Monday, February 23, 2009

Recent movie thoughts

Slumdog Millionaire:
Likes: The way the host says "Millionaire"; the little Latika's yellow dress; the fact that a series of horrible events can happen to people and they can still come out hopeful; generally, the use of music, a Danny Boyle signature.

Dislikes: That MIA song (have hated it since the first time I heard it on KEXP); the latrine scene.

Overall: I am glad that it won last night. It was probably the best movie that I saw last year, as it was one of the few that I actually liked that I was supposed to like.

Concerns: I am scared. If this portrayal of Richard Nixon bears any relationship to the real Richard Nixon, I am shockingly like him. I focus on dogs, not people, and I cannot stand making awkward/polite conversations with people at social functions.

Academy Awards:
This was the most self-congratulatory, over-the-top, "We Love ourselves" and have no problem showing how self-involved we are, and how much better we think that we are from the rest of America Academy Awards that I have ever seen. The individual "tributes" for each nominee made me want to puke each time. Seriously, we get it Hollywood - you love yourselves and think that you are single-handedly responsible for all of the good in the world with all of your borrowed jewels and pricey shoes.

The Simple Things

Sometimes, I have a weekend when not much happens so I am reminded of how much there is to appreciate in the simple things. Like watching the gardenia bush that David gave me for Valentine's Day start to blossom -
Or thinking about how much more fun my life has gotten since Knightley came into it.

He may not look like it in that picture but he is fun. Really.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Where you been

Once again, I have been negligent of the blog, so I thought I would try to do a quick catch-up of some of these events.
These pictures should speak for themselves -

Still confused? How about this one --

Well, in case you don't know me at all - let me just give it away - North Carolina v. Miami - Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC

It was pretty much the greatest sporting event I have attended in quite some time. It was topped off by the comeback of this guy -

That's Wayne Ellington whose shot finally returned in this game with seven threes. Pretty great.
We followed it up with a relaxing day at Grammy's -

What else - This little guy has been keeping me busy -

Yes, that is my little Knightley, aka Mr. Knightley, aka Lord Knightley James Street (the AKC version of his name.

He has been a wonderful little addition to our home, although still a puppy and still prone to a certain kind of out of control behavior. Exhibit A:

Finally, last weekend I went up to Boston for the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference. At least I did in theory. In reality, I went to go see my dear friend Katie and her wonderful husband Chris and share in some of Katie's pregnancy bliss. It is always great to see a good friend with whom you can pick up as if it hasn't been any length of time since you have last seen them.

I also was able to listen to this wonderful woman, Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, at the Old South Meeting House. It was pretty great.
Even if it meant that I also had to listen to this guy:

(That's Ken Starr for those of you who don't pay any attention to current events).
Here is Katie as a homeowner, in front of the home that she and Chris purchased in Waltham, MA: