Thursday, January 31, 2013

Here Comes the Sun Bros?

Well, you know me.  I'm all about the Pella.  Rockapella members, past and present, I love them all.  Today I received, as probably some of you also did, an email from CSL4 alerting of this new project, Sun Brothers.

Take a look at the website, and view the video.  You'll see 2 familiar faces, and the other two, not so much.  But their voices meld wonderfully together, and I am looking forward to the next installment.

It looks like they'll be singing on the same day and same venue as Rockapella on February 10 in New Bedford, MA.  Oh, how I wish that I could be there, not just to see my guys, but also possibly my new additional guys!  (I do like to support all of their extracurricular projects, because it keeps a fire in the creative belly for Rockapella Proper).  But I'll be walking briskly in Santa Monica that morning, and that would be an expensive trip anyway.  

So to those of you that are going to the show: let me know how it goes!  


Oh, Scott.  You're so dreamy with all of that yellow and blue and Tampa-ness.  :)  I miss you!  Also, Steve, thanks for smiling at me through the camera (in my imagination).  Miss you, too!

I shall go to bed now and dream of my boys, playing in the sun, singing a cappella to me....maybe while they are all wearing capes.  And Speedos.  ACK!  Now I can't sleep at all, because I'm giggling as I type.

Good night!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

In The Bayou

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is no longer playing in any movie theaters near me, so I rented the DVD from Redbox today.

  • My goodness, it's no wonder this child was nominated for an Oscar.  Quvenzhane Wallis has the eyes and the talent of an old soul.
  • I'm trying to understand these folks that were stranded in the Bayou.  Their lives are just so very different from mine, and I don't understand why they wouldn't want better ones if offered.  I guess they're afraid of that which is different...or they just can't bear to leave what's left of their homes.
  • "Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub."
  • I was ready to smack that father many times, then he ended up breaking my heart toward the end.  Dwight Henry sure had me feel sympathetic for him.
  • Loved the part where the beasts bowed to Hushpuppy. "You're my friend, kinda."
  • Since I was watching this at home, I became easily distracted, and thought that I might need to watch the movie again before returning it.  However, there I was, crying at the end, so I guess I actually was paying attention.
  • Great.  Now I'm hungry for catfish and hushpuppies. :)
I thought that the movie was well done, but I'm biased and I wish that Ben Affleck would have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar over this one.  The images are not for the faint of heart, so be prepared.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


I had some time before meeting up with friends in the OC, so I watched "Life of Pi".

  • GORGEOUS.  The vibrant colors, the amazing cinematography, everything.  Just gorgeous.  I'm glad that I saw it in 3D.
  • I'm a fan of Ang Lee's again.  Not that I stopped since "Crouching Tiger..", but that was the last one of his that really affected me.
  • Hippo!  Aw, poor hippo.  Hippo again!
  • Wow, that's a lot of damn meerkats.  Cute little things.  I loved watching them during our trip to San Diego last year.
  • Oh, Richard Parker, you scary thing.  I liked watching you catching the flying fish.
  • I liked all of the actors playing the different ages of Pi.  
  • Is it me, or was that carnivorous island shaped like a human lying down on his/her back?  It reminds me of my recurrent nightmare of my youth, where the foothills were actually King Kong waiting to wake up.  (While reading about this, I now know that the island is in the shape of a supine Vishnu).
  • Whales are really, really big.  
  • Also, hyenas have creeped me out ever since I saw "The Lion King".
  • Ooh, those luminescent jellyfish.  Have I told you that this film is gorgeous?
  • I really liked all of the ways that the different religions were referenced.  "Thank you, Vishnu, for introducing me to Christ."
  • "But Columbus was looking for India!"
  • "Above all, don't lose hope."
Isn't that what life is all about?  Hope and faith?  If it's not in yours, I pity you.  Go see a wonderful movie like this one.

Friday, January 25, 2013


V and I took some time away while the kids were being watched by my parents, and watched "Zero Dark Thirty".

  • Jessica Chastain is amazing.
  • "I'm the motherf*&%er who found this place."
  • Poor cute monkeys.
  • I was scared when that desert rendezvous was happening.
  • Harold Perrineau saves the day!
  • It's crazy to think of how long it took them to find UbL, and how long it took until they finally took action.  I got frustrated with Maya every time she changed the number on her boss' window.
  • Kathryn Bigelow really is good at these kinds of movies.  I wasn't totally in the mood to see this movie, but I'm glad I did.  Much like when I watched "The Hurt Locker".
  • So what happened to the guys that blew up the downed helo?  Did someone pick them up later?
  • Those really were quiet helicopters, compared to the usual noise made by regular ones.
  • Wait.  Isn't Area-51 supposedly non-existent?
Great movie.  I did cry once, at the point when it is finally confirmed that they got him, and they show her reaction.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


After having lunch for the first time at Earl Sandwich (yummy!) with Adrienne and her friend, Linda and I saw "Silver Linings Playbook".  I really had no idea what the movie was about, but it was on my list of Academy Award-nominated Best Picture nominees to watch.

  • When "My Cherie Amour" played in the therapist's waiting room, Linda and I giggled.  We had just been talking about that song at lunch!
  • Maybe I was really tired or something, but the camera work during some of the film made me feel dizzy.
  • Loved the scene at the dinner table when Tiffany and Pat are comparing medications.
  • Oh, Julia Stiles!  THAT'S who that was!  It bugged me throughout the whole movie, and I only knew from the credits.
  • Wow, Chris Tucker.  Haven't seen him in a while!  I liked his role.  
  • Bradley Cooper does a great job with his role and the many emotions he portrays.
  • Jennifer Lawrence is awesome.  I loved how tough her character was, yet she was also vulnerable.
  • So when Tiffany first runs into Pat while out jogging, I thought, "Katniss is stalking him."
  • OMG, I love that short coat that Tiffany wears through much of the movie.
  • What the heck with that crazy random dance, man?
  • Eagles fans are crazy.  Eagles fans that are bookies are crazier.
I really enjoyed this movie, and I laughed quite a bit. Yeah, I cried, too.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

"Bananaman is such a slut." --Dodie, at Catal

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"I heard a 'ding ding' and I came running." -- Ryan B, responding to Cindy's servant bell

Happy New Year, everyone!  

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Special New Year's Eve Catal Edition!

Amuse Buche:
"You're really being a slut tonight." -- Sher, to V

First course:
"It's for in case you weren't here tonight!" -- Sher, to Ryan B

Second course:
"But then you had that one tasty bit. Not a person." -- Cindy, to Sherry

"Here, do it into my phone." -- Cindy

Happy New Year!