One dead on, Two dead wrong
February 11, 2011

After my last post, I used my Groupon to buy some nice things for myself.  I needed a new calendar for my drab janitor closet office, and I usually wait until after the new year to get them on sale.  I also found a couple DVDs I wanted.  I made my order and patiently waited all week for them to arrive.  But the last laugh was on me.

First I ordered 2 DVDs.  I ordered Shaun of the Dead, because it’s a hilarious cult zombie classic!  (Little trivia about Sally, she loves zombie movies, the campier the better!)  I also ordered Run Fat Boy Run, because it’s actually a very inspiring movie (yes it involves running) and a cute love story, with typical Simon Pegg humor thrown in for good measure.  Great movies for the collection.  However, this is what I got instead…

 

I felt like the shipping facility was judging me.  Hey I run several days a week and work out pretty regularly thank you!

But I also ordered my new calendar.  And the correct calendar arrived.  So maybe they were actually in on my little joke and making a hat tip to my calendar choice by sending DVD substitutes.

See, it was dead on!

 

Modern day Swingers
October 14, 2009

I’ve seen this movie a couple times.   I never remember much about the story other than it seemed really disappointing and depressing, but for some reason guys seem to love this movie.  Guys also bring it up when talking to me, because I either already was or in the process of becoming an entertainment attorney like one of the female characters in the movie.  So it should come as no surprise that I’m currently experiencing a modern day version.

This weekend I attended a wedding.  Normally I hate weddings, but the couple are some of my “fun” friends and I knew the party would be good, plus I would know several other fun mutual friends at the event.  I was enjoying sitting at the table by myself, when I thought to myself “you know, guys never really come over and ask the single girl sitting by herself to dance; that only happens on movies.”  Dammit, I jinxed myself.  Within 5 minutes, some random guy shows up and I have the following interaction.

Wedding Guy: “You look familiar, I’m friends with the groom and other mutual friends, we must have met at a party once before.”
Me: “What’s your name?  I’m really bad at names, but I usually remember faces and you don’t look familiar.  But, I have a really bad memory.  So, either I just don’t remember or you’re just full of it.”

Wedding Guy sticks around me the rest of the night, making me dance (not a bad dancer) and getting me drinks.  So, he was useful.  Though I wanted to be by myself, I did have fun.  Even if I think one of the mutual friends sent him over to entertain me.  When I left he insisted on getting my number, so I gave it to him so I could just leave.  Then I fell into the Swingers mode.  I get a random text message at 1:15am asking if I made it home, assuming it is Wedding Guy I ignore it.  Then I don’t hear anything else from him.  The text message has replaced the random voicemail message from the movie.  But just as I start to think on Tuesday (3 days after the wedding), “cool this guy’s not going to actually call me, he’s a player just as I thought,” I get a phone call at 10pm.  It’s Wedding Guy.

WG: “Hi, it’s Wedding Guy.”
Me: “Um, yeah, I was just about to go to bed.”
WG: “Oh.  Well, I think I have Friday off.”
Me: “Oh, yeah.  I’m leaving the country on Thursday.”

Ladies, I highly recommend using this excuse.  While it was true in my case, it does work to pick the day just before someone suggests something and mention you will be totally unreachable.  Wedding Guy knows when I get back from my trip, so if he’s still interested and tries calling me again, I might consider it.  But for right now, I’m really trying to take a break and enjoy my single-ness.

Cool Runnings
August 10, 2009

In the South.  In August.  Not so much.  There is nothing “cool” about the South in August.  It’s downright tropical, where the humidity levels and temperature are often approximately the same number.  Yet, I still get up (early) in the morning and go running.  I  know that the most miserable of the weather usually only lasts about a month and I’m about a week into it.  However, I’m running some of my longest runs in this weather.  Fortunately, the weather eventually gets cooler, and will be close to 40 degrees cooler on race day, several hundred miles north of here.

So, after returning from this morning’s run (literally dripping wet), I learned some interesting news about the race.  Apparently the last bit of the race will be running through a movie set, the race organizers announced this morning.  I doubt we will be actually “part” of the movie, but I guess I should check out the original movie just so I’m informed.

March Movie Madness
March 3, 2009

I have often paid homage here to the brilliant entertainment value of Free Movie Mondays.  But this month is Free Movie March Madness!  Now, you not only get Free Movie Mondays, but there are Free Movie Wednesdays this month as well!

How, you ask?  Simple, just visit the Redbox blog every Wednesday in March and get a free code for another free movie!  It’s really that simple.  So, if you’re not really into the signing up and getting text messages thing for the free Mondays, just visit the blog on Wednesday to get your gratis-film on.  Frugal Sally strikes again.

Happy cheap heart candy day!
February 15, 2009

That’s right, it’s one of my favorite times of year!  Cheap candy day!  It only happens three times a year, February 15, another day in the spring, and November 1.  Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Halloween are the best candy holidays.  Regardless of whether you buy into the commercialism or spiritualism of any of those holidays, you can’t deny the thrill of 50% off candy!

It was a great weekend!  After a long week, I met the girls from work at the local brewery for a brew.  Then I met my Valentine for some sushi before he had to do some late night work.  I got up early on Saturday, and got in another run.  (yay, I’m running again!)  Then I made some candy for my Valentine – chocolate covered peanut butter balls, both creamy and extra crunchy.  I also got him a really cool vintage retro robot that he opened when we got home later that evening.  He told me he had surprise plans at 3:30.  I LOVE surprises and it was wonderful!  First, he picked me up and took me to my favorite indie theater to see an old movie with Charlie Chaplin.  It was a later, talkie movie where Chaplin plays this French character, Monsieur Verdoux, not the Tramp character that brought him more fame.  I absolutely adore old movies.  And especially at the Belcourt.

Then we walked around the trendy college part of town for a little while because we had a half hour before our next destination.  (hint- tune in for the next post to reveal something cool I discovered there!)  My Valentine then took me to a new tapas restaurant in town that everyone’s been raving about, and I coincidentally know the executive chef from my figure skating days.  Earlier in the week, I pointed out an article about the restaurant to him while we were hanging out.  Apparently after I left, he called and made reservations!  This place was incredible!!  I had heard great things, but it didn’t even begin to scratch the surface.  This is definitely my new favorite place for both high end and small bites.  We shared the most fantastic food and dessert!  It was definitely my best Valentine’s ever!  (and I don’t really like V-day)  My Valentine is definitely pretty great!

This morning we walked to the local bagel shop, but they were out of the awesome wraps, so we made our own. Yum!  While my Valentine went to a baby shower, I took his pup to the dog park.  That was so much fun, and cold!

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We spent nearly an hour there and he was pooped out when he got home.

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I’m still giddy from the weekend.  Now, I’m off to Bama’s for a little cable watching!

Seriously?
February 3, 2009

I have to share my latest Free Movie Monday experience.  I have been curious about Pineapple Express.  I’ll admit I like Seth Rogen movies and I’ve heard good things about this one.  Well, let me qualify that.  I was listening to “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross on NPR.  I caught part of the show where Terry interviewed James Franco* about his role in the movie.  I mean c’mon, it’s Terry Gross…that’s a solid endorsement!

But now, after watching this movie, I’m quoting Seth and Amy.  Really? Really?

Who came up with all of this?  This is a beyond ridiculous stoner movie and I’m shamefully admitting that I laughed at some of the funny parts.  But what baffles me the most is that Terry Gross watched this movie and discussed such ridiculous scenes with one of its stars.  Poor thing!  I’d give you a full run-down of the flick, but this is definitely worth watching just so you can imagine NPR-legend Ms. Gross watching this and analyzing it.

*P.S.  James Franco’s career is very thankful that his role in Milk followed this role.  Wow.

Rating: (Ahem, new feature…using my ever famous glass banana)

This movie gets 4 out 5 glass bananas for the funny moments and especially for the “Fresh Air” shout out.

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