Monday, October 25, 2010

The Weekend Wrap-Up

Here is a what Idid this weekend.

Saturday I got up early and went to work for a little bit, then I came home and reconfigured the furniture in the living room.  I also put down a rug that I've had for a while, and the cats and dog were delighted with that.  It was like they've been waiting their whole lives for a rug.  The cats scampered around on it, fascinated with their new discovery of "traction" and its effects on their kung fu.  The dog wallowed on it like the pig dog that she is, and thankfully no one has vomited on the rug as of yet. 

After that, I repotted my rubber tree and my tai plant that will be coming inside soon for the winter.  I had intended to repot my plumerias, but they will be going dormant soon and won't need nice fresh soil, so they didn't get any.  They'll get theirs next spring.

Saturday night, my husband and I ventured out.  Before leaving home, we decided we would not see a movie, since nothing of interest to either of us was playing.  I was hoping to see "Let Me In," an American remake of a Norwegian film I really enjoyed called "Let the Right One In," but it was no longer playing.  My husband tried to talk me into seeing "Paranormal Activity 2," but I didn't feel like spending hours trying to fall asleep while fearful that an invisible demon would drag me out of bed again, like I did after the first movie.  Instead we ate a very disappointing dinner at an Italian restaurant and went to the bookstore.

I got two books.  One is a novel called "Alas, Babylon," and the other is a book about botany.  I started reading the novel today and I like it so far.  I find it a little technical as far as some of the military stuff is concerned, but it is making sense.  I am very glad to have something to read, it has been a while since I've cracked a book for pleasure. 

After the bookstore, my husband came up with the idea of getting a video game we could play together at home.  We went to Target, but they didn't have the game we wanted, which is called "Dead Rising 2" and involves zombie hordes that need slaughtering.  We found a copy at Best Buy and went home.  After loading the game, we discovered that you cannot, in fact, play two players in the standard fashion, being each person has their own controller and they sit in the same room and play together.  You can, however, connect through the internet and play with other random people.  This made no sense to either of us, so we took turns slashing down crowds of wandering undead with weapons such as two chainsaws attached to a double-ended paddle, a baseball bat covered with nails, and a power drill attached to the end of a spear.  We did this for most of the night and we stayed up way too late.

Sunday, my husband and I parted ways, his way being into the bedroom to watch football all day and do whatever he does on the computer that involves fake football and gambling, and my way being continuing the fight against the video game zombies.  Once I grew tired of that, I scanned the DVR list and found a show I had been looking forward to about the earliest life on Earth, and hosted by #1 top-notch nature documentary dude David Attenborough.  I even think he's a "sir."  I've loved him since I discovered nature shows as a child, his soothing British accent always primes my brain for learning new and interesting things.  I was pleased to see that even well into his eighties, he is still agile enough to traverse the Burgess Shale and the Canadian Rockies to look at fossils of tiny arthropods that lived millions and billions of years ago.  I am a great appreciator of a good nature/science documentary-type show, and this was a good one.  The images of the trilobytes unearthed in Tunisia were astounding, very detailed 3D fossils meticulously chiseled from the rock looked as if they couldn't possibly be real, like models from a sci-fi movie.

So all in all, it was a great weekend.  I didn't do everything I had intended, but I never do.  If I did, what would I do next weekend?


  1. Dear, Dear Carly:

    You are TOO FUNNY!!!! Certainly a woman exactly after my own heart! I'm supposed to be writing a paper, but I just want to keep reading your blog. I've only read the first installment, and I'm already a die-hard fan!
    I love the part about your new rug, and the 4-legged family members' reactions to it. I get excited, too, when mine hold off on puking on things. And the zombie game; I'm not a gamer, but I have a 'sick, dark' sense of humor (so say those who aren't 'in the know'), and just love that you are out there slaughtering them and protecting all of humankind from creating more of the 'walking dead' (I mean, don't we have enough of those already?)
    Who is this David Attleboro? (Please forgive me if I didn't get his name right). What show were you watching? What channel? I love that stuff too, and am actually amazed I haven't come across him as of yet. Do you live in the U.S.? (Joking, joking).
    Sorry your Italian dinner was disappointing; I think that bad Italian is perhaps the worst of all cuisines if not done properly.
    Okay, I have to TRY to write my paper. But that dressed up white kitty asking for 'a spot of tea, Guvnuh!) is too divine!
    I'll be back just as soon as possible!



  2. Hi Carly...

    You are funny...and I,also, wanted to see "Let Me In" but didn't get around to it before it left the theater. "Paranormal Activity" are supposed to be very scary, however, I don't think of it ever happening in real mean, I watch all the ghost hunting, catching and cornering shows all the time. Never has anyone ever been pulled out of a room like they show...I mean have you seen how much it take just to get a darn EVP?

  3. Carly - I had the exact same experience this weekend. I wanted to see "Let Me In", but it was already gone! I watched Let the Right One In last week and became obsessed!