Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day and My Week

I'm too late to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day, but I hope it was for all of you. Mine was, as usual. I have a fantastic husband and kids who totally adhere to my philosophy that on "our" days, we are in full control.

This year, that meant pancakes and bacon for a late breakfast, then I just hung out while they cleaned the house, after which we played Scrabble and I scraped a win. J and I went to see Iron Man 2 and came back in time to meet up with his parents and sister for dinner at Texas Roadhouse. After the kids were in bed, I topped off the whole lovely day with a private screening of The Losers.

How was yours?

Iron Man 2 was very good. Not as awesome as the first one was, but that's always the case. When the first movie surprises you, the sequel(s) can't have the same impact. Even the Lord of the Rings suffered from that infliction.

Regardless, Robert Downey Jr. was awesome, and that's really all the movie needed. :) I totally disagree with everything the Entertainment Weekly review said, and frankly, I had to wonder if they actually saw it. Complaining about the protracted and frequent battle sequences? There were, like, 3. I was half expecting Transformers level chaos and hammering, but they were very short, as battle sequences go. In any case, it was worth the matinee price.

I really liked The Losers, too. There was a je ne sais quois missing, but I loved every character, every performance, especially Chris Evans as Jensen. He was really different than he was in the Fantastic Four movies. Some will disagree, because the characters have the same happy-go-lucky charm, but Jensen had an edge, a hardness, that wasn't present in FF. I don't know that I'd have recognized him if I hadn't known who he was.

IM2 had a ton of trailers before it, and most were movies I can't wait to see. They teased a movie for 2011 from Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams called Super 8 that had me drooling. The Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz and the Ashton Kutcher/Katherine Heigl movies look amusingly fun, albeit similar, and the latter reminds me too much of True Lies. It's okay, I loved True Lies. :)

This week will be prep week, culminating in the CPRW Annual Retreat from Thursday to Sunday! I can't believe it's almost here!

Now I just have to figure out what to write...


MJFredrick said...

LOL, and people were teasing me about seeing Iron Man 2 for Mother's Day! I really liked it, and would go see it again. We missed most of the previews except Super 8, which, oh, yeah!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I didn't get to see IM2 yet and probably won't for a few weeks. I want to go with my daughter and she has AP testing this week and softball playoffs starting.
Glad you had a fun mom day. Mine left me wishing for the days the kids were little and all I wanted was for my husband to take them away for a few hours so I had the house alone. Now they're older and noisier. LOL

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I can't believe people were teasing you, Mary! I mean, who WOULDN'T want to see Robert Downey Jr. looking all hot and stuff on Mother's Day? LOL

Sue, I had similar thoughts. LOL And I only had 2 kids! Especially now that I'm working at home and I get that alone time, I don't crave it like I did back then. Mine aren't noisier, but again...only two. LOL

MJFredrick said...

True! Decidedly not girly, though :)