Brian and I have created an outdoor living room for ourselves complete with a coffee table. I had a cup of coffee while sitting out on our new patio furniture this morning and it was wonderful. It is so nice to see all of our hard work from last summer finally paying off.
Of course, it all came from IKEA. Most of our stuff does.
I finally found Apple & Eve Apple Juice in Minnesota. Combined with Entenmann's cookies, this stuff got me through law school back in New York. I've been looking for it for years. Turns out, it was hiding in the organic section of the grocery store.
I love strawberry season. Even though it is still cold outside, the strawberries have gotten cheaper at the grocery store, which means Alicia gets to eat a whole bowl of strawberries just for the heck of it:
Do you see that lump in the blanket right in front of Livia? That's Leela. Neither cat seemed aware that the other one was so close. This is the closest the cats have ever voluntarily been to one another.
I wish they would hurry up and be best friends already.
When Brian and I went to see Evil Dead a couple of weeks ago, we both put our names in a drawing for a signed Evil Dead poster. Brian won. Now the poster is mine (Brian is not so much a fan of horror movies).
It's signed by the cast, director and producers of the film. That includes producer Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in the original Evil Dead trilogy.
I am so excited about this win of Brian's. I hung it directly in front of my desk at home, so I can look up at it while I work.
Went to a library book sale today and snagged a pile of books for only $6. I'm pretty exited about that sequel to Rosemary's Baby. Yes, I have read the first one, and I have seen the movie more times that I care to admit. Haven't you learned by now that I am obsessed with horror?
I truly can't believe how much snow dropped on us yesterday and into this morning. That's Minnesota for you. Our yard was nearly free from snow a couple of days ago. You could see grass! Here is what it looked like around noon today:
Bah humbug. I long for green grass and patio sittin'.
I took a day off work to go to the first day of MinneWebCon 2013, a conference for people who work in web development, marketing, content strategy, etc. It was a whole lot of fun.
When you work in one office every day, it is easy to forget that there are other people facing the same issues as you around the Twin Cities. It was really great to be able to talk to people from the area and around the country who are passionate about web marketing.
Anecdote that stuck with me: At a talk by Veronica McGregor about social media at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labratory (JPL), I learned how important it is to know your audience.
When she created a twitter account about asteroids that pass close by Earth (@AsteroidWatch), she quickly realized that her followers were not the typical space nerds who follow most JPL launches. Instead, she incited a panic when posting about an asteroid that passed nearby Earth. She learned to always include the word "safe" in future tweets about asteroids. F…
It's been awhile since I have posted a picture of myself on here. Here I am happy, right before I went out for a fun Saturday with Brian. We went to the South Minneapolis Housing Fair, Trader Joe's, Barnes and Noble, Room & Board Outlet, and Ax-Man. It was a good day.
Brian brought a bunch of stuff home from his work cubicle that I hadn't seen in ages. One of the objects was this super-awesome truck sign to denote the type of dangerous cargo carried by the truck:
In addition to poison, it has flip-signs for flammable, dangerous, non-flammable gas, oxidizer, and explosives. Of course, Brian got it at Ax-Man the mother of all random-object stores. Seeing the sign again makes me want to head to Ax-Man again to see what kids of random stuff they have now.
I made my favorite meal of all time yesterday: broccoli chicken casserole. I got to enjoy leftovers all day today.
I have loved this casserole since I was a little kid. It is surprisingly easy, but super filling because it is so cheesy. I've changed the recipe as I got older, cutting the chicken into chunks and using broccoli florets instead of spears. It is still the same deliciousness though.
Recipe for Broccoli Chicken Casserole
1 can cheddar cheese soup
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 tsp curry powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 - 1.5 lbs of chicken cut into pieces and pre-cooked
2 boxes of frozen broccoli florets, cooked according to directions
1 can French's Fried Onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit Mix the first five ingredients thoroughly to make the sauce. Spread a thin layer on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Put the chicken int he baking dish. Spread about 1/2 of the sauce over the chicken. Cover the baking dish with alu…
The key to an excellent staycation is planning. You can't treat it like any other weekend day. You need to make it special. I made a list of the places I wanted to go on my Monday off work and I had a fun time doing it.
I started with breakfast at Sun Street Breads. Went to Target, the Library and Joann Fabrics. Then I went to Half-Priced Books and Goodwill, buying a whole new stack of used books:
I also purchased a soundtrack for my day that fit my mood:
I went to all kinds of stores, and even voluntarily purchased a dress. No, hell did not freeze over. I had an excellent staycation, and I wish it had been longer than just one day.
Brian and I went to see the new Evil Dead movie today at the Mall of America. They had a special showing of it in 35mm. Since when is 35mm special? It made me feel old.
My age aside, the 35mm screening was awesome. Instead of the normal ads and trailers before the movie, they showed old trailers, including:
Robocop 2CarrieHouseEvil Dead 2Army of Darkness
Apparently these trailers were selected by the director of the new Evil Dead movie. I now wish they showed old trailers before every movie.
What did I think of the new Evil Dead movie? I loved it. It was true to the original movies, but good in its own right. It doesn't have the dark humor of the original, but that didn't make the film suffer. I think any comedy would have made it painfully obvious that Bruce Campbell wasn't in this movie.
Here's the red-band version of the trailer trailer:
Brian and I went to a talk given by Zach Weinersmith tonight at the U of M. He's the creator of the web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. He spoke about censorship and comic books, arguing that censorship does not lead to better art.