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Another Mismash of Stuff

1. Last Saturday night I was invited to a party by a student at the Seminary where I work. He's housemates of sorts with a couple I know from church but most everyone I knew there was from work as the others from church had the "dual identity" as did. As the house was in my neighborhood, I walked down. I gave myself about 25 minutes and ended up being the first to arrive. I also ended up being one of the last to leave as the 9pm stop time happened and the dancing to Van Morrison happened. The there was an impromptu jam session so the party really didn't end until almost 10:30. Great time.

2. As some of you may remember we had a bed bug problem awhile back. Our movie-loving cook friend decided it was time for us to get furniture again so we went out recliner shopping. (Hey, if she was willing to pay...) We ended up getting a recliner AND a Canadian rocker. Both are awesomely comfortable.

3. On Sunday, we watched The Gift with Cate Blanchett. Given this was directed by Sam Raimi, I wasn't sure what to expect. It really not like Spider-man or Evil Dead. While I like both, this was a good thing I think. I was surprised this was co-written by Billy Bob Thorton but there was shades of Sling Blade so I guess... The cast was great. Keanu Reeves plays a great redneck alcoholic wife-beater. (Is that redundant?) Maybe his best role ever...

4. Last night we watched The Boy With Striped Pajamas about a boy ignorant of teh fact his father ran Nazi concentration camp. The ending was either very sad or morbidly, and ironically, comic depending on your personality. The acting was superb; I think award nominated...

5. Not long after we finished, the power went out due to a really nasty storm we had go through town yesterday. It was out about 2 hours.

6. So Spring Thaw, despite the fact the official deadline I was given was two months ago, is still not available to buy anywhere except the publisher's own site. I emailed the publisher 4 times and got no response any of the times. If I ever finish the third book, I'm not going back to them. Before I re-signed with them for this book, I checked into agents and came up empty. If you have any leads, I'd love to hear from you!

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