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Sunday, July 17, 2011


Magnet #1241 - Honey bear

Big movie weekend, with the last installment of Harry Potter coming out and of course, Winnie the Pooh. I mean, I even picked up this magnet at Dan Nicholas Park a few weeks ago because I knew I'd eventually see Winnie.

In the end, I didn't see any movies - unless you count the Kellie Martin TV movie double-feature on ABCFamily today. (I honestly don't know how many times I've seen The Face on the Milk Carton, but come on, don't you always have to watch when it's on? Just me? Ok, then.)

Instead of the movies this weekend, I got to hang out with my cousin and his girlfriend, both from Australia. So much fun!

Ya'll know I love playing tour guide in town, so we ended up getting @coolhausNY ice cream (Finally! Now I can shut up about it!), walking the High Line, going to Forbidden Planet, the Strand and the Met on Saturday, and shopping on Sunday. Busy, busy weekend!

But, the best part is hanging out with yet another cousin - there are 30+ of us first cousins (yes, we populated the world) - so it's always interesting to meet a new one. Especially since all I knew of him, was his baby picture from almost 30 years ago. We spent most of the weekend comparing cultural notes on country, television, regional differences, and of course, our accents.

For as long as I can remember, hearing Filipinos with accents always makes me giggle. Like, the extremely Southern/mountain accents of a couple of Filipinos that we grew up with. Or, even the Filipinos we met in England, with their British accents.

But, the Australian cousins have the best, most distinctive accents of all of us, and so, are the ones I'm most jealous of. I've always wished for a cooler accent - I mean, sure when I'm in NY I have a Southern accent, and when I'm in NC, I have a Northern accent. But by no means are either of those two accents fun conversation topics, or even at all exotic.

I've also learned this weekend that I should never try to mimic the Australian accent. But, don't think I didn't just write this entire magnetpost with an Australian accent running through my head.
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