Reasons to be Thankful: Today, First Saturday of May 2009

  • Dearest Mum is not yet here.  Hence, the weekend stretches before self, glorious.
  • The new “Wolverine” movie is out, and with any luck self will get to see it this weekend.
  • It has stopped raining.  The garden is wet but glowing.
  • This evening, self and hubby are having dinner with friends in Half Moon Bay.
  • Self had almost four hours sleep, despite staying up until 4 a.m.  And she still has about 3/4 of her 1491 book to read.  So edifying to learn that among Inka Atawalpa’s numerous servants was a man who was supposed to extend his hand every time the Inka felt the urge to spit (as the Inka, being a god, could not have his holiness defiled by having his spit come in contact with the uncouth earth)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Capsule New Yorker Movie Reviews: April 2009

Since it’s Friday, it’s a good day for movie reviews!  The issue of The New Yorker that self is perusing is the one with the very cute depiction of a wee dog lost in a sea of green in front of the White House lawn.  And here are a bunch of reviews that self thinks are worth quoting:

Adventureland:   The year is 1987, and a bunch of misfits who work at a dreary amusement park in Pittsburgh spend the summer grousing, toking up, and making out with each other.  Greg Mottola’s autobiographical movie is tenderly funny and lovable but also organically conceived . . .

(What is “organically conceived”?  Never mind.  This is one self definitely wants to see)

Duplicity:  The writer-director Tony Gilroy at play.

(And we’re supposed to know what that means.)

Observe and Report:  Rancid and unpleasant “black comedy” about a stupid mall security guard (Seth Rogen) who has delusions of grandeur.

(Whoaaa!!  Did reviewer actually use the term “rancid”?  Quick check of the reviewer’s initials:  D.D.  So, David Denby)

17 Again:  Wasn’t once enough?


And suddenly, several things happen all at once:  the phone rings, and self checks Caller ID and sees it is son.  Then, in almost the same minute, hubby walks in the door and declares he is starving.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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