15th, 2014 07:39 pm
eee1313: (Cheeky monkey!)
How's everyone doing? I hope you're all well. Or, if you weren't well the last time you posted, I hope you're doing better. I DO read everyone's posts, I just don't reply to most of them. But I am here, so keep posting!

Things are fine in my world. I just had a nice long Skype chat with my sister, [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl. Her boys got online and started showing their toys to VEE, who in turn showed her toys to them. Seeing as how the cousins get together twice a year if we're lucky, I'm very glad that we're able to Skype. Now that we have a tablet it's super-easy to do so. I think I'll give my parents the webcam that I got a few years ago so that they can get in on the Skype action as well.

Later this week [livejournal.com profile] fava_bean comes home for spring break, as well as her baby shower. Wheeeeee! It'll be good to see her again.

I now have a kid in my lap and am typing one handed so I can keep her from falling off my leg. She's watching Disney on Ice on YouTube. God bless the people who videotape everything so we can watch it for free. Earlier today it was parades from Walt Disney World. Way to help me save on airfare, hotel costs, and park tickets, Internet! (Though we do have a plan for any and all kids when it comes to those parks. The rules are 1) the kids have to be able-bodied enough to walk the parks themselves, 2) they have to be tall enough to ride all the rides, and 3) they have to be old enough to remember it and appreciate how much money it cost us.)

What else is up? Reviews are coming at work. There's a new form we all have to fill out. It has questions on it like "what did you hope to accomplish this past year that didn't happen?" Yikes, way to set us up to fail. There's also a question about where we'd like to be in two years. I asked my boss if I can be a smartass and write ïdependently wealthy so I never have to work again." He said if he were the only one reading it, I could say I wanted to be prima ballerina for the Bolshoi. However, no one higher up the food chain has a sense of humor so I should probably refrain. Poo.

I am so far behind on TV that I barely even watch anything these days. The final episodes of HIMYM are happening, so I try to watch that. Elementary sometimes. Not so much with NCIS since they brought in the Bishop character. Ugh. She just seems so shoehorned in. If it made any sense why Gibbs would want her on the team, then maybe I'd be on board. But it just smacks of "we need a female character -- let's make her quirky!" Ugh. I have seen a bunch of movies: The LEGO Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, 3 Days to Kill, Monuments Men, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit that I can remember. God bless free movies at my local theater on Wednesday nights. And God bless my in-laws for watching VEE so we can get date night every week or two.

That's really it for now. I need to get some dinner. Have a good weekend, everyone.
eee1313: (eee)
I'm totally not feeling the Sherlock love this season. It feels as if they're more concerned about the Johnlock bromance than they are telling a good detective story. I'm sorry, but spoiler for last night )

I don't know. Two out of three episodes have felt like fan pandering to me. I guess I'll stick to watching Elementary if I want to see a more in-character modernization should episode three disappoint.
eee1313: (Zoolander - jitterbug)
Tonight my sister-in-law J came over to watch The Sound of Music live on TV. I was expecting Carrie Underwood to crash and burn in a spectacular fashion. Honestly, she really wasn't bad at the singing. (My sister and I were texting throughout, and on the "Lonely Goatherd" song I said Carrie was doing quite well. [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl replied something like "Of course she is -- it's yodeling." HA!) Of course, everyone else acted circles around poor Carrie. She was high school drama club acting while everyone else was legit acting. Even Bill Moyer came out looking better than poor Carrie, who was just so WOODEN. (Let us not even compare the singing of Audra McDonald or the woman who played Elsa Schrader to the others, as they were far superior. Audra especially -- get it? Har har har.) That said, I must applaud Carrie on trying to even do this in the first place. It's a thankless job to take on such an iconic role as one made famous by Julie Andrews, it's hard to do live productions when you're not an actor, and it's got to be completely nerve-wracking knowing that it's broadcast to every TV in America and everyone watching is just waiting for you to fail. So A for effort, Carrie. C- on acting, but a solid B to B+ on the singing itself. Everyone else, though, was really quite good. And HOORAY for keeping in the Max and Elsa songs! That makes me happy.

Other media-related things that make me happy: Catching Fire. The Scientist and I went to go see it last night, and hot damn if that isn't one hell of a good movie. I thought they did a really, really good job keeping to the book. The casting was fantastic, the effects were great, and even though I knew what was coming and who was going to get it, the movie still kept me on the edge of my seat. The Scientist hasn't read the books, but he came out of this one with far, far fewer questions than he did the first. (In fact, I think he came out with zero questions. He said he was going to ask me about something afterward, and when I queried him after the movie was over he said he'd figured it out.) Jennifer Lawrence came off as rather wooden in the first movie, but here I think she embodied Katniss much more than before. However, that might also be because I've seen so much more of Jennifer on TV acting like a complete screwball, so when she buckles down to be all intense as Katniss it's much more obvious that she's actually acting and not just being one-note. Katniss is, IMO, much more complicated in the second book/movie than she is in the first. I'm really looking forward to what they're going to do with Mockingjay, but I have no idea how they can translate the book to film without an R rating. That will be interesting.

In other news, my Christmas tree is complete. Hooray!

And changing topics completely, I find I'm quite shocked about Nelson Mandela's death. They guy was 95 and in failing health; it was going to happen sooner or later. But it's still sad to see such an important figure pass on. I hope others remember how committed he was to ensuring equality and try to continue stopping bigotry and repression when they see it.
eee1313: (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
Yesterday my sister called in hysterics and told me I HAD TO watch this video on YouTube. So I did. And now I'm sharing it with all of you. Because WTF. If you watch this, promise me you'll watch it till the end. Because it's just ... cracktastic.



Of course, after watching this video all I could think of was this.



Comedy gold, people. Comedy gold.
eee1313: (Pancake orgy)
Last night I had a weird dream that I was visiting Seattle, and there were sea monsters in the river that ran through the city. We were staying at a cabin near the river and one of the sea monsters jumped up out of the river onto the porch of our cabin, then INTO the cabin where we barricaded it in the bathroom. We called 911 so that they could have the animal cops come and kill it for us. The reason I'm sharing is that in my dream, the sea monsters were called coelacanths. I woke up wondering "What is that word?" So I looked it up online, and they're prehistoric fish that are still alive today. ([livejournal.com profile] aj, don't click the link!) Way for my brain to remember a bizarre fact and turn it into a semi-correct plotline for a dream!

After that, I dreamt that [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl and I were on a road trip and randomly came across the mansion where they filmed Annie. She and I were like \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ for the rest of the dream. Because we are nerds.

What else? Watched the season finale of Suits. That was probably the raciest thing I've seen on TV in FOREVER, holy crap. Loving Jessica for smacking Harvey down. Loving Donna for always being the voice of reason. Harvey's being a little snot, so I'm rather glad Jessica's not letting him get away with anything. I feel badly for Mike being caught in the middle, though. It's funny, but Suits is that show where I have no interest in watching but once it's on I'm all "Darn, this is a good show." And it has Rick Hoffman, whom I love. LOVE. So there you are.

Oh, and Castle on Monday was awesome. I'm not spoiler-spacing this because it's been almost a week. Skip if you haven't watched. So anyway, when Castle goes into the room with the injured kidnapper, and the guy's all "You can't do anything to me" and Castle's all "I'm not a cop, I'm that girl's FATHER" and you see the guy's eyes get all big? That was AWESOME. Because if you're going to kidnap a girl, the last thing you want is to be left alone in a room with her dad because you KNOW he's going to kick your ass. Not just kick your ass, he's going to seriously, mercilessly, and permanently injure you beyond anything if that's what it takes. And I love love love that Castle will go there for Alexis, no questions asked, no thinking twice. AWESOME. Though next week looks as if it's going to be a ridiculous takeoff on Taken, which could lighten the mood considerably from this past week's episode. All in all, though, Nathan Fillion totally sold me. Yay!

Finally, I saw A Good Day to Die Hard. It was terrible. Absolutely terrible. John McClane had no regard for anything, which is not in character at all. In the past if he blows things up and people are in the way, he at least TRIES not to have collateral damage. In this movie, he just runs over cars with total abandon, no worries about the innocent commuters inside. And the plot was STUPID with GIANT HOLES in it, and honestly this was the loudest film I've seen in years. It honestly gave me a headache. I think it was loud on purpose just so that you couldn't hear the dialogue. When it ended, the Scientist said to me "We should have seen Beautiful Creatures instead." Then as we were leaving the theater, we ran into his two brothers who were also at the movie. One of them said "You know what the best thing about this movie was? Running into you two afterward." OUCH. So yeah, all four of us thought it was crap. Stay away and keep your happy memories of John McClane unsullied.

Otherwise, all is well. Work is crazy-busy (yesterday at one point I was literally working on three books at once). The Scientist's job is still going well. And VEE is much more mobile than she has been in the past. We really hope she'll take her first unassisted steps soon. As of now, she loves to walk all over the place if you hold her hands. Oh, and as for her eating habits the doc says she's fine. I guess once babies' growth spurts start to level out, they start getting picky about food and don't eat as much. So no worries there. Besides, this morning she ate a ton of Cheerios and then insisted on eating some of my cereal as well. Now she's napping happily, which is good seeing as how she had me up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. I swear, having a kid kills all potential for ever sleeping in on a weekend ever again.

Oscars tomorrow! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I cannot wait. I love the red carpet. I love the ceremony. I have a bottle of champagne in the wine fridge that will be cracked open while I watch. Yay!
eee1313: (Lego Star Wars - Kit Fisto)
Today I was talking with my sister, [livejournal.com profile] yakgirl, and she mentioned that she had posted to LJ. I said that I hadn't seen it, as my office has blocked LJ and it's a PITA to pull it up on my smartphone at work. (There's barely any network connectivity in my building.) She was all, "Oh, so that's why you barely post any more!" Yes. Yes, it is. So in case any of you were wondering why I barely post, that would be it. I've tried typing out journal entries on that tiny little keyboard on my phone, but nine times out of ten I hit "send" and my phone does NOTHING and then I lose the whole post. So I've basically given up and only post when I'm at home and the baby is either asleep or with the Scientist.

Right now, she's asleep. And he's watching The Following on FX and I want NOTHING to do with that show. For some reason I can watch happy-go-lucky crime procedurals like NCIS and Castle and that's fine and good and entertaining. But shows (or movies) where they get into why a psychopath/sociopath goes after people and kills them, I just can't handle those. I get really creeped out by those types of stories, because those kinds of people actually exist. Sure, all the random crime that happens on NCIS and Castle happens to a certain extent as well, but those shows aren't really about the crimes. They're about the people solving the crimes. And very rarely do those focus on crazy killers who have well-planned, methodical agendas for how they're going to kidnap, torture, and eventually kill you. This is the same reason I never finished reading Devil in the White City. No matter how interesting all the stuff about Robert Burnham building Chicago as we know it, and as interesting as the story of H.H. Holmes was, I just couldn't handle it. Reading that book was like having a bit pit of anxiety gnawing at my innards because I just KNEW something bad was going to happen. Ugh.

Man, I am rambling.

Changing subjects: earlier we saw a DiSaronno commercial on TV saying you could mix it with orange juice and it's yummy. I turned to the Scientist and at that exact moment he said "We have both, we could make that." It's like he can read my mind, people! ...Or maybe I'm just a lush. Anyway, he just came in to give me the drink and it's DELICIOUS. Yum yum yum.

Tomorrow morning we're taking VEE to the doctor. Today is officially 15 months since she was born. I have no idea what the doctor is going to tell us. She's still not doing things a kid her age should be doing, like getting herself into a standing (who am I kidding, sitting) position without assistance. But she's walking more and more and more now with help and we're hoping that soon she gets her balance worked out enough that she can maybe take a few steps by herself. I'm more concerned about her weight. Lately she's not eating a whole lot and she's a little skinny Minnie. I want to be sure she's getting what she needs, but what the hell do you do with a toddler who'll only take a few bites and then throws the rest on the floor or spits it back out at you? She doesn't eat, she "tastes." I worry about her a bit...

That said, she's doing well otherwise. Her new favorite pastime is to look through the collection of Eloise Wilkins books and point at all the babies and toddlers. Then in a tiny voice she'll say "Bahy-bee, bahy-bee" with a little grin. It's ADORABLE. She's also really big into puzzles right now. She'll take the pieces out of the big chunky puzzles and put them back in the right spots. I'm very proud of her.

What else is going on that I can bore you with? Work is ... oh man. Sometimes I really enjoy my job. I'm working on a book about the hospitality industry right now and my friend Teresa is the editor. So we're having fun working together, I'm blasting through the layout, and it's nice to work on a book with photos of people on vacations in pretty locations. And then there's this other project, the Anatomy Book O' Doom. Frankly, the less I say about this project publicly, the better. If anything, this book is going to look fantastic, because I'm busting my ass to make sure it looks as perfect as is humanly possible. The deadline to get an electronic copy (PDFs) of the book before the Texas board of education is April 19. I hope to God that the editor and the people above him know what they're doing so that this book can get there in time. If it doesn't make the deadline, that's not from lack of trying on my part. Oy. Thank God I have the hospitality book. Cruise ships! Fancy hotels! Swimming pools! 4-star restaurants! ...sigh.

Anything else going on? Not really. To all my friends/family out on the East Coast, I hope Winter Storm Nemo doesn't kick your ass. Enjoy the snow (because we've barely had ANY here in Chicagoland and I feel CHEATED this winter, dammit!) and keep safe. Everyone else, you take care, too.

PS - I'm using this icon because I'm totally jazzed about the new Star Wars announcements. Hooray for George Lucas not having anything to do with any upcoming movies! You sucked at the new trilogy, George. Thanks for your original contribution and thank you for stepping aside to let someone else play in your sandbox already. It's about damn time!
eee1313: (The Middleman)
I went to see Argo tonight, which is a very good film and is lots of fun and historical to boot. I highly recommend that if you're going to spend your hard-earned cash on a movie, this is the one to see.

HOWEVER! What I walked away from the movie most excited about was a cameo appearance by none other than The Middleman's Interrodroid! I had no idea he was in this film! Hooray! I kind of want this poster now just because it has Interrodroid on it.

Man, my priorities are whacked.
eee1313: (Autumn)
So let's see, what's going on that I can tell you all about? It's all rainy and crappy weather here in Chicagoland, and I am LOVING IT. No, really. I love rainy fall days. You just want to snuggle into your hoodie and curl up on the sofa. Bonus points if there's a sleeping baby in your lap to keep you doubly warm. Yay!

This weekend we have no plans whatsoever. It's kind of nice. I've already redone the bookshelf in V's room, putting all of the board books on shelves. V is really into books lately, and my sister sent a box of probably 60 books to our house. So the baby is over the moon right now looking at them. Good deal!

We have to go grocery shopping today. And the Scientist needs to go to Argonne to do a quick touch-up on one of his experiments. That's all we have going on. I would like to go to a craft store and get some fabric paint to work on our Halloween costumes. We're going to a party where this year's theme is "out of this world." We're doing the cheapest, easiest costumes we can think of, but it requires some t-shirts and fabric paint. So there's that.

What else is going on? I've been watching season 4 of Fringe, which is awesome. Hopefully we can catch up enough on DVD to be only a few weeks behind, then catch up on the current season on OnDemand, and then watch in real time. We've also been watching the second season of Sherlock, as it's finally available on Netflix streaming. However, it's not subtitled (even though it says it is), so that makes things a bit harder. Benedict Cumberbatch, God bless him, tends to mumble quickly, so add on his low voice and the accent and the Scientist has a hard time understanding him clearly. Subtitles would make it so much easier. Oh well. Also, I love Cumberbatch as Sherlock, but I just don't get the love for the actor in general. He's just not swoon-worthy IMO. But to each his own. I like Jason Statham, so there you are. And yes, I like him enough to have watched In the Name of the King, so my taste is suspect at best.

I don't know what else to write about. I've been keeping up on all your posts, even if I haven't been replying. I suck, I know. So there you are.

Hee!

Sep. 20th, 2012 09:32 pm
eee1313: (Critic - hotchie motchie)
Great article on Sidesplitter about how Siskel & Ebert are the most underrated comedy duo. Bonus points to this article for all the mentions of The Critic. Dear Lord, why didn't more people watch that show?



In other news... Yeah, I've got nothing.
eee1313: (Critic - hotchie motchie)
I am officially too old for the VMAs. I just find myself confused by most of it.
eee1313: (Spice Girls)
The Olympics closing ceremony is tonight, and I CANNOT WAIT. Spice Girls! Spice Girls! Spice Girls! What was once ironic enjoyment is now nothing but pure glee at the thought of seeing them "sing" together again. Sure, there will be other, better musicians there. (The Who! Madness! Annie Lennox!) But it's the thought of the Spice Girls that has me really happy. And [livejournal.com profile] deeablo and I have been speculating as to whether or not Take That will be there as well, which means there's a possibility of the Spice Girls AND Robbie Williams. My head may just explode.

Speaking of the Olympics, I am utterly addicted. I have to watch it. I watched women's mountain biking yesterday. And rhythmic gymnastics. And men's platform diving. And the men's and women's relays. And women's volleyball (what happened?). I did, however, get bored with field hockey and turned it off, though.

ALSO speaking of the Olympics, [livejournal.com profile] shanna_s turned me on to McKayla is not impressed. It's like sad Keanu, but Olympics-style. Some of these crack me up. Especially appropriate for me is this one. Oh, Internet. I love the crap you spew out at the world.

What else is going on? We saw Total Recall the other day. It's ... okay. We saw it for free using the passes we got when The Dark Knight Rises crapped out. For a free movie, it wasn't bad. Colin Farrel was good. The set design was AWESOME. Kate Beckinsale was fine. Jessica Biel... Neither of us knew her character's name when the movie was over. But here's my big question: WHY was it that when the two habitable places left on Earth are the United Federation of Britain and the Colony (aka Australia), only ONE person in the film had a British accent? Even the real-life British guys didn't have British accents! This made no sense to me! Whatever. It was pretty. And free.

It's still early in the morning, so I don't have much else to say right now. I hope you're all having nice weekends. The end.

Addendum: That's odd. None of my paragraph returns worked, so this became one giant, run-on paragraph. Glad I know how to hard code a return in here. Anyone else having weirdo formatting issues like that?

TV stuff

Aug. 6th, 2012 09:36 pm
eee1313: (Warehouse 13)
WAREHOUSE 13 continues to make me happy. It's no EUREKA, but I still like it.

Last year I couldn't care less about ALPHAS. But this show seems to have really stepped up it's game this season. Anyone else watching?

The must-see show in my house is WHITE COLLAR. Man, I love that show. It's just fun and pretty and and so well-written. Most of ask it's fun. Hooray for fun, smart TV!

SUITS is ok. It's not one of those shows I want to watch, but once I'm watching it I enjoy it.

I'm so far behind on BURN NOTICE, I have no idea what's going on.

But the Olympics trump all TV. Yay, Olympics! Now if only primetime coverage wasn't so USA-centric. Trash, let's root for the home team, but there ARE other athletes out there.
eee1313: (Warehouse 13)
As sad as I an to have now seen the last episode ever of EUREKA, I am very happy with the series finale. What a good, fun show. Also, it deserves more credit for showing that smart people can be fun, smart people can be sexy, and smart people can be of any gender or race. That was probably the most diverse show on TV.

On the bright side, WAREHOUSE 13 starts next week, yay!

I think this weekend the Scientist still start making his own wine. I hope he enjoys doing it.

I think this is the first year that no one on my flist went to SDCC. Just an observation.

Almost done reading CHAMBER OF SECRETS.

That's all I've got.

Hi, people!

Jul. 9th, 2012 10:23 pm
eee1313: (Katamari - how I roll)
Hi, everyone! I miss you all. Man, I really wish it weren't so hard to type LJ responses and/or entries on my phone, because it seems like that's the only way I get to check here these days. As always, I want you to know that I'm reading, I'm thinking about you, and I love you. Much, much love to [livejournal.com profile] tenar and [livejournal.com profile] spicedrum right now, and your families.

Things are going well around here. The heat FINALLY broke, so that makes life considerably less awful than it was last week. We had new windows installed on the first floor of our house this past Saturday. The poor Scientist stayed home while the contractors made big holes in the side of our house, which meant no A/C for him. It was 105 in the house that day. Yikes. I took VEE out in search of places with air conditioning. But now we have new windows, and they're lovely, and we finally have a sliding door out to the (nonexistant) back yard area and it can actually be used as a DOOR. I'm happy.

Work continues.

I've been doing a few little design side projects for people, so that's been fun. I enjoy being creative. :D

The baby is great. She's so much fun. She's about 20 pounds now, and while she STILL has no interest in crawling, she can sit for long, long periods of time and play with her toys, and she's eating all sorts of fruits and veggies. She's basically vegan right now. And she has added "ma ma ma" sounds to her repertoire, which makes me happy because it used to be only "da da da." She's ridiculously well-behaved and full of smiles and giggles. I love her to bits.

The Scientist is, as ever, the perfect husband. Every night when we get home from work, he makes dinner while I try to feed the baby, and he always dresses her in the morning while I'm getting ready. And he makes me coffee and a bagel every morning. I am very lucky, and I don't know how this came to be my life, but I'm really glad of it.

Man, I hope I don't sound smug.

What else? Getting shallow, I am NOT HAPPY about Eureka ending. But at least White Collar starts up tomorrow. Yay, Peter and Neal! And Mozzie! And Mrs. Suit! Man, I love that show. I need some White Collar icons. (Have I said that before?)

This weekend we got to see some friends, which was nice. Our friends had a baby a few months ago, and this past weekend was his "social debut." Not the parents' term for it, but it fits. So we got to see them and a bunch of other people we haven't seen in months, so that was nice.

Anyway, it's late and I should get going. OH! I am finally, FINALLY reading the Harry Potter books. I know, right? I always said I wouldn't read them till the movies were done, and now they're done and I put GRRM on the back burner for a while, so HP it is. It was either that or finally reading the LotR books, and the Scientist was like "Read Harry Potter, it'll go faster." So I'm on book #2, having "read" the first via audiobook - in February of 2011. Man, I'm really dragging my feet on this, aren't I? Oh well, better late than never, right? Right.
eee1313: (Buffy - you stink)
Siobahn is really spry for someone who just had a c-section.

Also, I do hope this show is picked up for another season. It's the epitome of guilty pleasure TV.

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