Friday, July 23, 2010
1. Perhaps it is that we've spent most of the week at home or that anytime I take Miranda somewhere (like a trip to play at Aunt Leah's house yesterday) she has to be strapped into her carseat screaming as we leave or maybe it's the heat. Anyway, I just feel drowsy and unwilling to do much of anything.
2. Of course, since my cleaning lady came Wednesday afternoon and saved the house from our slovenly ways, I haven't had to rush around, picking up every single moment.
3. My cousin Laura gave me the photo she took of mine and Stephanie's hair from the wedding:
Don't we look fabulous?
4. I have of late developed a strange passion for the television movies of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. There was a wonderful new film of Murder on the Orient Express on PBS two weeks ago that was engrossing. So I've been picking them up, here and there, and watching them every day. I probably will not watch all 65, but I don't expect to get tired for at least a few weeks. I've probably fixated on this happy escape because...
5. I've hit rather a wall with my new book, A Few Bloody Noses, because, well, his prose is still very readable, but it a little startling to have my long-held myths about the origins of my home country shattered so easily. And, the children have not been swimming in the afternoons because the weather is so hot and so then is the water. It is more comfortable to swim in the evening. So I haven't needed a book to read in the backyard while they swim for a few days. They have been playing together a lot better, though, which is lovely for a change.
6. Marshall helped me to pick out a new phone, the ENV3, and turned it on for me last night. And downloaded all my contacts. He is a clever boy. He is presently upgrading our home network from Verizon back to Comcast. We have put this off for months, but Verizon has not upgraded their lines while Comcast has, so he'll be installing a new cable modem this weekend. Fun, fun, fun for my love. Still, it will be good to have reliable service again. And we can stop stealing from our neighbors every time our Internet connection crashes.
7. My sister-in-law is leaving her kids here tonight for dinner and a swim and I'm delighted to have them. My children think they are the best people in the whole world. We should have a good time.
Bonus: Movie Update
Green Zone (never managed to see it-we were too sick to go out when my folks were visiting for Easter; waiting for video)
Clash of the Titans (poor reviews; may see it on video)
The Losers (saw it by myself and really liked it)
Iron Man 2 (loved it!)
Robin Hood (it has received poor reviews so we do not plan to see it)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (went to see it by myself and enjoyed it more than I expected to)
The A-Team (we saw it together and while I liked it, I think I liked The Losers better)
Toy Story 3 (we liked it but since we were older when the series started, we've rather identified with Andy's mother rather than him, so it did not effect us so much)
Knight & Day (I still want to see this, on one of my sneak out after the children go to bed nights)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (I saw this last Friday night and it was fun)
Here's my up and coming list of movies to plan for:
Inception (We plan to see this Tuesday night, on my birthday)
Salt (this is getting decent reviews; I think I might enjoy it, even though I'm not a huge fan of Jolie)
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) (saw a new, awesome trailer before Sorcerer's Apprentice)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Tron: Legacy (new trailer available as of yesterday)
And here's Jen.