Choices, Choices

I guess everyone in the northern hemisphere knows by now that the groundhog saw his shadow and we’re in for six more weeks of winter.  I always feel sorry for the poor guy, what with his getting hauled out of a warm burrow and held up in front of a bunch of cameras, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he had the power to jinx us.  

Gryphon&SnowAnyway, here we are with a couple more of those extra wintry weeks coming.  You wouldn’t know it by the mild weather we’ve had for the last week, but temperatures are supposed to drop in the days ahead.  And we did, of course, have all that snow right before Valentine’s Day (at right is the view out our kitchen window).  So even though the weather is warming here, there are rainy or cold days ahead for us and even more snow in some parts of this hemisphere.  

When summer comes, of course, it’s not the cold or the snow we’re trying to avoid but sweltering heat.  Those of you south of the equator currently know all about that.  Here in the South, summer arrives with a side of humidity that makes the air so dense, you feel like you’re swimming through it.

Whether the extreme weather comes with summer or winter, I spend a lot of time indoors at the height of it.  That means I have to amuse myself during writing breaks.  Books, TV, and movies all require choices.  How shall I indulge myself?  

I usually read, to be honest, but I sometimes opt for a DVD or a movie on TV.  The choice generally depends on my mood.  So if you’re like me and have varying tastes, make your choices below based on your mood right now.

someone-like-you-ashley-judd-dvd-cover-artWould you go for romantic comedy (You’ve Got Mail, Someone Like You), something to make you chuckle and go “awww?”  Or would you opt for action-adventure, like The Thirteenth Warrior, with lots of cathartic battles on the way to the good guys’ ultimate win?

Speaking of good guys, if you’re looking for a good versus evil thing, do you prefer police officers facing down bad guys, as in, say, SWAT?  Or superheroes like The Avengers (who have a chunk of norse mythology thrown in for good measure) saving the world?

Unknown-1If you’re looking for a distraction, do you opt for a legend like King Arthur or something more high-tech, like Stargate?

Do you want to be taken away from headlines by a period piece like The Duchess?  Or would you rather see something more modern and urban, something like The Devil Wears Prada?

images-2Do you want to see the U.S. military save the day, as with Tears of the Sun, or would you rather escape with a super-spy like James Bond, in Skyfall?

While we’re enjoying these distractions, of course, we need refreshments.  Chocolate is always popular.  In fact, I like hot chocolate or hot tea  while watching a movie.  Popcorn can be a treat.

In the summer, I go more for iced water, iced tear, or, as a reward, Cherry Coke, with chips and salsa.  If I’m feeling virtuous, I’ll go for fruit.  Fresh fruit is one of the delights of summer.

So what about you?  If you were picking a movie or movies to amuse yourself right now, what kind of movie would it be, and why would you pick it?  Feel free to name one that isn’t on this list.  Please also tell us what you’d have to eat or drink while watching.

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Nancy,
    If I wanted to amuse myself I would watch “Easy A.” It’s one of my favorite movies. It’s clever and funny. Second on the list would be “Avengers.” Love how all the superheroes band together and save the world. Wish it was already April because I can’t wait to see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

    • Jane, congrats on the rooster! I’m guessing Easy A is a school movie? I love superhero teams and enjoyed The Avengers a lot. I’m looking forward to Captain America, too.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I’m on a CRANFORD kick. Not a movie, but a mini series based on the works of Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s laugh out loud funny & also a sob fest in places. The cast list is impressive++++

    Tea & toast are the order of the day. Pure comfort food.

  • Patty L. says:

    Romantic comedy (Sweet Home Alabama) is my first pick with a cold glass of sweet tea and bag of pretzels (sour dough). This is my personal preference for any and all veg days.

  • Amy Conley says:

    An old b&w classic like any of THE THIN MAN movies or Tracy and Hepburn comedy. Just something old, classic, and a bit of humor.

  • Helen says:


    Work has been tough the last few months and sitting down relaxing is just what I need although my first preference is always to read I do enjoy a good movie here and there as well and tonight I would want something that would make me laugh and maybe an oldie but a good like The Long Long Trailer with Lucillle Ball and Dezi Arnez or Paleface with Bope Hope 🙂

    Have Fun

    And we have had anothe hot and humid day here but there is rain and a storm just starting 🙂

    • Helen, I’m sorry work has been tough. I’ve seen The Long, Long Trailer, and it was hilarious.

      I’m okay with hot weather, but I hate humidity, which is unfortunate for me since I love in the South. I hope it’s not too bad there.

  • Shannon says:

    There’s so many movies I miss at the theater, I would probably just go to red box and pick one that I wished I had seen–Thor is high on that list.

    I have a series TBV list–yes a to be viewed list. The third season on Game of Thrones and the first season of House of Card. And there’s the Downton Abbey that I haven’t gotten around to watching. My living room is the chilliest room in the house, so I actually need fall or spring to want to watch videos. So the bedroom with books is the preferred choice.

    And yes, there’s snow on the way today; only an inch but more snow. I am yearning for hot and humid. Well hot, but I’ll take hot and humid.

    • Shannon, Thor was great fun. I hope you see it soon. We’re always behind on TV viewing. We’ve kept up with Downton Abbey, but we tend to watch a lot of other shows on my computer because we don’t record.

      Isn’t there something just so cozy about curling up with a book?

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    Hey Nancy!!

    No matter what I am watching, reading, or doing I am drinking sweet tea 🙂

    As for my movie choice usually it is a romantic comdey. My go to favorite is Pitch Perfect. If I am wanting action its usually Fast and the Furious. If I want tobe creeped out its any kind of horror movies. A new horror favorite is The Conjuring.

    • Teresa, I grew up on sweet tea. I’ve cut back on sugar and caffeine, but I used to drink sweet tea by the gallon.

      I’ve never seen the Fast and Furious series, but it’s on my list. I don’t watch a lot of horror, but sometimes scary movies are great escapes.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Greetings from sunny Cambridge, Nancy!

    I love days when all you can do is stay in and watch a film or read a book. Of course, there would have to be a good reason why I wasn’t writing, but let’s imagine, shall we?! 🙂

    I usually go for a romantic comedy, but I also love a good thriller or a fun film like Men in Black. You’ve Got Mail is a favourite, but I have so many I love to watch. I’m also a huge fan of Tombstone – which has both romance and action. I love classic films too – Charade (well, pretty much anything with Cary Grant in it!) or one of the musicals like Kiss Me, Kate or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers are always good fun.

    It depends on the time of day as to what I drink – a soft drink, a cup of hot tea or a glass of wine. Snack favourites are hot, buttered popcorn and/or chips and sour cream dip.

  • Anna, I’m glad it’s sunny there. I’ve never seen MiB or Tombstone, though they’re both on my list. Isn’t yummy Michael Biehn in Tombstone? You’ve Got Mail will probably become a classic of its era. We like a lot of classic films even though many of them are in black and white.

  • Fun post Nancy –

    I will always chose a good comedy over something serious – but it has to be good and not a stupid comedy (of which exist in abundance). I love a good action flick – saw 13 warriors last week. I’m drawn as well to period pieces that I can enjoy and justify as “research” for taking the time to watch instead of write. Yeah…I can watch a lot of movies as research.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Steel Magnolias
    You’ve Got Mail
    Star Trek (Old SF movie or new ones)
    Spartacus 😀

  • Hey Nancy,

    If I were picking a movie to watch for fun, it would be French Kiss or The Truth About Cats And Dogs.

    If I wanted a period piece it would be Persuasion or Tombstone.

    If I want things to blow up…SKYFALL for sure, or any of the Bourne movies…but then I’m a sucker for Ludlum!

    As for snacks…homemade popcorn or nachos and Diet Coke!

    • Suz, do you like the Ludlum novels, too? Tombstone is on my list but I haven’t seen it yet. Would you be lieve I haven’t seen French Kiss or The Truth About Cats and Dogs? We are so far behind!

  • Nancy, fun post. I’m delighted to say the temps here haven’t been nearly so extreme lately although I’m not breathing a sigh of relief just yet – a heatwave could yet hit us. Hasn’t it been a crazy couple of months weather-wise?

    Actually I tend to love to wallow with something classic and romantic. How to Steal a Million or An Affair to Remember or The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. When I wallow, there’s something about those older films that really works for me. And my snack of choice would definitely be potato chips!

    • Anna, yes, the weather has been crazy. I’m glad you’re getting a break.

      We love classic movies, too, though we haven’t seen tose yet. Did the TV show The Ghost and Mrs. Muir how there?

      • We did – remember it fondly from my childhood. It had a great theme, do you remember? Very nautical. And the Captain was pretty darn attractive, from memory.

  • catslady says:

    I don’t get to the theater too often so I love ones such as action and adventure, scifi, superheroes – something that takes up the whole screen. I save the chick flicks or the mostly talking movies for the TV. Popcorn is always nice!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Ooooh, I want something exotic & hot! I want gorgeous tropical locales & sandy beaches. I want fancy drinks & fruit skewers. I want something far, far, FAR from the frozen tundra that my home as become.

    Seriously? The children were playing in the snow today while we were waiting for the school bus & I realized they were standing ON TOP of the mailbox. Not even kidding. On. Top. Boots above the flag. I had to dig the darn thing out so the postal carrier could get at it.

  • eilis flynn says:

    I feel guilty considering I walked to the shopping center today without a coat, and even a sweater was too much! We’re keeping our fingers crossed that spring will be dropped on us and we won’t have to worry about the frozen rain, just the normal rain. As for movie viewing…I haven’t seen DAREDEVIL in a while, and I’d really like to. The contrast of the Masked Man Without Fear, and the Man in the Cape and Cowl that we’ll be seeing in a couple of years, draws me, since Ben Affleck will be playing the latter as well. And also, I really liked that movie, though I seem to be in the minority. To snack on with the movie? The Girl Scout Samoa cookies and a pot of hibiscus tea!

    • Eilis, what a beautiful day you’re having! I’m so envious. Samoas and tea sound great.

      I thought there were many good things about the DD movie. I’m curious about Affleck’s Batman.

  • Becke says:

    I’m with you. I prefer to read.

    However, what I select depends on when I plan to view it. An evening show has to be a romantic comedy. If there’s too much action going on, I can’t sleep.

    The last few movies we watched that I’d recommend:

    Last Vegas
    The Butler

  • Mozette says:

    I’m a big movie buff… I love the things so much I have a huge dvd collection.

    Now, this collection is so big I’ve had to get an index book and put them into it. Yeah, it’s easier to keep track of them. 😛

    Anyway, some of my favourites are:

    The Big Chill
    The Lost Boys
    The Matrix Trilogy
    Back to the Future Trilogy
    Steel Magnolias (just how that ends is weird! But I love it!)
    Finding Forrester

    There’s more, but I can’t think of them 😛

  • Susan, that takes the prize for snow stories I’ve heard this year. Wow! I bet you’re really ready for spring. And those exotic beaches.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Nancy! I’m late to the party! Oh, the choices!

    You know me, action adventure, spies, things blowing up. All very cathartic. Grins. I do love a rom com but I have to be in the right mood. I’m ALWAYS in the mood for things to blow up. Grins.

    Popcorn is my snack of choice. And I”ll pull up the Avengers at the drop of the hat, along with Capt. America. I do love me some Independece Day or movies of that nature. Yay!

    Now I must have pizza. Grins.

  • Steve Doyle says:

    I always enjoy a movie that engages my mind. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is one that I have seen recently that fits. Also a movie out over ten years ago called Memento. For light-hearted cinema, I never grow tired of While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman

  • Cassondra says:

    Hi Nancy!

    So sorry I’m late. But my answer is really predictable. It’s always romantic comedy for my escapes. Not too much angst. Always a happy ending. Always Practical Magic, While You Were Sleeping, Wedding Crashers, or something of that ilk. As an alternative, I’ll pull out old episodes of I Love Lucy or another classic movie. An escape for me has to involve llighthearted romance or lots of laughter. Not enough of that in everyday life so I make an effort to always go that way in the off time.

  • Thanks for coming by today, everyone!