We're going to Reno/Tahoe tonight for the New Year's weekend. We're gonna play in the snow, stalk old college friends, and cruise Tahoe/stateline for New Year's Eve. See you again on Tuesday morning.. Have a safe and happy New Year's.
Sorry sorry sorry - I've been such a slacker-blogger lately. Work has been busy, and weeknights have been filled w/ shopping and wrapping. But now that Christmas is over, we can finally catch ourselves back up..
First order of business: Last Weekend's Christmas Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange.
Brian and I invited the old "VegasIntellectuals" gang over for some Christmas-party action. I personally thought it was a lot of fun. (Who knows what the guests thought...) Highlights of the party included:
My homemade pozole, which I served in these non-festive-but-still-freakin'-awesome bowls w/ ears...
Also, we played holiday-themed games for prizes that Brian and I thought were cool.. like this retro Atari:
Oh, and our hyper-liberal friend Shannon got herself a little firearm during the old white elephant gift exchange.. a firearm from Walmart, no less. Now THAT is irony. Here's the happy gift recipient now...
The white elephant gift exchange was probably the funnest part of the night. I brought R.Kelly's Trapped In The Closet Chapters 1-12 on DVD, but no one seemed to appreciate it, so I stole it back for myself. (Fools. They have no idea the comedic genius they've passed up.)
Probably the cruelest gift of the evening was the bundle of adult diapers and canned meat. Poor Ben.
What else??? Oh yeah, my eleven-year-old nephew first wanted to steal the b.b. gun, but I told him he wasn't allowed... Then he unwittingly chose condoms and "Bod" men's body spray.. But by the end of the night, he ended up going home with a drinking game playset. Real nice guys. Way to shave years off the poor boy's already fleeting childhood.
Speaking of stealing... those Wards are white elephant gift pillagers, man. First Vanessa rips the Star Wars Pez dispenser collection right out of this poor, unsuspecting pez collector's hands...
THEN, as if that treachery weren't enough to satisfy their thirst for misery, Brad goes and steals The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus right out of this happy newlywed couple's excited little hands!!
Unfuckingbelievable! Way to cock-block a girl's holiday fantasy, guys...
Second order of business: My review/social commentary on the movie Fun w/ Dick and Jane. In progress.. check back later.. no time right now.
Third order of business: My awesome customized Christmas presents.. Here are two of them:
That's right. They're underwear w/ my husband's picture on them. His adorable sister made them for me. The pair on top has a pic of him and me.. and the pair on bottom says "I Love Brian." And Brian got matching boxers. Awweee.... I have one more customized gift to blog about, but my camera battery just died, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow...
Ok kiddies, that's all we have time for tonight. I'll try to be better this week, I promise!!!
So being the advertising junkie that he is, Brian always takes phone surveys when companies call. He's been such a good source of information, that one of the national companies has sent us a prototype for a brand-new, top-secret food product to test and rate. I thought the product was a pretty cool new idea. Unfortunately for me though, it's top secret and I can't disclose what the new product is... which is so hard for me!!! So yeah, there's no point to this blogpost other than to tell you that I know something you don't know, and it pains me not to tell you....
Alright, I'll admit it, it wasn't that bad. It helped that Heath Ledger was a hottie in it. It wasn't great, but it wasn't a bad way to spend an hour and a half either. It was funny in some parts, even clever in some places - mostly it was corny though. At least it didn't take itself seriously. Final grade: C.
I guess I was right about the black guy winning on the Apprentice. Get this though: Trump asked Randall (the black guy) if he should give the runner up (the chick w/ the broken leg) a job too. And Randall said no! His rationale was that the show was called the Apprentice, meaning there's just one winner. Fine, he can be the "winner," but at least let the "loser" have a job! What's the harm in that? Am I a big, liberal, communist for thinking he should have been okay with it??
I somehow stumbled upon this precious little shortcut guide to posting on blogger. I can't believe I've been manually typing in all that html code all this time.. Hope this helps all ya'll ignorant bloggers like me.
Can I use keyboard shortcuts while posting? Blogger has several keyboard shortcuts for use while editing posts. They definitely work in Internet Explorer 5.5+/Windows and the Mozilla family (1.6+ and Firefox 0.9+), and might work in other browsers. Here they are:
control + b = Bold control + i = Italic control + l = Blockquote (when in HTML-mode only) control + z = Undo control + y = Redo control + shift + a = Link control + shift + p = Preview control + d = Save as Draft control + s = Publish Post
This weekend was SOOOO relaxing. On Saturday, after a long day of doing nothing but eating, sleeping, and watching tv, we went out and saw Syriana. I hadn't even heard of it, but Brian, Shannon, and Antoniette all really wanted to see it, so I went along.
Yeah, so it sucked. Don't bother. In an effort to be "cutting edge," the moviemakers disregarded everything they learned in film school. They went ahead and gave minor considerations like pacing, timing, and plot development a miss on this one. The dialogue was bad too. It did nothing to propel the story. For the most part, it seemed like a bunch of people talking w/ no particular story aim. I've seen reality shows edited with more purpose than this.
What bothered me the most was the film's big expose' feel, which it totally failed to deliver on. The "big reveal" was nothing special.. nothing inventive.. nothing we hadn't already heard before. The American government sells weapons that are later used against it. Poor kids become terrorists. Corporations are corrupt. The oil business is evil. Yeah yeah, tell me something I don't already know..
The only thing saving this movie from getting a straight-up F- from me is the acting. George-Clooney (who co-produced the film) must've called up all his best boys, cuz this movie had an all-star cast, and everyone did a really good job w/ his/her role. That wasn't enough to save the film from a crappy script and crappy directing job though.
Final grade: I went back and watched the trailer, just to see what all the fuss was about. The trailer gets a B+. The movie itself gets a D- though. I did not enjoy this film, and, if possible, I'd like my 2.5 hours back.
Sunday, we went and saw The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was a little violent for a kid's movie, but that's about the only bad thing I can say about it. I really loved the costumes and the actress who played the white witch. She could be Cate Blanchett's evil twin. Final grade: A-.
Ever have work problems so big, you don't even have the energy to re-hash them on your blog? That's today for me. Thank goodness I had the season finale of America's Next Top Model to drown my sorrows...
"Oh my, memorize three lines? The lights are too bright! I can't think! The pressure!!" .. Ah yes, my problems seem so trivial all of a sudden. Can I witness a pseudo-dance-off on the catwalk please? Excellent. I can feel the stress melting away now. More toothy grins.. more braless models.. and.... euphoria.
Let's talk about the winner for a sec. It was Nicole. I would have never guessed her. The overbite was always the dealbreaker for me. In the end, I can see how she was the most consistent in her photos though....
Any fellow reality-tv freaks out there want to make bets on who will win on The Apprentice this week? The girl w/ the broken leg is the underdog, and if watching reality tv has taught me anything, it's that America LOVES an underdog.. But there hasn't been a black Apprentice yet, so maybe the black guy's got a shot. I think I will put my money on the black guy.
Here are the rest of the photos from our trip... if anyone is even still interested. I know, there are a lot. Anyway..
Day 5: Kona, Hawaii - We took a zodiac boatride along the coastline.. encountered some dolphins.. went snorkeling at a coral reef.. then got ass-raped at Hilo Hatties, "the store of Hawaii."
Day 6: Kahului, Maui - We have Walmart to thank for getting us to the aquarium. We took the Walmart shuttle to Walmart, then the public bus to the aquarium from there. Later that day, we had dinner at a traditional Luau. They made Brian dance, which was badass.
Day 7: Kahului, Maui - On our own in Maui.. We spent the morning shopping in Lahaina, a small historic toruist trap of a town.. Then found a nice quiet beach to play at.
Day 8: Honolulu, Oahu - We only had a few hours in Honolulu, so we went to Pearl Harbor. Then it was time to get back to reality. :-(