Body and Mind

Last week I played a lot of tennis. I think I played too much tennis. I know...how can I play TOO much tennis, there is really no such thing. But 3 hours on Monday, 2 hours on Tuesday, 4 hours on Thursday, and 3 on Friday really made me exhausted by Friday night. I decided to switch gears. No, I NEEDED to switch gears.

My sister and I had just had a conversation, and she mentioned the movie, The Lake House. Oh yeah, despite my love of Keanu Reeves, I had never seen it, and from what I knew of it thought it was some spooky, heartbreak of a movie. But because all I wanted to do was chill out and rest my tired body, I decided to put in the movie that my mom lent me about 5 months ago, and watch it.

Needless to say, this seemed to start some sort of mental marathon to see how many thought-provoking and love-filled stories I could fit into my weekend. I didn't mean for it to happen, it was just kind of like a snowball effect, and I found myself enjoying the switch from physical stimulation to mental. Just so you know, I'm not a big movie person andI don't like crying. I do love books though, and I always want happy endings.

I started with The Lake House. Loved it. Loved it. Did I say that I loved it? I don't know why. I was so irritated by the end that I cried and clapped and shouted with joy at the final scene. Then watched the dancing scene once more the following morning. I admit it, I really did.

Because of The Lake House, I went on to the lovely writings of Jane Austen. Now I have to admit something, and many of you will shake your heads with shame. I have never read Jane Austen. WHAT? True, cross my heart. I have seen Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and Pride & Prejudice, but...never read J.A. My dear sweet romantic of a sister gave me the complete works of Jane Austen as a gift a few years ago, and I have meant so many times to start, but never did (sorry, Kris). SO...I opened up to page 931 of my book, and read Persuasion.
I have not much to say, but FEEL...well... how about this. The letter from Captain Wentworth?...It rocks.
"I can listen no longer in silence, I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you..."
Oh, but you must read Persuasion to get the rest. I do not fancy myself a romantic, but alas....I melted when I read that letter.

Then as a family we watched October Sky. This movie is from 1999, but worth seeing if you have not. It's a true story about a boy and his friends that live in a small mining town, but aspire to be more... rocket scientists. It's a keeper. AND, the bonus is that watching Jake Gyllenhall as a young boy reminded us so much of our son, we got a kick out of it. The soulful eyes, and full mouth, and his expressions were so similar. He could do worse than being compared to Jake. Anyhoo, a great feel-good movie!

Then, while putting away Jane Austen, I noticed a small book my sister-in-law loaned me about 2 years ago. (I'm so on it, aren't I? TWO YEARS!) The Notebook. Okay, time for another...WHAT? You haven't read OR seen The Notebook? Nope. For some weird reason I cannot explain, I don't always want to love what everyone else is loving. So I don't. Until it is old and past, and I can enjoy it without the hype. I know, I told you...weird. Also, romance with crying scares me, so I will avoid it if I can, and I heard that people cried when reading this book. So, anyhow, I gave in, picked up this little gem of a novel and read.
Well, I cried but I smiled and I thought it very sweet without mush. That was one darn good story about love, and it made me kiss the heck out of my man and vow to appreciate him that much more every day.

I ended this little mental fest with one of my favorite movies. One of our home movies, this one a video from 2003 when my kids looked like this picture you see here. Five years ago. They were all little and cute with sweet voices and loving arms. Trev and I looked at each other a few times with that "this won't last much longer, will it?" look and again I vowed to myself to appreciate.
I didn't want to cry, but almost did. After all the other stimulus this weekend, I was done with crying. I don't like crying, it gives me a headache. And I think by Sunday night, I was mentally done.

So I welcomed Monday morning with dry eyes and a rejuvenated body and spirit. It felt great to hit those fuzzy green balls and think of nothing but the game.
However, I am anxious to read more Austen. I am wondering if the movie version of Notebook is worth watching. I am wanting to watch more Keanu - A Walk in the Clouds maybe - I like that one.
It's easy to become too focused on one thing sometimes. After last week and weekend, I think I'm going to work on mixing it up a little more. More good stuff for body AND mind.
Just hold off on the tear-jerkers for a while though. I can only handle a little of that at a time.


jill said...

About the movie "The Notebook"...do you have clearplay? There are scenes I'm pretty sure you could do without. I love it with clearplay, though. i know you are mentally done with romance, but can I suggest "Enchantment" by Orson Scott Card? I'm reading it right now and love it. Well, back to tennis....or trying to walk, in my case!

Halverson Family said...

Okay, so you know I'm a HUGE fan of playing tennis, and no, there is never such a thing as playing too much (playing too little, yes, but not playing too much); that being said, you must, must, must see the movie version of The Notebook. I love, love, love James Garner and watching him at the end just makes me sob. (Okay, another crying-fest, but sooo worth it!) Also, if you ever get a chance to see some of the other versions of Jane Austen's movies (ie Bride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice LDS version, BBC version, Kiera Knightly version), you must! Yes, yes, yes, I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan and love, love, love her work. Wouldn't a Jane Austen-esque tennis movie be fabulous? ha ha

Kristie said...

Oh Shelli girl, you have to watch the Notebook movie. It is one of my top five favorite movies. I love it, love it, love it. I liked it better than the book and that never happens. But then again it has been a long time since I read the book. I have the movie if you want to borrow it.

Gramma Spice said...

Guess, what..you never stop looking at your children and thinking, "Where did the time go, and where are my little ones? But then, isn't that a way of gauging one's success as a parent?...and you and Trevor have done a GREAT job. It's okay to realize the short time we have with them, and to miss them as they used to be..but I promise, when they turn out like you, Kris, Mike and Craig as adults, then you can be sure you will feel even more joys and heartswells...new word! P.S. What a precious pic of those dolls!

Sants said...

I am kind of Pride and Prejudice snob and only like the BBC version. I HATED the LDS one and thought the Kiera Knightley one was lacking. Of course, I LOVE Colin Firth, so that may contribute.

I have to warn you, I saw the Notebook and I cried my eyes out. I hate to cry, too. I never read the book because I cried in the movie, so I figured the book would be worse. I can't remember the scenes mentioned, but someone else told me there were a couple. I guess I am not very good at remembering.

I am constantly working for balance. It seems I can do one thing well but then everything else falls to the wayside.

I also loved what you had to say about your husband and kids.

I am a big Jane Austen fan, too. I think I might like Persuasion best of all. Maybe not.

jharmon said...

Holy Crap, That is a weekend from my dreams! Where did you find the time? I will tell you if you haven't seen the movie August Rush, You should and I don't usually recommend movies. I am proud of you taking some time for yourself!
luv ya

Krista said...

Love the post, Shelli! I am so glad you took some time out to read those stories... good movies,too. Don't see "Message In A Bottle"... I cried harder than when I watched "The Notebook. Glad you liked "Lakehouse". Good, good movie.

Krista said...

p.s. The letter is the best letter I have ever read anywhere... oh, just heart racing!

Melanie Cain said...

Shelli, your weekend sounds like a dream for a pregnant woman.... your not? Well of course not...ha ha. I am pretty sure I have seen the notebook about 10 times. I love everything about it. It is really important to take time out like that for yourself and just rejuvenate your soul. That is how I feel when I listen to the new Hilary Weeks cd, (which by the way I am planning to burn you a copy). The Ultimate Gift is a good movie as well. Kim told me about that one.

Kimi said...

Another good movie is Shadowland. (One of my absolute favorites!!) Its CS Lewis's love story. I love a good cry but agree about the headache.

I've never read any JA either but I'd like to. My friends told me about "These is My Words". They say its the best book ever. I'll have to let you know when I'm done.

How fun to get your game on so many times!!!!

Kimi said...

OH, by the way. I'm getting through it one step at a time. I've been keeping myself busy reaching out to others, that's really been the best medicine. That and prayer, of coarse. Thanks for thinking of me. You're a sweety.
Love ya,

Smith Family said...

What a fun weekend! I loved the movie the Lake House too and I am a huge Jane Austin fan! The book Pride and Prejudice is my second favorite book of all time and I loved the BBC version of the movie but hated the Kiera Knightley more recent one.

I loved the pic of your kids when they were little and your comments about appreciating them them. I get so jealous of you tennis girls with all the free time sometimes. It is good to be reminded to appreciate my phase in life. I know it will be gone quickly.