Monday, January 22, 2007
QUESTION: If your life is a movie, what songs are on the soundtrack?
Here's how it works:
1. Open iTunes
2. Put it on shuffle and press play
3. For every question, type the song that's playing
4. Make up a Title and choose your Cast
Title: Oh, Jilly!
Jillian - Kate Winslet
Henry - Michael Vartan
Betty - Shannen Doherty
Muriel - Raven-Symoné (I defy traditional casting rules)
Opening Credits: "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" by OPM
Clearly this is going to be a kicky high school movie. Does this mean my character is a skater girl? That seems unlikely. It seems more likely that the boy my character has a crush on is a skater boy, circa 1995. My character will be called Jillian, or Jilly for short.
Waking Up: "Manic Monday" by The Bangles
Well, duh. Of COURSE this is the waking up song. Oh, Jilly. Yes, Mondays will always be this depressing.
First Day At School: "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
I think that Jilly is having embarrassing fantasies about her skater boy to the sound of eighties classics, where she's totally zoning out and humming to herself. Oh, Jilly.
Falling In Love: "Lady In Red" by Chris deBurgh
Ha! Man, Jilly's a dork. Lady In Red. That's awesome. I feel that this scene is happening in a music class, and the band is playing an instrumental version of this song. Jilly plays clarinet, and she and skater boy make longing eye contact during his saxophone solo in Lady In Red and before you know it, they're in luuuuuuuv.
Fight Song: "The Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails
Oh no. Perhaps does skater boy, who I feel will be called Henry, dabble in the drugs. Does Jilly not approve? This movie's getting all serious, and movie-of-the-week like. Jilly cries, Henry gets mad, they fight about the drugs. The perfect, perfect drugs.
Breaking Up: "LDN" by Lily Allen
Man, this is a cheerful song to break up to. Maybe it's shot all artistic like, with the two of them crying and hugging and fighting but with no sound as the happy happy song plays. It's all ironic, see? I don't think that things look good for Jilly and Henry.
Prom: "China In Your Hand" by T'Pau
Sure, I guess. They're broken up and at the prom with other people as T'Pau speaks to their pain. It's a very retro prom though.
Life: "Music Sounds Better With You" by Stardust
Life? That's kind of vague. Does this mean high school life? I thought this was going to be a high school movie! This is all peppy and great, but given the next category, I don't think things are looking good for Jilly, so let's decide that she's living in denial of Henry's drug problem and their break up and is going on as if nothing happened. She's just not doing well.
Mental Breakdown: "Venus" by Bananarama
HA! Awesome. I'm your Venus, I'm your fire, I'm having a mental breakdown. Awesome.
Driving: "Tell It To My Heart" by Taylor Dane
No, I'm not really sure why I have Taylor Dane on my iPod, but there you go. Anyway, this is a pretty good song for the sad driving and reflecting on her sad crazy life that Jilly is going to need to do. She'll go on a road trip with her best friend, Betty. Betty will help her stop being crazy.
Flashback: "Have A Nice Day" by Stereophonics
Oh, the good times that Jilly and Henry had. The nice days, the not so nice days. Clearly this flashback helps Jilly out - OR DOES IT? Because ...
Wedding: "Sugar High" by Coyote Shivers
Jilly crashes Henry's wedding! The breakdown must have taken a long time, because they've clearly graduated from high school here and grown up a bit. Henry got over his drug problem, got engaged, planned a wedding. Jilly went crazy, got better, crashed the wedding to declare her love (in an non-crazy way, of course). Jilly and Henry run away together to elope to Vegas. Henry leaves a touching but tender message on his ex-fiance's voicemail saying that he just can't resist the combination of Jilly and songs from the hit film Empire Records.
Birth of Child: "Blinded By The Light" by Manfred Mann
Jilly's clearly on some pretty strong drugs during childbirth, and dreams an awesome choreographed dance sequence to this song. Excellent.
Final Battle: "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher
Huh. Not really the best "battle" song I can think of. But perhaps it's a relationship battle of some sort that ends with Jilly & Henry realizing how much the need each other. Aw.
Death Scene: "Everything I Own" by Bread
Oh, this would be sad. Jilly dies, clearly. A sad disease that just makes her more beautiful as she dies. And Henry cries and cries by her bedside as the song sings "and I would give everything I own, just to have you back again". So sad.
Funeral Song: "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly
Inappropriate! Jilly's wacky sense of humour comes to light, as this is the song that she requests for her funeral. Henry and the kid from the childbirth scene, who we will call Muriel, and Betty all laugh through tears as the other mourners exchange disapproving looks. Oh, Jilly!
End Credit: "I've Seen All Good People" by Yes
Well, Jilly was good people. That's for sure. Good people indeed.
Well, I would totally watch this movie. I only wish I could have found a part for Steve Guttenberg.
I very strongly suggest that all of y'all with blogs should do this.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
3. List three events that happened on your birthday.
4. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.
5. List any holidays
6. Post it.
5 November - Three Events
- 1872 - Women's suffrage: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.
- 1935 - Parker Brothers releases the board game Monopoly.
- 1951 - I Love Lucy airs for the first time.
5 November - Two Birthdays & One Death
- 1911 - Roy Rogers, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1941 - Art Garfunkel, American musician
- 1971 - Corin Nemec, American actor
5 November - Any Holidays
- New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the province of Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada) - Guy Fawkes night (also called Bonfire night; or Fireworks night): Failure of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament in 1605 is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.
- R.C. Saints - November 5 is the feast day of the following Roman Catholic Saints:
St. Felix and Eusebius
- Ancient Latvia - the festival Katrina
Thursday, January 11, 2007
It doesn't happen often, but when it does, who am I to argue?
A conversation with Aaron about pie the other day got me in a pie frame of mind. So, today, I did a Google search for "apple pie", because it's a very delicious type of pie. Unlike cherry pie, which is deeply gross.
Anyhoo, my search took me here, and I was compelled to make it.
Seriously, doesn't it look amazing? I am a baking wizard.
Monday, January 08, 2007
You really know Christmas is over when you see the pile of discarded trees waiting for the garbage men to take them away.
Or the tree removal men. Or whoever actually deals with Christmas trees. I don't actually know.
What I do know is that there were four of them waiting as I left for work today. Ours is the one on the far right.
B'bye Christmas tree.
We had some good times, didn't we? Sorry about Lucy repeatedly hurling herself at you from assorted couches, chairs and sideboards. And sorry that you had to be naked on your bottom third because of over excited kittens and their ornament removal. We still think you looked nice.
You were a good tree. Well done. Best of luck in all your future endeavours.