Monday, April 13, 2015 words

My kids are at that age where they're chattering away ALL THE TIME. Sometimes the things that come out of their mouths, I just have no words...

my daughter: Mom, when I get older, I'll be a mom.
my son: No you won't. You'll be a toddler woman.

(I showed my kids a photo of one of my sonograms in my scrapbook and told them that it was them in my tummy. They thought that was funny then, and I thought that was the end of it until one day recently...)
my daughter: Why did you eat me?

(My kids never really grasped the concept of age until recently. My son asked me how old I am, and I told him that I'm in my 40s. When he heard this, he exclaimed, "Forty is a big number, like 100. Are you alright?")

(My daughter saw a sign for the restroom when we were at the store one day. She then said, "Let's go to the restroom to rest." I explained to her that it's just another word for the bathroom, but she doesn't really believe me. Every time that we're out at a new place and she sees a restroom sign, she insists on going in there just to make sure it is not a bathroom.)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

a safari

A safari! Well not really. We visited a wildlife center recently, and we're able to get so close to the animals that it felt like we're on some sort of a safari. It was such a great experience and well worth the long drive to get there.

Of all the animals that we saw on the tour, my daughter's absolute favorite was the buffalo, and of course, that was the only animal that I happen not to get a photo. I still can't believe how close we're to the animals; needless to say, I went a little crazy with the pictures. These are just a few.

This one stopped in front of us to scratch an itch with its horn. I thought that was hilarious. Obviously, it was a serious itch. When you gotta scratch, you just gotta scratch.

This one came up next to us, so precious.

I was tempted to put a thought bubble thing on this photo that said, "What'd ya looking at." These emus exude nothing but attitude, haha! I was told that they've got a temper, and from the looks of this one, I believe it.

This was one curious ostrich, kept looking into our windows.

This ostrich was at the exit as we're leaving. It kept trying to block our path as if not wanting us to leave, at least that's what I'd like to think. We had a great time; I think we'll be back.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

watching: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, The Imitation Game, ...

We've been catching up on lots of movies lately...

I'm not even sure where to start with Big Hero 6. We love it! There are no princesses in this one, so two thumbs up from my husband. My kids think Beymax is related to Eve from the Wall-E movie and now wants some microbots, so four thumbs up from them. I love the setting of San Fransokyo, a mix of Tokyo and San Francisco, and I especially like the role that tech/engineering plays in the movie, so what's not to love!

This movie focused on the role that Alan Turing played during World War II, cracking the code generated by Enigma. This was pivotal in winning and shortening the war. I was first introduced to the brilliant works of Turing in my freshman year in college during the intro course to computer science and engineering. He is considered by many as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. While I was aware of his technical achievements, I had no idea of his personal life and struggles. This movie touches on that and shed some light on the intolerance that he endured. I was very moved by the movie and was glad that I saw it.

This is the last part of the three part series of The Hobbit. It was definitely way much better than the second part. I wasn't happy that they dragged out this book into three separate movies, but that's neither here nor there. This part is where most of the action happens, so I like that. 

I didn't pick this one; my husband did, but I'm thankful that he did. I had some preconceived notions about how this movie was going to be, and I was totally wrong. There were so many twists and turns in the plot that not only did I not see it coming, I'm still thinking about it. The movie became even more interesting when hubby provided some back story about it. (Kip Thorne, a well-regarded astrophysicist, provided the math for the rendering of the black hole used in the movie. It is considered one of the most accurately simulated model of the black hole, so well done that according to Thorne, it's published paper material. Read more about it in Wired here.)

My husband's favorite part is how they portrayed time dilation. It got the point across on screen, no math needed. That part made me cry. If you haven't seen this movie yet, it's worth the approximately 3 hours. I almost didn't watch it because it was so long. I wouldn't have made it through the entire movie in an actual theatre; I need my bio breaks. All that said, this is a great movie. It kept me guessing until the very end. I like that.

I live under a rock because I've never heard of this movie before, apparently it was initially a Broadway musical. We picked this movie at random because we ran out of shows to watch since the Marvel Agents of Shield show has jumped the shark on us. The plot of Into The Woods is a mesh of different fairy tales from Jack and the Beanstock to the Little Red Riding Hood. It was entertaining seeing big name actors/actresses belting out a tune or two, like Chris Pine, the actor who portrayed Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies, and Emily Blunt. As for Meryl Streep, who's also in the movie, is there anything she can't do? Aside from that, the movie overall was just ok. The storyline needed cohesion.

This is Night at the Museum, need I say more? I have enjoyed this series of films since the very beginning, and the first one is still my favorite of all of them. It was the typical shenanigans from the museum exhibits, who come to life after hours. It was bittersweet seeing Ben Stiller's character passing his torch to another museum guard, even more so as a mom to see that little boy from the previous films all grown up and about to leave the nest. I suppose all good things must come to an end at some point.

See any good movies lately? Any recommendations?

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