Hi! Well, I want to wish everyone a happy New Year!
My enthusiasm for the new year, I have to admit, has diminished just a little bit already since, as I write this, Amy is at home sick, and I'm facing down the prospect of an upcoming work week that will be devoid of holiday cheer.
Hopefully Amy will get better fast, and I can quickly find myself some new things to celebrate and look forward to!
New Year's Eve and Day were good this year.
On New Year's Eve Amy and I joined my parents and Ryan and Jamie for a really nice dinner at Vespaio on South Congress. I like that restaurant a lot, and it was a really nice evening with our family.
On New Year's Day I went with Amy to a party at her friends Anni (not sure I spelled that right) and John's house. It was a nice party, with good food and some really nice people. I had heard a bunch of times about Anni and John, as well as Amy's friend Donna and Lon, so it was good to finally get a chance to meet them and put faces with names. Nice people.
On Saturday night we went out to dinner with Ryan and Jamie and hung out at their house a bit afterward. It was a nice, relaxed evening. It felt good to just chill out after all of the holiday activity.
Tonight I finally got a chance to go see True Grit with Amy. I really enjoyed the movie, although , I guess I don't have a lot to say about it. It was just a good, old fashioned western. The Coen Brothers added a few light touches that sort of reminded you that this was a Coen Brothers movie (they have a knack for capturing moments of strangeness that border on the absurd- the appearance of Bear Man immediately springs to mind), but on the whole I thought the movie was well executed, but carried out in a fairly traditional style. The dialogue sounded a bit stilted at times (especially to modern ears), but as my brother pointed out on his blog, the dialogue was apparently meant to mimic the patterns of the very articulate, albeit somewhat formal, Mattie Ross, the film's narrator and protagonist.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie. It was well acted, well directed, and, of course, it had a good script.
Hope you're feeling better, Amy!