From Sue: If I could fly anywhere for a week…
I’d fly to Australia. (Although the thought of a flight that long freaks me out, and I’d rather stay longer than a week.) But that’s my dream trip. My longtime blog and IG friend lives there, and her photos are some of the favorites in my feed. I would stay with her and meet her family and friends in all her photos, and then let her plan the whole adventure. I’d want three weeks at least for that trip. She’d probably have to kick me out at the end.
BUT… If it’s TRULY just a week, I’d pick one spot and stay there. I’d fly into Genoa, and spend the first night in my old home there. I’d join the house for dinner, sit in the garden near the grotto, sketch for a few hours from the balcony off the guest room, and hang out in the kitchen with Angela and Andrina for old time’s sake.
Then I’d rent a house for the week on the Italian Riveria, hike the paths of Cinque Terre again, and eat trofie with pesto, and also my weight in mussels. I’d swim off the giant rocks in Manarola, and set aside the time to hike the Sentiero Rosso – I didn’t do that when I lived in the region, although I have hiked the lower paths from one end to the other. I don’t even need to talk about the coffee and wine, you get it.
And since it’s a pretend world here, I’d rent this house that still sticks in my mind from over seven years ago. It’s not even for rent, but it’s my own travel fantasy (and what my place would look like if I owned a vacation home there.)
From Lauralou: What are my favorite movies?
I don’t watch movies very much, which is kind of a drag. I might see 4-5 movies in the theater a year. That actually might be mildly exaggerated. I enjoy movies in the theater most, so watching them at home – while cheaper, and more flexible – just doesn’t hold a lot of appeal to me. But now that E is older, it is fun to watch old favorites with her.
Shakespeare in Love was one of my favorites, and M loved it too. We recently re-watched it with E, and she loved it as well. (Although this week’s headlines about H. Weinstein make my stomach turn.) The first movie I saw in the theater was Annie, and I still love it. E.T. freaked me out and gave me nightmares for years – it was probably the second or third movie I saw.
I like movies about food! Chocolat was a favorite, I also loved Waitress (I was a big Keri Russell fan). Julie and Julia and Big Night, also favorites in that category. Sideways – ah! Loved that movie so much.
Favorite series would have to be the Harry Potter films, but I also love the Godfather movies. I really dislike horror films, but I love to watch Jaws and laugh at how hokey it is, but still terrifying. My best friend in high school loved dragging me to scary movies; the only movie I’ve walked out of is Candyman. My favorite animated film is Inside Out. Nostalgic favorites – You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. The Pianist haunted me for months, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind lingered as well.
I’ve probably forgotten plenty, but that gives a glimpse into where my interests lie. I’m making an effort to read more (something I prefer over movies), but I have a feeling we’ll be regular matinee goers as we become empty nesters. I do love a bag of afternoon popcorn and a quiet theater.