Monday, January 30, 2006

Sick yucky, but baby funny

Steve caught something a couple of weks ago and I caught it last week, so we've been sick for the past 5 days or so. I missed two days at work, but I'm back this morning. I'm still congested, but not as bad as Thurs. and Friday.

Kira had a little bit of a runny nose last night and a very slight fever, but this morning she seems ok. I figure she will get the cold, too, but my fingers are crossed that she won't!


The nice thing about being sick, though, is having some extra days to hang out with her.

I was reflecting this morning that when you're pregnant a lot of folks will tell you to enjoy it 'cause they grow up so fast yada yada yada...

You don't really understand that until you are confronted with this little person who is so darn cute and amazing (they learn so much so quickly) and you realize that they are only going to be that small for a very very short amount of time. A year is so little time. She'll be completely different in a year. She'll be different in 6 months! But I know it will be a lot of fun anyway.

Now I know all women are different and carry babies differently, but Amy sent a photo last night of herself so far and at 21 weeks she looks bigger than I did at 9 months!

Amy, there is no way you're not having twins! I can't wait to find out! =)

Monday, January 23, 2006

Movie Column: Swades

Last week I posted on a Bollywood movie on my movie blog. If you are interested, read about it on: Sarah's Movie Column

Thursday, January 12, 2006

My Favorite actor this week: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (a.k.a. Eko on 'Lost')


Mario Perez / 2005 ABC, INC.

Last night's episode of "Lost" (see article at msnbc.com) was all about Eko played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. I have really loved seeing him in bit parts since seeing him in the first season of "Oz" on HBO. He usually plays African characters (I wonder why?), but what intrigues me is that they tend to be complex people and he pulls off the performances so well. He is quite adept at conveying so much about his characters simply through his facial expressions and eyes.

And before I get accused of having a crush, I won't deny that he is pretty damn fine, but that is aside from my point here (STEVE). Sometimes I just like to find out more abou the people I see on TV or in the movies.

SO - I wondered if IMBD.com (Internet Movie Database) had any info on him, so I checked out his entry an thought I'd share:
(From: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0015382/)
Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini biography
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian, Yoruba and Swahili, he is best known for his roles in the movies Congo (1995) and The Mummy Returns (2001), and the HBO series "Oz" (1997).

Trivia
Has a masters in Law from the University of London, but took a different career path when bitten by the acting bug.

Is perhaps best known for his role as the cunning, fierce super-criminal Adebisi on "Oz" (1997).

He went from playing Ernie Hudson's good friend, the guide Kahega to Hudson's Capt. Munro in "Congo," to playing his enemy, the sociopathic Adebisi to Hudson's hard-headed Warden Glynn in "Oz."

The son of immigrants from Nigeria, he has played almost entirely African characters despite having been born and raised in England. He usually employs a deep, Nigerian timber while acting, while off-screen he has a very British, somewhat Cockney accent.

He is fluent in several languages including Italian, Yoruba, Swahili, and (of course) English. He can "get along" in a few other languages, including French.

Other links: http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/cast/93544.html

Anyway...thought you might be interested in learning a little more about this cool actor.

PS - According to the ABC.com Lost bio, Akinnuoye-Agbaje is starring in a film opposite Aishwarya Rai - my (and about 1 billion otrher people's) favorite Hindi actress! That ought to be interesting!

From the bio: "He also completed work on the film Mistress of Spices, a romantic comedy in which he stars opposite Aishwarya Rai."

Friday, January 06, 2006

Amazon.com Wishlists

On a lighter note today, I wanted to take a moment and post a note of appreciation to my family members (all EXCEPT NOAH - HINT HINT) who maintain an Amazon.com or Target wishlist. Not to endorse one company over another or anything...other wishlists are fine too. We just all have Amazon wishlists and it helps us find stuff for each other that we really want or stuff just for fun. The thing I like about it is you don't *have* to get stuff for people the *need.* Gift-giving is supposed to be fun and with a wishlist you can put stuff up that you need or just dream about.

Wishlists serve another purpose, as well, in my opinion. They help you get to know your friends and family. Most of the time we don't have time in our day to day conversations to find out what we're currently "into." Wishlists show you what someone is at least somewhat interested in. So it isn't just a tool to get what you really want for Christmas! So - if you don't have one - friends and family (esp. NOAH) create one and send me an invitation! Here's a link: Amazon.com

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Sago Mine Disaster

Very very sad. I feel I should post on this as it has happened very close to home - an hour or so away.

It's been a long time since WV has had a mine disaster like this. The tragedy of having people alive, but trapped and trying to rescue them before time runs out makes events like this so very sad. To make this even worse the families are mistakenly told that 12 are alive only to find out 3 hours later that only one is alive and 12 dead. I can't imagine how crushing that must have been.

One of the miners was from Newburg just "down the road" from us and a friend of one of my clients.

CNN: Grief, anger as all but one miner found dead

West Virginia is usually largely ignored in the media, so to have the spotlight shown so brightly on us all the sudden is ...uncomfortable. I'd like to see research later on how the media portrays the people and the state. I think it's been fairly objective, but you can tell the media don't really "get" WV. Wolf Blitzer kept asking "Why would someone work in the mines?" Well, when the alternative is Wal-Mart at $5.15 an hour without benefits, why wouldn't you seriously consider a $17.00 an hour job? Hell, that's more than I make as a web designer working for the state. Even if you have a degree in something here, there aren't very many good paying jobs.

The next question the outside world asks is "Well, why don't you leave and find something better?" Lots of West Virginians do. Which means there are fewer people here to attract jobs, pay taxes and make West Virginia better. Aside from that point - we love our home. We want to live here. I love living in the country. It's safe here - most natural disasters pass us by (aside from snow and flooding). There is very little crime and I think overall we're a pretty friendly, sincere lot. But I digress (as I usually do)...

No one (at least in the reports I've seen) has reported on this being a NON-union mine. Maybe I'm glamorizing the unions a little, but they tend to insist the company work harder on mine safety. I did here Cecil Roberts (the UMW president) on the radio today talking about how union miners were helping with the rescue effort and that the UMW was trying to help out in any way it can - in spite of the mine not being unionized.

Mining is a damn dangerous job. Unions are a nuisance to the people who make the profits, but I think of all professions, this one really needs solidarity. When you work in a profession that could take your life at any minute, you should have some representation.

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't limit benefits of unionization to only life-threatening work. I just think these kinds of jobs are too dangerous for someone to be on his own if he protests the safety of a mine, wages, hours or benefits.

Well...I can go on and on, but I won't.

I'm sending my positive thoughts to the lone survivor and his family.