Let me rewind a little bit to earlier this week. On our day off, B. and I decided to go see There Will Be Blood. (Possible spoilers in this paragraph.) I have to say that I rolled right along with it for most of the movie. I found the music highly irritating, but I thought it was a pretty darn good movie. The only other Daniel Day Lewis movies I’ve ever seen are The Crucible and The Boxer, but they were both so long ago that I have no real memory of them, and so I am not a part of the universal human family who worships at his altar even though I really enjoy his startlingly serious and heartfelt acceptance speeches and obviously think he is a beautiful physical specimen. But I liked him in this part, mostly, and I thought the oil drilling stuff and the small town stuff was really neat, and the kid was adorable, so fine. But by the time it flashed forward, it lost me, and I just wanted everyone to die (except for H.W.) and put themselves and me out of our misery. I also thoroughly misunderstood the preacher character. I thought that Paul and Eli were his split personalities and had no clue they were actually two people. We walked out of the movie theater, and I was like, “Huh?” And B. was like, “Clearly it was an allegory about the defeat of religion by commerce in America.” Ooookay. I’m sure he’s right, but I really did not need to see that bowling alley scene to teach me that lesson. I am becoming annoyed all over again just thinking of the goddamn straw and milkshake business.
Thankfully, I watched The Jane Austen Book Club a few days later, and it was so sweet and adorable and lovely and I really liked it. I liked every single person in it, and Hugh Dancy is clearly destined to become a Major Movie Star.
Something that makes me happy: The Weepies have a new album coming out on April 22. It is called Hideaway. I cannot wait.
My shopping at the produce market has altered the way I’m trying to eat lately. I’m not trying to diet, but I’m trying to eat so many healthy, natural foods that I don’t want to fill up on crap all the time. I still have the occasional cookie at work, but I’m really enjoying the healthier foods right now. I’m also over meat for the time being. I’ve never been a major meat lover, but I’ve been eating some tofu and soy crumbles lately and trying to find protein substitutes for meat. I continue to be obsessed with roasting vegetables. This is very dull so I will stop.
Based on hearing 2 of their songs, I think I have a new favorite band! The Avett Brothers. “Die, Die, Die” is a song that gets better as it goes along and becomes pretty great by the end. I am intrigued and want to hear more.
One of the better things I’ve done lately was spend a lunch break pulling over, parking my car, and standing under Japanese magnolia trees and taking pictures of them on a sunny afternoon. They are pretty and pink and smell like heaven.