Day Two: Dishes, Dogs and Dirty Laundry

27 10 2008

I woke up early. I woke up early to retrieve my dog. I woke up early to retrieve my dog because my dad works and I’m the only other option.

It was a foggy day on Happy Hound Drive when I pulled up to get my Gustis. The air was cold and I was still slightly foggy brained. But Gus looked none the worse for wear and wasn’t even mad at me like he normally is after we kennel him. Half an hour after I got home the owner of the Happy Hound called to give us a debrief of our dog’s stay. He had a special bed in the kitchen with a blanket to go over him. After the first two nights they decided that he was lonely in his own room so they put him in a room with some of the other old farts. He went to the hardwear store and had lots of treats. When he got home today he alternated between lying in the sun inside and lying in the sun outside. It’s a rough life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Off to the Middle of the West

4 09 2008

I’m heading out tomorrow to visit my brother-in-law and [pregnant] sister. The secondary purpose being to sit in the prayer room until an angel shows up, stops the meeting and tells me what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. 

I like Kansas City more than I ever expected to. They have good shopping, very little traffic and some people that I love a whole lot. I can’t imagine living there myself; I couldn’t handle being that far away from the ocean and four MORE hours away from NZ.

The fun part of all of this is that I just got back from a trip to Spokane about, um, seven hours ago. I haven’t been to the gym in a week, I ate WAY too many oreos and I have to unpack one set of luggage and repack another. On top of that is my cat. Literally. She is laying across both of my arms right now seriously restricting my typing. Read the rest of this entry »





The Temple of Consumerism

27 08 2008

Otherwise known as “My life, The Update”.

Sorry if it’s too quiet, I’m still using my digital camera to do this, and the sound quality is really poor. Not to mention, because of the file type (.mov) there is no way for me to edit it with the programs I have. Someday I’ll have better technology…

 





“Jumper”

17 02 2008

Last night I had a novel experience. I went to a movie on a Saturday night of opening weekend. Obviously there were other movies playing and not everyone was there to see Jumper, but there were heaps of people there.  Familys, couples, gaggles of teenagers; all doing the same thing on a Saturday night.

I think I need to move.

I had mixed feelings about Jumper and shall elaborate further in the following review.

Good Stuff:
     –Hayden “I’m so pretty” Christensen did much better than I expected. I believed him when he cried and liked the boyish awkwardness that his character never seemed to leave behind.
    -I love Jamie Bell and would gladly pay $10 to see him in anything. 
    -The special effects were impressive, and the thought-processes behind what ‘jumping’ does to the surrounding world showed creativity.
    – The ever-present blockbuster chick was less irritating than I expected. I would have liked her better if she hadn’t been so obviously malnourished. I find it morally objectionable to continually place stick-thin girls in front of the teenage population of America. We hold them up as idols and wonder why no-one under 18 has any self-esteem. 

Bad Stuff:
   – The plot had way more potential than was actually developed.
   – There was a [brief] sex scene that was not only completely unnecessary but felt really contrived.
   – Jamie Bell’s character could have been developed to a much greater extent. In fact, all of them could have been. By the end of the movie I still didn’t KNOW anything about them. ie, there was a great lack of subtext. You may not need subtext if your text is Shakespeare but when your script is as shallow as this one, you need all the subtext you can get!

Conclusion:
  I genuinely liked this movie. It was entertaining and fun, and for the most part I was pleasantly suprised. My inclination is to say that you should wait and rent it.

    Good company makes up for great ills and I had lots of fun. Anything that the movie lacked was compensated for by the very twitchy Jason, the best-laugh-I’ve-ever-heard Brian, the ever-so-silent Amy and my dear friend Rebecca. 

   Good times…





“I Am [My Own] Legend”

2 01 2008

Yesterday, The ever-lovely Mrs. Smith, the ever-lovely Mr. Smith and myself attended the 11:15 showing of I Am Legend. I had little to no idea what it was about going into it. I’d heard something about cancer and I believe the term “Vampire/Zombie movie” was used once or twice. Never being one to pass up a good zombie movie or a good vampire movie or, for that matter, any Will Smith movie, I was stoked for this one.

–Yes, you read it right. I love Jesus and zombie/vampire flicks. It happens. Also, spoiler warning. If you haven’t seen it yet don’t read this.— Read the rest of this entry »





Let’s Go to the Movies

21 11 2007

Last night one of the other interns, Ang, and I went to see Lions for Lambs.

As we were sitting in the theatre chatting before the movie, Ang suggested that I write a blog about the experience of going to the movies. I loved the idea. As anyone who knows me or reads this blog consistantly will tell you, I adore movies. Given the opportunity I would spend most of my paychecks at the theatre. Some people don’t like movies as a ‘date’ thing or a ‘social’ thing because you don’t really talk to one another. I disagree. A movie seen together is one of the best experiences possible, as I shall attempt to show you in what follows. Read the rest of this entry »





Thanksgiving

21 11 2007

I realize it isn’t Thanksgiving in the States until tomorrow, but here in NZ we’re celebrating Turkey Day. There’s been a huge list of people (and the food they are bringing) hanging on the prayer room door this week. You can see people wander by (mostly girls) every now and again, purposefully casual as they scan the list looking for anticipated goodies.

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