Friday, January 11, 2019

I Might be 12

I went to go see Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse.

You might want to go, too.

Yes, the theater will be filled with tweens munching loudly on popcorn.  Yes, you might be the oldest person there.  And yes, it's an animated film that's rated PG.  BUT THE ANIMATION IS AWESOME!  It's like a comic book has come to life.  And the story is good, too, even if you aren't a Marvel or Spiderman fan.

SONY Pictures Animation
If you need any more convincing, it has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote, "It's a movie for everyone. And, as I was saying, [it's] a lot of fun." Rolling Stone Magazine called it a "...gorgeous take on the Marvel superhero" and the "Greatest Spidey Movie of All Time."

Go have some fun at the cartoons and be awed by this new kind of animation, while you have a few laughs. It's clear the animators took their job seriously because they created something original.  They also didn't take themselves too seriously because there are snippets snuck in here and there where they are having WAY too much fun with the visuals.  

Did I say the animation is awesome?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Therapy Team Test

Sweet Bella passed her therapy dog obedience test today!  There was an obstacle course to maneuver, scenarios in which she had to refrain from greeting someone, others in which she could say hello, a "pat down" during with the evaluator touched her all over, even giving her tail a tweak (to mimic what might happen if she visits children) and more.  The other dogs there had been in a six week course to prepare but I thought Bella, given her temperament, intelligence, and her history as a former guide dog, could pass without the additional instruction.  She was a super-star. She wagged her tail the entire time and won everyone over. I'm so proud of her.  She seemed to enjoy the whole experience.

I passed too.  I had an oral exam of the rules and was evaluated as a handler.  I've since learned that Bella could have passed and I could have failed.  Apparently, that kind of scenario has happened.

Next step: three observations "in the field".  I'll keep you posted.


Friday, January 4, 2019

My new nephew!

In mid-October, my sister-in-law had an emergency c-section.  The baby, their first, wasn't thriving in the womb.  Born 10 weeks early, Owen weighed only 2 pounds at birth.   And that wasn't the last of his struggles; he even had to overcome MRSA.

And now he's home!  It's marvelous.  I held Owen for the first time on New Year's Eve.  We're all over the moon the he's doing so well.