19 July 2011 @ 11:34 pm
FINALLY saw Deathly Hallows, Part 2!

I definitely need to see it again. Of all the HP films, this one had the best ratio of book content to screen time; it absolutely proves that they made the right choice dividing DH into two. With only about. . . 250 pages of content to get through?. . . it gave them just the amount of time to do this last part of the story justice. Having just finished my re-read last night, I feel pretty confident saying that they made the fewest significant changes and omissions here of any of the other movies in comparison to the books.

That being said, I've always been a fan of accepting differences between the books and the movies on the understanding that storytelling on film is a much different medium that often necessitates those changes. So long as everything is still coherent for someone without extracurricular knowledge, then I'm not too bothered.

I also saw the movie in 2D. I may be in the minority, but I'm not a huge fan of this 3D revolution. Not only are the glasses annoying as hell, but I think I appreciate accomplished 2D filmmaking more simply because of what it has to do within a more limited means. But considering I DO want to see this one again, I'll probably see it in 3D the second time just for the experience.

Okay, a few disorganized thoughts:

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All that being said, I can't help but feel a bit sad that it's all over now. No more new books. No more new movies. HP is officially all in the past tense now. *sigh*

I guess we still have Pottermore to look forward to, right? And I still have rather a lot of LEGO HP on Wii to play yet. ;)

Okay, it's late and I have to sleep.
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
18 July 2011 @ 11:52 pm
Four years later. . . I evidently still get teary reading those last few pages of DH before the epilogue, with Harry talking to Dumbledore's portrait. *sigh*

It's kind of amazing to think how much has happened in those intervening four years.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
24 June 2011 @ 09:21 pm

13 June 2011 @ 11:07 pm
I named the kitty Stanzi after Mozart's pet name for his wife, Constanza. It fits her well and rolls very naturally off my tongue when I'm talking to her.

We had an interesting evening. She discovered that windows are a gateway to the outside world, and she definitely let me know that she wanted to use that gateway. She also pooed on the carpet, despite my best efforts to get her to understand the function of the litter box. She's now in the bathroom for the night, at turns meowing for freedom and attempting to rip the protective cardboard I put up off the back of the door.

This is so hard.
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
08 April 2011 @ 01:03 pm
Y'know what makes me sick about this whole government shutdown that's looming at midnight tonight? The fact that the politicians who are responsible for it will still get paid if a shutdown does occur. Military personnel who are risking their lives overseas won't get paid. Seniors won't get their social security checks. Citizens waiting for tax returns won't get their money. But the representatives and senators WILL get paid despite the fact that they did not do the job that they were elected to do. Can you imagine if you had a deadline at your job that you didn't meet that resulted in your patrons/customers/clients not getting the services for which they are paying you and your employer? Do you think your employer would just brush it off and say, "Meh"?

This is what makes me so angry about politics in America right now. Politicians are elected to represent everyday citizens, but act on the job as though they are above the conventions to which everyday citizens are held. The public mud-slinging, the stubborn unwillingness to compromise, the instinct toward self-preservation rather than public service. . . Name me a job where you could consistently get away with telling off your co-workers, refusing to work as a team toward a common goal, and spending more time worrying about how to keep your job instead of actually doing it. THAT is what politics has turned in to in this country.

Grow up, Congress. Grow. The. Eff. Up.
Current Mood: angryangry
05 April 2011 @ 09:45 pm
Come from behind victories against the Evil Empire Yankees on their home turf makes me SOOOOOOOOOOOO happy. Oh my goodness. I was jumping up and down with excitement and the Kismet (that's the dog) was jumping all over too. A million and one kinds of awesome.

I'm not sure which was sweeter: watching the boys tie it up from noting in the 8th, watching Mariano Rivera choke, or watching Joe Nathan strike out blah-blah-blah-blah-Derek Jeter for the final out. Sweet. Victory.

Can you tell I'm excited? I love baseball. :D

Also, there's a kitty sleeping on my lap right now. Awww.
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
08 March 2011 @ 03:42 pm
That's right. . . I'm trying the whole Lent thing again. This time, it's a big project. I'm giving up:
  • Coffee.

  • Pop/soda/fizzy drinks/whatever you want to call them, except for ginger ale, which I need in case of tummy trouble.

  • Sugary treats. This includes adding sugar to my oatmeal, Kashi Go Lean bars (which have added sugar), and of course cookies and cake and the like.

I do this because I need a kick in the pants. It worked last time, and it can work again if I just stick to it. Encouragement is. . . encouraged!
Current Mood: determineddetermined
17 February 2011 @ 11:48 am
All of a sudden, my phone's battery is not holding a charge. It was completely fine last week, going the regular week and a half or so before my needing to charge it. Then, I set it to charge, and ever since the dumb thing hasn't lasted a day before wearing down. Tried to open it up to disconnect and reconnect the battery, but can't get the stupid cover off. Gah!

I'm hopeful it's just a battery issue and that getting a new battery will solve the problem. Now I just need to figure out where to get one. . .
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
13 January 2011 @ 01:35 pm
Lady in the bathroom at the gym, to me: "You must have really been working hard; you're all wet! Bless your heart."

For some reason, that amused me.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
06 December 2010 @ 10:47 am
This is the one I was telling phantombluerose and kawaidesu about on Saturday: