January 23rd, 2008

little review

Poem for Wednesday

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I am home from another lovely day in Williamsburg, starting with an enormous hotel breakfast buffet (at which younger son burned his fingers on the waffle iron, and later burned his tongue on hot chocolate -- he had a somewhat rough day). We met dementordelta in the visitor's center, watched the movie Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot, and visited the cooper, the cabinetmaker, the printer, the blacksmith, the tailor, the silversmith, the apothecary, the pewter and coppersmith, the gunsmith and the shoemaker, as well as the capitol building, courthouse, armory and gaol. The weather was a bit iffy with periods of cold rain, but we had awesome soup and cheese and stuff in one of the taverns for lunch, and again we had the place practically to ourselves. The governor's home was closed for repairs and we never made it through Peyton Randolph's house, so we will just have to go back. More details in photo captions over the week!

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We watched the Oscar nominations while we ate breakfast; I was glad Viggo Mortensen got one though I still haven't seen Eastern Promises (and might root for Johnny Depp when it comes down to it), and delighted that Cate Blanchett got two. But of course all movie news has been totally overshadowed by Heath Ledger's death -- I found out via CNN text message and thought at first I'd misread it. I've loved him in every movie I've seen him in -- The Patriot, Ned Kelly, Casanova, The Brothers Grimm, Ten Things I Hate About You, A Knight's Tale which is the first film in which I was aware of who he was and which remains one of my favorite movies, and of course Brokeback Mountain. I'm probably forgetting a couple...I never stopped before to take stock of exactly how much I appreciated his work. What an awful tragedy. Only half-watched Boston Legal which was not remotely one of my favorites (and they showed it on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, ugh). Collapse )