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I love breakfast. ESPECIALLY when it’s FREE!

Feb

24

Posted by on Feb 24, 2009 | 13 comments

Cow01Confession:  with a title like that, you know I'm nothin' more than six shades of silly, but that's sorta what you get if you cross National Pancake Day with (a local) Customer Appreciation Day.  Free breakfast.

If you're fortunate enough to live in the Chattanooga area, the Chick-fil-a on Gunbarrel Road is treating its customers to free breakfast every day this week!  One item per person per day* (so, yes, everyone in your family receives a freebie!) and no additional purchases are required

Pretty sweet for those of us who take to heart (and thighs and stomach) the mantra of the famed Chick-fil-a cows, "Eat Mor Chikin".  Chick-fil-a is my all-time favorite fast food, primarily due to their consistently delicious food and unmatched service in the industry, but also because I think its founder, Truett Cathy, is a modern day hero. 

IHOP National Pancake Day Celebration
If you've checked your calendar this morning, you already know it's National Pancake Day.  In honor of that, IHOP is offering a free short stack from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. today!  While it's not required, they do ask you to consider making a donation to the Children's Miracle Network, which sounds win-win for all.  

Belly up, people…it's free food all…day…long!

(*Thanks to my kids for the head's up!)

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81st Academy Awards {So what?!}

Feb

22

Posted by on Feb 22, 2009 | 15 comments

I can't decide what this says about me:  the only Oscar-nominated film I've seen is in the Best Animated Feature Film category. 

There are a few I plan to see eventually–

  • Slumdog Millionaire (while waiting to meet the guys from Yanni Voices at BlissDom 09, Andrea said I needed to see this if I was going to India, but because I know the story, I'm reluctant :/)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (I can't imagine how this movie "works", much in the way I couldn't figure out how "Groundhog Day" could work, but I think we're talking apples and orangutangs here…)
  • Doubt (Philip Seymour Hoffman?  Meryl Streep?  They're nominated in their categories for good reason, I'm sure)

…but beyond those, I really couldn't care less. 

For some reason, I want not to care less.

The famed red carpet, beautiful gowns and beautiful people, Hollywood–it used to house mystique and glamour and something just out of reach.  Now, there's infinite accessibility to celebrities through entertainment news shows, magazines and ezines, and increasingly these days, social media. 

I suppose I'm in favor of a little mystery; the same way I think a woman is much sexier when dressing to accentuate her best features with a little skin showing in all her right places, as opposed to dressing like a stripper and giving it away whether or not anyone's buying.

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But that's just me. 

What have you seen?  What are your favorites of 2008?  What do I "need" to see that's not already on my list?  Convince me–tell me why I'm way off base.  Or, if you agree, chime in.

For the record, I'll still watch the Academy Awards tonight–maybe not the entire broadcast, but enough to satisfy an appetite I don't quite understand. 

Photo credit:  oscars.org


{Revised: winners noted in bold}

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BEST ACTOR

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
* Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS

Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Meryl Streep, Doubt
** Kate Winslet, The Reader

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, Milk
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
** Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Doubt
** Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

BEST PICTURE

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
** Slumdog Millionaire


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Frozen
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
** Milk
Wall-E

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
David Hare, The Reader
** Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
** Wall-E

BEST ART DIRECTION

Changeling
** The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
** Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Betrayal
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
** Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Australia
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
** The Duchess
Milk
Revolutionary Road

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
** Smile Pinki
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306

BEST FOREIGN FILM

The Baader Meinhof Complex, Germany
The Class, France
** Departures, Japan
Revanche, Austria
Waltz with Bashir, Israel

BEST FILM EDITING

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
** Slumdog Millionaire

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP

**The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

BEST SONG
Down to Earth, WALL-E
** Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire
O Saya, Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Defiance
Milk
** Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

** La Maison en Petits Cubes
Lavatory – Lovestory
Oktapodi
Presto
This Way Up

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
** Spielzeugland (Toyland)

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
** Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E
Wanted

BEST SOUND EDITING
** The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire
WALL-E
Wanted

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

** The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

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Meant to live!

Feb

22

Posted by on Feb 22, 2009 | 2 comments

I loved Switchfoot's The Beautiful Letdown; it was one of the first CDs I uploaded to my birthday iPod a few years ago, and if it was wearable-outable, I would've worn it out.  Though I've been disappointed by their releases since, Switchfoot won me as a fan because of the power of the lyrics, passion and message of The Beautiful Letdown.  "Meant to Live" is just one reason of many:).

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