Breakfast with Olivia

Olivia’s been awake since 5am…   We are such mean grandparents that we told her it was too early to get out of bed and answered her plaintive “I’m weally, weally hungwy” plea  with “you have to wait until 6 o’clock”, so she counted the minutes off for us, one by one…until 6…   She always wakes up happy and talking…  Grandpa fixed her breakfast and let  me sleep in, so I managed to stay under the covers until 7 or so—it is COLD outside.  We’ve got plenty of activities planned:  Farmers Market, opening up the camper, planting some marigolds…   Olivia loves to help, so I’m sure we’ll get a ton of stuff accomplished…>nudge-wink<

In like a cowardly lion…

March 1 brought us smattering of swirling snow starting and stopping, a reminder that Winter is still here, but not very menacing… (I hate to say that, though because Anything can happen until mid-April around these parts).  We just got back from eating some dinner downtown;  readying ourselves for some movies tonight.

I watched The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) from beginning to end, carefully, on Thursday evening.  I have watched it before, not as carefully, and knew I liked it;  now I know I love this movie..  The Tenenbaums remind me of the Glass family, JD Salinger’s fictional characters;  they are just soo weird and genius and tragically, funnily odd.  I just want to hug them.  Thanks, Melissa, for reminding me about this movie.  

I was also able to watch Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010), a documentary  by Banksy, a mysterious Street Artist.  Banksy himself is followed by an amateur film-maker, but soon the photographer becomes an artist himself and is filmed by Banksy… or is it a mockumentary?   It was interesting and fun, though.

Time’s Marching on:  we set our clocks forward  Next Week..!  I’m not sure I”m ready for the disruption to my sleep, but maybe it will hurry us on toward Spring.  I’ve not yet bought my tickets to NYC for spring break, but I’m looking forward to setting that date.    For now, we’ll just enjoy the pretty snow and warming fire…

(Still taking suggestions for movies, etc.)

Oscars, grandkids, birthdays…

What did you think of the Oscars?  I will have to watch Argo first chance I get, but I’m more interested in seeing the Others:  Les Miserables, The Life of Pi, and that Silver Linings looked like a good one, as well.   I don’t understand why the Academy has their host do a 20-minute opening—why not just start the show with a little film or something?   At any rate, I didn’t think Seth McFarlane was too funny, but I wasn’t ever offended.    Too bad, but the Golden Globes and the Grammy Awards are usually a much better production.   That said, it was Wonderful to hear Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey sing again.  I didn’t understand why they did the Chicago bits, but it was good fun.  I rather enjoyed the ” Boobs” song&dance.  There were a lot of pretty gowns;  George Clooney is finally looking older;  that Kristin Chenowith was obnoxious.  Best Bit:  Adele.  She’s a real Winner.

After buzzing from brewpub to brewpub in Indy on Saturday, I was rather obnoxious myself at the Museum of Art.  Seems I wasn’t supposed to take pictures of  The Art, but I argued that I only took pictures of my Grand-daughters…don’t you agree:?

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they’re dancing on the Art…

We had such a wonderful day…

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I spent perhaps a little too much time last year dreading turning 60, but now that the Big Day has Been and Gone, I Scoff at Age:::HA!!  It was just the beginning of Jubilee year, so don’t put away your dancing shoes and keep your mugs handy—I’m gonna wear out that tiara!!!

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45, 46, 47, 48…(one of them is Great…)

Shakespeare in Love (1998) seemed a movie out of place in this sea of Best Pictures.    It’s a comedy, unusual in itself, and it’s not such a Huge Production.   Gwyneth Paltrow is quite charming and Joseph Fiennes absolutely HOT (where did he go?), the dialogue is smart and quick, the sets and costumes impress…but it’s really just an Okay movie.  I think there was a backlash that year against the large-budget, intensely intense movies, so “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Thin Red Line” were beat out by this sweet little farce.  I enjoyed watching it.

I didn’t know what to expect with American Beauty (1999) because someone had told me I’d like it.  I always wonder what kind of movie people think I would like, especially if they know me only as my vocational persona.  I can’t say I didn’t like it, but if you’ve ever seen it, you know that the end was more than a little jarring…  The Kevin Spacey character, Lester Birnum, is having a mid-life crisis, fantasizing about his daughter’s friend;  his wife, played by Annette Bening, has an affair; their daughter, Jane, falls in love with the new neighbor.  All that seems fairly normal, until the new neighbor’s father takes it to a whole other level of weird.   I’m not sure I believed that the teen-ager actually was in bed with Lester, but then, the ending just blew me away…not in a good way…   Still, it was okay.  

Our review of Gladiator (2000) is contributed by M.R.Casey:  It was pretty good.  This guy fights…they finally kill him at the end.  You* wouldn’t like it.   (*you is me)

I’ll tell you what I do like:  A Beautiful Mind (2001) is one of the best movies I’ve ever watched.  I can’t use enough superlatives…or maybe I would use too many.  Russell Crowe is just wonderful as John Nash, a brilliant schizophrenic;  his wife is played superbly by Jennifer Connelly.  The film is directed by Ron Howard and I’m straining for the over-the-top adjectives for him.  I was absolutely taken in, and if you haven’t seen this, you should.  Evidently, Crowe had won the Best Acting award the year before, for Gladiator;  though he was nominated this year, he lost out to Denzel Washington.  Connelly won Best Actress, Howard Best Director, and the writers won best screenplay.  It is a truly Great Movie.

We are way ahead of schedule, so I’ve had time to do a little seed-starting, as well as watch the Grammy Awards.  Back at it tomorrow…

what’s goin’ on…

it’s been a busy week here at sonnystone…but all of the activity has taken place off of the premises.  between 50cent beer on tuesday and prix fixe wednesday, we’ve become regular patrons of the backstage.  we took advantage of the $5 cabo wabo thursday night at hacienda again— the waitresses all feel like they’ve gotten a raise.  though i’d bought plenty of groceries at the walmark on monday, i just haven’t been up to the chef-ing; various stressors at work have contributed to my need to be waited-upon.  we did stay home tonight, but ordered in from our neighborhood pizzeria.

menopause, the musical, was hilarious, but not as funny as lana and me… in case you didn’t catch it on facebook, we took a picture of our houston-based-cousin along and she was the life of our little party.  seriously, we got very few “likes” on the fun and i’m kinda miffed…  at least ronna appreciates our humour…  we’re going to have to get together in nola like we’ve been planning for Years…

tomorrow is our master gardener garden convention and the speaker is a guy i’ve always enjoyed:  paul james, the garden guy.  his show, on hgtv, was my favorite years ago, but i haven’tt watched it in a while.  his part of the conference is a q&a, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  we have these programs every other year, but they’ve always been at usi.  this year it’s being held at the casino convention center and that sounds so much smaller that i’m going to have to get there early for a look-see to scout out a good seat.  some local speakers will talk about medicinal herbs and native species;  there will be plenty of vendors.  i have bought some nice daylillies and bulbs at these things in the past, so i’m hoping to find some good stuff this year.  i’ll be taking the camera for live reporting from the show…

but that means i have to get up earlier than usual in the morning…so i’m off for some beauty sleep.