Tuesday, June 29, 2004

I Was Almost Charlie's Angels...

Which Action Star Are You? Find out @ She's Crafty

I am currently on vacation. OK, so my parents are and I'm just merging my vacation with theirs. What-the-fuck-ever.

I saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban the other day. I have not read the first three books so I was very pleased with it. The 2 hours and twenty-something minutes went by very quickly. I was disappointed Lupin left at the end. He seemed like an important character. (God knows Maggie Smith is just a waste of space considering her talent and she returns year after year...) I loved seeing Dawn French as the Fat Lady and it's about time Robert Hardy appears in these things. (Minister of Magic) I did miss John Cleese although if you must cut something his scenes did seem to be rather useless in the first two films. I loved how Emma Watson acted more feminine with her purse and her comment "Is that what my hair looks like from the back?"

I've started reading Goblet of Fire. It's pretty good but the Quiditch scenes are usually the most boring so I can't imagine how this will be done on film...Many people have said this is the worst in the series so there you go...

Yesterday, we went up to Historic Deerfield. I like history more than many my age but that was rather boring. This rather surprising since it's the tricentennial of the Deerfield Massacre where many were killed or captured by Native Americans and taken to New France which is now, course, Canada.

Tomorrow we head for New Hampshire and then Maine.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Everybody Does Not Love Raymond

First off, in case you really were wondering and since no one has tagged I'm assuming you didn't, I didn't actually scan anything but I guess there's another wedding later in the summer so maybe I'll scan another then.

Yesterday was fairly eventful. We all went to my mother's church to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my parent's ordination. An old family friend came from Cleveland to preach. Both congregations attended and there was a lot of presents and picture taking.

After they flew home, and Father's Day stuff happened, none of which really compared to the morning, we watched Welcome to Mooseport which could have been a lot worse but more about Maura Tierney's underwear, like her in it, would have improved things greatly.

After my parents went to bed, I watched the movie Underworld. I was pleasantly surprised to find it actually had a more than reasonable plot and was quite entertaining. Having a R rating, I assumed we'd see more of Kate Beckinsale but I guess having her future husband as director would put the kibosh on that. Man was that film gruesome though. I don't want to give anything away but I will say I've never seen a head split in half that way before...

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Day Three

I have really nothing new to report. My job here is finishing up very soon. They'll be back tomorrow afternoon.

I scanned one of my stories, written junior year of high school, on to a disk yesterday. Considering how long ago that was, I think the story, about a sea monster attack on the coast of Maine, still reads pretty good. (The sequel is already posted at FictionPress.) I don't think there will be time to scan all the pieces I brought with me so I have to pick one. Though I realize no one will respond until it's too late to pick, here are the options:

1. Man goes to high school reunion reconnecting with lost love. (Yes, I know how similar that is to the story in progress over at FictionPress but this was written about six years ago.)

2. Naval captain has psych evaluation after apparently firing on a Chinese vessel.

3. New chapter to Guliver's Travels written senior year of high school.

If you care, I wil tell you which I chose.

What more can I say?:

cuddle and a kiss
cuddle and a kiss on the forehead - you like to be
close to your special someone and feel warm,
comfortable, and needed

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Saturday, June 12, 2004

At least I'm Not A Woman

Take the quiz: "Which 'Queer Eye' Guy Are You?"

You are Carson! You're a diva with a fine-tuned sense of style. You have a thing for pet names and Prada. You're hot stuff and you know it, but you can be kind to the little people with littler fashion sense. Right, peanut?

Day Two

Smokey seems to be missing his family more than he did last year or at least is showing it more. Ah well. I couldn't get him to walk for me yesterday but he went for like 45 minutes this morning. Yay!

I went out last night to special worship service at the Bushnell. It was supposedly ecumenical but it was like 90% African American churches. Can I get an Amen? Anyway, I didn't think of the emotional toll it would take on Smokey. He's used to a family of four (one of whom is agoraphobic) and now he just has me. I feel really bad for him. I know he'll be ok but still...

Friday, June 11, 2004

Day One

I have begun taking care of the dog. It's been almost three hours since they left and I think things are settling down. (He has finally at any rate.) It's a good thing too because I didn't know how much more of him just staring at me I could stand... Yes, it is confusing for most creatures if guests arrive and your family leaves instead but getting into a staring contest with a dog gets so boring quickly...

This should be good overall. They have a scanner so I can put some of my old writings on disk. Woo hoo!

A quiz:

Take it: "Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You? "

Ta me air meisce
Ta me air meisce - 'I am drunk.'You enjoy a drink - or five - now and then. You can usually be found in a pub - it doesn't matter which one, because they all look the same after a few drinks - or hugging the porcelain.

I have never drank until I threw up. Drank until I blackout in the bushes with a copy of Batman and Robin in my hand, yes, but not 'til I threw up...

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Do You Still Know the Muffin Man?

I saw Shrek 2 with my mother last night. That was absolutely fabulous. (The creator of that particular Britcom, Jennifer Saunders played the villain of the piece, btw...) Critics have said it's better than the original. I don't know if I'd go that far but it was definitely just as good as the first. I don't know if you've seen it but our cat Susie did that Puss N Boots "cute face" three times last night...

This weekend I will be once again house/pet sitting for that retired seeing eye dog as I did over July 4th weekend last year. It would be for as long and I, of course, did it before but I'm still a little nervous. Why? I don't know...

Friday, June 04, 2004

Couldn't Resist Posting This.

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Your name:
Weapon of Choice:Flamethrower
Your Favorite Target:Nuns
Your Kill Count:1,384,752,251
Your Battle Cry:"Touch me, I'm happy!"
Years You Spend in Jail:31
How Much Money In Damages You Cause:$186,144,475,298,461
Your Homocidal Insanity Level:: 7%
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Did three things today. When to a Greek Festival in Hartford then took a nap before going to a pool party.

At the Festival, I ate tirokopeida which translates as "cheese pie." It was sooo good. It was, perhaps not surprisingly, like Bosnian cheese pita but infinitely better. I also learned that MGD goes well with rice pudding...

Yes, I did indeed say I went to a pool party. (Heated, of course.) It was the end of the year party for the youth group (6th-8th graders) of my mother's church. It wasn't that bad. A major topic of conversation was the new Harry Potter film...

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Been A Long Time.

French Guard

Hello, long time no type.

I've been unusually busy the last few days. This past weekend, I fed a family friend's cat while they were away. It was really easy but did not pay that much at all.

On Monday, we went to the Lobsterfest at Mystic Seaport. That was pretty fun. My father parked the car near Mystic Pizza and asked me if I thought we'd see Julia...(If you knew my father you wouldn't be surprised...) We toured this whaling vessel and the ceilings below decks were so low I banged my head like three times.

The last two days I've been doing a job for my mother cropping digital images and inserting them in documents. That did pay pretty well...

Been watching a lot of movies lately. In addition to reseeing Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Grease and Duets, we also went to see Laws of Attraction in the theater. Not a bad movie although the script could have used some tweaking. It did have Julianne Moore and Parker Posey, two members of the harem wish list, so that was good enough for me...

The season finale of Enterprise was oh so cool. I loved it when Shran and the Andorians arrived. I ad hoped that meant they were going to have a larger role in they series but I don't think so. I'm not surprised the destruction of the weapon threw Archer apparently back in time. I can only assume that the Enterprise also ended up back in time because of Daniels. Why WWII? That is a time period, in addition to the Civil War, that is done to death on tv time travel plots. Can't they come up with something new? What about this plot convinced UPN not to cancel the show?

I've been reminding myself lately just how good Deep Space Nine was. Enterprise pales in comparison.

A show that did end this past weekend was Justice League and did it not go out with a bang! Batman dropping the Watchtower on the Thanagarian device was just too cool for words. We may never know how the League members voted on whether to let Hawkgirl stay or not since she quit and left. Though the DVD of this apparently includes the producers explanation of why they didn't have the "real" Hawkman in the episode, my guess is that they already made Aquaman kinda evil so they probably didn't want to do it to Hawkman in a more blatant fashion. I should have known the show was going to end when they all revealed there secret identities to each other. (A problem I had with the series if you'll remember.) I thought the best line was going to be Superman reply about the device, "Impressive...Let's go wreck it." but, in fact, good old Alfred had the best lines. Wally "Flash" West made some stupid revelation and Alfred replied "And I thought Master Bruce was the detective." Later when the JL left a Thanagarian on the lawn, Alfred replied, "I really've got to get Master Bruce to clean up after himself."

Fear not though, apparently, a retooled Justice League Unlimited debuts in August with recurring new cast members. I can't wait.
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