March 27, 2011

Quick Question: Old Movies

What movies did you watch obsessively growing up? 

Peter and I get on this topic every once in awhile and it always ends the same way. Apparently, the movies I loved were not fan favorites. While Peter was busy learning every word of The Karate Kid and Surf Ninjas, I was watching horror movies. Made for children.

The Watcher in the Woods was Disney's attempt at horror. Two sisters get involved in a supernatural mystery concerning a girl that went missing in the woods by their new home a few decades prior. It's creepy and weird and having rewatched it recently, I'm glad Disney got out of the horror genre.
The Witches is the hardly-accurate film adaptation of Ronald Dahl's book. In the movie, a boy and his grandmother are staying at the same hotel as a convention of witches when the boy learns that the Grand High Witch wants to turn all children into mice. {The movie is actually a good bit more optimistic than the book.} The special effects are amazing with lots of green gas and witches peeling their faces off. It shouldn't be missed.

Have you ever seen these movies? 
Does the name Nerak creep you out? Or are you the Surf Ninja type? 

March 20, 2011

Q. and the G.

This weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Peter's family in Georgia. While it was nice to see everyone, Q. stole the show! At 5+ months, she is quite expressive. And amused by her feet. Other than ceiling fans, they may be her favorite entertainment. Every time I got the camera out, Q. was game! She is quite fond of both barrel laughs and serious faces. 
While Peter and I loved getting to see our growing niece, not everyone was delighted. The G. struggled. To be clear, G loves babies. He would lick Q.'s head, face, fingers, and toes every chance he got. He even scaled a couch in order to be near her. Something about babies drives Gunther wild! Of course, we had to control him because crazy animals and babies don't always play well together. And as a result, he spent most of the weekend like this: 
He doesn't do so well at second fiddle. Poor G.

March 18, 2011

Life Is Good

Yesterday: Clemson, SC
Visiting current undergraduates, old friends, and colleagues. 
Today: Lilburn, GA
Spending some quality time with my niece, Q., and her momma. 

March 10, 2011

And So It Begins

I can't help myself sometimes. When I picked the new colors for our house I figured it would be summer before we made any real progress.  Of course, in retrospect that was purely my ambition, never in a million years would I be able to wait that long.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my cousin's Bat Mitzvah in Charlotte, NC. While I was there Peter was in Memphis, rainy Memphis. His plans to fill the weekend with yard work were dashed when he woke up on Saturday morning to find a lake where our backyard had been the night before.  In light of the rain, I suggested that he, maybe, if he wanted to, and really did like the color, could paint the bathroom.  And he did. That man knows the way to my heart!
Next up for the bathroom: new accessories.

Motivated by Peter's work in the bathroom, and the fact that it is Spring Break so I have the time, I decided to get to work. After cleaning the bookshelves, I spent two hours painting the back wall.  We've been talking about doing this for a long time, practically since we moved-in, but it wasn't until the YHLers did it that my anxiety about the project was relieved. With the shelves painted, simplified, and rearranged, I wanted to see how it would look against the new wall color. So I painted. Personally, I think it looks very clean and bright. Exactly what we are going for! 
Unfortunately, I only had 8 ounces of paint meaning I was only able to paint a sample or two. But, man oh man, those are some good looking samples! We may even leave them up for a few weeks, or months. 
Next up for the living room: more paint and curtains, though maybe not in that order. 

March 8, 2011

Three Things

1. A couple of weeks ago I cut my hair off. It was a bit gutsy since, once again, it was my first visit to the particular stylist.Turns out, she was great. I had a picture and she had talent so it all worked out. 

2.  I met Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. She is doing a book tour and happened to make a stop in Memphis. She didn't say anything much to the crowd but was very sweet with smaller groups. Either way, it was loads of fun to hangout with my lady friends while we waited to get our books signed. 

3. Peter and I bought some ridiculous shoes and wore them to a party. Themed parties are the best!