I hadn’t consciously intended to take a blog break for that length of time – but I did – and it’s good to be back.
So on April 5th I bopped down to Jersey to stay with friends. We did the usual round of movies:
Going In Style – Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin & Ann-Margaret – need I say more? Awesome fun!
I am not Your Negro – Brilliant. Oscar worthy editing. Oscar worthy period.
Tommy’s Honor – It’s about golf – see it even if you hate golf.
Born in China – Snow Leopards, Panda, Snub-nosed monkeys. Disney at it’s best.
Unforgettable – Such good actors, but one of those movies where you start thinking about how you would have done it differently.
Boss Baby – Loved it.
Kong: Skull Island – Exciting!
T2 – Trainspotting 2 – One of the best sequels ever.
The Zookeepers Wife – We are in a period of movies featuring hidden history. And I say More! More! More!
Ghost in the Shell – I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but I liked this.
Gifted – McKenna Grace – child actress – force of nature. If she’s in it – I’m there.
Thanks to a friend’s bonus points we stayed in New York overnight. In approximately 36 hours we did a movie (I am not Your Negro), Thai food in the Village, MoMa, The Russian Tea Room, The Whitney, and a walk across Central Park to one of my favorite Indian restaurants. Insane fun.
Last weekend was spent in Georgetown, DC. It was misty/rainy most of the time, but not torrential. I hadn’t explored this area of DC during previous trip, so I was anxious to explore. Spent most of my time in two bookstores at Dupont Circle: Second Story aka the Land of Hidden Treasures and the incredible Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. Kramerbooks is open to 1am daily; 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. I was hoping to find a genie in a bottle somewhere, because my first wish would be to have those two stores down the road from our house.
The hotel was on the Georgetown University campus. I love the energy of college/university towns, and the places students hang out. It’s a Fountain of Youth elixir laced with Creative Inspiration for me. I sat for hours in Starbucks in a sea of Mac Books and conversation writing non-stop. Sunday afternoon was spent at The National Gallery of Art before boarding the train back to Northern New Jersey.
I managed to even read a book:
MARY ASTOR’S PURPLE DIARY
The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936
By Edward Sorel
Click on the highlighted text/title above to read Woody Allen’s review of Purple Diary. I could not agree with Woody more.
Trivia bit: The diary was actually brown. The papers thought purple made for better headlines.
I returned from Northern New Jersey Sunday April 30th; the day of my darling daughter Josie’s 34th birthday. After she picked me up from the bus we had our traditional Mom’s Back Feast at Taco Bell.
Monday the 1st was Josie & Chris’s 13th wedding anniversary, and we all went out to celebrate at a local restaurant. Such a good time. These two are right out of a fairy tale.
And we end this post today Tuesday. May 2nd with me at my desk.
Til next time.