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The thing I hate most about colds? Tissue burns. A day and a half of constant dabbing at my nose has left my upper lip red and raw and painful. When are they going to invent tissues that don't chafe the skin? The way I am now, I can forget about looking my best for any New Year's party...Actually, I think I can forget about New Year's parties altogether, given the way that I'm feeling at the moment. Maybe a quiet night in with the TV and the cats will be just the ticket. It certainly will please the cats -- they've never been too keen on the noise and the fireworks. According to the news, in spite of the recession, people have still been purchasing fireworks to the grand total of 50 million euros, and there's still a full day of trading left.
Personally, I'm not a great fan of fireworks. Oh, I like the look of them exploding against the night sky, at fireworks displays on the beach or at fairs and festivals, when it's safe -- but I'm secretly rather scared of them when it's my 12-year old neighbours' son setting them off on my doorstep.

As it's the end of the year, the papers are full of lists of everything from the Top-10 news stories to the Worst Politician of the Year (our PM, Jan Peter Balkenende), to the 100 bestselling singles (of which, I am ashamed to say, I only recognised a mere 6), to the celebrity most American men and women would most like to share a candlelit dinner with (is that what they call it these days?). Apparently, for the men it's Angelina Jolie with Catherine Zeta-Jones coming second -- and for the women, Ashton Kutcher with runner-up Johnny Depp. Two questions: who is Ashton Kutcher and how could he possibly be more interesting to spend an evening with than Johnny Depp?



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Dec. 30th, 2003 05:42 am (UTC)
Ashton Kutcher is the cute 25 year old dating Demi Moore. He also plays a character in That 70's Show (which is the title, lol). He's done a few silly movies but has a new one coming out that's quite serious and looks fantastic (about someone who can go back and change time. Called The Butterfly Affect).

He's wonderful and may well grow up to be a Johnny Depp one day. He is, however, not that right now.

Sorry to hear that your sick. Seems half my friends list have something. In went around our building like wildfire but seems to have slowed down a bit.

As for New Years. Sigh. I have no plans. Will probably read till I fall asleep and it will, most likely, be before midnight.

Honestly, the only thing the holiday means to me is another fresh start and 4 days off from work.

Jan. 3rd, 2004 06:04 am (UTC)
3 Days into the new year and I'm still sniffling and coughing my lungs out. By now, I'm heartily sick of lounging around in my dressing gown all day, pockets and sleeves filled to overflowing with tissues, so I dragged my sick old carcass downtown in hopes that some quality time at the computer might cheer me up...but all I want right now is to go back home and sit by the fire with a hot toddy.

Hope you had a nice New Years ion spite of your earlier misgivings. Wishing you all the best for 2004!
Jan. 3rd, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Well. I fell asleep at 9:30. LOL.

Sorry your STILL feeling ill. Damn sickness this winter is getting to everyone. I keep getting hit with it but only on a one day good, one day bad thing. No death!Flu yet.

Dec. 30th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
Ergh, I am not with the Ashton Kutcher love. He's okay looking, cute I guess; he's funny playing the really really dumb guy on "That 70's Show;" and yay for Demi Moore, dating a hot younger man! That's about all I have to say for him except there is no way in the multiverse that he'll ever hold a candle to Johnny Depp.
Jan. 3rd, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)
There is no way in the multiverse that he'll ever hold a candle to Johnny Depp

My sentiments exactly.
Dec. 30th, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC)
I has no idea who Ashton Kutcher is either. Nor do I care to be frank.

Sorry to hear you're not well, get better soon. They'll be more fic shortly to cheer you up! and that calendar I promised, I'm still working on it...
Jan. 3rd, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)
I was dreaming of that calendar last night! I'm taking that as a good sign...and I can't wait to see that fic.

Trying my best to get over this infernal cold, but I just can't seem to shake it. I'm getting to be real impatient and grumpy with it, which makes it very likely my horoscope for this first week of 2004 will come true: apparently, I'm going to piss a lot of people off. Wonderful.
Dec. 31st, 2003 07:17 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, dear gamiila!

Re: Tissue burns... I read in a BBS about American travelers complaining about foreign tissue paper: "Americans think their asses are made of spun gold." Well, on that note, I am currently blowing my spun-gold nose on American tissue impregnated with lotion, and have nary a tissue burn! My upper lip usually looks like a red Hitler mustache at this point. (It's awful to be sick over the Christmas and New Year holidays, isn't it?) I should send some of this to a fellow sufferer.
Jan. 3rd, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you and DH too, Ezagaaikwe! May this new year bring you all you want from it!

As to the tissue burns: I now carry a camomile ointment with me. It helps to take away the sting...but it is far from ideal. Needs must, though.
Jan. 1st, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
-- and for the women, Ashton Kutcher with runner-up Johnny Depp. Two questions: who is Ashton Kutcher and how could he possibly be more interesting to spend an evening with than Johnny Depp?

Well, this is one American woman who would not choose Ashton Kutcher to have dinner with *shudder*. And I see that others have filled you in about who he is. Demi can have him. I guess I need to check out Johnny Depp more - still haven't seen "Pirates of the Caribbean", although I hope to remedy that very soon lol! But I would think he'd be a thousand times better than Ashton to have dinner with. Of course, G, you KNOW who I'd rather have dinner with ;-)
Jan. 3rd, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
Of course, G, you KNOW who I'd rather have dinner with ;-)

Me! Me! Me! That's who you'd rather have dinner with, right? Right? Right! he he

Ad as to 'Pirates of the Caribbean': it'll keep. Though JD makes a marvelous Capt. Jack Sparrow, and you really should see it sometime...but have you never seen any of his other films? You must have! He's an absolutely wonderful actor, who usually picks the most interesting roles.
Jan. 3rd, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're still under the weather, sweetie - here's some of my famous virtual chicken soup and a (((hug))) - hope that helps.

I guess I haven't seen that many Johnny Depp movies - "Edward Scissorhands" never did much for me, and the only other one I saw was the one he did about Ed Woods - at least, I think that was Johnny Depp, lol! I know that he is a very quirky type of actor, or known for quirky parts. What other ones has he done, G?

BTW, we saw "Return of the King" yesterday, and it was magnificent. Everything you said about it in your LJ was true. I just loved the scene as the riders of Rohan came over the rise to battle the Orc army surrounding Minas Tirith. Brought tears to my eyes. Of course, I was in tears a fair amount during the movie, I must say.
Jan. 5th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)
Edward Scissorhands wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I described JD as a wonderful actor who picks interesting roles. And even though it's true that Ed Wood was an interesting role/film, that's not to say that it was all that good...My faves among his films are Don Juan de Marco and What's eating Gilbert Grape?, and I would list Chocolat too, if his role in it hadn't been so small and uncharacteristially uninteresting (still, he plays it well).

You cried during RotK? Strangely enough, I didn't. I had expected to, but nary a tear...though I did emit a little sniffle when it came time for Théoden King to die. Bernard Hill did a splendid job. Gosh, he's come a long way from 'Gi's a job!'
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