A lazy and busy weekend all in one. Small Child went to his grandparents so M and I could get the house tidied and cleaned before my parents arrive on Friday. Saturday I hit up the local Farmer's Market for some Christmas gifts, then headed to the public library to get a library card. I got one when I first moved to St. John's and lived directly across the road from the library, but I've only been in there once in recent years and that was to hear a friend read from her (at the time) most recent book. With winter fast approaching, and a new job just up the road from the library, getting a card seemed a good idea. Whilst I didn't check out any books on Saturday, I did get 2 movies from their extensive collection : Coriolanus and In Bruges.
M was playing this weekend, so after a late lunch and some grocery shopping, he went for a nap and I settled in with my movies. Ralph Fiennes both directed and starred in Coriolanus, and as expected from someone who is considered a master-interpreter of Shakespeare, he did good. It was jarring at first to hear Shakespeare's language spoken by characters in modern dress - Fiennes set the movie in a war-torn Eastern European city - once I had locked into the rhythm of the speech I was engrossed. Gerard Butler as Aufidius was a little underwhelming - his tendancy to mutter meant I missed a lot of what he said - but Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox were superb, as was Fiennes.
After Coriolanus I went straight onto watching In Bruges. I'm not sure if it was the lateness of the hour or the kahlua and eggnog I was sipping, but I didn't find the movie as engaging as I had thought I would. The library is letting me keep it until Dec. 29, so I think I'll watch again before making judgement.
Sunday morning the movie-watching continued with the annual viewing of Love Actually with my friend Marie. Normally we get together one evening, but we could not make that work, so instead she came over in her pjs, I made oatmeal and tea, and we watched the movie and knitted. It was a great start to the day! Once the movie was done, M and I did some organising, a bit of Christmas shopping and checked out the new KFC which just opened close to the house.
Now it's Monday again. A short week for me though as I'm taking Thursday and Friday as vacation days. And it's almost midday, so today is just flying by :)