February 29th, 2020

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THERE SHE GOES, THERE SHE GOES AGAIN

I don't know why I was just thinking about it, but one thing that I regret is that there are no home movies of my childhood. We never had a video camera, and Anders and I never got one either, when our kids were small, so I regret that, too. Even though we eventually had iphones, it wasn't until the kids were nearly teenagers. We have a VHS of our wedding somewhere, and a film clip some friends took at an AWC fourth of July BBQ when Karin was quite young, but that's pretty much it.

So, February flew by. I guess that's what happens when life is full and busy and work is insane... you don't have time to think about the fact that you haven't written a thing in weeks. Or to feel bad about it, except in passing.

I've actually been to the movies FOUR times in the past few weeks, which must be a record. Karin has been my willing date and we even managed to get Anders out. I've seen Little Women, The Lost Boys, 1917 and Parasite (tonight). Three of those four movies were very good. Two were fantastic, and one (I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader) was so ridiculously bad that I literally laughed out loud all the way through it.

The reason why we were watching The Lost Boys in the first place, seeing as how it was released in 1987, was because we found out that the movie theater here has a a Throwback Tuesday program where they show "classic" movies each week on Tuesdays, probably as a way to fill the theaters on a slow weekday night. I don't know why The Lost Boys rates as a classic, though it was referred to as a "cult classic" on several reviews I read, but it was showing and Karin agreed to go with me on a lark (and regretted it mightily) and it was SO BAD. I THINK I saw it back when it came out, but I honestly can't swear to it, as I didn't remember anything, and MAN, did it not age well.

But watching both 1917 and Parasite made up for it. SO GOOD, so very, very good, in such very different ways. I feel like I'm watching things a lot right now, more than I'm reading, to be honest. I'm watching three series at once as well as suddenly being a movie junkie. We finished The Man in the High Castle, and now Anders and I are watching the BBC Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch (he's never seen it, though I watched it with Martin back when it was released). I also finished (or caught up with The Crown). Right now, I'm watching The Gilmore Girls when I walk on the treadmill, which I never saw, not one episode of, when it was actually showing. And I've watched a couple of episodes each of Carnival Row and After Life. Neither of which has grabbed me quite yet, but we'll see.

I've just started reading City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, which is for book group. I've never read any of her other books, not even Eat Pray Love, which everyone seems to have read. I do that a lot: avoid books that everyone has read, not always on purpose, but still. I'm only a few chapters in, but so far, so good.

What else? The dining room chairs are recovered and done, and look beautiful. Anders had to repair two of them after I finished removing the staples and the old fabric and he finished recovering them. My friend picked a logo and it was the one I was happiest with, so that was good. I'm still waiting for her to give me content for all her marketing materials and stationery so I can provide business cards designs and such, but it's progress. I started a new choir and I really like it. The director is excellent and the size of the choir is large but not ridiculous and I like the songs we're doing. I've made a huge amount of progress on my monster project at work and my manager's boss was pleased with it, so that makes me happy.

Everyone I can think of is doing well, and though there are things to worry about in the news (there are always things to worry about in the news), I'm trying to stay focused on the positive and the things that I can influence and the things that I can manage.

I can't believe tomorrow is already March. Our plum tree is about to burst into leaf and I think it's time to find seed potatoes already. Spring was officially here over a week ago and will be obviously here any day now. Zoom, goes the week, the month, the year. Try to keep up.