Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pumpkin Carving Photos



My "Harry Potter" pumpkin and Lily's jagged teeth pumpkin.

Lily & the Pumpkins.


Jack in his Bat Hat.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Waxing Zombie


In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, I bring you musings from my brain in the form of "Waxing Zombie."  From Wikipedia: "A zombie is a reanimated corpse devoid of conciousness.  In contemporary versions these are generally undead corpses, which were traditionally called "ghouls." ..."
Two of my favorite movies are "Sean of the Dead" and "28 Days Later."  Both are essentially zombie movies that sort of tie into each other in a silly ass way.  On Saturday night, one of the local channels showed "28 Days Later" and it spawned a conversation between Casey and myself about the current uprising in "fast" zombies in movies. 
The traditional Hollywood zombie has been a slow moving zombie, one that you can easily out run.  You used to have plenty of time to whack a zombie over the head and decapitate it, set it on fire, fire your shot gun at it and reload, etc.  With the exception of the zombies in Sean of the Dead, which are the traditional slow moving zombies, the new crop of Hollywood zombies are quite fast!  You barely have time to slam the door shut in their face, let alone escape!   This leads me to a new theory on "zombies."  To explore this theory, let's look at 28 Days Later because it's fresh in my mind. 
Casey said his problem with 28 Days Later was the very beginning.  I admit chimpanzees infected with "rage" is a bit on the ridiculous side.  Casey simply didn't buy the chimp puking blood on the girl at the beginning causing her zombification.  I had to explain to him that the monkey attacked her, bit her on the neck/torso area and then she was zombified and spread the "rage."  After explaining that to Casey I realized that she didn't die.  She was infected.  Zombies, by definition, are a reanimated corpse.  Frankenstein could be considered a zombie if you really wanted to be technical about it.  (We're not going to for sake of time, but you get the point.)  The people in 28 Days Later were never killed, they were INFECTED, therefore they were not really zombies.   
This leads me to believe that the whole "zombie" thing where a "zombie" bites you, thus infecting you with their contaminated bodily fluids and causing you to turn into a "zombie" is actually a virus.   Furthermore, true zombies would be slow.  Again, zombies are reanimated corpses.  One could assume that since they are corpses that there would be some rigor mortis.  The rigor mortis would follow the traditional slow moving Hollywood Zombie.  One would naturally assume that you can't move too fast if you can't bend your legs or arms because they're all stiff because you are dead and blood doesn't circulate through your body.   Makes sense, doesn't it?
Another difference between zombies of old and nuZombies is the fact that the nuZombies seem to want to kill.  Yes, zombies of old wanted to kill and the same craving for human flesh exists but the nuZombies run after their food, essentially hunting it down.  Zombies of old just kinda went "uuuuuhhhhhhnnnn" and if you happened to get cornered by one?  Happy feeding Mr. Zombie Dude!
We have given the flesh chewing creatures in 28 Days Later and other newer zombie flicks the title zombies because we haven't come up with a better term.  But it also makes me wonder if this isn't a sort of evolution of zombies?  Of course it is an evolution of a bad guy; Hollywood making zombies more interesting.  My question: How did they get fast?  Is this a survival of the fittest type thing?  Although, if this zombie-ism is a virus rather than voodoo, a virus has a limited run of time.  This was also discussed in 28 Days Later.  At the end of the movie you saw "people" laying on the road acting quite hungry and essentially starving to death.  And virus' can jump species, too.  What's to say that a crow picking at a dead, infected body doesn't contract the virus and spread it to other animal life?  28 Days Later takes place in Britain.  What would keep the bird from not flying across the English Channel into France or anywhere else for that matter? 
So many questions arise from the zombie virus theory that one could spend hours debating the probabilities of it.  I could definitely spend hours waxing zombie if I so chose, but the truth of the matter is I have a 1 month old munchkin who is not a zombie and very much wants a bottle.  So yeah, I'll quit for now.  Tomorrow I think I may tackle the evolution of vampires. 

Monday, October 22, 2007

Procrastinating

I should be cleaning, but I'm not quite ready to start my day yet (still munching on breakfast, I made cinnamon rolls... yum!) so I'm procrastinating.  I stole this particular meme from my sister-in-law, Carrie.   Here goes:

1.  YOUR ROCK STAR NAME (first pet & current car):
Lulu Matrix

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME (fav. ice cream flavor & fav. cookie):
Crummy Cookie Oreo

3. YOUR "FLY GIRL" NAME (first initial, first 3 letters of last name):
J. Sto

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME (fav. color, fav. animal):
Pink Falcon

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, city where you were born):
Terri Louisville

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME (first 3 letters of last name, first 2 of first):
Sto-Je

7. SUPERHERO NAME ("The" + 2nd fav. color, fav. drink):
The Purple Latte

8.  NASCAR NAME (first names of your grandfathers): 
Alonzo Francisco

9. STRIPPER NAME (the name of your fav. perfume, fav. candy):
Curve Dilletante

10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (mother & father's middle names):
Eloisa Thomas

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME (5th grade teacher's last name, a city that starts with the same letter):
Adkins Albequerque

12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL NAME (fav. season/holiday, flower):
Spring Columbine

13.  CARTOON NAME (fav. fruit, article of clothing you're wearing right now + "ie" or "y":
Strawberry Jeanie

14. HIPPY NAME (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree):
Cinnamon Bun Bradford Pear

15.  YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME ("The" + your fav. hobby/craft, fav weather element + "Tour"):
The Walking Squall Tour

16.  YOUR PORN NAME (first pet, name of street you grew up on):
Lulu Shamrock


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Venti Vanilla Lattes are my new friend.

This morning Casey decided to play hookie.  I got to get up and take Lily to school and go to Meijers.  No, I'm not complaining.  In fact, I thuroughly enjoyed taking Lily to school without having to worry about Jack.  OH, and I REALLY enjoyed going to Meijers without Jack, too.  

Now, don't get me wrong, I love the boy but shopping with infant is difficult. It takes talent.  One that I have barely acquired.  So, Casey got to stay home and sleep a bit and keep an eye on Jack (who was also sleeping).  I got to come home and actually get stuff accomplished!  I have managed to take all the trash out (including the stuff that has been sitting on our porch for about two weeks), take some stuff down to the basement and now I'm going to vacuum, sweep and mop the floor.  Yes,  I feel really good at the moment.  

OH, and it totally helps that I had a venti (that's the REALLY big cup) Vanilla Latte this morning whilst at Meijers.  I heart sucking ass at Starbucks.  It's not something I get to do very often.  Whee fun yeah!  I am completely bouncing off the walls with energy, cleaning and dancing about.  I am also, however, expecting a horrible crash in about twenty minutes or so.  

WOOSH! Watch me type really fast. 

In other news, Lily has a field trip to the South Bend Chocolate Factory today.  I totally would love to go on that field trip.  Unfortunately, parental units are not allowed this time around.  Suck suck suck.  Oh well, I'll live.  I sent Lily off with $5.00 and told her to bring me some chocolate home.  I fully expect her to be bouncing off the walls when she gets home, too.  This leads me to ponder is it wise to take two second grade classes on a tour of a chocolate factory (where the teacher even admitted on the permission slip that they would be receiving samples) with only four adults supervising?  That's roughly 40 kids and 4 adults.  Ten kids per adult. Maybe it's a good thing I didn't go on that trip... Like I need more sugar anyway.  I think I'd much rather go on Carrie's girls' field trip to the apple orchard. Yeah.  

And stuff.

So, I'm off to do more cleaning, then bathing and then the dying of the hair.  Woot.  Back to red again. 

Friday, October 05, 2007

Delayed Thursday Thirteen: 80's Movies


Okay, taking a cue from my sis-in-law, I picked a Thursday Thirteen topic.  This one, I actually came up with myself.  It's movies from the 80's!  Here we go:

1) Teen Wolf: Michael J. Fox as a ackward teen who has a bigger problem than getting the hottest girl in school to notice him.  My favorite scene?  When he's in the bathroom freaking out about turning into a werewolf and his dad makes him open the door and the dad is a werewolf too.  They made a sequel with Justin Bateman, but yeah... we'll ignore that one. Kinda like we'll ignore the sequel to the next movie on my list.

2) Dirty Dancing:  "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."  ROTFLMAO!!  Okay, I still love this movie despite the fact it had that silly line.  It fulfilled all my preteen fantasies and spawned the whole cutoff jeans thing. 

3) Goonies: This movie had me on trasure hunts, exploring the woods behind our house.  It is one of those movies that you watch when you're a kid and you're worried if it will hold up to your happy memories when you're an adult.  I think it does.  Oh, and Josh Brolin is in it and so is a very young Sean Astin.

4) Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure: I don't care what anyone says, I LOVE this
 movie.  Time travel in a phone booth? George Carlin as Rufus?!  WYLD STALLIONS ROCK!!!  

5) The Lost Boys:  Featuring both Corey's (Feldman & Haim), Keifer Sutherland, and Jason Patric.  Vampires teens in California headed up by Edward Hermann.  I still love this movie.  I heard they're making a sequel.  I know it'll probably suck, but I'll watch it anyway.  

6) Pretty in Pink:  Molly Ringwald, brat pack queen, stars in this teen 80's drama.  Good girl from wrong side of tracks meets rich boy, rich boy invites poor girl to prom, poor girl gets excited but then gets dumped due to rich boy dealing with peer pressure from asshole rich friends, poor girl makes her own dress and goes to prom anyway, rich boy realizes he's an ass and begs forgiveness.  It gets me every time.  

7) Mannequin:  Andy McCarthy and Kim Cattrall (aka Samantha from Sex in the City) star in this silly little movie.  The basic plot?  Mannequin comes to life, helps poor schlub with career,  schlub falls hopelessly in love, zany fun ensues when no one can see the mannequin come to life but then eventually comes to life in the end while narrowly escaping a wood shredder.  I have no idea why I like this movie, but I do. 

8) Weekend at Bernies:  Another Andy McCarthy movie.  This movie is just silly.  I won't even go into it because it's so silly. 

9) The Breakfast Club:  Come on, like I could make a list of 80's movies without add
ing this onto the list.  It's a classic featuring pretty much all of the "brat pack."  Five high school students get detention and proceed to reveal their inner most thoughts to each other. 

10) National Lampoons Christmas Vacation:  Yes, it's from the 80's.  I checked.  Yes, it's a holiday movie, but it's still an awesome movie and it's from the 80's so it qualifies.

11) Ferris Bueller's Day Off: "Bueller?  Bueller?..."  I absolutely heart Matthew Broderick in this movie.  

12) Ladyhawke: Another Matthew Broderick movie.  It also has a young Michelle Pfeiffer and a sorta young but not really young Rutger Howard.  Never really liked him, but I liked him in this movie.  It's a fantasy movie about a couple (Pfeiffer & Howard) who is cursed.  During the day, Pfeiffer is a hawk and Howard is human and then at night Pfeiffer turns into a woman and Howard is a wolf.  It's all romantical. 

13)  Dragonslayer:  Another fantasy movie.  It's one of those movies that I know won't hold up to my standards now, but I have good memories of watching this movie.  I enjoyed the whole dragon slaying thing mixed in with magic.  Yeah.  It was fun. 

Now, you'll notice that I didn't put uber classics like ET or any of the Star Wars movies on the list.  Those are kind of obvious ones.  I put somewhat less than obvious movies on my list.  I could honestly go on and on with this particular topic, but I won't just because I'm tired and have a slight headache.  Also, I'd probably bore the snot out of you... eventually. 
That's my list, what's yours???

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Guilty Pleasure

After waiting months and months, Nip/Tuck is FINALLY coming back to television.  I've been a Julian McMahon fan ever since I saw him the first time on the soap opera Another World.  I didn't know he was Julian McMahon back then, I just thought he was a very cute Aussie actor on this funky soap that I watched whenever I was home sick from school.  I really got to lust after Mr. McMahon when he showed up as Cole on Charmed.  Oh, so drool worthy and a demon to boot!  It fulfilled my tall, dark, handsome and bad boy thoughts.  

And then he left Charmed for Nip/Tuck... and I got to see his butt.  It was nice. I've seen nicer, but it was still nice.  AND he played a complete asshole.  I likes me the assholes.  

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go drool over Julian McMahon some more. 

Monday, October 01, 2007

Ugggghhhhhh....

No, I'm not pretending to be a zombie.  Although, I feel like one.  Actually, I feel like a zombie that got hit back a mack truck... multiple times.  Not dead, though, still zombie like because the mack truck failed to decapitate me. 

Jack and I have contracted Casey's cold.  I started feeling it on Friday morning and have been getting progressively worse the past couple of days (hopefully, it's about done but I think I have another day or two to go).  I've got a massive sinus headache and Jack's right eye has been gunked up the past two mornings.  Poor baby!  At least we're both sleeping okay, though.

Yesterday I went to bed around 7 o'clock, leaving Jack in the care of Casey and Lily.  I told him to just come and wake me up when Jack woke up, but do you know what my wonderful husband did?  He let me sleep!  When Jack woke up, he gave him a bottle, changed his diaper, swaddled him up and brought him upstairs and placed him in his bassinette.  I didn't even wake up until about ten minutes after Casey set him down and that was only because Lily came and crawled in bed with me!  Jack woke up about half an hour after that and I let him nurse (he's a very hungry boy it seems) and then he went back to sleep.  He slept from about 10:30 to 2:30AM!  Insert somewhat happier Jess here.  

Now, if we could continue the 4 hour sleeping pattern at night, all would be relatively good.  For now, I have to finish getting everyone ready to head out the door to take Lily to school.  We're slowly starting to get the hang of that... Our morning routine is extended about 20 minutes just getting Jack ready to go and everything (this is generally because he likes to poo right before we walk out the door).

I'm off for now...