Archive for June, 2007

After a long day of work, rush-hour and reluctant running, sometimes all you want to do is watch five episodes in a row of Party of Five.

This is what Emily, Rachel, and I chose to do last night.

What do you think about that?


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Skip-Bo Humiliation

Last fall Ann and I started a Skip-Bo tournament.  The first one of us to win 20 full games would get a free lunch, courtesy of the loser.

It pains me to admit that I am that loser.  Yes, last week Ann put me in my Skip-bo place of shame by dancing her way across the 20 point line.  The final score was 20.83 (with a line above the 3) to 17.5.

Turns out all the griping, gloating, crying, and cheating mechanisms I utilized over the last eight months have done nothing to secure any sort of victory. 

Congratulations, Ann.  You’ve not only taken what was left of my pride, but in a matter of hours you’re also going to rip 5-7 dollars from my checking account for a reasonably priced pasta dish at Noodles & Co.

But on the bright side:  pesto for lunch.

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The Toffee Nut

I’m all for the local coffee shop – I enjoy Spyhouse or Caffetto as much as, or more than, the next person, but there’s something that Starbucks has to offer that these places (or the saccharine dungeon that is Caribou Coffee) do not:  Toffee Nut.

It’s just the best taste I (and probably you too) have ever experienced, that’s all.

If I had my way, I’d have a Venti 3 Pump Toffee Nut Latte every single morning for the rest of my life. 

Let me do some calculations.  Assuming the cost of this drink remains at $4.11 post-taxes (fun fact: in Wisconsin it’s 4.10) and I live another 50 years: 50*365 is 91,250 days and 4.11*91,250=$375,037.50

Woah.  I don’t have that kind of money.

All is lost.

Wait!  All is NOT lost, you fools!  Did you know that you can BUY the syrup bottles from Starbucks? 

On Sunday, I went out on a limb and asked if I could buy a bottle of their Toffee Nut, and they sold it to me!  You see that bottle above?  That is a LOT of Toffee Nut, you guys.  That thing is going to last me for the rest of my life!  Rachel has an espresso machine, and since I don’t intend on ever living without her, I don’t see why I would need to buy espresso from Starbucks ever again. 

I’m going to save hundreds of thousands of dollars!

Take that, you dirty old egg sucking dog!

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Moving on up

Alternative Title:  My friends are incredible

I moved on Saturday. It was a pretty busy day for me and my friends anticipated my inevitable anxiety. They responded to it by offering me an unreasonable amount of service and peace.

Ben came over at the break of dawn (8am-ish) and let me load up his truck with a bunch of furniture. He never complained even though he was probably pretty tired and I basically let him carry everything that was even remotely heavy. He also didn’t complain about the excessive amount of driving to so many different far-away locations (I practically lived in Egypt, and my furniture had to be transported to three different places).

As we were turning onto the street of my new house, I found my two lovely roommates waiting for me at the corner, eagerly anticipating my early morning arrival.  We screamed with feminine glee. After we carried my stuff in, they told me to take off for the Rock TV shoot I had to get to. There was more stuff that needed to be moved, but they offered to just do it for me. I believe Sarah’s exact words were “Do you even have to be here?”

Say what??

They were so willing and happy to help me, I couldn’t believe it!

Thanks Ben, Rachel, and Sarah!!!  You’re so good to me! I can’t thank you enough – I simply do not deserve you.

On another note:  After the shoot, I went to my apartment to finish cleaning and my vacuum died on me!  Have you ever “vacuumed” your carpet by getting on your hands and knees to pick up every speck of lint/dirt you can see?  I have. 

Still, what a great day! The move was stress-free, the shoot was fun, the cleaning got done (I actually kind of like this new way of vacuuming – you should try it), and I even had four hours to eat food and watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid before Chad’s wedding reception.

Plus, at the reception there was an Elvis impersonator and a showgirl dressed as Tonto. So, yeah, I’d say the day was a success.

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How I love thee, Jenna

Jenna saw my post from Friday and, like a true friend, she forwarded this otter picture to me:

I have no words.

Remember that episode of Lost where Sawyer thought he had a pacemaker and if his heart-rate got above one hundred and something, he’d die? Well if I had one of those things for real, I’d have died the moment I set eyes on this.

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I don’t have much to say today, except a few things about otters.  I just stared at the otters in my banner for probably five minutes, thinking to myself “Gosh, everything about those guys is adorable.” 

Specifically, their wet little hands.  Give them a stare and see if you don’t agree.

Do you think I could buy an otter? I’ve got some money saved up, so it shouldn’t be a problem.  Or, if I want to be fiscally responsible, maybe I could just steal one from the zoo. 

My new roommates will love having him around, especially Rachel.  We can build him miniature, otter-sized furniture: mini-chair, mini-pantry, mini-bed, mini-toilet, etc.  Can you imagine anything cuter than an otter sitting on a miniature toilet, holding a miniature newspaper with his slippery little hands?

I can’t.

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The American Film Institute recently revised their “100 Years…100 Movies” List, so my blog page has been updated as well (link is above the otters). I was sad to see Amadeus and My Fair Lady go, but for the most part I’m pretty okay with what they took off.  I’m of the opinion that a “Top 100” list should remain static (I guess not if they left the “100 Years” bit in, though), it would quickly become like a 1998 idea captured in time – interesting, but irrelevant.

I’m not entirely sure why The Sixth Sense made it on though. I mean, I totally preferred The Village .


In case you’re not a long-time reader and have no idea what I’m talking about, last year I made myself a goal to see all of the movies on the AFI Top 100 list. Now that its been a few years since I abandoned my film major, I’m finally regaining the desire to see well-respected/well-made movies (read: movies that don’t feature The Olsen Twins) and I thought this would be a good way to do that.

When I finish the list I’ll probably outline my favorites and least favorites, but until then go check the list out for yourself. See how many of them you’ve seen! Cite your (dis)approval! Have a hot dog!

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