Monday, August 24, 2009

There Will Be Blood

Dan and I finally watched the movie that has been sitting next to our television at the top of our Netflix cue for about two months: There Will Be Blood.

I will say this: they accomplished what they were going for. Watching someone deteriorate -- or watching someone confirm all your suspicions about his unsavory nature -- is uncomfortable. The filmmakers did a wonderful job, and I never need to see it again. Do I recommend it? Well, I don't know. It depends on how up for a movie that shows the grit of oil prospecting and drilling you are, how up for seeing the harsh realities of not-quite-modern life you are, and how up for eerie music you are. If you're up for all that, I'd totally recommend it. Otherwise, steer clear.

Moving on.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Have I mentioned how much I love this game? I have played it through twice -- once on my computer and once on Dan's -- and I still can't get enough of it. I have fun experimenting with different strategies, playing around with the effects of emphasizing specific plants, etc. Zombie bowling continues to get harder and harder as the game advances.

This is the first computer game I have loved since Brickles (for those of you younger than 28, it's a game that was on the Apple computers and it kind of like Brick-breaker, only simpler and cooler).

The premise is that you have to protect your house from a zombie invasion, and you do that by planting defensive and offensive plants that shoot things at the zombies as they approach your house. It's all cartoony and cute, and the zombies make funny sounds.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Singing Beach

I went to Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea yesterday, and it was wonderful. It was the first time I'd taken a vacation day to go to the beach, and you can bet your ass I'll do it again. With a M-F 9-5 job, it's hard to get to the beach when it isn't crowded on the weekends, and I don't go for crowded beaches.

Yesterday, I found the quiet end of the beach and set up camp. I had my beach blanket and arranged the sand in a nice way that felt like a little mini beach chair supporting my back and neck. I went swimming in the ocean a lot, which was a ton of fun (and good exercise, too -- I didn't get winded today when I walked up the 10 flights of stairs at work) and quite relaxing. The sand is so soft that it squeaks underfoot! And I layed there listening to the sounds of the waves crashing over themselves. Bonus: I got in for free because it was before 9:00 am and they hadn't set up camp yet! Score!

All in all, it was just what the doctor ordered. I am a total sun junkie, and being in the sun for 5 hours straight with no break was mood-altering. It almost made it OK that I didn't get any sleep last night because our A/C broke. All in all, it was lovely to have a beach day all to myself.