||[Feb. 7th, 2005|10:09 pm]
Back from Vermont. Had a great weekend with Erin. Saturday we did some shopping and wandered around town, then Sunday we hit the slopes.
The slopes hit back. Wow, do they hit hard.
Ferrett had every excuse - he has never learned to ski, and tried snowboarding for the first time. Me, I was up there with my old TUA telemark skis, and it was pathetic. I am so severely out of shape I thought I was going to have a heart attack on the way down the mountain. I did manage to pull some form together on my last run, but had no stamina. It was the first time in five years that I had been on skis, and it showed. It inspired me, though, to get back out there and get good at it again. For the first time in years I felt a twinge of excitement about winter and snow. That's therapeutic.
Other than that, gobs of driving on each end. It's a stretch, getting there.
It was a high-success Oscar prep weekend as well, so here are three 30-second movie reviews:
Finding Neverland - Now that I've seen all the Best Picture nominees, this is the movie that I will be rooting for in my heart. Beautifully done, heartwrenching and yet uplifting.
Hotel Rwanda - Ferrett put it best: it's like holding your breath for an hour and a half. Remarkable story of an ordinary man doing his best to keep up ordinary circumstances in extraordinary times. I came out of this so overwhelemed that I literally couldn't speak for about 15 minutes. If this doesn't break your heart, check and make sure you actually have one.
Ray - A surprising disappointment. Jamie Foxx's performance is awesome, and when he gets the Best Actor statue it will be deserved. But it was about 45 minutes more Ray Charles than I really needed to see.