Friday, July 12, 2013

7 Movies I Want To See (or See Again)

I still have vacation brain, so I'm cheating on my blog today. Or is it really cheating since it's my blog and I can do what I want?

1. Pacific Rim, which opens today. I'm hoping to find time this weekend to see it.

2. Despicable Me 2, which opened larger than expected last week. I still love the first film, even though I've seen it at least 20 times. I may actually try to take Miranda this week, one day after school. Alex still doesn't do well in theatres, but there's hope for the girl.

3. The Lone Ranger. I don't care if the reviews weren't terribly flattering; it still looks fun. And Armie Hammer was incredibly appealing in Mirror, Mirror.

4. Monsters University. Even though Monsters, Inc. is a perfect movie (and I have every line memorized because it was Alex's movie to watch during an intensive month of potty-training so we watched it over and over and over again and I learned that my DVR/DVD player would crash after playing the same disc more than three times in a row without stopping). I still love Mike & Sully.

5. White House Down. Pure fun and adrenaline. And Channing Tatum.

6. Much Ado About Nothing. Once is never enough.

7. Man of Steel. It's compelling enough I need to see it again.

Here's Jen. Don't miss Yaya's letter.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

7 Great Reasons to Vacation Here

1. For 10 days in a row, I got to sleep in until I wanted to get up because my parents were here to be up with my children and make them breakfast.

2. Twice in one week, Marshall and I got to go out to see live theatre at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. The Merchant of Venice was good but A Midsummer Night's Dream was excellent.

3. I got to watch as much Wimbledon coverage as my aunt's DVR could record. Today we will watch the men's final, all together.

4. Yesterday I had a West Wing hangover with my aunt because we'd stayed up late the night before watching "Celestial Navigation" and "Noel."

5. My children can go in the pool anytime they can convince the plethora of adults present to go out and watch them swim.

6. I get to visit with my grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousins, brothers and their delightful wives and darling children. I love my niece and nephew so much! My sister-in-law and my mother took lots of pictures that I hope to share later in the week.

7. I am disappointed to be going home tomorrow, but the idea doesn't fill me with dread. I'm sure that's the emotion I will feel as we're flying over Texas and still several hours from Philadelphia.

And here's Jen. Or, at list, the list of links. She was a little busy this week.