I’m going to Puerto Rico!

It’s true! Tonight, I had a lovely dinner with my mom & Severa, Michael, and Terry & Steve. It was a belated birthday dinner that, in my view, was just wonderful. Everyone seemed to be in great spirits, despite the snowfall and imminent below zero temps. Aside from the excellent company and yummy comfort food, I received — as always — amazing and way-too-generous gifts. I got three extremely generous gift certificates, a gorgeous vase, some super cute and fun coasters and journals, and a trip to Puerto Rico! It’s true! I’m going to Puerto Rico with Terry from March 11th through the 15th. I’m just so excited and grateful. I thought that I had given up my opportunity to travel to PR with Terry when I decided to go to Sundance. So, this is a true surprise and I’m so thankful.

I would also like to say a word, if you don’t mind, on No Country for Old Men. I thought this was a really, really great movie. I thought it was exceptional story telling. I think the Coen brothers might just be getting better and better. I wonder when, and if, they will peak. One of the few problems I had with the movie, though, was the Woody Harrelson character. Folks, tell me what you think. I was confused by this character. I’m not sure that I understand the purpose that he served. His exposition on Javier’s character was, in my opinion, entirely unnecessary and superfluous. Perhaps he was there just to introduce us to the “manager” behind these crimes — the man in the suit and the office in the highrise. But this seems like a lot of work for this purpose. And it strikes me as distracting to place a Celebrity in such a role — I expect the role to have more import when someone I know is in it. So, if someone can fill me in on the point of this character, I’d be grateful. I think maybe I shall read the book and see what I’m missing. Maybe he was just there to serve the purpose of showing that there are degrees of moral bankruptcy even in the world of the hired guns — as in, Woody isn’t great, but Javier is even nuttier.

Go Badgers! I’m listening on the radio tonight because, as we all know, the Big Ten Network is not on Charter. As in the best Shakespearean works, it’s hard to know whom to blame in this horrible situation that is known as not being able to watch most Badger games in Madison.


19 Responses to “I’m going to Puerto Rico!”

  1. 1 Heather February 11, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I am writing this from a government computer, so let’s see if it works.

    As Kate knows, I did not love No Country For Old Men. But, I take back every thing I ever said about it, because yesterday I saw a truly disappointing film: There Will Be Blood. Yes, DDL is great, as is Paul Dano, and the California desert always photgraphs well. However, it is really just so BORING. Almost as boring as Evening (I think that was the name of that film with Claire Danes) and Gerry (which is a movie with Casey Affleck and Matt Damon that you may get fooled into renting sometime). I also didn’t think that DDL’s character really made sense. Maybe that was the point. Or maybe he’s simply crazy, which isn’t that interesting (unless you’re Javier Bardem crazy). But, most of the time he’s not that crazy. And the soundtrack is terrible: it completely hits you over the head as opposed to letting the scenery and the actors do their work. But, in the end, it is the shear pain of sitting through 2.5 hours of a boring episode of Deadwood (okay, I never really watched that show, but I imagine this film is like it, although this film is probably more boring) that really turns the film into a total bummer.

    But, that’s just my humble opinion. I know the academy knows better than I do:) And to clarify to make sure you folks don’t think I just hate everything, I did think NCFOM was a well-made film, I just didn’t leave the theatre thinking that I loved it. But, it was a gripping tale.

    And is Across The Universe nominated for best picture, or am I on crack?

  2. 2 kateandgracie February 11, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Crack, I think.

  3. 3 sara h February 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I am so far behind on my Oscar flicks… this stuff needs to come out on video faster.

    Wow, fun trip! See, you are becoming like Nina Camic! A travelblog?

    Has anyone seen the news articles (“news”, ha) floating around re: Project Runway at Fashion Week? Victoria Beckham? All 5 contestants remaining with collections? Huh?

  4. 4 rose February 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Kate my sister just got back from Puerto Rico!
    I don’t really know anything besides that they went to the beach and her host mom fed them really good food (her plan to lose weight in PR was foiled).

  5. 5 kateandgracie February 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I know! I was just looking at pictures of plantains…yum. How long was she there?

    That’s interesting about PR…All five contestants meaning Rami, Jillian, Christian, Chris & Sweet Pea…Is that right? I thought there were six left, but now I can only think of those five. I was thinking they might do four again, but I hadn’t thought they’d leave Chris in. Hmm.

    Has anyone else seen TWBB? Not that I’d blame you for keeping quiet in the face of Heather’s assault on the movie, but I was wondering if anyone had anything redeeming to say about it.

    I don’t know if I can bring myself to see Atonement.

  6. 6 kateandgracie February 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    And yes, I am turning into Nina Camic. Ha! I wish. She is a travel supreme.

  7. 8 Kristin February 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Well, as I think you know, I love love love PR. Visited a few times when my sister lived there and twice besides that. Just lovely and wacky and fun. Watch out for those crazy drivers!

    Where are you staying?

  8. 9 Mary February 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    So happy about your trip. And those people that gave you the vase and gift certificates must really love you!

    No movies to report on except I saw Juno and LOVED it!

  9. 10 rose February 12, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    My sister was there for three weeks with a program for school. They had to interview a bunch of people (again—don’t really know all of the logistics..don’t think were just random people) and now they are analyzing the data in their regular class for the semester.
    I also saw Juno recently and loved it! Lately my psyche has been unable to handle some of the more intense movies so I’m currently staying away from them.

  10. 11 kateandgracie February 13, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Ok, that is outrageous! So, are they going to announce tonight that they’re all going to fashion week? I’m not into this spoiler. Not that I blame you, Sara, but instead Posh.

    And let’s take a moment to consider the significance of our discussion of both PR, and PR.

  11. 12 kateandgracie February 14, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Ok, I think someone named Sara needs to explain herself. Oh, my poor Sweet P…Where’s the justice? Although, really, what a boring dress.

  12. 13 Kristin February 14, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Actually, I went to the PR website last night after the show, and there was a section called Fashion Week 2008. Whaddya know, there were pics of ALL FIVE finalist’s Project Runway fashion shows from NY Fashion Week. Sweet P and Chris and/or Rami weren’t showing apart of from the show. There they were with the PR logo behind them. Huh?? I only looked at Sweet P’s, which was nice. But seriously, not that I bregrudge any of those three getting a chance to show even if they lost, but what is the point of telling us only three made it to Fasion Week which is a huge deal and then everyone is there? It just bothered me. If they thought all five should show they should have just said that on the show last night.

  13. 14 Heather February 14, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Sweet P has a collection at fashion week? That makes no sense. And what about this supposed competition between Rami and Chris? Very confusing. So, when was/is fashion week?

    I just read the review of There Will Be Blood by the onion and they loved it, so other people should not be scared by my review. As I said, I didn’t understand DDL’s character, but if you do, like the onion reviewer, then you’ll love it.

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I almost said happy thanksgiving.

  14. 15 Kristin February 14, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Fashion Week was last week.

    It is pretty confusing. I mean, some of them showed separate from the show like Victorya and Elisa. I watched a little video about that on the website. But that had nothing to do with PR. Anyway.

  15. 16 sara h February 14, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I suppose they just forced all 5 to make collections, somehow knowing that Fashion Week would fall before the final elimination show, thereby protecting the huge surprise that Sweet P would be eliminated (poor gal, I liked her clothes, but I don’t think they were Fashion Week-y). Red herrings everywhere!

    Attention Michael Kors, I heartily disagree with your “super super super chic” assessment of Christian’s outfit. Ew, even for haute couture. And I would love to know which of the judges sided with, presumably, Roberto Cavalli to keep Chris in it.

  16. 17 kateandgracie February 14, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    This is all crazy. So, the scoop is that all five made collections and all five showed, but only three under the PR banner? That seems really lame. And now this about Elisa and Victorya, too? I know that winning PR is very cool, but it seems like showing at NY Fashion Week is pretty much right up there and what they all actually want. So, if they can show at Fashion Week it sort of seems to devalue the importance of PR, doesn’t it? I don’t think I care for this. Can I show at Fashion Week? I have an ok skirt on.

    Chris’ dress. Oh dear. Maybe Roberto’s vote counts for three regular judge votes. Cool dress but a total repeat, obviously.

    Not to change the subject, but has no one else seen TWBB to weigh in on this?

    Ok, back to PR…And soon, to PR!

  17. 18 Kristin February 14, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I watched a video of Elisa and she was saying she shows “every year”. Her words.
    And from what I saw all five were part of a Preject Runway show in the tents. Sweet P was on that runway they always use for Fashion Week, with the words PR behind her. So they filmed all five, but are only going to show three and pretend that the other two didn’t show? This is BS.

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