Iron Man 3 Review

I went with my family today to see Iron Man 3 and I loved it.  We get lots of Tony Stark, Pepper has a couple chances to be awesome, Brody gets to be a much bigger help than ever before, and the action was intense!  The new characters were also great and there’s lots of good interactions between everyone.
This movie is more character and action driven than it is story/plot driven, so there are some missing details that would help things make sense, but not enough for me to find it concerning.  Enough was hinted at that I was able to fill in the blanks, but it bothered my husband.
And after all of the movies, including Avengers, Tony is still finding ways to grow and be a better person.  He’s even more lovable by the end of this movie.
Overall, Iron Man 3 was a fun, action-packed film that I greatly enjoyed.  Iron Man is still my favorite of the series so far, but Iron Man 3 is just after it.  I give it four and a half stars out of five.

And you have to wait until the end of the credits.  The hidden scene at the end almost tops the shwarma one at the end of the Avengers.

I’ve decided I’m going to give reviews on movies, games, and books on here whenever I finish one and feel like it.  If there’s anything you want me to pay attention to or things you think could help me improve my reviews and make them more helpful, please let me know so that I can think about it and improve.  🙂

Something exciting came in my mail!

I’ve been saving up money, and I finally had enough!  I ordered the box set for the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, and it’s here!!!  It’s so beautiful!

Front of the box.

Back of the box.

That’s my cat Waltz behind the box.  Look at all those books!

All the pretty covers!  There’s 27 volumes, one extra novel (written all in words), and a double-sided poster inside.
And you know what else is awesome?  There’s a slot in my funny-shelfed Ikea bookcase that the box fits in perfectly.

I can’t wait to read the whole series again.  I love Fullmetal Alchemist oh so much.  It has fantastic characters, good depth, strong story, and it ends right.  The main bad guy ends up a little too powerful in the end in my personal opinion, but the author compensated for that enough and it wasn’t so over the top that I’m willing to let it slide.  It’s not a kid story, I wouldn’t advise reading it until you’re at least 16, but it’s worth waiting for.  VERY worth it.  I will treasure this series forever and look forward to owning all the anime that goes with it whenever that happens.

Arches National Park – May 2012

Around the middle of April, just after finals week, my parents took my husband and me to Arches National Park in Moab, UT.  The weather was beautiful as well as the scenery.  It was very nice to get to walk around again in the area I’ve decided to influence the environment of the novel I’m writing.  Most of it takes place in a desert-like area.  We went hiking on many of the trails and saw a lot of lizards!
My dad likes taking pictures.  He has a very nice camera!
Me and Balancing Rock.
Turret Arch.
Me sitting in one of the Windows.  My husband took the pictures.

Mandatory foot picture.  I liked how the orange-red dirt made my brown shoes look green.
And here I got touristy!  We ate dinner the first day at Milt’s Diner.  If I remember correctly it’s the restaurant that’s been in Moab the longest?  It’s off the main road in Moab and actually had some pretty good food!  Not that the food looks great in the pictures.  I had a very delicious cheeseburger and banana creme milkshake.
For breakfast and lunch the next day we ate at Zax’s, a very nice pizza place.  They also make pretty good pancakes and have interesting decorations/condiment holders/napkins.
Landscape arch!  It’s so amazingly thin!
But what I thought was really cool was that I found the same puddle-shape this trip as I did back when we visited the park in 2008!  Four years of erosion had certainly changed it, but it was still very recognizable.  I had my eye out for it.  It still looks like both a rabbit or a fish, depending on how you look.
And that was my trip to Arches National Park!  I saw a lot of lizards and convinced my dad to get me Lizards of the American Southwest: A Photographic Field Guide when we left.  I’ve read part of the introduction so far and it’s been very educational!  There are so many amazing, beautiful, and strange lizards!  I’m super excited to have it for reference.  I highly recommend it, and since all the same species of lizard live in all the northwestern states as well, the book is actually good for all of the western states.