31 January 2009

Watch Out

Movies I am really looking forward to seeing:
  • Frost/ Nixon ... yeah, I know this isn't 'new' anymore, but I still haven't seen it
  • Revolutionary Road ... again, I know it has been out for a hot minute
  • Bride Wars ... refer to the 2 movies previously mentioned
  • He's Just Not That Into You
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

30 January 2009

No List Friday

Train tracks aren't just for trains in Tennessee

29 January 2009

If I ruled the world

... I would think twice before selling my soul to the current stimulus package. After reading most bullet points of the complete summary, I found myself thinking/ saying, "seriously? you've got to be kidding me." The best parts of the $819 BILLION package include:
  • $32 billion to transform the nation’s energy transmission, distribution, and production systems
  • $16 billion to repair public housing
  • $6 billion to weatherize modest-income homes
  • $6 billion to expand broadband internet access so businesses in rural and other underserved areas can link up to the global economy.
  • $10 billion for science facilities, research, and instrumentation.
  • $30 billion for highway construction
  • $31 billion to modernize federal and other public infrastructure with investments that lead to long term energy cost savings
  • $19 billion for clean water, flood control, and environmental restoration investments
  • $10 billion for transit and rail to reduce traffic congestion and gas consumption
  • $41 billion to local school districts
  • $15.6 billion to increase the Pell grant by $500
  • $6 billion for higher education modernization
  • $20 billion to increase the food stamp benefit
  • $6.7 billion for renovations and repairs to federal buildings
  • $2.5 billion for a new program to upgrade HUD sponsored low-income housing to increase energy efficiency, including new insulation, windows, and furnaces.
  • laughable: "$2 billion for the Advanced Battery Loan Guarantee and Grants Program, to support U.S. manufacturers of advanced vehicle batteries and battery systems. America should lead the world in transforming the way automobiles are powered."
  • $6.2 billion to help low-income families reduce their energy costs
  • $400 million to put more scientists to work doing climate change research
  • $50 million to repair NASA centers damaged by hurricanes and floods last year
  • $650 million to continue the coupon program to enable American households to convert from analog television transmission to digital transmission.
  • $1.1 billion to improve Amtrak
  • $400 million to replace the 30 year old Social Security Administration’s National Computer Center
  • $200 million to address the deterioration of the National Mall, such as repair of the Jefferson Memorial’s collapsing Tidal Basin walls; $150 million to address the repair backlog at the Smithsonian; and $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • $850 million for hazardous fuels removal and other efforts to prevent wildfires on public lands

28 January 2009

Best 'Kids' Movies, Ever

I say 'kids' because I guess they are kids movies ... but I can still watch them and be thoroughly entertained:

26 January 2009

Numbers Game

5 Things I want; 3 of which I'm going to get tomorrow:

23 January 2009

No List Friday

This is from the We Are One concert ... it's right after Bono introduced Oooooobama; I got a picture of everyone else getting pics of him.

19 January 2009

We Are One, A Conservative's Review

  • I went to the concert
  • It was one of those 'why not?' things
  • ... I had nothing better to do, so I spent the day standing out in the cold ... and was absolutely amazed at the day I had
  • Pros:
  • no traffic on the way up to DC
  • practically empty parking garage at the metro
  • painless commute into the city
  • painless walk to the mall
  • Quotes from Republicans!
  • including: Lincoln, Reagan, Eisenhower, and T.Roosevelt
  • the smorgasbord of quotations that were chosen
  • the smorgasbord of song that were chosen
  • the singers who attended
  • the clips that were shown of past events held on the mall
  • the clips that were shown of FDR, and Kennedy 
  • I was completely overwhelmed and flabbergasted by the amount of people that attended ... I cannot adequately put into words what it was like
  • getting the heck out of Dodge! while the metro was crowded ... it was totally managable, such a pleasant surprise
  • the picture below was from 9.30am shortly after I arrived with my mom and aunt

  • Cons:
  • everyone assuming we voted for you-know-who
  • being surrounded by everyone who voted for you-know-who
  • it was a little on the chilly side
  • Jack Black
  • spending over an hour in the concessions line
  • paying $24 for 3 hot dogs and 3 hot chocolates
  • the positives of the day far outweighed the negative ... the picture below is from the same spot as the one above ... at 1.00pm

18 January 2009

No List Sunday Confession

  • It's true, I was at the We Are One concert today ... stay tuned

17 January 2009

Movie Results

The results to Thursday's post, which happen to be some of my favorite movies:
  1. Back to the Future
  2. A League of Their Own
  3. The Wedding Singer
  4. Mona Lisa Smile
  5. Bridget Jones's Diary
  6. Dead Poets Society
  7. 13 Going On 30
  8. Serendipity
  9. The Devil Wears Prada
  10. Stranger Than Fiction

15 January 2009

Name That Movie ...

So I've noticed a lot of people doing the movie quote thing and I could not resist.  I am not a big movie person at all, but the ones I like - I absolutely love.  I pulled some of my favorite quotes, I'll post the movies they belong to on Saturday.
  1. 1.21 gigawatts? 1.21 gigawatts? Great Scott!
  2. It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great.
  3. Sir, one more outburst from you and I will strangle you with my microphone wire.
  4. I've heard her called a quitter for leaving and aimless wanderer. But not all who wander are aimless, especially those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image.
  5. I don't think you're an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother's pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever's in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences... But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.
  6. Now I want you to rip out that page. Go on, rip out the entire page. You heard me, rip it out. Rip it out!
  7. I'll have a Pina Colada, not virgin. Wanna see my ID? I totally have it.
  8. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call "fatum", what we currently refer to as destiny.
  9. This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you.  You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.
  10. As Harold took a bite of Bavarian sugar cookie, he finally felt as if everything was going to be ok. Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren't any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true. And, so it was, a wristwatch saved Harold Crick.

12 January 2009

You're Golden

I saw bits and pieces of the Golden Globes last night ... for some reason I was intrigued by the nominees and curious to see who won what. In case you missed it the big winners were:
  • Best Movie - Slumdog Millionaire
  • Best Animated Movie - Wall-E
  • Best Actor - Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
  • Best Actress - Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
  • Best Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger, Dark Knight
  • Best Supporting Actress - Kate Winslet, The Reader
  • Best TV Drama - Mad Men
  • Best TV Musical/ Comedy - 30 Rock ... boo to that they beat out The Office and Weeds ... garbage
  • ... and Slumdog Millionaire won pretty much every other category/ award it was nominated for

10 January 2009

Turkey Fiasco

  • My sister loves turkey
  • My parents had a gift certificate for Honey Baked Ham
  • but you can also get turkeys there
  • my sister's birthday is tomorrow, so we are having the family birthday dinner tonight
  • ... it was supposed to feature a turkey from Honey Baked Ham
  • my mom ordered the turkey
  • the turkey was supposed to be, "fully cooked"
  • I went with my mom to pick it up this afternoon
  • ... we picked up a fully cooked frozen turkey
  • we thought we were picking up a turkey that was ready to go ... that we could eat on the way home if we felt like it
  • now we're eating London Broil for dinner; things don't always work out the way you plan

05 January 2009

Strike a Pose

According to Vogue - the top 10 cultural resolutions for 2009:
  • be bold
  • savor the moment
  • get inspired
  • make headlines
  • take heart
  • get in the swing
  • take a dare
  • team up
  • buck convention
  • stay on your toes

02 January 2009

No List Friday

Things that drive me nuts: the misuse of your/ you're.

01 January 2009

Day 1

  • Goodbye January 1st!
  • New Year's Eve was fun
  • ... BUT what was the deal with the Clintons' getting to start the ball?
  • Seriously?
  • ugh
  • I woke up this morning/ early afternoon ... after about 6 hours of sleep and was stunned that I was not hellaciously hungover
  • although it was chilly a few friends and I walked the Noland Trail
  • ... or part of it
  • then I went out to lunch.
  • overall, it was a good day
  • ... a good start to a good year.