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Tonight we watched Out in the Silence. This is a great documentary about LGBT equality in rural America. If you haven't seen it, I recommend watching it. It made a really good point that I find particularly relevant not only with the current struggle for marriage equality and LGBT rights, but also with the recent news about Elton John singing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding. Since I'm going to discuss content of the documentary, spoilers are behind the cut for those who don't want to read before watching (at least here on LJ, I don't think cuts carry over to Facebook, sorry!).

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This had me thinking about the recent news of Elton John singing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding, and the scorn and ridicule that Elton John has taken from some in the LGBT community for taking the job. I'll put this behind a cut, too, since it ties in with the spoilers.

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Following the Great Music Listen and Purge of 2010, we've decided to go through our DVDs and purge. Here's the list of DVDs we're giving away. If you want to trade, that's wonderful, but we're glad to just give these away to a good home. Again, as with the CDs, we'll give preference to local-ish people because we can't afford to ship out a lot of stuff. That doesn't mean we won't ship anything, just that if two people want the same thing, it goes local.

Godzilla (Not the original, the crappy Sony American movie)
Double Feature: Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla & Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave
Silver Streak
Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy
The Ring Two
The Real Ghostbusters: Creatures of the Night
The Real Ghostbusters: Slimefighters
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Napolean Dynamite
The Avengers (not the series, the crappy American reimagining of the series in movie form)
Best of Gallagher Volume 1
Blue Collar Comedy Tour The Movie
Double Feature: Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Drive Me Crazy
Earth Girls Are Easy
Ernest Goes to Camp
Japanese Monster Movies Collector's Edition Volume 1
Escape from New York
Escape from L.A.
Joe Somebody
Johnny Mnemonic
Godzilla The Series: The Monster Wars Trilogy
Mr. Nice Guy
Monster House
Kung Fu Hustle
mandysee_mandydo: (Evilman)
I swiped this from [ profile] akeashar:

X what you saw
O what you haven't finished/saw sizable portions
- Bold what you loved
- Italics for what you disliked/hated
- Leave unchanged if neutral

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mandysee_mandydo: (Oh My Giddy Aunt!)
If you like Godzilla or even kaiju movies in general, this series of videos on YouTube is definitely worth checking out. He has some of the best summaries of the Godzilla movies I have ever seen! His summary of Godzilla vs. Mothra (my favorite Godzilla movie) is just freaking hilarious.

mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Cool)
s it turned out, Tuesday night we had [ profile] quantumswordsmn all to ourselves because [ profile] chenoachem had to stay behind with Helena. The two of them were missed, but we still had a lot of fun staying up far too late (something we haven't been able to do with him in a very long time) having some great conversation and being introduced to the wonderfully talented Tim Minchin.

First we went out to eat at Mandarin Taste. We got there and Alan immediately came over to us with my baseball cap that I was looking for earlier in the week. It seems the last time we were there [ profile] painted_wolf was wearing it and left it behind. Yay for getting my cap back! [ profile] quantumswordsmn got to have chicken fingers and spring rolls. Apparently Chinese food in New Mexico is very different from Chinese food in New England and ours just rocks so much more. This has been confirmed by PW's family, too.

After dinner was when he showed us all the Tim Minchin on YouTube. Holy the crap. The man is a great pianist and singer, hilarious comedian, very clever and witty and still at times very deep, and manages to do all of this at once. His delivery and expression are amazing!
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mandysee_mandydo: (Weekend Update)
So I guess I'll start with Friday night and go from there...

Friday was a kinda long day at work but not bad. [ profile] sk_brainstorm ended up coming in to work on his project some and I did some odds and ends while he was in. Later [ profile] painted_wolf and [ profile] ciliandis showed up with dinner so we all ate nachos and cake and drank pomegranate juice. Mmmmm. After work we all headed over to our place to watch Metalocalypse and... I'm in love. I <3 Dethklok! There was one downside to the night (aside from me falling asleep during Metalocalypse): somewhere along the way I lost my wedding bracelet. :( I'm going to look around my office for it. There are a couple of places I suspect it fell off. It might also be in [ profile] sk_brainstorm's car, so if you're reading this Joe would you mind checking for a purple, green and blue beaded bracelet with a heart clasp for me?

Saturday ended up being a most excellent day for me and PW to just be together and do not much of anything in particular. It was awesome! We originally planned to go to the lake, but then decided that we would go to the river, but also figured we would like to go to a couple of movies. When we realized when the movies were playing we decided to just go to Campton and get chocolates from the awesome candy store instead. PW got the only blueberry cream, so I instead tried a strawberry cream. It's not as delicious, but it was still good. PW got a couple of other tasty chocolates and I got these very scrumptious dark chocolate, pistachio and chipotle pyramids. Mmmmmmmm! They had a respectable burn, too!

After chocolates we rushed to see Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was supposedly in 3-D. I was all excited because I hadn't seen a 3-D movie in theaters since Captain EO at Disneyland 20 years ago. Sadly, the movie was not in 3-D. Apparently 3-D movies aren't as simple as putting on a pair of paper and cellophane glasses anymore. It involves theaters purchasing expensive equipment that only select, likely metro-area theaters can afford. Newsflash to the movie makers: we're in the middle of high fuel costs when people can't really afford to drive miles and miles to see a quaint 3-D movie because you require special equipment the average theater can't afford: I mean, it was a kinda fun movie and all, but... without 3-D? Meh. Poor planning.

Immediately after we went to see The Dark Knight. It was good. It was really good. I don't think it was the colossal or spectacularly amazing film most of the people I know are making it out to be, but it was definitely worth seeing. I would even say it's probably the best Batman movie yet. Heath Ledger was AMAZING as The Joker. I like the plot/moral, but I think there are other movies out there that presented the same angle on society and did it better. I loved watching it once, but it's not something I have an overwhelming urge to see again. And I agree with [ profile] fossilapostle: someone get The Bat a cough drop. I think he's come down with something.

Afterward we went home and watched more Metalocalypse because it is awesome.

Today was church, then work, then chores, then finish Metalocalypse, then start Red vs. Blue season three. We also did some sorting through packed boxes to try to weed out possessions in preparation for moving into what I think will be our smallest apartment since we've been together for almost twelve years now. We're even finally weeding through some boxes we had in storage.

Bad news first... one of the plastic bins we used for packing and transporting wasn't as water-tight as we had thought. Water got in as it was pouring when we moved that load and it was in the bed of the pickup with all the other plastic bins. We didn't realize water got in until we opened the box tonight a month later and found... Mold. Everywhere. Yuck. I had to throw out the Charlie Brown hook rug my godmother made for me when I was real little. I've been holding onto that rug for almost thirty years! :( PW lost some sentimental things, too, and will have to transcribe some entries from a dream journal in order to save them. :(

All was not lost, though. We discovered in what we thought was entirely a box of antique dishes we had chalked up as completely damaged that only one item was damaged. Half the box was actually my blue crystal dish set that we thought had been lost in one of our previous moves. Yay! I've had that dish set since I first moved out on my own almost 15 years ago. We're going to unpack, wash and use these dishes when we finally get to the new place. :)

And to top the night off... our wireless connection has been behaving all night so we could do the intarwebz thing! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

We Do!

Jun. 22nd, 2008 12:56 am
mandysee_mandydo: (Love)
The marriage was wonderful! I was amazed with how short it really was! I'd say it was about two minutes of actual ceremony. I turned into a giddy mush by the time we got there and I was getting the quivery lip and teary eyes by the time I was supposed to say "I do." I think the conversation afterward with my minister was longer than the actual ceremony! So while it won't be completely official until the marriage license is returned to the Plymouth Town Clerk on Monday morning, we're married! ^_^

We decided to surprise Sarah and Randy with a visit and we ended up hanging out and chatting. After a while they asked us what we were doing and we said we had no definite plans but were thinking of going for dinner. They asked us if we would like to go out for dinner and a movie with them so we said yes and went home to change. We got back, we all decided what we wanted to do for dinner and a movie and then we went. They were awesome and treated us to dinner at the Lucky Dog as a wedding present! The dinner ended up being Mexican themed since Randy and [profile] painted_wolf both got quesadillas, Sarah got the chimichanga and I got the burrito.

After dinner we walked around and chatted more, then went to Meredith and walk around a bit more before going to the theater and watching Get Smart. Holy awesomeness! If you liked the show, I highly recommend the movie. Steve Carrell would have made Don Adams proud and the writers did a great job keeping the characters true to form. Even if you aren't familiar with the old television program, it's definitely a fun movie and you should go see it.
mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Cool)
You'll understand when you watch the video. In the meantime, I'm once again dealing with my insomnia so I may as well post an update. I'm sure the insomnia is stress and/or anxiety related and will pass in a month or so when we have the marriage, move and name change out of the way. I'm not going to sweat it. Be like water, as Bruce said.

And speaking of water... first swim of the summer and it isn't even summer yet! ^_^

But first, the day started with me being lazy and surfing the intarwebz while [profile] painted_wolf slept in. I eventually ended up cooking some breakfast and waking PW up around 11:45 am so we could make a run to the recycling center before going to the lake. We went with a truck full of trash and recyclables and it almost felt like we were in a recreation of Alice's Restaurant, only the recycling center was open so we didn't have to worry about the 8x10 color glossy photos with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

After the recycling center we stopped in Campton to get cash at the ATM for the lake admission. While there we saw the chocolate shop was open. We had seen this place before but never ended up there while they were open. We went in and... just delightful! Most of their chocolates are handmade in the kitchen right there in the store. I of course had to get the giant panut butter cup and the giant mint patty. PW bought a few little chocolates, including a dark chocolate blueberry creme made with fresh, real Maine blueberries. Ohmystars was the blueberry creme delicious! We both decided that next time we're each getting our own blueberry creme because they're just too good to share.

Then it was off to Wellington State Park. It was a gorgeous day for the lake, though when we first arrived it had gotten somewhat overcast and not so sunny, but it was still rather warm. The water was a bit chilly at first but I adjusted to it quite nicely real quick. PW did not adjust so well so she stayed waist-deep whle I was ll over the place swimming and just relaxing. That is, when I wasn't clinging to her or splashing her or trying to coax her into going deeper. I'm also in much better shape than I thought. The beach has two lines of "buoys" to mark the "shallow" section and the "deep" section. I usually try to swim a lap between the two sets of lines at least once while I'm there. Usually in the past I could make a lap but I would have to stop for a bit on the return trip. This time I did four laps - three swimming normal and one swimming breast stroke - all trips non-stop, though they weren't consecutive laps. This is a great sign! It did make me very much aware, though, how much I've let my upper body strength dwindle. I really need to work on this some because in time it's only going to get worse with some of the life changes I'm making very soon. We both finished with the water around the same time and decided to just sit on the sand for a while. We did some duck watching and PW did some reading.

After that we set out to find food before going to the movies. We ate at East North, which we hadn't done in quite some time, and were reminded how much we really like their soups and crab rangoons. After dinner we went into Plymouth and got there just in time to catch Kung Fu Panda. It is such an awesome fun movie! I agree with [profile] nepenthe01 that it is cute and definitely geared toward adults. Jack Black was the perfect person to play the panda in that movie and his narration in the beginning is just incredible, and I'm not just saying this because I am a shameless JB fan. The Jaybles did rock the role. Skidoosh!

After the movie we went to my office so I could do some program swaps for tomorrow's cablecast schedule. Then we watched the video I referenced at the beginning of this post (Ha! Totally Tarantino'd you!). I saw this thanks to [profile] nepenthe01. It is hilarious! Essentially someone heard this song written and performed in Hindi and decided to write lyrics as if they thought the song were in English and tried to make sense of the words as they sound. I don't know if that explains it right, so just watch and be prepared to be amused:

Then it was off to go shopping for groceries, home to put them away, a little surfing of the intarwebz again and then bedtime. I at least managed to get about three hours of sleep. I may try going back before I have to get up in 2.5 hours to get ready for church and bring PW to work.
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While I was a little bummed about having to work over the weekend, it actually went fairly well and fairly quick. It really didn't bugger my weekend at all. We had a wonderful time visiting with friends and making an unexpected stop at the Saturday gaming club meeting. [profile] painted_wolf and I had the opportunity to go for a walk together not only on Saturday but again today, even if the weather was cold and snowy. The highlight of the weekend was definitely hanging out with [profile] ciliandis and seeing Cloverfield. It was an amazing movie. PW described it as Blair Witch meets Godzilla, which is part true I would say, but really I think it was the most innovative take on a love story that I've seen in a long time.

I really think it's a wonderful story told through symbolism. It's also kind of neat to see a "monster movie" from the perspective of the victims. And in a sense I guess the fact the monster is symbollic of the relationship makes it actually just another monster movie like the classics. After all, monsters like Godzilla and Gorgo and Mothra were all symbolic of something, too. They weren't literally giant monsters, just metaphors.

Movie Meme

Feb. 20th, 2008 09:34 am
mandysee_mandydo: (Evilman)
I'll be posting a more serious post later, but for now real quick here's a meme:

Swiped from [profile] ciliandis:

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDB search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters!

1. "My body may be a work-in-progress, but there is nothing wrong with my soul." (Transamerica, [profile] ciliandis)
2. "He's what makes us not want to go to work, or exercise, or tell the truth. He's what makes us want to party and have sex with each other all night long. He's that little voice in your mind that says 'Fuck you' to the people you hate." (Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, [profile] cyberbomber)
3. "Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives." (Fight Club, [profile] specieszero)
4. "I'll believe ya when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet." (Super Troopers, [profile] quantumswordsmn)
5. "I guess it was like expecting a million people a year to go to New Jersey to Chemicalworld, or a million people going to Valdez, Alaska for Exxonworld. Some people just don't like to celebrate human tragedy while on vacation." (Roger & Me, [profile] quantumswordsmn)
6. "And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror." (V for Vendetta, [profile] ciliandis)
7. "In honor of the death of Bohemia, an impromptu salon will commence immediately following dinner. Maureen Johnson, back from her spectacular one-night engagement at the eleventh street lot, will sing Native American tribal chants backwards through her vocoder, while accompanying herself on the electric cello, which she ain't never studied." (Rent, [profile] ciliandis)
8. "But captain, to obey - just like that - for obedience's sake... without questioning... That's something only people like you do." (Pan's Labyrinth, [profile] quantumswordsmn)
9. "Flies are where men are most vulnerable." (Clue, [profile] quantumswordsmn)
10. "Oh no Dear, that's old-fashioned, with modern scientific methods you just use doors with cushions on top." (When The Wind Blows, [profile] cyberbomber)
11. "Come in, come in! We won't bite you until we know you better." (West Side Story, [profile] cyberbomber)
12. "'re a federal agent! You represent the United States Government! Never end a sentence with a preposition." (Beavis and Butthead Do America, [profile] cyberbomber)
13. "He still digs humanity, but it bothers Him to see the shit that gets carried out in His name - wars, bigotry, televangelism. But especially the factioning of all the religions. He said humanity took a good idea and, like always, built a belief structure on it." (Dogma, [profile] specieszero)
14. "This isn't so bad, huh? Makin' bucks, gettin' exercise, workin' outside." (Office Space, [profile] quantumswordsmn)
15. "The evidence before the court is incontrivertible, there's no need for the jury to retire! In all my years of judging, I have never heard before some one more deserving of the full penalty of law! The way you made them suffer, your exquisite wife and mother, fills me with the urge to DEFECATE!" (Pink Floyd: The Wall, [profile] specieszero)
mandysee_mandydo: (evilman)
After sleeping in, which was much needed after getting little sleep for a few nights in a row, Kathy and I finally got to sit down and watch Tucker's Crossing. It's the second film from local filmmaker Jamie Sharps (and when I say local I mean he's really local like three towns away). I must say it was much better than Half Dead. That's not to say Half Dead was bad, but Tucker's Crossing was just better. It was believable. It had better camera work. It had better acting. He's really improved as a filmmaker! Most of my issues with it were minor, like inconsistencies with uniforms and obvious patches for Ohio when it's in NH, the news report graphics were very basic and not convincing and the microphone in the same news report had the frequency for an FM radio station on it. Oops! Like I said... minor things. Overall it was a genuinely good movie.

Now we're taking a short Internets break and then off to watch Dr. Strangelove because, believe it or not, neither of us has ever seen it!

The weather today is rather bipolar. One moment it's snowing like a blizzard, then ever so gently and lethargically snowing only a tiny bit. I think I might find myself a nice warm sweater to snuggle up in to stay warm.

Oh my stars was Dr. Strangelove awesome! The scene at the end with the pilot and the missle was just hilarious. Peter Sellers is a comedy legend for good reason and he was an amazingly versatile actor. It was interesting to see a young George C. Scott since all or almost all of my exposure to him was from more recent times.

And now I must conclude my brief Internets break so we can finally watch Escape From L.A.

EDIT #2:
Well that was... disappointing. Not that Escape From New York was high cinema, but the sequel was just basically the first movie all over, only in L.A. and with a different villain and... yeah... Highlander 3 anyone? But hey, we only paid $5 for it and we got to see Bruce Campbell for all of a couple of minutes.

No more movies. I should get sleep so I cen get up early tomorrow.
mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
This "three day weekend" was a bit hectic and mixed, but last night was totally made of win.

Saturday we stayed home and did nothing. Absolutely nothing. I lounged around the apartment all day in my nightwear and a sweater it was such a lazy day and I didn't care one bit. I haven't had such a lazy day in so long that it felt wonderful. The only downside to the day was the fact that, as usual, if we're home and the guys are home and awake, Lonewolf has to come down and be social. The complete lack of privacy bothers me but otherwise it was a gloriously slothful day and I enjoyed every tamely decadent moment of it.

Sunday I went to church and sat through a very thought-provoking sermon and follow-up discussion on suicide. I felt our minister did an excellent job of presenting a very sensitive topic in a way that challenged us all to think about it and either empathize or question what we could do to help if we know someone in that situation. After church I was supposed to help set computers back up in two of the offices at work but the carpet installers still hadn't finished, even though they were supposed to be done by then. While it was nice to not have to worry about work after all, it meant I was going to have to do this after the parade on Monday, which in turn meant a delay in getting to visit [info]ciliandis. I went on to do the grocery shopping for the week and went home. painted_wolf and I went for a lovely walk together and enjoyed the cool, crisp autumn weather on such a gorgeous sunny day. After the walk we returned home and once again were interrupted several times by Lonewolf doing laundry and wanting to be social.

Monday I had to work producing the cablecast of the Veterans Day Parade. It was supposed to go out live and record to tape, but the live feed cable failed so no live parade, only taped. Oh well. At least it was preserved on tape and people will still be able to catch the repeats. I'm actually really happy with the production as it was the first parade produced with the new portable studio and professional graphics and titling. After the parade ended and the gear was all put away I still had to wait an hour for the carpet crew to finish in the offices where the computers were going, as well as waiting for my boss to get back. We ended up getting the furniture in place and the computers hooked up in little time so we were able to get t visit [profile] ciliandis with only an hour delay.

The visit was totally wonderful and made up for the crappy bits the rest of the weekend and then some. First we got to meet Lucy, her incredibly energetic puppy. Oh my stars she is soooooooo adorable! ^_^ We had fun playing with her for a while, including tossing the squeaky hedgehog and me surprising her from behind and getting pounced frantically for like 15 minutes as I lay on the floor. After that we watched Reservoir Dogs, which I had never seen, and it was a great movie.I really enjoy how Quentin Tarantino played with the sequence of events in that and Pulp Fiction. It really is a neat effect to start at the end and go back and piece things together until it comes full circle and you get that "Aha!" moment. Then we watched Noises Off, which was absolutely hilarious. That movies is to theater as This is Spinal Tap is to rock music. We finished that just in time for a delicious pot roast meal prepared by [profile] ciliandis' parents and ate very well. After dinner we showed ciliandis "Survival," the very last episode of the classic Doctor Who series. It's an excellent episode with the seventh Doctor, Ace and the Master. Then we watched a couple episodes of Scrubs, made and read Secret Messages of Rassilon with improv sonic screwdriver markers and had an enormous pillow fight in which [profile] ciliandis and I teamed up against [profile] painted_wolf. It was a very relaxing end to a hectic weekend and a nice reprieve before a rather stressful week full of meetings and stuff.

As an aside, if you're in the Plymouth area Wednesday night, there is going to be a presentation for Transgender Day of Remembrance (the campus GSA is doing it early since they'll be on break on the actual day). At 8:00 PM in the MPR at the HUB, Mikayla Howden from TS Haven House will be speaking. I would encourage you to attend this free event. It should be very informative and interesting!
mandysee_mandydo: (cute doctor 2)
Last night after getting out of work, [profile] painted_wolf and I got to hang out with [profile] ciliandis. Once again she had left her purse up here so she needed to come get it. While up, she figured she'd make an event of it so we all gathered and did stuff, which was swellegant. She also gave me a birthday card and a gift of replica picks of destiny! Thank for the sweet card and nifty gift! ^_^

First we shared the common desire for food. We finally decided upon Plain Jane's and went. We had a great dinner and shared food and desserts and conversation. [profile] ciliandis paid the bill, which was super awesome (thanks again for dinner! *hugs*). She had the cajun blackened burger, PW had thelasagna and I had the southwest burger. We shared an appetizer of sweet potato fries with this really yummy maple/apple cider sauce they make. I got the bowl of clam chowder and shared with everyone. Even after all that food we decided dessert was too irresistible so we shared a strawberry shortcake and a white chocolate bread pudding. When PW decided she'd had enough of her lasagna, [profile] ciliandis (being the spectacular waitress she is) reflexively asked if she would like it to go, so we all had a chuckle at that!

Afterward we went to the HUB for high-speed Internet goodness and watched an episode of Doctor Who ("The Unquiet Dead," yay Dickens and zombies!). Then ciliandis shared the joy of "Death Proof" with us. It's the Grindhouse flick that Quentin Tarantino wrote. It was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the ending. Kurt Russell plays creepy killer so well.

Next we watched the Catherine Tate skits with David Tennant and Tony Blair, which are hilarious. We ended the night with a great episode (which we later realized was part one of two parts) of Scrubs. It was the first episode with Ben. Hilarious stuff!
mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
I had a wonderful weekend! A lot happened and I feel very happy about what I accomplished.

Saturday we ate out for breakfast and then went to the book sale at the library. We picked up some Avengers on VHS (the original British TV show, that is), as well as Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, The Doors Live in Europe 1968 and YesYears. Kathy also grabbed a few books, including a guide for freezing and canning.

After the book sale we walked around the Chamber of Commerce's annual fall art show on the common and saw some beautiful art. The first booth at which we stopped was that of Tom Sears, an extraordinary nature photographer. He had some incredible photos of animals including one of a very busy momma bear with five cubs! I was thoroughly impressed with his snapshots of water. He managed to capture it so stunningly! There were also a couple of abstract painters there with whom I was very pleased, including one whose signature is the use of purple and yellow in all of his pieces. Another artist did some amazing watercolors of rocks that looked amazingly realistic. I bought a small fabric painting that I liked at one of the last booths at which we stopped.

After that we went shoppoing for groceries and headed home, where I proceeded to rearrange and clean. Our dressers are now in the closet room with our hanging clothes, as is my sheet music, guitar effects and amplifier. All of the books, save for the spiritual and Native American books, are out in the living room and hallway. The aforementioned exceptions are in our bedroom. The living room is a bit more open now and it's nice to have the books readily accessible. Also, this time upon moving the remainder of the National Georgraphic collection, no injuries were sustained. It was a big plus.

Today was a wonderful day. [profile] painted_wolf stayed home to study (I'm so proud of her and how hard she's working for her degree!) and to do some cleaning so we can have the place ready for [profile] shivakat and [profile] akeashar to visit next weekend. I went to church and actually really enjoyed it. I will admit it felt awkward at first, especially getting used to the rituals of church again such as hymns and response readings and such, but it was refreshing to be actively participating in the community and sharing a fairly open and accepting spiritual environment. I did experience my usual discomfort with large groups of people and I think I was the only of the handful of new people that did not stand and introduce myself, but I wasn't ready. Besides, I truly am disquieted by drawing attention to myself like that. I'd rather just be a silent participant and get to know everyone else on more personal terms and, admittedly selfish as this is, on my terms. The head librarian, with whom I regularly work in a sense, was there and was thrilled to see me. She introduced me to a few people before I had to run to make the hike on time.

From church I went to campus to meet up with folks from one of the student organizations I actively attend. We left there and hiked West Rattlesnake. It was a beautiful day for a hike and we played a game of questions and answers to get to know each other. Three or four of them had never hiked Rattlesnake so it was a joy to witness their reaction when we arrived at the top and could see over the lakes and mountains for miles ahead! We shared lunch, chatted and just soaked in the beauty before hiking back down and parting our ways back on campus.

Afterward at home I took a nap and then we had dinner and a movie with the guys upstairs. We watched From Hell which is one of my favorite Johnny Depp movies. I had forgotten it was based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore. It's really no surprise I like it so much. There's just something about Alan Moore's work that I do so enjoy.

Cool! Here's a photo of the artist that does all the purple and yellow paintings I posted about, with a couple of his paintings in the background.
mandysee_mandydo: (frylock)
Today was a wonderfully splendid day for a birthday! :D

I didn't do much in the way of special, but we did some house cleaning and I made a couple of runs to the recycling center. The weather was gorgeous! This time of year is my absolute favorite, and as I drove along our road with the foliage turning colors all I could think of was Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."

Seeker and I played a game of Speels and Potions, which was a simple trick taking card game with an added twist of spells and potions that could momentarily change the rules. Then we played a game of Sequence, which he just picked up at the recycling center earlier in the day. It was actually a really neat game! It exceeded both of our expectations.

We were going to spend the afternoon with [personal profile] sk_brainstorm but sadly he was unable to make it. Hopefully he'll be able to make it up here next weekend? I'm also hoping my parents will come up to visit.

Seeker asked us if we wanted to see Resident Evil: Extinction with him and Lonewolf so we went and it was awesome. I really enjoyed it. Lots of jumpy moments and great choreography!

When we got home it wasn't more than a minute or two after getting in the door when my parents called to wish me a happy birthday, which was wonderful. After hanging up the phone my sister Cat called, too.

Now I must sleep, and in the morning, after I go for my walk and drive Kathy to class, I am going to finally eat a normal-sized breakfast and it will be a true breakfast in the sense that it will break my then 36-hour fast. I'll consider it a birthday gift for myself to eat out for breakfast. :)
mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
I posted about yard saling on Saturday, which was pretty much the whole day, so here's Sunday!

The morning was pretty slow and uneventful. We did some stuff around the house and just kinda slept in and were lazy. We met up with Ray at the HUB in the afternoon, which was really cool. Ray and I haven't had a chance to hang out in quite some time! We played Legend of the Burning Sands, a CCG based on Arabian Nights and built on a modified version of the Legend of the Five Rings mechanics. As with most CCGs I had trouble getting my mind around the game mechanics but it played fairly well. I brought home a copy of the rules to read at some point to see if we missed something. My biggest problem with CCGs is that there's too much to keep trasck of what with every card changing the rules in some complicated manner. I'm only good with multitasking to a point and don't handle a constant flux of rules very well. After the game we grabbed some lunch and chatted for a while, which was awesome. Ray left to spend time with the family and I waited for [profile] painted_wolf to finish her meeting for work.

After PW finished we went to meet up with [profile] ciliandis. Her mom cooked us a delicious meal of chicken cacciatore, salad and garlic bread. We got to meet Pablo Stitch, their new dog (though he may not be sticking around sadly) who is cute and extremely energetic (OMGYAYIMAPUPPY!!!1!). We went bowling for a couple of strings at Funspot where PW and [profile] ciliandis proceeded to trash-talk eah other in character (very amusing to watch!) and we had a blast. After that we returned to [profile] ciliandis' place to watch Bubba Ho-tep.

We had a great time on Sunday! Hopefully it helps ease the grueling week ahead. I have meetings galore this week (four today alone!) and all kinds of appointments and work and stuff. Today is going to be a 12.5 hour day with about 200 miles of driving! Seriously. Four meetings in two towns about 100 miles apart. Gotta love it.
mandysee_mandydo: (the state)
I'm not going to let myself get bored today. I'm going to go play some mini golf and who knows what else, but something.

[profile] painted_wolf gets done at 5:00 this afternoon and Balls of Fury is playing at the Plymouth Theater at 6:55. Anyone interested in seeing this with us? It looks to be a hilarious movie by two of the geniuses behind The State (only the best sketch comedy show ever and canceled far too soon by MTV, home of crap television and no music videos). And it has Christopher Walken. Anyone interested? If you can't afford it, let me know. We might be able to help with that.

And on the topic of The State, I read a recent interview with the members of The State. It was expressed by them in the interview that the group is feeling a The State movie might be in order in the near future. I am hoping so much that there will be a movie! That would be made of awesome. I miss The State.
mandysee_mandydo: (james bond)
Although I ended up sleeping better, I was still up far too early. It was a good thing, though, because I shared breakfast with Mom before she left for work. [profile] painted_wolf woke up just as my Mom was leaving the driveway so we got ready for the day, she ate breakfast and we started our trip home a couple hours after Mom had left.

Our first stop was at Mom's office where she brought us on a quick tour and introduced us to all of her co-workers. That was kinda nice. She also showed us this really neat piece of art in the lobby. It was a train engine car in a frame that was made from various disssembled mechanical devices like analog and digital watches, old rotary dial phones, a box wrench and all kinds of other stuff. It was really neat looking!

From there we drove up to Concord where we were going to stop in Borders and buy another book and DVD. First we decided to stop in Hannaford to use the ATM. As we were entering, I heard someone ahout my name. I turned to see Paul walking toward us carrying his daughter G. who is one year old By the way, I'm Paul's Mom (long story from our college days), so he told G. I was her grandmamom and we had a little chuckle. We wandered around the store with him and he invited us over for lunch. We weren't in any rush to get home so we figured it would be a great opportunity to catch up and give the truck a rest, too.

We ended up having grilled hot dogs and chourizo for lunch. I got to cook on Paul's nice new grill while he took care of feeding G. While lunch was cooking and while we were eating we discussed the wacky days of TX70 and working for ITS, politics and religion and which is always fun with Paul. He's a conservative Democrat and he loves to give me a little ribbing once in a while for being a Naderite. We took the discussion to the living room and sat on hif very comfy new couch and that's when the lack of sleep started to take its toll.

Paul noticed his Mom was having a hard time staying awake so he very graciously started some espresso while we talked more about politics. That's when Jennie called to let him know she was on her way home. She got home from work and while Paul and [profile] painted_wolf had more political and religious chat over coffee, Jennie and I had some nice discussion about various random life stuff, which was nice. Then we all chatted together and G. joined us after her nap while we looked at some of her baby photos. Paul and Jennie are so fortunate to have such a beautiful child! She's always smiling and loves to chat, even if she can't say much more than yes and no and baby chatter.

We left Paul and Jennie and headed right to Plymouth since I wanted to get my paycheck before Town Hall closed for the long weekend. We got there with half an hour to spare and headed right to the bank when the truck stalled right in the middle of the end of Court Street. Fortunately it's not a very busy street and it's a dead end, so we sat there with the hazard lights on for a few minutes while we waited for the truck to decide it would start again. We went to the bank, then to the movie rental store, then to Hannaford for dinner and stopped at the farm stand to get our produce for dinner and breakfast.

We got home and had dinner while watching Casino Royale. Oh. My. Stars. I loved Casino Royale! I think it's the best James Bond movie in a long time and it felt like the classic Bond movies. It was amazing! It was a bit odd to see a Bond prequel with more advanced technology than the first James Bond movie produced, but it's forgivable. I won't spoil the movie for anyone who still may not have seen it, but it was awesome and I have a new favorite Bond.

Daniel Craig as James Bond = hot sex on toast with a side of yes please!

And as usual this James Bond movie had the same effect on us as the others so we won't discuss the rest of the night.

Today and tomorrow I will have little time to spend with [profile] painted_wolf because she's training for her new campus job. I'm definitely going to fix the bed and go for a walk today. I may also go for a swim but I'm not sure where yet. I may brave Wellington State Park even though I know it's going to be packed during Labor Day weekend. It's funny. Usually I treasure the time I have to stay home alone, but today I just don't feel like being alone. I think I'm just having [profile] painted_wolf withdrawals. It's been absolutely wonderful to have an entire week off to spend with her.
mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
It was an interesting weekend. Some ups and downs, but overall pretty good.

Yesterday I had to work, which was kind of crappy. I had to leave work early on Wednesday for the PVL party so I had to make up the hours. It was good, though, because I got a bunch of stuff done. After work I met [profile] painted_wolf, [personal profile] pyrbennu and [profile] lordpagus at [profile] lordpagus' place. We all went for dinner at Mandarin Taste and then went back to wath the last three episodes of Doctor Who season 3... except [profile] painted_wolf forgot to check that the DVD was in the jewel case, which it wasn't. We stuck around for a while and random wackiness, tormenting and other assorted odd behavior ensued.

Today was a much better day despite my waking up so early fom restlessness. [profile] painted_wolf and I first went down to visit [profile] ciliandis and watched the Aeon Flux movie (which was surprisingly decent even if a departure from the shorts and series), and then watched Army of Darkness. [profile] ciliandis also cooked us these awesome grilled cheese sandwiches with sharp cheddar and salsa con queso. Very yummy!

After visiting with [profile] ciliandis we made the mistake of taking Route 25 into Meredith. Oh the traffic! We were stuck in traffic for over half an hour just trying to get to the Et Cetera Shoppe. It was definitely worth it. We found two great games real cheap, plus a pair of nice binoculars and a very interesting Hong Kong movie.

We picked up Starfarers of Catan, which is a game I've wanted for quite some time, for $7. It was almost entirely unpuched (some bits wer bagged, but the cards were still sealed and the punchboards were unpunched). It also included the 5-6 player expansion. It looked as though everything was there and the game was in great shape. In fact, judging by the bags in the game, I'm almost willing to bet it may have been Ray's at one time. Ray, did you get rid of your Starfarers at Et Cetera?

We also picked up Adel Verpflichtet for $7 (also known as Hoity Toity). It's an old Avalon Hill game of bluffing and I've heard a lot of good things about it. I may have played it with Ray at one point in time, but I don't recall. I do believe Ray was one person who told me about it, but I also believe I've read a good deal about it on BGG. It had a decent rating on BGG. It won Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) in 1990, and usually Spiel des Jahres winners don't dissapoint, so I'm pretty hopeful.

The Hong Kong movie was this interesting "horror" movie called Dating A Vampire. It was definitely worth the $7 we spent on it. It had some amusing moments and certainly many campy moments. This will be shared with friends. It's too silly not to share. Yay for cheesy B movies!

I think tonight will be an early-to-bed night. I'm very tired and have to get up early to submit my payroll and loan out some equipment.

Great Day

Aug. 24th, 2007 01:22 am
mandysee_mandydo: (frylock)
Today kicked ass. Very, very much so. Work was cool. I got a bunch of stuff done and arranged my busiest Production Night ever for tomorrow, so it should be very exciting.

After work I met up with Kathy and Ang and we did stuff. Lots of cool stuff. First we went shopping for dinner and snack stuffs. We stopped at the supermarket to get meat and cheese and fruit and beverage. Then on the drive home we stopped at the farm stand and bought vegetables.

I fired up the grill when we got home and cooked the steak, red potatoes and carrots. Ang had the wonderful idea of chopping up the potatoes and carrots and wrapping them in foil to cook on the grill. It was very delicious! She also brought some yummy apple cinnamon rice cakes and the most delicious flavored milk I have ever had: blueberry milk from a local farm (in a glass bottle even!). While dinner was cooking we showed Ang an episode of Doctor Who, "The Girl in the Fireplace." It's one of the best episodes since the show was resurrected.

After dinner we watched Evil Dead II, which was great since we hadn't seen it in years. I think I agree with Kathy and Ang that, of the three movies in the series, Evil Dead II has the best mix of horror and comedy.

Then we watched Forbidden Zone, which was just all kinds of wacky cheese but we loved every moment and laughed. For those that don't know, it's a movie written and directed by Richard Elfman, scored by Danny Elfman, in the early days of Oingo Boingo. We're talking wonderfully campy cult classic B-movie material here.

To end the night we played a game of Totally Renamed Spy Game. Ang held the lead most of the game, but Kathy and I tied for the win in the end. I would have done so much better had my tasty fruit not been plucked by some damned spy. It served my lair well, even if briefly.

On the drive back to her car, Ang played one of the funniest songs I have heard in a while called "I Don't Want To Go To Toronto" by Radio Free Vestibule. It's very silly and random and I think it's hilarious!


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