Last sick day.

I won’t be 100% tomorrow, but I’ve decided today will be my last sick day. Though my house is a wreck and we don’t have many groceries there are a few accomplishments from the weekend that are worth celebrating.

Internet down, no problem.

My internet went out on Friday right when it was time to do a Google Hangout conference call. I ended up using my phone as a hotspot so I could do the call. I’ve had to do this from time to time for various reasons. Every time I am fascinated by how much technology has evolved to allow us to do such awesome things.

Movies.

I watched Nebraska and Magic Mike.

Wow, Nebraska.

It’s a kind story about a man and his father who is losing his mind, presumably from Alzheimer’s. It's a slow movie, filmed in black and white, that shows some of the things you have to confront when you’re the co-pilot for someone who is nearing the end of their life. It’s surprisingly uplifting and real. Great performances by Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk - two men better known for their comedic performances.

I love Magic Mike. It’s more like Flashdance than Showgirls in that it actually is a good movie. This was probably my 4th or 5th viewing.

I know, it's kinda hard to believe it's a good movie, but it is. The trailer doesn't do it justice. 

I first saw Magic Mike the summer after my father passed away. It was after I had quit my job and decided to go on my own. I was spending a lot of time in Durham, by myself, cleaning out my condo and preparing to rent it. It was a lonely time full of self-doubt and fueled by alcohol. A lot was changing and I was dealing with the change the best I could. I don’t regret that phase of my life.

If you haven’t seen Magic Mike, it starts exactly as you would expect; a story about the partying lifestyle of a group of male strippers in Tampa. As the movie goes on you get the sense Mike has more substance than a lot of his associates but is living a lifestyle that is hard to leave behind. As cheesy as it sounds, Magic Mike helped me come to a realization I needed at that time. I’m not claiming the movie is a masterpiece, but it helped me get through a rough period and remains a go-to movie when I need a pick-me-up.  

Books.

I finished Lena Dunham’s Not That Kinda Girl and started Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. Both are humorous and include tales of empowerment and learning. I’d recommend either.

I built and tested an online store.

More on that later this week. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it!!

Music.

The National’s Trouble Will Find Me has been the soundtrack to this cold. I’m enjoying it right now as I curl up on my daybed for another nap.