Sports Night.

Having just watched 960 minutes of a television show in five days, I figure I should give a shout out to Sports Night. I didn’t watch this when in was originally on TV, though I knew who Aaron Sorkin was and really enjoyed the movie The American President. I’ve spent other vactions watching seasons of The West Wing. Having some time on my hands, I figured I would get the series and see how it was.

It was good enough for me to spend over three hours per day watching it, causing me to avoid much of the “work” I had planned over my vacation. From the pilot episode, where Peter Krauss‘ hair was entirely too poofy, this show had zing and pop that kept me saying, “just one more.” The characters were well developed and likable and the plots nicely balanced the story development, the fluff and the nice big statements. And the writing is so intelligent. I expected it on the West Wing. After all, people working in the White House must have incredibly complex and thoughtful discussions on a daily basis, even under the worst presidents. But intellectual leanings on a show about a sports show?

I also appreciate the shout out Aaron Sorkin gives to those of us interested in the minutiae of life, aka “trivia“. Throughout the series, someone was always talking about some little nugget of information, for example the correct definition of the word montarily, or the curse of Thales. I admire television that is not afraid to be smart, even when you wouldn’t expect it from its characters.

Guidelines, vacation is nearing its end.

I took yesterday off from my guidelines and had a day of sloth. There was much consumptive entertainment. So here is the report from Wednesday:

  • Up and dressed to the shoes. I did do that. Oh wait. Wednesday was the day that I hauled myself out of bed, fed the cat, read on the couch for about a half-hour and then fell asleep for 2.5 hours. So I didn’t do that.
  • 1 hour study math test. I only made it 37 minutes.
  • 1 hour blogs. I did do this.
  • 1 hour exercise. I had a 90 minute yoga class to welcome in the new year. I also took a 30 minute walk to get the milk.
  • 4 hours work. Nope. After my nap/going back to bed I did the blog/math routine and then watched Sports Night until my evening plans started.
  • Keep up with dishes and general picking up. I did do that.
  • Nap maximum time 30 minutes. Nope
  • Eat only when hungry, stop when full. I did a good job of that.
  • Plan food the day before. I did do that.
  • Fruit and veggies while watching movie. I did this. I don’t actually think I ate.

So, on one hand, I missed a lot of my goals. But I am taking cheer in the fact that I’ve had portions of vacations that passed with multiple days like this day.

Three sentence movie reviews–George Washington

Given how much I loved this director’s movie All the Real Girls earlier this year and given the favorable reviews when it came out, I expected to really like this movie. I didn’t. The cinematography is great–never has a decaying Southern town looked so good–but I was bored.

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There ought to be a law!

In case you hadn’t heard, albums are back, as evidenced by their appearance in my local not-hip-at-all Fred Meyer store. Now you youth who grew up with the tiny pictures on the CD covers, or the mp3 files with no picture at all can put the needle to the record and gaze at the cover art and record sleeves as you listen, just as your parents and grandparents did before you.
But, what’s this? $16.99 for a record that is older than me? Don’t do it. Find it used in the record stores, but don’t let the record companies rip you off. Albums used to be $9.99, tops. The promise of “new technology” let CDs be sold for double the price (when they cost less to make than an album or cassette). Don’t pay CD prices for a record album, even if it is brand new.

Three sentence movie reviews–Legally Blonde

“Content of your character” movies sometimes come in surprising packages. Legally Blonde’s statement about sticking to what you know is right and being who you are rings strong and true. I can’t help wondering if the writer grew up to listening to Free to Be You and Me.

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Three sentence movie reviews–Akeeleah and the Bee

This was one of those “take your vitamins” movie in that I brought it home from the library and so I felt the need to actually watch it. It was one of the best movies I have seen all year with very good messages about hard work and fear of your dreams and the power of community. I especially enjoyed the twist at the end which I saw coming, but which played out in unexpected ways.

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Best of the Movies Viewed in 2008 Awards.

Welcome to the first Best Movies Patricia Watched in 2008 awards. We have no celebrity presenters here, or sparkly statues or celebrity gift bags, or even dinner and drinks, so without further ado:

Most surprising movie:
Best message about achievement, success, education and community:
Akeelah and the Bee

Best movie for the whole family:

City of Ember

Little movie I loved:


Best double feature:

Before Sunrise/Sunset

Thank goodness for the Criterion Collection Award:
Mala Noche

Best at presenting multiple perspectives:

Best movie where you are the wedding guest:
Rachael Getting Married

Most quiet, delightful, must see movie:
The Band’s Visit

The funniest movie I watched in 2008:

The award for “No cow is sacred”
Tropic Thunder

Best nerd fantasy movie:

Movie that I eagerly anticipated and HATED
The Dark Knight

The “should have not picked up the hat and whip again” award:
Indiana Jones and the Return of the Crystal Skull

My favorite movie watched in 2008
All the Real Girls

Best movie to sit back and experience:

Best movie for launching a reading obsession:

Gone, Baby Gone

The movie that hit the spot:
Iron Man

The movie I really felt like I should like, but found kind of boring:

Miss Pettygrew Lives for a Day

The movie people should see even if they don’t think they like animated features

Best use of “Eye of the Tiger” since the 80s

Best “I forgot to breathe for an hour of gripping drama:
No Country for Old Men

Movie that provoked the most interesting reaction:
Charlie Wilson’s War

Movie that affected my psyche for days:


Movie I was sure I would like based on the director and the buzz, but didn’t.
George Washington

You can find three sentences about almost all of these movies, by clicking on “three sentence movies” in the tag cloud.

Yesterday’s walk.

Pictures from my entirely unnecessary walk. It was the first day in awhile that I could go out without being 1)totally bundled up 2)able to walk without navigating through the snow and/or ice.

I like how this house looks like it is striving to be the tallest house ever. It reminds me of when you measure the height of children and they stand up very straight, then stick their necks up as high as they can and then stand on their toes.
This house wants to say hello to you. Do you think it was meant to be this anthropomorphic?
Ducks! Someday I want ducks!

Someone helpfully (hah!) provided a couch so you can watch the traffic go by.
If you sat there, you would get this noisy view.
This is my favorite house on Montana street. I love the house itself, the color, things in the yard and all the little details that make it cool.
Nice decorations are everywhere around the house.
And you can see through the chicken wire gate to the chicken-house like extension. Fabulous!

Guidlines and a Tuesday

This is a time of relaxing, for sure. I don’t think I have met any of my goals for work 4 hours of work for awhile now. Today was no different.

  • Up and dressed to the shoes. It was touch and go for awhile there, but I did get up and by skipping the shower, was able to get dressed.
  • 1 hour study. Did this
  • 1 hour blogs. Did this. I can’t believe I’m not caught up yet!
  • 1 hour exercise. I took an entirely unnecessary walk to the library to return a movie and then walked to the store for some supplies.
  • 4 hours work. Not really. If you double count the walk as also work, then I think I have two hours. Sports Night wins again.
  • Keep up with dishes and picking up. I did do this!
  • Nap maximum 30 minutes. I actually set the nap timer for an hour as I haven’t been sleeping well and was very tired. But 25 minutes in, the phone rang and it woke me up. I felt refreshed so I did meet my napping limitations goal.
  • Eat only when hungry, stop when full. I wasn’t hungry at dinner so I didn’t eat.
  • Plan food the day before. Did this.
  • Fruit and veggies while watching movie. I actually had a peanut butter coconut honey concoction.

Not bad day. Just no work.