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Christmas went well, It was drama free and the dogs behaved themselves excellently when we had visitors in the house, a fact that astounded my mother and myself no end, considering they were off the scale when it came to misbehaving earlier in the week. Trying to walk them was a battle royale of wills between us and I will freely admit that after each walk, I came home and cried in the bathroom to release the tension and frustration. They're seven months old, of course they're going to test me, I'd just rather it wasn't when I'm trying to teach them to walk to bloody heel! Anyway, they're in a good behaviour phase at the minute so I'll take any small victories I can. My aunt and my cousin arrived on Christmas Day, as planned. I think my cousin thought she was in for a hellish couple of days as she's not a dog person, but I thanked her for her patience when they were jumping around her when she'd be in the kitchen and I'd be re-emphasising the whole 'do not want!' as regards that behaviour. I could tell that surprised her and later on when they were doing it again, I apologised and she said "Oh it's fine. The more new situations they're in, the more they learn what you expect from them", which surprised me!

I got Russell T. Davies' The Writers Tale from my mother. It's a series of emails between RTD and journalist Benjamin Cook when RTD was writing series 4 of Doctor Who and launching series 3. It's very interesting to see how the series evolved from what RTD originally thought up and what he changed because of actor availibility or budget issues or because he simply changed his mind about the story. She surprised me as well with a Sony micro stereo system. My last one broke a couple of years ago and I never bothered replacing it, relying instead on my MP3 player. It's so neat and dainty and fits in nicely on my beside table.

I went to see Twilight last weekend. It was...different to what I'd expected. I went with a friend of mine who isn't very enamoured with the books either and we agreed that Movie Bella and Edward were a bit more tolerable than their book counterparts. We also agreed that there should have been more Billy Burke because he was a lot of fun and there were some nice moments between him and Kristen Stewart. I still can't believe she's only eighteen. For some reason, I always thought she was older.
While I thought the sparkling was a big let down - I was sitting there waiting for him to start sparkling only to realise he was already doing it - I did like the natural/cinema verite-ness of some of the scenes with Bella/Jacob and the kids at the school, and I must admit that I enjoyed the vampire baseball scene. Once the nomad vamps arrived, it got more interesting for me. There's only so much of Bella and Edward enjoying their special love that I can take in any medium. 
The score has grown on me as well. The track, Bella's Lullaby, is a real favourite. Carter Burwell's piece about it on his website is very interesting. I like reading things like that, the story behind stuff. It's my Gemini traits, the journey, how something came about, I find that kind of thing as fascinating as the end result.

Tomorrow I'm meeting three friends of mine from college. We keep in touch but we don't often get the four of us in the one place at the one time so we're doing lunch and having a major gossip. Am really looking forward to it.

Date: 2008-12-29 12:55 am (UTC)
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You sound much better at dog training than I am. I'll admit I have a bad habit of allowing my dog to walk in front of me out of sheer laziness.

Date: 2008-12-29 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Every other dog I've had has walked in front of me. But this time I'm walking three of 'em at once and Jack is just so strong and can be quite focused on getting his own way. I need him to know I'm in charge because if he ever saw something and made a run for it, I'd be screwed!!

Date: 2008-12-29 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yay for a nice Christmas!

and hee us Geminis wanting to know the story

Date: 2008-12-29 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Us Geminis want to know bloomin' everything! It's not even a malicious or gossipy thing, I just find people's stories interesting. The more personal the better which sounds like I'm nosy old hoor. Which I am. Just not in a bad way.

Date: 2008-12-29 02:41 am (UTC)
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We haven't gone to see Twilight yet. I'm decidedly less enthusiastic about it given the seeming lack of pure awfulness, but I suppose it'll probably be entertaining in its own way. Hopefully.

Date: 2008-12-29 07:40 pm (UTC)
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I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't horendous, which sounds like a very odd thing to say. It's worth seeing at some point, I reckon, just depends on whether you want to wait until it's on DVD and you can curl up at home.

Date: 2008-12-30 09:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I got the RTD book too, and started reading it this morning. I love Russell, I want him to be my uncle or something.


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