Friday, November 23, 2007

A few of my favorite things

Here is one case that I'd rather the previous post remain on top for more than a day, but I will trudge on with NaBlo. In the coming days, I will put together a beginner's primer for doing genealogy. I was actually published nationally in a mother's periodical with a piece on beginning genealogy and have spoken a couple times on the topic.

You know how when you're channel surfing on the weekend or late at night? You break into a huge grin when a particular movie is displayed in the guide, an old favorite you could watch a dozen more times.

What movies do that for you?

Here are a few that I feel like I've won the lottery when I realize they're coming on...

Muriel's Wedding
The Red Violin
A Christmas Story
Hillary and Jackie
Garden State
Pulp Fiction
My Cousin Vinny
The Slums of Beverly Hills
But I'm a Cheerleader
Young Frankenstein
The Big Lebowski
Artemisia Gentileschi

They make me sigh with happiness.

J and I had a lovely Thanksgiving together. The turkey didn't exactly cooperate - the heat button never did pop, even after 2.5 hours when it should have been less than 2. I figured it had malfunctioned, but I guess the bird really wasn't done. J really liked it, though, a little chewy. I think I'll throw the rest out today.

Afterward, we went to a movie, my Thanksgiving tradition. I wanted to see Fred Claus, but the time put us too late, so we saw Mr. Magorium, J's first choice anyway. First, allow me to say that I did not fall asleep, however it was a one horse movie, not a lot of plot, just a lot of stuff flying around. Hoffman was weird as ever, Portman as cute, Bateman as geeky, but it still lacked something. J enjoyed it, however, said it was better than Bee Movie when asked.

Just looking at the movie posters there, I am shocked at the number of kid and Christmas movies out this month and next. I'm going to the poor house to support our movie habit!

Today, we did next to nothing. It turned cold, so we stayed in. I'm not much for shopping anyway, especially with crowds and a kid in tow. Had a great genealogical breakthrough last night, so planned a trip downtown for next week. Have been still hashing with another researcher or two who refuse to believe my research.

To pass the time, I watched a Lewis and Clark documentary from Netflix and J joined me for the first of three featuring Michael Palin going around the world in 80 days. I fell asleep between episodes two and three of Palin, but work up not feeling like I missed too much. He'd hit the figurative doldrums and so had I.


Cricket said...

I almost forgot! I did do some shopping last night. I really like Children's Place clothes and appreciate their sales. They're better in person, but easlier online. Love those email notifications. I got J 6 shirts for now and 5 for next year and/or the next. I've always purchased his clothes on sale in advance, so having few shirts for him now has been unusual. Eleven shirts for $100 including tax and shipping. Not bad.

brite69 said...

I simply adore What Dreams May Come. I saw it 8 times in the theater and own the VHS, DVD, HD DVD, book and soundtrack. My email address is the name of my favorite scene, which I would use as my monologue on auditions. Elf, Rent, The Crow... For some reason, those are the only movies I can come up with that I will watch over and over. Oh! A Christmas Story is usually on all day when that one channel does 24 hours of A Christmas Story. I typically take a break to watch the news, but that's about it.

Anonymous said...

Oo, shopping. The one thing I really want to do but can't, this year. Oh well.

I love Slums of Beverly Hills! In face, of the 'burb movies that came out, I'd include it in with The Ice Storm and...not American Beauty, but um, the other one, which of course I can now not recall the title of. I likes it, is what I'm saying.