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Moving Pianos and Other Necessary Hazards

March 23, 2009

Hooray!!! We’ve finally graduated from the ol’ electric keyboard to the real deal, and she is a beaut: 

piano(Thanks D., Harold, and Reuben!)

The boys have already been hammering away at it and are eager to surprise their piano teacher with the new prize tonight. They can now have lessons regardless of a power outage  😉

Thanks also to my brother who, despite moving to Kalamazoo in part to ditch a job in the appliance delivery industry, finds himself constantly called upon to move every manner of back-breakingly heavy thing at his new home. My husband is at least used to this, having trained for over 10 years now.

The other hazard I speak of is none other than the insanely popular Twilight movie, which the entire family finally watched this weekend.

All I can say is: Cedric Diggory lives! And has acquired nifty super powers as a teenage vampire who doesn’t spontaneously combust in sunlight,  feast on entire population of small-town high school, or sleep in a moldy coffin.

For those of you who don’t have kids and are therefore spared from watching this masterwork of cinematic brilliance, Twilight is the first movie installment of Stephanie Meyer‘s series of young adult novels wherein the teenager Isabella Swan falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. It stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (of Harry Potter movies) among others.

Don’t get me wrong, the movie delivers in spades, but mostly to its target audience of teens and vampire romance enthusiasts. I agree with Salon’s Stephanie Zacharek– it would be more fun if you watched this movie “with an audience full of teenage and pre-teen girls” as there will be non-stop giggling and gushing over the impossibly good-looking Robert Pattinson/Edward Cullen.

It’s astounding how far from the original Bram Stoker Dracula the literary and cinematic vampire has come. To give you an idea, the vampires in Twilight are not only compatible with sunlight, they sparkle under it as if they spent the entire morning rolling around in glitter paint. A spectacle the kids, of course, pronounced “Cool!”.

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