My Dad Can Still Crack Me Up

Growing up, my dad spent a lot of time working on cars and reselling them, welding, and doing other things of that nature in the garage. My mother was never able to find funnels in the kitchen and bought knives constantly. She often accused him of stealing her knives and he would deny it.

She showed me today something she found in the garage – a HUGE bag full of kitchen knives! She said she yelled at him, shaking her fists at the sky and knew he was laughing at her from the other side.

My younger sister and I both laughed hysterically when we saw the bag full of knives.

At some point she is going to find a stash of funnels. I don’t know where and I don’t know when, but it is going to happen. And it will be hilarious.

Supernatural Spinoff Ideas

Supernatural Spin-off ideas better than the backdoor pilot “Bloodlines”

First – almost anything would be better than Bloodlines which was a mess. I’ve wondered a few times if they were forced at gunpoint to make the backdoor pilot so they botched it on purpose. This episode not only wasn’t a good Supernatural episode, but it wasn’t a good pilot. I didn’t give a crap about ANY of the characters. If you are going to make a Supernatural spin-off, at least go with some characters that people already like.  Maybe check the demographics of who is watching in the first place.  We’ve been loyal to the show for going on 12 years, so many of us are older and therefore cool with older characters.

I’ve watched up through the first two episodes of season 12, so I’m sure there are more ideas with the new season, but this is what I’ve come up with so far.  Also, below are light spoilers up through season 11.

Supernatural spin-off ideas:

  • Golem and Adam Bass rebuild the Judah Initiative while fighting threats from the Thule and other supernatural bad things. “My grandfather left me something important. Something only I can do.”
  • Werewolf girl and her adventures as a monster who isn’t monstrous. Can be kind of like The Incredible Hulk as she travels from town to town. Or maybe make every other season a different town, but the general idea of a wanderer werewolf who happens to be good. Bonus points if she meets up with Garth and his werewolf family.
  • From the “Shut Up, Dr. Phil” episodes bring James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter together for a series with these two mercurial witches. Buffy fans alone will tune in to the first season just for nostalgia.
  • Gabriel (who God hinted at re-creating) – this could be a fun kind of show about being careful what you wish for, or just Gabriel running across dicks and then having fun with making them sorry for it. Kind of like Tales from the Crypt, with the just desserts focus.
  • Another character that is currently dead, but has thousands of years of history to play with is Cain and Timothy Omundson is fantastic in the role. I wish he’d been on the show a lot more. He was fantastic.

Series Spin-Off I’d like if Supernatural hadn’t gone all women in refrigerators:

Ellen and Jo hunting – you could make it a monster of the week show, could still have the Supernatural theme of family, and tensions from a mother and daughter hunting things. Also, Ellen was an awesome badass and I miss her.

Charlie Bradbury – This could be another spin-off just following a cool character around while she exists in this world of monsters. I’d love it if she was brought back to life.

Finally, the series spin-off I know will never happen but that I long for with every fiber of my being.

  • Sheriff Jody Mills and Sheriff Donna Hanscum teaming up together to fight monsters, crime, and generally have a good time. The running gag could be the different ways Donna says Jody’s name, “Jods, Jodio, Jo-diddly…”

 

I know there are probably a lot more spin-off ideas from the existing series – what do you think would be a good spin-off?

Ghostbusters

This isn’t going to be an in-depth review, as many others have done that already.

I had fun watching this movie.  It was different from the first one, but still fun and enjoyable.

Also, Kate McKinnon was the most fun to watch.  I just loved everything her character did.

The other thing that was awesome about the movie was that it was women doing things on their own.  I really enjoyed that.  So many times in movies, women are just their as set decoration, or as an object to help motivate the male star in whatever way necessary.  This movie was just about four women dealing with ghosts.

It was really fun.

I do need to say that whoever made the first trailer, the one where slime vomits slime everywhere, did the movie a real disservice.  Whatever the studios paid for that trailer was simply too much.

 

Be an Adult

I had to return a book to the library and pick up prescriptions form the pharmacy.  I work from home and hate leaving the house for errands.  I whine to Will about how the library is unreasonable – I should just be allowed to keep the books.

Will:  You’re an adult.  Act like it.  Now.  I’m going to go hide in my room.

It is 2:00 pm, he is wearing penguin pajama pants, and suppressing giggles as he shuts the door to his room.

Sunflower Seeds

Me:  So, a ½ cup of sunflower seeds?  Is this a possible thing?

Hubby:  Just take a full cup, and cut it in half.

Me:  No.  I asked you if you could obtain for me ½ cup of sunflower seeds since I am home with a truck that needs new brakes and an illegal car

Hubby:  You just said that you “needed” one

Me:  I don’t love you.

Hubby:  Not even half a cup of love?

Me😐

Hubby:  I could get you a 40 lb bag of sunflower seeds from Rural King

Me:  I hate you.

Hubby:  Half a bag?

Me:  I am making a recipe for humans that requires ½ cup sunflowers seeds – seeds out of their husk.

Hubby:  I’ve never seen humans made that way.

Me:  Bring me half a cup of sunflower seeds and you will.

Hubby:  Fair enough.

Argle-Bargle

I have been wanting my husband to read the short story “Welcome to the Monkey House” by Kurt Vonnegut longer than I can remember.

Sometimes, though, you have to let things go.  You cannot force or rush Will on anything.  Ever.  For real.  On Friday, he watched “American Beauty” for the first time.  I knew he would like it and was always sorry that I saw it without him – 16 years ago.  I stopped pushing him to watch it after a few years.  After all, this is the man who refused to watch “Forest Gump” until he had gone two weeks without hearing a FG reference.  This is much more difficult than you would think.

Today, he took my copy of “Welcome to the Monkey House”, a short story compilation of Vonnegut’s, off of his to-read shelf.  I tried to remember when I got this yellowed, falling apart book and couldn’t.

Then, Will took out the pieces of paper I’d been using as a bookmarks.  My books are littered with scraps of paper, receipts, syllabi, and other paper detritus from my life that I would casually stick in pages to mark my spot.  The bookmarks were stubs from my flight to Europe and back the summer before my senior year.  I knew that I had wanted him to read this book for a long time, but had totally forgotten that it had been since before we’d met.  I often forget that there were times in my life Before Will.

Time is a strange thing.  Wibbly wobbly timey wimey has made it seem to me for years that “American Beauty” was new, or that I somehow read Vonnegut’s “Welcome to the Monkey House” after being married, when clearly the evidence contradicts this.

I picked up the book to see if the short story that so captured my attention in my youth still held my interest.  It did.  Vonnegut is timeless.

Argle bargle.

Working From Home (Still)

One of the reasons I find having friends so important is because obvious ideas often totally escape me. 

During one of the few times this summer where I wasn’t traveling and I was able to go for a hike with a friend, I was talking about how crazy and down my house was making me.  I would walk in the door and just feel like I was hitting a wall of stress.

She talked about how when you work from home, there is no escaping work.  Through her ideas I decided to designate one room the room where I work.  I have a lovely library, and I enjoy books – I find their mere presence calming.  I can shut both doors so if (when) the cats become too much of a nuisance I have privacy.  There is a computer for working my writing jobs as well as my psychic line job. 

I hadn’t made the switch from working in the living room after we talked simply because there was so much to do before leaving for 3 different trips in August.  Now that I have returned from the last of the three trips (NYC rocked! Saw Cabaret at Studio 54!) and I am back to real life and work, I moved my base of operations to the library.

I think it will help me feel less stressed.  I also think it will help Will, too.  He can watch movies I have no interest in while I am working and he can also work out of his own home office without me being distracting.

Fingers crossed, but I think this may be a very good and positive move.  Something I would never even have thought of without a simple conversation with a friend.