Here’s the notebook of things that have provided me some happiness over the last week or so…
Captain America: Civil War- I went to go see the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by myself last Tuesday. Luckily, I didn’t realize it was $5 movie day. I also didn’t realize that it was free popcorn day with the purchase of a soft drink. I treated myself for a total of $8.75. That was awesome.
I like the Captain America franchises best out of all the Marvel movie. I like Cap’s story. He’s a do-gooder, and the Vibranium shield is pretty awesome. The backstory involves the Avengers splitting into factions over the Sokovia Accords, which would force superhumans to register with the government. Cap leads one side of the faction and Iron Man leads the others. Things go from there.
The thing I like the most about this movie is that pretty much every character with superpowers gets a good story and some dialouge. They’re not just showing up to be in the movie. You either can empathize, dislike, or root for, or at least understand why every character is in that movie. That doesn’t happen too often at box office movies.
The West Wing: After what seems like weeks without internet, I finally go the time to catch up on some episodes. President Bartlett just makes me even more upset about the current crop of candidates we have running for the president.
I know it’s a TV show, but can’t I dream? I wish we could have a president who is witty, smart, and caring. Of course, we just see the episode from inside the White House, so it’d probably be a lot different from the public’s point of view.
The thing I like most about it is that it’s made me think about my love of the political process again. I like having a show that can feature good government. It’s so divided and so visceral in real life that it’s fun to just to pretend what it could be.
Trader Joes: Boy, did it feel good to discover that I live by not one, but two Trader Joes. Trader Joes just makes sense to me for grocery shopping. The prices are reasonable, and I want to try just about everything in the store. It does make me miss Boston a little bit, as that’s where I went because it was the only place that would stick within my budget. Grocery shopping would take me a few hours because I’d have to walk or take the T home. (I don’t miss that part.)
I’m usually pretty careful not to overspend or make impulse purchases, but that all goes out the window with Trader Joes. The best part about shopping there is that my cart is usually filled pretty quickly. I know what I will eat and use on a regular basis. That list includes: yogurt, tortillas, hummus, bananas, any of their dried fruit.
I discovered a pack of dried mangos on my shelves and I am very happy about it.