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The X-files: Season 1

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Favorite Episodes:
Ice
Eve
Genderbender
Darkness Falls
The Erlenmeyer Flask

Favorite Quote:
[Scully knocks at the door to the X-Files office]
Mulder: Sorry, nobody down here but the FBI’s most unwanted.
(Pilot)

Favorite Bad Guy:
Teena Simmons & Cindy Reardon, twin eight-year-old girls who are not as innocent as they appear. (Eve)

Favorite Creature:
The parasite from Ice, which infects living creatures and amplifies the host’s feeling of anger and paranoia.

“Oh hey!” Guest Star*:
Felicity Huffman, star of Desperate Housewives (one of my new favorite shows) plays Dr. Nancy Da Silva in the episode “Ice.”

Favorite Recurring  Character:
“Deep Throat” (played by Jerry Hardin), a Syndicate member and mysterious informer to Mulder, who reveals information he choses to provide in a cryptic manner. He appeared in in 6 episodes of the first season.

Favorite Shipper Moment**:
I think the now-famous “conversation in the car” from the episode Tooms says it all. It goes a little something like this:

Mulder: No, you’d be in trouble just sitting in this car. And I’d hate to see you carry an official reprimand in your career file because of me.
Scully: Fox–
Mulder: I–I even made my parents call me Mulder. . .Mulder.
Scully: Mulder, I wouldn’t put myself on the line for anybody but you.
Mulder: If there’s an iced tea in that bag, could be love.
Scully: Must be fate Mulder–rootbeer. [Mulder fakes a wounded sound and throws his head back.] You’re delirious. Go home and get some sleep.

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*An “Oh hey!” guest star is someone famous that pops up in an an episode and makes you say “Oh, hey!”

**What is a shipper moment, you ask? Derived from the word “relationship”, shipper is the general term for fans’ emotional and/or intellectual involvement with the ongoing development of romance in a work of fiction.  To put it simply, shippers are those devoted fans of the X-files who, more or less, want to see Mulder and Scully get it on. Shippers assert that the relationship does exist, will exist, or simply that they would like it to exist. So, a shipper moment would be some encounter between Mulder and Scully that is romantic or could be construed as being romantic.

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The X-Files

January 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I have been obsessed with The X-Files since the 7th grade.

You might think I’m joking, but I assure you I am not.

I started watching during the 4th season (the first episode I ever saw was “El Mundo Gira”) and was instantly hooked. As each new episode (and the old ones I hadn’t seen) aired, I would record them for posterity. Yes, that’s right – my beloved VCR was set to record every Sunday night.

Thank God they invented DVDs or my husband would be seriously upset over the sheer number of VHS tapes I acquired over the years and conveniently would have unveiled after we got married. If it weren’t for the invention of the DVD, I think our wedding vows would have needed to include a line after “in sickness and in health” about my obsessive nature toward and uncontrollable hoarding of all things X-Files.

Even still, the DVDs combined with all of my miscellaneous X-Files paraphernalia (magazines, dolls, trading cards, books, calendars, etc) is enough to drive my husband mad.

Anyway, back to the show…

I have only seen the episodes from the first few seasons and the last two seasons a couple of times each, while I have seen the episodes from the middle seasons (4-7) at least half a dozen times each, if not more.

I think it is safe to conclude that the middle seasons are my favorite.  While the early episodes were very good and really set the tone for the show, I  found the middle seasons to be a perfect balance of the spookiness of the first three seasons with just the right amount of humor sprinkled in. The show was still very true to itself – the comedic parts just added a little extra something to the episodes.

Take for example the episode “Arcadia,” in which Mulder and Scully (who will, for the remainder of this post, be lovingly referred to as Mully or Sculder) go undercover as a married couple to investigate several disappearances at an idyllic planned community.

Or how about “X-Cops”? Sculder is followed documentary-style by a ‘Cops’ camera crew as they investigate a supernatural monster on the streets of Los Angeles.

Oh, and we can’t forget “Hollywood A.D,” where an X-File becomes the plot of a Hollywood movie, but Sculder finds their case — and themselves — distorted on the big screen.

Don’t get me wrong – all of the episodes from the middle seasons are not like this. Many of them are still very true to the tone set in earlier seasons. But there are a few gems, such as the episodes described above, that definitely rely more on their comedic parts.

Basically, the point of all of this is to stress a) how obsessed I was and, let’s face it, still am with the X-files and b) how excited I am to go back and watch all of the episodes in chronological order.  I am really looking forward to falling in love with the show all over again. Oh, and getting the opportunity to drool over David Duchovny on 176 separate occasions.  Of course I wish it were for 201 separate occasions, but I guess I will be happy with what I get.

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Nutcracker Fantasy

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

I have recently developed a mild obsession with ballet, and have been dying to go see the Nutcracker Fantasy. After our first ballet experience (we saw “Orpheus and Eurydice” for my 24th birthday, and it was more  of an interpretive dance than a ballet), I was sure my husband would cringe at the thought of going to another ballet.  But, much to my surprise and delight, he agreed to go (whether reluctantly or not, I’ll never know) and I assured him this experience would be a much better representation of what a ballet is actually like.

I spent the big bucks and got us front row balcony seats, and it was totally worth it. The show was absolutely magical and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  I can’t wait to make it a yearly tradition!

The Stahlbaums’ house

The guests dancing at the Christmas Eve party

Herr Drosselmeyer’s gifts to the children: life-sized dolls!

The dancing snowflakes welcome Clara and the Prince into their world

The Chinese Dance

Waltz of the Flowers

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Reliving the Good ‘ol Days

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Back in high school, sleepovers were a regular occurrence with my group of friends.  We would usually have them at Lindsay’s house, sometimes at mine or Joan’s to mix things up, and occasionally at Tracy’s house. We would watch movies, eat snacks, and stay up really late (sometimes as late as 3 or 4  in the morning).  While we never drank or did drugs, we did occasionally get into a little trouble.  There are 4 instances  in particular that immediately come to mind:

1) We were spending the night at Lindsay’s house one Halloween and we decided to sneak out of the house and cut down a plastic penguin that hung from a tree, year round, at a house in the neighborhood. We waited until after her parents went to bed, we sneaked out of  the house, and made our way to the house where we successfully cut the penguin down (I still have a scar on my ankle from when I accidentally slipped down the wet hill). However, on our way back home, Lindsay’s dad, who had heard us leave and came looking for us in the car, intercepted us and sent us straight home.  He was pretty mad.

2) Once when we stayed at Tracy’s house, we decided to go TP someone’s house.  I don’t remember how we chose our victim.  As we were finishing our work, I stumbled upon some bags of warm, smelly grass clippings at the end of the driveway.  Jackpot.  After sprinkling them all over the driveway and sidewalks, I shoved a bunch in between the front door and the storm door.  I  finished the job by filling their mailbox, making sure to flip up their mailbox flag before we left.  You’ve got mail!

3) New Year’s 1999 we had a sleepover at my house. If you remember, that was when everyone was panicked over Y2K. Nobody knew what was going to happen, so when the clock struck 12 and the power went out at my house, we all screamed. Turns out it was just my dad playing a joke on us and all was well in the world.  We were feeling antsy after that, so my dad agreed we could all go out and TP the house of my neighbor (and friend of the family) Randy, who lived at the other end of the block.  We set out and, of course, we were giggly.  My dad, who came with us, told us we needed to be quiet or we’d turn around and go home.  We all quieted down, and began our work. What we didn’t know, and soon found out, was that my dad brought a bunch of M80’s (large firecrackers) along.  So, while we were instructed not to make a peep, he started setting them off outside Randy’s house.  The neighbor next door burst out of his house, mistaking the blasts for gunshots.

4) After our last day of Junior year, our catch phrase became “We’re seniors…holy shit!”  We, of course, celebrated with a sleepover (at Joan’s, I think).  At one point in the evening, we decided it would be fun to drive my car on senior circle, a small circular patch of grass in the parking lot that the seniors parked around. (Oddly enough, the school got rid of it during some major renovations to the school and we never got to park around it).  Our new favorite inside joke became “Look, we’re on senior circle!”  Afterward, since that wasn’t enough fun, I drove my car around on the precious Guido Kauls Soccer Field. The event became known as “dandelions” because, when I got home the next morning, I noticed I had grass and dandelions stuck in my front license plate.

Our crazy group, Christmas 2001
Top Row: Briana, Lindsay
Middle Row: Liz, Sarah, Joan, Jessi
Front Row: Me, Tracy

Since Andrew was up North hunting this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have the girls over to relive one of our favorite activities in high school.  Unfortunately, due to two girls living out of the country and conflicting work schedules, only 3 girls were able to make it last night – Liz, Lindsay, and Natalie.  It was a pretty laid back evening: we ate some snacks, watched YouTube videos, got visited by my dad (in the words of Lindsay, “It wouldn’t be a sleepover without the parents checking in on us”), watched movies (Wallace & Gromit:  A Close Shave and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone), caught up on each others’ lives, and then went to bed relatively early (around 1:30am).

While it wasn’t a typical sleepover in the sense that everyone slept crammed on the floor in one room (hey, we’re getting old and prefer to sleep on comfy surfaces!), it was still a lot of fun.  It brought back a lot of great memories from high school with a group of wonderful girls who played an influential role in the person I am today.

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Our still crazy group, Christmas 2007
Top row: Me
Middle row: Briana, Lindsay, Sarah
Front row: Natalie, Joan, Jesus, Liz

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The Wonderful World of Disney

October 10, 2009 Leave a comment

I don’t remember how exactly this came about, but my husband and I decided we wanted to have a Disney movie marathon.  I already had a bunch of Disney movies, but we decided to acquire some of our other favorites and, sometime in the fall, we would take some time off of work and relive our childhoods.

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We only ended up watching six movies, which was a little disappointing, but I guess that just means we can do it again sometime and watch the ones we missed out on.

Thursday: The Lion King, Lady & the Tramp, Aladdin

Friday: The Emperor’s New Groove, Beauty & the Beast

Saturday: The Little Mermaid

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