OK, quick news and notes. 1). Classes are finished. Yay! I have four finals and a paper to get through next week, three of which concern me, two of which are on Monday.
2). Went to see “The Two Towers” extended edition yesterday in Olathe with and Pooch. It was very good. Almost all of the extensions in this movie were scenes that I loved, but also scenes that I think I’m glad *weren’t* in the original, as most of them slow the action of the movie considerably. I take it back, I wish the added scene with Aragorn and Gandalf would have made the original cut, even though it’s pure exposition. Also, I wish more of Faramir’s assistance to the hobbits had been in the original cut, but again, this is just because he’s my favorite in the books. I’m getting really dorkily excited for “Return of the King” and I’m having a hard time resisting the temptation of the 12:01 a.m. Tuesday/Wednesay showing. I’ve even been listening to my soundtracks again. My love for Howard Shore knows no bounds.
3). I have this dreaded flu thing that’s been going around. I had started to wonder if I might be catching something yesterday, but felt better by evening… and then had a terrible night of fever and chills and all. Today’s been a little dreadful. I called off all other activity and laid around at home after a trip to the store for juice, water, etc.
4). I’ve spent the evening listening to the cast commentary for “TTT” and reading The DaVinci Code, which I picked up on a whim at Borders yesterday and bought through Borders/Amazon.com today for $14.97. It’s pretty good, I have to admit. I don’t know how I moved from Jane Austen to this strange art/religion mystery, but it’s been a good change at the moment. Maybe this is because Mansfield Park was a disappointment to me (though I was forewarned).