Jan had an Apple TV guided tour queued up on his TV the other night. I saw the thumbnail on the screen and thought to myself, “that must be a photo of me that Jan took a few years ago.” ‘Cuz he’s taken photos of me. I know he has.

Then he played it. It kinda freaked me out a little bit.

In case you can’t tell, the REAL me is on the right: photo by Jan Garcia.

I posted this side-by-side comparison on flickr the other day and got some great reactions—many similar to my own—weirded out. The best was fooling my own mother. She was convinced that I had worked some PhotoShop voodoo on the left photo. Nope. Other than lightening this version a tad, there’s no alteration whatsoever.

We’ve all seen folks out there that sort of look like us, right? All I’m saying is watch out for the ones that have your same hair style!

**UPDATE: My roommate, Joel, found this…read comment #1!

oh, yes…there WILL be

If this movie (There Will Be Blood) doesn’t rake in the awards this year, something is wrong wrong wrong! Mind you, I haven’t seen a bunch of the other nominated movies yet, but still!

Granted, I had the best of all possible experiences—viewing it at a Landmark cinema, the Bridge Theater. Much like my Ratatouille experience, the movie was introduced by one of the employees—and these employees live and breathe movies, you can just tell. This guy was very charming and skilled at his job. He gave plenty of pre-movie information (such as just how many Oscars this movie has been nominated for—8—and much of this movie and No Country for Old Men was filmed on the same locations in Texas). He also noticed a raised hand in the crowd—”yes, do you have a question?” Audience member’s Q: “Will there be blood?” Charming movie guy’s A: “There WILL be blood.” Ahhh… and that’s why I love going to the movies in San Francisco!

Three words, okay, names: Daniel. Day. Lewis. Just go ahead and give this man a life-time Oscar, already! He is fascinating to watch in this film—and any film. And the cutest kid since Suri Cruise is his right-hand man. I wanted to put him in my pocket and bring him home with me!

So besides a few hiding-behind-my-hands scenes—which were necessary for weight—my assessment is that this movie is amazing.

busy busy

Things I did on my recent trip to Georgia:

work: I finished up the deadlines I was currently working on before I left. And I did this with my super cool new(ish) MacBook, Steve. Other than a minor font hiccup (thanks for the HUGE help, Tim!), everything moved along smoothly.

parties: My first “ATL” party was at Natalie’s new condo. I got to see some ladies that I haven’t seen in years! Chris had a small party. I hadn’t seen that many Christmas trees in one household since Melissa and Jennifer’s place! I organized a happy hour with mostly YHC friends, although it was a happy happy surprise to see Christie there! Brandey and Danny hosted a party, too. As it turns out, playing Wii in heels isn’t all that fun.

shop: I saved all of my Christmas shopping for after I was in town. Three words: God bless Target. And I acquired my first Vera Wang dress! Granted, it’s a Simply Vera dress from her lower-end line at Kohl’s—but a Vera Wang is a Vera Wang, right?! (I wore it at our New Year’s Eve party back here in SF.)

travel: My folks and I went to suburban Savannah to deliver gifts to my niece and nephew, Lindsey and Tyler. Lindsey showed us the café and salon where she works. Tyler gave us a running commentary and tour of the rural Savannah area. We stayed in a hotel overnight, and the highlight, hands down, was playing with Photobooth on Steve. The giggles were running wild that night. Check out our masterpieces.

having a bunch fun

family: I got to spend some time with my Grammie. She’s doing really well for a nearly 90-year-old youngster! We all spent Christmas Day with my Uncle Roger and Aunt Sandy, cousins Jonathan and Aubrey, and Aubrey’s new bride, Veronica. It was a smaller than usual Ingalls/Hazlett holiday, and there was no Win, Lose or Draw smack down, but it was still a lovely day and amazing dinner. We were sad that Russ and Mona weren’t with us, but Russ made up for it with calling about five times on Christmas Day in between his snow-shoveling shifts.

Grammie is always suspicious of Dad…and I don’t blame her.

friends: Although I didn’t get to see all of the people I wanted to catch up with, I had some good visits. One of these good visits happened to be with my friend Crystal. She and I hadn’t talked since we left high school WAY back in 1992. She happened to google me a few months ago, and we resumed our friendship. It was so great to see her and catch up for lots and lots of lost time. We had such a good time during our scheduled lunch that we made plans for the next day, as well. And, of course, I adore being with my AI sisters. We have all moved along in our adult lives, but that bond we formed years ago is rock solid. I am truly blessed to have so many friends, both in quantity and quality.

YaYas for life: Sue, Lil’ Sarah, Mona, Jenna, Natalie and Brandey

art: I wanted to check out the new aquarium, but fearing the holiday crowds, I decided to go to the High Museum of Art instead. My dad volunteered to join me. I don’t think he’s been to a museum with me since I was a kid. Needless to say, his feet were hurting by the end of the day. We started our day with a “HIGHLights Tour” that focused on select pieces from the permanent collection and the architecture of the High. Next, we participated in the audio tour of the Inspiring Impressionism exhibit. Dad claims he could do what those artists did. Then on to the Louvre Atlanta exhibit. I think Dad was more impressed with these pieces—ancient Greek and Egyptian vases get to him, apparently. After seeing these two temporary exhibits, I wanted to see a little more of the permanent collection. But I kept finding my dad sitting on the benches near the doors, so I thought I’d give him a break and call it a day—a good day.

one of my favorite places in ATL

movies: I saw Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Natalie. It was good and bloody, but what I found more disturbing than all of the cut throats were the shots and angles of the bodies dropping through the chute. I also saw Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story with Crystal. I’m still giggling over lines from that one. “You’ve gone smell-blind!”

As you can see, I had a good trip. Now it’s time to recover.