Aug 29, 2006

Lily Returns

I hope that my post yesterday wasn’t a huge downer. It wasn’t meant to be. Actually there is so much irony involved in the situation that I’m more amused than anything else. I’m not referring to the fact that this coincides with the anniversary of Katrina, which flooded many homes, either. You should all know that, almost exactly 9 years ago, I was in nearly the same spot as my dad. At the time I had a toddler and we had just moved to a Virgina when some idiot on the 3rd floor of our building put her cigarette out in a paper bag before her nap. The fire didn’t reach our apartment on the first floor but the water surely did. We lost most of our furniture and learned the value of good insurance in a way that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

It sounds like a horrible experience but, it really is only stuff. Today we laugh as we recall the little frustrations and coincidences. I still find it ironic that the fire happened the day after I finished unpacking and removed the very last box from our house. I can remember watching angrily as someone used the brand new grill I got my husband for his 30th birthday as a step to get to the second floor balcony. I recall feeling silly after I used the one brief moment I was allowed into the collapsing building to grab a basket of dirty laundry rather than a diamond necklace that later disappeared during the restoration.

I remember all of that and appreciate that, after all was said and done, we were much better off for the experience. We got new furniture and a new home. It’s with this perspective that I can assure my dad that this is really just an opportunity in disguise. The saturated laptop will be replaced with a newer, better one. The leather furniture that collected more dust than he would have preferred will be replaced with something that suits him better. All the stuff that you look at on a day to day basis and say - “someday I’ll replace it” – will be replaced. I’m no Pollyanna but I do believe that things tend to work out for the best.

Before all of this happened I was all set to tell you about the two movies I saw last weekend. TWO!!! I never get to see first run movies. Between the girls’ schedules and everything else – it just doesn’t work out very often. Not only did we see TWO movies but they were both very good.

On Saturday night we saw Invincible – the new Marky Mark movie. Yes, I know he doesn’t go by that any more but, to me, he’ll always be Marky Mark and as long as he maintains that six-pack I’ll enjoy watching him. I’m not a huge football fan but the story is a true underdog tale and who doesn’t love that? Some of the scenes could’ve been shorter but the acting was good. I especially enjoyed Greg Kinnear, who was also in the other movie we saw this weekend – Little Miss Sunshine. This movie is a must see. The whole audience was ROFL! I’d never really seen Steve Carrell before but he was great – spot on perfect. The story is about a family of oddball characters on a long road trip in a beat up VW bus. I could easily watch this again.

Lily 8-28-06Finally, I decided last night that, rather than starting something new, I went back to a few UFO’s. I pulled out Lily, my linen camisole and, after I figured out where I left off all those years ago, I got to work. I’m not really enjoying working with the linen but the pattern is easy. I find myself wondering why I found it so difficult back then. I took this picture last night right before I sat down and started working on it. As you can see, I didn’t get far the last time. I’m making decent progress now so I hope to show you another shot later this week.

A new knitty toy arrived in my mail yesterday too but I’ll show it to you tomorrow. I am such a tease!


Knitting Granny said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's flood, but - like you - I also believe that things generally work out for the better. It's hard to go through the process, though. And, what a blessing he didn't hear about it while driving home. I can't wait to see more on Lily and your knitterly surprise.

margene said...

What doesn't kill us, eh? Even though you can laugh about the loss it's still difficult to loose everything. My thoughts are with your Dad.

Melissa said...

You're never a downer! :)
I can't wait to see Marky Mark in that movie. I will probably hold a special place in my heart for those CK ads for as long as I live! :)

Reel Fanatic said...

I made the mistake of seeing Idlewild instead of Little Miss Sunshine this past weekend, and was only rewarded with a cinematic abomination ... I won't be making that mistake again! .. and I'm a sucker for good underdog sports movies, so I'll definitely be seeing Invincible too!