I would first like to say that I have the best friends in the world, honestly. Yesterday, upon finding out I was puking my guts out due to some unworldly stomach virus, Knaw'lej went to the store and came back with cranberry juice and 7-Up, my favorite sick time remedies. Then he, Nakachi and Darryl sat with me in shifts, greasing my scalp and talking to me, keeping me company until late last night so I wouldn't be in my house sick by myself. I love me some them. Knaw'lej even cooked the ground chicken I had taken out pre-sickness and made sloppy joes which I didn't partake of because I wasn't sure if my tummy could handle it or not. I'm back in business today, although not necessarily feeling one hundred percent, but as a wise woman once told me, "the pay at home ain't shit", so queasy stomach and all, I'm here at my desk doing what I am supposed to be doing.
While sick, I started reading High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. I don't know what I was expecting from a book that I only knew about because of a John Cusack movie, but I've actually found myself laughing out loud at some parts. I'm reading it considerably slower than I did "Hollywood Wives: the New Generation". I've always loved Jackie Collins. No, it is not that snobbish "literature" that we all want to seem so smart by reading, but it is deliciously entertaining nonetheless, and I read it in just over a day because I was that caught up in the story. With this new book, I find myself trying to make sense of all this new Brit slang I am picking up. Snogging, shagging, smoking fags etc... These all mean different things to me and my North American self.
One habit I picked up before getting sick was actually cooking more meals at home and eating healthier. I carted breakfast, lunch and dinner with me all last week as I put in lots of hours in three different places at once. They say it takes twenty-one days for anything to become a habit, but I can bet you money it won't take that long with me, because the one thing this new habit has done is stretch the longevity of the dollars in my pocket. Between daily trips to Starbucks and buying lunch daily, I'm pretty sure I was spending upwards of $15 a day just eating. This doesn't include any dinners I may have purchased in addition to lunch and Starbucks, so all told, I know I am currently saving well over $100 a week. I am also eating much healthier, which is a habit you can't really put a dollar amount on. I'm talking vegetables with every meal, most times forgoing carbs and plenty of fruit eating at snack time. Fruit leather is your friend.
Netflix continues to be a money-saving favorite, as many a night has been spent sitting on the floor of my furniture-less (yet home theater surround sound having) living room watching movies, sometimes rewinding to comedic effect things that we missed the first time around. Watching movies with Nakachi and Knaw'lej is always an experience; we are not passive consumers. Much like our attendance at poetry readings, we like to fully participate in the experience. Plenty of shouting at the television, cracking jokes and later reciting lines to each other makes this our special kind of "us" time. I like it over here.
Last night we stayed up until almost midnight watching End of Days. I hadn't seen the movie since the night it opened in theaters in 1999, and I bought the dvd thinking I had actually liked the movie, but upon viewing it for a second time, I realize that Arnold Schwarzenegger is not my idea of the saviour of the world. When the credits started rolling, I actually laughed out loud, to which Nakachi responded, "Right," which is our standard response for "Girl, you don't even have to say a word."
We tried watching Capote, but the combination of a scratched dvd from Netflix (I'm averaging about one out of five being scratched) and a boring storyline made us shut it off, package it in its neat little red envelope and send it packing. I like Philip Seymour Hoffman, but the voice he put on to play Capote was more than annoying and added to us not wanting to watch the film. We elected to watch him in Boogie Nights instead.
Boogie Nights will forever remain in my top twenty-five movies of all time.
This was long and rambling, but incredibly satisfying.