Sunday, October 31, 2010

What a story!

Some movies are masterpieces of action and effects. Hereafter is not one of them. It's a quiet story about faith and science and luck and love and the afterlife. Matt Damon, the woman who plays Marie (Cecile de France, an actress I've never seen before) and the McLaren brothers who play twins are all terrific.

And I like Clint Eastwood so much more as a director than I ever did as an actor.

Trick or treaters were buzzing around here

By far the most popular costume in my neighborhood this year was the bumble bee. I also saw a good many black cats and devils.

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Meme About Me, Myself and I

1. What inspires you to blog? I'm trying create an honest snapshot of who I am now. The anonymity helps me be more candid.

2. What’s the best thing about blogging, for you? More than once I have received sincere support I have received in times of sadness and stress from my regulars in the blogosphere. You know how you are, and I hope you realize how much your messages have meant to me. There's something so very touching about knowing that people who have seen my inner self -- good, bad and sometimes petulant and ugly -- still took the time to send prayers and positivity.

3. What is your favorite book of all time? JFK: Reckless Youth by Nigel Hamilton

4. It’s 9pm and for some reason you’ve been hungry all day, despite the three square meals. What do you rustle up? Either a sandwich or a bowl of cereal

5. Who are three of your style icons? Three? I don't have three. I still turn to Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear.

6. What’s your current favorite song/piece of music?

7. What is the last book you read? Fragile by Lisa Unger. It was very, very good -- a girl from a small town is missing, the clock is ticking, the authorities are trying to find her and the teens know stuff they're not telling. It's about more than this one case, though. It's about families and life in small towns and how history unfortunately keeps repeating itself.

8. What is your current favorite recipe? I open the bag of Dole Classic Iceberg Salad, put the greens in a bowl, throw in some slivered almonds, grated cheese and raisins, mix it all up and cover it with French dressing. (Hey! I never said I was a chef!)

9. Who or what first inspired you to set up your own blog? I had a lot in my head and heart and, since I'm a writer, writing is how I process stuff.

10. What object could you not live without? This here laptop.

11. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Hopefully still writing -- perhaps freelancing -- with this very roof over my head. By then I'd love to have this place paid off.

12. Who or what made you into the person you are today? Possibly a million cans of Coke.

13. What have your learned from blogging? See #2.

14. Knowing what you know now, what knowledge would you pass on to your past self? I wish I'd appreciated my size 6 self more. I only saw the flaws. In retrospect, I was gorgeous! And I didn't enjoy it.

15. Sunday roasts - lunchtime or evening meal? Whatever time the cook chooses to serve it to me. Since I'm not much on preparation, I don't feel I have any right to be picky.

16. What has been your best blogging-related experience so far? See #2.