ya say ya wanna a res-o-lu-tion….

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA. It happens. It happens to you too, & you know it. Anywhoo, I know y’all are dying to know what my resolution is this year. I found that when I post my resolutions I actually follow them. I had the same resolution for 2 years straight, & never accomplished it. Then, last year, I posted it here, & voilà! C’est fini!

So, I’ve decided to post all my resolutions, so that I actually man-up & accomplish them. It feels good to do what you set out to do at the beginning of the year.

Sooo, here’s my resolution for this year. I wanna use ‘chill’ more often as an adjective. I use it currently as a verb a lot. I saw this Bollywood movie about 4-5 years back* where the dude was like “Chill, baby, Chill!”, & ever since then, I’ve been saying that to my mom a lot whenever she gets stressed (read: a lot). My mom hates it, but I just can’t stop myself. Honest! It just comes out, & then it makes me giggle (or at least smile if I’m tryin to stifle the giggly).

The point being that I want to use it as a adjective more. Like, ‘that’s chill’. Or, ‘that’d be chill’. No, wait, that 2nd one’s a noun, right? Yeah, it is. Well, I’m ok w/ using it as an adjective & noun more often. Anyway, that’s the only context I’ve got so far. Feel free to use it more around me.

Oh, & if any of you were hung-over yesterday, I totally meant to remind you all of my lil antidote to help recover from feeling nauseous on January 1st, but I didn’t have any time to post. I seriously had no time to do anything until now. But the antidote still works year round for nauseousness, & it also helps if you have some Green Tea. I like the Salada green tea, cause it has some citrus in it too, like orange zest or something, it’s good whatever it is. I like my green tea iced, but drink it however you like.

Kudos! Salut! Bonne Année! Happy New Year to y’all! Peace out, yo.

*maybe my sister will leave us a comment to clue me on what movie it was, b/c I never remember the names of movies (or a lot of tv shows either now-a-days).

actors & hookers

You know what I was thinking about last night? I was thinking about how actors & prostitutes are pretty much the same.

I mean, they both do & say as they are told. There is someone there to “direct” their actions. The prettier ones make a lil more moolah. They both get paid just for showing up & doing/saying what they’re told.

Then I started thinking about Will Smith. I think I was thinking about all this b/c I saw some commercial for that new movie of his before I went to bed. I wasn’t watching tv, but you know how if the tv’s on, it’s in the corner of your eye?

So, then I was thinking how Big Willie started out mostly in music, & is now mainly acting. And his wife was mostly acting before, & now she’s mainly singing (she’s always on tour w/ her band whenever I hear about her). Funny, huh? (ironic-funny, not haha-funny).

UPDATE: After I wrote this, I remembered when I was in school. I went into my undergrad to study architecture & sociology. I recalled that in my 2nd year of studio, we were told that architects are like whores, b/c you have to ‘put out’ whatever the client wants. Only a very select few will ever get to design what they truly want. I eventually switched outta arch, & just finished w/ a major in Sociology, which I love.

the Am. public doesn’t stand for anything

Everyone, I mean everyone has been talking about how wrong Mel Gibson was. I didn’t think that anyone would go out to see his movie.

And everyone’s been concerned about blood diamonds. We’ve all seen the video. We’ve heard Kanye’s song, & the remix w/ Jay-Z.

Plus, isn’t Leo ‘posed to be like the Golden Child (or Golden Boi, or whatever it’s called)? AND, there was that amazing story about how he defended Djimon Hounsou when someone threatened his life.

After all that, I just can’t even believe that ppl went out & paid close to $10 a pop to support Mel’s movie, instead of going to watch Blood Diamond. I heard that most of Mel’s movie was filled w/ tons of violence just for action & crap. And in Blood Diamond, they actually didn’t even show the severity of the conflict & how bad it was, b/c they didn’t want ppl to think they were blowing it up or hyping it up. They actually didn’t show how bad the violence actually was (& is) out there in the diamond trade.

I just have to say, I’m disappointed in the American public this weekend.

what’s on your lap?

Hi y’all. Miss me? I know I’ve been gone for a while; just had a lot going on, & couldn’t really write about any of it. It’s funny, out of all my friends, there’s two of us who’ve started blog-sites. And both of us are the most reclusive ppl you’ll ever meet. The other one used to post a bunch, but now it’s once a month or so. I’ll be posting more now. Well, not now-now, but soon. And remember last December, when I only posted once during the whole entire month? Well, that prob won’t happen this year. I am just so super-busy in the fall/winter season, so I was totally ambushed, & didn’t have a really good internet connection, so I just didn’t post that much.

But, I’m waiting for a call… You see, I just BOUGHT A NEW LAPTOP!!!! I am just so bouncing off the walls about this. It’s super-cool, & has a dvd-burner, so I can make my OWN MOOOO-VIES.* Yes, you heard me right. My OWN movies, made by ME! Cool, huh? I KNOW! Oh, man, I absolutely cannot wait!!!

So, anyway, I’m waiting for my laptop to call me. You see, the store didn’t have any in stock of the puppy I wanted, so I had to special order it. And it’s gonna call me when it’s here & ready to be picked up. Just like having a kid, I think. I’m gonna consider this my training. I can’t believe how crazy I’m going waiting for it to call! I suspect it’ll be the same when my kid’s in high school at some punk’s house for a bonfire party, & I’m sitting at home waitin for the call to finally go pick him/her up. It’s prob gonna feel exactly the same as this anxiousness.

*um, it occurs to me that I always say mooo-vies, but most ppl don’t really know why I say it that way. (I do say a lot of things differently). So, I’m gonna let y’all in on exactly how corny I am. My nephew went through a phase where he would make up just a TON of jokes. It all started with this one joke:
Q: Why did the cow cross the road?
A: To get to the mooo-vies. Get it? Mooooooo-vies? Get it? Get it? Mooooooooo-vies!

You see, you have to add the “get it?, get it?” to the end. Well, it only escalated from there. Next thing you knew, if we were talking about our sister, lilies, he would be like:
“Why did lilies cross the road?”
“To get to the mooo-vies. Get it? Mooooooo-vies? Get it? Get it? Mooooooooo-vies!”

Then, we may be talking about what the kids want to eat for lunch & someone will say ‘chicken nuggets’, & next thing you know, you’re hearing his cutie lil voice question:
“Why did the chicken nuggets cross the road?”
“To get to the mooo-vies. Get it? Mooooooo-vies? Get it? Get it? Mooooooooo-vies!”

So, ever since then, regular movies have failed to exist, & it’s always been mooooo-vies.

snakes on da mutha&!@# plane!

It’s about snakes…. on a plane. I got that. We’ve all heard about it. It sounds like an absolutely horrible movie; I mean that in the best possible way, of course. You wonder what that original concept meeting was like; when they were trying to pitch the idea to the execs.

But beyond that, it seems like everyone who’s seen it, has loved it. I’m pretty sure it’s cause a lot of ppl go into a movie like that not really expecting much, & when they’re hit w/ something, anything, they end up pleasantly surprised.

That Joel Siegel guy who does movie reviews for a living for GMA loved it, I heard. They didn’t want critics reviewing the movie, so there were no pre-screenings of it. So, Siegel went to the 1st showing they had (Thurs night), & shelled out $10.25 to see it. I’m sure he can just get a receipt, & GMA would cover that cost for him, not that he can’t afford it anyway. Oh, back to the point, he loved it & gave it a really great review.

Slate’s calling it the 1st great 9/11 movie:

Snakes on a Plane doesn’t need to be conscious of itself as a 9/11 movie to effectively function as one. It plays on all our fears—the dangers of air travel, the death of innocents, the random appearance of evil in our daily lives—but it allows us to master those fears, and, ultimately, to achieve some measure of control over them…

Anyway, I prob won’t watch it myself, cause to be honest wit cha, it does look scary. Plus, I’m not too super-comfortable flying, & snakes give me the heebie-jeebies. But, I’d love to hear what any of y’all who’ve watched it think.

Oh, & did I mention that NPR loved it too?

bad joker

Why do they have to go ruin a good thing? I hate when there’s something I want to see, but it’s got someone I don’t like in it.

Like, Adrian Brody— I just don’t like the look of him. Nothing against him, it’s my own personal preference, I think he looks weird. He’s got the waist of a 14 year old girl.

I also can’t stand Sienna Miller in movies; mainly cause I can’t stand the idea that ppl are modeling themselves after trash.

And Halle Berry. Yes, I know, I know; everyone loves her. But she was a bitch to me at a party once, & so I haven’t like her since. Yes, it was in a dream I had; but she was very rude & disrespectful to me in the dream. I had to go out to the terrace of the penthouse apartment the party was in just to compose myself. So, now I can’t watch her in movies either.

Anyway, the point of this whole post is that Heath Ledger is gonna be in the new Batman movie. There were rumors floating around that Philip Seymour Hoffman might be the next Joker. But alas, it’s gonna be Ledger.

I love Batman movies. I especially loved Batman Begins. I’ve seen it about 5 times b/t December & February. It was definitely the most realistic & true to life Batman mooovie. We all know the real Batman had all that experience in the martial arts, & previous Batman movies just did not explore that. So, I’m excited to see Christian Bale doing Batman again w/ that same director-dude. But not so much w/ Heath. Although, I guess it’s only fitting since the Joker is my least fave (ie, least interesting) of the Batman villains. That’s another thing; there’s over 80 villains in the Batman stories, why does Hollywood always focus on just a handful of them. If you are interested in all things Batman, but don’t know where to look, check out this book. It’s how I became a Batman aficionado.

go to Madagascar!

Ok, so Yahoo! announced that the Top User Rated Animated Movies are (in this order):

1- The Incredibles
2- Finding Nemo
3- The Lion King
4- Shrek

Well, I did like Finding Nemo, but #2!?! I don’t think it deserves the # 2 spot! Madagascar was waaaay better than the Incredibles. And Lion King was way better than the Incredibles too! Who did they survey for this ranking?

So, I went to this site, & submitted my rankings. I gave the Incredibles a “D”, & Madagascar an “A+” in an effort to push it up. So, if you liked Madagascar, please go & do your part to bump it up (it was #34 when I went to the ranking).

Urban Cowgirl, if you’re reading this, please don’t go submit your rankings there, b/c I know how much you love the Incredibles. I’m so hoping that your job has blocked that site. But we know that no one blocks any sites here in C-town.

media portrayals of artists

GUESS WHAT?!? I am so excited, b/c they’re making a movie of one of my most fave artists: Gustav Klimt. In college, there used to be an art store that I used to shop at, & they had these discount cards (you could save like 10% or sumptin). Anyway, I had asked Brian (the guy who ran the shop) if I could just use my Klimt card (it was a little regular-sized card, w/ a Klimt pic on it) as my permanent discount card for them. You see, every semester (or year or something), they used to change the card. And he said, yeah (of course). Because I love Klimt.

Well, I don’t love him. Don’t be so literal. Obviously, cause I never met him. But I do love his work. One day, I hope to own something. Unfortunately, it will probably be just a print or something simple like that. I remember the day I got a couple of prints of Georgia O’Keefe’s work from the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. I love going to museums.

When I was in high school, I used to cut my morn classes (Chemistry–yuk!). Instead, I’d go to this pond nearby & feed the ducks. Usually til the park-ranger would come by (b/c you’re not really supposed to feed the ducks). Then, I’d head off to the Cleveland Museum of Art. See, the cool thing about our museum (besides the pond, & the Thinker, & the free live music during happy hour in the courtyard on Weds & Fridays, & the cool exhibits) is that it’s free to the public. Yeah, that’s right, completely open to everyone & anyone who wants to enjoy a little art. It’s absolutely loverly.

The pond in the back is great for just hanging out, soaking in the rays, watching the little kiddies watch the super-colorful fish inside. It’s surrounded by 12 statues, each of the 12 figures of the zodiac. And the cherry blossom trees! It’s just such a beautiful area, & it has always brought back great memories of being there on warm, breezy sunny days. It’s just one of those happy memories that I have.

Oh, back to Klimt. So, I guess they debuted this movie at some international film festival back in January. But I did a search for it, & can’t find it anywhere. It’s lookin like another movie that I’m gonna have to wait for the dvd to come out. That’s fine. I have no probs waiting. I’ve got plenty to do in the meantime.

If you are like me, & like movies like this, here’s a list of movies I’ve seen that you should def check out (you can read reviews at the links below):

Basquiat (David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Jeffrey Wright, Benicio Del Toro)
Surviving Picasso (Anthony Hopkins)
Frida (Salma Hayek)
I Shot Andy Warhol (Lili Taylor, Jared Harris)
Pollack (Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly)

Oh, & mentioning Frida, if you like her & have already seen the movie or read the biography of her life that the movie is based on, I would highly recommend reading Frida by Bárbara Mujica. This book is historical fiction. Mujica has taken factual accounts of Frida’s life, then told the story from the vantage point of her sister looking into her life. There is some speculation in the book based on rumors about Frida; esp. going into her bi-curious nature & such. But, I did love the book. I couldn’t put it down. Just a warning, a lot of ppl hated the book & think it’s all blasphemous & stuff. But they’re mainly haters & have to keep in mind that it’s really a novel, just based on historical accounts. She really did her homework though; & if you like thinking what if & wonder what life could really have been like on the inside looking out, it’s really great.

my stapler rocks

Y’all remember Office Space? Of course you do. You remember that guy & his stapler? How much he treasured it? If it was a chick, he’d so marry it/her. I don’t blame him cause his stapler was hot! All red like a firecracker. Well, I have this stapler . . .

This is a picture of my stapler. It’s the standard-issue picture from the catalog. I’ll try to take a pic of it on my desk maybe. If I remember, & I’m not doing something else, & I remember to take my cam in.

Sooo…..  maybe not.

Regardless, my stapler rocks. When I started my job, I was asked if I wanted a new chair. I have a great executive chair that was ordered just a few months before I started. But they weren’t sure if I found it comfortable or not. I couldn’t care less. But, I did say that I couldn’t use their pens (yes, I’m a pen-snob; & no, I don’t care that I’m a pen-snob). So, I had to order all new pens for myself (by the dozen), & I’m the only one in the whole building who uses these pens. It’s completely fine, b/c I am absolutely incredible at my job, & I end up going through about a dozen pens a year anyway. So, it’s not like I don’t use them.

Oh, back to the stapler. So, I found myself stapling papers w/ the “professional, typical, black” stapler you see on most ppl’s desks (see pic below left). But everytime I stapled something, I had this pain in my wrist (no, I’m not being melodramatic here, it really hurt). Also, I can’t lay the paper down on the desk to staple, I have to pick up the stapler to do it. I don’t know why, that’s just how I is. But it hurt. It was like a muscle was being pulled or something (I’m not a doc, so I have no idea what it was). So, that prompted me to high-tail it to the person who does all our office supply ordering & ask to borrow the catalog. Only I can puruse a office supply catalog for over an hour. Anyway, I came across this beautiful blue bombshell (above). Did I mention I was also trying to add some color to my work-space?

Here’s the description they use in the catalog (for my blue stapler):

The Ready Grip stapler delivers exceptional comfort and control. Soft-touch material makes for added comfort, and the durable half-strip mechanism offers long life. Contemporary form fits the hand perfectly. Compact, upright design gives go-anywhere convenience. Features low staple indicator. Staples two to 20 sheets of 20 lb paper.

And now, everyone wants to use it. Ppl come from miles around. Ok, well maybe not all around, but the other 2 ppl I share an office w/ are always using mine instead of their own. So, in conclusion, my stapler rocks. And it reminds me of the dude from Office Space.

And on the topic of office supply catalogs, did anyone else notice that the guy on the back of the “Office Max” catalog is the crab-man from the my name is Earl show. I only watched the first 3 or 4 episodes of that show, but I swear it’s the same guy! Does anyone know for sure? The show was ok, but not great enough to make me a regular, “I’ve gotta tune-in every week” person. I gave it a chance cause it had Jason Lee from all the Kevin Smith movies as the title character. Kev should make another movie. If any of you guys have his number, please pass that message along to him. Thanks.

Oh, & if you’re one of those ppl that don’t really click on links; make an exception & click on the Kevin Smith link above. It goes to his blog, & if you’re a Kev Smith fan, you’ll enjoy it.