Interstellar Adventures

June 8, 2008

75 Things I May or May Not Be Able To Do

Filed under: Family & Friends,It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 5:06 pm

I’m continuing the filching in the maner of the ever-lovely Kimberly over at Petroville. This sounded like fun and is an escape from my current reality of real estate and senior care.

The Rules: Bold the things you can do and you leave in normal type the things you can’t. Sarcastic comments in parenthesis are encouraged.

1. Give advice that matters in one sentence. (Every choice you make affects your future.)

2. Tell if someone is lying. (I’m a maybe on this one. If its Zed, I can tell without fail. Others, I’m not sure if they’re lying or joking.)

3. Take a photo. (The point and shoot camera was invented for people like me. I’ve managed to take some fairly artsy photos [shut up].)

4. Score a baseball game. (My step dad taught me how to do this back when Nolan Ryan was with the Rangers. Counting pitches and all. Paid off when Zed played t-ball. I can also do basic basketball score-keeping.)

5. Name a book that matters. (Don’t all books matter?)

6. Know at least one musical group as well as is possible. (I know a little about a lot. Nick is the gifted pop-culture reference person around here.)

7. Cook meat somewhere other than the grill. (Sautee, broil, roast, grill, yep. But not poach. Who poaches meat anyway?)

8. Not monopolize the conversation. (I’m chatty. I try shutting up and listening more. Its kind of a personal growth thing I’m working on.)

9. Write a letter. (I haven’t in ages, but I know there is paper, pen, envelopes and stamps involved.)

10. Buy a suit. (Also something I leave up to Nick. He picked out Zed’s suit when we got married. The man has style when he tries.)

11. Swim three different strokes. (I swam the butterfly and backstroke on the swim team. I have an issue with my right hip joint that prevents me from doing a legal frog kick, which is why I got dq’d many times in the IM. I can also do the side-stroke and freestyle. Go me.)

12. Show respect without being a suck-up.

13. Throw a punch. (I hate watching myself in kick-boxing class. I think I look so dumb ‘punching’. Maybe its the flab, but I look weak.)

14. Chop down a tree. (Gimme a chainsaw and I’ll got at it. Nick and I did a lot of tree-trimming last spring.)

15. Calculate square footage. (Length times width. Today Zed and I calculated the cubic footage of our fridge too. For fun.)

16. Tie a bow tie.

17. Make one drink, in large batches, very well. (Martinis count, right? I’m the martini mistress!)

18. Speak a foreign language. (This doesn’t say fluently, so I’ll claim it. Three years of Spanish, plus experience. It helped tremendously when I waited tables. I’m a bit rusty now though.)

19. Approach a woman/man out of his/her league. (Out of my league? Right. There is no such thing. 🙂 )

20. Sew a button. (I’ve done this many times. Ever been a poor college student and can’t afford to buy more shirts for work [waiting tables]. I don’t even have to take the item off.)

21. Argue with a European without getting xenophobic or insulting soccer. (Why would anyone insult soccer? We live soccer.)

22. Give a woman an orgasm so that he doesn’t have to ask after it. (Um. No.)

23. Be loyal. (Yes, which is why I have guilt.)

24. Know his poison, without standing there, pondering like a dope. (Jack on the rocks.)

25. Drive an eightpenny nail into a treated two-by-four without thinking about it. (I love me some tools. Excuse me while I go replace some shingles and frame in a support.)

26. Cast a fishing rod without shrieking or sighing or otherwise admitting defeat. (I can even bait a hook by myself. Worms and minnows.)

27. Play gin with an old guy. (I would. Although I don’t know any old guys that play gin. Pop likes black jack.)

28. Play go fish with a kid. (Until the kid starts wailing in dispair that they lost go-fish.)

29. Understand quantum physics well enough that he can accept that a quarter might, at some point, pass straight through the table when dropped. (Riiiiight. This happens at the end of the martini binge?)

30. Feign interest. (I nod and smile like the best of ’em.)

31. Make a bed. (I can. But Nick does it. I rarely remember.)

32. Describe a glass of wine in one sentence without using the terms nutty, fruity, oaky, finish, or kick. (Creamy?)

33. Hit a jump shot in pool. (Once counts. Even if it was pure luck.)

34. Dress a wound. (I was a doctor’s daughter. Worked at his clinic a few summers. Plus I have younger sibs, and kids.)

35. Jump-start a car. Change a flat tire. Change the oil. (I know where the oil goes, I can find the air filter, but I’ve never drained the pan. I’d end up emptying my tranny probably.)

36. Make three different bets at a craps table. (Nope. Never played craps.)

37. Shuffle a deck of cards. (And I can make the bridge too.)

38. Tell a joke. (Where do sheep go to get their hair cut? The baaa-baaa shop.)

39. Know when to split his cards in blackjack.

40. Speak to an eight-year-old so he/she will hear. (Its all in the tone.)

41. Speak to a waiter so he will hear. (I can speak so they can hear. I can’t guarantee they are intelligent enough to understand.)

42. Talk to a dog so it will hear. (As long as I have treats in hand, yes.)

43. Install: a disposal, an electronic thermostat, or a lighting fixture without asking for help. (I’ve watched Nick install a disposal, but I won’t take credit. The trick to lighting is to turn.off.the.electricity.)

44. Ask for help. (I suck at this so bad. It pains me to do this.)

45. Break another man’s grip on his wrist. (I’m with Kim. Biting, scratching, kicking, screaming. Those all should work.)

46. Tell a woman’s dress size. (I don’t want anyone guessing my dress size.)

47. Recite one poem from memory. (I can still do about a quarter of the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales. “Whan that aprill with his shoures soote”…)

48. Remove a stain. (I give it to Nick. He’s good.)

49. Say no. (This is something I’ve started to do recently.)

50. Fry an egg sunny-side up. (The more difficult thing would be to fry them over-medium. Which is why I only make scrambled at home.)

51. Build a campfire. (Wait, is this like kindling and matches kind of campfire, or the logs, lighter fluid and flame-thrower kind of campfire?)

52. Step into a job no one wants to do. (I ‘wear many hats’ at work. So yeah.)

53. Sometimes, kick some ass. (See #52.)

54. Break up a fight. (I just tell everyone to go to their rooms. They can’t fight through walls.)

55. Point to the north at any time. (When they say, ‘at any time’ do they mean at any time I’m driving down the freeway, or do they mean in the middle of the woods and lost?)

56. Create a play-list in which ten seemingly random songs provide a secret message to one person.

57. Explain what a light-year is. (Its the distance light can travel in one year. That’s a long, long, loooong way. Like trillions of miles.)

58. Avoid boredom. (Its called a ‘Nap’.)

59. Write a thank-you note. (Yep. My kids do too.)

60. Be brand loyal to at least one product. (Arm & Hammer tooth paste. I love it.)

61. Cook bacon. (I made bacon this morning. With scrambled eggs.)

62. Hold a baby. (Its the best thing in the world.)

63. Deliver a eulogy. (I guess reading a poem at a funeral doesn’t count.)

64. Know that Christopher Columbus was a son of a bitch. (I don’t get this. Zed came home from school last year proclaiming good ‘ol Chris was an evil man. I love it when history gets re-written based on ‘new thinking’ i.e. judging history based on modern mind sets.)

65. Throw a baseball over-hand with some snap.

66. Throw a football with a tight spiral. (Once or twice. Then my throwing arm is done.)

67. Shoot a 12-foot jump shot reliably.

68. Find his/her way out of the woods if lost. (How lost are we talking here?)

69. Tie a knot. (Done it twice. I think the second time is going to stick. :))

70. Shake hands. (I like a firm hand shake. Not the wimpy half-bent hand shake.)

71. Iron a shirt. (Yeah. But a little wrinkle releaser and a few minutes in the dryer works too.)

72. Stock an emergency bag for the car. (I’m a maybe on this one. I know what I should put in one, but I don’t have all of the supplies on hand.)

73. Caress a woman’s neck. (This is just a little creepy.)

74. Know some birds. (Grackles. We got lots of those. And pidgeons. And cardinals, blue jays. Yeah, ‘some’.)

75. Negotiate a better price. (I hate haggling about money. There is something about it that makes me sooo uncomfortable.)

January 18, 2008

Quirky

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 6:40 pm

Perhaps a polite term to define a person who is appealingly odd or otherwise not ordinary. “She’s strange, in that cute, quirky way.” Tagged by Just Cara I was, to describe seven habits/quirks/facts about myself. I’m also supposed to tag seven to do the same, but since I’m not sure seven people even still read here anymore, I think not do it. Of course, that’s ‘against the rules’ but then…

1. I’m a rebel. I can’t stand to be told what to do. I’ve bitten off my nose to spite my face so many damn times just because I was driven to do the exact opposite of what someone wanted me to do. I don’t do it so much anymore, but when I was a kid, whew! Now I have the rebel thoughts, but usually do whatever it was, though sometimes with procrastination.

2. I feel tremendous guilt. Probably part of the dysfunction of my family and a trait seemingly passed down from my mother. I can be mad at someone, rightfully, because of something they said or did that hurt me, but I’ll feel guilty for being mad at them. Or I’ll feel bad for being stupid as in fact #1 above.

3. I don’t like confrontation. I’ll crumple like a wet paper bag if you confront me about something. I mean, eventually, after I’ve stomped and been defensive and am about to be proven wrong.

4. I’m handy. Like I told a friend today, I can change a flat tire in less than 15 minutes, I installed a bug guard on The Ex’s truck (because he spent an hour and a half fiddling with it before admitting defeat), and I can use power tools.

5. I think I’m a pretty darn good mom. Despite my mistakes. I think I missed out on many good years between mid-2000 and early 2005. So much turmoil was happening in my life, and I was so depressed and doing my best to hold together the strings of sanity I had left. I didn’t do enough of playing with, paying attention to, reading to, holding, huging, etc. with my kids. Though I’m not perfect, I spend more quality time with my kids, talk to them, hug them, love them, encourage, and most importantly, give and enforce rules to them. I try to point out ‘life lessons’ (when I see them) to prepare them for the future.

6. I love to have my toes pulled.

7. When I was in kindergarden, my favorite color was brown. That was the only color I would use in art. Why? Because I had brown hair and brown eyes. Why else would any kid choose brown as their favorite color? Clearly crazy already.

So there you go. Hopefully new quirks about me that you didn’t know before. If I didn’t do a good job, well, see item #2.

November 2, 2007

Put Up Your Feet and Sit a Spell

Filed under: Adventures,Memes & Quizzes,Real Good Food,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 11:46 am

I was tagged by Mr. Sparky Duck for a weekend-in-your-city meme. Check out his suggestions for the City of Brotherly Love! I think we all need to go for a tour! I did a Dallas City tour last year with lots of photos of some of the more famous landmarks in the city. But, I didn’t consider some of these other Bests of my fair city. Also, next weekend I’ll be spending some time in Fort Worth, so be prepared for more photos and tidbits about our sister-city that makes up the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Best Place to Eat: Wow, this is a toughie. It all depends on the kind of food you want to eat. I once heard that Dallas is one of the toughest places in the US to open and have a successful restaurant. Of course we have the chains, but who really cares about those. If one of you were to come to Dallas (well, except Carn – I’d have to find us a good vegetarian spot), I would probably take you for some of the best damn fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life. Babe’s and Bubba’s is where we took Nick’s sister when she came to town from Michigan, and where we took my uncle and his fiance when they came to town from Cape Cod. We also celebrated Elle’s birthday there. Family style chicken with all-you-can-eat mashed potatoes, creamed corn, green beans, and biscuits. Better wear your buffet pants!

Best Shopping Mall: Another toss up. This one depends…do you want to see where the Old Dallas money shops? Then Northpark Center is your place. But you’d better bring your Platinum card. Or would you prefer more plastic surgery and a see-and-be-seen atmosphere? If so, head to the Dallas Galleria. Want to laugh at the nouveau-riche as they sip lattes and meet for play-dates? We’ll head north and play around at the Stonebriar Centre.

Famous Landmark: Besides the Cowboys and JR Ewing, for what else is Dallas internationally famous? That’s right. Sadly, the assassination of our President Kennedy. Dealy Plaza attracts millions that come play in traffic and figure out for themselves just who shot JFK.

Best Tourism Attraction: Second to above? I honestly don’t know. Is Dallas a tourism hot-spot? Why would anyone come here except to visit with family and friends? I don’t really think of it in terms of being a place people go for vacation. Maybe our sports teams. We have the Dallas Mavericks (basketball), Dallas Stars (hockey), Dallas Cowboys (football, and also, related, the World Famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders), Texas Rangers (baseball), FC Dallas (soccer – yes, it’s a sport!), Texas Motor Speedway (NASCAR), Lone Star Park (horse racing), and even a championship golf tournament, the Byron Nelson. Whatever your addiction, we’ve got it!

Best Place for the Kids: Except for it’s location, I’d say the Museum of Nature and Science. It has lots of hands-on exhibits, and a first-class IMAX theater.

Popular Outdoor Activity: Um. This is Texas. Our popular outdoor activity is sweating. You’ll only find us outside between October and April. Otherwise it’s just too damned hot. OK, I jest. A little. It is HOT here in the summer, and so you have to plan for the weather. Heck, it was 80 degrees here on Halloween. So, that’s why you’ll find a lot of Texans in the water. At our lakes, water parks, pools, sprinklers, or even in fountains. Wherever it’s cool. Another hot-bed (har har) of outdoor activity is around White Rock Lake. It’s nine-mile paved trail is popular with walkers, runners, bikers, fishers, sailors and about anyone that’s looking for a place to relax.

Breath-taking Views: It’s flat here. So, besides the High Five Overpass, or the President George Bush Tollway fly-over, your best bet for a view is from a seat in the Antares Restaurant atop Reunion Tower. During your meal, you’ll get a 360-degree view of Dallas and surrounding areas, as the restaurant turns slowly over an hour. But you’d better hurry up. Starting November 16, the entire tower will be closed for about a year due to renovations.

Only Found In: The State Fair of Texas. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything else quite like it. For just three weeks each year, Fair Park lights up and millions flock to the Midway, Car Show, Stock Show, and Exhibits. There are sights to see, some familiar every year, and others new and exciting. The Texas vs. OU football game is held during the fair each year, and there are concerts and contests for everyone.

So, your best bet would be to request off now for vacation at the beginning of next October. The Fair will be on and the temps will have cooled down. Except for the Rangers – I can’t recall when they were last even in the playoffs, most of our sports teams will have action going on, Antares will be open for dinner, and we can eat fried chicken and mall-walk our way through the days. I’ll start taking reservations now, so get in on the action early. And don’t forget your boots!

After we party it up here in Dallas, I’d like to have visits with these five people in their home towns!

1. Carnealian
2. Bone
3. ~M
4. Nancy @ Live Love Read
5. Laura @ Vitamin Sea

June 7, 2007

Them’s the facts, Jack

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 10:26 pm

1. I can teach myself to do just anything. I’m a very hands-on learner, and I can usually figure something out if I do it enough times. I taught myself to read music (treble clef that is, I learned bass clef in band), I taught myself to play the piano (not Rachmaninoff, but still, I could play with two hands), I taught myself to knit, and many other things. Depending on how interesting I find the activity, I will either decide to learn more, or I’ll live with knowing as little as I want.

2. I’m not very patient. I think this is because I’m so hands-on. I can’t stand to sit back and watch someone else do something. BUT, I try very very hard to hold myself back. Sometimes I’m more successful than others. I’m going to get more practice at this, because I think I’m going to teach Zed to cook. He’s learned laundry and dishes. Cooking is next on the ‘survival skills’ list.

3. I’m a Sagittarius. This description is pretty accurate of me.

4. I wear my heart on my sleeve and my emotions are very rarely hidden. This has gotten me in trouble many times. If you make me mad, you pretty much know it immediately. In the past people may have referred to my ‘glare of death’. I don’t know what they may have been talking about…

5. If I could sing, I would want to be a rock star. And not some skanky pop star like Britney or whatever. But like Gwen Stefani before she got all weird with the yodeling.

6. When I was 4, I tried to run away from home. My mom had promised to take me to the zoo, but was going to take a nap first. I decided not to wait. So I took her purse, got in the front seat, and emptied her purse to find the keys. Had it not been for the mailman that foiled my plans, I would have made it too. Headstrong? Nah.

7. I took ballet for 12 years. At my first recital, I decided to explore the stage. During the big kids production of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ I snuck onto the stage behind the oven prop. When the Witch opened the oven door, I yelled “Boo!” to her and then scurried back off the stage. I’m not mischevious either.

8. I eat my meals one food at a time. Meat, vegetable, vegetable. Salad has to be completed before I start on my entree, or else the salad doesn’t get finished. Same for any appetizer. So it really preturbs me when waiters rush my meal through. I’ve been known to send my entrees back because I wasn’t ready for them. Especially after I ask the waiter to delay putting the order in.

Golly that was hard. I’ve done a few of these type of memes and it gets harder and harder to find things to share. And now, 8 people to tag. How’s about… Carnealian, Silly Old Bear, Bone, Sparky Duck, Jolynn, Marie, TSM, & Laura. Don’t be shy now ya’ll.

April 19, 2007

Not Your Miss America’s Finalist Questions

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 9:50 am

World Peace. What? That’s not the answer. OK, so here’s some questions from TSM.

1. What is the most unusual furry creature you’ve plowed down with that lead foot of yours?

Well, birds aren’t furry, but that’s the only animal I’ve ever killed with my vehicle. One bird, obviously the slow one of the group, took off late from the side of the freeway. As I drove by, he bounced off the upper right corner of my windscreen. Then, another, obviously distraught pidgeon, committed suicide under my car. He stood in the middle of the road and wouldn’t fly away. Perhaps he was drunk and playing chicken. But he didn’t attempt to lift off until my car was directly overhead, so I heard him bounce off the bottom of my car.
 
2. Regarding sports: What is your favorite, and are you more of a “at the game” or “watch the game on the tube” kind of gal?

Hmmm. Favorite sport. I would have to say my favorite is basketball. I 100% prefer to be at the game. It’s very rare that I will watch a game on TV. When it comes to TV, I will more likely watch (this is horribly embarassing) figure skating. I also get very excited when swimming competitions are broadcast on ESPN. And the one sport that I will absolutely never turn away from on TV are the logger competitions. Chopping, sawing, pole climbing. It’s very exciting! And the men are very manly.
 
3. If you could pick a profession for your kids without their input (and have them be ridiculously successful at it), what would you choose?

I of course want my kids to fulfill their dreams, so I wouldn’t pick something that they’ve never mentioned. If we’re shooting for the stars here, Zed would be a professional basketball player (though not for the Lakers, Heat, or Spurs – I don’t like those teams). Elle would also play soccer for the US Women’s team. They would both go to the Olympics and win gold medals.

If not sports, the Zed would be an astronaut or aeronautical engineer of some kind. Elle would be a pediatrician. She is loving and kind and I think that would be a good profession for her.
 
4. Tattoos: Taboo or Tell Me Where I Should Get My Next One?

Oh absolutely. I think tattoos can be beautiful. (Although I have seen some very tacky tats.) I would love for Ami James
(HOT!) to tattoo me with a full back piece. Something spiritual and artistic. I love the symbology of Eastern religions, Hindu goddesses in particular. And Nick would be tattooed by Kat Von D. According to him she’s ‘not ugly’. Yeah, she’s totally in his wheelhouse.
 
and finally,
 
5. What is your guilty pleasure?

Hmmm. This one is tough. I don’t feel guilty about that many things. Chocolate, martinis, marital relations…take pleasure in them all, but feel no guilt. Maybe the one thing I feel guilty over is appreciating good looking men that aren’t my husband. And I agree, Kat Von D is ‘not ugly’. Everybody looks, but no one admits it. People have their ‘list’ of dream guys/gals. Mine just happens to be a little long. (I’m now waiting for Nick’s IM…”Oh really? And who’s is on this long list…” Love ya baby. I wouldn’t trade you for anyone. You’re #1 on my list.)

If you’re participating in this meme already, let me know so I can drop by and request more interview questions. Otherwise, here are the directions…

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Happy Interview-ee-ing!!

April 10, 2007

You are an obsession

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 1:47 pm

You are an obsession, You’re my obsession…

Mr. Sparky Duck tagged me for a little quiz. Fortunately I don’t seem to have the same obsession issues he does with boobs and sports, so I’m able to respond poste haste. Here they are, in no order of importance…my obsessions…

1. Counting. I count things. I have a counting habit. When I swim, when I run, when I’m doing anything that has to do with passing the time and concentrating on keeping up with where I’m at. And for someone that’s not very good with math, I do math in my head to figure out how much time is left, or how many laps are left, or whatever. It could be that I’m so bad at math, that I figure in my head, because by the time I get the answer right, I’ll be done with whatever I’m doing.

2. Learning. I’m very inquisitive and I always want to know: Why? I’m the little kid that never grew out of asking: Why? And really about people. I love watching a movie and then going and reading anything I can find on a person. Case in point: Watched Marie Antoinette Saturday night and I then spent a couple of hours yesterday reading about her and her family. Same with Cary Grant last weekend.

3. Perfection. I want to make things so perfect that I try too hard to do too much, and can never achieve what I set out to do. I know perfection doesn’t exist. Doesn’t keep me from trying though. Which also makes me insane, using the definition of insanity that it is doing something over and over again, expecting a different result. Go me.

4. Money. One of the things I wish I didn’t obsess over. But it’s not because I’m greedy or want more (well, I mean, who doesn’t want more, really). No, rather because there never seems to be enough. Everyone wants more, and so they seem to get mine. So, I’m constantly reprioritizing.

5. Martinis. I love martinis. They are delicious. Cosmos. Lemon drops. Pomegranate. Key Lime. Chocolate. The list goes on. Mmmm. Give me a martini and I’m a happy gal.

So there you are. My obsessions. And I haven’t tagged anyone with a meme in quite some time. I think I will do so today. So, eeny meeeny miney mo…I tag…

Buttercup
Bone
Gypsy
Writer Chick
Michael

March 21, 2007

Movie Meme

Filed under: Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 9:38 am

I have a feeling I’m not going to do as well with these classic movies as I did with the books. But here goes…oh, and click here for Nick’s list. He’s seen more than me.

Using AFI’s list of 100 Top Movies, bold the ones you’ve seen, ital ones you’d like to see and add up to three that you think should be on the list.

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. CASABLANCA (1942) Nick just made me watch this recently. It was good.
3. THE GODFATHER (1972) I think this should be #1 on the list. I love this movie.
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Tara! Tara! Yes, I’ll go back to Tara!
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
7. THE GRADUATE (1967)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9. SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) I saw this movie several times. It was beautiful.
10. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) I’ve seen parts of the movie, but not the whole thing I don’t think.
11. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) I’ve seen this movie too many times. I can’t stand it anymore.
12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) Nick and I have this on our DVR to watch.
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15. STAR WARS (1977) See this post to understand my feelings. They run deep.
16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
18. PSYCHO (1960) I don’t like scary movies, so I’ll have to not ever be able to see this one.
19. CHINATOWN (1974)
20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)
21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) Very long. Very dull. Doesn’t belong here.
23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
24. RAGING BULL (1980) I love DeNiro.
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) Amazing. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31. ANNIE HALL (1977) – I love Diane Keaton.
32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) The first time I ever saw a ‘Young DeNiro’. Wowie wow.
33. HIGH NOON (1952)
34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) I read the book!
35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) I realize that Nick is mostly responsible for any film culture I may have.
36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
42. REAR WINDOW (1954)
43. KING KONG (1933) According to Nick I’ve seen this. Not sure I remember all of it though.
44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) Another movie Nick introduced me to.
46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) Perhaps one of the strangest, most distrubing movies I’ve ever seen.
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975) My uncle made me watch this when I was about 4 or 5. Hence the fact that I cannot swim in water where I can’t see my feet…without great fear.
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) Again, Nick. Otherwise I would be ignorant.
52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) Nick, my darling, reminded me that he strapped me to the couch and made me watch this too. Great flick.
53. AMADEUS (1984) What happened to Tom Hulce’s career after this???
54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) Doe, a deer, a female deer…
56. M*A*S*H (1970) I have mixed feelings. I loved Alan Alda. Don’t know if I can picture anyone else in the role of Hawkeye Pierce.
57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
58. FANTASIA (1940) BORING!!!
59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
61. VERTIGO (1958)
62. TOOTSIE (1982)
63. STAGECOACH (1939)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
66. NETWORK (1976)
67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
69. SHANE (1953) Zed loves this movie. My grandfather had him watch it.
70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994)
72. BEN-HUR (1959)
73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) BORING!!! Not remotely entertaining.
76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78. ROCKY (1976)
79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978) One of the most seriously messed up, heartbreaking movies.
80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
82. GIANT (1956)
83. PLATOON (1986)
84. FARGO (1996)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)
89. PATTON (1970)
90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
94. GOODFELLAS (1990)
95. PULP FICTION (1994)
96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
99. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

As far as three movies that should be on this list…
101. The Princess Bride – I love this movie and could watch it over and over and over again. In fact I have. There is probably no movie that I have seen more than this one.
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102. The Shawshank Redemption – Maybe my second-most watched movie. Tim Robbins’ best movie I think.
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103. The Usual Suspects – Very well written, and maybe Kevin Spacey at his best. Keyser Soze anyone?

Three movies I would remove from the list are:
58. Fantasia. Good as a soundtrack, not a movie.
75. Dances with Wolves.
84. Fargo. Not sure why this is even on the list. Good movie. Not great.

36 out of 100. I need to rent more movies… Your turn!

March 2, 2007

Literary Meme

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 8:25 am

I figured if Used to be Me could do it, so could I! I’m not too ashamed. Pretty good I think. 

Look at the list of books below.
*Bold the ones you’ve read
*Italicize the ones you want to read
*leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. If you are reading this, tag your it!

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10.A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12.Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible (parts only)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100.Ulysses (James Joyce)

December 17, 2006

Six Eclectic Things About InterstellarLass & The Cookie Finalist

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes,Real Good Food — by InterstellarLass @ 10:26 pm

I’ve been tagged by Buttercup and Bean to reveal six eclectic/weird/unusual things about myself. Oh where to start!

1. I have a ‘thing’ about hangers and the way clothes hang in the closet. With the garment front facing you, the hanger hook should be open to the left side. It really bugs me when clothes are hung backwards. Clothes on the right side of the closet face the back of the closet, while clothes on the left side face the front of the closet.

2. I love to have my feet and toes played with. I will beg Nick to rub my feet and put his fingers between my toes to stretch them out. I also like to have my toes pulled. Too weird? Sorry. Forget I said that.

3. I have an obsession with counting. Almost OCD-ish. If I have to count things, I will count them at least three times before I’m convinced I correctly counted. This sometimes makes for slow knitting.

4. I don’t like for my food to touch on my plate. Meat! Stay away from vegetable! And if there are sauces running together? Fuggedabouttit. And I eat things one at a time. And I have a really hard time with leftovers too.

5. I remember completely useless pieces of trivia. What was the name of the book Bilbo Baggins wrote? There and Back Again. What year was the catalytic converter first required on cars? 1975. Yeah, but ask me to remember the name of a person I met five minutes ago or what I had for lunch, and I have no clue.

6. I can stand the sight of blood, I can watch surgeries on TV all night long, and I can even eat while watching. But put a needle or a scalpel in front of me and cut the skin, and I freak out. I really think I could have been a doctor if I could have always had someone else to do the sharp instrument part of it for me.

There you have it! The six strangest, eclectic things about me. If you feel the inclination, consider yourself tagged! I love learning about people’s little idiosyncrasies.

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On Saturday, I went to my friends’ Annual Cookie Exchange. Mmmm. We had Chocolate Turtle Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Snowballs, Yin-Yangs (white and chocolate cookies), and traditional decorated Sugar Cookies. My contribution to the event were Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies. Laura at Vitamin Sea gave the link on her site to a slew of butter cookie recipes and these were perfection.

I’d never heard of Meyer Lemons before, but they are evidently ‘specialty’ lemons. Their juice is darker, they are jucier lemons, and the juice is sweeter, not quite as tart as a regular lemon. I ended up finding them at Central Market. I looove Central Market. It is food heaven. Just walking in the place makes you want to cook. I think these are only in Texas right now, but all the rest of you don’t know what you’re missing. They’re at the same level as Whole Foods, but my personal opinion is that CM is better.

Anyway, back to the cookies. I only ended up making two modifications to the recipe. I bought three of the Meyer lemons. Out of the three lemons, I ended up with more than enough juice, but nowhere near the 3 tablespoons of zest called for. I don’t have a ‘real’ zester, so I use a fine grater. I ended up with about 1-1.5 tablespoons of zest, but once the cookies were done, I think it was plenty. I wouldn’t buy more lemons (@ $3.99 per pound!) just to get more zest, because the juice would go to waste, unless you could find some other way to use it. Also, I used white nonpareils to decorate the cookies rather than the silver dragees. Another specialty product, I was too cheap to spend $16.99 for a 3 oz bottle of dragees. The French can keep their non-edible cookie decorations! I would also caution you to be very careful with the icing if you make it. I added a bit too much juice, and my icing was a little bit too runny. Next time I will err on the side of being too thick rather than too runny. These cookies are SOOO yummy! I hope you’ll try them.

October 16, 2006

Double the Fun

Filed under: Memes & Quizzes — by InterstellarLass @ 8:00 am

The Womanmoose saved me! I had nothing, zero, nil, zilch, nada to write today. And now, thanks to her, I have a lovely meme to share with you.

Two Names You Go By:
1. Mom/Mommy…
2. Lass…

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. Shoes
2. Earrings

Two Things You Would Want HAVE in a Relationship:

1. Love
2. Humor

Two of Your Favorite Things to do:
1. Cook
2. Kiss Nick

Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment:
1. To win the lottery
2. New flooring for my entire house

Two pets you had/have:
1. Wrigley
2. Tori

Two people who will fill this out:
1. Maybe Jolynn
2. Maybe KaraMia

Two things you did last night:
1. Watched football
2. Watched the DVR-recorded re-run of Project Runway Season Finale Part 1. Jeffery rocks! I hate that bitch Laura. She’s a whiner.

Two things you ate today:
1. Coffee
2. Ummm…I will eat oatmeal soon.

Two people you Last Talked To:
1. Nick…
2. Zed…

Two Things You’re doing tomorrow:
1. Working…
2. Taking Elle to soccer practice, if it’s not rained out…

Two longest car rides:
1. Dallas to Harwich, MA…. (up in Cape Cod)
2. Dallas to Orlando… (the Florida Panhandle is hell)

Two Favorite Holidays:

1. Christmas…
2. Thanksgiving…

Two favorite Alcoholic beverages:

1. Frangelico
2. Shiner Bock

Two Favorite Cities:
1. London
2. New York (just to visit)

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