Sunday, June 03, 2007

Check, check, double-check!

I was a machine this weekend, my friends. No lounging about for me; I Got Things Done, in that gratifying "I am an active and contributing member of society" kind of way. If I'd had a to-do list, I would have crossed a very many things off of it. Very exciting!

What I've been up to:

- Watched the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice and remembered how completely gorgeous it is, despite not being the MOST complete and faithful adaptation and also having a truly appalling "closure" scene tacked on to "satisfy" our 'merican sensibilities.

- Admitted my own lameness and applied nose to grindstone; started writing my spec script. Me: 1; Cold open that has now been moved to after credits: 0. Woot! (Also, dialogue is so much easier than brainstorming. MUCH BETTER.)

- Walked to library, ATM, used bookstore, and farmer's market and came back with a pretty and fairly priced copy of Atonement and a million pounds of peaches, cherries, asparagus, raspberries, and mixed baby organic greens.

- Made raspberry-peach pie from scratch

- Mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors. Since my mother reads this blog, I'd rather not say how long it's been.

- Somehow ended up with some friends cramming into my living room for a Pirates of the Caribbean catch-up party. Have I mentioned lately how much fun those movies are? I'm so pleased with how the trilogy turned out. Anyway, I can't believe they sat through essentially six hours of movie time, but pizza, wine, pie, and pirates makes for a fine gathering, if I may say so. Only just avoided a late-night showing of At World's End to round out the evening. Instead, we made silly videos featuring an origami crane, filmed with a masterful eye on Luke's phone.

- Picked up two new books (The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde, and Take the Cannoli, by Sarah Vowell) to supplement The Complete Stories of Eudora Welty, which I'm reading in dribs and drabs and will probably only finish if I'm buried with it. Three books at once! Oh, the liberation! I am a WILD and UNPREDICTABLE WOMAN.

- Finally accepted the fact that my shower is incredibly lame; bought Water-Pik massaging shower head that promised to fix my water-pressure issues forever, only to install it and make the problem WORSE. Will return Water-Pik if possible and (grudgingly, with much muttering) go back to shivering and shaking my fist at the original, crappy shower head. D'oh.

- Went to IKEA alone in a show of tragic miscalculation; bought shelving unit and then realized I had no way of getting it off of the shelf, onto my cart, into the car, and up the stairs into my apartment. Made use of fine IKEA employees for the first three; called Luke and flattered him into helping me with the fourth. Shelf space! I love shelf space! Now I can arrange my stuff in a casually charming and eye-pleasing manner! Excellent.

- Rearranged bedroom furniture into a configuration that makes far more sense, unless I get a sewing machine for my birthday, in which case I'll have to move it back.

Things I am pondering for the near future:

- What else happens in my spec script? Ack! (Okay, that's an exaggeration. I do know what happens, kind of, but the whole thing feels very slippery right about now. Surprise!)

- Assembling the shelving unit. I may have gotten the wrong color--black-brown may not go with my stuff as well as I thought--but there's no way I'm taking it back down the stairs, into the car, out of the car, and back to the store, so it's mine now. And anyway, far be it from me to decrease the amount of shelf space in my apartment.

This post brought to you by the couch, wireless, and the letters N, R, and M (for Not Ready for Monday!).


Heather D said...

Damn! You were good! I was good too, mostly with intensive cleaning, requiring some active calming down of the "no, it's *still* ok that the windows haven't been washed in 10 months" variety.

Liz said...

Windows? Washed?

How quaint. :)

It's kind of satisfying, though, isn't it?

Heather D said...

I didn't say I *did* wash the windows, only that I wanted to. Ok, I washed the inside of my bedroom windows. The sea air gets them so cloudy on the outside they look like they're supposed to be translucent or something. But yes, it is satisfying. :-)

Sara said...

So since we're moving back east in July, when are you going to come and visit?

You might not be as productive, but I can allow you some fun!

Liz said...

You're moving back east? In July?

*shakes fist* The family news network fails me yet again!

Are you coming to Reno this weekend? *hopes*

I'm guessing I'm not going anywhere Portland-like between now and July, what with Reno and a wedding the next weekend and the blog post I'm about to write. This makes me sad, as I like fun, and I like you guys, and I like Portland.

Sara said...

Unfortunately, we suck and cannot make it - no $$ to fly down and we can't get off work on Friday early enough to drive it. :( *sulk*

Have fun in Merrie Olde - need some recs on fun stuff? Can I send you a shopping list?!

Instead, you'll have to squander some vacay in Florida.

Dogeared said...

Holy crap woman, you were a dynamo! I shall revisit this post this coming weekend and hope to channel some of your productivity to myself [doh].