Star Trek

Yesterday Christine and I saw Star Trek at the IMAX theater in Natic MA.

The screen was bigger than our house, each seat had an built in sub-woofer and there were 12,000 (yes 12 thousand) watts of sound in total.

The experience was almost completely immersive. I think I pulled my rotator cuff during one of the fight scenes.

The movie itself was possibly the best action/science-fiction film I've seen. Spectacular story, effects, acting and a pretty decent soundtrack.

It was basically this trailer for 105 minutes.

Pure adrenaline...

Star Trek - Official Trailer

Fox Family Update and Video

Over the past few weeks we've watched the Fox family grow up in what we thought was our back yard.   In a brief conversation with Mr. Fox, I discovered that he considers it his front yard.

The Foxes are a lot of fun.  They stay out of site when we play in the yard, and come out as soon as we head inside.  We often stand at Allison's bedroom window and watch them playing at dusk.  They usually do stuff like this:

The Foxes Spring 2009 Video

Since Christine discovered them a few weeks ago we've learned some interesting things:
  • The father and mother both take care of the cubs and appear to take turns hunting and cub-sitting.
  • There are 6 baby cubs in this family, though we only saw them all together once. 
  • They have 3 dens in our backyard.
  • Mr Fox's back leg was injured but seems to be getting better. Over the last three weeks he went from not being able to put any weight on it to using it lightly when walking.
As the cubs have gown they've strayed further away from the den and started spending more time deep in the woods behind our house.  With the leaves filling in and the cubs coming into there natural talent for stealth we're lucky if we catch a glimpse of one of them every few days.  Still, it's nice when they visit.

Go Fish - Tom Style

Go Fish A few nights ago Alex and I were playing Alphabet Go Fish. It's basically Go Fish but played with a deck of cards marked with the letters of the alphabet.

A typical round sounds like this:

Alex: Do you have any 'A's?
Me: Nope. Go Fish... [Alex takes a card from the deck on the floor]
Me: Do you have any 'A's
Alex: Dooohh! Here... [Alex hands me his 'A' card]

The strange thing is he still wins a lot. Must be good karma...

On this night Tom decided to join in our game. He took up position on top of the deck and when we tried to take a card from the deck he would slap at it with his paw. Trying to sneak cards past Tom quickly became our favorite part of the game.

At one point Alex decided to "Go fish" without asking me if I had the card he needed. Ever the stickler for alphabet game rules I corrected him, "Wait a minute! You have to ask first!"

He carefully slid the card back under Tom's paw, looked up at me with a twinkle in his eye and complained, "But Dad, I don't know how to talk to cats."

Out the Kitchen Window

We have a quince tree just outside our kitchen window.  When we moved in a year ago I just assumed it was a nondescript green leaf tree that made unfortunate tasting fruit.

Last week brought a very pleasant surprise when it started blooming.

Quince Tree

The quince tree in bloom.

Morning View

It's is home to our bird feeder which gets a lot of traffic.

I think he's looking at me

I'm pretty sure they see out the sides of their head, 
but I swear he was looking at me.  Right after 
I snapped this picture he flew off.

Allison and the New Dining Room Sneak Peek

Rockin the Cute

Our dining room is under construction. Thanks to my father's masterful design and woodworking talents, the brown window molding and contractor primer colored walls have been replaced with an amazing craftsman molding and elegantly detailed wainscot. I added some new color to the room with a blue paint named "Soft Jazz".

Technically the room isn't finished, but Allison was rockin the cute in the dining room, and I couldn't help but take some pictures. Thus the first, albeit blurry pictures of the dining room have been leaked.