Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A bonus day and a movie

Today the kids' school (and most of them around the country) had a "Teacher Only Day." This phrase always has me imagining them tearing around the school, playing with the paints, playing on the playground , all under the influence of too much sauvignon blanc and partying it up - this is the teachers I'm thinking about, not the kids, in case you were wondering!

End result for us was a four day weekend - excellent, even if the weather left a lot to be desired. Today I got to do something I haven't done for well over a year - go to a movie. We trooped off to see A Night at the Museum 2. Like all movies with repetitive titles that end with the numeral 2 or 3 or 5 or 18 or whatever, it wasn't as good as the first one, but was still mighty good entertainment. It also got me thinking I must get to the movies more often, there's something about that big screen.

Museums would be splendid places to knock someone off, or dump a body, if you could get around the CCTV and those pesky kids. But it could be a good venue for a cosy thriller. Lots of interesting dioramas you could add touch of authenticity to, basements full of weird things in jars where you could pickle a little extra someone else, add a very fresh taxidermy display, that crocodile on the third floor could finally claim a victim, and why does the mummy look slightly taller this week? Hmmmm.


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Rachael King said...

uh oh! Looks like you've been spammed, Vanda!

Vanda Symon said...

Thanks Rachael.

I'd taken all the v-words and filters off because a few people said they had trouble commenting, but then said people haven't commented anyway.

Bl**dy spammers.

Kiwicraig said...

Linda Fairstein's The Bone Vault is set in a few of New York's museums, including the Met Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, and the Cloisters.

As I think I told you, I'm not a huge Fairstein fan, but she does evoke some good senses of the settings in that book (which I think is one of her better ones).

Tania Roxborogh said...

Well, we teachers weren't running around with paint and crayons and large sheets of A3 (and not a drop of Sav in sight!). Waste of time I felt - would have rather have been in school ACTUALLY teaching.

As to movies - why do you think we got the big screen? Also, took frenchies and girls to 'Loved you for so long' a french film recommended by the wonderful children's writer in residence - Joanna Orwin. The French girls cried; I sighed; we all agreed Kirsten Scott Thomas was amazing.

Vanda, a word of advice: school the boys to love the same type of movies you do. My girls love what we do: X-Men, Star Trek, Terminator, Juno, James Bond, anything with Jim Carrey or Steve Carrell....
That way, we get to see the movies we want and feel like we're doing family stuff as well heh heh