January 23rd, 2007

little review

Poem for Tuesday

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The kids had no school due to teacher's meetings (which started two hours late due to snow), so we had a quiet day at home...or maybe I should say we had a loud day, since younger son's friend came over and there was a great deal of shouting whenever they had not been ordered outside to play in the snow. apaulled informed me that my desire to lie around and avoid driving in snow might be because it's Blue Monday -- the most miserable day of the year. A Cardiff psychologist apparently came up with a formula that factors in weather, Christmas debts, New Year's resolutions and low motivation levels and came up with January 22nd as our common lowest point. At least it's over! I didn't accomplish a great deal other than posting TrekToday articles and printing out some fabulous Book of Shadows pages I got from the Ecorebbe (am trying to figure out how to convert .docs to uncomplicated .html for artbookmagic).

I did watch Equilibrium with older son, which was partly because he read 1984 for school and we were discussing dystopias, partly because muccamukk asked for fic in juleskicks' AnonyMeme. I realize that this movie rips off everything from Orwell's book to Michael Radford's film of it to Brave New World to We to The Matrix to Brazil, but that doesn't particularly diminish the pleasure of watching it. Bale, Watson and Bean are all terrific (Fichtner and Diggs suffer from some of the worst dialogue but their cheekbones are equally delightful) and it's beautifully filmed...the scene where Preston first hears Beethoven, when he's holding the Eiffel Tower snow globe and the focus moves from the snow in the glass to his eye as the music rises...guh. Also we all watched Heroes, which I thought might be a letdown after so many weeks away but was really very enjoyable. Collapse )

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Discovered earlier that Tamrac makes a slightly larger version of the camera bag I bought yesterday, so I ordered that one instead. Don't need one that can hold a laptop as apaulled has his own laptop bag (and therefore does the carrying!) but I need one that can hold a wallet, cell phone, keys, kids' stuff etc. as well as a camera, lenses, filters, etc. so would rather err on the side of grandeur than compactness!