Saturday, September 27, 2008

When Hollywood gets it right.

Nathan is now officially competition-less.

When Hollywood gets it wrong.

Last night Nathan and I went to see a movie that just came out. We were excited since we hadn't been out to see a flick in awhile since the summer movie lineup died down. Now, I will not mention the name of the film, but I will say that we came out of it screaming "ENOUGH LABEOUF!". Is it me, or has Hollywood lost every ounce of creativity in the pursuit of a quick buck? How many sequels and remakes of old TV shows can they pump out before we all realize that they are playing a nasty trick on us? How many times can they steal plot lines and action sequences from classic films before we all start suing for copyright infringement? And seriously, what is up with the handheld camera? Are they trying to make us nauseous? Because it's working. I mean, when you can't even tell what is going on because the camera is jerking around so much it stops being artistic and starts being a crutch for poor staging. Fortunately, every once in awhile a bright spot appears and you realize that there is hope. Witness...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Six years and counting!

Love ya, babe!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

So this is what seasons look like!

Yesterday was cold and rainy, but this morning we woke up to see this:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Sweet Surprise

Today I sat down at my computer when a loud chanting sound starting ringing through my office. Curious to find out what was going on I followed the noise outside and found this:

From one end of our street to the next, the students from the elementary school around the corner were holding up paper American flags that they had made and were chanting "U-S-A!" and encouraging passersby to honk their horns in support. I have to say, that gave me a good smile on the anniversary of a horrible day.

Thanks, kids.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Good Day, Sunshine!

Since moving to Colorado, Nathan and I have had to opportunity to do something in August that we have not done in six years - go outside! Yes, apparently in some parts of the country you don't have to die from sunstroke should you choose to run to the mailbox and back. It's fantastic. We have had to chuckle when our neighbors have complained about 90 degree weather. I mean, for pete's sake, 90 degrees is November weather in Arizona! Happy happy joy joy!

Last weekend we spent the morning at the Diversity Day celebration downtown where we got to see some children doing Mexican folk dances. I think Nathan was a bit disappointed since we just missed the youth group doing capoeira. For those of you who don't know what that is, it is a Brazilian mix of martial arts and dance that Nathan is convinced he could master if given five minutes. Then we had a lovely lunch at the Poor Richard's cafe at one of their tables on the sidewalk. It was a great way to spend a morning. Then the rain clouds gathered and we hurried over to the Fine Arts Center to see the Picasso etchings exhibition. That evening we had gotten tickets to see the Colorado Springs Sky Sox play. They are a farm team for the Rockies and for $11 a ticket we sat right behind home plate. It was pretty much like a spring training game, complete with a major leaguer (Andruw Jones who is rehabbing from the Dodgers). Nathan had a great time with a player from the Las Vegas 51's named Hu. Yes, if you ever want to split your sides laughing, have Nathan perform his "Hu's on First, What's on Second" routine. Classic comedy taken to a new level.

This weekend, though, we embraced our new life in a big way. That's right, we went whitewater rafting! It's Mike's birthday this week, so he got a gang of us together and we headed off to spit in Death's eye.

Our Brave Adventurers

Needless to say, we had a great time. Nathan and I switched off sitting up front so we both got to take buckets of water straight into the face.

That's right, Sunshine Falls. BRING IT!!!

As you can see from these pictures, we had a great time. Of course, I couldn't walk straight for two days (I actually uttered the words "My hip!") and I really could have used a doughnut when I had to sit on the hard piano bench to play for primary on Sunday, but I would go back in a heartbeat.