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Star Trek is the movie they play all the time in my version of hell

I planned a date of dinner and a movie with Peter. I chose Star Trek because I knew he wanted to see it. I had no desire to see it. None. I would rather have had a tooth extracted than see it. But, in the vein of trying to be a less selfish wife, I wanted to make the effort. Keep in mind I made it VERY clear that I didn’t want to see it and wasn’t I good wife for going to see it? He kept giving me that look. The “it’s not like you’re giving me a kidney” look.

First we went out for delish tapas and I had two glasses of Prosecco which put me in a sparkly mood. I tried not to think about what we were going to see because when I did my brain would bust out the bullhorn and make that WAH WAH EVACUATE EVACUATE!!!! noise. I focused on the onion tartlet with goat cheese and my sweet PGP’s face.

I love movie previews and never like to miss them.  Of course, the 5 previews before Star Trek were ALL sci-fi loud garbage.

I know for a fact that I sighed audibly 4 or 5 times during each preview.

My husband is married to an 13 year old girl.

Star Trek was what it was. If you’re a die hard, then right on. Good for you. Stop reading and don’t squawk to me about the brilliance of it. I kept myself entertained by naming the other things the actors had been in.

Winona Ryder as Spock’s mom was a cute pity casting. Aw, throw good old Winny a bone. Just lock up your valuables.

What about Uhura and Spock randomly making out and having this full on relationship? What the? Where did that come from? I like Zoe Saldana, btw. Hello Center Stage? Loved it.

Chris Pine, who plays Kirk,  has distracting acne scars on his neck and face. He better be careful. He could go the way of Edward James Almos and look like someone has been chewing on his face.

Simon Pegg is brilliant in everything and was great as Scotty. Love him.

The guy who played McCoy was so spot on it was creepy. He looked just like the original guy.

Checkov? Totally distracted by him because he starred in that movie Charlie Bartlett.

I liked Zachary Pinto as Spock. He’s always interesting to watch. Love him as Syrus on Heroes.

Did anyone else notice the random casting of Tyler Perry as the Judge in the scenes where Kirk gets reprimanded? WTF? Maybe he’s a Trekkie.

Anyway, I’m glad it’s over. I’ll never get those two hours back again. Oh and the audience clapped at the end. One guy stood up. Really? C’mon.

Speaking of movies, I really want to see Precious,(the title was previously Push: based on the novel by Sapphire), 500 Days of Summer – can’t WAIT to see this. How cute is Joseph-Gordon Levitt now??? And Lymelife.


This picture is how I’m feeling this morning. Calm, open, positive, relaxed, happy. I would sit at that sidewalk cafe for hours reading, sipping something, people watching and just being.


pic from flickr via sfgirlbybay

Wishing you a luscious Friday. Shout outs to: fancy girls in Paris and a beatific lady with her most perfect root beer float. You inspire me.

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Dear Luca,

I met you for the first time yesterday. 

I stopped at your mom’s favorite cupcake place to get some goodies on the way, because it was her birthday. (Nice job, BTW, not coming on her birthday. It’s the little things you do for your mom.) Anyway, the place was closed on Mondays so I just got a bunch of magazines. Mama loves magazines. And the phone. But not more than she loves you.

You were so tiny, perfectly bundled in a really good burrito wrap. (your parents are pros now) Speaking of them, they looked good and really calm. Your mom looked so cute in her own pjs, robe and slippers. Not that you care about that, but I know your mom, and she would want it noted that she looked good. Your dad looked great too. He was his usual funny self and regaled me with a hilarious story about meeting a new father in the hallway at 6am.

Anyway, back to you.

I held you for an hour or so. I didn’t want to give you back. You were so perfect and warm and quiet. Did I mention quiet? Yes, you were silent. And so handsome. You look like your daddy. I was calling you “mini-V”.

I was taken aback at how emotional I was. I was really jittery on the way to see you. I joked to your mom and dad “It’s not like I was going to get here and be surprised that you gave birth to a cat or something. I mean I knew what was happening!”

But then I saw you.

And let me say, you do not disappoint.

Only after I left the hospital, did it hit me. A baby being born brings so much hope and love into our lives. And that’s what you brought us, hope and love. Sounds pretty hippy dippy as your Papa would say, but you’ll learn quick enough that that’s kind of how I roll.

I love your mom, my sister, so fiercely that it was almost like I had a baby too. And everything she was feeling, I was somehow feeling too.

I am so proud of her, Luca. She really is fantastic. So funny and smart. You’re lucky to have her as your mother.

I felt my Dad, your Papa, so much as I walked back to my car on that pretty day. I had a little conversation with him in my head. I knew he was so happy for Meggie, that’s what he called her.  And I really did feel him all around.

I took the long way home to enjoy all of the downtown-ness that I could. I stopped at Katherine’s for a lovely solo lunch to toast you. I had the veggie sandwich on a croissant (delish but if you get it tell them to omit the zucchini, the texture is wrong) and a bottle of San Pellegrino water to toast you, my new nephew. I laughed as I sipped, knowing that a lot of people will ask you in your life if you are one of “those Pellegrinos”. (the water Pellegrinos) You smile a certain smile, ask your mom to show you the smile. She’s the master of it. The smile that says you’re a jackass but I’m trying to be nice to you. Anyway, you smile and tell them that the water is SAN Pellegrino, which is a place, not a bunch of people.

You, my darling little man, are part of the Denver Pellegrinos, a much more important group.

I love you,

Aunt Emily

PS- I have lots of good pictures of you, but I want to wait until your mom and dad post some. Can’t steal their thunder, you know?

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