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Friday, August 18, 2006

V For Vendetta

This movie was amazing! It's a look at what will come in the future. Not 50 or 100 years, but 10 years. And it's not pretty. It's been tagged "an uncompromising vision of the future."

Does anybody remember Guy Fawkes? "Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." And this little rhyme gives birth to "V".

V For Vendetta is a Vertigo/DC Comic. It's about a man who uses terrorist acts to seek revenge for what was done to him and to others like him. Others like him include protestors, homosexuals, Muslims, to name only a few. The United States has self-destructed and the only true country is Mother England. It's ruled by one man - Chancellor Adam - who preaches religion, homophobia, racism - anything to instill fear. But V plans to change that. The night of his opening act, V(Hugo Weaving) rescues Evie(Natalie Portman) from the secret police, men intent on raping her in an alley. There begins the relationship that changes their world.

The movie screenplay was written by the Wachowski brothers(The Matrix trilogy). It draws obvious connections between Hitler's Germany and Bush's US. It highlights the facist tactics used to quash people's instinct to question, the tactic that uses propaganda to brainwash, and finally the use of force -terminal or otherwise - to deal with those that do not conform.

This movie is fast-paced, very stylish, and makes an indelible impression.

I would highly recommend this movie to everyone.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Ok, I was a zoology major in university. I did some really funky, disgusting shit back then. Oh, say something like, eating lunch over an animal carcass that I was dissecting. So not much grosses me out. I know there are a lot of people who can't handle even the mere thought of their kid puking. Puke and crap do not phase me.

What does?

WORMS! Not ground worms. Oh, no. Those are cute and cuddly compared to the ones that freak me out. No, I am talking parasitic worms. Tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, etc...

I find them disgusting. I also find it particularly disgusting when I find my new kitten playing with one in the hallway. Yup, last night I found her playing with one like it was a thread, batting it around.

I called the vet at 8 AM this morning and we are set to go over for a visit shortly after 11. I know it is going to be costly, because not only am I going to treat her for ALL KINDS OF WORMS, but I am going to treat ALL THE ANIMALS for worms and fleas.

For all you animal owners out there, when you treat for worms, ya gotta treat for fleas! They are part of the worm lifecycle - the intermediary host. Wow! I actually remembered something from Parasitology class! Actually I remember a lot from that class, which is why parasites freak the hell out of me. Anyway, you may de-worm your animal, only to find them re-infected shortly thereafter because they have been bitten by a larvae-carrying flea.

It gives me the willies, just thinking about it! Ewwwwww!!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

By Popular Demand

Ok, I know I said I would post a recipe every Tuesday. And I know I have fallen behind.

Tonight, at the demo, I got called on it.

Sooooo, here is the recipe you bugged me for. Are you sure you want it Princess? Think of those tight pants. This is not a low fat recipe. And don't sub fat-free products or it won't taste right. Trust me. I've tried. I'll tell ya a secret to the bacon - cut it up in bits before you fry it.

Hot Cheese Spread

1 - 8oz. pkg of cream cheese
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. chopped green onion
3/4 cup bacon fried, chopped
1/2 crushed Ritz crackers

In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in Miracle Whip and shredded cheddar until well combined. Beat in green onion and 1/2 cup of the bacon.

Spread in a quiche or pie plate. Sprinkle with crushed crackers and remaining bacon. Bake at 350 until the spread is hot and bubbly.

Serve with crackers and veggies.


My New Title

So, today my new title is a toss up.

I could be called Queen of the Cheesecakes, since I just whipped one in the oven.

OR I could be called the Angel of Death. Cuz I almost killed my cat the past week.

On NB Day, my neighbour gave a some lilies for the whole tree trimming thing. I put them in a vase on top of the entertainment center. And Buddy proceeded to chew on the flower petals every day.

About 5 days ago, he started becoming lethargic. He didn't eat as much of his food as normal (he's a pig in a cat's body). He wouldn't play with the kitten anymore. And the two telling signs: he wouldn't torture our other black cat (which he revels in) and he walked away from his soft food yesterday.

I started to get worried. He's having trouble with hairballs lately, since he is a very hairy cat. I thought it might be that, but Mum mentioned the lilies. She asked if they were poisonous. So, I went online and at the CFA, they have a list of plants that are toxic to cats. In a highlighted script, there is a warning about lilies. They are poisonous and cause kidney failure if left untreated.

So, I've been standing idly by, watching my cat poison himself.

I called my vet at 7pm and of course I got the answering service. There I am blubbering on the phone about how I poisoned my cat. Lovely. She took my number and forwarded it to Islandview and said a vet would call back soon. An hour later, an assisstant called and she calmed me down a bit. Why? Because it's the bulbs they really worry about, not the flowers so much. She said that they were booked up until 8pm and couldn't see my kitty but she would have the vet call me later, around 8pm and talk to me.

The vet did call. At 11:30. I understand she must have been very busy. BUT 11:30!? What if my cat were dead by now!? I have a very big problem with Islandview that involves Lukey, but that is a whole other story.

Needless to say, Buddy is doing better now that they lilies are in the garbage. He is eating his soft food again. He played with the kitten for a while this morning. And he has been eyeing the other black cat. With torture on his mind I am sure.

Still! I wouldn't have put 2 and 2 together if Mum hadn't mentioned it. He would probably be dead by now if she hadn't said anything.

I'm a horrible kitty mother!

Monday, August 14, 2006

The list is out!

Check it out!

I can't wait! It's one of my favorite shows!

So, we went to see 'Step Up' last night. T'was good! Specially if you like dancing movies. Which I do. Probably because I have no rhythm and I look like a rhino having a seizure when I attempt to "dance".

That's right folks. This white chick cannot groove. I will happily admit it. The only time I feel comfortable enough to try and bust a move is when I am TOTALLY drunk. And it usually ain't a move I'm bustin'.

Anyway, back to the movie. Stars Channing Tatum (She's The Man) and Jenna Dewan (Take The Lead). Incidentally, there's a whole Six Degrees thing going on with this girl. This past week, Bonnie Kilburn has been hosting a 'powerhouse dance' thingy. They had a group of dancers from LA here to do workshops. Apparently, one of the instructors is roommates with Jenna Dewan.

Again, another tangent.

So, the movie. About a street-smart kid who is caught trashing the Maryland School of the Arts and has to serve 200 hours of community service at the school - as a janitor. Eventually though, his community service changes to filling in temporarily for Nora's (Dewan) dance partner, who has a sprained ankle. Of course, you can already tell where this is going. They get all kissy, kissy. He starts changing the choreography. Things are going great. Until the lame-legged dance partner comes back and oh, my goodness, what should Nora do?

While the storyline is trite, the dance choreography is amazing! Definitely worth going to see, even just for the dancing alone!