I saw The Dark Night last night. WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Shawn got a babysitter so that we could go out on a date, which we haven't done for a while. We went to Ann Taylor so I could return some pants and then we didn't really have any other big plans so we decided to see a movie. Shawn really wanted to see The Dark Night and there was nothing else that really looked too exciting to me, so that sounded fine. I'm not a huge Batman fan, but the other Batman movies were pretty good.
So the first part of it was fine enough, except that the Joker was SO creepy. Heath Ledger was just really amazing in that role. But then the movie just kept getting more and more disturbing until I pretty much had to spend the last half hour of it with my head buried in Shawn's shoulder. For one thing, it was over two and a half hours long. They could have wrapped it up much sooner, but it just kept going on and on and it was pretty much just two and a half hours of watching the Joker mentally torture and kill people.
I'm normally not that easily disturbed by movies. I've seen lots of intense, scary movies in the past and they didn't used to bother me at all. I used to be fairly thick skinned about that sort of thing. But for some reason I can't really handle them anymore. Ever since 9/11 I have a really hard time with movies that show someone blowing up buildings and big cities of people evacuating to escape some type of terrorism. I'm still abnormally disturbed by 9/11. It's one of the things that origionally caused my anxiety and anything that reminds me of it still causes me to panic. Plus ever since I became a parent I can't handle any sort of movie that involves children in distress. There were a few scenes in the movie last night that involved a little boy and it disturbed me to the point that I couldn't watch it, even though the boy turned out just fine.
We had planned to go out to dinner when the movie was over, but I was so disturbed that I just wanted to go home, so we ended up getting some cheesecake to go at the Cheesecake Factory (nothing cheers me up faster than Lemon Raspberry cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory!!) and we went home and ate cheesecake while we watched reruns of The Office. A little Jim and Pam always makes me feel better. :)
So anyway, no more Batman for me. Heath Ledger should win a postumous Oscar for scaring the living daylights out of me. I hope he wins and I hope I never see the Joker again.
Onto other news, my friend Carol who went through her first round of IVF a couple of weeks ago just found out on Friday that it didn't work and she's not pregnant. My heart just breaks for her. They have one son who is Matthew's best friend and they've been trying to get pregnant again for years. They are honestly probably the best parents I know. They're just completely fantastic people and if there is anyone in the world who deserves lots of kids, it's those two. I'm so sad for her and I wish so much that there was something I could do to fix it. They're going to try again, and I just hope and pray that it works next time.
So between being scared out of my mind by the Joker and feeling sad all weekend about Carol, it's been kind of a bummer of a weekend! (and kind of a bummer of a blog post too!)
Oh, here's something funny! Maybe you have to know Josh to think this is funny, but this morning I asked him how the babysitter was last night and he said "it was fun, she needed help setting up a blog, so I helped her." That's my boy! That kid is more computer savvy than most adults I know. That fact that he spent the evening giving his babysitter computer lessons cracks me up for some reason. I love that kid.
So I guess that's all I have to discuss today! I'm off to do a photoshoot for a photo contest that starts tonight. One of my very favorite websites is www.dpchallenge.com and twice a week they have photo challenges that you can enter. They give a topic and then you have a week to shoot something on that topic and then we vote for a week and the top three get their photos displayed on the front page for a week. It's really fun, but it's definitely not an ameture competition! There are a lot of absolutely AMAZING professional photographers that enter and it's a super tough competition. The guy that just shot all the movie posters for the new Twilight movie is a member of that site. Not exactly easy competition!! I love to enter the challenges because it really expands my creativity. Tonights challenge is "abstract emotion". That is a SUPER tough topic and I'm still not 100% sure I can pull something off. I have an idea that involves broken glass, but I haven't shot it yet and I'm not confident that I can nail it enough to enter it. We'll see, I'll keep you posted! :)