Friday, October 23, 2009

Seven Quick Takes


imagesLast week I put up pictures of our pumpkin carved Elmo. Well, Elmo didn't images-1last so long. He started caving in on himself until Elmo more resembled Animal. So, pumpkin go bye-bye.


Cecilia has started doing something I absolutely love. She makes up songs. She tells me that now she is going to sing about deer and grass or now she is going to sing about Jesus protect us and not crying. And then she makes up a song that basically says what she said it was about. As if little ones' voices couldn't get more adorable, her made up songs are just so precious. I love it when she does this.


We watched The Letter: Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel and directed by William Wyler, this drama stars Bette Davis in one of her nastiest film roles. After shooting Geoffrey (David Newell), Leslie (Davis) tells husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) and their lawyer (James Stephenson) that it was self-defense. But Leslie's case begins to fall apart when a letter reveals that she may have planned the murder, and Geoffrey's widow (Gale Sondergaard) attempts blackmail. Personally, I didn't care for this one much. The premise was fine and most of the film okay, but the ending didn't do much for me. Overall, I thought the ending was kindof strange and I'm still not sure what the point of the film was.


We also watched Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Unlikely hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his foxy girlfriend, Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox), return with tough-as-nails Capt. Lennox (Josh Duhamel) to assist the Autobots in another epic battle against the evil Decepticons in this supercharged sequel to the 2007 megahit. Blockbuster impresario Michael Bay brings his trademark pyrotechnics to the proceedings, while comic whiz Rainn Wilson joins the cast as a college professor. I'm not a Transformers fan per se, but James has been since the 80s. We both found it to have far too much foul language and sexual content. The ending also was anticlimactic. The special effect though very impressive. Unfortunately it takes a lot more than special effects to make a good film.


It was one year ago today, indeed, on my birthday, that I first learned that Elizabeth was on her way. Quite a birthday present that was, indeed. Now, a year later, and tomorrow she will turn 4 months old. So many reasons to celebrate!


I've been trying to get to the Newseum for over a year now. We were planning on going today for my birthday but Cecilia and Felicity have been battling a fever/cough thing this week, so we cannot go today. Hopefully sometime soon though! I really want to see some of their exhibits including one on 9/11 and one on the media's relationship with the FBI, including during the case of the unabomber, john dillinger and the D.C. sniper.


Are you on Facebook? Do you play Farmville? I love this game. It is so much fun and you don't get roped into hours of play. You can just check your farm once or twice a day, take care of the farm, and continue with life. And you have neighbors who are your friends. If you've played it, do you like it?

See more Quick Takes at Jen's.


  1. #2 Bella does that too. I love it. She often uses a microphone Dom has on his desk.

  2. So adorable. Cecilia uses the wooden pestle from our chinois as a microphone. Have you turned it on and recorded her? I keep trying to find a way to record it.