I made a real effort this weekend to not drive myself crazy trying to get things done and to take some time out to just relax with my family. The only time I spent on my computer was in a delightful volley of comments on Facebook with some old classmates from elementary school, after one guy posted a photo from our fourth grade play, Mr. Grumpy's Toy Shop. What fun to reminisce and rediscover friends I hadn't seen in 30 years!
After a busy Friday and Saturday, all four of us were pretty wiped out yesterday, so we just hunkered down in the house together and took it easy. The boys each had a little homework to do, but otherwise, we gave ourselves a break and watched two movies together - one of them in the middle of the day! (oh, the scandal...) The dark and wet weather cooperated with our lazy spirits for a nice quiet Sunday at home. And the movies? All were excellent:
- Friday night, Ken and I stayed up way too late watching Shutter Island. I read the book a few months ago, so I knew how it ended, but I didn't remember all the details. I thought this was an excellent book adaptation - it stuck very close to the book and really captured the plot and characters well. It's the very spooky story of a Federal Marshal who is called to a mysterious island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from an isolated facility for the criminally insane. We both liked it.
- I watched another book-to-movie adaptation last week during my lunches: Memoirs of a Geisha. I've quoted from this beautifully written book a couple of times here in my blog. In this case, the movie did not - and could not possibly - live up to the standards of the book, but I wanted to see the visuals of the time and place the book is set in, the early years of the 20th century in Japan. The movie didn't capture the depth of emotion of the book, but I did enjoy seeing such a wonderful book brought to life on the screen.
- With the kids on Sunday, we watched The Pursuit of Happyness, a wonderful and inspiring story of how a man, played by Will Smith, and his young son, played by Smith's real-life son, Jayden, went from living on the edge to homelessness and back out. Ken and I had seen it before, so I knew the kids would like it. Even though I knew what happened, I still teared up! It's a heartwarming movie based on a true story.
- After dinner, we watched another amazing movie based on a true story, The Blind Side, with Sandra Bullock in the starring role as a wealthy southern mother who takes in a poor, homeless, rather large black boy. It was just as wonderful as all the reviews said - we all loved every minute of it. If you haven't seen this inspiring movie yet, you should.