Saturday, March 14, 2009

Would You Rather Weekend

This week:

Would you rather have a mansion in the middle of nowhere or an apartment with 10 friends?

Friday, March 13, 2009


Let me start this post with an apology. I have not yet read The Watchmen. I am next on the list to get it. Wanna hear the worst part? I ordered it, for the library. In fact I ordered all of the graphic novels for quite a while. I love comics, graphic novels, manga, but I hadn't read what many call the best graphic novel of all time. Shame on me.

That being said, I was excited to see the movie. We bought our tickets a few days early for a 10:30 showing at the IMAX. Yay. We don't' see movies regularly on the IMAX, but thought that this one would be worth it. The theater was full. The ushers kept asking us to move in to make room. This was a little scary when Jason went to get popcorn. The usher then let us know that there weren't any previews.

I think I've said it before, I'm one of those people who like previews. I don't fast forward though them at home, and I like to see them at the movies. The usher said the reason was the running time of the adventure we were about to jump into, but I wondered.

You could describe the plot in two ways: One, they didn't waste any time getting into the action, or they spent 90% of the time on backstory and only 10% was plot. I see it this way. The backstories of the characters ARE the plot. The Watchmen is an epic, not an episode. If we didn't hear all of those back stories, it would have been 10 minutes of detective work, and 30 seconds about nuclear war.

I had no trouble understanding the movie, but I've heard that people who hadn't read the book had difficulties. Maybe I've got a mind that just works that way. There is one thing I feel compelled to address:

The nudity. An unexpected form of it, for the uninformed. Full frontal MALE nudity. Yeah. There's a lot of it. The middle schooler in me came out, and I wanted to giggle a bit at first. After I got over that, however, I thought it was good. Not good, like bow chicka wow wow, but good as in it fit.

It contributed quite a bit, in my opinion to Dr Manhattan's complete otherness. If he'd worn, let's say, swimming trunks the whole time, he would have looked silly. If he'd worn anything else on Mars (oops, spoiler), he would have looked too human. So, while I totally couldn't stop looking, I think it did actually add to the character, which is more than can be said for a lot of female nudity.

My favorite character, (my decision slightly influenced by the friend I saw the movie with) was Rorschach. He was so cool! At first, you think he's just psycho, but you realize that he's the truest hero of all of them. He never gave up, never quit. The part that surprised me the most was what he looked like under that mask. Which, speaking of, how did that work? How did it move? So much of the rest of this world is pretty strictly reality based, but that... It was awesome anyway.

The sound in the imax was great. This was the first movie I'd seen in imax that didn't make me look around all of the time. I thought it was really suited. I enjoyed the action scenes, and I thought that overall, the movie could be described as geek bliss. It didn't pull punches. It made the hard decisions, and I loved it for that. I'm terrified of writing spoilers so I'll end there. I give it 9 out of ten blue hot dogs.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


So, this blog is behind, I planted the seeds on Saturday. On Monday night I had these!

Onions and Cucumbers! Then Tuesday night,

Zucchini, roma tomatoes, and radishes!

Monday, March 9, 2009


Curious? That is what green onions look like when they are only seeds.

I bought and planted seeds for my garden this weekend! I got a nice little greenhouse, and now I'm waiting for green!

The kit came with little peat pellets. I really wish I had thought to take pictures earlier, because the contrast between what they looked like at the beginning and what the look like in this is HUGE.

The cord hanging out is to the heat mat that goes in there. I hope this really gets the seedlings going!

I think they kind of look like Alien eggs. I'm not putting my face near them until they have little green sprouts and I know they are safe.

I planted:

Sweet 100's cherry tomatoes
Roma tomatoes
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Green Onions
Jalapeno Peppers
Long Red Chiles

I'll keep you updated! Everyone out there cross your fingers for them!


This weekend, I felt victorious. I finished my first non dishrag, it turned out the way I wanted it, to knitting project.

What was it you ask? (O.K., you probably don't ask that, because I bet you can see the pictures already.

Anyway, if you DID ask... I like this pitcher. But, as many pitchers do, it drips. It drips drops of crystal light (or if we had anything else in there) onto the pitcher, and they run down onto whatever the pitcher is sitting on. Eeeew. So, my quick solution, I tied a dishtowel around the neck. Then one night, I was sitting there, and thought, Hey! I can knit something for that! So I made this little band to go around. I used straight needles, and sewed the strip together on the pitcher, so if I want to take it off and wash it, I'll have to sew it back on, but that was the easy part!

So it works wonderfully. I feel like I can tackle something bigger now. Anyone got tips for teh knitting? I seem to have a problem casting off and keeping it from unraveling. I also have the super ability to add stitches when I don't want to, but I seem to be keeping that one at bay.

p.s. there's a cat in that picture. He was unaware I was photographing him (as was I), so he did not have time to pose as he usually does. He threatened me with a length of pipe until I typed this disclaimer.

This week, on General Blogspital

Or All My Blogdren, or our personal favorite, Blogs of our Lives.

First the results! Thanks, for your guesses, and thanks for the explanation behind the guesses. The band I guessed so incredibly wrong, was Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Yes, I was that wrong.

I planted seeds this weekend! Yay! The beginning of my garden.

I also finished the first actual knitting project I've ever done. It's very small.

That and more to come on my whole 2nd week of posting every day.