Well, actually to be honest James and Zac were keeping my spirits up before then on my iPod - I swear, nothing makes bleak afternoons house hunting better than "It's Hairspray" and "Bet on it" on loop; with the occasional Michelle and Lucas/Corbin song here and there.
But I digress. So I ventured, yet again, on the Jersey transit system (which everyone I have talked to recoils from) and went to a Mall. Yes, a real mall. And I timed it perfectly so I could go, watch a movie and come back before it got too late. Saw The Nanny Diaries (only good new thing that was playing although a re-viewing of Superbad would have been pleasant as well - "Funny thing about my back..." gets me every time!). In case you have been living under a rock (cause really, this movie was supposed to be out AGES ago [April 11 but who kept track back then, no?]) Nanny Diaries is chick-lit made into chick-flick fluff. No offense, cause I like chick-flicks - and this movie even gives a wink to that 'other' chick-flick that Annie, Meryl and Emily were part of last year (PS. Did we know Emily was going to be in Dan in Real Life? Yes, she only appears for a mere second in the trailer, but she made me smile, I am such a geek!). Coming of age story, blah blah, awful boss, blah blah, meet-cute, blah blah. I've seen it before, you have seen it before, but it was a good time and while yes, I can't bring myself to like Scarlett in movies (other than the ones where she gets shot by Jonathan or being bred by her own clone to be harvested for organs) I do believe that her supporting cast did a good job at saving my first movie-going experience here in NJ - that and the fact that I did not sit in the front rows as per customary in Paramount, or was surrounded by those Davie gee aye whys we all adore. Out of the supporting cast I liked Chris Evans the best (Linney came pretty much right behind him but he had the hottie factor and after this and Sunshine, I am ready to forgive him for those two Fantastic 4 movies but then playing a 'Harvard Hottie' isn't really much of an acting stretch, but he was good at it. The rest of the supporting cast (Nathan Corddry included - took me a while to recognize him, from Studio 60 no less! AND expected to appear in the upcoming SMG Suburban Girl accoridng to imdb! - Is that movie EVER coming out? Seriously) tries hard, but always gets stumped by Scarlett's numbing voice-over.
That said, a few one-liners were good:
"They don't speak English!" (A concerned Nanny-employer/"Mom" on why communicating with Nannies is hard)
"...Manuel will be making copies of your keys..." (Linney/Mrs X off-handedly to ScarJo)
"... *snap*..." (Alicia Keys snapping her fingers at Chris' friends. She just looked ghetto-fabulous doing it.
On other news - is it bad that finding a Best Buy and a Barnes&Nobles was the /other/ highlight of my day? It was a slow day - although I did get to see this like 8 bedroom place (3 storeys, each its own apartment with laundry downstairs) that this realtor was showing today. It was quite appalling. Ancient house + DIY Refurbishing + well anything, really = me walking out midway through the 5cent tour.
Looking at a couple more places tomorrow so wish me luck!
Also, I realised what a big spaz I am. Can anyone count how many parentheses I used in this post alone?