ghost_light: (Nonsense)

Since the new one is nearly here, I suppose I should report that I survived!

 

I made it through my first Jr. Roller Derby board meeting as president (and another last night.)  I'm really enjoying it and it seems like I'm doing well. We're not the greatest at staying on track, but decisions are being made, I'm delegating like a boss and I'm strong on follow-up/reiterating what needs to be done.  I feel like I'm my best self.

 


[livejournal.com profile] lonelydumptruck and I survived Chuck E. Cheese for the nephew's birthday.  It was actually really fun.  Jenny and Kevin had a million-jillion tokens for the games so everyone got to play games.  It turns out I'm still damn good at skee ball!  Boo got all the tickets, of course, and had enough to get a cool robot toy.

 

VivaVoom Brr-lesque is screening the movie Burlesque Assassins and hosting one of the ladies who performs in the film, so we went to that Saturday night.  The movie was great, stupid, cheesy fun, we had an awesome time.  It's showing again tonight and tomorrow if you are in Anchorage and looking for something to do.  I highly recommend it.

 

Sunday was first tech for the brr-lesque show and then family dinner at Mommie and Eddie's.  Lori-O brought her new dog, Bernie. He's a rescue from the Bush, someone stepped on one of his legs and it had to be amputated.  He's skittish but really adorable and we spent the whole night speculating on what kind of mutt he might be and feeding him treats.

 


ghost_light: (Ghost Light)

I re-watched the original Evil Dead the other night -  Bruce was quite the scream queen back in the day.

ghost_light: (Ghost_Light Daisy)

I'm getting really bad at keeping this 'journal up to date, aren't I?

 

Kornopolous was supposed to be in town for a wedding last night, but he broke his foot and decided to take the night and rest so the Earth was our mollusc with a plethora of options.

 

On Frozen Ground opened last night.  That's the feature film about Alaska's serial killer Butcher Baker, that was filmed entirely up here.  For some reason, in spite of it staring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, it got an extremely limited release and isn't even showing in Anchorage.  There wasn't even a cast and crew preview screening,  so Ron organized a little thing at the only theatre in the State showing it...but it was out in the Valley and it's been a long, drama-filled week so we weren't up for the drive.

 

So was moved to option two:  O.M.Ref.G. was having a birthday gathering, but it was at a karaoke bar....in the Valley.

 

On to option three:  Rodney and Hilary called to see if we wanted to spend the night at her cabin and then go to the fair early but those were both (all together now) In the Valley!

 

We got thai food and watched On Frozen Ground on pay-per-view. 

 

I don't know who pissed in what executives' Corn Flakes for the film to get that kind of treatment because it was not all that bad!  There was some cringe-worthy dialogue but it really looked great.  As LonelyDumptruck put it, they did a wonderful job showing an Anchorage that isn't here anymore and I thought Cusack was just wonderful.  Plus it's always fun to play the "Hey!  I know that guy!" drinking game.

 

And what are we doing today?  Driving to the Valley to go to the fair.

ghost_light: (Ghost_Light Daisy)


July has, arrived with rain, rain rain.  I am probably the only person in town not happy to see it.

 

It was a pretty quiet weekend for us.  Gumbo class went great!  It was just Randi, her Little Miss and one of Little Miss' friends.  Both girls were very well-behaved and had a ball.  Little Miss decided she wants our five-disc DVD player for Christmas.  Rodney stopped by after because it was just starting to get cloudy and he wanted to go on one more ride with the top off his jeep before the rains set in, so I babysat the gumbo while the boys hit the road.

 

Randi's party on Friday was really low-key and fun.  We got to hang out with Dad for a good part of it, and Rodney and Hilary came.  Jay has a tandem bike attachment and Little Miss insisted I follow them around the block, so I wore myself out pretending to chase them and doing Ministry of Silly Walks.

 

Saturday I helped Geolinguist with the chickens and a few other projects, then I took a much needed nap.  We went to The Big Lebowski with Rodney and Hilary, which is always a good time. The Beartooth was actually serving caucasians.

 

 

Sunday I had a tech meeting to go through the rehearsal schedule and show dates for Brr-lesque.  LonelyDumptruck sat in, then we walked around the Market to kill time until my Aurora shift.  It was the busiest night I've seen this season, which was a really welcome change!

ghost_light: (Statler and Waldorf)

Highly, highly recommends:

 

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

 

It's a Canadian horror/comedy show set in Crowley High School.

 

Think Buffy and Tenacious D with some regular teen comedy thrown in.  It's juvenile, gorey and funny as fuck.

 

How can you resist a show with an episode synopsis like this:

 


Todd and Curtis' prank on a small-endowed bully backfires when the bully uses The Book to turn his tiny penis into a terrifying cockmonster.

ghost_light: (Rollery Derpy)

Friday night's Viva BBQ was all kinds of awesome.  Great friends and even better food.  Our new neighbors had an epic housewarming party at the same time.  They had a huge turnout and even had a bartender with a frozen margarita machine.  At one point we left our guests instructions not to burn the place down and we dashed over to meet them.  They're house has a crazy layout, even for Spenard, and they just bought a puppy.  Really nice folks.

 

Saturday morning LonelyDumptruck went into work early, and I slept in, then raced downtown to help lay out the track for the Solstice Scrimmage in Town Square!  I got to skate in three of the four "halfs" and was the penalty timer for the jammers the other one.  I had a blast, but it really showed that I still don't know anything!

 

The track was set up so there wasn't room for outside pack refs, and we had five people on the inside: two jam refs, a front pack ref, a back pack ref and the head ref who just floated and helped keep an eye out.  Wookie was head ref when I was front pack ref and she kept calling out of play when a blocker got way far ahead of the pack.  After a few, Bro just yelled to me "If she's calling out of play, it means you're missing something!! "  Wookie pointed out it meant I'm still learning and he immediately apologized by telling me "Okay, that was douche-y."  I made a point of asking what I was missing afterwards and he said "Not much, really."  I also checked with Wookie, because I was being sure to watch that blocker to make sure they were not blocking out of play, and she just reminded me I was supposed to warn them they were out of play too.  Now I know.

 

While we were laying out the track, I heard the velcro on my brace shift around, didn't really think anything of it...until 0014 pointed out I'd ripped my shorts from waist to cuff straight down my left butt cheek.  Thank Zod I WAS wearing my brace so I you could see were the white comfort shorts!  0014 teased me relentlessly about how "You burlesque girls, always have to put on a show!"  and that I should write on my shorts "To see more go to http://www.vivavoomburlesque.com

 



LonelyDumptruck and Dave rode their bikes down to watch the scrimmage and I beat feet with them after to get a drink at Darwin's.  They closed off most of downtown for the Solstice Celebration, it seemed like.  The street in front of Darwin's was closed for a stage with live jazz and outdoor seating, so we got to enjoy our beers outside.  After we said good night to Dave, we headed home for a quick dinner and then went to see Primus at Mooses Tooth.

 

It was a great show but way too crowded. It really felt like they had oversold the venue, especially compared to seeing Cake there.  We passed on the after party at Maus's place in favor of Taco Bell and television, I was just wiped out.

 

This morning we got up early and went to the first showing of World War Z.  I really enjoyed it, but I only read the book once and I didn't remember any of the specifics. LonelyDumptruck re-read it recently but he liked it.  We made breakfast and lounged around watching cooking shows on PBS until it was time for me to go to work.  Good days.

ghost_light: (balloons)

In points, because Lazy Ghost_Light is Lazy, since the last time I bothered writing:

 

I survived my first shoot!  Filming the teaser for the T.V. pilot went very well overall!  There was still confusion with paperwork, but day-off I transitioned into being First Assistant Director and that was awesome!  I got to be the one in charge of the little clapboard and yell "Scene 1, take 8!"

 

The shoot ran late, so I didn't go to the roller derby test-up.  To be totally honest, I was pretty set on blowing it off anyway.

 

My neck just kept getting worse. Luckily Dr. Buddy was back in town and able to fit me in twice.  The first appointment he was outright appalled at how bad my neck was.  Everything was pulled to the right and he was really worried I'd ruptured one of my herniated discs.  Not the case, thank Zod, and it's been MUCH better since.

 

With my neck torqued, I blew off open skates and, like the rest of the league, the special outdoor training Shocker set up for us.  I also decided not to go to the first ever State Tournament in Fairbanks even though I would have gotten a ton of solid reffing experience because they were seriously under-rostered, but I decided that mostly because it was in Fairbanks.

 

That's pretty much the old news.  New news to come!

ghost_light: (Movies)

Movies:

Intolerable Cruelty
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Conan the Barbarian
Super 8
Immortals
Going Postal
Trollhunter
Paul
Rammbock
Pontypool
Red Tails
The Call of Cthulhu
Blackthorn
Blithe Spirit
Moneyball
The Help
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
The Artist
The Great Muppet Caper
The Royal Tanenbaums
The Godfather
The Warrior's Way
The Adventures of TinTin
Open Projector Night 5
Tenacious D Masterworks: Vol 1.
Red State
New Street Killers
13 Assassins
Planet of the Apes
Blood on the Flat Track: Rise of the Rat
The Avengers
In Like Flint
2001
The Crow
The Hunger Games
L.A. Confidential
Battle Royale
The People Vs. George Lucas
Children of Men
Storyville: The Naked Dance
Brutal Beauty: Rose City Rollers
The Big Lebowski
The Captains
Fish Story
 Moonrise Kingdom
Puss in Boots
Hugo
Skin
Sneakers
Derby, Baby!  A Story of Love, Addiction and Rink Rash
Being Human season 3
The Rum Diary
Goon
H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer
Broken Lizard's Club Dread
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
The Raid: Redemption
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Team America: World Police
Cabin in the Woods
The Colony season 1
Ted
The Avengers
Cabin In The Woods
The Watch
Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
High School of the Dead season 1
I Spit On Your Grave
Buskers
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Clerks 2 
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Skyfall
Clerks
The Descendants
Anchorman:  The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Fish Story 
Cabin in the Woods
The King's Speech
Rare Exports: a Christmas Tale
Batman: Year One
"Master Harold"...and the Boys
Seven Psychopaths
The League:  Season 2























































































 Books:
 
The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker
It Could Be Any One of Us by Alan Ayckbourn
Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn
The Winter Bear by Anne Hanley
The Pluto Files by Niel DeGrasse Tyson
Sounds About Right by Carl Bright
The Sky With Diamonds by Peter Porco
Love Me Tender, Baby by Linda Billington
That's My Saddam by Dawson Moore
Edge by Koji Suzuki
Birthright by Mike Daniels











 

Shows:
 
The Petoskey Project
Bobrauschenbergamerica
Take Care
The Report of My Death
Stark Naked:  A Burlesque Tribute to Game of Thrones
Robin Hood
1000 Cranes
Bruckner's Last Finale

Both Ends

Feb. 3rd, 2012 08:56 am
ghost_light: (Geo & Ghost)
Really long but productive week. LonelyDumptruck's back is doing a lot better. He even put in a couple layers of flooring before Rodney came over to work on the Brr-lesque.

I headed over to the real estate office to work for a couple hours when I was finished with The Misfit Toys. We are working on a huge mailout so it is a lot of printing, stuffing and stickering. Luckily, it is just the exact level of brainless that I like. Mrs. Real Estate and her daughter worked on it with me Tuesday night. I introduced them to Brainiac: Science Abuse, so one of Miss Real Estate's jobs became finding us good clips to watch while we worked.

Tonight I am going to see The Muppets with userinfoGeolinguist, his stinky sister and stinky nephews. Rodney is probably coming over to work with LonelyDumptruck, so life will stay busy.

@Whee-kend

Jan. 29th, 2012 11:03 pm
ghost_light: (Who?)
Friday night was social night. We ate the last of my biscuits and gravy and then headed out to a Jenya's birthday party. They had a ton of vodka, as always, and a table of great food including a big tray of sushi. I think I ate my weight in rolls. We got to chat with userinfoGeolinguist, userinfoPoisonDartFrog and MonkofSilence for a while, which is always awesome.

After the party we headed down to The Woodshed for the going-away party of one of my This Is Where We Came In cast members. We were the last people to arrive and actually happened to catch the guest of honor with his coat on making one last stop at the cigarette machine. We talked him into staying for one more and we got to talk for a while, then we headed over to Darwin's to see if any of the regulars were there. They were not, but our favorite waitress was and I got a hug and a really crappy blueberry beer I ended up abandoning.

Saturday morning we got up nice and early to prep the house, then userinfoGeolinguist came over to help us pull up the carpet in the living room. The carpet came up nice and easy, but we discovered eude de cat piss, or perhaps ferret stank, saturating the padding and that made the next layer a lot less fun. Stephanie came by in the afternoon to help pull tack board and molding.

It took most of the day and three runs to the hardware store, but we got a few rows of flooring laid and made a game plan for the next few. CrownWench came over after work for dinner and movies. LonelyDumptruck went to Mr. Prime Beef and bought a little sumo wrestler of a chicken. This 5-pounder had fat deposits under the skin of the breast and little chicken love handles. We didn't have the lemon or some of the other things he used when he made the Epic Baked Chicken last time, but we punted and the sumo chicken was fucking delicious.

We watched Blackthorn and Blithe Spirit. I really liked Blackthorn, but there seemed to be a logic-fail in the story. Has anyone else seen it? Do any of you have an insight on Stephen Rea's character? I've never seen or even read Blithe Spirit before. I didn't quite care for it, but now I'm curious about how some of the ghost effects are done on stage. I'm sure they bulked up the number of them for the film.

Today we got up and I played Sims Social while LonelyDumptruck played Skyrim and we watched a little cooking television before getting back to the flooring. There was a Brr-lesque workshop all afternoon, but I didn't feel up to moving that much. We worked until we were practically cross-eyed, but we got all of the angle cuts and the off sized pieces around the stove done, so we hope to get as far as the next heating vent tomorrow. Got to keep some goals in mind.
ghost_light: (Mark)
Another successful birthday in the books.

We both took Friday off, but LonelyDumptruck had a full morning planned. The bank he works for does a program with a local school where someone goes into read to the first grade class and the bank lets the class keep the book. Coincidentally, the school happens to be the school where LonelyDumptruck's sister Jen works. The bank is too big for that have been planned though, I'm sure.

He had a great time. They gave him a Happy Birthday bracelet and all the kids sang to him. The book was Pirates Don't Change Diapers, but LonelyDumptruck didn't get to read in full pirate garb. It seems the bank actually has a policy against that.

We met up for brunch at Kriner's Diner after that. I made the mistake of asking for a full-order of biscuits and gravy. It was delicious, but we are still working on the leftovers. Seriously.

After lunch LonelyDumptruck went to get his hair cut. I took the opportunity to hide presents around the house.

Have you heard about that website http://www.xtranormal.com/? The one that lets you make little movies? Well, they released characters from The Big Lebowski, so I spent the time LonelyDumptruck was reading and getting his hair cut making a little film of The Dude and Donnie performing one of LonelyDumptruck's scripts.

LonelyDumptruck found most of his presents right away and then settled in to play some Skyrim while I fucked around on Sims Social. After a while we decided to brave Costco to get supplies for family dinner. While we driving there, he decided that it would be nice to meet up with friends to celebrate his birthday, so we sent up a quick Bat Signal and arranged meeting at Beartooth for pizza and beer.

Most of Anchorage had the same idea, so we had to wait almost an hour for a table. The pizza was worth it, believe it or not. The current special is a chicken pizza with a mushroom cream sauce and pickles jalapenos. I am going to miss it when the specials change. Rodney, Stepanie, userinfoGeolinguist and CrownWench came out to play, then Rodney and Stephanie came back to the house to watch a few episodes of MXC.

Saturday I got my hair done and we got the house ready to host family dinner. Rodney recommended a German zombie/epidemic movie, Rammbock, so we settled in to watch that until it was time to start cooking. I really liked it.

Dad and Ila were in town for birthday fun, so Jay, his girlfriend and her daughter, Jen and Lori-O came over. The plan was to grill steaks but we'd run out of propane without realizing it, so we cooked them on the stove instead. Like on Thanksgiving, we set off the smoke alarm/security system searing the meat. Dad talked about how good the smoky steaks were for the rest of the weekend. We made mac and cheese for the kid but she didn't like it. She was very polite and said that to everyone but us, though. I think her phrase was "I didn't like it, but it was very nice of them to try."

LonelyDumptruck continued to indulge my penchant for horror movie and we watched Pontypool, another zombie/outbreak film, after everyone went home.

Sunday I called out of Brr-lesque rehearsal in favor of going to see Red Tails with LonelyDumptruck Dad, Ila and Lori-O. After that we had meatloaf at Lori-O's house and then came home for yet another horror movie, the new Call of Cthulu.
ghost_light: (Statler and Waldorf)
We hit the RedBox Friday night and came back with Conan the Barbarian. The new one starring Khal Drogo.

I have seen the original Conan at least once, pieces of it several times, and it never really grabbed me. I like high fantasy, I was a big fan of loin-cloth movies as a teen, but I guess it like my action heros articulate even if the plot is not.

I really, really liked this one. It is beautifully shot and the fight scenes are incredible. They are very clear and the actions make sense. There is not a lot of the super-speed or super-slow motion bullshit. Two guys are fighting on horseback, they get about 4 swings before they have to regroup and see to their mounts.

One of the things that really grabbed me is that everyone had an American accent. That is so unusual in high fantasy. Usually the princess character, if not the villian, are English as a way to 'keep it classy'.

If this had come out 30 years ago, it would have been a slumber party staple. Highly recommended.
ghost_light: (Critters by color_full)

So. 

I caught a cold. I was really sick Thursday and Hella-sick Friday, but not bad enough to call in.  The reception desk is right next to the Germophobe's desk and he was NOT pleased that I was there.  I know he complained/tattled to the Big Boss because as soon as he walked in, the Big Boss greeted me with "So I hear you're not doing so well!"  Ten minutes later he had the Lead Toy come down to take over the desk and make me go home.

So I went to the post office and then bunkered in for the day.  The Misfit Toy Christmas party was Friday, so I agonized over whether or not I should go.  On one hand, it's a cold.  On the other, I did get sent home and the Great Puritan Work Ethic says too sick to work = too sick to play.

We met

 CrownWench

for a drink at Roadhouse and then stopped by the party for a little bit.  It was nice, though we got there so late we missed the drink tokens and the tickets for fabulous prizes.  Invisiboss won a new tv.

Saturday I House Managed for one of the ATY Christmas shows during the day and we had the Brr-lesque Christmas party that night.  I was feeling shittier, but rallied, and even played some of the games.  I was first out at musical chairs and got a cash payoff for complaining that I deserved a consolation prize.  (turns out they did that for the Boy Who Kisses  JDawgsPI last year, so I won't feel bad.)  I creamed everybody at a memory game and won a Look gift certificate and was still asleep on the couch by 10:30 while LonelyDumptruck watched 
Boardwalk Empire.

Sunday userinfoGeolinguist and I went shopping for his sister and then we met LonelyDumptruck at Beartooth for White Christmas.  I'd never seen it before.  Next week they are showing Santa Conquers the Martians and we're all hoping to meet up for that.

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ghost_light: (Critters by color_full)

So. 

I caught a cold. I was really sick Thursday and Hella-sick Friday, but not bad enough to call in.  The reception desk is right next to the Germophobe's desk and he was NOT pleased that I was there.  I know he complained/tattled to the Big Boss because as soon as he walked in, the Big Boss greeted me with "So I hear you're not doing so well!"  Ten minutes later he had the Lead Toy come down to take over the desk and make me go home.

So I went to the post office and then bunkered in for the day.  The Misfit Toy Christmas party was Friday, so I agonized over whether or not I should go.  On one hand, it's a cold.  On the other, I did get sent home and the Great Puritan Work Ethic says too sick to work = too sick to play.

We met

 CrownWench

for a drink at Roadhouse and then stopped by the party for a little bit.  It was nice, though we got there so late we missed the drink tokens and the tickets for fabulous prizes.  Invisiboss won a new tv.

Saturday I House Managed for one of the ATY Christmas shows during the day and we had the Brr-lesque Christmas party that night.  I was feeling shittier, but rallied, and even played some of the games.  I was first out at musical chairs and got a cash payoff for complaining that I deserved a consolation prize.  (turns out they did that for the Boy Who Kisses  JDawgsPI last year, so I won't feel bad.)  I creamed everybody at a memory game and won a Look gift certificate and was still asleep on the couch by 10:30 while LonelyDumptruck watched 
Boardwalk Empire.

Sunday userinfoGeolinguist and I went shopping for his sister and then we met LonelyDumptruck at Beartooth for White Christmas.  I'd never seen it before.  Next week they are showing Santa Conquers the Martians and we're all hoping to meet up for that.

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ghost_light: (Thanksgiving)

And lo, it was good.

 

Thanksgiving was pretty laid back.  Mommie sent over a massive bowl of stuffing (Grandma's recipe) Wednesday night so we cooked that along with the turkey.  Because we do everything Alton Brown says, we skipped brineing the turkey this year and, instead,

 

LonelyDumptruck
butterflied the bird and used a dry rub.  I think it was our best turkey ever.

 

He also made cranberry sauce, as is tradition, and I roasted sweet potatoes with orange and made carrots roasted with Chinese 5 spice. The carrots had good flavor, but a really gritty texture.  I think I am going to cook the spices in the butter and then toss the carrots in that instead of melting the butter, pouring that over the carrots and adding the spices.

 

Sometime between starting the turkey browning in an insanely hot oven and learning how to turn off the fire alarm, the oven got turned off instead of down.  That wasn't discovered for a hour, but it ended up working out fine.  That gave me enough time to prep the veggies and the last person was just walking in as things came out of the oven.

 

It was a small group, for us: Mommie and Eddie (who brought rolls, appetizers a pumpkin pie and bread pudding)  Jay (King of Mashed Potatoes), Stephanie (apple pie) 

 

LonelyDumptruck
's step-brother (another apple pie) and Geolinguist (pi...no, wait, orange satued kale.)  Jenny came over after her family dinner and grazed a bit.

 

Everything was great and it was just about a perfect amount of food.  We did have to take a walk around the neighborhood between dinner and dessert.  There was a great deal of wine and beer too.  Mommie and Eddie brought over a new board game, What's Yours Like, and we played a few rounds of that. 

 

Geolinguist and I planned to go to the last show of The Muppets, but it was across town and we were having do much fun we just decided to stay in instead.

 

Friday I was supposed to work all day, but the phone only rang once in five hours so Little Boss sent me home.  I finished the dishes and braved Wal-mart to buy a birthday present for Boo. 

 

After that I met

 

CrownWench
at Roadhouse and LonelyDumptruck met us there when he got off work.  We were planning on going to see the Lead Toy's band at Koots, but we ended up having so much fun just hanging out that we never made it there.

 

Saturday was kind of a mixed bag, emotionally.  Late morning was Boo's fifth birthday party at an inflatable playground.  We weren't able to stay long because Saturday afternoon was the funeral for one of

 

LonelyDumptruck
's cousin's sons.  There was a memorial after the service, but we opted out of that.  Instead we bunkered in for a while and  LonelyDumptruck started the turkey stock.  We went to pick up some supplies to dress up leftovers and LonelyDumptruck picked up Skyrim, so that was his day.

 

After dinner

 

Geolinguist stopped by to pre-function before we made another attempt at seeing The Muppets.  We made it this time and I am so glad we did!  It wasn't perfect, but it was a great Muppet Show.   I can't believe there was only one original Muppeteer on the movie, but there were only a couple instances of wrong sounding Muppets and they cracked a joke about that.  The plot was paper thin, but we laughed through the whole thing.  Camilla and the Chickens singing Fuck You....I seriously could not breathe.

 

We stayed up until 3 or so watching Mythbusters, so I slept in a bit on Sunday. 

 

LonelyDumptruck
played Skyrim and I played Sims until Brr-lesque rehearsal.  I made bacon and turkey hash for dinner and we watched most of our Sunday programs.  Speaking of...holy shit, Walking Dead anyone?!?

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ghost_light: (Thanksgiving)

And lo, it was good.

 

Thanksgiving was pretty laid back.  Mommie sent over a massive bowl of stuffing (Grandma's recipe) Wednesday night so we cooked that along with the turkey.  Because we do everything Alton Brown says, we skipped brineing the turkey this year and, instead,

 

LonelyDumptruck
butterflied the bird and used a dry rub.  I think it was our best turkey ever.

 

He also made cranberry sauce, as is tradition, and I roasted sweet potatoes with orange and made carrots roasted with Chinese 5 spice. The carrots had good flavor, but a really gritty texture.  I think I am going to cook the spices in the butter and then toss the carrots in that instead of melting the butter, pouring that over the carrots and adding the spices.

 

Sometime between starting the turkey browning in an insanely hot oven and learning how to turn off the fire alarm, the oven got turned off instead of down.  That wasn't discovered for a hour, but it ended up working out fine.  That gave me enough time to prep the veggies and the last person was just walking in as things came out of the oven.

 

It was a small group, for us: Mommie and Eddie (who brought rolls, appetizers a pumpkin pie and bread pudding)  Jay (King of Mashed Potatoes), Stephanie (apple pie) 

 

LonelyDumptruck
's step-brother (another apple pie) and Geolinguist (pi...no, wait, orange satued kale.)  Jenny came over after her family dinner and grazed a bit.

 

Everything was great and it was just about a perfect amount of food.  We did have to take a walk around the neighborhood between dinner and dessert.  There was a great deal of wine and beer too.  Mommie and Eddie brought over a new board game, What's Yours Like, and we played a few rounds of that. 

 

Geolinguist and I planned to go to the last show of The Muppets, but it was across town and we were having do much fun we just decided to stay in instead.

 

Friday I was supposed to work all day, but the phone only rang once in five hours so Little Boss sent me home.  I finished the dishes and braved Wal-mart to buy a birthday present for Boo. 

 

After that I met

 

CrownWench
at Roadhouse and LonelyDumptruck met us there when he got off work.  We were planning on going to see the Lead Toy's band at Koots, but we ended up having so much fun just hanging out that we never made it there.

 

Saturday was kind of a mixed bag, emotionally.  Late morning was Boo's fifth birthday party at an inflatable playground.  We weren't able to stay long because Saturday afternoon was the funeral for one of

 

LonelyDumptruck
's cousin's sons.  There was a memorial after the service, but we opted out of that.  Instead we bunkered in for a while and  LonelyDumptruck started the turkey stock.  We went to pick up some supplies to dress up leftovers and LonelyDumptruck picked up Skyrim, so that was his day.

 

After dinner

 

Geolinguist stopped by to pre-function before we made another attempt at seeing The Muppets.  We made it this time and I am so glad we did!  It wasn't perfect, but it was a great Muppet Show.   I can't believe there was only one original Muppeteer on the movie, but there were only a couple instances of wrong sounding Muppets and they cracked a joke about that.  The plot was paper thin, but we laughed through the whole thing.  Camilla and the Chickens singing Fuck You....I seriously could not breathe.

 

We stayed up until 3 or so watching Mythbusters, so I slept in a bit on Sunday. 

 

LonelyDumptruck
played Skyrim and I played Sims until Brr-lesque rehearsal.  I made bacon and turkey hash for dinner and we watched most of our Sunday programs.  Speaking of...holy shit, Walking Dead anyone?!?

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Wow, it had been a while since I have done one of these, hasn't it?

 

Colossus: The Forbin Project

 

Forbin had designed a new super computer, Colossus, which will take over all of our defense systems.  The day Colossus goes live, it spits out an unexpected message:  Soviet Computer Detected.  Initiating Contact.

 

It is a tight, well-written little thriller.  It was made in 1970, and I kept expecting to  see little robots silhouetted at the bottom of the screen, but hang in there.  The plot is well-worth the production values.

 

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0064177

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Wow, it had been a while since I have done one of these, hasn't it?

 

Colossus: The Forbin Project

 

Forbin had designed a new super computer, Colossus, which will take over all of our defense systems.  The day Colossus goes live, it spits out an unexpected message:  Soviet Computer Detected.  Initiating Contact.

 

It is a tight, well-written little thriller.  It was made in 1970, and I kept expecting to  see little robots silhouetted at the bottom of the screen, but hang in there.  The plot is well-worth the production values.

 

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0064177

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Friday was just a glorious day here in Anchortown.  It was dead at the Warehouse of Misfit Toys so the Lead Toy let me leave even earlier than I was scheduled to go.  That would have been nicer if it wasn't leaving to go to a friend's memorial.  Andy's death was very sudden and unexpected, in spite of a myriad of health problems.  In fact, Friday was supposed to be a party celebrating his birthday and homecoming from the hospital.

I didn't have the heart to change the name of the event from Andy's Homecoming party on my calendar and I didn't realize how appropriate that was.  It was the most religious memorial I've been to in a long time.  Everyone kept talking about how Andy and Jesus are running through the mountains or playing soccer together in heaven right now.  It made me think of of of the Stage Manager at the Pearly Gates jokes (and there are a couple of them):

The Stage Manager is meeting St.Peter at the Pearly Gates and getting the scoop on what to expect in heaven.  "And we've got an amazing show in the theater tonight," says St.  Peter.  (you can create your own lineup, when I tell the joke I usually include Jackie Gleason and Johnny Cash.)  The Stage Manager is duly impressed.  "But you want to know the best part?"  continues St. Peter.  "You're calling the show."

Saturday I worked a very boring Aurora shift while LonelyDumptruck went biking with Stephanie.  After that we met Paul Bryner to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  That was one of the best shows I have seen in a while!  Stephanie didn't make it to see the show, but met us after and we all went to dinner.

We tried to get pho, but the place was closed so we ended up at a Mexican place so family-run that the waiter had to put down his margarita to seat us.  When LonelyDumptruck and I asked what kind of beer they had the answer was "Mexican beer...and American beer "

After dinner we bid Paul Bryner a good evening and LonelyDumptruck, Stephanie and I went to a friend's Welcome Back to Alaska party.  We saw a lot of good folks we hadn't got to hang out with for a while, including someone who is going to the UK for two months and is willing to do some recon on the best way to get to Scarborough.

Sunday was my day to sleep in, the first one in a while.  We met Frank, Kamala, Jdawgspi and The Boy Who Kisses Jdawgspi for brunch at Kriner's Diner and to pick up our pay for the Brr-lesque.

LonelyDumptruck had rehearsal for Emma and Adolph in the afternoon, so I took myself to see The 39 Steps.  I liked it, it is a cute show, but am I catty for thinking it is the kind of script that would really kill if the timing was spot-on?

Rodney invited us to a friend's daughter's birthday party, but neither of us felt like rallying, so we just made dinner and watched Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.  I don't think I have seen 2 since it was in theatres and then it left me kind of cold.  It worked a lot better as a double feature to me.

















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Friday was just a glorious day here in Anchortown.  It was dead at the Warehouse of Misfit Toys so the Lead Toy let me leave even earlier than I was scheduled to go.  That would have been nicer if it wasn't leaving to go to a friend's memorial.  Andy's death was very sudden and unexpected, in spite of a myriad of health problems.  In fact, Friday was supposed to be a party celebrating his birthday and homecoming from the hospital.

I didn't have the heart to change the name of the event from Andy's Homecoming party on my calendar and I didn't realize how appropriate that was.  It was the most religious memorial I've been to in a long time.  Everyone kept talking about how Andy and Jesus are running through the mountains or playing soccer together in heaven right now.  It made me think of of of the Stage Manager at the Pearly Gates jokes (and there are a couple of them):

The Stage Manager is meeting St.Peter at the Pearly Gates and getting the scoop on what to expect in heaven.  "And we've got an amazing show in the theater tonight," says St.  Peter.  (you can create your own lineup, when I tell the joke I usually include Jackie Gleason and Johnny Cash.)  The Stage Manager is duly impressed.  "But you want to know the best part?"  continues St. Peter.  "You're calling the show."

Saturday I worked a very boring Aurora shift while LonelyDumptruck went biking with Stephanie.  After that we met Paul Bryner to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  That was one of the best shows I have seen in a while!  Stephanie didn't make it to see the show, but met us after and we all went to dinner.

We tried to get pho, but the place was closed so we ended up at a Mexican place so family-run that the waiter had to put down his margarita to seat us.  When LonelyDumptruck and I asked what kind of beer they had the answer was "Mexican beer...and American beer "

After dinner we bid Paul Bryner a good evening and LonelyDumptruck, Stephanie and I went to a friend's Welcome Back to Alaska party.  We saw a lot of good folks we hadn't got to hang out with for a while, including someone who is going to the UK for two months and is willing to do some recon on the best way to get to Scarborough.

Sunday was my day to sleep in, the first one in a while.  We met Frank, Kamala, Jdawgspi and The Boy Who Kisses Jdawgspi for brunch at Kriner's Diner and to pick up our pay for the Brr-lesque.

LonelyDumptruck had rehearsal for Emma and Adolph in the afternoon, so I took myself to see The 39 Steps.  I liked it, it is a cute show, but am I catty for thinking it is the kind of script that would really kill if the timing was spot-on?

Rodney invited us to a friend's daughter's birthday party, but neither of us felt like rallying, so we just made dinner and watched Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.  I don't think I have seen 2 since it was in theatres and then it left me kind of cold.  It worked a lot better as a double feature to me.

















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