after attending my work holiday party on friday night [it was ok], i headed to my parents’ house for a relaxing weekend while mr. c was tearing up NOLA at a bachelor party.
the weather was cold + dreary and aside from two runs for me [four miles on the dreadmill and thirteen frigid ones on the road] and walks with riley, we were in hibernation mode. we watched win win, the king’s speech, and silver linings playbook, and had some tasty meals. perfect winter days!
we saw two incredible movies last week at my favorite movie spot, carolina theater. the quick + dirty:
dallas buyers club
a fascinating story. impeccable performances from matthew mcconaughey and jared leto, both unrecognizable. a great soundtrack. an engaging shift in our perspective of the protagonist.
12 years a slave
not for the faint of heart or stomach, but important for everyone. wonderful performances all around [save for brad pitt — he wasn’t bad, but they should have found someone else for the minor role]. haunting cinematography. a very honest look at the mental + emotional horrors of slavery, which are not portrayed nearly as deeply or often as the physical.
guilty: i decorated and put up our little christmas tree before thanksgiving this year. i’m just a sucker for twinkle lights and didn’t want the late thanksgiving cutting my time with them short [though i shamelessly leave my tree up until late january — partly because i love the lights and partly because putting ornaments away is the worst chore]
anyway, i also had some fun at the craft store putting items together for a festive tablescape. mr. c didn’t quite grasp or appreciate the concept of a “tablescape” but i know you guys will understand.
it has not been the finest day for riley girl. she had an encounter with an aggressive dog at the park who wanted her tennis ball and ended up with a bite on her right ear. i couldn’t tell how deep it was and was worried about infection so off to the emergency vet we went.
luckily it was in a place that should heal well without stitches, but she now has a sad little shaved ear, is drugged up, and has a week of antibiotics and the cone of shame ahead of her. the whole scene is just killing me — she has been crying so much, i think mostly because the pain med and cone have her scared and confused.
my phone bit the dust yesterday. i finally decided to get with the times and am now the proud [and temporarily obsessed] owner of a new iphone. the question is: what apps do i need/want? what are your favorites? which are actually helpful?
i was searching for holiday cards on etsy this morning and stumbled upon a shop called wild pulp. the owner creates hand-cut templates of silhouettes of north american animals and fills them in with photos of wood + bark. on the back of each card is information about the species and a current habitat map, and they’re all printed on 100% post consumer waste paper made with wind energy. “perfect for animal nerds and nature lovers.” [how did he get my number?]