Also saw "The Hobbit". Saw the 3d version because it was the only version playing at the time we wanted to see it. I actually am quite happy that, despite recent craziness, we (me, my mom, the sister that was not minding the baby) got to sneak away and watch an escapist fantasy movie. Too bad it was kind of more heavy on the terror and violence than I remembered from the book, though. (This may be just the fault of my memory, I admit) The rivendell scene was the only one after the party set off that seemed to have more than a moment's peace. Anyway, I understand why they blew it up into three movies, because I do feel not that I want to watch all of them, but rather that I just kind of have to. The visuals were all terribly beautiful, of course, and the Radagast bits were funny, but it didn't feel quite as narratively gripping or special or... something as the LotR films. Dunno. (6/10)
Ended up doing quite a bit of driving today for various reasons. One errand was picking up some baby items (high chair, and a foldable crib-like thingy) from my dad's house and ferrying them over to my mom's. Since my dad's been down in florida since the snowstorm, the long driveway is still covered in a foot or two of snow. It was almost kind of fun tromping down it, though my feet were kind of soaked by the end.
Had a few vivid Temps-Perdu-ish moments on the road: the corner of Mineral Point and Speedway, where Speedway heads up to Regent, where I first remember hearing the explosion of jagged piano at the climactic center of Tori Amos's "Spark" (which, incidentally, reminds me somehow of the moment at 2:48 of Niki and the Dove's video for The Fox, which has the same import to me, only visually rather than musically). The bend around Campus Drive just west of campus itself, which I associate with "Heart-Shaped Box". The corner of Regent and Monroe, which I think I nearly had an accident at in the distant past, sliding farther than I thought I would on the snow.