Saturday, November 06, 2010

weekend detritus

This is pure conjecture, not backed up by science of any kind, but I think that if you don't cry at least twice while watching "Toy Story 3," you should check for evidence that your soul hasn't died. Let me be clear that I do not customarily cry at movies (though I also have to divulge that the last time I cried at a movie was during the climactic sled scene in "Elf"...what?) but I cried three times last night while watching "Toy Story 3." Once during the goodbye scene with Andy and his mom (dur), again during the scene where Andy plays with his toys for the last time and Woody says, "So long, pardner," and once during the dumpster scene where Lotso Bear (SPOILER ALERT: he's bad!) yells at Big Baby that Daisy never loved them and the baby says "Mama?" while sticking out his lower lip. Granted, I think that moms with young kids are particularly susceptible to that last one (that's why I said that you had to cry only twice in my soul location criteria), but still, everyone has to at least tear up a little bit at the end, right?

On a possibly related note, Joe and I decided last night that Cal and Mack are not allowed to go to college.

So it got all cold here all of a sudden (actual empiric cold, not just I-live-in-the-South-now cold), which is kind of amazing in that it went in two weeks from this:

to this:

so this week cued the yearly scramble to locate cold-weather clothing for the kids, mostly by trying to decipher the scribbles on our rapidly disintegrating and yet inexplicably everpresent moving boxes. When we lived in New York we'd still go to the playground even on the coldest of winter days, but I have to admit I may be getting soft, I wanted to get back indoors after about an hour today.

(Above: Kenny from "South Park.")

Last week was a busy one at work, and we had a houseguest as well, my friend Veronica from high school. It seems weird to have friends that you've known for the past twenty years of your life (we met when we were twelve--Hunter goes from 7th to 12th grades and it's not very big, so by the time you graduate you and your classmates are basically irrevocably welded to each other for life) but it was nice to see her and talk about old times and new times. It's always good to have friends who knew you when you were an obnoxious greasy teenager but somehow still kind of like you anyway.

Anyway, have a good rest of your weekend, and don't forget to change your clocks. (Lousy farmers.)


  1. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Um, yes, I think I cried at least twice during toy story - the part at the dump when they're all holding hands and you think they're going to be burnt in the incinerator (before the claw!) and when Andy leaves his toys with the little girl and plays with them the last time - actually that whole last scene I was a blubbering fool. My three year old thought I was losing my mind!

  2. Have you seen "Up"? Another total tear jerker movie. My eyes and face was all red from the crying. I think I cried about 3 times.

  3. Yep. Cried in Toy Story 3 a whole bunch. Saw Secretariat yesterday; I'm not a horse or horse-racing person, and I blubbered. Great family movie.

  4. What happened to Mack? He's neither frowning nor looking vaguely alarmed. He looks positively gleeful!

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  6. I think I know where Mack got his resistance to smiling in pictures from. (See picture immediately above)

  7. Of course, I cried, too, during Toy Story. Glad to hear I'm not the only one!

  8. I refuse to watch Toy Story 3; it was released this summer as my oldest was getting ready to leave for college and I just couldn't bear to see it and I still refuse to watch.

    As a lifelong southerner, I think the drastic changes in temperature are really hard to take...they are never gradual nor constant.

  9. Anonymous6:42 PM

    Mack isn't frowning in that photo!

  10. Anonymous7:03 PM

    I saw TS3 in the theater when it came out. The lure of the 3d effects were too strong for me to resist. Anyway, I was so thankful for the shield the glasses provided as I cried like a six year girl at the end of that movie when he gave the toys away. It was the best movie I have seen this year!!

  11. My older boy went off to college this Fall, and I REFUSED to watch Toy Story 3 until just recently, on a flight, knowing that I would be a blithering idiot in the movie theater if I had watched it when it was first released.

  12. Yep. I'm one of those who DID cry when I watched ELF.
    and yes, that movie was amazing.