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Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial 3 Miler

After taking a full week off of running, I decided that today was the day to get back to it. So, this evening, after the sun began to set and the air cooled some, I set out for a short 3 miler. It was not fast (29:59), but it felt good to get back out there and run.

And that's all I have to say about that.

In other news, no, we did not buy a new TV yesterday. Yes, we went and looked, but there weren't any impressive sales -- see, I'm looking for a store that sells a 42" HDTV, LCD, 1080P, preferably in a brand I recognize, like Sony or Panasonic, for...oh...$6. Ever heard of a store like that? If so, let me know. Pronto. Until then, I suppose we will just hoard our money and wait.

Instead, we did go to the cheap theater ($3 tickets) to see "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." It was pretty funny; I could have done without the full-frontal male nudity, and I thought a few parts could have been cut down for time, but overall, worth the $3 for some good laughs. Then, we also had a few flicks at home to watch: "The Golden Compass" and "Enchanted." We watched one last night and one today; neither deserves an enthusiastic endorsement.

I mean, "The Golden Compass" was alright -- followed the book pretty closely but excluded the book's tragic ending (in fact, it simply evaded the novel's ending by ending before the book's ending) -- but something about it just felt "blah." And then, "Enchanted"? Holy lord, that was mind-numbing. Granted, I know it was a movie for children, but there are some children's movies that also manage to capture an adult audience (ie, "Shrek"). But this? This was dull, predictable, and stale. I guess I had the mistaken assumption that it was going to be satirical -- you know, a la "Shrek" -- a fairy tale that mocks fairy tales while still managing to uphold certain standards of the genre. Instead it was such a boring version of the worst of the Disney-fied fairy tales. Maybe I'd appreciate it if I had children. Or if I were a child.

Aside from gorging on movies, both Jerry and I have been spending most of our day reading. He's reading Ken Follett's "World Without End" and I'm reading Augusten Burrough's "A Wolf at the Table." I didn't like the first few pages of Burrough's book, but now that I'm more than halfway through, I love it (although, if you're interested in Burrough's memoirs, start with "Running with Scissors" or "Dry" first).

Hope everyone else enjoyed a holiday weekend that was a good blend of fun with family and/or friends and relaxation. Back to the grind tomorrow, folks.

22 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

good job on teh 3 miler.

i saw enchanted on a plane. i agree that is was just okay.

Erin said...

Do you have an anti-sarcasm filter on your blog? I just tried to post a very whitty comment but the Blogger God's wouldn't allow me to. Dangit.

Firefly's Running said...

Sounds like a fun day

J~Mom said...

I totally loved Enchanted. I hope that doesn't say something about my IQ. :>X

Paul said...

Get too it! hehe. I haven't been to the theater in oh about 4 months! It's gonna be a while yet... :)

AnthonyP said...

Perfectly fine 3-miler at an easy pace. Great job.

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the 3 miler. I need to get out there and run today ... it's been over a week.

I saw "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" when on a date a few weeks back. Thought it was funny, but I don't think he enjoyed the male nudity! HA!

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO! If you find that $6 tv, you let me know! I'll be there!

Kevin said...

Nice 3 miler. Good luck on that 6$ flat screen

RazZDoodle said...

I've got a 4 year old whose main mission in life right now is to see Enchanted. I've been putting it off, but I'll cave soon.

MOF said...

Glad to hear that about Enchanted so we didn't waste any money. Of course, that's a movie that is only on my list and not on the hubby's list, so it may be crossed off.

Froyd said...

golden compass? more like golden compASS

P.O.M. said...

I read "running" and "dry" so let me know how you end up liking the new book.

sRod said...

Enchanted was up for 3 OScars...all for the music. Was that at least decent?

lifestudent said...

Ohhhh, dont say anything bad about Enchanted! I havent seen it yet, but I highly anticipate it to be mind-numbing...and thats 99% of the reason I want to see it. I love the predictable romance-comedy in which one does not need to think (or even pay attention) to get the basic entertainment value. Then every-once-in-a-while I watch a complicated twister in which I am thoroughly stumped and stupified and feel that makes up for all of the fluff I watch. I am also eagerly awaiting Made of Honor's release on DVD :)

MN Mom said...

Non related to your blog update...but I made the Tomato basil bites...yum...thanks! See you soon.

chia said...

Complaining about full frontal male nudity is up there with complaining about having too much money.

Blasphemy I tell you. Blasphemy.

runner26 said...

I'm an Augusten fan. Loved the memoirs (running with scissors, dry, and possible side effects is also good). Is "A wolf at the table" similar? Or fiction? I'll have to check it out. And to answer your Q...my mom took that pic. Apparently, she couldn't see b/c of the sun in her eyes ;)

Shannon said...

We almost hit the cheap theater to see "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" yesterday as well. I bet we could have seen each other - we stand out in all the sea of grey hair - and sat together, but we decided to spend the big bucks on Indiana Jones instead. Entertaining and that Harrison Ford is still pretty delicious. :)

Crystal said...

Isn't it funny how women really don't care to see the full nudity of a man in a movie but men wish every movie had naked women.

You've got in more running than me. I didn't get out for my run last night, instead I had three beers. No swimming this morning either, just couldn't get my butt outta bed. There's always tomorrow right?

Viv said...

Ahh sweet to be running again.

Have you tried Bransmart Jess? Look at their ad when it comes out and remember you can always make them an offer there not $6 but maybe a little higher.

I saw a cultural movie this weekend that I have not reviewed yet, but will give you the skinny. "Diving Bell and The Butterfly" it was really good in my opinion. Read up on it since it was based on the novel you might be up for it.

Viv said...

* Brandsmart

geez I love to mispell and coma splice all over your blog.