Archive for November, 2008


My stupid DVR screwed up so I did not get to see this game but after reading about the Pats “playing” the Steelers on Boston.com, I’m thinking I didn’t miss anything worth watching. 5 turnovers in the second half? Moss drops two passes when wide open? Gostkowski misses a 27 yard field goal?

Guys, that isn’t a playoff team. Sure we’ve gotten excited about Matt Cassel but when you look at the record – which is what, 7-5? – and the games the Pats have lost, they have been the big test games. San Diego, Colts, Steelers plus two losses to the red hot Jets and Miami.

This was week 13 of 16 and the Pats are 7-5. I’m sorry but I’m calling this one. We aren’t going to the playoffs this year. Let the Patriots prove me wrong and I promise I’ll eat my words if they make it happen. But it ain’t happening this year. We can’t beat the elite teams, bottom line.

So let’s ride this out. Let’s keep supporting Matt Cassel through the end of December and then put this season behind us and look forward to Brady coming back. It isn’t just Brady getting injured. It is stupid mistakes that are uncharacteristic for this team and I think having Brady on the field makes the other players bring their A game.

And now all that is left to question is what team to back through the playoffs. I have to admit, a Manning/Manning Super Bowl would be pretty cool. As long as it isn’t the Jets. I couldn’t stand that.

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I’ll do a bigger review later but just initially, I really loved this movie. I know, I just as shocked as you are! I went in thinking I would hate it beyond belief – that it would be cheesy and poorly acted and have horrible effects. Well, I think because I went in thinking I would hate it, I ended up liking it more than I thought possible. It was a pretty darn good movie. It was a fairly faithful adaptation of the book and I thought the actors were pretty much perfect, especially Rob Pattinson as Edward and Kristin Stewart as Bella even though both have received criticism. The effects weren’t great but after years of watching Buffy and Angel, I was used to this sort of level of FX so it wasn’t bad. And yes, I even liked how they did sparkling Edward. That was pretty much how I had pictured it when reading the meadow scene.

The movie is definitely made for fans of the book. If you haven’t read Twilight I don’t think you’d like the movie, it would be confusing to say the least. But as a fan, I really enjoyed it and am trying to figure out when I can see it again!

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Okay, I’ll stop trying to push this after today…maybe. ๐Ÿ™‚ “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All” is now available to buy on iTunes. It is only $7.99 and includes a bonus song called “Cold, Cold Christmas” which is one of the funnier songs of the album. It’s not quite as sweet as the others but it is sung by Colbert alone and it’s worth it. Plus, you’d have Jon Stewart singing on your iPod! Can’t resist that!

I also ordered the DVD which is really cheap on Amazon. I want the book burning yule log. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, you should get it because the proceeds go to charity so it’s for a good cause. And who doesn’t love a funny Christmas album?


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Thanksgiving Memories

Can you believe we are only a day and a half from Thanksgiving Day? How the heck did that happen? 2008 has been the fastest year! I have often been accused of not giving Thanksgiving its due, overlooking it in readiness for the Christmas season. I like to lump this holiday into the entire holiday season, the official kickoff of Christmas, even though I’ve been decorating and listening to Christmas music for weeks now. I actually do enjoy Thanksgiving.

We all probably have a routine for Thanksgiving – the foods we always have, the places we always go. For me, I spend Thanksgiving with my mother and Ruth on the Cape. Growing up, Thanksgiving was usually spent at home with family visiting us. Sometimes it would only be one set of grandparents, maybe some aunts and uncles thrown in too. I do remember one year both Ruth’s side and Mom’s side came for the holiday in Ohio. All I remember is having to sit on the floor with the dogs due to lack of seating. ๐Ÿ™‚ We do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, deviled eggs (not a summer dish in my family), strawberry fluff (strawberry jello covered with cool whip), and various other normal foods. The main course has always been supplementedย  withย  baked biscuits and followed by two kinds of pie: pumpkin and, always, chocolate. We eat around 1 or 2 after watching the Macy’s parade and then gather in the living room to visit, watch the Christmas movies on TV, and/or sleep.ย  Occasionally we’ll do a night movie on Thanksgiving Day.ย  It’s a nice routine and the holiday I most enjoy spending with extended family members.

Here’s some other Thanksgiving memories that I particularly enjoy:

  • My favorite Thanksgiving memory is a little bittersweet. It must have been 1995, the last Thanksgiving my family was together for. My grandmother came to visit us and had to be taken to the hospital Thanksgiving morning. Both my mother and father took her, leaving Stephen and I at home, all alone… with the deviled eggs. Well, by the time my parents came back, Stephen and I had eaten pretty much all of the eggs – about 2 dozen probably. Believe it or not, we still ate the Thanksgiving dinner after that.
  • My next one comes from a few years back. I was home on the Cape and my uncle and aunt had come for the day. We had the traditional dinner and followed the routine. The movie March of the Penguins had just come out on DVD and we had been watching the special features. No one though to turn the movie off as we ate. The DVD has an extended documentary on it that is fairly graphic and goes into detail about the life and death of these penguins. So while we ate, we were watching a particularly gruesome section about dead baby penguins. Why we continued to have it on, to this day no one knows. But we still laugh about the moment.
  • The first Thanksgiving dinner I tried to put together myself was fairly successful. A few years ago, my father and stepmother came to Boston and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner at the apartment I shared with friends of the blog, Laura and Alyssa. The only part of the dinner I did not have a hand in cooking was the turkey but I distinctly remember standing outside the Shaw’s on Commonwealth waiting for the T and holding a frozen turkey and freezing my pants off. I also remember the satisfaction I got out of hosting but the absolute exhaustion I felt later in the day after all that work. So, thank you Mom, Dad, Ruth, Madelene and everyone else who cooks this dinner for me every year cause my God, that’s a a lot of work!
  • I’ve seen quite a few movies on Thanksgiving Day. Two that pop out for me are Toy Story and Enchanted. I saw Toy Story with Stephen and I’m not sure why that was the movie we chose to see at the time. Enchanted I saw last year with Ruth, Mom, and my aunt and uncle. I just remember giggling throughout the entire thing. I don’t know if she’ll admit it but I heard Ruth doing the same thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this Thanksgiving will be memorable for the mere fact that I don’t know that I’ll be able to stuff myself as I usually do. I’m excited for it all the same. We have another full house and I’ve been promised that some of my favorite soft foods will be there. The dogs always go crazy around turkey and it is fun to see them get wound up as the turkey cooks. It’ll just be nice to be with family for a day.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving in whatever you are doing. I still say some year we should try our own Thanksgiving dinner – not on the day of course. I think that would be fun. Who knows, maybe next year? ๐Ÿ™‚

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I just slept for the past 12 and a half hours. This medicine is making me so loopy and lethargic. I’m using my last sick day today so crossing my fingers that I don’t get sick in December. I was kinda hoping the whole point of only doing local anesthesia would be so that I wouldn’t be loopy for days but I guess I was wrong about that.

At least most of the pain has subsided. Now it is only discomfort and I feel a tad icky in my stomach – probably because I’m not eating which is probably because I can’t open my mouth very wide. Oh how good a hamburger sounds right now!

The good news is today I get to start rinsing with salt water! Yay me!

And I think it is time to go back to bed.

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UPDATE: This morning it took half an hour for my pills to kick in and they completely did away with any pain. Late this afternoon, it has taken an hour and a half for the pills to kick in and they have only dulled the aches and pains. I’m betting on tonight for the pills to work hours later and not really do anything at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, this has turned into my bitch and moan blog for today. This morning’s drugs wore off and as a result I’ve been in a lot of pain for the past two hours. I took more medicine an hour ago but so far it isn’t helping much. The worst of it is my jaw. I can’t open my mouth very wide and I’m still bleeding. I have no idea if this is normal or not. Plus I’m pretty sure I have chills or a fever or something because I have the heat cranked but I’m still freezing. In short, I’m fairly miserable right now. You’d think that would drive away any hunger but you’d be wrong. I’m very hungry but for a whole bunch of stuff I can’t eat. Pudding just doesn’t do it sometimes.

Okay, I’m done. I just felt like whining for a moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Good Times!

hehehe, Oxycodone is fun. I just stood up and almost fell over. I look at the pill bottle and it says “may cause dizziness” – shoulda read that first I guess. And just for security purposes, am only taking it for my wisdom teeth. No monkey business.

It does make you feel a little loopy. ๐Ÿ™‚ This would be a good time to watch something strange I think.


I know I’m going to read this later and regret it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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