Quote of the Day Thursday, Jan 31 2008 

“You’re a good-lookin’ girl, but you’re a cunt!”
–Random hobo to my sister, after she refused his request for cash

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Oscar nominations are out TOMORROW! Monday, Jan 21 2008 

I go Oscar-crazy every year, and this year, I’m actually doing quite well in seeing all of the major pictures ahead of time.  I just saw No Country for Old Men today, and it was fantastic.  I can’t wait to do my annual “Kate’s Top Ten of the Year,” which I will unveil right before the Oscars (or right after I see enough movies).

There are always upsets at the Academy Awards, even with nominations.

My prediction for this year’s big shocker?

No Best Picture nomination for Atonement.

Mark my words.  I knew that would happen with Cold Mountain, I knew that would happen with Dreamgirls, and I swear to you, that’s going to happen with Atonement as well.

So, what will the five nominees be?  Here’s what I think:

  • No Country for Old Men
  • Juno
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Michael Clayton
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Just wait and see.

I can’t think of any other major upsets, but I hope to see nominations for my favorite performers of the year: Ryan Gosling in Lars and the Real Girl, Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones in No Country for Old Men, Ellen Page in Juno, Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone, and George Clooney and Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton.

Watch.  Atonement will be overlooked for Best Picture, but it may win the most nominations — it’s a shoo-in for cinematography (that GORGEOUS four-minute shot was so good, I was LAUGHING!) and costumes alone, and will probably garner several other tech nominations.

Quote of the Day — and Starbucks Adventure Monday, Jan 14 2008 

“You know people who have that gene for them to hate broccoli?  Well, they also have the same gene for hating sugar-free mocha.  I’m positive of it.  Don’t you think so?”
–Davis Square Starbucks barista

After the very friendly barista at my local Starbucks — one whom I didn’t recognize — asked this question, she began to go on and on about how different people have different genes that have them like and dislike certain flavors.

There were two people waiting at the counter for their drinks.  The guy was sipping from a little sample cup.

“Tastes like Dimetapp,” he said.

“Are you kidding?!” I cried.  “Dimetapp is the BEST THING EVER!  I used to look forward to getting sick when I was little, just so I could take some Dimetapp!”

“Now,” said the barista, “what you’re drinking is sugar-free mocha syrup and milk.  That’s it.”

“Ugh, it’s awful!” the guy and his friend yelled.

“Okay,” the barista said, “now that we’re talking about it, you two” — she pointed to me and another guy — “have to try some.”

It was exactly as she said — sugar-free mocha syrup and milk.  And, although I had hardly sense of smell (I’m much better today but still not well), I tried it, and it wasn’t that bad.  It was like chocolate milk made with the store-brand version of Hershey’s syrup.

Definitely not Dimetapp, though.

Not bad.  Not bad.

Dreaming of Romney Sunday, Jan 13 2008 

I am slightly embarrassed but amused to say that I had quite a romantic dream about Mitt Romney.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, I agree with most of the people around here in saying that he was a horrible governor, messing us up in so many ways, especially financially.  In fact, he’s my second-to-last choice for president (Giuliani is still my most-hated candidate).

Romney would be a terrible president.  He’s an empty sack of hot air, delivering empty promises based on what he thinks the GOP wants to hear, and not only is he the candidate most similar to Bush, he’s the only candidate who has openly praised him.

Anyway, though, I guess you can say that he’s a handsome guy.

So, I had this dream the other night that Romney’s campaign was faltering (surprise, surprise) and he had to make himself interesting somehow, so, hey!  Why not have an affair?

The only problem, however, was that he did not want to have an affair outright.  He loved his wife too much.  Awww.

So, instead, I was nominated to be the girlfriend decoy.  He grabbed me and walked around with me, threw his arms around me, would kiss me in public, in front of everyone, and you know what?

I enjoyed it.

Immensely.

Oh, God.

Don’t put that in your mouth!! Saturday, Jan 12 2008 

I’m fighting one of the worst colds I’ve had in a while right now, and I’ve been cooped up in the house, doing nothing but sleeping excessively and blowing my nose while watching Friends and Varsity Blues and reading The Abstinence Teacher, so I decided to walk down to the CVS in Davis Square and stock up on supplies.

I grabbed tissues, Vitamin Water, Odwalla (Strawberry C Monster), lozenges and Jolly Ranchers, and then went to the cashier to pay.

She put everything I bought into a single bag — which was a little too full for my taste — so she decided to double-bag everything.

She then put the handles of the bag in her mouth as she grabbed another bag to put around it.

I was so shocked, I didn’t know what to do.

Finally, as she finished bagging my items, I spoke up.

“Listen, it doesn’t bother me,” (why did I say that? Of course it bothered me!) “but it might bother other people that you put that in your mouth just now.”

“Oh,” she said, clearly surprised. “Sorry.” She took everything out and re-bagged it.

“Sorry,” I said to her. (Again, why? Why must I always say “sorry” to everyone? Is it because I’m a girl?) “I mean, I’m already pretty sick, and it’s not like I’m going to get worse.”

Weird.

Why I Love Tim Gunn Saturday, Jan 12 2008 

I found this at the People.com TV blog, and it is a perfect example of why I adore Tim Gunn from Project Runway.

Tim Gunn knows a thing or two about fashion and even though he could probably work some magic with troubled pop star Britney Spears, he says he wouldn’t even go there.

“I would refuse,” he told PEOPLE at the recent YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Dinner at Marriot Marquis in New York. “There is no amount of moneyand I’ll tell you why: I can’t want you to succeed more than you do. And it’s obvious that she doesn’t want to succeed. I think of her right now as being in exile from the human race and she needs major, major help… There was a time that we were all marginally amused by it and then it just became a repugnant horror show. No, I wouldn’t even be remotely interested in [making her over].”

Gunn, who played master of ceremonies for the organization which hands out “several hundred thousand dollars a year” to young designers to “pay off loans and use it for their tuition and use it to survive,” says he feels “deeply sorry” for Spears, but asks, “Who would trust her with children? I hate to say that — the whole notion of separating children from their mother — but she is a basket case!”