May 302008
 

Can’t believe summer is almost here!

Movies
We saw a couple of movies last weekend. Prince Caspian which we totally enjoyed and Indiana Jones which Brian says is worth watching but just ok. I thought it was just not good. Not good at all. I left feeling like they recycled some old jokes (like the whole snake thing), put in some good stunts and cob webs and that should be enough to distract you from the fact that there is no character development and the actors don’t seem to even want to try. Oh, well. Can’t wait for Batman. Hopefully that wont disappoint. Iron Man was pretty good and Robert Downey Jr. was awesome!

TV
What will I do without The Office and Lost? Both season finales were very good and now I have to wait…American Idol was pretty good as well and I was happy David Cook won.

Summer Plans
Not much. Just relax and head to the beach.

Random
We’re having our milk delivered every week. Isn’t that a hoot? A local dairy leaves our milk in glass bottles so that it’s there when we open the door and we just leave the old glass bottles for them to pick up. Really good chocolate milk as well! I feel very Rob and Laura Petrie!

We started adding Tofu to our diet. Very yummy!

Not much else going on. More updates soon!

Jul 122007
 

We saw the new Transformers movie last week, and I just have two words for you.

Simply awesome.

And now for some more words. I leaned over right before the movie started and loudly whispered the title of this post to Monica and Bucky, but I know that many others in the theater were thinking something similar. This movie just kicked butt.

Now admittedly, I have a bit of an emotional tie to this film as the Transformers was the best cartoon and toy series ever in the history of the universe. I had so many of these toys when I was kid, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve bought a few on eBay over the years. If only my mom hadn’t made me give them all away. Thanks, Mom; I could have sold them all and been a kajillionaire! Ah, who am I kidding, I’d still be staging Autobot-Decepticon battles to this day.

But I digress; back to the movie.

The first voice you hear is Peter Cullen, he of the great pipes and someone you’ve probably heard on countless movie trailers. Hearing the original Optimus Prime made my inner child scream with joy, and it brought back memories of after school cartoon watching and especially the animated Transformers movie where Optimus dies. Michael Bay made many changes from the cartoon, but the essence of the original series remained intact, and I think Peter Cullen played a big part in that.

There are several nods to the cartoon, including an angry Megatron proclaiming his disappointment with Starscream yet again, all of which I think are key to the level of fan satisfaction with this movie. I’m right smack dab in the middle of the age group that grew up with these characters and am certainly in the target demographic for the movie, and I loved every minute of it.

This is one long movie, but you don’t really notice it. There are lots of action scenes and bits of humor throughout, including several laugh out loud moments which I wasn’t expecting. The overall tone of the movie is really reminiscent of the cartoon which I think is a good thing, and you know Michael Bay isn’t going to let you down with the action scenes. There are lots of robot-fighting, metal-twisting scenes, so much so that at times you don’t know who is fighting whom. That’s my only real complaint with the movie; I wish Bay would have pulled the camera back about one hundred feet to let us see more of the action in the frame. I’m going to have to watch some of scenes on slow motion on the DVD to see what happens to some of the characters.

It’s making a ton of money, and I know a sequel has been confirmed. That’s awesome news as I can’t wait to see more transforming action.

March Update

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Mar 112007
 

Sorry for the lack of updates but things have been a little hectic around here. Praise God everything is going well at brimon headquarters.

School

School is almost done and I have a position in a surgery trauma unit waiting for me upon successful completion of nursing school and RN licensure! Exciting stuff for sure.

Running

The half-marathon is this coming Sunday (the 18th). Krystyn and I feel we’re ready but you never know. I’ve never ran in any sort of marathon before so it should be interesting and hopefully a lot of fun!

House Stuff
We’ve learned a little bit more than we ever wanted to know about heat pumps, heat strips and thermostats. The heating system or whatever you want to call it in our home totally crapped out on us this February and of course it had to happen during the coldest weekend ever. The temperature in our house dropped down to 49 degrees by the time it was fixed but thankfully we shacked up with the in-laws. We had to leave the water running so the pipes wouldn’t freeze etc., etc. Not fun!

Cuisine

Lately we’ve been expanding our diet by including many Mediterranean/middle eastern dishes to include falafel which is a fried patty made from fava beans and/or chickpeas, couscous, hummus, baba ganoush (eggplant salad), Lebanese and Iranian cuisine. All totally yummy.

Entertainment
Yes….we are watching American Idol and are totally embarrassed to admit it. Totally love it! This season is crazy so far. Glad Antonella is gone but why is Sanjaya still there? I feel it’s just like one big joke we get suckered into every year and the votes don’t really count.

Love The Office. It’s our favorite show on TV! We still watch Lost but there better be some answers soon to keep us interested. Brian loves Heroes and still watches Smallville and Battlestar Galactica.

I’d like to go see 300 so hopefully we can make to the movies some time soon.

Okay, that was a quick update. We’ll write again soon!

Jul 242006
 

Brian and I went on vacation in May. He was supposed to write about it but I think he has given up on updating this website. We visited Disney World, Epcot, Sea World (which I’d never been to) and MGM studios. We had a great time and I loved meeting Shamu!

After we came back I started my summer classes and thankfully those are now over. I did well and I’ve already registered for the fall….less than a year, less than a year, less than a year………

On July 4th we gathered with friends and headed to see the Dave Matthews Band. It was a great show with fireworks at the end and everyone had a great time. After the concert we came out the wrong way and had to cross through some bushes to get to our car and as a result, Brian is now recovering from the worst case of poison something I’ve ever seen.

As far as summer movies we’ve seen: Poseidon – awful; X-Men – pretty good; Superman – good; The Devil Wears Prada (monica only) – really good. We still need to see Pirates and we are still debating whether we will go see World Trade Center.

Brian and I celebrated our 3rd year Anniversary. Praise God!

Okay, I know this was a very short summary but that’s all I have for now.

Son of Adam

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Jan 122006
 

I forgot to mention back in December that we saw The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Now, I flat out loved The Chronicles of Narnia when I was a child. I used to read them and imagine myself as Peter, sitting in Cair Paravel, going on great adventures, and talking to animals. I was thoroughly enchanted by the world that C.S. Lewis created.

So it was with great anticipation that I saw the movie, as it was probably the one that I’ve most looked forward to seeing…ever.

And the verdict? It was good. Not great, but good. For some reason, I left the theater feeling a bit empty, and it’s taken me a bit to realize why. The movie followed the book almost down to the page, and that may have been it’s downfall. After all, it is a children’s book, and I think a children’s movie is what ended up on the screen. The kids’ acting was less than stellar, and there just wasn’t enough character development. And to top it off, I really don’t remember much of the music which usually adds so much to the movie (think Lord of the Rings), so the fact it was unnoticeable is not a good sign.

Don’t get me wrong though; I really enjoyed it. The special effects were magnificent, and it was really great to see Aslan come to life. I will definitely purchase the DVD when it comes out, and perhaps with multiple viewings, I will gain a better appreciation for the movie.

It’s certainly made a killing at the box office so sequels are guaranteed which is awesome because that means they will probably get to make what is quite possibly my favorite of the books, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Dec 302005
 

So, did anyone see us on Dayside? It was a jolly good time, and I even got to ask a question. I’m not entirely sure why I asked the question that I did, but I just wanted to get on television so I got the job done. The set looks much smaller in person that it does on TV, and it’s pretty interesting to see how a show gets made. There’s a lot going on during the commercials, and it seems like one big controlled mess, but everything comes together when it counts.

We’ve headed downtown the last couple of days doing some shopping and seeing various sites. We even ate at an official New York diner.

And then last night, Monica and I finally saw King Kong. I have to say, I thought it was a great movie. It took a bit to get going at first, but Peter Jackson did a great job with Kong. His eyes were so expressive, and the relationship between Kong and Anne was so well done. It was so good that we hardly noticed the three hour length which reiterates how great a movie it is.

Tonight, we’re off to Radio City Music Hall to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. After that we’re headed to

Jul 022005
 

Just got back from watching War of the Worlds, and what do you know, it didn’t suck.

I had heard about some pretty positive reviews over the last week, while Monica said that she had heard her share of mixed ones, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Our opinion of Mr. Cruise soured over the last few weeks as he appeared to have a mental breakdown during every interview. And the whole Scientology thing…well, let’s just not go there. Perhaps it was just a marketing ploy as his movie is currently raking in the dough.

Or could it be that it’s actually a good movie?

Yes, my friends, it is a good movie. I suspect that’s due more to Steven than Tom, but you can’t argue with a good flick. This thing grabs ahold of you in the first fifteen minutes, and it doesn’t let go until the very end. If you’re at all familiar with H.G. Wells classic novel, than you know how the story plays out, but don’t let that stop you. I mean, you knew what was going to happen to Gollum and Frodo, right?

Okay, I’m not about to compare Lord of the Rings with War of the Worlds, but take my advice and see the movie. I actually enjoyed it more than Revenge of the Sith.

That’s right, I said it.

Nov 212004
 

Last Friday night, I was forced to see what is quite possibly the worse movie of the year.

This past Friday night, we saw what is quite possibly the best movie of the year.

And then on Saturday, we had a marathon Christmas shopping session where we bought almost all of the gifts that we needed.

So I would say that this past weekend totally kicks the butt of last weekend (but not quite as bad as the butt-whooping the Hokies laid on the Terps on Thursday night :)).

Mar 092004
 

I haven’t talked about seeing The Passion of the Christ here yet, mainly because I’m lazy, but also because I was trying to sort out what I was feeling after seeing this film.

I’m still not sure what I’m feeling.

This movie troubled me, and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Yes, it’s graphic. No, it’s not anti-semitic. So what could be so troubling for me?

Whether you are a Christian or not, it is to be incredibly difficult to watch a person willingly being brutalized and suffering such an agonizing death and in such excrutiating pain, and all because he knows it’s what he must do. You see very clearly in the film that the treatment isn’t forced upon him, but that he does everything voluntarily. And then during one of the most poignant moments of the film, when things are being done to him by the Romans that no ordinary human could bear, he calls out for their forgiveness.

Wow.

This film depicts Christ the way no other film has. You haven’t really seen Jesus “the man” depicted in films or television, and it can be difficult to get a sense of that when you read the Bible. Yes, Jesus was God, but he was also a human being, and he felt fear and pain just as we all do, and that is very apparent in this film. It’s easy to read about the sacrifice made, but to see it played out on the screen, it made His sacrifice more real, more clear in my mind.

The images will stay with me forever and will weigh heavily on my heart.

Aslan Cometh

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Mar 022004
 

I just read some great news concerning Narnia.

I enjoyed the series of books written by C.S. Lewis immensely as a child, and they are finally coming to the big screen. Here’s hoping they do at least half as good a job as Peter Jackson did with The Lord of the Rings.