Meet my personal black hole: TOLT

Fair warning: this TOLT may be sad and morbid, but then those are the sort of  Thinking Out Loud thoughts I’ve had the last week. So if you don’t want to go there, I understand, but I promise it won’t all be sad.

Let’s dive right in

It occurred to me . . .
that if I didn’t have any animals, it would be very easy to travel more often, accompany my husband more often on business trips, have enough money to do more halfs a year (if my body stood up to it).

Have you ever seen the movie “Phenomenon”? Kyra Sedgwick’s character makes these chairs, and John Travolta’s character buys them all. Later in the film he tells another character:

Every woman has her chair, something she needs to put herself into

For me, it’s animals. My husband knows this. As painful as it can be sometimes, as time consuming, sleep depriving, and, yes, expensive, it’s worth it to me.

And speaking of Phenomenon . . .
It really is a great movie if you haven’t seen it. Sad and uplifting, at the same time. And hey, John Travolta (where have you got to, John?).

It’s an appropriate movie for what I’m going through right now, and here is one of my favorite quotes:

Everything is on its way to somewhere

I know I probably sound like a broken record skipping about Chester, but that’s the way the last 3 months have been. Emotional rollercoaster, as they say, with a dash (or more!) of sleep deprivation thrown in.

It’s Movie Season
It’s that time of year when all the great movies come out. If you couldn’t tell, I love movies. My parents love movies, and they instilled that love into me and my siblings.

Only right now Chester needs to go out very often so I can only really be away from home about 2-3 hours.

I admit it: when Chester was doing so badly last weekend, my thoughts did turn to maybe I could finally see some movies.

Well, I can see movies. By myself. Which I don’t mind too much, but don’t like to do on weekends, especially not on crazy busy holiday weekends.

My husband is off all next week, though, so maybe I’ll either go by myself or see if a friend isn’t too crazy busy with the holidays. Or maybe not, the malls will be crazy busy anyway.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not ready to say goodbye to Chester yet. But I am human and hey, my thoughts went there, and it is TOLT after all.

Yes, my gym bag is a black hole
I don’t actually belong to a gym, but I use it to haul around running stuff & when I swim.

Only I keep losing stuff! First it was one of my lighter pairs of gloves. I had one . . . couldn’t find the other. Then it was a running shoe! I discovered one on the garage floor underneath my car. Just one!

Turns out both were eventually found in my gym bag.

Then it was the case I keep my phone & license & credit cards in! Again! I’ve mentioned misplacing it and driving without my license & registration before on the blog — yeah, it happens.

3 guesses where that turned up. But thank God it did, I was stressing!

Getting back to my movie theme & speaking of black holes
We watched Interstellar last weekend.

I find that movie so frustrating (and we did see it in the theater last year).

I think it had potential to be a great movie, if only a good editor had worked on it. I am not at all a science geek and I find it very difficult to wrap my head around the theory of relativity, but I still find it fascinating (and time travel has always fascinated me).

It was just too long! And it didn’t have to be.

I also had a question (for those who may have seen it and/or remember it — sort of spoiler alert here, so read ahead with caution): if Matthew McConaughay’s character tried so desperately to tell his younger self to stay, why did he also give him the coordinates for NASA?


Any movies you’re dying to see over the holidays? The Danish Girl & Joy are on my list.

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

14 thoughts on “Meet my personal black hole: TOLT

    1. My husband loves Star Wars, but he hates crowds, so no way will he want to see it right away.

      Chester is just too sick to board anywhere but at the vet & I don’t want to do that to him.

      In fact, we plan to go to my parents this weekend, probably, depending on him (we’ll take him), and my husband pointed out we could stay overnight as he’s off next week.

      But it’s just too much work, since they don’t have a fenced in back yard & he has to go out really early, and I also worry that if he does take a turn for the worse while we’re there, we’re almost 2 hrs from our vets.

      So if we go it’ll be a very short visit. Sometimes those are the best!

      I hope your vacation goes smoothly.


  1. I don’t think your thoughts about Chester are awful. They are human and understandable. It does not minimize in the least the love, care, and passion for him and all your animals.

    We hardly ever go to “the show,” or movies. Like your husband, we, especially I, as you know, don’t do crowds well. I’d like to see “The Martian” and “He Named Me Malala” on the big screen this Christmas break.

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  2. I love the movies. I usually to go all the time. But now I seem to want to run after work (yes I could run before work but I’m lazy) instead of going to the movies. My hubby is picky on his movies while I’ll see anything so I often go alone or with friends and only to the Spectrum – the mall is always crowded. I’ll see Star Wars but really couldn’t care less. I want to see Brooklyn, Danish Girl, Joy and some of those chick flicks. I hope to get to see them next week when I am off.


  3. I board Allie when I travel, but I know even if I didn’t have her, I wouldn’t travel more. I had 5 years without pets and i hated it. One little cat adds so much life in my household, and she greets me every day when I come home from work.

    I’m taking next Tuesday off and I might go see Star Wars. I’m letting my uber Star Wars fans friends have at it this weekend.


  4. I remember being completely confused by Interstellar. I thought it was an awesome movie, but my brain doesn’t understand a lot of that science/space/time stuff, so it was a little hard for me to get. I do love the movies, though. I used to see every movie that came out in theatres a handful of years back, but now I try to limit myself to the good ones and check out the rest when they hit DVD.


  5. I know you don’t like to leave Chester, but you could hire a babysitter for a couple of hours to keep an eye on him. It’s just a thought and something I would totally do for my animals if I wanted to get out of the house for awhile. He is your baby after all. You could even have them document times and quantities of any activity (potty, eating, etc.). I don’t know, like I said, just a thought. Hugs for you and Chester, 🙂

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    1. We do have pet sitters, but it gets real expensive real fast and he’s expensive enough as it is.

      I told my husband if one of the movies we want to see is around 2 hrs, maybe we’ll just go ahead & try it. But we can’t do one of those 2 1/2 – 3 hrs movies.

      The upside of not working is that I do get to be home. The downside is that there’s less money, of course.

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