The good: plumtreeblossom
and I got to go see The Golden Compass
last night. I found it really really compressed compared to the rather thoughtfully-paced book it’s based on, but I loved it. Lyra’s Oxford was much as I had imagined it, and Iorik and Lee were plucked right out of my head. The world was a bit more steampunky than in the book, but I didn’t mind that. The acting was good. I’m so glad I saw it. And I’m very glad that plumtreeblossom
enjoyed it, too, not having read the book. (She’s excited to read the series
now.) And, barring production problems, there are two more movies to look forward to!
We had an unplanned intermission when there was a fire alarm and the building was evacuated, but when we started to see people streaming back into the building as we were walking towards the T we decided to go back in and see what was up, and since it had only been 10min or so since the alarm, they resumed all the movies. We saw some smoke or steam coming from a nearby building; I presume
that’s what the alarm was about, but I’m not sure. The Religious Right is up in arms about this movie — as well they should be; the books are delightfully subversive —, so plumtreeblossom
’s first thought was a bomb threat.
More recent good stuff include dinner with plumtreeblossom
at The Cheesecake Factory
near my work on Wednesday, pasta and interesting liqueurs with cathijosephine
on Thursday, and brunch at Johnny D’s
this morning (with live jazz guitar).
The bad: I have a bad cold. I had hoped it would just be a mild day-or-so, but I feel really crummy today. I am probably going to go to bed soon. (I really hope plumtreeblossom
doesn’t come down with this, but that seems pretty implausible.) On the other hand, I have the weekend to rest. On the other other hand, I had planned on doing a lot of work on the house this weekend, and instead I’m mostly going to be resting and trying to get better.
Net balance is quite good, though.