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5th-Aug-2009 09:32 pm - All kinds of stuff.
vintage
Is it weird that my only regrets involve STUFF?
  • I regret not taking all the paintings I gave to my ex back
  • I regret giving away my drafting table
  • I regret not keeping any mementos from my childhood



I put stuff in my compost bin today and it was full of bees!  Brent says they are wasps.  I don't know the difference. Ok a quick google search leads me to believe that I am correct and that they are bees.

On to the bee story.  So I opened the lid to the compost and started dumping stuff in. Mid-dump I look in and notice a shit load of bees pigging out on some cantaloupe rinds and I just dumped stuff on them!!!

So they all started darting around all angry and such and I ran away and waited until they calmed down so I could put the lid back on.

Ummm... what the fuck am I supposed to do now?  I'm terrified to use my compost but I know they've been going in there for at least the past 3 days since we've seen an unusually large amount of bees in that part of the yard.  Will they just go away once all the cantaloupe is gone? Are the bees avoiding pollinating my zucchinis because they are distracted by the compost?  Do bees even pollinate zucchini???

SO MANY QUESTIONS!
 



I've only been back to work a month and a half and I only have 2 days left before vacation.  I'm pretty excited.  I haven't written about this before but I'm pulling Bobby out of his current daycare (for a multitude of reasons which I'm not getting into because it will get long and angry) and sending him to a new day care.  The new day care is a home based day care and the woman running it is in Finland until the end of August so I'm taking my vacation and pulling Bobby out of day care after the first few days of vacation so that we can save 2 weeks of fees.

Things planned for my vacation time:
  • cooking day with naughty_bride 
  • a trip to the Toronto zoo
  • maybe a trip to a friend's cottage (waiting for details from Brent on this)
  • maximizing outdoor time (picnics, parks, backyard play, stroller walks etc)
  • doggy play dates at naughty_bride 's
 


Toddlers and Tiaras is a fucking creepy show

On this day:

In 2008 - 
In 2007 - 
In 2006 - shmapped!
In 2005 - I love holes
 
28th-Jul-2009 11:01 pm - Why does this always happen.
sweet
 Freaks and Geeks is the best show on tv right now.  Problem?  It was cancelled 9 years ago and there are only 18 episodes.  I used to watch it when it was new and was planning on buying it on DVD (super expensive) and found it on Tech TV a few days ago.

Since then I've been avidly re-watching it and absolutely adoring it.

I can't believe how much decline there has been in television programming in the last 10 years.  There is no show on right now that can even come close to the quality of this one.  Really, it breaks my heart.

Also, John Francis Daley was so adorably sweet. Every time he's on screen my heart goes *awwwww*

In your opinion, are there any shows that can rival this one currently on air?

On this day:

In 2008 - WOW only ONE of those to-do items has been done a year later!
In 2007 - I want this haircut again (actually, the icon used for this entry is the result of that hair cut)
In 2006 - I invented some questions for you
In 2005 - I was like a human helicopter
16th-Aug-2008 09:34 pm - SCORE!
horseface
Our little family went shopping today. Brent needed some fancy shampoo and we decided to take a walk around the mall and we stopped into HMV.

I FINALLY got my employment insurance payment so I went to check out the prices of some tv shows I wanted to buy on DVD for those times when I'm nursing and such. I found 2 that I wanted: Big Love S1 and Veronica Mars S3. They were $60 each and I figured I could find them cheaper online and we left the store.

Later we were driving by West Coast Video and I guess it's closing and they had a sign saying that everything was for sale. (It's a movie rental place for those who don't know) The most expensive movie was $9.99 and the cheapest was $3. They were selling full seasons for $20 flat.

I got Big Love seasons 1 and 2, Weeds Season 2, Veronica Mars Season 3 and Joan of Arcadia Season 2 all for less than those two at HMV.

IT"S A FUCKING MIRACLE OF CONSUMERISM!!!

Brent also got a bunch of horror movies I most likely won't watch.


On this day:

In 2006 - We still haven't installed those detectors...
In 2005 - Suspensions freak me the fuck out... more than chili dogs.
24th-Apr-2008 09:02 am - It looks like they're flashing me!
mo
Over the past few days I've noticed something fairly odd and mildly disturbing in various places across the city.  there are many trees, shrubs and bushes - all different types - that have been stripped of their bark from approximately 24" off the ground.

Some of the ones I've walked closely by have a puddle of bark shards strewn about their bases.  Maybe it's because there was so much snow piled around them for so long?

It creeps me out.


ANTM last night was RIDICULOUS! Tyra was on a rampage with

  • refusing to even attempt to pronounce someone's name correctly
  • making everything about her
  • speaking in fake Italian or horrible renditions of an Italian accent


I could REALLY go for a nice cappuccino with a dash of cinnamon right now... In a real mug, not a take out one.  I guess I could always order a decaf...


On this day:

In 2007 - pain is from 100% pure ROCKING OUT
In 2006 - I'll only go if I'm specifically invited
In 2005 - By big sprawling tattoo
6th-Feb-2008 09:04 am - And what about the sports fans?
elevator
Most of the time, when Brent chooses what we watch on TV, it's one of two things. Either a sports game or 'sports news'.

After about 15 minutes it becomes painfully obvious that 'sports news' is just Entertainment Weekly for guys who prefer sports to Hollywood gossip. It is AWFUL.


On this day:

In 2007
- Awesome recipe and a bunch of photos
In 2006 - Ewww there's PUS in it!
6th-Nov-2007 08:07 am - Monterey Jack or Old Cheddar?
loser
I wish we had a stove at work so I could make a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. I'd get one at the cafeteria but I want one with real cheese instead of a Kraft Single.

In less depressing news (yes I'm depressed about that ok!), last night I went to the Rogers store and traded in our grodey old cable box for an NEW HD PVR box! I installed it while Brent was playing noisy stuff with his boyfriends.

So I watches Heroes in HD and let me tell you something, everyone looks like they are RIGHT THERE in my living room. You can see pores! I think it's cool because it's helps to shatter the perception of perfection in media.

I also set it up to record all the shows I like, especially the ones I forget are on, like Weeds.

The best part? It only costs $7 more than our regular cable bill! Or so Brent told me. We'll see when the bill actually arrives.


On this day

In 2006
- Hammer Pants
In 2005 - Green Death
30th-Oct-2007 08:22 am - Asshattery
eye-rub
Last night was fairly interesting.  I missed Heroes to go see Brent play so I need to now where I can download it to watch today.  Anybody know?

The entire show last night was pretty much overshadowed by some asshat of a guy.  He was in the band that I couldn't remember the name of yesterday: Lights Over Arkham.  Lucky for him, I don't know his name...

During load-in/sound check he was talking about he wanted  to be a Serial Rapist for halloween....  At that point, his asshattery was fairly obvious to me but most people who were there at the time were busy doing other things.

Then Riot Service played and they had an OK show.  Not the best I've seen them do, to be honest, but not the worst either... I think they need to practice more.  They actually don't practice very much, barely once a week, which even I think is insufficient if you are going to play a show in front of real people.

Then Lights Over Arkham came on and the guy I talked about before gets on stage with all his un-costumed bandmates.  He's wearing a normal t-shirt, some work-out shorts and a sweatband.  I admit the shorts are weird for the weather but everything else is par for the course for a scenester band.  Then he goes to the mic and says something along the lines of  "In case you couldn't tell, I dressed up like a fag for the show!"

I think there might have been a collective groan.

It didn't stop there, he went ON AND ON about it.  I don't think anyone said anything about it to him, but I was involved in more than a few conversations about what an asshat this guy from LIGHTS OVER ARKHAM (is google picking this up yet?) is.  It also seemed he was generally shunned the rest of the night, at least as far as I noticed.

Second Glance came on in HILARIOUS costumes but I don't think anyone had a camera.  There were some too-tight short-shorts, butt crack and wigs.  Glorious.  They got 2 people to dance which is no small feat on a Monday night.

[EDIT] Here is the band forum discussing this guy


On this day:

In 2006
- Lazy Research
In 2005 - Seedy
25th-Oct-2007 01:28 pm - I just bought a new alarm clock.
crazy face
Why aren't there any shows like the Cosby Show running on networks I get? I loved that show and still love the re-runs I see.


On a somewhat related note, I used to think that The Cosby Show was an example of a black comedy. I was probably about 15 when I learned what that term actually meant.


On an unrelated note, this link RIGHT HERE goes to a story about how food that says "Product of Canada" does not mean that the food is FROM Canada. The same is probably true for other countries as well.


On this day:

In 2005
- I had some crazy ideas about produce.
22nd-Oct-2007 12:40 pm - A meatier post
burn
On Friday Brent and I went to Elgin Street Video to rent some stuff.  Let me know if you've seen any of these and what you thought.

You will find the titles and my thoughts on them below:

Jesus Camp

I had read a lot about this before actually seeing it.  I honestly expected more from it.  I found it really only grazed the surface of the subject matter and was surprised that it was over when the credits started to roll.  What was there was good and was a good way to open dialog on a multitude of topics involving children and religion.

What I like best about this is that it let people speak for themselves.  It doesn't say "this group of christians is nuts" it lets them explain their point of view and let you decide for yourself what you think about it.  However, the editing may affect your perception.

The Devil's Backbone

This movie is in Spanish and has subtitles.  It's supposed to be a scary movie.  Unlike Hollywood horror flicks, this has a realistic and complex story that thakes precedence over gore, special effects and surprise moments.

I really didn't find it scary at all, but I really REALLY liked this movie.  Notably, it has some of the most believable child-acting I've ever seen.  Dakota Fanning is not even close on this one [although I don't find her believable in most cases as she just plays a mini adult]

This movie assumes you now of Spain's history, which I don't really but the synopsis in the above link cleared that all up for me.

Things that this movie has that makes me cherish it:

  • excellent acting - mostly by the children
  • a women with a missing leg with a semi-leading role shown as a totally functioning person (Hollywood would either a- not show it b- make her dependant on others or c- make a caricature of it)
  • interesting special effects, it's visually unlike anything I've seen before but it seems like this style should be more popular
Exorcist III

I fell asleep for the middle part.  I guess that sums that up.

Big Love

I have heard absolute raves about this show.  I rented the first disk that only has the first 2 episodes of Season One because I wanted to see what it was all about and decide if I should buy the first season.  I'm still not sure.

I find it difficult to watch because I keep putting myself in the shoes of the wives and I think that being in that situation would be so very painful.  I can not comprehend being happy in that kind of arrangement.  At the same time, that's exactly what intrigues me about the show.

As I haven't lived it, I can't be sure, but it seems to be very honest.  The impressions so far are as follows:

  • I'm trying to wrap my head around what message is sent when the wives essentially each get 1/3 of a husband, and should be satisfied by that, while the husband needs three women to satisfy him [I'm not talking solely of sexual satisfaction]
  • The relationship between the three women, while strained, seems to be deeper than their individual relationships with the husband
  • So far, it seems like the older kids are suffering from it
  • Maybe it gets out later but I do not understand how the first wife ever came to agreeing to this.  But maybe she was ok with it from the start.  I just don't know.  I'd love to see something on a couple deciding to become polygamists, as it stands with this show, I just don't understand how they got there.
  • Maybe TMI but here it goes; I won't kiss Brent after 'certain things' have happened, I could definitely not imagine kissing him after those things took place with another woman!

And on a completely different note, bands to download to see if I like 'em:

  • Preston School of Industry
  • Cat Power
  • Mission of Burma
  • The Ponys
  • Times New Viking [best name EVER]
3rd-Oct-2007 11:17 am - Team Tighty Whiteys
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Tonight Brent is having a bagillion guys over to so an Imaginary Hockey Team Betting Club kind of thing. I bet he loves when I make up elaborate and ridiculous names for things like this. I'll be participating because I won't really be able to avoid the mass of testosterone so why not join in?

I went through the book of all the players. They have face shots so I picked all the cute ones. That didn't make enough picks so I went through and picked my "B" list players as well. There are a LOT of ugly hockey players!

Brent thinks my system won't secure me a win. I don't really care because I don't want to get all "sports analyst" just for the Imaginary Hockey Team Betting Club kind of thing. I think I'll name my team "Team Tighty Whiteys".

Ok ok. Enough about sports.

The NDP is taking a stance against Homophobia and musical 'artists' who support and incite hate crimes through their lyrics. Click HERE to learn more.



Violet Blue was asked to be on the Tyra Banks Show to talk about porn for women.

I was told I was going to be the show's for-women, "porn expert". I was thrilled.


Read what REALLY happened HERE
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