Still Here
Mar 24th, 2009 by Babs

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I’ve been battling a nasty cold for the past week. No strength to exercise yet, at the same time, I’ve been craving every comfort food I can get my hands on. My current fetish is chocloate milk. Thankfully I have skim milk and sugar-free chocolate syrup.

I missed last week’s colorguard practice because of the cold but managed to make it to the Abington parade last Sunday. Since Abington is next door to Rockland and they’ve combined most of their forces, naturally Rockland’s Defenders (the other corps. I was looking at) were there. My uncle mentioned he had checked out some of their practices but I didn’t see him in the hornline. Us former Light Brigaders did glean substantial gossip fodder from the drumline, however, but I’m not going to discuss that here. :P The truly amusing part came at the end of the parade. While we were loading up the equipment onto the bus a guy came over and started talking with members of our drumline. The guy was Mark. You know, the the guy I was supposedly flirtling heavily, and secretly wanted to have an affair, with? He was standing right in front of Glenn, who did not recognize him. And no, I’m not going to tell him even though it would give me immense pleasure to rub it into Mr. I See Everything’s face.

In other news, I seriously need to get a referral for a hearing specialist. I don’t know how or why but it seems the delta wave music that I listen to when I have my boughts of insomnia is triggering a buzzing in my left ear. I know it’s the music because whenever I stop listening to it for awhile (even if I’m blasting other types of music through my ear buds) the buzzing disappates. Plus, I recently acquired some delta wave tracks from another company. Unlike Dr. Jeffrey Thomspon’s stuff where the tones used to produce the brainwave activity are “inaudible”, this other company only masks the tones with nature sounds. You can still hear them. And one of the tones they use is identical to the one I hear when my ear buzzes. It’s mystery as to how this happened. I always keep the volume of my sleep music to one notch above “mute” so it’s not like it’s damage due to it being too loud. *shrugs*

Finally. In keeping with the tagline of my blog, I encourage everyone to go out and rent “The Girl Next Door” (the unrated version). Yes, I know it’s essentially “Risky Business” but there are enough differences to keep those who have seen that movie on their toes. And, IMHO, Emile Hirsch beats Tom Cruise hands down in talent, cuteness, and a few other things I won’t mention here (but I’m sure fangirls can easily think of). Oh, and Rebecca De Mornay’s got nothing on Elisha Cuthbert.

The Week in a Review: Part Deux
Mar 8th, 2009 by Babs

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Okay. The Wedding.

A friend of mine got married yesterday. I met her through her mother, who used to live in the complex. The wedding was in Tewksbury, and I must add that Google maps was full of fail in getting us there. There is no way you can take a “slight left” onto Old Main Street and if we had, we certainly would’ve gotten lost. As it was, we drove past the country club because Google said it was on the left, when it was on the right.

Anyway, the wedding was lovely. It kind of reminded me of my aunt’s wedding, only instead of a reel to reel, the music came courtesy of an Ipod. The opening to the Wedding March threw me a bit — it sounded too much like the beginning of the Theme to Rocky. :) I couldn’t understand why so many people were dressed in black, either. It wasn’t an incredibly formal wedding.

Afterward, while the wedding party was having their photos taken the guests headed upstairs for cocktails. I couldn’t help but notice that a few headed toward the table with the snacks but the majority took a sharp right toward the open bar. I sucked down a couple of Shirley Temples. Maybe it’s just me, but I have too much respect for my friend to get drunk at her wedding.

When the photo shoot was over I made my way back down to our tables for the reception. I was seated with the Maid of Honor, her boyfriend, a woman I knew from one of the liquor beer and wine shops here in Arlington, and a Paris Hilton Wannabee and her friend. The latter two were both nice girls, just not the type you want in public, drunk. And Paris and her friend were already half in the bag when we sat down. When she wasn’t busy introducing herself to every guy that walked by, or grabbing yet another drink from the bar, her and her girlfriend were fixing each other’s faces… at the table. However the two of them were trumped by the Maid of Honor’s boyfriend, who hit on me.

Now, this is not to say I didn’t have a good time, because I did. The overall  company was terrific, and I had a lot of fun dancing with friends. I just wish I had been able to stay for the band.

On a totally unrelated note, I want to slap the Capitol and Somerville Theatres with some major slops. Hello! Milk won “Best Picture”! So why does the so-disgusting-that-nobodywants-to-go-there theatre in the Lexington have it and not them? You’d think with the company trying to bail the Capitol out of a financial situation you’d boot the Bollywood flick in favor of something your patrons would actually want to see. Yet neither Theatre has it. Well, fuck ‘em. I’ll just pick up the DVD on Tuesday.

Jan 22nd, 2009 by Babs

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Dear Netflix,

In the future, it would be so nice if you could send out emails responding to requests to reset one’s password in a timely matter. No, three hours after the fact (or, as did happen last month, never) is NOT considered timely. If you cannot do this, at least consider these options:

1. Make your Customer Service page available to those who cannot log into their accounts. It is extremely frustrating when I have to contact you because I can’t login to my account but am required to login in order to contact you.

2. Make the link that reads “I no longer have access to this email address” a smidgen larger. Maybe four or five times the itty bitty font you’re currently using. That way the next time you drop the fucking ball I can still fix things before I go completely gray.


No love, Babs

I’ve Been a Bad, Bad, Girl.
Jan 16th, 2009 by Babs

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For starters, I forgot to post this week’s weigh in. Given that I gained 2 pounds this may not be a bad thing. *sheepish grin* I did get a couple hours of cardio in this week, though, so all is not lost.

I managed to go from 7am yesterday to 5pm today without a cigarette, thanks to aromatherapy and nicotine gum. I caved after that. The stress of dealing with Glenn and the boys has been too much. On the semi-positive side the few cigs I did smoke today tasted NASTY, so I will be making another attempt to quit ASAP. I’m amazed I managed to last as long as I did. Last night I was so tense! For the last couple of nights Glenn has been so drunk that he snores. LOUDLY. So fucking loud that I can have my Sansa up high enough to hurt my ears and I can still hear him! And any attempt to roll him over results in failure. He is so lucky I didn’t take advantage of his pillow laying beside him last night ’cause, trust me, I probably could’ve pulled off the “temporary insanity thing”.

In other news the preteen, who refuses to brush his teeth, lost two of them in the course of a week. Because the Town refuses to pay for dental insurance we have no way of telling if they were baby teeth coming out late. I’m thinking “no”. The loss of one of them isn’t too bad, however, as it was one of the same two teeth I had to have pulled to make way for my “fangs” which the preteen has inherited. One is growning in the spot where one tooth fell out (hell, it might have even pushed it out), the other is coming in above and behind the tooth it should be in front of. *headdesk*

Wednesday night was the first practice of Bay State Sound, the corps that has risen out of the ashes of the Light Brigade. Most folks were expecting some reunion time after two months vacation but Bill, the owner/manager/etc. insisted both the horn and drum lines commence to learn the new program. The colorguard went downstairs and discussed what we would do if BSS doesn’t show some true signs of life within the next few months. It was decided that if the corps. failed we’d go, as a group, to the Holy Defenders. Well, a group minus one. The Holy Defenders are in Rockland, home of the secret lover Glenn insists I have, so I can’t go. This means if Bay State Sound doesn’t take off I have to choose between either being a traitor by joining the Boston Crusaders, or not being in a colorguard at all. :(

Inbetween all of this I’ve been busy crocheting, Simming and watching DVDs. I’ve managed to create a handful of scarves that I hope to unload on Etsy. I’m so loving the good and bad witches in “Apartment Life” but fear that I will not “complete” the game within my lifetime, even with all the dumbasses setting fire to themselves. I can’t get enough of the director/cast commentary for “The Lords of Dogtown” so I checked out Best Buy to see if they had a copy, cheap. They had a copy labeled $9.99, which wasn’t bad. Even better was when it rang up for $5.99!

*pulls a snickerdoodle from my secret stash* Shh! These things are delicious! I refuse to share them with the boys.

Movie Meme
Dec 19th, 2008 by Babs

Filched from moondancer

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times: To date, it’s a tie between Purple Rain and Speed Racer

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in a theatre: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie:*points to icon*

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie: “The Rock”

5. Name a movie that you can quote from: Spaceballs

6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs: Rocky Horror

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with: The Pirates of Penzance

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see: Into the Wild

9. Name a movie that you own: Robin Hood: Men in Tights

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops: The only person that comes to mind is Robin Williams

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in?: Quite a few.

12. Ever made out in a movie?: Once, in a drive in. Seriously over rated.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t gotten around to it: Joe’s Apartment. And Milk (the only two places it’s playing locally are not really ones I care to go to. :P)

14. Ever walked out of a movie?: Not that I recall.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theatre: I’ve cried over a number of movies I’ve watched at home, but I can’t recall any viewed in a theatre that have had that affect on me.

16. Popcorn?: Only if it’s from The Capitol. Fresh, with REAL butter.

17. How often do you go to the movies?: Not much anymore. If something looks really interesting, and it’s playing at the Capitol, I might go see it. Especially if I have passes or my friend is working.

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?: Speed Racer

19. What is your favorite/preferred genre of movies? Comedy

20. What was the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?: The first movie I recall seeing was a Disney movie starring Kurt Russell, and I saw it at a drive in. As for the actual theatre, I’d say Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

21. What movie(s) has/have changed your life?: As an adult, none.

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