#tb: Film fest.

The following was written in 2010; nothing has been changed. Like what you’ve read? Enjoy my #tb (throwback) blog series as I count down the days until my second book, How to Make Lemonade, is released on December 2nd!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Last night, I had a dream my ex’s mom invited me over for some sort of family gathering. For some reason, I went (neither of these things would happen in real life) and his sister was there, but he hadn’t arrived yet. His mom was asking me questions about our relationship…as if we hadn’t broken up. I gave her a stern look and merely said, “Umm…I guess you didn’t hear that we broke up.” I woke up shortly after she gave me a weird look and I began to search for the bathroom—in the dream I felt extremely out of place.

I’m not going to waste my time analyzing this one; it didn’t make me sad or anything. I simply think my mind is beginning to let go, and I’m getting used to saying I’m single. Most everyone around knows that I am, so it’s not even a part of my daily conversation anymore. If you’d like to dissect it, by all means, do.

After my freedom announcement yesterday, today’s assignment was quite fitting. Tonight, I was to have a “no-chick-flick” night. After a very busy two weeks at work, I rewarded myself with a quick trip to the spa for a tan and a mini-massage before heading home for movie night.

Now, I love a good romantic comedy just as much as the next gal, but there’s nothing like watching some movies that have nothing to do with love or heartbreak. I am always up for a good laugh.

But what did I watch for this great occasion? I figured no one understands freedom like good ole Ferris Bueller.


So I popped myself a giant bowl of Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Butter (50 percent less fat) popcorn, grabbed a soda, and cozied up on the couch with my favorite buddy, Orange Julius (he’s a big movie buff…or maybe he just likes eating my popcorn).

Ah, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—a John Hughes favorite of mine (aside from Home Alone, of course). Speaking of Home Alone, I noticed these two are pretty similar; it’s the only two movies I can think of that made narration straight-to-the-camera, pretty cool.

“Something D-O-O economics. Voo Doo Economics.”

My favorite character is by far Jeanie Bueller, I most certainly can relate to her bad attitude. However, wow, Matthew Broderick, what a cutie. Too bad he cheated on Sarah Jessica Paker…douche.

Anyway, my favorite scene in this movie has to be lunch at Cafe Luis where Ferris tries to tell the Maitre D’ he’s Abe Froman—the sausage king of Chicago. When the Maitre D’ accuses him of lying, Ferris merely says, “Are you suggesting that I’m not who I say I am?”

Of course, Cameron is also an excellent character—”When Cameron was in Egypt’s land…let my Cameron go.”

After Ferris, I decided to watch another movie about being free—What About Bob?

“I said good morning, Gill!”

Bob doesn’t start off knowing much about being free, however his “therapy” through Dr. Leo Marvin and his book “Baby Steps” really put Bob on the map.

“There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t…my ex wife loved him.”

Of course, some classic favorite scenes are the dinner (“Pile it high and deep please, if you will. Could you get that tomato off there?) and the sailing experience (“I’m sailing!”). However, my favorite part is definitely Bob and Ziggy in the bedroom, telling each other about new diseases they can die from, which leads to them jumping on the bed cursing at each other. In the meantime, Leo is in his bathroom brushing his teeth with his finger.

What a fun evening! I think I need to have more of these no-chick-flick-nights. Baby Steps…


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I apologize. I feel like my tasks lately aren’t bringing out the response they’re supposed to—or maybe that’s simply the point. Between keeping up with the tasks, reflecting them, and living my day-to-day life, I am stripped of inspiration and insight.

Looking back on this project, some of these tasks have really knocked me off my feet (ahem, Day 7, bastard) and others, I feel like I’m simply going through the motions. Sometimes, the littlest things bring out the emotion in me—the ride to work for example. Unfortunately, I work very close to my ex’s family…which isn’t really the kind of reminder I enjoy come 7:45 am. But hey, that’s life, and I’m taking it full force (or at 40 miles an hour).

At the end of the 30 days, I don’t expect to be completely over my ex, but I think I’m well on my way. Whether it’s the tasks keeping my mind on the right track, or simply that pile of work on my desk, time seems to be helping my cause.

My friend Sheena (Boobie), asked me what I will do on Day 31? The idea of The Frisky setting me free does sound a bit frightening, I guess. She is determined to figure out a task for Day 31, so if you want to give her a hand, shoot me some ideas and I’ll work something out.

Today, I was given a productive task—take food and/or clothes to the Salvation Army. I’ve been wanting, and needing, to clean out my closet for some time now. So this was a perfect task for today.

I went through everything, tried on dresses, sifted through movies and books, etc. I filled four bags with goodies and loaded up my car. Since I’m a democrat, I’m always thinking about those in need (see what I did there?). But with this economy, I’ve become more thankful for the things I have and given more to the local food bank. So not only do I feel good because my closet is clean, I feel awesome for giving away some semi-cool stuff that a girl somewhere is going to love.

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