Not Enjoying

I so wanted to stay present in this creative endeavor and I’m failing just as I start. This summer is proving to be very busy and I don’t predict any let up until September. Here are my goings on at the moment and I’m going to try harder.

We’ve had a house guest for almost 3 weeks now who leaves tomorrow and it will be good to get the house back to ourselves and in order again. The kiddo is getting over a bad chest cold that I conveniently caught after being coughed in the face for 2 days and it’s sticking around for me as well. Gud has doubled in size since we got him last month and is now 26.6 pounds. He’s healthy and happy and loves to chew on hard things like raw hides or sticks or mulch. He’s really good with the crate training and is getting better with walking on the leash these days. He’s not really into chasing things except people and he nips at your clothes so we are trying to stop that behavior. Dave got a promotion at work and has a company truck now which is awesome. Not only for him but because he doesn’t have to pay for gas anymore which is SWEET!!!! I’ve taken on some new responsibilities at work which could transition me into a new role at some point which is also good. All of these things have kept the stress levels pretty high at our house for the past few weeks. Hopefully things will settle down more as we approach some trips.

Dave and I will be going with friends to see the POLICE in philly next week. He’s super excited as he’s a big fan. I’m excited because he is and I also like them well enough. It will be our first overnight trip without the kiddo and we are planning to stay over 2 nights. Hopefully all will be good with that.

In August we are going to the outer banks, NC for a week with family friends. That should be a really fun time and we are really looking forward to it.

Sorry I don’t have any photos this time – hopefully soon! You’ll have to take my word for it that we’ve had 3 awesome tomatoes from one tomato plant and 2 more are just about ready!!! I’ve hung the strawberry pot so that the critters would stop eating them and the enjoyed a few of those too. There are 6 green peppers that I’m patiently waiting to turn purple.

Happy Summer until next time!!


Dave’s pick this week from Netflix was 2001: Space Odyssey. He’d never saw the classic sci-fi movie and was tired of the romantic-comedy films I have been choosing. I thought I had seen it before with I was a kid visiting an uncle who was obsessed with sci-fi on laser disc and knitting (that’s ANOTHER story), but 4 minutes into the film I realized I hadn’t and it was going to be a long night.

I don’t know if I’m just dense, but I didn’t get it. It should have been called 2001: Space Silence. No one talked. They must have paid the actors by the word. I saw Castaway and didn’t notice that he wasn’t talking, but I hung on the silence in this film just waiting for someone to say anything. Jokes would have been good. 45 minutes of the film took place on a ship traveling to Jupiter with 2 astronauts who were working. They spoke to each other once for two minutes and that was to plan how to disconnect the computer. Didn’t say good morning when they ate together. Didn’t chat about their interview with the BBC news reporter. Didn’t ask how their mushy corn was. Nada.

Then there’s the big black rectangular rock that appears at the down of man and then on the moon and then floating by Jupiter. And it plays music. Why? What does it do? Who made it? Was it on earth to help us evolve? Is it the same rock or different ones?

Now let’s talk about their clothes. It looked like the scene of a 1960’s mod film. I would think the director would have a little more imagination about futuristic attire. Or should I say did he have any imagination in that respect at all since the movie was filmed in 1968!

Many people believe this is one of the best films ever made. It is a beautiful representation of the questions “where we came from” or “how the universe came to be”. I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. Maybe it was HAL. Maybe the lack of dialog. Or David’s strange appearance in a white room that looks like a French museum. Or possibly the lack of a summary to the plot. I think it was the worst film I have ever seem. Really. No really – it was! Worse even than the only movie I’ve left the theater in the middle of.