week without the wife: day two

Short version: uneventful.

Long Version: Went to work this morning. This, in and of itself, is an unexpected success.

After I posted yesterday I went off to play card games with some friends. By “card games” I don’t mean Hearts or Spades. I mean, Yetisburg. A fighting card game based on the civil war. With Yetis. There was a steep learning curve and we just barely finished one game when more people showed up and we decided to eat and watch MST3K. Then I went home.

Once home I straightened up the house a little more and sat to watch The Strangers. I got about 15 minutes in, and decided watching scary movies late at night was not a good idea. Not that I’d get too scared, but more that I’d fall asleep, and no one wants to wake up to people in creepy hoods murdering people. That’s no fun at all.

And now back around to this morning. I tried something new today. I shaved using my face soap, rather than shave cream, and found it to be surprisingly nice. When you only shave once a week, it takes almost 7 times longer to perfect the art. Imagine if you will that I am a 17 year old boy just getting the hang of not bleeding out by the end of each shaving session. Also, the bald spot I accidentally shaved into my goatee has finally filled back in. That was an embarrassing three and a half months.

Anyway, work was work. I’ll appreciate the lack of privacy on the internet and leave it at that.

Got off work late and went back to Juan’s to once again battle the North with my powerful yetis. Finally getting the swing of things we played through a couple games with an even win/loss record. It’s always good to end that way, lest there be slap fights.

I retired early to head home and spray paint air vents, so I can finally cover the two gaping holes in the living room wall. My plan to use the rest of the can to coat a 4′ x 4′ piece of plywood was shortsighted to say the least.

And that leads us right back to hear. I sign off right as Lily Allen’s “Smile (Mark Ronson Version)” which makes me want to get up and clean like a montage in a girly 80’s movie. Slightly sped up goofy scrubbing/dance sequence to follow.

Good night and good luck.

a few notes on saturday morning tv

Thomas and Friends:
There’s an event in town, and all the kids are waiting for it. One train is assigned to carry the load of puppets, fireworks, ice cream, etc. Another train is jealous. Jealous train acts like a jerk and ends up wrecking. Jealous train learns lesson. The end.

You’ve now seen every episode of Thomas and friends. Congrats.

Sesame Street:
Teresa told me about this, but today I saw it with my own eyes. Theme song starts, Noah gets up to dance. He starts yelling, “Bike! Bike!” Just then, Elmo appears on a bike. Few seconds pass and he starts yelling “Car! Car!” Just then, the Grouch appears in a cab. Then it’s “Ball! Ball!” and a boy appears bouncing a ball. Noah has memorized the opening sequence of Sesame Street. he claps along with ll the kids on TV when it ends. Then he sits in his chair, and smiles for the next hour.

Not sure if this is cute, or a bad sign.

bad lyrics can ruin everything

Last weekend I watched one of my favorites movie, The Princess Bride. If you haven’t seen it, you should. The cover makes it looks like a film for 8 year old girls, but I assure you, it’s fun for all ages. And you’re missing out on some big pop culture references (My name is Inigo Montoya…)

For those of you who have seen it, you’ll know it has awesomely cheesy music, which fits the film perfectly. But with it, it has a great love theme that reappears throughout the film. but there’s a downside to this love theme.

A big downside.

Last weekend I decided to watch through the credits, to hear more of this love them, only to be greeted by these horrendous lyrics.
Come my love Ill tell you a tale
Of a boy and girl and their love story
And how he loved her oh so much
And all the charms she did possess
Now this did happen once upon a time
When things were not so complex
How he worshipped the ground she walked
And when he looked in her eyes he became obsessed
My love is like a storybook story
But its as real as the feelings I feel
My love is like a storybook story
But its as real as the feelings I feel
Its as real as the feelings I feel
This love was stronger than the powers so dark
A prince could have within his keeping
His spells to weave and steal a heart
Within her breast but only sleeping
My love is like a storybook story
But its as real as the feelings I feel
My love is like a storybook story
But its as real as the feelings I feel
Its as real as the feelings I feel
Now he said, dont you know I love you oh so much
And lay my heart at the foot of your dress?
She said, dont you know that these storybook loves
Always have a happy ending?
Then he swooped her up just like in the books
And on his stallion they rode away
My love is like a storybook story
But its as real as the feelings I feel
My love is like a storybook story
But its as real as the feelings I feel

These are some terrible lyrics. Worse is when you hear them to the music, where, in some cases, he has to rush the phrasing to fit all the syllables into place. Nothing ruins a good melody like trying to crush 9 words into a place that only fits 4. And while I’m not totally stuck on rhyme scheme…you should at least make the lyrics appear to be in song form.

Oh well. No movie can be perfect, and I imagine there are worse things than having the lyrics in the end credits be terrible. Say for instance, aliens that are allergic to water.

a there was much fun to be had

peggle
It’s finally happened. The greatest woman alive has become perfect. She already had intelligence. She’s already had personality. We all know she already had the looks. Now, why wonderful wife, has rounded out all these traits with the final piece of the puzzle. Now she plays video games.

I’ll start from the beginning.

Last week Valve Software announced that they would be selling “The Orange Box.” It’s a combination of three upcoming games from Valve. Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. It also includes the previous two games from The Half-Life Series. With this pre-order, game “Peggle Extreme,” a fanciful game with unicorns and fireworks, mixed in with familiar characters from the Half-Life Series. It was an odd, awesome mix. Made me think of Burger King and Skittles commercials.

So I played through this limited version of thew game, and found myself agreeing whole-heartedly with the reviews that stated it was “one of the most addictive games ever made.” It wasn’t long until I noticed the “duel” portion of the game. I called Teresa into my room and had her sit down and play a little. At first there was the expected “this is silly” kind of comments. At the end of each level it gives you the option to play another level. I clicked it the first three times, but after the fourth game, I sat there, and waited to see what she would do. There was a second or two or silence, and then she grabbed the mouse and it “play random level.” My heart leapt.

We played for a good 45 minutes. We finally stopped and Teresa brushed it off like a one time occurrence. Then we played for another 45 minutes the next night. It quickly bought Peggle Deluxe, the full, unlimited version of the game. 10 bucks for finally being able to play video games with my wife isn’t too bad at all. We now play it nearly every night. We’ll play to whoever can get to 1 million points first. She beat me last night, I beat her tonight. The war wages on.

My only complaint about the game is that Duel Mode only lets you play levels randomly. Considering we have started to play it regularly, it would be much nicer for us to play it through the levels in order, progressing past what I’ve unlocked with single player. Other than that, it’s a solid game with plenty of replayability for only 10 bucks.