Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Moar DIDNEY

So exhausted...




Monday, September 29, 2014

DIDNEY

Today was fun.  :) I'll tell you all about it later, peridot!





Sunday, September 28, 2014

I can hear the sea

can't do a full post since I don't have my computer, but here are some iPhone photos from today.





The blue sea, the warm sand...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Saturday shopping: Party City - Halloween hats

Yesterday, my mom and I went shopping to get my dad some sort of monster costume for our Disneyland trip.

There were a lot of cute hats.


';..;' Rawr imma mawnstah 8E
I...look amazing.  D:
So sasseh!
Hi...I'm a viking.
Well, we didn't find what we were looking for, so we decided to just get dinner instead at the food court.


This Cheesy Rider place is new.  There used to be a Cousins here.  Anyway, we decided to give it a try.  I got a chicken ranch sandwich without the tomatoes since I dun laik tomatoes.  >.<  There was also a freestyle soda dispenser...thing, which is always awesome.  I got peach Fanta.  Yay!

It took forever, but we finally got our food.  Maybe because they're new?  Hopefully, they're not always this slow to keep up with the lunch rushes.

It was good!

Friday beauty: Pedicure

My mom and I often get pedicures together, and we always go to the same place up in Marana: Kiwi Nails.  The employees are all Vietnamese, but they speak English pretty well.  We are quite familiar to them now.  :)

First, before we went, I decided to dress up a bit.  Taking pictures of myself by myself, though, is a very tricky task.



I just can't seem to get the lighting right, myeh!  I wasn't meant to be a photographer, that's for sure.

Anyway, I never get manicures.  As an introvert, it's uncomfortable because I have to sit across from and close to the manicurist for about fifteen minutes or so, and I can't just not talk to her.  I don't want to talk, but being that close to someone, it's kind of rude not to, and the manicurist is always asking me questions anyway, so there's no escaping it.  The last manicure I got was on a cruise last year.  I had won it in a raffle, so I had to take it, but it was very uncomfortable.  With pedicures, I can easily stay quiet.  I am elevated while the pedicurist is down below, plus I'm in a massage chair, so I can just lie back and pretend I'm too busy relaxing to carry a conversation.  :b

The other reason I don't get manicures is that they only last a couple days, and that definitely isn't worth the trouble and discomfort it takes to get it done.  Pedicures, on the other end, usually last at least couple weeks.

That said, it had been over a month since my last pedicure...


What tends to happen is that once they start to chipping, I start feeling the need to chip away at them, so they get worse even faster.  The polish from my last pedicure had actually lasted awhile, but it was definitely time for a new coat.

Getting a pedicure can be a little tortuous.  I especially hate when they remove the callouses from my feet.  Yikes, it tickles!  I've gotten pretty good at staying still considering all the practice I had as a child holding in my laughter whenever I was tickled so that the tickler would stop, but it's still very hard!  The sand scrub they do also hurts, and as someone with ezcema, it can sometimes be hard to endure.

But the hot water always feel nice...


I chose a color perfect for Halloween!  Except...well, in the bottle, it was definitely a dark purple, but on my toes, it looks black!  D:  But I swear, they really are purple if you look closely!  But who's going to look that closely, huh?  Haha.

Halloween is in October when the month is almost over.  Tick, tock, tick, tock.  Halloween is coming soon -- WATCH OUT!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday music: Randy Scouse Git

The song randomly selected for today is a very catchy one that I have gotten stuck in my head many, many times.  It is a song by The Monkees called "Randy Scouse Git" written in 1967.  Prior to today, I had absolutely no idea what this song was about.  I managed to learn all of the lyrics just from listening to it a million times, but the lyrics never made any sense to me.  I wasn't sure if they were supposed to make sense or if it was meant to be nonsensical.

After an Internet search, it sounds as if it's a sort inside joke.  In the UK, its title is "Alternate Title" as the original title is, I guess, somewhat offense in the British dialect.  Micky Dolenz, the writer of the song, says that to the British, it translates to "horny Liverpudlian putz."  :b  Well, here in America, the original title remains which is all well because I never understood what it meant anyway.  I had heard the word "git" used before as an insult,but didn't know exactly what it meant.

(More details on the song here.)

The song is rather obnoxious, but it really works for this song.  It's calm one moment and hectic the next.  I love the use of drums, and the melody is just so fun to sing.  Even after reading the meaning of the lyrics, it still rather nonsensical to me, but there's absolutely nothing wrong that.  :)


Always worth a listen!




Lyrics

She's a wonderful lady, and she's mine, all mine,
And there doesn't seem a way that she won't come and lose my mind.
It's too easy humming songs to a girl in yellow dress.
It's been a long time since the party, and the room is in a mess.

The four kings of E.M.I. are sitting stately on the floor.
There are birds out on the sidewalk and a valet at the door.
He reminds me of a penguin with few and plastered hair.
There's talcum powder on the letter, and the birthday boy is there.

Why don't you cut your hair?
Why don't you live up there?
Why don't you do what I do,
See what I feel when I care?

Now they've darkened all the windows, and the seats are naugh-a-hyde.
I've been waiting for an hour.  I can't find a place to hide.
The being known as Wonder Girl is speaking, I believe.
It's not easy tryin' to tell her that I shortly have to leave.

Why don't you be like me?
Why don't you stop and see?
Why don't you hate who I hate,
Kill who I kill to be free?




Why don't you cut your hair?
Why don't you live up there?
Why don't you do what I do,
See what I feel when I care?

She's a wonderful lady, and she's mine, all mine,
And there doesn't seem a way that she won't come and lose my mind.
It's too easy humming songs to a girl in yellow dress.
It's been a long time since the party, and the room is in a mess.






Why don't you be like me?
Why don't you stop and see?
Why don't you hate who I hate,
Kill who I kill to be free?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday whatever: Organizing and hot chocolate

So, my mom asked me to organize our pantry.  I think most people would agree that that is not a very fun job, but in our case, we actually keep it pretty organized already, so there actually wasn't that much for me to do, believe it or not.

Considering that our pantry is like quadruple the size of most average pantries, though, I actually do find it amazing how well organized we manage to keep it!

Our pantry wasn't always this big.  When we first moved in, I would say it was the size of an average pantry.  My mom decided she wanted a bigger one, though.  Our washer and dryer used to be in a small room right next to the pantry, so we sealed up the one wall, knocked out the other, and joined it with the pantry to create a much larger pantry.  We then converted one of the bedrooms into a very large laundry room.

These pictures are from before I reorganized it, but as you can see, there really wasn't much for me to do.

Mitt is always following me, haha.
We've had those plastic cereal containers for as long as I can remember!
The old pantry wall used to about where that pancake mix is now.
Food storage.  We have a lot of it.  And this is maybe a quarter of all the food storage we have total.

Solar light!  Whoever thought of that was a genius.

This step ladder is awesome!  We use this fridge for desserts and other food we don't use as often.
Everyone needs a utility wall!
We're all pretty short in my family besides my dad, so this step stool with wheels really comes in handy.
I'm not sure where we used to keep this stuff before we had this larger pantry!

I tried my best to organize everything, but I mostly just ended up unwrapping things and making everything more accessible.  I wasn't sure what else to do.

But while I was going through things, I found this!

I had never seen them before and was not sure why we had them.  They were on one of the baking shelves, so perhaps it was used in the crust for a pie or something.  The back said they went perfect with coffee, tea, or milk.  I assumed that could also include hot chocolate, and, well, I just had to try it out!  It seemed like the perfect breakfast to me.

I decided to give this Starbucks Classic Hot Cocoa mix a try once again even though I never seem to like it every time I do try.  This mix requires milk, and I usually prefer mixes that use water.  People always think I'm crazy when I say that, but it's true.  I just find that hot chocolate made with milk tastes a bit strange.  This mix really does need milk, though.  I tried it with milk once, and it was disgusting.  Not only that, but it wouldn't mix even with very hot water, like the correct bonds just weren't being made or however the chemistry of hot chocolate works, just globs of chocolate floating in water.  Another reason I prefer hot chocolate with water is that it is fewer calories, so I thought that maybe using low-calorie almond milk would work, but no, it did not.  That was also disgusting.  No, this mix really does require milk, and for that reason, I would never buy it for myself.  My mom bought this some time ago.  I guess it looked like it would be high-quality stuff, but I care more about taste than being fancy.

Anyway, I have tried it with milk, but that was a long time ago, so I couldn't remember if it was good or not.  I decided to make it the correct way this time and see what happened.

Rather than use a measuring cup, I just poured in the milk until it looked like it was about eight ounces.
I like to add tons of chocolate when I make hot chocolate (or chocolate milk).  I think I put in three or four heaping spoonfuls.
It didn't seem quite chocolatey enough, so I ended up adding more.
I poured the milk into the cup, and it filled it perfectly!  I am so good at guessing.  8D  I then tried to arrange it all pretty-like on this plate along with the cookies.
Then I saw these marshmallows...
And then it was perfect.
I then had to bring out the perfect activity to do while drinking hot chocolate...

Seventy-three down so far!  My brain is going to stay young forever.
I know that many people find it boring, but I just love crossword puzzles.  I've also gotten really good at them since starting this book.  At first, I would get stuck all the time, but after awhile, you start to understand how to think about the clues differently.  I rarely need to look at the answers in the back now.  It definitely makes you think, and I've actually learned a lot from completing so many of them.

As for the hot chocolate, well, it still isn't my favorite.  I definitely prefer the cheaper stuff that you can make with water.  It wasn't bad, but definitely not amazing.  The cookies were really good, though.  They kind of melted in my mouth.  Nothing beats that!

A good breakfast overall, I would say.  Next time, though, I'm using Nestlé!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday animation: Home on the Range

Rating:

The selected animated film for review today is Disney's Home on the Range.  I have actually only seen this movie once in its entirety, and that was back when it was in theaters.  Since then, I have seen clips of it, but never the full movie.  So, I had to look it over a bit before writing this review, but it didn't take long for me to remember things about the movie.

With that said, let's just get right into it!

"Look at how much fun we're having!"

(Screencaps taken from here.)

Overview: Home on the Range is a Western comedy film released by Disney in 2004.  Disney had been going through a rough time since the beginning of the millennium, and this film was no exception as it was poorly reviewed and made less money than it took to make the film.  At the time, Disney announced that this would be the final hand drawn animated film it would create due to having so many flops in a row.

Art: The background art is gorgeous.  I hadn't seen this movie in ten years, so when I was looking up screencaps and videos, I was stunned by how beautiful it is.  The background art is probably among the best I have seen in any animated film.  So colorful, so vibrant, so stunning.  Many scenes look like they could be framed paintings.  That said, it is definitely stylized.  It doesn't look realistic at all, but I think that's what makes it so beautiful to me.  The more stylized design also allows for the use of bolder colors.  The character designs are a lot more cartoony, but they actually work together perfectly.  The result is a film that looks incredible but also looks like a fun cartoon at the same time.  Very crisp lines, very fluid, everything is always moving, no held frames.  Even when they know they aren't doing well, Disney doesn't take shortcuts with their craft, and it really shows in the art of this movie.  What I also really appreciated was the lack of CGI.  Oh, sure, it's definitely there, especially in the musical number "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo," but other than that, CGI is not present too much in this movie, which is great.  I don't mind CGI in hand drawn films as it sometimes adds a lot of beauty, but what was great about this was that it was beautiful all on its own.  Very, very impressive.  When it comes to animation, Disney really is the king.










Even the scenes that are supposed to appear dreary are still beautiful.

Even a train crashing into it doesn't detract from the beauty of this scene.

lol bird
Sound: Great quality, clear audio, as to be expected for a modern film.  I thought all of the actors were quite good, though I think enjoyed Roseanne Barr as Maggie, Jennifer Tilly as Grace (mostly because I love her in Family Guy, haha), and Randy Quaid as the Pittmanesque Alameda Slim the most.  The music was okay, not particularly memorable, both background and vocal music.  This was definitely not like the broadway-type musicals Disney had been producing as of late, just fun songs.  There was only one song that was memorable, the one part that I remembered after a decade of not watching the film, the part I remembered liking the most when I got home after seeing it for the first time.  That song was "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo," which is probably the most popular song from the film.  I wouldn't put it in my iTunes, but it is definitely a fun part to watch and hear.


Story: So, basically, a cattle rustler named Alameda Slim has been stealing cows and then buying the properties of the people he stole from when they find they are no longer able to support their land.  He has his eyes on a farm called Patch of Heaven.  Three cows that live there decide to set out to stop Slim and save the farm.  At the end of the movie, they capture Slim and use the reward money to save their farm.  The story is just okay, fun, but not particularly inspiring or even that interesting.  It has some humorous moments and is full of action, but the plot is just too weak to hold up those scenes.  The characters are also not very interesting.  I would say the most interesting is the villain, Slim, but the main characters are nothing special.  They all seem pretty flat and two-dimensional.  I never found myself really caring if they saved the farm or not, which is not good for a movie.  It ended up being pretty boring in the end.




Personal appeal: I really wanted to like this movie when it came out.  I knew Disney was struggling and that they had said this would be their last hand-drawn film, so I really wanted it to be good and successful so that they would change their minds.  Sadly, it really wasn't a good movie.  Even the beautiful art couldn't save it.  It just lacked charm and intrigue.  I was so, so disappointed in this movie, and that was why I ended up never watching it again because it just hurt so much that Disney had done this to themselves.  Yes, Disney did it to themselves.  I knew that they had it in them to create great movies, but for whatever reason, they kept creating these weird movies with weird plots and weird jokes, and there's no way they couldn't have known that this movie was dull before they released.  I refuse to believe that they somehow really thought this was a great movie.  I don't hate this movie, but I can't say I like it either.

Overall, I give this film two and a half peridots out of five, and if it weren't for the background art being so lovely, it would've been one and a half peridots.