rebecca_in_blue: (excited grin)
On Thursday night, I accidentally took a sleeping pill instead of an aspirin for a headache and slept for twelve hours. But I'm glad I got some rest in then, because I feel like I've barely slowed down all weekend! But it was fun, so I can't complain. On Friday night, I did my laundry, crocheted, and watched Star Trek at Mom's house. I finished my second plarn mat! It took me about two months to crochet, and its final measurements were 26" x 84". (My first one took about six months and its measurements were 22" x 76".)

Saturday was a full day. That afternoon, I walked the mall again with Briana; we hit a few bumps that I might need to contact our case worker about. Then I drove by Sassy Jewish Grandfather #2's house to drop off some hamantashen. He just had surgery and won't be able to come to temple for a while. I was happy to bring them to him, but I didn't have the best directions to his house and finding it was kinda stressful. Then Sara and I went over to CJ & Co's to visit Athena.

But Sunday was really the big day - PURIM! The Purim carnival that we'd working on for so long was finally upon us! Making noise on Purim is a mitzvot, and Maggie couldn't believe we were letting her get away with making noise in the temple sanctuary. All the kids loved booing Haman and banging those groggers during the Megillah reading. After the Megillah, we turned the kids loose in the social hall, where we had pinatas, face-painting, horseshoe throws, balloon animals, cookie-decorating, pin-the-crown-on-Esther, and more! It was so much fun, it should've been illegal. I think these smiling faces speak for themselves. (I took a ton of photos.)



Me and Sarah in our cowgirl costumes. I almost said to her mom, "Hurry up and take the photo so we can eat these hamantashen!"


Maggie the Cat. Those two girls are always so much fun.

And Sunday evening, of course, was the Oscars! I missed the pre-shows and first hour or so because I had to attend a long boring meeting at work, but after that, I went over to Mom's house and watched them there with Sara. I was most excited about two child actresses attending (and one of them with a nomination!!) and all the nominations for Les Miserables. Even though the medley was a rather odd mash-up of Suddenly, I Dreamed a Dream, and One Day More, it was so exciting to see it performed onstage! Samantha Barks (Eponine) looked so sexy in that black dress, and I love her voice. I think she's definitely the best singer out of the entire cast. Seth McFarland's spoof of The Sound of Music when he was introducing Christopher Plummer just killed me! Especially since we just saw it on the big screen! The only two Oscar movies I saw this year were Les Mis and Beasts of the Southern Wild, but I want to see Lincoln and Django Unchained once they're released.


Samantha's posing was kinda odd, yeah, but she's a relatively new star, so it's understandable.

Ahhh, good times. But I was up very late for three nights in a row, and I was so busy that I never got around to washing my hair. It's getting kinda gross.
rebecca_in_blue: (dozing off)
I had a pretty busy weekend here. For services on Friday, we had a very special guest rabbi-to-be, who's an amazing singer, and her fiancee, who's an amazing piano player. They did the most beautiful duet of "L'cha Dodi" that almost brought tears to my eyes. Best of all, it was followed by a delicious oneg! Oh, and apparently Rebecca has gained a reputation at temple as the girl who can eat half of the dessert table by herself. It is true, but I thought no one had noticed. Oh, who am I kidding? They probably all noticed back when I ate enough cream puffs for ten people.

On Sunday morning, there was another session of religious school. We had a guest teacher come and teach the kids about Purim. Purim is such a fun holiday, and our guest teacher is great lady, but the lesson... didn't go very well. Oh, well. After that, I had work, and after work, Sara and I went over to JC & Company's to watch the Oscars. I wanted to bring over Little Caesar's, but not everyone has my high tolerance for greasy foods, so Aunt Connie made tacos and a delicious yellow cake with chocolate icing (my favorite!) instead. Sara brought Coke in glass bottles, which we all enjoyed drinking out of.

I kinda dropped the ball on watching Oscar movies this year -- in fact, I think the only one I saw was The Help -- but I still enjoyed the show. The Good: Rico Rodriguez's pre-show sketch, Billy Crystal returning to host, Melissa McCarthy pulling vodka out of her bra, all those thick French accents from the cast and crew of The Artist, and Meryl Streep's win! The Bad: Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz's ridiculous poses (didn't you just want to punch them?) and Angelina Jolie's random leg while presenting. The Child Actress:
The Descendants's 11-year-old Amara Miller. At least one child actress (age 17 or younger) has attended the Oscars every year since 2006! The previous ones were, in order, Lorraine Nicholson, Ivana Baquero, Abigail Breslin, Miley Cyrus (3), Saoirse Ronan, Rubina Ali, and Hailee Steinfeld. What a time to be alive! I wonder how long this will last?


Amara at the Oscars.

On the art calendar, I'm currently looking at Initial G with the Birth of the Virgin, a 14th-century (!) parchment painting by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci. Can you believe it's almost March already?
rebecca_in_blue: (happy smile)

I didn't see too many Oscar movies this year, so on Saturday night, I did my laundry and watched Inception with Adam. It has the amazing Marion Cotillard in it, so I'd been meaning to see it forever, and I'm so glad I finally did. I had expected it to be confusing and weird, but it was confusing and awesome! I was on the edge of my seat for much of it, and Marion was breathtaking, even though she played something of a psycho.

Sara and I usually watch the Oscars at home, but this year, we went to a small Oscar party with Aunt Connie, Athena, and Amanda, a friend of theirs from church. It was fun having more people to make snarky comments with. (Not that all our comments were snarky. We said some nice things, too. Hailee Steinfeld looked very cute.) Aunt Connie sang "Teenage Dream" and said that the quote at the end of the Lena Horne tribute, "It's not the load that breaks you down; it's the way you carry it," was about bowel movements. There was also lots unhealthy snack food – nachos, pickles, Hershey's minis, ginger ale & lime sherbert punch, and a delicious chocolate pudding cake with strawberries that Amanda made – so Rebecca was in hog heaven.

So in terms of watching the Oscars, 2011 was a good year. But as for the Oscars ceremony itself, 2011 didn't make the cut. Where to start? I don't even know what to say about James Franco as a host. He made zero effort, he seemed very bored and/or stoned the entire time, and at no point was he clever, funny, or original. Kirk Douglas was painful. I was also disappointed that Hailee didn't win; it was unlikely, yes, but still, I had held out hope. She certainly would've given a better acceptance speech than Melissa Leo. Between all the nominated movies, I saw Inception, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, and True Grit.

The highlight of the night for me was Helen Mirren presenting Best Foreign Film in French (and Russell Brand mistranslating). Her accent was perfect, and I understood every word! And the autotuned musical montage with Harry Potter and Twilight made me chuckle.

Tomorrow is March 1... and premiere of the NCIS episode directed by Michael Weatherly (One Last Score)! What better way to kick off a new month?

rebecca_in_blue: (excited grin)
It's been cold, wet, and windy all day today – bleh! I had meant to do my laundry this evening, but instead, I'm sitting here watching the pre-SAG Awards fashion show on E. Even though I don't watch many movies and almost no TV (aside from NCIS, of course), I love award shows! It's even better when child actresses show up, and there are no less than three of them at the SAGs this year: Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, and Ariel Winter!

I just wish Sara were here to make sarcastic comments with me and identify all the celebs I don't know (and tell me what their kids' names are). But I'm willing to settle for watching them with Sable, and eating stale popcorn leftover from Christmas.
rebecca_in_blue: (excited grin)

Everyone involved had a great time this weekend. Saturday afternoon, I went to the movies and saw Alice in Wonderland with Adam and a bunch of cousins. So it wasn't as good as I'd hoped -- I've seen better from Depp/Burton/Bonham-Carter -- we still had a fun time, and I enjoyed the food almost as much as the movie. Buttery popcorn and a pickle so loudly crunchy that I almost couldn't hear the movie over my chewing. Delicious.

Sunday, I watched most of a fabulous NCIS marathon (That show is like goat cheese! I never get tired of it!) and of course, the Oscars. Mom had invited Sara and me to her house to watch them, but surprise, that didn't work out. So we bought some pizzas, invited Athena over, sat on the couch, and made mean/sarcastic comments to each other. Sara: "Gabby Sidibe is really fat. How did they -- I mean, did they have to build a special seat for her? Or take the armrests off her seat? Or what?" By some accident, I saw a good number of big films this year (Coraline, Crazy Heart, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, The Lovely Bones, Star Trek, Up), so I enjoyed the ceremony, even though #1) I was pissed that Sandra Bullock won instead of Meryl Streep, #2) it wasn't a big year for young actresses (Miley Cyrus is 17 now, my cut-off age, so it's her last year in Young Actresses at the Oscars) and #3) I almost had a damn panic attack when I saw a clip of Marathon Man in the horror films montage! Oh, the horror. I can't believe the Academy would show a clip of that movie -- especially that clip -- without some sort of warning. Like, "Warning: If you're asthmatic and have a severe phobia of the dentist, watching the following clip could very well cause you to hyperventilate and die!"

And today? We're trudging through a gray, rainy Monday. I stayed up too late for the Oscars, so now I'm exhausted, and Sable and I plan to spend our evening lying around watching NCIS.

rebecca_in_blue: (dropped jaw)

Just when did MLK's birthday go from a national day of service to a day to buy office supplies? Outside of Black Friday and Back-to-School, the store on Monday afternoon was as busy as I'd ever seen it. Most businesses were closed, and you'd think people wouldn't want to go shopping for their businesses on a holiday, but apparently that's just what they want.

It was made worse by the fact that I took a singulair pill on Monday morning (because I'd run out of my allergy pills) and had a terrible pounding headache for most of the afternoon and evening. I've finally figured out what caused all those headaches I had nearly every day during middle school, high school, and the first half of college. I don't know why it took me so long, since they say in the commercials that headaches are a side effect of singulair. It does a lot for my asthma, but if those headaches are the cost, then I don't think I can take it regularly. It was so bad on Monday, I don't understand how I ever lived with headaches like that on a daily basis for years.

The weather warmed up yesterday, and it's so nice and balmy now that we've turned on the air conditioner. Spring is on its way in, and I think this year I might get a pair of scissors and cut the ligustrum blossoms off the bushes. They look and smell so nice, but they also make me wheeze like nothing else.
 
I suffered through the painfully awkward and unfunny Critics Choice Awards on Friday night (Kristen Chenoweth sucks! But Saoirse won! Hooray for the only highlight!), but as a reward, the Golden Globes on Sunday night were very funny and enjoyable (Ricky Gervais is awesome!), and Athena came over to watch them with me and Sara. Maybe we can do it again for the Oscars.
rebecca_in_blue: (dishevelled hair)

The only good thing about cold weather (and I do mean the only good thing) is that Sable doesn't usually want to go on long walks when it's cold. But now that it's a little warmer, he wants longer walks, and since I usually take him out right before I go to work, I either get to work late or have to yank on him a lot. Maybe tomorrow I'll wake up a little early and take him out longer.

The Critics Choice Awards happen tomorrow!! I plan to make some kettle korn and watch the entire ceremony, even though the only category I'm really interested in is Best Young Actor/Actress. Two young actresses are nominated (Saoirse Ronan and Bailee Madison), and Bailee is going to attend for sure and Saoirse probably will too. I finally saw her in The Lovely Bones, which I stole borrowed from work last weekend and watched with Sara. It was very disappointing (all the more so because I had been looking forward to it for so long!) but I don't blame Saoirse. In Roger Ebert's hilariously scathing review, he calls her "a very good young actress who cannot be faulted here."

rebecca_in_blue: (raised eyebrows)

Rebecca hasn't updated this in a good while. I kept meaning to, but I had to work a lot this week, and I'm working even more next week because two of my co-workers just quit or got fired. I don't which because I don't get involved in the drama, but the circumstances of their leaving were suspicious. I don't particularly have much to post about, anyway.

Sara and I watched the Oscars together on Sunday night. Entertainment Weekly seems to always complain about how they're too long and boring and the declining viewership is crippling the film industry, but I always enjoy them. One of the best parts this year was Philippe Petit, who accepted for Man on Wire by making a coin disappear and thanking the Academy for "believing in magic," then balancing his Oscar statue on his face. Only the French! And I couldn't stop laughing at Sophia Loren -- or rather, Sophia Loren's re-animated corpse, who helped to present Best Actress with one bizarre pose and one freaky facial expression. There were also two young actresses at the ceremony this year, and though I'm not a fan of one of them (Miley Cyrus) and know nothing about the other one (Rubina Ali), they both went straight into my album of Young Actresses at the Oscars.

Is it wrong that most of my employee-of-the-month bonus went right back to my own store? On Thursday I used a good part of it to buy some anti-virus software and other stuff, and that night I stayed up too late downloading the anti-virus software, then LimeWire, then iTunes. And then, finally, I updated my iPod! I haven't been able to do this in months! I had to erase all my 100+ songs and completely resync it to a new library (it had been synced with my old library on Mom's computer), but I was so happy to get some new music on it that I didn't care. Today I went for a nice long bike ride and listened to it and felt great. I was able to collect a lot of cans that had been left on the ground from Mardi Gras.

I had two very weird exchanges with customers at work Friday morning. First I met the current French teacher at my old elementary school, and we had a conversation in French, which was cool. (Even though I used tu instead of vous! At least she was American, so she probably wasn't offended.) Then I met a guy who works with my older brother and described him as, and I quote, "probably my best friend." I just stared at him. Freaky.

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Grandma gave me even more pecans, so I made a batch of pecan pie muffins all for me. That sounds very greedy, I know, but I made so many to give to other people at Thanksgiving and Christmas, it felt really good to make a batch just for me.

I watched The Golden Globes with Sara on Sunday night, although I'm not sure why. I think I had seen maybe two of the movies or TV shows that were nominated in any of the categories. I don't go to the movies often anymore, and when I do go, I certainly don't see the sort of movies that win awards. And I never watched much TV, and spending seven months in France away from all American TV virtually killed off what little interest I had left. I still enjoyed watching the ceremony, but for me, it was mostly about who wore what. And I can't wait to see the Oscars! I didn't get to see one second of them when I was in France last year, and I watched them in 2007 but felt guilty the whole time because I knew I should have been doing my French homework instead. I still remember that it was on Laubriet's god-awful analysis of Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu. How I hated it.

Yesterday I had a customer who was easily the meanest, rudest customer I have ever had at any job, ever. She yelled at me about everything that wasn't my fault, then complained to my manager about how rude and unhelpful I was. Fortunately, rather than make me apologize or some shit like that, my manager just felt sorry for me for having to deal with her, and after she left, everybody in the front end gathered around to talk about what a bitch she is. It was honestly unbelievable. But in a way, it's nice to get a super mean customer every now and then, because it makes you appreciate all the nice customers.

Yesterday I had tomato soup for the first time, and it was pretty good. Tonight Sara is making us spaghetti in her new crockpot, I'm going to try some as soon as I get off.

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