Did I Know? Did I Even Have a Clue?

In a word, no.  I had no idea.

In 2001 I was in my late 20s and working two, sometimes 3 jobs.  Full time during the day, restaurant and catering gigs at night.  Watching the news was not much of a priority.  The events of 9/11 changed that a bit, but after a few weeks of coverage I couldn’t take the bad news anymore and started watching the Food Network non-stop (a behavior repeated after the Virginia Tech massacre but even more intense).  So I don’t remember the shockwave that rocked New England when The Boston Globe broke the Catholic Church sex scandal.

Fast forward to 2016.  I went to the movies with a friend, and she is one that will enjoy some of the more cerebral films with me (unlike the chick flick tradition I have with my mom on New Years Day).  We started with lunch, then watched Star Wars again (for both of us), and then walked across the parking lot to the Criterion theater to watch SpotlightContinue reading

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Did I Rejoin the Linkup?

Yes! Yes I am!

It has been a long time since I linked up to a listicle.  But I’m trying to write more, and I do miss these sort of free-form lists.  So I’m going to try to commit to the Wednesday Hodgepodge for the year and answer the weekly lists. So without further ado, here’s this week’s (five days late!).

1. Share one thing that really makes your day. Continue reading

Did I Watch the 2016 State of the Union?

Yes.  Yes I did.

And the irony is that I would not consider myself politically obsessed.  I have friends that are.  Friends that are married to people that are.  Friends that have no idea I have voted for a Democrat, or they’d disown me.  Friends that have no idea members of my family have been elected to office to hold a Republican seat, or they’d never speak to me again.

Case in point:  My first thought watching the preamble mumbo jumbo tonight was that they had yet to show a man wearing something other than a red tie.  So then of course I became obsessed in trying to find one.

And then of course the President himself appears and was not, and the red tie obsession came to an end.

So here are my thoughts as they came to me watching the SotU: Continue reading

Did I make resolutions for 2016?

Sorta.

I want to blog more, I abandoned it in 2015, and I have missed the outlet for my opinions and ramblings.  Unsure of the frequency, however.  Maybe once a week?  Twice a month?  Don’t want to set completely unrealistic goals seeing as how I posted a grand total of once in 2015.

I want to eat more salad.

I want to finish these @$)$*!% tests for work and PASS them this year.

I want to get rid of clutter.

I want to pick up stuff in the house.  Always take something and put it away as I move from room to room.

I want to be more thrifty with spending.

What about you?  Will you be resolute in 2016?

Supporting the Fascist Media in 2015

Continuing the tradition, year 4:

Did I support the Fascist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2015? Yes, although nowhere near as much as I have in past years. Darned study schedule.

Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2015. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with zero parking and idiot people smacking me in the head as they get up mid-movie. Here are the ones I paid money for:

  1. St. Vincent
  2. Divergent: Insurgent
  3. Age of Adeline
  4. Woman in Gold
  5. A Walk In The Woods
  6. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  7. Pitch Perfect 2
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Movies on my “I still want to see” list from last year that I’m trying to get through: Continue reading

Supporting the Fascist Media in 2014

Continuing the tradition, year 3:

Did I support the Fascist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2014? Yep. As often as possible. Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2014. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters. Here are the ones I paid money for:

  1. Philomena
  2.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  3.  Nebraska
  4. Thor: The Dark World
  5. Saving Mr. Banks
  6. Frozen
  7. The Monuments Men
  8. The Amazing Spiderman 2
  9. Million Dollar Arm
  10. X-Men, Days of Future Past
  11. Belle
  12. Divergent
  13. Wish I Was Here
  14. The Hundred Yard Journey
  15. Malificent
  16. How to Train Your Dragon 2

It occurs to me that I only paid full price for about three of these, it was mostly a “What’s at the Byrd this week” kind of year.  Which is sad.  There are still a lot I want to see, but time just didn’t work out for me this year.  I got a lot more budget conscious, as there was a brief bout of unemployment and a lot of catching up still to do.  But it was a good movie year!  I still have a lot on my Tivo that were released earlier in the year but then have made it to cable: Continue reading