On New Years Eve we went to see the movie Aviator with our friends. It is a 3 hour long movie about Howard Hughes. Each and everyone of us enjoyed it and no one seemed to think the 3 hours dragged. Howard Hughs was crazy and brilliant. We thought it would be hard to see Leo DiCaprio as Hughs but he did a great acting job and once we started concentrating on the dialog we got caught up in the story. The female leads while they did not really look like Kate Hepburn and Eva Gardener, they had the distinct voices and strong characters of those screen stars. I also liked the the clothing from the 40s and 50s. The nightclub scenes had great ambiance. After the movie we went to see the lights at the botanical garden in Bellevue. It felt good to get out of the car and walk around. After that we were starved and ready for the dinner that I had waiting in the crockpot. The recipe was called Chicken and Shrimp Over Orzo and was it ever delicious! Christine brought a tray of veggies and dip as well as a plate of Christmas cookies to round out our New Year's Eve dining. They left at about 10:30. Chris and I manage to stay awake to ring in the 2005. From about 11:50 to 12:05 there was a great view of a variety of fireworks right from our garden window.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.