(This post was written on the evening of September 28, 2013)
Have you ever sat back and wondered what I could do to have the best night ever? Well, I did just that tonight. After my children fell asleep by 9:00 pm! 9 pm!!!! I took a shower and decided to write for a bit on my fixed Macbook. So, my night was already looking good. I pontificated briefly on this very idea and decided to 1) indulge my cravings for carbs by baking these very yummy 40-Minute Buns (I’m linking to the recipe so you can hate me after you’ve gained four pounds like I have) and thought about what else would make this evening’s perfection complete. It came to me suddenly, like so many good ideas do.
Hugh Jackman. I was going to spend this evening with Hugh Jackman. I would bake, eat a couple of warm and delicious rolls, write, and let’s not forget the bit with Hugh Jackman. I decided to watch “The Fountain”. Now, I know I probably won’t be perceived as truthful here, but I’m not attracted to Hugh Jackman. For me, what I like most about him – besides his acting talent, is that he’s a family man. He seems devoted to his wife and children and I find that wonderful and highly admirable. He seems like a truly nice guy, as well with good character, and there’s a whole lot to be said for that, in my book.
The rolls came out perfectly, by the way. And they were delicious. (I have tweaked the recipe a bit to work for our particular tastes, i.e.; the recipe calls for a set amount of sugar, I find that amount to be far too much and use less.)
I saw “Les Miserables” on Broadway in the mid 1980’s, I believe, when I was in sixth grade. School trip. Loved it. Loved it so much that for one of my holiday gifts that year I requested the soundtrack, which I received (on cassette tape) and listened to until the tape wore out.
When I first saw the previews for the 2012 movie version, I was very excited to see it. I thought Hugh Jackman would make a wonderful Jean Valjean and I wasn’t disappointed by all the passion he poured into his portrayal. I was also extremely pleased to see Colm Wilkinson (he played Jean Valjean when I saw the Broadway show) as the Bishop.
Am I the only person who thinks positively of Russell Crowe’s singing? I can’t be. I refuse to believe it.
On the other side of things, my Macbook is done, over, finished. It lived a good, average-length life, brought me through numerous drafts of three novels. Held photos of my babies. Carried my writing playlists on itunes. Gave me something to do when I was procrastinating. Right now I’m writing on an older Dell laptop that has a missing “J” key to press and a sticking space bar.
I’m not sure what replacement to get, honestly. I get comfortable using a specific laptop and like having that consistency when I write. It’s not uncommon for me to spend up to six – eight hours a day writing, for a few weeks straight. And then go directly to writing only sporadically a few days a week. My Macbook served me well for almost five years. I would like to have my next laptop last as long so that I have that consistency of comfort back.
What did you think of Russell Crowe’s performance? Did you enjoy the movie or are you like my husband who only likes two musicals – the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Nightmare Before Christmas?
Do you have a laptop recommendation or advice against a particular brand? I’d love to read your thoughts!