Sunday, April 13, 2014
My first spring list is so done I won't even list it again, except the sconces have yet to be mounted and the headboard still needs reupholstering. That is only one afternoon when I feel like it, no rush. Yesterday's retreat did not include one of our two-hour lunches (yay) so I came home and slaved at my projects. Lots of energy due to the doctor upping my medicine. I feel less stuck for a change.
In addition to redecorating my bedroom, I am basically redoing my parlor from rust accents to teal accents. I have enough stuff to have hung fresh curtains, placed fresh accessories, and changed the lamp. Uncovering the furniture and swapping out the art and presto, a summer room. This is where hoarding is a good thing, lol. I must say that ironing ten 84-inch curtains was a drag as they were all stored away folded with sachets.
Noah was supposed to come down and work outside today but so far, no Noah. He just called and is slowly progressing toward CT from Boston. He works very intensely as a designer of heart pumps. He writes the computer code that tells the pump how to work -- so he can't make mistakes and it is wearing, exacting work. That PhD is making him a good living for sure. However, no education is necessary to get down here and grab a rake and it is good for him to get outdoors from apartment living. I think I will hire a professional this year, too. My property is way beyond hope for us mortals.
No other news. I have been looking at new used cars. Maybe a Prius like BFF, maybe a Versa or some tiny little hatchback. Just spending an hour looking on the car lots was helpful and I will go slowly to be certain that what I get will take me into retirement in 4.5 years.
Have a terrific week!
Sunday, April 06, 2014
(As an aside, I had to see this as I named my son Noah in 1975, before the name got popular.)
Is a good-looking, badly-acted film worth my $7.75? This one wasn't and I could have enjoyed it on DVD.
Noah was eagerly anticipated and opened with lots of good reviews, but having gone in with great expectations, I can only say that the reviews were premature. The latest ones agree with me: this is not such a great movie. It is a romp of scene-chewing for Russell Crowe, once again playing his tortured, sensitive jock only in homemade clothes this time. He owns this movie, for good or ill, and broods his way through it with brow-furrowing determination. His angst on the boat is especially annoying, since we know the Bible is somewhat reticent as to Noah's mood swings.
His wife is played by Jennifer Connolly, who does a good job of being absolutely stunning considering their lifestyle. Introducing Emma Watson as a gratuitous skinny ingenue was an obvious ploy for the Harry Potter crowd's attention - but she can't act. Her birthing scene is such over-the-top bad acting that I had to close my eyes. Unfortunately, her puppy-yelps could still be heard. I am grateful it wasn't in 3D.
The storyline had to be imaginative to fill in all that was not said in the Bible and make up enough to build a movie. It is jarringly bizarre, with rock angels (a rock group, lol), magic seeds, LOTS of gore and riots featuring torn off limbs, plus a bad guy who eats raw lizards. All this constant action is to keep the attention of a jaded audience, I guess. There were plenty of kids in the audience and I just wonder how that lizard thing affected them.
So what's good? The photography is a strong redeemer. I was disappointed that there were very few, albeit beautifully-done, CGI animal moments. We get lots of CGI scenery, however, and it is magnificent. The Garden of Eden, the rocky desert wasteland, and of course, the ark itself -- all flawlessly created and presented in gorgeous living color. The big screen is great for this kind of photography.
The one prevailing thought I have about this movie is rooted in my own faith tradition. Let me say that if a little kid saw this, or if someone saw it who did not know the simple power of the Noah story -- then it would be pretty hard to be clear about what the Bible says (not really much). I think it would muddy the waters, forgive the pun, for those who don't realize that many of the elements Aronosky introduced are from his mind and have very little relation to what we read as kids. The power and beauty of the Noah story is just too radicalized in this film.
And that's that.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
The blood work came back and the doctor says I am in A-1 excellent health. No cholesterol, thyroid or infectious problems. Blood pressure is perfect as always and I am fine. A little low on vitamin D, but not even that much. Thinking my thyroid is off - well, that's not the secret of my high weight.
Depression is elusive, a savage black dog to hunt down and capture. You can never kill it but you can keep it at bay. Granted, this was about the coldest, snowiest, and meanest winter I can remember.
My weight has stabilized at 238 and at least I have not gained. Thank HP that I have at least the strength to see that I need to reach out instead of staying in the dark eating cookies, lol.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I have gotten started on a really bad mood this week. I need to list the issues, then work on them a little at a time. Or let them go completely, which we all know is utterly impossible unless you are a Hindu monk.
I need to take a few deep breaths and settle into a meditation on gratitude for all the many wonderful things that really are in my life right this minute. I must stop getting hung up on the things on the list.
I can't be in a bad mood...I am just having a bad dream. It is SO difficult to drop this habitual way of thinking sad, angry thoughts. (But I am still trying.)
(Note added next day: I deleted the list. Reading all that only makes it come to life. Best to de-emphasize it and work on it with less fuss and more positive energy.)
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