Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine - Need I Say More?

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Raunchy, crude, totally NSFKids, and absolutely hilarious. It's a movie where you should just check your brains at the door, because it's not a thinking movie; it's a be-entertained and laugh your a$$ off movie. I think I actually cried in some parts, because I was laughing so hard. It was a great way to burn off the calories of the heart-attack-inducing popcorn I ate (only 1/2 of a small without extra butter, so don't judge).

I loved Jon Cusack but I thought Craig Robinson had the best lines. Hubbs thinks the guy that plays Lou had better zingers, but I think that actor tried a bit too hard. I loved the actor who plays Jacob; he was a very convincing 21st century geek.

Anyway, it's a great movie to watch with your funny, more liberal-minded friends. Don't go with your stick-in-the-mud-uber-conservative buddies** though; they will think you're disgusting for picking such a filthy movie! ;)


**No offense to my stick-in-the-mud-uber-conservative friends; I still love you! :)


Theatre Anorexia, or Heart Attack in a Paper Bag

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Did you know how many calories and grams of fat are in a Cineplex Odeon/Famous Players medium popcorn? If not, live in blissful ignorance. As for me and my Hubbs, we can no longer consume those delicious kernels of extra-layered-buttery goodness in good conscience, because we made the mistake of Googling the nutritional information contained in a bag of that stuff.

Let me put it this way: a large popcorn (without the "extra" butter layered on) is equivalent to half of an adult's daily caloric intake, and way more fat grams than any human being should consume in any given day.

And who eats popcorn without the butter? That's like eating hot dogs without ketchup, or french fries without salt. Ick.

So, alas, we must give up our popcorn love or risk having a coronary in the middle of "Hot Tub Time Machine." Maybe sharing a small popcorn is an alternative, but somehow I doubt that this will be much better once they layer on the butter (and you know it's only good with the layers).

Another delicious food completely eliminated from my diet. *sigh*

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A MIllion Bucks Doesn't Go Far Anymore

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Not that I have a million bucks. I'm just sayin'. My lovely mom-in-law and I were discussing the Lotto jackpot, and what we would do if we won a cool mil. We both agreed that winning $1,000,000 would be fantastic (hey, we celebrate when we win $5 on scratch tickets), but it wouldn't go nearly as far as it once did (say, in 1985).

I remember, as a teen, being asked the same question by my mom. I had a big elaborate plan worked out that would allow me to give some of it away to loved ones, some to God (via charitable donations to the church), and the rest to myself for both investments and spending. I'm sure that at the time, my laundry list of "stuff" not only included nice cars and a home (or two), but clothes, shoes, and travel arrangements. At the time, that sum of money probably could purchase all of the things on my list. The plan was solid.

Now? Even with $1 million, I wouldn't be able to afford a single-family house in Point Grey, or a sub-penthouse apartment in the third Harbour Green building. In fact, I'd probably still be priced out of single-family dwellings in the nicer neighborhoods of Vancouver West. A nice car for Hubbs would set me back nearly 20% of the jackpot. As for investments - well, let's just say that the ROI at 2% isn't awesome.

I blame inflation. It would probably require a jackpot of at least $10 million to be able to do all of the things that I had laid out in my initial spending plans. To me, that's pretty sad. It's sad to see that even my jackpot dreams have become unaffordable. What is this world coming to?

Of course, I haven't bought a Lotto ticket in nearly a year, so my chances of winning even $5? Nil.

I Miss My Childhood

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When we were kids, my sibs and I "chased" a lot of Cantonese serials. That is, we watched many mini-series dramas that were produced and shot in Hong Kong. One that we particularly enjoyed was the 1982-1983 version of Legend of the Condor Hero.

I happened to hear the theme song to this show playing in the Chinese supermarket last week, and it has been on my mind ever since. I decided to Google the show and its actors these past two nights, and somehow, in listening to the songs and watching the accompanying Youtube videos, I've become quite nostalgic for the childhood that has long since passed.

I'm not sure what it is about this show in particular that has triggered my emo-stalgia, but discovering the ravages of time on the actors and reading about the premature passing of the main actress (Barbara Yung) has left me sort of veklempt. I miss my childhood, and the simple lazy days when we used to sprawl on our bellies on the carpet and watch shows like this on VHS. I miss believing that I could actually *be* one of the characters, and have super kung fu powers, and fight bad guys off without even breaking a sweat. I guess I miss the innocence of youth that I once possessed; when did I lose it?

This summer, I think I will pick up the DVD to this show and watch all 59 episodes in a marathon. I might even do it sprawled on my belly on a carpet somewhere.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It Has Been a While, Meme...

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What type of day are you having? Somewhat miserable. I had to get cavities filled and my teeth cleaned, and the dentist used a fluoride on my teeth that took 6 hours to wear off. When it did come off, it did so in chunks. My mouth was also frozen for part of the day, hampering my ability to eat. I ended up skipping my workout due to fatigue and hunger, thanks in part to my frozen mouth.

Was there anyone who "made your day"? Hubbs. He always makes my day! Sometimes he makes it great, other days he makes it horrible.. ;)

Are you liking how you look today? I did not like looking half-frozen in the face, but I always like my legs in yoga pants. So mostly yes.

Do you have anyone crushing on you? Hubbs. He has a crush on my butt and my boobs and other parts of me that he thinks are attractive :)

Have you ever eaten a bug? Not on purpose, but since I did go through a salad phase, I'm sure there were a couple of critters that I inadvertently swallowed with my lettuce.

Are you vegetarian? No, I'm a meatatarian.

When was the last time you kissed someone? Hubbs, a few hours ago.

Have you ever had something stuck between your teeth, but no one decided to tell you? Once I interviewed for a position at Earls, and whilst waiting for the interviewer, I ordered an Earls strawberry soda. I managed to get a strawberry seed lodged right between my two front teeth, and completed a full interview that way. I only discovered this when I glanced at my reflection in the rearview mirror as I was driving out of the parking lot after the interview. Needless to say, I wasn't hired.

Are you a mother or a father? Neither.

When was your last paycheck? I don't get paid in cheques anymore. Direct deposit, baby!

How many pets do you have? One Hubbs.

What kind of toothpaste do you use? Currently it's Crest Cinnamon. It's always Crest but the flavour changes depending on availability and mood.

Are you closer to being rich or poor? Anyone who lives in North America is rich by global standards.

Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? There is no room left on our bed for such things.

What was the last gift someone gave you? An early Easter card from the in-laws. So sweet! I also got a free toothbrush and mini-toothpaste from the dentist's office - do those count?

Do you appreciate that person? My in-laws, yes. My dental hygienist - sort of (she causes me pain sometimes).

Did you talk to anyone you didn't like today? Does my soon-to-be-ex-RMT count?

Do you like picnics? Only if there are no bugs and I am guaranteed not to get dirty. I don't go on a lot of picnics…

What book are you currently reading? Just finished Super Freakonomics and am about to start Money Road.

What song did you last listen to? I forgot already. Hubbs could probably tell you, though; he's the audiophile in the family.

What movie is in your DVD player? It's currently empty. We are still waiting to upgrade to a PS3 so that we can watch movies in HD.

How many windows are open in your computer? Two (4 tabs in the browser)

Are you a very stressed out person? Hubbs thinks so. I think I am only stressed out sometimes, but he believes I'm a perpetual stress ball.

Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up:
1. Kitchen sinks
2. Mayonnaise (oops, I should really put that away)
3. Kitchen appliances (stove, microwave, fridge)
4. The TV
5. Our bed

How do you style your hair? I usually wear it long and flat. Many products are used in this very complex process, though you'd never guess that from looking at me.

What are you wearing now? My contact lenses, among other things.

Coffee or tea? Both, although someone recently told me that caffeine erodes the calcium in my body. So now I'm thinking I should drink more milk to counteract this effect.

What’s your current fandom/obsession/addiction? Make-up. I keep amassing more and more mineral make-up. It's almost time to purge just to make room for the stuff I just ordered today.

If you could get a tattoo of anything right now, what would you get? Maybe a tacky Chinese symbol (faith? hope? joy?). But I'm past my tattoo-lusting phase now, so I'll likely never get inked.

If you had the money for it, what would you purchase right now? A house in Point Grey, complete with crown mouldings, granite, stainless steel, and landscaping.

What websites do you always visit when you go online? Lainey Gossip, D-Listed, Oh No They Didn't, Greater Fool, Gmail, and iGoogle.

What was the last thing you bought? Groceries.

Who would you like to be listening to right now? Mozart, or Vivaldi, or Grieg. Maybe Haydn.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to shape shift (I'd make myself skinny and bootylicious), or else the ability to do things really really quickly so that I'd have time left over to sleep.

What is your favourite weather, and why? The brisk clean air of autumn, with just a bit of sunshine and mild temperatures. It's a good feeling in my lungs and on my skin.

If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play? Guitar. I already know how to play the piano and violin.

What would your theme song be? I'm Every Woman (Whitney Houston) or a praise and worship song (e.g. I Believe in Jesus).

What is your dream career? A hotel and food critic who travels the world and reviews glamourous 5-star dining and resort destinations. :)

Tuesday Rant Meme

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I'm not sunshine and roses this morning so skip the post if you don't want to hear me b*tch. Just sayin'.

1) Don't give me attitude if I miss a massage appointment because you failed to call me *after* I had already requested a courtesy call a day in advance of my appointment. I book these things a month in advance; my memory isn't that long. If I have already asked for the call and you don't bother, don't get in a snit when I no-show. I already told you I'd forget. Ball's in your court, sister.

2) Crusted on egg is a pain in the arse to clean. This is why eggs should only be consumed as hard-boiled; any other cooking method requires too much clean-up, and caked on egg ruins wooden spatulas. Did I mention that Hubbs and I have separate wooden spoons? He's no longer allowed to touch mine, period.

3) If an internet provider has a system failure, there should be an automatic credit issued to all account holders who were affected by said failure. We lost connectivity for 15 minutes yesterday. If Hubbs was working, that would be 15 minutes of meeting time he would have to make up for later. Given his per-hour salary, is the internet provider willing to fork over the $$ in over-time work Hubbs would have to make up? Or what about lost income?

4) There should be an automatic escalation process for customer service phone reps. The moment they realize they cannot solve the problem, or the customer asks for a supervisor, they should move the call along to their superiors. It's a waste of my time, and their time, for me to have to explain and re-explain my problem and wait and wait some more while they figure out if they are able to assist me (which I am almost always certain that they cannot).

Hmmph. On an overcast Tuesday, it is good to rant a little bit. I almost feel better now.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Basic Beauty

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Much as I am fond of my Smashbox Halo mineral powder and its uncanny ability to hide all of my facial flaws, I've recently had to trade it in for something a little less....toxic. My dear friend Amy F. made a good point about being more vigilant when it comes to the stuff that one puts on their skin. I mean, maybe these products absorb into my bloodstream (I have no memory of biology). Maybe they'll inhibit my ability to have babies one day. Who really knows?

Anyway, in an effort to be more health conscious, I decided to try mineral make-up that is a little more simple. As in, 4 ingredients simple. Another dear friend, Mrs. S, suggested that I try Everyday Minerals. Though I was initially skeptical about putting down money on something I haven't ever seen or touched before, I decided to give it a go when I looked up the website and discovered that you could actually order a crapload of samples for a very minimal fee. Given how much I paid for the one compact of Smashbox, I figured that this was a steal.

When the little samples arrived, I wasn't sure what to make of them. They were teeny tiny and there were, like, 15 of them (okay, so I over-ordered a little). Most looked to be similar in colour and it took a while for me to figure out which ones I liked, and which brushes to use, and how to actually get these powders from jar to face.

After this initial bout of problem-solving, I developed my own little system and began trying out the products. Several weeks later, I can definitely say that I am sold. Everyday Minerals are inexpensive, less toxic than other mineral make-up, and easy to use. I am currently using their Light Semi-Matte or Fairly Medium Intensive bases, and have yet to make up my mind on my favourite blushes and finishing powders (though I really like the Kaolin Sunlight finishing dust).

So now, my beauty routine has been changed. Truth be told, it hasn't simplified one bit given that I now use an extra finishing powder (read: one more step) as part of my morning routine. However, I feel much better about leaving my face on when I go to bed (a big no-no but I still do it because I get lazy) and I don't worry nearly as much about poisoning my bloodstream or skin with chemicals that have names I can barely pronounce.

Oh, and I haven't blogged in a while, as you may have noticed. Oh how I have missed it!