athenaltena: (content)
2012-02-17 01:39 pm
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That money finally showed up in my account, so the first thing I did was pay a bunch of bills. It's really nice to see the amount you owe on utilities go down to zero. I can already feel that my stress level has gone down. So with those out of the way that money should be able to last me for a while, barring that I don't terribly fuck it up and blow it on something I shouldn't. To try and prevent that I'm moving most of it to savings, which is probably a good thing since I can already kind of feel my brain short-circuiting since I'm not used to actually having this much money, so I'm pre-emptively transferring it to avoid doing anything stupid. So keep me the hell away from Downtown Crossing.

(That said I did go ahead and pre-order Mass Effect 3 because I'm a huge nerd and because it's been high on my "to do" list after "pay bills" and I figure one reasonable indulgence will keep me from going completely overboard)
athenaltena: (Rider)
2012-02-17 04:13 pm
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Well so much for "keep me the hell away from Downtown Crossing"

Technically I guess I am, but I'm going to see The Secret World of Arrietty, the new Studio Ghibli film, with my friend Sam tonight. He'd talked about it earlier and we decided to do it tonight. I already reserved my tickets online in case it's packed.

And given how much I've been sneezing it does appear something's bothering my allergies. I'll take an antihistamine before I go to the movie, and make sure it's the non-drowsy type.
athenaltena: (Rider)
2012-02-17 11:09 pm
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So The Secret World of Arietty was really good, and I think Ghibil was probably the perfect studio to make it since so much of it depends on little tiny details that people normally wouldn't notice, like how water would behave differently if you were that small. The only real complaint I have is that it felt short, like there was more to the story that didn't get told, but it's pretty minor all things considered. I also vaguely remember the books from when I was a kid, and it felt very faithful to them. I was impressed by the fact that Arietty really did sound and act like a 14 year old girl.

It was also kind of funny to see the split of people in the theater since it was about 40% families with small kids and 60% obvious nerds like myself and the ground I was with. And Carol Burnett of all people is a voice in it, and when I saw her name in the credits I tried to guess who it was. I was right, since she has a very unique frantic energy that came across in the character she played. The score is also really nice and very Celtic influenced, which makes sense since the woman who wrote it is French Canadian.

Afterwards the group was kind of indecisive so I took the reins and declared we were going to a pizza place by my house, so we all trekked up here and wound up watching the end of the hockey game that was on TV. I hadn't known there was a hockey game, but luckily it wasn't here or the place would've been packed. We then went to Bova's for pastries and I got the (delectable) pecan pie square they have, and from there we split.

All in all a good day.