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The Great Nerd Revival

tumblr_m44ycgoeva1rvez1vo1_250Actually, can you call it a revival when they never really were terribly mainstream and/or accepted before?  Ehh. Doesn’t make much difference because the point is: it’s a bit cool to be a nerd these days.  Moreso than ever before. I gotta blame the hipsters at least a little bit for this one.  While a hipster is not a true nerd and both nerds and hipsters alike would likely be horrified to be compared to the other, there are some slight similarities.  That would be that neither group tends to follow the “common aesthetic”.  They like what they wanna like, the more eclectic, often, the better.

Right now, the nerds are having a good year.  Well, couple of years.  I mean, stuff like this doesn’t happen overnight.  But Doctor Who is a great example.  A couple years ago, it was pretty much EXCLUSIVELY for the obscure nerd out there.  Now, Doctor Who has hit the mainstream.  Which, yes, can be frustrating for some of the hard core and/or Classic fans, but I think is just a symptom of a bigger phenomenon.  Consider the success of all the comic book/super hero movies lately.  Consider the revival of not only Star Trek but of Star Wars as well.  Consider the way that we have a society have drifted towards social media and technology as a whole.

Exciting times to be a nerd!

Of course, nothing is ever ALL good.  As things that were previously obscure become more mainstream, that means mainstream thinking makes it way in and it’s not always welcome.  There’s been some hateful stuff in the last week especially in the Doctor Who fandom, because of the return of the character of Rose Tyler for the 50th.  It’s upsetting to her fans, like me (since I would even be interested at all in Doctor Who if I hadn’t identified with her character to begin with), and it’s tremendously unproductive in the grand scheme of things.  I’ll never understand hateful attitudes within a fandom, especially one such as Doctor Who that tends to promote non-violence, acceptance and friendship.

I guess that’s just a really long-winded way of saying, “CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG???”

Anyhow.  It’s Friday and I’m grateful to have made it through another week.  I can’t believe this month is already almost over.  Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess?  Is that I’ve been doing?  Having fun?

What I mean when I say I’m an anglophile

I saw this post on Tumblr this morning and it made me think.  I think what the post author said is true for a good number of self-proclaimed anglophiles on Tumblr… they love Sherlock or Merlin or Doctor Who and think that’s the sum-total of British life and therefore, they love it the most.

I don’t think the same can be applied to me, not exactly.  True, shows like Doctor Who opened my eyes more to British culture.  But neither can I claim that it’s the first thing about the U.K. that I loved.  “Love Actually” has been one of my favorite movies (if not my most favorite movie) ever since I first saw it.  I’ve always enjoyed “British exports” such as Harry Potter and Monty Python and the like but so do a lot of other people. I don’t think like British TV shows and movies automatically makes you an anglophile.  I also don’t think that they have the BEST of everything.  Plenty of my favorite TV shows and movies have come from America.  I adore Lost to this day, as many of you probably well remember.  So many of the series on HBO are simply amazing and incredible.  Breaking Bad is sublime and if you haven’t given it a try, I recommend you look it up on Netflix and watch it because it is SO VERY GOOD.  I’m also well aware that there’s “turds” on British TV as well.  Of course there is!  Why wouldn’t there be?

I love British candy and a lot of different British foods and drinks.  I don’t love them because they’re British, but rather because of how they taste.  I like the lack of high fructose corn syrup and the most natural flavorings that are used.  Strongbow is my favorite hard cider.  I know there’s more “quality” cider out there, much of it made here in the States.  But I know what I like and I like that.  I also think there are some British foods that are downright sketchy.  It starts with Mushy Peas and goes right on through black pudding.  That said, I love cottage pie and bangers and mash and British mustard and malt vinegar on my chips.  I just like the way all those things taste.  It’s right up my alley.

I enjoy the accents, of course, and that’s not just limited to London.  Just a year ago, I probably couldn’t have told you a London accent from a Northern one from a Welsh one.  I couldn’t tell Scottish and Irish apart and when it came to different London-area accents?  FORGET IT.  I’m not perfect at it now but I have a better grasp on what makes Estuary sound different from Cockney and how both are different from Northern London accents.  I can tell a Manchester accent from a Liverpool accent and ADORE them both.  I’m even not only able to tell Scottish from everything (as it is my favorite of all the accents), but am starting to be able to pick out the different Scottish accents (such as how Glasgow accents sound different from accents in Inverness and those areas).  The point is that I love listening to these accents and learning what makes them different from one another.  And I could listen to a lot of these read the phone book to me and be perfectly happy.

I love many things about the U.K.  I know it’s not a perfect place and that is has plenty of political and economic problems, but I still enjoy the history and the culture and the people who live there.  I think that’s what it means to me when I say I’m an anglophile.  It means that I am drawn to British things and enjoy them for what they are. I don’t view them as superior to their American counterparts (well, maybe the candy is), but just different and I really dig those differences.

For some greater insight, be sure to check out these YouTube vloggers because they are endlessly entertaining (those are just my favorite two, I’m well aware that there are more).  Basically, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really dig British stuff.  I want to ruffle it’s hair and pinch it’s cheeks and make fun of its foibles all at the same time.  So again: not superior.  Just different.  But different in a rather fabulous way.  And let’s face it, aren’t MOST differences just kind of fabulous?

Here’s how I see it

 Tonight, the husband and I went on a date night to go see “The Descendants” at the theater. We still may rent “Tree of Life” from redbox, but for the most part, I think we’ve now seen the movies we need to have seen in order to make our Oscar picks.

We saw “War Horse” shortly after Christmas and for a time, we thought it was the Oscar front runner. But then we saw “The Artist”. And all of that changed. Listen, if you haven’t seen it because it’s black and white and (mostly) silent, GO SEE IT. I’m not even kidding. You need to see it. It is fantastic. If you love movies, you will love “The Artist”. 

We went to see “The Descendants” mostly just to confirm what we were already thinking. I don’t want that to sound as though we went in with a bias. Sure, I had “The Artist” in mind but so many people have gone on and on about “The Descendants” and I wondered if maybe it would be a revelation. 

It wasn’t. 

Don’t get me wrong, it was a great movie, filled with gorgeous scenery and great acting. I particularly enjoyed the performances by Shailene Woodley and Nick Krause, believe it or not. I think at least Shailene should have been nominated. In many ways, her character really made the movie. 

But, empirically, “The Artist” was a better movie. It resonated a whole lot more, I felt, and was a pure example of what a Best Picture winner should be. I also think it should the Directing award as well. But that goes more hand in hand with why I think it was Best Picture. 

I’ll even go so far as to say that I think “War Horse”, “Midnight in Paris” and “The Help” we’re better Best Picture contenders than than “The Descendants”. Maybe even “Moneyball” too. They were all excellent movies.  I can’t speak for “Tree of Life” or “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” or “Hugo”. We didn’t see those (and I keep feeling like maybe we should try to see “Hugo”… But we’re kinda down to the wire here). 

The big question remains: Who was the Best Actor?  George Clooney or Jean Dujardin?  I can honestly say I think it should be Jean Dujardin and here is why.  George did a fantastic job.  He was great to watch as he always is. But his performance wasn’t mind-blowing. To me, he was George Clooney playing a role and I never stopped thinking of him as George Clooney. Jean Dujardin, however, had me totally believing he was a silent film star from the 20’s and 30’s. 100%. He was engaging, magnetic and enchanting. His single line at the films final moment? Pure perfection. For me, it’s no contest. 

Now, I know as well as anyone else that The Academy will do whatever they want. I can’t even count how many times in the past they’ve overlooked the better film or actor or whatever to go with the “popular” or “political” choice. And let’s face it; right now “The Descendants” is the popular choice. I just don’t think we should assume anything is all. Because if The Academy has any sense, “The Artist” will be walking out with a few key statues. 

2011 Wrap-up: The Year That Blew

I’m not going to do the standard meme this year.  For one thing, I’m kind of sick of it and for another thing, it tends to ask things I don’t find important and leaves out other things that I do.  So I’m doing my own sort of wrap-up this year.  Go me.

This year was not a good year.  There were good things that happened, no doubt about that.  But on the whole, the taste left in my mouth from this long, hard year is altogether unpleasant.  But then, I think this is kind of a theme: last year I was also unhappy with the year on the whole.  Maybe I’m just hard to please.  I think the difference last year was that I was in SUCH a hole mentally and emotionally.  I wasn’t healthy at all and it was taking it’s toll.  But honestly? I would take another 2010 if it meant I would never have another 2011.  That’s just how bad this year was.

We all pretty much know the reasons this year was a hard one.  There was a lot of things that happened to a lot of people that were very, very unpleasant such as the Joplin tornado, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the accident at the Reno Air Races, etc and so forth.  So I’m not going to go into that. I’m also not going to rehash losing my brother-in-law which was such an agonizing experience as it unfolded over the last 14 months.  I know how much that sucked.  You can probably guess how much that sucked.  So let’s just leave it at that.

No, I’d rather look at the levity in the last year.  What music, movies, books, television and all that shaped this year.  This is the stuff that helped distract from the bad this year.  That’s amazingly valuable.   This year would have been a complete black hole without it all.

Music of 2011
I think the song that will end up reminding me the most of this year was LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”.  That song is just plain infectious and everytime I hear it, I want to dance and pump my fists.  I think this song in particular highlighted everyone’s desire to shed the problems of the world and let loose and enjoy life.  Happy songs don’t always indicate a happy time.  Sometimes they just show a desire to escape from the bad.  This song was nothing but fun.  Love it.

Also notable this year:
“Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga.  My favorite song off her new album and probably Evie’s favorite song in the world.
“Firework” by Katy Perry.  This one might have come out at the end of 2010 but to me it reminds me of the early months of 2011 where the uplifting lyrics really made me want to be better.
“Forget You” by Cee Lo Green.  The clean version. ;)  I love the mood of this song.  It’s toe-tapping, nose-thumbing anthem.
“We Found Love” by Rihanna.  I know this is a new one but omg, I cannot stop listening to it.  Darn you, Rihanna.
“Cheers (Drink to that) by Rihanna. Again.  That girl gets around.  Cheers to the freakin’ weekend!

Television of 2011
This was a GREAT year for television!  We still don’t watch a whole lot.  Network tv (as in ABC, NBC, etc) is still pretty much dead to us.  I know there’s a lot of network shows that a good number of people love and support but we just never have gotten into them.  Besides, we had enough to keep us busy over on cable!

“Breaking Bad” on AMC is far and away the best TV of the year.  I am so, so happy that we finally caught up with this show because it was a REVELATION to us this last summer.  And season 4 was so amazingly awesome (that finale!!) that I honestly don’t see how season 5 could even come close.  God Bless Walter White!

Also of note:
“Boardwalk Empire” on HBO. What was WITH that finale, huh?  Geezum crow!  Always fascinating, this show is.  I always root for Nucky and I suppose I still will but I have to make my peace first.
“Game of Thrones” on HBO.  What a crazy show this is!  I guess if I had to say one thing about it it would be: Don’t get too attached to your favorite characters.  I don’t think anyone is safe on this show. I can’t wait for it to start up again.
“Walking Dead” on AMC.  This show has it’s moments.  The second season hasn’t quite been what the first was but I’m holding out hope for when it picks back up in February.
“True Blood” on HBO.  I’m including this mostly just because we still watch but season 4 was a disappointment.  Season 5 will have to step it up a lot.

Movies of 2011
We got to see a few more movies in theaters this last year because a) the little kids are old enough to go to movies more often now and b) Harry is old enough to stay home with the little ones at night for Kile and I to see a movie here and there.  Plus there’s redbox and Netflix and all the other marvelous ways to watch.  Lord, but I love movies.

I give the edge this year to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″.  It’s a tough choice because there were many really REALLY good movies this year.  But this was the LAST installment of Harry Potter and it was a mind blower.  I didn’t get to see it until several weeks after it’s release and even then it was at the drive-in which doesn’t always make for the most immersive experience.  But.  It still got me.  It was THAT good. I have goosebumps just thinking about it now even.  Of COURSE we got it on blu-ray the day it was released.  No brainer.  Fantastic movie.

Also of note:
“Bridesmaids” – I didn’t see this one until redbox unfortunately, but it was worth the wait.  LOVED it.  Most of all, believe it or not, I loved Chris O’Dowd the most.  It was this role and this movie that made us look up “The I.T. Crowd” on Netflix and watch all the past episodes.  I’m a fan for life, yo.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” – The hype for this one was spot on.  I can’t believe I waited to redbox this one too.  Everyone was spot on in this one.  The feeling, the comdedy, everything was pitch perfect.  And I kinda get the whole Ryan Gosling thing now.
“Super 8″ – ANOTHER one I foolishly waited until redbox to see.  And again, the hype was correct.  The nostalgia was thick in this one and I ate it up with a spoon.  I need this one on blu-ray.  I have the above 3, but not this one.  Yet.

Books of 2011
I really started reading again this year and can I just say?  I’m SO glad I did.  Reading is a fantastic outlet; it stimulates the mind and helps me calm down before going to sleep each night.  And I read some GREAT books this last year.  I really don’t know if I can say one book was better than any other because lord.  So many good ones.

But I have to give the edge to “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.  It’s a non-fiction biography and if you haven’t heard of it or read it do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy.  It is an inspiring story to end all inspiring stories.  And it’s all TRUE, which is the most incredible part.  You gotta read this one.  JUST TRUST ME.  This book has been on the best seller list all year for a very, very good reason.

The rest of these books are a very close second.
“The Hunger Games Trilogy” by  Suzanne Collins.  Sure, wasn’t written in 2011.  But I read it in 2011.  And it totally blew my mind in 2011.  Twilight who?  Forget about it.  It’s all about Katniss. I cannot WAIT for the movie.
“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen.  Also not written in 2011.  But who cares.  I loved it.  I never knew I loved old-timey circuses and elephants until I read this book.  That’s high praise.
“A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness.  I read this one for the BlogHer Book Club and LOVED it.  Again, it takes Twilight and kicks it out the window.  THIS is what a vampire book should be.  I am excited for the sequel.
“11/22/63″ by Stephen King.  The first book I read on my Kindle!  And a GREAT book.  Long but so, so good.  I wish there were more books like this one.  I would read them all in quick succession.
“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson.  I’m reading this one right now, in fact, but I’m including it anyhow.   I’m only about halfway through but already I feel like I have a much broader picture of who Steve Jobs really was.  Nothing so far has been terribly surprising but I suppose I’m mostly surprised that it isn’t all black and white regarding his temperament.  It’s a lot more shades of grey.  Definitely he was a brat.  But he was also amazingly SMART.  I can’t wait to finish it and find myself reading it whenever I catch a moment.

So there you have it.  That is truly the best this last year had to offer us.  Let’s tip a glass to the entertainment that has sustained us through this crap-tastic year and move on to 2012.  (And while we’re at it, let’s hope that the movies aren’t right and that the world isn’t going to end, mmkay?)

Lightening the mood a touch

Three posts in as many days?  I know, I’m looking for other signs of the apocalypse too.  I swear, if it were 2012 and not 2011 I’d be seriously worried and sure as heck wouldn’t be buying any green bananas.

Provided I didn’t chase too many people off with my “spirited” post yesterday, lets talk about some lighter subjects today, shall we? Pop culture is always a good bet.

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I know I said I didn’t really give two darns about the royal wedding and I DON’T.  I neither stayed up late nor got up early to watch any coverage.  I only watched what was on the Today Show this morning after I got up (which amounted to recaps and commentary for the most part) but I normally watch the Today Show during that time anyhow.  I also read a little news on my phone before actually getting out of bed but… again, that’s something I do each morning anyhow.  It just so happens that today is a day where the news is largely dominated by this wedding.  And I’m here to say: I’m not made of steel.

Yes, I got a little misty at moments.  Kate looked absolutely lovely in her gorgeous dress (I wanted to slap the fashion critics who said they wished she’d been more bold and modern).  I was also touched at the tiara she wore, upon learning it was leant to her by the Queen.  And that the Queen received it as a gift from her own mother when she turned 18.  And the Queen Mother had received it from her husband, then the Duke of York, shortly to become King George VI.   And that’s a lovely history, is it not?  Given that I just watched “The King’s Speech” earlier this week and loved every minute of it, that little bit of knowledge delighted me more than just about anything else.

I adore that cute little couple and I wish them the best.  And now the pressure is on to produce more royal heirs!  Oy vey.  Let the poor kids have their honeymoon and relax for a minute, shall we?

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We watched “Love and Other Drugs” last night and I found it to to be very MEH.  The story itself was cute enough but so much of it seemed forced to me.  And there was more attention to sex than I really thought was needed in the story.  It detracted from what the filmmakers obviously wanted to be a meaningful storyline about living and loving with a debilitating disease.  In the end, I found I didn’t really care and that’s a shame.  There was such potential.

Maybe we’ve watched so many movies that we’re less impressed by such obvious devices as the ones employed in this film.  Which isn’t to say that we’re “movie snobs” especially.  We like plenty of movies that true snobs would consider the lowest of low-brow. (“Role Models”, anyone?  That one cracks us up every single time.)  I was so disappointed I didn’t like “Love and Other Drugs” more.  I’d heard such great things about it.  Darnit.  Perhaps we should have grabbed “Black Swan” instead (it was also available in the redbox… live and learn!).

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I don’t think I could live quite as happily if I had to live without HBO.  I can do without every other premium channel and a good deal of the traditional cable channels but HBO?  From my cold, dead hands you’ll have to wrench it!

It’s not just the movies, though I assure you, we watch plenty of those!  But it’s the original programming and series as well.  Some we like more than others.  I can’t wait until “True Blood” comes back this summer, am so happy that “Treme” is back though I’m having a hard time picking up from where we left off.  “Boardwalk Empire” looks like they have a great second season in store for us but I’m going to have to hold my breath for that one coming back.  We even enjoy “In Treatment” and it’s frequent but totally dysfunctional episodes.  When the next season of that is due up is beyond me but I’ll be anxious for it’s return.

“Game of Thrones” is the new series right now and it’s very good.  Everything about it is very well done.  But, dangit, it stresses me OUT.  The end of the first episode was downright haunting.  Events in the second episode are no less disturbing.  It would appear things will only get more uncomfortable from here on out.  We will certainly continue to watch and I will certainly continue to be stressed out.  It’s definitely not the sort of show you watch to unwind.  And I don’t think I will want to watch any episodes a second time.  Shiver.

All that aside, however, I’m rather excited to watch the Lady Gaga special coming up here in a week or so.  It looks to be a fascinating and entertaining spectacle.

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I’ve also been on a documentary kick lately with Netflix (another little piece of technology I don’t think I’d want to exist without).  I’ve watched a broad range of documentaries and specials lately, from meteor showers to dog breeding to historical and war related films to the history behind Pixar (FASCINATING, by the way, I heartily endorse watching that one!). I’m always on the lookout for more to watch (sometimes I watch with Kile in the evenings but more often I’ll watch during naptime, that small sliver of time in the day when the television is wholly mine).  Does anyone have some great documentary features that are available on Netflix instant streaming right now that I might not have seen?  I need some recommendations!

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It’s Friday, god bless it.  This week has lasted for an eternity.  I thought yesterday was Friday for about half the day and I was so disappointed to learn that it was only THURSDAY.  Boo on that, I say.  So now we are officially FRIDAY at last.  Pizza for dinner, a weekend (albeit surely too short for my tastes) ahead… what isn’t to love?  Things are looking up already!

Curling my Toes

So it’s a FRIDAY (and thank GOD for that) and I feel the weight of the week being lifted already.  In celebration, I wanted to post something kinda fun and entertaining today.  And since I miss the Friday Eye Candy post over at MamaPop, I’m going to do my own sort of Friday Eye Candy post here.  Namely: celebrity men who curl my toes. These are guys who I think are just hot… and a lot of that is perceived personality and some of it is just plain good looks.  I know a few of me might disagree with my selections and you are more than free to suggest your own favorites in the comments.  But I figured this was a great way to celebrate the weekend.

Now, let the drooling begin…

Clive Owen.  I pretty much enjoy every movie he’s in simply because he’s in it.  Maybe it’s the accent.  Maybe it’s the eyes.  Maybe it’s the rugged good looks.  Who knows.  But he’s sure purty.

Gerard Butler.  And this one is certainly about looks but ALSO about personality.  It wasn’t “300” that put him on my map.  It was “P.S I Love You” and “The Awful Truth” and movies like that.  The Irish brogue, the eyes, the dark good looks.  It all works for me.

Owen Wilson.  I adore this guy. I love all the movies he’s in simply because he’s in them.  My favorite?  “You, Me and Dupree”.  He’s hilarious in that one.  And it’s a total guilty pleasure.  I even enjoy the small part he had in “Armageddon”.  That’s saying something.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  I can’t say I enjoy EVERYTHING he does but he has the looks so gets on my list.  He was also in “P.S. I Love You” and he also has a charming way about him.  Humina!

Vince Vaughn.  I love his humor.  “Wedding Crashers” is probably the only movie with Owen Wilson in it where I preferred the other guy more than him.  He’s definitely cute, to be sure.  But he has something that goes beyond looks.  I dig it.

Seth Rogen.  I know, you’re probably wondering HOW he is on my list.  But he’s a comic genius.  I even love his VOICE (such as in “Kung Fu Panda”).  His laugh?  Never fails to make me giggle.  I adore this guy.  You should too.

Okay, that’s enough drooling for one day.  So do share:  who is on your list?

Not that bad

So far, 2010 has been pretty merciful.  Nothing excellent so far, but no tearing out of the hair and sobbing in a pile yet either.  I take my blessings where I can get them.

Yesterday went pretty well, being the first day in almost two weeks that we had any sort of normal routine around here.  In that two weeks time, Liam has become comfortable with climbing the gate into the kitchen and rooting around in the pantry and also opening the gate at the top of the stairs and playing upstairs.  He did a little of that yesterday, I didn’t mind the playing upstairs but I took issue with the pantry rooting.  Thankfully, he listened when I told him to get back in the living room.  For the most part.  And naptime was embraced and cherished by all yesterday and THAT is a wonderful thing indeed.

So really, so far, there are no complaints.  A MIRACLE!

Last night we rented “The Hangover” from the Blessed Redbox and I was so right.  Remember last week when I mentioned that we saw “Funny People” and it wasn’t that great and that we should have gotten “The Hangover” instead?  I WAS SO RIGHT.  “The Hangover” is seven different kinds of awesome.  If you haven’t seen it yet, get thee to a Redbox and get it.  If you have, then HIGHFIVE because that movie rocks.  We both enjoyed it immensely.  I might watch it again during naptime (since Kile forgot to take it with him this morning to return on his way to work), I liked it THAT MUCH.  There were parts that were SO WRONG but it was still the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in weeks.  So yay for that!

There you have it.  2010 doesn’t suck so far and a dvd recommendation.  That’s all I got.

And then the drive-in lost our business

Longtime readers of this here blog are well aware of our love affair with the local drive-in.  It has been how we’ve seen movies for years now.  We even went before we “had” to, back when we just had Harry and could have easier procured a babysitter or taken him to a standard theater.  Then Liam was born and standard theaters were out.  Evie came along and I forgot what seeing a movie at a standard theater was like.

We COULD have been like a lot of families and seen movies primarily on DVD and just left it at that.  But to know Kile and I is to know our fondness for movies.  Our first “date” was to the $1.50 movie theater to see “Hunchback of Notre Dame”.  When we were first married, we would often catch an early fast food dinner on Friday nights and then head to the last matinee of whatever had just come out that day.  When Harry was an infant, we took him to movies with us all the time.  It was a sad day indeed when we learned taking him to movies wasn’t going to work anymore (around 18 months of age, when we went to see “Shrek” in the theater).  I also remember with great joy the day we tried him in a theater again (he was 3 and it was “Finding Nemo”).  Sure, we watch a lot of DVDs too, but we also love to see movies in the theater.  There isn’t any experience quite like it.

The drive-in is definitely different than seeing a movie in a theater, but it still beats waiting six months (or more) to see the latest blockbuster.  Winters are long and dreary around here while the drive-in is closed.  It’s not always EASY to go to the drive in, especially with the two little ones.  Both of them are about the age that they’re itchy and crabby and whiny and generally annoying.  But we make it work and it’s pretty much always worth it.

But… I don’t think I can go back.  Not after this.

Last Wednesday night we went to see “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”.  30 minutes in or so, a transformer blew and we were issued passes to come back again.  BIG BUMMER.  I was so anxious to see this movie, the movie I was most looking forward to all summer!  The BIG one!  We couldn’t go back on Friday because Kile had to work and we figured Saturday would be swamped.  Sunday night would be perfect… still the weekend techinically, but smaller crowds.

We packed up the kids after dinner, got money out at the ATM to buy popcorn with, got drinks at 7-11 and waited in line outside the gates for about a half hour before they let us in.  We got a great spot, got all set up and everyone situated.  The movie started late.  It was supposed to come on at 8:55… it was more like 9:15.  But, that’s about par for the course at the drive-in.

Maybe two previews in, the screen went black.  Eventually, the sound cut off too.  We waited.  We figured it was a busted bulb in the projector, which we later learned was true.  But it was a while before we learned that there was no one at the theater who knew how to replace the bulb.   Second verse, same as the first.

This time, however, we asked for money back instead of passes.  I don’t think I can go back there.  It’s just ridiculous.  And now I’m devastated that I don’t know if I’ll be able to see Harry Potter until it comes out on DVD.  That’s just AWFUL.  A crime against humanity.

So I’m frustrated.  And annoyed.  And sad.  And peeved.  And downhearted.

Dangit.   NOW where am I going to see my movies at??

Babble and Blather

Gosh, is it Tuesday already?? What the heck?  Why am I losing large chunks of time all the time? And DON’T say it’s cuz I’m old.  Cuz then I’ll be forced to smack you over the head with my handbag, you young whippersnapper.

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So the sixth Harry Potter movie comes out tonight at midnight.  I want to see this movie.  We’ve kinda slacked off in the drive-in department lately, mostly because nothing much good was playing in June so we got out of the habit of going.  The last we saw?  Transformers.  We didn’t even go see Ice Age 3.  I think the general attitude was: “Meh.”  Which, yeah… who really wants to see Ice Age 3?  I sure don’t.  But that’s never stopped us before.  We usually go to the drive-in just to GO.  What movie is playing is sort of beside the point.

But I really wanna see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  I’m not one of those quasi Harry Potter fans who don’t even bother to read the books.  I read them all!  More than once, even!  I’d like to see it tonight at midnight but… yeah no.  Unless I took Harry with me.  And he has school so that wouldn’t work so hot with a 2 hour and 33 minute movie on a school night that starts AFTER midnight.

The best option is going to the drive-in tomorrow night.  Also a school night, but with a movie starting roughly around 9, would be home slightly sooner.  So what if Harry has school the next day?  So what if Kile has work? This is HARRY POTTER.  This is bigger than school and work.

Damnit, I’m putting my foot down.  We’re going.  And that’s final.  Just suck it up, boys.

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My children are monkeys.  That is all.

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Our big Disney Extravaganza is next month.  Like in WEEKS.  It’s getting close.  I’m still scared, but mostly about the traveling to Florida component.  I think the rest is going to be a blast and a half.  But two toddlers and luggage and car seats and strollers and airport security?  BE STILL MY HEART.  Has anyone done an air trip like this before and if so, HOW.  We’re flying Southwest.  On the way out, we stop but don’t have to get off the plane which has GOT to be a plus, right?

I have a feeling this will be the death of me.

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I think Evie just ate something quite possibly non-edible.  Uhm…

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The overwatering of the grass continues!  Kile is starting to think maybe he should turn down the sprinklers a hair.  You think?  There’s almost seven hours between the noon and evening waterings and the ground doesn’t even get 100% dry.  And that’s through the hottest part of the day!

The water conservation police are SO gonna have our asses.

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My left hand is misshapen and sore.  I’m turning into a crone.  I blame the knitting.

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And yet, I insist that I am NOT OLD.

Oh and GET OFF MY LAWN, punks!

Oscar Buzz

What?  It’s too late for Oscar buzz?  Too bad.  That’s what I’ve got for today so you’re just gonna have to deal with it.

I didn’t post yesterday but I figured I had earned a good day off anyhow.  Anyhow, isn’t Sunday the day you rest?  That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

In our grand old tradition, we watched the Academy Awards last night, from Ryan Seacrest’s red carpet show on E! to Hugh Jackman’s fond adieu at the end of the broadcast (we had to turn off Barbara Walters’ show because, seriously?  Jonas Brothers?  I DON’T THINK SO.).   A good time was had by all.  Sure, there were dull spots.  There always are.  And sure, there was a moment a little more than halfway through the thing where I got supremely sick of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Slumdog Millionaire” being called out as the winners.  But on the other hand, I haven’t seen either movie so for all I know, they were very deserving of their honors.  But dang it, why couldn’t “Iron-Man” or “The Dark Knight” won for Visual Effects?? I mean, at least I SAW those!

Still, despite the fact I’d seen probably a grand total of three movies that were nominated (wait, correction, make that four.  I did see “Kung Fu Panda”), I enjoyed the whole thing and as is my nature, I have some observations to share with you all.

  • Robert Pattinson.  *drool*  He was there and he brought his hair.  And his eyes.  And, you know, the rest of him.  *dreamy sigh*
  • Hugh Jackman made a awesome host.  I was convinced of this a mere 10 minutes into the show after watching his truly fabulous opening number.  As Kile said, it rivaled Billy Crystal’s infamous montages.  That’s saying a lot.  He had great energy.
  • The new format with the old actor winners bestowing the new nominees with praise and advice?  LOVE.  That was awesome and I’m sure it meant a lot to the nominees to hear it.  I hope they do that again.
  • Heath Ledger.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when he won Best Supporting Actor.  I know I was a freakin’ mess.  Shoot, even BRAD PITT had tears in his eyes.  By far, the most beautiful, sad and meaningful moment of the entire awards show.
  • That said, the “In Memorium” montage was also very beautiful and sad this year.  Queen Latifah singing “I’ll Be Seeing You” literally gave me goosebumps (still does, in fact). And being reminded of all the wonderful talent we lost this last year pretty much kicked my ass.  Damn you, Bernie Mac!
  • SO glad that Kate got the award, even if I didn’t see the movie.  I’ve been a big fan since “Titanic”.
  • During the Best Actor presentation, whenever they would show Mickey Rourke, I couldn’t help but stare at Robert Pattinson sitting behind him.  Humina.
  • Surprised that Sean Penn won but not too much.  You gotta love the guy, prickly as he is.
  • Aaaaand “Slumdog” wins.  Big surprise.

We had to watch “The Dark Knight” afterward because I was still on a Heath Ledger high.  Better than the Jonas Brothers, that’s for sure.

So did you watch?  What were your thoughts?  And why did I write most of this post this morning and then totally forget to finish and post it?  Am I that lame?  (Don’t answer that.)