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Double Feature Date Night

Sometimes when J and I have several movies that we want to see, we have what we call a Double Feature Date Night: we get to the theater and check out movie times, then pick the movie we want to see first. When the first movie’s over, we walk out of the theater, buy tickets to the next showing of the other movie, then have something for dinner. My favorite “dinner” is when we’ve only got about 30 minutes between shows so we walk across the street for frozen yogurt. Sometimes we have a couple of hours and then we get regular food.

This weekend the movie goodness was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) and Megamind. Harry Potter was on the giant TXC screen (similar to IMAX but with assigned, cushy seats and surround sound and all sorts of fun perks, including very limited commercials), and we saw Megamind in 3D. I like cartoons better than live action in 3D, and enjoyed Harry Potter in its 2D glory.

I won’t spoil anything of the movie (though if you’ve read the book, there’s nothing really to spoil), but I will say that I liked the few tweaks they made to the story, which was mostly the change the order of certain events so they’d flow better visually. Some things work better in prose than on the big screen, after all. I will also say that I did not finish reading the books (finally gave up because of the busy week I had last week), but I’m still plugging away and will finish them this week. THEN we’ll go to see the movie again, and after THAT I will go back to doing my commentary, though maybe after a little break to read something else. Maybe.

Megamind was surprisingly good. It had looked cute from the previews, and I liked how it basically took the Superman stereotype and turned it inside-out to create a new story. While some of it was predictable, some of it surprised me and it was fun to watch all around. So yeah. Rent-able if you don’t feel like seeing it in a theater.

Thanksgiving is this week (yay!) and then I am allowed to put up the Christmas tree (YAY!) and then I will start with the Christmas shopping and shipping (ya–oh wait, that part’s tedious) and then we have company coming for the holidays so the next month and a half are going to be very BUSY. If you don’t see many updates, that’s why.

If I don’t post before then, Happy Thanksgiving! ^_^

this and that, zoo stuff

Another Sunny November

Well, here we are, a week before Thanksgiving, and it’s still 85 and sunny. Perpetually.

Last week we had some rain… and then it went away again. That’s it.

While I like not being cold all the time, and I really enjoy the warm weather and being able to go outside and do things, and especially like that when I’m at the zoo cleaning my fingers aren’t numb and sticking to the shovels and rakes (raking yards in the winter is one of the more miserable parts of an otherwise amazing experience), it’s still a little weird (okay, a lot weird) to have Christmas decorations in all the stores and to be getting ready for Thanksgiving and to have it feel like, say, June. June is not the time for Thanksgiving, much less Christmas. At least I haven’t seen the polar bears and penguins at the NEX like I did last year… Ornaments seem to be the thing this year, which I like better than the snowflakes in Hawaii.

The zoo was nice today, and pretty quiet for a change; I guess with the holidays approaching, field trips are in a lull. One group of kids I saw today was better informed than most, and when they saw me tossing apples into the black rhino pool, they started discussing it (“Look! She’s enriching them!”) and how to enrich other animals, like tigers. It was refreshing to have a conversation with kids other than my usual “No, that’s actually not a monkey” spiel.

The AZA inspection is coming up soon and I’m going to a volunteer training/talk for it on Saturday. I have no idea what they’ll tell us, except maybe how the inspection works (and things we are and are not allowed to say). Having just experienced an AZA inspection at my last zoo, I have a pretty good idea how it happens, so that helps.

I guess that’s it for the zoo talk today. I keep forgetting my camera, so no new photos at the moment. I should get some before the end of the month, though. The tiger boys are getting ready to go to their grown-up zoos (so they can have their own cubbies!), so I imagine I’ll be getting some last photos of them. I will miss them… but then again we get to have new ones soon, so that’ll be fun. ^_^

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Random Thursday Thinkings

I feel that I should write something, even though I don’t have much to say, so here are some random musings for today:

I have one week to read 3 1/2 Harry Potter books. Think I can’t do it? I actually work best on a deadline (just ask my long-suffering college profs about the 25 page short stories written the night before due– I’m NOT kidding, though I kind of wish I was…) so I think they’ll all get read. If not, I can skip ahead to book 7 and read it the night before the movie. I’m excited, though. Harry Potter has been a staple in my reading life for… oh, I don’t know how long. Ten years, at least. When did book 3 get published? That was when I started reading, asked by my mom to make sure they were safe for my younger brother.

It took me 30 minutes to pick up coffee at Starbucks tonight. I wouldn’t have bothered, but it’s Veteran’s Day and I wanted to take coffee and doughnuts to the duty section on the ship (including J). The Starbucks was soooo slooooow tonight it was unreal. Their brewed coffee is usually the fastest thing to order, and it shouldn’t have taken me half an hour to get it, even if I did want the 12 cup box. The manager felt bad for me, though, and gave me a coupon for two free drinks next time I go.

Secretariat was a really good movie, even if you’re not into horses. And even if you know the story, you still feel the exhilaration of the races and pull for the horse to win, much like watching Oedipus or something similar, in that you know what’ll happen but can’t help getting caught up in it anyway. The horses were beautiful and I could tell my eight year old self was very pleased with them and then the eight year old self kind of wanted to go horseback riding RIGHT NOW. We still haven’t been, but I’m thinking maybe in early December. I’m also thinking that when we’re back on the mainland I might look into leasing a horse and taking lessons. I’ve wanted to do that since I was, well, eight years old and it’s about time I followed through on that dream. Plus, by leasing a horse I don’t have to own a horse, and I’m not responsible for the vet bills. It’s a winning situation. Oh, and back to my original point: you should see Secretariat, even if you have to wait and rent it.

I had an allergic reaction to something earlier this week. I only mention it for two reasons: 1, when I have a face-related allergy, I apparently turn into a Cabbage Patch Kid, and 2, steroids (which I’m on to reverse the swelling) make me really ENERGETIC for about six hours after I take them. I mean really, really energetic. I crash around 2pm, but I’ve had extremely productive mornings the past two days. It’s too bad the antihistamines I’m also taking keep me from being able to drive myself anywhere. Let’s just say the kitchen is REALLY CLEAN and that all of the laundry is DONE, some of it twice.

I am very excited about the new Narnia movie. I have nothing else to say about that, though.

I’m hosting a baby shower for a friend on Saturday. It’s going to be at a restaurant and all I’m bringing are balloons, party favors, and the guest of honor, whose lunch I will buy. Really, this is the best way to do a baby shower, in my opinion. Baby showers are ridiculous anyway. I understand wanting to celebrate with someone and the showering with gifts bit, but if you’ve ever been to a baby shower you know what I’m talking about when I say “Party Games.” If you’ve never been to a baby shower, you are lucky. Baby shower party games are the most horrible of all party games, and yet there are people who defend them as being “fun.” I’ve never had “fun” playing a baby shower game. Maybe I should make an entire separate entry about baby showers… but then again, I like my friends and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. We’ll just say that if you ever have me hosting your baby shower, there won’t be games. And it’ll probably be at a restaurant so I don’t have to cook. Or clean. Or plan games.

That’s enough thinking for tonight. Back to Harry Potter for now. ^_^

cosplay, geek life, holidays

Trick or Treat; apparently not just for kids

So, it’s November.

Usually that means I’m in a writing flurry with NaNoWriMo, but this year I’m just not feeling it. I’ve got so much on my plate right now that there might not be any more writing this month (I managed the first two days, but I’m not into the story and it felt forced).

Indiana Jones

We had over two hundred trick-or-treaters on Sunday night, and a good chunk of them were people who should not be trick or treating. For your reading enjoyment, my List of Those to Whom I Dislike Giving Candy, or the Fake-or-Treaters:

  • The babe-in-arms: If your infant has to be carried or pushed in a stroller and you’re holding the trick-or-treat bag (or it’s tied to the infant’s hand), then your child is TOO YOUNG to be trick-or-treating. You’re not fooling anyone, either; the kid’s not going to eat that Snickers bar. Why don’t you be a grown-up and buy your own Halloween candy? Speaking of grown-ups…
  • The grown-ups in costume: It’s one thing if you’re just walking around with your kid and happen to be wearing a costume. I get that, it’s fun. But when you show up with your kid AND your own bag? That’s not okay. And then to come with a group of other grown-ups and maybe one kid between you, if any at all? Not cool. Again, be an adult and buy yourself some Halloween candy.
  • The teenager who drives herself: If you can drive yourself from door to door, you don’t need to ask me for candy. Drive yourself to the store. Ditto on the teenage girls in the cute outfits that show off your figures– if you look like that, you shouldn’t be doing the kiddie activities anyway.
  • The rude child: You know the one. It’s the kid that looks at your bowl of candy and says, “I don’t like that, do you have anything else?” The worst is when mom or dad (or whoever) doesn’t correct them, but laughs at their child’s “precociousness.” MEMO to parents: Your child is NOT precocious. Your child is RUDE.
  • The family dog: Okay, so the dog’s costume is cute. I like cute dogs. But the candy bag strapped to the dog? I know that’s not for the dog’s consumption, so no, I am not going to give candy to your dog thankyouverymuch.

Other than the crazy number of trick-or-treaters (seriously, we had to bum candy from the neighbors because we ran out FAST), Halloween was fun. We went to a costume party on Saturday night and then had a fun time handing out candy on Sunday.

Halloween Party

November has been cooler (high around 80 to 82) and rainy every day so far, which is actually a nice change. It’s not so nice in terms of cleaning at the zoo, but I do like a change of pace. And the rhinos are happy in the mud, which is cute. Oh, and there are photos at the photo journal from October now, mostly of Halloween stuff and an angry picture of Caspian, who doesn’t like posing for pictures. ^_^