Saturday, December 31, 2005

Out With a Whimper

It's New Year's Eve. Some friends are going to be calling me shortly to try and get me to go to a party, but I don't think I'm going to make it.

One of my fish is sick.

I was just telling someone about my amazingly resilient fish. They're over five years old, which I think is pretty old for fish. Granted, I once had a goldfish that lived to be nine, but being that these fish were my first foray into a full-on tropical fish tank, I was sure I'd screw it up somehow and they wouldn't last a month. I was wrong.

They're a couple of bala sharks, and I've loved having them. As their name implies, they look like tiny sharks, and make a cool clicking sound when they eat. Of course fish aren't the most exciting of pets, but that's kind of the point. It was very soothing to watch them floating around as I would drift off to sleep.

But now one of them has the floating-upside-down blues. From what I've read, it sounds like he's got something wrong with his "swim bladder." Oddly, one cure for that is to feed the fish peas. Easier said than done, but I did my best and all I can do now is wait...

It's making me really sad, though. How weird to get attached to a pet that you never actually get to cuddle with or touch. But I have...

Friday, December 30, 2005

What Are YOU Doing On New Year's Eve?

I hate New Year's Eve. There. I said it! My bad New Year's Eve experiences far out number the good ones, so over the years I've done my best to ignore the holiday completely. New Year's Day, with its promise of mom's blackeyed peas, I much prefer.

So I have no idea what I'll be doing tomorrow night, but I can honestly say if I just end up staying at home watching A&E's 24 hour "24" marathon, I wouldn't mind that one bit...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Where Am I?

I have been taking advantage of my not needing to be on the Internets everyday, and have been spending this week doing some fun things. Seeing family and friends; taking advantage of post-holiday sales; and theater-hopping!

Yesterday I saw "Rumor Has It" and "The Chronic WHUT? Cles of Narnia." I found "Narnia" the more believable of the two.

In "Rumor" Aniston is engaged to Mark Ruffalo, but is having doubts about their relationship. That anyone would have doubts about marrying Mark Ruffalo is unbelievable enough, but that she would (SPOILER!) then cheat on the guy with Kevin Costner?? I think not. Of course, that's just my own obsession with Mr. Ruffalo clouding my judgment, but even aside from that, the movie was so light it almost floated out of the theater. I also tend to take issue with any romantic comedy that has to use cheating on a significant other as a plot device. Especially when the person being cheated on is perfectly....perfect.

After that I snuck into "Narnia" via a hidden wardrobe the Metroen has in a closet. Unlike "The Lord of the Rings," I actually did read several (though not all) of the "Narnia" books as a child. I remember being so engrossed in one of them that I peed my pants. I didn't want to stop reading, and didn't notice that I had to go to the bathroom, and by the time I did, it was too late. I suppose that's a testament to the books' excellence? Regardless, I made sure to take a bathroom break before the movie started.

I'm not going to get into all that stuff about how "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is a Christian parable because I think that's kind of pointless. (Resurrection myths existed long before Christ, so why can't Lewis's use of one here be a tribute to longstanding mythic tradition? Why does it always have to be about Jesus? Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!) And while I'm not as a big a fan of the "Rings" movies as some people I know (you know who you are!) I have to say they were definitely better than "Narnia." I'm not sure if it's the talking animals--which, granted, are done amazingly well--especially the talking beavers (dirty!), or the fact that the heroes are all kids, or that the world of Narnia could just be interpreted as their fantasy, but it never reaches a level of "gravitas" that any of the "Rings" films reach. And as a result, it often comes off as...silly. In fact, people in the audience laughed at several moments that weren't supposed to be funny...

I was engrossed, and never bored, but let's just say if I had to go to the bathroom during the movie, my pants would have stayed dry.

Also? I hated the ending.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Jesus Was a Bunny

This is my favorite nativity scene. EVER. It's so wrong, and yet, so right.

Christmas is over now, so I have to go weep myself to sleep knowing that tomorrow I will have to return to the hell that is everyday life.

Oh, I kid. Sort of. I had a great Christmas, and I'm sure that the joy I felt this weekend will last at least through the end of the week. I have so many cool new things to read/listen to/play with/watch/wear, I just don't know where to begin!

So, for one last time this year, let me say: Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2005

My Kitty Is Snoring

That has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but it's just too cute not to mention.

Today's SFist post is now up. And with that done, I think I will head out shortly to do some last minute purchasing. I CAN NOT BE STOPPED!

Go Get the Pole Out of the Crawlspace!

And let the Airing of Grievances begin!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Only One Day Until Festivus!

There's another SFist post up now. And I'd like to add a disclaimer. When I speak of "family," I am in no way speaking of MY family. My family is PERFECT.

Man. It's pouring rain out there, and I have to go out into it because I have an optometrist appointment. Gah! I'm not one to complain about the rain (I HAVE to love it, don't I?) but the thing I've hated about it recently is how muggy and warm it's been. If it's gonna rain, I'd rather it be chillingly cold, too. Instead, my apartment is unbearably stuffy and hot because I can't open a window for very long's pouring rain out!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I Think I'll Sue Leno for NOT Being Funny

And for keeping me from watching the "Tonight Show" for the past 10 years.

A woman has issued a restraining order against David Letterman for some pretty batshit crazy reasons.


That's about all I can muster to say about the season finale of "Nip/Tuck" last night.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Oh Hi!

I had to get some more Christmas shopping done this afternoon, so today's SFist post went up a little late.

While I still can't believe Christmas is a mere five days away, I have to say that's probably a good thing. SOMETHING has to stop my crazed shopping!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Martha Stewart, Why Do You Hate Me?

I just attempted to make the pictured recipe from the Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies special issue. They're Almond Macaroons, and I should have been suspicious from the beginning since the recipe doesn't contain any flour. It's almond paste, confectioners sugar, an egg white, and vanilla.

This was the result.

Granted, my mixer died on me in the middle of mixing, but I'm pretty sure I mixed it well enough, and even if I hadn't, I don't think improper mixing would result in this.

They don't taste bad, but they're an unpleasant texture--they kind of stick to your teeth and are both too chewy and too crunchy. They're just wrong.

This isn't the first time a Martha Stewart recipe has completely screwed me over, but still I continue to put my faith in her. And I baked some chocolate shortbread cookies yesterday that turned out OK, so it's not like ALL her recipes suck. It's just kind of hard to judge which ones will be disasters and which ones won't.

And I was planning to bake a batch of snickerdoodles, but now with my mixer busted, I don't think I can. There's no WAY I'm going to get all "Frontier House"on the process and try to cream the butter and sugar together with a whisk, I tell you what!

Raised Eyebrows

Last week's mention of "Cheaters" compelled me to check out the show again. TiVo must have sensed this desire because it decided to record an episode for me yesterday. One of the stories was from this young lady, who suspected her boyfriend was...yes...cheating on her.

Now, I can't do an actual screencap of the show, so I took this photo of my TV because I just HAD to share the image of this woman's eyebrows with someone. The photo doesn't do them justice (click on it for a bigger view), but I think you get the general idea.

Now, I understand that eyebrow-waxing accidents happen. And if something like that should happen to you, you'd probably do your best to camouflage the mistake, and I think any attempt would probably look...fake.


I have the feeling this was a conscious choice on this woman's part. Why anyone would CHOOSE to paint their eyebrows to look like a bad version of Divine is beyond me. But all I could think was, if this woman is really confused about why her boyfriend might cheat on her, well....I think the answer is right in front of above her eyes.

Aneurysm! Heart Attacks! Strokes!

I'm going to try and put up a daily TV post on SFist again this week, and you can read today's installment now!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Remember How I Said I'd Get a Smaller Tree This Year?

Tori and Lights
Originally uploaded by Rain Rain Rain.
Well, that didn't happen. I WANTED to, but none of the places I went to had Douglas Firs that were under six-feet tall...OK, they DID, but they were like, three-feet tall, and that's a little TOO small. Come on!

So, once again, I have a huge-ass tree crammed into my tiny apartment. It took me four hours to get the lights and decorations on it--I kid you not, and now I am utterly exhausted. And while I'd like to just enjoy it, all I can think about is what a nightmare it's going to be to get it OUT of my apartment in a few weeks.


Are You PROUD Of Yourself?

Apparently, four people involved with the show "Cheaters" are being sued for assault. I'll admit to being mildly addicted to the show in the past, but I stopped watching it about a year ago because it was really beginning to seem like most of the incidents were staged. But, if this suit is legit, perhaps I was wrong.

However, I STILL believe the episode where Joey Greco gets stabbed was completely fake.


I watched the season finale of "The Apprentice" last night, and have to say I'm a little torn about the ending. On the one hand, I think it was kind of a dick move on Randal's part to not say Rebecca should be hired, too. But on the other hand I think he had a point when he said the show is called "The Apprentice" and not "The Apprenti" [sic!] Trump didn't have the balls to just hire the both of them, and instead tried to get Randal to do his dirty work. And Randal was having none of that crap.

But cry not for Rebecca, as she already has an $150,000 job offer.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Well, THAT Happened

So, I got through the interview. It was quite long, and with several different people, but I think it went OK. I am admittedly a little rusty when it comes to job interviews, and I haven't had the chance to kind of build up to this one, but whaddya gonna do?

I really, really liked the people I spoke with, and it seems like a totally awesome place to work, so I'm really excited by the prospect. But I also don't want to build myself up to disappointment, so I think I will keep my fingers steadily crossed, and try not to fret too much about it.

And most importantly, now the mad rush to Christmas can officially begin!


I'm off to a job interview that will require most of my day since I have to drive an hour there and back to get to it. I'm a little stressed about it, but mainly I just want to get it out of the way because I feel like once this day is through, I'll finally, FINALLY, be able to concentrate on Christmas. I've devoted my day tomorrow to rearranging my apartment in preparation for a tree, and I just know once the smell of pine (or fir, or whatever the hell kind of tree I end up getting) is in my house, the spirit of Christmas will just wash over me and I will be nothing but sweetness and light.


Also, I hope to get back to more regular blogging now that my job is KAPUT! I promise!

But not until tomorrow. Right now I have to start practicing how to answer questions about my old job without coming across like a bitter, resentful ex-employee.

Because I'm NOT!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Final Furtive Post from Work!

I couldn't leave the office without sneaking in one final blog here...look at this!


There are some awesome photos in this gallery of kids getting scared shitless by Santa...

This one is my fave.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Oh God Just Make a Decision Already!

Rumors are flying once again that Showtime might pick up "Arrested Development."

I don't have Showtime, (or HBO) and tend to rely on my parents to tape all the shows I want to see on those channels. Which means I usually end up watching the shows in one sitting after the season finales. I don't know if I'd be able to to hold off that long for "Arrested Development!" Which means I'd have to bite the bullet and actually get the channel. And, when you don't even have a job, that seems kind of foolish.

But hopefully by the time "AD" premieres (IF it premieres) I will have a fabulous, high-paying new job, and I'll get 20 versions of Showtime AND HBO. Huzzah!

Pardon the Snoring

This week's SFist post is up now!

What are you waiting for?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Freight Trains

Christmas is barreling down on me like a freight train, and I haven't even gotten my tree yet. Oy! Prepping my house for a tree takes an entire day's worth of furniture rearranging and junk discarding, and I haven't had a free day yet this month to do that. Birthdays, weddings, volunteer gigs, out of town jaunts, ending seven-year jobs and final projects for school have meant I haven't had time to wash a dish let alone get in the Christmas spirit. And that's kind of sad.

But I turn in my final school project tonight and leave my job for good on Wednesday, and aside from a potentially stressful job interview this Thursday, my days are looking a lot freer.

As for this here blog, there's been little to speak about in regards to TV since most shows are on Christmas break. Instead, here's a photo of a tiny toy monkey, which is part of my final project for a photography class I've been taking. Once I turn the photos in I'll try and post the best on Flickr or something.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Double Your Pleasure

Looks like "Kitchen Confidential'' is gone for good. I can't say I'm too disappointed, as the show never seemed to reach its potential for the funny.

The good news, as piddily as it is, is that there will be two episodes of "Arrested Development" on Monday to fill in that gap. Woo!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

He's Very Clean

There's another SFist post up now.

Don't read it if Paul McCartney is your favorite Beatle.

We Have to Wait HOW Long?

We won't be getting a new episode of "Lost" until next year, so I wouldn't be surprised if I forget everything that's gone on in the show in that time. (OK. That's a lie. I know part of my Christmas vacation will be spent re-watching season one.)

But should you come to that new episode next month feeling clueless, maybe the LostPedia can help.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

More! Now! Again!

I'm hoping to have a post up on SFist every day this week. You can find the latest (and yesterday's, and the day before's, and so on) here now!

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Christmas Robot
Originally uploaded by Rain Rain Rain.
So please, take me to your leader.

I'm back from vacation. Having two days off work is a little less exciting knowing that a mere week from now I will be on permanent vacation. (OK. Hopefully not permanent. But at least for a month or so.)

The whole losing-my-job-thing has become a bit more acceptable to me now. Truth is, I had really been pretty miserable at my job for a while. And instead of up-an-quitting, as I had wanted to do for a while, I am now getting paid to leave, which is a pretty sweet deal when you think about it.

But I still can't help but worry about it just a little bit. Thankfully, I have just the answer to those worries: Lottery tickets! I mean, the more I buy, the more likely I am to win the big money, right?

Man. I'm so glad I have a PLAN.

Monday, December 05, 2005


The first of five TV posts this week is now up on SFist.

Back to vacation for me!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Vacation Blogging

I'm on a short holiday in Monterey, enjoying another motel's free WiFi. So basically, I'm sitting in front of a big television, with my iBook on my lap, surfing the Net. Sure, that's what I'd be doing if I was at home, but in the morning, someone will come in and make my bed.

THAT'S vacation for ya.

Friday, December 02, 2005

We Don't Like Potatoes--We Like MEAT

If you're lucky enough to get BBC America in your cable line-up, be sure to catch the U.S. premiere of the Aardman Animation series Creature Comforts tonight at 8 p.m. Those of you who have seen the original Academy Award-winning short (and if you haven't do so RIGHT NOW, here) know the basic premise of the show: Interviews with everyday Brits are used as the dialogue in animated shorts featuring various animals. (My favorite character in the original film is the Brazilian lion.)

The original short will also air on BBC America, along with a Christmas special. I'm pleased as punch that I have this to look forward to tonight!

Edited to add: Well, at least I didn't plan my night around it. The BBC America site clearly says that the show premieres tonight, but according to TiVo, it's not on until Monday at 11am. What gives?

Thursday, December 01, 2005


I just spent about an hour going through all the crap I've saved on my work computer over the past seven years, deleting a WHOLE lot of it. Man, that felt great.

I still have many photos, essays, and short movies that I definitely want to keep, not to mention all my music, and that's proving to be a bit of a dilemma. My computer doesn't have a CD burner, and I'm not about to resort to floppy discs. I guess I could buy an external drive, or even see if they'd be willing to sell me the damn computer--sans all the boring work stuff, of course. (The piece of junk is almost five years old, but still works better than the PC I have at home.)

Or I can just use YouTube and Flickr for the movies and photos, and email the essays to myself.

Which leaves me with all that music and how to deal with that. I mean, how can I exist without my illegally transferred copies of the theme to "The Love Boat" or "In the Navy"?!


Thursday the New Thursday?

According to this release "My Name Is Earl" and "Scrubs" "The Office" will be moving to Thursday nights. Just where "Joey" and "The Apprentice" will end up (if they move at all) has yet to be determined.

The article also mentions the new series "Four Kings," and as much as I love Seth Green, the previews for the show are not funny. At all.

In other news, "Arrested Development" will be back on Monday. Watch it.



The papa problems continued with last night's episode of "Lost." I'm not the biggest fan of the Kate, but I did like how her crime fit into the whole "Island of Misfits with Daddy Issues" trend.

That said, I didn't buy all of it. For some reason, Kate just doesn't strike me as the white trash type. I think I'll have to rewatch the episode where she visits her mother in the hospital to see if that was implied there, though. I also hated the horse thing. HATED.

I was mighty pleased they actually showed us the spliced footage this episode, and didn't make us wait until January to see it. However, what it ended up being about didn't really shed any more light on the matter. We already got that they weren't supposed to use the computer for any other thing but entering the code, and the missing film certainly didn't explain what would happen if they did.

And I'm assuming that talking to the possible ghost or astral projection of your missing son is on the list of things not to use the computer for.