July 31, 2005

Too Sunny Days

Most people think of my region of the country as rainy and cloudy and misraeble. I have to admit that this is a myth the locals propogate by telling their friends whenever it is rainy and never mentioning when it is sunny. However, there was a time this spring during February to March where everyone was worried about a drought because it was too sunny, then it got rainy and stayed rainy until June, and now it has been sunny for about three weeks with only a half day of rain. I can't deal with this... I mean not only do I not have airconditioning (granted the hottest it gets is 80 and there is always a breeze at night), but I like rain!! You get used to it after a year here and just expect every day or so to have some morning rain. I like morning rain... it's nice!

So I am complaining about the sun and the non-humid 70-80 temps. Hope you are all enjoying the Minnesota Summer!! Hehe...

Posted by 10lees at 11:09 AM

July 22, 2005

Fun Quiz

I think this makes clear most of my political beliefs, right??

Your Political Profile

Overall: 70% Conservative, 30% Liberal
Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
How Liberal / Conservative Are You?

The only problem is that I think there are only 4 questions on each and therefore every question counts for 25% of your score on that matter. I didn't think that all of the questions were fair. Obviously we should execute repeat child molesters, but they didn't ask me that question. And I don't believe that either of the Social Security solutions they offered would solve jack squat!

I assume by now that everybody has heard about the Supreme Court Nominee, John Roberts, and will be joining the Supremes in a remake of Baby Love. The Senate, of course, will have the final decision on whether Roberts has the adequate qualifications to join the Supremes and, while they aren't replacing the leaving Supreme with a woman, he will probably complete the bass line nicely. Please look for this to be played (after confirmation) on your radio dial!! I am sure it will be a hit.

Seriously though, it should be interesting to see how the Supreme Court Nomination Confirmations play out. I am hoping it won't be too much of a fiasco and while I would've preferred to see another woman nominated I believe, from the very little I have read and heard, that Roberts at least has the qualifications to sit on the bench. Most likely many wish that Bush had nominated a more moderate candidate, though Roberts is a moderate conservative, but that's the reason the President gets to nominate. Clinton put a NAACP member on the bench and Justice Ginsberg had strong qualifications, and she also refused to answer 36 questions posed to her by the Senate confirmation committee. I have to admit I am surprised that Sandra Day O'Connor resigned, as she is a moderate, but I suppose she wasn't originally nominated as a moderate - she was supposed to be very conservative and has ended up being the most level headed.

I'll stop blabbing now about current events, but out of curiousity I wonder how many people know (without looking it up) how many Justices are on the Supreme Court and how many names they know? I'll admit that when this started I knew the number of Justices and I knew about 3-4 names.

Posted by 10lees at 08:00 AM

July 17, 2005

Weekend in Review

I did a lot this weekend, including buying Harry Potter at midnight, going to the Pike's Place Market, and attending a bridal shower. So here is my weekend in review, and some reviews of my weekend.

First Harry Potter: I have finished reading it and I managed to complete the whole book in 450 minutes (7.5 hours), that's right, all 672 pages. I would figure out how fast that is, but that seems a little smarty-pants-esque... even for me. I won't put in any spoilers here; perhaps I will write more when I know everybody has read it. However, overall I didn't feel this book was the best in the series. I will re-read it and gain more insight into how I feel; in other words I am not yet ready to say it is the worst in the series. I do feel that JK Rowling was mainly trying to get us from Book 5 to Book 7 and impart a lot of information that we will need for the next book.

I went out on a date to Pike's Place Market. It was much fun, and it has been a beautiful weekend here in the city. My long haired cat, Quizz, probably doesn't agree... but everybody else does. We also watched Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica which were all very good. Also, as a plug for the upcoming movie Serenity, Firefly begins this coming Friday July 22 at 7pm on the SciFi channel!! Watch and support the arts!

The bridal shower was fun, if a bit long and uncomfortable because I didn't know anybody but the bride to be. I was very honored to be invited, but it is definitely hard to decide to go and then hang out mostly by yourself (I did talk to other people there). I am going to the wedding in a month too, and taking my new boyfriend so that should be tons of fun! (Not really, I have never found weddings particularly thrilling.)

Which brings me to my thought of the day: I do want to be married someday and I do want a wedding dress, but I am not so sure I want the big wedding day. It gets a little crazy and everybody has to throw you parties and you are forced to think about the fact that you are committing your faithfulness to this one person for the rest of your life. It is nerve-wracking, I would think, because you never know what will happen in the future and I have never been completely sure about anything in my life. There were points where I have been resigned to what I might do with the rest of my life (I didn't end up doing it), but never a point where I was sure. Even when I moved, I always knew I could move back. I cannot fathom a day when I am sure I am doing the right thing. Half the time I don't even know what the 'right thing' is. I would rather just be married, and not have the entire hubbub. Perhaps I am odd though....

I hope everybody else had a fun Harry Potter filled weekend!

Posted by 10lees at 07:35 PM

July 14, 2005

Fantastic 4 & Movie Rundown

Another movie I have seen, it is okay, I would give it a B- rating. Not bad, but not as intriguing as Batman Begins or Spiderman. I believe the story could've been fleshed out a lot more and it felt a little bit like half a movie.

On my movie list for the rest of the year is:
Bewitched: I don't know why I want to see it, but I do.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: but this might be more of a renter for me.
The 40 Year Old Virgin: now this movie I didn't think would be funny, but I saw an ad last night and it looks HILARIOUS! Might be another Zoolander!!
The Brothers Grimm: though it does make me nervous that it has been pushed back so much.

Movies that look absolutely horrid this summer are too numerous to mention, but here are a few:
Duece Bigalow: European Gigelo... seriously, there's nothing I can say to that...
The Transporter 2: wasn't one enough? Although if he is without his shirt again it might be worth a rent.
The Island: I think I saw this movie, wasn't it called Minority Report?
Stealth: I'm just not interested, plus for some reason I really incredibly dislike that blond chick. I think it was because she played a character named Tenley in Summer Catch, but it could be because she's annoying... maybe...

Feel free to expound on my movie rundown and provide your own thoughts...

Posted by 10lees at 03:00 PM

July 11, 2005

An Update in the Life

I was sick the last part of last week, so I apologize for the lack of posts and the long wait between them. I even got to work early to have time to write this before I started! I'm awesome I know....

I saw War of the Worlds two weeks ago, actually the first day it came out, and it was good. However if you've seen the 1953 version you pretty much know the story. The only thing they updated was the special effects, post 9/11 mentality (as opposed to Cold War or World War), and some gross things like the Aliens sucking blood out of people and spraying the countryside with it. Just so you know, I found that part the most disturbing. I mean it's not enough they are trying to kill us now we have to be scared of blood sucking aliens?? Doesn't that sound like a horrible 1940s movie. 'The Blood Sucking Aliens From Outer Space!!' ...

I rewatched Batman Begins with my step dad yesterday, still a great movie. I also want to see the Fantastic 4, but haven't made any plans yet.

I have an official boyfriend, and in true official girlfriend like ways I am forcing him to attend the only wedding I am invited to this year. Actually I didn't force him, he was nice enough to volunteer after he had already turned me down (he had his kids that weekend) and is going to make arrangements for the kids. After all the wedding is on Sunday, not on a Friday night or anything...

Speaking of the wedding, I have to say I was surprised to get an invite and very honored. I didn't expect one as I do know how expensive weddings are, and it is from someone I worked at the Evil Coffee Corporation with - she is soooo sweet to invite me. And she graduate from St Cate's!! It was very odd... we both missed Caribou but apparently the Tully's chain here is like Caribou. I am just too lazy to actually go and buy anything from them because I am too familiar with *bks. :-)

Only one week to HARRY POTTER! AAAAAHHHH, I'm on pins and needles. I should re-read the entire series. Will anybody make a bet with me that I can't re-read the entire series (up to book 5) by Friday?? That would give me more motivation.

Posted by 10lees at 10:55 AM

July 04, 2005

Things I Am Never Going To Do

Eventually there comes a time in your life when you realize there are places you are never going to go, things you are never going to do, and positions in society you will never achieve. It becomes apparent that you have neither the drive or the ambition to push yourself that far and you can't see yourself changing anytime soon. To quote one great friend 'when they said I could do anything I thought they meant I could do everything'. Ahhh, disappointment in not fulfilling all of life's ambitions.

For your entertainment here is a list of things I will (probably) never do:

1. Climb Everest or Kilimanjaro... or Mt Rainier even.

2. Travel to Asia, mostly because I don't like large bugs. That might be 'bugist' against those countries, but I can't deal with those things. Gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it!!

3. Buy a brand new Ferrari, although I could still do this if I win the lottery or marry a really rich man... however, probably not likely as it would require me buying a lottery ticket... or meet a rich man, which I don't know how to do...

4. Appear on the Broadway Stage. I used to dream about being a singer, and then an ex-boyfriend put his hand over my mouth when I was singing and I pretty much gave up the dream. Sniff...

5. Play any major league sport, though this might be because I am a woman.

6. Race in a NASCAR race, most likely I would be waaay too cautious to come in anything other than dead last. And they probably wouldn't want me on the track anyway as I have a tendency to always be driving the opposite way of traffic in those racing games. I don't understand why it always happens!

7. Join the Armed Forces, I'm too much of a wimp.

8. Read every book ever written or watch every movie ever filmed. Maybe if I started today and devoted my life to it, I would have to be homeless and jobless though. It could be fun, though cold in the winter time.

What will you never do?

Posted by 10lees at 12:45 PM