December 26, 2012

Random holiday stuff

The Hobbit has a sequel or two and I didn't know it. We took the boys last night and the first movie is long by itself.

Every now and then I'd look at my watch, not that I didn't enjoy the movie, but my knees were starting to ache a bit. And 2 hours and 40 minutes into it, the Dwarfs had been rescued by some big birds, were seeing the lonely mountain way off in the distance and I thought, "Holy crap, they have about 15 minutes to make it across Middle Earth to the mountain, slay the dragon, and do whatever has to be done with that ring..." and then *POOF* the movie ended.

Holy crap. We got home and found out there are two other movies. I had no idea...


This was one of my favorite things I came across on Christmas. This made me choke up, it made me laugh, and it made my heart warm.

God bless this man. Or rather, I think He already has, and I don't mean by football tickets. Listen to him... the happiness in all he says from the beginning through the end.

It seems like this is a man who walks with Joy in his heart. Listen to his grandchildren in the background, vying for his attention. He has a heart filled with love.


The wee lasses leave tomorrow. The little one is all piss and vinegar. She cracks me up, although I truly understand she hates me and only likes me when she knows she's going to get something she wants... like going outside to run around when everyone else is busy or maybe a chip or a cookie.

I'm adult legs. I help her get higher and get around faster. Period.

She tolerates me, but she's so dang impish, you can't help but want to be around her.

She's trying desperately to talk and fortunately, Mo has some idea of what she's saying. The rest of us just stare at each other.

She is yummy.

And I know this is not politically correct, but she got a LOL Elmo for Christmas. I have renamed it 'Grand Mal Elmo'. The dang thing looks like it's seizing...

Posted by Boudicca at December 26, 2012 10:44 AM

Glad you had a great Christmas.

And 'Grand Mal' Elmo is so laughingly accurate (I know, because my sister has I guess I'm not pc either!)

Posted by: Mrs. Who at December 26, 2012 08:10 PM

The first time I saw it in action I said, "He looks like he's seizing..." And the packaging is called LOL Elmo. Good Grief.

Posted by: Bou at December 26, 2012 09:21 PM

This is why I only watch movies at home now. They're so danged long.... good lord!

I did know that the Hobbit was going to be 3 movies. This cracks me up since the book is half the length of the LoTR books yet they are going to stretch it out. Interesting.

The man who gets the Bama tickets - I loved that video! I saw it earlier today and it made me cry. He was so delighted to get the Bear Bryant hat, I mean - what a fantastic man! He must be a true pleasure to be around. I wish there were more people like him in the world.

And LOL on the "grand mal" Elmo.

Posted by: Teresa at December 26, 2012 09:29 PM

Remember that movies are made out of short stories.

If Lord of the Rings had included everything in the book it would have been 8 3-hour movies.

Remember Farmer Moggot, the Burrows, and Tom Bombadil from the first LOTR movie? Me neither, they got cut.

Remember Raising of the Shire and the Death of Saruman at the hands of Wormtongue, or the planting of the trees by Samwinse from the last LOTR movie? Me neither, they got cut.

Peter Jackson could not find enough to leave out of The Hobbit and complete the story, so it became three movies. So it goes.

Posted by: The Thomas at December 26, 2012 09:46 PM

We really enjoyed it and would see it again. I love how Peter Jackson puts it together, all the creativity of his costume designers, set folks, special effects people... it is absolutely stunning.

I'm the type of person that would pay to sit through all LOTR movies in one sitting in a big theatre.

But, yeah, I thought The Hobbit was one movie. Looks like I'll be going every year for the next two years...

Posted by: Bou at December 26, 2012 10:24 PM

The Desolation of Smaug is due 12-13-2013 with There and Back Again due 07-18-2014, so it does cover two more years but only 18 months to the end.

I guess Peter wanted to show the whole Dwarf - Elf - Man battle and its resolution through Bilbo's intersession.

Posted by: The Thomas at December 26, 2012 11:30 PM

Oh dear - wish I hadn't watched that one at work! Three people just walked past my office and saw me crying! Guess I'll have some explaining to do in the lunchroom later! Absolutely heart warming. Thanks for sharing! x

Posted by: Shaz at December 27, 2012 05:56 PM

...oh and the bit I liked best, when he said "We're all going to the game?" - like the only thing that could have brought him more joy would have been to share it with this family.

Posted by: Shaz at December 27, 2012 05:57 PM