Sunday, January 22, 2012

Megamind

A couple of weeks ago, I rented 3 or 4 movies for the family to watch during the week.  (7 day rentals)  Among them were The Zookeeper, which I figured would be the family one, and Megamind, which I figured would only be interesting for the kids.

As often happens, there was some argument about which movie would be watched first.  Dominic put Megamind on, even though we were going to watch The Zookeeper, and I was going to change it, except...

I really got caught up in the story.  Megamind is the most endearing villain ever.  He never wins at being bad, he's predictable, his plans fail, his code words aren't even code.

Then Metroman gets tired of being the hero and lets Megamind win.  Suddenly being the villain isn't fun anymore when there is no good guy to fight against.

So Megamind comes up with his worst plot yet, he creates a new hero to be the champion of good.  Except the plan, as usual, backfires and Megamind has to fix it, and learns something about himself in the process.

A few days later, we finally found time to watch The Zookeeper and quite frankly, it was a disappointment.  The idea behind the movie seemed good, kind of similar to George of the Jungle, where the animals of the zoo try to help him get the woman of his dreams, (George gets advice from Ape in George of the Jungle), but it didn't work in this movie.  George of the Jungle is a clueless guy, brought up by an Ape who can talk, so actually following advice on how to date from an ape in George's case was believable, and the results were funny.  But when an intelligent, civilized man starts peeing on planted pots at a wedding reception (to stake out his territory) on the advice of a wolf, well, that's just stupid.  And not very believable.  I didn't like the movie much.


Favourite quotes from Megamind that one now randomly hears around the house:

1.  Metroman: "It's revenge, and it's best served cold."
     Megamind: "But it can easily be reheated in the microwave of evil!"

2.  Megamind: "That is, if Metroman can withstand the full concentration of
     the sun!"
     (to Minion): "Fire!!"
     (Long pause, nothing happens.  Megamind stalks over to Minion)
     Megamind: "Minion, fire."
     Minion: "Warming up Sir."
     Megamind: "Come again?"
     Minion: "Warming up"
     Megamind: "The SUN is warming UP???"

My kids loved the movie Megamind, and now I think I'm going to have to buy a copy.

101 Reasons to be happy - Reason number forty-seven

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Check out some of these crazy naps.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The one that got away...

Heard the new single by Katy Perry the other day, and I couldn't help thinking how lucky the guy was that did get away.

Because who wants a girl who can't remember what happened "Last Friday Night", and he probably does mind that she "kissed a girl."  Is it any wonder he was "hot then was cold, was yes then was no, in then out, up then down, wrong when it's right."

Sorry, I don't like her music much.  It's pretty much significant of what is wrong in the world.  Despite all the "fireworks" trying to pretty it up.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sounds like a plan


I could use a make-over too... maybe a whole new wardrobe in my case... I don't want a haircut.  :)

Maybe we could start with dresses from dress911.com:

Beverly Dress in Roses

Florentina Dress

Night's Still Young Dress
Sweetie Dress in Robin

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In which I slap myself on the back

... well sort of...

I just kind of thought it really funny when, last night, after I scored two goals on a team we haven't really played before, suddenly they were all like:  "No! No! Stay on her!!"  And "Look, this is what she does... watch her..."

Uh guys, as much as I enjoy being talked about like that, (it's good for the ego) I'm not really that good.  (Actually, the one you normally have to watch for is Jean-Alexandre, but he wasn't feeling all that good yesterday, so he didn't stand out much.  But he's the goal scorer.)

The secret to my goal scoring (and to our team wins) is team work.  The rest of my team does all the work, while I stand somewhere near the net and wait for an opportunity.  Well okay, I do some work too, but seriously, I don't run as fast as the guys, so they still do more work than I do.  Also, we pass.  A lot.  Many of the other teams don't seem to have that connection, that pass-back-and-forth-all-the-time thing.  Sometimes, it's better to pass off to someone on the other side of the net instead of taking the shot.  Because the goalie's ready for you, but he might not make it to the other side in time to block the other person.

So how did I score last night?  Someone else (a few someone elses) got the ball to the net, and then, instead of taking the shot which the goalie, who was actually a pretty good goalie, probably would have saved, he passed it my way, and I was on the opposite side.  All I had to do was kick it in.  The first goal was actually really kind of a fluke.  My teammate kicked it across the goal and I saw it coming, barely had time to stick my foot out, and that's all I did, was stick my foot out.  I didn't have time to put any power behind it, or try to control the direction of the ball or anything.  The ball rebounded off my foot, straight into the net.  I was as surprised as the goalie.

Team work dudes.  It's all in the team work.  And I love my team, The Pub.  I score more goals with them than with any other team I play with.  Because THEY are good.  :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pedophiles and the Church

I just read yet another article on the subject of this "plague within the Catholic Church", so bear with me while I rant once again.

According to this article (I think it was Le Journal de Montréal), pedophilia has been a plague within the Church all throughout history, the first record of it being in 300 something after Christ.

Now, I won't deny this, but to put this into perspective, I can pretty much guarantee you that pedophilia has been a scourge EVERYWHERE for a very long time.  Not just within the Church, and most likely in higher numbers outside of the Church.  As is the case today.

I have known a lot of priests and religious, and a lot of Catholics.  I do not personally know any pedophile priests, nor do I personally know any victims of priests.  However, one of the ex-coaches of my children's soccer club is a pedophile, now serving time in jail.  (Why do I not hear anyone questioning the integrity of the soccer club?)  Also, someone living across the street from us in Prince George was charged with pedophilia.  That makes two people, neither of them priests.

When pedophiles enter schools and prey on students, do we blame the Ministry of Education?  Yet that is where most pedophiles are found.

I think we're blowing the Priest=Pedophile story just A TAD out of proportion.  To listen to mainstream media, you would think upwards of 25% of priests were pedophiles or something, when it's more like less than 2%.

The article ends something like this: if there were any institution in the world where this kind of thing should not happen, it is within the Church.

Yeah, well unfortunately pedophiles tend to pick jobs where they will be in contact with their intended victims, and not all people who enter the priesthood should actually be there.  As far as I know, there is no foolproof test you can put people through to see if they're going to turn out to be pedophiles.  And could someone please tell me why Pedophile Hollywood directors are not making as much news as pedophile priests?  Especially since there is a code of silence there too?

101 Reasons to be happy - Reason number forty-six

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The endearing kind, that make you feel all warm inside when you hear them, like someone just hugged you.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Dislike

(This needed to be translated)

If ever Facebook needed a "dislike" button, it would be for this picture:   



... with the following caption:  GUESS WHICH ONE MADE A VOW OF POVERTY?

Well, I ask you, guess which one has no salary?  The right answer is:  Neither one.  The pope does not receive a salary.  All his needs are taken care of by the Vatican.  When he leaves on a trip, he takes out just enough money to cover his expenses, and that is all.  When the pope dies, in general, he leaves all his personal possessions to the Vatican, (with the exception of Pope Paul VI who left a few small items to his secretary).

What other world leader has no salary?  If Prince William wanted to buy himself a slick sports car for afternoon ballads in the English countryside, I am certain he would not hesitate to do so.  And yet, he too, lives off of money "donated" by his "faithful followers", (otherwise known as income tax).  I do not believe that the pope-mobile qualifies as a sports car, and it doesn't even belong to the pope anyway.

Yes, the Church is "rich" in possessions.  One could also say the same of museums, but I do not hear anyone ever complain because certain museums are full of priceless paintings and works of art.  I do not hear anyone complain either about the directors of said museums who may get dressed from time to time in a tuxedo to partake in important museum functions.  (Although, it is true, they have not made vows of poverty themselves), they are, after all, the REPRESENTATIVE of the museum.

The pope too, is the representative of something.  If it is not acceptable for the director of a museum to present himself at an important function in a t-shirt and jeans, it is not any more acceptable for the pope to present himself in a simple white robe (or plain layman's clothes - imagine that!) for important functions of the Church.  He has the duty to represent the richness and profundity of the Catholic faith in his person.  His vestments then, are almost as important as his actions.  A pope in a simple white alb (robe), (or even worse, jeans and a t-shirt) is a bit "cheap".

The riches in our churches are there because catholic people gave of their time and their money to embellish their place of worship, which also represents the richness of our faith.  The works of art are there to stimulate our faith, to aide us in our reflection and meditation.  Our churches belong to us, to all Catholics.  They do not belong to the priests nor to the pope.  When a priest leaves one parish for another, the possessions of the parish stay with the parish.  When the pope dies, the possessions of the Vatican are not divided among his closest relatives!

The churches and the works of art that are in them are a common good, exactly like in museums, but guess what?  Contrary to museums, churches are financed by Catholics (and not by the general population) but which one will charge you a sum to visit them?!  Yes, we Catholics are so generous, that we will share our common good with YOU.  Our most beautiful and grandest churches are open to the public, at no charge!!  What a deal!  All you have to do is behave with respect towards the building and its contents, and towards those who wish to pray, and you can enter there, whether you are Muslim, Jew, Atheist, Buddhist, even Anti-catholic, we won't kick you out!

There exist many beautiful and different catholic traditions and cultures, much of which has been lost in the last few decades, but which has been experiencing a revival, thanks to the internet and the catholic community there.  You can buy just about anything catholic online, from products (such as coffee) made by monks, catholic books and articles to help us pray or meditate, catholic toys for kids, decorations for Catholics, even catholic entertainment.  The catholic economy is running!  By buying vestments for the pope, the Vatican also helps the economy run.  After all, it is better to encourage people's work than to make a donation, is it not?  "Give a fish to a man, you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and..."

I am sick and tired of hearing people complain because "the Church is rich."  So what?  If you do not agree with that, and the same thing goes with the Church's moral teachings, if you disagree, you are in no way obliged to be a part of our community.  But you know what?  We will STILL let you come in and look at our works of art for FREE.  Isn't that nice?

Epiphany (Three Kings Day) Highlights

Three kings come forward, bearing gifts.

The three kings (or magi) with their gifts.
I filled the boxes with candy and gum that looks (as much
as possible) like gold, frankincense and myrrh.

My three kings cake, with a ceramic "bean" hidden inside

I just used a spice cake recipe and tried out a holiday cake
mold I got on sale after Christmas, so it's not a traditional
cake or anything.

Dominic is the king.  (He was last year
too)