saifai: (BtVS - Spike Tainted (saifai))
I always love Fridays, even if it is a bad migraine day.

I went to breakfast with my mom at the Cracker Barrel. I love that restaurant. They've got this awesome breakfast with a yogurt, fruit, and granola parfait. Yummy! I always end up browsing around the store when I'm done too. They've got the most awesome things there and there's something new every time I go in. My current favorites are the crocheted scarves and cardigans

Actually, breakfast was a good time though. We ended up eating with three of mom's work friends. One is close to my age, the others are older. They're all lots of fun though. I don't get out much these days, so any chance to socialize is a good thing.

We got our grocery shopping done. I'm rather surprised I manged it with a migraine, but it was one of those that was very painful but I'm still mobile. There are degrees of pain when it comes to chronic conditions like that. I'm quite sure even a few years ago something like this would have knocked me on my butt. Such is life though.

I've got one more grocery trip to do tomorrow, though I'm not up to it today. There are some things you just can't get where I usually go, so I always end up going to at least two stores. I can get it all in one place if I wanted to pay 35% higher prices. My budget really can't take it these days. I don't mind though.

Later tonight we're having our pizza and a movie night. Just a rising crust frozen pizza, but it's one of my favorites. I'm not sure what we'll watch. Maybe Maleficent. I've got it on video and just haven't got around to watching it.

Nanowrimo is doing well. I'm staying over my daily word minimum at least, which is good. My migraines haven't been treating me very well, so it's about all I can manage. I'm happy to be getting even that done though, so I'm not complaining.

Hope you all have a great weekend yourselves!
saifai: (Kitty Birthday (allbottledup))
Woo! Has it really been that long since I posted? Long enough for most to write me off I imagine. O.o Truthfully my migraines have been kicking my ass. Turns out they are hemiplegic, which means its like a stroke when I get one.

The actual day
But back to happier news. My birthday was awesome. It was my week to cook, so I made my own birthday dinner. So I made chicken fajitas. I ordered chocolate covered strawberries from Sherri's Berries for my dessert. Truthfully, the only present I got was from myself. Presents on the way from family though. But I made my birthday order from Sephora and got my haul today too. Got an awesome deal on Charlotte Ronson lip gloss and Urban Decay eyeliner. Added in a new desert colors palette (like I don't have too many already). There were a few other odds and ends, but those three were favs.

The entertainment
This weekend we're going for our annual birthday meal and a movie. Usually its lunch, but this year its breakfast because I'm dying to have a cinnamon roll from a nearby cafe. Those things are huge, and so yummy! We're seeing either Elysium (my choice) or Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Mom's been trying to get me to see it.

Mom is funny

Some of her co-workers were asking after our plans. Some know of our annual film fest. So she tells them we're going to see Elysium because "Rhonda likes Matt Damon." Before they can answer, she follows that up with "...and a high body count."

"Do you mean dead bodies?" One of her coworkers asked her very hesitantly.

Of course she answered with a very cheerful "Yup!" Then she turned and walked away before they could really process it.

She's pretty sure her coworkers think I'm very odd. And in case you were wondering, she was referencing my love of action movies.

She's a funny lady. :-)
saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))


I honestly think that laughter is the best way to go. I was lurking on a Twitter conversation with Bruce Campbell ( @groovybruce ) and somebody commented on Spider Man 3 that it was just bad. I thought it was awesome! But then I'm an easy sell. I rather enjoyed Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and I thought the first sequel to Pet Cemetery was a fantastic parody of the first one and laughed the whole way through.

 

I once spectacularly irritated a coworker when I started laughing in the middle of a project that was heading towards disaster quickly. How can you not laugh? The only other option you have is to cry in despair, but I don't cry. Just... Not ever. I dealt with my grandmothers death with anger. I dealt with my first cats death by cleaning everything. I dealt with my divorce by getting a manicure. I just don't cry.

 

I suppose that's why my Mom freaked out so much when I burst out crying during my first serious hemiplegic migraine. I was so frustrated my body wouldn't respond to my requests. I couldn't stop my tears when I demanded they get right back in there. Incidentally, I responded to that by watching a comedy.

 

On a side note, I tear up quite frequently watching Hallmark commercials, Oprah, and movies with sad endings (which is why they're on my Never Watch list). Go figure.

saifai: (Twilight Grr (missromance_x))
Just watched the recent remake of The Fog. WTH?! The only thing it had in relation to the original is the fog. Some of the characters had the same names too.

Story? Entirely different from the original movie. Why even bother calling it a remake at that point? I would have settled for calling it The Evil Mist of Doom. At least it would have been more accurate.



*grumbles about evil remakes*

While we're on the subject of remakes, I found out today they're adding in Legolas into The Hobbit. He so wasn't in it, and I'd bitch about any other character being added in willy nilly (e.g. getting rid of a hot blonde Glorfindel and replacing him with a girl...), but come on! Hot blonde elf! Soooo not complainin'.



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saifai: (TH Bill Squee (lastfirewllrise))
After watching the "Vegas" episode from last night's Stargate Atlantis, I was inspired to come up with a Top 10 list featuring all of my favorite bad guys who aren't human.


10. Lucifer (from the film "Prophecy")

The bad guy is played by none other than Viggo Mortensen. What's not to love? Granted, this is satan we're talking about here. But still, he's pretty hot for a bad guy, no? He's got the broody look down pretty good, which is an odd twist for the character. He's not the charismatic good guy that is seen so often in these types. He's enticing in his seduction, and he's brutally honest when considering his views.

"Other angels have made this war because they hate you, you and all humans. God has put you in his grace and pushed them aside. They're desperate. They've never been able to conquer the other loyal angels, and so this war has remained in stalemate for thousands of years. And while this state of affairs endures no soul can meet its god. Your parents, and their parents, and so on from the beginning lie still in wormy earth. Of course, some of them do come to me eventually, for while heaven may be closed I am always open, even on Christmas."

9. Dwayne (from the film "The Lost Boys")

I bet you're wondering how he could possibly be bumped up on the list over Viggo. This guy was my first crush. Well, one of them anyway. Keifer Sutherland was just a blip on the radar. He's just so.... guh. *drools* There's no question of his evilness here. I'll admit that he only made this list because he's hot. I told my Mom about this one on my list and she goes, "Oh right. The one with the dark hair and the big... muscles." LOL - Yeah, that's the one.

Sadly, he doesn't have any good lines in the film. This is as good as it gets:
Dwayne: [standing up after almost getting hit by bow and arrow] You missed, sucker!
Sam Emerson: Only once, pal.
8. Lestat (from the film "Queen of the Damned")

I've never been a fan of the books, or the films. They all suck. This movie had a little something that the others didn't: Stuart Townsend, Mr. Lestat de Lioncourt himself. Aaliyah (Queen Akasha) was a pretty damn good addition to the film as well. Okay, and maybe Vincent Perez (Marius) too. Right, point is the guy was hot. He's not a card carrying member of the White Hats. May have participated in some redeeming activities now and again, but by and far he's still a bad guy. A really cute one. His outlook on life interests me here. I imagine it's something pretty close to the truth if it was real. What would life be like for someone that lives an eternity?

"There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen..."

7. Jareth (from the film "Labyrinth")

Another one of my early crushes. Honestly, I didn't see the film until I was in high school. It's such a classic though. It was also the first film I watched where I realized that I might have been just a bit warped. I was actually rooting for the bad guy. It was all downhill after that. Jareth is an interesting character. He's cruel, and kind. He's a manipulator, and yet he allows others much leeway. He's loyal, and yet you can be damn sure that he's not one to cross. He's an enigma.

"Everything! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?"

6. Darth Maul (from the film "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace")

He wasn't around for very long. He was sent on a mission. He went on said mission and failed spectacularly. But he looked hot while he did it. He's actually appeared in other Star Wars things. He had all of two lines in Star Wars. He had some classic lines in the other stuff, like my personal favorite, "Die, Jedi, die!" While he is a cute little Darth, he's not the most outspoken of them all.

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."

5. Riddick (from the film "The Chronicles of Riddick")

This guy just cracks me up. Not to mention the arms bigger than my thighs. He's just HUGE! Love the eyes. They're so pretty and shiny. *happy sigh* But back to my point, he makes me laugh. His sense of humor is dry, and rather morbid at times. He's not a good guy. He's just... not. I don't think the man has a decent bone in his body. If he does it, there's a reason for it, and usually that reason is his own hide. But you gotta love him. I realize he's not the bad guy in the film. To me though, it's more like bad guy against bad guy. Which bad guy is gonna come out on top? The good guys just happened to get mixed up in the crossfire.

"Merceneries. Elementals. Necromongers. Shit, I've never been so popular. I should probaly slip these chains and open up a few arteries. But why drive when you can get driven? Free ticket to Crematoria. Thanks Toombs. Got me some business there, named Jack. And once we settle up, I walk away forever. So I'll just wait... all back-of-the-bus for now."

4. Dracula (from the film "Dracula 2000")

I must admit, this is my favorite of all the various incarnations of Dracula. It's not just Gerard Butler that does it for me, it's the whole story behind the character. Plus, not only does he have some great lines, he's got to be the hottest vampire out there. Wowza. He's got that same odd outlook on life that Lestat did, which is interesting. In an odd way though, he's got much more... bitterness to him. It drives him. It's such an odd thing to watch, and yet Butler manages to pull it off beautifully.

"You cannot imagine the pain I have endured. I was born of the very wrath of God. Let me show you what I have shown no other."

3. Wraith (from the Stargate Atlantis episode "Vegas")

This is probably the oddest one I have up here, especially given the placement on the list. Pretty high up there at the third from the top. He's more representative of the race as a whole. Well, not the entire race. Mostly the ones like Michael, Todd, and others. There's just something about them that hits a chord with me. They're on the bad guy list, but at the same time they just do what they have to in order to get by. This particular wraith is a fine example of that. He adapted to his environment in order to get what he needed. Not sure he had much of anything to say for the entire episode, but it was well worth watching. The guy was just drool-worthy. o.0



2. Prince Nuada (from the film "Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army")

I had a tough time choosing between the wraith and this guy. Prince Nuada won out for one thing: fighting. It's a kink. I'll admit it. A really good battle scene just... gets me. Near the beginning of the film you see the Prince practice his battle skills. I was on the edge of my seat getting ready to yell up at the guy with the projector to rewind it so I could watch it again. Wow. The character itself is an odd one. He starts out fairly mild, and ends up rather psychotic. You can't really blame the guy, as I'm sure he had a rather rough upbringing. But I was so curious how his sister turned out so differently from him. Perhaps if she didn't have him to look to, she would have. Second reason he's on this list, and you know this one already, he's really hot. Just... damn.



1. Spike (from the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel")

My all time favorite, my number one bad guy of all time, Spike. I've never seen him as a good guy. He's a bad guy with tendencies to involve himself with the good guys every now and then. I think it was usually a case of the White Hats just happened to be going the same way he was. Didn't have the same destinations in mind, of course. I think that changed once he got his soul. But Spike from Season 2 through 6 is on the list for sure. He'll always be my favorite though because of what he means to me. It's not just the character and what he went through in his life. It's also what he represents to me: he's the one that got me started in fandom. I didn't really sit up and take notice of what went on for fans outside of the show until I saw this character. He's the first one that made me want to know more. I wanted to have answers to questions that weren't being asked. This is one of the biggest reasons he's my number one favorite non-human bad guy.
saifai: (TH Bill Squee (lastfirewllrise))
After watching the "Vegas" episode from last night's Stargate Atlantis, I was inspired to come up with a Top 10 list featuring all of my favorite bad guys who aren't human.


10. Lucifer (from the film "Prophecy")

The bad guy is played by none other than Viggo Mortensen. What's not to love? Granted, this is satan we're talking about here. But still, he's pretty hot for a bad guy, no? He's got the broody look down pretty good, which is an odd twist for the character. He's not the charismatic good guy that is seen so often in these types. He's enticing in his seduction, and he's brutally honest when considering his views.

"Other angels have made this war because they hate you, you and all humans. God has put you in his grace and pushed them aside. They're desperate. They've never been able to conquer the other loyal angels, and so this war has remained in stalemate for thousands of years. And while this state of affairs endures no soul can meet its god. Your parents, and their parents, and so on from the beginning lie still in wormy earth. Of course, some of them do come to me eventually, for while heaven may be closed I am always open, even on Christmas."

9. Dwayne (from the film "The Lost Boys")

I bet you're wondering how he could possibly be bumped up on the list over Viggo. This guy was my first crush. Well, one of them anyway. Keifer Sutherland was just a blip on the radar. He's just so.... guh. *drools* There's no question of his evilness here. I'll admit that he only made this list because he's hot. I told my Mom about this one on my list and she goes, "Oh right. The one with the dark hair and the big... muscles." LOL - Yeah, that's the one.

Sadly, he doesn't have any good lines in the film. This is as good as it gets:
Dwayne: [standing up after almost getting hit by bow and arrow] You missed, sucker!
Sam Emerson: Only once, pal.
8. Lestat (from the film "Queen of the Damned")

I've never been a fan of the books, or the films. They all suck. This movie had a little something that the others didn't: Stuart Townsend, Mr. Lestat de Lioncourt himself. Aaliyah (Queen Akasha) was a pretty damn good addition to the film as well. Okay, and maybe Vincent Perez (Marius) too. Right, point is the guy was hot. He's not a card carrying member of the White Hats. May have participated in some redeeming activities now and again, but by and far he's still a bad guy. A really cute one. His outlook on life interests me here. I imagine it's something pretty close to the truth if it was real. What would life be like for someone that lives an eternity?

"There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen..."

7. Jareth (from the film "Labyrinth")

Another one of my early crushes. Honestly, I didn't see the film until I was in high school. It's such a classic though. It was also the first film I watched where I realized that I might have been just a bit warped. I was actually rooting for the bad guy. It was all downhill after that. Jareth is an interesting character. He's cruel, and kind. He's a manipulator, and yet he allows others much leeway. He's loyal, and yet you can be damn sure that he's not one to cross. He's an enigma.

"Everything! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?"

6. Darth Maul (from the film "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace")

He wasn't around for very long. He was sent on a mission. He went on said mission and failed spectacularly. But he looked hot while he did it. He's actually appeared in other Star Wars things. He had all of two lines in Star Wars. He had some classic lines in the other stuff, like my personal favorite, "Die, Jedi, die!" While he is a cute little Darth, he's not the most outspoken of them all.

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."

5. Riddick (from the film "The Chronicles of Riddick")

This guy just cracks me up. Not to mention the arms bigger than my thighs. He's just HUGE! Love the eyes. They're so pretty and shiny. *happy sigh* But back to my point, he makes me laugh. His sense of humor is dry, and rather morbid at times. He's not a good guy. He's just... not. I don't think the man has a decent bone in his body. If he does it, there's a reason for it, and usually that reason is his own hide. But you gotta love him. I realize he's not the bad guy in the film. To me though, it's more like bad guy against bad guy. Which bad guy is gonna come out on top? The good guys just happened to get mixed up in the crossfire.

"Merceneries. Elementals. Necromongers. Shit, I've never been so popular. I should probaly slip these chains and open up a few arteries. But why drive when you can get driven? Free ticket to Crematoria. Thanks Toombs. Got me some business there, named Jack. And once we settle up, I walk away forever. So I'll just wait... all back-of-the-bus for now."

4. Dracula (from the film "Dracula 2000")

I must admit, this is my favorite of all the various incarnations of Dracula. It's not just Gerard Butler that does it for me, it's the whole story behind the character. Plus, not only does he have some great lines, he's got to be the hottest vampire out there. Wowza. He's got that same odd outlook on life that Lestat did, which is interesting. In an odd way though, he's got much more... bitterness to him. It drives him. It's such an odd thing to watch, and yet Butler manages to pull it off beautifully.

"You cannot imagine the pain I have endured. I was born of the very wrath of God. Let me show you what I have shown no other."

3. Wraith (from the Stargate Atlantis episode "Vegas")

This is probably the oddest one I have up here, especially given the placement on the list. Pretty high up there at the third from the top. He's more representative of the race as a whole. Well, not the entire race. Mostly the ones like Michael, Todd, and others. There's just something about them that hits a chord with me. They're on the bad guy list, but at the same time they just do what they have to in order to get by. This particular wraith is a fine example of that. He adapted to his environment in order to get what he needed. Not sure he had much of anything to say for the entire episode, but it was well worth watching. The guy was just drool-worthy. o.0



2. Prince Nuada (from the film "Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army")

I had a tough time choosing between the wraith and this guy. Prince Nuada won out for one thing: fighting. It's a kink. I'll admit it. A really good battle scene just... gets me. Near the beginning of the film you see the Prince practice his battle skills. I was on the edge of my seat getting ready to yell up at the guy with the projector to rewind it so I could watch it again. Wow. The character itself is an odd one. He starts out fairly mild, and ends up rather psychotic. You can't really blame the guy, as I'm sure he had a rather rough upbringing. But I was so curious how his sister turned out so differently from him. Perhaps if she didn't have him to look to, she would have. Second reason he's on this list, and you know this one already, he's really hot. Just... damn.



1. Spike (from the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel")

My all time favorite, my number one bad guy of all time, Spike. I've never seen him as a good guy. He's a bad guy with tendencies to involve himself with the good guys every now and then. I think it was usually a case of the White Hats just happened to be going the same way he was. Didn't have the same destinations in mind, of course. I think that changed once he got his soul. But Spike from Season 2 through 6 is on the list for sure. He'll always be my favorite though because of what he means to me. It's not just the character and what he went through in his life. It's also what he represents to me: he's the one that got me started in fandom. I didn't really sit up and take notice of what went on for fans outside of the show until I saw this character. He's the first one that made me want to know more. I wanted to have answers to questions that weren't being asked. This is one of the biggest reasons he's my number one favorite non-human bad guy.
saifai: (TH Bill Squee (lastfirewllrise))
It's out now on MySpace if you have it - HERE. You've got to see it. But you've got to be on their friends list to see it. I got the embed code for it, but I'm not sure if it'll play here or not. It seems to work (at least for me). Enjoy!

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE HD
saifai: (TH Bill Squee (lastfirewllrise))
It's out now on MySpace if you have it - HERE. You've got to see it. But you've got to be on their friends list to see it. I got the embed code for it, but I'm not sure if it'll play here or not. It seems to work (at least for me). Enjoy!

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE HD
saifai: (NotGonnaHappen (crackers4jenn))
I just watched Deliverance with a friend. A right of passage she calls it.

Dueling banjos will never be the same for me again. *shudders*

You know they renamed the section of river that the movie was filmed at to Sodomy Cove? Or so I hear.

*tries not to imagine Snarry to the theme of dueling banjos*

Trying to forget it by watching Spider Man 3, but I'm thinking it's not much better. Evil!Peter wearing black and being all totally uncool and snapping fingers, and thrusting hips, and cheesy pickup lines. He's a walking disaster. Doood. He's pretty scary, and not in a good way. But hey, it was good to see him teamed up with the Green Goblin. The two friends together again. I rather liked the ending too. Sad, but fitting.

NanoWrimo Word Count of the Day: 1700 (day 1)
saifai: (NotGonnaHappen (crackers4jenn))
I just watched Deliverance with a friend. A right of passage she calls it.

Dueling banjos will never be the same for me again. *shudders*

You know they renamed the section of river that the movie was filmed at to Sodomy Cove? Or so I hear.

*tries not to imagine Snarry to the theme of dueling banjos*

Trying to forget it by watching Spider Man 3, but I'm thinking it's not much better. Evil!Peter wearing black and being all totally uncool and snapping fingers, and thrusting hips, and cheesy pickup lines. He's a walking disaster. Doood. He's pretty scary, and not in a good way. But hey, it was good to see him teamed up with the Green Goblin. The two friends together again. I rather liked the ending too. Sad, but fitting.

NanoWrimo Word Count of the Day: 1700 (day 1)
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Nicholas Brendon's oh-so-quality film "Pinata: Survival Island" was on TBS the other night. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay up late enough to watch it (it came on really early in the morning here...). Good thing about it is that the local cable station here took TBS out of their programming schedule later that day. Lucky me...

So, tomorrow is the first day of the NaNoWriMo. I've got a story plotted out, I've got myself a writing partner (who is currently AWOL), and I've got myself worked up into a frenzy of bundled up and stressed out nerves. Yay. I'll keep ya'll up to date on my progress on that.

Ooh, and the power went out this morning about five minutes after I woke up. I had a shower by candlelight (and had enough hot water left to manage a warm shower). Then, got woozy and had a wicked migraine that lasted until the power came back on a couple hours later.

Nope, I'm not at all in a mood.
saifai: (Default)
Nicholas Brendon's oh-so-quality film "Pinata: Survival Island" was on TBS the other night. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay up late enough to watch it (it came on really early in the morning here...). Good thing about it is that the local cable station here took TBS out of their programming schedule later that day. Lucky me...

So, tomorrow is the first day of the NaNoWriMo. I've got a story plotted out, I've got myself a writing partner (who is currently AWOL), and I've got myself worked up into a frenzy of bundled up and stressed out nerves. Yay. I'll keep ya'll up to date on my progress on that.

Ooh, and the power went out this morning about five minutes after I woke up. I had a shower by candlelight (and had enough hot water left to manage a warm shower). Then, got woozy and had a wicked migraine that lasted until the power came back on a couple hours later.

Nope, I'm not at all in a mood.

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