Guilty Movie Pleasures

Time is such a valuable commodity. There is always a project to finish, a room to clean, a book to write, CSA vegetables to decipher and prepare. But every now and then, I have an hour or two at home with just an adorable yellow Labrador for company, and I get to go a little crazy!

And watch romantic comedies. Maybe they have a holiday theme. Maybe they are feature a girl dressing as a boy and playing a sport. OR MAYBE THEY ARE BOTH.

Okay, so I’ve never found both, but I have to believe it exists. Much like unicorns. And Bigfoot.

My guilty pleasure movies aren’t critically acclaimed, but they must have at least two of these criteria:

1) A happy ever after.
2) Chemistry! (Romantic kind)
3) Chemistry! (Science kind. What? I like a good geek-flick.)
4) Former child star.
5) Cringe worthy hijinks or misunderstandings.
6) Musical montage.

Also helpful: Hugh Grant. Not required, but he doesn’t hurt.

A few of my favorite guilty movie pleasures:

Lucky 7

Pre-McDreamy Patrick Dempsey stands in as a wedding date for Father of the Bride’s Kimberly William Paisley.

Leap Year

Amy Adams cross the pond to propose to Adam Scott…but instead falls for scruffy Matthew Goode. (Really, she can’t lose either way in this one. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure.)


When Andi’s twin brother can’t compete in the big, important, only-for-boys motocross race, she cuts her hair into an adorable cut and takes his place!

12 Dates of Christmas

Amy Smart stars in a Christmas Groundhog’s Day meets Saved By the Bell with a nicely grown upĀ  Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Chalet Girl

Kim Matthews gives up professional skateboarding when her mother is killed in an accident. When she takes a jobs at an elite ski resort, she finds snowboarding…and a whole lot more. (Great chemistry in this one (romantic kind) and Kim succeeds regardless of the relationship. Yay! And some nice surprising characters. A hidden gem in the Instant Queue!)


One of the Guys

“Terry Griffith is about to go where no woman has gone before!”

What are your guilty movie pleasures? I’d like to add some to my list!


WIRT: Werewolves, ABCs, and Beans

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.Life’s hard when you are a teenager and a werewolf.The ABCs of Collaborative Change: The Manager’s Guide to Library Renewal by Kerry Carson, et al.Today’s chapter: team building. My writing partners and work colleagues will appreciate me learning how to play well with others.The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver.Yikes, I’d better start this book since my book club meets next week!Check out the new blog roll on the right, under links!


Snowy March Afternoon

Another lovely day in Illinois. The sky is overcast, the ground is white, and the streets are covered with salt. It’s like a gray version of paradise. Ok, obviously not, especially when some people have to go back out in the snow to finish off a split shift at work. Thankfully, in my effort to avoid doing anything productive, I found this very funny clip on my UIUC Library Science Youth Services Bulletin Board. This is for all those librarians who really wish they were police officers….http://www.soup2nuts.tv/overdue_clip1.swf Check it out (but be careful..you need audio)!


Never Enough Time!

What else would an assistant librarian do after spending the day talking about books with other librarians-to-be? Go to the bookstore, of course! But, alas, time and money are in short to supply to this grad student so all I bought was a copy of The Believer (arg – subscription hasn’t started yet!). Here’s my list of what to read in the future! Thanks to the 404ers who influenced this list with their booktalks!Batman Handbook by Scotty Beatty.Mediator by Meg Cabot.Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence by Paul Feig.Split Image by Mel Glenn.Behind Everyman by David Israel.Devil in the White City by Eric Larson.Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian.Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss.


    Lazy Comedians

    Conan, Dave, and Craig: what do you do when you need another joke to fill in a monologue? Do you just go to the fat joke hat and pull out one about Kirstie Alley, Ruben Studdard, or Star Jones? These jokes are not funny, they’re mean. If anyone out there (the two people who read this blog that is) watches one of these shows and sees a monologue without a fat joke, let me know! Comedians at this level should be able to come up with amusing comments without relying on such an obvious target as people struggling with being overweight. Whew, do I feel better.



    We hate ants. They are the root of all evil and most likely the reason that dinosaurs became extinct. Anyone want to buy a house? No, really, this is worse than the swarm of flies on the worst birthday ever two years ago. We clean, we call exterminators, and we pay but it doesn’t help! Why did I leave Denver again? I’m moving to a high-rise condo. They can’t get up to the top floor, can they?


    Random Thought: Heroes Among Us

    Words will fail me as I attempt to express how amazing people are. My Dad, for one, is simply remarkable; but many others have demonstrated how one person can touch the life of another. During just the last few days, several people have done meaningful things such as remembering my name, giving me heartfelt advice on an airplane, listening to me ramble along a cold and noisy street, sending my Dad chocolates, keeping me company in long airport lines, and simply asking how I am and actually listening to my reply. I am very thankful to know the wonderful people that orbit through my life. Sappy and convoluted, but true.