Since it was opening day for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I wore my Sirius Black Wanted Poster t-shirt, my HP time-turner, and my Gryffindor scarf to work. I know my relatives thought I was nuts (What else is new?), but I got a few compliments on the time-turner from my coworkers. One of my coworkers saw my scarf first and called me the Burger King lady. *rolls eyes*
Mom picked me up from work and told me that Lindsey was coming over to the house around 7 PM to pick me up and take me to see GoF at the 8:25 PM showing. Now, Lindsey and I had talked about Robert, her, her sister Leigh Erin, and one of Lindsey's friends seeing GoF on opening day, but we could never coordinate a time. Well, Lindsey ended up buying everyone's tickets ahead of time. The guy at the ticket booth mistook her for a student. She said that she and her friends were students and they were going with her mom, Janice(who was taking Robert's place). So, my ticket ended up being $6 instead of $8 or $8.50, I can't remember exactly how much the regular tickets are. Does it surprise anyone that I feel guilty about getting that discount?
Anyway, we waited in a roped-off area for about 45 minutes. We were close to the front of the line, about 12th in line or whatever, since the others got there ahead of Linds and me. I didn't look around at the other people in line much, but I didn't notice anyone wearing any obvious HP stuff. About fifteen minutes before they let us in, the showing before us got out. I did see one mid-teens girl among that group wearing a Quidditch jersey, a green HP baseball cap, and a knitted (or crocheted) Gryffindor scarf. Very cool.
The showing was set for 8:25 PM and I think they started letting us in around 8:05 PM. At first, there was only one person tearing tickets but then after a minute or two, another person started taking them. Linds quickly jumped out of the line we were in to go to the other line and was able to get to the theater faster than just about everyone else. Her goal was 5 seats together and she got them. Once everyone was seated, a few of them went for food/bathroom runs while the rest of us watched the Coca-Cola Screen Play, which can get kinda boring at times. Our showing must've sold out. There was a late-40's or early-'50s couple that stood against the wall while the Screen Play was going on. I don't know if they were looking for seats or if they were waiting for someone.
The trailers were pretty good. The ones I remember were for Hoodwinked (due Dec 23), Happy Feet (due Nov '06), Lady In The Water (due July '06), and Superman Returns (due June '06). Of all those, the only one I'm definitely going to see on the big screen is Happy Feet. The trailer was absolutely hilarious! Lady In The Water is M. Night Shyamalan's next movie. From what I can tell, it's his usual thriller-with-a-twist, but this one has a fantasy bent -- the title character is either a mermaid or a water nymph. If I see this one at all (I liked The Sixth Sense, Signs was okay, I haven't seen Unbreakable, and I have no intention of seeing The Village), it'll probably be on DVD.
All the people in the theater were pretty respectful. No one brought out a laser pointer (unlike the 5th time I saw Fellowship of the Ring), no one booed Snape (after HBP, I was expecting that as soon as AR showed up on the screen), nothing out of the ordinary.
Hopefully, Robert, Linds, and I will get to see it again sometime this week.
Friday was Patty's birthday, but she and Mark had plans so we celebrated it on Saturday. I gave her $25 in cash and a card that said something along the lines of "How did such a nice sister-in-law like you end up in this family of nuts?" Of course, the "nice" part was flattery. Per Patty's request, we had fried chicken for dinner then white birthday cake with "buttercream" frosting.
Also on Saturday, I started reading C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. My mother gave me The Chronicles of Narnia for Christmas a few years ago. I didn't ask for it and I haven't been interested in it until recently, what with the Disney movie coming out next month. So anyway, this book has all 7 Narnia books in it, so it's a huge paperback -- over 700 pages. The books are listed in "Lewis' preferred reading order," so The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is actually the second book, even though it was the first one published.
I must say that I prefer Lewis' writing style to Tolkien's. He keeps things moving. My only complaint is that he has, so far, said that it'd be foolish for someone to shut themselves in a wardobe 4 or 5 times now. The second time, I got a Leroux flashback (still haven't finished POTO, btw). Now, I'm just dreading he'll say it again.
Usual Sunday dinner with everyone over. Mom and I compiled a list of what has to be done for Thanksgiving. Most of it involves cleaning, and most of that will be done by me, since Mom isn't feeling well. At least I'll get to listen to whatever I want, since I'll be the only one home. I'd better be the only one home, since I'm not about to clean a room then watch someone else mess it up again.
I'd say that was a pretty good weekend.