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I'm happy to say that things have improved since my last post. No new kitten to replace Nicholas yet, but we'll see what happens on that front in the coming months.



1. "Insurgent" This is the sequel to "Divergent" by Veronica Roth. Dystopia is hot in YA, but this sequel works. My guesses for the title of the last in the trilogy are "Emergent", "Resurgent", and "Convergent". Anyone else have good "gent" words that might work?

2. "Bitterblue" The sequel to "Graceling" and companion to "Fire" by Kristin Cashore. This one was a long time coming and while I felt it took a little while to pick up speed, that worked within the dramatic construct of the book (ie trying to solve ciphers and puzzles). Still not enough Po and Katsa for me, but you can't have everything I guess.

3. "The Avengers" We took the kids to see a matinee on Saturday. While I didn't think it was as good as the original "Iron Man", it's definitely in second place on my Marvel movie list. I must admit that I had my reservations about a Joss-directed film, but I think he did a good job with the ensemble and he managed to imbue the action with some nice character development. I did find myself looking for Jossisms though and they were definitely there to be found. lol

4. After a bout of unseasonably warm weather (no 90s, I'm nowhere near ready for you to set up shop) we had a huge storm front come through over the weekend and high temperatures are now back in the upper 70s. I'm going to revel in that for as long as I possibly can.

5. After much waffling, I finally made my reservation to go to my college reunion at the end of the month. While I'm still in denial over the fact that it's been 25 years since I graduated, I'm feeling nostalgic and looking forward to seeing the campus again. I hear New Haven is *much* nicer these days than it was when I was in there.

6. I finally broke down and bought a small share in a CSA. The one I picked also offered a flower share. While I know that the fresh produce is nourishment for the body, the bouquet of peonies that were part of my first week's take were nourishment for my soul.

Honorable mentions go to "Sherlock" and me arranging for a cleaning service to come later this week.



How's life treating you all?

Date: 2012-05-08 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muffinkath7.livejournal.com
Hi Angela! Glad to hear things are looking up! I was happy to see your commentary on The Avengers on Facebook. As I said to Scott before seeing it - "You'll like it! It's good! Angela says so!" ; ) I always trust your recs.

Date: 2012-05-08 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angela-o.livejournal.com
Kath, I'm flattered that you place such faith in my recommendations. But, I'm almost afraid to ask, did Scott like it?

Also, at the risk of being a stupid American, I'm looking at your icon and wondering what is the significance of Jets to Winnipeg? Care to enlighten me? :)

Date: 2012-05-09 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muffinkath7.livejournal.com
I think he liked it. : ) What was not to like? He's not as superhero nuts as my sibs and I, but he's learning. : )

In terms of the Jets, the original moniker wasn't that exciting. Our first owner loved the New York Jets, so named them after them. That being said, when the team returned this year, our new owner, Mark Chipman, knew that the city was desperate that they be the Jets again, although there was some talk of a new team/new name (being as our past franchise does still exist in Phoenix). The nostalgia of the original name won out though - so they made a connection to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Winnipeg (and Manitoba) was instrumental in training Allied pilots of the Commonwealth during World War II with the Commonwealth Air Training plan (one of Russell Crowe's first movies was about it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnpIvNykI3 So the new insignia (and uniforms) are modeled on the air force and the RCAF insignia:

http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=rcaf&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1440&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=hjW9Zxzlw0jl_M:&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rcaf_roundel_old_wht.png&docid=EussA86cWZao4M&imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Rcaf_roundel_old_wht.png&w=300&h=300&ei=x7KqT9WUKsLj0QGe_dGqBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=356&vpy=188&dur=1774&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=120&ty=136&sig=112029434232971100115&page=1&tbnh=171&tbnw=171&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:139

Here's the promo with our captain, Andrew Ladd, emphasizing the connection:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0zbUeO7boM

TMI? : )
Edited Date: 2012-05-09 06:15 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-05-09 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muffinkath7.livejournal.com
Trying again with For the Moment. Not sure why the link isn't working. If you go type "For the Moment Russell Crowe" into youtube it will pop up. : )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnpIvNykI3I

Date: 2012-05-11 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tasyfa.livejournal.com
*admires Kath's teacher hat* I didn't know most of that, either!

Date: 2012-05-12 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angela-o.livejournal.com
She does it very well, doesn't she? :)

Date: 2012-05-13 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muffinkath7.livejournal.com
I try. ; ) For some reason, Scott finds this side of my personality annoying. lol

Date: 2012-05-12 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angela-o.livejournal.com
Thanks for the info, Kath. I didn't know about the WWII connection, but all that open land would be an ideal place to train pilots, wouldn't it? It's always fun to learn new things. :)

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