A Window into Life in the Suburbs

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


A week and a half in (who's counting, right?) and I am so over the school holidays.
School holidays are, as the name suggests, for the schools. The people who work for the institutions... and the minions who are indoctrinated educated in them.
The school term, on the other hand, are the real holidays... for the jaded mums and the dads who, according to conventional wisdom, require about 40 plus weeks a year minus weekends to recover from the arduous task of breaking up fights and separating squabbling siblings in their spare time. Which of course occurs... daily...

In need of respite, I dropped the 3 year old at kindy and took the 9 year old to see Megamind yesterday, the animated film featuring a blue, hairless alien bad guy who becomes the good guy and ends up saving the day. The plot is not mind numbingly complex but is helped by decent dialogue, good voice acting and clever animated gadgetry.
Watching it reminded me of another animated feature I saw on the plane trip to Singapore... Despicable Me, another baddy-turns-into-a-good-guy flick.
Both surprised me with their projection of affability.
Neither glorifies the bad guy but the moral of the story is that individuals are responsible for the choices they make and heroes do come in all kinds of packages. The important ingredient that makes it all happen is lurrrrve... romantic, paternal or neurotic.
While there are definite thematic similarities between them, both owe a debt to different sources.
Megamind takes it cues from the superhero genre... particularly Superman but Despicable Me is a space age Annie-inspired tale.

Sensing that I was in dire need of some kid-free R&R, the husband, bless him, took the day off so that I could have some time out. Like a overworked maid on steroids, I've been dishing out a different kind of time out with a vengeance and surely it was time I had some of my own.

As soon as I felt remotely awake, I jumped into the car and headed straight to Borders and bought myself a cup of hot chocolate at Gloria Jean's. After gulping it down, I moved into the cookery section and did some shameless time wasting in the Cookery section and poured over Jamie Oliver's new book on 30 minute meals. Droolworthy as always and those glorious shortcuts... I, of course, covet the volume for my collection.
A complete omnibus of Pamela Travers' Mary Poppins caught my eye. I read a couple of chapters quickly and it occurred to me that I've never read the books and probably should. Hmmm... Inevitably, "A Spoonful of Sugar" pops into my head.

I left Borders empty-handed (apart from the stuff I brought in). Everything is annoyingly expensive. Then I headed off to the library to book some internet time. After which, I take a little walk to procure some groceries and some lunch. Sushi looked especially good when the hunger pangs asserted themselves.

After lunch I spend the rest of time in the library reading The King's Speech -- a tale of two men...  from different sides of the globe... two contrasting lives that intersect from sheer necessity. One, a shy, stammering second son who becomes king of Britain and the other an Aussie-born actor turned speech therapist on Harley Street. It's been made into a film and will be showing in the cinemas around Oz on Boxing Day.
No doubt, Colin Firth groupies will be out in full force when the occasion arises. But it looks pretty good on its own artistic merits.

When I got home I glanced around. Aside from evidence of McDonald's lying on the dining table, everything looked more or less how it was when I left. Well, at least it didn't look any worse.


  1. Thanks for sharing your point of view on the two animated movies Lilian. They look very funny and engrossing. I'm sure Lucia will enjoy both of them. Levi might even have his attention on them the entire time. I respect your movie critique.

    Sounds like you had a great, deserved day out by yourself. Hope you get a couple more in before the holidays are done.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

    Ky xx

  2. Yeah, thanks Ky.
    I hope so too. :P

    Hope you get to enjoy Megamind in the cinemas but I don't think you need to see it in 3D.


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