I thought I’d begin with a beautiful picture of fall in Sububia. I took this shot this morning after we returned from church. It’s glorious weather, warmer than it was during the week.
But I’m in a bit of a funk despite the weather. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I think it has a lot to do with knowing that I have a challenging week ahead. Adventure Guy is going to be out of town for work Monday and Tuesday and then tied up on Wednesday in meetings. So, of course, this is the week that I have a school board meeting on Monday night where I’m presenting, a Junior League committee meeting to chair on Tuesday night, and work shifts to complete on both Wednesday and Thursday nights in preparation for our big League fundraiser this weekend. And, oh yes, we’re still hosting our visitor from China all of this week. I’m afraid he may not have an entirely favorable view of American family life after watching us deal with meeting all of our various commitments next week while simultaneously trying to get the kids to all of their activities. I am pleased to say that since the time changed, we won’t be having soccer practice on Monday and Thursday as we have until now.
To distract myself from the impending craziness, I did follow through with my plans to take the family to see Martian Child this afternoon. I enjoyed it, though I agree with the review in Salon that it does tend a bit too much toward sentimentality. Still, I fully enjoyed watching John Cusack, one of my favorite actors. Another review I read somewhere said that his character in Martian Child would be the guy Lloyd Dobler, his character in Say Anything would become when he grew up.
And evidently, I am not alone in my Lloyd Dobler fixation. Adventure Guy, my very own Lloyd Dobler, bought me a copy of Say Anything a few years ago. I think that says a lot about him. He gets that I like a guy who isn’t hung up about what other people think, who’s more hung up about doing the right thing and really caring for the people he loves. A guy like him.
So now, I’m going to try to relax and enjoy the rest of my weekend along with Adventure Guy, the guy of my childhood dreams, who is currently living out his very own childhood fantasy of being the dad asleep on the couch in front of the football game.