Saturday, August 23, 2008

My Year of Free Movies

Every year I enter every Oscar contest I can find. Last Feb I kept putting it off because I was busy with school...until it was the day of, and by the time I got around to doing it, most of them were past the deadline. Except for....the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There were only six categories and I got them all correct. The prize-free movies for a year. It took them till mid April to send me my pass, and it's good through April 2009.

Papa Cash and I have used the op
portunity to go to every film we can, and we have seen almost everything that has come out since then. There are small caveats, we can't use it on Saturdays, and we can't use it on movies that don't allow passes....which means we can't see them until they've been out for two weeks. It's also only good for the Marcus Theaters, and the Times and the Rosebud, which means for the most part, mainstream films. This is what we've done with it so far:

April: The Ruins, Smart People

May: Shine A Light, Run Fat Boy Run, Harold and Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Iron Man (twice), What Happens In Vegas, Baby Mama

June: Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Chronicles of Narnia:Prince Caspian (this was a slow month for us for whatever reason)

July: The Happening, Get Smart, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Incredible Hulk, Hellboy 2, WALL-E, Wanted, Hancock

August: Mamma Mia, The X-Files (I Want to Believe), Stepbrothers, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Pineapple Express

We try to see just about everything with some exceptions. We skipped Sex in the City (I never watched the show and didn't really care), The Love Guru (because it didn't play long and I never heard anything good about it), and most of the movies meant for a younger audience like the movie about the traveling pants and things like that. A couple of things we wanted to see were pulled just as the two weeks ended (not fair!) and sometimes we couldn't make it because of scheduling conflicts (Prom Night, The Strangers)

This has been a really fun experience,
even though it takes planning on our parts to be able to even make it there -our schedules just don't match up sometimes. I'm not going to go back now and tell you what I thought of these movies but I'll probably mention them as we see them and talk a little bit about what I thought about them. One thing to note-since this is free and a dream come true prize for me, generally I go into things with zero expectations and for the most part, I have fun with it.

For instance, The Mummy -which I saw two nights ago. I think I might have seen the first one, but I don't remember enjoying it. If it weren't for the pass, I wouldn't have went to see it, and I probably wouldn't have rented it, either. I could really rip it apart if I was in the right mood. I'll probably never see it again. But it was entertaining for the most part, it was a fun night out, and Brendan Fraser took off his shirt for ten seconds so we could all see how much he enjoys lifting weights. I wouldn't have minded him sharing that a second, or a third time in the movie, but hey, we always have NAKED JAVIER BARDEM to console us if we get too bummed out.

But my point is that I tend to just
go and have fun and not think about it too hard. I have to think about a lot of other things too hard for most of the year. And if I'm watching movies at home, I tend to put more thought into them, especially if they're horror movies.

We also saw Pineapple Express tonight.

I like Seth Rogen. I think that Papa Cash found it sometimes more amusing than I did, just like Superbad. But it was funny and I'd probably watch it again when he eventually buys it. Although at one point some f***er propped up his foot on the seat ahead of him and decided to do the 'leg jiggle' throughout the last half hour of the movie. Papa Cash must have been just far away enough not to feel the reverberations that were pounding into my back, so I eventually got up and sat on the other side of him, where thankfully I couldn't feel it any more. What was even more annoying was as the action intensified, so did the leg jiggle. When it got really crazy onscreen, it was like a damn machine gun. Then as the action slowed down-so did the leg jiggle. At that point I was actually wishing that Ritalin was prescribed MORE than it already is, because they obviously missed one.

ps-for anyone who missed out on 'naked javier bardem' day, just google that phrase inside the quotes and you'll see what I mean....wink wink nudge nudge.....

-Love and happy Googling,
Mother Firefly

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gilbert and George Day

Today Papa Cash and I went to the Milwaukee Art Museum to see the Gilbert and George exhibit.

I've probably seen a half dozen exhibits at MAM, and this was probably my favorite. Everything was huge, colorful, and I didn't have to shuffle around people to get a look. You could stand in the middle of the room and see everything from there. If you live
in Milwaukee and you like your art to be in bold primary colors and bigger than your living room wall, I encourage you to see the show before it leaves Sept 1st. I'll guarantee it'll be better for your psyche than to go see the new $80,000 statue of a TV character that's just been forced upon us.

I also had a couple of other firsts today. I bought my first pair of Crocs and my first Neti pot. I have wanted a pair of Crocs for a long time, but stupid nursing school tradition dictates we wear white tennis shoes, which is annoying as hell. God forbid I be co

Anyway, I went to Whole foods today for the purpose of getting my Neti pot, and ran smack into a display of Crocs. I could not resist. Lately I have been reading a lot of backlash about Crocs -mainly that they are ugly and unfashionable. did this deter me? No, it made me want to buy them even MORE. Then I came home and put
them on.

OHFORTHELOVEOFJEBUS DAMNARETHEYCOMFORTABLE. You whom are already proud owners of Crocs are smiling, nodding, and thinking, hells yeah, we just pulled another one over to the dark side. My feet immediately started thanking me profusely, and I said, you're welcome feet, thanks for almost 40 years of hard work, you deserve it. Then I started to think of all the pain and foot cramping that could have been avoided this summer if I'd had these wonderful inventions supporting me through 24 hours a week of clinicals this summer. But-instead i will focus on the fact that I only have
8 WEEKS OF UNDERGRADUATE clinicals left before I move on next year to leave my stupid white uniform and shoes behind.

Back to my Neti pot......

This is the Neti-well, not my actual Neti, but very close.

If you don't already know what a Neti pot is, you can read about it here.

If you do, skip that. I have bought one and am going to give it a try because....I HAVE NOT BREATHED CORRECTLY OR EASILY THROUGH MY DAMN NOSE ALL FREAKING SUMMER. it's either been because of allergies, or a couple of fun colds I managed to catch at clinicals. I am tired of taking allergy and cold medicine because 1) I don't like taking so many pills all the time, and 2)they're not really helping all that much anyway.

Unless people are lying, these fun contraptions are supposed to actually work. I have read you can do this up to three times a day-and I am planning on that-hoping that it will improve the situation. When and if it does, then I will probably go back to once or twice a day-depending on if it's a clinical day for me, or if it's cold and flu season. If it doesn't work- well, then I will maybe grow a plant in it. Or something. At any rate, I haven't read anything that says it can hurt me. I know that I need to use non-iodized salt, and I did buy the neti-salt to use with it. My pot didn't come with any in the box. I know some do. Oh btw it was 14.99 - a small price to pay if this works like I've heard it does. I will keep you posted and let you know how I'm breathing. Today, with no medication, I would rate my breathing at a 5 out of 10. (With 0 meaning-thank god i have a mouth or I wouldn't be getting any oxygen to 10 meaning-no obstruction at all (I barely remember those days).

Well, time to go Neti-
Mother Firefly

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Brother Made Me Do It

Starting a new blog wasn't on my list of things to do during my two weeks of vacation. In fact, this is what I had planned for my vacation:

Yes, I was going to sit around in way too much eyeliner, put on my high heels, place my finger in my mouth thoughtfully, and pretend to study for the NCLEX while I watched horror movie after horror movie.

But then my brother sent me his new blog and told me I had to make one too. So here I am.

Who am I? I'm a full time nursing student in Milwaukee.

This is a second degree for me. I can't say 'second career' since the first degree never actually led to a 'career' of any kind. Actually, it's a second, and a third degree, since almost all the RN requirements are finished, and this semester I'll be simultaneously finishing those and beginning the Master's requirements at the same time. It's been a very challenging and demanding program, but I think I've finally adjusted to it after a year. Or maybe I just succumbed and my old life was so long ago, I no longer remember it. Anyway, that's enough about school right now. I'm on vacation, bitches!

I live with my beloved and handsome SO, Papa Cash. So named because he's been supporting the two of us and our cats entirely on his own since I've been in this program. Someday soon (December 2009!) I'll have a full time job again and then I can be Mama Firefly-Cash.

I also live with the Pussycat Squad, Ash, Nissa, and Puff. More on them in other postings.

That's about it for now. Right now I'm going back to relaxing and watching something bad for me.

-Mother Firefly