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Spirited Away

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Last week I decided that I want to re-watch the entire Charmed series (all 8 seasons) and as luck would have it, the re-runs on TNT coincided perfectly with that desire. I’m about mid-way thru season 1 and am loving the show all over again. Even tho I own the entire series on DVD in the limited edition Charmed: The Complete Series [Book of Shadows] collection


… my plan is to re-watch the entire series on TNT in 2 eps per day to stretch out my enjoyment ;)

This past weekend, I ordered an amazing prop replica of the Spirit Board used on the show and it arrived yesterday … and is SO MUCH COOLER than I though it would be. I already own the Spirit Board prop replica that was used in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7 episode Conversations with Dead People so this Charmed Spirit Board is a welcome addition to my collection:


Trust me, I am not the sort of person who likes to play with Ouija boards but I do love these prop replicas. I also have a traditional Ouija board signed by the members of Marilyn Manson put away at my parent’s home back in Michigan … which makes it sound like I collect them or something. I actually love collecting prop replicas from my fave TV shows but it just so happens I know have all of these Ouija boards. So yeah … that’s about the extent of my exciting day yesterday. I’m not sure if there are any Charmed fans out there but I think it might be worth re-watching the series again. I had forgotten how fun the show is … and I have never re-watched the entire series in full so, I’m excited. This weekend, I’m dragging David out to go with me to see the actual house that was used in the Charmed series as the the Halliwell mansion (which is here in LA) so that I can take photos. Yes, I’m a nerd but at least I’m having fun :) Wee!!

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Sun Day

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Whew! After a few days of cold, dreary rain the sun has finally come out to say hello again! I’m not sure if the rain is gonna be gone for good but, for this week at least, the sun is here to stay:


A few Pink readers on Twitter have been sharing their snowy photos from back East … some are beautiful, some look miserable … in either case, I do not miss the snow. The sun is pouring into the window right now and I am loving it!! The forecast is for near 80-degree weather this weekend. I’m thinking shorts and flip flops, I cannot wait!!

No exciting news for today … I’m getting my hair cut and then a few mundane things around the house. I never did that laundry I mentioned before … blah.

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Pen Pals

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After a fun weekend with David’s siblings, he and I went out for a quiet movie date together to see Dear John last night. Considering it was the movie that knocked Avatar out of the #1 position at the box office, we were really expecting a great film. I’m happy to report that we were not disappointed:


Firstly, I had not previously read the novel Dear John by Nicholas Sparks but I am familiar with his style of tale telling. Basically he throws everything AND the kitchen sink at you to get you all emotionally riled up and then he really turns the screws to ensure that you bawl your eyes out. I have to say, the movie did not turn out the way I thought it would. I wouldn’t say there were surprise twists (well, OK, mebbe there was one surprise twist) but the story ended up going somewhere I was not prepared for. Channing Tatum was pretty good in his role as John Tyree … sure, he’s not the best actor but he did a good enough job, I thought. The boy plays a solider in 80% of his films, a dancer in the other 20%. He’s got both of those character roles down pretty well. Amanda Seyfried was really charming, very sweet and totally believable. I loved the film. The ending left me wanting more but, all-in-all, I was happy with the film. If you love Sparks‘s other stories, you’ll prolly like this one. I’m not sure how the film is different from the book but having only seen the movie, I was satisfied with the outcome.

No plans for tonight … I have a lot of stuff to get taken care of here at home … I’ll prolly be eyeball deep in laundry all day long. Not the best way to spend a Tuesday but at least it’ll be a nice, relaxing day.

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The Hauslaibs Are Leaving :(

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On Thursday David’s oldest sister Lara arrived for the weekend and then his brother Aram arrived on Friday … their sister Eden surprised us all by showing up on Saturday — and Aram’s birthday weekend was officially underway. Unfortch, the Hauslaib siblings have to fly back to their respective homes this afternoon … but, I gotta tell ya, it was very fun having them all here in our home for the weekend:


They are the closet group of siblings I’ve ever met and I count myself as very lucky to call them my new family :) I’m hoping we’ll all be able to convene again for Passover back East in Connecticut in a couple of months.

I’m hoping I can cajole David into going with me to see Dear John later on tonight … I think it will be very nice for us to enjoy a nice movie date together :)

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Aram’s Super Sweet XIV

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Yesterday was a very long, very fun day. We continued celebrating David’s brother Aram’s birthday with a hockey game in downtown LA before we returned home to the surprise that the last Hauslaib sibling flew into town for the weekend. We had to distract David’s siblings Aram and Lara while Eden was sneaking her way to LA … but the surprise went off without a hitch and all the Hauslaib sibs were reunited for the weekend:


It was a hard secret to keep but we managed to make it work. After everyone was done screaming, we went shopping on Melrose. We popped into the adidas store …


… where we all got new shoes. I managed to find the coveted Darth Vader shoes from the adidas Originals Star Wars Collection. ‘Twas a nice afternoon, indeed :)

Dinner last night was had at XIV. After the jump, check out some cute pics of David and his siblings lookin’ all cute and stuff … More »

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Happy 28th Birthday, Aram

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Last night David, his sister Lara and I welcomed the arrival of their brother Aram who flew into LA for the weekend to celebrate his birthday yesterday. Upon arrival, we took him out for dinner at Antonio’s on Melrose before returning home to bust out a phat red velvet birthday cake for him:


This afternoon, we are all going to the Staples Center to see the Detroit Red Wings play the LA Kings in their second match-up in 3 weeks. As you may recall, David, my friends and I saw the Wings play the Kings at Joe Louis Arena back home in Detroit a few weeks ago and today they will go head-to-head again. Here’s hoping the Wings can pull off a win this time :)

Tonight, David, his siblings and I will be enjoying a fabulous birthday dinner for Aram and then … who knows where the night will lead. It may be rainy and dreary here in SoCal this weekend but we are having a blast!!

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Neil Gaiman Comes To UCLA

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As you may recall, I passed along last month the news that my fave contemporary author Neil Gaiman would be appearing at UCLA for a UCLA Live event in February and last night was the night. I was lucky enough to attend Gaiman‘s reading last night and had an absolutely amazing time:


Charming as ever, Neil delighted the sold out Royce Hall last night … telling stories and reading from his amazing body of work. He read a chapter from his last book The Graveyard Book and also read a chapter from his current book Odd and the Frost Giants. The highlight for me, tho, was a poem he read titled Instructions that will be included in a new book that is due out later this year. It is an absolute pleasure hearing this man read his work aloud … I hope Gaiman will be coming to your city in the near future because, I’m telling you, he is utterly fantastic.

His reading last night reminded me that I had yet to read his latest release Odd and the Frost Giants, much to my chagrin:


So I managed to read it in full last night. It’s a fantastic read … about a crippled boy who helps the Norse gods save the city of Asgard from the Frost Giants. It’s a short book, a quick read and utterly charming through and through. Neil Gaiman is such a talent, we are very lucky to have his stories.

Also last night, David’s oldest sister Lara arrived for the weekend … his brother Aram arrives this evening … and then the weekend officially gets underway. Rain or shine, this weekend is gonna rock. Have a good one, y’all!!

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The Hauslaibs Are Coming!

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Great news here in our humble home … David’s older siblings are visiting this weekend to celebrate his brother Aram’s birthday!! Lara arrives later this afternoon and Aram arrives tomorrow and then we officially get the party started!! It will be fantastic to have David and his siblings together here in our SoCal home:


Yes, I’m going to make them all sleep in the same bed just like this :) We’ve got a few fun things planned for the weekend, including a very fun sporting event. No, not the SuperBowl … we are going to see the Detroit Red Wings play the LA Kings at the Staples Center on Saturday afternoon … it shall be a blast :)

For the most part, the weekend’s activities will be up to the Hauslaibs, who will outnumber me, but I’m really looking forward to going along for the ride.

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The ‘Belong’-ing

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Last night was the latest meeting of The Turtle Party: Book Club and it was, quite probably, the most exciting and fun meeting we’ve ever had. While some folks were not able to finish reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, the folks who did read it loved it entirely. I believe it was the highest rated book that we’ve read thus far. The duty fell to Amelia to bring in 3 selections for the group to vote on to read as our next book and after much debate, the decision came down to a tie between two books. After we asked our followers on Twitter to help us pick our next book, it was determined that we will be reading the short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July:


I’m excited that our next book is a collection of short stories, I think it will make for a spirited discussion when we meet next. We decided to change up our meeting schedule a bit … instead of meeting every other Tuesday, we’ve decided to meet only once a month on the first Sunday of the month. Our next official meeting to discuss the book will be Sunday March 7 where we will discuss No One Belongs and then select our next book to read.

After our raucous meeting, we all stayed together to watch Lost … which was very fun, if a bit confusing and very lively for pretty much everyone … well, save for one of us. We had a great time last night, I love my fellow Turtle Partiers.

Today, we clean … we will be hosting David’s brother Aram this weekend to celebrate his birthday so we start cleaning our pit today. Wee, I can’t wait. /sarcasm

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Kirsten Returns To Oz

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Yesterday afternoon I got to spend a bit more time with my dear Aussie Kirsten before she had to pack up her bags and return home to Australia where she will be attending medical school. I seriously love that woman and I wanted to spend just a bit more time with her before I had to say goodbye … here is the last Polaroid we snapped before she jetted back home to Oz last night:


As sad as I am that she has to leave, I’m so excited for her new opportunity back home. Not only will she be embarking on a whole new career but she will be closer to her family and friends … who, I’m sure, miss her terribly. We’re hoping to get Kiki back in the States over the Summer and we are hoping to visit her in Australia for New Year’s Eve. I miss and love her but this is a great move for her.

After hanging with Kirsten, I grabbed a bite to eat at Sashi with my homie g-dawg Josh Z. in Manhattan Beach, CA before returning home to my neck of the woods. I’ve been spending a lot of time near the beach lately, I can deffo see the appeal of living there.

Oh, I also picked up a new book yesterday … if you are interested, find out what I’m reading now after the jump … More »

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