Thursday, May 27, 2010

The owls!!!!!

5 Lovable Animals You Didn't Know Are Secretly Terrifying (Warning: contains swears, so don't click if you can't handle it.)

Monday, May 24, 2010

a quote

"Never explain. Everyone is far too full of their own private worries and fears. They'll take you for granted as long as you just seem sure of yourself. It's a great mistake ever to say anything when you needn't."

I saw this quote from Agatha Christie on Facebook and I think it needs to become my new life philosophy. I don't know if you've noticed, but I tend to feel the need to explain everything, even if it's something that wouldn't have been noticed had I not decided to explain it. I would explain further, but I'll just leave it at that. :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010


I just finished watching Grey's and it was the most intense episode of any show that I have ever seen. I was in shock and traumatized seriously every ten minutes or so. I won't even discuss the amount of tears shed. If there is anyone else out there who watched it, please let me know so that as soon as my heart rate goes back to normal, we can discuss.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

mascara running down my face

I just discovered this little clip and darn near died laughing. NPH and Jason Segel doing Les Mis. Pure genius.

The Maltese Falcon (AFI #23)

This was not my favorite of the AFI movies. I only made it through the whole thing because I started reading my book like half an hour in. So I guess technically, I only really watched the first half hour and the last fifteen minutes. I just couldn't get in to it. I didn't care at all about the characters or what happened to them. I thought the acting kinda sucked (although Humphrey Bogart was o.k.) and I thought Peter Lorre was distracting. So . . . this wasn't the worst (remember Yankee Doodle Dandy?), but it definitely was not the best.

Side note: Every time I watch a movie in black and white, I spend an inordinate amount of time wondering what the costumes and set really looked like. Did they use specific colors for the way they looked in black and white? Did they use clothes that maybe clashed or looked garish in real life, but look good on screen?

feeling music

Here are a couple of songs that when they come on, I have to stop what I'm doing, close my eyes, and just feel the music. I know that sounds weird, don't make fun! But really, can't you just see me sitting in my room with my eyes closed, "feeling" the music!!!

1. Ennio Morricone-Theme from The Mission

2. Yanni-Aria

3. A R Rahman-Latika's Theme (from Slumdog Millionaire)

4. Garry Schyman-Praan (otherwise known as the music from the Where the Hell is Matt? video)

P.S. These songs also possibly make me tear up just a little bit.

Monday, May 17, 2010

song of the day and a nugget of a story

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira. It's the official song of the 2010 World Cup. And, because I think I might actually like this version better (which tends to be the case with most Shakira songs), here's the Spanish version . . .

And since we're on a Shakira kick, here's Gitana. I love this song because when my family lived in Spain I would go around singing about how I was a gitana (a gypsy). I would also try to sell flowers to the tourists in the park because that's what the gypsies did and I really wanted to be one. Sadly, due to my American citizenship (although I wasn't actually born here, a fact which could indeed further my goal) and non-nomadic lifestyle, I fear that dream will never be realized.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

this made me cry

and then I had to go watch this again . . .

and then go cuddle with my dogs.

Friday, May 14, 2010

my new obsession

The soundtrack to In the Heights is one of those albums where the first time I heard it, I wondered how it could possibly have been in existence without me knowing about it. I keep listening to it over and over again and I'm still amazed by it. Seriously . . . why have I just now found out about this music???

The Philadelphia Story (AFI #51)

I had watched Rear Window shortly before watching this movie with my parents, and we all agreed that Grace Kelly may be gorgeous to look at, but if we had to choose between them, Katharine Hepburn's spunkiness would win out every time. She's fantastic in a movie full of fantastic actors. Cary Grant is, as always, well . . . how do you describe him other than he's Cary Grant?!? He doesn't need a description, Cary Grant is the description. Jimmy Stewart (I can't call him James, it sounds wrong.) is hilarious, although I have to say, he (and everyone else) was upstaged by the little sister pretty much every time she came on the screen.

Letters to Juliet

Loved this movie. Vanessa Redgrave is just . . . wow. I want to be like her when I'm older.

Jasmine Coconut Rice with Mango

1 cup uncooked Soft Jasmine Rice (or long grain)
1 can Coconut Milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 mango

Cover rice with cold water and rinse. Repeat until the water runs clear, about 3 times, and drain. In a medium saucepan bring 1 and 3/4 cups of water to a boil. Add the rice and stir briefly. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the water is absorbed. In a saucepan, combine coconut milk, sugar and salt. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Pour the boiled coconut milk into the cooked rice. Stir well. Cover top of rice directly with wax paper or aluminum foil. Let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Peel the mango and cut into slices or squares. Spoon the rice, or scoop with an ice cream server onto a serving platter and decorate with mango slices.

Recipe from here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

song of the day

Nina Simone-Feeling Good

Monday, May 3, 2010

so I think I'm moving

Well, I don't think I'm moving, I am moving. I made the final decision to move to Georgia. (You couldn't hear it, but after I typed that, I squealed a little.) Now I'm trying to figure out when. I'll be done with school in August, so I can go any time after that. My problem is that I need someone to drive out there with me, and both of my parents teach, so it'll have to be August, or wait until the week of Thanksgiving. Unless of course someone wants to take a road trip with me!

My parents have been amazingly supportive of this decision. I thought they would have something to say about me randomly wanting to move all the way across the country, but they just said they'd support me with whatever I decided, and they would help me get settled. (I possibly just squealed again!)

So now I just have to get through the next few months of school. Easier said that done, probably! And I think I'm going to sell a bunch of my stuff, so if anyone wants anything, let me know! Wow, I'm still kind of in shock that I'm actually doing this. In my mind, I just said "Good for you, Kim. Good for you." Yay me!!!