Annette's Acre

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February 15th, 2010 by Annette

Olympics and Movies and TUSAL

This weekend was devoted to two primary endeavors:

  • Watching the Winter Olympics
  • Catching up on recently released (to DVD) movies and one new theatre release

One would think that another result would be some great stitching progress, right?

Yeah.  One. Would. Think.

But let’s hold that for a minute…..

For the first time, I watched the entire opening ceremonies for the Olympics.  That’s right… first time *ever*.  I admit to fast-forwarding thru some bits (we didn’t start watching until after K got home from work, so had an hour+ on the DVR), including two long-winded speeches, but we watched until the torch was lit.  Very interesting.  Loved the tap/jazz sequence and KD Lang’s rendition of Hallelujah.

I also started my Olympic knitting project during the show.  Managed a few inches….

On Saturday and Sunday the Olympic watching continued.  Other than hockey, I’ll pretty much watch every other sport.  Love the skiing (downhill, slalom – moguls are growing on me).  Love luge/bobsled.  Figure skating is the best (men’s and ice dancing are my favorites, but will watch them all).

I didn’t watch every minute of coverage, but managed most of the primetime NBC hours.  And a few more inches of Olympic knitting.  Sock yarn and #3 needles are sloooow growing.  Love the colors 🙂

Movies

DH rented a few movies on Friday for weekend.  I had given him a wish list and was pleasantly surprised at what came home.

Julie & Julia (DVD) – watched this on Saturday afternoon.  I admit to feeling a curious desire to buy an orange Le Creuset crockpot and make beef bourguignon afterward.  Luckily, this feeling has passed.  Overall, a good movie, but with a few loose ends I wish were tied up more neatly.  Not enough for me to hunt down the book, though.

The Time Traveler’s Wife (DVD) – this was Sunday afternoon’s movie.  I admit, I *adored* the book.  I found it romantic and captivating and the movie was the same.  I shed a tear at the end of the book and had tissue in hand for the movie.  Now, it’s been years since I read the book so I cannot state it was a faithful telling or not.  Maybe that’s a good thing?

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (DVD) – late Sunday afternoon with the kids.  Entertaining.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (theatre) – Kids and I saw this at 10 this morning.  I was totally surprised at the number of other folks with the same idea!  Theatre was at least 85 – 90% capacity.  Not many empty seats to be found.

This story I read just a few months ago, so I can definitely state there were some significant changes in the plot along the way.  Of course, it would be virtually impossible for them to cram it all in.  I get that.  Totally.  And with *one* exception, I thought the movie was quite good on its own merit.

The one exception is this:  Athena at The Parthenon.  The one shown in the movie looked nothing like this.  This bugs me.  It’s a real place.  Couldn’t you use the real statue?  How many people are now going to visit the Parthenon in Nashville and say “Hey, that’s not the right statue!”

Just sayin’.

TUSAL

Here’s my jar for the month:

As you can see, unlike last month there’s really no nice clean layers for projects worked on.  Sure, you can see the pink  yarn where I finished the baby blanket.  Otherwise – a  hodgepodge. This will be the norm, I’m sure.  Especially if I continue in this haphazard-don’t-want-to-work-on-anything-in-the-queue mood I’m in right now.

Comments

7 Responses to “Olympics and Movies and TUSAL”
  1. I happened to watch The Time Traveler’s Wife last night as well and thought it was excellent! It’s been at least a couple of years since I read the book as well so I can’t say with 100% certainty but I think it followed the book quite well. I think I’ll have to add it to my movie collection and I have a strong urge to read the book again.

  2. Your Olympic knitting project looks like it is moving along well. That pattern is on y ever-growing to do list. 🙂

    I only watched some of the countries entering the ceremonies, and a wee bit with a giant polar bear. Weird. I heard the opening ceremonies were great though.

  3. Lovin’ the colors of that scarf. It’s really a secret present for me, right? 😉 I won’t tell.

    We’ve been Olympics obsessed around here, too. Oh, and as a Nashville resident, I can tell you that most of the folks who visit our Parthenon have no idea what Athena is supposed to look like, anyway. LOL!

  4. Still loving the colors for that scarf.

    We rented Cloudy this past weekend. I loved it to pieces. I just might end up buying that one, and I buy very little in the way of movies.

  5. Melissa C. says

    Read Julie & Julia and loved it, so I’m afraid to see the movie. 🙂

    Taking older girl scouts to the movies on Saturday, and I’m hoping they choose Percy Jackson. Saw Cloudy with my younger girl scouts when it first came out, and although I normally can’t stomach kids’ movies, I enjoyed it.

  6. Oh thank you! I’ve been waiting for someone who’s read the book to review The Time Traveller’s Wife in movie format for me. I’m dying to know how they handled some of the more intense scenes. If you feel like it was a pretty decent version, I guess I’ll break down and watch it. Is HBO or anyone running it right now? Or did you rent it?

  7. I saw Julie and Julia the other day too, wasn’t too impressed with the ending and a few other things but wanted to let you know that Julia Child’s book, My Life in France, is well worth hunting down. Can’t say much about the other book the movie is based on but I really enjoyed Julia Child’s work.