the haps

I went to a wonderful party over at CreoleinDC’s spot on Sunday. I ate WAY to much gumbo, way too much jerk chicken, way too many cookies and God knows I drank WAY to much wine. Needless to say it was an AWESOME party. The Usual Suspects  are cool as hell, despite the brief yet racy conversation on subject matter that left my mouth wide the hell open. I don’t know if I was more surprised that the subject was brought up in the first place or that our hostess let it go on as long as it did. It was a pearl clutching moment to the highest degree I assure you. Once we got back on track, we had some serious girl talk about life matters and I have to say again, the Usual Suspects are cool as hell. After a couple hours of more wine, gift exchanges, cookies and more wine, we all left with huge kool aid grins, and bags overflowing with cookies- all looking forward to our next event in January. SOME of us, who will go unnamed also scored gumbo and jerk chicken to go. Good times.

What else? I actually took more than a two day stretch off from work. I was off from Friday -Wednesday. I went out of town just to get away and I had a great time. Since I moved though, I have to say that I look forward to coming HOME almost as much as I look forward to taking a vacation in the first darn place. At a certain point, I can’t wait to get in OUR shower using OUR soaps and watching OUR cable on OUR couch. The closer I got to VA, the more excited I got about walking in the front door. I was worried bout the damn tree. I got a real live Christmas tree this year. Even though I left it unplugged, folks had me thinking it would spontaneously combust or something. Geez. Next year I might go artificial cause honestly, even though my tree is gorgeous, it sucks up a LOT of water and its shedding pine needles EVERYWHERE. I’m also getting a little tired of the whole house smelling so strongly of PINE ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT!LOL. I would NEVER admit it to a certain person because as with most things I was hellbent on getting this tree but, I think I’m kinda over it. SSSSH. Don’t tell nobody. Check out the home depot guy and my tree.tree-home-depot.jpg

While I was on vacation, we caught I am Legend at the Imax theatre. Wonderful. Will Smith is growing on me. In all honesty, sometimes he seems a bit “iffy” to me and I obsess over his every movement as proof of this, but this time I was engrossed in the movie from beginning to end and made only one comment about his “suspectedness”. Loved it.

Before the movie, they showed a teaser for the new Batman movie next year. I couldn’t find the  actual trailer they showed, but I did find something.

 Check this out. Awesome huh? I never liked Batman before Christian Bale but I had one of the only grown folks dreams I can remember and Christian Bale as Batman was all up in through so now I’m a fan, LOL. Sssh! Don’t tell nobody.

During my absence from work, my office completed a relocation that was a year in the works. I’m going from the Tysons corner area to somewhere out near the Leesburg Outlets. My coworkers have been in place since Monday. I’m starting to feel overwhelmed because I don’t even know how to GET to the new offices, let alone what building I need to go to, how to get to my area….I’m just thinking about working from home tomorrow too so I can just put this off til Monday. I’m so not looking forward to it. It doesn’t help that my new cube is right outside my boss’s office as well as my boss’s boss’s office. Sigh. Fun times indeed. Apart from my anxiety about the changes at work, I have to say I’m in a good place right now. A damn good place. This has been one of the craziest, scariest years I’ve had since 2003 and I am Oh so grateful that it seems to be going out on such a peaceful note.

To all those who declared my blog the lamest of them all, I’m back beetches.

One more thing…

Suspectedness red flag:

Men who go out for cocktails as opposed to going out for drinks.  Too swishy for my taste. But thats just me.

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must see

nocountry.jpg No Country For Old Men

T had been waiting for this movie to be released long before I had even heard of it. We were able to catch it on opening weekend at the theatre in Shirlington. I had my doubts, although I am a big Tommy Lee Jones fan and I LOVE the Coen brothers. I just didn’t trust that I hadn’t heard anything about it. NOTHING AT ALL.

I won’t say how much I ended up LOVING the movie ( a lot) but I will say that its not for everyone. You will either love it or hate it. I don’t think there is much room for middle ground here. Its a long one, but the suspense keeps you involved for the duration. Basically, a hunter happens across a clearing in the desert where apparantly a drug deal has gone bad. Several dead bodies are strewn about the ground. The hunter ( Josh Brolin) finds amongst this carnage, $ 2 million in cash and  several kilos of heroin. He makes away with the $2 million dollars. The plot follows a  game of cat and mouse played between the hunter and the truly psychotic hitman(Javier Bardem) hired to retrieve the cash. Tommy Lee Jones plays a weathered sheriff trying to intervene and possibly save the life of the hunter, all while standing at a crossroads in his own personal life. All these characters are connected by their own obsession and ultimately are left to face their own destinies alone. It is very well written and the directors know that the story is good enough to stand on its own- though the movie is violent, its not gratuitous. Though the killer is psychotic, there is method to his madness. (I have to say he is the scariest bad guy I’ve seen in a long LONG time). Like I said, you’ll love it or hate it. If you see it, don’t come to me talking about – the movie sucked. It just might suck for you and I’m telling you up front.  For the rest, it is another Coen brothers classic and you won’t be disappointed. I personally can’t wait for the DVD release.

Oh yea, the ending is perfect! Don’t expect a big Hollywood finale where all the loose ends are tied into a nice little bow. In fact you might leave feeling that there is more of the story to be told.

movietime

i’ve been to the movies three times over the past two weeks. i feel like i’m playing catch up since prior to now, its been AGES since i’ve been to the movies. A brief recap of my selections.

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I am a fan of horror films. I’m even a fan of the movies that try to market excessive gore as horror films ( the rest of the Saw franchise, Hostel, etc). This movie SUCKED. It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t gory. ( Seriously, even the autopsy scene at the beginning was boring. The only thing slightly amusing was the fact that the cameraman felt the need to pan in to the coroner’s table by way of jigsaw’s splayed legs so that we got a full view of his recently deceased old man body parts. I reallly hope they end the franchise now. It was embarassing how bad this movie was.

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Do y’all know that at this point in my life I would pay about $20 to sit in a theatre and watch Denzel just walk across the screen for two hours? I mean literally. He could walk back and forth and not say word one and I’d go see it about 5 times. I.LOVE.THIS.MAN.  Seriously, have you seen him walk? Like my girl Creole would say, that stride is stank as hell. OMG. Hell, now I’m distracted and I can’t even remember the dang movie….oh yea. This movie was every bit as good as folks say it is. Every bit times two. Most two plus hour movies are very laborious and you are extremely conscious of how much time you’re spending just sitting on your azz watching the screen. I didn’t even realize how much time had passed when it was all said and done. Hell, I was sad to see it end. I am dead set against drugs and everyone involved in that whole little underworld, but I found myself rooting for Frank throughout the movie. Russell Crowe was awesome as usual. This brother here, who I personally think has one of the sexiest set of lips ever, is an INCREDIBLE actor and I’m really glad that he’s getting the exposure he is. The casting was great ( man, TI is tiny as HELL!!!) the story was compelling and I cannot wait to add this to my DVD collection.

and last night, I saw THIS:

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OMG. First of all I loove vampire movies. I LOOOVE them. Typically, vampires in Hollywood are glamorized. They are all beautiful, slinking around being sexy, rich, and seemingly bored with their whole existence.  This movie, HERE? Nah. Ain’t ISH sexy about this movie but Josh Hartnett and even he was a little shaky in this one. How unsexy is it? the movie takes place in Alaska, in a small town where the sun doesn’t shine for 30 days straight. I was uncomfortable from jump seeing as how I just don’t do cold, don’t do snow and this movie was over my comfort level in both departments. Once the action got started though…I have to say, its one of the better recent vampire flicks I’ve seen. I really liked it. Josh Hartnett is really coming into his own. His intensity level reminds me of a young Tommy Lee Jones. I really like him and his film choices are always interesting. He did an awesome job in this one. If you’re ok with a LOT of gore, try to check this one out. Its definitely worth it.