Thursday, January 24, 2008

SNOW!! (and other tidbits)

SNOW!








You can see that it isn't much, but we did get our first "good" snow this past Saturday. The evening news was really hyping everything up on Friday night, and almost the whole 30 minutes of news was devoted to Alabama's preparation for the "big freeze". It started snowing somewhere between 7:00 and 9:00 Saturday morning, and it stopped around 11:15 a.m. Birmingham received 1/2 to 1 inch. Table and I were REALLY hungry by Saturday morning because we didn't eat any supper the night before (a whole other funny story). So, we called Brett and Brian to see who was awake at their apartment and if they wanted any Krispy Kreme donuts. The answer was, of course, yes. If you look at the first picture, looking out across our apartment porch, and look through the tree to the opposite apartment's porch, well, Brett and Adam live in the apartment left of it (if you're facing it, right of it from their direction). So, you can't see their porch - it's just barely cut out of the picture. After we got off the phone with Brett, we ventured outside where we began throwing snowballs from porch to porch at each other. It was an all out snowball fight between me and Table, and Brett and Brian. Then, when we headed outside to go get donuts, they came around the corner with snowballs. We had another snowball fight, screaming and laughing so hard. It was a lot of fun.
We returned with two dozen donuts and spent the rest of the afternoon watching the snow melt very quickly, and watching movies.
It was so much fun and so pretty while it lasted...

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Atonement

I have now seen the movie twice. The second time we were going to see 27 Dresses, but it was sold out. I was the only one who had seen Atonement, and I didn't mind watching it again. The directing was brilliant. I loved how you saw the same scene twice, usually, but from very different vantage points. The story revolves around a young 13 year old (Briony) witnessing various events between her older sister (Cecilia) and boyfriend (Robbie). The choices she makes after witnessing these events affects the lives of of Cecilia and Robbie forever. I don't want to explain too much and give it away, because I was kind of surprised by the ending. But the brilliance is that you see the same scene from both Briony's perspective and Cecilia and Robbie's.

I would give this movie 4 stars out of 5.

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Heath Ledger

Another tragedy has befallen Hollywood this week. We mourn the loss of this talented, rising actor, and wish comfort and peace for his family. If you would like to sample his work, rent Ten Things I Hate About You (a modern remake of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew), The Patriot (where he stars alongside Mel Gibson), and A Knight's Tale. I'm also looking forward very much to his portrayal of the Joker in this coming summer's release of The Dark Knight.

(One small tirade - I heard on the news today that the same Baptist church who pickets at soldiers funerals is planning to protest at the memorial service for Heath, due to his role in Brokeback Mountain. Not only do I highly disagree with their prior pickets, but I also truly hope they change their minds regarding this protest. It can serve no good purpose whatsoever.)


Hope each of you are having a lovely week.

8 comments:

Brittany said...

Your pictures are great, Laura! I especially love the bag covered with snow. It's great!

I hope you enjoyed the cold weather for us.

strem said...

The "big freeze" looks oh so scary, but the donuts and the snowball fight sound wonderful. I hope to watch both movies within the next week, so I look forward to comparing notes. And, I completely agree with your thoughts on the picketing. I just want to sit down with these folks and ask them what they're thinking. I have the 3 movies you mentioned and am intrigued by this summer Batman movie. The whole thing is very sad.

Kelly Spezzano said...

Thanks for sharing the snow pics! I too like the charcoal bag with snow on it! In florida we don't get the privilege of snowball fights (so we have to settle for enormous water fights- see Dani's blog from New Years Eve) :)
I absolutely LOVE Krispy Kreme donuts! And they are sooooo yummy when they are warm, just out of the oven! Yumm-o

I also am looking forward to seeing 27 Dresses, and have not yet seen Atonement, but based on your commentary, it sounds very interesting!

As for the picketers...I did not see Brokeback Mountain (obviously due to the content) but I seriously doubt that picketing a funeral will solve anything and ultimately will be terribly unprofitable!

Have a good weekend too!

Dani said...

1) I actually liked Heath Ledger, unlike pretty much everyone else in Hollywood. Hope they don't really picket. The movie is made and the guy is dead, picketting at his funeral will do nothing whatsoever.

2) Matthew read the book atonement a year or so ago, and was very excited when the movie came out. He's been after me to see it, so I guess I'd better get on it.

3) So ya'll got like an inch. Florence got almost 3 from what a girl at Crossroads was telling me. So jealous.

Hope to see you guys soon! (I'm having serious withdrawals.)

Table of Stone said...

I can't believe you took a picture of the charcoal bag that is not even ours. Yea, we should push that back on over to the boys side

strem said...

Did you get my message from Friday night? Hope it was relayed to you. I saw both movies, and I have been thinking about them ever since!

~*Rachel*~ said...

That's the one thing I miss about living up north, the snow, I loved it!!

Haven't seen those movies yet....working on it tho.

Owl of the Desert said...

Hi Strem,

I got your message. Atonement definitely stuck in my mind for a couple of days, too. I still haven't seen 27 Dresses, but it's on my list.