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No Christmas Movies before Thanksgiving

Posted in Entertainment, Holiday, Movies and Theatre, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2016 by urbannight

not-christmas-yetI like movies and watch a lot thanks to Netflix being WAY cheaper than cable.  I miss a few shows I like but it is much more affordable this way.  Because of that I have a few movie blogs I follow.  Today, only two days after Halloween, a Christmas movie review popped up in my feeds.

No thank you, I deleted it.  No Christmas before Thanksgiving.  It is bad enough seeing it in the stores before Halloween.  About the same time they start setting up for Halloween, the stores start to clear out and set up the Christmas tree section.  Some stores wait until after Halloween and use that space for the Christmas decorations.  Other stores, bigger store, I’m calling you out Wal-Mart, actually started putting out decorations before Halloween as well.

So I really don’t want to start seeing Christmas reviews before Thanksgiving.  I’m just not mentally prepared for it yet.  I’m not ready for Halloween to be over. I haven’t even thought about Thanksgiving.  It isn’t time to be torturing us with early Christmas propaganda.  We are still having the occasionally 70 something day out.  Non-specific winter movies seem to early now.

One exception I might make, Christmas time horror movies.  That seems like a natural bridge from Halloween to Christmas.  I always wanted to watch the 2006 remake of Black Christmas.black-christmas-2006-poster

A train wreck of a movie.

Posted in Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by urbannight

Do Not Watch This Movie. I give it an F.

I wanted to watch something before going to bed.  So while I’m puttering around, my roommate starts a Netflix movie.  Holiday in Handcuffs.  Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez play the lead characters.

Hart breaks up with her boyfriend and loses her job just before Christmas.  To save face with her family, she kidnaps Lopez at gunpoint and takes him up to the family’s isolated Christmas cabin.  She tells a rather weak story to her mom and dad so they don’t believe Lopez when he tries to say he was kidnapped.

I can’t watch it.  It’s really bad.  Every moment that is supposed to be funny is just sad and pathetic.  Sometimes embarrassing and downright painful.  The acting comes off as stiff and wooden from everyone except Lopez.

It is like watching a train wreck.  Only a train wreck would be better.  It would be more interesting.

It’s really sad when a disaster with a high likelihood of fatalities is preferable to a movie.

Halloween is in the air! And so are Sinus Infections.

Posted in Holiday, Life, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by urbannight

It you are going to be a ghost, do it with style.

To start with, I’ve been trying to fight off a sinus infection.

If you base it on thick, gunky mucus that is 50 shades of green, then it was definitely an infection. They say you can’t possibly get rid of infections without antibiotics, but I’m not so sure. I’ve had pretty good luck with regular irrigation via a netipot. Sure, it takes time and you have to do it, consistently, about every 4 hours. Drink plenty of tea and soup, garlic and cayenne are good tools. So is onion. But the color gets better, the mucus starts to thin some. Eventually you are back to normal.

When you compare it, antibiotic take a good 10 days, you have to take them anywhere from twice a day to every 4 to 6 hours. And then you increase your resistance to then and help create antibiotic resistant strains of various bugs and diseases. Not to mention the rather high odds for women to get ‘other’ infections because antibiotics also kill the good things in our bodies we need.

I think I’ll stick with my netipot.

This fight over who rules my sinuses has been going on since the weekend. Monday I nearly stayed home. Then I decided I would go in and see how things went. Maybe I could leave early if I was getting worse. Well, that was a bad idea. We were short two compilers in another department so the unit I’m in had to help cover for them. There was no leaving early.

Tuesday, I didn’t feel any better. I was in a good mood and decided I could get through the day. I did it Monday, after all. OMG (yes, I really typed it). I ended up leaving in a very cranky mood. It wasn’t triggered by a caller for a change, but by a co-worker.

Wednesday I felt much worse and took the day off. I slept. I got 14 hours of sleep. I also ran out of medicine last night and it was too late to bother going to the store. But good sleep has helped get rid of the sore throat, clear up part of the headache, and green has cleared up to white. My ears are still bothering me. I dislike the way my sinuses drain into the ears.

And I had ‘weird’ dreams all night. Now I normally have weird dreams. These were weird even for me. The result was that I was up early, bright eyed and bushy tailed. But that energy didn’t last long and I’m ready for a nap now. It will be a long day.

But the day is improved by the wonderful, blustery, windy, overcast sky. This morning’s weather was perfect, beautify, just what I like. I love fall and all it brings.

It brings more wind, more clouds, sometimes more rain; leaves turn colors, fall, and make great big piles to bury oneself in. It leads to naked, skeletal tree limbs, reach out, reaching up, clawing at the world and sky. The air turns crisp, and cold, and sharp, and scented with wood smoke and the hint of a future winter.

I love Fall. It is my favorite season. I feel the energy that summer steals from me starting to return. And it marks the return of my favorite holiday. Halloween. I would do Halloween all year round but no one wants to let me.

On the way to work I saw a sign for Spirit of Halloween. It is one of the two Halloween superstores that open up around September. I love these stores. Massive collections of costumes, decorations, party ware, wigs, makeup, hats, masks, the fun never ends.

We also have a local decorating store, called Nobbies that usually has a fantastic Halloween selection. At least it did until last year. That was a rather significant let down. They had their usual large display of costumes. But the actual décor was significantly reduced. I have to admit it was somewhat depressing.

Perhaps even distressing.

Yes, distressing. The spending on Halloween now rivals the spending on Christmas, but last year, thinking people would not be spending as much, the stores stocked less. Much less.

Still, this is another year. Another Dollar. Another Halloween. Another chance to find that perfect item that you can justify leaving out all year long. Another opportunity to increase my skull collection.

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I think they seriously underestimate the happiness that can be found in a good skull.

The Life of a Madwoman.

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Food, Life, Movies and Theatre, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by urbannight

I must be mad because this doesn’t feel sane.  I’ve got a Tardis project going.  Friends are suggesting I do some Daleks a scarf like garland and make it all ornaments for a Doctor Who themed Christmas tree. 

I’m working on designing a wedding sampler for some friends who are getting married in December.   I have to finish designing it and start working on it if I want it to get done in time.  I’m starting to cut it too close.  I’m starting to chang Keep It Simple Stoopid to myself.  Sure, I’m aware of the misspelling there.  I don’t think it good to call yourself ‘stupid’ so I’m splitting hairs and changing the spelling instead.  That has to be another indicator of my insanity.

I have three sessions of dogstitting this month and I took a trip to see my grandmother.  My cats are going bonkers and last night, the first night home after 4 nights away, one kept stomping me all – night – long……   I guess he needed to make sure I was really there.  At one point I put him out of the room.  I then kept dreaming people were repeating things to me over and over and over.  I think it was because the cat sat outside my door and yowled, over and over and over, for nearly an hour.  I let him back in.  Then the whole trampling me thing resumed.  I eventually got up and slept on the couch.  He can’t trample me there.  He goes back and forth walking across my head and neck.  On a couch, there is no room.  All the can do is lay on me.  At least he then sits still and I can finally fall asleep.  I have one more weekend gone.  They are going to go nuts next weekend.

At least the dog sitting slows down then.  But I am also trying to work in more time on writing.  I kinda stopped for the most part last November when our office moved.  It was something I did during the down time that used to crop up for short periods during the day.  It was a way to keep busy and look like I was working.  Now I’m taking some of the time from when I would normally be keeping up with the blogs I read.  So I may get behind on some people because I’ve got a fairly large number of people I really love reading. 

Not to mention that I REALLY have to find time to lose the weight I gained the last two years.  I was put on a blood pressure medication that had a bad side effect.  I developed an insanely violent cough and it took forever for them to figure out it was my blood pressure prescription.  In that time, it got so bad that any effort, including the walk up to my apartment, triggered coughing fits.  I had to stop working out at the fitness center because people gave me nasty looks for going to the gym with a nasty cough.  Then I had to stop working out because I couldn’t do much before I started coughing myself sick.  Literally.  By the time they identified it, changed the scrip, and my system normalized again, I had gained 35 lbs, have foot and joint problems, and a 30 minute walk will nearly cripple me for the next three days.   But I have to get started and do something because most of my problems will clear up if I lose the weight.

And I promised my roommate I would make my lasagna.  But tonight is the only night this week where our schedules line up and I can make it.  Only I’m ready to crash.    I didn’t get anything done last night because dealing with server transfer issues took 3 hours last night on SWTOR and I had to deal w/ Blizzard as well because someone hacked my Battlenet account and changed my passwords.  I’ve taken a break from WoW to play SWTOR but I still don’t want my ‘toons robbed while I’m away.

I have two gift scarves in progress, one blanket in progress, and I was going to make fancy smancy dishrags out of sock yarn for christmas presents. 

My brain hurts and I have a mountain of clean laundry that needs to be sorted.  My cats used it as a bed while I was dog sitting and some of it needs to be rewashed.  I also have an end table of books still waiting to be read, a pile of borrowed movies to watch, a huge queue of Korean films on Netflix that I have not watched because I never sit down long enough to read a movie.  I keep trying to multitask instead. 

All of this excludes a project I was trying to work on for work.  Maybe there is a reason I’m so tired all the time.  There simply isn’t enough time in a week to work on stuff.  So clearly I MUST be insane.

Tardis and Creativity Part 2

Posted in Art, Holiday, Life, Uncategorized, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by urbannight

That’s right, this will be a multi-part thread.  I didn’t know that would happen either.  I was drawing my outline of the TARDIS on graph paper with the intent of only doing two versions of it.  Ironically, the easiest and the hardest. 

As I was working on it, I started to see the stitches for the other methods and realized I would still be using the exact same outline.  Most of it was creating itself and I realized doing 4 different types would be easy.  Then I realized it was 5. I could do simple counted cross stitch and fancy counted cross stitch, using some other stitches. 

On the way home, I noticed I left something out.  Beading.  Since I was nearing Hobby Lobby, I ran in and picked up the last items, 5 tubes of beads.  So I will now being doing SIX versions.

16 count white aida w/ czech beads.

This is obviously the beaded version. I even know that I am going to call it the Crystal Tardis. I’ve already done three rows. But I’m kind of wishing I had alternated cross stitch with beading. Oh well. I’m still going to be happy with it. It may be quite stiff when completed.

18 ct black mono-canvas and blue silk splendor

This will be the canvas work piece. The silk fiber will be what I match the other fibers too. I will want to use some perle cotton, the silk, maybe some metallic even. I want a variety of fiber types to give it that little something something.

28 ct joblan in midnight blue with light blue silk

This is going to be the blackwork version. I decided I wanted the more dramatic color difference so it really popped. I found my New Anchor Book of Blackwork to help with fill patterns. Blackwork uses the Holbein stitch. Also known as the Double Running stitch. This makes it reversable. I will not worry about it being perfect enough to be reversed. I intend to back it with crushed velvet.

28ct blue belfast linen with near matching overdyed cotton floss

This is going to be one of the two cross stitched versions. I don’t know if I will do this one as a simple cross stitch with some other colors or if I will do this in fancy cross stitch where I will use some other stitches as well and just do it all in one color with black back stitching to outline it.

28ct denim colored linen with midnight blue silk

This is the other cross stitch piece. Again, will this be a simple, straight forward cross stitch or will it be the one to also use some of the fancy stitches? I will say that it is the most expensive of the silks I bought for the fiber.

Light blue silk on crushed black velvet.

This one will be the simplest. Or it will be once I decide the best way to get the drawing onto the fabric. Since it will be outlining with embroidery, most likely stem stitch, I may put the outline on the back and work from the reverse side. I will be using a pricking wheel on the pattern and then going over it with a fabric crayon. I am just not sure if it will work on the right side of the velvet.

I also got a lot of extra velvet for backing. I will make this last one into a throw pillow. The others will be smaller than I hoped. I doubled the size but that means most of them are about 2.5 wide by 5 high. Well, slightly under that. With margins, they will be a little bit wider, but not throw pillow size. So I will probably do small wall hangings or ornaments. Hey, I could do a bunch of ornaments. I could make a whole Doctor Who ornament collection and do a Doctor Who Christmas Tree next Christmas. Or maybe I’ll make panels out of the three 28 ct fabrics and make a single wall hanging.

Some days you can’t win for losing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by urbannight

Is there anything worse than spending most of your lunch writing a blog, and looking up info to make sure you remember your facts correctly, and then discover that you accidentally navigated away from your page?

This is why I normally write a blog in Word and cut and paste.  I’m not sure my reason for not doing so today. 

Of course, there are worse things. But when you have bad days, or a bad few days, it just seems that all the little things keep piling up.

Such as going to bed early to try and regulate your sleep cycle into a healthier one and still managing to oversleep and not get time to shower.

Starting your lunch break and realizing you forgot to bring a book.  Really annoying when the day before you had three books in your bag and now you have none.

Or having more calls from upset and frustrated and angry insureds or claimants in one day than have ever had in an entire month (possible in an entire quarter). 

The doctor taking several days to call back when you request a change in medication because it’s possible that the 6 month long, violent coughing, just might be caused by the ace inhibitor.

And then when you call the pharmacy they were going to call the prescription into, they tell you then never received the info.

And not realizing that this weekend was Christmas.  You thought you had another week after left.  So you didn’t do the last of the Christmas shopping last weekend.  Now you have to air up your flat tire after work and try to get it finished this evening.  And you hate shopping in general and shopping at Christmas in particular.

Like I said, nothing really major.  Just enough little things that make me want to go home, take a hot bubble bath, and hide under the covers for the rest of the week.