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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Random Thoughts Today

1. Birds suck in the morning.
2. The new CompuPro forum is totally addictive.
3. The only good mosquito is a dead mosquito.
4. Lukey is a patient boo.
5. I hate it when people say 'nucular'. It's nuclear morons!
6. Don't buy Oreo Double Stuft cookies anymore - too easy to eat them all.
7. I think I walked through some Poison Ivy today.
8. The new CompuPro forum is totally addictive.
9. I bought 3 dozen Coke Zero today ... they are on sale for 2.50 at Superstore.
10. I hope Amanda doesn't wonder why I don't call or e-mail. I mean, I shouldn't have to tell her outright that being treated like shit when you do call or e-mail doesn't engender happy- happy feelings.
11. My cats are crazy tonight.
12. I can't wait to go shoe & dress shopping with the girls tomorrow.
13. I wonder if my kids are in Freddy yet. I can't wait to see them and give them big hugs.
14. The new CompuPro forum is totally addictive.
15. I desparately need a pedi.
16. I wonder if anyone wants to scrapbook next weekend?
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17. Is a good giggle picture - my mom:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Movie Madness

Ok, so since Friday, I have been bitten by the movie bug.

Friday night, I picked up some previously viewed movies at Blockbuster. On the weekend, I watched Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium and Hitman. Mr. Magorium's was good, but not one I intend to keep. I will return it to Blockbuster for store credit. I really liked Jason Bateman in it. He was funny and sweet and stiff all at once. Dustin Hoffman was great as Mr. Magorium, but I found the character on the annoying side. It was a very sweet movie. Just not one I will watch over again. Now Hitman, on the other hand, I will keep. It was amazing! I absolutely love Timothy Olyphant. Adore him! I even loved him as the knife-wielding psychopath, Mickey, in Scream 2. Hitman was fast-paced, full of action, and lots of smirk-inducing humour. I would definitely recommend this one.

Monday night, my mother and I went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Very interesting. Lots of role reprisals, lots of Indy action, lots of funnies. It was long only in the sense that the seats in that theatre were very uncomfortable ... by the last 45 mins I was starting to squirm a bit. Otherwise, the film was wonderful.

Last night, I decided to go see The Incredible Hulk. I will watch anything with Edward Norton in it. Seriously. I think I actually like this version better than the Eric Bana version of a few years ago. I definitely liked Liv Tyler in the lead female role over Jennifer Connolly(I find her more than mildly annoying). Lou Ferrigno even had a guest appearance in the movie. I am so glad I went to see Iron Man last month, or I might have been a bit confused at the end of The Incredible Hulk. They did a bit of a crossover, with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark at the very end of the movie. It was an obvious lead-in to a sequel pitting Iron Man against the Hulk. It will be interesting to see if it ever happens.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

It finally struck me that perhaps today being Father's Day could be the reason behind my weird mood. It was a thought that kept popping in my head all weekend. I don't know why it would bother me so much more now than any other year in recent years. But it is. It could be because I am finally accepting my father for who he was, trying to put the bad behind me and focus more on the good that did happen.

So in the spirit of focusing on the good, I will try to name 10 things that were great about my dad or great things he did.

1. He loved to travel. He was never afraid to go someplace new.

2. He loved to cook. I know I get my cooking genes from him. He loved to try new recipes, all kinds of different ethnic foods. Saying a lot for someone from a tiny island off Newfoundland.

3. He had a wicked green thumb. Everything he planted grew like mutant plants. And he planted a LOT.

4. Christmas. It was his holiday. He made Christmas magical for us every year. I still don't know how he did it ... but every year, Santa would drop off a present while we went to Christmas Eve services. We would find that special "early" present from Santa when we got back. I think back to the year my sister and I received matching mirror and brush sets ... I have no idea how he managed to get them to the kitchen table. He didn't go back into the house after we went out, he went out the door with us ... so I have no idea how he managed to pull off that bit of Christmas magic. But it was so typical of him.

5. I know he was sorry for a lot of things he did to us. He just didn't know how to tell us that. I recognise that now. I didn't want to see that for a long time.

6. Family was so important to him. We spent every Sunday at my Grammy's because it was family dinner day. We visited NH at least 3 times a year. We spent almost every summer vacation with my dad's family, whether in NH or Newfoundland.

7. He was a good nurse. When my sister or I were sick, he took great care of us. I remember when I used to get wicked bad migraines in my pre-teens and early teens. He'd tuck me into bed, close the curtains and blinds, put a cold pack on my head, and keep my sister quiet.

8. He served his country for as long as he could. He did his job without complaint, even though it was one with a high price tag. It's only now that I know what he did that I realize that it must have cost him part of his soul to do it.

9. One of the greatest memories I have was coming home from school one afternoon to find a rented VHS copy of Dirty Dancing and a new cassette of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack on my bed. I was dying to watch that movie. And just one day, out of the blue, he made it happen. He even went to bingo with my mother that night so my sister and I could watch by ourselves.

10. He loved his family. I know he loved me. It's taken me a very long time to believe that.