What I'm Watching

Well, Game of Thrones is over. I really enjoyed this season a lot! The finale was especially riveting, what with the destruction of the High Sept, the crowning of Cersei, the new King in the North, and the start of the invasion of Westeros. But now that it's done, what am I watching? Every damn permutation of tiny house show -- Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Hunting, Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Big Living... if... Read more →

Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me?

Yes, today I am 64! One year from Medicare! Two years from full retirement (like that'll happen)! Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, for having your holiday on my birthday so I didn't have to take a vacation day. It was just a lovely day, even though the Arctic Blast came through yesterday. Joe surprised me with a nice gift (two lovely tops) and spoiled me all day. I had Cap'n Crunch for breakfast! I... Read more →

An Aha! Moment

Once upon a time, a long time ago, my canvas boss boyfriend told me how the circus that we were on avoided their creditors and stayed in business. "Easy," he said. "They just changed the name of the show." Hold on to that thought. Joe and I saw The Big Short over the holidays. You'd think it would be pretty boring or confusing, given that the subject matter is the financial crisis of 2008. On... Read more →

It's A Monstah!

One of the many things that I love about Joe is the fact that he is an absolute expert on monster movies, especially the BEMs* of the 1950s. Shortly after we started dating, he introduced me to a cinematic gem called The Killer Shrews and I knew right then and there that he was the man for me. The Shrews is just a terrible movie -- true MST3K fodder. The giant shrews are clearly dogs... Read more →

Back to Betzwood

Last night we went to the Betzwood Silent Film Festival, held on the campus of Montgomery County Community College. It was fabulous! You may remember from this post that we live on the site of the Betzwood Studios, which was owned by Siegmund Lubin. The studios produced dozens of silent movies in the early years of the 20th century. Each year the college hosts a silent film festival featuring some of the existing movies. Last... Read more →

It's A Wonderful Lion

A couple days ago I wrote down my to-do list for vacation, to wit: do some cookin' and bakin', go to some movies, give out some presents,d take naps, watch hockey, draw some Zentangles, and glom onto my family. I'm off to a good start, especially in the movie category. In three days of vacation, we've seen two movies. We love going to the AFI Silver Theater. This wonderful old movie palace is 75 years... Read more →

Ten Things; Two Weeks

Been a while, hasn't it? Here are ten things that happened in the last couple of weeks. 1. Let's just get this out of way: work sucks. I'm maintaining, but I'm not doing anything that I remotely enjoy. The one project that I actually want to work on -- indeed, my strategic project! -- keeps getting pushed back. 2. But! Out of the blue the other day, I got an email from a former staffer.... Read more →

Sunday Sundry

Things are better at work, which is good because I didn't get the job in St. Thomas. I decided to relax and not get so bent out of shape about shit I have no control over, for one thing. I'm still getting irritated, but hey, none of this is worth getting my bowels in an uproar (as my Pop used to say). I'm trying to breathe and move instead of getting wound up and stuck.... Read more →

What I Did On My Bonus Day Off

I had a bonus day off today! And a good thing too, because I slept not so great last night. Joe was watching Jurassic Park around nine-ish, so I went upstairs to watch Four Weddings. (I know. Shut up.) I saw maybe 15 minutes of the thing, then woke up briefly during an episode of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta (I know. Shut up.), but Top Gear was on, so I switched to that... Read more →

The Good Old Days

My mom used to wax nostalgic for her past, usually when confronted with some form of technology that she didn't understand or some behavior that she didn't agree with. "My world is gone," she'd sigh. At one point I asked her when she thought her "world" existed. She told me "Oh, the time around World War II." I was born in 1952 -- which means her world was gone by the time she had me.... Read more →