December 30, 2005

junk in the trunk..

So I realized I am insanely behind in concert reviews, recaps, etc. So, I am just going to do a month-by-month recap of my year. Depending on how long the recaps are, I may split them up.

So here we go!

January Not too eventful. Found out my ex from eight (well, nine, now) years ago wrote me a letter. New Year's. Was actually hitting the gym pretty hard. And, I got a major haircut and color...short and scarlet and black. That right there was the highlight of the month for me. We also got a crapload of Fruniture from IKEA.

February Super cool Valentine's Day. Got roses, and an amazing dinner at Forepaugh's. Still working out, though i stepped it up a notch. Started to assemble some furniture...though not much yet. Get rushed to the emergency room for excruciating stomach pains, and they can find nothing wrong, so I miss several days of work recuperating, and taking vicodin.

March G lost his job. We go to the big Rubber Ball at Ground Zero, which was such an insane blast. My friend Leanna and I rocked out all night long, drinking and dancing until the wee hours. We traveled out to see my family. While there, I had to go bra shopping, since none of mine were fitting. I thought I would have to go up a cup size. HA! I walked out of the store with a 34F. I nearly cried. Bras are not cute in that size. Granted, I looked much better in one that actually fit, but I was bummed. Fortunately, my breasts flucuate in size enough that I don't have to wear it too often. But still, it depresses me to pull it out. I think G didn't mind, though.

April We come back from vacation. G and I discover Movieoke. We have gone pretty much every Sunday ever since. G goes into the hospital. He had a stomach bug, which turned into DKA . SO, he was going to have to stay a couple of days. Then, it was discovered that from vomitting so much, he tore a hole in his esophagus. So, he wound up in ICU instead. He had surgeons look at him, infectious disease people, it was scary. I spent the week sleeping at the hospital when not working. We had to cancel our trip to California to go to the Coachella Music Festival. On the bright side, the endocrinologist that looked at G said he would be an excellent candidate for an insulin pump.

May Since we weren't in Cali, we went to the Goth Prom. so much fun, except G and I were feeling crappy. Next year we will rock the house, though. Through April and May, we actually build a lot of our furniture, and install half of our laminate floor. Starting to feel like grown-ups. Sort-of.

All right, that seems long enough. and I know I have some coming that are even longer, the more I play catch up. So, that will be another post for another day.

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procrastinate? not me...

So, I should be folding some laundry, working out, perhaps writing a real blog entry or two, and doing some bra shopping. Instead, I shall do this girly meme that I stumbled upon. Feel free to nap through it if you like.

01. Do you have on a lot of make-up?
Not at the moment. For work or sleep I don't wear any. However, if I'm going out, I glam it up.

02. How much do you put on?
for going out...foundation, eyeshadow (usually 2 colors), eyeliner, mascara, sometimes lipstick. If I'm feeling especially saucy or glam, I add glitter and rhinestones around my eyes.

03. How long does it take you to get ready?
For work: if I don't have to do my hair, about 20 minutes (including morning shower) To go out, it's about half-an-hour once I choose clothes. If I need to style my hair, add another 10 or 15 minutes in there.

04. Do you put on a lot of lipgloss?
Lipbalm...does that count? Sometimes I like a little gloss..

05. Does your lipgloss smell good?
the lipbalm does, the gloss does not.

06. Do you carry a purse?
Yes.

07. What color is it?
Currently red.

09. Do you have a Coach bag?
Hahahaha...that's funny.

10. Do you have a Louis Vuttion?
see above. I think that it's insane to spend that much on a purse. Especially since i like to change them out every so often.

11. How many purses do you have?
I don't feel like counting them...but it's a lot.

12. Do you like to wear nailpolish?
Sometimes, but because of work, the polish chips fast :(

13. How often do you get your nails done?
rarely. I prefer to spend my money on other stuff...

14. Do you like manicures?
Yes.

15. What about pedicures?
sure...

16. Do you have a usual nail salon you go to?
I have a friend who works in a day spa, and I usually go to here, because she's good, and doesn't do anything shady.

17. Where do you get your hair cut?
The Hair Police in Mpls, by Satya (she rocks hardcore...I highly recommend her!)

18. Do you dye your hair?
Yes...

19. Do you straighten your hair?
Hahahaha...that's funny...my hair is so straight it won't hold a perm.

20. Do you have lots of pairs of shoes?
No...of course not...okay, you beat it out of me...I have some, but not enough. I haven't counted them recently.

21. What are your favorite shoes?
Do I have to pick just one pair???? If I do, it would be my Franco Sarto strappy boots (I have three pairs of them, two patent, one matte)

23. Do you wear heels everywhere?
Not at my full time job (8 hours on concrete...eek!), but just about everywhere else...including my part time job.

24. Can you walk in heels and not fall over?
Yes.

25. Where do you buy your clothes?
Wherever I see something I like. Goodwill, HotTopic, JC Penney's, Frederick's, Nordstrom's rack, Ebay...

26. Do you go shopping every week?
Not for clothes.

27. What's your favorite store?
HotTopic and Frederick's of Hollywood. Though, I love perusing Lip Service on line and drooling...

28. How much do you usually spend?
IT depends on what I'm shopping for and if there's a sale.

29. Have you ever been in Dior?
Nope.

30. Do you follow fashion trends?
Not so much. I wear what looks good on me, and flatters my figure. Sometimes, I'm the one setting the trends...

31. Do you have a pair of huge sunglasses?
Hell no, I think they are ridiculous!

35. How many pairs of earrings do you have?
Not really gonna count them, but enough.

36. Do you wear hoop earrings?
I have a few pairs of little ones that I wear in my upper holes..

37. Do you have a lot of skirts?
I don't know about a lot, but several.

39. Do you get your eye brows done?
Not for a long time. I just do them myself. Speaking of which, I am due to do some grooming (add it to the list)

40. Can you apply mascara without opening your mouth?
Yes.

41. Do you wear a lot of eyeliner?
Sometimes when I go out.

42. Do you do pilates or yoga?
both, at home.

43. Do you have a lot of magazines?
Not a lot, but I get Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, and Vogue (the last was a gift, which I appreciate).

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December 27, 2005

'cause poker's all hip and stuff...

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December 26, 2005

..days late and dollars short...

...oops...the holidays got the better of me, and thus I have fallen behind in squirreling...and well, in blogging in general. So, here's a squirrel for the holidays.

Earl the Christmas Squirrel

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December 20, 2005

but i'm on a low carb diet...

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December 19, 2005

i'll drink to that!

Today's squirrel is brought to you by the local liquor store.

Brown Squirrel
1 oz. Ammaretto
1 oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
1 oz. Cream or Milk
Shake
Strain into chilled glass.

And when you aren't freezing your ass off, try freezing the squirrel's ass off.

Frozen Brown Squirrel
In blender:
1/2 c of ice
1 oz. Amaretto
3/4 oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
Scoop of Vanilla ice cream
Dash of milk
Blend until smooth
If too thick add milk.
If too thin add ice or ice cream

yum!

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December 18, 2005

hooray beer!

In honor of meeting friends for a play, and then some beer, I bring you today's squirrel...

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December 17, 2005

Daily Squirrel

I apologize for missing yesterday. We were having some friends over, and I was in a cleaning frenzy. Thus, The Daily Squirrel had to take a nap.
So, for today, I give you a crazy squirrel story as taken from the BBC Europe website. (Special thanks to Benq, for bringing this story to my attention)

Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog'

Local people suggest hunger is driving squirrels to extremes
Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report.
Passers-by were too late to stop the attack by the black squirrels in a village in the far east, which reportedly lasted about a minute.

They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh.

A pine cone shortage may have led the squirrels to seek other food sources, although scientists are sceptical.

The attack was reported in parkland in the centre of Lazo, a village in the Maritime Territory, and was witnessed by three local people.

A "big" stray dog was nosing about the trees and barking at squirrels hiding in branches overhead when a number of them suddenly descended and attacked, reports say.

"They literally gutted the dog," local journalist Anastasia Trubitsina told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

"When they saw the men, they scattered in different directions, taking pieces of their kill away with them."

Mikhail Tiyunov, a scientist in the region, said it was the first he had ever heard of such an attack.

While squirrels without sources of protein might attack birds' nests, he said, the idea of them chewing a dog to death was "absurd".

"If it really happened, things must be pretty bad in our forests," he added.

Komosmolskaya Pravda notes that in a previous incident this autumn chipmunks terrorised cats in a part of the territory.

A Lazo man who called himself only Mikhalich said there had been "no pine cones at all" in the local forests this year.

"The little beasts are agitated because they have nothing to eat," he added

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December 15, 2005

for the second day in a row...

...i give you your daily squirrel...

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...happy birthday to me...

Hrrmmm...So I know I was going to go to bed, but then I was stalking people on the internets, and came across this, and well, here it is...

Your Birthdate: October 25
You excel at anything difficult or high tech.
In other words, you're a total (brilliant) geek.
It's difficult for you to find people worth spending time with.
Which is probably why you'll take over the world with your evil robots!

Your strength: Your unfailing logic

Your weakness: Loving machines more than people

Your power color: Tan

Your power symbol: Pi

Your power month: July
What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

And then I realized I never posted about the birthday party that will live in infamy. Jesus, I am behind.

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December 14, 2005

how we gonna pay...

...last year's Rent?

So, I've been getting flack from the readers (yes! That's plural! I have more than one reader! Not including my husband! I don't know what I'm yelling about!) about mentioning a movie review, then not making with the review. So, despite the toilet needing a scrub, I shall regale you with my take on Rent. Because I would rather put off the toilet scrubbing than the typing.

First off, a little background. Rent first caught my attention when it was transitioning from a wee off-Broadway show, to big kid Broadway. Some theatre peeps were talking, and we thought maybe we would do an NYC road trip to see this show that would surely take the world by storm. The trip fell through, but I started finding out everything I could about the show. At that point in time, I was but a 16 year old high school kid, who had recently realized that she didn't want to be an architect, but wanted desperately to be on the stage. It was as though the mother ship had called me home. This show, Rent, somehow struck a cord in my 16 year old heart. I learned all I could about Jonathan Larson, and the origins of the show, and the style, and so on. I got my Grandfather to buy me the fancypants book about the show when it became available. Auditions came to my town. With next to zero notice, I got together headshots, a resume, practiced music...the night before (or the morning of, depending on how you look at it) the audition, I blew a head gasket on my car. I desperately called everyone I could think of to find a way to get there (for those of you who don't know...the Motor City and public transportation have yet to meet). I couldn't even get a ride to the classes I was missing, much less to the audition. Not meant to be. *sigh* This missed audition eventually came up in a screaming match with my father over my obsession with making acting my career, and how important that audition was to me. The touring company finally came to my town, and I bought tickets the day they became available, one for me, and one for my mother. She told me that the show had better be good after hearing me go on and on about it for so long. Before I saw it with my mom, I got a call from a friend on Easter, she had free tickets and wanted to know if I would go with her. The tix were in the twelfth row...and it was fucking amazing. When I saw it with my mother, it was just as good. She loved it. She realized what I was so obsessed with for so long. I bought a poster and a scarf, and practiced the choreography in front of my mirror. Fast forward a few years, and G and I saw a touring company perform the show again. I have to say, they were scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel with that cast. At intermission, we looked at each other with the WTF? look in our eyes.

So, we heard tales of this film version. Intriguing. Then I heard Chris Columbus was directing, and I thought he must be giving the right people blow jobs, or someone must have been huffing glue when they offered him that contract...but, I figured the foundation was good...he couldn't possibly screw it up. Then, I looked on IMDB, and saw shit like an actress credited with the role of April. WTF mate???? G kept telling me to think happy thoughts and wait for the movie to come out...maybe it would be okay. I tried to ignore the early reviews that were coming in. So, we saw the film.

Well, all of the original cast members, while aged, were still obviously talented. However, Mr. Columbus and his team turned a rock opera into a musical. A ROCK OPERA into a MUSICAL. That annoyed the piss out of me. Then, he fucked with the time setting. Half-assedly, I might add. I mean, it's one thing to take a full out concept and execute it fully. But, adding a year into the script, does not a concept make. Nothing else was changed, and there were a number of anachronisms in the film as a result. CC takes some liberties with the plot. Rearranges sequences, has characters do things that make not freaking sense. Ummmm, yeah. Mark would totally have sold out. He put Mimi in a regular strip club, where the women don't take their clothes off. Did CC read the script? Was he familiar with the show at all? Mimi works in a freaking BONDAGE CLUB. You know, handcuffs, fetishes. the kind of club Roger might have actually set foot in, hence how he would have seen her. Could you really see Roger hanign out at the local Gents club??? And ummm..."The Cat Scratch Club." Hello???? DO SOME FREAKING RESEARCH! (I would like everyone to note how I am curbing my profanity) Then, Mr. Columbus managed to take a show that is pretty tightly paced, and slow it down to snail speed. I mean, I don't think there were enough fades, or added dialogue, and could he have maybe set more of the music in totally inappropriate places, and I don't know, take all the emotion out of Angel's death??? Oh, and the New Year's as costume party...ummm...Maureen was wearing the cat burglar outfit because they already knew they were locked out...it wasn't a surprise. And well, Angel just liked to dress up. Seriously, it didn't have any affect on the run time to leave it the fuck alone. And ummm...don't they have people on set and in editing who are there solely for continuity? Then maybe they should have made sure the menu board in the cafe during La Vie Boheme actually said what it was supposed to, instead of chaning every time the camera angle cut. Oh, and Roger's big song...was CC high? Umm...Roger should, I don't know be playing the guitar, and could there have been a worse angle for the camera to sit at? And could one of the most emotional chunks of the show have been made to be less affective and slow?

Now, not everything sucked. Setting the Santa Fe sequence in the subway worked very nicely (and let's face it Jesse Martin could pull off anything, becaue he rocks). The April flashbacks actually worked in context. And Roger actually had the kind of car he probably would have gotten for hocking his guitar. But, overall, this film really missed the mark. It took a great foundation and leveled it. After the first two Harry Potterfilms, which were okay, but could have been great, and then this debacle...how does Chris Columbus continue to get work? I mean seriously? If someone could explain it to me, I would really appreciate it, because right now, I am baffled. And the more I think about it, the more baffled I become.

The sad thing is, I could go on and on, and pick it apart, and get totally worked up. But, I also need sleep. So, if you want to buy me a Jameson, I would be happyto elaborate...but I think you get the idea of how I felt about this film.

Now, I must sleep...but I do have two films that I loved (Narnia, and King Kong), to review. So, if you come back, I promise to be less hostile.

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Give us this day our daily squirrel

And here we have a new feature at Narcoleptic Squirrel. The Daily Squirrel. Or at least the Every-other-day Squirrel...something like that...

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December 13, 2005

Let there be light!

So, I finally got the tree decorated. This took a little longer than usual this year, because apparently I altered my lighting technique. When i first purchased my 6 foot faux tree, I also bought the recommended number of lights, which at this point was 500. The first year I assemble my tree, it looked lovely with it's twinkling blue lights. WEll, the next time I assembled the tree, the lights didn't make it all the way to the top. so I had to run out and get another string of blue twinkle lights before I was able to move on to ornamentation. Again, lovely tree. Last year, once again, I didn't make it all the way to the top with my existing 600 lights. So, yet another string was purchased. The day after Christmas, G went out and purchased two more strings of lights. He figured that when I put up the tree this year, we would be all set. I was happy that I wouldn't have to make another trip out, and could get the tree done in one day.

So, I pull out the tree, the lights the ornaments. I start lighting the tree. I got halfway up the tree with the number of lights I had in the house, including those that had never been used before. So, on my way home from work the next day, I stopped and picked up 4 more strings of lights. Not even close. I had G pick up two more on his way home. Didn't do it. It took another two strings. Which brings us to a grand total of 1700 lights on the tree. A six foot tree. It could use another 50, but I only have another string of 100. That would be overkill.

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December 08, 2005

meme time

Go into your archives and look at your first post of each month. Choose the last sentence (or last "line") of each entry and post it next to the correct month.

January Unfortunately, Las has no inappropriate nickname, which is sad, considering she is the originator of the inappropriate nickname.

February If only I wasn't beginning to despise my job...but again, more nonsense for a different day.

March Am I that much of a whore? I'd like an outsider's feedback.

April While still cool, it's a bummer not to have as much Noir.

May So, there is the Reader's Digest version of my posts. I think that will get me caught up enough to actually start posting again. Maybe.

June (yes, spent...that shit is entirely paid for. And I wonder why I have zero dollars. And why I am unable to properly construct a sentence.)

July Alright, I am off to wash my mind's eye out with some bleach.

August *Apparently I was too busy in August to post...imagine having the flu, opening a show, all my family coming in from out of town....*

September "It's amazing how candleholders can be turned into shot glasses!"

October I'm off to lie down, and hoepfully my back will recover enough to wash a couple of loads of laundry. Excitement abounds...

November Which B-Movie Badass Are You?

December Super Strength, super-human speed, and the ability to pause time.

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December 04, 2005

turkey day reloaded

So, I was just remembering this book that I read as a kid (in the fourth grade...the whole class read it together), and I can remember some plot points, but the title eludes me. It involves a family, and they decide to raise a turkey to eat for Thanksgiving dinner. The little girl says "turnkey" instead of "turkey." thgey raise the turkey, and I'll stop there, because there is a twist that only a children's novel could provide. So, you'll just have to tune in and find out.

The reason that popped into my feeble brain, was that G and I bought a turkey and prepared it yesterday evening. Well, I prepared it, though G carved it. Thus, I realized that I was sorely lacking in T-day coverage. And thus you have been wondering, "Did the Turkey come out okay?" "Did she make her homemade cranberry sauce?" "Was the table properly set with linens and fancy dishes????"

The suspense must be killing you.

Well, first of all, T-day promised to be more low key. I had a nice mood upswing late summer/early fall, which of course had to be followed by a downswing. So, I just was not in the mood to go elaborate this year. it was going to be G and I, but we did invite the BIL to come, and put feelers out for orphans. Then, the day before, I was pretty low, and wondered if I even wanted to have a turkey, or cook anything. But, since we had already mentioned it to people, I figured we should go full steam ahead.

So, Thursday rolls around, and we do some cleaning, so our place at least looked respectable for guests. The turkey was in the oven, I managed to make real mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce (from a new recipe, which I added my own twist to), corn, dressing (Stove Top. I have yet to conquer my fear of dressing. once I do that, I will consider stuffing), a mini salad bar...I skipped the yams this year. Last year, I made a wonderful recipe which was baked sweet potatoes in a maple/clove/vanilla sauce. It was delish, but apparently not so many peeps are up for yams. G made his rice, since he isn't such a potato fan, and Pillsbury supplied the poppin' fresh bisquits. and I let the Cub foods bakery supply the pumpkin pie (I also have yet to conquer my fear of pies. Baby steps.)

The table was more low key, as well...but I did have to make it festive to some extent. So, I used the basic ivory tablecloth and napkins. I pulled out the depression glass, and *gasp* used it! I managed to find pieces that would work for dinner, salad, cranberry sauce, dessert, and na beverages. The crystal goblets were pulled out, but alas, not used...though I'm pretty sure they enjoyed coming out of the china cabinet for a day. I also managed to light taper candles, and dug out my harvest napkin rings so it looked more harvest-y. Not quite teh Martha Stewart I pulled last year (which invloved making placemats the morning of thanksgiving, hosting a pre-dinner brunch, and general craziness).

So, it was a small affair, but I managed to pull it off, which to me is a huge feat, considering I was a crying heap on the couch the night before.

Our friend benq came over apres-dinner for som T-day tv and flickage. We had planned to see Rent. We called the peeps we thought would be interested. One of who actually had brought it up in the first place, thus we planned to see it T-day night. The showings were at weird times, but we found one that would work. To pass the time we plopped on the sofa, and watched "My Name is Earl," "The Office," then popped in "The Tick." Funny stuff. Then Rent, then bed.

I am going to post my thoughts on Rent in a separate post, since I don't want anyone to fall asleep and drool on their keyboards, causing a short.

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December 02, 2005

friday fiveage

Since the original friday fiver is no longer in business, I took this one from a local BB.

Who is your favourite superhero? Batman

If you were a superhero, which one would you be? Robin (either of the female Robins kick major ass)

Justice League or Injustice League? I'd like to say Justice League...but really, it would be Injustice League

Which supervillain would you be? Poison Ivy all the way.

If you could have superpowers, what would they be? Super Strength, super-human speed, and the ability to pause time.

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