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What’s making me most happy today?

That I finally got my computer back to normal and can share photos of what’s making me happy.

Including Skye being home.

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And her car back up and running.

(Pay no attention to the failed inspection sticker in the window.)

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That I’ve finally gotten my dad’s dog Buckley to make an #ExcitedFace with me.

(It took some months but I’m really pleased with the outcome.)

(Not sure why this isn’t covered in standard dog training.)

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I’ve found a deli with quality curly fries.

(If by found I mean my dad took me there, which I obviously do.)

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Skye and I played an entire game of clue, which ended with me first discovering who must be the murderer and their weapon and location.

When I went into the case file to verify my guesses, I found it empty.

As it turns out, when I shuffled the cards and passed them out, I forgot to take 3 out to be the guilty parties.

(This is just as embarrassing as it sounds.)

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This ice cream exists, if you hadn’t heard.

(HIGHLY recommended.)

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I’ve finally re-started watching Walking Dead with Jeff and Lindsey.

(We like to keep roughly four months behind everybody else.)

(It makes it impossible to make casual party conversation about what TV I watch, so I can then focus on telling hilarious strawberry-themed jokes.)

(I also went to a real-life party this weekend, except I forgot to take photos and made not a single strawberry-themed joke, so there’s really little to share.)

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I took twenty photos of us walking to get a great shot of Buckley and me.

This is the best I got.

(Clearly his photo training has not ended with his #ExcitedFace mastery.)

(No dog’s perfect.)

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Skye’s return has brought the return of Tuesday Nights (currently held on Thursdays).

And we’ve continued the tradition of always making quesadillas.

(I love traditions.)

(It’s the laziness in me.)

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Anna took me out to dinner at my first ever vegetarian restaurant.

(I tend to avoid them, as I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t like tofu or seitan or fake meat of any kind.)

(It’s a struggle.)

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But she managed to find a meal I enjoyed.

(She was, rightfully, very proud of herself.)

(It was aloo gobi, if you were curious.)

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I discovered that ME TV shows old Batman episodes.

I cannot emphasize enough how exciting this is.

(Very.)

(They also show old Wonder Woman episodes, which are not quite as entertaining as I’d hoped.)

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My mom returned home.

(She was visiting family in Michigan.)

(One of the kids has graduated high school.)

(Leaving only one left to go.)

(Subtext: I’m super old.)

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We celebrated her return with Japanese food.

And no celebration is complete without Shirley Temples.

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Afterwards, my mom prepared her famous sliced pineapples.

(You can tell we’re not fancy guests because she didn’t keep the head on like she would for proper guests.)

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Finally, we attempted to make frozen margaritas, only it turns out my mom’s blender is too powerful to crush ice into slush and instead immediately liquefies all cubes.

(Which is probably a sign we’re close to the machines taking over.)

(So enjoy your non-poisoned fruity drinks now.)

(The end is nigh.)

But there was plentiful salt, so I was pretty pleased.

What’s making you happy today?

Megan

Dog Excited Faces, Curly Fries, & Adam West: Happiness Now

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Megan's Movies

Guys? I only saw a single movie this past week. Along with my computer turning into a heavy white screen, I’m clearly failing as a blogger.

(It turns out, when you get those pop-ups saying “your memory is pretty much full, are you sure you want to upload more photos?” you should pay attention to that.)

(Don’t worry, it’s almost entirely fixed, thanks to hours of watching a rainbow swirl, a loan of an external hard-drive, and ignoring why my dock is now in a different location and has different icons.)

(Tl;dr: technology isn’t my strong suit.)

But, fingers crossed, I will return next week with ALL THE PHOTOS YOU CAN HANDLE.

(It’ll be intense.)

Now, onto Million Dollar Arm.

Fanning Out!

I really like Suraj Sharma who plays Rinku Singh and Madhur Mittal who plays Dinesh Patel.

But even more I love the woman who plays Rinku’s mom. The scenes with her are the emotional heart of the entire film. Though they’re a comparably small part of the overall movie, during each moment she was on screen I was imagining what it would be like to have your child taken to a foreign country by a man who didn’t speak your language to play a game you’ve never seen.

Basically, though I can’t find that actor’s name, she’s my new favorite. 

Deep(Ish) Insights!

If you stay for the credits, the real two boys who won the contest are shown through photos and videos and you realize that a shocking amount of the movie is taken directly from real life. Like, almost every throw-away scene is based in a real-life, recorded moment. Even Jon Hamm’s love interest is a real woman that existed. This seems unique for a “based on a real story” movie, especially an inspirational sports movie, and it blows my mind.

(Guys, if Mighty Ducks is real, I need to know about this.)

Look Over There!

Favorite review: Indian Expat Parent: ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and Thoughts of Home

Weirdest fact: As is often the case, truth is kookier than dramatization; it was Chang who came up with the idea, because he wanted to prove his hypothesis that great baseball players were like X-Men mutants, with a certain percentage born into every population.

What movies are you watching?

Megan

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Megan’s Movies: Million Dollar Arm

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 4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

Anna gave me a book by Laurie Notaro during sophomore year of college, probably as a gift for birthday or Christmas.

(All I can remember is the book, Anna, and my sophomore dorm room.)

(I assume it was a gift.)

(Anna, if you loaned me a book ten years ago that I then stole, feel free to see me about that.)

Like most books I’ve been given as gifts, I took forever getting around to reading it and then loved it and bought everything else from that author I could find.

All of Laurie Notaro’s books are collections of humorous essays.

(Well, she has a couple of novels, but I’m not recommending them because I’ve never read them because I really prefer my favorite authors to stay in their assigned niches.)

(I’m fairly demanding of those I love.)

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

Notaro’s I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl is the book about her 30s and job interviews and Halloween parties and her mom’s love of QVC.

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive  is the first Laurie Notaro book I read and while Anna told me it wasn’t as good as her others (Anna isn’t the best at selling gifts), it’s always been my favorite.

(Maybe because it was my first.)

(That’s always a special book bond.)

This book was published in 2005, so a lot of the essay subjects are, perhaps, a bit dated, but they still make me laugh.

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

I have legitimately used parts of Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood to give life advice to my friends.

This is the book where her essays deal with meeting her husband and their love story.

(I’m a huge sucker for humorous, real-life love stories.)

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life is Notaro’s first book, the one that established her tone and subject matter and hilarity.

It is also the last one I read, because I enjoy being contrary.

But it’s totally deserving of its hype and if you want to see where the humor started, it’s highly recommended.

What are you reading?

Megan

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4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

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