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2006 in review, part one

Here are some rediscoveries and a couple new loves of this past year.

  • Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer. Here's the video.
  • The Onion: I started reading The Onion about ten years ago, and then I got a great book of theirs called Our Dumb Century, but then sort of forgot about the website after this one remodel they did which annoyed me. I started reading it again this year, and got another enjoyable book, called Dispatches from the Tenth Circle.
  • Pente: We've had this game for years, but just started playing it again recently. We also have Go, but that is more complicated, and we haven't gotten into it yet. You can play Pente online here.
  • Bloody Marys: This recipe has the right ingredients, but you have to adjust the proportions to your own liking. I use lime, and Goya hot sauce instead of Tabasco. And I wouldn't let the drink sit in ice to cool, because that would water it down. Just strain it over fresh ice in a glass.
  • Mixtapes (but with mp3 cds, of course) I've made 4 or 5 for some online friends this year, and some for my kids, and I'd forgotten how cool it is to get really involved in the process of creating the perfect playlist.
  • Dear Prudence by Siouxsie and the Banshees and here's another by them, just as a bonus. It's a better video, as those go.
  • Straight Leg Jeans: The tag on the ones I got says slouch skinny 504, but when I looked that up, I only saw plus sizes. They look just like this pair, though. I really like the slouch thing, because you get low rise without all the low rise problems. I would like another pair.
  • Stand-up Comedy: we were so so into stand-up at the beginning of the 90s, I think we overdosed on it, watching it practically every night on A&E. But now I love it again, and have learned to appreciate all the old comics I never really understood when I was a child. And yeah, it's good clean fun, but not impossibly good and clean. It's just not specifically vulgar, and most of it's not very negative. XM has an adult comedy channel, but I don't find it as funny. That one tends to be specifically vulgar and kind of negative.

QotD: My Favorite Holiday Movie

What's your favorite holiday movie?

Here are several, besides It's A Wonderful Life:

The Bishop's Wife
The Shop Around the Corner
The Man Who Came to Dinner

And for contemporary choices, it would have to be a tie between A Christmas Romance and Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus.

Going to link them up and add details later, if I have time.

It's mutton

I hate this picture. My family likes it. I hate the bangs. My family likes them. I think they look fine on people who are not me. This happens every time I cut my hair, which is why I rarely do. Because, hate. In this photo, I look like all the boring, tedious, uncreative women I cannot stand to be around. Plus, kind of old. But, there you go. It's really me.

Vox Hunt: Mistletoe Kisses

Show us who you'd like to kiss under the mistletoe.


Sally Field told Rita Braver on CBS News Sunday Morning that James Garner gave her "the best kiss I ever had in my life, which was on camera, believe it or not" (in a scene from "Murphy's Romance").

Presented with this information in a separate interview with Braver, Garner said, "She’s such a dear. Poor thing. She must not get out very much. But that's nice for her to say. I've had a couple of them say that. I might not be a bad kisser after all."

QotD: Top 5 in '06 - Movies & DVDs

What are your top 5 movies/DVDs of 2006?

Okay, I'm changing this. I saw fewer movies this year than in an age. So I'm just listing them all, and my grades. And then I'm going to make a list of all the ones I meant to see, but did not yet.

My grades? Are based about 70% on how much they entertained me, and 30% on whether I thought there was quality. I'm a snob in one way, but not in another. :-) You are, of course, quite free to disagree entirely.

Nanny McPhee B- 
I, without shame, still love Colin Firth. And I love Emma Thompson.

The Pink Panther C+
Also without shame, I love Steve Martin. I would have his babies, were I still desirous of having those. It's a better movie than the credit it received. Peter Sellers was funny, but he did not invent the wheel.

Benchwarmers (for my son) C
This movie made me not hate, uh, what's his name, Rob Schneider.

The Promise B
Pure fairy tale, beautiful and strong.

Superman Returns A-
Great reinvention, good casting, would love a sequel.

Cars B+
Very well made, and better dialogue than I anticipated.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest B
So much story; too much, really, but very fun experience.

Casino Royale A
Wow. Great story, and that Craig guy utterly sold me, against my expectations. The story was very similar to the book, but with good updates.

Memecry Becomes Me

Found this at Laura's Vox page. She often turns me into a mimic. I was going to make links for it all, but, you know, whatever. It's there, and here, to find.

1) Harken back to your archives.
2) Collect the first sentence you wrote every month for the whole year.
3) Entertain us.

January: There's this whole world of TV that I'm not normally privvy to; just dip my toes in the water 2 or 3 times a year.

February:  Life just got chaotic. It may, well, will certainly continue that way for the next month. I am heartbroken.

March: (nothing in March, was still busy dealing with heartbreak.)

April: I am now going to share with you some thoughts and ideas and puzzlements of the past two days.

May: This was written for a fan fiction challenge, and the ending came from a kickstarter exercise at an LJ community called The Clinic.

June: I just kind of have been hating life.

July: Here are "American" things I intend to get done today.

August: Yesterday, we had fried tofu for lunch, with a dipping sauce that was made of Japanese soup broth, ginger, and soy sauce.

September: This is part of an ongoing conversation I've been having with my best online mate.

October: I've been putting in archives all day of this blog.

November: I'm only up to Tuesday's NaNoWriMo quota, but I'm happy with the direction I've suddenly found, and uploaded an excerpt, which you can read here.

December: Here's my van Christmas tape.