May 8th, 2006

Lana

Small Update

April 27th I saw Kathy Griffin. She got a little too much into politics from time to time for my taste, but I had a very good time. ~E~ and I went. We had tried to get tickets but the show sold out and a second show was added. The first show of the night included a Celine Dion story which we didn't get. Instead, we got an Andy Dick story. I don't think I could ever look at him the same way again. There is a comedy special on Bravo coming up and I understand it has about 50% of the same material in it. The good thing was that I was able to get out for a few hours and just have a good time. At the end, she relayed her ambien experience while on tour with the troops. I was laughing so hard I was crying and it was getting hard for me to breathe.

A movie that should have a revival is The Fortune starring Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Stockard Channing. I'm afraid I did fall asleep for a few moments during the film but that had nothing to do with the movie and everything with me. There are some truly funny moments in the film. It's a period piece about two con artists who would do anything for a fortune.

A movie that shouldn't have a revival is 9 Songs. It's a love affair told through music and sex. Lots of sex. Real sex. That's about the only thing interesting in it. They were beautifully filmed so you're looking more at the shadows and bumps when they have sex than getting turned on. The main actress is a model and I just thought she was too skinny.

I've seen some more of the William Wegman DVDs. I've seen a few of William Kentridge's movies. This weekend brought Once Upon a Time in China and a few Shaw Brothers releases: King Boxer which was originally released as Five Fingers of Death and Jade Tiger. I was into the story of Jade Tiger until the son who is avenging the death of his father makes it into the castle of the opposing family. The double-crosses didn't make it confusing for me, it just seemed unnecessary.

I told my husband I didn't want to see Flight 93 but maybe I will. 9/11 is just an emotionally charged topic for me. We flew back from Toronto that morning before all of the airports were closed.

I did finish Maybe Baby and have moved on to The Best American Essays 2005 guest edited by Susan Orlean. The series editor is Robert Atwan.

I have raised $145 of my $200 goal for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I may be doing the walk solo this year.
Lola1

Monday...

Bob Harper is my #1 man. Well, my husband is, but you know what I mean.

Several months back my husband bought us The Biggest Loser Workout DVD which of course has just sat there. Today I did the low intensity cardio workout. I did break out into a sweat; Bob was really working me. He addresses the camera like you're really there with him. I bet he has stalkers who feel like they know him if he didn't have them before. What was really cool is that you can create a customized workout with all of the workouts on the DVD.

I forgot to mention I've watched about half of the first season of Strangers with Candy. Part of me doesn't think it's funny but then there is some gold nugget or little surprise that is just hilarious.
Lola1

The Letter M

This entry is brought to you by the letter "M"

This is how it works: Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter, including an explanation of what the word means to you and why. rhondaparrish gave me the letter M.

Madonna - Yes, as a child of the 80's I had the black rubber bracelets just like her. For Christmas in eighth grade my friend gave me lavender eye shadow and the Like a Virgin record album. I was crazy about Madonna. I thought of her as an independent woman going out and getting what she wanted. I loved it that she could change her look easily and create the fashion trends instead of following them. Now that she and I are older I still like her. I think she's entitled to her privacy especially since she has children. The other day I listened to Like a Virgin and thought she had a very babyish voice. Whether or not she could sing when she first got started in the music business, she's certainly taken the steps to make sure she can keep doing it for a while.

Manga - I didn't really discover manga until my husband and I began to date. My two favorite series have been Maison Ikkoku and Ranma ½. They storylines are different from each other but both have touched my heart.

Mary Kay - Technically this should probably be an entry under the letter K but I want to talk about Mary Kay! It was about the age of 12 or 13 that I seriously got into make-up. I had Barbie and Cover Girl stuff until my mother took me to Lazarus. At one of the counters I was given a full makeover and I wore contacts for the first time. Not long after that I discovered Mary Kay. Except for the long stretches of time where I wore no make-up I have been a Mary Kay girl. I can only guess I went to a party with my mom. The products have been good to my skin.

Marriage - The union between two people is never 100% smooth. It does make it easier if there is love, trust and openness as the foundation. More and more my husband is my rock. I know even when I'm moody or not at my best that he'll forgive me and love me. I've been especially moody of late due to my work situation. We've been together for so long I can't imagine my life without him.

Modulation - I can't stand monotone voices. When I give the phone skills presentation at work to new employees I note that most of the clues a person has in a regular conversation are missing when speaking to someone over the phone. It's very important to be able to express yourself with just your voice. The person can usually tell if you've given the same instructions fifty times in a row by the tone of your voice. I hate it when people sound like an answering machine.

Moon - The moon is usually a natural wonder I look at when my husband is driving us from one destination to another. When I was little I was told if the moon had a ring around it then it meant snow was coming. The only time I've mooned someone was during a class trip to Europe.

Motherhood - I've always dreamed of being a mother. As a child my fantasies revolved around being the object of an undying, all consuming love or having an undying all consuming love. Motherhood fits the second category. Mothers make many sacrifices for their children. Right now I'm not sure I'll ever be a birth mother or anyone's mother at all. It makes me sad but I really try not to think about it.

Movies - When I was younger I used to go to the movies as a form of entertainment or a way to while away my time. Since college I've been exposed to more movie types (experimental, foreign, etc.) and have found they can be truly moving experiences. I usually notice the story or the performances of the actors and actresses over the direction. I am a romantic and an idealist so my favorite movies of all time are old ones or romances.

Museums - My mother loves old things and I've certainly had an appreciation for them. I think on nearly every vacation I've taken there has been at least one stop made at a museum. Probably the museum I remember the most is the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. It was odd to be walking in the same building she lived in for so many years. Even seeing it, it was difficult to imagine what it must have been like to live there in secret. I like natural history, paintings, clothing, sculptures, furniture, textiles, photographs, etc. A good museum is a place that takes responsibility for the items it has been entrusted so other generations can enjoy them.

Music - I suppose everyone has a soundtrack to their lives. The first grown-up album I remember having was one by the Monkees. My mother bought it from one of my older brothers' friends. One night when my other brother was watching me, I decided to wash it with vanilla pudding. It never played right after that. One of my earliest memories of our first house is playing records in my brothers' room. I suppose they would still be in school. I would put on Captain and Tennille, the Carpenters, or Cher and sing my heart out. My oldest brother used to make me sing Queen and Ted Nugent for his friends. The first record album I bought with my own money was Shawn Cassidy's Under Wraps at Gold Circle.