Long Day

31 03 2010

This is the first tulip in bloom I’ve seen this year.  It’s finally warm enough for them to come out.  Almost too warm, really.  It was 82F today, which is apparently 16F higher for our area than normal for this time of year according to the radio.

I’m considering buying a piano from a coworker.  It’s a great deal, and I’ve been passively wanting one for years.  From what I’ve seen it looks lovely, so I’m going to try to check it out and play it before making a decision.

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Predator, Plans, and Passover

30 03 2010

It was 75F today, so Kes and I went down to Dickson for some food, and walked around for a bit.  Because Predators is coming out this year, Kes wanted me to watch Predator (since I’d never seen it before), so I watched that this evening.  It wasn’t too bad.  I can definitely see how a lot of people would love it.  Not really my thing, though.  I don’t mind going to see Predators in theatres with everyone, but it’s not a movie about which I’m super-excited.

Tomorrow I’m headed to my parents’ because my dad got a teaching award!  He’s going to make a presentation Thursday, so I will be present for that and the luncheon.  It will be nice to see family for a little bit.

I got invited to a friend’s Passover Seder.  Hopefully I can go.  I have gotten a lot out of the past two times I attended a Seder with her.  I’m just worried about being a little tired since it will be Saturday evening, and is out of town a bit.  We might also go see Clash of the Titans Easter afternoon, so it sounds like I will have a full weekend.

29 March 2010

29 03 2010

Normally I would be spending today with Kes.  It is often his day off.  One of his coworkers got married, and got stuck in the airport, though, so Kes is at work and I’m watching Torchwood.  It definitely has a different vibe from Dr. Who, but I find it to be enjoyable.  I tried watching some of the earlier Dr. Who iterations (from before it was brought back with Chris Eccleston), but I wasn’t as drawn into it.  I enjoyed The Three Doctors, for example, but the experience of the show is so different.

I might actually go to sleep before the sun sets today.  I’ve been staying up until it’s dark, but that’s making me really tired.  Hopefully I can get my schedule straightened out so I will function normally.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is still coming slowly, even though relatively interesting things are happening.  I doubt it’s possible for me to finish reading that and/or Gateway by the end of the month like I planned, so I may move on to a different book for awhile.  Probably something I have on my Nook.

Happy almost Passover (the sun is still up).

Thoughts on Repo Men

27 03 2010

Overall, I would recommend against watching Repo Men, or at least wait to rent on dvd/bluray.  While the acting was reasonable, the overall story was poor, in my opinion.  It was sluggish in too many places, and was bizarre in unenjoyable ways.  It definitely had one of the most bizarre sex scenes I’ve seen.  The ending also felt pretty weak.  I wouldn’t agree with some reviews I’ve read that the movie tried to be too deep and was heavy-handed with its message.  It felt more like an action sci-fi movie that lost its way somehow.  The action scenes weren’t too bad, if a bit gory.  It seemed like it could have been a reasonably fun movie, but fell short.

Dr. Who and PAX East

26 03 2010

I’m still devouring Dr. Who.  David Tennant is amazing.  I can’t believe he’s wanted to be the Doctor since he was 3.  Imagining that kind of dedication, to a goal, to his craft, is beyond me.  I admire him greatly (and am a bit celebrity infatuated).

Speaking of celebrity infatuation (I guess I’ve been having that a lot more lately), Kes and I are watching Repo Men tomorrow.  I’ve heard mixed things about it, but I would like to see what more Jude Law can do.  I’m pretty sure the only things I’ve seen him in are Sherlock Holmes and Gattaca, and I’d like to see more.

I’m slightly disappointed there was no chance of me being at PAX East this year.  I missed out on Wil Wheaton’s keynote (possibly more celebrity infatuation; geekiness is great and attractive, even if you’re “just” a geek), which I’m sure was amazing.  I also missed out on a chance to see wonderful friends.  I hope the experience is marvelous for everyone.  This past fall, I loved PAX, and I’m sure PAX East will be fantastic.


25 03 2010

I ended up going to the library today.  Jason was interested in going with me, and we were both excited about volunteer opportunities.  I submitted my volunteer application, and renewed my library card.  While contacting people to get their permission to list them as references, I got to talk to a couple people I don’t get to talk with much.  It was really enjoyable.

Appropriately, the episodes of Dr. Who I’ve been watching have been book-related.  I saw an Agatha Christie episode before I went to the library.  Now that I’m home, it’s an episode about a library!  Awesome!

Tangentially, I have been considering how the children in my story should know each other.  I think a library would be an appropriate place for them to meet/get to know each other.  I think I would get distracted if I had them know each other through school.  Plus, I feel like the children’s backgrounds might detract from the possibility of them going to the same school.

Cable Blip and Library Conundrum

24 03 2010

I thought I might not be posting today because my internet has been down since early this morning.  Kes and I tried unplugging the modem, etc. throughout the day, but no luck.  Finally, Kes convinced me to call Cox.  I don’t have a phone book, and no internet at the time, so I called 1-800-Goog411 which took an eternity because for some reason it couldn’t recognize the word “Fayetteville” even though it has many times in the past.  Then, I got put through to a disconnected Cox number.  Finally, I got ahold of Cox, navigated their automated menu, and spoke with a real human.  Immediately, all the lights on my modem lit up, and my internet was back… GAH.

I considered going to the library today, but talked myself out of it.  I would like to renew my library card, and check out volunteer opportunities, but I currently have books to read, and am not interested in checking out any more.    It just started bugging me that I would go to the library without the intention of checking anything out.  Is that weird?  Maybe I should go anyway in the near future.