I’ve seen some good movies this year but only two movies on the big screen.
In June I saw “In the Heights” on opening weekend in Imax. It was so fun – to see that big musical on a big screen! It was definitely a joyous experience!
On New Year’s Eve I saw “West Side Story” in an afternoon matinee with some girlfriends. It was kind of the opposite experience. It is a big beautiful musical with amazing costumes, exhilarating dancing, and beautiful voices – but it is not joyous! The story is still tragic and there is no big musical number at the end to lift you up. But I’m still glad I saw it!
One day around Thanksgiving, I asked Chris, “Do you think we will ever become people who go to movies again?” We used to go a few times per month – before Chris I went even more frequently! Now we have so many options at home, so it’s easier to stay home and stay cozy and watch what we have. Maybe there will be movies that will entice me enough again, but so far it has only been the two.
I’ve started a list of movies on my phone so I can add to it in one place and try to keep track of where to find them. One of my “things to do” in 2022. It’s probably very 2010 but here you go. I’m gonna start keeping track!
In 2021, movies and series I have enjoyed include:
Bunheads – ah, Sutton
Younger – ah, Sutton
Alice in Paris – the food!
Emily in Paris – the fashion!
TED LASSO!!! – Oh, I wish that everyone could see this… so amazing.
The Morning Show
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Mad About You – a fun glimpse into their “more adult” life!
Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar – fun fun fun!
Score: The Hockey Musical – available on Youtube!
Never Have I Ever
9 Perfect Strangers
On the Verge
8-Bit Christmas – an AMAZING movie! I wish everyone could see this!
And Just Like That…
Found – an amazing documentary on Netflix about three girls adopted from China who find that they are cousins and become lifelong friends.
What has been your best-of-2021? What are you looking forward to in 2022?
Always so much to be thankful for! We are marching in to June and the calendar is filled with fun things on the days that work isn’t scheduled (and even on some days when work is scheduled!).
Here are a few things I am thankful for from the past few weeks —
Friday nights! Spent a seemingly rare Friday night off at Jabbers (and evidently the last Friday night we’ll spend there, as it just closed!) getting in some Jabbering with Jabber Juice. Fun fun. And even after work last Friday night, it was fun to sit outside on the patio at Fat Willy’s! Fridays still rock!
Rushford friends and family – had a lot of fun showing Chris around Rushford – the bluff, the new coffee shop – and hanging out with friends. Take Note! sang at the ExpoCulinaria and it was a lot of fun with good food tastes and good company! Followed by more good food and a good campfire at Brenda and Roger’s! It was chilly so that fire felt good! It was a Starry Starry Night!
Speaking of Starry Starry Nights – loved the time with Beth at the painting event by Wine & Canvas! It was a challenging painting but I think we did a respectable job – and it was so fun!
Memorial Day weekend I had to work overnights, but I still was able to indulge in a last minute invitation to hear Temple Grandin speak on Friday night, followed by coffee at Chester’s! And Monday Chris and I went for a good meal on a rainy afternoon before I went in for night four. I always manage to fit in the important stuff!
Trajan turned 15 in May and we celebrated him at Texas Roadhouse! I also love that I’ve been able to help out and drive him to his basketball practices in the Cities and to watch him play a few games. He’s on a competitive team and they are all so fun to watch!
The weather has been great so I have been getting in some great walks! Some with friends, some with Chris, and some with his daughter and granddaughter. It’s been fun to play with a 2 year old again!
Books – I’m finally on a little reading streak! I finished Allegiant, moved on to The Fault in Our Stars (heartbreakingly beautiful… just lovely), and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (a fun little read with dares all over NYC!). I bought a used Kindle so it’s exciting to fill it up (it holds a TON!) and look forward to reading it at the end of the dock.
Audiobooks – I’ve officially been an Audible member for a year! Yikes… I have purchased more than I’ve listened to (sound familiar?? I guess I’m growing my TBL (To Be Listened to) pile, as well!). I tend to buy the long books that I want to read but doubt I’ll have the time or stamina for. So far I’ve listened to 11.22.63, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Fin & Lady, Ready Player One, The End of the Affair, The Goldfinch, and The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog. I’m currently listening to Whistling Past the Graveyard for book club (if they don’t give up on me!). Love listening in the car, still, but much less commuting time so now it’s while puttering around. Love it!
Movies – always thankful for movies! Movie nights at home on the couch, movies while trying to sleep, movies in the theatre with a tub of popcorn. Love them! This month in the theatre I’ve seen Neighbors (pretty funny, Seth Rogan stuff) and Belle (interesting story about Britain’s position in the slave trade business). From Netflix on DVD I’ve seen Here Comes the Boom (very funny and fun!) and Love Is All You Need (unexpected story about Danish people traveling to Italy for a wedding, with Pierce Brosnon! Pretty good!). Mindless instant viewing includes Drop Dead Diva (series) and The Sweetest Thing (Cameron Diaz craziness that was pretty fun).
Of course, Jimmy Fallon always makes me laugh, which is a thing to be greatly thankful for. Fun stuff. Look for his clips if you can’t commit to an entire week of shows! 🙂
As usual, I have much to look forward to, as well. We are working fewer weekends than last summer, so I’m looking forward to that! I am penciling in fun plans with friends and family – so give a shout if you want to get together! Let’s make this the best summer ever!
If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance. ~Bern Williams