Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Movie Tuesday 8/7

Somehow Monday slipped away with no time for a CFS Blog post.

We are all doing a bit better this week - thank you all for the wonderful supportive comments and encouragement last week.  Now that we have faced reality and gotten past the emotional part, we are all feeling more ready to deal with what is coming and make some decisions.  We have a meeting with the Assistant Dean of Engineering this week, and my doctor's office just called to say the Special Housing Request form and handicapped parking form are ready to be picked up.  So, we will get our questions answered about engineering curriculum and part-time (a good sign:  the Dean told me on the phone that he has had other engineering students with CFS and understands their needs!!), file those forms, and then help Jamie to make his decision...whether to live at home and just take a class or two or to try living on campus and take the minimum required classes to be considered full-time.  Either way, it will work out.

So, as you can imagine, we were in need of some good distractions this weekend after our emotional week!  We watched two good movies on DVD:
  • While Craig went to the actual theater to see the latest Batman movie with friends, Ken and Jamie and I watched a movie that Jamie's wanted to see for a long time: Gone.  In this heart-pounding thriller (seriously, take your beta blockers before watching this one!), Amanda Seyfried stars as the victim of a kidnapping whom no one believes.  She claims to have escaped from a violent man who held her captive in a hole in a local park, but police never found the hole nor any evidence of the crime.  Now, she comes home from work one day to find her sister missing, and she is convinced that the same guy has come back to seek revenge on her for escaping...but of course, no one takes her seriously.  So, she strikes out on her own to find this dangerous man and rescue her sister.  This is one action-packed movie, filled with chase scenes and high tension that kept us all guessing.  We enjoyed it, but I wouldn't advise watching it right before bedtime!
  • Sunday night, we all finally had a chance to watch Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the second in the newish series starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.  Like the first movie, this one was filled with action and suspense, with an intricate and clever plot involving the evil Professor Moriarty.  There is a lot of fighting but also some good laughs to lighten the tension.
We are also continuing to watch episodes of Alphas, Warehouse 13, X-Files, and Castle with the kids, and Ken and I are enjoying season 1 of The Good Wife.

Have you seen any good movies or TV lately?

(If you are also interested in what we are reading this week, check out the Monday post at my book blog.)


Renee said...

Love that show Castle!!! Makes us laugh! Our week as been olympic coverage..

Char said...

Just an idea, Aubrey was able to only take 3 classes this semester and be considered full time because we had a medical note stating that this was medically necessary. Its considered full time to take 4-6 classes. This allows her to live on campus (or have a place to rest if needed between classes)or come home (15 minutes away) if she needs to. Of course we have to pay full time rates so its no bargain, but we will try it this semester and then re-evaluate. It sounds like Jamie has had a harder year than Aubrey so I don't know if this is an option, but it may be an idea for the future if its not appropriate now.

Sue Jackson said...

Yes, Char, same here. Disability said minimum of 6-9 credits to be considered full-time. As you said, it is no bargain to pay full rates for just a few classes! We are talking to the Dean to better understand course requirements, curriculum, prerequisites, course difficulty, schedule, etc. For instance, one of the classes he is scheduled for is Chemistry which includes a 3-hour lab in the evening! Don't think he can manage that.


Patrick W. Calvin said...

Sue, Thanks for the advice about air travel you left on my blog. I bought a pair of compression socks, and plan to drink plenty of water and vegetable juice + salt.

You seem to have made a fan out of my mother too, who is perfectly healthy. Anytime you leave a comment on my blog, she rushes to email me: "Sue Jackson just left a comment on your blog!" You'd think I just received a correspondence from the President of the United States. LOL. You're the only commenter who gets this treatment. I think she feels a certain affinity for a fellow concerned mother. So thanks on her behalf too. Take care,


Sue Jackson said...

ha ha ha - thanks for the laugh, Patrick! Just what I needed today! How wonderful that your mom is so involved and supportive. And I am flattered that she sees me as such an honored guest! lol

Good luck with your trip - I hope it goes well and you are able to enjoy the wedding!