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My dad and I saw Monsters University tonight. It was *so* much fun! And I love going to the movies with my dad - he always really gets into them.
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This morning, I joked that Regina and I had a modern Victorian morning. We had breakfast and talked about what we wanted to do for the day. Then she read something on her laptop and played sudoku on her Nook while I knitted.

This afternoon, we took advantage of the nice weather to drive around some. First, we went to a local historical garden/house that Regina volunteers at and walked around the grounds. Then we went to Moravian tile works so she could get a gift for some friends. After that, we walked around Doylestown for a while.

The viewing list for today was a few episodes of Generation Kill, Disney's Pocahontas, and the new version of Footloose.

Kimmo is still being very adorable and is still laying claim to my stuff. Including my laptop. I wonder how upset he's going to be when I leave tomorrow and take it all with me. :-P
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When I was at the movies yesterday, I got a free movie ticket to use this week. Since I'm going to be away next weekend on my church's women's retreat, I went back today.

I to see The Croods. It was a very cute and funny movie. (And having a bunch of kids in the audience was a blast too.) I definitely recommend it.
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Currently watching Ice Age: Continental Drift and definitely recommend it.
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I forgot to mention that I saw Rise of the Guardians on Friday. It was a better movie than I was expecting and really enjoyed it. And even if I couldn't see them, it was still nice to hear Chris Pine and Hugh Jackman's voices for an hour and a half. :-D


I hope everyone had a good Christmas yesterday. Mine was pretty low-key, which is good. There was a bit of running around with going to my mom and stepdad's in the afternoon, then back to my dad's for dinner, then over to Jean's last night for "Doctor Who" and a gift exchange with her and Melissa.


Then today Jean, Melissa, another friend of theirs, and I went to see Les Miserables. I'll admit, I've never seen the stage production. While I realize this sacrilege for someone in theatre, it's been because of a couple things - 1) as much as I enjoyed reading an adapted version of it in junior high, I didn't *love* it enough to want to see a stage production (granted, if any had ever come closer than Broadway, I might've considered it), and 2) 99% of the people I talk to about the show (Melissa and Jean excepted) are rabid fans of the show and "OMG! You must see it! skfsoidsfjosdfkjasdfjosdfijo!!!!!!" and that's put me off wanting to see it as well.

I did really enjoy the movie. I think Hugh Jackman is fantastic and a great choice for Valjean. And who knew Anne Hathaway could sing? I do think Russell Crowe did a good job as Javert and is a good singer, but considering he doesn't have theatre voice training like Hugh, it was obvious, and especially when they sang together and also during his last song (which is a huge moment for Javert). I do recommend it for everyone.
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I saw Wreck-It Ralph today and I really enjoyed it. And it made me nostalgic for my childhood too, even though I've never been much of a gamer (though I did like playing a couple of Mario Brothers games, Tetris, Donkey Kong Country, and pinball games). And Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer's characters were pretty awesome too.

Now I need to find the Owl City song that was used in the movie.
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I did my last show for Isn't It Romantic? this afternoon. I'm kind of glad it's done. It was fun, but added a surprising amount of crazy to my schedule this past week and a half.

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This evening I went to the movies. I was originally going to see Cabin in the Woods, but then decided I wasn't up to watching anything serious.

So I went to see The Pirates! Band of Misfits instead. It's made by the people who do Wallace and Gromit. It was a lot of fun and very cute. And it had a great cast - Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, and Martin Freeman. I knew about the first three, but the last was a pleasant surprise. And Flight of the Concords did a song. So it has a surprisingly fannish base. :-P

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And speaking of fandom, [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings showed this to me.

[From the "Suits" pilot commentary]

David Bartis (producer): He wants to hug him but... Harvey's not interested. No he'll punch him instead.

Patrick J. Adams (Mike): That moment... it's the beginning of all the strange fanfiction we're beginning to [giggle] find online [laughs].

Gabriel Macht (Harvey): That's going through my head too.

Patrick J. Adams: It's just that--

David Bartis: Was there going to be more than a hug?

Patrick J. Adams: Oh man there is a lot of--

Gabriel Macht: Have you seen that stuff?

Aaron Korsh (creator/writer): Mm-mm.

Patrick J. Adams: Just stay off the internet. Do not write Mike and Harvey in Google.
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[livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and I watched Conan this morning. It wasn't really good or bad - it was just kind of flat. It was like they couldn't decide what they wanted to do with it. Though, looking at Jason Momoa wasn't bad.

This afternoon, we went to Longwood Gardens. It was a really nice afternoon. It's still too early in the year, but there were a couple of things were starting to bloom. Inside of the Conservatory, though, there were a lot of things blooming - including an orchid exhibit. We walked around for two and a half hours without a break (the minute on the whispering bench doesn't count :-P). But it was beautiful and we decided that we need to go back when everything's in bloom.

And then we went to Applebee's for dinner and ate all the calories we'd walked off. :-P

Tonight we tried to watch David Tennant's Cassanova, but the dvd didn't want to work. So we watched Puss in Boots - which was a lot of fun.

And now we're watching "Graham Norton" with Gerard Depardieu, Damien Lewis, and Dominic West.
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I don't want to have to deal with snow tomorrow. :-(

On the other hand, I watched The Snowman tonight. It was every bit as magical as I remember from when I was little.
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[livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and I went into DC today and saw Company. It was a filmed version of a *very* limited run done in NYC in April and whose cast included Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, and Patti LuPone.

And it was awesome.

The showing was sold out (granted, it was in a small theatre), and it was a pretty responsive crowd. (And the lady sitting next to me was a lot like my dad, which made me smile.)

I really hope it gets released to DVD, because I think everyone should enjoy its awesomeness.


We watched Tangled this evening, since [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings hadn't seen it before. We both enjoyed it, even though her suspension of disbelief didn't cover the whole movie - to my amusement.


Tonight was also the premiere of "Leverage" - which was quite good. I'm glad the team's back and the con is back on. :-P
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My vacation started last night after work. \0/

My dad and I saw Cars 2. It was cute and had it's moments, but not one of Pixar's better movies. Though, I will admit my dad's reactions were at least as good as the movie. (He has a tendency to get caught up in movies, so his completely amused laughter and "awww"s were much enjoyed.)

And this morning, I came down to [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings' house. We hit Target for some groceries this afternoon, and have just otherwise been relaxing. We watched a marathon of "Drew Carey's Improv-a-ganza" episodes she had DVR'd. We also watched last week's episodes of "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs" and the premiere of "Suits" - which is promising.
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Went to the cinema tonight with J and saw Rio. It's very cute and lots of fun. I definitely recommend it.


And from NotAlwaysRight.com:
Bookstore | Springfield, MO, USA
(Two teenage customers walk up to the information desk, and pick up copies from the stack of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.)

Customer: "I can’t believe Jane Austen let them do this."

Sales Associate: "Well, she’s been dead for nearly two hundred years. Her works are all public domain now."

Customer: "Oh." (Waves the book.) "Then how can you do this?"
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Today was one of those amazingly productive days where I even got a couple extra things done. \0/

One of those things was an impromptu venture to the cinema to see Hop with a friend and some of her family. I'll freely admit that a *very* large part of wanting to go was my (shallow) desire to stare at James Marsden. And, surprisingly, it was really good and very funny!
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Went out to dinner with a couple other ladies from church tonight. We were hoping to have a larger group, but, alas, it didn't happen. It was still fun, though. Afterwards, we went to see Rango - which was also much fun. Definitely recommend it - it looks great, the music's great (which it should be, since it's done by Hans Zimmer), and even though it uses a lot of cliches and genre stuff, it does it in a fun way. And one of the ladies making a Star Wars comment made me laugh because she doesn't seem like the type that would be a fan.
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In hindsight, watching Toy Story 3 at Panera was not the best idea. I wasn't as immune as I thought I'd be.

Don't get me wrong - it was great, it's just that if you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about.
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I think I'm on awesome overload. (J laughed heartily at that when I said it.)

I got up early this morning. (I haven't seen that side of seven in a LOOONG time.) And for some reason my dad decided to get up to see me off. (Part of me wanted to say, "Um, I can dress myself and get myself out the door just fine, thanks.") But driving to the train station, getting my tickets, and getting on the train all went just fine. As did the train ride up to NYC and meeting up with my mom and John.

We got on the subway and went up to 50th St, and got off to walk up to 57th St because they wanted to go to FAO Schwarz before the show. This was a bad idea for a number of reasons:
1) it was 10:30 by the time we got to 57th St and the show started at 11:30
2) John's gps wasn't working, so we didn't know what the cross street was and I didn't want to go wandering around
3) Have you seen FAO Schwarz during holiday season?!? (Thankfully, I have and was able to convince them between this and #1 that it wasn't a good idea.)

We went to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. And getting in was insane! There were so many people! But the show was amazing. For some reason I thought the Rockettes were just a small part of the show, but they did a lot of numbers. The whole thing was really cool.

And for some odd reason, I kept spontaneously crying for about the first half of the show. And I honestly don't know why. But I'm going to guess it was a good crying. (Or, at least that's what I'm hoping.)

The only downside to the day was when we were leaving the theatre, I wasn't paying attention and fell off the step as we walked outside. Everyone was doing the "Are you okay?!" and I replied, "I'm fine - only my ego's bruised."

Afterwards, we ended up going back to my mom and John's hotel room and ordering room service because they couldn't decide what they wanted to eat and I didn't really care. From there, we went back to Penn Station. (And I figured out how to get from the subway into the actual station, [livejournal.com profile] nakedwesley!)

The train ride back was also uneventful and got back about six.

Ended up going to J's because she'd been having a bad week and didn't feel like being alone. We got dinner and watched Surf's Up - which is really cute. And I cheered her up a bit on the way back from picking up the food by playing Straight No Chaser's "Twelve Days of Christmas".

It feels weird at the moment - like I can't believe I did all that today.
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I saw Tangled this afternoon and it was lots of fun - very much a Disney film. :-D I definitely recommend it.

And Zachary Levi sang! :-D



(He also sings a tiny bit during another song, "I've Got a Dream", but it's only a couple lines.)
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Planet 51 is an hour and a half of geeky fun. :-D I love it when movies are self-aware in a good way.

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I also saw How to Train Your Dragon today and I'm amused that the two main adult characters are voiced by Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson. And I love that Hiccup is left-handed.

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I'm reading a fic and I'm not completely sure why I'm still reading it. The plot's fairly solid, so it's not that. But I'm fairly certain that the author isn't a native English speaker by some of the words chosen (not that they were necessarily wrong, just not the ones that a native speaker would pick first), as well as uses too many exclamation points and ellipses (which, IMO, when you're writing dialogue for Eliot and Nathan and trying to be dramatic or have them struggle to say something, doesn't work). The author's Hardison voice/patter is good, though, but I think he's the only one who "sounds right".

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Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral

"I'll Fly Away". This version, which is sung by Jars of Clay and Sarah Kelly, is the closest I've found to the the way I learned it (which is the first few lines are slow, then the tempo picks up, and it's faster than this song).



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I saw Avatar today and, overall, I liked it. The visuals were, obviously, amazing. And I do like the "going native" type of story a lot. There were a few little things that niggled me, but they're things that I doubt are ever going to change any time soon. (Like having the outsider have to learn the language without someone who knows English and having a completely unsympathetic military aspect aside from the hero (who almost always is a warrior).) And I wish that Jake had given the speech at the end to the Na'vi in their language instead of having it translated because by that point he knew the language and they were going to listen to him. (I could understand having Tsu'tey giving it to the other clans because of his status and everything, but still....)


Went to friend J's tonight. We had dinner and I took over my SG-1 season 10 dvds so she could borrow them. I made her watch the 200th episode because I knew we both needed a laugh. And she showed me an episode of "Glee" - which was cute.


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