there is no cure for curiosity
Number of hours spent on the beach : 5
Number of t-shirt changes by the boys: 4
Number of fish heads scored from the fish lady: 14
Number of baby ears (my favorite shell) found: 2
Number of beers drunk on dock: 3
Number of hours I missed Carol, who showed me the beauty of Bogue Sound: All day long
Number of boys asleep on couch right now: 1
Number of pelicans spotted: only 3, but they were glorious
Number of days left: not enough
Snowflake considers the situation
This is Snowflake, the official greeter of the Springs Equestrian Center. I love how she is the same color as the weathered fence, and how she is clearly thinking a deep thought. The boys adore her. Her nose is like velvet. A velvety aggressive seeker of carrots.
Her Royal Blitzness
This is Blitz, who my friend Cathy rides most of the time. She is so beautiful, she’s like a beauty queen. Like all the horses out here, she is just a big lump of sugar. I swear she knew I was taking her picture. Either that or she is just always so perfect, which is entirely possible.
This is Rooster, born last week out at the barn where I ride. He was looking pretty lethargic and very very thin when I first saw him last Sunday, but Wednesday he was up and about, kicking up his heels and quite rightfully feeling pleased with himself. He was named after Rooster Cogburn, so I’m betting he will be pretty scrappy. Right now he is just cute as all get out.
Do Not Trust Him
This is Mr. Benjamin Longbody Bones, Ben to his friends, Asshat to Dave. He is elegant;he is loyal; he is a full-force love machine.
In the wake of our loss of our much loved cat, Grace, I have attempted to extort promises of everlasting life from Ben,the Bear, Piper and HRH the Little Kitty. While the other pets responded to my requests with blank looks and requests for more treats, Ben readily agreed to never ever die while any of us still lived. You can see his acquiescence on his face.
However, I have to admit that this dog is a damn liar. He has been known to lie blatantly about the most trivial of details -whether he has been fed his breakfast, whether he is responsible for the complete demolition of an innocent sock, whether the squirrels on the back deck are in league with Satan. So, while I have no doubt about the purity of his intentions, I know he has no problem with stretching veracity to its breaking point. The truth of the matter is that while I would trust him with my life, I would not trust him with my dinner.
And yet he is perfect. Go figure.
Oh this is quite juicy
Note: If you want to remain completely unspoiled, we do suggest skipping over this one. We tried to keep it as spoiler free as possible, but there are a couple tidbits that you may not want to know! Just a warning :)
Thanks to MuggleNet reader Mercedez, we heard about a mysterious test screening taking place in Chicago this weekend. Based on test screenings WB has held for Potter in the past, we assumed that the time and place was right for this one to be Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
We were very nervous going into the screening as we still didn’t know whether or not it was Potter. Once director David Yates had entered we knew we were at the right place. He was joined by producers David Heyman and David Barron and editor Mark Day.
Since this screening took place so far in advance, we know you don’t want to be spoiled. We’re keeping this report as spoiler free as possible. A separate report will follow at a later time with spoilers if you wish to read them.
The film was exactly two hours in length. The plot line followed the book plot line better than the other films had. While you may think that two hours is short (especially compared to the other films), we actually found it to be a very satisfying length.
Fans will be pleased with the adaptation when it comes to the crucial scenes, but at least one important scene left us feeling underwhelmed.
The large majority of this film is the Battle of Hogwarts. As interviews had revealed in the past, the battle itself is close to a hour and keeps an impressive pace. Intermixed with the fighting is, like in the book, Harry’s hunt for the remaining Horcruxes.
It was interesting to watch Voldemort and Harry’s reaction to each Horcrux being destroyed. In the book we see Voldemort’s rage as he realizes what is going on. This is brought across nicely in the film.
Unlike in the book, we get to go to the Chamber of Secrets with Ron and Hermione.
You’ll find that the filmmakers attempted to insert humor into the plot at some points. While the book doesn’t strive for those laughs, the film does. It’s understandable that the filmmakers did this as it’s what makes a good movie. There are a couple of times where the laughs - in at least one of our opinions - was not needed. This part of the story is obviously very serious and the large amount of action makes up for the need for a laugh or two.
Two surprisingly prominent characters in this film were Neville and Professor McGonagall. They both have shining moments that will get the theaters cheering.
Harry’s decision to go to Voldemort is easily one of the best moments of the film. You’re pulled into his realization and execution and it will make you emotional.
The Epilogue is bittersweet, but several people who saw the film say they wanted to see more.
Snape as Headmaster is great. Alan Rickman puts on his Snape character more than ever when it comes to the way he speaks.
An interview with Ciaran Hinds suggested that Aberforth Dumbledore’s role in this movie was a “blink and you’ll miss it appearance”. This is not the case. You see Aberforth for a good bit of time, but there are adjustments from what’s in the book.
Overall, this film is quite the thrill and will live up to the expectations of most fans. A couple of changes left us bothered, but we won’t get into those here. More to come!