Good evening Lj readers,
how are things? Here they have been somewhat busy.
Here are today's growths :
* From the desk of Geoff
Things have been well here. A few days ago I was walking our dog Tavin. We were just getting to the entrance of the street (, where we usually turn around) when a car came around the corner. It caught my attention as it was going faster than usual and managed to dislodge a stop sign pole from the ground (!) and fling it a few feet ahead. It was turning the corners all wrong. It then promptly ran into some of the neighbor's mailboxes (on a wooden holder all together), dismantling them. It narrowly missed us, thankfully, and continued down the street. Had our neighbors, who were just getting into their car and pulling out of our street's free public parking spots, pulled out they would have run into each other too.
The person driving was my neighbor friend Steve's next-door neighbor, who was, I believe on a medication with unusual side effects. A police officer did come and cite him. While we waited I chatted with the neighbors some. Later, the neighbor did apologize and fix the mailbox holder, so that wasn't too bad. Quite a time!
* Holidays 2014 (part 1 of 2)
Welcome to December! This year I had a chance to try two new things, decoration-wise. I asked my occasional-roommate Graham to buy a Starbucks
Advent calender, whose designs usually change 100% from year to year but whose style last year was so popular, they repeated it again in 2014. It's a magnetic board with 25 tins of various sizes. There are a variety of designs on the lids, and a chocolate / sea-salt graham in each one! The 25th 'day' even has a $5 gift card in it. It's customizable and re-usable.
The other new item was the lights on my tree, which I try to switch around each year. This year's was a rainbow! (pink, orange, green and blue). I could have put purple lights on as well, but I think it would be too much lol. All of the bulbs are LED, though nicely.
* Holidays 2014 (part 2 of 2)
A picture of my tree with the lights off. Usually not as 'sparkly' as this ; the camera adds a little bit of glare.
Courtesy the library, I was able to watch two good films recently. Maleficent
was one ; Disney's re-imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty
tale. Angelina Jolie stars as the titular character, a fairy who befriends a human with "difficult" consequences. A good combination of adult and kid-friendly material, the moral lessons in the movie are understood without being either simplified or overtly explicit.
The other one was Mood Indigo
; a fascinatingly-creative movie. Based on a novel, the movie was directed by Michael Gondry, who did The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
and others. So many ideas in one movie! That the fantastical material is live-action is all the more unique. The plot is difficult to distill, but essentially is a doomed romance set in a version of Paris with a magic house, a mouse, "fate" as a series of typists, an amazing cook and an increasingly-difficult path followed. Audrey "Amelie
, from the movie of the same name" Tautou stars.
Both films are recommended!
* Misc. other
Some other small things, for which I am thankful : having faith. a great supply of extra firewood, courtesy my neighbor (thanks, Chikako!). finding contact info from a college friend I hadn't seen in literally 14+ years (!). cauliflower. being able to nicely get an earlier appointment at a local car place (the wait was normally a month).
Okay. Have a good night!