Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I Am More Aware of Lunar Activity Than I Have Ever Been Before

Well, I think the Moon was playing a trick on me last night for April Fool's Day, by shining through my skylight in all it's almost full moon glory and not letting me sleep before my 3:30am wake-up call.  And then it smirked at me through my windshield all the way to work.

(photo by e.hunt)

Movie Review: We'll Ride the Train to the End of the Line, and Then, We'll Jump

This weekend Mom and I went to see the new Insurgent movie.  As fans of the first one in the futuristic dystopia series, Divergent, we were pretty excited.  We got the best seats in the house, which are between a third and half the way up, and slightly to the right, and settled into the new rocking chair-style chairs.

The film starts about ten minutes after the first one ends, with the main characters, Tris and Four plus a few others, are running for their lives through the forest at the end of the train line going out of a broken down future Chicago.  Everybody in this society choses a community to live in at a certain age based on their personality and values.  These communities are called factions.  A few people (including Tris and Four) don't completely fit into any of the factions, but several, and are called Divergent.  Divergents are ostracized from the society, so most of them hide it and try to live within a faction of their choice and not draw attention to themselves; however, because they are seen as a threat they are being hunted down and killed by the bad guy, Jeanine, played by a very blonde, pencil skirt-wearing Kate Winslet.

Our little group of outsiders finds refuge in the Amity faction, made up of farmers who value happiness and living a simple, peaceful life.  They live in beautiful wooden structures among the trees, are led by a slightly-less sassy than in The Help Octavia Spencer, and are the only group not afraid to wear colors.  That was really the best part of this movie: seeing the different factions more in depth.  In the first movie we only saw Abnegation, who value selflessness, and Dauntless, who value bravery and strength, but here we get to see Amity, Factionless, Candor, and Erudite.

This movie was a lot more plot-driven than Divergent, which was more focused on the characters.  This took away from the story because that is the whole point of this society: knowing yourself and understanding life based on how you understand yourself.  It was a nice parallel that succeeded in the first movie, but not this one.  Of course, the ending set up the third and final part of the series, Allegiant, which will be split into two movies (a trend started by Harry Potter and followed by series like The Hunger Games).  I hope that we will see more of the happy and colorful Amity community.

(photos collected from ink361, trisandfour, fyeahtheojames, and professionalfangirls)

Friday, March 27, 2015

You Have But One Question to Answer: How Shall This Day End?

Yesterday I also upped the status of our fantasy movie collection, big time.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came out on dvd on Tuesday, so I of course had to get that.  And just last week, Taylor and I were wanting to watch the first couple Harry Potter movies, and went to Target to buy them, assuming they would have all of them for sale.  We were wrong.  Then this week, at the very same Target, they had four-disc sets of the entire series split into two, for nine dollars each!  I texted Taylor to let him know the good news, and minutes later, I was in line, ready to purchase.  Now we definitely have the first couple weeks of summer movie watching laid out for us!

(photo by e.hunt)

One Better, Orrrrr Two

Yesterday Mom, Dad, and I went to see good ole' Doctor Hartig, the eye doctor.  His little office probably hasn't changed since the '60s, and he still has a story I wrote in the third grade about how glasses changed my life hanging on the wall; however, the blue construction paper background has since changed to a faded grey.  My prescription hasn't changed, which is a good thing.  I'm not sure how much worse it can get!  I did pick out a new pair of frames, though.  They're big, tortoiseshell, and called Modern Slick.  Don't they look good?

(photos by e.hunt)

All the Purposes of the Mind

In one of my classes this week we discussed Education and the Law.  As you would expect, it was rather dry.  On days like these, when my classes get too into the politics and details, I like to think about the reason I want to do this.  This insert in a book Taylor brought home over Spring Break sums it up pretty well.

(photo by e.hunt)

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Backyard Revolution

For the regular followers of the blog, you'll know that food is a big thing in our house.  And season transitions are probably the most exciting time.  That means soup in the fall, and bbq in the spring!  As mentioned in the previous post, we tested out some grilled apples and peaches on the big Sunday dinner, and on Tuesday Dad and Taylor honed the recipe.

The burgers were put on next, while the onions and zucchini were moved around to accommodate.

True barbeque masters, they are.  And I held up the documentation end of things.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, look at that zucchini!

(photos by e.hunt)

Yard Time

The other day was so nice out that Taylor and I had yard time on the back lawn.  Lemonade was poured, shoes were taken off, and interesting tidbits from our respective books were shared.

(photo by e.hunt)