1. Here are some movies I’ve watched over the past month (or so):
I Don’t Know How She Does It: This was worth the $2.99 to watch it on Amazon. Not as good as the book, but an entertaining, feel-good-in-the-end story of a stressed-out working mom. I read the book back when I was working a lot more hours (litigating, at that), and it stressed me out because it was a bit too close to home. But now the movie just makes me laugh.
Better Off Dead: I had to buy a used VHS copy of this movie, but I finally saw it. Really funny! Over the top but not stupid. To be honest, I liked it but Pat really liked it. It had that badass-underdog-has-his-day-gets-the-girl theme (like Ferris Bueller).
How To Marry A Millionaire: This was fun. Material for lost of cultural commentary (basically, we’ve lost all our class; also, does golddigging even work nowadays, with everyone giving it away for free? To a limited extent, see e.g. Anna Nicole Smith, but boy has the game changed). Mainly though, it was fun.
The Bling Ring: Fascinating real-life crime caper about a bunch of bratty high schoolers who burglarized celebrity homes. It has the same dreamy feel of Sofia Coppola’s other movies, Marie Antoinette (which I liked) and Lost In Translation (which I didn’t). The Bling Ring is only about an hour and a half, which is the perfect movie length to me.
O: Supposedly based on Shakespeare’s Othello. Mostly about high schoolers having sex and playing basketball. Couldn’t make it past the first fifteen minutes or so.
Thanks For Sharing: A movie about sex addiction that was funny but still had the appropriate gravitas. Really. A few scenes I skipped but overall a good movie, I thought (in contrast to most critics, apparently).
(All of the above are on Amazon Prime, as best I recall, except Better Off Dead and Now and Then.)
I want to watch They Came Together, a spoof on romantic comedies. I planned to watch Mom’s Night Out, but I saw a trailer and it looked sooooo dumb. I couldn’t do it, Daily Connoisseur recommendation or no.
2. Today Girl 2 and I noticed a rip in her dress. She said, “Uh Oh! Like in Little House!” (Pronounced “Wiwl Howse.”) She remembered seeing this picture in Little House in the Big Woods, and the summary I gave her, several days ago:
Is she brilliant or is she brilliant? Girl 2 needs a post of her own here someday soon. She is wonderful (and terribly two). She takes up just as much of my time and attention as Girl 1 (actually, more). She just doesn’t confound me as much, so she doesn’t get as much virtual ink. I think she is ISFJ. She’s definitely more IS and J to Girl 1’s ENFP personality
3. I think I found THE ONES! (I’ve been searching for just the right casual cold-weather, non-boot shoe.)
Puma’s Caroline wedge sneakers. Cute right?
They’re on super sale right now at a lot of online stores. I guess they were hot last year and are washed up this year but who cares. I just ordered them to try out in two sizes. They got iffy reviews on comfort, so I’m apprehensive. Update to come when they arrive.
4. We were so very into Halloween around here. It’s not my favorite holiday, but Girl 1 was very taken by the elaborate decorations in a yard down the street. She wanted us to keep up with the Joneses. We didn’t, not by a long shot, but not for lack of her trying.
I got the Charlie Brown Halloween movie (the one about the Great Pumpkin) from the library for the girls to watch. They’ve learned all sorts of great things from those classic Charlie Brown movies: words like “stupid” and “blockhead” and sayings like “never walk into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.” Girl 1 kept saying “wet sucker, wet sucker” over and over again and cracking up. How does she know the most inappropriate things to say?
Somehow I’m not sorry. I love Charlie Brown.
5. Amazon Prime music! It exists! Why did I not find this out until a few weeks before it’s time to cancel our Prime subscription? I made the sorry old mistake of signing up for a 30-day Prime membership trial and then didn’t cancel it in time. Our year is up this month, when I’ll cancel it and go back to Netflix. But I’ll miss Prime music.
6. Modern Mrs. Darcy wrote a good post about what makes a good book club read. It reminded me of a post I wrote a little while back for Mary’s blog, about five of my favorite non-conventional book club reads. Check it out!