Feb 25, 2008

The Proof Is Out There

Did I ever dare think that I'd be able to see Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny sitting on a panel at San Diego's Comicon discussing a 2nd X-Files Movie? Never in a million light years.

Their recent appearance is purported to be the first time they've both been on a panel discussing The X-Files at the same time.

Gillian and David look so good and it just warms my little obsessive heart to know I have this amazing movie to look forward to this Summer.

I continue to push through all the episodes and I know I still have plenty of time left to complete my assigned task of watching every episode. As of now I'm holding steady on the fourth DVD from Season 2 and loving every minute.

Part of me hopes to be abducted by aliens so I can lose time and be that much closer to July. The saner part of me realizes that I just need to hold on because the final season of Battlestar Galactica is just around the corner. One way or the other, I've got some good stuff to look forward to in the coming months.

Feb 23, 2008

Not So Happy

Two of our favorite local businesses - Happy Cleaners and AJ's Pizzaria of West Boylston, burnt to a crisp this past week.

My mother-in-law called me bright and early to let us know about the fire warning us to "Save Your Receipts." Spencer did have some shirts and a pair of pants at the dry cleaner's to pick-up, but that won't be happening anytime soon.

Of course I'm more upset about the pizza place. AJ's was a great local pizza stop and we've enjoyed many an extra-cheese, onion and pepperoni pizzas from them.

I actually received a call from Happy Cleaners thanking me for my patience and letting me know that their insurance company would be calling us soon with details. I feel bad for this woman. Imagine all the phone calls she's had to field from customer's wondering what happened to their stuff. I'm sure women had clothing stored there during the winter or perhaps wedding gowns being dry cleaned that might have sustained smoke damage or worse.

But still...all I can think about is that missing pizza.

Feb 17, 2008


Just tried the new Diet Dr Pepper Cherry Chocolate a few moments ago and this is what I think of it:

The new flavor that makes me want to


{thanks Spencer!}

Totally disgusting. It tastes like a melted Tootsie Roll lollipop dipped in a package of Swiss Miss hot cocoa.

Win Could Be A Loss?

I found this article recently published in the MetroWest Daily News interesting.

It talks about Uno's recent win as Top Dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show saying there is a fear from The Beagle Rescue Foundation of America that people might start buying Beagles as a result of all this attention and then give them away because they are quite a stubborn breed who follows a scent to it's end and love to bay (aka HOWL). They don't want the Beagle to end up as the next Dalmation circa '101 Dalmations' courtesty of Disney.
In particular the Sterling Animal Shelter-where we adopted our beloved Beagle Minnie-is quoted saying:

The Sterling shelter gets a steady supply of beagles and hounds from shelters in Tennessee, Virginia and the Gulf Coast, where the dogs are more likely to be used to hunt. "When they're no longer doing their job, the owners just turn them loose," said Grady, and the Southern dogs end up in the Northeast, where spaying and neutering is common and the puppy population is smaller.

All I can hope is that the Beagle breed is considered such a common household pet that there won't be a negative impact to increased interest due to Uno's win. Indeed from my perspective, Uno's win should be just a seasonal spike. Sorry-Supply Chain is my life these days.

The Shaved Bumblebee by Till Nowak

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this digital image created by the artist Till Nowak. I discovered the image from the Neatorama RSS feed that I follow religiously on Bloglines.

As I was looking at other images Till designed, I came across his version of the cinematic monster ALIEN made out of vegetables. OMG-I loved that one, too. I totally forgot how much and then recalled I blogged about it in August of last year. Who knew?

Spencer simply raised his eyebrows at me when he saw this digital photo of the shaved bumblebee. I don't want to put words in his mouth, but he said something to the effect of "What the hell is that?" which is basically the typical reaction I get whenever anyone happens upon my desktop at work. They don't tell me it's interesting nor do I get to engage them in a quick chat about how in the world someone would ever dream up such an image. Instead I think they're probably thinking, "That bumblebee's got a BIG 'ole naked butt."

Isn't there a notion that to understand art it has to speak to you? Well, maybe I'm paraphrasing the statement, but that's how I feel about this elephant-snooted bumble bee. It reminds me of what froo-froo poodles must think when they come out of the groomer doning less fur then they arrived with or what fluffy white sheep must imagine about themselves when trying to understand that sudden breezy feeling once the sheep shearer is done.

Photo description courtesy of digital artist Till Nowak

This image is telling about the bumblebee Bernard who wanted to impress his friends with an experiment. It was one of these boring days and they were as usual looking for some nonsense to get involved in and succeeded in switching on an electric shaver. And Bernard, for the first time in his life, completely freed himself from his beautiful yellow and black fur. But then, under the shouting and cheering of his mischievous friends, he watched in the mirror and had to recognize that the result didn`t please him as much as he expected. But hey, it will grow again….

Mom My Ride

I used to love watching the MTV show "Pimp My Ride" but after a while I started getting bored with their typical additions of plasma tvs in the car and booming loud speakers in the trunk. I think my favorite episode was when they pimped out an old beaten down ice cream truck. The mechanical hand that came out of the truck to give the kids their treats was whack!

So when my co-worker Sue forwarded me this video about pimping out the family mini-van, I have to tell you that I had a few laugh out loud moments while watching it with my headphones on at work.

One of my favorite parts is the guy kicking the soccer balls at the side panel of the mini-van and having the volume cranked on HIGH while a children's CD is playing. Pure suburbia insanity.

Feb 13, 2008

Love Is In The Air

Happy V Day everyone.

Today at work my friend Sharon asked us all what we got our husband's for Valentine's Day. Everyone mentioned something...except me. If you knew my husband, you'd understand that he doesn't really want me to get him gifts. He's just not into it. But boy is he thougtful, loving and just plain wonderful.

I had this grand idea that this year I would surprise him with an amazing Valentine's Day card in which I would put a sheet of paper detailing all of the wonderful things he has done for me since the start of the new year. I suppose it was my way of showing him that I take notice of everything he does even though I always remember to say Thank You when I see him doing something nice for me or for us.

Sadly, this is as far as I got:

  • January 3rd: Bought me an envelope so I could mail my Western Civ text book for a Half.com sale I made yesterday. Took Minnie on a walk in -8 degree temps.
  • January 6th: gets Sunday morning paper out of the mailbox every week so I can read it with my morning breakfast.

Again, good intentions that I never followed through on. So now I have to leave the rest up to memory-here goes:

  • Takes Minnie out to pee in the middle of the night so I can sleep
  • Always stays on top of the milk inventory so we never run out.
  • Warms up the Mazda 3 every morning and cleans it off during snow storms
  • Shovels the driveway
  • Surprises me with little treats like limited-edition Twix and Snicker bars
  • Buys me the latest CD release on Tuesday at Target
  • Makes the bed every single day
  • If I get a cold, he makes sure I have every over-the-counter medicine necessary to get me through tough times
  • Watches The X-Files with me
  • Listens to me when I rant and cry and always makes me feel 100% better
  • Bought me the Rayman Wii video game in spite of his accurate prediction that it would remain unopened because "I just didn't get around to it."
  • Does the laundy, loads/empties the dishwasher and vacuums
  • Always gets me the latest edition of People Magazine from the Holden library

I simply could go on and on.

On Valentine's Day, it's only right that I take a moment to say that loving Spencer and being his wife is the absolute best part of my life. I know I'm insanely lucky and fortunate to have fallen madly deeply in love at the age of sixteen.

I hope you're as blessed as me on this Valentine's Day.

Beagle - You're Numero Uno

Uno (aka K-Run's Park Me in First) won the 2008 Best In Show from the Westminister Kennel Club. He's been described as having "...dreamy brown eyes" and "...a continually wagging tail."

This is BIG NEWS for Beagle lovers because the Beagle breed has never won Best in Show in the 132 year history of the Westminister Kennel Club.

Probably the best part of the win was watching Uno bay when the crowd went wild and jumped to their collective feet in a rare standing ovation.

I love my beagle Minnie with all my heart and Uno's win is just a testament to my bias opinion that Beagles are the best dogs in the world.

Feb 10, 2008

In Honor of The Smurfs 50th Anniversary

Parody from Saturday Night Live with Anna Nicole Smith as Smurfette.

Feb 2, 2008


"Hey To You" - Justin's Superbowl Commercial