I don't consider myself to be a lucky person. I mean, specifically, as it relates to winning money, having my name drawn for a prize, etc. Admittedly, I'm not much of a gambler, which cuts down winning opportunities.
Research suggests that the belief that you are lucky actually has an impact on more objective measures of luck (e.g., how often you actually win things). Here - watch this video for an elaboration on the idea (it's lengthy, but interesting).
Maybe my luck is turning around... A couple of weeks ago, I won free movie tickets from Girl About O-Town. A couple of weeks ago, she posted a contest to win free passes to see Creation, a movie about Darwin and the process he went through when writing The Origin of Species.
R and I went. Now - I have to tell you that during about 85% of movies, R will (at some point) lean over to tell me that the movie is crap. I suppose it's a step above his reactions to tv shows I watch -- where he will break into fake dramatic tears. Thankfully, he held back and only told me the movie sucked once.
I suspect the book would have been better than the movie (haven't read it though). There was some interesting imagery and the performances were good. But, I felt that the plot dragged. I also couldn't help but be distracted by the parallels between this movie and previous movies that Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelley had been in. The basic plot -- brilliant scientist with poor social skills slowly degenerates while experiencing hallucinations. Kind of like A Beautiful Mind. Then you have the other plot about the scientist theorizing and conveying messages that would oppose the Catholic church. In this movie, the opposing theory is evolution, in The Da Vinci Code, it's revealing the truth about stories in the bible.
But, I'm happy to have had the opportunity to go see the movie! Definitely check out Girl About O-Town. She's a fellow Ottawa blogger who is starting an exciting time in her life.
Let me also introduce you to Words and Weigh. Although new to the blogging world, "Happy Losin' It" is hitting the ground running while sharing recipes and successes in healthy eating. I was inspired by her recent crustless quiche post and made my own:
Spicy Italian Sausage Quiche
I know I should enjoy a vegetarian quiche, but there's something about spicy sausage that takes quiche from a lunch dish to full meal.
6 egg whites (left over from this recipe)
2 large eggs
spinach (defrosted, chopped, water drained)
2 spicy Italian sausages
1/2 cup creme (left over from the crème brûlée)
1/2 cup emmental cheese, grated
salt and pepper, to taste
Cook in oven (around 350 -- I turned mine up to 375 because my oven is slow) until it becomes golden and is cooked through (about 45 minutes).