SJP love.

I’ve known too many guys who say Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a horse and they don’t understand what women find fascinating about her. I can’t really explain it either. Despite all of her continually crap movies, I love her. I see a picture like this and I’m blown away.

I want to be her, or be her best friend!

Maybe she’s awesome purely because she’s an Ohioan. Whatever it is, I’ll always love her!

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Like a kid on Christmas day

Not that I ever did much regular life updating to begin with, but I feel like I totally stopped writing anything about my actual life unless it was to do with something stupid I did, like deciding to melt butter on a radiator then forgetting about it. Mess ensues.

Well, here’s a snippet of my merry life.

Christmas was great, and I got some truly joyous presents.

An unexpected hit with me, Bridesmaids was a movie I have been longing to watch again since I first saw it so many months ago and I finally got to when Santa delivered it! Kristen Wiig is wonderful and I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Funny scene with Melissa McCarthy, who is absolutely hilarious in this movie. Don’t know how, but at the time I didn’t realize this is the same woman who plays Suki from Gilmore Girls.

Star Trek, seasons 1 & 2 of the original series! I’m on my way to completing my goal of someday becoming a Trekkie (which apparently is serious enough to be entered into spell check, because I spelled Trekkie with a lowercase t and got a red squiggly line thrown in my face!).

I love Spock.

I also got some cookbooks, one of which was Spike Mendelsohn’s. I went to his restaurant in DC, Good Stuff Eatery, in 2008 and I loved it.

I love his recipes because they are all interesting, fun spins on traditional foods – hamburgers, fried foods, milkshakes. Very, very good.

I got a few video games, American history books, more DVDs and some other stuff. I hate to classify it as “some other stuff” because that makes it sound not as cool, but every single present I got was wonderful. I’ve never stopped being a kid on Christmas day. I’m as exciting about giving and receiving presents as I was when I was 5.

Also, I discovered this song quite a long time ago, then forgot about it, then rediscovered it and now I keep listening to it. Addicted. No, it’s not country.

Also, hear this.

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Bad Mom

I don’t know how old I’ll be before I stop blaming my parents for not forcing me to watch culturally relevant movies, but I think late twenties is still OK. I guess age doesn’t matter so much as when the movie came out. For example, can I still blame my mom when I’m 50 for not making me see a movie that came out when I was 30?

My parents failed me on not making me watch Bad Santa. Bad mom, and bad dad! I know I watch FAR more movies than my parents, but blaming yourself is no fun. And isn’t that what moms and pops are for?

Here are a couple of my favorite scenes. I think I have an obsessive problem. I’ve watched Bad Santa three times this week and I’ve seen The Hangover three times as well, because well, I can’t get enough of Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis.

Is it weird to think Billy Bob Thornton is hot? I don’t know anything about him other than the fact that he was Bad Santa and he had a little vial of blood with Angelina Jolie.

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In case you were wondering …

In the event that you happened to spend your Sunday morning soaking red onions in water to take the edge off and then decided to do a little research to see if it really works but you instead stumbled upon this …

… apparently it’s not true. I then did a little research and it doesn’t appear anyone actually soaks their tampons in vodka to get drunk on the sly. Plus it doesn’t really make sense if you think about it. Have you ever tried putting water on a tampon to test how large it gets? No? Well, it’s big.

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I know him!

How I came to like a Will Ferrell movie I’ll never know.

I’m kinda sick of “Keep Calm” posters, but I thought this was funny.

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I went to bed at 7:30 pm and then this happened

Except I woke up at 3 am feeling amazing, eventually fell back asleep and then wanted to die or kill something when my alarm went off at 5 am.

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The Tale of the Eaten Leg

This completely describes my way of thinking. Sometimes I’ll be ridiculously hot, but I will not stick my leg or arm off the side of the bed out of some deep fear that it’ll get eaten or grabbed by a dark under bed monster.

If I get up at night to go to the bathroom I run to and from.

When I shut off my light at night I do a sort of running jump into my bed.

Oddly, I still wouldn’t say I’m scared of the dark. Unless of course I watch the show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Man, that show gets me every time! I own Seasons 1 & 2 because I’m that cool.

Did anyone else not realize this show is Canadian? I always just thought they talked funny, like how they always say “sore-y” instead of “sorry.” Stupid Canadians.

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Do you know who this is?

I didn’t.

It’s Hanson. All growed up!

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I want to blame the British, but it could be karma.

Let’s start by talking about how I got trapped in my bedroom this weekend.

The wonderfully constructed, cheap plastic door handle fell off this indestructible metal box with a dead bolt and latch, leaving me absolutely no way to get out of my room until someone could open the door from the outside.  Jumping out the window isn’t an option because our back yard is completely sealed off by a big brick wall which I couldn’t get over, so if I didn’t have my phone in the room with me I’d have been trapped from 10 am until about 2 in the morning.

I have many problems with the way the British construct doors because most of them have never heard of the door knob, and if there is a knob it’s a total PoS as demonstrated above.

For example, take a look at my front door.

WHO ON EARTH thought, “You know what – we could put a door knob here and some dead bolts people could twist from the inside, but let’s not. Let’s put a sharp metal ring that people can slide their fingers through to pull open the door, and let’s make it so you can only lock the dead bolt with a key, that way people can potentially be trapped in the house if there is a fire and they can’t find their keys.”

Here is my door knob that so cleverly doubles as a hook for the chain:

 

And here is the outside of the front door, with the little pull handle so close to the key hole that it’s very difficult to turn the key without twisting your hand in an awkward position or getting your finger pinched.

But back to me being trapped. My friend Clay loved the fact that I got trapped in my room because a joke I played on him one time caused him to actually have to jump out of a second floor window. His room mate and I took a screwdriver and dismantled his door knob one night because … well, for no reason. It was funny, but Clay didn’t think so. Then his door wouldn’t shut properly and got stuck a few months later. He was trapped, and his phone was in the living room so he had to jump out the window.

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Proud owner.

I’m pleased to announce that I’m the proud owner of the new Obama 2012 T-shirt.

Yes!

I hope he comes to the UK (or Europe) so I can hear him speak again. I saw him speak twice during his campaign last time and it was so much fun. He’s truly an amazing, inspiring speaker and I think everyone should see him speak at least once.

This was right after he shook my hand at a rally in Dayton, Ohio:

2012!

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8,000 messages.

Check out my Gmail.

I hate everyone with fewer than 7,911 messages in their inbox. I hate you for being organized and keeping control of your life. Go away.

Check out my work e-mail, which I’ve had about a year and a half. I honestly tried so hard not to have a Gmail repeat with this inbox.

If I work with you and you have fewer than 2,669 e-mails in your inbox, I hate you too. For the reasons specified above.

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The last fall colors

Last weekend I took my camera for a walk around Goodge Street (near Tottenham Court Road). I wanted to get a couple last shots of these fall colors!

I found some fall colors hanging on to this cool graffiti wall.

BT Tower.

I could definitely stand to have my windows look like this on the outside.

I’m listening to this song right now. It’s not new, but it’s good. Proof that maybe Tim McGraw hasn’t gone totally down the drain in recent years.

Have a good weekend!

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My sister was in Dumb and Dumber

Notice any similarities?

Jim:

Karen:

She gave her self a haircut and the bangs went a little wrong. We looked up a picture and purely by coincidence they were wearing the same shirt, so she was a good sport and posed.

Btw, check out Karen’s blog!

 

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Top 10 Christmas Songs

I know Christmas songs. I start listening to them in October every year, and sometimes during the year when I need a cheery boost. (btw, welcome to my new ridiculously Christmas site)

I love Christmas so much that I had a photo shoot with my sister a couple years ago where we dressed up in Christmas stuff. I guess that’s the word. Anyway, here you go:

I’m gonna go ahead and say these are in no particular order, because I think I truly love them all equally. I’m sure I missed one that’s also my favorite, but whatever. These are 10 good ones in any case.

1. Happy Holidays, from the Fred Astaire/Bing Crosby movie Holiday Inn. I am in love with this version.

2. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, by Andy Williams

This song gets me going every time I hear it. My joy meter goes from 0 to 10 in about one second when I hear the opening notes.

3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but only by Ella Fitzgerald

I normally don’t love this song, but Ella’s version is simply fantastic.

4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I can’t decide if I prefer Judy Garland’s version or Ella’s! Which do you prefer? Judy’s is slow and sad, but Ella’s is fun and, well, pretty much amazing like every other of her songs.

5. Baby it’s Cold Outside

Love it.

6. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

I’ve always loved The Nutcracker and have seen the production twice. I even performed one of the songs in a ballet recital when I was about 7 or 8.

7. The Christmas Song

8. Carol of the Bells

This has always been one of my favorites, and whenever I hear it I think of the Tim Allen movie The Santa Clause.

9. Fa la la, by Justin Bieber and Boyz II Men

A surprise entry into my top 10 list! I was never a Bieber fan, but once I heard his duet Christmas song with one of my all-time favorite bands, Boyz II Men, I was hooked. This song will remain one of my favorites for a long time. I’ve already blogged about it once, so this makes its second appearance on ye olde blog.

10. All I Want for Christmas is You, by Mariah Carey.

Coincidentally, Justin Bieber also carries this tune on his new Christmas CD. I’ve had Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas CD since I was like, 12. I’m never getting rid of it.

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Why I look down

Here’s a snippet of my life for you:

Whenever I walk down the street, any street in the entire world, I always look down. I have a terrible fear of slipping in a pile of dog poo and falling down because I wasn’t paying attention. On the rare occasion when I am looking up I think, “Wow! The world/city is amazing! I should look up more often!”

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