December 15th, 2010

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Poem for Wednesday, Kalmar Nyckel, 'Toy Story 3'

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I got to spend Tuesday with dementordelta! She brought me birthday presents (Sun Creme from the Maryland Renfaire, Barbie clothes from Mount Vernon, a Geoff Hunt book) and took me out to lunch at Tara Thai, where we shared lots of tofu and curry, then did a bit of shopping (some costume jewelry, a sweater, and Kindle accessories may have been acquired), then we came back to my house and watched Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (because she'd never seen it, and it's the only Disney made-for-video sequel I've ever found worth rewatching) and Mrs Henderson Presents (because I'd never seen it, and any film with Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins -- especially one set in a theatre in pre-WWII London -- is by definition fantastic, and I liked seeing the woman who played Watson's fiancee in Sherlock Holmes again too). In between the movies, we got Adam to tennis and ate M&M blondies that Paul made. All afternoons should be so good.

Paul made alfredo noodles and barbecue for dinner -- well, not actually using the grill since it's very, very cold outside, and not involving meat for myself and Adam -- then, since the kids had finished their homework and we missed it in the movie theater, we watched Toy Story 3. People had warned me that it was sad, but I was more shocked at how mean-spirited parts of it were, given that it's targeted at children as much as adults nostalgic for the first two Toy Story films, with which this one shares gender and cultural biases despite indications of its modernity -- we were all happy to see a plush Totoro. So the message is...stick with your friends and maybe they'll manage to get you out of terrible situations into merely traumatic ones? Or nothing lasts and the more fun you have now, the sooner the fire waits for you? I actually found Mrs Henderson Presents to be more uplifting, despite some very sad incidents based on historical events.

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