September 21st, 2003


Plundering, Pillaging and Looting

weather: sunny
outside: 17°C
mood: satisfied
music: Ben Heppner - Roses of Picardy (Wood)
I'm usually not this openly materialistic, but I thought, What am I? A freaking nun? So, allow me this one indulgence =D

A while back, Husband Guy went to test drive the TSX. There was a promotion thing where they would offer you a bunch of keys, you pick one and if it opened the door of the showroom model, you win a $200 gift certificate. He picked the right key and got a Future Shop gift card.

We finally remembered to bring the card yesterday and went to claim some loot. The Sweetie that he is, he let me have $100 of it to buy what I want. It turns out, I DO enjoy buying things, but only if it's with someone else's money *evil cackle* >=}

I got my coveted Ben Heppner: My Secret Heart album. I've wanted this CD ever since his solo comeback recital in April 2002 when he sang "The Roses of Picardy" as an encore.

I also got the Hello Kitty Diamond DVD Collection. Ho. Ly. CRAP. Ho. Ly. CRAP. Ho. Ly. CRAP. Do you know how incredibly RARE it is to find Hello Kitty stuff like this?!?!?! The Official North American Release. On DVD. Okay, maybe I just don't pay attention or I don't look in the right places. But I picked it up from the shelf and was SO NOT putting it down. I was going to hang on to it until I was positive that I didn't want it or couldn't have it. =)

Husband Guy said I was going to think it's lame (it's for 2-5 year olds). I watched the first one, Hello Kitty Becomes A Princess: "Cinderkitty", "Kitty Locks and the Three Bears", "Sleeping Kitty", "Kitty and the Beast", "Snow White Kitty and the One Dwarf". It wasn't too bad. They were really cute adaptations of the original stories. I'm definitely happy with it.

He hasn't picked out anything with his $100 yet. =}


Danny Boy

weather: sunny
outside: 17°C
mood: happy
music: Ben Heppner - Danny Boy (Weatherley/trad. Irish Folk)
Speaking of Ben Heppner, I found Ben's rendition of Danny Boy. It's in an album called Songs of Earth, Echoes of Heaven.

Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
  From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling,
  It's you, it's you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's in the meadow,
  Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow,
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow, —
  Oh, Danny boy, O Danny boy, I love you so!

But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying,
  If I am dead, as dead I well may be,
Ye'll come and find the place where I am lying,
  And kneel and say an Avè there for me.
And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,
  And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you love me,
  And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!

Truly magnificent voice.


Vancouver International Film Festival 2003

weather: mostly sunny
outside: 17°C
mood: happy
music: Ben Heppner - Love Is My Reason For Living (Novello)
Work is so wonderful. I love Work. Work is treating us to the Vancouver International Film Festival 2003. We get two memberships along with two admission tickets for any show, any time.

Thank you, Work! =)

At first, faced with five thousand films that I'd never heard of, I had no idea what I wanted to see. I had to narrow it down to the Saturdays and Sundays, then I looked through the Canadian films first. I still couldn't make heads or tails of it. =P

Eventually, I came across "Emile". With no other information, the name Ian McKellan jumped out at me. I know "having a Magneto/Gandalf in it" is not the best measurement to go by, but really, what else was I supposed to do? They don't categorize by genre or topic, you can only list films by country, title and schedule.

Then I had the brilliant idea of Asking Someone Who Knows Better™. I popped off e-mail to my buddy Warren who... well, knows better =) He recommended "Wild Berries". That looked really interesting, so we went with that. Showtime is this Friday =)

We may also go and see "Emile" on our own. We haven't decided yet.

[Update - Friday, September 26, 2003]

By about Thursday, it was looking like Husband Guy couldn't go. He was just too busy. But we did end up going after all.

It was a good movie, I give it a thumbs up. It's a total character exploration movie, very little action. There were a lot of inconsistencies among the characters' actions though.

Still, the one thing that got me the most was Akechi's senile father. Akechi Sr. reminded me of an exaggerated version of my husband's grandfather. Sometimes, the senility can be comical, but mostly, it's heart-breaking to know that this is what's left of a once proud and accomplished man.

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