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Disappointing Lovers, Exciting Waters
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05202017-03


-- चार हजार और अठानवे --


Choosing to focus yesterday on Mom and Bill's 20th anniversary, I never mentioned what I did on Tuesday evening: I took myself to see The Lovers starring Debra Winger, who has apparently been in a few things in the intervening years but I really only know her from Terms of Endearment. (Hmm. iMDB reminds me that she was also in An Officer and a Gentleman. I haven't watched that in a long time and remember enough to know there's no pressing need to watch it again. All four of her "Known for" projects on her iMDB page, though, are from between 1980 and 1990 -- three of them from between 1980 and 1983.)

Anyway. The trailers made it look charming and lighthearted, and it was getting generally favorably reviews, which made me expect to like it more than I ultimately did. I actually gave it a C+, and for a different reason than I normally would, because the movie actually did keep me engaged, even in the first, much less interesting half. The reason I had was an unusually moral one: I can't really get past the fact that these people we are clearly meant to think of as sympathetic are left, in the end, really kind of still-shitty people. I found that hard to get past, and it leaves me feeling as though I would have been better off not seeing it at all, let alone as though I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

I spent the evening yesterday at home, the only such evening this week since getting back from Idaho on Monday. Shobhit and I caught up on some TV, and I watched the first three episodes of season three of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, which is still enjoyable but, so far, not quite as great as the first two seasons. Although I did enjoy Titus's parodies of Beyoncé's Lemonade -- which Shobhit never saw the videos for so it was a little more difficult for him to get.

We also worked on the New York Times crossword puzzle, although Shobhit found a web page with the entire finished grid, which made it way too easy to cheat.

I got strangely tired by 9:00 and was in bed by ten. And them, something weird happened: the only reason I know Ivan got home about an hour and a half later than usual from work is because right before I heard him come in the door about a quarter after midnight, I woke up with both of my arms asleep from sleeping on my stomach with both arms beneath myself. This was a very strange thing to wake up to, not being able to feel either of my arms, and in my half-sleep, being careful about turning over onto my back for fear of injuring myself without being able to feel it.

Not long after that, when Shobhit came into the bedroom, I got a sudden cramp in the calf of my right leg. What the hell? Shobhit even tried to massage it but he actually pressed rather hard right on the very spot where the cramp was happening, which I suppose was maybe what should have been done (?), but that made it hurt even more. The spot in my calf has remained sore through the morning today.

As such, I spent maybe an hour or two last night unable to sleep very well. This was still way better than Monday night, when I slept extremely poorly the entire night -- which I blame on that stupid sample energy drink we were given at Costco. It's the only explanation I can think of; I just had a hard time getting to anything deeper than the lightest sleep all night. This left me really tired on Tuesday night, and that whole night I slept like a log for a solid seven hours, which was nice. Last night wasn't as good, but at least it wasn't as bad as Monday night.

-- चार हजार और अठानवे --


05202017-04


-- चार हजार और अठानवे --


I just had lunch with Karen down at the Six-Seven restaurant at the Edgewater Hotel. Unlike last time, when we sat in the bar and everything took so long that Scott even made a snide comment about how long I had been gone when I got back ("That was a two-martini lunch!" -- I wish), I actually made pretty good time. It takes just under ten minutes to walk down there, and Karen texted me at about 12:10 that she was passing the Space Needle so that was when I left. When I got back, it was about 1:20, which means I was gone about an hour and ten minutes. Given how early I tend to get here every day as it is, in neither case was it that big of a deal, but I still wanted to make an effort not to be gone quite as long this time.

And unlike what I usually do, I didn't even bring my headphones for the walks there and back this time. The weather was spectacular -- mostly sunny, but not too warm: 64°. The forecast high is 68°. As I said to Karen, if only days could be like this all through the spring and summer!

We split the truffle macaroni and cheese as usual, although the waiter goofed and split it down the middle even including Karen's valet parking fee. I told her to just pay the tip for us. That still works out to one or two dollars more than I would likely have paid otherwise, but that's fine.

I told her about my plan to start having a theme for my activities each Birth Week from now on, and although right now I'm sticking to Botanical Gardens for 2018, she provided me with the perfect theme for 2019 -- maritime activities! Something on some kind of boat, on as many different bodies of water (of which Seattle has plenty), each day. This was the perfect suggestion to come from her, given that her husband, Dave, works for the Center for Wooden Boats, and guess what? They offer free boat rides! And there are plenty of other ideas, from the splurging end (an Argosy cruise, maybe a Clipper ride to the San Juans) to the free and/or cheap (like, say, paddle boating on Green Lake). Now I'm even more excited for my Birth Week in 2019 than I am for 2018!

I've got plenty to think about and plan for. But now I need to post this and get back to work.

-- चार हजार और अठानवे --


05202017-07

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positive energy please