Monday, January 31, 2011

Hi Bob!

I've been re-watching an old favorite, The Bob Newhart Show, for the past week or so. Sometime in the 1990's Nick at Nick played a lot of that show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Rhoda, and I fell in love with all of them. The characters, the stories, the humor, THE SETS! Oh my gosh, the sets.

Right now I'm wishing I lived in Bob and Emily's Chicago apartment. Normally the 1970's is kind of bashed on for the ugliness of its fashion, color schemes and decorations, but I'm totally drawn towards the d├ęcor in the sets of these shows.

Particular favorites from The Bob Newhart Show are the wall of art in Bob and Emily's apartment, especially the yellow and white painting, the shelving units in Bob's office and in the apartment, and a pretty red/rusty/orangey painting in Bob's office. The two hobo clown paintings in Jerry the Dentist's office creep me out. I am not drawn towards clown art of any kind.

Bob's office

Orangey goodness!

a to z bookends!

Here's that wall of art in Bob and Emily's apt. The yellow & white painting is my favorite.

Isn't this cool? - it's a painting of Bob and Emily's living room, by Steven Volpe. You can see a bunch of his amazing paintings on his website:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bill Murray

Lately I've been thinking (a lot) about Bill Murray. I've got it in my head that he would be super-cool to spend time with/hang out with. I have no idea whether or not he's really a nice guy, plus it's HIGHLY unlikely that I'm going to meet Bill anytime soon and convince him that he should want to hang out with me, but it's fun to think about anyway.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Introverts Unite!

Every Myers Briggs personality test I've taken over the past 25 years has classified me as ISFJ, which means I am a sensing, feeling, judging introvert. I'd like to start some kind of Introverts Gang, but we're mostly at home studiously avoiding going out and talking to people, so it's unlikely. I'm going to work on the logo for our leather jackets anyway, just in case.

Here is a great article on what it's like to be an introvert:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Perfect Clementine Peel

I don't want to brag, but I peeled this Clementine all in one piece.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mac & Cheese / Hot Pants

Have you seen this commercial where the husband unexpectedly brings his client home for dinner (oh, no!) and his unprepared wife is able to come through in a pinch thanks to macaroni and cheese?

Literally, the only dish on the table is a large casserole of macaroni and cheese. No side dishes, no salad, just smiles all around.

Are we to believe that this by itself is a suitable dinner for adults? I don't buy it. If anything, it worked out ok because maybe the client will give this guy some business when he realizes that the poor guy can barely afford to feed his family.

It's just strange.

It kind of reminds me of the Mad Men episode where Don brought Roger home for dinner unexpectedly and the two of them ate steaks while Betty pretended to be happy with just salad, explaining that she's a vegetarian sometimes. Then later while Don was in the garage looking for more booze, Roger cornered Betty in the kitchen and said "You can't tell me I'm not giving you hot pants."

Hot pants, that's always makes me laugh.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sick of Snow

I'm so sick of snow.
Driving into work this past Thursday on not-hardly-cleared-at-all highways made me a nervous wreck. Once I was inside the building and wouldn't have to drive again for another eight hours, I was still a spazzy high-strung mess and couldn't calm down.
It's good to learn things about myself and that day I learned that being nervous makes me extra-special awkward and loud and apt to say and do awkward things, probably loudly.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Me: Let's watch a movie. How about Labyrinth?

Jonny: You can't make me watch that black magic-filled scarefest!

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Fantastic Ms. Four Eyes‏

I've needed glasses since I was about ten and have worn them every day since I was about 22. The years in between I wore them sporadically, mostly for watching tv/movies, seeing in class, and driving.

Now I fully embrace being a glasses wearer. I love wearing them, which is a good thing because I look WEIRD without them. My friend Gina, also an always glasses wearer, wore contacts on her wedding day and she looked beautiful in her dress and all that, but she didn't look like herself without her glasses.

My glasses only come off when I sleep, shower, or make out. I guess if I ever found occasion to go swimming I'd take them off for that too. Up until very recently I didn't wear glasses for reading, but I must be getting old because now I need them even for reading a book ten inches away from my face.

One time when my old boyfriend (also a glasses wearer) and I were in Las Vegas, a group of drunk frat boys walked by and one of them asked us, really loudly, "Are you guys nerds?" It was kind of bizarre. What a strange thing for a complete stranger to say.

Here's a tip for non-glasses wearers who just don't get it: glasses don't make me a nerd, they allow me to clearly see the world around me. Is sight nerdy? Then call me Poindexter.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Movies that are better than you remember them being

Coal Miner's Daughter

Surely I have more examples, but these are the only two I'm coming up with right now.

Coal Miner's Daughter - this movie is just perfect. Once when I was extolling the virtues of this movie to some people a few years younger than me, this one guy said "Yeah, my mom used to make me watch that movie." I had to restrain myself from smacking him. Not only did he make me feel old, he also didn't properly respect the movie or his mom's attempt to try to share her excellent taste.

Watch it again if you haven't seen it in a while, and for sure watch it if you've never seen it before. Don't deny yourself the pleasure.

Mask - if you don't think this movie is good, you need to go back and re-watch it. It's good. It's good for a lot of reasons, but right now my favorite little gem within a gem is Sam Elliott's character's "Moustache Rides" t-shirt. Oh, that man and his mustache.

Here's an article about The Magic Movie Mustache of Sam Elliott,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Those Macaroni Rascals!

I'm not embarrassed to admit that I love watching Jersey Shore. I'm enjoying this season in a huge way. So there's that.

OK, you know how sometimes translations from an Asian language to English will result in unintentional comedy? See here for examples, and for some good laughs.

Imagine my joy when I read that the Japanese call the Jersey Shore crew "Macaroni Rascals."

Thanks Japan!

Yo Snickers!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stuck in my head

I've had this line from the song Nightmare on my Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince stuck in my head for about 24 hours:

He's burnt up like a weenie and his name is Fred!

No kidding, all day. It was humorous the first dozen or so times, now I just need it to leave my head.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my Dad's birthday. This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us, taken on Father's Day last year. Please note that I'm looking at the camera but he is unable to tear his eyes away from the card he's holding.

My brother Rich, who wasn't even there that day, had mailed my dad this A League of Their Own audio card with Tom Hanks saying "There's no crying in baseball!" My dad loved that thing, couldn't get enough of looking at it and listening to it repeatedly all day long. He's a cute little guy.

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Grown-up foods I wish I liked‏

I feel I would be more of an Acceptable Adult if I liked the following foods:

Anything involving barbeque sauce

I cannot stand and never eat any of the above foods.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Twilight Revelation, aka Laura Doesn't Know Anything About Popular Culture‏

By now you've probably heard all about these Twilight books/movies the kids are so crazy for these days, right?

Well, did you know the story is set in present time? For some reason I thought it was set in like the 1800's or something until I saw a clip on tv last month with Peter Facinelli (Mr. Jennie Garth) dressed up like a doctor in a modern-day hospital setting.

Now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My friend (and yours) The Internet

East Coast weather woes led to an incredibly slow day for me at work yesterday. What did I do instead of my regular work? I internetted, of course!

I love, love, love all the information and images and news and personal thoughts and funny stories that live on The Internet that we can easily access whenever we want. It's just amazing. I read a bunch of blogs on a daily basis, and I love it when the posts there lead to an interesting post on a blog I've never read before and wham bam thank you ma'am, I've found a new blog to read!

Whenever I start to beat myself up about not reading enough books, I remind myself that I read a ton of online content and that makes me feel like less of a slacker. I honestly do get a lot out of The Internet. It educates me about the world, teaches me how to do things, and puts me in touch with people who share their lives, thoughts, images, and personal stories. Though I've never actually met any of these people in real life, I feel like I know a lot of them. I hope that you feel like you know me from the stories I share here.

* To illustrate my point about how much internetting I do, I can't for the life of me remember where I first saw this image online.

** Isn't 'internetting' a fun word?!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


For the longest time, I thought ships in bottles were called scrimshaws. They're not; they're just called ships in bottles. Scrimshaw is some kind of bone carving.

But doesn't the word scrimshaw just sound like it means a ship in a bottle?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Old Trusty

Jonny wants you to know that before he gave me the fancy and futuristic iCraig alarm clock for Christmas, I had been using the same alarm clock since high school. He says he's doing his part to bring me into the 21st century.

I miss the old alarm clock so much. You get attached to something that you sleep a foot away from for two decades in a row. It was old and old-looking and dusty and certain parts of it (the radio) didn't work anymore, but the alarm clock function worked like a champ. It unfailingly woke me up each and every time I asked it to for the past twenty years. I depended on it for a long time and it never let me down.

I hit that snooze button an estimated 35,000 times over the years.

Sadly, now that I have retired the Realistic Chronomatic 244, it sits on the closet shelf alongside my old doll Timmy. I don't think I've ever quoted Madonna before, but "this used to be my playground" just ran through my head.

Monday, January 10, 2011

But it's The Mack!

Jonny just got me this alarm clock for Christmas.

First of all, how hilarious is the brand name iCraig?

Secondly, everytime I look at it and see the word "iCRAIG" I think of Felisha the crackhead in the movie Friday saying "Craig . . . Craaaaaig . . . Let me borrow your VCR right quick."

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Skipping is going to be huge in 2011

You know what the world needs more of? Skipping.

Skipping is a fun, carefree, happy-go-lucky kind of activity and shouldn't be just for kids. I'm going to bring it back. Skip with me!

I vividly remember the day my mom taught me how to skip. We were in the process of moving to a new house and I was in her hair while she was trying to get some packing done. She stopped what she was doing, gave me a quick lesson, and then I skipped myself into a frenzy the rest of the afternoon as she packed without interruption.

Now you wouldn't believe me if I told you, but I could skip like the wind blows. (not really) From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I WAS SKIPPING! (also not really) People would watch me skip by and say "That girl sure is a skipping fool!" (nope)

If the whole dummies thing comes to fruition, I'll be so thrilled I'll be skipping all over town.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Favorite

I love old Prince and Partyup is probably one of my favorite songs by him or by anyone.

This is the last song on Dirty Mind. What a fun, upbeat way to close an album! Thanks Prince!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Boise in the Hood

Back in 1991, when Boyz in the Hood was in theatres, the guy on the Moviefone phone line thing very enthusiastically and confidently pronounced it "Boy Zee in the Hood."

Twenty years later, every time I think of that movie (which is far more often than you could possibly understand), in my head I call it, in my best Moviefone man's voice, Boy Zee in the Hood.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pajama Jeans!!

Oh my gosh you guys, I am never wearing real jeans again.

It just so happens that I do love stylish sexy jeans and soft comfy pajama bottoms!

I'm the target customer for this product, and I am sold!

The Turdlet That Saved Christmas

A couple of nights before Christmas, my sister-in-law Jill came out of the bathroom demanding to know which one of my brothers had left some poo on the toilet seat.

In true Lamb fashion, everyone hurried in there to check it out. I knew I was the last person to use that bathroom, so I owned up to it immediately. Somehow it was a gross, disgusting find when Jill thought one of the boys had done it, but it became hysterical when we realized that I was the culprit.

We all had a good hearty laugh. I like to think that little turdlet brought our family closer together, just in time for Christmas.

I hope you won't judge me for being an occasionally haphazard wiper.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dummies are going to be huge in 2011

You know what I want to see more of in 2011? Dummies. Not how-to books, not ventriloquist dummies (Mr. Marbles?) and not dumb people, just dummies.

Dummies being thrown off cliffs, dummies being flailed about like life-size rag dolls in fights, that kind of thing.

It's always hilarious when you see something like that on tv or in movies, but it hardly ever comes up in real life and I think that's a shame.