Tonight Marilyn took us to see the movie "A Walk in the Woods" -- June (for her birthday), Jim, sister Sue and me (and paid for food, as well). Very nice of her.
And we ALL loved the movie!!!
It hasn't received good reviews (it has 45% at Rotten Tomatoes -- but the audience has scored it 60% there). But the relationship between Bill and Stephen is delightful -- and Nick Nolte's acting is fantastic, as always. Of course, the actual Appalachian Trail is one of the 'characters' of this film, and in light of our recent fascination with the trail, Marilyn and I were frequently in tears while watching the movie. The scenes of the trail were AMAZING.
So in spite of what you may have heard about this movie, you might want to give it a try. As I say, we all LOVED it. Plus, there's a lot to be said for a movie that features older characters...
(Oh, an aside: I just read online about the real Stephen Katz (that's NOT his name), which was interesting.)
As for today, I ended up staying home. I cleaned up the kitchen and did TWO loads of dishes. I also cleaned out the fridge and took out a bunch of composting. We had some veggies that had gone bad in the kitchen and really had a bad odor...
I took out piles of recycling, piles of garbage (where did it all come from?) and finally cleaned the cat boxes. And picked up in the living room and my bedroom (where I put more stuff away from our recent trip).
And in the afternoon I went out and worked on the lilac a bit. I'd considered trying to tie it up, but it's too heavy for me -- I'll need to get Hector to do it. But I did take down some bad branches, using a saw. And I clipped back the roses in the corner (near my bedroom window). One looks like it might have died this year, I'm sorry to report. Anyway, there's a HUGE pile of clippings in the yard now that need to go.
I wanted to get some of that work done before the rain came. It started tonight while we were in the movie.
Marilyn came home around 7:00 (or so). I laid down at 6:00-ish for a nap with Henry. We didn't really sleep, just rested our eyes a bit. (smile) Then I pulled myself together after Marilyn finally got home to be ready at a quarter to eight to pick up Sue. (June and Jim took their own car and met us there.)
Anyway, I got a LOT done today, I felt. So it was a productive day. Plus having a good time at the show!
And Marilyn got her emails down to around 300, which is amazing after being out of the office for two weeks! Good for her! (I still need to tackle my own email from work. Maybe tomorrow...)
Anyway, I'm tired and so ready to head to bed now! Poor Marilyn needs to wash her hair first...
I'm just yawning and yawning. I guess I wore myself out today. And we've been tired after all our recent activity. What a busy summer we've had!
That was our FIRST TIME EVER going to a movie with Jim! We're hoping to go more often to see a movie with June and Jim. There are some great films now for older people, for one thing, which is nice. (We also loved "Mr. Holmes" -- and other good film that appeals to an older audience.)
Speaking of "Mr. Holmes": Marilyn is reading the first of Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes books and totally thinks the author of the book for that movie ripped her off (which immediately occurred to me when we saw it).
We're reading that book out loud, plus the Emma Gatewood Appalachian Trail book -- and hope to get back to both of them.
Good night, everyone!