Thursday, May 28, 2009


At the zoo on Tuesday I was behind a field trip group of 12-13 year-olds.
Child 1 (attempting to put a lid in a SIGG water bottle): I can't get it in!
Child 2: That's what she said!
Child 3 (nerdy and scrawny kid, to chaperon): Everyone at our school is so perverted.

And tonight, whilst watching So You Think You Can Dance, where "Sex" made his annual visit. (That link is a year old, but I'm sure that somewhere there is interweb evidence of the show down that happened was horrific and such a waste of time.) Shara said, "I hate Sex!" then two seconds later said, "That's what she said!"

My cousin, who is young and cool (excepting her crazed obsession with the Brothers Jonas)--and all of her schoolmates--has for a long time just said, "TWSS!" at her Catholic high school.

And finally, I saw this at the grocery store a while back.


I love, love, love music videos. And, I love, love, love Regina Spektor. Since this video appeared I've watched it a bunch of times because I love the song and am all pins and needles for the new album to come out. What I love most about this video is the Dogme 95-ness of it, but because it is so home-made and simple it isn't at all cliche. Those quirky kids went back in time, they skipped Cinema Verite and went straight to Kino-Pravda, although she is Russian, so why am I surprised? In an MTV world, this astounds me! You can see what order they shot all of the shots in because you can trace the shadows and the different light temperatures because the sun is starting to set and they didn't adjust anything. I also really like that her eyebrows aren't symmetrical and that she looks both ways before crossing the street.

Dance Anthem of the 80s

The album drops June 23, when I'll be away, but as soon as I get back on American soil in July, it will be mine!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Jane Austen Character Quiz.

I think it is because I subscribed to 'TEEN in my tween years that I like taking quizzes, especially fun ones which absolutely have no scientific bases or any grounding in reality, and this interweb of ours has made it ever so easy to stumble across these ridiculous quizzes. (Lest you think I seek these things out, and spend copious amounts of time doing them, rest assured, the weather is too nice these days to do anything so silly in doors at a computer.)

I've recently re-read five of Jane Austen's novels. (All except Northanger Abbey, which I am still trying to get a copy of the Winchester Austen of.) And when I saw a Jane Austen Character Quiz, I thought "I should absolutely take that!" I am not sure why I felt that way after the tragic results of the Sex and the City Character Quiz, (100% Stanford Blach - twice) but obviously I took the online quiz. Before I get to my results, I should mention that the options were only the female protagonists of the six books, Marianne & Eleanor Dashwood, Elizabeth Bennet, Fanny Price, Emma Woodhouse, Anne Elliot, and Catherine Morland. That being said, I scored a tie: 85% Emma Woodhouse and Marianne Dashwood. This I do not buy.

There are so many reasons to snuff the results of this online quiz, but I'm not going to lie, I like Emma and Marianne a whole lot more than 100% Stanny (TWICE). But for all of you Jane Austen-ites out there, know that I completely realize that I am totally Mary Crawford, Fanny Price's frienemy from Mansfield Park, blended with Lady Catherine de Bourgh's daughter in Pride & Prejudice, and absolutely not Emma Woodhouse, except for how snobby she is... anyway, if you want to take the quizfarm quiz, you could click here. And if you do, will you please tell me your results?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Three things.

The Louis Vuitton Pont-Neuf PM in Ivory.

G5 Power Mac.

CLK63 AMG Black Series

I cannot stop thinking about these three things. And if I wanted to be fiscally irresponsible in these times of economic insecurity, I'd already own two of them.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I can make an impact. I can.

Ali judges me subtly for my obsession/fascination with Grace Kelly. She says things like, "I just don't understand your relationship with Grace." I'm not sure what it is, really, either, (at least not specifically), but if you were to come into my room you would see traces of Grace everywhere. I have framed pictures hanging in my closet and one on my dresser, and a shelf entirely dedicated to coffee table books (9) (including the book she wrote on flowers and gardening), biographies (6) and DVDs (10) of her movies and a few tv appearances. I have been obsessed with her for many, many moons, and have made it a goal to watch all of her movies - and I've succeeded over the past decade except for one. Green Fire (1954). The bane of my obsessive existence.
Apparently, Grace hated the script and didn't want to make the film but only agreed to do it so she could be loaned out to Paramount to work with Hitchcock again, and subsequently hated making the film as well as Stewart Granger (just look how she's trying to get away from him on the Spanish language version of the poster). It's also supposedly a really mediocre-at-best film, but this does not change the fact that it is the one Grace Kelly movie I've never seen. I've even watched the ballet documentary she narrated in 1982.

About six months ago I discovered Now, despite my loathing of Ted Turner and how he now owns, among everything else, just about all of the movie rights to every movie ever made, I love the channel and the website is delightful as well. On they have a suggestions page, where you can post requests for movies. So, for the past six months, every couple of weeks I've been going on and requesting them to play Green Fire, because it is out of print and I am not about to spend $40 for a VHS of a mediocre movie. And today, when I wandered on the site to request it again, guess what?! It is now scheduled to play July 28th at 1:30am (July 27th, 10:30 pm pst if you want to come over and watch it with me)!! They've answered my pleas and I am thankful. Now, the only trick is to set the DVD recorder for the right time, unlike the time I set it to record Two Women (1961) for Ali and accidentally set it for pm instead of am.* I still feel rotten about that. (But then I found that it is on DVD, so we're not entirely out of luck with that one.) So, at about 12:10am on July 28th, I'll be able to cross another thing off of my beckie-inspired list of things to do before I'm 30 list!

*This is not the source of Ali's hostility over my obsession with Grace, because her below the radar, quizzical expressions started long before that happened. Although it might be the source of some other hostility.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Adventures of Shara & Molly: Episode 174

Recently, after a trip to Anthro, Shara and I decided to get some dinner. After a few false starts, we ended up at California Pizza Kitchen. It was my first time, so naturally, I thought pizza should be the order of the day, but the idea of only pizza seemed to heavy. So, we decided we'd split a pizza and a salad. Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.

When we walked in, there was no one to greet us. Some time passed, before Pete, a waiter and smoker, appeared to apologize for the delay, explain that they were understaffed and escort us to a table. He took our drink orders and was back in no time with a couple of Pepsis--a cherry and a diet. He then explained that he was not our waiter, but that someone would be along shortly, unless we were ready now. No we weren't. "Ok, have a good night, and try something new." See you later, Pete, thanks for the drinks. A few seconds later, (I can't remember his name, so we'll call him Rich) Rich comes by to see if we were ready, nope, still not ready, we haven't had a minute all together to look at the menu. He asks us what we were drinking, and then moved on. Shara and I then spent a few minutes narrowing down what our options were, but we were both fascinated by the shredded lettuce tossed in mayo that happened to top so many of their pizzas. "It must be good right, since it is on so many pizzas?" "No, I cannot imagine a world in which this would be a good thing, shredded lettuce tossed in mayonnaise molesting a perfectly good pizza!" "But then again, maybe it is so wrong it is right?" "Do I look that boring that a waiter is telling me to try something new? This whole restaurant is new." "I bet it is his thing."

This is one of the things that makes Shara one of the funnest people I know: when we had decided on our salad, but had still not come to a lettuce decision she suggested, "Since Pete said 'try something new' if he comes back to take our order, we'll go with the weird lettuce thing, but if Rich comes back we'll go with the other one." BRILLIANT! The pizzas were remarkably similar except for the lettuce, so decision is in the bag!

After about 14 minutes after this little bargain with fate had been decided on, a wild card: Julie came to take our order. We giggled, but were thrown for a loop. So this is where I explained the situation to (a very busy and over-worked) Julie and asked her opinion. Julie was very pro the whole lettuce tossed in mayonnaise on top of pizzas, so we decided to give it a try. A little while later, Pete was back and brought us our food and refilled our beverages. Then many, many minutes later, when we just wanted to leave, we had to flag down Rich to get our bill, which he dropped off, but someone else entirely took and processed it. We left the restaurant, said goodnight to Pete who was on a smoke break and headed to Becky's for Gossip Girl where my offers to try the left-over lettuce covered pizza were declined by many.

Apparently, at CPK, it takes a village to wait on a table, (or maybe Rich is the worst waiter imaginable?) (Also, all of that, and no one refilled my water.) I just hope they shared the tip. And you can bet your sweet bippy that I will never again order a pizza with mayonnaise and lettuce on it.