*blah*

Aug. 7th, 2011 01:26 am
ksmith: (gimme a break)
Did you ever have a lot to say, and absolutely no energy/will/urge to post any of it? It is late. Maybe I just need to get some sleep.

Did see HP7.2 today. I will admit that I shed a tear or three at various times, but even so, I was disappointed. The story arc went off the rails for me from Half-Blood Prince on, and never really got back on. Note to self--big moments for secondary characters do not make up for slapdash explanations and holes in plot. Got home in time to watch a good part of RotK, and the contrasts slapped me upside the head. The characters in the Ring trilogy developed over the course of the films; Harry, Hermione, and Ron seemed to diminish. I don't like saying that, because I still love the films. But something went missing along the way to the end, never to be found.

Oh well.

Saw Yo-Yo Ma Friday night. He was delightful.

Tired now.
ksmith: (hermione)
Are Frank and Alice Longbottom dead, or are they in some sort of asylum, never to be released? I'm wondering because in the movies I hear references that they suffered a fate worse than death. There's also the fact that Neville can't see the thestrals, but if he wasn't present when his parents died, assuming they died, then he wouldn't have been able to. I think.

Just wondering. I haven't read Order.
ksmith: (hermione)
Are Frank and Alice Longbottom dead, or are they in some sort of asylum, never to be released? I'm wondering because in the movies I hear references that they suffered a fate worse than death. There's also the fact that Neville can't see the thestrals, but if he wasn't present when his parents died, assuming they died, then he wouldn't have been able to. I think.

Just wondering. I haven't read Order.
ksmith: (hermione)
Swiped from Peg Kerr.

I kinda wanted a dog, but tried three times and got this each time. I am condemned to meekness, or steady eddiness, or something. I always test out as a Hufflepuff as well.


ksmith: (hermione)
Swiped from Peg Kerr.

I kinda wanted a dog, but tried three times and got this each time. I am condemned to meekness, or steady eddiness, or something. I always test out as a Hufflepuff as well.


ksmith: (gimme a break)
...in the back of your mind tells you to move the new stemless wine glass to a different part of the drain rack because it's too near the edge and you could knock it into the sink and break it, you really should listen.

::sigh::

One down, three to go.

Dropped by the hardware big box today. Bought wooden stakes--in case of Rapture, I am guessing the vamps will have a free for all--potting soil, sphagnum moss, and a tarragon plant. Texas tarragon, unfortunately. Larger leaves and a milder taste. I prefer the regular stuff, but I can't find it.

Years ago, I bought one of those fancy house number plates, which I installed by the front door. I opted for light bronze numbers/dark bronze background, which looked very sharp in the catalog but proved a little hard to read in reality. Over time, the bronze colors faded to the point that I couldn't read the numbers at all from the street. So I bought some black acrylic paint and today I colored in the background. Looks like it worked--the numbers and the leafy trim pop a little more. I won't know for sure if it worked until tomorrow, when the paint is good and dry and I reinstall the thing. But even if it needs another coat, it beats paying for a new plate or set of numbers.

I also used some of the paint to repair some worn places on my Mickey planter. It's one of those painted planters you see in big boxes, a largish flower pot set next to a figure of a dog or cat. The figure on mine is a black lab that is the spittin' image of the Mickster, hence the name. All I need to do is add a white splotch on the chest and it will be finished.

In other news, it's a Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family. Only about the 11th or 12th time I've seen the damned things. I leave them on as background, and pop into the living room to watch the favorite bits.

Rain finally stopped. Sun even came out for a little while. Amazing.
ksmith: (gimme a break)
...in the back of your mind tells you to move the new stemless wine glass to a different part of the drain rack because it's too near the edge and you could knock it into the sink and break it, you really should listen.

::sigh::

One down, three to go.

Dropped by the hardware big box today. Bought wooden stakes--in case of Rapture, I am guessing the vamps will have a free for all--potting soil, sphagnum moss, and a tarragon plant. Texas tarragon, unfortunately. Larger leaves and a milder taste. I prefer the regular stuff, but I can't find it.

Years ago, I bought one of those fancy house number plates, which I installed by the front door. I opted for light bronze numbers/dark bronze background, which looked very sharp in the catalog but proved a little hard to read in reality. Over time, the bronze colors faded to the point that I couldn't read the numbers at all from the street. So I bought some black acrylic paint and today I colored in the background. Looks like it worked--the numbers and the leafy trim pop a little more. I won't know for sure if it worked until tomorrow, when the paint is good and dry and I reinstall the thing. But even if it needs another coat, it beats paying for a new plate or set of numbers.

I also used some of the paint to repair some worn places on my Mickey planter. It's one of those painted planters you see in big boxes, a largish flower pot set next to a figure of a dog or cat. The figure on mine is a black lab that is the spittin' image of the Mickster, hence the name. All I need to do is add a white splotch on the chest and it will be finished.

In other news, it's a Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family. Only about the 11th or 12th time I've seen the damned things. I leave them on as background, and pop into the living room to watch the favorite bits.

Rain finally stopped. Sun even came out for a little while. Amazing.
ksmith: (hermione)
Back home from seeing Deathly Hallows Pt. 1. Not a particularly coherent storyline, but I think the director et al did their best. Things moved along better than they did in the book, and much of the repetition was cut. Events happened that I didn't remember reading, but I honestly don't remember much of that book. Except for the repetition. And the fact that waaay too much happened offstage.

That said, I liked the movie and will buy the DVD when it comes out.

In between a fast food dinner (at Chipotle, which for all their bragging of their fresh ingredients is highly overrated) and DH, friend and I went to TJ Maxx. I hadn't expected to buy anything, but I found a black/brown handbag--I liked mixed black/brown just as I like mixed metal jewelry--some orange-scented soap for the bathroom, a CLEAN Winter perfume/body butter gift set that was about 1/3 the advertised price, and a hanger thingie with rows of tiny pockets for sorting jewelry. Maybe in the spring, I will have time to once and for all sort the earrings I've collected over the years.

Home now. Fresh coffee's been brewed. Pups are sleeping. Errands tomorrow, after which I will hunker down as we will be hit with weather, rain followed by a drop in temps and snow. Several inches possible. Then the cold settles in, with below zero temps possible at night. Winter's arrived, I guess.
ksmith: (hermione)
Back home from seeing Deathly Hallows Pt. 1. Not a particularly coherent storyline, but I think the director et al did their best. Things moved along better than they did in the book, and much of the repetition was cut. Events happened that I didn't remember reading, but I honestly don't remember much of that book. Except for the repetition. And the fact that waaay too much happened offstage.

That said, I liked the movie and will buy the DVD when it comes out.

In between a fast food dinner (at Chipotle, which for all their bragging of their fresh ingredients is highly overrated) and DH, friend and I went to TJ Maxx. I hadn't expected to buy anything, but I found a black/brown handbag--I liked mixed black/brown just as I like mixed metal jewelry--some orange-scented soap for the bathroom, a CLEAN Winter perfume/body butter gift set that was about 1/3 the advertised price, and a hanger thingie with rows of tiny pockets for sorting jewelry. Maybe in the spring, I will have time to once and for all sort the earrings I've collected over the years.

Home now. Fresh coffee's been brewed. Pups are sleeping. Errands tomorrow, after which I will hunker down as we will be hit with weather, rain followed by a drop in temps and snow. Several inches possible. Then the cold settles in, with below zero temps possible at night. Winter's arrived, I guess.
ksmith: (hermione)
Richard Harris was a better Dumbledore than Michael Gambon. It's a shame he wasn't able to complete the series.

I think Peter O'Toole might have been an interesting replacement.
ksmith: (hermione)
Richard Harris was a better Dumbledore than Michael Gambon. It's a shame he wasn't able to complete the series.

I think Peter O'Toole might have been an interesting replacement.
ksmith: (hermione)
The whole Ron/Hermione/Viktor subplot.

My Mom used to love those ugly duckling scenes, the ones in which the "plain" girl transforms into a beauty. She would have loved watching Hermione walk down the steps to meet Viktor, then turn to Harry and go "meep".

Then there's Neville. He just makes me happy.
ksmith: (hermione)
The whole Ron/Hermione/Viktor subplot.

My Mom used to love those ugly duckling scenes, the ones in which the "plain" girl transforms into a beauty. She would have loved watching Hermione walk down the steps to meet Viktor, then turn to Harry and go "meep".

Then there's Neville. He just makes me happy.
ksmith: (hermione)
I do enjoy the scene where Prof. Moody disciplines Draco Malfoy.

"Is that a student?"
"Technically, it's a ferret."
ksmith: (hermione)
I do enjoy the scene where Prof. Moody disciplines Draco Malfoy.

"Is that a student?"
"Technically, it's a ferret."
ksmith: (hermione)
I never get tired of watching Ralph Fiennes' turn as Voldemort. He moves like a dancer, and plays his voice like an instrument.
ksmith: (hermione)
I never get tired of watching Ralph Fiennes' turn as Voldemort. He moves like a dancer, and plays his voice like an instrument.

*rats*

Aug. 15th, 2008 09:02 pm
ksmith: (lemons)
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment in the blockbuster film franchise about boy wizard Harry, is moving from its planned Nov. 21 release to July 17, 2009, distributor Warner Bros. said Thursday.

The move was made to take advantage of an open weekend in Hollywood's busy summer season, said Alan Horn, Warner Bros. president and chief operating officer. The film had been on schedule, and the change was not due to any production snags, he said.

*piffle*

*rats*

Aug. 15th, 2008 09:02 pm
ksmith: (lemons)
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment in the blockbuster film franchise about boy wizard Harry, is moving from its planned Nov. 21 release to July 17, 2009, distributor Warner Bros. said Thursday.

The move was made to take advantage of an open weekend in Hollywood's busy summer season, said Alan Horn, Warner Bros. president and chief operating officer. The film had been on schedule, and the change was not due to any production snags, he said.

*piffle*

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