Saturday, July 19
I got up, ate some fresh cantaloupe and headed over to Kadel’s Auto Repair to get stuff out of my car. It was hard to see my Goldie Hawn left behind in an auto body shop. The damage was about $3000, not including labor. I would have to report the figure to the DMV, as it is Oregon law to report any accident damage starting at $1500.
Kadels was right by Washington Square Mall, so I did the irresponsible thing and headed over for some retail therapy. I picked up a few cute summer shirts and a dress. Everything was on sale, so I felt good about that. On my way home, I caught up with my sister on the phone. She mentioned that our brother was going through a rough time and might call off his engagement.
I got home and hung up my new stuff, made healthy nachos for a late lunch, then began working on edits for my novel, following my first writer’s group meeting on Wednesday. I ran the dishwasher and played with India and Capri, working out some clumping on Capri’s back. Her fur practically turns into dread locks, only short and uneven.
I talked to my mom for a bit, mostly to check in on my brother. I talked to him briefly, long enough to be there for him as he shared that he was, in fact, going to break off the engagement at 8:00 p.m., east coast time. I could hear the turmoil in his voice. He loved her. He just couldn’t go through with the wedding and marriage. I think he knew, in his heart and in his gut, that she didn’t love him the way he loved her.
My stomach was in knots. At 4:45 I was watching Rocky II (which might be my favorite Rocky movie – I mean, it was called ‘The Rematch of the Century’!!) and he was well into his fight with Apollo Creed, getting a beating to the face, and all I could think about was the emotional beating my brother was about to endure. He was heading over to his fiance’s house, right as I was watching the movie, and he was going to call off the wedding, end his engagement, end his relationship with a woman who has been directing the course of his life for the past year. He has been pained over this for weeks, but the trials of looking for a place to live and dealing with the ongoing fighting, well, he realized they were not compatible and that things were not good. I knew this was a very difficult decision for my brother. And it pained me to know what he was going through. My stomach was in terrible knots.
Finally, after Rocky II was over, I got on the phone and called my mom’s cell. I was so worried about him. My mom said to check in tomorrow.
I eventually changed and drove over to Bridgeport Village to meet the girls. We got tickets for the 7:50 show of Mamma Mia. We were initially going to grab noodles at Zao, but we were a bit behind schedule, so we went into a Mediterranean place near the movie theater. I had a gyro without the bread, served with basmati rice, tomato, lemon and a cucumber salad on the side. It was actually pretty delicious. We got our food to go, to hasten the eating process, and found a wall to sit on with enough space to scarf down our food quickly. Just as we were getting settled, I saw one of best friends from high school, Melanie, who has been living in Tualatin for a few years now. We were very close in high school. I had been meaning to reach out to her a number of times. I met her husband, who seemed very nice. I gave her my card and mentioned we should meet up with two other classmates who live out here.
The movie was…interesting. As far as I’m concerned, Madame Meryl Streep can do no wrong. I loved her in this role. And can she sing! She played the role of Donna, more than slightly over the top, but that was the charm. The whole movie was over the top. But the Grecian island setting was dreamy and fantastical, and the production reminded me a bit of Xanadu. The music was entertaining, but at times seemed awkward. Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth were wonderful, though their singing was on that awkward scale. Donna’s best friends Rosie and Tanya (portrayed by Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) were a delight. All of the scenes with these three fun-loving ladies made the film. Often raunchy, goofy and downright hilarious, their scenes and musical numbers were the most entertaining.
And, it should be noted the young woman who portrayed Donna’s daughter, Sophie, portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, was phenomenal. This was probably her break-out performance. She looked like a mermaid through out the film! All in all, Mamma Mia was luminous and fun. By the end, we were out of our seats clapping, dancing and singing along to “Dancing Queen” and other final numbers.
After the movie, we walked over to Tutto Bene for some gelato. I had a small cup of one scoop coconut and one scoop chocolate. Delicioso! It was getting cool out, so I had a small decaf cappuccino. Susan, Kerry and I gabbed about dating, per usual. We had some good laughs.
I got home to a couple of love starved cats. We snuggled on the sofa watching a repeat episode of SNL, with Christopher Walken as the guest host. This was the episode when he was reading off of the cue cards to a point that it was a distraction. Oh well. I decided not to stay up for the whole show, and gathered up the kitties to turn in. I was re-reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, an engaging and entertaining guilty pleasure.
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