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30 April 2007 @ 08:33 am
Movie Review Monday & The Ft. Worth Zoo  
Netflix sent Oscar and Lucinda (1997) this weekend while we were gone.  Ironically, while we were visiting my mother she raved about how good this movie was and recommended it, and I already had it in my queue, as it turned out.  Anyway...  it's a fascinating character study, and the narration was interesting, rather like a documentary for the characters... or the commentary you get when you watch the special features of a DVD.  Not necessary, but helpful.  Ralph Fiennes is all kinds of awesome, and after the first 5 minutes I totally stopped imagining him with no nose and red eyes, he was really very good.  Cate Blanchett was young and pretty...  makes me wonder if she's had work done.  I was unprepared for the spectacularly unhappy ending.  When I recommend a movie, it's usually with a caveat; "It's sad. be forewarned".  Mom gave me none of that, and I can't even properly chastise her because she's on a cruise for the next week (poor girl)!  Even worse, Nolan has begun using the word "nab"  or "nabbed" and a euphemism for sex.  =P  Oh, dear.

The exchange fic is coming along.  I'd say that I have 3/4 of it written, and a quarter of it typed.  I abhor typing.  I do.  I got a lot done this weekend, staying up late and scribbling away.  It's gonna be a monster, probably longer than my last one.  Ah, well.  what're ya gonna do?

The weekend was really wonderful.  Tom & Nolan went to the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and mom and I stayed home and entertained the boys and ourselves.  Friday we went to the zoo, and Saturday we went to the park (there's a ridiculous amount of picspam under the cut).  We cooked, we drank good wine, the boys were introduced (via Papa Tom) to Rocky and Bullwinkle, and I have discovered my absolute love of Crystal Light Drink Mix in the 'Sunrise Ruby Red Grapefruit' flavor.  It's spectacular, and I'm not even a huge grapefruit fan.

Things I need to do:  Record the podcast (I have kind of a scratchy throat and deeper voice than normal right now; I might put that off for a few days) and I really must paint the boy's room this week and do touch-up paint in the rest of the house.  I MUST.  Tonight I have playwrighting class and have to go to Oklahoma! rehearsal so I can see if all of the props are being used properly.  Would it be rude to bring my ipod and listen to something else while I'm there?  (I'm kidding.  No I'm not.)

Have a good week everyone!

Granny and theboys step "into the map"                                      The sign is wrong.  The wild animals are right there.

Macaws!                                                                                            My mother's spectacular back yard...


flowers from mom's yard...

                                                                                                           Me and the boys...........

In-laws make strange bedfellows...  Hubby and Sammy.  If you knew how weird this was...

This is a bumper sticker Mom has on her refrigerator.  While I might not politically agree, I still think it's too, too funny.
I am:: 79106
I hear:: Last of the Mohicans Soundtrack
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Carrie Leigh: homecoming queencarrie_leigh on May 1st, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
I bet that'll work out great for the exchange... and then you can post the rest of it at a later time!
sue_bridehead on April 30th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good weekend. I haven't seen "Oscar and Lucinda", but I adore Ralph Feinnes, and for that matter, Cate Blanchett. We saw "Notes on a Scandal" last night. It's pretty good. Judi Dench is just plain creepy as the obsessed, lonely old woman. My son said she looked like a pig-faced orc. (Ouch!) Teens are so nice, aren't they?

Oh, you poor thing...Oklahoma? I know how you hate it. Is it worse than typing? ^_^ I don't mind typing. In fact, I prefer writing on my PC than on paper. I hold my pencil too tightly, so my hand gets tired quickly. Bad habit from my school days, I guess.

Can't wait for the next podcast! :).
Carrie Leigh: Distracted by the sparklecarrie_leigh on May 1st, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
Wow. That's harsh.

No, I love typing compared to Okalahoma....

The podcast... is coming... not today, though...
Peki: draco omgpeki on April 30th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
You and your boys are super cute, as always. And your mother's garden truly is fantastic. :) And yay for writing a lot! Glad your fic is going well! Good luck with Oklahoma! *g*
Carrie Leigh: give me coffeecarrie_leigh on May 1st, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! My mother's yard, no meatter where she has lived, is always amazing. She's really good at it. The pictures don't even begin to do it justice.

Oklahoma. *rolls eyes*
rupert_talley: flower from bambi says hirupert_talley on April 30th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
LOL at that bumper sticker. Just the fact your mother has anything HP related posted somewhere is entertaining. If you hadn't said so I would have thought those beautiful flowers were from the Botanical Gardens down there.
Carrie Leigh: Deathly Hallows '07carrie_leigh on May 1st, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
My mother's the one that encouraged me to read the HP books. She created a monster!
dragonsangel68dragonsangel68 on April 30th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Kangaroos! I see kangaroos *giggles* The pics are wonderful! I'm completely jealous of your mother's yard *nods*

*yay* for a monster fic!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on May 1st, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous of Mom's yard, too. It's really much prettier than the pictures.

I know! YAY! I'm getting nervous, though. *glares at deadline*
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: D/G Quidditch Kitjandjsalmon on May 1st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
LOL. I want that bumpersticker... but mainly because I actually LIKE the Dark Lord and I vote his way! LOL!

The pictures are brilliant. Hubby's head is especially nice! ;)

YAY for writing your exchange fic... I must continue that today... you are MUCH further ahead than I am. *hides in shame* -- maybe the mods will kick me out. ;)
Carrie Leigh: D/G in a treecarrie_leigh on May 1st, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
I , much to Mom's horror, vote Voldemort's way, too.

I think hubby's head is cute...

I just can't find a big enough cunk of time to sit down and finish it! It's all in my head, and it takes such a long time to get out!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Beakerjandjsalmon on May 1st, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
I understand about the story... as soon as I get the recletter out this morning I am turning off my computer so I can actually write mine. It's going to be way longer than I had imagined. ACH!

How on earth did a Democrat mother have a Republican daughter? Though I suppose, I have one sister (we call her the freak of the family) who voted NDP (a VERY left wing party here in Canada) and the rest of us vote Conservative (akin to the Republicans) -- in fact, my grandfather was one of the founding memebers of the Reform party (an EXTREME right wing party) -- so we just don't tell him about Mickyla. He's 92 and doesn't need the stress of having a wayward granddaughter! LOL.