Sunday, February 28, 2016

All the tequila, Fuller House and will Leo finally win his Oscar?

I met up with some lady friends Friday night for dinner and a viewing of Magic Mike XXL at the Brattle in Harvard Square. I was tired but rallied for the sake of Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello.

We had dinner at Border Cafe which I hadn't been to in years. It's usually so crowded that I don't even bother but there margaritas are only $6.00! That's cheap and they were good. I ate way too many tortilla chips but when they're hot and fresh I can't resist.

There were two girls sitting at a table next to us and they were sharing one frozen margarita. Who shares a margarita? Not this girl. I admire their willpower.

For contrast here was our table.

Saturday night we ordered Indian food and it was really good. I haven't had Indian in a while because the spices can bother me. Luckily they made my saag paneer very mild. It really hit the spot.

I watched a few episodes of Fuller House. I grew up with Full House so I had to check it out. It's pretty much what I expected. Kimmy Gibbler is still my favorite. I love her bacon and eggs scarf that she rocks in the second episode. The show is corny and cheesy but so was the original.

I also watched Interstellar on Amazon Prime. I definitely got choked up at a few parts. Visually it's stunning and it certainly makes you think. I recommend it. I do not recommend naming your daughter "Murphy".

I did take a break from all this tv watching and did some chores and went for a walk since it was in the mid 50s today. I saw some crocuses in full bloom. Bring on spring baby!

I'll be watching the Oscars tonight in hopes that Leo finally wins his Oscar. I don't know why I care about him winning. I mean the guy is rich and dates supermodels. I'm sure he'll be fine without an Oscar, but I just want to see him win. If he does win he has to make some joke about finally winning or even better the crying Leo meme.


Friday, February 26, 2016

The terrible 90s movie that is Blank Check

Let's take a trip back in time.

A time when people still wrote checks.

A time when Disney was frantically trying to find the next Home Alone and came up with this.

Ok Disney, you got me. I did love Home Alone and I did love this movie back in 1994. You knew just what my 10 year old tastes were. I was throwing my bike in the street on a regular basis to get that cool million. Think of all the Barbies I could buy! I would finally get that horse I always wanted!

For those of you who are not familiar with this Disney "classic", here is the plot. 

Hold onto your butts, things are about to get really terribly unrealistic.

Preston has a rough life. His father is frugal, which makes things tough for Preston. When Preston's grandmother gives him a blank check for his birthday, his father fills it out for $11.00. Why not write it out for $12.00 dad, since it is his 12th birthday.

When Preston is invited to Butch's birthday party he doesn't want to go because Butch picks on him. Preston only has enough money to go on the kiddie rides. Really creative with the bully name there Disney.

Preston's parents are kind of jerks sending him to a birthday party at theme park with barely any money. 

After this party Preston's bike gets run over by a car that happens to be driven by a criminal who just left stolen money at the bank. Seeing cops nearby the ciminal wants to wrap things up quickly so he gives Preston a blank check and tells him his father can fill in the amount. Of course Preston writes the amount for 1 million dollars and in a convoluted, doesn't make sense at all way, it gets cashed by the bank and he gets the money in cash. 

Preston goes on a major shopping spree buying anything he wants, including buying a mansion that looks like a castle. 

Preston pretends he works for a wealthy man named Macintosh, because it's absolutely believable that a 12 year old kid would be working for a millionaire and that the millionaire just happens to want go karts.  

Oh my God this whole movie does not make sense at all and all the adults are terrible.

Preston spends all the money in six days, the criminals are captured, lessons are learned like "money can't buy happiness" (I tend to disagree, money makes me pretty happy) and Preston's father decides he can be a little less frugal.

I would suggest not showing this movie to kids. It gives them unrealistic expectations. You'd probably have to answer a lot of questions such as "what is a check" and "why is that computer so big?" Also, it's just plain terrible.

Just for funsies, here's a then and now of the actor who played Preston. He quit acting in 1994 and is now a musician.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Commuter Blur

My commute home has been really draining lately.

When it's time to head home the last thing I want to do is attempt to squeeze onto a packed train. I've been waiting up to 40 minutes some nights just to get on a train. Tonight I was in no mood for it. Maybe the universe decided I needed a bit of a break because tonight I got on a train right away and there was actually breathing room. I was thrilled.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Davis Square visit

I'm not ready to go back to work tomorrow. At least the weather was nice over the weekend so I got to enjoy it rather than being stuck at work.

I went food shopping on Saturday and came across a mini belated Chinese New Year parade. At least I think that's what's going on here.

Saturday night Derek and I decided to go to Davis Square. We both used to live in Somerville and sometimes I do miss it. I just wish they didn't get rid of all the dive bars. I think Sligo is the last dive bar in Davis square. Most of the new bars are super hipster with pricey food and drink. We usually go to Underbones, which is the bar in the basement of Redbones. I had chicken and waffles. So good!

I've decided that I want a house with a finished basement and I want to have a home bar that looks like Underbones.

This photo was an oops but I like it.

Next stop was Sligo Pub. It is super divey. I love it.

Why yes I am a hot bitch.

Who the hell would pay $20 for a scratch ticket? There were a few for $30 too. That just seems silly to me.

Besides my night in Somerville I finished The Girl on the Train. I plowed through it because I wanted to know what happened. I did guess who was involved near the beginning but there were certain aspects that were a surprise. The book's main draw is it's fast paced plot and mystery. The ending was a tad disappointing because it seemed a bit abrupt, but overall I enjoyed the book.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

So I saw Deadpool

Last night I saw Deadpool with Germana, Fiona and Derek. It was an enjoyable movie film and I laughed quite a bit. There were no outraged parents with their children in attendance.

I can't imagine anyone else besides Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Some people were just meant to play a certain roll.

I started reading The Girl on the Train, which I borrowed through the Boston Public Library on my kindle. Isn't technology great? I'm not that far into it but I feel like there has to be some big twist. I'm trying very hard to avoid spoilers.

Derek and I are going to Regina's for a pizza date tonight. Happy almost weekend! Let's celebrate with massive amounts of cheese.

I don't normally participate in throw back Thursday but I found this old photo and it made me really happy because it was such a fun night. I was 23 here and something happened to my shirt before my friend Melissa's birthday party (she's the taller brunette) so I had to borrow a shirt from her. I should have borrowed a matching bra too. This was one of many epic dentist office parties (I'll have to explain what a dentist office party is in a future blog post).

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Attention parents! Deadpool is not a children's movie!

I may only be a parent to a fur child and not a human but I feel the need to share my opinion on a parenting matter.

It's come to my attention that some parents are upset that Deadpool movie is rated R and not PG 13. There are also some parents who have brought their children to see Deadpool and then complain that the movie is not appropriate for children.

Now I'm by no means a parenting expert, but I do believe in good old common sense. Maybe you should check the rating of a movie and read a review or two before bringing your child to see it? All the promotion for Deadpool has made it crystal clear that this is not a kids movie.

As for the people who started a petition for a PG 13 version of Deadpool, am I asking for a rated R version of Finding Dory? NO. Maybe tell little Ryder that he'll have to wait until he's a bit older to see the movie.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This is the end my friend. Let's pour one out for the late night MBTA service.

It looks like we should start saying our final goodbyes to late night T service in Boston. According to the Boston Globe, beginning March 19th drivers no longer have to pick up shifts after 12:30 a.m.

Although the fiscal board has indicated axing the late night T service, the MBTA has yet to make the official announcement.

As someone who uses the late night T service I'm disappointed that the fiscal board couldn't find someway to save it. There's nothing worse than the mad rush to pay your tab at the bar so you can run to the train by midnight before the T turns into a very immobile pumpkin. You might even lose a heel in a cobblestone sidewalk in the process.

I feel like the MBTA powers that be didn't really attempt to come up with a solution. I would gladly pay a higher fare after 12:30. How can we compare ourselves to New York City or London when our public transit system closes well before restaurants and bars do? And yet we are consistently asked to shell out more money to pay for a system that can't handle weather and closes early.

Last week I read an article that had me fuming. MBTA drivers are getting paid to stay at home. Part of the problem is the dated system for picking drivers for shifts. They use a pencil and paper system rather then an electronic system. The T's Chief Administrator has admitted that the MBTA could "manage things better".

Well, at least he's honest.

I don't have much faith that the MBTA will fix it's fiscal troubles. For as long as I can remember the MBTA has been in the red. It's really a shame that we're losing the last night T service because of it.

I'm sure Uber drivers will be making bank though.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Treat yourself on Valentine's Day

I've spent many a Valentine's Day single. It can be tough seeing roses, cards and declarations of love plastered all over social media. I've always preferred to think of Valentine's Day as a love yourself day. Have some wine, eat some cookies, watch your favorite movie or read a good book. Don't stress that no one sent you roses. Isn't it better to receive roses on a random day when it's not expected? 

Derek and I are staying in today since it's absolutely freezing out. The last time it was this cold in Boston was in 1957. There's also a Rock of Love marathon on and the Walking Dead returns tonight. What more could a lady ask for Valentine's Day? Ah yes, there will be champagne.

Single, taken, I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day. Do something nice for yourself.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Holes in clothes, cat condos and I hope you enjoyed my bra

I got into work today and realized I was wearing my blue shirt that has a giant hole in the elbow. I thought I felt a little breeze. I remember when I first noticed the hole I told myself I should throw out the shirt, but I didn't. I washed it and put it away thinking I would use it for pajamas. Instead I grabbed it this morning and wore it to work. I tired to hide it but one of my coworkers pointed it out so I knew I had to take care of this pronto. Lucky for me my office building is attached to a mall, so I went downstairs and bought a plain black shirt at the Gap that was half off. Only $9.99. It has a little bit higher of a neckline than I usually like but it's not bad.

I dealt with a very nice potential client at work today. He said, and I quote "wow, if I could rate you on a survey, well I would give you an A++. You're just wonderful to deal with! You can always tell if a business is good by the first person you talk to." Well then let me just brush my shoulders off here, my work is done. 

Besides the very exciting hole in shirt story and talking about how great I am at work, I got a new cat condo for Bosco. He is pleased. He better not get bored with it after a month. I spent good money on this thing. It's "three floors".

Pay no attention to the mess in the background, even though I'm about to mention it. In a previous post I mentioned that we're getting new intercoms and buzzers in our units. The company said they would leave a note on the door when they would be in the unit. Well it seems like they notified every other unit but ours. The neighboring unit got a note with a date while we just got an unlocked door and a new intercom installed. What the eff people? I would have moved my bra from the bathroom into the bedroom if I knew you'd be coming in. The bathroom is right across from the front door so I hope you got a good view of that!

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's snowing! Cancel everything! Except for your divorce.

Oh my God you guys it's snowing in New England. Can you believe it? Yea me neither. Make sure you get to the store and buy all the milk, bread and eggs because you're going to have to live off French toast for a while. I mean that's why everyone is buying out all the milk, bread and eggs right? Feel free to make me some and hook up some city rats to a sled and drop some off to my apartment.

Schools and federal buildings are closed but not our law firm. You want to start the divorce process during a blizzard? Call us up. That's a straight up emergency!

You want to know what the best part about winter is right now? I don't have a car! I don't have to shovel out a car anymore! It's the most freeing feeling in the world. While all you car owners are shoveling out your cars and saving parking spots with broken beach chairs and other garbage, I'm sitting on my couch with a glass of wine watching the Bachelor. I still think of you poor car owning saps from time to time while sipping my merlot in my slipper and robe.

I am owed a relaxing winter. Last winter was the worst. The T was dead and I was walking to work every day and if/when I have children I will tell them how I walked for miles in 4 feet of snow in Payless boots to get to work everyday and it will be the TRUTH. Not to mention my car was basically sold for scrap and I still owe money on it. I spent the winter shoveling out a car that was a rusted POS. If I had known that I would have ditched the car before all the snow.

So bring it winter. Just don't take out my power because that will totally ruin my Bachelor watching plans.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Just look at this!

You got your cheese, your bacon, your egg and your bagel that was actually toasted on a grill! All in walking distance of my apartment. The perfect breakfast when you had too many beers last night.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Someone is pleased

Looks like we're getting new intercoms.

I like the hand drawn intercom in the corner.

This is our current door buzzer and our door buzzer's great grandfather.

To talk to someone you use that little metal hook to tap out morse code. Then you press the little button next to the hook to buzz the person in. Can't wait for the upgrade.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Birthday fancy at the Charlesmark

Yesterday was birthday and I wanted to get a little fancy. Time for champagne.

Derek demonstrates the "pinky out" technique.


Time to mix it up with a cocktail.

A+ for ambiance.

In case you're worried that I'm a bougie snob now, I should let you know that my dinner was a double cheeseburger and fries at the Pour House washed down with some Bud Light.

Splish splosh splish splosh

That's the sound of me walking to the T today in the slushy now.

Winter is back!

Friday night plans include quality time with my pjs and writing another blog post. According to Derek I don't blog as much as I used to and he's right. Time to get back in the blogging saddle.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I'm a spring baby today

The poor trees think it's time for spring. Not yet buddy. Winter has just taken a little bit of a break.

This is the warmest birthday that I can remember. Usually mother nature treats me to a massive blizzard or subzero temperatures on my birthday. I feel like a spring baby! 32 years young.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Symmetry and squid

Our symmetrical table at Shabu Zen.

I texted this picture to my co-worker Lilly who has declared that she's blocking my number if I send her any more pictures of "gross food".