- Down to You (00)
- Someone Like You (01)
- Cats & Dogs (01)
- Down to Earth (01)
- Driven (01)
- Head Over Heels (01)
- Sweet November (01)
- Reign of Fire (02)
- Walk to Remember (02)
- From Justin to Kelly (02) *
- Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde (03)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (03)
- Little Black Book (04) *
- Along Came Polly (04)
- Bad News Bears (05)
- Must Love Dogs (05) *
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- Because I Said So (07) *
- In the Land of Women (07)
- Spiderman 3 (07)
- Shrek 3 (07)
- Evening (07)
- License to Wed (07)
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- The Ugly Truth (09)
- Land of the Lost (09)
- Bride Wars (09)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
- woman driving a minvan while dressed as a cow and talking on her cellphone
- the song Thriller on 3 different radio stations
- 4 guys playing hacky sack in front of a tattoo shop
- woman wearing a shower cap and rain boots...NOT dressed up for Halloween
- a customer service lady wearing a green t-shirt and with a green soul patch. really not sure what she was supposed to be...
Monday, October 26, 2009
"I was born a poor black child.'
Now, like Steve Martin, I was not actually born a poor black child. But for most of my life, I've lived at or below the poverty line. Growing up, I didn't really know this. But that's because of the reliance of my parents on the great evil that is credit cards and also because of the charity of others. Quite the combination. But, I was well dressed and there was food on the table. And a VW bus that the sliding door fell off of. My brother would often have to ride gripping the door handle to make sure it didn't fly off. Good times and character building.
Growing up in the 80s, it was a material world, and that helped me to think I was a material girl. I'm a tomboy and pretty kickback but when I get things, I tend to want the best. I'm cursed with good taste (but luckily not in everything. I'm not ashamed to shop at the dollar store or list Taco Bell as a favorite restaurant). I got into a bit of trouble my freshman year at college. I had a Nordstrom card and South Coast Plaza was literally 5 minutes away. Plus, I was feeding a growing Roxy addiction...hungered by the close proximity to the beach (not that I surfed).
My sophomore year at college, events happened which led to my dad losing the house and pretty much all of my childhood possessions. I was obviously devastated. Plus, I now had no home to go home to. Pretty rough. But here's the thing, even then I knew that it could be worse. I know that there will always be people worse off than me. Even after I lost my job as Director of Fun and spent 9 months unemployed, I knew that I was still fortunate to have all that I do.
The way I've looked at it, I've been houseless, but never homeless. I've been blessed by people who love me and help me and feed me. What I learned at my Americorps orientation is that means I'm rich in Social Capital. Which is the truth. I'm blessed.
My new job requires me to live at the poverty line. When I told my uncle this the other day he was positive that it was illegal and couldn't be done. But I understand it. I'm working with refugees who are coming to America with nothing but a small bit of social capital. They've got a friend or family member who is taking them in. But the goal is for them to become self-sufficient. And really, that's my goal too. I miss having money (not that I ever had a ton to begin with). I miss paying all my bills on time. I miss being able to get in a car and drive somewhere spontaneously. I don't always have the right attitude and I've done my share of complaining and stressing, but in the end, I know I'll be a better person having lived this experience. I have my own place, I'm technically employed, I have a car that is still running (through I'm convinced the power of prayer), and I have a computer to be writing this on. I'm infinitely blessed.
I know it's not Thanksgiving yet, but I'm thankful. Be thankful for all the blessings you have in your life, no matter how small.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- suspenseful independent comedies
- goofy Action & Adventure
- imaginative Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- visually striking Dark movies (and yes, the Dark was capitalized. what does that mean?)
- Emotional 20th Century Period Pieces
I am a weird weird person...at least according to my movie tastes...just proves I'm eclectic...and a former Film Major.
But honestly, I don't know about you, but I tend to netflix the things that either no one else will see with me in the theater, or that I don't want to spend money on seeing in the theater, or old movies that I never saw in my childhood or haven't seen FOR-EV-ER. So, apparently that leads me to liking these types of netflix choices.
Oh well, I suppose it could be much weirder, right?
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I'm pumped this week. This week, normal life returns with it's ordinary wonderfulness.
Last night, my bible study group started back up. It truly is a community, which is as rare as the Loch Ness Monster (or Ryan Garko) these days. But it does exist. And it's fabulous. We meet. We eat. (which will be potluck-style this year! Absolutely I am bringing Jell-O next week) We read. We discuss. We pray. It is simple and it is good.
And after bible study, I go play volleyball for 3+ hours. We've been up and down in our numbers but after about 7 years we've still got a good group. It's certainly changed through the years. Lots of people coming and going, one marriage, and its been equal parts trash-talking and endless support. A rarity to say the least. But it's a group that I love. We are a family as well. Basically, normalcy is exhaustion and soreness on Thursday morning. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
And this week, television begins it's fall return. Tonight: Bones (!), Fringe (which found itself the last half of the season and ended with a barrage of twists, turns, and jaw-dropping awesomeness. You should be watching. That's all I am saying), The Office (hooray!), and I already watched Community's first episode that is airing tonight. And it's entertaining. But the joys and tragedies of DVR and Thursday nights. Once Grey's returns next week (and based on my reaction every time I've seen the promo for the season premiere, I'll be an emotional wreck) the great debate on what to watch live/DVR and what gets to be watched online. I think NBC comedies are going to get the online treatment. Thanks to whoever's internet I'm borrowing in my apartment complex!
Life is back to normal. And I'm a big fan of that. Ü
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- Back-to-School shopping. I love school supplies.
- Extra Money.
- Going shooting. Both shotgun and bow & arrow.
- Card catalogs.
- Writing in cursive.
- Having a Fridge with Built-in Ice Maker
- Telephones with cords
- Life before the internet
- Having phone numbers memorized
- Getting fancied up
- Brown Duckie
- Eating Meals with 50+ minor league ballplayers
- The Beach
- Newport Beach Public Library
- Running Around Lake Hollingsworth
- Tailgating at Candlestick
- Life before Twitter existed
- The Bethel Bazaar
- John Cheng Cookies & Chicken Bar Thursday
- Red Steer
- Riding in the bed of a truck
- Gas costing less than $1.00
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
- this giants/dodgers rivalry is back full force and I love that! and thankful we didn't get swept.
- I've recently discovered Bejeweled Blitz on the facebook. I'm beyond addicted. But yesterday as I was playing, I had to wonder if my addiction was simply because I'm so awesome at the game (which I am) or because the voice telling you "Go" and other stuff is eerily similar to the "Finish Him" voice on Mortal Kombat II. That was a great game. Many hours of my youth was spent on my Sega Genesis playing that before my mom took it away because it was "too violent" I'm still bitter about that. That bitterness rivals only my bitterness of giving away my original Nintendo and my bitterness of not getting to watch Casper in 8th grade because there were ghosts involved.
- I'm ready for the new job. though it really has been a bit nice to not do much. but it shall be nice to have a purpose...not A Purpose-Driven Life, but just living with purpose. Yeah, there's a big difference.
- ready for some new TV shows to start up. I'm going through some withdrawals.
- I've said it before, I'll say it again: I HATE THE DODGERS, but I love Vin Scully.
- went to Target the other day and saw that all the seasons of Alias were only $12.99 a piece. That was disheartening when I thought about the fact that you could get all the seasons for how much I paid for one and a half. The curse of tv on dvd addiction.
- I'm excited for fall to get here. When I was in Monterey a couple weeks ago, there was fog, I wore jeans and a sweatshirt, I ate soup, it was glorious. I'm over the upper 90s. Bring on the fall!