Ant-Man on my day off

When I decided to take today off work (I have a lot of extra work hours built up from my business trip last week) I knew I wanted to go see a movie. So after I got home from Disneyland this afternoon I immediately drove to the theater (got there just in time for the previews to start), bought a ticket for “Ant-Man,” and really enjoyed it! However, my first movie choice was “Terminator Genisys,” but it’s not playing at anywhere nearby. It’s probably for the best. This latest installment in the Terminator franchise got terrible reviews, which is disappointing because I love Terminator movies. But I might have regretted paying the ridiculous ticket price to see “Terminator Genisys.” Luckily “Ant-Man” was great. It’s no secret that I have a deep seated love for Marvel movies, and this one only reaffirmed my feelings. And it set up “Captain America: Civil War” (which I’ve read is going to be more like Avengers 2.5) in the post credits scene so I loved that. I’ll just have to wait until next summer to see it! For now I’ll have to be satisfied with “Fantastic Four” which comes out this week. It’s a great summer for superhero movies!

2015 Resolution #2 revisited (sort of)

When I first made my New Year’s resolution #2 back in January the first big step I intended to take was turning off the television when I start getting ready for bed at night. As far as that goes, I’ve been really successful! Since New Year’s Day I’ve been listening to podcasts or the radio during my nightly routine, except for just a handful of days. (On those exceptions I’m usually under the influence of “The Simpsons.” Curse you, FXX for showing marathons five nights a week!) I’ve been trying to pare down the rest of my television watching as well. The good news is that none of the new series that have started since the fall have really grabbed my attention. I had high hopes for “Gotham,” but I found it boring. It also helps that a few of my regular shows have either ended or will be ending after a final season. For example, it looks like due to the latest Jeremy Clarkson scandal that “Top Gear,” at least in its current form, is gone forever. Understandable, but sad. Also, “Downton Abbey” will be over after next season. Now that’s depressing! The upside to these developments is that I have fewer and fewer excuses to sit on the couch and veg out. I’m not sure if this helps or hinders my progress in that area, but I’ve decided to conduct a little experiment. During the month of April I’m going to try watching Netflix rather than cable. I definitely have more than enough programming on my Netflix list, including “Arrow” and “Daredevil” that I mentioned on Tuesday, to keep myself entertained for a month. I have friends who have completely ditched cable and been really happy with the decision. I don’t think I’ll go so far as to cancel cable (if only to be able to watch “Doctor Who” episodes when they’re new), but I’m going to give it a try and see how it goes this month. Now excuse me because I’ve got some binge watching to do this weekend!

Daredevil

And now for something a little lighter! Do you remember the awful “Daredevil” movie that was released back in 2003? The one starring Ben Affleck? When I was in grad school my ex-husband (boyfriend at the time) and I went to see it on Valentine’s Day, the day it premiered. I honestly don’t remember much about the movie, but it definitely wasn’t good. Not the best way to spend Valentine’s Day, that’s for sure! But looking back, I realize that the movie might have been a little ahead of its time. Superhero movies are box office juggernauts these days, as evidence by the hugely popular string of Marvel blockbusters over the last few years. (DC Comics wishes they could compete!) I seem to remember that the first Tobey Maguire “Spider-Man” movie was very successful back in 2002 (followed by two slightly less popular sequels), but I think it was the exception at the time. It seems like it wasn’t until the first “Iron Man” movie was released in 2008 that the superhero craze really penetrated the theatrical mainstream. If the Daredevil movie had waited a few years it might have been more warmly received. (Well, maybe. I should watch the movie again and see if it holds up at all.) Marvel isn’t one to give up a franchise under any circumstances, though. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I found out that Netflix is launching a new “Daredevil” series on April 10th! I’m really looking forward to it. Not that I need any new programs to watch, but good television (even web-based) is hard to find. As far as superhero shows go, I watch “Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter,” and I’ve been watching the first couple of seasons of “Arrow” on Netflix. If “Daredevil” turns out to be a good show I’ll gladly find time for it in my already packed viewing schedule. All of this undermines my “less screen time” New Year’s resolution #2, but who cares?

Epic Saturday

I meant to finish writing this post last night, but I was feeling so awful after my run that I went directly to bed when I got home. Fortunately I was mostly recovered by the time I woke up this morning!

I had a pretty epic Saturday, for me at least. It started when I woke up early (earlier than I usually do on weekdays, actually) without the aid of an alarm. I felt so good that I rolled out of bed before 7 AM, got dressed, and went to Corner Bakery for breakfast. I always make sure to eat a substantial breakfast on Saturdays since I run in the evenings. That sounds like a good excuse to eat delicious scrambled eggs with sausage and veggies, right? Yummy. After breakfast I drove to the Block at Orange to finally see “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” It was awesome, and I’m not saying that just because I have a major crush on James McAvoy. I’m not as familiar with the original comic book storyline as I’d like (I’ve actually never read any comic books), but I really enjoyed the movie anyway. I remember going to see the first X-Men movie back in the summer of 2000 with a few other Boeing interns. That was a lot of fun, and this new movie was as well. After I left the theater I walked around the Block for a while, but I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without. Then it was lunchtime. Which ‘Wich would usually be my meal of choice since I was already in Orange, but yesterday I discovered that there’s a new Firehouse Subs that opened in the same area. Eureka! There was no way I was going to pass that up. I haven’t been to Firehouse since I was in DC in March (I ate there twice then) so I was ridiculously excited to get a Hook & Ladder sub for lunch without getting on an airplane. And it was just as delicious as I remembered, especially with a large cherry vanilla Coke on the side. I inhaled them both. I have a feeling I’ll be going there quite often. My entire morning was spent wearing my new orthotics in my running shoes to work on breaking them in. I only had to wear them for six hours yesterday (I’ll write more about the process another time) so I got to take them off when I got home at 1 PM. Phew! Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I can actually wear them for running. But anyway, I spent most of my afternoon at home, relaxing and preparing myself for my evening run. I’d never run 8 miles before and I was really nervous about it (and rightly so, but I’ll write more about that later), so I went out and bought a small handheld water bottle so I wouldn’t get dehydrated. That turned out to be a good decision, even if holding the thing while running wasn’t that much fun. I survived my run last night, if only barely, and I practically collapsed into bed afterwards. I thought I was going to die. My last thought before falling asleep was, “Please let my body heal overnight!” And it mostly did, thank goodness. So that was how my crazy Saturday ended. Pretty good, if I do say so myself!