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Happy Holiday Weekend

The fourth isn't one of of those holidays I necessarily enjoy, but feel compelled to celebrate, by the nature that I'm happy to live where and when I do. What I do enjoy about the holiday is that for the past several years, I've used that three-day weekend to have my younger sister (younger by almost 15 years) stay with Matt and I. She comes over Friday afternoon, we hang out all weekend and she goes home Monday morning.

This year, we went back to the arcade (our regular thing to do on this weekend) where we managed to come away with 1200 tickets or so for the buying of many useless things. We made cookies, watched Matt make two different batches of dark chocolate ice cream and rented "Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief" and "Cirque Du Freak" to occupy our evenings.

Seriously, Sean Bean as Zeus aside (I really still don't buy it), Percy Jackson was a really fun movie and I enjoyed it immensely. "Cirque Du Freak" was also enjoyable, but not on the same level at all. I didn't really like the actor that played Darren, but John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe and Selma Hayek made it worth watching. Many years ago, I read the first book in that series, the one that has the story the movie is based on and didn't really enjoy it. It wasn't horribly written, and had/has an interesting premise, but I didn't find it engaging. I think the movie suffers from the same thing.

We also hit up the mall for a little bit on Saturday after the arcade, which I don't do often enough. I mean, I really hate walking the mall, but there's stores in there I wish I visited more.

Sunday we did the usual family thing - hanging out with family and friends for the afternoon with some food and then heading back to our house for fireworks. One of the things about living where we do is that fireworks - the big ones - are legal. I'm not a huge fan of fireworks in general, but having some big pretty ones set off by the family pyros is worth a few minutes of my time. Unfortunately, as we drove back to our house, it started raining, and by the time we got home it was a complete downpour. We waited for everyone to arrive, but it was pretty much a pointless excursion for most of them because the rain just would not let up. Several of our neighbors continued to set stuff off in the rain, but we opted for the dryness of the indoors - with one exception. effulgent_inara got a really huge firework for her birthday, and we needed to see that one go off. So when the storm let up enough for a few minutes we rushed everyone out to see what it did before rushing back inside. (It wasn't what we thought, no big pretty flower in the sky; it was like 10 roman candles all taped together. But still pretty.

All we youngins wrapped up the evening with many, many rounds of Blur on the Xbox 360. Of which I hope to have a copy of my own to review very soon. It should be hitting the post today, so maybe by this weekend when I won't be home to play it. Awesome.


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Jul. 8th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
I think it's cool whenever there's gratuitous Sean Bean. I haven't seen it yet but surely he can't be any worse than Liam Neeson's Zeus.

Glad it was a nice 4th. It's a holiday I never get enthusiastic about either, but it is a good one to be mindful of.
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Clash of the Titans yet, so I can't compare between Sean and Liam's Zeus performances. I really like Sean Bean, but I just didn't buy him as Zeus - granted he didn't really have a lot of screen time either.
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