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January 2008

Stupid Movie Plothole

I just finished watching 13 Going on 30 last night with Jennifer Garner. Honestly it wasn't a half-bad movie. It's about a 13 year old girl who hates her life and wishes at her 13th birthday party she was 30. The next instant, she is, but it's not the same concept as Big. Her 13 year old self is implanted 17 years later inside of her 30 year old self. She has none of the memories of the 30 year old, but is able to quickly find out what's been going on through friends, her job, and her apartment. The movie was kind of cute (and Mark Ruffalo is definitely kind of cute), but while watching it last night, one thing really grated on me.

(Spoilers ahead if you're ever planning on seeing this)
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At 30, Jenna is a high-profile magazine...something. Not the editor-in-chief, but something important, I can't remember, at Poise magazine. The competition, Sparkle magazine has been getting Poise's ideas for the last 7 months and nobody knows who's doing it. In one key scene, the mean girl (who is now Jenna's best friend because it turns out Jenna turned into a big 'ol bitch in high school) is digging through Jenna's office and finds envelopes from Sparkle magazine, addressed to Jenna, at work. In the envelopes it says something like "thanks for all the ideas, you'll make a great editor-in-chief here at Sparkle." Horror of horrors, it's Jenna who's been selling out her magazine!

I have 2 problems with this. First, if you're going to sell out your company, would you really have the rival company you're working with send you letters AT YOUR JOB, and then have incriminating evidence in them? Second, why would you actually keep those letters in your unlocked desk drawer towards the top where anyone can find them? This is supposed to be 2004 too, and I saw nobody at her company using email for anything - it was all done by snail mail.

The writers obviously needed to tie up the loose ends before getting to the feel-good ending, but I'm thinking they took a major shortcut with this one.

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Loki and Thor Playing Like Maniacs

I decided to test out the video option on my camera, and took a decent video of Loki playing with Thor. Although it did take Loki a couple days to get over his "these are MY people" complex, he and Thor are now best buddies. Thor really enjoys the roughhousing with Loki, and then he goes over to Odin, plays nicely with him for a few minutes, and curls up next to him to sleep.

Going to Band Practice

After playing Guitar Hero 2 until I got to the death metal levels, and hating most of the songs in Guitar Hero 3, I wasn't sure what to expect from Rock Band. I needn't be worried however, since Rock Band is probably the coolest video game ever. For the uninitiated, it comes (in the special edition), with a guitar (better than the GH guitars), a drum set, and a microphone. You can buy another guitar if you want and have someone playing bass as well as lead. In any case, that's your band. Leif and I formed our own band with him on guitar and me on drums, and I have to say that I'm having a blast on this. I read somewhere that playing the RB drums is close to playing the real drums (closer than the other instruments get to their counterparts at least), and it's definitely hard. I've been playing on Medium level, except for 1 song ("Wanted Dead or Alive") which I'm doing on Hard, and it's so...much....fun. We've spent most of the weekend playing, or when Leif got too tired, I started playing in solo mode.

The songs are so much better than what came in GH 2 and 3, that so far I haven't found one that I haven't liked.

This is what I did all weekend

New Puppy

This is Thor:

Thor at 8 1/2 weeks

As of yesterday, he turned 9 weeks old. We picked him up last week, the day after we got back from Cozumel from Merriman Labradors (Carolyn and George are great btw). Leif for some reason insisted on getting another dog, even though we already have 2. He did make a good point - Loki and Odin are getting old-ish (they'll be 8 this year), and he wants to get another one while they can still play with him. However, there's a few things new puppies do which I really didn't miss. 1) they can't sleep through the night. Around 3:30am he has to go out, and around 6:30am. 2) they chew on EVERYTHING. 3) they're not housebroken.

However, even with all of that said, they're really cute.

When they sleep....
Puppies are cute when they sleep like this

When they play...
Thor tries to play with Loki

And when they snuggle up next to their big brothers...
Odin sleeps with his new little friend

New Dog Breed - The Laprador

Over the years since we've had Loki and Odin, for some reason even though they're both 75-80 pounds now, they still think they're Lapradors. I'm not entirely sure why this happens, but it's like they don't realize how big they've gotten. Having them sleep in the bed is bad enough, but when you're trying to watch TV on the couch, and you have this big lug of a dog struggle to get into your lap, you miss half the show.

So, ALL HAIL KING LOKI - THE LAPRADOR!

Loki the Laprador

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NHL Winter Classic

Crosby after the Winter ClassicPhoto from nhl.com website
Today feels like Sunday, even though it's a Tuesday. After attending a New Year's Eve party last night given by one of our neighbors (best part: we didn't have to drive anyplace), we woke up late this morning (well, woke up early, fed/took out the dogs, then went back to sleep), and spent part of the day watching the NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Really fun game to watch, even though they had to clean/repair the ice a lot, but I guess that's what happens when you put a hockey rink on top of a football field. :) The game was perfect too since it was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, nobody scored in overtime, and Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal during the shootout. For a game like this, it was cool it was so evenly matched honestly, because a blowout wouldn't have been much fun.

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