I’m still in Ohio, soaking up the Buckeye State goodness. Had my first Jeni’s in-store experience yesterday, in Chagrin Falls. It was transcendent. Related: need more elastic in my mom-capris.
Here’s a confession: I generally don’t watch movies when I travel by plane, even on long flights. The headphone cords get tangled up in my yarn, and somehow I just am not interested. I get in the zone on my knitting, or sometimes my needlepoint, and the hours fly by. I get a lot of random thinking done.
On the trip home from France a couple weeks ago, though, I was recovering from a brutal bout of the 36-hour château plague. Some one in our group at Château Dumas had gotten sick the day before we left, and was weak and wobbly at our farewell dinner. Shortly after my sub-group reached Avignon on Saturday evening, we started to fall like dominoes. I got it on Sunday night, so Monday was a complete loss. I passed the time staring at the ceiling of my hotel room, debating whether to drink a Coke. Tuesday morning dawned, and I had to take a train to Marseille and then two flights to get home. Luckily, the life force had returned enough to make the trip, but it was flickering. After keeping it together for a whole day, I found myself seated on the plane from Charles de Gaulle to JFK, without the strength to knit.
What to do for eight hours? It was a personal film festival. Watching movies on the plane! Such fun! Here are some awesome movies that I discovered and rediscovered. If you feel up to it, go ahead and knit. Otherwise, sip a ginger ale while taking shallow breaths, and enjoy.
There’s a wrenching twist, beautifully revealed, and Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are wonderful. So artful, and painful, and beautiful.
(For rent on Amazon.)
I Had a Farm in Africa
Out of Africa is so much better than this trailer, oy. (Also on Amazon, and YouTube.)
The Shawshank Redemption
I had forgotten most of The Shawshank Redemption. So good. (Amazon.)
All of this would have been better with knitting, of course. I got a few rows in, but just barely.
Happy Sunday, all.