Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Wow. I am the least productive person in the world this week, at least as far as work is concerned. I feel sort of bad. Given that I don’t hate my job these days, it’s funny that I have no work ethic this week. Heck, I’m not even Christian! But it’s so quiet here, which is lovely, it’s rather relaxing, and Nancy has been dragging me out for epic lunch/shopping trips (I’m a willing participant!), getting in the work groove is decidedly not on.

Plus, I’m feeling gloomy. Missing Kent, which is ridiculous. But then, maybe it’s because at exactly this time last year, we were spending our final days together. Maybe that’s why I’m so sad when I think about him (instead of looking back fondly). I need to completely block him out for now. I have an email of his waiting for a reply but I can’t bring myself to answer (it pre-dates our recent phone call, but it deserves an answer). I could go on and on about this but why don’t I stop? It’s making me sad all over again.

As to work, I’m not doing it and I guess that will just have to be ok this week. I will try and read something as soon as I finish writing this. On my day off, on Monday, I went to see Up in the Air. I think I’d vaguely heard it had a serious side. Did it ever—but not until I was lulled into a false sense of happiness and resolution. Then WHAM. Disaster, sadness, despair. Really not what I was looking for. (It was good and I recommend it but the ending was kind of a bummer.) Very glad I didn’t go see this alone on all-alone-in-the-world-poor-me Christmas Day. Sheesh. Like that time Mom and I went to see Lost in Translation on the High Holidays. It was discombobulating.

Anyway, for x-mas, I’d like something purely escapist. I was thinking It’s Complicated. But, oy, so relationship-y. I don’t want romance or comedy. Maybe the new Sherlock Holmes. I think I will hate the way it deals with women but I will love the crazed Robert Downy version of Holmes and perhaps that will be enough. I am open to your suggestions, however.

Grateful for: new movies.


  1. avatar is pretty escapist, and actually pretty good. at least the special effects blew me away.

    i also enjoyed the fantastic mr. fox.

  2. like angela said (and probably dozens of others) go see avatar. most excellent. the story is derivative and all but unlike most effects-driven films, there is a tangible, coherent story. and i loved the ending.

  3. If you see Avatar, see the 3D version. When I saw Up in the Air, I thought it was another bad George Clooney movie (Men Who Stare at Goats simply sucked) but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. The symbolism is obvious, but I really liked the ending...he finally thinks he may want what she has...and she wants to escape! Why is "being an adult" synonymous with "being stuck?" I'm an Episcopalian whose family always celebrates Christmas on the 24th, so I do movies on Christmas Day. I will probably see It's Complicated and The Victoria, although I may see Invictus since it got all those GG noms.

  4. The government should just shut down for a couple of weeks this time of the year because NO ONE does any work. You are not alone. Believe me your lack of productivity will not be noticed.

  5. We saw Up In The Air last night. Not a feel-good Christmas Eve movie. Later this weekend we'll go see some lighter fare.

    Merry Christmas.

  6. Thanks everyone! Good suggestions all. I'm not sure which it will be yet, but I'll be writing about it no doubt.

    I'm pretty sure my unproductive days went unnoticed. ;)


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