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maybe he thought it was a war movie


Wednesday night we went to Hollywood Boulevard because JoeJoe had won free ticket for eight. We saw The International because nothing else good was playing. The movie was about a couple of guys who went to a really cool museum for about ten minutes. Other than that I can’t tell you a single thing that happened int he movie. My bruschetta was good though.

Tonight Nadia and I went to see Bride Wars. We were the only two in the theatre except for a random dude. Random dude, why did you go to see a chick flick alone? You know you are in trouble when ten minutes into the movie a girl gets engaged and I cry. You know you are really in trouble when fifteen minutes into the movie another girl gets engaged…

The movie was good except I am confused about how they exactly got double booked…the planner said the assistant turned in the wrong paper work and gave the other girl the date one of the brides had…but wouldn’t the planner have still told her in the first place the correct date?

Kate Hudson’s dress was awful. I hate dresses that point towards the crotch (sorry Miss Sleeping Beauty). Anne Hathaways was pretty though and I spent the entire movie trying to figure out if I could get my hair to look like hers.

I also thought the ending was a little forced and they didn’t build it up enough.



On my way home from movie one I tried to stop my car at a red light and instead ended up spinning around and facing backwards. Luckily the guy behind be who I was then staring into the windshield of was able to stop. Eh, didn’t hit anything so I just backed up and kept going.

On my way home from movie two the truck I was behind put on his blinkers and started moving to the side of the highway. And then I got hit with a massive amount of smoke.

Saturn might be spinning off into their own company. Does anyone remember that back in the day (before I had one) Saturn used to through picnics and stuff for its drivers? If they do form a new company they better throw a big picnic. I am so there.

p.s. Did you know Saturn has their own social networking site? Awe-some. Right?



If I am nice, Eric is winning our Idol pool. If I am mean, we are tied. He had picked two of the three winners from last night…but when he sent me his official list he had only sent eleven names instead of twelve and forgot to write one of the names he had said he was going to add…and that person happened to have ended up making it…so technically according to his official list, she is not on it :-)

I am 1 for 3 so far. I am bad at these things. I am one of those people who will never win at horse racing because I insist on betting on the horse who is going to suck, but if they do happen to win you get paid a lot more.

Spoiler Ahead:

Val Eric
Danny Gokey Danny Gokey
Anoop Desai Anoop Desai
Tatiana Nicole Del Toro Ricky Braddy
Adam Lambert Adam Lambert
Jasmine Murray Jasmine Murray
Matt Giraud Matt Giraud
Megan Corkey Mishavonna Henson
Nick Mitchell Ju’Not Joyner
Scott McIntyre Scott McIntyre
Arianna Afsar Kendall Beard
Von Smith Lil Rounds
Kristen McNamara HAHA, Eric forgot #12

BLUE = Performed and Made it to the Top 12
GREEN = Performed and did not make it


shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake your booty

1. Someone sang a Tally Hall song as an American Idol audition. I believe the judge’s reaction was “What kind of song was that?”

2. Yes, I am watching American Idol.

3. The new official portrait of Obama was shot with the same camera I just bought. What is good enough for the president is good enough for me.

4. Wednesday Chelsa and I went to the Blackhawks game. It was awesome because we totally dominated. And ’cause there was some good fighting. I totally failed at remembering the “name of the guy with the awesome name” from the hockey team at U of I. Two of the three people I texted remembered. How can you forget a name like Superfine? I don’t know, but I totally did. JenP looked him up and he is apparently married now! :-( Anyways, here are pictures…

5. Thursday I went to see The Hold Steady at House of Blues. I met up with Walter and we got taco bell. It apparently isn’t gross that I eat melted cheese ground beef with my fingers. It is apparently not gross that i will put a cinnamon twist in my mouth and then take it out (I didn’t want to talk with my mouth full). But I apparently am bad for not pointing out the lady with the ridiculously large tall fur hat. Then we almost died from cold walking to HOB.

Jeff and Lindsay and James and Emily and Sean and Jeff’s brother all came. Yay.

The first band was a guy from some band who played the guitar and sang. I agreed with Lindsay’s assessment that all his songs sounded like something else. Mainly I agree with that as I felt like I knew most of the songs but obviously I had never heard them before.

Before I go on I should explain the two rules of Val concert going:

1. I can (and do) dance to anything.

2. I pretend to know the lyrics to every song even though I don’t know the lyrics to any song.

And three subpoints on how to accomplish part 2:

a. After you hear the chorus once you can easily repeat it.

b. Most songs rhyme and aren’t really clever enough to not be able to figure out.

c. When all else fails just repeat watermelon over and over.

The second band was The Hold Steady. Who hadn’t heard of either. But Jeff had said I should come so I did. They were good though. But I was way tired after working a 10 hour day and not really sleeping much for weeks.

Afterwards everyone else drove Walter to the same place I was going. And I had to walk the 20 minute walk there. After midnight. In downtown Chicago. In negative degree weather. All alone. I ran into Walter when I got there.

don’t worry about snowing. worry about blowing.

I really should actually book my flight to DC instead of just putting the itinerary on hold every day.

Apparently Jeff would rather sleep with Lindsay than me and James would rather sleep with a dude. :-( I

Do not let one random act of kindness blind you.

American Idol starts tonight. I don’t want to watch it but I don’t want to not watch it.

I always think I like the movie Butterfly Effect but then I watch it and it makes me feel queasy.

I think I am going to start a segment on my blog in which I rate Lean Cuisines. The Sweet and Sour chicken is very tasty.

Saturday afternoon I met up with Joe and Alina and JoeW and Meredith for a second shot at seeign Slumdog Millionaire. We all managed to get tickets this time. The movie was great. Usually I think movies based on (semi) current popular culture phenomenons tend to be horrible. But maybe since this was foreign it was able to do it better? I dunno. But it was really good. Afterwards we went to California Pizza Kitchen for lunch (or as Alina says “California Pizza Chicken”). The mushroom pizza on honey wheat is delicious.

Sunday night I went over to Joe and Alina’s for 24 night! Joe had said that we would “eat what Jack Bauer eats and drink what Jack Bauer drinks.” I assumed that was a clever way of saying “we are not feeding you” because Jack never eats. He did make sausages, but I don’t really eat sausages, so this is what my plate looked like:


The cat tried to eat it.

Speaking of the cat, here are a few pics of Remy and Kahlua.






And one of JoeJoe eating a margarita with a spoon.


Monday the weather warnings said there was a blizzard and that you should only go outside for emergencies…the second night of the 24 premiere is an emergency, right? So I braved the snow and went back to Joe and Alina’s and we watched two more hours of 24. Chloe is back! She was really the only one I cared about. Unless of course Edgar came back from the grave.

moo oink oink mooo

So apparently Barack Obama was on Check, Please!.

To those in Chicagoland, the full episode will air on WTTW twice on January 16th, again on the 18th and once more on January 20th, the day of Obama’s inauguration.


I do not remember under what circumstances I left this on Sid’s answering machine. But I did. Maybe 7 or so years ago… Why he still had this, the world may never know.


i have a heart like the sea

I guess this is a spoiler if you don’t watch the office. But I don’t watch the office and I already knew what happened so it probably doesn’t matter. And also I think I am the only one who doesn’t watch the office anyways…

So I’ve maybe seen 2 episodes of the office. I know I know it’s a good show but in general I just don’t watch much primetime tv because it becomes too hard to keep up. So anyways, I made the mistake of tuning into one episode the other night and it was the one where Jim tells Pam he loves her. And then I proceeded to cry for the entire night.

I think I am going to start a segment here on my blog called “things that make val cry but no one else.” The above story does not count as I am sure many others cried. Today we will discuss the song “Teenage Dirtbag.” Val cries at the song “Teenage Dirtbag” because she thinks the story in the song is sweet.

I don’t know why I bothered putting RSVP info on the invites to my sister’s baby shower as I gave up on keeping track of who RSVPd.

I went to Drury Lane with my family today to see Miss Saigon. You know you are in trouble when on your way there your dad (who bought the tickets because he says he always wanted to see it) says “You know what I found out yesterday? This is a musical.” Yeah. he didn’t know. And he pretty much hated it. I thought it was not great, but I like some of the music a lot.

We had a package where we got lunch there and then the show. Here is what I ate…

Escarole, White Bean, and Sausage Soup


Scalloped Potatoes

Quote from my sister Jen on raising her child: I’m just going to show the kid a plate of food and a picture of the animal it came from and let him make his own decisions.”
I ate the duck.

Turtle Sundae

(the diet starts tomorrow)