My aunt was visiting and we were having a wonderful time talking and eating hot fudge sundaes and admiring the things she and my mom bought on shopping trips, so it was a really fun week and now my mom and I have post-holiday-blues-like feelings. I've been consoling myself with hour upon hour of a game called Sonny, and I REALLY cannot explain to you why I am playing it. I mean, I CAN: it was Henry's fault, because he was DESPERATE to play it but couldn't figure it out, and so I started helping, and then somehow it was two hours later and I'd been playing a SHOOTING game all that time.
I don't think of myself as LIKING shooting games, but Paul tells me it's because I think of them all as being First-Person Shooter games, which I hate because I hate scared-anticipation and I hate being startled and I don't think quickly. When in fact some games are Turn-Taking games like Sonny, where you can take your time and figure out your move, and then when you're all set you say go, and then it waits patiently for your next move. Plus, it's not gory or gross. Still, there's no getting around the part where I'm aiming guns, shooting them, and saying "DARN it!" when they don't do enough damage.
As soon as Rob got home, Henry and I made HIM play it TOO, because we kept getting really stuck and not knowing what was going on (now we have a Striker's Helm, but how do we get it out of our inventory so we can use it? and what's a "helm" when we are not steering any ships?), and we needed someone else to play it so we could ask questions. Now Rob, Paul, Henry, and I are ALL hooked on it.
Speaking of out of character, I also watched and loved an action movie: Red (Netflix link). We watched it with my aunt one evening, and I was all "I don't know about this," but then I LOVED it. Bruce Willis plays this totally charming, deadly ex-CIA agent. I'm pretty sure the director just had him look at the camera with a wry, amused, affectionate, sidelong-glance tough-guy expression, and put a green screen behind him so he could put that expression in every single scene, and I think I speak for all the ladies in our group when I say IT WORKED.
There was plenty of shooting and action, but nothing gory. And although it got a little scary at the peak of the action, MOST of the action was broken up with humor. And almost all the characters were, like, baby boomers coming out of retirement to kick some mid-thirties next-generation butt, so this is a good movie to watch with your parents. And Helen Mirren is in it, and Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich playing on the funny/endearing end of his creepy/scary/crazy spectrum. Plus there's Karl Urban for the ladies who prefer a man in his 30s, though it was Bruce Willis who had all three of us looking up his age on Wikipedia to see if it was creepy for us to like him. AND, the female romantic interest is Mary-Louise Parker, who is only a decade younger than Bruce Willis and only LOOKS young enough to be his daughter, so that's kind of awesome too!
And I'm reading Divergent, but in my last reading session something icky and scary happened to one of the characters, and now I feel nervous that that's going to escalate.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 1 of 2 - I have TWO 8-year-olds to buy for, so I’m going to split it up into two posts. Today will be the things we’re getting for Edward. I dislike saying “Gift id...