Disjointed thoughts.

I didn’t say very much about it at the time, but Once was my favorite movie of last year, hands down. We went and saw it one Saturday in August, and Mike went and saw it again the next day. And we spent the rest of the fall and winter listening to the soundtrack (actually, I am still listening to it) and counting the days until it came out on DVD. “Falling Slowly” was my favorite movie scene from last year, too – one of those scenes where you know something magical is happening and you are suddenly mesmerized. I was ecstatic when they won the Oscar, because I like to have my opinions validated by others. And because it was such a moving song in such a moving scene that it deserved to be recognized. And I have been sharing my copy of the movie with teachers at my school. I would compare it to a drug, like crack, but drug references are frowned upon.

One of our friends has fallen very ill in the past few weeks, which has been incredibly sad. Even having been through this sort of thing, I am not very good with knowing how to help people who are very sick. So I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins tonight, his favorite. I want to fix things, or at least to be useful. We took his favorite flowers on Sunday, and Mike worked on his computer yesterday, and he’ll get some muffins tomorrow. I guess that’s not so bad. I just wish that I could put some magical healing mojo into the muffins along with the chocolate chips.

I have been reading a whole lot lately, but I haven’t really written anything up. I even read a graphic novel for my class: American Born Chinese. Overall, I have to say that graphic novels are not really my thing, but it was very good, and had a great message. I also enjoyed Monster by Walter Dean Myers. I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. I have read about the same amount of books as last year, but I have to confess that more of them are young adult books than last year. However, I am also reading articles for my classes. And Entertainment Weekly. Which I seem to mention in every post.

Did you know that Mike is almost done with his student teaching? It’s true. Can you believe that?

Mike has been playing some of the Counting Crows’ new songs, and I have to say, they are not bad. I put a moratorium on the Counting Crows a few years ago and refused to listen to any of their songs. Because they only had four albums. And Mike played those four albums constantly. And I had to put a stop to it. He’s been sneaking them back into our playlist, though. He thinks I haven’t noticed, but I have. And, actually, it’s nice to hear those songs again. I was even singing some Counting Crows last week to myself. I just needed a break. A nice, long break. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and all that.

Tomorrow is a very long day, so I am going to head to bed very soon.

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