Category Archives: films / documentaries

Yoga, hot bath, and some subtitles

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Owl and the Sparrow

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Aaah. A long hot bath and an endearing movie with subtitles. What could be better?

I actually got a yoga class in today and since it had been a while, and I inadvertently picked a tough class, I had some curiously sore muscles to soak.

{I also picked a popular one—there must have been 50 of us packed in there—it was hard not to whack somebody or get kicked in the face. And, well, that’s a lot of fragrant hot bodies in a small space, as you can imagine. But still, a good class.}

Sleeping in, Hunger Games

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Aaahhhh. Sleeping in this morning as late as I wanted was awesome.

Then a long fairly lazy day with family {plus my step-son’s friend, who spent the weekend.} Tonight we watched The Hunger Games, which the kids had all seen, but I had not. (But I read the books first!)

BTW, it’s about 1:45 a.m. and it’s still 81 degrees in the house. Would have been a good night to sleep outside again.

Sweet equine souls and Casablanca

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Watching Casablanca with the family. Amazingly, I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen it. Nice to see where many now common phrases come from: “Here’s looking at you kid,” “Play it, Sam”—the more commonly heard “Play it again, Sam” is actually the title of a Woody Allen movie which references Casablanca, “We’ll always have Paris,” “Round up the usual suspects,” “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” etc.

This morning, we joined some other VegNet folks for a tour of Equine Outreach horse rescue. It was freezing out, especially when the wind whipped up, but it was great to meet so many beautiful souls—EO cares for over 100 of them! Plus two miniature donkeys. There were also a couple of farm dogs and a cat who enjoyed following us around. The stories of neglect are horrible, but the stories of recovery are inspiring.

Interestingly, the rescue has taken in a herd of “Tarpan” horses. Apparently, a man had spent many generations breeding them to resemble the Tarpan (Equus ferus ferus, also known as Eurasian wild horse), which has been extinct since 1909. Unfortunately, the man has passed away, and there was nobody to take on his research or the herd, and they’ve found their way to the rescue. The stallions have been a handful, it seems, and they don’t know how long they can hang on to them without gelding them. I can’t believe there’s nobody else in the world that wants this herd! It was hard to get a close picture of them, because they weren’t interested in coming up to the fence. Here’s an article that may reference this herd.

Equine Outreach has also taken in many wild mustangs, and many horses from the Warm Springs Reservation. Last year, they took in a large number of them {I think they were destined for slaughter} and then almost all the mares had foals! They’ve adopted out all but two of those babies {we met them today}.

We had a good time. One of my favorites from today is River, who used to be wild, but has come a long way and had no problem eating out of our hands. My older step-daughter bonded with Boon. My step-son felt a connection with an injured Tarpan stallion who was in a holding pen. We all want to go back, and hubby and my younger step-daughter would like to go {she was too sick to go today, and hub needed to stay home with her)}. This may be our summer volunteer activity.

River and Boon, Equine Outreach

River and Boon, Equine Outreach

River, Equine Outreach

River, Equine Outreach

The "Tarpan" herd, Equine Outreach

The “Tarpan” herd, Equine Outreach

Atmosphere and inference, absorbing omissions

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What they have in common: Atmosphere and inference. An absorbing story. Omissions telling more of the story than the story itself.

Kids camp, rainy days, and feel-good foodie movies

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I helped out with the KPOV Kids Radio Camp this morning. It was tiring, but only 3 hours, and it was fun to meet and interact with kids in the general age-group of 10-12 and from schools all over the Bend area. There were about 10 kids, including my twins. It was a rambunctious and restless crowd, especially as this was their 5th morning at the station, but we managed to prepare and record a couple of different pieces that will be edited into a one-hour show that will air on KPOV.

This afternoon I dropped the twins off at the pool for a few hours while I took care of some annoying errands. I managed to get the kids there 3 afternoons this week, since it was spring break. They like it and it was good to keep them occupied.

This evening, my older stepdaughter and I cooked and baked. It’s been a couple of rainy and stormy days, so it seemed like the thing to do. I put together a crock-pot bean soup (the beans had been soaking for a day and a half at least, so hopefully they won’t take forever to cook). She made pizza, banana bread, and coconut cream pie! The pie is so good.

I also dropped my younger stepdaughter off at the roller rink to meet some friends for a few hours. That gave me flashbacks, because we used to do the same thing when I was her age. Weird that it’s popular again; at least it’s in a different place than we used to go to. The building that used to be just a roller rink when I was a kid is now a music venue (but can also host roller derby).

Late tonight, I needed a brain dump. So I picked a happy comedy on Netflix. Since Netflix rarely has any recent movies that I want to watch instantly, and I don’t enjoy crime dramas or comedies, I’ve barely been in there this year. But I watched Today’s Special and it was just right for my mood. IMDB describes it as a “super-feel-good foodie comedy,” and I can’t disagree. It stars Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show. I thought the writing was pretty good and it made me laugh out loud in a few places, which was all I was hoping for.