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charlie chaplin lives

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

…and he rides the Hollywood Metro line (tough times…)

Yesterday was a magical day.  It wasn’t particularly a good mood sort of day, but at least I can boast that I kept myself open to the little amazing pleasures the day can bring around here.

As it turned out, my 20th century history professor had surgery  a few of days ago and decided to come teach anyway.  It could fall under the category of “Amazing.”  Let’s just say there were a lot of F bombs dropped, eye rolls and words invented.

It was amazing.

I had on one of my (current) very favorite sun dresses on…even if the “boho” trend dies, let’s just say I’ll wear it anyway. It has one of those flowy layered skirts that catches the wind and make me look more ethereal than I actually am (*note, actually means not really ethereal at all). Plus, it has a hugging plunging neckline that only works on the smaller chested ladies and reminds me why I’m A-okay with the “classy ‘nice collarbone’ neckline.”  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re either (A) a guy or (B) one of those women with huge breasts (either purchased or real and you think it’s your only positive attribute so you display them to to an …unnecessary degree…)  It gives the gift of: even on your frumpiest feeling day you put it on and feel …pretty.  That’s a pretty amazing dress (watch me step on the end in the midst of a gratuitous twirl and tear it …or something way more positive than that …but let’s face it, I tear and/or stain most textiles I own).

So the “twirly” dress made the day better (or at least my outlook), as did my eccentric history lesson …then I see what you see above: Charlie Chaplin (ish) on my red line.  I couldn’t stop smiling at the sight.  Yes, I know he was probably on his way home from a day of working the tourists outside of the Chinese Theater (nothing wrong with that …that has to be a hard day’s work). He didn’t say anything, but he did tip hit little hat at his stop and walked off along his way.

That was amazing.

Okay, maybe not as amazing as seeing the real deal …but since that’s not an option, this was just great.  It’s not something I’d see living in most other places.  Whenever I get stir crazy, it’s nice to be reminded of the little wonders in my current back yard.

they have a fight. triangle wins. triangle man. *accordion solo*

Friday, January 27th, 2012

For no particular reason, I’ve been having a huge Renaissance with  with They Might Be Giants‘ “Particle Man.”  Everyone has that song they put on, and without fail, they feel warmer and fuzzier …at the moment, this song does that for me.  Any time my fella wants to make me laugh, he puts “Cotton Eye Joe” on.  No, I don’t regard it as a great song …it’s simply the dumbest song ever which equals hilarious to me.  However, THIS song is a prolific nostalgic song.  I dare you to not to do some sort of slow hippy dance to it while you clap your hands, I dare you.

(I’m pretty sure it’s playing some sort of role regarding mental warfare for poor Bowser…)

DRINK MORE WATER!!!!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The best way to make sure you get your daily water intake …totally practical!

This is an age-old piece of advice, and one that people tend to ignore and then sheepishly chuckle and admit to one of their bad habits as “not drinking enough water …or any …does beer count?”  There are TONS of reasons and benefits to drinking water, but here’s the incentive of the day: Drinking water aids in weight loss.

In fact, a recent study has shown that drinking 16 oz. of water before each meal can help you lose weight AND keep it off.  The study showed that people who drank more water not only lost more weight, but kept it off over the next year, while those who went off the water-drinking regimen gained a little weight back.  By the way, they tested water that was regular ol’ water, not mineral water as I had written about previously (guzzling mineral water is supposed to help plump out wrinkles better than “regular” water).  I wouldn’t stress too much about what kind of water you’re drinking, so long as it’s clean (I run my tap water through a Pur filter).

If you’re finding it difficult to stay hydrated, try carrying around a reusable water bottle and drinking throughout the day.  If you have it around you all the time, you’ll find yourself taking swigs.  On an on-and-off basis (it is really hard to make good habits stick …even if it’s as simple as swigging water) I’m amongst the countless people who don’t drink enough water.  I’ve been keeping a liter bottle around with me and have found that I now drink 2-3 liters a day.  I’ve cut out (almost completely) sugary juices and sodas and have noticed a large difference in my energy, skin …and I have to pee ALL the time (annoying, yes, but clear them toxins, yeah!).

It’s one of my “optimistic goals” I’ve spoken of.  I’m still “on the horse” as of now.  My biggest trick is to not keep tastier drinks easily accessible.  I don’t have a hard time turning down soda …but lemonade (or Arnold Palmers …mmm…) or even juice …those are harder to pass up for water.  It really is nice not feeling dehydrated though.  I don’t think people notice how “blah” dehydration makes them feel …unless they’re beaten over the head with it via hangover.  I don’t know about that weight loss claim as of yet but then, I like to eat.  So …I would always encourage drinking more water.  It’s the most basic primary thing your body wants.

And hey, science says so.

a new take on “breakfast at tiffany’s”

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

THIS is what is hanging over my stove (har har …breakfast …kitchen …har)

And THIS is what I’m going to replace it with when the day comes.  Yesss!

Hanging something over your stove or sink …well, you have to do it with the understanding that its shelf life may be shorter than other parts of your home.  I don’t mind replacing my Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster knowing this is out in the world waiting to be hung up!  Perhaps I’ve shown too much of my dark sense of humor?  Nah.  I love Holly Golightly.  The movie version more so than the book (don’t hear that very often) …too much literal hookerdom …I found it harder to want to emulate.  I don’t actually want to see Cat attack her …but yeah, it’s pretty funny.

Most people find Banksy on the over-exposed side.  I think he’s successful for a reason.  It does sort of contradict the principles of street artists in certain ways, but whatever, I love most of what the man does.  Just assume you’ll be seeing more of his work here (and in my home …prints not originals …obviously, I’m not Daddy Warbucks, geez guys).

No, seriously, I love Holly Golightly …I own a replica of the sleep mask …and I’d be sad if a cat mauled it.

speaking of Oscar nominations I’m not at all surprised about…

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Take that all you Dawson’s Creek hating nay-sayers

On a less surprising note, Michelle Williams has been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her part as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.  This pleases me.  The movie itself was …well, I want to call it “so-so” but that’s not fair on the grid of movies out there.  It’s better than average, but it wasn’t great. There was lovely cinematography, costumes, the cast was out of this world good BUT the story itself was (to put it eloquently) BLAH.

It was off to a disadvantage from the start.  It’s based off of some guy’s “memoir” so mediocre writing and seldom factual information is what the film makers had to work with from the beginning.  There was so much wrong information wise with the story.  The dialogue wasn’t strong.  It’s such a shame.  It could have been a fantastic movie given they were telling a story about a very interesting figure during a very interesting time for her.  They should have not based the film off that book and done a better film.  It’s that simple.  But they didn’t and we got what we got.  It’s absolutely worth a viewing and I’m quite certain I will end up owning it because I am a bit of a Marilyn buff and I’m a great fan of Williams.  Which brings me to my main point:  Michelle Williams is reason enough to watch this movie.

Though I think she could have been a little more subdued with her “Marilyn laying low and not being ‘on’” portrayal, that’s not to say she wasn’t brilliant.  I appreciate greatly what a daunting undertaking it would be to portray one of the most famous people in the world.  Marilyn was an icon, and many have played that breathy icon …but Williams played the human being.  Given all the folklore (including the book the film was based on) and taking into account her mental health/drinking and drug abuse …nobody really knows who she was.  Those closest to her with a large intellectual capacity (ie; Arthur Miller) couldn’t begin to understand her.  Take all the issues she came with along with being astronomically famous …unless you’re Elvis or one of the remaining Beatles …we can’t begin to imagine what it felt like to be in that unique and invasive position.

With all of that said, I was left incredibly impressed with Williams’ portrayal.  I didn’t feel like I was watching some cartoon of her, which is always how I’ve been left feeling in the past.  Anyone can do a caricature.  Williams fleshed her out as well as I think anyone could of such a well known, but not known woman.  I would compare watching her to last year’s Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  Do it for nothing but to see the lead performance.  In this case, the supporting cast was up to snuff as well.  Bonus.

I’ve always been a fan of Michelle Williams.  I’ll say it, I watched Dawson’s Creek in high school (and into college…cough…) I watched the shit out of it.  Alright, so her earlier work isn’t necessarily what to go off of.  But I’ve always liked her and enjoyed her personal contribution to projects.  Shutter IslandBlue Valentine.  Need I say more?  (We won’t mention Dick because we’ve already established the earlier years are take what you can get).

Hell, some people only know her as some tragic figure who was Heath Ledger‘s great love who was left to raise their baby after he died way before he should have.  It’s nice to see that she is finally being recognized on her own accord and not “former fiance of …who’s also an actress, you might remember her from Dawson’s Creek.”  I wouldn’t necessarily bank on a win since she took home the Golden Globe in the “comedy/musical” category.  I thought that to be a very odd choice.  It hardly resembled either.  Now she’s getting thrown in the big kid pool of “acting!” against the seasoned likes of Meryl Streep and Glenn Close.  I’m rooting for Michelle.  Those other dames have had more than their share of award recognition.  Regardless, I’m just glad this vehicle has given her the legs to do whatever she chooses.  Opportunities ahoy!

Oh!  And just a suggestion from a movie nerd:  Michelle Williams was in a little known film called The Baxter (another great cast).  I consider it a little gem.  Some might not enjoy the comedic pacing of it, but you can’t please ‘em all.  I think it’s a charming twist of a romantic comedy.