Monday, January 26, 2015

The Imitation Game

Ron and I had a movie date Saturday and we went to see "The Imitation Game" after it was described to us by my daughter and son-in-law as one of the best movies they had ever seen.  After seeing it I can't agree more.

This true story of the breaking of the enigma code hones in on three different periods of time in the life of code breaker Alan Turing, the story is utterly compelling. 

The film is rich in detail. There are breathtaking scenes of war torn Britain which includes shots of bombers wreaking devastation over London and submarines firing rockets, as well as more ordinary depictions of rubble strewn streets and houses. The historic Bletchley Park is the backdrop to where all these events actually unfolded over 70 years ago. The editing seamlessly takes us from year to year without confusion or jarring transitions and the scenes leading up to, and immediately following, the breaking of the code are just thrilling.  
 

Criticism has been leveled at the film for not focusing more on Turing’s sexuality which is as untrue as it is unfair.  We have more than enough information as to the effect his sexuality had on his life and, ultimately his death. Scenes of his childhood also give insight into the man he would become. 

Ultimately, the film belongs to its powerful cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is compelling and he brings real humanity to the tortured Turing. Some of his moments, particularly near the end, are almost unbearably moving. Keira Knightley is almost his equal in a smaller but crucial role. She has real power here as Turing’s one time fiancĂ©, the lone woman breaker who as it turns out is better than the men. 

Rarely is a film as all encompassing and engrossing as this one. It is a triumph on every level.  It left me feeling both angry for the injustice that eventually led to Turing's demise but it also left me wanting to read the book that inspired such a wonderful movie.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Newsworthy

Well, I cannot help myself.........I have news that is newsworthy!  My dear husband had his routine CT-scan and met with his oncologist.  She told him he was a walking miracle and will be 2 years cancer free in April.  Ron told her she saved his life when she convinced the kidney surgeon to do the second operation.  Dr. C. told Ron that if he is still clear in April they will cut his scans from every 3 months to every 6 months.  That my friends is a big deal in my opinion.  They never expected him to survive 3 years and here we are going strong going into the 6th year.  That news was enough to convince me that retirement in August is the right thing to do.  We have places to go and people to see.......................  

I can't tell you how much the support of my family and friends ---- and especially my online friends has meant to me.  Your encouragement through the journey has been invaluable.  I can't thank all of you enough.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My blogging days are over....... I've run out of steam and words.  I'll keep checking in on everyone through your blogs and I wish you all great joy and happiness this coming year.  I may post again someday after I've retired but for now I'm just speechless!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

children and guns

I'm not a gun hater or do I ever think we could be a nation without guns but I really hate the fact that there are so many irresponsible people who have guns.   

Right before Thanksgiving a 3 year old boy reached under the sofa and pulled out a loaded gun.  The child accidentally shot his mother in the head and killed her.  She was a veteran and had just given birth to her second child.  This happened here in Oklahoma.

Then yesterday a two year old in Idaho pulls a gun out of his mother's purse and accidentally kills his mother in Walmart.  She had 4 children with her at the time.  WHY do you need to pack heat on a trip to Walmart with 4 little children?   I don't get it.

Is everyone paranoid?  Children and guns don't mix!

So sad!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Year

In spite of being sick since the 23rd of December I had an enjoyable Christmas.  Unfortunately I had to miss most of the festivities since I was in bed for a week but my daughters were thrilled with a visit from their half-brother.  Their first Christmas together.

I can't believe the year is quickly coming to an end.  Ron and I have had a blessed year.  His first year without cancer surgery.  I got my painful hip replaced.  My brother managed to make it another year living on his own (with assistance).  My daughters are finally on the mend from their shoulder surgeries.  All in all a very good year.

Ron signed up for his social security last night on the computer.  I can't believe he will be 66 in February.  I will follow shortly.  I'm excited about what the next year may bring.  We will both retire August 1st (or at least that's the plan as of today).  The next 6 months will fly by I'm sure.

Next week Ron has a routine CT scan and results.  I have a follow-up with the hip surgeon and our dog gets her teeth cleaned.  Busy week.  I still can't help but hold my breath every time Ron has a scan but the anxiety is a little less....on a scale of 1 to 10 I'm about an 8 now when it comes time to get the results.  I don't live waiting for the other shoe to fall but at the same time I' m aware that it could.

Here's wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Well, I was wrong...they did manage to pass a spending bill just hours before a government shutdown.   I haven't read what cuts the final bill included but at least they got something to the Senate before a shutdown.  I'll give them that much.

I'm so glad today is Friday.  I have so much to do this weekend.  Ron has to work tomorrow so that will give me time to wrap presents and finish a little shopping.  Then Ron and I are bell ringers at the mall for the Salvation Army tomorrow night.  We also have a dinner and a party to go to on Sunday.  It's going to be a busy weekend.

It feels like Christmas but it's just going by so fast!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Spending Bill



I absolutely hate politics.  The older I get the more I hate it.  I’m wondering where we will stand this evening if Congress is unable to approve a spending bill.  There are several trade-offs embedded in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that the Democrat and Republican negotiators unveiled Tuesday in an effort to keep the federal government functioning past Thursday.

One trade-off I do not support is the changes that would allow the wealthy to donate up to $777,600, from the current $97,200, to the national party committees.  This country is already run by big corporations and the wealthy.  This would further silence the average American from having a voice in our government.  I support campaign reform but this is going in the wrong direction.

Banks also won a rollback of a section of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law related to derivatives trading.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted the changes to Dodd-Frank. “We all need to stand and fight this giveaway to the most powerful banks in this country,” she said. “These are the same banks that nearly broke the economy in 2008 and destroyed millions of jobs.”

Michelle Obama’s school nutrition effort was also targeted.  States would get the option to let schools skip out on rules requiring serving whole grains while the defense industry secured new funding for F-35s fighters the Pentagon didn’t even ask for,
I can’t wait to see if these mental giants can reach some kind of resolution before they shut down the government.  Today should be interesting.