Overall, we had a great time. Jamie and I both did fairly well, with only a few rough days for each of us. We both managed lots of active fun, hiking and climbing on the cool rock formations, and even a long day at an amusement park on the way home! I will tell you more about the ups and downs of traveling with CFS once I get caught up - I still have over 950 unread e-mails to get through!!
For now, I thought I'd jump back into the blogging world with a quick Movie Monday post. We got home late Friday night, and relaxed and recovered this weekend with some DVDs:
- When Craig went to the movies with his friends and Jamie went to bed early, Ken and I decided we only had energy for something light, so we watched No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. It was a very light - fluffy even! - romantic comedy, somewhat predictable but still fun. Portman plays a commitment-phobic, very busy doctor-in-training who has neither the time nor inclination for a serious relationship. She proposes an irresistible deal to Kutcher's character: get together for sex and have fun, with no strings attached. Of course, Kutcher eventually falls in love with her and breaks all the rules she established, and...well, I think you can guess what happens next. There's not a lot of emotional depth to this movie (it bothered me that Portman's emotional problems didn't seem to have any cause), but it's good for a couple of hours of light escapism...which was just what we wanted!
- After visiting South Dakota, we realized the kids had never seen Dances with Wolves (which was filmed in Custer State Park, one of our favorite places), so I ran to the library as soon as we got home to borrow it. We all watched it last night. The kids loved it (and I had forgotten most of it!). In case you never saw it when it was released in 1990 (and won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), it is the story of a Civil War hero who, at his own request, is relocated to the army's most remote post, a deserted and primitive outpost in South Dakota. There, he encounters a local Sioux tribe and is gradually accepted and welcomed by them. It's a fabulous, epic movie with amazing scenery - we especially enjoyed the scenes with the huge herd of bison that we recently saw ourselves at Custer. Highly recommended.
|Close Encounters with Custer State Park's Bison Herd|