rebecca_in_blue: (excited grin)
The movie theater in our mall shows vintage movies on weeknights, and I really love that idea. Since they started doing it, I've probably seen more old movies there than new ones! When Sara and I saw Les Miserables on Christmas day, there were previews for all of the old movies that the theater would be showing in January. One of them was The Sound of Music, and ever since then, I'd been looking forward to seeing it almost more than I was Les Miserables! Sara and I grew up watching The Sound of Music, used to act it out as kids (with the two of us playing all seven von Trapp children -- and every other role!), and could probably still recite the whole thing from memory. I was beyond excited at the thought of seeing it on the big screen.

Well, today was the day. Sara and I just got back from seeing it with a friend of hers, and it was so good. I wouldn't've thought seeing it in a theater would give me a new appreciation for a film I know like the back of my hand, but it did. So many wide, sweeping shots, so much beautiful scenery, so many little details that Rebecca had never noticed before! I enjoyed every second -- but not having to wait for the frost on Muse Watson's windshield to melt so we could drive home. That's how cold it's been here!

All day at work I was trying to rewrite "Do You Hear the People Sing?" (from Les Mis) to be about The Sound of Music, but it didn't really work. I only got as far as "Do you hear the von Trapps sing, singing about their favorite things?" Can you guess what I'm doing right now? Yep, writing The Sound of Music fanfiction.

P.S. On the art calendar, I'm looking at Improvisation 27 (The Garden of Love II), a 1912 oil painting by Vasily Kandinsky. Sara bought another page-a-day calendar of art from the Met for 2013. We'll be fine-art connoisseurs by the end of the year! I couldn't find my usual Emily Dickinson calendar in stores this year, so I bought a Jewish calendar instead.
rebecca_in_blue: (downcast eyes)
To get 2013 off to a good start, today I went to the movies and saw Les Miserables again! And apparently, everyone in town had the same idea, because the theater was almost as packed as when Sara and I saw it on Christmas! Ugh! Still, I enjoyed it... and I haven't stopped singing the songs yet! I never really loved “Stars” before, but the movie sold me on it, and on its new original song “Suddenly.” The movie puts in so many little details that the stage can't; I noticed on the second viewing that when Valjean lets Javert go, Javert has the same head wound that Valjean did when the Bishop let him go. Aunt Connie couldn't come with me, so I saw it with Eva instead. She's not a hard-core fan of the music like me and her mom, but she seemed to enjoy it. And she totally cried when Valjean died.

Aside from that, today was kinda stressful. I got my asthma medicine refilled (it hasn't bothered me much yet this winter, but only because I've been taking my preventative medication religiously), renewed Muse Watson's lisence plates (which expired at the end of 2012), and my phone is giving me very frustrating problems.

Below the cut is my annual list of the most-played songs on my iPod. Songs released in 2011 or later qualify as recent, but I didn't listen to much new music this year because I was too busy listening to Les Miserables. No one should be surprised by this. Last year's list is here.


Most-Played Songs on Rebecca's iPod (2012) )

Most-Played Songs on Rebecca's iPod (2012): Recently-released )
rebecca_in_blue: (dishevelled hair)
Adam got Sara and me a flowering cactus plant for Christmas. We'd wanted a new plant to put on our bay window, so we appreciated it. But instead of saying "you're welcome" when we thanked him for it, he had to say, "I was going to get you a plant in a hanging basket, but they were too expensive. Like, as soon as they put a plant in a hanging basket, they mark up the price ten bucks." And so he proves again that he has no gift-giving manners. Some things never change.

In other news, today is Peter Pan's birthday! Although Pan debuted by name in Barrie's 1902 novel The Little White Bird, most Barriologists recognize December 27, the anniversary of the play's 1904 premiere, as Peter Pan's birthday. On This Day in History: Peter Pan opens in London.

I am SO glad that Christmas is finally over! Sara and I went to the earliest showing of Les Miserables on Christmas morning, and it was amazing! I'm glad I ordered advance tickets for us, because the theater was pretty packed (ugh, I hate crowded movie theaters - I guess that's why I hardly ever go). I think I might have to go back soon and see it again. I need to find a near-empty showing so I can sing along with all the songs!

P.S. On the art calendar, I'm looking at The Right Hand of God Protecting the Faithful Against the Demons, a circa 1460 parchment piece by Jean Fouquet. Attempts to find out its original French title have been unsuccessful.
rebecca_in_blue: (worried eyes)
I got to enjoy a rolling birthday this year. We recently discovered that the movie theater in the mall shows vintage movies on weeknights, so on Thursday evening, Ben, Adam, and I went to see Lawrence of Arabia. It's an epic war movie, and I wasn't crazy about it, but I had been curious to see it since here, Adam paid for my ticket (as my birthday present), and I got delicious movie theater popcorn, so I can't complain. And it did have a lot of sweeping desert scenes that were really cool to see on the big screen. They're showing Gone With the Wind there next week, and I'm hoping to go see that. I love that movie and haven't seen it in years.

On Friday afternoon, Mom treated me and Sara to lunch at a sandwich place I really like. Mmmm, pulled pork. I had to work all day on Saturday, but Boss-Man let me have a free soda. I almost said, "It's a birthday miracle! Your icy heart has melted!"

But it all came grinding to a halt this morning, when I overslept and was late to work. I've felt so ugh all day. And a cold front blew in this weekend, so we've had our heating on at night and our air-conditioning on during the day. Fortunately, Tovah sleeps in bed with me most nights to keep me warm.
:)
rebecca_in_blue: (trembling hand)
Athena was in town this weekend, and on Sunday, she, Sara, and I went to see The Possession. (AKA the Jewish exorcism movie I posted about here). I was pretty disappointed. Some scenes that were supposed to be scary just felt stupid, and its treatment of Judaism was borderline offensive to me. The only highlights were the two young actresses and Matisyahu, a Jewish rapper. He has a great song called "Miracle" that I've been listening to non-stop lately (even though it's a Hanukkah song and the High Holy Days are approaching). Anyway, they made up for Kyra Sedgwick, who I find absolutely insufferable. Seriously, I wanted to SLAP her every time she came onscreen!


Matisyahu (with child actress Natasha Calis) exorcising the demon.

After the movie, we all ate lunch at a new deli that just opened, and the food also didn't thrill me. But it was fun getting to visit with Athena. She discovered some new trail mix that she went absolutely crazy over. Then I spent the evening at her parents' house, petting their new guinea pig and helping Eva with her French homework -- yes, this qualifies as fun for me.

So September is here now (can you believe it's September already?) and for Rebecca, that means three things:
1) Cool weather! Hallelujah!
2) SEASON 10 OF NCIS! 22 DAYS LEFT!
3) The Days of Awe. Our temple is kicking them off this Saturday with Selichot. This time of year, especially Yom Kippur, calls for a lot of reflecting and soul-searching, and I'm trying to get into an appropriate frame of mind. Since Matisyahu doesn't have a song for these holidays, I'll share this one from The Maccabeats. It's a parody of "Good Life," by OneRepublic, which I absolutely hate, but I love this parody.



Hopefully this year will bring us happiness and peace
Hopefully sensitivity to others will increase
Hopefully we'll open our eyes and think more consciously
'Cuz hopefully we'll go from where we are to where we want to be

Also, the September words of my Emily Dickinson calendar:
     The Leaves unhooked themselves from Trees --
     And started all abroad
     The Dust did scoop itself like Hands
     And threw away the Road
rebecca_in_blue: (happy smile)
All hail Rebecca, who survived another back-to-school season and didn't get trampled to death! Yesterday, I went with Sara and some friends of hers to the movies and saw The Dark Knight Rises. I really don't like most comic-book/superhero movies, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy it, but I did. A LOT more than the last Batman movie, The Dark Knight, which Sara and Adam dragged me to see right after it came out; it just about bored me to tears. But I actually found myself liking this one, and I'd even be willing to see it again. It helped a lot than instead of staring at Maggie Gyllenhaal's sad face, this time I got to gaze at the beautiful Marion Cotillard!


I mean, just LOOK at her! You wish you were this gorgeous, Anne Hathaway, but you're not! No woman is.

Sara and I stopped for candy and soda at a gas station on the way there, and I got all excited when the cashier put it in a
solid black plastic bag. It's the little things, y'all. I have a nice brown-and-white pattern going in the plarn I'm crocheting, but I'm saving up a little bag of other-colored plarn squares (black, gray, green, yellow, purple) and I hope to incorporate them in some special way.

And this was the conversation Sara and I had en route:
Me: I don't really want to see this, but it does have Marion Cotillard in it. And a child actress.
Sara: And the child actress is playing the young Marion Cotillard.
Me: But I thought she was playing the young Talia al Ghul.
Sara: Oh, yeah. [pause] Ha, just spoiled the ending for you!


35 DAYS LEFT UNTIL SEASON 10 OF NCIS!
rebecca_in_blue: (G-d loves a duck)
My landlords came by the apartment today to install a new window unit. Our old one stopped working a few weeks ago. It didn't matter at first because it was so cool outside, but it warmed up fast last week, and Sara and I were sweating like pigs! (It made me thankful that Sable didn't have to suffer the heat.) Who knew that installing a window unit would take two people almost 6 hours?! They arrived at ten and didn't leave until almost four! Ugh! But at least we have air-conditioning again. It's so nice being cooler inside than outside.

This evening Sara and I went to the movies and saw The Hunger Games. It wasn't as good as the book (movies never are), but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I will probably post more about that later. When we got home, I watched tonight's new NCIS.


Notes on 9x19 "The Good Son" )
rebecca_in_blue: (dropped jaw)
Hallelujah, I think (and hope) one of my coworkers quit today! She was such a mean, nasty little person that I just about wanted to throw a party when I heard she was gone.

Okay, now onto more grown-up news. Most of you have probably already heard of SOPA and PIPA, two pieces of legislation that, if passed, have the potential to cripple the Internet as we know it. And if you hadn't heard about it before, you almost certainly did yesterday, when Google, Wikipedia, and other websites blacked out in protest. Rebecca decided to hop on the bandwagon, so following Wiki's urging, I sent e-mails to the four Louisiana Congress people known to support SOPA and PIPA. A lot of other LA residents must have done the same, because within a few hours, two of those three publicly withdrew their support. One of my friends on FaceBook posted the news with the message, “Guns down, smoke 'em if you got 'em!”

I saw my first 3D movie this week, Disney's rerelease of Beauty and the Beast. I know, I know, everyone else has already seen a 3D movie. I'm always the last to catch onto these crazes. They're rereleasing a lot of old stuff in 3D, and I think I'd like to see Titanic when it comes out. I'm not crazy about sitting through three and a half hours of movie again (yes, I saw it when it came out – who didn't?), but it's so epic.
rebecca_in_blue: (worried eyes)
One of my coworkers was on vacation this week, so the rest of us had to work more hours than usual. And business has slowed down a bit lately, so it was a long slooow week. Yesterday I had only two one-hour breaks between Shabbat morning services at 9, Torah study after that, and work until past 9 after that. Ugh. Torah study was very interesting, but I really did not want to wake up an hour earlier to attend the morning service. But we almost never get morning services at our temple, and everyone made such a big deal over it that I felt I had to go. Lo and behold, so few people attended that we only had a minyan by counting the Torah as a person! Hmph.

We had a Simchat Torah service on Friday evening, and it was actually pretty fun. We took all three Torah scrolls out of the ark and danced around the sanctuary with them, then very carefully unwound the entire Torah scroll and rolled it back up to Bereishit (בְּרֵאשִׁית - Hebrew for "in beginning," the first word of the Torah). The inner parchment of the Torah scroll isn't supposed to be touched by human hands, but we had a few kids helping us unroll it and were just happy that it didn't get ripped or dropped.

Ironically, I didn't find a copy of Choosing a Jewish Life (a book about converting) until after I officially converted, but I think it'll still be relevant. I was browsing at the library one day and just came across it. I asked for it for my birthday last year, but Sara got me Living a Jewish Life instead. I also recently checked out the 2011 Jane Eyre, and it was much better than I'd expected. I actually watched the whole film this time, not just the child actress scenes. Magneto Michael Fassbender makes a surprisingly sexy Rochester. And Sara and I went to the movies and saw Paranormal Activity 3 -- or rather, we sat in the theater while it played, with our hands over our eyes.

rebecca_in_blue: (bemused shrug)

Adam, Eva, and I went to the (small) local water park this week; we had sunscreen, but I didn't apply it thoroughly enough and got a little burnt. It wasn't the worst sunburn ever, though. Then we went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I hadn't really wanted to see it in theater because I hated the second part of the last book so much; you can read my review here, but it doesn't even begin to cover all the problems I had with it. Literally, "The Prince's Tale" chapter and the epilogue left a bad taste in my mouth that I still haven't gotten rid of almost four years later. Ugh!

But I went to see it because it's the last HP movie, and I've seen every other one in theater, so I felt I had to. Fortunately, it was a lot better than I had expected. The movie made a few much-needed changes/omissions and actually came out better than the book. Since it's the last movie, I decided to make it last and sat through the credits. (I like sitting through the credits but rarely get to because I usually go to the movies with People Who Rush Me. This time I was the one with the car so I made everyone else wait on me.) And guess what I spotted in the credits?

Why was the "Louisiana Entertainment" logo given a prominent place in the credits of Harry Potter? Answer here, from Nola.com.

Adam, Eva, and I saw The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on July 20, 2011. Eva and I saw The Half-Blood Prince on July 21, 2009. Sara, Adam, and I saw The Order of the Phoenix on July 21, 2007. All in the same movie theater! (No, my memory isn't that good. I made a list here.)

We had a fun time, and I'm glad, because I suspect that fun times might be a while in coming back. The insanity of Back-to-School has returned, right on schedule. It's such a busy time for our store that we refer to it as "our Christmas." But Rebecca sure confused the heck out of her sassy Jewish grandfather when she tried explaining that to him. On a similar note, one of Sara's coworkers (and [livejournal.com profile] babygoose85's sister) asked her whether I was married or engaged. Sara: "She's neither." Sara's Coworker: "But I thought she was converting to Judaism?" She assumed that I must be converting because I was marrying a Jewish guy. I've had one or two other people make this assumption too. Sigh...

P.S. I've loved Harry Potter since 1999. It's so weird that there are no more new books or movies. What is Rebecca going to look forward to now? Oh, yeah:
58 DAYS LEFT until the Season 9 premiere of NCIS!

rebecca_in_blue: (Default)

Hallelujah, we finally got some rain in the last few days! I was actually excited to see it. And that I live in Louisiana and am excited about rain gives you an idea of how dry it's been this summer. I also (finally) got my prompts in from [livejournal.com profile] ncis_ficathon. It's for a pairing that I would never usually write -- which, of course, is bound to happen when you don't ship anyone -- but I think I can do it if I make some altercations to one of my works-in-progress. I'm glad now I waited to publish it.

Exactly halfway through the day yesterday, my throat got sore and my nose started running. By the end of the day, my nose was a faucet and my throat was on fire! Ugh! So I took some medicine and crawled into bed to recuperate, not dragging myself out until this afternoon when I went to see X-Men: First Class again, this time with Sara. This time we got there early enough to see the previews, and boy, did they suck mightily. But Sara's sarcastic commentary cracked me up, especially:

Emma Frost: Where's your telepath friend?
Magneto: He's gone.
Sara: We broke up.
Magneto: He's left a void in my life.
Sara: And in my bed!

Adam and I are considering writing a crackfic to X-Men 3 (a truly awful movie that you can read my opinion of here). The other night, Adam showed me a video review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, making fun of how awful it was, and I pointed out that Wolverine spends virtually the entire movie in a sleeveless white t-shirt.

Me: Do you think he has a closet full of them, like how Taylor Swift has a closet full of sparkly gold dresses?
Adam: Who's Taylor Swift?
Me: What?
Adam: Is he a singer, or something?
Me: Taylor Swift! Come on, you know! Mine? Fearless? Love Story? Fifteen? You Belong With Me?
Adam: *staring at me blankly*
[In his defense, he's a guy and most of her listeners are women, but still, seriously, how do you not know Taylor Swift?]

Yesterday I had an encounter with a person I went to high school (ugh, uncomfortable) and discovered that with some friends-and-relations, Grandma is somehow better at keeping up with their news than I am, even though I have a Facebook page and she doesn't even know what Facebook is.

P.S. I am thinking about joining Big Brothers Big Sisters.

rebecca_in_blue: (excited grin)

Warning: This is a long post. Today has left me with a lot of things to blog about. Yes, some are completely shallow (holy cow, the Xavier/Magneto slashiness in First Class!) but some are more serious (I'm closer to becoming Jewish than ever!).

I woke up early this morning for Torah study at the temple. I almost overslept and missed it, and the weekly parsha was a bit boring, but I'm so glad I went. Afterwards, Diane (a lady at the temple who's also working towards becoming Jewish) and I had a real official meeting with the rabbi about converting. We even got to use the rabbi's office, rather than a randomly-selected corner in the social hall, which is where all our previous meetings have been. I said as I was entering, "Ooh, I've never been in the rabbi's office before." Rabbi W: "Me neither!"

I take back everything I said about Rabbi W here. Today we talked for a long time, and I got a lot of the concrete answers about converting that I'd been looking for. I even got my own copy of our prayerbook! Diane works for the temple, and she gave me an old "dog-eared" one that isn't used in services anymore. But the rabbi did recommend me a book called Basic Judaism, and suggest I start picking out a Hebrew name. 1) Um, Rabbi, aren't I beyond the basics yet? 2) I already have a Hebrew name!

Afterwards, I went to Grandma's house to do my laundry, eat lunch, play in her sprinkler water her garden, and clear out some of her spare rooms in preparation for her move. Adam and I packed up several boxes of dead books (mostly romance novels that had been Aunt Carolyn's, and mind-numbingly boring stuff that had been Dad's). It was kinda depressing, because so many of the books were typical Dad, and most of them had inscriptions like To Jake, from Steve, Christmas 1979. Apparently he never got anything but books as gifts. And I still hate the fact that Grandma is moving.

After that, Adam, Eva, Ben (that's right, Ben) and I all piled into Muse Watson and went to the mall to see X-Men: First Class. On the drive there, I remembered some study I read about how the more passengers you have in your car, the greater your chance of having an accident. I felt it, and the fact that I'm still getting over that damned car crash didn't help. I'd never driven with that many people before, traffic was heavy, and we were on a busy street. And I love Eva to death, but she's at that age where many things elicit a loud "Oh my gosh!" or a long laugh from her. (Hmm, maybe now I know how Sara feels.) I was very relieved when I finally got us all to the theater in one piece.

Anyway, about the actual movie. Spoiler Alert! In one word — awesome. No, amazing. No, epic. Even Eva, who's in no way familiar with the X-Men franchise, was blown away. I've had such high hopes for this movie ever since I watched the trailer, and I was not disappointed. Xavier and Magneto were both perfectly written and acted, and I was surprised by now much the movie made me care about the rest of the team too. (We barely knew Darwin, but his death? Just devastating.) As a rule, I never cry at movies, but this one actually made me come close. I've always loved Xavier and Magneto's relationship, and it was sad seeing them bond immediately, and knowing where they would end up later. Especially when Magneto flashed back to his mother lighting the Hanukkah candles, and he and Xavier both started crying.

On a somewhat similar note, on the way there, we were all talking about who our favorite X-Men character was, and I, of course, said mine was Magneto. Ben muttered (because he never talks, he only mutters) something like, "Yeah, because he's a Jew."

Hmph.

No, because he's a charming, witty, sophisticated, and all-around bad-ass villain, and he's been my favorite character ever since I saw the original X-Men movie in theaters (and I saw it in theaters three times) over ten years ago! (And holy crap, does saying that make me feel old.) And besides, I think any X-Men fan would agree that Magneto is "Jewish" only in the most secular sense of the word. It irked me, which made not seem to make sense, since Sara has made much worse comments — and offered to throw me in an oven — but the simple fact is that I'm okay with it from her but not from him (or anyone else). With Sara, I know she's joking. Ben can be, and often is, a jerk.

But I can't complain about anything today. There's a beautiful song called "You Shall Be a Blessing" by the recently-deceased Debbie Friedman (who composed a lot of beautiful Jewish songs) that was performed at services last night. These lyrics have been running through my head all day: L'chi lach [rise up and go] to a place that I will show you / L'chi lach to a land you do not know of. You can hear it, not the best version but the only one I could find, here.

rebecca_in_blue: (subtle sigh)

We went to bed on Thanksgiving Day with the air conditioner on, and woke up on Black Friday to freezing-cold, wet weather. The annoying thing isn't so much that it's up and down, but that it always seems to be down on Friday evening. The crazies were out in hoardes that night, and on Black Saturday.

Eva, Adam, Ben, and I went to the movies to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on Saturday night. (Yes, Ben came with us. I'm as shocked as you are.) I was also a little shocked with how much dark stuff they got away with putting in that movie. It was good, but between the God-awful Prince's Tale and Epilogue, I'm really not sure if I'm going to see Part 2 next summer. Anyway, it got me reminiscing about where I was when each previous Harry Potter movie was released.

  • Sorcerer's Stone. Released 16 November 2001. This came out on the last Friday before Thanksgiving vacation of my junior year of high school. In French class that day, Mlle Gryppe let us play charades, and when Lauren started to touch her hair as a clue, I immediately guessed, "Harry Potter." Mom and Adam went to see it that day while I was in school. Dad took Adam and me to see it sometime during the next week, and we talked to him nonstop throughout it, explaining what was happening. He said he enjoyed it, but I imagine he must have been bored out of his skull. The first two movies weren't the best.
  • Chamber of Secrets. Released 15 November 2002. This was came out during the Thanksgiving vacation of my senior year. Aunt Carolyn was in town for the holiday, and she took Adam, Juliana, Olivia, and me all to see it. We talked about the symbolism of different characters' names, and Aunt Carolyn said Lucius Malfoy was "a bad daddy."
  • Prisoner of Azkaban. Released 4 June 2004. This came out the summer after my freshman year of college. I went to see it with Daniel, my friend from high school, and we ran into another friend, Amanda, who was working at the theater concession stand. In July, Mom, Adam, and I went to Houston to visit Dad, and the three of them saw it, but I saw Two Brothers.
  • Goblet of Fire. Released 18 November 2005. This came out during my junior year of college. My French professor, JXB, mentioned in class one day that the students and teachers from the Beauxbatons were terrible French stereotypes. I saw it when I was home for Thanksgiving, but I honestly can't remember who went with me. I do remember that I wore the Harry Potter shirt I bought for the release of the book Half-Blood Prince, which came out the summer before, and that Eva told me she was "so embarrassed" for the Beauxbatons girls when they did that little dance entering the Great Hall, which I found hilarious.
  • Order of the Phoenix. Released 11 July 2007. This movie and the seventh (and final) book came out within two weeks of each other during the summer after I graduated college and before I went to France. Sara, Adam, and I saw the movie on July 21, the day the book was released. I wore my Harry Potter shirt and baseball cap, which I'd won a few weeks before, during Harry Potter trivia day at the Baton Rouge library. After seeing the movie, Adam and I attended the midnight release at Books-A-Million, and I read travel books on France.
  • Half-Blood Prince. Released 15 July 2009. I took Eva to see this a week or two after it was released, and we made a day of it. First we went to a local water park, then ate lunch at McDonald's, then went to see the movie. We still hadn't completely dried off from the water park by the time we saw it, so we were cold and shivering in a dark theater for about two hours, but other than that, the day couldn't have been better. My entry on it is here. (Edit: I just realized something neat: Eva and I saw HBP on July 21, two years to the day after Sara, Adam, and I saw OotP, in the same theater. Cool, huh?)
  • Update! The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Released 15 July 2011. Adam, Eva, and I went to the same water park, and saw the movie afterwards. My entry on it is here.
A recap of where I was when each Harry Potter book was released can be found here.

P.S. I just spent about the last two hours transferring a ton of old photos off my two poor abused SD cards and onto nice big flash drives, where I completely reorganized and labeled them. SCORE!
rebecca_in_blue: (bemused shrug)

My sleeping schedule has been so messed-up lately that I think it might have gone around the clock back to normal. I took a nap yesterday afternoon after I got home from work (think I had a dream about NCIS) and woke up again around seven to go to the movies with Sara and Adam. We saw Paranormal Activity 2, and it was better than the first one – a really fun, scary popcorn movie. But we didn't get back until after eleven, and I went to sleep again around one.

Cut to today, when I woke up at seven to go on a long, exhausting trip through deep-southern Cajun Country with Grandma et. al. It was a little awkward visiting really distant relatives that I'd never met before – including Aunt Debbie, who had the thickest Cajun accent I've ever heard and was even more gung-ho about feeding her guests than Grandma, and Uncle Roland, who was so old that he almost looked like a corpse but who also walked perfectly without needing a cane (!) – but I'm glad I went. I ate gumbo and finally saw my great-grandparents' graves. Abbeville, the place where my grandma grew up, is a really beautiful little town. We were big-city folk down there, no exaggeration.

After we got home from that, I just had time to take a twenty-minute nap before riding my bike to the Shabbat evening service. I almost didn't go because I was so tired, but I'm so glad I did. Not only was there a rabbi and a dinner afterward, but our little temple was also visited by a camera crew from the History Channel! They were there filming a piece to be called You Don't Know Dixie, that will try to debunk stereotypes about race, religion, and culture in the South. How cool is that? I love the History Channel! (Update: Screencaps from our segment in You Don't Know Dixie are here!)

I won't be participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but good luck to all my friends who are!

rebecca_in_blue: (excited grin)

Rebecca had a great two days off. On Monday night, Adam, Eva, and I saw Toy Story 3. It was Pixar, so of course it was good, but I was surprised by how many reviews I've read saying that everyone in audience cried. I was certainly moved and touched by it, but I came nowhere close to crying. But then, Rebecca has a heart of stone. We dropped Eva off at her house, and Uncle John gave us some milk that was supposedly hand-milked straight out of a cow. It didn't really taste any different.

Yesterday, Mom, Adam, and I actually made it into Texas. I went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, something I hadn't done since 2003, so I'd forgotten how fun and exhausting it is. There was a very strong eastern current, so swimming in any other direction was really hard, even with an inner tube. Mine got blown away at one point and I went swimming after it yelling, "Wilson! Wilso-on!" I also got another sunburn. It wasn't the worst one ever (you can see that here) but it's more noticeable because I didn't wear a hat or sunglasses this time, so it hit me right in the face. ("Not in the face! That's how I make my livin'!") Today one of my mangers told me I looked like a crawfish. Haha.

After that, we took the ferry to Galveston and drove through it to Kemah. The wind was so strong on the ferry, and Adam's hair looked very scary. It was blowing straight out from his head like it was trying to rip itself out. The architecture in the older part of Galveston was stunning. I can't believe I never noticed it all the times I've been there before. I saw a Catholic church and cemetery that made my jaw drop. Kemah was okay. There was a boardwalk, some carnival rides, and cool little shops. I went into a candy shop, and on a bag-your-own bin of sour gummi worms (the one candy Rebecca has a spiritual connection to!) was a warning label that read, and I swear I'm not making this up, "May Have a Laxative Effect." I should've taken a picture of that. Yeah, no shit, warning label. Rebecca's already learned that lesson well. But hey, if it happens enough for them to stick a warning label on it, at least it's not just me.

Today it was back to the salt mines, and boy, were they salty. I was supposed to be at work at 11:00, but I overslept until ... (*drumroll*) 10:48. I got ready in such a hurry that I put my contacts in inside out and spent the first half-hour at work blinking and rubbing my eyes until I was finally able to get to the bathroom and put them in right. Boss Man was a jerk, but I'm more pissed at the alarm in my phone for randomly not working.

P.S. If you haven't already (and I hope they don't mind me posting this) be sure to congratulate my friends [livejournal.com profile] snuffy_chan and [livejournal.com profile] morningloryblue. They are now a homeowner and a mother-to-be, respectively. Rebecca, meanwhile, is still writing fanfiction.

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: (trembling hand)

I barfed in the bathroom at work today. You can imagine how unpleasant that was. I was scheduled to work until 7, but Laidback Manager said I could early, so I staggered out the door at 1. I felt so monumentally awful, I'm surprised that I even lasted that long. I only hung in there because I can't stand the thought that my co-workers might say, after I leave, "Oh, Rebecca just didn't want to work a long shift," etc. I don't think anyone would say that, because I have good work ethic, but I'm paranoid.

Getting home from work was another hassle. It rained hard all morning, and every street I drove was flooded. At one point I honestly thought that water was splashing into the cab.

More bad news: Adam and I saw Where the Wild Things Are last night. (That's two movies in the theater in one week, since Sara and I saw Paranormal Activity a few days ago. I haven't done that in years. Literally, years.) I can't understand how that movie has gotten such good reviews. I couldn't even tell you what it was about now, because it was that boring and slow and disjointed. Only about half the scenes had dialogue, and the other half was just the kid and the wild things running around or playing some game. About thirty minutes in, I started kicking myself and saying, "We could've seen Zombieland instead! Why didn't we see Zombieland?" Abigail Breslin almost looks like a badass on the poster. I'm both impressed and amused that she could pull that look off.

As for some good news, I'm seriously thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year. Click here for an explanation if you're not familiar with it. I meant to do it last year but chickened out. There's about another week until it starts, so I've been making lots of notes. I don't know how well it'll turn out, but getting ready for it is geekily exciting.

rebecca_in_blue: (happy smile)

I almost went beserk on Monday morning when I'd thought I'd lost my iPod (which I've had for about two years now). I left it in the bathroom at work on Sunday evening, so I was at the store the minute we opened on Monday to search for it... only to discover that it wasn't where I was so sure I'd left it. I ranted and raved for a while, thinking a customer had stolen it, and then I discovered that one of my co-workers had picked it up, put it in his pocket, and took it home. Wtf? He said he meant to put it in our lost and found but it was so light he forgot he had it in his pocket.

I went to McDonald's for breakfast on Monday morning. Has anyone else seen those Jack in the Box commercials about how they serve breakfast all day and McDonald's doesn't? I really hope that will prompt McDonald's to start serving breakfast all day because I love their breakfast menu so much, but I can almost never wake up early enough to get to it. I could eat their hotcake platter every damn day. (And every time I'd probably say, "Do you want the pecan waffles with lots and lots of syrup and butter?" a la Corrina, Corrina.)

Yesterday I finally took Eva to the water park! I was so worried that it would rain. It did drizzle a little on the drive there, and when we first got there, it was so cloudy and windy that I got cold when I wasn't in the water. But then the sun came out, and even stayed out for long enough for me to get a sunburn! It actually felt good, because it's been raining so damn much here. (It rained most today, in point of fact.) The water park was small, with only two slides, but we had fun. At one point I was trying to pull Eva out of the current pool, which had a pretty strong current in it, and started singing the Baywatch theme song.

After the water park, we went to McDonald's for lunch and then we saw the new Harry Potter movie. It worked out perfectly, because as soon as we left the water park, very dark clouds started rolling in, but the thunderstorm didn't start until we were inside the movie theater, and it was all over by the time we got out.

I'd write more about the movie, but I have a dog to walk and dishes to wash and things to clean. But I will say that this weekend, Mom, Adam, and I are going to Houston, and I'm going to the cemetery there to find Roger's grave. This time there is no hesitation, no dread about going to Houston at all, just excitement because I'm finally going to find his grave. I'm can't fucking wait. Alas, foolish Rebecca!

rebecca_in_blue: (dropped jaw)

The new girl at work, the one I complained about in my last entry, is gone for good. I practically jumped for joy when my manager told me she was leaving. Words can't say how creepy she was or how uncomfortable she made me. She followed me around, told me all her personal business and asked me about mine (I never answered), and told other employees that we were best friends. The hell? I barely even knew her for a month. I am so glad she's gone.

I had an awesome day yesterday. There was a neighborhood-wide garage sale, and Sable and I walked around the blocks and looked at some of them. Then I rode my bike over to Grandma's house, brought her back the salsa I stole when she was in Alabama last week, and visited with a lot of relatives. Then Aunt Carla treated me and Athena to a movie (Star Trek) and pizza. I don't usually like popcorn movies, and I've never watched the original Star Trek (only TNG), but I enjoyed it. Spock was awesome! His rhythmic speech patterns and lack of emotions reminded me of Data.

Later that evening Athena came over to our apartment and we all watched Return to Oz, which she hadn't seen since she was a little kid. That's one movie I will never get tired of watching. Every time I see it, I'm amazed at how good it is and how good Fairuza Balk is in it. Especially the scenes in Kansas, before Dorothy goes back to Oz -- everything is so well-shot, and the scenes in the hospital are so suspenseful, and the way Fairuza moves her hands -- it's like poetry.


Today I had planned to go to the library and look up some obituaries for Find-a-Grave, but it's raining awfully hard right now and our street has turned into a dangerous river. I feel like Piglet when he was stranded in his treehouse during the flood. "Help, P-P-P-P-Piglet, me!"

rebecca_in_blue: (dozing off)

Tagged by my sister.

1. FACT: I was in third grade the first time I ever ate baklava. My class was studying different cultures of the world, and one kid's mom made or bought a pan of baklava when we were studying western Europe (or whatever region baklava comes from). I didn't think I would like it, but I tried some anyway. It has been one of my favorite desserts ever since.

2. HABIT: I try to walk my dog every day. He is very old, so we don't go as far as we used to, but we usually walk once up and down the block.

3. QUIRK: Almost every time I use a pen, I scribble a little line in a corner of the paper before I actually write. I do this because ink is usually slow to come out of a pen at first, and I cannot stand having to rewrite my first letter because the ink was faint for it. I have done this nearly every time I've used a pen for the last ten years. When I was in school, every page in my notebooks had little lines in the corners.

4
. FACT: One of the best breakfast cereals I ever had was a Winnie-the-Pooh cereal that I ate for one week in March 2003. Its pieces were shaped like honey pots and honey bees. I bought one box of it and never saw it on the shelves again.

5. HABIT: I try to ride my bike every day.

6. QUIRK: Every now and then I get an itchy red rash on the second knuckle of my right hand. It usually clears up on its own. I have only ever gotten it on that knuckle.

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. FACT: I saw only one movie in theaters during 2007, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. So far this year I have seen three movies in theaters: Enchanted, Atonement, Nim's Island (those three I saw in France), and Wall-E, which I just saw today. It was really good!

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