Monday, December 22, 2008


I did see the movie Twilight again. I went with a friend who had just finished reading the first book. She had waited to finish the book before seeing the movie. She was as dissappointed with the actors as I was.

Bella was great. She did a good job, if a little more bumbling than I thought her character to be.

Edward should have been the lead actor from "A Walk to Remember". Shane West. He would have been a great Edward. I thought that Robert Pattinson did a good job, but that first scene where you see him for the first time, he wasn't as beautiful as the book made him out to be.

I thought all of the Cullens could have been more attractive. Esme and Victoria were very pretty though. They seemed to fit. Even James fit.

I'm curious to see how the next movie turns out. The CGI could be better too.

Xmas Party & A Nor'easter

Well, the Xmas party that we had was a total success. I believe. I think. I had fun anyway. The night ended with a bunch of us in the hot tub. Then around 4am one of the boys woke up and found two of our friends ASLEEP in the hot tub! They'd got back out there after the rest of us went to bed and passed out! They could have died! Holy cow. I can't get over that. So unsafe.

The gift exchange, Yankee Swap, was hysterical. My face hurt I was laughing so hard. It was a SeXmas party. So you had to bring a sexual related gift for the swap. Good thing we were all good friends and we all had a good sense of humor. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

The kitties went to the kennel for the night so that they wouldn't get let outdoors by someone. It started had snowed on Friday and a little on Saturday. So it was beautiful outdoors with all our holiday lights. I think everyone who came to the party had a good time. A bunch slept over and we had made beds up so that people didn't have to drive if they didn't need to. I'm glad we did. I know I couldn't have driven anywhere. ;)

Then Sunday came. We were all a little hungover. Mark was supposed to fly out at 1:00pm so he was off packing. We checked the weather online. It started snowing as we were looking up the weather. It came down hard. There were practically snowballs falling out of the sky. So we checked on Mark's flight. It was cancelled! Whoohoooo! An extra day with Mark. I couldn't ask for a better Xmas gift!

So we hung out at the house and watched the snow fall. Friends came a went all day. The house was still disaster (it still is).

We got at least a foot of snow with that storm. So we have a total of just over 1.5feet of snow. And it's not even Christmas yet! I don't remember the last time we had this much snow for Christmas. It's great. All though driving isn't the best. And waiting to get plowed out isn't always fun. :)

A great weekend. I need the Christmas holidays to recover. :)

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Celebrate.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Missing Sunday

SO. The BIG news is that Mark and I are engaged!!! Yup. That Sunday, while 4-wheeling in northern Maine, he slipped a ring on my finger. It was snowing, we'd just cut down our Christmas tree (and by "we", I mean "Mark") and the moment was completely perfect. I absolutely LOVE the ring and still can't stop staring at my hand. I almost swerved off the road a few times this past week because this bright shiny pretty thing distracted me.

It was a perfect day. The perfect man. And he picked the perfect ring and the perfect moment. What more could I ask for? Not much. :)

Of course being a woman, and especially one who recently helped a girlfriend with her wedding, I jumped headlong into wedding plans.

I've booked the photographer; he does absolutely amazing work. He has done two of my friend's weddings and I was sold the minute I saw his work. I'm one of those girls that thinks that, other than ending the day being married to your favorite man, the photos are the most important part of the whole day. And this guy tells your story in images. So cool.

I've also picked the location. Which I'm keeping a secret till I have that completely booked and taken off the calendar. Oh. Yeah, we picked a date already. September 2010. So we've got plenty of time to fill in all the details. But I'm not going to stress about anything. I won't be a Bridezilla. :)

Tata for now! I'm on Cloud 9 and I'm going to enjoy the view. (Pictures coming soon. I swear!)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Breaking Dawn

I JUST got Breaking Dawn yesterday. I've started it today. I hope to finish it this weekend. I have the hardest time putting down this series.

Plot Status:
Bella has told her parents of her engagement and the wedding is on. She's doing a last fitting of her wedding dress with Alice's help. Bella zones out to her happy place. A place where the wedding is over and done and she's no longer mortal.

OH! AND.... I'm going to see Twilight again tomorrow. :D

4 Wheelers, Camp & Bob Marley

This past weekend Mark and I loaded up the wheela' and hauled it up to Belfast. Where we stuck the traila' on anutha truck and piled in the cab with some friends. Then we rode anutha 3 hours up to Houlton (aka Canada) to get to Camp. Now Camp was a b*$ch to get to. About 4 miles of unplowed dirt road with a nice layer of ice topped off with about 2 inches of snow. Add the million hills, the truck with a wheeler in the bed and one on the trailer and you've got yourself a nerve racking roller coaster of fun!

We did finally make it in. Side tracked the whole ride in by the glitter someone had sprinkled on all the trees. Seriously, it was like being the Star Trek Voyager jumping to warp drive (or whatever it is that it does and the stars go flying by).

Mind you the truck's outdoor temp reading was steadily dropping from the original 30 degrees. We got to Camp and it was 3 degrees. Yep. Three whole degrees. Oh and did I mention that Camp doesn't have electricity or running water?

For the first hour at Camp we could leave the front door open because it was the same temp indoors as it was outdoors. That is, 3 degrees! We got the wood stove up and running quickly. Then the generator was started and we had some light and a fan to push the heat back down from the high ceiling. About 3 hours after we got to Camp I finally took my coat off. Not my hat or long-johns though.

From that point on it was a deterioration of memory interspersed with blazing cold moments and lots of laughter. When there's no TV and you've got 6 people in a small space and they've been drinking and you want to keep them entertained; Bob Marley's skits do the trick. No, not THE Bob Marley. But Maine's Bob Marley, the comedian. He's wicked funny doode. :) Even funnier if you're from Maine. The freezing cold moments came when you had to sprint (without falling in the snow) to the outhouse because you thought your bladder might burst along with your gut.

Saturday was still freezing and now snowing too. We all layered up with as much clothing as we brought. We jumped on the wheelers and took off for some fun in the snow. Our friend had bought 40+ acres recently with skidder trails all through it. (Skidder: for definition click here. Affectionately called "skidda" here in Maine.) So we went all through the property, falling in mud holes, skimming over ice, tracking Moose. Yup. Moose have some of the biggest tracks I've ever seen! It was pretty cool. At one point the guys had to hook up two of their winches to a downed tree and swing it back like a gate so we could keep going up the trail. It was pretty entertaining because the tree was frozen solid to the ground.

When we had decided we had frozen enough body parts to warrant a rescue mission, we headed back to Camp. The fire had died down a little so once again, we kept our warm clothes on till it was warm again. Soon food was being consumed along with mass amount of drinks. An intense game of Jenga kicked off the night. But it as the game A**hole that really got the night started. Drinks were being pounded left and right. Then came Pictionary. A very very very long game of Pictionary. (Which Mark and I won. But we credit our talents to frequent games of Pervartistry. But that is another whole story.) Finally we all zonked out.

It was a great night. I hadn't laughed that hard in a while. Camp was a blast. Pictures are coming soon!

(If you're wondering what happened to Sunday, that story comes later. It was a very important day and gets it's own post.) :D

Friday, December 5, 2008

Don Herzfeldt

This is something that can usually cheer me up. I used to watch this all the time in college after having a few drinks. Maybe it's not as funny with out the drinks....

Don Herzfeldt did a series of cartoons for a children's program. They all got Rejected.

Here is his Wiki entry. Don Herzfeldt.

Do a search for Rejected Cartoons on YouTube to watch the whole thing. It's pretty long and completely awkward. Always a good time.


Christoph Niemann Coffee Art

I thought this was a cool article.

I'm still bummed, but found this a few days ago and thought I'd post it. People can be so creative.

And the ironic part is, I don't love coffee. I don't even drink it. Oh I like the smell alright, I don't even mind the flavor, but I HATE the taste/breath it leaves in it's wake. Coffee breath is a pet peeve of mine. Eeckk.

Dog Days

Well. I'm extremely bummed out. We got approved to adopt through the rescue. You'd think that would be something to celebrate right? Well, it is. But the whole reason for the process in the first place, that beautiful little face in the post below, is probably going to another home. I'm devastated.

I know I fall in love with pets easily, but I don't think that's a fault. I've done a bunch of searching through other shelters in my state, even petfinder, and can't find anyone who compares to this guy.

I know it's horrible, but I'm secretly hoping that this new home doesn't work out for him. I really Really REALLY REALLY want to be this sweet puppy's family.

Slightly depressed.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Almost Home

The lady from the shelter is coming to visit our home this week so we can get approved to adopt. (Sorry there has been no news on this topic recently.)

The dog that we loved, is still available and we can meet him after we've been approved.

I really hope he's as great as we think and we somehow can mange to get him and still bring him home after the holidays.

Isn't he adorable? I can't wait to kiss his little face and play with him in the yard.

4 Day Weekend

My Thanksgiving holiday was great! Mark and I got up early early and went for a walk/jog for 25 minutes. We saw about 20 toms (male turkeys) next to our road. They were all hunkered down in the leaves and looked like they were sleeping. They shifted away from us when we paused to point.

We made it to Marks Mom's house by 9:30am. There we piled his mom and her friend into the back of the Element and barrelled on down the road. We arrived in Gloucester Mass just before noon. We got a lovely tour of Cape Anne and went for a stroll on a beautiful beach. The homes in this area were amazing! We saw famous people homes next to sprawling inns and motels. All sitting on the very edge of the ocean cliffs. When the Perfect Storm rolled through the road we were driving on was completely washed away and homes had waves crashing on their second stories. Incredible.

We had a very large gourmet feast that could have put Martha Stewart to shame. (Mark's aunt is an amazing cook!). Then we sat around having drinks and watching football. All in all, a great holiday.

I woke up feeling only slightly under the weather. I got a great night's sleep because I got to sleep with the window over the bed open, which gave a nice cold breeze blowing over my head all night. I love sleeping in cold air but having the bed nice and toasty warm.

So Mark and I rolled out of bed and down the hall to the TV room. We watched Happy Feet, another Pixar movie. Then it was time for breakfast.

I started feeling a little off somewhere around then. Friday ended up being an incredibly painful day. Literally. I had to somehow make the 2.5 hour drive home while practically writhing in agony. We even stopped at a local hospital ER and the wait was going to be 3 hours, just to get into a room. So we continued on, with frequent stops. (Peeing blood is excruciating.)

Eventually we dropped off Mark's mom and her friend. Then we went straight to a quick clinic that we know has no lines. I was seen, given a prescription, and walking out the front door in 20 minutes. Ten minutes later my Rx was filled. I started feeling better not long after. Wow. What a horrible day.

I slept in while Mark went out hunting on the last day of the season. I spent most of the day taking pills, drinking fluids and doing nothing. (I am still bookless since I finished Eclipse last week.) I felt a lot better by the end of the day. We ended up going to a boxing tournament. Some sort of Finals. It was my first live boxing match and it was pretty fun.

After a round of pills with breakfast, Mark and I went 4wheeling around our neighborhood for a little while. We found an amazing look out that is privately owned. We could see all the way to Mt. Washington! I'm going to have to take a picnic lunch next time.

Then we watched the Pats play in an extremely painful game. We just changed the channel towards the end. We just couldn't watch anymore.

THAT was my Thanksgiving break. How was yours? (Hopefully you didn't go to the ER like me.)