Friday, October 19, 2018

Relief, Regrets, and a Review

Sunrise Over Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA

Our trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks was a joy, as always. We took longer than normal, so coming home felt better than ever. Besides relaxation, this translated to two solid weeks of an unusual diet and inadequate exercise.

The other day, I had to go to my primary care physician for prescription refills. While my doctor is pretty laid back, I anticipated unhappiness at the weight scale and dreaded going.

But here’s to the relief in my title – she didn’t weigh me. It seems I don’t look as bloated as I feel. And now I have the opportunity to get back to the gym on a regular basis. Breakfast so far today has consisted of a boiled egg. While we split just about every meal out on the road, it’s nice to go light and simple when I want.

Hurray for the incredible, edible egg!

But here’s where (minor) regret comes into play. The more I leave the house for activities like resistance training, the less I want to do things like grocery shop. And while my dear spouse has been super supportive, often going solo to the store, his purchases aren’t always what I expected.

As a result, my L-lysine supplements are twice the normal dose. While that’s not a big deal, they are tough to swallow and I could have waited a few days had I known the store was out of stock. It didn’t seem worth returning them, so I’m hanging in there.

And let me tell you, I sure haven’t suffered any canker sores!

But some of the food item replacements have been disappointing, like receiving gooey cheese filled pretzel sticks instead of plain soft pretzel nuggets. And when I request canned salmon, it’s because the skin and bones are the best part. He brought me the fish packaged in envelopes gleefully advertising the product to be skin and bone free. ~sigh~ I will say the guy stepped up and ate some of it when he prefers salmon as baked fillets.

Even better, he trusted my judgment and went with me to the theater on Tuesday. After first seeing a single trailer for the film I became obsessed with “Bad Times at the El Royale”.

I won’t give you any true spoilers, but know that it’s set in the nineteen-sixties. We love our period pieces around here. And the motel was sort of its own character. That is always fun.

All the actors gave stellar performances. Chris Hemsworth, however, stole every scene.

Kudos to the wardrobe department, also, as they kept Mr. Hemsworth bare-chested much as possible. My husband got a good laugh at my observation on the way home, by the way.


It was a joy to watch Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo (I would never have guessed in a million years that this talented singer is British!), Cailee Spaeny, Dakota Johnson, and Lewis Pullman play their parts. I learned beforehand that Bill Pullman’s son co-starred. Not knowing he had an acting child, I enjoyed picking him out by his physical features and subtle mannerisms.

And what a performance. Mr. Pullman’s character proved the biggest surprise.

The only detriment we found is the length. Other reviewers agreed, so at least I went into the theater forewarned. Believe me when I say I sipped that diet cola. Some scenes dragged on longer than necessary; I wasn’t bored for long.

If blood and violence are a turn-off, this film is not for you. I didn’t mind. None of it was gratuitous. In fact, I’m happy to report there were no sex scenes. The storytelling didn’t need that distraction.

I say well done, Drew Goddard, who wrote and directed the film. It wasn’t a huge surprise. I got a similar flavor from a very different but also wonderful flick he worked on with Joss Whedon, “Cabin in the Woods”.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

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14 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about not wanting to go out. This is why I make sure to do my grocery shopping on the way home from work. Hit the errands when I'm already out and about. Because I won't leave the house if I don't have to.

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    1. You get it, for sure. I think my husband likes to get away from the crying cat. Heh...

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  2. I refuse to go to Costco. Hubby does that shopping and I do the Raley's shopping. It works out for us. We always buy the same types of things so there aren't any surprises.

    I'm glad you had a great time away and that you didn't have to get weighed on your return. That's always a plus.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Hugs. ♥

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    1. You seem like a well matched pair in many ways. ~hugs~ Be well! And thank you for the kind words.

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  3. I haven't seen a movie in theaters in ages. While my daughter was out of town this past weekend my son and I rented Redbox movies. We watched the second Jurassic World (wow, was it bad!) and Downsizing, which was incredibly good. Disturbing, sad, funny, moving, thought provoking. We talked about it for days.

    I looked up Lewis Pullman, but was disappointed he didn't look like his dad did when young! I'm not a fan of Chris Hemsworth, keep his clothes on is what I say! Darla? I do believe you like them young!!! Nothing wrong with that at all of course! (Just joking!)

    Your comment on Cabin in the Woods reminded me of a novel I just finished, The Cabin at the end of the World. Best book I can think of I've ever read. My daughter stayed up into the wee hours to finish it, she couldn't put it down. Another thought provoking story line, one to talk about later.

    I have always done the grocery shopping. Watch out! If you complain too much he'll just say to "do it yourself!"

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    1. Thank you for the book and movie suggestions. And don't get me wrong, Jeff Bridges is hot, too. I like men of just about every shape, age, and hue. ~leers~ I just seem to be focusing on these young ones of late. Heh...

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  4. Not been to the movies in a couple months...but it is not normal for me to go often, however I was on a roll back months ago...I saw a movie three months in a row! Great post, I am happy you had a great time on vacation. Always nice to get away and enjoy time away from home. I love being hoe but I love vacation and being away from home.

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    1. We don't go often theses days. Three months in a row would match an old record. ~grin~ As always, thank you for brightening my day, my dear.

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  5. I went with friends to Man with a Gun, and slept through half of it. Not really very good. Especially if sleepy to begin with. We went to see the Neil Armstrong movie and missed it. I wanted to see Royale as second choice but got out voted. Now I really want to see it.

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    1. How disappointing. And movies aren't exactly cheap. I hope you get to see this one. I think "First Man" would bore me a bit. Even my husband decided to pass, while he's a true fan who remembers the actual event. It's been reviewed as too serious for my taste. Ugh... Be well!

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  6. I would get the dvd from the library, but I can't sit through a long movie. We didn't even get to the theater for the most recent Mission Impossible because it was too long.
    Hubbies try hard shopping, but often have trouble. I usually just go with him now.

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    1. Awww... I like the idea that you help one another, though.

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  7. Blood and violence...not my think, guess I'll cross that one of my list. Thanks for the heads up. Your picture of NC, is gorgeous!!! You must have worked hard to get that shot with just the right light etc. Am out blog walking this am, and found myself here from someone else's blog. Always fun to meet new bloggers. Have a good Sunday.

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    1. It's nice to 'meet' you, too. ~grin~ I didn't work hard at all, actually. Just got up out of bed, grabbed the camera, and walked out onto the balcony. I adore digital photography, when you needn't worry about running out of film. Keep snapping, and you're liable to get lucky. Be well, my dear.

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