Yesterday was our weekly Computer Turn Off Day, which has been going on for three weeks now. Except everyone in the family was really excited about the upcoming part 3 of Dr. Horrible and we decided it would be okay to fire up the ol' internet, watch the finale, and then turn it off again. So we did that and then, in a daze, I shut it down. Afterward I wished I would have kept connected long enough to write a blog entry about it, which would have just said, "I feel like I've just been sucker-punched."
After that, we spent a maddening amount of time talking about why Joss Whedon is on our list and then we got ready for our second Romantic Date in two months, which is momentous because it's also our second Romantic Date in 3 years.
This time the occasion was a viewing of Dark Knight, which P@ has been excited about for quite some time and which he deemed would be theater-worthy. (As we only see a handful of movies in the theater these days, due to overpricing and the fact that I have a lot of theater-peeves.)
We dropped off the girls at my mother's, where Irina went straightaway into her arms with nary a complaint, even though she'd just woken up from a car-nap and she said goodbye to us cheerfully, which just goes to show that I haven't really been giving her enough credit. We ate at Applebee's because we're just that stupid, and stopped at the bookstore before the movie, because we're just that nerdy. In fact, we went to the bookstore after the movie as well, because we're just that extra-special super nerdy that so many people aspire to be.
When we got into the lobby of the movie theater we were dismayed to see that there was a queue to get into the actual theater. That was the first theater-peeve we encountered. While we were standing in line behind the world's second most annoying woman in the universe, I mentioned to P@ that we should have waited a week or at least gone to a matinee (then we wouldn't have paid 10 dollars for each of us and I thought it was an exorbitant 9 dollars per person nowadays, what the hell?). We sat through 20 minutes of commercials, one of which was an ad for the movie we were about to see. Then, at the end of all the commercials they summarize for you all the commercials you just saw. That was the next theater-peeve. And then the lights went down and we had to sit through all the previews before the actual movie came on. And I used to like previews a lot before I was subjected to 20 minutes of commercials before the previews. Not to mention there were about 6 previews to many this time. Then, of course, talkative people sitting behind us will round out my theater-peeves quite nicely.
But! I forgot all about that and it was totally worth it because Dark Knight was an awesome movie. Here is what I said to P@ as we walked out of the theater, and what I said was a spoiler so highlight to view.
I said, "What is it with stories with the romantic interest dying? That's two in one day."
Which isn't exactly a testament to how much I liked the movie, but whatever. It's what I said.
When we went to pick up the girls, Saren and Harper asked if they could stay over at my mom's for the night. Harper wasn't sure if she wanted to or not. She has slept with me every night she's been alive except for a couple of times when she slept in her own bed and fell asleep before she knew enough to come back into my room. But she decided to go ahead and do it and she didn't call in the middle of the night and she hasn't called at all today, so I guess all has gone well, which just goes to show that I haven't really been giving her enough credit.
In a little while Pat, Irina, and I will go out to the library and I will pick up my W selections. I don't actually have anything to report about my X selections because I'm counting it as a wash. I only found one fiction book with an author with an X last name and it actually wasn't even really fiction, it was just wrongly filed that way. The title was Sky Burial, by Xinran, in case you're interested, but I just wasn't. Interested, that is. So I didn't get much farther than a couple of pages in. I couldn't find any CDs at first at all, but Pat found two, which must have been shelved after I looked. One was called X and one was Xiu&Xiu. I started both of them and then immediately turned them off because they just weren't my thing. The movie I picked out was XXX: State of the Union, which I put off until today and find that I just have no interest in seeing at all. The only other thing they had was X2, which I decided against due to not having seen the first one.
It's a good thing I don't hold myself as strictly to the rules on these sorts of things as Pat does. I don't do well with setting myself goals (or whatevers, gimmicks) and then feeling obligated by them. Anyway, I figure X was going to be difficult to begin with because there wouldn't be enough to choose from. And that's how it was, so, no tears.
If anyone has any suggestions for W (though we're leaving soon) let me know. Also, suggestions for V or U would be great too.
Update: While I was writing this, Saren and Harper called and they both sounded alive and happy, so I guess that's good. It is weird to not have them here and Irina was so bummed out when we were leaving that they weren't with us. Plus the first thing she said when she woke up was, "Where's Da?"