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Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine weekend

John and I had a lovely weekend. Quiet, nothing fancy, just the two of us, dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, chocolate, sweet cards. My favorite moment of the weekend? When I pulled into his garage on Friday. John has a two-car garage, and there is a lot of stuff piled up in there (it is a garage, after all), so in order to help guide me into my spot and let me know when to stop the car, he hung a brightly colored tennis ball on a string. I know exactly where the ball is supposed to tap on my windshield when I drive in.

Anyway, on Friday, this is what I saw instead of the tennis ball:

He'd saved an old candy box from last year and hung it there. That's my John.

I wore John's favorite red dress on Saturday night. Didn't take any pictures of it, but you might remember I wore it a couple of years ago and took pictures then:

We went after dinner to our favorite café in hopes of getting our traditional German chocolate cake, but they were out. Booo! They did, however, have a German chocolate cupcake, complete with Valentine decoration.

Back at home we exchanged cards, and John had written in his to me:

You are my best, my favorite, my joy.

I love you too. ♥

And of course, this weekend was the opening of That Movie. So John and I spent a fair amount reading copious quantities of reviews and discussing the pros and cons. Here's my overall take, and I think (I hope) I'm done talking about the damn thing:

  • The reviews, whether good, bad or in between, appeared to agree on two points: 1. the books were terrible, and 2. the movie improved on the books. However, considering just how badly written the books were, the movie had a very low bar to rise above.
  • Apparently, the movie did away with Anastasia's insipid monologues rambling to her Inner Goddess. This is huge, since that nonsense was about a third of the book.
  • Sounds like they made Ana a bit stronger and feistier than her book counterpart. Also good. But still, not enough.
  • According to the reviews, the sex and kink is greatly toned down from the book, because they had to keep it to an R rating. And the kink is more suggested than shown, although I guess they keep a belt spanking (for which Dakota Johnson used a body double, FYI). I'm sure Chross will have this available for us as soon as possible.
  • The movie took in over $81 million at the box office this weekend. I suspect the audience was divided into two general camps: The Missionary Mommies giggling and squirming their way through it, and the kinksters who wanted to laugh at it. Several friends on FetLife said they went to see it just for fun.
  • Let's recap: the conservatives hate it because it's sinful; the feminists hate it because it's demeaning to women; the PC folks hate it because it "glorifies abuse"; and the BDSMers hate it because it represents what we do with a bunch of clichés and misinformation. And yet, look how many people flocked to see it. I give up.

In short, for the sake of cultural literacy, I will probably watch the thing on Netflix eventually. But pay for it in the theater? No way.

I'm still coughing and sniffling. Worst cold ever. But slowly feeling better, and at least I'm sleeping through the night now without waking up coughing my spleen out. Should be quite fine for my belated Valentine's Day spanking tomorrow. :-)

Final thought: Did anyone else watch the Saturday Night Live 40-Year special last night? I did, all 3 1/2 hours of it. As a baby boomer, I have watched the show in real time since its inception. What did you guys think of it? I had my opinions (no surprise there), but I think I'll withhold them until I hear from others.


  1. I'm glad you had a nice Valentine's Day. The dangling candy box was adorable! It's those little things that make the day for me.

    As for the 50 Shades movie... I refuse to give it any money but I'll pirate it when it comes out on DVD. :P

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! ♥ I'm glad you are starting to feel a little better, too. As for that movie, I really haven't decided whether or not to see it, yet...

  3. That dress and you are a great couple. Oh, and John and you too, clearly.
    And no, have not been there. Will see, not because I think it is that cultural;-) but because I have this deep sociological curiosity and want to understand what makes it so popular.

  4. Beth -- me too! I love the little gestures.

    Jay -- well, you don't have to decide now. Looks like it's going to be around for a while. (sigh)

    MrJ -- cultural literacy and sociological curiosity sort of go hand and hand, I think. The only way I can imagine enjoying it is renting it when it's out on DVD, getting together with a couple of girlfriends, and having a snarkfest. :-D

  5. Aww, the heart is such a cute idea! I'm glad you had a great weekend! We broke down and saw the damn thing. I wrote about it. It wasn't all bad, but I do think all the criticisms are valid. Sociological curiosity, that was it! Love your dress! I did not get to see the SNL special yet, but I very much want to see it. :-)

  6. Hi Erica - Happy you are feeling better - at least a little better, anyway... 50 Shades sounds like it is silly - and the $81 million opening probably won't go any higher as it moves through theaters because most money from movies is made from RETURNING viewers - I don't see it happening... The SNL reunion was good for a while, but it missed on so many aspects... The Eddie Murphy fiasco was typical - Chris Rock does this amazing intro, and Eddie comes out and basically burps... If he "saved" SNL, they should have shown more of his stuff.. And what the heck was Sarah Palin doing there? - she was on ONCE and she sucked, then complained that she was treated badly - - Oh well.. Maybe it will be better at the 50th anniversary - - all in all, I enjoyed it too as it was sort of a nostalgic trip for me.... Feel better, sweetie.. - and that red dress?? WOW!!!

  7. Yes, financially both from domestic, and international box office receipts "Fifty Shades of Grey", was a success. Yes, I did watch the 40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Life. and I liked it. XXX Luv ya.

  8. Lily -- I saw what you wrote. Seemed like a very fair assessment.

    Dale -- I didn't like the SNL special either. I liked parts of it, but most of it bothered me. I wanted more clips and retrospective, and less new stuff. HATED the recreations of the classic characters by other people. But yes, it was fun to see everyone.

    Six -- the people have spoken, I guess.

  9. Now that's my favourit red dress too.

    I am a big fan of SNL, especially their material from the Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Dan Akroyd years. I have not watched the special, but if it has a Land Shark in it, I'm game!

  10. Anonymous -- there is a brief moment of Land Shark, yes! But not a clip of the old sketch; a new bit.

  11. My movie review of the movie ... Turner. About the impressionist painter of nautical themes. Great painter who left several women, families and children behind him as he quested in nature for colors to bring to canvas. Loves to grunt like a pig. His Dad makes him bristles for paint brushes by shaving them off dead pigs' snouts! Good but not awesome movie.

    Was there another movie this weekend?


  12. I didn't watch SNL, but I wish I had thought to record it. The clips I saw were great.

    The reviews I read of the movie all said it sucked. I have no desire to see it but will probably do so if the library ever gets a copy of the DVD.


  13. Hermione -- I haven't read a good review yet. But it seems critics are a different breed, or something.

  14. I saw it . Parts were good , some were bad and any time one feels the need to include Kanye and Miley I say its a flop ! In my opinion the best clip of the Night was Melissa M doing Farlys motivational speaker bit. As for The rest ehhh ...

    But then again my dear , I came here today looking for a pretty red Erica bottom anyway ! lol

  15. D -- I couldn't stand that bit. But then again, I never could stand Chris Farley, either. Never saw what was funny about him. "Oh look, let's make fun of the manic fat guy." Not cool.

    No new pictures this week, I'm afraid.

    1. awww mannn .... thats it your grounded ! lololol have a great week kiddo

  16. Hi Erica -- The heart box that John put up is so cute :-) That was so sweet of him.I am glad you both had a good Valentines day :-) I am also glad you are feeling some what better :-) I Love you're red dress, You look BEAUTIFUL :-) As for the movie I wouldn't pay any money to see it. Much Love and hugs from naughty girl Jade/Emily Jean

  17. Jade -- thanks! I'm still coughing a little, but I think I'm finally better.