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Caturday is Here

And our cat is insane. He's been running back and forth like a mad thing all morning (including when he escaped and ran about madly in the yard until he was captured and returned to the house for more mad dashing about (during the outdoor excursion, he went under the truck and got oil all over his head, which is very noticeable with a pale-colored cat--I'm tempted to try the dreaded B-A-T-H).

My muscles are all sore, which I am attributing to finally getting back to weight training in the gym this week. Although I really didn't do a whole lot, it was enough, apparently, and therefore shoulders and back are stiff. Still got up and took an easy walk this morning (no mountain climbing with Barb's knee being so iffy), and now we're just lazing about, although I did take some time and wash the cat snot off the windows.

I should boil down that sugar pumpkin. And then decide what to make with said pumpkin... Something savory, or sweet? Been pondering that for a while... (I found a really awesome looking pumpkin risotto recipe, but it's rather labor-intensive.)

In re-reading Lord of the Rings on Kindle, I realized one tiny problem -- it's hard to access the MAP when reading the Kindle edition (possible, but difficult... plus, it's tiny on a little screen) -- and I can't think of a single time I didn't constantly reference the map while reading it, so I still had to pull down a paper edition to cross-reference. Sometimes I forget how truly wonderful this book is, and how much it's influenced my life, my writing, and my general outlook. The movies are really nifty and were pretty good adaptations (I do have some gripes about the alterations to Aragorn's story), but the book still blows 'em away.

I am wondering how Jackson has managed to stretch The Hobbit into three whole movies, though.

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ljs
Oct. 27th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yay for Caturday and getting back to the gym!

[hugs]
wildrider
Oct. 27th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Hugs!
nutmeg3
Oct. 27th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
<< I am wondering how Jackson has managed to stretch The Hobbit into three whole movies, though. >>

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Everyone's been so ecstatic about this that I haven't dared to say that I thought turning it into two movies was stretching it.
wildrider
Oct. 27th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Heck, I wondered that the moment I heard it was now a "trilogy." Hell, it's half the size of even ONE volume of Lord of the Rings, COME ON. Even if they are putting in all that stuff that Gandalf went off to accomplish in southern Mirkwood (with the other wizards at Dol Guldur), that's still stretching things. They better not cut so much as a single word, including the entire opening sequence where the Dwarves arrive at Bilbo's hole two at a time (which, in the trailer, is NOT what happens)...
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wildrider
Oct. 27th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
I love Tolkien's maps. I'm even about ready to re-read The Silmarillion, which I haven't read since high school.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 27th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
cats be insane.

glad you're making it back to the gym even if you are sore.

This is one book I've always feared rereading since so many faves from childhood have not stood the test of time. Sounds like i have little to fear

that Hobbit stretch makes me less enthusiastic to see it
wildrider
Oct. 27th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Frankly, it's still one of the finest written books of all time, fantasy or otherwise. Seriously. Yes, it's wordy and full of poetry, but I've found that stuff just gets BETTER as I get older, and it all holds together so beautifully. Tolkien's dialogue can be stiff, but his world is so well-drawn I don't even care when I'm lost in the story.

I still want to see it, largely because of the casting (again, pretty freaking awesome) -- I know a lot of the stretch comes from putting in all the stuff Gandalf was doing during the time he wasn't with them.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 28th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
that is good to know. I haven't read it in decades but I still have them

ah okay. Well, I'm sure I will see them all but still
wildrider
Oct. 28th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Even so, THREE movies is really, REALLY pushing it. I'm sure a lot of it is because of money.

But Martin Freeman is going to be a wonderful Bilbo, and the rest of the cast is brilliant, so...

*crossed fingers*
cornerofmadness
Oct. 28th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
yes, the transparent greed bothers me some but I can't argue that the cast sounds amazing so it should be good (also, I want some of those NZ coins with the Tolkein characters)
manoah
Oct. 28th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
I should boil down that sugar pumpkin. And then decide what to make with said pumpkin... Something savory, or sweet? Been pondering that for a while... (I found a really awesome looking pumpkin risotto recipe, but it's rather labor-intensive.)

The risotto sounds delish, but I'd do this!
wildrider
Oct. 28th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'm not a coffee drinker! It does look tasty... without coffee in it! :D

I made pumpkin-spice muffins and Barb whipped up a cream cheese frosting for them, so it's all win-win (and there's about a cup of pumpkin left).
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