memoirs

Got the Harry Potter track jacket! *dork*

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Last chance for holiday cards! 😀 I really should have written them this weekend but I got lazy. Anyway, if you’d like to receive a card from me, please send me an email! They’re going out by the end of this week, I promise.

I got the chance to see Memoirs of a Geisha last Friday and I really, really liked it (it’s playing in select cities and yay, San Francisco is one of them). I read the book months ago but from what I remember, they kept all the major storylines and characterizations true to the source.

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thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

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I think I’m going to explode. I have eaten SO MUCH food today. Rob and I had his brother and wife over today and we split the cooking responsibilities. I was in charge of the ham (which I bought from Honey Baked — yum!), candied yams, stuffing, spinach/artichoke dip and pumpkin pie. Susie, Rob’s sister-in-law, made the turkey, biscuits, garlic mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. HOLY COW. It didn’t really sound like THAT much food when we were planning the menu but seriously, we each had about 2 rounds of food and we barely put a dent in any of the dishes. I’m going to be eating leftover Thanksgiving dinner ALL WEEKEND.

Tomorrow Rob and I plan on checking out a few Black Friday sales… possibly Target and Best Buy. Yeah, it’s going to be a zoo but they have toys and DVDs on sale! We can’t resist.

Anyway, before I head off to bed, I want to wish Cat a very Happy Birthday! Hope it was a good one.

top 5 answers – part 1

Part 1 of my Top 5 answers…

Top 5 Albums
1. *N Sync – No Strings Attached (yes, I still love them. :P)
2. Les Miserables – Original Broadway Cast (although I also adore the “Dream Cast” album with Lea Salonga as Eponine)
3. Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway (I love every song on this album — I can’t say that for the majority of albums in my collection)
4. Britney Spears – In the Zone
5. Linkin Park & Jay-Z – Collision Course (my wake-up music of choice)

Top 5 TV Boyfriends
1. Pacey, Dawson’s Creek (he’s practically perfect)
2. Tony, 24 (he committed treason for Michelle — that’s true love)
3. Danny, Las Vegas (purely for shallow reasons — he’s SO HOT!)
4. Chandler, Friends (who doesn’t love a guy who can make you laugh?)
5. Nathan, One Tree Hill

Top 5 TV Shows
1. Dawson’s Creek (my ALL-TIME favorite)
2. Everwood
3. 24
4. CSI
5. Veronica Mars (a newbie on the list! :))

Top 5 Songs (of the Moment — I can’t really think of a definitive list since my favorites change all the time, hee)
1. Collide, Howie Day (I LOVE this song *sigh*)
2. Such Great Heights, The Postal Service
3. Signs, Snoop Dogg ft. Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson (makes me want to get up and DANCE!)
4. A Plain Morning, Dashboard Confessional
5. Vindicated Dashboard Confessional

Top 5 Websites You Like To Frequently Visit
1. My Friends page at Live Journal
2. Makeup Alley (I enjoy reading the fashion forum — the women that post there find the greatest sales; both online and off)
3. Leaky Cauldron (I must keep up-to-date with the latest Harry Potter news)
4. Fanbolt Forums (I only lurk — I’m a spoiler whore!)
5. SF Gate — the website for the SF Chronicle (for local news)

Top 5 Stores You Like to Shop At
1. Amazon.com (I know it’s not a brick and mortar store but it’s seriously the best “store” ever)
2. Target (I very rarely EVER leave Target without spending money on something I didn’t originally plan to buy)
3. Banana Republic (for my work basics and coats — they just seem to be cut just right for me)
4. Nordstrom (Can you tell I’m a shopaholic?)
5. GAP Body (home to some of the softest pajamas I own as well as moderately priced intimates)

Top 5 Disney Movies
1. Sleeping Beauty (a classic and my favorite)
2. Aladdin
3. Finding Nemo
4. Beauty and the Beast (the BEST soundtrack)
5. Cinderella

Top 5 Pacey & Joey Moments (OMG Amanda, this one is SO hard!)
1. Joey racing to the dock to tell Pacey she’s in love with him — Episode 323, True Love (I NEVER tire of watching this scene. It makes me unbelievably happy).
2. The “I remember everything” dance — Episode 322, The Anti-Prom (this scene continues to give me chills)
3. Pacey comforting Joey on her dock — Episode 301, Like A Virgin
4. Joey asking Pacey to think for two — Episode 403, Two Gentlemen of Capeside
5. Joey telling Pacey her heart’s a fixed point — Episode 401, Coming Home (an already beautiful scene is made even better by David Gray’s This Year’s Love in the background — just perfect)
Honorable Mention goes to the series finale — finding Pacey and Joey sitting in her apartment together at the end rocked. 🙂

I have 2 more to do… but I need more time! So if you have any other Top 5 requests, ask away! 😀

dress shopping

Whew! What a long weekend…

I spent ALL day on Saturday looking for a dress to wear to Rob’s brother’s wedding (it’s on August 28) and after about 8 hours, 3 malls and what seems like a million dresses that I tried on, I ended up with NOTHING! So today Rob and I hit another mall and after trying on about a million MORE dresses, I finally found a really pretty pink floral dress with a flared skirt and ruffles. It sounds so girly, I just love it! I think Rob was probably more relieved than I was cause it meant he didn’t have to endure one more minute of shopping. Now I just have to find shoes and some sort of shawl… hehe.

I caught the E! True Hollywood Story on Women’s Gymnastics tonight (I think it was titled “Little Girls, Big Dreams”). The show itself wasn’t very exciting or informative but it was cool to see Shannon Miller (my all-time favorite gymnast! but uh, did she have a nose job?!), Dominique Dawes, and Dominique Moceanu talking about their careers, the pressure, and their Olympic experiences. They also showed the 6 members of the 2004 US Olympic team and my Olympics excitement has returned! Opening ceremonies on Friday! Whee! I’m such a geek.

Anyway, Happy Belated Birthday to Jill! 🙂

3-day weekends

*happy sigh* I just love 3 day weekends.

I bought my Harry Potter tickets today! I’m going with Rob on Thursday (well, if you want to get technical — Friday) night at 12:01am. It’s going to be about 3am by the time we get out and I’ll only be able to get 4 hours of sleep before I have to leave for work but, whatever. I’M GOING TO SEE HARRY POTTER!

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So I had to do some shopping this weekend (was looking for a birthday present for my boss and a dress to wear to an upcoming wedding) and I came across every single one of my shopping pet peeves…

1. Dressing rooms where all the mirrors are located outside. I don’t want salespeople and other customers getting the first glimpse of me! What if the shirt/skirt/dress is all wrong? Not cool.

2. Strapless bras. I don’t like them but they are a necessary evil in order to wear some tops. No matter what, I have the hardest time getting them to stay up. Stupid contraptions.

3. Inconsistent sizing, especially within the same brand. This boggles the mind.

4. Stores that only accept American Express, their house credit card or cash as payment. This is the stupidest (is that a word?) thing I have ever heard of. What if I want to use my VISA or my Mastercard?! Way to be elitest.

5. Return policies that aren’t really return policies at all. I reserve the right to change my mind.

Huh. I can’t believe it’s 2:30am and I still have shopping on the brain…

so so hot

Ugh, it’s so hot. So hot that it’s making me extremely lazy. I actually had a lot of time after work today to work on my sites but did I? Nope. I have absolutely no motivation to update my sites lately and I feel like closing some of them. Maybe.

Plus the heat is making my hair all frizzy. I hate that.

Anyway, whenever I’m in a funk, I go shopping. Retail therapy rocks. I bought a pink Coach bag and some cute bras and things at Victoria’s Secret. I was also looking for a pair of jeans suitable for work but I got frustrated and gave up. My short, curvy body just doesn’t look right in jeans made for tall, skinny people. Guh. Also saw this adorable wallet at the Paul Frank store. I almost bought it but I don’t *need* it. But really, when has that ever stopped me? Hee.

Doing the Friday Five:

What was…
1. …your first grade teacher’s name? Rosalie. I think. Or was that her last name? Well, we called her Miss Rosalie. That has to be her first name. Ugh, I have such a bad memory.

2. …your favorite Saturday morning cartoon? It’s a three-way tie between Smurfs, Jem and Beverly Hills Teens. Huh. Were any of those actually on Saturday mornings? I really have a bad memory.

3. …the name of your very first best friend? Robyn. And she’s still my friend to this day! 🙂

4. …your favorite breakfast cereal? Corn Pops

5. …your favorite thing to do after school? *sniff* Don’t remind me that I’m old! I’m not in school anymore. When I was in school, I usually ended up in front of the TV watching Oprah or catching the tail end of my favorite soaps.

Britney Spears concert tomorrow! YAY!

shopping insanity

I need to be stopped.

Last week I spent an obscene amount of money on clothes and shoes at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. Then last night I went to Target with the intent of buying only the essentials (read: soap, shampoo, etc.) — but of course, my boyfriend and I find some way of purchasing other erm… necessities such as DVDs. So I told myself that I would not spend any more money until after rent has been paid on August 1. But of course, I check my email and find out that MAC just launched a new color collection today. GAH. I just know I’m going to head to the mall tomorrow during my lunch break to check it out. I need more self-control.

In non-materialistic news… let’s see… um, my boss left for her honeymoon today. I like her but… yay! Work is going to be so laidback these next 3 weeks. Awesome.

Now for the Friday Five:

If your life were a movie, what would the title be?
Hmm… maybe something like Getting By. I’m not very original at 2 in the morning. I also like How To Deal but that would be even more unoriginal. lol.

What songs would be on the soundtrack?
Beth Nielsen Chapman’s Say Goodnight, Not Goodbye — for my mom’s passing
Good Charlotte’s Motivation Proclamation — for my high school years
Simple Plan’s One Day — for my dad’s over-protectiveness
Lillix’s It’s About Time — for my college years
Good Charlotte’s Seasons — falling in love with Rob
Janis Ian’s Days Like These — when Rob and I sail off to sea for the summer… oh wait, that wasn’t me. Damn.
Colin Hay’s Waiting For My Real Life to Begin — for my current state of mind
Matchbox 20’s Unwell — just for good measure

Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why?
It will definitely have to be live action. Cause I said so, that’s why.

Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc?
Ideally, I want Lucy Liu to play me — I think I’m a lot like her character Alex in Charlie’s Angels. But if I’m going to pick actresses in my general age range, then I’d like to see Keri Russell or Emily VanCamp play me. Hmmm… I see my Dad being played by Robert DeNiro, Alyson Hannigan as my cousin Riz, Reese Witherspoon as my college roommate Shirley, Alexis Bledel or Natalie Portman as my best friend Carmen, Kristin Kreuk as my best friend Robyn, and Mike Erwin as Rob. This is fun.

Describe the movie preview/trailer.
Just some short snippets of major events in my life with Lillix’s It’s About Time as the promo music. That’s it — I spent way too much time on the previous question and now I’m tired and sleepy, hee.

the non-blog

Holy moly — I can’t believe it’s already July! Where did the year go?!?

Why is it that when I actually sit down at my computer to blog, I can’t think of a single thing to blog about? But when I’m sitting on the train or out and about, blog ideas pop into my head and I think “You must remember this!” And of course, I don’t. Sucks to be me. Or maybe it sucks to be you because you’re reading my mindless drivel. Hee. 😉

Anyway, I have a new shopping addiction: buying make-up. Specifically MAC makeup. Gah. It’s so girly and crazy and damn expensive but it’s just so much fun. I love experimenting with the eyeshadow colors and I’m such a sucker for lip gloss. Someone seriously needs to take away my credit card because it’s just way too easy for me to stop by a nearby department store during lunch to buy more. It’s a sickness, I tell you.

Hmm… I just realized that tomorrow is pay day. I *must* resist all temptation to go spending all my money immediately. I mean, I need groceries! Apparently, I also need priorities.

For even more randomness, This or That Tuesday:

1. Lemonade or Ice Cold Beer? Lemonade. I don’t drink alcohol — it makes me giggly and silly and just, ugh.
2. Swimming pool or beach? Beach. I love the whole feeling of going to the beach — getting sand all over your stuff, lying on a beach towel getting some sun and hanging out with lots of people.
3. Long weekends here & there, or a 2-week vacation? 2-week vacation. It gives you the chance to relax and explore, which isn’t something you can really do with just a few days.
4. Destination: Acapulco or Hawaii? Hawaii. I am in love with Hawaii.
5. Destination: Mountains or Beach? Beach.
6. Hotel/motel/B&B or camping? Hotel. I need running water. This girl doesn’t do “roughing it.” 😛
7. Carefully planned vacation, or play it by ear? Carefully planned vacation. I’m not much of a risk-taker when it comes to vacations. I need to plan everything in advance and make sure I get good deals and such.
8. Sneakers or sandals? Sandals
9. Air-conditioning or fans? Air conditioning
10. Concerts in the park or baseball games? Concerts in the park. I’m sorry to say that baseball can just get way too long for me to sit through.

Oh! A question — I was wondering if anyone knows of any sites like Angelfire where you can upload videos with huge file sizes (like 8mb)? I’m trying to alleviate some of the bandwidth strain here at e-l.net. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

toys r us

Toys R Us is evil.

I get home today and I’m relaxing in front of the TV when the boyfriend says “Let’s go to Toys R Us. I want to look at the Transformers toys.” I reluctantly went with him and we ended up spending about an hour in there. (!!!) I was tempted by all the Harry Potter lego sets, the R2-D2 figurines, the Strawberry Shortcake dolls, the Gameboy games, the Trumpet-playing Cookie Monster (which I really wanted — I have to add to my collection!)… err, pretty much everything. That store is so EVIL. Rob somehow managed to get out of there without buying anything for himself but I left with 2 Care Bears. I got Grumpy Bear for myself and Share Bear for my cousin — I’m planning on giving it to her when she leaves for school in a few weeks. So I guess that justifies my purchase then — I bought a *gift.* Heh.

Rob and I finally got on board with the whole Netflix phenomenon (only after the closest Blockbuster Video to our apartment closed down) and we love it! I definitely recommend it — especially for people like us who always forget to return rentals on time and rack up insane late charges. So far, we’ve watched About A Boy (adorable movie!) and Wet Hot American Summer (funny stuff — Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce and Bradley Cooper are all great). Very very exciting.

Oh! I have a question — does anyone know how to disable direct linking? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂