Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bean Dip Weekend

Jake and I had a few friends over Friday night to watch Hot Rod. A number of them hadn't seen it yet, and we felt morally obligated to share the joy. We invited everyone to bring a little something to eat. I bought chips (from Aldi) and salsa and had some queso con salsa left over. The first couple arrived with chips (from Aldi) and multi-layered bean dip. No sweat, we thought. We'll just hide our chips and break them out if we run out. The next couple came in with chips (from Aldi) and more bean dip. We laughed and thought Ha, what are the odds? Very good, apparently, because the last couple walked in the door with chips (from Aldi) and...wait for it...bean dip.

Seriously though, what are the odds that in any group of Mormons, NO ONE brings a dessert?

If English were a foreign language

I'm not sure why, but I found this video so interesting. It's called What English Sounds Like to a Foreigner (via MR and Barker). If you'd ever wondered about that (I know I have), hit play.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Call Me a Nerd

But... econtalk with Megan McArdle this week was really good. :) It's on personal debt (and the end bit on national debt). If your ears have nothing to do for an hour, and you are interested in the topic, it's worth a listen. Ms. Mcardle's blog is quite enlightening, and who wouldn't want to take a listen to the "world's tallest female economist?"

Friday, December 11, 2009

Soccer Partner

I just saw this on Meagan's blog and had to post it. So cute.

Sporting event? Us?

Yep. We totally went to a Chicago Blackhawks game last night. Jake's friend Carson had two extra tickets to a suite occupied by his future in-laws. Got that? Anyway, we ate really great food, met some pretty cool people, and watched a very intense overtime. Here are the highlights, courtesy of ESPN and YouTube. I realized I have never been to a professional sporting event until now. I was the girl who spent her time at plays and dance concerts, I guess. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and even found a GREAT parking spot when we got home at 11 pm. Thanks Heidi's family for the great evening!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Little Manhattan

Ashley and I watched another movie.... It was pretty good. If you're wondering what movie you should watch, and have no better choices, why not pick the one about the 10 year old that falls in love with the girl in his karate class? Painful at times, but it's still pretty funny. Here were the two best lines:

"I'm not sure how I got the courage. Maybe it was the buzz from the Shirley Temple."

and

"Let's drown our sorrows in pig shoulders and nitrates."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Defining rock bottom

Now that finals are wrapping up, I've started reading a lot more books and watching Redbox movies.

I watched a movie last night called The Echelon Conspiracy. Rottentomates gives it a zero. That's right. A zero. (These are the moments we throw a cheer up for $1 Redbox.) It successfully rips off so many movies, sometimes at the same time. Cross-breed The Terminator, Eagle Eye, and WarGames, take out the budget and a lot of the acting, add a sprinkle of Gigli, and hit frappé.

Was it absolutely terrible? No. Doogal and Catch and Release hold that special place in my heart. Echelon just struggled with "the redeeming factor." Was there anything redeeming... good cinematography...?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday, Monday

So good to me? Clearly whoever wrote this song wasn't a glorified babysitter for teenagers during the first real snowfall of the school year. This day cannot be over soon enough.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sharing what I found when bored...

Hindsight is 20/20 Once The Mind Trick Wears Off

The site was all right, but I thought this was the funniest.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful

But the fireplaces at the school are totally delightful. There are two by the main office and one in the faculty cafeteria. I wish I had a fireplace at my house. The noise is much more pleasant than the hissing and knocking of our radiators at five in the morning, but I suppose they are far too dangerous for the average Chicago apartment-dweller. They are also smoky and a pain. Ok, maybe radiators aren't so bad.

My classroom is not nearly as warm as the upstairs bathroom with the comfy couches (but rather pungent odor). I guess I should be grateful that it didn't snow this year until December 3. After Chicago's very mild (read: cold) summer that I wasn't here for, many residents--including me--are hoping for a mild (read: warm) winter too.

Also, I'm reading Julia Child's My Life in France. I saw the movie this summer (and read the Julie Powell book a couple years ago), and am LOVING the book, mostly because of her descriptions of all the food. This is my kind of memoir, baby!

Finally, I have a bizarre grammar question. My Korean tutee wanted to say that she lacked exercise. I said that it was more normal to say she didn't get enough exercise. While I was racking my brains to determine why "lacking exercise" didn't work to my ear, all I could figure was that "lack" in the modern sense usually deals with an intangible (e.g., lack creativity, lack time, lack opportunity), and exercise was visible. But sometimes we use it like "lack food and shelter." Does anyone have a better idea?

Advice your mother never gave you

When I'm late for school and Ashley has taken the car I run the 2.5 miles to school because it is much faster (and cheaper) than taking the train. Yesterday, however, I was so late that I had to eat my lunch while running. The peanut butter sandwich went down all right, but the apple gave me some real struggles. I didn't even try the yogurt. The moral of the story is don't eat apples while trying to cover 2.5 miles in 18 minutes. :( I still made it in time, so maybe I'm just trying to make excuses for being out of shape.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Almost there...

I just finished my important final projects. Just a couple of finals and then I get to read read read. :D Ashley and I are listening to Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs. Good stuff.

I watched a couple of movies over the last week. Here is my collective review:

Gifted Hands > GI Joe > Blades of Glory > Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The jump between Gifted Hands (mostly unknown movie that just came out on DVD starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as a neurosurgeon) and GI Joe is significantly larger than the others. Gifted Hands was surprisingly very good (highly recommend). I am still undecided on the order of the final two... GI Joe outranked the two because I was expecting an action-packed movie targeted for a 10 year-old. (Ninja fights! Oh no, our guns are out of bullets! Must pull out swords!) So, I put on my 10 year-old cap and enjoyed it. Blades of Glory was just... I still don't know what to think of that movie. Funny... yes. Wrong...yes. Transformers was just disappointing. Take all that made the first movie not all that great and multiply it by a bucket of chicken. That's Transformers 2.