Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More Puppy Tales

So I have two stories for you about little Kingston.

1. King and the Vet
(This is a gross story. If you have a sensitive stomach you may want to skip to story number two.) Yesterday Mark and I took King to the vet for his 12-week round of shots and checkup. Remember that WE LOVE this vet so much, that we literally drive almost an hour to see him every time we go. And I can't tell you how amazing this doctor it. We walk in and the doctor asks "So how's this little guy doing? Any problems?" And we tell him that no not really, he's been playful and healthy with good poops (this was an issue the last two times we went) but he does seems to be itching a lot, mostly around his back legs.

And the next 2 minutes were so shocking and went so fast it was ridiculous:
Vet- "Does he sometimes sit and then pull himself forward or push himself back?"
Us- "Yes, actually we saw him do that a few times. Is that bad?"
Vet- "Not if you like poop stains on your carpet."
Us- "So what does it mean?" (Me thinking-- Ohmygosh! I didn't see any stains! Ew, what if there are!?)
Vet- "I'm just going to relieve his anal glands if you could just hold him for a second."

Then in one motion (without a warning mind you) he grabs a paper towel and does something to King's butt. King sort of squeals but all of this liquid comes out of his butt and pours onto the table. GAG. Cue me attempting to act like I have it together while trying not to puke on the vet.

Vet- "There we go. Do you smell that?"
Even though I shouldn't have, I took a whiff. GAG. It was somewhere between rotting, poop, and skunk.
Us- "Ugh. What IS that?"
Vet- "Anal gland secretion, most dogs get it out themselves, but it can cause some discomfort and itching if they don't get it out. When he was itching his back legs, he was really just trying to get to his butt."

Mark and I sort of nod with wide eyes and that face you have when you smell something disgusting.

The vet cleans up, weighs him, gives him two shots and a syringe full of something, hands us the advantage and heartworm pill. And we are on our merry way. In and out in about five minutes. We smile and wave goodbye, and hop into Mark's truck and look at each other like "What the heck just happened!?" Anal gland secretion release is very tramautizing. So I just want to warn you in case you see any of the signs.

And as we drove home into the sunset, I was thinking about how I was going to scour the carpet as soon as we got home for anal gland juice. GAG.

2. King and the Bed

Pre-story. I always joke with Mark that he will be sleeping in the doghouse (i.e. the couch.) I threaten this pretty much daily from serious things to joking around. It has never happened.

Mark and I let king sleep in the bed. This may be horrible doggy-parenting, but he is usually really good. He sleeps at our feet, and whines in the morning when he is awake and has to do his business.

Until last night. I wake up at around 5:00 A.M. and feel like I am sweating. First, I panic and think I have the flu. Then I double panic and think I have swine flu. Then I imagine actually telling everyone I have swine flu and everyone laughing at me and refusing to touch me for weeks and weeks.

Then I realize my body doesn't hurt and I don't feel sick. So why am I wet? I get up and turn on the light. And there is pee everywhere. And by everywhere I mean only my side of the bed and I was sleeping right in it. King looked up at me like "What?" I don't know if anal gland secretion release also affected King's peeing abilities but this was ridiculous.

My first thought was GAG.
My second thought was where the heck am I going to sleep.
My third thought was I just cleaned these freaking sheets. (I have been attempting to domesticate myself lately, I anticipate in the near future that this will be my first thought, should this situation ever happen again.)
My fourth thought (which came out loud) was "Mark wake up, if I am sleeping in pee you have to deal with it, too."

Mark mumbles "Awww, come on King." And sort of rolls over.

I took the sheets half off the bed. I absorbed as much pee as I could from the mattress and sprayed the heck out of it with odor/stain remover. I put King in his kennel. I rinsed off my legs. Then I grabbed my pillows, pulled some extra blankets from the closet and headed to the couch. I was not dealing with this right now. It was the middle of the night. (5A.M. is considered the middle of the night for me)

And as I was trying to fall back asleep on the couch, all I could think was "I am literally sleeping in the doghouse, for something the dog did wrong." Five minutes later Mark comes out and asks to join me because it smells like pee in the bedroom. Well at least if I was sleeping in the doghouse, Mark was right there with me.

I could practically hear King's evil snicker from the other room.

Friday, September 25, 2009

How to Clean like a Man

Hypothetical situation. You have a friend or two or ten coming over in 15 minutes and your apartment is a mess. I'm talking folded laundry on the couch, dog toys everywhere and half-clean dishes surrounding the sink. What do you do?

Of course I say hypothetical because this NEVER (sarcasm font anyone?) happens to me. My apartment is spotless 100% of the time. I'm one of those people who drive you crazy by saying "Oh, excuse the mess" when there is clearly no mess to speak of.

The first thing I would do in the clearly hypothetical situation, is clear of all the surfaces as quickly as possible, and hide everything in the cabinets and drawers. Laundry goes into the closet, on top of the dirty stuff and I often end up washing it twice because I can't remember what was clean and what is actually dirty.

Then I grab the disinfecting wipes. You could say this is my cleaning weapon of choice. They clean surfaces and disinfect at the same time. They also pick up random counter stains rather easily. It's like killing five birds with one stone.

Now if Rambo (aka Mark) was in this hypothetical situation the first thing he grabs is the dust buster and goes to town. On the couch, on the kitchen floor, bathroom floor, and on any visible crumbs or whatnot in the living room. To me this makes zero sense because if there is still laundry on the couch, and dishes around the sink and dog toys all over the floor, NO ONE is going to notice that your carpet is crumb-less. (Don't worry. Mark doesn't read my blog, so he won't know that I am talking smack about his cleaning preferences. I won't tell him if you won't. This is my way of punishing him for not reading Laurealism every.single.day.)

However, in Mark's defense the dust-buster is basically the power-tool of cleaning supplies. And I'm sure the real Rambo would use the same tool if in this hypothetical situation. So I guess I can't blame him. Plus there really is nothing hotter than a man running around the apartment with a dust-buster. I'm just sorry I don't have a picture to share!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Good Dog

We have the most perfect puppy in the whole world. Allow me to illustrate all of King's finest qualities.

King helps with the laundry, by separating it. I know, it's pretty unbelievable-- everyone wishes they had someone to help with laundry! King sneaks goes into the closet and conducts panty-raids. And every time this happens, I take the underwear from him and put them in a separate pile. After a few days, voila! A delicate load.

King has an appreciation for good shoes. How do I know? Well, puppies chew on things they like, right? So clearly King appreciates my favorite black heels. Wearing shoes with teeth marks in them is cool, right?

King appreciates comfort. In the form of our couch. He loves it so much that he was curious on the construction of our particular model. So curious that he chewed through one of the corners to see what was beneath the outer-most layer. I'll let you know as soon as he puts this knowledge to use.

King is very attentive. Whatever he is chewing on (shoe, couch, paper towels, hands, or in rare instances his actual toys) he will continue to chew on until he hear something that squeaks or sees something that moves in a curious way. Like your ankle for example when you walk past him.

King is very protective. If you go near something that is "his" (shoe, couch, paper towels, toys, carpet cleaner, etc.) He will attack. Being protective is a positive quality, right?

King knows and loves his is home. He shows us this by peeing all over the place. But he definitely helps us clean up by taking the pee soaked paper towels to the trash. He hasn't actually made it to the trash yet. Usually he ends up under the table ripping his pee-towel to shreds. But I can definitely tell he is trying to head in the direction of the trash.

King is smart. He knows sit (attention!) and lie down (incoming!) He also knows if you are holding a treat. And preforms accordingly. He also knows how to get to the bag holding all of his toys and treats. Even if it is out of his reach and zipped up.

Did I mention that I strongly believe we have a need for a sarcasm font?


Monday, September 21, 2009

Daily Find: Organize!

Yesterday in between watching football and eating nachos, I went on a cleaning and organizing spree at our apartment. And while I won't say I enjoyed it, I do enjoy the way my clean kitchen, bathroom and living room look (That's all I had time for.)

I'm telling you this because I have a GREAT organization tip for you that I only wish I had the room to actually execute. But, living in an apartment sort of hinders by storage space.

So there I was walking through Target with Kim, spending way to much money on stuff I do not need, when we walked by the storage section with these adorable orange and purple totes from Rubbermaid.

I know I shouldn't call totes adorable, because really they ARE just totes, but the color makes them adorable. So go with it.

And then it hit me! Instead of going through a ton of boxes or ugly totes when you are trying to find holiday decorations... color coordinate!

Orange- Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving
Green- Christmas
Blue- Winter/Hannukah (I live in Indiana, so there are winter decorations that I can use the 3 months AFTER Christmas when it is still snowing.)
Pink- Valentines Day
Yellow- Spring
Purple- Easter
Red- 4th of July

I don't know if they actually have all of these colors, but I know they do have orange, green and purple for sure. So you are well on your way to being set. Now go on, get organizing. And when you are done take a picture and send it to me so I can be jealous of your colorful storage space/room/garage etc. Feel free to thank me later when the winter holidays roll around and you aren't searching through boxes and boxes just to find your ornaments.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Fabulous Friday

Fabulous Friday is back again with all the things I'm loving this week:

Fall season! And all of the fall decorations that are hitting the shelves. Target has some pretty cute shower curtains if you want to be autumn-themed.

Book Club- Naughty Novelists had our first "meeting" this week. And when I say meeting I actually mean wine, food and gossip with friends. It's a really tough club to be in. Oh and we decided we are reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so feel free to play along from home. I'll let you know how we like it!

OneKingsLane- I mentioned this in a previous post this week but I can't tell you how much I love it, this site specifically. All designer houseware stuff at discount prices... check out the post to learn how to become a member!

The Colts- Okay so I may not LOVE the Colts (I'm more of a Bears fan) but I definitely like them a lot this week because they picked up Hank Baskett. Which means I now have a solid chance of running into Kendra in Indy :)
Alice Supply Co.- Found this site through Hostess with the Mostess, and think it's fabulous. Household items like plungers, toolboxes, brooms and hoses that are actually ADORABLE.
Have a fabulous weekend!



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tea Party

When I was little one of my favorite games was "tea party." I had an adorable little tea set that was black and white with little plates, a teapot and teacups. And I LOVED that game.

But now I'm older and I don't like tea: iced tea, sweet tea, green tea. Yuck, yuck, yuck. That is until today.

My cousin, Kassy sent me this ADORABLE little tea set from Teavana. And I LOVE it! Not just the adorable little tea set, but I even like the tea! And I am really excited because it's like I get to play tea party all over again, only with a much more sophisticated looking set!

All of this stuff is from Teavana, and I'm in love. They have a bazillion different teas and tea accessories. When I opened up the Teavana tin I was overwhelmed by the heavenly scent of peaches (Kassy sent me a white tea- "Peach Tranquility.") It smelled so good I honestly thought of bathing in it.
I went on the website and it looks like all of the tea at Teavana is loose-leaf tea. Which from what I read, sounds like why I never liked any other kind of tea... too bitter or strong. Here's what they have to say on why they only use loose leaf tea:

"There are a number of reasons, but they all come back to quality. All tea has an expiration date. Tea will lose flavor after 6 months and become stale after one year if not stored properly (see our Tea Storage Tins to keep tea fresh). In addition to that, tea bags usually consist of smaller pieces of tea leaves or tea fanning (also referred to as dusts) that give a stronger, quicker brew, but lack the subtlety and fine quality of larger loose-leaf teas. Tea bags can also release too much tannin quickly, giving a harsher flavor to the tea.

And we really love tea. Tea bags often contain mixtures of tea, rather than a pure tea that can be consistently enjoyed every time. Our loose-leaf teas are always made with premium, larger leaves and you can easily see the quality of your final tea blend. Loose-leaf teas also allow you to blend flavors and types of tea easily."

So basically, I'm in love. I have to go now, though... it's time to play tea party for the third time today. It's been too long, I have a lot of catching up to do.







P.S. Thanks Kassy!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quote It

"No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention."

-Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters (he's the guy who wrote the book Fight Club. Phenomenal author.)



Monday, September 14, 2009

Daily Find: Flash Sales

Have a case of the Mondays today? Nothing a little shopping can't cure right? How about designer clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry and housewares at 50-70% off?

I just became familiar with the term "Flash Sales" and I'm totally hooked. Basically they are members-only online sale sites with designer goods at huge discounts. These sites have mini-sales from all kinds of designers that last anywhere between 36 and 72 hours. We are talking Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Juicy, Ralph Lauren, CuisinArt, Calvin Klein, It's first come, first serve, and they often sell out in just a few hours because of the huge discounts.

Excited aren't you? And now you are thinking, "Okay but where are these sites and how the heck to I become a member?"

Sites

Gilt (www.gilt.com) An invitation only site that offers fashion and luxury brands at discount prices. They sell high-end fashion and accessories for guys and gals. And they even have some houseware items as well as occasional beauty and fragrance items. Savings between 50 and 70%. Sales last 36 hours.

One Kings Lane (www.onekingslane.com) Invitation Only. Designer Housewares at up to 70% off. They have two sales a day, Monday through Friday each lasting 72 hours or until items are sold out. You also get $25 off your first purchase when you join. For example these adorable expresso cups from Yedi Houseware:
which usually retail for $38.00 are on sale for $19.00. And I got them for a dollar and some change with my $25 off (shipping costs extra of course.) A dollar and some change for that whole set!

Rue La La (ruelala.com) Invitation Only. Housewares and fashion with three to four sales a day each lasting 48 hours.

The secret on how to become a member:
You probably noticed that all of these site are invitation only. For most of them you can also be put on a wait list. The sites do this to stay exclusive. But guess what? It's your lucky day because yours truly is a member of all the above sites and I have the ability to give an invite to anyone I want! If you'd like an invitation all you have to do is ask.

Just leave a comment with your e-mail address and tell me which of the three (or all of them!) you'd like an invitation to. Or you can just e-mail me (Laurealism@gmail.com) and let me know which sites you are interested in.

Happy Discount Designer Shopping!



Thursday, September 10, 2009

20 Questions with Bridesmaid Nicole

You've already met my Maid-o-Honor, Kimmy in the past, and over the next few weeks I will be introducing you to the rest of the bridesmaids. Today you get to meet Nicole.I have to tell you this picture was taken in Hawaii after a really rough time in the water. We are strong swimmers and came out looking like this!

I met Nicole the summer before my sophomore year at Purdue. I will tell you that Nicole isn't always the best in the first impressions department, but she definitely grew on me. And to know her is to love her. She was on the swim team with me and let's just say she has very limited awareness of personal space. Which can be awkward in a small locker-room full of girls after swim practice.

She hails from Vegas, which should already tell you she is one-of-a-kind. She was my roomy for nearly two years and hated every second of it because of how messy I am. Between her and Kat (who you'll meet later) I pretty much had a mom away from home.

So without further ado, 20ish questions with Nicole (my comments in italics)

1. What’s your favorite color?

-unknown, different depending on the day

2. What’s your favorite flower?

-jury's still out on that one too, the ones that are big and bright are at the top of my list

3. Who’s your favorite author or what's your favorite book?

-Electroboy by Andy Behrman

4. What are you currently reading?

-DSM IV-TR, Basic Pharmocology, & Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment (riveting I'm sure)

5. What’s your favorite movie?

-Grey's Anatomy Seasons 1-5 (notice how Nicole interprets the questions to suit herself!)

6. What’s the last movie you saw?

-Grey's Anatomy Season 4 (watched the whole season last weekend) (which puts her at 374 times of watching that season. The Grey's seasons played on a loop the whole time we lived together. Her mood would depend on the mood of the characters.)

7. What’s your favorite food?

-ice cream

8. What’s your favorite restaurant?

-Macyo's, it's a mexican resturant ONLY in Las Vegas

9. Where is your favorite vacation location?

-Hawaii, though the only time that I have been there it hasn't been for vacation (i.e. Hawaii Training trip)
-cruise boats are nice too...

10. Where is one place in the world you’d love to go?

-I'd like to backpack across Europe, hopefully next summer after I graduate!

11. What is your favorite place to shop?

-Express, you can find day, business, or night clothing all for a reasonable price + a coupon!

12. What is your lucky number?

8
8/8...need I say more? (It's her birthday.)

13. What is your favorite board game?

-I can't play board games due to my competitive nature, they often end with me throwing a fit...I'm better at contact sports. :)

14. What are your pet peeves?

-Late, messy, and unorganization (all qualities of mine. yet she still loves me)

15. Do you have any hidden talents?

-I believe I could have been a concert pianist had I put my mind to it. (no comment.)

16. What is your favorite holiday?

-Christmas

17. If you could be any super hero, which would you be?

-hmmmmm...Dr. Phil (Which planet is Dr. Phil a super-hero on?)

18. If you could be any animal, which would it be?

-A dog, stumble upon the right owner and you live in luxury. (very practical)

19. Describe yourself in three words.

-overbearing, annoying, unpredictable (should I have said describe yourself in three POSITIVE words?)

20. Describe me in three words.

-empathetic, good natured, and unorganized :) (I though she'd say late, messy and unorganized.)

21. What’s a favorite or funny memory with me?

-When you almost cut my head off. (Allow me to elaborate. Indy 500. A bit of alcohol. Nicole broke her flip flop and the black top was really really hot. So I was piggy-backing her back to our blanket on the grass. I was kind of leaning forward with her on my back and not really looking up too often. There was a wire a little above waist level separating the blacktop from the grass. I went under it without even seeing it. Nicole was clotheslined. I remember thinking that it was like someone flew out of the sky and pulled her off my back. I looked back to see her lying on her back. Being the good friend that I am I laughed so hard I cried while a bunch of strangers fussed over how she was. She was laughing as hard as I was. I have never wished I had a moment video-taped more in my life.)

22. Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

-Every successful couple has 10 things they love about each other, they also have 10 things that hate about each other. The trick to successful relationship is deciding if the 10 things you love overshadows the 10 things you hate. (ooh. This could totally inspire me for a post about Rambo.)
23. Favorite Quote?
-Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandi

Like I said, to know her is to love her! Thanks, Nicole for the insight into your life!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

9 Random Things in Honor of 09/09/09

It's oh-nine-oh-nine-oh-nine everybody! Isn't that exciting? Okay so maybe it's not that exciting, but in honor of the date I'd thought I'd put together 9 random thoughts.
  1. I am starting a book club with a bunch of my friends. And I am really excited about it. If you are in Indy and might be interested let me know. We will also be looking for name ideas about said book club.
  2. Kingston is having a love affair with my underwear. He steals them any chance he can get. My own little panty-raider.
  3. We also taught Kingston to sit. He learned in less than two days which is just amazing to me. But instead of saying sit, we say A-tten-TION! Like he is a little soldier or something. His real name is Sergeant Kingston Silver after all. It's adorable.
  4. I cannot decide on wedding colors. At all. My mind changes everyday. What do you think? Bold? Romantic? Help please!
  5. I'm just now getting to the third book in the Twilight series. And it's getting good.
  6. I'm going to see the Time Traveler's Wife sometime soon, hopefully tomorrow. I read the book a few years ago and am really curious to see how they make it into a movie. Because the book had a really weird ending.
  7. This Saturday is the Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso. I can't go, and haven't been for years. But it is so much fun if you have the chance!
  8. The fall TV show lineup usually stresses me out for the first few weeks while I decide what I am actually going to watch. But I am so excited for it! Shows that I've watched previous seasons of that I'm excited for: Gossip Girl, Two and a half Men, The Big Bang Theory, 90210, Grey's and Private Practice. New shows I plan on checking out: Melrose Place, Mercy, Cougar Town, The Beautiful Life and The Vampire Diaries. You can see why I'm stressed. Thank goodness for DVR.
  9. I think I found my wedding dress! I won't show you what it looks like, but I will tell you that it's a Maggie Sottero. Her gowns are gorgeous!
There. Wasn't that fun? I was sort of jumping all over the place. But that's why "random" is in the title. Happy 09/09/09!


Wordless Wednesday





Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Chili Cheese Etouffee

YUM! Forever ago, I mentioned a delicious recipe that reminded me of my favorite dish from Yatz, Chili Cheese Etouffee. And I promised to share it. Well, here I am... finally sharing it!

Don't be discouraged by the long list of ingredients, if you don't have one of the spices only requiring a "pinch" I say skip it. Unless you'd like to expand your spice collection, which can't hurt. Also you'll see a lot of veggies that require chopping, for which I say use a food chopper... I love mine from Pampered Chef! It saves SO much time. A rotary grater would also work in this case for the cheese.

Also since this recipe has a lot of ingredients, I'd suggest going through the steps ahead of time and have everything already measured out and ready in little groupings, so you can just add it all at each step instead of scrambling around the kitchen for a little bit of this and a pinch of that.

What you'll need:
1 stick butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped green onions, plus more to garnish
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced bell peppers (green or red)
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced tomatoes (buy in a can if you'd like!)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 TBS tomato paste
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken stock
3 cups shredded aged cheddar
1 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
1 tsp. chili powder
Pinch ground coriander
Pinch ground cumin
Pinch ground cloves
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce
1 pound cooked shrimp (or crawfish, chicken, or some combination of the three)
Cooked white rice, to serve

Preparation:

1. Make a roux by melting the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat and then blending in the flour, consistently stirring and scraping the bottom of the skillet. Cook until the roux is a golden color (the picture isn't quite golden yet.)

2. Add the green onions, celery, bell peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes and cook until the onions have browned.

3. Add the thyme, tomato paste, basil and peppers (black, white, cayenne).

4. Add the stock, bring to a boil and simmer uncovered until the mixture becomes thick.

5. Add the cheese, half-and-half, chili powder, coriander, cumin, cloves, Worcestershire, and Tabasco and stir until the cheese and half-and-half are blended in well.

6. Gently stir in the crawfish, shrimp, and/or chicken and serve over fluffy white rice. (I've used chicken one time, and shrimp another. Both delicious, but I think I liked chicken better.)

I found different versions of this recipe all over the internet, but borrowed this specific one from Food alla Puttanesca. You can wander over there if you want a more "printable" version (without all the pictures) and to check out some other great recipes.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Are you ready for some football!?

The smell of tailgating is in the air, and that means just one thing... Football Season! Even though I love to go to LIVE sporting events of any kind, football is something that I'll actually watch on T.V. AND enjoy it. I enjoyed watching the college season openers this weekend. And of course my favorite team is Purdue, because I am one proud boilermaker (retired) athlete. I really miss being in the (amazing) student section for all the Boiler Up! cheers and chants.

Observations after game one:
  • The new coach, Danny Hope looks EXACTLY like Joe Tiller only younger. I love it.
  • New Quarterback, Joey Elliot looked pretty good aside from a few interceptions
  • HOLY KICKER, Carson Wiggs kicked a 59-yard field goal. Yes, 59!
  • Sophmore running back Ralph Bolden, also looked really good.
Danny Hope

Joe Tiller

I can't wait for the rest of the season. And did I mention what Breakfast Club is all about? Well, that's a whole other story.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Movie Mania (My Top Ten-ish)

When I saw Inglourious Basterds the other day, it made me think about what all of my other favorite movies are. It also made me dream that some guy was breaking into by apartment and I was forced to kill him with a pair of scissors in a manner that would make Quentin Tarantino proud (not my prettiest dream.) But that's a little off-topic, back to the movies:

My Top Ten favorite movies off the top of my head (meaning I very well could be forgetting a great one) in no particular order:
  1. Marie Antoinette- beautiful clothing, beautiful food, beautiful scenery. Makes me want to be a queen!
  2. Wedding Crashers- just hilarious. And I love Vince Vaughn.
  3. Goodfellas- I LOVE the gangster/mob type movies. And this one is the best of all!
  4. Casino- again, love these kinds of movies, and Casino is a classic.
  5. Blow- falls into the same category as Goodfellas and Casino in my opinion. Plus Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz are fantastic together.
  6. The Kingdom- loved the ending of this one. Makes you think that everyone is just doing what they think is right for their family.
  7. 10,000 B.C.- It's just cool to imagine life like this-- even if it isn't accurate.
  8. Apocolypto- Even though there is barely any dialogue in the whole movie, I love every second, every time I watch it.
  9. Almost Famous- a classic Kate Hudson movie. Makes me want to fall in love with a band and follow them around the country... though I guess that would have been more appropriate in a different decade.
  10. Inglourious Basterds- in theaters now! And here's what I think of it.
  11. Life is Beautiful- An oldy, but a goodie. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy, and happy and sad all at the same time.
  12. Fight Club- Come on what's not to love? Action, drama, and based on a book by Chuck Palahniuk? It doesn't get better.

Okay so that's twelve, but I felt in neccessary to mention them all.

Runner's Up: Shindler's List, Slumdog Millionaire, The Bucket List, Mystic River, Rainman, Boondock Saints, Shawshank Redemption

Honorable Mentions: Chicago, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, V for Vendetta, The Bucket List, White Oleander, ConAir.

What are your all-time favorite movies? Anything I'm forgetting?