Monday, November 19, 2012
I headed out to the theatre later in the evening for a second attempt (I am stubborn, if nothing else) but instead took J's car, which has a built-in fancypants GPS.
When I did finally get to the Cinema Arts Theatre later that evening, it felt like I wasn't just watching a movie, but also observing a community of people who really love movies. The people at the theatre ---both those working there and those watching the movies--- impressed me a lot. I was expecting to see a lot of hipster types, but the people who sat with me were regular folks, free of affectations, who simply and truly loved and responded to movies. The staff was very friendly, well-mannered and eager to assist patrons. We had a woman speak before the movie previews, and much of the audience (which numbered atleast a hundred) seemed to know her pretty well. You can see what's playing at Cinema Arts through their website, http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/. They're also in the process of raising funds to upgrade their projectors from celluloid to digital, so please consider supporting their efforts!
I'm glad I saw "A Late Quartet", because the subject matter piqued my interest, but my thoughts on the movie itself are mixed. I won't rehash the criticism that is clearly articulated in the reviews of far more capable movie critics but will instead point out that the one specific thing that I, as a lukewarm moviegoer, found tremendously impressive. Christopher Walken is a remarkable actor with a tremendous range--- I've seen him in other films playing villains, and so it was a joy to watch him embody a different sort of character who was finding his way through some very heavy human experiences. If you're a particular fan of his work, then I'd recommend that you see it.
What movies have you seen lately? What are your favorite theatres on Long Island?
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
When I went out to the chicken coop around 6am yesterday, I wasn't the only one trying to make sense of the Nor'Easter. The chickens poked their little heads outside the coop with trepidation at the white stuff which they'd never seen before. It was pretty cute.
The night before that--- not so cute, as many of you can attest to. DH Jay and I scrambled to clean off cars over a bad online gas tip, but it was still worth it since we were then able to get both into the garage. Victory yesterday has come in the form of the Lake Grove Hess. While there are many well-meaning online gas websites, I've found that Hess' actual site is among the most accurate--- click here. The gas situation is still dire on the Island and in the Boroughs, but again, compared to people who've lost homes, lives, and are still out of power, it's nothing. It is a huge problem, however, for people whose livelihoods depend on consistent car access and businesess with transportation needs (as well as actual people driving to and patronizing their shops.) I mean to say that I write not complain about my own station---because we've been very blessed throughout the whole thing--- but to shed light on this continuing lack of infrastructure and basic modern-day needs that those in the metro area are faced with.
On a more upbeat note (please excuse the pun there), here's a long overdue review.
A day before the Hurricane craziness, Jay Cardinal and I wanted a frozen yogurt treat. Having tried every frozen yogurt place ranging from amazing to awful within a 15 miles radius of our home, we thought we'd give the new Yogurtini in Smithtown a shot. I went with their house flavour, "Blueberry Tartini", which ROCKED. Both of us were very impressed with the topping selection--- it's possibly the best we've seen yet. The staff was friendly and appreciative, the seafoam decor calming. A definite repeat visit.
Rather than spend money on clothes this year, I've been mixing up my wardrobe to create new outfits. So far so good, though certain things always beg the question...
How do I transition spring/summer pieces for fall/winter?
The challenge this time involves: basic striped tee + cotton fringed scarf + navy eyelet skirt + chunky peep-toe wedges
Pairing with a tweed herringbone blazer + opaque aquamarine tights
The blazer warms it up (as far as textiles are concerned) and provides a nod to the gray in the scarf and top. The tights add another pop of color to compliment the navy in the skirt and keep the look from appearing too somber. Opaque tights also add a lot of warmth.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
I wish I could say the same for so many whose lives have been turned upside down ---some forever--- by this dreadful storm. As we strive to gain some sense of normalcy in our lives again and support those less fortunate with our actions and our prayers, I'm going to try to get back to a bit of blogging, celebrating all that is good on our wonderful little island. Please take care, be good to yourself and your families, and stay far, far away from any downed wires.