I know, you've been asking yourself, "Where is she? Why isn't she posting?"
After I was kidnapped by North and South (and I watched it full through once, and after, many times, the final episode because the last scene is one of the very best romantic scenes EVER), I saw Star Trek - not once, but TWICE, at the theatre. Not on the same night! And there was a death in my husband's family, and then it was Mother's Day, and we decided to take a small trip away this long holiday weekend, to Picton, by the Sandbanks National Park. So I am taking a break in between packing clothes and eating Cheesies to say HI. Hi. How are you, my Gentle Readers? I'm sorry I haven't been by to visit. I love my blog. I love all of you.
I think though, that the toll at work has been much harder on me than even I have realized, until this past week. It's finally a bit calmer (ie I am being left alone to do my work), but at a regular check up with my doctor last week my blood pressure was up, way up. Very high. So I've made it a rule that my health has to come first, which means I attempt to get to bed somewhat earlier, and this is leaving me less time on the computer. Less time for anything I love! I think someone wrote a post yesterday about wanting more time....I'm with you there. And since I do love to come to your blogs also, I have to find a way to balance everything again. I've missed visiting so many of you, and I don't like doing it only one day a week. So, I will be back early next week, hopefully feeling replenished.
Meantime, Star Trek. I went to the early preview night, Thursday night, 10:20 showing. And about half-way through, something happened that so totally shocked me, that I thought I wouldn't end up enjoying the film at all. By the end though, it was all made right, and I walked out feeling like I had seen a very good, very emjoyable film. And my Star Trek universe was all right still.
In fact, I loved it so much that it's among my top 3 Star Trek films of all time now. I have to confess, I am not a Next Generation fan, I am an original Star Trekker from my earliest childhood memories of having a tv. Mr Dressup, Jolly Giant and then - Star Trek. I lived and died by that show. I know episodes off by heart. So when this thing happened - and I know some of you haven't seen it, so I won't give it away - I believe I actually said, "No!' out loud in the theatre. "That didn't happen", I thought. But, as I watched and dreaded not being able to believe in the movie any more, suddenly they made it right. It is ok. For those who have already seen the movie, I left a few thoughts at Falling Stack's review, here, because Matthew can't get over the changes. Let me know your thoughts, if you have seen it already, or let me know your post, and next week when we are back I will come visit your blog.
So, I saw it twice. I took my husband on Monday night, and even though he nodded off a few times (we have a joke: he gives snooze ratings for films, the less snoozes the better), he was delighted by it and really enjoyed it also. Me? I was able to relax the second time, and thoroughly enjoyed the performances, the writing, even the script (which still has one or two holes in it, but i will save it for later when anyone who wants to, has seen the movie by then). Excellent direction and the sets are stunning.
I do also confess here that Spock was always my favourite character - I so longed to be able to hide my emotions like he could, to be in control of them, while I was growing up! (and now, if I'm going to be honest....) But the character I was most like? McCoy. And Karl Urban as McCoy is hugely delightful. In fact, he says things in the same way that I secretly think!!!!
So, if you haven't seen it, please go see it - you don't have to know much about the history to enjoy it, it's a good story on it's own. For those of us like myself and my ex-husband who are long-time Star Trek fans, it was very, very good.
I am reading a book - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, which I am really enjoying. I just need some more time to read it!! This weekend, this weekend......we leave tomorrow right after work.....
I hope you all have a happy weekend, my Gentle Readers. Back early next week!
Star Trek: 4.7/5 (me)
1 snooze (my husband. Excellent rating from him, since he is guaranteed to fall asleep at least once every time we go to the movies. Something about the dark space.....)
Oh: I nearly forgot. For Mother's Day, my family gave me the first season of Babylon 5!!! I am so excited! My eldest son and I watched this every week when it was on, and I haven't see it in a while. I love this series. I was so excited when I saw it! Mind you, I did point out a dvd of North and South to my husband while we were in the dvd store, and it's on sale, and my birthday is next week, so my fingers are crossed that it will be waiting for me come the 20th.......
Funny thing is, I've bought so many books this year, that I'm not sure what I'm going to put on my birthday list. which is in itself a sign that work has greatly affected me, because I can always find books I want to buy, and read. That I haven't even got a partial list up yet for my husband, is scary. So here's to relaxing by the lake and being far away from anything to do with work!!! Family and barbecues and shopping across the border!!!! And time to read......