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So I picked up the August issue of Starlog magazine over at Bob & Nancy's house tonight, and saw way too many mind-boggling things in skimming the first few pages:

-there's a live-action movie of Fraggle Rock in the works...

-in addition to Eliza Dushku, Joss Whedon's new show Dollhouse is also going to have Amy Acker in it! I'm having geek-gasms already....and I still have to wait 'til January for this thing to air. On the downside, apparently only 7 episodes have been ordered to start with.

-Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has Shirley Manson joining the cast this September!!!! o.O I think this one broke me. I have never seen a Terminator movie as I assume them to be too violent for li'l ol' me, so I know absolutely nothing about these Sarah Connor Chronicles and previously had no interest in them whatsoever. I may be watching in the fall regardless, though. The first two sentences of this writeup pretty much sum up my feelings on the subject.
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So Monday I had my appointment with the new dentist, referred to me by my in-laws. It turned out to be an all-day proposition, as I had to drive all the way out to their new house in Spring to leave Corwin with them while I went to the appointment, then drive back into the 45/1960 area for the appointment, I was at the office for a good 2 hours for various reasons, and then I had to drive back to Spring to pick Corwin up and then home. I got home around 5:35, which happened to be almost exactly the same time as [livejournal.com profile] sirbobsalot arrived (earlier than expected) for carpooling to the movie later.

The dentist and his hygienist both spent a lot of time actually talking to me and getting a sense of my dental history (first dentist I've been to in Houston who talked to me about the TMJ I had in high school and my orthodontics) and the things I don't like about going to the dentist vs. what doesn't bother me. He also talked about referring me to an orthodotist who works on adults if I want to have something done about my lower front teeth, but he did say that shaving my teeth to make them narrower was a legitimate thing to do...but he explained that it would likely involve shaving just a little bit off of about 6 teeth, rather than just shaving down the one that's crowded out. It sounded a lot more logical the way he talked about it, though I'm still wary of doing it. However, his take was that my orthodontic work from when I was a kid did an excellent job and my bite is all lined up just as it should be. Trying to use braces to fix my teeth now would likely mess that up. He also said there's not a thing wrong with my wisdom teeth; they fit and don't have any decay....if there was something seriously wrong with them he'd advocate removing them, but even if they needed a filling he said he'd probably do it rather than remove the teeth. So that was all good....it was so nice to have folks actually TALK to me.

And the verdict on that cavity the other dentist wanted me to have filled? Yes, there's a cavity there, but it's not bad enough to need work at this time. He just wants to watch it for now. So I don't have to have a followup appointment for drilling! Yay!

I also really liked the office. It was the most unclinical dentist office I've ever seen. The patient cubicles (that's my one complaint -- the rooms were really just cubicles, so I could hear his discussions with the other patients clearly. Some people might take issue with this from a privacy standpoint, but I can't really imagine what would come up with my teeth that I'd be embarrassed to have other people in a dentist's office hear about. Especially if they couldn't see me to identify me anyway. *shrug*) are all facing a wall of windows, and it's nicely landscaped outside so you're looking out at what looks like someone's garden path. Rather relaxing, actually. :)

Of course, I haven't yet had any actual dental work done, so I'll reserve final judgment until whenever I go back to have my teeth cleaned.

Once we got home from the dentist, [livejournal.com profile] sirbobsalot, [livejournal.com profile] kaerukami and [livejournal.com profile] ehcnalava came over. Robert, Tim, Andrew and I went to see Dark Knight, while Jamie stayed at our house with Corwin. Dark Knight was good, though I don't think I'm as enamored of it as a lot of folks are. I think that may be due to the fact that I don't see very many movies, or am not a big enough comic book geek, or something, though. I enjoyed the movie....just am not feeling inclined to gush over it. :)

Yesterday, Tuesday, Corwin and I took the day off and stayed home and didn't do anything very newsworthy. Laundry and the like. :)
cifarelli: (Ember)
Well, I've actually had a weekend worth speaking of, for once. It has been a busy one.

Friday evening, we re-dyed my hair, so I'm now a dark redhead again. It'll fade back to the color you're used to seeing on me soon enough, but I get to enjoy being dark and redheaded for a day or two first! :)

Saturday, I went to work in the afternoon as per usual. Nothing really worth mentioning happened; it's mid-Summer II session right now, so the library was a bit busier than it was last weekend (when it was dead). After work, [livejournal.com profile] ehcnalava and [livejournal.com profile] kaerukami came over to babysit for us while Andrew and I went out to a club, for dancing and that sort of thing. How amazing is that? We got to go OUT. And be ADULTS! Yay! They had an easy babysitting job, too, as we put Corwin to bed before we left (but after they arrived, so he'd not be totally shocked if he did wake up and found himself attended to by someone other than Mom or Dad), and he apparently didn't make a single peep the entire time we were out.

Today we went grocery shopping this morning, and then hosted the usual (though it hasn't happened for the last three weeks due to us being in Alabama for two of them and being lazy and taking the day off last weekend) group for boardgaming and conversation. We tried out Sucking Vacuum (whose title never fails to inspire the image of a vacuum cleaner in my head in spite of the fact I know it's a game set on a space station) for the first time. It played pretty well, though we had some trouble figuring out how exactly the rules for controlling Annabel worked. Then [livejournal.com profile] ehcnalava and I played Qwirkle while the rest of the group played Last Night on Earth. I enjoyed Qwirkle, though it took me just long enough to figure out the strategy that I made a pretty big strategic error near the beginning that I never recovered from....and [livejournal.com profile] ehcnalava thus defeated me roundly. After we finished our game (which was much shorter than Last Night on Earth), we played with Corwin for a while and chatted.

After we got Corwin to bed this evening, I spent the 40 minutes to watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, which for those not already aware (I wasn't until mid-day yesterday) is a three-part supervillain musical helmed by Joss Whedon (and starring Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris -- yes, Doogie Howser -- and Felicia Day). It's only available until midnight tonight (and no mention of in which time zone), though, so if you haven't seen it yet, you better get on it!

And the craziness isn't over yet. Tomorrow (that would be Monday), I finally have my dentist appointment with [livejournal.com profile] scarlett_sage's dentist, who I am paying out of pocket to see. This will be my initial consultation, and if he concurs that I do have a cavity (or heaven forbid, more than one!) I'll have to have a follow-up appointment to get it fixed at a later date. Corwin is going to stay with [livejournal.com profile] scarlett_sage while I go to my appointment; we're going to head up there in the morning and have lunch with her first. Then tomorrow evening (as a reward for my dental fortitude?!), Andrew and I are actually going to go to the movies!! We're seeing The Dark Knight with [livejournal.com profile] sirbobsalot and [livejournal.com profile] kaerukami. [livejournal.com profile] ehcnalava, who doesn't have any interest in the movie, has graciously agreed to babysit for us again. Hopefully Corwin will do okay with being away from Mom & Dad twice in one day. I'd forgotten about my dentist appointment when I made plans to see the movie, but he knows his grandma pretty well, and it'll be the third time in 3 days that he's seeing Jamie, so I think he ought to be all right.

And I think that about covers it. I actually felt like I have a life this weekend!
cifarelli: (Ember)
So we went back to the mall and shopped for me and I got three pairs of jeans, a clearance-priced purple sweater for next winter, a dress to wear to [livejournal.com profile] asharperfocus' wedding, and a bra to go with said dress. I tried to buy a bathing suit, but the department store options just weren't going to work for me. I want a one-piece, and I am going to have to have a long-torso'ed one-piece....so Becca is gonna come back in June and we'll go look at some swimsuit specialty shops and see if there is something there. From the selection available in the places we looked (Target, JCPenney, and Macy's), it's obvious that EVERYONE should be wearing bikinis or tankinis. I could wear a tankini.....I just don't particularly want to. :P

Random observations made while shopping:

We were amused by the pair of moms pushing strollers, obviously together, but both of them talking on their cell phones as they walked along. Becca and I decided we must be sadly out of fashion if we were actually bothering to talk to EACH OTHER when out in public together!

We encountered another Mom in New York & Company who really upset us. She had her son (who looked to be at least Corwin's age if not a bit older) in a stroller, and he was crying and crying and crying. And she was just going about her business, not doing a damn thing to try and comfort him or get him to stop crying. Nor was she taking him out of the store for throwing a fit. After she finally left the store, it turned out that Becca and I both wanted to go over there and try to comfort him ourselves....but we're both smart enough to know that a total stranger trying to talk to him or pick him up wasn't likely to help matters any. I suspect that poor kid had just been in his stroller for too long and needed to get out and run around for a while.

Macy's was playing Garbage's "Androgeny" at one point while we were shopping. I was amazed to hear something post-Version 2.0 being played, since beautifulgarbage and Bleed Like Me got little to no exposure in Houston. Someone who works for Macy's has good taste! :)

Movies
Thursday night and Friday night we opted to take advantage of Comcast's On Demand movies, since we had such a terrible time trying to watch anything on DVD the last time Becca was here. Thursday night we watched one of the free options, Short Circuit. Johnny 5 is alive! :) I hadn't seen that one in years, and was prompted to re-watch it since I have heard rumours that someone is intending to remake a modern version of it. It was a cute movie, definitely enjoyable...but most of the acting was terrible. I didn't remember it being quite that bad. I think Ally Sheedy's character was the worst....and I didn't have any impression going in of her being a bad actress. Oh well. The strains of El DeBarge's "Who's Johnny?" had me singing along....and my sister once again in shock and awe of my '80s music knowledge (she was born in 1983). This of course prompted me to spend the rest of the evening trying to dredge up the name of the hit song that was performed by DeBarge (rather than El by himself). It finally came to me as I was going to bed:

The Rhythm of the Night )

And for good measure, 'Who's Johnny?' )

Surprisingly, once I started watching them, I realized that I remember both of these videos from back when they originally aired. How sad is that? ;)

On Friday night we opted for a paid-movie, and paid $4.99 to watch Becoming Jane. Considering that the last movie I saw in a theater was Atonement, I have concluded that James McAvoy really needs to do a movie with a happy ending for his character. Anyone know any to recommend?

Weekend

May. 5th, 2007 03:52 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
This has been a really good weekend so far.

Corwin didn't do so well after his shots on Wednesday. When I last posted, he'd just gone down for a nap. Well, the nap only lasted 30 minutes or so, and when he woke up he was crying, and did so off and on (but mostly on) for the next 2 hours, even after being given some Tylenol. He was pretty unhappy for the rest of the day Wednesday, and still a bit under the weather on Thursday. He was fussier than usual, though not crying nearly as much as Wednesday. I was glad that [livejournal.com profile] beckyboo83 was here to help out a bit and give me moral support in dealing with him.

Thursday, we went to Babies R Us to get diapers (they are pretty cheap to buy in bulk there) and bigger socks. Then we headed over to The Galleria so Becca could look for shoes at the Naturalizer store, since they no longer have one in Austin. I also finally got to return some jeans I ordered online from the Gap that turned out not to be what I expected when they arrived. We were gonna take him by Andrew's office to show him off, since it's attached to the Galleria, but by the time we got through returning my pants he was pretty fussy and we decided we'd do better just to go home. It wasn't 'til after we were in the car on the way home that it occurred to me that I should have just gone and looked for the women's bathroom in one of the upscale department stores, since they usually have a pretty nice sitting area attached. I could have tried feeding him there and seeing if that would calm him down enough to go visit his daddy. Ah well. Will have to keep that in mind for future shopping trips.

Friday Andrew had a half-day since it was the first week of their new 9/80 schedule. After he got home from work, I headed off to get my hair cut. Then Becca watched Corwin for us while Andrew dyed my hair. So I feel like my hair is looking decent again, finally. Yay! :)

Friday evening, Becca and I headed to the video store and rented Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. I was actually kinda disappointed by it, as certain parts of the dialog were difficult to follow, and I feel like I missed part of the plot (what exactly was the deal with the letters that Elizabeth Swann got signed at the beginning as she was making her escape?) as a result. That may be partly due to the fact that I was also juggling the baby while watching the movie, but I think Becca ended up a little confused also and she wasn't holding a baby. The other bad thing is we had to stop and take the DVD back to the store and exchange it partway through, as the original one we had was so scratched up that it wouldn't progress further than a certain point, no matter what we tried. Bleh.

Today, Corwin's been back to his usual happy self (he was a bit fussier than usual yesterday still as well). Becca hung out with us a bit this morning and then headed back to Austin. Andrew, Corwin, and I made another family trip to the grocery store, so that's taken care of for the coming week. Corwin's napping in his swing now, and I'm going to work on financial stuff once I finish writing this post. We're planning to go for a walk this evening. The main problem I'm having with staying at home with Corwin is that I feel like I spend a ton of time just sitting in the chair with him, and I want more exercise/movement than I'm getting. I do walk around with him some, but he gets heavy. And he wiggles a lot. I think I may break down and take him to A Woman's Work this week and try on some of the slings they have to see how they work. If I find something that works, I'll probably buy one there (I'd feel guilty trying on stuff there and then not buying anything from them, but they do tend to be on the expensive side) and order anything additional online where I can get it cheaper.

I want to go see Spiderman 3 sometime in the next few weeks. Anyone willing to babysit for a couple of hours to allow us to do that?
cifarelli: (Ember)
This weekend was a busy one.

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

[livejournal.com profile] wingsrising is meeting me here at work sometime after 2:00 this afternoon when her conference ends, and she'll be staying with us tonight and tomorrow night. I've got tomorrow off of work to spend the day with her; I'm not sure yet what we're going to do, but there are several possibilities for entertainment.

Wednesday after work, Andrew and I are heading to Austin for Thanksgiving, and we'll be there probably through Saturday.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Friday night after work we went over to [livejournal.com profile] kashent's place for movie night with Dan & Erin, [livejournal.com profile] tdanner, and his wife Carrie. We got to introduce Neel to the zaniness that is Labyrinth as it turned out he'd never seen it before. That has now been remedied :) Erin was evil and taunted me horribly by bringing a bottle of Blackthorn hard cider (this being cider that comes in a wine-type bottle, rather than in a six-pack -- I'd never seen it before). I had a sip of Andrew's, determined that it was quite good, and then successfully resisted the urge to have a glass of my own. I don't drink much or very often generally, but I do like my alcohol once in a while. Giving it up completely for 9 months is somewhat frustrating, especially as there's no conclusive evidence that small amounts occasionally are unsafe. Heck, my doctor said I could have an occasional glass of something once in a while, but I've read "no amount of alcohol has been proven to be safe" so many times that it has me a bit spooked. Whee! Being pregnant really is a minefield -- trying to figure out which rules/restrictions need to be followed to the letter and which can be bent occasionally, or even what the rules and restrictions actually are! They all vary from book to book and from person to person you talk to. Even the doctors disagree with each other on some things.

Saturday Andrew got a haircut and then he was kind enough to accompany me on a shopping trip to look for shirts to wear for DragonCon. I'm not particularly proud of my tummy right now -- I'm not really showing yet, but my tummy is flabbier than it really needs to be, and I'm not thrilled with the idea of walking around with bits of it showing. And it's only going to get bigger from here. Thus, shopping for non-midriff-baring shirts was required, as most of the cute form-fitting tees I have are short enough that they leave an inch or two gap between the bottom of the shirt and the top of my pants/skirts/whatever. We struck out in the first couple of places we looked, but eventually success was had and I ended up with 4 new shirts. :)

I also took my belly button piercing out on Saturday. I have finally given up on it. It's been looking worse instead of better since I had the flexible stuff put in (the top hole got all irritated, too, and it had previously been fine), so now I am just letting it heal up. So far it doesn't hurt at all, though I am still treating the area gingerly because I keep forgetting that there's nothing there now for me to catch and yank on. I assume from the lack of pain that it's not abscessing and is healing up like it should. I'd like to have it re-pierced sometime down the road -- hopefully a re-do will behave better.

Sunday we went to the grocery store, and then [livejournal.com profile] min_phoenix came over and dyed my hair for me. So I no longer have two inches of roots and my hairs are all bright red again! :) Yay! :) I feel much more attractive now than I did before, even without getting a hair cut (which I had also intended to do this weekend, but it didn't end up happening). Hair dye is another one of those things that some people consider questionable for a pregnant woman, but everything I've read says it's probably safe, and if you are worried, just don't dye during the first trimester. I asked my doc last week if it was okay to dye my hair, and her response was along the lines of "Honey, there are pregnant women who work in hair salons for their entire pregnancies, and their babies are fine. You can handle a little hair dye."

[livejournal.com profile] kashent also stopped by briefly yesterday afternoon to futz with our computers a bit. I think all the data Andrew wanted has been copied from his old hard drive to the new one now. After dinner, I spent the evening futzing with the demo version of Heroes of Might & Magic V. It's a decent game, but the little bit I played doesn't seem all that different from IV (aside from having animated cut scenes, which aren't even all that spectacular). Of course, there was no game manual or tutorial for me to go through, so I might be missing some things. It'll likely get picked up at some point, but I'm not sure it's worth paying $50 for right now.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Sleep
I got home from work yesterday, and spent the evening engaged in the exciting activity of sleeping. I had some leftover pizza for dinner and then laid down for a nap around 6:00. I woke up from said nap shortly after 8:30, checked email/lj/myspace, took a shower, and went back to bed around 9:45. And got up around 6:30 this morning. And while I'm reasonably awake now, the idea of going back to bed for more sleep is not unappealing.

Weekend update
Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )
cifarelli: (Ember)
Went to the NIN concert last night, as my hubby succinctly stated earlier. I had entirely too much fun, and I think it was BECAUSE we had lawn seats, and I could get up and dance and MOVE! Trent ended his show again with "Head Like A Hole" which is my absolute favorite. So happy Paulina! :) I enjoyed hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] min_phoenix, her hubby Lee, [livejournal.com profile] ravenessasashes, and [livejournal.com profile] bindusara, too. It was almost like being out at a club and dancing, except not. We need to make more of an effort to get out to HaVoK again, or somewhere else so I can get my dancing fix more regularly.

I was also able to shift my work schedule today, so I got a little extra sleep and got here at 10:15 today. I'll be stuck here 'til 6:45 to make up for it, but I'm not a zombie, and am in fact in a surprisingly good, non-stressed mood. Which is good, since I'm back to dealing with all the same crap I left on Friday.

We stopped in at Andrew's parents' house on Sunday on our way to see NIN. His parents and sister are just back from Italy, so we got to hear about their trip and were treated to a yummy steak dinner to boot. It was good to spend some time with them, too, since we don't do so nearly often enough.

We saw X-Men 3 this weekend also -- we caught the Saturday afternoon matinee at the Tinseltown by our house. We both enjoyed it. I'm not up on my comics, though, so had to have Andrew explain some of the inconsistencies to me. I found all the background information fascinating, too -- am now tempted to go buy X-Men comic anthologies. Like I'd have time to read them. :P

Last night

Jan. 25th, 2006 09:52 am
cifarelli: (Ember)
I had a good night last night.

Mindy and Lee came over last night, and Mindy fixed dinner for the four of us. It turned out well (not that I expected it wouldn't) and I even ended up eating some corn and a few green beans. Yay for me! :) I don't know if I'll ever be good at or enjoy this veggie-eating thing, but at least I'm trying now. I'm also bringing fruit with my lunches again, which is good because it fills me up a little more and I'm finding that I have the "hunger shakes" far less often at the end of the workday. :)

Mindy did most of the cleanup in the kitchen after dinner last night, too, (don't worry, I did help!) so I wasn't even left with a big pile of dirty pots and pans to deal with, so that was very nice. Made for a very relaxed evening overall.

Even better was the fact that I couldn't log onto WoW after Mindy and Lee went home (even http://www.worldofwarcraft.com was down, so I couldn't even check on my server status), so I ended up using the time to do some of the filing that needed doing in the office upstairs. I got enough of it put away that I feel like I can actually sit down and do some of the financial work I need to do up there. Tasks include the following:

-reconcile most recent credit card statement so I can pay that bill
-rebalance money in retirement accounts
-finishing tallying up sales tax paid for 2005 so we can deduct it on our income taxes

I know that list likely sounds scary to a lot of folks, but family finances are something that I actually enjoy working on, as odd as that may be. I like working with numbers, and it's kinda fun to work everything out and then see where we stand when I'm done. :) Some part of me thinks maybe I should have taken after my dad and been an accountant, but these days it sounds like a lot of the things he's asked to do as an accountant don't really involve numbers any more -- at least not in the nitty gritty sense. Maybe what I'd really prefer is the role of bookkeeper, but that kind of position generally doesn't require a degree and gets paid squat.

In addition to filing, I made tea so that I'd have some to take to work today. And showered, and read a bit more in Memoirs of a Geisha. I was rather shocked to see that one of the key events in the movie isn't even in the book -- it seems the movie writers made it up whole hog. I really want to write a short review/comparison of the movie and book for either the library's web site or the library's newsletter, but I'm starting to fear I'd have to watch the movie again to do a good job of it. And I didn't really like the movie enough the first time to want to sit through it again. So we'll see.

And then I went to bed, relaxed and happy. :)
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm sitting here in my office on the 5th floor watching the bayou rise outside my window. I've been doing so all afternoon. It's up pretty high, but still has a few feet to go before it damages anything that I can see. There's a low-lying building on the other side of the bayou that looks like it might get water in it if this goes up another 3 feet or so, but my distance judgement could be a bit off since I'm looking at it from a little ways away and at an angle. I wish I had the digital camera here so I could take a picture. I'm not sure I've seen it this high in the last year since I moved to this office.

Andrew and I put up the rest of our Christmas decorations last night. The house is now mostly ready for my family's visit this weekend. I still have to make the bed and vacuum in the guest room, and [livejournal.com profile] min_phoenix is going to come over and help me finish cleaning the carpet on the stairs tomorrow night. She was going to let me borrow her sister's steam cleaner that has a hand tool, but when cornered her sister said the hand tool on her steam cleaner has never worked. So we're going to go at via the manual method. Whee! I'm so lucky to have friends who are willing to help me with stuff like this, though.

Andrew and I saw The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Saturday night, and since [livejournal.com profile] mahtab really wanted a review, I'll attempt to write one now. ;) In a nutshell, I found it enjoyable, and it is worth seeing in the theater. Andrew even liked it! :) I thought the beginning dragged a bit; I wasn't keeping track of the actual time, but it seemed forever before all four children had gone through the wardrobe and the adventure was started in earnest. In general, the movie felt long to me. I also haven't read the books since I was living at my parents' house (so likely sometime in high school), so I wasn't able to be overly nit-picky about any plot-changes that may have been made. The movie felt faithful to my memory of the book. Tilda Swinton was excellent as the White Witch. And my favorite characters were the beavers, in spite of them being CGI. :) I wasn't overly impressed with the CGI, but I'm a hard one to impress. CGI creatures just don't look natural to me (ever -- I had problems even with Gollum in the LotR movies), and it kinda pops me out of the immersion. The beavers didn't bother me so much because they were so anthropomorphic, but some of the flying animals, insects, and rapidly growing flowers really bothered me. But again -- that's likely just me and my perfectionist standards. ;)
In sum, go see it! :)

I'm not looking forward to driving home today. I suspect my commute is going to be a long, wet slog.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today was a good but long day.

I went to bed early last night (10:30, on a Friday night!) and so managed to actually get out of bed right around 8:30 like I was supposed to. On the way to meet Carly at her place this morning, I stopped by the bank to deposit some checks that arrived yesterday. I got to Carly's a little later than planned (10:15 instead of 10:00), and the two of us went wedding and bridesmaid dress shopping. We went to Special Occasion Dresses up at 249 and 1960, and didn't end up finding anything there. So then we trekked over to BridesMart where Carly found a dress she liked and we managed to pick out the bridesmaid dresses (well, actually, they're the two-piece separates, but you get the idea). Unfortunately, I suspect that it is the (or very close to the) most expensive dress I've ever bought (with the exception of my own wedding dress, but my parents paid for that). Fortunately, since I got to help pick it, it's a style and color (purple) that I wouldn't mind wearing again if an appropriate occasion arose. Problem is I've got a couple of dresses like that sitting around now -- I also still have the one from Mardi Gras a couple years ago. And not nearly enough formal occasions to wear these things to. Ah well. ;)

The dress shopping took longer than either one of us had anticipated, so I didn't get home 'til about 5:00. At that point, I veg'ed on the couch with Sprite for a while watching a really bad movie (The New Kid) that happened to be on TV (it had Eliza Dushku...thus, the watching) and then went and grabbed some fast food for dinner. Then, I baked a batch of Spritz cookies to take to [livejournal.com profile] mahtab's party tomorrow. Finished the cookies around 10:00, and have been veg'ing on the couch with Andrew since then. We're getting ready to go to bed now. Early for a weekend, I know, but I was up earlier than usual for a Saturday, and it's been a busy day for me. I'm actually kinda wiped. Ah well....if I go to bed now, I might wake up early enough tomorrow to get a bit of housecleaning done before we head to Jamie's.

I will see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire one of these days. I WILL!!!

Weekend

Jul. 18th, 2005 09:13 am
cifarelli: (Ember)
Had a good, but busy weekend.

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

I went to bed with a mild headache last night (which I knew on some level I shouldn't have done, but the headache was mild so I hoped it would go away on its own, and I didn't want to take Exedrin -- because it has caffeine in it -- right before bed), and woke up with the headache still there this morning, as per usual. I took some Excedrin with my morning pill barrage -- five pills ingested this morning. That seems like a lot to me. At least the headache is gone now. I don't know if it was because of the headache or what, but I dreamed that I was having a clarinet lesson with the teacher I had in high school. We were working on the piece of music that I played for my UIL solo my senior year, only I was the age I am now and hadn't looked at the piece between then and now. I was trying to sightread it and pull it off as though I'd been practicing, but I wasn't doing very well. There was someone else (a random person my mind made up) at the lesson with me, who was doing much better than I was. Whee for dream stress!

It looks like tonight I'll be trying to put a further dent in laundry, paying bills, and finishing up resizing those pictures that I scanned on Friday. I'm probably going to post them on one of my web spaces, rather than trying to email them, 'cause they'd make for a rather large email.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm sleepy this morning. Ready to curl up and nap...except for that darn work thing preventing me from doing so. ;) Making things worse is the fact that as soon as the alarm went off this morning, I got a horrible cramp in my left calf. It relaxed pretty much as soon as Andrew put his hand on it, but it took me several seconds to get coherent enough to tell him about it, and another couple seconds for me to inform him that it was not my FOOT with the cramp, but my leg. And now that muscle is sore...stairs in particular are rather more painful than usual ;)

On my way to work this morning, I heard one of the djs say something to the effect of, "The high today will be 43. Yup, that's all we're going to get folks. It's 46 outside right now." And it didn't sound like he even realized what he had just said.

Tonight we're supposed to get together with friends for watching of the extended edition of the first Lord of the Rings movie. I'm waffling on whether or not I want to go; I'm already sleepy, and watching an extended edition will mean I end up being up at least an hour past my bedtime, and that's probably the minimum. Plus there's the fact that the Lord of the Rings movies don't thrill me as much as they thrill most of my geeky friends to begin with. I think my feeling about them is pretty much the same as my dad's about Titanic -- you already know what's going to happen at the end, so what's the point? *shrugs* I'm debating possibly sending Andrew on his own, or just taking Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (yup, I'm still working on that one) with me so I can go sit in the living room and read if I get too bored with the movie. I guess we'll see what I feel up to after I get off work today.
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Arghh....well, I was headache-free today until early evening when it started hurting again, in the exact same spot behind my right eye where it was bothering me yesterday. It's making me feel vaguely nauseous at the moment, and I'm not sure if it's really cold in here or if I'm having chills. I hope it's just cold in here...do not need to be coming down with something. Andrew and I went to see The Two Towers today finally, and my head started hurting sometime in the middle of it. I took some Excedrin when we got home, but I can't tell that it's had any noticeable effect. Bad when my painkiller of choice (that usually knocks these things right out) has no effect. :( I think I'm gonna go to bed when I get through writing this....closing my eyes in a dark room feels good...

Andrew and I had another productive but not terribly exciting day today. We tried to get my car inspected, but couldn't find an inspection place that was open on Sunday. Looks like I'm going to have to take my car one day during the week after work, since it's pretty certain I won't be able to fit it in next Saturday, and the Saturday after that will be March. Next Saturday I work from 9-1:30, and then go to a baby shower for a co-worker as soon as I can get there after work (it's scheduled to start at 2:00, but it's a sure thing that I can't get from work to the shower that quickly). I was supposed to work all day Saturday (9 to 6), but I was able to find someone to switch with me for the afternoon...I'll be working on Sunday, March 9 from 1-6 now as the tradeoff. Andrew and I also went to Babies R Us and got gifts for the baby shower, did more laundry, and saw The Two Towers. He'd be a better one to give you a rundown of the movie, as I'm not nearly as into The Lord of the Rings as he is. The movie was better than I was expecting it to be (the war scenes turned out to be not quite as substantial as I had been led to believe, and they managed to be not gory for the most part, too), though I can't say I liked their use of Gimli as comic relief. He didn't come across that way in the books, nor in the first film. Not sure why they started using him that way now. :( Andrew also said this movie was a lot less faithful to the books than the first movie was, but it's been much longer since I read them, so I don't really remember.

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