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We had FUN in Vegas. We saw The Beatles Love at The Mirage. What a great show that was. I lost some $$ at the slot machines, but STILL managed to have a great time with our friends. But ..when I got home, I came down with bronchitis or something. I actually went to the doctor…. I am starting to get better, I think.

I hope I am well enough to see Jackson tomorrow. The doctor says I am contagious. *sniffles*


Vegas, baby.

Me and Hubs are headed out for a  long weekend of fun in Sin City.


Title Grade Comments
Inglourious Basterds A+ I loved it. Christoph Waltz gave one of the finest performances I have EVER seen. And Brad Pitt saying “Arrivederci” toward the end of the film was one of the funniest deliveries of a movie line EVER.
Star Trek A+ Loved it, loved everything about it.
Taking Chance (HBO) A+ Somber, beautifully attentive to details about which most of us are totally unaware. I sobbed my eyes out. Kevin Bacon gave a wonderful performance.
Eastern Promises A I think this was a 2008 movie, but only recently saw it. Violent, dark but absolutely Superb. Viggo Mortensen is amazing.
District 9 A Loved it. Made me think and consider. Gory, violent and not pretty to look at and a bit hard to watch, but superb.
X-Men – Wolverine A- Two words:  Hugh Jackman.
Hangover A- Hilarious. ‘Nuff said.
Watchmen B+ Dark and ambiguous, but I like superhero movies.
Angels & Demons B Pretty good, improbable, but good. I like Tom Hanks.
Public Enemies B Johnny Depp can hang a suit my friends. Smokin!
State of Play B Pretty good.
Taken B Liam Neeson carried this movie, but I liked it.
Harry Potter HBP B Love the world, the story, and the characters. Finely imagined and beautifully realized.
Transformers Revenge / Fallen B- Love the world, the story, etc. I am fan, but even I must acknowledge this was a bit weak.
Duplicity B- These characters have serious trust issues. Julia Robert is pretty good.
My Life in Ruins B- Beautiful scenery and Nia Vardalos is very funny and interesting.
The Ugly Truth B- Gerard Butler. I thought this was unnecessarily crude and it was hard for Kathernie Heigel to pull off some of this .. but Gerry Butler – yeah. I did miss his accent, tho.
Julie & Julia B- Very nicely done – I thought Nora Ephron’s writing was a tad light. Meryl Streep has a way of making everyone on the screen with her look good. Stanley Tucci was amazing in this role.
Medea Goes to Jail B- Funny .. Unnecessary crudeness, drug use and not subtle innuendo, but FUNNY!
Terminator Salvation B- Love the world, the story and the whole franchise. This was dark and bleak, and probably the weakest of the series.
Dead Like Me B- This used to be a series on Showtime, and they made a movie. I like it a lot.
My Life with Marly B- I like Jennifer Anniston. And what is not to like about Labrador retrievers?
He’s Just Not That Into You C+ It was okay.
Bride Wars C It was okay. Beautiful visuals.
The Proposal C It was okay – Alaska was beautiful.
GI Joe C Neat technology and I will see anything with Arnold Vosloo in it – just hoping to see him nekkid one more time.
Knowing C Nicholas Cage.. you didn’t know it was sci fi till the very end.
Night at the Museum Smithsonian C- The first one was amazing, this one, was okay I suppose. The relationship Ben Stiller had with his son in the first one was missing in this one, I think.


Yesterday I was working in my office along about mid-day when Hubs asks the age old question… “What’s for lunch?”

Now, this is usually accompanied with or followed by fridge rummaging, pantry staring and head scratching. This time was different – I barely got to mention some of the usual suspects – like tuna, an egg, soup, etc., before Hubs suddenly says … “Let’s go to Cracker Barrel for lunch!”

I should say right away that Cracker Barrel is not on Hubs’ list of favorite restaurants for the simple reason that they do not serve alcohol and beer is Hubs’ favorite food. But I was getting hungry and I love Cracker Barrel (good food, cheap and close,) so I said “SURE” and …off we go.  We do go to Cracker Barrel occasionally, usually for breakfast or with guests or company or meeting people, whatever.  We went there a couple of weeks ago and as usual, Hubs laughed at me trying to do the silly peg puzzle game that is always on the table. Once I accidently completed the peg puzzle game down to only one peg, which indicates only that I was once accidentally pretty smart!

So, while I was surprised by Hubs’ suggestion of Cracker Barrel, I didn’t for a second think anything was up. The quickness of the suggestion of any place was the only thing I thought odd.  The discussion of what we are going to eat (for breakfast, lunch or dinner) is usually a long and lively discussion. We have some version of this discussion several times a week and this is a ritual much loved and enjoyed by the both of us. The simple decision to eat in or go out usually takes a good twenty minutes just by itself.

As previously mentioned, this ritual / discussion will likely include some or all of the following: deliberations, exaggerated facial expressions, head scratching and tummy rubbing and at least a half dozen suggestions made, considered, discussed, shelved, or outright discarded.

Once we decide to go out, the discussion of to which restaurant we will go can take another twenty minutes or so and include another long deliberative process.  However, if one of us is in the mood for something particular (usually me) – then the conversation is abbreviated and goes something like this: I will say to Hubs “How do you feel about X for dinner tonight?”  Hubs will reply “Is there cheese in it?” to which I will always say “no”, and then Hubs will either say yes or no. If he says no, and I really want X for dinner, I will say something like “I hear they make a really good margarita” or “Drinks are two for one tonight” and then Hubs is usually ready to go in a jiffy.

But back to yesterday and lunch. We get to Cracker Barrel, me blissfully ignorant, and we sit down, place our order – I have the chicken lunch special and Hubs has the eggs. Hubs immediately pulls out the peg game and solves it perfectly in like 5 seconds flat ..only one peg left. Suddenly, it dawns on me. This was all part of Hubs’ big plan. He has gone online, studied and perfected his peg game and only taken me out to lunch ONLY to show off!

Still, I got a good lunch outta the deal. One I didn’t have to cook!

Here is a link to the Cracker Barrel peg game:


In the calendar year 2010 – I shall not buy new a single piece of stationery, a single greeting card nor post card. Including Christmas cards for 2010.

I have been cleaning out my office closet – and although I knew I had a LOT of cards and writing paper, even I am shocked at how many beautiful things I have in my “inventory”!



Yesterday we had beer and quiche with friends who have a 9+ month old baby. If you know Hubs and me even a little bit, I’ll bet you can guess which of us had which!  Their son is so adorable. He has about 8 teeth, he sits up, crawls and pulls himself up to stand. He will even take wobbly steps!  This is so wonderful to see! Besides just enjoying the cute little guy, I was thinking about all the upcoming fun for us.  Jackson (my grandson) is about 3 months younger and now I am so excited for him. Look at all the fun activities we have to look forward to coming right up!

We are going to see Jackson today. Love that boy.  Oh, and the 9+ month old has HAIR … !