Inspired by Dennis, but in no way rubbing it in his face

These are the movies I saw in theatres this year, in alphabetical order.

27 Dresses
Burn After Reading
Charlie Bartlett
The Dark Knight (x2)
The Happening
Happy Go Lucky
Iron Man
Mamma Mia
Marley and Me
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Pineapple Express
Role Models
Sex and the City: The Movie
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Strange Wilderness
Tropic Thunder
Zack and Miri

Whew. I saw 23 2008 releases in theatres. I am not even going to try to average out how much money I spent on all that. Brandon’s older brother thinks movies in a theatre are a total waste of money, but somehow, Brandon and I can always justify spending money on a movie. This list and its stinkers are making me rethink that a little bit. I could have done without seeing "Strange Wilderness" or "Charlie Bartlett". "Pineapple Express" was probably not worth $8.

Update: If we are counting 2007 movies I saw this year, then I am adding at least Atonement and Juno… possibly others? Man. I also saw Spirited Away at a midnight showing…

Maybe a dog isn’t such a great idea

I saw Shadow when I went home. Grandpa’s right, she is getting really old. She crapped in the house while we were gone, even though one of dad’s friends came by and let her out both days.

However, while I was home, I got some of the old stuff my mice from college used to play with. I think some of my Christmas cash is going toward getting two new, smaller pets. And the pet store clerk had better swear on his LIFE that they are both girls before I buy them. I am not doing the surprise baby mice thing again.

A weekend with the family– both sides

Thanks for watching my video. It was fun to make, and I hope to make more in the near future.

Dad and I went to Cleveland on Saturday night to see my mom’s parents. They are 94 and 96. My grandma’s memory has been going downhill in the last year. I don’t know if it’s because my mom died, or because she’s flippin’ 94, but I suppose either way, you can hardly blame her.

She asked a lot of repeated questions. I must have told her where Owen works eight times during our short visit. We went there for dinner Saturday night, and stayed at a motel that night, since it would be kind of a pain for them to put us up for the night. We came back in the morning and I made them breakfast, and we left.

They’ve been nearly deaf for as long as I’ve been alive, so communication has always been pretty hindered. It doesn’t get any easier with this new obstacle. My granddad still seems pretty with it, but his hearing is worse than hers.

They are most definitely aware that my mom is gone, however. That would have been unbearable if my grandma had just kept asking about her over and over. My uncle, my mom’s brother, came and saw us at their house. He comes and sees them every other day now, traveling from one side of Cleveland to the other. They have a home health aide come six days a week.

I went to my cousin’s bridal shower yesterday, in Dover. I lived with her and her mom for a summer, when I interned at their local paper. She is getting married in April. She is two months younger than me, and she is absolutely ecstatic.

A lot of my dad’s relatives at the shower asked in sympathetic voices how my/our Christmas had been.

"Better than last year," I said. "Better than last year."