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 Quiet weekend. 
Back to the gym today. 
Still on a minor winning streak on scratch Bingo cards. Now that I've written it, it'll die out. It's due to, anyway. Bought one scratch Bingo for $3.00 and due to winning lots of 3 - 8 dollars in subsequent cards (each time I win, i just get another card or other type of draw ticket), I'm now about to cash in my fourth Bingo for another $3 (which means another free card) and had also got two tickets for other draws (lotto Max and 6/49) both of which didn't give me a cent back. It's just encouraging enough to keep me coming back for more. Well, if you win the exact amount that the scratch card cost, why not get another one for free? I find it amusing to see how far I can get, how many times I win enough for the next free ticket. As I said, I'm had my fourth and it's got a winner so that will be my fifth. *adds up* I think about $20 won for a $3 initial investment. Something like that. If it was $20 on one ticket, I"d have taken the cash, maybe bought one ticket with it and kept the rest. Hardly worth it to put $3 back in my pocket. I figure today's new "free" ticket will likely be the last in the streak. 

Google Earthing around the perimeter of Hawaii and looking at a bit of video of the surfers on the North Shore. Really looking forward to seeing that! I have to make a big effort to get more walking in so I am not puffing and huffing while walking around. 

*note to self* get Mom's email password. I got a few of the family to go in on a 7" tablet for her (Samsung Tab A) after she'd expressed admiration for one her cousin has. I want to get it all set up. She used to have a Gmail address but she's never used it and though I set it up for her, I don't remember the password. Apparently the table can be set up with a non-google email even if it's Android. G. has his android phone set up with his non-gmail though I have mine set up with mine. Anyway i must think of a way to get it from her without her guessing why. Really, she probably wouldn't connect the dots since she doesn't know you'd need one to set up a tablet. I just have to think of an excuse to use to ask her for it. Something like "probably would be a good idea if I have it as a backup" but I don't even know if she remembers what hers is! I know it's changed a couple of times when she's forgotten or had to reset something through her ISP. Oh well, if it comes down to it, I'll start up a new gmail for her and use that. 

Baby shower coming up for my niece. Talking of feeling old! I'm going to be a great-auntie. Am already one by marriage and a great-great-auntie by marriage too but I don't know her. My niece will be 29 by the time the baby comes. How did that happen? 29! Jesus. She was born just before I started working at this job! My manager brought round a student who will be here for a month or so getting experience and I mentioned I started here in 1988. I thought to myself, longer than you've been alive! 

And our second anniversary is also coming up. Wow.... 2 years already though we've only been living together for one of them. He says he's quite happy living here and aside from missing a few family members and friends, the only thing he really misses is the local chippie! He's starting to pick up a few more cartoon commissions, as well. Just delivered one on the weekend. 
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 I think we've decided on the hotel for Hawaii. Well, I've decided. He's quite content to let me do the research and make the arrangements since I really like doing it. I always show him what I'm going to book before I book it, though, to make sure he is ok with it. Haven't booked it yet because I'm trying to do the Air Canada Vacations package and the booking site doesn't appear to let you book the extra leg room seats on top of the basic package so I am going to go to a travel agent to see if they can do that. It's worth the extra money for me. The flight is run by Air Canada Rouge, a not-quite-no-frills airline from Air Canada, kind of like their charter service I think. Apparently a bit less leg room than normal and you pay for pretty much everything including seats, baggage and food. I'm tempted to book the Hawaii package with the business class which is cheaper than regular Air Canada B.C. but still twice the price.

Looking it up, 2 tickets for the basic fare return from Vancouver to Honolulu is a total of $1386. Business class for the same thing is 3432 and that's without the hotel. If we then booked the hotel on it's own, that is, without being in the whole package, 1469 for a king bed room with a bit of extra space. That's booking on the Air Canada site or on Expedia, a sale at the moment. Looking on the hotel's site, with the hotel's points program (which I have already joined) it's 1385 for the same room or maybe that was the basic room. I forget now. That plus the separate flights are 3053. 

An Expedia package, flight and  hotel for that hotel is  and an Air Canada package is 2278 and if i can get the extra legroom seats added on, it's still only 2560.  Save 500 booking AC package so that's a no brainer but it was worth doing the research just to check. 

Also been checking hotel prices for Vancouver but I don't know yet for sure how many nights we'll need. I'll be contacting my cousin and though I won't invite myself, I'll see if she does invite us to stay  for a night or two. I do want a hotel for part of the Vancouver stay but I'd like to stay with them for a couple of nights. I wouldn't impose more than 2 nights if she asks. I did assume I would be staying with my aunt and uncle in Victoria and I believe I did verify it was ok when I saw them last year when they were at my mom's visiting. Again, not more than a few nights. Would like to drive up to Parksville to see my friend Kazza overnight while on Vancouver Island and again, no assuming she'll ask us to stay with them so will ask her about a motel nearby. I hope to be able to drive around the island a bit, either on the way to Parksville or on the way back to Victoria. I've heard that the little town of Tofino is gorgeous!
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I've been a big fan of the Steig Larsson books, the Millennium trilogy (Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo....that series). The author died but a couple of years ago, another Swedish writer took up the mantle. David Lagercrantz released The Girl in the Spider's Web. I read it. I thought it was not *quite* as good or gripping but... not bad either. A Worthy successor and it was popular enough to become a legitimate best seller. Why did they even bother, some might ask? Leave well enough alone. Maybe yes. But why not? There are a lot of books and series that take up the characters in Star Wars, Star Trek etc. Not quite the same thing since they weren't books to start with but authors are still creating new works about well known characters.

There was a sequel written many decades after Gone With the Wind, approved by the estate of Margaret Mitchell called Scarlett. It wasn't bad but it was more of a bodice ripper type historical romance than the original which was very, very good and while did centre on Scarlett O'Hara's loves, was also set in the Civil War and the lives of people in the South during and after. The sequel was more about Scarlett's campaign to get Rhett Butler back. The mini series they made from it was appalling. Even though the author of the sequel wrote the mini series, she still changed the ending which made no sense to me. Why have a different ending from the book you wrote if you figured you'd be selling the filming rights to it anyway? (without looking it up. perhaps she even got the contract to write the book with the knowledge that she'd be writing a filmed version, for all i know).

Never mind that. The Spider's Web book was quite good even if not quite the same treatment of the characters that Larsson created. There's a new sequel coming out this fall called The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. Oh dear. Not too keen on that title. They tend not to have the same English titles as the Swedish ones. Sure enough, the book is titled in Swedish as Mannen som jagade sin skugga and translates to ”The Man who Chased his Shadow”. Why couldn't they have gone with that? Probably because it's not as identifiable as "The Girl With...." titles. The plot according to this Swedish site (though it's in English) says that Lisbeth is in a harsh women's prison and gets new information about her past. It's about Lisbeth taking revenge. Nothing new about that. That's been a common thread in all of these books. I think the more I look at it, the more I intensely dislike the English title they've chosen for it.

Entertainment Weekly has a short interview with Lagercrantz. He says that the plot will revolve around the history behind the massive dragon tattoo on Lisbeth's back. The author is also contracted for another book after this one.

The next news on this same subject is the films. I saw the original three Swedish films with Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth. They were excellent. Sony made an American version of the first book starring Rooney Mara and it did ok I think. I liked it well enough but the Swedish version had a bit more atmosphere, I think. Sony is going to make another American movie but they're skipping over books 2 and 3 and jumping into Spider's Web but not using the same cast as the first American version. It will be interesting to see who they end up casting. The IMDB placeholder is here but they only have credits for the director and writers so far. The trivia on the IMDB page speaks about the possibility of casting either Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson but I wouldn't like either of them in the role. Far too "Hollywood". The first Hollywood version used an actor who was less known and I think it worked better. Another name that's been mentioned is Alicia Vikander who is Swedish and was the robot in Ex Machina. Might have possibilities there. She appears to be filming a new version of Tomb Raider so she will likely have the chops to do action.

I'll be following this with interest and I am pretty sure I'll be buying the book when it comes out in the fall.

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We went to the movies today and saw Ghost in the Shell in 3D. Now, I'm not a fan of manga and I have absolutely no familiarity with this story which is apparently a well known one among fans. G. saw the original Japanese manga movie though he's not really into manga either so the movie today, which had a lot of the same elements, made sense to him. Yes, I had a bit of trouble keeping it all straight. Part of that seems to be that I nodded off at one point! Eek! I was drowsy at a few points but was making an effort to stay awake and watch. I think i was just comfy in the dark and there were some slow bits and off i went. And I also think that because I was a bit confused watching it, my attention strayed and that made me drowsy as well.

Anyway, I had thought I would like it, since I often like scifi and I like Scarlet Johansson for the most part. I did find myself questioning things I had no business questioning like why would she be urged to breathe when she first came to after her initial creation. I thought, but she's mostly a machine, wouldn't all that be fired up and running and supplying the brain with the needed oxygen? She wouldn't actually have real lungs. Never mind.

The movie is about a woman who has been turned into a cyborg but with her human brain implanted to give her the best of both worlds, the ability to be a fighting machine but with the reasoning and intelligence of a human rather than AI. And fight she does, very well. She has some funky visions or "glitches" but they are dismissed by the doctor. She's trying to track down an entity that keeps uploading his conscience into others and using their bodies to kill several of the doctors and board members at the corporation that does the cyborg/human thing. Things are not as they seem but she finds out some truths by the end though in the end, nothing really changes for her life. She will continue as she has been which sets things up for possible sequels of course.

The special effects were very good and I figured they would be, which is why I thought we might see it in 3D. That's not something I usually go for but sometimes it does enhance the movie. I like Scar-Jo as I said and the man that played her sidekick was good, too. He's a Danish actor and was also in Game of Thrones as one of the Greyjoys, not Theon, the one that became Reek, one of his uncles.
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 Hmm Looks like most of my content from Livejournal is nearly here. That's good. I'll keep an eye over there for a bit and cross post until things seem to be running smoothly here. I don't expect it will get busier there than it was over there because that's just the way it was going but I still enjoy writing and keeping a log of anything notable, even if it's just for myself. 

I've cracked. I've broken down and wore my spring coat this morning. Yesterday the temps got up to about 20 or so, spectacular weather. Still wearing a scarf but not a heavy one. I mind the draft on my neck when the morning breeze is still a bit chilly. 

I really need to get back out walking again, even if i can only go to the end of the street and back at first. I don't find it as difficult to walk on a treadmill when I'm at the gym but I don't get to the gym every single day so I am going to make more of an effort to get short walks in on non-gym days now that the weather is better. I have to build up my stamina again or our holiday this fall will be miserable for me if i can't walk very far. My own damn fault for letting myself slack off any exercise at all last year. I've been back at it but not really as much as i should be and that has to change. 

My niece is doing ok, though she's had a lot of heartburn, that's really her only complaint other than being tired. We're having a baby shower in early May for everyone all at once, both sides of her family, friends etc. She hates fuss but she knew she wouldn't get away without having a shower so told her mother in law and her mother that they could plan one all encompassing one. I've bought a stack of children's books for her gift. I should also get a gift card from the bookstore, baby's first Chapters' card! She can bring the baby with her on our next Christmas visit to the shop along with my mother and i. It's been our tradition. I'm so excited to see the baby (girl), my great-niece! My sister is losing her mind with joy at her first grandchild and that's wonderful to see! Not the losing her mind part, but the joy. As happy as she has been being a step-granny to her husband's grandchildren and she loves them all to bits, her own baby having a baby is special. 
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 I woke up my fella this morning before I left for work. Reminded him of his dentist appointment. He mumbled that he thought it was tomorrow. It's on Wednesday, right? Right, I confirmed. This is Tuesday, he told me. Is it? Oh. 

Go back to sleep. 

Doh. Now I have an extra day to work this week! ;) Well, I"m just glad it's a long weekend with Friday and Monday off. So, in a way, today *was* hump day! 
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Looks like a lot of people are drifting over to Dreamwidth and abandoning ship here. I had a DW account years ago and deleted it so I created a new one. it's tvordlj (L not a number 1) over there. I've added a few of you that I could find. Feel free if you like. I"ll probably cross post for a little while. Nice that you can import all your LJ content, though, which I have done and await it's completion. There's a lot of it to I don't expect it to be done too soon.

It's not like i use this site as frequently as I used to but it's still nice to see if anyone is around and touch base, as well as blog some stuff now and then. I like keeping track of my books, reviewing movies sometimes and generally chatting about life stuff. It's as much for my own sake as anyone reading or not reading. I have my blog for books and reading related stuff and my travel blog both on Wordpress but I like to keep them both on topic.

Anyway, last one here before I make the jump

Weekend was pretty good. Got Mom's car and busted the bank at Costco on Saturday, with a small grocery run as well. G. had a Skype interview with a friend over in Copenhagen, Dave Ingrahm who used to be the singer in a number of well known bands including Bolt Thrower. He wanted to do the interview and put him on his own radio show Autopsy Report. Dave has a net radio show called Metal Breakfast Radio. Saturday night Graham had a guest list invite to a gig at an all ages club that we have here. It wasn't really a hot bed of activity unfortunately. The band he was set up to interview was called Double Experience and we did that outside the venue against the graffitied wall which was bright and colourful. It was too noisy inside. They are from Ottawa and they have developed "nerd metal" because they're very much into sci fi and gaming and things so a lot of their lyrics are long that line.

we stayed for the gig, though the first band that was on was absolute shite. They weren't more than kids, really. The second band was a bit better, they could at least all play the same thing at the same time but they couldn't sing.
Also unfortunately, the sound system wasn't very good. That wouldn't have helped those first two bands much in any case.

Double Experience, though, were really very good. Not really metal, just nice and crunchy and hard. They were only a three piece band with the drummer being a session guy, not their regular one, but they were really good. Lots of enthusiasm even with the 2-3 dozen in the crowd. THey still gave it their all. G. and I stood off to one side because most of the "crowd" were just young, we feeling like granddad and grandma! Never mind. The music was good even with the bad sound system. I'd definitely go see them again. I guess because it was an all ages club they have an early night. We were out of there by 9! I don't think there was another set and the one they did wasn't very long but you have to give them credit. Apparently, they're going to be going to Montreal's Comiccon, too, which is a coup for them.

Sunday night we went out to dinner with a dozen old friends so that was a nice evening, too, if more age-relateable :)
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Quite a few books to catch up on. Finished three today! I usually read 3 or 4 at one time so I end up finishing a few within a day or so of each other. Then it will be another week or more before the next lot near their end. It just happend that two of the books were about the same length and the third was a volume of poetry.
2017 books )
I think if i'm going to read something out of my usual, I'll stick with short stories or I'll go back to old fashioned classic poetry that rhymes! ;)
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Still haven't heard from my friend's husband on the Hawaii flights. Well, not strictly true. He did contact me a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, how it works, is that there has to be "offers" on the board that the employees can then book. Other than that, the tickets would be stand by only and we wouldn't want that uncertainty. So I said if there's nothing available by Easter, we would book it ourselves. I do appreciate his offer but I really want to get organizing things. I've already got our tickets to the west coast and booked the seats the other day. Business class. Depending on the plane we've got either nice, big, comfy seats or those individual pods. I'm even seriously thinking of spending the extra money and booking business or "comfort" class on the Hawaii tickets. It didn't look as if they were ridiculously more expensive. Even if it just gives a shade extra room and some extra leg room.

The flight from Vancouver to Hawaii is over 5 hours, same as from here to London. It might be worth it. I seem to recall it was only an extra $300 on the Air Canada flights. That's because the flight is on their "budget" no frills airline Rouge so it won't be full on business class, just roomier seating I think. Not sure what the WestJet airline price is for business. In the normal flights, business class is usually spectacularly high, 4 or 5 times the coach / cattle class.  i.e. the flight to London with all the taxes can be anywhere from 1100 - 1400 depending on the time of year and seat sales where the business class flight on that route is generally over $5000. So you can see where just an extra $300 is appealing for a bit more comfort even if the perks aren't full on business class level. (Whoops, just checked, it's an extra $500 ish. Maybe not. but i think you can pay a bit extra for seats with a bit of extra leg room, that would be utterly doable. I checked Westjet, the other airline and there's no available "business class" on that flight)

So the list is: book Hawaii, then book the hotels needed in Vancouver including an airport hotel for the night before our flight home. 
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Happy Birthday [ profile] ephemera!

I always have all these plans on the weekend, as far as doing things around the apartment and I almost never get around to it. One of these days...
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Reading something today and discovered there is going to be a remake of Scarface. Now, I was not a fan of it though I think I have seen it many years ago. Lots of people moan about all the remaking of older films and I am certainly guilty of that. But when you look back, remakes are nothing new. There have been a number of versions of some movies ever since there were movies at all. Little Women comes immediately to mind. Lots of classic books get made, remade and reimaged so to speak. The Romeo and Juliet story is the basis for quite a few movies, for instance. So why do we get all in a knot over a remake?

Because some movies are so iconic that I think they stand alone and it would be difficult to accept any other version for most people. You could argue that there are a lot of people that have never seen that iconic original and that's true but also, these older movies are on television regularly and younger people will get to know them. I really can't picture a successful remake of movies such as Gone With The Wind, The Sound of Music, Casablanca, The Ten Commandments or The Godfather just to name a few. There are lots. And there are many that have been remade, for television in particular. I was going to list The Wizard of Oz but I think there have been versions or possibly animated versions made. I looked it up and aside from animation on television, no, there hasn't really been any since the 1939 version though there were several silent film versions before.

Should Scarface be one of those iconic Do Not Repeat films? Maybe not. Regardless, it's being remade with Leonardo di Caprio in the Al Pacino part. *sigh* I don't like his acting. It really feels like he's very far up his own backside and when he tries to take on famous roles, for me it falls flat. Jay Gatsby? Really? No, not for me. The Great Gatsby benchmark is the Robert Redford and Mia Farrow version from the 70s. I can't say it was iconic, and I wouldn't object to a remake if it hadn't had di Caprio in it. I would have rather seen him play the secondary male lead but then we'd likely have got the odious Christian whotsis, Bale, that's it. He's good, nothing against him but he's a bit thuggish for me. Another actor that seems to be cast in odd roles that seem unsuitable is that little dark Irish fella, (c'mon brain, think...) Colin Farrell (thanks Wiki). He's a quirky fella and always seems like he might believe he isn't really supposed to be in that role and isn't sure why he is but is game to make the best of it. He's ok, though. Not offputting like Bale or diCaprio.

I do think DiCaprio is an able actor and I think he's ok in things like Inception. I think maybe I get the feeling he's trying too hard, pushing those potential award winning roles, turning those roles into famous, iconic ones. He wants to be up there in the ranks of the memorable like Brando, Pacino, Hoffman, Redford, Newman. Perhaps he will be in the long run, who am I to say he won't? He's not a bad actor, not like some I could mention but he doesn't half take himself far too seriously. Ralph Fiennes and Billy Bob Thornton are two more like that, and Christian Bale, come to think of it.

Anyway. Yes. Scarface with DiCaprio. There's also a remake in the works for White Men Can't Jump. Why? I never thought much of the first one. Yeah, that's another thing. Why remake something with a fresh new cast when the original wasn't that great? Because a new cast will make the story better? Not likley. Russell Brand remade the wonderful Arthur that was Dudley Moore originally. It was appalling!  Look how many King Kong movies there have been? The original is still the best. Digital technology hasn't really improved the story though I did enjoy the most recent, Kong: Skull Island. It was what it was but it was entertaining enough.

Then there's the kind of remake that changes the premise, as in Nasty Women which is a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (original with Michael Caine and Steve Martin as con men). Yep, they're making the con couple two women instead of two men. I see movies like that where the gender of the main cast is reversed. Still doesn't usually work for me. It feels desperate. Referring to the aforementioned Arthur, they put Helen Mirren in the assistant role that John Geilgud played in the original. I do love Helen but that movie in general was just a mistake.

On the book to movie front, I'm actually excited and somewhat hopeful at the screen version of The Snowman, based on Norwegian crime fiction writer Jo Nesbo's novel. I really enjoy his books about fuck up detective Harry Hole who will be played by Michael Fassbender. Could go either way but I'm going to hope for the best. 
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A couple of times I half expected Samuel L Jackson to scream out   KOONNNNNGGG! reminiscent of Kirk screaming for Khan in Star Trek. The movie was pretty much what we expected and it wasn't bad at all. They did a very good job on Kong and all the other outsize creatures on the island and there were a few of them, really nasty and one that was a gentle giant. They conveyed that Kong was actually the protector of the island and the humans that lived there, all painted up in native stripes and colours. Of course they had the female character but avoided the schmaltzy sentimental stuff that some of the other movies had. It was well done, that bit. Believable. The CGI was well done and the jungle locations were good, too. Early on there's a major "battle" with the helicopters and Kong that's pretty impressive, though of course it's all CGI but still good and I can't believe I'm saying that!

Speaking of CGI, we also want to see Ghost in the Shell which starts next week, and is based on Japanese Manga apparently. Scarlett Johanssen is in it and the trailer looked good if not an overload of cgi. There seems to be a decent story behind it. IMDB says "In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to, and her life was not saved. Instead, it was stolen."

We also saw the trailer for the new Blade Runner and I'm very excited about that. They also showed the trailer for the new Guardians of the Galaxy and we'll probably see that as well. I think both of those are summer movies.

Last summer, Cineplex had a deal that you could pre-buy a movie pass for a certain number of movies, good for the summer months to the end of September. We bought a pass for 8 movies, which is four trips to the movies for us and it worked out just right. We used up the last pair at the very end of September. the thing to do is see what's opening over the summer and decide how many we'd be likely to see and if they offer it again this year, it would definitely be worth doing. You can get it for regular, 3D or .... there's another level, not Imax but, Ultra 3D or something. We're not overly keen on 3D so we got the regular package last year. Even with taxes, it worked out to less than 10 dollars per ticket. Movies are now at least 10.50 plus tax and it's more for 3D etc. I think it works out to be about a 20% discount. They send you a series of codes and when you buy the tickets online you enter the codes on the payment screen. 
I can't remember when they brought out the pass for purchase, early June maybe.
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I don't really have a particular favourite type of movie. A lot of the time, it will depend on what kind of mood I'm in. I do tend not to like horror movies, at least not the bloody slasher type. I have liked some, Alien for instance. Brilliant movie. Hauntings, zombies, monsters, blood and guts, not as much. I'm not a huge fan of cgi though it's a necessary thing these days. Sometimes it's done quite well, I admit, and background modifications and things are ok. Even actor modifications can be good. I liked that Golum was a real actor and then digitized to skew his body. The end product felt more realistic. I dislike fully digitized bodies flipping around, fighting cgi monsters etc. I might as well be watching a video game. I know, how else are they going to do it? Still doesn't mean I have to like it much. I bet it's more challenging for the actors to get their reactions when they're acting against a green wall.

It was a surprise to me, therefore, when I was watching a short interview the other day with Samuel L Jackson, who is da motherfucking BOMB, by the way, He's promoting Kong: Skull Island and they showed bits of the film in between bits of the interview and I thought, holy hannah, that actually looks pretty impressive. We went to a movie a few weeks ago for my birthday, Hidden Figures which had no monsters, no car crashes, no guns, but G. liked it. Probably not as much as I did but it kept his interest. We have different likes for movies and it's not always easy to find something to go see that we will both enjoy. When I went home, I told him about the interview and clips from the movie. He got it. "Annnnnnddddddd....." he said, his little face starting to look ever so hopeful. "Are you telling me........." Yes, Yes I think I would like to see it. I made his day! He figured he'd have to wait for it to come out on DVD to see it/rent it/download it and I would have watched it at home likely if that had been how it went. We're going to go see it tomorrow on the big screen though not in 3D because neither of us is overly keen on that. I have to draw the line somewhere! (I do go to see 3D if it's something like Star Wars/Trek or if we can't see it any other way.)

There's another sci fi movie coming out next week called Ghost in the Shell with Scarlett Johansson. She's some sort of manufactured warrior. Looks like it is probably based on some Manga or something like that. Definitely Japanese in origin. Very heavy cgi all around and a lot of action. IT's a "maybe".

In other news, we're having a family meal out on Sunday. One of my nephews organized it, saying he's going off on vacation in a week and  we haven't all seen each other in awhile. That makes me suspicious. We have all just had a tri-birthday get together about a month ago and he never usually organizes family meals off the cuff like this. I shall be half expecting some sort of announcement, which, since it would be done in public, will probably be something that will make us all very happy. I don't want to be specific just in case i'm wrong or it might be jinxed. Stay tuned. 
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Two nice things that happened this morning, First I ran into a former coworker, a contractor who had left once the project was done and we'd kept in touch a bit. We really got on well but I haven't heard from her since last year. I did email to see if we could get together but apparently she was quite busy and working out of province a lot. We're going to make the effort now that she's settling into a full time job without the travel. Then I got to Starbucks and was told that my tea was free! A Downtown Halifax business association must have sponsored something today. I assume they also footed the bill for the Tim Hortons and other places that sell coffee but I don't know for sure. Pleasant surprise, anyway.

Makes for a change from yesterday. I bumped into things and nearly fell over my own feet just getting out of the apartment. I got to work and my shoe was hurting me. It's new (got them on the weekend) and I thought maybe it was tied a bit too tightly. I took it off to fix it and a coloured pencil about 2 inches long bounced out. You may think, WTF? But I know exactly what happened. I had them on the floor below my desk at home right under the spot where my open tin of coloured pencils was on the desk. I likely had it balanced on an open colouring book and it slid off everything and into the shoe. It did make me laugh though. The rest of the day went ok. Shoes are still breaking in, but they do feel better than the old sneakers that were really wearing out.

We'd gone out on Saturday to look for the sneakers. They're quite expensive because in order to work the best way with orthotics, they have to be a certain style of shoe. Can't have anything that has special arch support built into the shoe, it has to be what they call "neutral" and the shoe has to be built with the extra stability my feet need. THey don't come cheap and aren't usually on sale. I did get lucky, though. They had a St. Patrick's Day sale on. 17% off or 25% if it was something green. Sadly, the shoes had no green on them at all but 17% takes care of the 15% tax and a little extra. I'll take it. We also had a nice brunch in a pub that's in a hotel nearby.

Last night, Graham got a call from one of my cousins who is looking to commission a cartoon from him. I re-shared his Facebook page yesterday so perhaps that jogged her mind. She may even ask for a second one, as well. It's all good!
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It was a very chilly weekend and I didn't leave the apartment once. G., on the other hand, has been wanting to go shopping for a 7 string electric guitar and decided to go out to the music shop. It was so cold to be waiting around for busses but it doesn't seem to bother him that much. He didn't find what he wanted and is going to go out today to a different place that's a bit more convoluted to find! He's got a little map and his phone with gps on it so I"m sure he'll find it ok. It's a bit of a round about location to get a bus but he can walk from the downtown bus terminal in about 20 minutes, the first part of it up hill and the second part across the Commons, open and flat and windy! Knock yourself out!

When I got my income tax refund back, I put some of it away for our November vacation and we split the rest of it and it's burning a hole in his pocket, thus the guitar shopping. He keeps asking do I mind? I don't. It's no different than me getting camera fever and wanting to upgrade even though I don't *need* one. But as I need new sneakers and they're going to cost me nearly $200 because they're the ones that will work best with the orthotics and don't go on sale, that's what most of my half is going towards. The rest will pay for some clothes I bought online the other week. Got a great sale and was able to use a $50 coupon because the order came to a squeak over $100 which was the stipulation for the coupon. I even bought a pair of capri jeans. I wanted to have something to wear in Hawaii and I wasn't going to wear shorts. I normally don't like capris but these seemed a bit longer cut in the legs than most and they're denim or a lightweight stretch denim. I will likely wear them most days and save a skirt or a dress for going to dinner at night.

Still waiting to hear about the Hawaii flights that my friend's husband offered to get for us through work but I was talking to her and conveyed the message that I don't want to wait until the last minute and if his employee rates mean he can't book until a few days before, then I will get the tickets myself because I want to make sure we can actually get them! They probably do have a few seats available for advance employee booking, I would think but he couldn't book yet because the information isn't available so far ahead of the date. I think that if he isn't able to book by Easter, then that will be the cut off. I did see some good packages available on Air Canada Vacations so I might go that route. One of the travel agencies is advertising $100 discount per couple off packages and it might apply. Anything is better than nothing! Once the Hawaii part is booked, I can look at the rest of the hotels we need. G. is quite happy for me to do all the organizing though I do usually show him the hotel links to see which one he likes.
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Last Thursday was a very stressful day at work, with an application that was supposed to go live over the weekend so I had to take all the associated reports and point them to the production database. It is a tedious job because they have to be done individually. Naturally, People kept interrupting me for other things and occupying my time. I didn't even take lunch and was pretty hungry by the time I got home but I did get everything that I could do, done. The rush was because I was off on Friday, my birthday. Then today, when i attempted to put the rest of the reports over because they'd had to wait until the upgrade over the weekend, I discovered the upgrade hadn't worked. Nobody kept me in on the communication loop. grrrrr.

So my day off was good, busy but good and naturally after the week or two of mild weather, the temperature plummeted for the weekend and I suffered with the -10 or so temps with the wind chill making it feel like -20 give or take a few degrees. We got Mom's car on Friday, I got my driver's license renewed. A Costco run after that where we spent too much money! I can barely close the freezer door! If we ever get a bigger apartment, I really want to get a small chest freezer. From there, over to Canadian Tire for a few things we needed to repair the kitchen drawers whose fronts are coming off. By the time the building management arranges someone to fix it, it would be Christmas! We decided to have a meal out for my birthday and then we saw a movie. My choice and I chose Hidden Figures, about the African American women that were responsible for the calculations needed behind the space program back in the early 60s. Of course there were lots of other people on the mostly all white-male team but these women were ground breakers and one in particular cracked the problem they were having with the trajectories to get the capsule back through the atmosphere on re-entry. It was never made public until a few years ago, the accomplishments of Katherine Johnson. In the movie, her two friends also broke ground, one becoming an engineer and the other becoming the IT supervisor when NASA first installed a room full of IBM equipment. She taught herself to program it in Fortran. Even Graham thought the story was quite interesting. IT isn't his usual type of movie but he did like it.

Saturday morning we had to go get blood work, having to fast for it. The  hospital started having the blood clinic open on Saturdays last summer and having Mom's car made it really convenient. It was so cold and blustery that it would have been awful trying to get there by bus. Normally, when I get my bloodwork done, I go to a privately run clinic that the drugstore has on Saturdays. It costs me about 15 dollars but it was convenient because at the time, the hospital wasn't doing it on weekends. One bus only vs. two to get to the hospital for the free clinic. If i had to do that and get to work afterwards, it would take half the morning. That's why i would always go to the drug store instead. Now, I can go to the hospital even if i have to go by bus (at least, in seasons where it isn't -25 with the wind chill!)

We were pretty hungry afterwards and since G. had already taken his insulin, we really did make breakfast our next priority. We decided to go to Smitty's for a full big breakfast rather than go to a fast food place like Tim Horton's for a little breakfast sandwich. A couple of grocery stops after that and we finally got home mid afternoon. Home for a bit, put the groceries away and break up the larger meat packages I'd got at Costco and it was time to go to Mom's for supper and take the car back.

Sunday was a do nothing day, or very little. I did wash the new sheets I'd bought and put them on the bed. They feel very nice! I did actually cook a turkey dinner yesterday. We had bought a small bird and I knew we were getting lots of meat so had to have the room freed up in the freezer. Good a time as any. Now we have turkey leftovers and I think I'll make Maple Curry turkey tonight. (maple syrup, cream, curry powder, onions, peppers, turkey all over penne pasta. It's actually quite good!)

Friday night we're supposed to be going out for a meal with friends for a belated birthday celebration. 
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The weekend was quiet, which was a good thing since I was on call for work. NOthing blew up so I got paid an hour's work for each of the two days. Sunday we had our family tri-birthday party with cake! Ice cream cake actually which I really like. My niece gave me a big bucket of a mug for "Tea Freaks"  to get their pot on :) Just about big enough! I do love a nice, large mug of tea. I've got a few gift cards and some money. I already used part of the Indigo card on a new ebook by Heather O'Neill, a Canadian Author who is quite good.

I'm taking my actual birthday off as a vacation day since it's Friday. I have to get my driver's license renewed and I think we will borrow mom's car and do a Costco run. Maybe see a movie if there's one on we both agree on. 
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Got my hair cut and coloured after work. It was getting quite long and shaggy, almost long enough to tuck the sides behind my ears and I decided I might try to grow it out a little on the sides and back to do it that way, with the top shortened and layered. I've had it that way before, no longer than collar length. Just for a change.

We've been watching a Time Travel series called Timeless. Season 1 ended this week and we don't know yet if there will be a season 2 though they've certainly set it up. I read a review that said that the ratings were ok though not great. The DVR ratings were pretty good but the live viewing numbers aren't. They want more people to watch live. I think they'll have to get with the program, pun intended. More and more, people are getting away from watching things live. They record, they stream. But the issues is advertising isn't it? Streaming and recording means you don't get the ads or can zip by them. We have some on demand channels that show a few ads but they're mainly trailers for other tv shows, not the product advertising and you can't forward through them. It all comes down to money but they'll just have to use more product placement I guess.

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