The Beginning...

The Beginning...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Snuggles

I love Mr. Sollywood. Especially when he looks over his glasses at me
and smiles with his pretty white teeth.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Superman and Neil Young

So the other night I'm at work, it was sucking but the night was almost over. I had closed down the kitchen and was ready to go home. But ohh no, someone orders food like 10 minutes before I go. That sets me back by like 20 minutes because of the following clean up. I grudgingly make a stupid club wrap, ya they're stupid. And a ceasar salad. Soon after I go out for some lemonade since I can only get it at the bar and I'm not allowed out there in my filthy chef uniform when we are open. Now what random celebrity is eating that club wrap? Guess... I bet you guessed Dean Kane! Yup, the guy who played Superman in the old Lois and Clark show. Also host of Ripleys Believe it or Not. But whatever. I would have prefered Christopher Reeve eat my club wrap. May he rest in peace.

Did you know that the artist who created Superman was Canadian? Joe Shuster. However, the writer - Jerry Siegel, was American. Let's end the debate about which country created the guy seeing as it was a combination of both Canada and the USA. Also, Heracles was one of several inspirations for the character and originally they shared similar abilities. Superman couldn't fly or shoot lasers out of his eyes at first. He was just very strong and could leap tall buildings and break through chains. He's evolved much since the first comic of his in 1938. Lex Luther was also quite different at first. He first appeared in issue 23 in 1940 and was a power mad, evil scientist.  Well, I suppose that wasn't too far off from where he went. It was just not the charismatic, manipulative business man that he became when more rounded and thought out.

And I've been listening to Neil Young today. Try some.

Do it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chocolate Milk and Kicks

I have this thing for old men. Basically I think they are the best. They are always in the funniest stories. Here is my list of reasons for liking them;

1. They have candy in their pockets
2. Their faces wrinkle up when they smile
3. They smile a lot
4. Their eyes get all twinkly when they look at young people/babies
5. They realise that you should just enjoy the good things
6. Suspenders
7. Compliments
8. Warm hearty handshakes
9. Quick sincere laughs
10. Winks

There is this older gentleman who is obsessed with chocolate milk. (AWESOME right?! I love it too and would have it everyday if I could.) He lives in a retirement home. So everyday he comes downstairs from his room and goes up to a member of the staff and demands his chocolate milk 'Will you get me my chocolate milk dear? Can I have it now? Go now dearie, now. You aren't going Dear, I need it  now.' And he pesters you until you get his chocolate milk (which the retirement home carries just for him.) After which he professes his love for you and the world around him. 'Dear do you know how much I love, Oh I love you so much dearie.' So the other day he goes outside with his chocolate milk and his love for everyone now that he has it, and sits by another elderly gentleman. He leans over to him and says 'I just love you deary, just so much. I love you' Whereupon the other old man stands up, looks at him and says 'don't you ever say that you me again' and kicks him.

HAHAHA, Old men are the best. The very best dearie.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

This offering has been accepted by the god of rock and roll

Last night - July 2, 2011 - was the first time Sound Garden played a show in 15 years or so. And I was there. And I saw that it was good. It was an outside venue and rain clouds built up before the show. They opened with Black Rain - questionable opener but somehow appropriate. Then once they got into Spoon Man everyone knew that Sound Garden was back. The played everything I wanted to hear except Pretty Noose but that's okay. Fell on Black Days, Outshined, Burden in my Hand and Blow up the Outside were all there. And then the lightning started. CN tower kept getting smacked in the back drop and lightning danced all over the skies all night without any interupting thunder. The god of rock was showing acceptance for this event.
Coheed and Cambria opened up but weren't all that impressive. I had hoped for more. Their sound just wasn't meshing together well. You can blame the sound guys for that one but I've noticed that one big difference between great experienced bands and not so much ones is the sound quality. Sound Garden made slight adjustments after the first song but from there it was perfect. And the range of Chris Cornells vocals live was just huge and awesome - Coheeds vocalist (who shall remain nameless until I know it) just was no comparison. They weren't terrible by any means but just fell into the average whatever side of performances. But Chris Cornell truly is one of the great vocalists in rock history. No doubt at all. And he brought his son with him who couldn't have been more than 6... and he sat on the side of the stage playing air drums all night. Good times.
It was also an aging crowd. Alot of 90'd rockers and very few teenagers. Youth these days... with their emo. Just don't know. But I've saved the greatest part for last. During Black Hole Sun (which sounded fantastic live. It was never a favourite of mine but was so good live) a saw a woman with Downs Syndrome, probably in her late 50's, head banging with a cigarette in her mouth and an over sized Sound Garden shirt on. She is rock and roll. And she knows it.


So I don't know if you know, but I am a book nerd. For anyone who had ever helped me, or will help me move- I am so sorry. I just found a list put out by the BBC, it is their 100 Must Read Books, and their stats say that most people have only read 6. Which is sad because school requirements should mean you have read 8. The red ones I have read, the underlined ones I own for sure (most of my lovely books are in storage so some I can't remember 100% if I own them so I did not underline them. I almost positively own more. And the highlighted one is one I owned and it is the only book I have ever just thrown out. I love books, I don't even like when people leave them opened to the page face down because it ruins the spine. But that book is awful and full of terrible things. Which is really too bad because Atwood is a sweet Canadian Authoress. I have read one third.
This is the list.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (just parts, not in entirety)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

This is close to our collection now & we are still young

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (some titles, not all)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X,
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I will update this list as I read more.... which will happen when my books and I meet again, which!!! should be very soon! We are also big fans of The Book of Mormon, cause we are LDS and that pretty much rocks.