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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Movie night with the girlfriends

This evening Helena, Janis and myself did the girls' movie night out.  This time it was to celebrate Janis' retirement from the Library (where I also worked until last year).  Helena, love her little heart, still is imprisoned there for a few more years.  We were anticipating a delightful evening with pizza for supper and chocolate treats inside the movie theatre as we settled down to enjoy ourselves.  Helena and I had bought Janis a gorgeous Pandora ring called Liquid and everything was in place for a most enjoyable time.  Right!! The movie was the most complicated one we have ever been to together and for three hours we sat and asked one another "What's this about", LOL  None of us would recommend this to anyone, but I'm sure there are some science fiction/futuristic fans out there who will think that it is a fabulous flick.  Anyway, the cast contained many a famous name and we expected much.  At least we enjoyed being together and having a good laugh.  I told the ladies that I would pick the next one, so I'm hoping for a good mystery or thriller.

The official synopsis for Cloud Atlas describes the film as:
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

The film consists of six interrelated and interwoven stories that take the viewer from the South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Unlike the original novel, the film is structured, according to novelist David Mitchell, "as a sort of pointillist mosaic: We stay in each of the six worlds just long enough for the hook to be sunk in, and from then on the film darts from world to world at the speed of a plate-spinner, revisiting each narrative for long enough to propel it forward."

The six stories are:
  • South Pacific Ocean, 1849. Adam Ewing, an American lawyer from San Francisco during the California Gold Rush, has come to the Chatham Islands to conclude a business arrangement with Reverend Gilles Horrox for his father-in-law, Haskell Moore. He witnesses the whipping of a Moriori slave, Autua, who stows away on Ewing's ship, and convinces Ewing to keep him hidden, then to advocate for him to join the crew as a freeman. Meanwhile, Dr. Henry Goose slowly poisons Ewing, claiming it to be the cure for a parasitic worm, aiming to steal Ewing's valuables. When Goose attempts to administer the fatal dose, Autua saves him. Returning to America, Ewing and his wife, Tilda, denounce her father's complicity in slavery.
  • Cambridge, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, 1936. Robert Frobisher, a young English musician who is gay, finds work as an amanuensis to famous composer Vyvyan Ayrs, allowing Frobisher the time and inspiration to compose his own masterpiece, "The Cloud Atlas Sextet". Ayrs wishes to take credit for the piece, and threatens to expose Frobisher's scandalous background if he does not comply. Ayrs is shot by Frobisher in a confrontation between them, and Frobisher flees to a hotel. There, he finishes his masterpiece and shoots himself only moments before his lover Rufus Sixsmith arrives to save him.
  • San Francisco, California, 1973. Luisa Rey is a journalist who by chance meets an older Sixsmith, now a nuclear physicist. Sixsmith tips off Rey to a conspiracy regarding the safety of a new nuclear reactor, but is killed by hitman Bill Smoke before he can give her the report that proves it. Isaac Sachs, another employee at the power plant who seems to find her familiar, also gives her the information, but he is killed by Smoke, who runs Rey's car off a bridge. With help from the plant's head of security, Joe Napier, she evades another attempt against her life, that results in Smoke's death, and exposes the plot to use a nuclear accident for the benefit of oil companies.
  • United Kingdom, 2012. Timothy Cavendish, a 65-year-old publisher, has a windfall when Dermott Hoggins, the gangster author whose book he has published, infamously murders a critic and is sent to jail. When the author's associates threaten Cavendish's life to get his share of the profits, Cavendish turns to his brother Denholme for help. The brother tricks him into hiding out in a nursing home, where he is held against his will and treated poorly by the tyrannical Nurse Noakes. Cavendish and a few of his fellow "inmates" then plot a successful escape.
  • Neo Seoul, (Korea), 2144. Sonmi-451, a genetically-engineered fabricant (clone) server at a fast-food restaurant, is interviewed before her execution. She recounts how she was released from her compliant life of servitude by Hae-Joo Chang, a member of the local Resistance, and other rebels. They reveal to her that fabricants like her are "recycled" into food for future fabricants, and hold off a brutal armed assault as she broadcasts this information to the world before her capture.
  • The Hawaiian Islands on post-apocalyptic Earth (dated "106 winters after "The Fall", identified as 2321), a tribesman named Zachry lives a primitive life after most of humanity has died during "The Fall" and is plagued by visions of his people's perception of the devil, "Old Georgie", a representation of his guilt for not interfering in the murder of his brother-in-law, Adam, at the hands of the Kona Chief, leader of a tribe of vicious cannibals. He is visited by Meronym, a member of the "Prescients", the last remnants of a technologically-advanced civilization. In exchange for saving his young niece from a venomous bite, Zachry agrees to guide Meronym into the mountains in search of Cloud Atlas, an outpost station where she is able to send a message to people who have left Earth and now live on other planets. After returning, Zachry discovers the murder of his tribe at the hands of the Kona. After killing the Kona Chief and a number of his tribesmen, Zachry and his niece join Meronym and the Prescients in a journey to a new world.
A seventh time period, about 25 years after the Hawaiian one, is featured in the film's prologue and epilogue. In the prologue, a lone Zachry delivers a monologue, and his location is not revealed. In the epilogue, Zachry is revealed to have been telling these stories to his numerous grandchildren, with two moons in the night sky and Earth visible as a pale blue dot. Meronym emerges from their home and they embrace.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia).

This week is turning out to be a very busy one.  This morning I had breakfast with two other lovely ladies, Claire and Illa, then this afternoon I went and had a key made for another friend Carol and finished off with the disastrous movie.

Tomorrow I have to go and get my monthly back injections and attend a wake in the evening - this will be the first of two this week.  Before I know it, it will be the weekend again and I'll be at the Boutique again.  Retirement sure is busy.  Janis is going into her third week of retirement and she is absolutely loving it and has no regrets.

A dear friend, Dawn, asked me if I could paint a sprig of holly on a red cushion cover she was hoping to use this Christmas and even though I had never taken any requests for painting on fabric I decided to give it a try - she said that if it didn't work out she wouldn't be upset, so, pressure off, LOL  I think that it turned out pretty good and so did she..............


I've also started my own tool collection and one by one I am bravely trying them out.  These are the ones I have already.......





The only one I haven't tested out yet is the last one, the cordless drill.

I put together a few Christmas baskets which I hope to sell at the Church Street Boutique.  I'm hoping that "business" will pick up soon as I have put a tremendous amount of work into this new interest.  I can honestly say that it's not so much the money that I want from it, although lots of that would be very nice, no, it's having an outside interest, something which I have been toying with for a couple of years and which has recently become possible.  If it doesn't work out, then at least I have given it a "go".  Here are a couple of the baskets I made - there is quite a lot in them, including about six or seven items of my handcrafted jewelry...



As usual, I keep blabbering on, so I shall finish off with a couple of photos of my darling grandkids...............

My favourite grandson, Rhys


And my favourite grand-daughter, Katherine


Okay dear friends, I will say ta ta for now or as they say in good ol' U.K., TTFN.  Have a wonderful week and I will visit with you all again soon.

48 comments:

Holly said...

Oh my gosh...cute cute baby with the rainbow wig...I love it!

Linda said...

Great post and photos! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

oh my...you should have gone to see 'Argo' based on a true story. I love my cushion and really think you should make more! Your gift baskets look so nice!
Dawn

NixBlog said...

Thank you for your kind words on my blog (http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com.au/) and for your follow. You too have an interesting blog and I was pleased to read the movie review. Sounds like a film I would like to see.
On my "other" blog I do a film review every Monday, see:
http://nicholasjv.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/movie-monday-you-again.html

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Olá;
Gostei do seu post...Principalmente das fotos dos seus netos....Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Blondie's Journal said...

I have heard mixed reviews of this movie...even the critics seem a little confused by it. I love how you get together with your friends...we all need that "girl time"! Love the holly you painted...have you thought of making your own Christmas cards? The baskets are really cute and will make wonderful gifts!

XO,
Jane

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hey, nice power tools! My Rare One and I went to see Cloud Atlas too -- you sure have to pay attention to follow the plot(s)! We enjoyed it a lot although we don't pretend to understand it beyond the common themes of oppression, betrayal, courage, resistance, love, hate, greed, etc. -- you know, the "human condition," LOL!

Laurie said...

I am looking forward to seeing this movie, take care with those power tools!!!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Those are lovely baskets. I don't believe I will be seeing that movie. I like lots of action in a movie. I hope you have a great week.

Inger-M said...

Your grandkids are adorable!
Thank you so much for your recent visit and comment on my blog :-)

vickilicious said...

Hi! It's Vickilicious from The Greek Housewife. Thanks for following! I just made it to your blog and followed! It'll be interesting to see your point of view from the retired side of things but from reading your blog a bit you don't look retired at all. You seem so busy!!! I like that!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Even the preview of the movie leaves me clueless. Everytime it comes on tv my husband says, "What is that movie about?" haha. i don't think we'll be seeing it!

Joop Zand said...

Hello Chris

Thanks for visit my blog.

You blogs looks also very good, i like all the pictures of these lovely grandkids.

Greetings , Joop

Cildemer said...

Hello Chris!
I'm not a fan of sci-fi films! But I know sometimes you can have a great time with friends even if the show is boring!
Your grandchildren are so cute! Thanks for sharing.
And many thanks for your visit and kind words in my old blog "La Lorraine en images"!
I'm now blogging here and with a different pseudonym;o)
Would be glad of your visiting;o)

***
Have a nice day****

Debbie said...

Very nice tool collection, every girl needs her power tools! The baskets look beautiful, I would have really enjoyed a peak inside!

Adorable "favorite" grandchildren!

Les fous du cap said...

Thank you for visiting us on "Les Fous du Cap". Of course, we will follow your blog as we enjoyed visiting.
We love Canada and dream of visiting Quebec ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Irene said...

Thanks for visiting ... love the shots of your grandchildren. Think you are lucky :) Hope my son will give me a grandchild or two in the future :)

Greetings from Irene, Norway

Clayton said...

Hi Chris
Thanks for dropping by A Prairie Journal in Saskatchewan. I am not a frequent poster but I do try to keep up.
Nice choice of power tools there.

Meri said...

It helps to have a synopsis for Cloud Atlas -- I couldn't keep the stories straight!

Rosie Gan said...

So nice to read about your retired life! Am folowing you too!
Rosie

Judy said...

I like the holly painting, and the baskets look well done. I hope they sell well for you! You seem to be into everything!

LadyD Piano said...

Congratulations on your retirement. What a lovely blog you have. I look forward to learning more about you. So nice to meet you, Chris!

Dimple said...

Hi Chris, thanks for the visit and kind words. It's nice to be found from time to time!

Thanks also for the movie review, this is one I definitely will skip!

Misty DawnS said...

I want to learn woodworking so I can create my own photo frames. So, you got my attention with the tools. hehe
Your grandkids are adorable!

Maria said...

Hi Chris, thanks for following my blog.You have a lovely blog. Yesterday I saw the movie: AMOUR, fantastic, beautiful and poignant. With Jean Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva. Everybody must see this film!
Nice weekend!

Terra said...

I can relate to you since I recently retired from working in a library and I love retirement too. I still wonder, how did I ever find time to work? It looks like you have some interesting crafty hobbies.

One of my Hobby Blogs said...

Hi Chris - just wanted to stop by and say hi back atchya! Great blog you have here too, wouldn't it be nice to have a night out with the girls more often... Good idea!!! ;)

Helene Titsch said...

Very nice blog! Ahhhhhh, retirement...2.5 years to go and I am looking forward to it! BTW, beautiful baskets!

Sabz said...

thanks for linking up on Friday Chaos!
it was awesome co-hosting this week!
new follower :)
http://www.theeclecticgrabbag.com

Wind said...

Hello Chris! Thank you for visiting my world! My best wishes to you,to Rhys and Katherine ...from Romania!

Ruth said...

Hi Chris, a great post there, loving that wig in the last shot :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Trapped in a library never, I am also an ex-librarian! I have to say that Cloud Atlas is a complicated book so I am not surprised the film was as well. I am calling by here in response to your visit and comment on one of my blogs and of course I am delighted to add you back. I think however I will add you to the blogroll on News From Italy as being more appropriate. Good to meet you. :)

snowwhite said...

Hi Chris,
Oh, you have wonderful grandchildren!!
The movie, consisting of six stories, interested me very much. I love SF stories and want to see this movie.
I have been away from PC, but will be back soon.
Thanks a lot for visiting.
Have a great weekend.
keiko

MyMaracas said...

Hello, Chris, it's nice to meet you! Sounds like we have a lot of interests in common.

Thanks so much for your kind comment at my blog, and for the follow. I'm following you right back, and I'll be visiting - more often after I actually retire, no doubt.

Cindy van der Meer said...

Hi Chris,
I am glad to know you! Thanks so much for stopping by on my blog, yours are soo inspiring. Read your stories and hang around your interesting blog, what a wonderfull life you had.
Will be back again, stay in touch. Am off to follow your blog now.
Enjoy your weekend.
Warmest smile,
Cindy

http://hakenindie.blogspot.nl/

Katherines Corner said...

what a wonderful week you had! The holly berries are lovely. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Rosemary said...

You are so lucky to have a movie night out with your friends. Most people I know that have seen the movie had the same experience that you did. You are a very busy lady and so creative!

Peter said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun with that movie, thanks for stopping by Sydney too.

LifeRamblings said...

lovely baskets and your grandchildren are adorable. thanks for visiting and following me. i follow back.

Lois said...

Hi Chris! Thanks for your comment on my blog and thanks for following me. I too am newly retired and spend my days taking care of my 3 grandchildren. James is 8, Maddie is 4, and little EJ is 4 months. They keep me pretty busy. Your blog looks interesting so I am following you!

stillhowlyn said...

Hi Chris! Delightful to meet you and your terrific blog. I look forward to visiting you often...Lynda

Shirley said...

Hello Chris! I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could discover yours! Since seeing the advertisements for The Cloud Atlas, I've been wanting to attend. Perhaps I should read the book first though so I am not so lost in the six story lines?

Your Christmas baskets look terrific and I admire your tool collection and the fact that you know how to use them -- wow! I can use the basics but nothing like what you have here! Perhaps when I retire I can dabble a bit more.

Have a terrific week! I am following you back.

stardust said...

Hi, Chris! Your lovely comment brought me to this wonderful blog. You put many interesting things in one post, and I can’t respond to each of them, but all in all I enjoyed reading and seeing the photos. Your grandkids are so adorable! My only grandchild will turn 2 in December, and I will have two more in next spring. Have a nice, sweet, and fulfilling week.

Greetings from Japan
Yoko

Tobeystrashortreasure said...

Hi Chris, Thank you so much for joining my blog, it is always flattering to have new followers. I moved here from Northern Ontario, my hubby works in the mines, and his company had a 6 month contract here in Kamloops that has now turned into 2 years. My projects keep me busy when he works long shifts and helps pass the time while we are away from friends and family. We hope to return to Ontario in the spring (fingers crossed). I have met some amazing talented people here and I will miss them. But it will be so great to hold my grandbabies again. again thanks for joining my blog. hugs Tobey of www.tobeystreasure.com

Becky said...

Wow, you sure are a busy gal. That movie sounds way to complicated for me. I am a simple girl that doesn't get too involved with movies. LOL
Thanks for stopping by, and for the nice compliments. Do visit anytime too.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Marguerite said...

As soon as you started describing the movie experience I thought, I'll bet it was that Cloud Atlas thing. I've seen a couple previews and it's left me going Huh? I thought maybe the movie itself would make more sense but maybe not.

SandyCarlson said...

You have a wonderful blog. Thank you for visiting!

Esther V. said...

thanks for posting on my blog...YOU are one very busy woman.
I'm busy knitting Buffalo sweaters, socks, hats and scarves for gifts ...tis the Season!
EstherWoodWork is my blog