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Still Gardening (In Spite of Gracie), Watched “Up in the Air”

Self has been planting. Yesterday she planted more grape hyacinth bulbs, another dozen (An earlier dozen that she planted have disappeared, dug up by indefatigable Gracie). This morning, she started planting pink Watsonia. Her entire planting schedule is off this year. Normally, she finishes all her bulb planting in November. She doesn’t know what happened, but the past few months feel crazed. Perhaps it has to do with hubby’s start-up, struggling in this economy. Or with missing son (He walked in last night, 9 pm, and self was so beside herself with joy to see him! Even though she had just seen him three weeks earlier, on Thanksgiving)

Today, son drove up to Sacramento to spend the weekend with some friends. Self and hubby saw George Clooney in “Up in the Air.” In the opening credits, she saw that the movie was based on a book by Walter Kirn. And suddenly self remembered that she had read the book, years ago! And had found it rather amusing. But the movie was strangely not amusing. Well, only in parts. For some reason, self never laughed, not once, even though all the people beside and behind self were chuckling, especially during the scenes where Clooney shows off that Clooney-esque charm by persuading people who are being laid off that he is actually offering them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Vera Farmiga is in this movie, and self thinks that is the reason hubby gave it a “seven and a half on a scale of 1 to 10.” Self was rather more taken with the pert young thing (Looked her up: her name is Anna Kendrick) who plays a recent Cornell grad who mouths all the right hard words. Self wasn’t sure where she had seen this young actress before, but self loved that the girl was short and bossy. In fact, she reminded self a lot of self’s Dear Departed Sister, who graduated with an MBA from Wharton: the way she’d wobble on high-heeled pumps and pencil skirts, trundling around stacks of folders: that’s self’s Dear Departed Sister, to a T! Self loved the girl’s performance. She loved it even more than Clooney’s (who could probably act this part in his sleep, all he has to be is smooth and charming).

Vera Farmiga is hot, and becomes hotter as the movie progresses, especially in her last scene with Clooney, when she is fully clothed and delivering the coldest lines uttered by any actress of recent film memory.

The other supporting actors and actresses were pretty good, too. Self recognized one of the actresses who played Drew Barrymore’s stepsister in “Ever After,” the movie where she first laid eyes on Dougray Scott. This woman is a very droll actress.

All in all, self was not as wowed as hubby was (she thought the ending was pretty blah, as a matter of fact), but that’s OK — she wants to wait until son gets back to see “Avatar” (Hubby insists we must see it in 3-D, even though tickets are $13.50 per person) or the new Sherlock Holmes.

And now she has to decide what to cook for dinner. Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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