Friday, March 1, 2013

February, Adieu

The short, cold days of February are now history. Already it stays bright out until late evening and though it happens every single year at the exact same time of the year and will until this planet inevitably implodes, I never get used to all that warm promise and hope it augurs.  New Year's Day should really be the first day of spring, when life really does begin. Anyway, February barely registered a blip in my life, mostly because so much time was lost indoors thanks to an early blizzard. In fact it seems that now we are at the end of the month, my memories of February are in a sort of white out inside my brain; I can see shapes of the things I did this month but only blurry ones. It seems all so Impressionistic. In a very cold way. Truth be told, I haven't been feeling my best so most of the time I spent distracting myself doing stuff. Luckily that falls in line with my New Year's resolution to not waste my time this year.

I know I did a lot of yoga this month. I did a few different kinds: Vinyasa, Kundalini, Restorative and something I never tried before called "Yin" yoga. Well I did not take a full class of it but rather there were some poses incorporated in a hip openers class I took late one Friday night. Oh yes and I took a hip openers class by candlelight on a Friday night. I don't want to say it was the best thing ever but it might have been the best thing ever.

I also watched movies, big shocker there. Here's February's list.

The Defiant Ones (1958)
The Central Park Five (2012)
Delirious (2006)
Queen of Versailles (2012)
Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
The Boston Strangler (1968)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
MST3k: The Beatniks (1993)
Watching the Detectives (2007)
Punk: The Early Years (2003)
Rust and Bone (2012)
A Room with a View (1986)
The Sessions (2012)
Robot and Frank (2012)
Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)
How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Casual Sex? (1988)
Flakes (2007)
For a Good Time Call...(2012)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Skyfall (2012)
The Heartbreak Kid (1971)
Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Farewell, My Queen (2012)

Looking back on that list, I'd have to say my favorite one was Rust and Bone and my least favorite one was The Heartbreak Kid. What a stinker and I'm disappointed in Charles Grodin. I wonder if that has been said out loud in the last 20 years.

Speaking of movies, the theater where I volunteer had their first annual Oscars party, complete with red carpet, fancy dresses and all the free wine you could stomach if you happened to, say, volunteer to man the wine table. It was a fun experience but actually a lot of work. It was helpful to be able to wear a sparkly headband and a fancy dress. I'll be volunteering there for as long as I live where I live, which will be for the foreseeable future.

I also got to see Jeff Mangum in concert thanks to my concert buddy, Lorraine. The show was in Poughkeepsie and it made for a nice overnight trip, especially considering I need a real vacation very badly. The concert was remarkable. I am always awed by musicians who can sit on an otherwise bare stage with one instrument and their voice and command attention. There were moments you could hear a pin drop. And that must have made him uncomfortable because he asked the audience to sing along during nearly every song, (something that usually annoys me) but it felt like we were all in one big bedroom, singing along to our favorite song. Those are always the best live shows. Side note: Poughkeepsie is full of hipster boys with beards. Who knew?

I spent some good times with Lauren over dirty martinis and 90s cover bands. I spent a lot of time writing and debating whether or not to share it with anyone or this blog or anywhere else. The debate is ongoing.

I have nothing else to report from February. The sky only fell in Russia. A light grey cloud followed me around a bit but my efforts at distraction worked for the most part. How was your February?

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