January 8th, 2007

little review

Poem for Monday

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It wasn't quite as insanely, outrageously warm Sunday as it had been Saturday, though there were little pink blossoms coming out on local trees and the sun shone most of the afternoon, before the rain clouds rolled in and we had a flood watch in the evening. We went for a hike at Seneca Creek State Park -- the same park that had the drive-through winter light show last month -- though this time we were in a different area, walking along the creek in the woods and then stopping at The Woodlands, which has a model log cabin, a millstone and some exhibits on the Clopper family who owned the mill for whom the road leading to the park is named. I took photos of the mill ruins and the creek and the flowers coming up in the beds by the visitor center, but I will post those tomorrow, because we experienced The Return of the Big Stripey Pest during the rainstorm which caused much upheaval for the entire family:

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We did a bunch of chores in the late afternoon -- we had to stop for cat litter and at Trader Joe's for brown rice -- so in consolation we also looked at the fuzzies in Petco and went to Congressional Aquarium to see the fish and turtles. Still no luck tracking down a Wii nunchuck anywhere for a decent price. Which reminds me, I want to ask a stupid favor: Did anyone get an extra Musical Amigos toy in a box of Trix (or any of the other cereals that come with Happy Feet action figures) that you'd be willing to trade for any of the others? We have duplicates of all the rest and our local food store no longer has the specially marked boxes.

We had intended to watch the Narnia special edition on On Demand, but by the time we stopped being distracted by the raccoon, it was too late for such a long movie, so instead we watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines on cable since we had deprived the kids of it the night before. It got such bad reviews that I was ready for it to be unwatchable, so I was pleasantly surprised by it; it's nowhere near as good a film as the first two and exacerbates some of the plot holes of the second movie that I usually repress, like the time paradox where they build Skynet based on material from the first Terminator. And it had a downer ending that seemed like a sure setup for a sequel I assume we'll never get now that the Governator has other things to do. But it's worth watching just for the opening, Ahhnold arriving naked and marching into a club on ladies' night, having a stripper in black leather assume he's gay, stealing the stripper's clothes to much cheering and leaving in the stripper's Elton John sunglasses. Collapse )

The Patriots beat the Jets and the Eagles beat the Giants! This is good news not only because we generally root for New England and against the Giants around here, but because Dhani Jones went to my sons' elementary school and he visits occasionally because his mother still lives nearby. I didn't watch either game at all closely but we caught the ends of both.