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Happy Merry Merry Happy

So, yeah, it was a good Christmas. Got up bright and early and headed down to the parents' house for the traditional opening of gifts and eating of Eggs Benedict. This year we decided the impatient (my seven-year-old niece, Caroline) would open presents before breakfast and the more patient (the rest of us) would open presents afterward. I got some useful and sensible things (a shiny red teakettle and a new blender) and some less sensible things (a bottle of Maker's Mark and an iTunes gift card.)

I grabbed a quick nap and then headed out with big sis puppetmaker40 and her husband and stepdaughter to see Sherlock Holmes at the nearby movie theater. It's one of the first movies I've seen in a theater in a while that I want to go back to the movie theater and see again as soon as possible. Beautifully, beautifully done.

As soon as I got out of the theater, I texted azewewish and arranged to meet up with her and her family and enjoy the Christmas festivities as, suffice to say, only her family can. I was regaled with stories of customs snafus in Tijuana and an Arizona dance club built in a former copper mine and I quite impressed Brenda's stepfather with pictures of my word art that I had handy on my iPhone.

I returned to the parental homestead for roast beast and some particularly lovely red wine and joined Caroline in playing with some of her new toys (the elephant married the unicorn and the pig married Glinda the Good Witch.) From there, it was off to the Academy Theater, which has been borrowed on Christmas night for a few years running now as the site of the annual Christmas DaveParty, which allows my siblings and me to catch up with people we've known for ages but don't get to see nearly as often now that we're all grown up and have to be in bed at sensible hours on school nights. (Well, except for unemployed bums like me, but that's beside the point.) We did the usual Secret Santa gift exchange, which seemed to the mostly a dumping ground for unwanted gifts this year, but was still a lot of fun. I now have a pretty glass bottle of scented oil with sticks to put in it so I can make the room smell nice.

Today has been a lot of sleep and Internet moodling to sort of let myself decompress from so much activity, but I'm also planning to head down to the Plaza Theater tonight to see the Silver Scream Spook Show with docwhoopee and his wife. Should be fun.

Today I took pleasure in using my shiny red teakettle to make a nice hot cup of tea.

Today I learned about an online academic journal called Southern Spaces.

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gekreisch
Dec. 26th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Saw it yesterday too...


It really was a good movie. I had gone in there thinking that I'd enjoy it if I considered it an english version of "Wild Wild West", but I totally got into it.

I liked the tributes to the Granada series (with the bad guy looking like Jeremey Brett, and that pan shot of Baker Street). But they got back to the fact that Watson was an officer in the afghan war, and had a limp, which the Granada series didn't really focus on.

Some of the camera work made me dizzy, but it was worth it for those opening credit shots. :-))

I want Watson's cane too.

Glad your day went well!
wonderbink
Dec. 26th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Saw it yesterday too...
I wasn't familiar with the Granada series but my sister was and she poked me at the pan shot of Baker Street and mentioned it being a tribute.

Some of the fight scenes were a little hyperkinetic, but at least they weren't quite as WTFisgoingon as other films I've come across.

Watson's cane, hell, I want Watson. With a side order of Holmes, please. Meep.
gekreisch
Dec. 27th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Hehehehe


Well "Watson" is a bit too feminine looking for my tastes - unlike that cane, which is badass.

RDJ on the other hand....that wasn't an unpleasant couple of scenes. He's gotta be nearly 40 at this point, and looked in pretty good shape, perhaps more so than in Ironman. Like the grey in the hair too, although I think I have more than he does....

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