May 25, 2011

About Time!

We hosted our first house guest this weekend. I think it was a success because Justin Bieber, Haagen Dazs, homemade waffles, every store in the valley, fireworks and a baseball game, fruit soup, an entire season of Say Yes to The Dress, triplet laptopping, and way too much sugar were all involved. I don't know how to more clearly define success.

You know what's kind of fun?

Listening to a LIVE U2 concert in it's entirety, and with pretty good sound, from the comfort of your living room couch. We did it tonight and it was awesome. We could understand all the words. And just shut the window when Bono started talking (blabbing about politics and stuff.) Win-win.

BTW, Win Win the movie is really good. But there are kinda a lot of swears.

May 16, 2011

Till my daddy takes the T-bird away

Sometimes it's fun to pretend like you're picking out which house you'll live in on every street you go down. Or to make up stories about the mysterious people at the laundromat. Or be really sure you'd be much better parents than that one in front of you at the soccer game. (We would though I swear. These kids were regular Lipnickys) Or have in-depth discussions about kitchen tile and layouts at Ikea. Or try as hard as you can to find some thing, any thing, to spend your Kohl's giftcard money on (who shops there?). Or pretend like your little brother's upcoming wedding is a reason to start looking at wedding blogs again. And it's definitely fun to play catch at the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. But when your partner in all this throws (catches) his neck out, you might think the fun is all over. But then he builds a really funny pillow bed throne thing so that he can still laptop and boom, it's back!

May 6, 2011

Moon River/Nevermind

I came here to write a post about our ridiculous battle to get a humongous water leak in our apartment fixed and had some really good one liners almost worked out in my head (washing my dishes with our neighbor's shower water and wondering if a drywall bath is as beneficial as a mud bath and how it's kinda cool to come home to a huge hole in your bathroom wall with no explanation for it (hadn't worked out the one-liner for that point yet) and stuff) but then someone posted this video and I watched it and then I didn't really care as much. Plus Regan's (thank heavens) finally on a plane back here right now and he got a whole row to himself. So, whatever.

Now a little more about FAST5

I 100% enjoyed my 2 hours spent with this movie. (proof: I didn't even almost fall asleep. Even with a full stomach of Cinco de Mayo food.) Here are some things I think greatly improved my experience and my advice to anyone going to see this:

- See it at a mall theater. Preferably one with an Abercrombie&Fitch so that you can walk by it before and be properly scented for the experience. (I even woke up the next morning smelling a tiny hint of that stuff and it made me smile.)
- See it in Utah so that you can share the theater with a bunch of 8-year-olds
- Laugh when you want to laugh, gasp when you want to gasp, so NO WAY! when you want to say NO WAY! Trust me, the movie's loud enough to cover most of that up and no one around you will care anyway
- Don't think about all the hundreds of people driving the cars that they're demolishing during their chases/gun fights. It'll ruin it. Just keep saying 'they're just cars, empty cars.'
- Don't worry about anything logistical
- Don't expect any surprises in dialogue/plot/anything
- DO expect to see A LOT of muscle. The Rock & Vin were obviously in a showdown for hugest/oiliest bodies. It's unbelievable.
- Do picture Paul Walker as the Deedle you met him as. Every time he comes on screen.

I think that's it. It really is a no-lose situation.

What'd you expect?

This is what I'm gonna do if I've been married for a month then my husband goes to new york for a whole week wihout me:
cut my hair
go see Fast5
eat cereal for dinner
fall asleep on the couch every night
not do the dishes/laundry/etc
not do the 80 projects I looked forward to doing
remember what i liked about new york
watch Sweet Home Alabama a few times
be bored
get new tires on my car
talk to myself a lot
try to play Fruit Ninja v. myself
contemplate buying a same-day ticket to new york
realize I'm a baby

How do people do this when they have real lives?

Who doesn't love Ira Glass?

I know I do. I also love this thing he said:
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
— Ira Glass

May 2, 2011

Pins now 3/3

Baked Tomato Pasta with Spinach

Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas

Also, don't look now, but I'm pretty sure I've conquered yeast. 

Next up, making something non-edible.