Holiday Travelling 101

I spelled “Travelling” that way on purpose. I’m a literature snob. I spell color “colour” sometimes, and I also type “theatre.” I’m also a grammar nazi. I like it when people use the words “their,” “they’re,” and “there” properly, as well as “your,” “you’re,” and “yore.” Need I go on? Spelling is important.

I would like to share some of my travelling wisdom with you. Other than my parents and husband, the rest of my family lives roughly 300 miles away (on a whim, I looked up the directions from here to my Gram’s house, and for the record, MapQuest has the WORST directions EVAH!!!) so I have to drive quite a ways to get “home.”

I have to drive through the southern suburbs of Chicago to do so…

Which means Chicago traffic, unfortunately. Wheeeee!!!!!!!!!!

So we travel on holidays. I left at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day to travel to my Aunt’s house for lunch. Traffic was a dream! I should have known something was up. God never gives us perfect traffic… Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy Thanksgiving

Yes, Happy Thanksgiving all! Did you all stuff yourselves with previously stuffed turkey, shove buttered rolls and mash gravy-slathered potatoes into your oral cavity? Did you pass the green bean casserole? The sweet potatoes? The fruit salad and cranberries? Did you lick all the pumpkin pie off of the fork, and unbutton your pants afterwards??

I had a pretty good Thanksgiving. It was only slightly annoying, as I had to drive for the first portion of the day.

Driving is, as you already know, always a source of a bit of irritation, no matter how few people are on the road. :)

What is the deal with people going slow on the highways as of late? The road I take to go to school is a TWO-LANE highway and for the past three weeks, I have been behind people who have been going at least five miles below the speed limit. What is so hard about going 55 mph???

If you’re already going 50 mph, what is the big difference between that and speeding up slightly to 55 mph?

*sigh*

Thankfully (yes, it IS Thanksgiving), interstate 80 is at least a four-lane the entire way to Iowa. I got on the hwy, and what usually take 4.5-5 hours (or more, if my mom is driving) took me exactly FOUR. It was fantastic! I’m going to drive on the holidays more often!!!

So anyways, other than the remnants of annoyance that I feel at the thought of driving to school again on Monday on that two-lane road where there are slow doofuses (doofi?) who can’t seem to find thier accelerator, I am having a fairly relaxing holiday.

I still have Calculus homework to do, though, and I am very glad that my relatives have wireless internet at their house. Where would we be without wireless internet?? Pft! Nowhere, I tells ya!

I took a lot of pictures, and soon I will have a photoblog for you. Huzzah!

Unfortunately at the moment, my aunt is sleeping on the sofa that is supposed to be my bed for the night. That photoblog may come sooner than I’d intended…

Tomorrow I’m going to my Gram’s house. From what I’ve heard, she’s not doing so well since Grampa passed away. She’s all by herself, and she doesn’t want anyone to help her with anything, so she’s not able to do the things that you and I take for granted. Like getting to the bathroom…

So we’re going to keep her company tomorrow and Saturday, after which I am going to come back to my aunt’s house and utilize her wireless internet connection to do the rest of my Calculus homework.

I love Math.

Moms Are Underrated

I have been reminding myself all day to make a point of posting…

…a big thank you to those of you who have kids/stepkids/grandkids/kids that you take care of. If you don’t have kids or surrogate kids that you take care of, go call your mom and say thank you. If your mom isn’t around, call your Grandma, or your neighbor, or someone…whoever took care of you when you were a kid, someone who did something for you when they could have been doing something for themselves…

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A Questionnaire for Us Old Farts

Received this via email from a friend. Since I hate sending out forwards (but I don’t mind receiving them, by the way), I don’t usually send things out. I post them on my blog. :)

Click Below to see the full questionnaire.

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Movies R Teh Win!!1!!11

Yeah. I watch a lot of movies.

What’s that? You want to hear about some of the movies I’ve watched recently? Well OK, I’ll tell you.

28 Weeks Later

As you probably already know, I’m a BIG horror fan. No, not those “torture porn” movies that people pass for “horror” nowadays (I’m looking at you, “Hostel,” “Touristas,” and “The Hills Have Eyes” remake…). I like real horror movies. Like “The Exorcist,” “Halloween,” and “The Ring” which I consider three of the scariest movies I have EVER seen.

So I really liked the first movie, “28 Days Later.” I own it, in fact. So I rented “28 Weeks Later” with great hopes. It was ok, as horror movies go. I liked it, but I am seeing a trend in these flicks…

Why don’t they just name the movies “When You’re Attacked, Don’t Trust the Military, ‘Cause They’ll Kill Yo Ass!!”

In the first movie, when our heroes/heroines finally find the “sanctuary” they are searching for (at a military compound), they are immediately brutalized and the women are threatened with rape. Our hero has to kill the soldiers in order to save the woman and the child.

In the second movie, a soldier ultimately becomes a sort of hero, but the whole second half of the movie is a couple kids running away from snipers and an AMERICAN military who is shooting at anything that moves!

I realize that it is fairly realistic to assume that in a situation like that, where there are zombies/infected chasing you around, that the military will kill a few innocents. But I refuse to just assume that the soldiers will turn all horrible because of the situation at hand!

Last Tango in Paris

I kept hearing all sorts of good things about this movie, like I heard about “9 1/2 Weeks.” Oh, these are such fantastic movies, groundbreaking, award-winning!

Bollux! I thought Last Tango was one of the WORST movies I have ever seen! A co-dependent French bimbo who enjoys being brutalized by an old, ugly American jerk (yes I think Marlon Brando is ugly–sue me). Same with 9.5 Weeks! Nobody enjoys being treated like a thing, and women who act like that shouldn’t be glorified in movie form.

“But Lunzie, it’s about REAL LIFE,” you say.

That’s a bunch of crap. If I watch a movie, I want to watch a movie that’s uplifting, that causes me to feel GOOD. That’s why bazillions of people went to the movies during the depression. It’s called ESCAPISM. It’s good for you!

Stupid French language. Had to read the damn subtitles the whole movie. Bah.

Witchboard

I recently watched a movie called “Witchboard.” It’s a Korean movie about schoolgirls in a village who awaken–guess what? AN ANGRY FEMALE GHOST! With long black hair. Who kills everybody…

What is it with eastern movies and angry females? As a culture, from what I’ve seen, they oppress their females, treat them like objects, so I guess it’s logical that their worst fear would be one of those females coming back to scare them to death. Sweeet.

Anyways, the Witchboard movie was pretty dang scary. In the same vein as “The Ring” and “The Grudge” which I believe are remakes of Japanese movies. I like the genre–the girl who walks up to you with long black hair covering her face and scares you to death with her oh-so-creepy eye! As I mentioned before, I’m not up for the “torture porn.” Killing is ok (see “Night of the Living Dead”), but when it’s torture for the sake of torture, screaming, gore, etc., then I’m not interested. I also don’t like rape. I watched “Last House on the Left” a few years ago, and I thought I was going to throw up… That’s why I won’t watch the remake of “The Hills Have Eyes.”

I thought the original Hills Have Eyes was brilliant. The new one just sounds like a masochist’s wet dream.

Stay tuned for my review of the Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr. straight-to-DVD film, “BUG.” Supposed to be very creepy. I’m excited!!

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