Friday, September 5, 2008

The End of Summer

This has to be one of the best decorations I've ever seen! A thing of beauty...

Now that school has started, the dog days of summer are so sorely missed. Here are some of the highlights from August:

1. Life as Longinus: The Mysterious Stranger

Longinus is back with an all-new adventure! Queen Diana doesn't like his cooking so she hires a passerby to be her new cook with... interesting consequences. Check out these stills!

The new chef

Connie and Batilda, the chick

In-between takes it's all fun... and not in-between!

Connie never was good at looking the proper direction...

A cast photo. Look at Connie. Is that not horrifying?

And in case you missed it, here's the movie:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


2. Driveway Day

Sometime in April or May my sister and I were walking on the driveway when I had an epiphany and said "You know, we don't really appreciate our driveway much." And thus Driveway Day was born. Last summer we had a party to celebrate Crevasses, George Lucas and Bear Grilles, and this summer it was the many wonders of the driveway. Check out some of the decorations and festivities!

Things started off with the ceremonial kiwi roll, where the kiwi was forced to roll all the way down the driveway.

I don't know who the people are in the picture but it looked something like this

The kiwi itself

This was followed by several other events such as:

The Limbo
The Batman and The Joker Chase
Laying in the Land
Smelling Your Armpit then Describing it to the Others
Eating a Tasty
Violently Cracking an Egg, Running About Like a Savage, Then Sprinting off Randomly
Being Blessed By The Communist by Him Rubbing on You Then Blowing at his Butthole
Calling Orlando Bloom

Even Legolas was excited!

The banner

Need I say more?

Michael Jackson isn't allowed


A pretty good likeness

George wishes he were invited!

The Limbo, Calling Orlando, and Blowing on the Commie's Butthole

Our tasties. Mine on the... tilted top is The Joker, then I believe the surprised one is Daniel Radcliffe

Alex's Alfred

Waiting for the Communist's blessing

The Driveway in all its glory!

Here's one of the clips of the festivities: The Violent Egg Ceremony

Alas... now with school in full swing again, I have limited time for fun activities. Like the dolt that I am, I volunteered to be the first one to do a big project/presentation, thinking that it would be like pulling off a bandaid -- best to to it as quick as possible. I did it on Richard Henry Dana, Jr. and also signed up to bring a snack on the same day, so I brought pita chips, spinach dip, grapes and brownies... and napkins. So at break, before my presentation, I tried to seem smart. "In prelude to my presentation about a sailor," I said, "you should know that we get the phrase 'three square meals a day' because on ships, plates were square and made of wood. We're going to be replicating that today with our snack by eating it on square napkins." As an afterthought I added, "actually, it's because I forgot to bring plates." I was scolded by my professor -- apparently she'd believed me up until that point!

Though it did feel like summer again today when there was another fire very nearby and planes were bombing over and circling like mad. Someone's house burned up. :( My Legolas senses tell me that this will be an early autumn... the trees are all already fully turning, even the ones that get sprinkler water. I hope that means rains soon, and many more in the spring!

But yes, I miss the days of no homework, where we had time to sit around and do things like this:

Easy Payments

And this:

Bush, McCain and Obama's Sleepover

I guess I'll stop there, but there certainly are more. Horrifying as that knowledge may be. You should see some of the clips from years past when we were into Harry Potter...

Mo -- Wow, you were raised by a nanny till you were seven? And yes, SGA's cancellation is still hard to accept. :( But Moe Jacuzzi has no plans of quitting his series any time soon, at least. ;) And yes, let's hope for LOTS of SGA movies! :D How's school going?

Tracie -- Hey, thanks for the tips and the links! And believe it or not... I still have the headache. Of course, I'm thinking "brain tumor" but here's to hoping it's just differed pain from sinus pressure from allergies. In fact, I'd welcome that if that's the case and not something serious! Isn't Teyla adorable? :) She's a purebred Australian Shepherd and her coloring is called a blue muerle. :)


Mo said...

I was raised by a Nanny, my Dad worked where I live now-we used to live in Vancouver- and Mom worked, so I had a Nanny!

School's is seeming to be cool this semester. The first week is over, so everything is just getting laid out. My TV class is looking like a breeze, which means I'll probably put off the term paper until the night before and still pull off at least a B. Then I have this Comparative Religion class, which also seems facinating so far. Then what has been dubbed the Vampire Class-Literature of the Fantastic: Urban Fantasy, and we're studying Vampires in a bunch of different mediums. So that should be a interesting class,and then the obligitory Victorian Literature, and this cool course, The History and Structure of the English Language, with no term paper but an etymology project. So that might prove the hardest of them all, but school is good! Just wait until November, and then ask me, when I sit in a ball in the corner of my room throwing darts at pictures of my professors faces. I still have to take pictured of campus, but I'm waiting until our new student centre opens, which is supposed to be on Monday, but I think they lie, as its not done yet. School went so far as shocking me while I was riding the bus home-its a 45 minute bus ride from my house to the university, and takes 2-3 busses to get home. But I was on the bus and my history professor from last semester-a week long class I took- ambushed me on the bus...Apparently I made an impression that teachers feel the need to talk to me on the bus.

Mackenzies Momma said...

Well I sympathize with you! The 'dog days of summer' have finally rolled past, through the gates of normality and back into the 'regular' world, around these parts.

On the bright side this means no more plotting how to usurp the boys at work, and more fantasizing about November.

On the down side it means I must spend the next week running around like a chicken with its head cut off to get ready for fall quarter.