Tuesday, April 20, 2004

4am - Mouse Time!

I hear a distinctly mouse-like scurrying from the kitchen. Four, round, cat-eyes are watching the cupboard where the trap is. Sure enough, there is the mouse. In the trap. Hmmm. To free or not to free? The cats are watching my every move. I decide to free the mouse. Patter out to the courtyard. In my PJs. Let the mouse go. Back to the apartment, the four cat-eyes are looking at me reproachfully. I reset the trap, just in case. We all stretch, curl up and go back to sleep.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

A mouse-sized hole in the catfood

There is a mouse living in my kitchen. My kitchen sink started leaking on the catfood. When I took the food out, I saw a hole in the bag, obviously made by a mouse. The cat keeps bringing me live mice. I guess I'm supposed to be very impressed and proud. But inevitably I spend the better part of the evening on hand and knees trying to get the mouse from under the couch. Or bookcase. Or refrigerator. Well, I went to get a mousetrap. The humane kind that is really just a little box with a trapdoor. So now the two cats are sleeping in the living room, and I'm trying to decide on the best food to put in the trap. I think I'll stick to the catfood - it's called Meo-Mix.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

I can't sleep.

The problem is not really insomnia, the problem is that I cannot sleep at night. After Conan I go to bed, the eternal optimist that tonight, I'm going to be able to fall asleep. But I'm wide awake, my mind is jumping form one thing to the next. Eventually I get up and try to watch some TV. There is absolutely nothing on TV at that time of night. The odd X-File reruns, but I've seen them. I smoke. The cat goes out. The cat comes back in. It's 5am.

Eventually I go to bed. Sleep. Get up. Go to work. Maybe tonight it will be better?

Thursday, April 15, 2004

My Exam is over. Thank God. I'm hoping for the best.
Well, now I can get into my current obsession. It's a little film called Lost in Translation. I saw it for the 1st time a couple of weeks ago. And since then I have seen it an embarrassing number of times. For me it has a kind of European feel (including the end!), and it made me think of "Three Colours:Red". I'm not quite sure why, I haven't seen Red for some time, so maybe my synapses are misfiring. In any case, the film has a kind of moody feel, in no small part due to a fantastic soundtrack. Bill Murray is great (I'm also a Groundhog Day fan), and more serious than usual. Although there are funny parts in it, it's not a roll-around-on-the-ground-laughing kind of movie. It's more a "grin" kind of movie. It makes me want to turn down the lights, pour a glass of whiskey and light up a cigarette. If you enjoy moody, quiet movies that requires some careful listening and observation, this is one for you. Also check out the link to my fav LiT fansite. Once you get past the opening page it is a beautiful site with lots of info and pictures, including a translation of the Santori scene. There is a nice picture of Quentin Tarantino wearing a LiT t-shirt. [Update - unfortunately this site has disappeared recently - hopefully it will see the light of day again.]

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Ok, so obviously I'm not studying as I should be doing right now!
I came across these instructions at http://www.caterina.net and it seemed like a fun thing to do. So here goes.
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

The book is The Ultimate Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I actually read these books a long time ago. I described them to a friend of mine and she said she wanted to read them. So when I ran across this secondhand copy I bought it with the idea to give it to her. But I started reading it again!
The 5th sentence on p. 23 is: "You think the world's going to end?"
OK. It seems to work.

Well, a little more about this Blog. If you think that the only good cat is a flat cat - this blog is not for you. If you think that Lost in Translation is the most boring movie ever - this blog is certainly not for you. If you thought the Janet Jackson boob-episode was anything more that a moderately funny insident that got way to much attention - this blog will probably not be your cup of boob. Well if you are still interested check back from time to time. Now I really have to study.
Well, this is my first try. Should really be studying for my Exam tomorrow. Just want to see how this will work.