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Random thoughts of a scattered mind

So I have been appointed chairperson of PTA Membership. It’s official. I’m a mom. A PTA mom. All I need now is a soccer mom van and I’m good to go. I never saw myself as this person. But…. I’m embracing it as much as my psyche will allow. So I am kicking a little bit of ass! : ) Anyway, my gripe this morning is this; who staples money to paper?!? My son’s principal. That’s who. WoW! I’m just going to go with “it was his secretary.”. It helps me keep my confidence in the school.

I watched “Becoming Jane”. Yesterday. Twice actually. Once while the kids were in school and once when I was waiting for Rich to come home from a planning board meeting so that we could watch “the dome”. All of that was useless knowledge. Sorry.
How have I missed this movie? It was fantastic. I love the mental voice of Jane Austen and was so impressed with Kevin Hood and Sara Williams for keeping it so true to form. I would love to actually read the letters that Jane wrote that inspired this movie. I’m still all mentally wrapped up in Jane’s loss. I wrote more to the ending in my head.
Tom’s wife is dead. I don’t know/care why. And Jane never got married. So now the two of them can finally be together. I like when they leave it open for our own interpretation of what could happen. Like “Castaway”. Good Stuff.

But now that my mind is back in that movie I can’t remember my other random thoughts. So quick note about me. I know that you are on the edge of your seat. : )

I’m back in the chair. Headaches have been a disaster this season. And my favorite nurse isn’t here today. So the needle is back in the hand. I don’t know why that annoys my so much.

I went to a fundraiser this past weekend. It was a lot of fun. They had a Chinese auction and my table won a ridiculous amount of prizes. But what was very interesting for me was what I learned. The fundraiser was for Scleroderma. My friends mother died from this last year. And it happened very fast. I had no idea what this was. I just assumed that it was some form of cancer. Shows how ignorant I can be. It’s actually an auto-immune disease. Much like MS. So it really kinda hit home for me. I am so glad that they have so many friends and family to surround them with support.

Alright I’m done rambling. Hopefully I’ll write again before I’m back here in my big comfy chair. But really people, is there any better time to blog?

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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in the little things


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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

The original Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books. I love Elizabeth Bennet. And Mr. Darcy while being a little bit stuck up and horrible in social settings makes a wonderful character to be the one that ends up falling in love with her. I was very concerned that this book was going to deviate too much from the original and end up being a horrible rendition. I was wrong. Maybe it could have actually gone further from the original story. It was exactly the original story with a few added pieces. Also they cut a few less significant things out. While reading, you don’t even notice the omission. The lack of pages and the fact that you get to the end so much faster makes it pretty obvious though.

I wish that there were more zombies. I love that Elizabeth was a zombie hunter. But other than that the story doesn’t change much. They run into zombies on the road on their way to go places and Elizabeth is always the strong one that kills them all. Not to say that her sisters aren’t equally skilled in the “deadly arts”. It’s just that she seems to be the one that steps up the most. Even in the original book she was always the strongest of the sisters. This just also makes her the deadliest. Her next door neighbor friend, the one who married the twit cousin, turned into a zombie. I wish that it had been the cousin. What a schmuck.

There was something that I questioned. I guess that it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t find something. But this one was kind of glaringly obvious. How did a poor family like the Bennets afford to go to China to train “in the deadly arts”? How did they get there? How did they find their ninja master? And they built a Dojo on their property. None of these things seem like something a poor family would do.

Also, I can’t believe that Lydia was ok with being married to a man that was strapped to a bed for the rest of his life. But she was still beyond thrilled and gloating to everyone. I think that they had that in there just to stay with the original work. Ok, there was one place where I thought that it deviated a little strangely. Lady Catherine was a renowned Zombie hunter? What? She is supposed to be this little hunched feeble shadow of a woman who thinks that she is the most important person on the face of the earth. This rendition of her makes her seem to have a legitimate claim to that. So with things like this I believe that it had some strange parts.

My favorite thing was probably when Elizabeth kicked Mr. Darcy into the fireplace when he proposed. It was exactly what I felt she should have done in the non-zombie version. That was very gratifying. I bet it felt good for her too.

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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Books


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