A Week of Good Things

I borrowed this shirt (I’m a Pepper!) and drove a big loop down south to my parents’ place, across to Duncan, and back up to my house. Along the way I helped my mom and dad move Mom’s biological mother (mom was adopted in her late teens) into a nursing home. They moved her up from Texas so that she could be closer and someone would be able to take care of her affairs.

There was a red sunrise, all smoky and spooky looking.

I signed my officemate’s daughter’s yearbook. It made me want to write a letter to a younger version of myself. Now we just need to figure out how to send mail through a wormhole. And locate a wormhole.

I wore my Scottie pajamas. They are soft and cozy and I love them. Sorta like my Scottie.

I read. I can see how “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s right up my alley.

Clouds exploded overhead Monday evening, signaling the end of a long holiday weekend.

Moments later rain began pouring down and we got a heavy burst of showers there for about 10 minutes. Tuesday night was even rowdier as huge hail stones pummeled many parts of the OKC metro area. We escaped that part unscathed and managed to keep power all night as far as I know. There was a moment when sparks flew from a powerline in the backyard and we haven’t been able to see what went on back there.

This afternoon and tonight have the potential to be doozies, so please pay attention to your weather alerts. Things are never boring around here, are they? 🙂

50 of My Favorite Films — 45-41

Here we are again! Numbers 45-41 are all movies that I will stop and watch if I catch them on TV, even if I have them on DVD. What is it about that? Like songs you hear on the radio and always stop for (yes, I still listen to the radio occasionally) — for me, those include Jesse’s Girl, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, My Sharona, It Must’ve Been Love, I Cross My Heart, and Friends in Low Places.

Once again, tell me what you think if you have any thoughts or memories about these films. I love reading your comments on them!

45. Pocahontas
You think the only people who are people / Are the people who look and think like you / But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger / You’ll learn things you never knew / You never knew

A must for this list. Why? It’s the first movie I ever saw in a theater. Go ahead, do the math. That means I was 11-years-old when I saw it. My parents are not “into” theater going or “going to the show” as they still often call it.

I’m not even going to go there.

Anyway, took me over 10 years to get myself into a theater and Disney’s Pocahontas holds a special place in my heart because of that. The music is beautiful, there are star-crossed lovers, and in the end (spoiler alert!), she goes on without him. There’s something about that scene where she stands at the edge of the cliff watching his ship sail away back to England that just guts me. Ugh. So sad. Also, now that I know my earliest ancestors to settle in the Americas (other than my Native ancestors) would arrive shortly after the Jamestown Settlement was established in 1607 and would live and work in the same area for a few hundred years, it makes the story a little more important to me.

Lots of themes about life changes and decision making here that I think are valuable.

Then there’s the fact that when I saw this I had the most ginormous crush EVER on Mel Gibson (he’s the voice of John Smith). Sigh. Pre-crazy-drunken-anti-Semite Mel Gibson, I miss you.
44. Father of the Bride
Who presents this woman? This woman? But she’s not a woman. She’s just a kid. And she’s leaving us. I realized at that moment that I was never going to come home again and see Annie at the top of the stairs. Never going to see her again at our breakfast table in her nightgown and socks. I suddenly realized what was happening. Annie was all grown up and was leaving us, and something inside began to hurt.

I think this one has more meaning to me now that I am older, because when I was a kid I didn’t like this movie. Right before I got married though, I sat down and watched this and cried and cried.

Sniff.

Because I’m a daughter.

Because I’m the oldest.

Because I’m the oldest only daughter and…

Waaaaaah!

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Steve Martin is such a goofy dad, trying to do the best for his family. I love this one. And can we get a third one in a few years? The baby from Father of the Bride Part II should be about 16 now.

Also, if you haven’t seen it, please go watch the original with Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy. It’s just fantastic.

43. The Sandlot
“Anyone who wants to be a can’t-hack-it pantywaist who wears their mama’s bra, raise your hand.”

“You’re killing me Smalls! These are s’more’s stuff! Alrite now pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end. Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good!”

Ah, a movie that makes me wish I’d grown up in a simpler time, but also makes me realize that I did grow up in a simpler place. I love my small town.

The movie is perfect for summer. Even though I am not a baseball fan, I do love the camaraderie between the boys and the lessons they learn playing the sport.

And the dog? I was totally petrified of the “Beast” behind the fence when I was a little kid. Back then I think my only motivation for watching this was to look at cutie patootie Mike Vitar*.

*The same can be said for The Mighty Ducks (D2 and D3). It should also be noted that he has been a firefighter for the LAFD since 2002 *swoon*

42. Back to the Future
“I’m George, George McFly. I’m your density. I mean… your destiny.”

Until recently, I had not watched this movie all the way through since I was like 2-years-old or something. One of my very early memories is the scene where Doc Brown gets electrocuted at the clock tower. My dad must have rented it on video because I was super little and I doubt it was on TV yet. But being that my dad was like 25 when the movie came out, uh yeah, totally possible.

Kevin and I went to see this in the theater last fall for the 25th anniversary release. It was great. So happy that we had the chance to see it on the big screen.

41. Wings of Desire / City of Angels
“It’s great to live by the spirit, to testify day by day for eternity, only what’s spiritual in people’s minds. But sometimes I’m fed up with my spiritual existence. Instead of forever hovering above I’d like to feel a weight grow in me to end the infinity and to tie me to earth.” – Wings of Desire

“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One.” – City of Angels

Go ahead. I get a lot of ridicule for enjoying this Nicolas Cage flick. I’m including the German film that it’s based on because it’s great as well and really different from the more polished Hollywood retelling. The original is set in West Berlin near the end of the Cold War, so there are a number of great shots of the Berlin Wall.

There are a number of very beautiful scenes in City of Angels and the soundtrack includes some great music. My heart, which is stuck in the 90s musically, rejoices at the sound of these tunes.