Highlight Reel

Highlight Reel – November 2023

Still going with these. Feel like the template isn’t quite right yet, but I haven’t come up with anything better.

Six Word summary

Family. Food. Fun. Childhood trauma resurfacing.

Multimedia – Watching, Reading, Listening

Watching: x

  • Movies (blog links, not affiliate links)
    • Separate Tables – 1958 film with David Niven, Rita Hayworth, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and a small part for Rod Taylor (two years before The Time Machine). Very interesting, and somewhat uncommon for the time, I imagine. Definitely pushing back against the Hayes Code. Excellent performances all around, particularly around such difficult topics at the time.
    • Mrs. Brown – 1997 film that pretty much put Judi Dench on the map, internationally speaking at least. Pretty typical sweet little British film, but well done (as always). Even had an “unofficial” sequel made 20 years later, titled Victoria and Abdul, which is also very good.
    • The Marvels – Fun movie, though largely nonsensical. Seriously, DO NOT think about any of it for very long or it will fall apart. Captain Marvel movie and Ms. Marvel series will greatly enhance enjoyment, though not particularly crucial from a plot perspective. Some really great moments, though, and sweet chemistry between the leading ladies. And flerkittens FTW!!!
    • The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Interesting, though left me out of sorts with the ending and things that didn’t make sense/felt unfinished. Reading the book after the fact helped, but still makes me wonder about a few things.
    • Air – Very good movie! Loved both Matt Damon and Viola Davis, but Jason Bateman 100% steals the show.
    • Cyrano – Odd little movie. Had no idea it was a musical! (They sure kept that quiet.) It was… interesting. Not bad, not good. A fun spin on the concept, for sure. Some of the song lyrics are clever, but the songs themselves commit the cardinal sin of “not being hummable.” The ending also felt very abrupt, but perhaps that is in keeping with the source material (which I have not read). I love the oblique reference to the song by The Police, though!
    • Next Goal Wins – This was okay. It was directed by Taika Waititi (which I knew going in), and I’m not always a fan. You may remember that I even commented in my holiday preview that “surely he can’t mess up a sports move, right?” He didn’t completely mess it up, but he surely did try. Not great, not awful, just there. It does make me interested in seeing the actual documentary of the same name, though.
  • TV
    • November is when most of scripted TV stopped, as shows ran out of episodes due to the writer’s strike. Thankfully, that was resolved, and new episodes of most shows should premiere sometime in February or March.
    • Rewatched Ms. Marvel in preparation for The Marvels. I was afraid I was “remembering it through rose colored glasses,” but it was just as enjoyable the second time around as the first!
Good Times – Friends, Family, Fun

Thanksgiving was lovely! We were joined by my father-in-law Tony, who we had not seen since MIL’s funeral back in May.

Silver and Gold – Gifts and Purchases

Started Christmas shopping.

News Reel – Noteworthy Events

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  • We saw Cirque du Soleil’s Echo the weekend before Thanksgiving. It was fine, though not wildly different from their previous shows in terms of acts. Having a giant cube on stage was unusual, though; they rarely block the view, so that was an interesting element. Hope to get that written up (retroactively) soon.
  • Rosalynn Carter died at the age of 96. What an amazing woman she was. My brother worked with her and President Carter through his work with rural Georgia health initiatives. He texted, “I got to meet her a couple of times. Definition of a classy, genteel Southern lady.” I imagine he will be following her fairly soon in the coming weeks.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Accomplishments and Disappointments
  • I visited my regular doctor at her new office (twice, actually). I’ve been seeing her for over 20 years (she’s actually a PA), this is the third time she’s changed offices (twice the office split, this last time she chose to leave), and the third time I’ve followed her.
  • Sounds like first semester grades are going to be… questionable for L.
  • Got my flu shot, which put me in bed exhausted by 2 PM, but otherwise, no ill effects.
Daily Dispatch – the Everyday and Routine
  • The time change was no fun, as usual. It may not be as difficult for me to adjust to from a schedule perspective, but I do hate it getting dark so early.
  • With said doctor’s visit (and follow up), we changed one of my depression meds. That… did not go well. It was fine, emotionally speaking, but my body did NOT like that particular medication, to the point that I had to stop taking it after a few days. We will re-evaluate in January.
Just Keep Swimming – Progress on Goals
  • Making progress on a decent number of these so far, but nothing is completed yet. Might get to one before the end of the year? We’ll see.
  • Planning on daily #DrunkChristmasUnicorns photos on Facebook and Instagram in December!
Into the Unknown – Future Plans
  • Need to be figuring out Christmas plans. Can’t believe the year is nearly over.