Waltz In Exile

11 June 2009, 11:58 pm
Filed under: Family, Goats, Marriage, P2, P3, Survey/Poll | Tags: , , , ,


The goats’ grandma is coming this weekend, and I have a problem.

And I need all (11) of you people to help me. (Oh, stop. This isn’t a woe-is-me, ack my MIL is visiting post.)

She’s taking them with her to Pennsylvania for 2 weeks.


In case you haven’t caught on yet, here’s where you (11) come in. I need:

  • book recommendations* (I’m going to be able to read more than 3 paragraphs at a time!)
  • movie recommendations (to clarify: I haven’t seen a movie in the theater since 2001)
  • date-night recommendations (sadly, I’m not kidding.  I have forgotten how to date my husband.)
  • wine recommendations (don’t judge me.)


*I know that every time I ask for comments, you (11) readers are somehow rendered incapable of feedback.  So I thought I’d go with “recommendations” this time.  Now come on, you guys!  (All eleven of you!)  Pony up with the advice!  I need to carpe the hell out of these two weeks!


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Do you get to sleep? If not sleep. Sleep lots.

And you won’t read the cheese I read lately. So I will not shame myself and recommend books. Up was an awesome movie, but it’s kid friendly.

I don’t date my husband either, so I can’t help. Art museum? Symphony? Outdoor movies? Me and the man usually end up at Barnes & Noble eating cheesecake and looking through books we won’t buy.

Look! I commented. But mostly to say there is a small to medium chance we could be driving through Indiana in July and seeing about a brief stop to visit or have lunch or somesuch.

Comment by Corrina

Oh, oh, you know what I watched one night while the Alias Father was gone? Becoming Jane. I loved it. It completely reignited my love for polite British Society movies, which I totallyforgotten about.

You could also dig through the Academy Award lists for the last few years and see what you missed that might appeal. I find that helpful sometimes.

Book recommendations? What do you like to read? I’m in the middle of Middlesex (heh) which I like more than I expected (I kept confusing it with Middlemarch and my former English major self thus avoided it for years). But I need more direction. I love Neil Gaiman, but if you like chick lit, then that’s not going to work.

Date night? The biggest luxury I can think of is to go to the downtown area of your choice, have dinner, then aimlessly wander around for a bit with no one yanking on your hand or claiming they have to pee.

Wine? You’ll have to look elsewhere. If it comes out of a bottle (or box. I ain’t proud) I’ll drink it.

Comment by aliasmother

Date night?!

I would totally use the child-free time to go to a nice, dress-up place.
Someplace that doesn’t have crayons.
Little, local, candlelit tables… gnocchi, wine…

Or, you could spend the day doing some kind of “trail”… out this way, they have wine trails where you can go to a number of wineries, take tours and tastings 🙂
(that’s a two-for)

Comment by Stephanie of Stopbouncing

I will be more than happy to email you some Sonoma rec’s for the wine. The trick will be finding them. Unless you can have them shipped to you, which is a good option.


Terminator Salvation was okay. But I hear Star Trek is the one to see this summer.

I have no input for the date night. I’ve forgotten how to do that, too, and I haven’t the excuse of Goats.

Comment by Cynical Nymph

I’m trying to reign in my seething jealousy of two child-free weeks to leave this comment…



Books I’ve read lately, which are all over the place: Columbine (fantastic but not particularly ‘feel good’), Little Bee, 20th Century Ghost, Darling Jimandy and all David Sedaris, All The Living. I have a giant list, butI don’t have it in front of me right now.

Star Trek. I am not a Trek fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I LOVED this movie. Cripes, I teared up in the first 10 minutes! UP was delightful, and I’m waiting and waiting and waiting and waitng some more for a date night to go see The Hangover.

As you can see, I have no date night suggestions!

Comment by foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog)

Congrats on the upcoming ‘you’ time. I’m no good with wine, but i do read a lot. I don’t know your tastes, but I love Barbara Kingsolver. I just finished Animal Dreams, but I would start with Prodigal Summer if you’ve never read anything by her before. If you like cheeky books, Lamb by Christopher Moore is good. If you’re into nonfiction, Freakonomics is good as is Blink. I haven’t read it yet, but people are always recommending Life of Pi to me. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is great but heavy.

Movies? Again, I don’t really know what you like, and I’m not sure that there’s much out in the theatre right now. Murderball is an amazing documentary. If you have a lot of time, Planet Earth is amazing. Good movies that are a bit heavy – Slumdog Millionare, Crash, Babel, Elizabeth. Funny stupid movies – Role Models, Wedding Crashers, 40 Year Old Virgin. If you haven’t seen Love Actually, it’s great. The Bourne trilogy is good and smart for action movies. I haven’t seen The Changeling, but I’ve heard really good things about it.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got. Enjoy your weeks!

Comment by (In)Sanity Gal

Travel. Get the hell out of Dodge. Paris for four days.

Comment by EKTrudeau

Wow – where have I been? Two weeks – you lucky dog.

Best books I’ve read lately – “This Book Will Save Your Life” AM Homes, “Mapping the Edge” Sarah Dunant,”A Good Indian Wife” Anne Cherian, “Atonement” and “The Post Birthday World”

The bad news: these are kind of old so you may have read them. The good news: these are kind of old so you can find them at the (free!) library and/or in paperback.

Also, still waiting to hear that you read “Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight” – still on my top 10 favorite all time books and hand-picked for you.

Movies: “Gran Torino”, “Run Fat Boy Run”, and of course “out of Africa” because one can never see it too many times.

Dates: My husband and I like going to different restaurants and eating at the bar — drinks and apps. Cheaper and more festive than a table. For our last anniversary, we spread out a blanket near a river in town and had snacks, read, napped and went out to a yummy place for dessert.

Wine: Lately I’ve been avoiding wine – a bad experience at a recent “Happy hour.” but when I’m in the mood, I’m all about asking the help at the wine store.

Now I’ll have to read your other posts to see how it’s going.

Ciao bella.

Comment by smalltownsmalltimes

Book: Shall we read ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ together?
Movie: ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons’. Hot. And I’m not saying that b/c I’m gaga over Brad Pitt…b/c I’m not, though I was a little after this movie.
Date Night: You can’t go wrong with a good play…assuming you can find a good play to watch. My favorite is ‘Our Town’.
Wine: Can’t help you there. I’m a coke-from-the-can type of girl.

Two weeks. Holy moley.

Comment by Allison

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