August 30th, 2011

Roy

Poor Nug-E-Nuggs! (That's totally her rap name)

I calleed the vet to give them an update today. They said Nugget needed to keep the collar on for another 3-4 days. They said I could take it off during the days under supervision, as long as she wasn't chewing on herself. Well.. she likes to chew on herself XD So.. no mercy for the Nugglet. Watching her try to wash her face is comedy gold, and I wish I could catch it on my camera, but she either stops as soon as I get it, or when I have one handy, she doesn't do it. She just sits there and licks the cone and beats herself in the head with her paw. It's hilarious.

She's healing up very nicely, and is feeling well. I can tell because she's back to waking me up at 5 AM by using me as a jungle gym. She's also getting into everything possible and using her cone as a battering ram on poor Senpu, who just gets freaked out and runs away.

In other, non-cat related news, our new dining room table is being delivered by the freight company tomorrow. We paid for lift-gate service, so I really hope they got everything right. Somoene else is supposed to come and put it together and install it for us. I want to get all-new chairs, but we will have to wait on that for now. I kind of had a rough picture in my head of the style I like, but I haven't really shopped around yet. I was watching that old Addams Family movie the other day, and to my total surprise, the dining room chairs I liked were the same type they had in the house there XD I'm so goth I fart vampire bats.

To prepare for all of this, we've moved the Addams Family pinball machine to the opposite wall and dissassembled the glass table. We don't know how we're going to get rid of it. Just that we don't want it, and no one we know wants it. :X If it were a smaller table-top, I could put some awesomely tacky panther base under it and make it a coffee table. Oh well ;(

So I've already moved everything out of the way. I just need to re-locate the second cat box, vaccum and roll up the nice persian rug my parents gave us as a housewarming gift, and then roll it up and store it until we figure out where to put it. I'm pretty certain it's smaller than the new table, so it won't work out under it, but I'm thinking about putting it in the area next to it where the pinball machines are. I won't know if it works there or not until the table is set up, though.

I also have a lot more hand-scrubbing to do to the floors now that I have access to the entire floor over there. I'm hoping I don't have to relocate the cat food, my wine rack, and my new bird table. I've had to move my bird table once already because we put a cat tower where I had it XD

Matt and I keep joking that we need a bigger house. I love our house, but there are a few rooms I wish were a little larger. If he keeps joking like that, though, I'm afraid one day he will be serious and then we will have to find another house I love just as much, and move :X It sure would be nice to have a bigger master bed/bath and a workout room. I need to start buying lottery tickets!

I'm using my fairly new crock pot to make a pot roast tonight. I'm pretty excited about it. It'll be torturous since it has to cook all day, and it already smells good. Really, though...

If I get dishes done, and floors scrubbed today, I'll feel like it was fairly productive.

Senpu is very upset all the furniture is missing from that room.
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Roy

Movie post! : Special

It's been a while since I've spent any time watching movies. We see the occassional new release in theatres, but I've been really bad with my netflix queue, letting things pile up for years and never actually watching them.

We have three disks at the house. One has been here for probably 6 months or more. I didn't watch that one tonight. I watched the remake of The Producers, and then I watched one from my instant queue. It's an indie flick called Special.

The Producers was ok. I kept hearing about how it was amazing, blahblahblah. We already know Matthew Broderick is mostly awesome, and we know that he and Nathan Lane have a special love for each other. That aside, the whole thing was much... cheesier.. hammier... saltier? than I was expecting. I thought they did a fantastic job with the musical productions, but everything in between felt like an akward highschool play put on by freshman who had only been exposed to William Shatner's musical carrer for inspiration. To be fair, though, I think it's harder to pull off that same type of retro comedy today, so it just felt all the timing was off.
(Oh, and I thought costumes for the Springtime for Hitler number were fantastic)

I was also really surprised to find out that Mel Brooks did all music and lyrics for the musical numbers. I knew he wrote/directed the original, but I didn't know he could write music, too!

Now, I really feel that I should mention that I have not seen the original Gene Wilder film, nor have I seen the newer Lane/Broderick broadway show that they brought to film. It could have been a very faithful remake, but I wouldn't know XP

ANYWAY

I didn't come to post to talk about The Producers XD

I came to post to tell people to go watch Special.

I remember seeing a trailer for it online a few years back and I loved the premise. A guy signs up to be part of a test group for a new pharmeceutical drug. He wakes up with super powers. From there, it gets complicated, and runs you through all sorts of emotions.

It's not like it has some big twist or anything, but it feels very human. Within the first few minutes of him discovering his powers, the doctor watching over his drug test becomes concerned, especially when he doesnt' notice our protagonist floating in mid air. From then, then on, instead of wondering where the twist is, or whether or not this mystery drug unlocked his superhero abilities, I found myself thinking about the nature of reality. Whether or not somthing is real doesn't really matter. Even if you experience somthing incredible or life altering that turns out to be fake, or wasn't really there, it doesn't mean you can't change fundimentally as a person.

I don't really want to go into plot points, but I thought it was a great little movie. I always go and check out trivia and whatever on IMDB, and all these people are trying to get into some deep discussion about what was "real" in the movie. I always think those discussions are retarded, because oftentimes, the answer is right there. There's no grey ambiguous area where the director left it for interpritation. Here is the story. It is being told clearly.

That's one of the things I really liked about this movie. Don't get me wrong, I love my deep indie and foreign films, but this one had a story to tell about people and the way they interact. It had an interesting premise, but the movie isn't trying to figure out some deep mystery. I think it would have been a cop out and untrue to the characters they were trying to bring to life if they just trivialized it all by jumping in with some deus ex machina crap.

I think *because* some of it felt very "real" (true to life), it was a little sad and depressing in parts, but they don't leave you feeling low at the end of the film. It doesn't have some sappy feel-good ending, but you get the feeling that everyone is going to be ok in the end, and everything will somehow work out in a very normal, unsensational way.

It's not going to make you laugh so hard you can't breathe, or cry your eyes out, but I still found the movie very touching. The actor who plays the main character did a great job, and I even enjoyed the evil yuppie guys. I mean.. in one of the last scenes, BADGUY is sitting in his car, gripping the steering wheel, and it's like you can see his whole thought process on his face... and it's not over-acted, it's very subtle.

Anyway, I remember being really excited for it when I first saw the trailer. I'm glad I got to see it, and it was much better than what I could have expected, had I gone into it expecting anything in particular.
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