monthly recap: October/November


At the beginning of October, we went to the King Fantastic show at City Hall (not related to the government). These guys are great. Also, their first album is free if you don’t mind giving up your email – it’s located in the right sidebar on their website.

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Image courtesy of Jason Siegel

We also saw Matt Nathanson live. He puts on such an amazing show.

I finally put our office area together. It’s technically the Dining Room but we also have a table area in the kitchen so who needs two tables to eat on anyway?

First thing in November, Ryan’s mom visited us for almost a week and it was great! Ryan couldn’t get any days off so I showed her around town. I took her to Fancy Tiger (she’s loves fabric), the 16th Street Mall, and our favorite eating spots. She also bought us kitchen curtains (much needed), moved around the furniture in the guest bedroom (soooo much better), and hung our framed art on the walls. It’s so much homier now. She’s good at that kinda think. Me? Not so much.

With slight coercion from my dad, I’m going to Montana this year for Christmas. It’s been at least 10 years since my last MT-XMAS so I’m over due. I’m a little bummed about the cost of plane tickets but I know it’ll be worth it when I’m there with my family. Disappointingly, Ryan will not be experiencing it with me. He has a friend that’s going to come here to keep him company. My family is quite large and somewhat overwhelming to people with small families (like Ryan, for example), so I get that it may not be as fun for him. More excitedly, my uncle designed (he’s an architect) this mansion on the ski slopes a few years back and the owner is letting him and his family stay there for the holiday. I’m told that I can hop right out of the back door and be on the slopes. So cool. I’m determined to take a million pictures.

Otherwise, it’s been a slow couple of months. I’ve put off actively searching for a job until after the holidays. I don’t want to have that awkward talk of I know I’ve only been working here a week but I need to request off Christmas and all the days around it, too. KThx. That might not go so well… Unrelated, I’ve been trying super hard to exercise everyday – Monday thru Friday at least. I have a pilates routine that I like and it takes me less than an hour. Maybe I’ll post up it up sometime.

Movies: [Feel free to follow me on Letterboxd]
Funny Face – The lovely Audrey Hepburn makes a convincing rags-to-riches character in this 1957 movie. Very cute and entertaining.
DisneyNature African Cats – A great film following two lion prides and a small family of cheetahs. Amazing story and beautiful cinematography. And so many adorable kittens!
Crazy Stupid Love – This movie has everything the trailer promises and more. I am also a huge fan of romantic comedies and this movie is the epitome of the genre.
Bad Teacher – This movie was a let down. There were a few laughs but not until at least 30 minutes or more into the movie. My favorite character was Lynn and I laughed at her lines more than anyone else’s in the movie.
Super 8 – I like this movie because despite it being an alien movie, it didn’t feel like one.
Larry Crowne – This movie isn’t my cup of tea, but it has a nice story with developing characters. And I like that.
Fast Five – These Fast and Furious movies are the only sequels that don’t get super terrible with every one. In my opinion.
Hanna – This movie was hyped up pretty big when it first released but now that that has drizzled down my expectations weren’t outrageous and I can say this movie was great! There were a couple spots that made me think, Hm..that’s improbable… But otherwise, I loved it. And that little actress is RAD. Not to mention the clever juxtaposition of the first and last scenes.
The Hangover Part II – This is what everyone expected it to be: not great. I only laughed out loud twice while the first movie had me laughing the whole time. Meh.
Super – This is a weird and fucked up tail of two superheros. I can’t say that I’ll watch it again, ever. I normally love Ellen Paige but she was really annoying in this movie.
The Change Up – This was a huge waste of of my life. All of the (mildly) funny parts are in the trailer.

TV Shows:
Fringe – This show may have gone off the deep end but I’m willing to stick with it to see where it goes. I know this show started last month but we didn’t get to it until now.
Dexter – I am so happy this show is back. If you haven’t seen it, you must start at the beginning and be prepared to do nothing else until you’ve caught up.
Whitney – The show’s format reminds of how Friends used to do things. Simple, funny jokes about relationships. I love it.
Once Upon a Time (premier) – I was hooked on this show from episode 1. The line in the sand between “real life” and fairy tales has become blurred and it has an unexpected woman coping. I am only concerned where this should will lead after only one season.
Grimm (premier) – This show is based on fairy tales as well, but it’s not as good as Once Upon a Time, but I’m still watching it.
Homeland (premier) – This may be the best new show this year. We didn’t get wind of it until the 6th or 7th episode and we watched as many as we could back to back and again the next day. The lead actor is from another TV show I loved, Life, and I’m still bummed it got canceled. The wife is the queen alien from V and also Firefly. Aaaand not to mention the universally loved Claire Danes. Love.This.Show.