Look! It's Julie Benz! (Darla on 'Angel.')
THIS is what a Summer Blockbuster should be! This was a fun, fun movie. A bit of exposition (mainly to set up for upcoming movies IMHO) but we really enjoyed it (me a little more than David. I mean, LOOK at RDJr for Pete's sake). :)
I don't know the "Tony Stark" comic book character. I keep hearing "They could not have picked a better man for the role." He was FUN.
We loved all the testing in his lab/office. The scenes with the robot with the extinguisher were great. Jeff Bridges was just creepy enough. Terrence Howard? Hellloooo Terrence.
I know not a thing about Iron Man the comic. I have no idea if they stuck to the storyline or what. As a non-comic fan though, I think they did their job. They entertained the heck out of this noob.
Then, I ran out of the film. It was left over from when we did the "Amityville Window" over a year ago. I finally decided to just do it. I'll have to run to Lowe's and get some more.
Saturday, David decided to paint the "Pepto Bismol" walls. Here's a picture of the color, near the window. This color was in the front entrance.
David chose it but..no one else really liked it. When his brothers and sister-in-law came down to help us paint, one brother said "I like all the colors you chose....except this one." When David's father came down, he did not care for it either, with relation to the two rooms on either side of this color. David deciced to paint it the same color as the other color in our entrance. (We went a little color-happy in our new home).
Then, Saturday night....we went on a date! A date night! Holy Moly.
And THIS, ladies and gentlemen....THIS is where it pays off to have kids ten years apart! WH00T!! My darling 14 year old stayed home with the 4 year old, while David and I went to se a movie! I'll post about it later. Great Fun!
Sunday, was spent at Disney's Hollywood Studios and then Epcot. Dear God in Heaven. Don't go on a holiday weekend. Hollywood Studios was PACKED. And there were entire sections blocked off for renovations so it was difficult maneuvering about. Yuck! Epcot was actually not bad, but by then my left knee and right heel were screaming and I was hobbling like an old lady. Also, Isabel has decided to be scared of everything. What? Huh? Rides she used to go on now make her cry. We don't get it. We ended up taking turns riding stuff with Jake while the other watched her. It was nuts. She did get to meet a lot of characters, but I'll have to upload those pictures later.
Today, we are STAYING IN!! My body is killing me. We have a couple of steaks and a pound of shrimp that we're going to grill for lunch/dinner today (David has to work tonight. Bah Humbug!)
....Max, a rambunctious, anthropomorphised 3-year-old toddler bunny and his big sister, Ruby, a patient, goal-oriented, sometimes restrictive 7-year-old girl bunny. The show presents an uplifting message for its audience by showing Max and Ruby playing together and exercising respect and love in resolving their conflicts.
Oddly enough, it doesn't seem the two bunny children have parents. Even so, they have a grandmother who they are occasionally with. Ruby can be seen in many of the episodes baking cakes, buying Max new overalls and such things you'd expect of a mother. Although a picture of Max, Ruby and their parents can be seen above the fireplace in the show. Max and Ruby are the only two characters to appear in every episode of the show.
These are 2 of the 3 songs he played. Isabel spent most of the evening with me, outside. Eventually, more and more parents came outside with their little ones, so Isabel had fun running around with 4 other kids around her age.
At one point, we went back in to sit down because Isabel was getting tired. She even said "Mommy, can I go to bed, please??" We did not get home until after 9;45 p.m. I thought she'd go straight to bed but then she asked "Can I have some eggs?" I forgot that we had not eaten dinner. Eggs made for her and a call-in to the local Italian eatery later, Jake & I are eating pasta at 10:30 p.m. Nice.
Anyway, he did great. He was the 8th student up. The teacher told us parents and guests to not clap after each song because it would take too long (27 kids x 3 songs each). We were to wait until after the 3rd song. When he finished his first song, Arabesque, everyone clapped anyway.
because I'm a geek. We walk up to the counter, and the guy taking my order says "That wouldn't happen to be about Joss Whedon would it?" I say "It's absolutely about Joss." He smiles and says "Cool!" While taking our order, he and I discuss the Season 8 Comics, why we think Joss is no longer doing "Wonder Woman" (no clue) and Joss' new series, Dollhouse.
This is the first time in like 3 years of owning the shirt that someone has an actual idea of what it means. I've been asked about it, but know one gets it. "What's a WeeDONist?" LOL
Next up, the mall. We stroll around and end up at Barnes and Nobles. Jake was off doing his thing, Isabel and I were on the kid's section. There's an employee shelving books near me. She comes up to me and says "I love your shirt." I say "You're like the second person to know what it means, and the first one was just a couple of hours ago." Her roommate is a fan too. I am sorry but I am bad with names the first time around. Miranda/Amanda/Meghan. I suck, sorry. She and I discussed Joss, Buffy, Season 8 comics, Comic-Con, a couple of local conventions, a person she knows wanting to work on a Buffy trivial pursuit, etc. . I ended up giving her my e-mail address so she could e-mail me the next time she had news, or conventions she knew of etc.
Pretty interesting afternoon.
I am attaching a picture I took two days ago. It’s so cute I thought it might cheer you up. (Grandma is sick; get well GG!) It is a chickadee the day it fledged. It was born and raised in our bluebird nesting box! I never did send you the whole story. Hopefully some day I’ll get around to it.He's so CUTE!!
But isn’t he adorable? I was probably less than 1 foot from him. He didn’t know to be afraid of me, although his mother was certainly trying to tell him that from a nearby tree.
From Goodbye Iowa:
Buffy: You guys research the Polgara demon. I want to know where it is. When I find it I'm going to make him pay for taking that kid'slife, I'll make him die in ways he can't even imagine.
Anya's eyes lower. Willow makes a funny face and shrugs.
Buffy: That probably would have sounded more commanding if I wasn't wearing my yummy sushi pajamas.
I revel in my geekdom!
They call us to tell us they've been rerouted off an early exit in the 140's. Freddie decides we can meet on US 1. We head south, they head north, on US 1.
Here's what US 1 looked like going south:
We're rerouted to some side street, Valka...something, where we proceed to go 1.5 miles....in an hour and a half.
I started renting Gilmore Girls an a recommendation of a MySpace friend. A little late, I know. See the poster? It says "Life's Short, Talk Fast." They weren't kidding. They go 100 mph and the writing is fantastic. I told David "No one talks like this is real life!" It reminds me of another show I said the SAME exact thing about when it came out:
Know what's better than spending Mother's Day with your kids? Spending it with your kids AND your mom!
I never read a synopsis of this book. I just liked the cover. It looked pretty. It looked like it would be full of fairies and princesses and evil witches...and I was SO off there.
The book is called a "Gothic" novel. There's nothing fairy-like in it. The story is full of darkness, dreariness, secrets, lies, depressed people, haunted people. It wasn't spooky.....it was just dark. My mind pictured a dark bookstore, an overcast England, a creepy, dark, dank mansion with warped creepy people in it. It was heavy with it; soaked in it.
It wasn't bad though. I wanted to hear the end. I wanted to see what Ms. Winter's secret was. I sort-of kind-of wanted Margaret to "get over it" already (I'm evil and heartless, I know). I wanted to know how Addeline all of a sudden became functional. I did not get it until Hester thought she saw a "ghost" talking with Emmeline. (I thought it was triplets actually. I was close.) The author wrapped things up nicely.
It wasn't bad at all. Just don't expect a glass slipper or true-love's kiss to show up.
It was not that bad. I mean, it was, but it wasn't. The story deals with the war, obviously, of 1812 between Russia and Napoleon. There were parts that.....*snooze*. Most of the war stuff was horrid. Horrid as in boring, not bloody or anything But hello? 'WAR and Peace', not 'Fluffy Goodness & Peace.' The war parts dragged.
The book also deals with the lives of several Russian families. We see them grow during the 8 years that the book spans. It took a while for me to get used to who was who. Thankfully the book had a little "Who's Who" at the front that I kept referring to for the first 400 pages or so, until I figured it out.
There were characters I hated that I ended up getting teary-eyed over whenn they died. There were characters that I YELLED at (Natasha - idiot), characters that made me want to choke them because of their stupidity (Pierre) or because with their conniving, scheming and cheating (Helene - she was written very immoral for the time) or because of their stubbornness and meanness (Andre's father, Prince Nikolai). I enjoyed their portrayal because the range of emotions they evoked from me.
Tolstoy does a lot of narrating to us, the reader. At times, I agreed with him wholeheartedly. History, he says, really is so subjective. Who relates history if not the winner? History is so skewed. To the victor go the spoils, and the writing of it. Makes sense. History is not about one man (Napoleon) and another (Alexander). They just happened to be there. History is about society as a whole, the elements, the landscape, the weather, the whim of the mass of men doing the actual fighting. The "Men of History" just happen to be there at the right time and "historians" write them in. Tolstoy goes into great detail on his theory, including examples of actual battles and how the battle really had nothing to do with the king or generals running it. It was interesting, but also a bit too long. The book was BOGGED down with his explaining this to us in the second Epilogue. If only he had stopped at the first epilogue.
Hooray for me!