Saturday, November 27, 2010

HP7.1 X 2 = No 3D, Thankyouverymuch!

Linda and I saw "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on opening night last Friday, and again this Thanksgiving Friday to accompany Bro and V.  I guess we liked it. :)

  • We were really glad that we didn't see this movie in 3D.  I'm OK with snakes, and I deliberately didn't watch a couple of parts in regular D.
  • I want Hermione's bag.  It's like Mary Poppins' carpet bag. Or a clown car, except it's not a car, and I didn't see any clowns.
  • People have been raving about Hermione's red dress.  I shall join them in my rave.  It's gorgeous, and I want it.  It was custom-made, though.
  • Having read the books, I'm trying to refrain from naming all of the 7 horcruxes for those that don't know.  But then I can't remember if the movies are going to show all of them, since I thought I had read that they weren't going to show all of them.  I'm all confused.
  • That polyjuice potion is some fun stuff.  I'm thinking that if I could make some of that for myself, I'd probably abuse it to satisfy my curiosity.  Note to self:  beware of people who don't talk when you try to converse with them.  They might have taken some polyjuice potion and don't want you to hear their real voice.  
  • I liked hearing the fans in the audience whisper with affection, "DOBBY!"
  • Harry and Hermione have great chemistry.  It's no wonder that Ron was jealous.
  • "Keep saying that thing with the ball of light.  She'll come around."
  • "I'm always mad at him."
  • I really liked the animation while Hermione told the story of the Deathly Hallows.    
  • I like the end of the credits where it shows the Deathly Hallows symbol and the Elder Wand.
I am eagerly awaiting Part 2 of this movie, albeit with a bit of hesitancy.  I wept when I finished the HP series, partly from the story, and partly because such a great series was over.  I know that the next movie, being the last, will give me the same fulfilled yet empty feeling.

If you haven't seen the other movies, I recommend that you see them before this one.  The series really does build on the prior books anyway, but this one, more than the others, relies on you knowing a couple of things that have happened in prior installments.

One of my friends will be doing a marathon prior to the viewing of the last film.  I'm seriously thinking of doing the same.  

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HT 2010

Ah, Thanksgiving: a time-honored tradition of family gathering around a table, eating lots of turkey, and falling asleep earlier than usual on a holiday so that they can get to those crazy Black Friday sales.  I love this holiday, not because of the sales, but because of the family and friends.  

Things I'm thankful for today:

  • Being able to still sing at my church.
  • Having even just a few months of my regular salary so that I could raise the money needed for the awesome vacation I have planned for next year.
  • Bananaman has been found!  (Seriously, this made my day).
  • The craziness in Starbuck's today, which enabled me to somehow get a free pumpkin spiced latte.
  • My friends, especially Linda, whom has joined our family today for our turkey feast.
  • FINALLY, a new Rockapella CD!  We listened to it today on our drive to my parents' house, and were happily bopping in the car.
  • June's prolific and yummy pie-making abilities, saving me from spending about $35.00 at Marie Callendar's. 
  • My family: the aunt whom is leaving right now to hit the sales; the dad whom decorated the house in Christmas stuff so that his grandchildren could enjoy it; the mom whom cooked so much that we had wayyyy to much food, the brother whom makes me laugh on a regular basis; the sister-in-law whom I just plain adore for her ability to keep her husband and children happy and comfortable; the dogs whom can somehow deal with long trips and crazy households; the nephew whom just absolutely l-o-v-e-s his new state quarters collectors book; and the niece whom gives us all the great pleasure of watching her dance.  "Momma says I was a dancer before I could walk."  (Name that ABBA song.  Hint: it's my favorite).
  • Moments like this one:

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

DLR LotD 11/19/10

Disneyland Resort
Line of the Day

Friday, November 19, 2010

"Can you bring me a bucket of limes?" -- Linda, to Albert, at Catal

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Teenage Dream by ... the Beelzebubs!

I found this article tonight, and wanted to share it.  

Yup, it's the Beelzebubs singing "Teenage Dream" on Glee!  I thought I recognized a couple of those guys.  If you recall my posts about the a cappella competition "The Sing-Off", you may remember that I liked the 'Bubs.  It turns out that they'll be doing a few more songs as the Warblers on Glee, so I'm excited about that.

Guess what will be back in December?  That's right, folks:  "The Sing-Off" returns on December 6.  Are you looking forward to my Simon/Nigel-ness?  Oh, wait.  Simon isn't there anymore.  I wonder who will be the new mean person on AI.  Someone tell me when it happens, because I don't watch that show.  I do plan on blogging about it as I watch again, because that was fun, even when I hated whatever was happening at times.

Until then, lets watch that video again, because I like it. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pella on WITWICS

I had forgotten that Scott gave many of the clues on "Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego". It now makes sense to me that he's always telling us about the town in which they're performing.

So, for your viewing pleasure, some old school Rockapella on "Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?"


Saturday, November 13, 2010

DLR LotD 10/31/10

Disneyland Resort
Line of the Day

Sunday, October 31, 2010

"But then you can't lift it up to see his thing." -- Sherry, at DCA

Friday, November 12, 2010

DLR LotD 10/29/10

Disneyland Resort
Line of the Day
Friday, October 29, 2010

"Awww....[coo]" -- Albert, to Vamplet Lily Rose Shadowlyn, at Catal

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Oldies But Goodies

Linda and I spent a Friday evening at the Monrovia Family Festival, which occurs every Friday night, except for during the winter.  I bought a Plumeria tree, which I had been wanting for quite some time, and we also discovered a new, fun store, Friends of Dorothy.

After our shopping was done, we saw RED.

  • John Malkovich, 2 for 2 for me in the month of October!  
  • Hee hee!  PIG!
  • Is there any role that Helen Mirren can't do well?  She kicked some serious butt in this movie.  
  • While we're on the subject of kicking butt, I do like seeing Bruce Willis kick ass in his movies.
  • Usually I don't think of Morgan Freeman's Electric Company role, but for some reason during this movie, I did.  Weird.  
  • I want Helen Mirren's white dress.  I also want to be able to fit into it.
  • Linda and I both laughed at the plush dog in Marvin's home, which was wearing a foil pyramid hat.
  • When I retire, I'd also like to be known as Extremely Dangerous, but in a good way, like these folks.
That was a fun movie.  You see?  You don't have to be only 25 to do a good action movie. :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Several weeks ago,  I saw "Secretariat" with a few friends at the AMC Santa Anita.  What better place to watch a horse racing movie than at a mall adjacent to a famous racetrack?  OK, so AT the racetrack would have been better, but this is the closest I could get.

  • I want a racehorse.
  • I loved the way Miss Ham would give Lucien's clothing a look because he was always uniquely dressed.
  • John Malkovich cracked me up as Lucien in pretty much every scene in which he appeared.
  • It was interesting to see Scott Glenn so vulnerable.  I'm used to seeing him as a tough guy.
  • I half-expected James Cromwell to trade Secretariat for a shepherding pig.
  • OK, so I didn't really get why I was not really liking Dylan Walsh's character until I checked IMDB for his previous roles.  He played the other guy in "The Lake House". I didn't like his character in that movie.
  • I loved how Red would pose for the cameras.  He's a star, and he knows it!  I mean, look!  He has his own website!
  • I loved Diane Lane's outfits, especially the navy blue one that she wore to the Belmont Stakes.  They had that on display at the El Capitan.
  • Nobody stands still in the wind like Diane Lane.  She's as beautiful as she was when she played Cherry Valance in "The Outsiders".
  • That's an amazing record that Secretariat has:  his record at the Belmont, which won him the Triple Crown, has not yet been beat, and it's been 37 years since then.
Great, emotional movie, even when you know how well he's going to do.  I definitely recommend it to anyone that likes horses or drama or horse dramas or watching Diane Lane stand still in the wind