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Monday, October 14, 2013







Happy Monday. How was everyones weekend? We had a pretty lovely weekend here in Portland, lots of sunshine. There was no school for my oldest, Fisher, Friday. I think that they take Friday off so they get the holiday without actually celebrating Columbus day because, well, it's Columbus day and that whole thing resulted in some less than celebratory things. So Friday morning we headed to Grandma's house to go up to the University of Portland where there is a display honoring my grandfather. It was really lovely. She kept saying "how did I not know all this stuff?" (I think he was just a very humble man and we are all finding out just how influential and well admired he was). People are so amazing and even after 65 years of marriage I could see my grandmother being completely taken. In fact in an article written for The American Scholar, by the writer Brian Doyle, about my grandfather, he quotes my grandmother saying to him "his wife said to me at the funeral that she still had a crush on him after 65 years." (i'll have more on Brian Doyle in an upcoming post.). 

Then we checked out their American Indian inspired gallery which seemed a perfect thing to celebrate in lieu of Columbus. After that we spent some time tripping down memory lane in St. Johns where I grew up (i'll have more on that later too). Saturday was spent working, and Sunday cleaning, which was later rewarded with a movie in the afternoon. Fisher and I went to see Gravity. I haven't been to a movie in months, but I knew that one looked good enough to get me to fork over the big bucks. I was a little unhappy to see it was in 3D (why is everything 3D now?). But it was so good I didn't mind at all. Going into the movie I had no idea it would make me cry like a baby either but it did, in which those 3D glasses came in pretty handy.  

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  1. Oh Christine. Your grandmother. Seeing her makes me miss my own grandmothers and so happy you still have her. How lovely for her to be able to see this exhibit about your granddad. This post makes me think a lot about my grandparent's relationships because the one your grandparents had was clearly very, very special.

    So Gravity was good? That sentence makes me think, yes, gravity is good. ;) We're likely headed to Capt. Philips today. That ship was out of Norfolk and a lot of it was filmed here. Cal loves action dramas like this and it HAS to be better than Deliverance! ;)

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    1. Gravity was so good, I literally just wanted to turn right back around in the theater and see it again. I had no idea what it was about going into it, and I think that's good. You don't really figure out what it's about until near the end and then you realize "holy sh*t this is a good movie."

      I want to see Capt, Phillips too. And that I know where it was shot, of course I want to see it even more. This is the time where I start seeing movies. I haven't been for about ten months, but now I will probably go see ten in the next 2 months. This is when the good ones come out.

      i know she's my last grandma. i think i had 6 to being with (greats included). i just want to hold her tight and never let her go. xo

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  2. That is just the sweetest. I can't believe I missed your post below last week. Luckily I just snagged a tee pee print! I love it!

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    1. i am so excited! i can't wait to see what you do with it! xx

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  3. That is just the most magical thing, to see that display honoring your grandfather's life and contributions, and to see it through your grandmother's eyes just makes it all the more special. I can only hope and pray that I'm as lucky as they were to still have crushes on each other and still be wowed by the other person after all those years. You are so lucky to have had him in your life, and vice versa.

    I'm really hoping to catch Gravity in theaters; when I was little I wanted to be an astronaut and I wore out a VHS of Apollo 13 watching it so many times. (Also the Jetsons, but I've been told that's not actually what space is like :( haha ) xo

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    1. i never wanted to be an astronaut because thinking about space gives me a panic attack - where does it end? is there a wall? how can it go on forever, ahhhh! plus i think i was about 10 when the challenger exploded (i was in gym class when they announced it to us over the intercom then they rolled in the tv cart to watch the news). after that i was like, um, no thanks. but the movie is definitely a theater movie and they do an excellent job creating that space anxiety. plus it's really beautiful. i was surprised by that bit. xoxo

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  4. that's is so lovely that there is an exhibit honoring your grandfather and that you got to see it with your grandmother! and the fact that your grandmother still has a crush on him after 65 years - be still my heart that is the sweetest thing i've ever heard. i hope to be able to say the same someday (or to even have steven say the same someday :]).

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    1. i know, so sweet. it just made me love them both even more. xo

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  5. Maybe its just me but I love a good cry at the movies. :) Glad you had a good weekend this week is supposed to be sunshine sunshine sunshine!

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    1. oh man today was beautiful! i am excited that there is more to come!

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  6. Awww, this is so sweet, especially the photo with the boys. Big hug Christine!

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    1. thanks rooth xo (my grandma makes everyone look so tall!!)

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  7. oh, I meant to watch Gravity, too. is it worth it? I don't think I'm in the mood to cry at the moment...

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    1. it was way worth it in my opinion. it wasn't a super sad cry, it was just really emotional. the symbolism in the movie is beautiful. i think you would really like it.

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  8. Christine, your family is so utterly beautiful. You can see the love bursting out of the screen from those darling faces. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    I have been dying to see Gravity, but unfortunately the 17 hour drive is a bit much. But I think I'll be happy to see it on the small screen if it means I can skip the 3d price tag ;)

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