Monthly Archives: February 2013

Quidditch—Not just for wizards anymore

And yes, I do mean that game from Harry Potter. Did you know that there are hundreds of quidditch teams throughout the United States and around the world?  I didn’t either until a friend told me that the International Quidditch Association Western Cup IV was playing in our area this weekend. Because my family just loves Harry Potter—at least my teenage daughter and I are fanatics—we decided to go watch the tournament.QUIDDITCH

Let me tell you, we had a ball. I never really paid much attention to the rules of the game while reading the books or watching the movies, so I was a little worried I’d be totally lost. But after a few minutes watching a match, I had no problem following along. And yes, the players rode brooms, or broomsticks at least. It was very exciting, like soccer meets dodgeball meets flag football. There was always something going on.

I expected to see fans all decked out in their best Hogwarts garb but it wasn’t like that at all. Many of the teams are from universities like UCLA and Berkley. This is a serious and legitimate sport, though still a lot of fun. Men and woman played with and against each other and no one was shy about tackling an opponent no matter the gender. All part of Title 9  3/4.

The snitch was my favorite part. In the books, the snitch is a small golden ball with wings, flying all over the pitch and beyond, out of reach of the seekers. In the muggle version, the snitch was a person with a tennis ball in a pouch hanging off the back of their shorts, much like a flag in flag football. In the beginning of the game, all players had to look down and close their eyes while the snitch ran off to hide. When the snitch returned to the pitch some time later and the ball was snatched from a seeker, the game ended and points added up.

My younger kids, Paul – 10 and Angela – 5, got to play a few games too. They had a great time running up and down the pitch on their brooms. The best part was watching as over half the kids chased the poor snitch all over the fields, trying to win the game.photo (5)

Always competitive, Monica and I would choose sides and gloat when our team scored. My teams won 2 out of 3 times. Now Monica wants to start a quidditch club at her high school. It also wouldn’t surprise me if she chose a college based on the standing of the quidditch team.

I hope to see more quidditch games in the future. Maybe I’ll be sitting in the stands cheering on one of my kids at the World Cup one day.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day World!!

I found a wonderful saying on Facebook this morning that reminded me of a conversation I had the other day with one of my dearest friends that I felt very fitting on this day of love and appreciation.

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Warm Bodies warmed my heart

This last Super Bowl Sunday, my teenager daughter and I went to see Warm Bodies with my friend Karen. Let me tell you, it was FAB-U-LOUS! Of course, I’m a sucker for an offbeat love story and you can’t get more unusual than a zombie falling for a human.warmbodies

The story is told through the point of view of R, our zombie protagonist. His thoughts and observations are laugh-out-loud funny as he ponders his life as a living corpse, “Man, we walk slow.” He has no memory of his past human life and isn’t very excited about his current one. R is endearing right from the start—a zombie clinging to humanity through his vast collection of knick knacks and vinyl records.

Its during a hunt for food—Brains!—that R finds Julie and takes her home with him. The build up of their relationship was realistic, gradual, believable, and very touching. The story is obviously a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, complete with balcony scene.

Nicholas Hoult does a wonderful job playing R. He makes being undead hot! Julie is played by Teresa Palmer who is absolutely adorable. The two of them together were so freakin’ cute you can’t help but cheer them on as they fight to stay together.

I definitely recommend this movie, especially this Valentine’s Day.

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Hansel and Gretel is Awesome!

Last night, my wonderful husband took me out to see Hansel and Gretel at the IMAX in 3D. And I must say, the movie was great fun. I loved the concept of the story: after defeating a dark witch who wanted to cook and eat Hansel, the two siblings grow up to become witch hunters. Sure, the story line was simple and predictable, but the special effects, humor, and creative weapons kept my attention from start to finish. Hansel-Gretel-Witch-Hunters_1

The way the dark witches were portrayed was really creepy. They were super ugly and almost animalistic, at times running on all fours as they ran from the witch hunters. The weapons Hansel and Gretel used gave the movie a nice steam punk vibe that I enjoyed. The fight scenes were bloody and gross, so keep your hands free to cover your eyes. It wasn’t Spartacus-gross, but graphic. And, of course, Hansel was HOT!!! But so was his sister. My goal is to one day look as good in leather pants as Gretel. I must say I really loved her—a beautiful badass that can take a punch. My kind of gal.

But I think my favorite part was the love story element. It wasn’t a huge part of the story, but it was sweet and realistic and tugged at my heart strings. I would definitely recommend this movie if your looking for a good time.

This afternoon, my teenager and I are going to see Warm Bodies with my good friend Karen. I’ll post soon letting you know what I thought of that. But, really, a zombie love story? How could you go wrong?

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