Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I <3 I Can Has Cheezburger.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


This is going to be a funny, funny morning.

I'm trying to clean house, and one of the problems is Jake's telescope, which I got him for Christmas but which is still sitting around the living room in various boxes. It's been too cold out and we've been too busy to really dive into learning about the telescope. But I figure if I assemble it, then I can dis-assemble it to fit in the carry-case and get rid of all these boxes.

So now I've got all the various parts strewn about. I am very good at following directions, but this is making me laugh because of the way I am dealing with the fancy words: "Orient the equatorial mount as it appears in Figure 1, at a latitude of about 40 degrees...Thread the counterweight shaft into the equatorial mount at the base of the declination axix until tight..." Which I read out loud, then 'translate' to myself, out loud, into words I can understand, "Ok, set down the mount thingy, facing this way, like in the picture...put the heavy weight-thing on the pole over here..."

Yeah. I need more coffee.

The Mount Thingy

Figure 1

The Source of My Brainpower

EDIT: I am SO my father's daughter: "Parts list, my ass! They don't tell you what anything is. It's loose, it's not tight...I don't know if I'm supposed to have locking washers, but I don't fucking have 'em!"

EDIT #2: Mission accomplished:

If you're going to have a telescope in a tiny apartment, this is the one to have. Mind you, I still don't know how to use it, but at least I can put it away. And the optical tube is a bit wiggly on the mount, so I will need to call customer service tomorrow and get me some of those locking washers that I'm missing.

The Boy and I should have lots of fun this summer using this thing.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

12 of 12 - January

Ok, I've seen several of my stalkees participate in Chad Darnell's 12 of 12, and I thought I'd give it a go this time around. There doesn't seem to be a theme in here except for "what I did today". Is it ok that I'm posting this the next day? I'm such a rookie. [/eyeroll]

7:32 am
The start of any weekend morning for me.

This is the calendar in my kitchen. I am in love with coffee.

9:30 am
Ugh. The bane of my existance. A Christmas tree in January. I need to take this down today.

9:50 am
Some bracelets I am sitting down to finish. These aren't customers' orders. These are for the new pictures I'm sprucing up the store with.

2:30 pm
3 hours and 37 minutes until fresh, wholesome goodness! But only for The Boy. Stupid carbs.

3:32 pm
The mail arrived, and with it came my new order from Everyday Minerals. Happy Happy Joy Joy! This is a new jar of concealer and a 5 mini-jar free trial pack. I am trying new foundation colors.

Ugh again. Laundry.

5:15 pm
A customer's order. I actually made this yesterday but I am just now packing it up to ship it.

7:15 pm
Ding, dong, the tree is gone! Now where's my vacuum cleaner?

8:30 pm
Dinner. This got thrown into a low-carb tortilla with cheese.

9:45 pm
These are the bananas that I was planning on making banana bread with. Guess that won't be happening today.

11:20 pm
"Come to bed, Mommy. NOW!!"

Friday, January 11, 2008

OMG this song is friggin' AWESOME

They've been playing this song on my soap opera (General Hospital). The more I hear it, the more in love I am with it. It makes my heart ache and makes me cry.

"Ours To Keep" by Kina Grannis

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fabulous kudos for Alan Tudyk

Go, baby, go!

For Your Consideration: Alan Tudyk for Best Supporting Actor.

"It's quite possible that you never made it to Death at a Funeral this summer. You caught the preview, made a mental note to check it out, and then instead saw Superbad, which opened the same weekend, and forgot all about it. Our fear: What if Academy members did the same? Well, it'd be a shame, because it would mean they missed the worthy performance of Alan Tudyk.
You probably remember Tudyk as Wash from Firefly, or the E! network exec in Knocked Up who tells Katherine Heigl to "tighten," but the El Paso, Texas, native is even funnier as Death's anxious lawyer Simon Smith. Desperate to calm down before seeing his future father-in-law at the titular funeral, his character takes what he thinks is Valium but turns out to be a hallucinogenic cocktail created by his fiancée's brother. Similar scenarios have played out in countless uninspired stoner comedies (and typical Vulture workdays), but Tudyk pushes himself to be more than just a dude acting high. Sure, he marvels at the size of his hands and unspools a roll of toilet paper ("Join the others…" he encourages the squares until he sadly reaches the cardboard tube), but Tudyk skillfully translates his character's state of mind to his physical movements and facial expressions, shifting from anxiety to confusion to utter despair.
"[Director Frank Oz] made me do take after take," Tudyk explained to the Orlando Sentinel. "'Oh no, you're higher than that.'" (This probably explains how he ends up naked on the roof.) But even at his most absurd, Tudyk never seems to be overacting; instead, he's just giving the outlandish performance called for in the script, serving as an excellent foil for Matthew Macfayden's grieving straight man, while at the same time conveying concern and affection for the freaked-out fiancée. Yes, Tudyk's had practice with British farce — he took Hank Azaria's place as Lancelot in Broadway's Spamalot — but here, he steals his every scene. Academy, you've nominated a
Texan playing a bewildered Brit before, and this side-splitting portrayal also deserves a nod. Alan Tudyk for Best Supporting Actor! (We just hope he doesn't show up in costume.)" —Lori Fradkin

EDIT: More kudos for the role.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008