Best. Night. Ever (Okay, not really, but it did include carbs and Hugh Jackman)

(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 can’t be the only person who liked Russell Crowe’s singing…

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!