- my fourteen-month-old son just heard a three-syllable word in casual conversation and repeated it flawlessly. The word? "God-zil-la".

(My husband just came back from a business trip and brought Paul a dinosaur keychain that roars and "breathes fire". Hooray for age-inappropriate toys! But he loves it.)

- Hugh Jackman as a rat. As a human, I can take him or leave him, but between Roddy St. James and Justin in The Secret of NIMH I'm beginning to suspect I have a Thing for tall, skinny rats.

(We took the two older kids out to the movies last night. Flushed Away is a great little film and if you have any love of animation and/or screwball romantic comedy at all, you ought to check it out. Also, it has slugs. FTW!!!)

- I am almost done Chapter Eighteen of Knife, with only one full chapter and an Epilogue (possibly) to go.

(Work. Lots of work. But it looks like I may actually meet my early-December deadline, D.V.)

And now for something that is NOT awesome:

- the U.S. Postal Service's online store, for processing my order and giving me a receipt for one batch of 63-cent stamps when in fact they were mailing me (and charging me for) two. And then refusing to give refunds under any circumstances.

(No idea how that happened, actually.)
This performance by a Chinese dance troupe has to be seen to be believed. I've never seen such flexibility, or such perfect balance, as the ballerina playing the lead butterfly shows in this piece. It's wild.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lizbee for pointing me to a hilarious Australian beer commercial. In response I linked her to the singing HP Sauce cow.

And continuing with the National Film Board of Canada animation love, I present to you a slice of pure Canadiana known as Blackfly. And if you've never seen Cordell Barker's brilliant Oscar-nominated short The Cat Came Back, now's your chance.
The Big Snit is THE best animated short ever. I am not kidding. I have been looking for this film for years.

Also, a brilliant comedy sketch by The Frantics: Boot to the Head.

Meanwhile, my two boys are running around yelling "boot to the head!" and smacking each other with my new pseudo-crocs. I fear I have created a monster. Or two.

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