Archive for August, 2008

CineMonday Kick-off!

Welcome to CineMonday! This is my new weekly feature where I highlight and review a movie that I have either recently seen or an old favorite that I recommend you see. I will be reviewing movies of all kinds, so hopefully you will be inspired to watch movies outside of your proverbial “box.” There will be romantic comedies, yes, but I will also review documentaries, foreign films, horror, drama, and pretty much anything else that happens to come my way.

Every once in awhile, I will post a “U-Pick CineMonday” opportunity, where you will advise me which movie to watch and review. This is your chance to direct me to something that maybe you would like to see but haven’t yet, or perhaps one of your all-time favorites.

The first movie in the CineMonday series is Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a documentary. This film won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2005. This movie is rated R.

The story takes place in Calcutta, India, where a young woman is teaching photography to a group of children who live in the brothels of the Red Light District. The film brings you right into the brothels themselves, and while it is fascinating, it ain’t pretty.

Warning: This is definitely not a movie to watch with your children, as there is profanity, sex and drug references.

I found Born into Brothels very interesting and especially touching, especially when you see the beautiful pictures that the children take of their surroundings.

Puja, by Manik.  Photo from Kids With Cameras

Puja, by Manik. Photo from Kids With Cameras

I recommend this movie–I give it four stars out of five.

Visit http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/home/ for a curriculum guide and information, as well as updates on the children themselves.

Please leave me a comment if you’ve seen the movie or, if you plan to see it, come back and let me know what you thought. Happy viewing!

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Yeah, What He Said

Here’s a link to an excellent article written by an Alaskan about Sarah Palin. Read it if you want to know why I’m nervous about her.

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Moving Day

Well, not for me, but for my parents. They are at this moment packing up the largest U-Haul I’ve ever seen and moving to their new house. It’s a lovely day, at least, so that’s a blessing. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow.

I’d be helping, you see, but I’m with S. The husband is breaking his back moving my parents’ abnormally heavy furniture, and I’m home surfing the net and trying to get S. to sleep. She fell asleep five minutes after we left my parent’s house, but when I put her down for a nap…no dice. Oh well. You can lead a baby to the crib but you can’t make her sleep. Or something like that.

I hope everyone’s had a nice weekend so far. I’m spending the weekend absorbing the big news. Wish me luck.

Update: Actually, turns out it is moving day for me. I moved my Blogger posts over here to WordPress so now you can read them all without having to go to my other site. Enjoy!

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Stages of Grief

I am in the midst of a grief cycle right now. I was driving S. to daycare when I realized what Woody and Wilcox on the radio were saying. Our Governor, Sarah Palin, has been chosen to be the VP running mate. The first thing I did was shout, “NO! NO! HE CAN’T HAVE PICKED HER. HE’D BE STUPID TO PICK HER. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. OH. MY. GOD.” I’m sure S. didn’t appreciate this, but she didn’t interrupt my screaming. So I dropped her off and spent the drive to school going through the other stages of grief. So far, I’ve been through disbelief, anger, sadness, and now, I’m into nausea. Oh, that’s not a stage of grief? Well, it is now.

I’m just shocked. Extreme shock. Horrified. Ugh. I don’t know what this is going to do to our state, and that worries me.

You see, I liked Sarah Palin when she was running for governor, but I didn’t vote for her (she’s a Republican, you see). Then she got elected. So I waited, and she seemed to be working out well as governor. She then did a couple of things that I disapproved of, which made me like her less. And then the scandal hit. She is accused of firing the head of the Troopers because he refused to fire her ex brother-in-law, who went through a nasty divorce with her sister. It looks like the accusations are well founded, and there’s an investigation in the works. I’m surprised that McCain would have picked her in the midst of this scandal. Maybe it’s just small potatoes, but I think it says a lot about her character. I have begun to distrust her in the past few months, so I have a negative opinion of her right now. That’s just my personal opinion, of course.

Anyway, think of me while you watch the news today. And know that I am probably still in shock and possibly sick to my stomach.

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I’m not an astrologer, nor do I believe in horoscopes. I do find, however, that fun can be had by discovering others who share the same birthday. Here are the people that were born on my birthday and the magical connection between us:

Ron “Horshack” Pallilo– I was definitely the nerd in school. I practically was Horshack.
Emmylou Harris– Um, we both own dogs?
Linda Hunt– We’ve both dressed up as men. Albeit, mine was for Halloween, but…
Marvin Gaye– We both lived through a self-imposed European exile in the late seventies.
Jack Webb– We both like jazz.
Alec Guinness– He starred in Star Wars. I’ve seen Star Wars.
Buddy Ebsen– He played Doc Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is one of my favorite movies of all time.
Hans Christian Anderson– He wrote “The Princess and the Pea” and my childhood nickname was Sweet Pea. (He also wrote “The Ugly Duckling.” Those of you who read my last post know the connection there.)

So now it’s your turn. Click on www.famousbirthdays.com, find your birthday and come back to post a comment telling about the spiritual connection between you and the famous person/people born on your birthday.

This oughta be good.

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My Randomness, in a Nutshell

My good friend Da Goddess has challenged me to name 10 random things about myself, so here they are:

1. I met Da Goddess because of my dog’s gas. Thanks, Deb.

2. I love nuts but only if they are not inside of other food. If you put ’em in brownies, not only will I shun the nuts, but I’ll also refuse the brownie (and I loves me some brownie). The same goes with ice cream, Jell-o, etc.

3. I am famous for my chocolate chip cookies. People always ask for the recipe, so here it is.

4. I go to church every Sunday (okay, almost every Sunday).

5. I’ve always considered myself the ugly sister.

6. My baby book is one of my most prized possessions. I keep it locked in the fire-proof safe. My mom did a great job making sure my baby book was just as full as my sister’s, who was born two years earlier.

7. I met my husband through a coworker but I truly believe he was sent to me because I asked for him. Several years before I met him, I made a list of the qualities I wanted in a man.
The list:
cares about his appearance but isn’t obsessed with it
health-conscious but not obsessed
someone I can be myself with and who makes me a better person

My husband is all of those things, except maybe natural/earthy. He is a wonderful man–perfect for me, and a terrific father. I am blessed.

8. I love movies and now that I have a baby, I love Netflix. My taste in movies varies widely. Some of my favorites are:
Auntie Mame
Kill Bill I and II
Indiana Jones (the first three, notsomuch the new one)
The First Wives Club
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Father Goose
Pillow Talk
Top Secret
The Birdcage
An Affair to Remember
Sabrina (both the original and the remake)
Better Off Dead
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
and pretty much anything by Kevin Smith

9. I used to kill spiders. I don’t anymore because of a particularly terrible incident this summer where I found a spider in my bathroom sink. I ran the water and washed it down the drain, but when I returned a few hours later, I found the spider, sans several legs, attempting to crawl its way up the side of the sink. It was the most pathetic thing I’d ever seen, and I felt horrible. Now when I see a spider, I leave it alone. Unless it’s in the shower while I’m naked. If that happens, all bets are off.

10. I’m turning into a blues fan because of a friend who loves the blues more than anyone I’ve ever met. Her passion for blues music is inspiring and infectious. Ask her, she’ll tell you.

Well, that’s it. It’s amazing how easy it was to find ten things about myself that were random. Now, for the tags. I pick Susan and Myra. Thanks for reading!

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Sweet, Yo.

On the KTUU website this morning:

PFD check plus energy rebate dispersed Sept. 12

Posted: Aug 20, 2008 03:14 PM

Updated: Aug 20, 2008 07:27 PM

by Channel 2 News staff
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state of Alaska has announced that Permanent Fund Dividend checks, along with a one-time “resource rebate” check, will be released Friday, Sept. 12.

Those Alaskans who applied to receive their PFD checks via direct deposit will be among the first to benefit from the early release date.

Residents who expect to receive the check via mail can check their mailboxes in mid-October.

This year’s PFD check is widely anticipated to be one of the highest ever.

Analysts have predicted that Alaskans can look forward to a dividend worth more than $2,100. Add in the recently approved $1,200 resource rebate check and residents can expect around $3,300.

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When I dropped S. off at the daycare provider’s this morning, she finally did it.  She leaned toward her and put her arms out.  Thank God.  Husband said when he picked her up, she was in his arms and actually was acting like she wanted to go back in and play some more.  It took a full week- a painful week- but she did it.  What a relief.

Oh, and yesterday, she said something that sounded like, “Mommommommommommom.”  Yippee!

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I am dusty, dirty, sweaty and my hands hurt. A day in the life of a teacher two days before school starts. I had forgotten how much physical labor is involved with working at an elementary school. Not that every day is like this, just the first few days and the last few. I guess a few in-between, too. That’s okay, I was super lazy over the summer, so I can use the exercise.

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More Extreme Airports

I followed a comment link from Da Goddess’s page to find this post about extreme airstrips. Here’s a photo of the airstrip where I was born and raised:

Cool, huh? But no, I don’t miss living there.

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