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- Sweet freedom! No work for two weeks, and I got my paycheck a week early. There's a staff development day on 1/4/10 (boy it feels weird to type 10) but we get paid I think about $250 if we choose to attend. I also made a nice little sum this month doing after-school classes and other extra duties that I've taken on because the school is so understaffed. Putting it towards paying off my credit cards and, someday soon, getting a new front door.

- Last night we went out to a snooty restaurant to celebrate my brother's college graduation. They have the kind of food you see on Iron Chef, although maybe slightly bigger portions. I had a salad of organic lettuces, pear, dry jack, shallots, with olivina fig balsamic vinaigrette; a main course of duck breast, spaghetti squash, confit baby turnips, and mulled consomme; dessert was chocolate pudding torte with tuaca hot chocolate and chocolate mikado. I don't even know what half of that means, but it was tasty :)

- So much I need to do around the house and nothing I'm in the mood for. I need to declutter everywhere, empty the dishwasher, load the dishwasher back up, clean out the fridge, declog the drain in the master bath, wash clothes, wash sheets... blech.

- Anyone on my flist seen the new Disney movie? I really want to but I'm afraid I might have to end up going on my own since my family can be movie humbugs. I don't particular care one way or another that OMG THE FIRST BLACK DISNEY PRINCESS any more than I cared that Mulan was Chinese or that Pocohontas was American Indian. Mainly I'm just excited about a new 2D, hand-drawn Disney movie. I mean, I adore the Pixar movies and everything, but I grew up with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, and the last really impressive animated movie (IMO) was Lilo & Stitch in 2002 (although I feel 2007's Meet the Robinsons was underrated).

- On Chapter 15 (or so) of my audiobook of the first Percy Jackson book (she says with a pointed look towards greenconverses). It's hard not to compare it to HP, but I'm trying to enjoy it on it on its own merits. So far I kind of feel like I've seen all the plot twists coming from a mile away, but I do like the way different parts of classical mythology have been woven into the 'real world'. The writing comes across as a bit juvenile, which I usually wouldn't hold against a YA book except for the example of other great YA books, such as, well, Harry Potter. Still, I'm invested enough in the characters to want to keep going, and I'll probably see the movie also. I rewatched the trailer and the only thing that bothered me was that Annabeth isn't blond. ;)
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YAY! I'm so glad you're liking it! The tone of the first book is pretty juvenile, but it gets better as the books go on. The third book is where the series goes from, "Hmm, interesting, I like what you're doing there," to "HOMG AWESOME."

I have yet to see the Princess and the Frog either, mostly because I have no one to go with, but I've only heard good things about it from everyone else who has seen it.