Oh my goodness, I’ve been gone for so long—which is not what my intentions were at all!—and the longer I was away, the harder it was to come back, but it is time to bite the bullet and jump back into the swing of things. So without further eloquence, I present to you my list of things I am looking forward to the most this summer!
Laura at the Paramount
Every year the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin hosts its Summer Film Series, which always consists of a showing of Casablanca & Gone With the Wind and includes tributes to screen legends of the past (Paul Newman *sniff*), but this year I am most excited to see one of my all time favorite films on the big screen: the 1944 film noir “Laura”. This movie is perfection, in my opinion, full of delightful forties fashion and amazing quotes I never get tired of hearing:
“When a dame gets killed, she doesn’t worry how she looks.”
Oh Dana Andrews, I do love you so.
I don’t know if you’ve guessed this yet or not, but I LOVE movies. I love going to the movies. I love renting movies (Netflix, you are my best friend). I love re-watching my favorite movies over and over again until I know them by heart. So needless to say I am excited about the summer movie season and if Star Trek was any indication, this is going to be a great one!
P.S. If you haven’t seen Star Trek yet, you really, really should.
The Fourth of July
Last year I spent the Fourth of July in Auckland, New Zealand and if I recall correctly, it was very cold and rainy and in all likelihood I spent the day drinking coffee, reading and relaxing with my dear friend and her darling son. Now, that is not a bad way to spend a day, but I admit that later I felt a bit ashamed of myself that I had let my favorite holiday come and go without so much as a “Up the rebels! Down the British!” (after all, if WWII POW’s can remember to celebrate the 4th, what is my excuse?) And while barbeques with friends and family feasting on watermelon, corn on the cob, hamburgers and drinking cool, refreshing iced coffees, beer, lemonade and perhaps a gin & tonic (or two) should not be limited to July 4th—something about adding sparklers to the mix makes it the perfect day to me.
Oh my dear sweet Merlin, it is FINALLY here. There are posters popping up. Commercials are being aired. The countdown is now in double digits. The trailer was shown before Star Trek and I was beside myself with excitement. Thus far, everything I’ve seen is practically exactly how I imagined in my head, so I think this movie will be worth the long wait.
I am also excited as one of my favorite podcasts, Pottercast, is going on tour and making a stop in Austin, hurray! Those people make me laugh and kept me sane during the year that was 2006, so I am very excited to see them live and in person. Lastly, it just wouldn’t be a summer of HP without my fellow nerds, so I booked a super cheap flight to California so I could watch the film with my dear friends. I expect coffee drinking, wedding planning, consuming In-N-Out and late night brownie baking will be a part of my trip as well, but #1 on our list of “Things To-Do” is watch Half-Blood Prince in Imax. Because that is how nerds roll.
Well, dear readers (which is probably only my mom now, considering my extended leave of absence), I have rambled on far too long and quite frankly, I’m tired of listening to myself type! So leave me a comment telling me about your summer plans, berate me for neglecting this poor blog, tell me what films you are looking forward to seeing or just squee with me over the Harry Potter movie! I promise I won’t disappear again, Mad Men Monday will return (sometime, haha) and I have some nerdy craft tutorials I’m working on. Thanks for sticking around—I have missed you all so.
Your nerdy rambler,