Aside from working and being plagued with snot, I have had a great vacation. It was two weeks and three weekends! Pretty nice. There are perks to teaching. Besides enriching minds, inspiring the youth of today, blah, blah, blah.
This weekend I saw Doubt.
I’m not someone who likes serious, sad, or even thought-provoking movies. I deal with serious, sad, and thought-provoking at school. I go to a movie for entertainment. So I wasn’t really one hundred percent jazzed about seeing this movie. I was promised I wouldn’t see anything of the gross side of a sexual predator. And I didn’t. Surprisingly, I loved this movie. I had heard there was Oscar talk for Meryl Streep, and about ten minutes into it you see why. She plays someone so unlike herself, it’s amazing. This movie does require a little thinking, but it’s also entertaining. It has quite a few literary qualities and plenty of symbolism (mayhaps too much…). It was one of those movies that inspired conversation afterward. And I loved Meryl Streep’s accent–though maybe not her outfits. Highly recommended!
I read my first Dean Koontz novel this week. It was Life Expectancy. Nobody made out in the book, and it was still good! I didn’t love it, but I did like it. Mostly I had to pat myself on the back for branching out. Geez, a Koontz novel and a serious movie in one week. Obviously I have been sick. Maybe when the drippy nose goes away I’ll be back to Nora Roberts and Will Ferrell.
So my cat learned how to properly go down steps this week. He’s seven. I’ve mentioned before that his gray matter has obviously been compromised at some point. He’s pretty “special.” For instance when he’s outside in the front yard and wants to go to the backyard, he meows on my front porch until I let him in. Then he walks through the living room, through the dining room, straight to the back door, where he sits until I let him out. It’s like the front and back yard are in two different worlds to him. I’m pretty sure he believes in portals. But yeah, seven years to figure steps out. This cat probably was probablyÂ a little quicker on the draw.
So back in August when Breaking Dawn came out, I drafted a group of girls to meet me at the midnight release party so we could film a little spoof. I had a nifty new camera, snacks, a script. Everything. Well turns out my tiny new video camera was of the devil. Because it has taken millions of hours, four months, and two (TWO!!!) hired techies to get the files off the freakin’ thing and convert them. So I’m pretty sure I’m going to scrap our video, but I did put together a short outtake video. It is SO grainy and low quality, but it was our first venture. Though it is a mockery to quality YouTube’s like Staircase Kitty, here it is.
Someone should have told me I was having a bad hair day. But our shirts were cute, eh? The only success of the evening. . .
I am begging Amazon to take my camera back now. So if you have a video camera recommendation–something that is (pretty easily) compatible with MovieMaker and good YouTube quality, PLEASE let me know. I see these teen’s videos all the time on Facebook, but I have NO stinkin’ idea how they do it. It’s like kids are born now with PhD’s in technology.
Have a good week.