What I’ve been waiting for…

…has finally arrived at a theater near me.

No, it’s not The Hunger Games.

It’s this:

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristen Scott Thomas. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Hello! Love his work.


Date night is looking verra fine about now. Verra fine, indeed.

Got plans for the weekend?

I’m all ears.

My #FridayReads is Louise Penny’s STILL LIFE, a Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel. The first, actually. You?

You should do it. Just once…

Note: No *spoilers* in this post.

Ever had a morning theater experience? You should do it. Just once.

I’m not talking the after midnight, Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-is-out-trolling-for-vamps morning. I’m talking the Hello!, birdies chirping, sun shining, paper-thumping-against-the-door morning.

If you read Friday’s post, you know that Mr. G honey was drafted (and I elected) to see a 9 o’clock showing of the latest Harry Potter. This was not a problem for him. He routinely rises and shines with the call of the rooster. We don’t have a rooster, but he hears the call anyway. Rooster-call gifted.

Here’s how it went down.

I stayed up until 2 o’clock Friday morning, because I was writing don’t have the sense God gave a goose. I rocketed out of bed at 7:30, because we were leaving at 8:15, and I needed my decaffeine and maybe some flip-flops and underwears and everything else that adds up to a field trip ensemble.

I reminded myself that I wanted to do this morning theater experience, because I really wasn’t interested in the I can see up your wand Harry Potter seating that was a sure bet in the post meridiem. Mr. G honey doesn’t stand in lines. Does. Not. Do. It.

I choked down some yogurt and a banana, and we hit the road. The sun already felt like high noon, and I was wearing my retro 50s sunglasses and a floppy straw hat, long pants and UV50+ Tropicwear long-sleeved, vented shirt from L.L. Bean in eye-popping tangerine. Let me tell you. I needed it against the high UVs in the Echo-mobile and the high ACs in the theater.

The theater parking lot wasn’t as full as I expected. It’s a big 24 AMC. But there were cars. I asked the ticket wicket person if the theater was full for the first show. Nope. Only 90 tickets had been sold by the time we arrived.

Here is what I learned.

~ Morning tickets cost $6.00, instead of $10.50. Happy, happy. Dance, dance.

~ Yes. People eat popcorn at 9 o’clock in the morning. Big tubs of it. With butter. And super-sized drinks. And chocolate. And MexiCasa Nachos. And Tastee ice cream. Movie theater eating is a cultural thing, maybe even a cult thing. They call it “mindless” eating. I splurged and bought a bottle of Dasani for $4.25. Now, I fall into the no longer a cheap date category.

~ Yes. Lots of people were wearing Harry Potter tees in our intergenerational audience that had blossomed to about 125 by the time the trailers started, give or take 25. Some wear jammies, too. I should have thought of that, but we were doing lunch afterward. Our big Friday night date had morphed into our big Friday morning date.

~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 exceeded my expectations. It was awesome. I loved it.

The End.

HP, and I don’t mean Hewlett…

…or steak sauce. I’m talking Potter. Harry Potter. I’m sitting in a theater. Watching it now. As you read this post. If you’re reading this post at 9 o’clock in the morning, that is.

I tried to get Mr. G honey to go to the 12:01 am showing, but he was all — No Way! Dang those bird-chirpy morning people.

The only real question now is Junior Mints or Milk Duds? Just kidding. I think. Probably. Mebbe.

At 9 o’clock in the morning, I hope to sneak in a grande something-or-other from the Starbucks. In fact, I’m thinking they should have a little kiosk right outside the theater doors.

If you’re seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, when are you seeing it? Did you buy your tickets in advance? Inquiring minds nosy people want to know.

Saturday, I’m going to start showing you before, during, during, during, and after pics of the wee landscape project, as I said I would. The during may be going on for some time to come, but we’ll call them after anyway. It’s a work-in-progress.

For Writers ~ From @ veschwab: Tough Cookie — Do you want it badly enough? Schwab does some plain speaking to aspiring authors. Her debut YA novel, The Near Witch, will be available August 2nd. I’m counting the days.

For Apron Lovers ~ From Thrifty Vintage Chic: My Sexy ‘Domestic Goddess’ Vintage Apron Collection. Love the sheer handkerchief aprons.

Finally, for the @LdyDisney Friday Happy Dance of JOY!!!

Happy Anniversary Lisa & Ken!

TGIF, baby.

Boy Meets Girl…

Or rather, Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class meets Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator.

For my money, WALL-E is the movie to beat this summer. The story is multi-layered, but the romance writer in me was really into the romance thread. I’m half in love with Wall-E myself. Who says you have to be an alpha-male-on-the-prowl to get the girl? As much as I love to write you guys, you better move over. Here comes Wall-E.

PIXAR rocks!

Go. See. Enjoy.