Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 into 2008

So here's how we spent our New Years' Eve!

I woke early and rushed over to Minneapolis to pick up a carload of books - and I DO mean a carload of books!

Confessions has sold well this Fall, so I placed a large-ish order so I wouldn't have to think about reprinting in 2008. But I will have to think about storage...

On the way I stopped at Menards for some plumbing stuff. Then after the books I dropped by Costco for the 48 pack of single serving pizzas (again, storage...) and other feed-the-kids items.

Then I dropped by the local movie theater and picked up tickets for that evening.

Home for unpacking, storage consultations with my inner organizational guru, a sort of quick dinner and then off to drop Gerry at the movie theater (he held the seats) and then drop the kids off at a girls' soccer club babysitting evening (they had a BLAST!) and then a run back to the theater to find Gerry and settle in for a double feature of our making.

We saw Juno - and I urge ALL of you to go see this funny, quirky, insightful, tender, wise movie. It's so well cast, so well directed - it's a pure delight. And - special bonus - it takes place in the Twin Cities!

Or at least I think so ... I was late arriving so I missed the first part of the movie, but it really LOOKED like the area around here. And where else would you be if you were driving over to Mankato, up to St. Cloud and over to Stillwater (all references in the movie)?

I couldn't find Gerry so I sat alone. Apparently I was enjoying the movie a little too much because the couple 2 rows in front of me moved (I was waaay in the back, it wasn't crowded.)

I really didn't think I was laughing any louder than anyone else in the theater - I think they were sort of having a fight, so they were especially tense.

Sitting alone was odd, but good. I knew that Gerry was in the theater (in fact, he was only about 4 rows in front of me - I couldn't see him) but I was enjoying a certain anonymity, alone in my seat, knitting like a maniac. Good times.

Somehow during the day I managed to get a nice amount of work done on the LL Cable Sweater, and I sent that off today along with the red cropped cardigan. A nice feeling.

When the movie ended Gerry and I met up and shuffled over to Subway for some delicious 6" sandwiches. Now THAT is a NYE date.

Then back to the Grandview to see Sweeny Todd. Again.

Gerry hadn't seen it - he really wanted to - and I enjoyed it so much last week that I figured I could easily see it again. And - it was even better. It's been a long time since I've seen a movie TWICE in the theater - but this one was worth it!

But the best part of the evening was picking up the kids and driving downtown for a very late night visit to Mickey's Diner.

Fries and French toast and cheese sandwiches. I had a chicken sandwich. Our waitress sang, a girl with 3 shades of pink hair was sitting at the counter, and life was good.

We debated stopping by the huge Adirondack chair on Smith by the bridge and all piling into it for the countdown, but we were just too cold.

Back home we tried to watch the NY Times Square coverage, but we found it very depressing (Gerry said it looked like a telethon, he wasn't far wrong!) so we watched the Garrison Keillor special on PBS, which really was more fitting (and more fun!)

And then to our beds. Or, actually, all of us to our bed.

We all piled into bed to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and dreamed of the changes that 2008 will bring... Iowa, if you're reading, please give Mr. Edwards a chance...

And thus ends a very hard year. And a very wonderful year. On to better things.


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Blogger KJ said...

I was also excited to find out Juno was set in the Twin Cities. They also reference Ridgedale Mall, which is the mall I went to in high school in Minnetonka, so I'm pretty sure it's set somewhere in the west suburbs.

Anyway, I agree, it's a wonderful movie!

January 03, 2008 1:04 AM  
Blogger Auntly H said...

Diablo Cody, Juno's screenwriter, calls herself a MN writer even though she didn't live here terribly long. She was a writer/editor at City Pages, wrote a book about working as a stripper, and wrote this screenplay at a SuperTarget Starbucks. I've heard she has 2 - 3 more screenplays in the works.
There was applause at the Grandview at the end of the movie when I saw it. We love the "locals." Of course it didn't hurt that it was such a well-done movie.

January 03, 2008 6:54 AM  
Blogger LizzieK8 said...

Ohhh, I'll have to go see Juno. I lived in St. Cloud for most of my growing up years. Also knew some people who were guests of the state in Stillwater! :)))

Have been reading P.J. Tracey's books which take place in Minneapolis and it's fun recognizing places and streets....

I never thought I'd miss MN, but if given the chance, mosquitoes and all, I'd leave the desert and move back.

January 03, 2008 7:42 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Oh funny, we just watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington too! I love how it shows all the true wonder of the Capitol and its surrounds. My whole family lives in DC/Northern VA, I grew up there, so it was nice to be reminded again of why it's actually such a special (and sometimes very politically corrupt) place!

January 03, 2008 9:10 AM  
Blogger Lisa C. said...

If it is true that how you begin a new year predicts the rest of that year, it sounds like you guy are headed to a much deserved good place.
How did I miss that you are an Edwards supporter? I am so with you on that.

January 03, 2008 11:06 AM  
Anonymous mwknitter said...

There is something very exciting about a movie set in your hometown. Several years ago Chicago seemed to be the location for half the movies made (OK so I exaggerate a little). In fact, more than one used locations in my town (Oak Park - well known in its' own right as home to Hemingway, F L Wright & a host of authors). While You Were Sleeping, one of my favorite romantic comedies, was set in Chicago & the scenes of the home were shot in River Forest which is right next to us (our HS is Oak Park River Forest HS). I've been wanting to see Juno - so glad to hear you give it a great review.

I propose a Knitters for Edwards group. I thought (& still do) that the Dems would've won in '04 if he had been the candidate rather than Kerry. And everything I've heard him say during this campaign has made me more enthusiastic about him. It would be so nice to have a candidate I actually WANT to vote for rather than just selecting the least offensive one.

January 03, 2008 11:11 AM  
OpenID kmkat said...

What a perfectly perfect New Year's Eve! I'm 2/3 of the way through John Sandford's latest book, set in s.w. Minnesota, and the author's photo on the back is in front of Mickey's Diner. But there is a "Checks Cashed" neon sign in the background. I have a hard time believing Mickey's does that, but what do I know...

January 03, 2008 11:26 AM  
Anonymous rb said...

So what's the story on that off-white or yellow cardigan. Are you just tormenting your readers or is that pattern available for sale somewhere?

oh yeah, uh, Happy New Year!

(hope I'm not posting this twice. I think I just failed the word verification test)

January 03, 2008 2:34 PM  
Anonymous spinscribe said...

Happy New Year to you and your brood. I think you still owe me a phone interview. Can we make that happen soon? With you on Edwards for the most part.

January 03, 2008 2:45 PM  
Blogger Cindy G said...

Oh, the shot of Mickey's made me homesick!

And go John Edwards.

January 03, 2008 8:13 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Dearest Annie, I have admired you and your work from a distance for a long time, and finally this year found your blog and began reading it. Thank you for keeping it up.

I need to say hi from an old (NYC?) friend of yours, who began knitting with me a few years ago and is now doing amazing work and the Historic Albany Foundation. her name is Susan and I think you know who I mean. She is a fabulous person and a survivor.

All the Best to you and your family!!!

January 06, 2008 7:02 PM  

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