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Random happiness [Jan. 12th, 2004|01:14 pm]
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Back to work after a few days of being sick. Still not feeling very good - waves of nausea overtake me and I am left shuddering and shivering and hoping that I don't barf. Spoke to someone else who's had it and she said that those symptoms continued for a full week after she came back to work and that she still feels a bit weak and queasy.


Despite feeling yucky, it managed to be a pretty good weekend. Got a lot of work done on my law review note, and got to spend time with friends. Went to our friends Joan and Brent's for dinner on Friday and with the idea that we would stay and play games, but sick overtook me and I had to cut the evening short. Then Saturday Dmitri and Melissa - new friends met through an invitation to roleplay and really terrific people - were supposed to come for dinner but got waylaid by Gramma and cancelled the actual eating part of the evening. They came over, though, to watch Casablanca (thanks again, correspondguy for the great gift!) as they had never seen it. I have to say, the digitized version of it was remarkably clear and beautiful - very crisp blacks and whites. And what a great movie. Every time I see it I'm wowed. And the cool part is, so were Dmitri and Melissa. We are living in a period when moviemaking is about realism, so it's just a dramatic difference to go back and watch an old movie where the verbal banter is so integral to the success of the movie. I am reminded of Noel Coward - a sophisticated sensibility that we just don't see these days. And Ingrid Bergman's costumes are just gorgeous. We had a great time talking about the movie and other movies we have seen or should see, and books. Just a nice evening.

Sunday we gamed, with an eye toward heading over to Kat and Eric's for some baby bouncing afterwards, but the game went long and by the time we could even think about getting out of the house it was already 7pm and I was feeling on the punky and exhausted side. It's a bummer that most of our friends are on the other side of town. So we called and begged off until tonight, and will swing by after work, before we go to see "The House of Sand and Fog" this evening--it is my goal to see the big Oscar contenders this year.

I hope I have the oomph to make it through the movie. At least there will be visiting. We are fortunate to be surrounded by people who love us, and cheer us on, and for whom we can do the same. Life is warm and golden, even in the dead of winter. For this, I am thankful

[User Picture]From: theferrett
2004-01-12 10:28 am (UTC)
I hesitate to say this, but the game ran short. The GAME was three hours.

The everyone showing up, saying hello, chatting, and all of the other stuff ran late.

I only say this because I almost always DO run late, and the one time I manage to wrap up fairly quickly, I'm still running late! *g*

And as usual, we're on the same page.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-12 12:38 pm (UTC)
More accurate would have been to say the game-centered part of the day, I suppose.

The result was the same, though, Kat & Eric-wise.
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[User Picture]From: i_descend
2004-01-12 12:12 pm (UTC)
it is my goal to see the big Oscar contenders this year.

Does this mean that Lost in Translation is on your list? I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. It was just lovely.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-12 12:35 pm (UTC)
Have already seen it, and it was lovely. Probably Bill Murray's finest performance ever. It conveyed so much with silence - a very Japanese feel, minimalism against a background of excess.
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-01-12 12:19 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to hear if you think House of Sand and Fog is as phenomenally depressing as my Dad thought it was (he honestly regretted taking my mom, who has a history of suicide attempts).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-12 12:36 pm (UTC)
Yeep! Oh, well, no suicidals in this group, so I think we're safe.

We miss you at movie nights!!!
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-01-12 12:40 pm (UTC)
I keep hoping "next week... next week", and it seems like either transportation, or cash flow, or patient-instructing get in my way.

Which is really annoying, since I very much enjoyed it when I attended...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-12 12:41 pm (UTC)
With a little bit of warning, we can probably help out on the transportation nights - you're in Lakewood?
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-01-12 12:47 pm (UTC)
Tremont, although usually coming straight from work. I can actually make it there OK from work, as long as I have a ride home. Unfortunately, now we're really short-staffed at Patient-instructing, and one of the other instructors can never work Mondays.

Once nothing else is getting in the way, though, I'm very likely to see about coordinating rides home so I can make it again...
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[User Picture]From: spreadsothin
2004-01-12 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, do let know about Sand & Fog.
That sounds British, and as the spacebar is being wonky, will do.

Ilove seeing the Oscar contenders, and then I can thrill with the awards ceremony. (One of the two I watch)...living rurally hinders this.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-12 06:19 pm (UTC)
We ended up not going, for a variety of reasons, and serendipitously didn't miss anythin because, according to other attendees, the power went out in the theatre about an hour into the movie. But their review was, excellent acting, and obviusly headed toward nothing like a happy resolution.

Maybe next week....
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