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Senior Prom

Senior prom was last weekend and I had the privilege of having my house be the pre-prom gathering area. I love how grown up they look in their finery. :)

Zach and Ashley adoring each other.

Yes, those are katana, as the boys prepare to do battle. Or something.

The girls have fun showing off their shoes.

This last picture gave me a scary flash forward to some future place and time – when I’ll see a similar image in a wedding.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 by Jeri
Under: entertainment, Poulsbo | 5 Comments »

Improving Mondays

Monday is painful on a number of counts – sleep deprivation, return to work mode with an overflowing inbox, the weekend’s catastrophes lying in wait, and regret for lost weekend opportunities.

So how can we improve them? Besides the sensible things, like maintaining a consistent sleep pattern and cleaning up the desk Friday afternoons.

This morning I indulged in leftover dark chocolate pudding – for breakfast – along with my coffee. What other things could help make Mondays better?

  • As above, dessert for breakfast!
  • Schedule lunch with a friend.
  • New shoes!
  • Ditch the depressing news on the way to work; listen to NPR, comedy or an audiobook.
  • Or, the TaniaTM method – resign. ;)

I’m sure the rest of you have ideas, serious or tongue-in-cheek, please share!

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2009 by Jeri
Under: entertainment, work | 9 Comments »

Alien vs. Predator vs. Bleah

My son is watching – not on purpose, just channel surfed and landed there – Alien vs. Predator II: Requiem on cable.

I’m carefully ignoring it, surfing the web and listening to Iron and Wine on headphones as I gave up on the franchise after Alien II.

Still, I catch glimpses of the movie out of the corner of my eye, and I do not get it. What’s the point? Gore, more gore, gruesome gore, slimy aliens doing icky things, and even more gore. And does not a single person have the sense to turn on a light switch? The whole film is shot so darkly that it’s almost painful to watch it.

I enjoy action movies, occasionally gory movies, even gruesome bits when it serves the story. I just watched Taken with the awesome Liam Neeson and enjoyed it very much. The bottom line is that there actually has to be a plot.

I must be getting old. Darned kids! Get off my lawn.

Posted on Sunday, February 15th, 2009 by Jeri
Under: entertainment, movies | 13 Comments »

When Malware Attacks

In a case of life and art being inextricably intertwined, Information Week reports that Paris Hilton’s website has been infected with malware.

On an existential level, Paris Hilton and her celebrity-infatuated peers are a form of societal malware, propagating themselves through endless self-promotion.

I have never been to her website. What on earth could she possibly have to say of substance or depth? She is the woman who spells ‘hot’ as ‘hott’ and holds auditions for a best friend on a reality show. I realize I’m being really elitist and judgmental, she may read Sartre before bed – still, she’s a train wreck.

The malware report is incredibly ironic.

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2009 by Jeri
Under: entertainment | 5 Comments »

Five Good Remakes

I realize remakes are often controversial and even unnecessary, but sometimes the new version is equal to or even better than the old. These choices are subjective, but I suggest these five remade movies are excellent the second time around:

Oceans Eleven
This one’s a tough call. After all, who can match the Rat Pack? But George Clooney, Brad Pitt, a superb script and excellent pacing make the remake the superior movie in my book.

Thomas Crown Affair
I had high hopes for the original movie, which I actually watched after the remake. Unfortunately, Faye Dunaway can’t hold a candle to Rene Russo, although I do prefer the original, sad ending as being more true to the characters.

Italian Job
The original movie is fun and fast paced, and they both get points for excellent use of MINIs. The ending on the original is frustrating.

Casino Royale
I realize the original version of Casino Royale was shot as a spoof, so the comparison really isn’t valid. Still, the current version of Casino Royale is a worthy addition to the Bond oeuvre – Daniel Craig is an awesome Bond.

War of the Worlds
Please note that I am *not* a Tom Cruise fan. I think he’s gotten where he is today by playing one role really well – that of Tom Cruise. Still, I think the remade War of the Worlds is a nicely done movie – the CGI and special effects available in the 21st century serve this kind of story very well, and Spielberg still manages to maintain the story’s pacing.

I’m also hopeful about the pending Logan’s Run remake – it was the first SF movie I ever watched, it has a good story line, and it’s possible a less-cheesetastic treatment might make for a fairly decent movie.

There are lots of bad remakes out there we can all snicker about – I don’t want to hear about those. Are there any other decent remakes that you would point to and say, “Hollywood got that one right!”?

Posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 by Jeri
Under: entertainment, movies | 9 Comments »