monthly recap: October/November

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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.

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monthly recap: September

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September was a long month for me.

I have yet to find a job therefore I’ve spent a lot of time home alone. I am lucky to have made a friend that takes me out to lunch once a week and I am starting to go to a yoga class with her on Thursday nights. Regarding the job thing, I’ve probably submitted about 50 cover letters and resumes. One week, I submitted 3-5 everyday. I am lucky to be receiving unemployment but I’d rather be earning the money. And more of it, of course.

I set goals that didn’t happen. I gave in to buying new furniture so we took a trip to Ikea and bought a shelf for the bathroom and a new TV stand because the old one didn’t fit all of Ryan’s toys (the old one is now our coffee table). We actually got a ton of other stuff too but I think that was all the furniture. We still have boxes to unpack but most of them are in the spare bedroom so at least I don’t have to look at them. The “shy” goal isn’t a total failure and have befriended 3 new Denver people. Yay!

30 Days of Lists

I didn’t finish my 30 Days of Lists. I realized that it’s a lot of information most people wouldn’t care about, including myself, which is why I slowed down and then quite altogether. I’m excited for you to get to know be better but learning something new every day for a whole month is quite a lot.

And I’ve listened to more TED talks than any one person ever should (although I have learned a lot!).

Movies:
X-Men: First Class – I really enjoyed this movie. I’m am already a fan of the X-Men cartoons, movies and I’ve read a few of the comics. But this movie was clever to pull from past U.S. history and that was my favorite part of this movie.

TV Shows:
There were many that premiered in September so I’m sorry the list is long.
New this season:
The Secret Circle – This show is brand new this season so I’m not sure what I think of it yet.
Charlies Angels – I wasn’t sure about this one but I just loved Minka Kelly in Friday Night Lights and she’s one of the “angels” so I’m intrigued.
Ringer – I’m still unsure if I will watch this show all season because it has an unusual storyline, too unusual for me.
Unforgettable – This show takes a different angle from the normal “cop show” with a main character that remembers everything.
Revenge – Ryan’s mom said she couldn’t watch it because it’s too soap opera-y but I like the main actress and the drama is right up my alley.
Returning:
Parenthood – I’m so happy this show is back. Every episode tugs at my heart strings.
Castle – I think this show is so much fun and I have a weakness for Nathan Fillion.
Glee – What can I say? It’s a silly little show that makes me smile when I watch it.
Modern Family – This could possibly be one of my all time favorite shows. The family dynamic is the funniest I’ve ever seen on TV.
Harry’s Law – All of the characters are completely different but have to work together to make for interesting dialogue.
The Big Bang Theory – I feel like this show might be losing its charm due to the lack luster story lines but I’ve watched it since day one. I still really enjoy all of the quirky, nerdy characters and Penny.
Community – Another very, very funny show that I can’t get enough of. Must see!
Nikita – I like a woman who kicks butt and Nikita does just that. Love it.
America’s Next Top Model – This is my dirty little secret. When someone asks me what shows I’m watching, I never say this one.

30 Days of Lists – TV Shows I Wish Would Come Back

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30 Days of Lists

Day 21: TV Shows I Wish Would Come Back

There are a-many of TV Shows I wish came back on the air but here are my ultimate favorites.

  1. Firefly. I’ve said it once but I’ll say it again, Nathan Fillion is RAD. Aside from that, this show was smart and fun and funny and had an all around great cast.
    firefly
  2. Pushing Daisies. The show is centered around a pie-maker named Ned who can bring back people from the dead but not without conditions. Chuck and Ned were so cute together, and Emerson and Olive are amazing characters as well.
    pushing daisies
  3. Battlestar Galactica. I’m in the third out of four season but I already know that when I’m done, I’m going to want more. This show takes place almost entirely in space, and characters like Starbuck, Admiral Adama, President Laura and Boomer make it worth watching.
    battlestar galactica
  4. Life. This show sucked me in after one episode. It’s about a detective who was framed for a murder and imprisoned for years. They give him his old job back while secretly trying to find the real murderer.
    life
  5. Human Target. I felt like this show was canceled too early. I am a sucker for action and love. This show filled both of those things every week.
    human target

Here is a picture of Alice as my little super hero.
alice the super hero

30 Days of Lists – Favorite Fictional Characters

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30 Days of Lists

Day 17: Favorite Fictional Characters

  1. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. I watched the TV series and read the first book in the series, and she is, by far, my favorite character. I can’t wait to see/read what happens to her.
  2. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from Battlestar Galactica. She’s totally sassy and gets away with everything. {Reminds me of Alice.}
  3. Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds from Firefly. Swoon. Need I say more?
  4. Olive Snook from Pushing Daisies. She was the cutest, squeakiest little bundle of joy ever.
  5. Bambi from Bambi. I have said this before, but I am a sucker for old Disney movies and most animation movies. Bambi is no exception.
  6. Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Who doesn’t love Johnny Depp especially when he’s playing an amazing character like Jack?

Today, I went to lunch with a friend to the Civic Center Park to partake in some food truck deliciousness. There were about 15-20 trucks there but The Biscuit Bus tempted me the most. I ordered The Franklin which is fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy inside a biscuit. It was oh-so-delicious. I couldn’t finish it entirely so I saved most of my yummy biscuit for later. We sat on the grass and enjoyed the – what felt like – 80 degree weather. Fall isn’t here yet.

food trucks at civic center park in denver
steph at civic center park in denver

Check out my other lists here.