So, Christmas is over. Sigh. Makes me all depressed. I love Christmas. Had a fun, but very tiring time. We went to see "It's a Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve, which was a blast (and for once Starbucks was open late enough for us to get coffee while waiting in line!) and quite beautiful. I adore that movie... and seeing it in the Stanford Theatre is always an experience.
Opened gifts on Christmas morning... always fun. :o) I love gifts! Mostly DVDs, CDs, books, etc... I was thrilled to get the Babblin' Boo doll (from Monsters, Inc.) that I wanted though. She is SO cute. I'm a dork... I love toys. Such fun! Had breakfast after the gift opening, then headed up to Santa Rosa to visit with Dad's family... 2 hours in a car on Christmas day is NOT fun. Especially when the back seat of the car has no leg room... blaaaaaah. But at least there was no traffic. Had a nice time in Santa Rosa. Dinner was at Aunt Kathy's, and for the first time in a few years, everyone was there... well, almost everyone. Usually my Uncle Ray, Aunt Debbie, and their son Trevor aren't there because they live in Washington and always choose odd dates to visit, instead of the holidays like normal people. This year they managed to come though, and it was lovely to see them. The only person not there was my cousin Helen... which is kind of a story in itself, but not for today.
Anyways... there was an underlying sadness because of her absence and the circumstances of it, but other than that, we had a blast... had the annual wine tasting, in which Bryan and I placed 3rd (meaning our wine was voted 3rd best out of the 7 bottles). Yay us! And it was just a random South African wine Bryan INSISTED on buying... I wanted a California wine, being a California girl, but Bryan's a weirdo and wanted to go for different... and it was actually decent. Hmmm. Dinner was DELICIOUS. Everything was wonderful... from the prime rib to the yorkshire pudding to the potatoes to the salad to the pies for dessert. Mmmmm.
Came home this afternoon... hit bits of traffic along the way, which sucked, but at least we made it! So tired now because I didn't sleep well last night... my cousin Maureen was kind enough to let me sleep in her bed, but she has a futon and it was SO hard. Killed my back and I kept shifting throughout the night. Ah well. Will sleep soon and then get up super early to go to work for 8 hours. Yick. Better be quiet there tomorrow.
But, my real purpose in babbling on here is to say that there's a new layout up at Restless Innocence. Took me long enough to say it, right? Feedback is welcome... please sign the guestbook or leave me comments! I needed a change, and as Thomas will tell you, I was insanely obsessed with making a "Two Towers" layout. (Btw, I already saw the movie again and LOVED it once again... and wasn't disappointed this time since I knew what was coming... though still wish Faramir was MY Faramir. Must go see the movie a 3rd time.) So, there you go.
Before I crash, thanks to everyone who sent holiday fansigns! I plan to post them at Restless Innocence soon, but I'm too tired to do so right now. Also thanks to Freddi, Kristina, Rebecca, Thomas, and Zinna for the wonderful Christmas gifts! You all rock! Now I must sleep. Zzzzzzzzz.
Must sleep soon I'll be able to get up in the morning (okay, I'd probably be able to get up even if I only had a couple hours of sleep... it's Christmas!), but I just wanted to wish everyone Merry Christmas! Or just the general Happy Holidays if you don't celebrate Christmas. Have a wonderful day and spend time with the ones you love. Enjoy the day and take care! I love you all!
head and back huuuuuuuuurts
Gah. Head hurts and back is sore. Got back from seeing "The Two Towers" just a bit ago. Gorgeous movie. I enjoyed it, yet was also disappointed by it. Don't get me wrong, it was excellent, but SO much was different from the book, it just depressed me. Sigh.
Anyways... SPOILERS are to follow, so if you don't want to know, skip the next two paragraphs.
WTF was up with Faramir?!?!?!?! They screwed with MY Faramir! Wrong! AAAAAAAAAAH! Yeah. Just so you all know, Faramir and Sam are my favorite characters in the books. And they fucked with Faramir. GAH. I was so livid while watching the scenes with him. They made him into a copy of Boromir. Okay, he did redeem himself slightly at the end, but it was too late by that point. He wasn't my Faramir. Blaaaaaaaah. Anyways, that's my biggest complaint about the changes made. Pissed me off royally. Other complaints... why why why were Haldir and the Elves at Helm's Deep? I mean, sure, it was cool seeing Haldir, then they go and kill him. Jeez. And I was so depressed the Huorn didn't show up there. Pffft. Whatever.
Things I did like, however: Gollum... Andy Serkis kicks ass. Sam's speech to Frodo in Osgiliath... I *heart* Samwise. Gimli... SO freaking funny... "toss the dwarf" was classic. Also loved that they kept Legolas and Gimli's battle count in. Eomer... hot guy... yummmm. Gandalf... I adore Ian McKellen. Scenes with Arwen and Aragorn... so beautiful. I love Eowyn, but Aragorn and Arwen belong together (yes, I'm a dork). Music... gorgeous, gorgeous score... I'm also addicted to Emiliana Torrini singing "Gollum's Song." It's hauntingly beautiful and creepy.
Anyways... that's all I can think of right now with the head pain. More once I've seen the movie again, I'm sure. Hopefully this weekend with Dad... I'm curious to see how he'll react to it, as he loves the books, and is also a huge fan of Faramir (*sniff sniff*). Oh! Before I forget... best laugh of the night: Legolas has his first big close-up and a dozen or so girls in the front squeal "whooo!" in a very girlish and silly manner (in other words, squealing that Orli is hot, which, DUH, he is... you didn't hear me squealing!). A few seconds later Gimli gets his close-up and most of the guys in the theater do the same type of "whooo!", only slightly more mocking. SO funny. Go Gimli!
Alright... I'm sure I had things other than LotR to babble about, but I'm too tired. Will do the Seven on Sunday, however, since I missed it this weekend. Oh! And be sure to oogle Rae's GORGEOUS new layouts at OntheFringe.org and her brand new blog.
If there were to be a television channel created with a program line up just for you, what seven shows would you want to have on it?
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (duh!)
2. Sports Night
3. The X-Files
7. The Daily Show
Runners-up: Now and Again, The West Wing, Boomtown, and Firefly.
That's it from me. Night night!
On the orders of Thomas, here I am blogging. I know you're all thrilled, right?
I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping, which excites me to no end. Normally I always have a bunch of gifts I need to pick up right before Christmas, but this year, I may actually have everything a couple weeks in advance. Woot! Spending loads of money too, of course. Though I knew that would happen because I have a lot of family and friends to buy for. Ah well. I enjoy buying things for other folks.
Still need to start baking. I don't have to work tomorrow, so I think I'm going to bake a bunch of cookies and then we'll freeze some of them until we need them. Probably ginger cookies, butterballs, snickerdoodles, some fudge, and possibly thumbprints. Hmmm. We'll see.
Picked up tickets for the Christmas Eve showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Stanford Theatre. Love seeing it there. So beautiful and so much fun. It's a family tradition. "Singin' in the Rain" is playing at the Stanford right now, so Allie, Kacie, and I are trying to arrange a time to get together and see it. Must find a way!
Also got tickets for "The Two Towers" on opening day. Bryan, Eileen, Mike (Bryan's friend), and I are going. Still need to call Leanna to find out if she's going to be around to see it with us so I can order her a ticket. Must remember to do that tonight.
I had a long talk with Allie last week about my lack of time and the overly large amounts of websites I have... decided to scale back on Flights since I'm not interested in "Angel" anymore. I'll still do the gallery, because I do enjoy that part, but no more quizzes. So if anyone is interested in writing "Angel" quizzes, Kristina and I will love you forever! I'm scaling back on Orbiting as well. I love "Firefly", but I just don't have the time. So no more quizzes (unless another awesome person wants to do them)... just a basic episode guide, and whatever's there now. If I can find a site with transcripts, I might keep the quotes up. We'll see.
I decided to keep most of my fanlistings. The only really huge ones are GttM, which I will never give up *insert evil laugh,* and Patronus, which I co-run with Rae and Susan, so that's fine. I am going to give up the Dave Matthews Band fanlisting, Best of What's Around, though. That one's getting fairly large and I truly don't have the time for it. Anyone interested? I hope so! Otherwise, it just disappears into the oblivion of closed sites.
La la la. What else. I'm trying to think of something semi-interesting to say, since I'm almost positive the stuff above this is mind-numbingly boring. Sigh sigh.
Has anyone else been watching "Taken"? I've actually been enjoying it. Okay, it's not the best thing ever, but it's entertaining and fun to get involved in. We'll see how this week turns out.
Oh! And before I forget, pluggage for Zinna who rocks. She writes the summaries for Much Ado and is a lovely and witty person, as well as a wonderful friend. I finally got her set up with her own blog, so go visit and leave her comments!
And now, I must go help Thomas with some graphics. Later later!