Argo-Fudge Yourself!

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Since Jason and I frequent the budget cinema for “Toonie-Tuesdays” and last week it was my turn to choose which movie we saw, we went to see Argo. I knew a bit about what it was about the premise from seeing the occasional trailer, but I had no idea it would have the impact it did. Since Rainbow Cinema is a budget cinema, each screening room is cozy and the opening credits that ask the audience to turn off their cell phones and buy some popcorn are laughable. (These credits remind me of the opening credits of You’ve Got Mail.

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There was a couple with a young girl wearing a shirt that said “Glitter is my favorite color” who may have mistakenly come to Argo when they meant to see Rise of the Guardians who was sitting to the right of us. The theatre is always packed on “Toonie-Tuesdays” and last Tuesday was no exception.  There were no more than 10 seats unfilled. (Again, this is a tiny theatre, so it felt extra cramped.)

The movie started off in the thick of the action with the Tehran students storming the American Embassy and the 6 escapees making their way to the Canadian Ambassador’s house. I was immediately sucked in. Clenched.

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As the film went on, the crush I had on Ben Affleck as a teenager crept back (he lost my love with Daredevil). It may have been the intelligent, selfless CIA agent thing… it may have been the beard… probably a combination of both.

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I usually have to get up to pee about every 30 minutes, whether I am at the movies or not, but somehow I managed to stay in my seat throughout the entire movie. There wasn’t a lull long enough to go even if I had to!


SPOILER ALERT:

You know that feeling you get at a play or a movie or while you are reading a book when you completely suspend your disbelief and forget you are in a theatre full of people and are completely alone with the story? A part of the story? I love that feeling! Argo did that for me. When Tony Mendez (Affleck) and the 6 escapees were going through the bizarre to the time the plane took off for Switzerland I don’t recall breathing. As far as I was concerned, I was just as invested as the characters on the screen – if they got caught, we would all die.

As soon as the movie was over, I noticed how sweaty my palms were and how sore my lower back was from being in such a clenched state for 121 minutes of tension. I talked endlessly about how amazing the movie was and drove Jason nuts on the car ride home and texted everyone I knew that if they haven’t seen Argo to go watch it. Once I was out of my coat and boots I sat down to do some preliminary research on Tony Mendez and Argo or the Canadian Caper, as I learned it has been referred to. I also found the real Mendez’s memoir Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History on Amazon.

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A couple of days later I found a single copy at a nearby bookstore. Needless to say, I am currently reading it. I am a slow reader, but got through about half of it in one sitting. I had a difficult time putting it down to eat dinner.

A couple of days ago I got a text from my step-mom: Argo-fuck yourself! We liked the movie too!

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I can’t wait until it comes out on video!

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A bit you may not know about this CW14 Star hopeful:

As a child, Megan’s nickname was Taz because she was pretty crazy… 

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She has always loved being is the spotlight – whether that be dancing, singing, watching home videos (which she called “Megan Movies”), or trying to get into Lego Magazine…

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Megan and her best friend have been together for as long as I can remember…

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But Megan has more friends than anyone I know…

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She loves cupcakes and baking and currently works at a Tamara’s Cakes

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Before Megan got her blue butterfly tattoo, she was a blue butterfly…

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She is addicted to Diet Coke…

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…and is always cold…

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She loves to give hugs…

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…and does NOT like mustaches drawn on her face…

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…but she doesn’t mind putting one on herself…

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She has a pink guitar…

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Actually, she has always had pink everything…

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Like me, she used to nanny and is great with kids…

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She has a cat named Bootsie…

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…and has been mistaken several times for Taylor Swift…

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She has done tons of modeling…

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She loves shopping and pumpkin flavored everything…

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She has overcome the terrifying lion bubbler (if you aren’t from Wisconsin, you probably would call it a “lion drinking fountain”) at the zoo that scared her as a child…

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She loves to play dress up…

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…and trying new things on Pintrest

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She helped me at my first craft fair…

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…and was, of course, my maid of honor…

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She is really silly and is always entertaining…

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Liebster Award – Ashley, You’re Swell

I am pleased to post that I recently was awarded the reader nominated Liebster Award. Awards such as this are a wonderful way to show fellow bloggers that you appreciate their work and it is great to be appreciated. Thank you to Ashley at Everything Is Blooming for nominating me!
If you aren’t following her, you are really missing out.


The following are some questions Ashley requested I answer as part of my acceptance of this award:

  1. Are you a dog or cat person? Why?
    I have always been a cat person, not only a cat person, but a black cat person. Growing up, we always had dogs. Everyone in my family has been very attached to all of these pups, but the only one I ever had a strong connection with was Dutchess – a mutt my dad surprised us with while I was in middle school. She had a great temperament, was smart and patient enough to learn tricks, and was great around children. Earlier this month she had to be put down because her arthritis had gotten so bad. At 12 years old she could no longer support the weight of her body long enough to get outside. I got to say good bye to her while Jason and I were visiting Wisconsin this past winter. She wasn’t put down until February, but I knew it was good-bye. I smothered her with love and gave her extra treats. She was the only dog that was my dog. Anyway, other than Dutchess, my pets have been black cats. My birthday is on Halloween, so somewhere along the line I must have decided I had to have only black cats. My black cats: Binx, Mischief, Maria, Joey, Henri, Sheldon (who is black and white), Barney, and Penny. Just to clarify that I am not the archetypal cat lady, I do not currently have 8 cats running around my apartment. Binx had long hair and boxed with me if I had on oven mitts and ran away when I was in middle school; Mischief was my ugly little runt with a deformed nose that my brother and I snuck into the truck in my deep overall pockets when my dad and sister picked out a beautiful calico barn cat to bring home; Maria, Joey, and Henri were kittens that a friend of a friend found behind her boyfriend’s parents’ cabin (did you follow that?). We took them in when we lived in our first college apartment and couldn’t decorate our Christmas tree because the cats climbed it. Now Maria and Joey live with my friends other friend and my mom fell in love with Henri while cat-sitting and wouldn’t give him back; Sheldon belonged to me and my ex-fiancé and is the only cat on this list that was black and white. He now lives with my aunt and uncle, who also fell in love with him and decided to keep him; Barney was the first cat Jason has ever had and the first pet we adopted together. He can sit, shake hands, fetch, and takes walks; Penny is Barney’s new baby sister who probably won’t grow beyond the size of a large kitten. We recently adopted her after moving to Canada. She has a little tuft of white hair on her chest and constantly purrs for no reason. So – long story long – I am a cat person.

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  1. Growing up, what was your favorite cartoon/show?
    To start: I still love cartoons – my husband and I watch Young Justice on weekend mornings while we eat our cereal. However, this is not about the cartoons I watch as an adult who is closer to 30 than 20, this is about my childhood favorite. I was obsessed with the Power Rangers (for any young readers, these were the original Americanized Power Rangers, and as far as I am concerned, they are the only ones worth watching). I never noticed the dubbed voiced or terrible acting. I did drool over Billy the blue ranger (of course, I knew in kindergarten that “my type” was nerdy glasses wearing scientists). Not only did I watch the show, I played Power Rangers in the backyard on our jungle-gym  while kicking my sister in the chest like she was a putty – poor Megan… I was always Billy (don’t even get me started on Kimberly the pink ranger – she couldn’t defend herself and always needed Jason or Tommy’s help – therefore was never worthy of being a Power Ranger, but whatever, I am over it ←LIE), I wore boy’s Power Ranger sneakers and boy’s Power Ranger t-shirts, I slept with a 2-foot tall Jason the Red Ranger doll (I felt like I was cheating on Billy, but I got it for Christmas and Mom told me she couldn’t find the blue one), and I had a Power Ranger birthday party at Shakey’s (does anyone else from Oshkosh, Wisconsin remember Shakey’s?!). Of course there were others: TMNT, Arthur, The Magic School Bus, but The Power Rangers were the best.

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  1. If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be?
    If I had to choose just one (which is impossible!), I would choose to meet Barbara Gordon. I would, of course, come prepared for our meeting with questions about Batman, the batcave, Dick Grayson, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham, and her experiences as and Oracle. I would ask her how she felt about other girls becoming Batgirl while she was Oracle and how she dealt with it. I would ask her about starting the Birds of Prey and what she thinks it means to be a woman vigilante. I could definitely fall down the rabbit hole with this question – there are so many characters that I read about that become so real to me. I would love to meet them all.

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  1. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Facebook, Pintrest, and computer Solitaire. When I actually have the time to read, draw, craft, write – all the things I complain about never having time for – I find myself sucked into social media, pinning, and a mindless virtual game. I don’t even think I get that much pleasure out of it which is the annoying thing. Something I take much more pleasure in: shoe shopping. I have a serious shoe shopping addiction. I worked at Nine West Outlet as an undergrad and my shoe habit got worse. Most of my shoes are in my dad’s attic right now since we couldn’t have brought them all to Canada. All in all I have 200+ pairs of shoes.
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  2. You’re forced to relocate immediately; Where would you choose to live?
    If I got the choice, I would pack up Jason, the kitties, the books, and the shoes and move to Cambridge, England. Of all the places I visited during my trip abroad, I loved Cambridge most. Though it is not a big city, there is a lot crammed into its cobble streets. Everyone bikes (which Jason would love), the architecture is beautiful, and summer days are breezy, not sweaty.
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  3. Marry, Boff, Kill: Your first, second, and third romantic partners.
    Marry: Jason (clearly)
    Kill: Aaron (anyone that was there for this breakup knows this is the clear choice)
    Boff: Billy the blue ranger (a girl can dream, right?)
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  4. What was your first car?
    The Spiffy Mobile: A red flat-top Pontiac Sunbird that could really take a beating. This car went through hell since I was an extremely irresponsible teenager. It hit a van without a scratch, drag raced down country roads, provided me with a portable make-out spot, did doughnuts in gravel and on ice, and snuck me out of the house on more than one occasion.
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  5. What’s your homepage?
    Google Chrome – my most visited sites (Facebook,  Wordpress, Gmail, Pintrest, Youtube, Google Drive, the website I watch New Girl on, and ModCloth) with a pretty floral background.
  6. Name two things other than your phone or computer you couldn’t live without.
    1. Books
    2. Shoes
  7. What is your favorite dessert?
    Tiramasu
  8. What are you currently obsessed with?
    Argo. Jason and I just went to see it at the budget theatre on Tuesday. I thought it was amazing! My fists were clenched and I didn’t dare get up to pee once throughout the entire movie. If you haven’t seen this movie – go see it. I drove Jason nuts in the car by talking about how great it was until we got home. Then I Googled it and found the real account of it on Amazon.
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Since I accepted the Liebster Blog Award, here are the rules:

Rules for the Liebster Blog Award (if you choose to accept)
1. Add the award icon to your post.
2. Link in your nominator to say thank you.
3. Answer the questions the nominator has set for you, and create eleven questions for your own nominees to answer.
4. Choose eleven bloggers to nominate for the award, and let them know.

And the nominees are…

1. Sam of comicsonice for her work to create a community of female comic book readers.
2. Kyla of 180 Degrees in 365 Days for her incredible honesty about parenting.
3. Her name is not available on her blog, but the writer of Chubby Madness for her bravery to write about being chubby and okay with it.
4. Kelly of What’s She Laughing At? for her wit and sense of humor.
5. Gabi of GabiFresh for her fabulous sense of fashion and beautiful pictures.
6. The creator of Uncanny Adventures in Comic Costume Creation for her incredible costume designs.
7. Stephen  of Doodle Alley for his wonderful artwork and simple color palette.
8. Caitlin of The Siren’s Tale for her insight.
9. Karen of Do Not Get Sick in the Sink, Please for her ballsy attitude.
10. Latoya of Mental Notes for her beautiful poetic images.
11. The author of Little Miss Know It All for her interesting point of view.

My questions for my nominees (if they choose to accept) are as follows:

1. What is your dream job? Why?

2. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

3. If you could have one superpower what would it be? What would you do first? Who (if anyone) would you tell about your ability?

4. What popular notion do you think the world is currently wrong about?

5. What is your favorite part of your body? Why?

6. What do you think people misunderstand most about you?

7. What 10 things do you hope to be remembered for when you die?

8. List 3 legitimate fears that you have and why these things frighten you.

9. If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what food would you choose?

10. List 3 life events that shaped the person you are today.

11. Does the meaning of your name fit your personality? If you could change your name, what would you change it to and why?

Again, thank you, Ashley for this nomination and for being such an amazing writer. Please take the time to check out Ashley’s blog as well as the blogs of the writers I have nominated. They are all very talented and are well worth your reading time.

Food Security

So Jason and I have been ridiculously broke for the last month. Two weeks ago we literally could not afford groceries. We went to the grocery store, got about 12 items, went to the check out and found that all of our cards were denied. We thought we had more money in our accounts, but somehow we miscalculated. Completely embarrassed, we left the grocery store with nothing but the empty bags we brought in.

A few days later, Jason’s birthday check cleared (it takes nearly a month for a US check to clear in Canada!) and we were able to get the essentials: eggs, milk, bread.

This past week I got my first paycheck from my new job. As almost all first paychecks are, this was only for one week’s pay. This is what we expected.

Yesterday we went to the grocery store again. The sense of doom had lifted and been replaced by a warm sense of security. We could actually afford to buy food – and not just a few cheap items. We bought fruit and ice cream and meats! I usually him-and-haw about carrying in the groceries (I have to do it in one trip  – I don’t know why), but yesterday the weight of the canvas straps on my arms and all that they contained was welcome and felt lighter than usual. I was glad to unpack them and fill our cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer.

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We immediately made a tasty (but quick) dinner of grilled turkey and Gouda sandwiches with spiced tomato soup. I can’t recall anything tasting so delicious.

This morning I woke up and had a heaping bowl of mixed berries and some Tim Horton’s coffee (with a little hot cocoa mix so it tastes like a mocha) made in our fancy Keurig wedding gift. Money may not buy happiness, but it buys security. We are going to be okay.

1950s Marriage Rating Scale

My step-sister, the historian, sent me this lovely quiz to see how I am doing as a new wife:

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I got a 7.  Jason got a pretty big kick out of this!

♥ Have a great Valentine’s Day tomorrow everyone! ♥

I am off to bake a ton of cookies for work!

 

EDIT:

63 peanut butter blossoms with red and pink edible glitter – tell me I am not domestic! I should get more points on that quiz somewhere for that…

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Don’t bother counting the ones above… there were 63… some of them had to be sacrificed…

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They are more pink than the pictures show…

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I think they turned out pretty good. 🙂

First Week as Part of the 480 Group

So my first week of work went off without a hitch. I read A LOT about accounting and Canadian taxes. I haven’t met all the tenants of the “480 Group” since many are on vacation, but they will be trickling into the office in the next few weeks. Even though it has only been a week, I already feel comfortable there; this is definitely a good sign.

When you walk into the office, this is what you see:

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… my desk…
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You can’t see my Wonder Woman mug, but it is there.

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Now I just have to decide which Valentine’s Day treat to make for next week.