January 31, 2011

Monday Meme: A Movie Meme

Filed under: Memes, movies — liberrydwarf @ 7:43 pm

Taken from this site…

Name a film that you have seen more than 10 times.

Muppet Treasure Island, definitely. And Beauty and the Beast. I’m not much of a repeat watcher – I’d just as soon get something new!

Name a film that you’ve seen multiple times in the cinema.

The Fellowship of the Ring is probably the one film I saw the most amount of times at the cinema – must have been about 6 or 7.

Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a film.

I don’t usually pick films by who’s in them, rather by genre or review – I think I’ve seen most things James Macavoy’s done, so I’d likely go see him again, he seems to pick stuff I want to see. Russell Crowe the same.

Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a film.

Mike Myers (if he even acts anymore), Ben Stiller or Eugene Levy. Unlike the above, these guys make bad movie choices…

Name a film that you can and do quote from.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie. Impossible to have a conversation with my family without something from this slipping in. Makes it hard for non-family members, as it’s not exactly a popular film…

Name a film musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

Most of the Disney cartoon musicals. Except for the Swahili (?) bits in the Lion King songs…

Name a film that you would recommend everyone see.

Can I pick Mystery Science Theatre 3000? If not, I think all kids should see Happy Feet – good environmental lesson, lovely story (and Australian!)

Ever walked out of a film?

Fallen asleep in a few, but never walked out (I’m too cheap!)

Name a film that made you cry in the cinema.

Bawled my eyes out at the end of Gangs of New York. Not usual for me – I get chokey in the throat, but don’t usually spring actual tears…


Not usually – too expensive, too stale and bad for those like me on low-salt diets.

How often do you go to the cinema (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

Once a month with a group of girlfriends.

What’s the last film you saw in the cinema?


What’s your favourite/preferred genre of film?

I love history movies –  whatever the period/region, I’ll probably give it a go.

What’s the first film you remember seeing in the cinema?

The Little Mermaid

What film do you wish you had never seen?

Oh, it’s a long long list 🙂 The worst cinema film I’ve ever seen, from memory, was They

What is the scariest film you’ve seen?

See my top 5 here…

If you could be any character portrayed in a movie, who would it be?

I always had a fierce desire to play Anne of Cleves… (no idea why…)

Total number of films you own on DVD and video.

Counting TV shows? Probably a hundred, maybe two hundred. Have never counted properly.

Last film you bought.

We tend to buy a lot more TV on DVD than movies. I  bought a few Sean Connery Bond movies for my brother for Christmas…

Last film you watched.

Again, if TV counts watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand as we speak. Feature-film only, watched The Replacements a couple of weeks ago.

Five films that mean a lot to you.

How do you even begin to define “meaning” in this sense? So many films mean something to me for different reasons… I’ll attempt a list (can’t get a full five):

Legally Blonde – since this was the first date movie for me and my husband.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 – since it’s the movie that brings my family together more than any other.

Can’t Hardly Wait – since it was the first M-rated film I was allowed to go see by myself as a teenager, once I turned 15.

The Fellowship of the Ring – since it forever changed the scale on which all other movie “epics” are measured for me.

January 28, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-Up: Labour, Leaving and Lamb

Filed under: Australia, Food, Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 11:33 am

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Got the nice comfortingly comprehensive list of drugs they’re perfectly happy to give me in the delivery room. Feel lots lots better (and haven’t even been given any of them yet!)

2) One Bad Thing:  Said farewell to a good friend and colleague at work – ostensibly for a 12-month secondment, but I’m pretty sure nobody would be surprised if he never came back. It’s always the fun, intelligent, proactive and passionate ones that get soul-destroyed and leave you, isn’t it?

3) One Thing I Learned: Despite rumours to the contrary, if you’re an Australian who doesn’t eat lamb on Australia Day you do NOT spontaneously combust. Myth  Busted!

Despite what the Lambassador would have you believe...

January 26, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Just Plain Weird, Kittens, music, Science, TV — liberrydwarf @ 1:34 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


A nice big long critics’ opinion piece on upcoming HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones. In case like certain others of us, you just can’t get enough GOT. Ever.


As if you ever needed more proof Christopher Walken was awesome…


via (so you can’t say you weren’t warned) 6 Cats More Badass Than You (And Most Superheroes)

Cat versus Internet…

Win for me and fellow dino-fans – hooray, Triceratops has been redeemed and declared a dinosaur again! (Now, we work on reinstating Pluto…)

Made me smile as we’re arguing about what sort of bookshelves we want at home at the moment…at least we can agree, not these…


January 24, 2011

Meme Monday: a Rainbow Meme

Filed under: Memes — liberrydwarf @ 11:14 am

(taken from kalafudra as usual…)

Angry Red

1. Are you currently mad at someone?
Not at anyone in particular. At an institution or two, but not specific individuals.

2. Which of your family members has the worst temper?
My sister. Absolute epitome drama queen.

3. Have you ever thrown something at anyone?
Balled-up paper, water-balloons and the like. Never anything deliberately designed to maim.

4. Is anyone mad at you?
I’m probably particularly maddening at the moment. I hope not. That’s never the intention…

5. Are you usually mad?
Not mad. Constantly disappointed, probably, but not mad.

6. When you’re mad do you prefer to stare angrily or yell?
I’m of the vocalising persuasion, but it’s quantity rather than volume.

Exciting Orange

1. Has anyone ever thrown a surprise party for you?
Yes – my husband threw me a surprise birthday party, which I found out about from checking a text message for him, but (I think) managed to still act convincingly surprised for.

2. What event is coming up that you’re most excited about?
Does nervous terror count? If it does, then it involves the addition of a new tiny person to our family…

3. If you won a million dollars, what would be your first thought?
New house, new car, work-quitting investments…

4. If you could have anything right now what would it be?
A decent night’s sleep, and to swap spines with someone else…

Yellow Belly Self

1. Name: Jenny

2. Birthday: March 24th

3. What’s your main goal in life?
Not dying until I’m good and ready.

4. Do you want to have children?
*snorts* it’s a bit late to be asking that now…

5. When do you want to die?
See point 3 above…

Opinionated Green

1. Are you against gay marriage?
Not at all. Even as a married person, I’m not a great believer in capital M Marriage as it is. If people want it (any people) they should be able to go for it.

2. Lower the drinking age?
Nobody pays much attention to it anyway, so I can’t see much reason to change it. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

3. Capital Punishment?
Ooh, hard one. I think against it, because there’s always the chance someone got something wrong somewhere along the judicial line… and there’s no pardon and compensation from being dead.

4. Abortion?
Absolutely pro-choice. But I do also think that there should be more support, and less red-tape, for giving up kids for adoption. And less government incentive for mothers who don’t really want their children, but do like the sound of that $5000…

Lovely Blue

1. Do you love someone?
Many people. In many different ways.

2. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes – but I don’t think it can last unless it’s got some real foundation and work going towards it once it’s set up.

3. Do you believe in love?
Would you answer yes for either of the previous questions if you didn’t?

Purple Query

Q: How many glasses of water did you have today?
A: I drink water from bottles rather than glasses. I’ve had one bottle (minus the bit I couldn’t keep down this morning) so about 700mls?

Q: What color are your socks?
A: Sandals today. Which absolutely positively precludes the wearing of socks, under any circumstances.

Q: Name one thing that you do everyday?
A: Hug my cat.

Q: How much cash do you have on you right now?
A: About $30 probably?

Q: Are you for or against Hillary?
A: What, Clinton? I don’t think I care much either way… American politics bemuses me.

Q: Look to your left. What’s there?
A: A pile of papers I’m supposed to be transcribing into a spreadsheet, but I’m blogging and procrastinating instead…

(To be truthful, when I read this question, the first thing that popped into my head was the Old Spice Guy. I was very tempted to respond that it was two tickets to that thing I love – that had just become diamonds…)

Q: What’s the last piece of clothing you borrowed?
A: Expanding size precludes me from a lot of borrowing. I think it was probably a hat that my husband got for shaving his head for charity one year, I wore it to the bus-stop so I didn’t get sunburned. But I didn’t ask, and he’s likely forgotten it exists, so does that count as borrowing?

Q: What website(s) do you visit the most?
A: Twitter, my email, and Facebook. And BookMooch.

Q: Do you have plants in your room?
A: No.

Q: Does anything hurt on your body right now?
A: Don’t get me started…

Q: Do you own a picture phone?
A: A what??

Last but not Least, Pink

1. Person you saw?
A colleague.

2. Person you sent a text message to?
My hairdresser to confirm an appointment.

3. Movie watched in cinema?
Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But I’m going to something tonight…

4. Song you listened to?
I think it was one off Kanye West’s recent album, had just started when I turned off the car this morning.

5. Person you talked on the phone with?
My sister, on Saturday, to tell her my bus was late and I was running late for our hair appointment…

6. What are you doing right now?
Surely that’s a bit self-evident…?

7. What are you doing tonight?
Meeting friends to go to the movies.

8. What are you going to eat?
I don’t know yet.

January 21, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up: Floods, Flick-Offs and Floors

Filed under: Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 5:22 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: The waters have subsided, the roads are open, and the buses are free…

2) One Bad Thing:  Going back to work was every bit as awful as I though it would be. Going on holidays and being pregnant apparently means that I no longer warrant my own desk, and that for my remaining 5 weeks of work, I have to report in every morning to find out who’s away so I can sit at their desk. Way to feel wanted and valued…

3) One Thing I Learned: Much more about pelvic floor muscles than I ever cared to, and far more than I ever plan to share 🙂

January 19, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Animals, Celebrities, Classics/History, history, Kittens, movies, Science, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 7:45 pm

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Movie characters who were supposed to die but got saved by last minute rewrites


Gaiman. Simpsons. Awesome. That is all.


12 notorious bookstore cats… (I think this is an American phenomenon – I’ve never met one here…)

Italian authorities are pretty sure they’ve found the tomb of crazy Roman Emperor Caligula

Science is evil, and animals are innocent victims – in two parts…


January 17, 2011

Meme Monday: Travelling Meme

Filed under: Memes, Travel — liberrydwarf @ 4:54 pm

(taken from kalafudra’s blog)

How old were you when you first travelled?

Ooh, that’s a hard one – don’t really remember. Think I was about 18 months old when we moved between states, is that acceptable?

What is your favourite form of travelling: car, bus, train, or plane?

Car – can see where I’m going, can call the stops (or at least have some say in it) and choose the music.

Where did you go on your first road trip?

The first one as an adult when I picked the destination and itinerary? Probably Brisbane–Sydney with my then-boyfriend.

Where did you go on your first bus ride?

Probably Toowoomba–Brisbane to stay with family for the holidays.

Where did you go on your first train ride?

I assume long-distance train? Only time I’ve done that was between Rotterdam and Paris on a European trip, overnight.

Where did you go on your first plane ride?

If it counts, we flew to Brisbane from Sydney when we first moved there…

Motion sickness? Treatment of choice?

Never – I’m very very lucky…

Where would you like to go that you haven’t been?

Italy. Denmark.

Where would you like to go back to?

France (if I could speak French)

Travelling alone or with someone?

I’d be too afraid to travel alone! But I wouldn’t go in a huge group…

Your ultimate travelling dream?

Since it’s an absolute dream – a slow year-long trip through Western Europe where I had whatever money I wanted, could stay wherever I wanted, and could speak the language in whatever country I was in…

January 14, 2011

Flood Update: Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 9:18 am

Power’s back (yay!) but road still under water, so we’re still stuck out here. Thankfully there’s still chocolate in the fridge… hoping to get out to civilisation tomorrow, going a bit stir-crazy!

Went for a walk yesterday down the road at the bottom of the hill (towards the sports club) and so many houses are covered in mud, the streets are strewn with debris. Judging from the marks on the fences the water level would have been well over my head. When I thought about how I’d walked down here a mere 2 days beforehand, it was a pretty almost-tears moment…

January 12, 2011

Flood Update: Wednesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 5:17 pm

Still here, still safe and dry and keeping the floodwaters safely down the hill from us. The creepy thing is that it’s been a lovely sunny day, would have been perfect if not for the constant stream of army and rescue helicopters overhead and the knowledge that our suburb is now an island and we’re stuck here…


For your viewing pleasure/horror, here are the local shops about 5 minutes walk down the hill from me. I shop here probably 2-3 times a week!

January 11, 2011

Greetings from Inside the Floodzone

Filed under: Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 7:15 pm

No meme post yesterday, as we’re battening down the hatches and getting ready just in case we get any flood water at our place…

For a couple of stories if you’re not sure what I mean –!/couriermail


And here’s a video of some of the flooding from yesterday in my old hometown, about 90 minutes away…

Here’s hoping I can post that everything’s going back to normal tomorrow!

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