House finches

We have a pair of house finches who built a nest in our hanging fuschia basket on our deck. This is the second pair to do so this season, and it’s fun to watch the babies hatch and grow and learn to fly (and to have to get up at 4:30 in the morning to shut the window because the high-pitched cheeping is very loud!). Now you know the context for the following conversation:

Hubby: Why are the parent finches so thin?
Me: Because they puke up all of their food when they feed their babies and don’t get any nutrients.
*giggles ensue*

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Buffy & Angel

Another thing I never got around to when I was younger (besides video games) was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  My friends were completely obsessed with it in high school (for good reason!), but I was too busy watching Hercules and Xena.  I have an odd liking for the original Kristy Swanson movie, and I know the general plot of the series, such as who dies, who’s a vampire/slayer, etc, so as I finally start to watch it in earnest, I don’t think there will be a huge plethora of surprises.

That being said, I just watched episode 7: “Angel.”  Squee!  I wonder what people first thought when the show aired in 1997…?  Were they surprised that Angel was a vampire?  Were they upset?  I think Joss Whedon is an all-around genius (I watched Firefly when it first aired 10 years ago, and absolutely adore it to this day!), but darn him for making me feel like a squishy-romantic teenager again!  Oh, the angst, the smoldering looks, the witty banter!  To quote Romeo, “Ah me!”

To be continued…

Happy Video Games

Just an update on my video game process…

I did not have video games as a child (I read books!), so I’m slowly catching up on the classics as well as some newer ones.  Currently, I am not up to the point of being able to navigate 3D games (I include Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in this category), so I’m playing the simpler games for practice.  I also have learned that, no matter how sober I am, I cannot walk my character in a straight line.  This leads to much frustration in the realms of bridges!

So: I have completed LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 and Years 5-7! Yay!!!  I absolutely loved those games, and thanks to the walkthroughs from IGN for helping me though the tough spots!  They captured the books and the movies perfectly, and I enjoyed playing as unexpected characters (such as using Belletrix to fight Belletrix).  I also completed Epic Mickey, and loved all of the nods to the old Disney videos.  I can’t wait for Epic Mickey II to arrive so I can play with Hubby (my main complaint was that the original was not two player).

Back to the LEGO games: I took a hiatus from LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones to play LEGO Harry Potter, so now I’m going back to them.  I’m returning to Indiana Jones first because I was watching Raiders of the Lost Ark at the gym (the scene with the big boxer guy getting chopped up by the airplane), and couldn’t not think of the LEGO, less grisly, version.  I’ve unlocked Han Solo, and am quite enjoying tag-teaming between him and Indy for some LEGOy goodness!

Finally, I’m this close to finishing Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on Hubby’s original Super Nintendo (note to self: post a pic of our lovely antiquated video game systems).  Now that he has revealed the existence of the Game Genie, this should go by a lot faster!  I have to admit, I was originally against using cheats and codes to finish a game, but for someone who dies as much as I do, I now see the value in them 🙂

Ta-ta!

The Dark Knight Rises

Hubby and I saw The Dark Knight Rises on Friday morning.  I do have to admit that we had second thought about going after hearing the horrible news from Aurora, but ultimately decided to go.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie.  I currently have it tied with The Dark Knight (though the Michael Keaton Batman is still my favorite!).  I do like movies that surprise me–as I was not a follower of the comics, I didn’t know about Ra’s al Ghul’s child (no more spoilers, I promise), so it definitely scored points there 🙂  I love Anne Hathaway, and thought she did an excellent job running around and fighting in her spiked heels.  I definitely would’ve broken an ankle doing that!

Babylon 5 Soundtracks/Cataloging Records

I love Christopher Franke.  What he did for the Babylon 5 soundtracks was pure genius.

Alas, I am selling my collection of all of the Babylon 5 soundtracks. The funny thing is, in my current museum internship, I’ve been cataloging a whole bunch of old vinyl records, so as I’ve been inputting all of the CD data into Amazon and Half.com, my brain is wanting me to type “There is a 3/4 inch scratch on the jewel case, 1 3/8 inches from the left edge…” and so on.  No, brain, too much detail!!!

Shameless plug time:

My Amazon seller store font: http://www.amazon.com/shops/mageashke

My Half.com shop: http://shops.half.ebay.com/mageashke_W0QQ

Left-handed Link

I’ve been working my way through A Link to the Past for a little while now (I never had gaming systems as a kid, so I’m making up for lost time). I’m horrible at killing bad guys, much to Hubby’s amusement. After months of playing, he now informs me that Link is left-handed in this game. As a right-handed person, I guess I’ve always gone after the bad guys from the right. Perhaps this explains why I’m so bad at this game and need the Game Genie with all of the cheat codes just to beat one level?