Archive for June, 2009

No, I haven’t run off and left my ever-lovable husband, but in light of the rough week I’ve been having, I thought it best to indulge myself and enjoy the work of two of my favourite guys:

1) Pete Yorn

I started listening to him way back when I was in college and I love, love, love Pete Yorn. His albums are like desert island music to me – no matter how many times I hear them, I never get sick of them. He’s provided the soundtrack to the past 7 years of my life and, since I downloaded an advance copy of his album off iTunes, I haven’t been able to listen to anything else. Highly recommended.
(If you haven’t listened to his music before, even though it is off what is probably the weakest of the four albums, this is probably my favourite song.)

2) Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I used to watch 3rd Rock way back in the day, but I never really took note of JGL. Then for our third anniversary, Boy and I went to see Brick and I found myself with a little bit of a fangirl crush. The dude was cute and  he could act. A couple of weeks ago, I signed up to check out an advance screening of his latest flick, 500 Days of Summer and, with the flick only hours away, I am pretty excited!
(If you haven’t seen them yet, you can check out the full-length trailer for 500 Days here and the trailer for Brick here.)

Ah, pop culture, thanks for the loveliness this week. It is greatly appreciated.

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But sometimes you get a good one incidentally.

So yesterday after I wrote, there was flurry of activity on the mom front which sucked pretty hardcore.

Because I was so angry and upset about the e-mail I received, I made myself wait a few hours before I responded to its accusations. I know I make mistakes sometimes, but really when someone:

1) accuses me of pissing away my money by comparing me to a dopey girl who would blow her rent money on a trip to Barbados,
2) accuses me of not caring about my family,
3) accuses me of not caring about people with cancer,

I get upset.

So I wrote back, which then prompted a stream of e-mails from my mother who said that she can’t be expected to stifle her feelings and my father who said I had obviously misinterpreted the message. I didn’t really respond after that because I was feeling too angry to be logical (I try not to resort to the “you’re a poo poo head” line of argument) and because I felt like if it kept going on, I would fully break down bawling at work which would be no good.

Anyway, at 5PM I came home and I let it all out. I couldn’t believe my family was acting like this. I felt frustrated, I felt angry and I felt alone. But then Boy took me and held me in his arms and I finally felt relief.

I can’t control the fact that my mother has a mental disorder and I can’t control the fact that my father makes excuses for her. But when it was time for me to go out into the world and find someone else to start a family with, I had control of that. And I think I picked pretty well.

So for my awesome husband, a million thanks and a picture of  the Fresh Prince since I didn’t post one with yesterday’s entry.

freshprinceWho loves you, baby?

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Growing up, we really didn’t have any money.

My mom used to go on and on about this:

“Dad and I would go to the two dollar theatre to see movies and on the way home we would pass panhandlers who would literally have more money than us because we wouldn’t even have a cent to our names!”

These kinds of stories were commonplace so living downtown and being pretty damn broke never really bothered me all that much. Until today.

Recently, due to a number of circumstances, namely my crappy back, I had to accumulate a certain amount of credit card debt. I hate, hate, hate debt but it was the only way I could function for a while. Luckily, I worked hard and last week, I finally managed to pay it off so that I am in the black again. Thank God.

Anyway, because of this, I have been pretty tough about the things I will spend money on. My dad recently participated in a cancer bike-a-thon but when the time came, I seriously had no extra money and couldn’t sponsor him. My dad understands this and he had no issues with it.

Unfortunately, my mother did not and this morning, she sent me an e-mail in which she called me a greedy selfish ingrate and how she didn’t raise me to break promises.

Not only did this totally upset me (hooray for crying at your desk at work!) but it angered me because it seemed really hypocritical to me. My parents have a lot more money now (they just got back from a two week European vacation) but their days of struggling to save money weren’t that long ago. She should still be able to remember what it was like and how miserable it felt not to be able to afford things.

I have always been really proud when it comes to my finances.  I worked 20-30 hours a week to pay for school. Unlike several of my friends, I have never asked my parents for money when I fell short. I pay all my regular bills on time and if I do have to temporarily carry a balance on credit cards, I never do it for more than a month.

But apparently, I still fail when it comes to money.

Man, sometimes being an adult sucks.

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Hey there Strangers!

Long time, no write I know! I don’t know exactly what happened, but somehow, it feels like somewhere in me a switch was flipped that left me totally unable to focus on blogging about anything.

Part of it probably has to do with the fact that work has started to speed up for me and Boy (my work in academics keeps me busy and the video game Boy has been working on for three years is about ready to launch), but the other part is probably the whole outdoors/being Canadian thing. I don’t mean to say it as though we are all crazy Eskimo lumberjacks up here and that we need to be chopping down trees or commanding dogsleds to survive (although some movies would have you believe that), but more that, because half of our year is so crappy weather wise, we have to get outside and enjoy the good weather while we can. Making hay while the sun shines as it were.

Anyway, things in the Park household have been good. As with every year, we’ve been catching summer movies when we can. I don’t know if it is just me but I’ve been feeling generally disappointed by the big summer blockbuster movies. Star Trek was fun and had two of my movie crushes in it (Simon Pegg and John Cho) but Terminator Salvation was kind of a bummer.

As I have written previously, I am a big fan of the franchise, so in anticipation of the fourth flick, I put aside a day (the Monday of Victoria Day weekend) to hunker down in my pajamas* and watch all three previous installments back to back. If you haven’t watched them in a while, you really ought to again, at least 1 and 2.

So I went into Salvation hoping for the best and while I liked parts of it, it was so uneven and unemotional that I felt kind of bummed. I think, unfortunately, this had a lot to do with Christian Bale and the fact that his acting range leaves a little to be desired. He’s either whispering forlornedly or shouting SUPER! INTENSE! THINGS!, but it’s all played in this kind of bland disinterested way, so it’s really hard to give a crap. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed it better if the movie had just focused on the Anthony Michael Hall-esqe Kyle Reese and the hot Terminator dude and if Bale had just shown up at the end for a cameo or something. I mean I know he’s Batman and everything, but I think the dude needs to lay-off the superbutch man’s man parts for a while and do something more fun like a sequel to Newsies. Does anyone else remember that movie? I used to love the crap out of that flick and I still remember some of the songs (specifically this one – so deliciously cheesy).

In any case, I’ve found on the whole that going in for some of the smaller art house fare has turned out better. So far, I’ve caught The Brothers Bloom and Away We Go which were both good and Boy and I have plans to catch 500 Days of Summer later this week which I’m really excited about. Have I moved into the age group where explosions just don’t cut it anymore? Say it ain’t so movies!

In addition to movies, I’ve also been reading a lot. The book club seems to have died a sad little death (maybe I’ll try resurrecting it in the fall?), but in spite of that, I’m trying to keep exercising my brain and have been ploughing through title after title. I finally starting logging the stuff I’ve read in a book journal and it would appear I am currently working on my 36 title of the year with several others on the horizon. As of this morning, my Amazon Wishlist had 227 items on it so hopefully towards the end of the month when I get paid again (my company only pays us once a month), I’ll be able to binge a little and grab a few more books.

Anyway, that’s a bit of what I’ve been up to these past few weeks. I’ll hopefully have a chance to get into more stuff soon when I am feeling a little less keyboard-phobic.


*I slipped out in between 2 and 3 to get lunch but I managed to stay in my pajamas all day by putting my regular clothes overtop of them.

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