Buying a few DVDs at Blockbuster, picking up take-out food, and snuggling down for a good solitary night alone are some of my favorite activities for a weekend. This is precisely what I did this evening. Movies: 28 Weeks Later, Shopgirl, and Bad Education. Food: California Panini from Haggan Supermarket.
I got 28 Weeks Later because I had seen 28 Days Later and was totally freaked out by it and knew that this would be a good way to both catch up on the sequel and pay homage to the Halloween weekend. It worked. After any good scary movie I need a little cheering up, especially if I am by myself. This is where Shopgirl came in. Not that I rented this movie with the idea of using it as a chaser to the first. I rented Shopgirl because I had read the novella, loved it, and wanted to see the film version. By the way, the film may actually be better than the novella. Steve Martin wrote both, though, so how could you lose.
Without telling you the story of Shopgirl, because seriously it is a novella, you can read it in an afternoon, I would like to share a touching part that is only more touching once you know the whole story. It hit me hard when I was watching the movie tonight because it reminded me of my boyfriend who is very far away right now.
"While Jeremy dates Mirabelle and makes tiny inroads into her, Ray continues to occasionally see her. In an act of self-preservation, she no longer makes love to him, and because he finally cares about her fully, he doesn't try.
Mirabelle takes months to accept Jeremy, and Jeremy patiently waits. And as he stands by, his feelings for Mirabelle grow. One night, she cries in his arms when a recollection of Ray flirts with her memory, and he holds her and doesn't say a word. Where his insight comes from as he courts her, even he doesn't know. It might have been that he was ready to grow up, and the knowledge was already in him, like a dormant gene. Whatever it is, she is the perfect recipient of his attention, and he is the perfect recipient of her tenderness. Unlike Ray Porter, his love is fearless and without reservation. As Jeremy offers her more of his heart, she offers equal parts of herself in return. One night, sooner than she would have liked, which made it irresistible, they make love for the second time in two years. But this time, Jeremy holds her for a long while, and they connect in a deep and profound way. At this point, Jeremy surpasses Mr. Ray Porter as a lover of Mirabelle because as clumsy as he is, what he offers her is tender and true. That night, coming up for air from the unexpected love he is falling in, he gives some opinions on tweeter wholesaling that Mirabelle secretly calls 'the second oration.' After he nods off, she pokes her forefinger into his closed fist and falls asleep.
Their union is the kind of perfect mismatch that makes for long relationships. She is smarter than he is, but Jeremy is in love with his own bright ideas, and the enthusiasm he shows for them infects Mirabelle and pushes her forward into the world of drawing for money. She begins to enjoy tolerating his enthusiastic outbursts; this is her gift to him. Sometimes they lie in bed and Mirabelle relates the entire plot of a Victorian novel, and Jeremy is so captivated and engrossed that he believes the events in the story are happening right now, to him."
I need to have a deep and profound connection with my man. Long distance relationships suck. Well, maybe not all of them suck, but this one is definitely getting on MY nerves right now. Less distance, more holding, I say!
Sleepy - bed now.