I just don't like how CNN reformatted their website.
High: Went looking at motorcycles for Calvin this weekend. Our credit is strong and we have been approved, so now it's a matter of choosing which one and negotiating with the buff-and-way-too-enthusiastic sales guy. It's such a relief, really, because a motorcycle-savvy Calvin is a happy Calvin.
Low: Less than a week before Calvin goes back to Chicago. BUT! This should be the last training session for the year.
Finishing (starting, even!) my paper for class, which is due on Wednesday. I usually don't procrastinate this badly.
Thinking about Steve Martin's bit about blaming Tom Hanks for the kidnap attempt on Russell Crowe.
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We watched the Oscars last night. The whole darn thing, which is the first time that's ever happened to me. Usually I pick it up about halfway through and leave it about a half hour before it ends. But we stuck through till the end this time.
And I was very pleased to accept an Oscar.
No, I wasn't in L.A. No, I didn't buy a fancy (and non-see-through... ahem, Miss Jennifer) gown. In fact, I was quite comfily ensconced on the couch in my silk jammies, snuggled up to Calvin.
I think it was Steven Soderbergh, in his acceptance speech for "Best Director", who said "I'd like to dedicate this Oscar to everyone who does something creative every day." Paraphrased, of course. And since ~Snerkology~ is just about the most creative thing I do with my life, well...
I accept. "I'd like to thank the Academy for this great honor." Etc. etc., yadda yadda yadda.
Some other random Oscar thoughts...Steve Martin should host every year. I think he did a better job than Billy Crystal, though I'm a fan of him, too. But Steve cracked my shit up last night. And I think he's got a crush on Julia Roberts. He kept picking on her the whole night.
Russell Crowe - what a raging jerk. The man obviously has *no* sense of humor. Every time the camera focused on him in the audience, he was scowling. I noticed Steve backed off on the jokes directed at him after about the second scowl.
Yo, what was *up* with the close up's of Bob Dillan as he was "singing" (and I use those quotes to emphasize my sarcasm)? Shudder.
By now we all know that Jennifer Lopez has boobs. Get over yourself, chica. Classy way wins over slutty any day.
Bjork continues to confuse me.
I guess I *really* need to see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon now. As well as Traffic.
Marie: "Who's that lady?"
Calvin: "Julie Andrews."
Me: "Mary Poppins."
Marie: "Oh, my GOD! It *is*!!"
Goldie Hawn is a hyper thing, isn't she?
Kate Hudson is so adorable. Her boyfriend is so gross.
Julia Robert's dress was beautiful, but was that all her own hair?
It's probably dumb to post this here, since it's stupidly easy and probably everyone on Earth has done it, knows how to do it, or can't be bothered by it. But. Well. Last night in an effort to do something different besides the same ol' same ol' side dishes, I cooked some egg noodles and made a garlic cheese sauce. We grilled up some "chicken titties" (thank you, Calvin) and steamed some asparagus, and had us a right nice little meal. So, if you're curious,
Laura's Soon-To-Be-World-Famous Garlic Cheese Noodles1 (12? 14? 16?) oz pkg. extra wide egg noodles
2 tbsp butter
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 cup finely shredded cheese (I use a cheddar/jack combo)
1 tbsp. worcestershire
salt and pepper (I use lots of both)
Boil noodles according to package directions. Drain.
In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter along with crushed garlic. Whisk in flour until well blended. Gradually add milk, whisking until well blended. Gradually heat the mixture to a simmer, whisking often. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken. Gradually add cheese, stirring until melted. Add worcestershire, salt, and pepper, and continue to stir until the sauce is thickened and well blended.
Pour sauce over noodles and stir to combine. Eat eat eat!