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Seven Quick Takes

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1. Am I the only person who, when they read sentimental Pinterest lists of what girls want their marriage proposal to be like and the list includes some variation of “he’ll ask my father’s permission”, has an immediate urge to sneak out and elope? In all honesty, what’s with this thing? The Catechism says that although (adult, obviously) children should ask for and respect their parent’s advice on the choice of a spouse, the parents do not have authority to interfere. Besides, I’m not property; I don’t need my future husband to ask my dad to make sure he’s willing to hand me over. I’m thinking this idea is some ill-considered method of showing that you’re a traditionally feminine girl who still thinks obedience is important. I consider myself traditional, but as far as I’m concerned, this custom is at least somewhat opposed to the way the Church treats marriage. The only person whose consent is relevant is mine and his. In fact, the Church discourages the custom of giving away the bride at a wedding. So when/if I marry, my parents’ blessing? Yes. Permission? No.

2. I’ve been preparing for the Tour de fleece by spinning up some unfinished projects and miscellaneous bits of fiber. I’ve done about all I’m going to get done until it starts, I think, so for the next week I’m going to work on knitting projects. I think I can finish the second sock of a pair and a small scarf pre-Tour. Indeed, I just finished a pair of Moody Stockings this morning. It took me just nine days to knit them. That might sound like a long time, but at a fine gauge and interspersed with quite a bit of spinning, it’s very good time for me.

3. One of our toilets overflowed again. This is the second time in two years. So right now there is a very large yellow truck in front of our house. Alas.

4. I’m going to start watching Babylon 5 soon. I got Season One from my best buddy, the public library. I don’t know whether I’m going to like it or not, but I believe Jimmy Akin of apologetics fame watched it, since he has a few posts about it at his blog (do a search), and it’s rated PG so I’m thinking it shouldn’t be too inappropriate. I haven’t watched it yet, though, so don’t take my word for it.

5. We got some really delicious almond butter from Trader Joe’s the other day. I had a tablespoon in my oatmeal with a teeny bit of nutmeg in place of the cinnamon since we were out, a couple drops of vanilla, and some brown sugar as well as the obligatory milk. Yummy! (Note that nutmeg is actually a dangerous hallucinogen in high doses, as in 1-6 whole “nuts”. But then, no one is exactly in danger of consuming that much in a sitting by accident, unless you’re the type to make a batch of luscious nutmeg muffins and then eat them all.

6. I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday recently and I used most of it to buy Super Mario Galaxy. (Don’t tell me I’m stupid, I already know that.) To my dismay, it requires the use of the nunchuk extension, which I loathe. So I guess I’ll have to get better at it before I can really play it…

7. I originally said I had nothing here, but I see Bloglovin’ wants me to put a link up again if I want to claim this new address. So there, Bloglovin’. Take that. (Actually, I really like Bloglovin’, except once in a while it takes weirdly long to update, as in I’ll visit the blog and see they have new posts up several hours before Bloglovin’ puts them up. That doesn’t happen very much, though.)

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Verdict on HP 7 and 8

An addendum to my earlier post.

Deathly Hallows Part I was fairly good, but not that much better than the other movies. Part II, on the other hand, was excellent. I really enjoyed it. Alan Rickman… *weeps*

This is a short post, because I am very tired from an exciting and delightful day with friends (which involved watching both movies). Any doubt that I am an introvert is now removed. I love spending time with these people, but even when it is great fun I have to recharge afterwards.

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The Harry Potter Movies

Usually, when I see a movie/movies based on a book, I think the movie is worse. This is almost always the case. The Harry Potter movies are no exception. (I have so far watched the first six movies.) 

However, I noticed something unusual about these adaptions. Although the movies were certainly not bad, and I did enjoy watching them, watching them felt considerably longer than reading them. They just dragged on… and on… and on… until I wondered how much longer they could possibly go. Now, the books took me more than two hours each to read, and the movies are about two, two and a half hours long each, and therefore had to pack more action into less time. Why were they so much more boring? 

I think that it may be because of all the small subplots which Rowling put in the books, possibly to keep the interest revved up while the main plot was brewing: for example, the slight Harry felt when Hermione and Ron were made prefects in Book 5. However, most adaptions of books leave out minor strands of their literary originals without becoming hideously dull in comparison. (I note here the Lord of the Rings movies, which, though hardly perfect, remained good adaptions and excellent entertainment even without Tom Bombadil, Ghan-buri-Ghan, the Scouring of the Shire, and so on.)

I do wish to make one exception to this rule in the movies I have so far seen: Prisoner of Azkaban was excellent. Why this is, I cannot say, other than that whatever the differences were that made it more entertaining, they probably stemmed from the director, who for some reason directed only that one. (Why? Why? And for that matter, why did Peter Jackson take over the Hobbit movie movies from Guillermo del Toro? WHY?! I ask fate!)

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five faves

Linking up with Moxie Wife this week!

1. Robot Unicorn Attack… embarrassingly addictive. I use the Robot Unicorn Attack: Evolution app on facebook, but I set it up so only I can see anything it does to my profile, because I would be rather humiliated if anyone outside my family knew I played it, which brings up the question of why I’m posting about it? Anyway, the Evolution version is way cool, because when you smash 4 stars in a row you evolve into a UNICORN PANDA, and then into a wolf, and so on until you become a dragon.

2. New haircut circa a couple weeks ago! Bangs! Shorter!

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I look a bit manic here, don’t I?

3. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE ME!!!!! Done done done with high school… forever. 

4. I’m doing the Tour de fleece on Ravelry.com this year, where you spin yarn every day that the Tour de france rides their bicycles. I’m competing on Team TARDIS. I really like the avatar I made for it:

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5. Tomorrow I turn eighteen. In our family, on birthdays we get doughnuts. I love doughnuts. Yummy.

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