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Yes, it's been a while...

I know this will come as a shock to those of you who haven't seen me around these parts in a while, but I haven't dropped off the face of the planet. Just been very busy with work (typical) and trying to get ready for Christmas. The shopping and wrapping and mailing has mostly been done (I've been on vacation since the 8th, which has helped a lot!), and now I just need to tackle the rest of the Christmas cards. Non-U.S. people, your cards went out a week ago and hopefully are starting to arrive in mailboxes about now; U.S.-but-non-California people, your cards will go out tomorrow.

The wreath is on the front door, and I've managed to get a few of the holiday decorations set up (mainly candle holders, which require the least amount of de-cluttering). I keep thinking that one of these years I want a tree again (just a little table top one, as my floor space is limited), but that's not going to happen this year. I think I will splurge on a really lush poinsettia plant, though. (Tavi, that's one of the things on the agenda for tomorrow.)

I've also been using my vacation to see some films. So far I've seen The Blind Side (okay, and Sandra Bullock is good), The Road (visually spot-on, but the book is better; crazybutsound, you should read it), Precious (incredible performance by Mo'Nique), and Invictus (loved it). I still want to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up in the Air, The Young Victoria, and A Single Man. That last film is based on a Christopher Isherwood novel (jenni_snake take note), and is creating a lot of Oscar buzz around Colin Firth. And at the moment I'm more inclined to seek out The Hurt Locker (one of the benefits of living in L.A. is getting a chance to see films you missed the first time around when awards season prompts a re-release) than the much-hyped Avatar (which had my eyes glazing over before I finished reading the reviews). I could add a couple of additional films to this list, but they're mostly limited-release-for-Oscar-qualification-only, and won't really be out in theatres until after the holidays. Oh yes, and I'm hoping that Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon turns up here before Academy Awards night. You never know with the foreign-language Oscar entries; sometimes they all hit town before the Oscars, and sometimes none of them do. (Just checked; it opens here December 30th.)

Have to quote Hannibal Lecter here and say "Ta-ta". I'm babysitting my neighbour's cat while she's back in Kansas for Christmas, and it's time I went over to provide Harley with a lap to sleep on for an hour or so.

And in honour of the season, I've taken some holiday icons out of storage. :-)

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luvmax1
Dec. 19th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
I'd love to see The Young Victoria. I've read so much about the real woman (and her entire family), so it's right up my alley. I will NEVER go see The Road, ever. I couldn't even make it through the book, it was so depressing!
aswanargent
Dec. 20th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Yes, I remember when you started the book and ended up giving it to your sister because you just couldn't read it. Do you know whether she ever managed it?
luvmax1
Dec. 20th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I can't say for sure, but knowing her, I doubt it. Her tastes run more to the chick-lit genre.
looneyluna
Dec. 20th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
The Young Victoria is on my list as well. It sounds like you've had a lovely December so far, and I hope that it continues as such since this time of year can be stressful for people. Spending it watching films sounds like the way to go.

All I managed to do in terms of decorating is to take the silver tinsel tree out of storage and get that set up on an endtable as floor space is at a premium here. I also managed to mail out all of my cards before New Years so you should be seeing one of those soon. All and all I feel rather accomplished with working retail during all of this.
aswanargent
Dec. 22nd, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
I did get my card, thank you very much! Yours is on the way.

It's been really nice having the two weeks of vacation, but I'm still not as on top of things as I should be. All the local Christmas cards remain to be addressed and mailed. Guess that's my project for this evening. And there are work gifts still to be wrapped. (Tomorrow night's project.)
jenni_snake
Dec. 21st, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness I hadn't even heard of the Isherwood-based film! I am trying to rhink how it could translate to film since it's just really one very long internal monologue. Have you read it? Any ideas on how it would be movie-ified? Hope you're enjoying your holiday - mine has just started and I'm trying to shake a cold.
aswanargent
Dec. 22nd, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
I've read it, and have no idea what the film will be like. I'll probably wait until it opens wide to see it; right now it's just playing in two theatres in L.A. County.

Sorry to hear about the cold, but yay! for holidays. How long will you be off?

Kitties enjoying the cold snowy weather?
jenni_snake
Dec. 22nd, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I am off until the fifth... The kitties are LOVING the snow - as long as they can come in often to warm up, lol.
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