Remember that commercial for Heinz ketchup?  An-ti-ci-pa-a-tion.    Sometimes I think the best time is when you are looking forward to something you think will be great.

This is a list of things I am looking forward to, with great an-ti-ci–pa-a-tion;

  • Katy Perry Concert

My daughter and I are going to see Katy Perry.  We are going because my daughter loves Katy Perry.

The secret is that I also love Katy Perry.  This may be inappropriate for my age.

The concert may also be inappropriate for my daughter’s age.  I plan to hum loudly in my daughter’s ear to drown out all questionable lyrics. (Who am I kidding?  She knows most of them by heart already.  Mercifully, she does not understand them yet.)  I also plan to distract her by pointing out things about back-up dancers (“Look how cute her shoes are!”) in case Katy does anything inappropriate on stage.

I’m not sure what my daughter will do to address my age inappropriateness.  Probably she will tell me to sit down and stop dancing.

  • The Help

I LOVED this book.  I am hoping to LOVE this movie.  Not only is it about an incredibly important time of change in this country, but it also has a red-headed heroine.  I am exceedingly fond of a red-headed heroine.

The Help opened August 10, and I already have my GNO to see it on tap.

  • One Day

This feature film, which is tag-lined as “Twenty Years, Two People, One Day”, opens August 19.  The film is based upon a novel of the same name and stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

I haven’t read the book, and don’t know too much about the film other than what I have seen in the trailers, but I am looking forward to it for several reasons.  They are:

1.  It takes place in England.  Usually this alone is enough to make a film worthwhile for me.

2.  It is one of those “same people through the years” movies.  I have reached a point in life where these are nearly always relatable because I have usually been through all of the stages already.

3.  It stars Jim Surgess.   He was in the Other Bolyen Girl and Across the Universe, two admittedly sub-par movies, but I found him strangely compelling as Jude.

4.  It is directed by Lone Sherfig, who directed An Education, a film I really love.  I must not have been alone, because that film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar a few years ago.  If you haven’t seen An Education, go find it.  Carey Mulligan delivers a wonderful performance.  I may have also loved An Education because of the script by Nick Hornby.  I have yet to come across anything he has done with which I haven’t felt connected.  But I digress…back to the list.

5.  The soundtrack includes new music by Elvis Costello and the Imposters.  Elvis and I go way back.  In fact, I am wearing my Goodbye Cruel World tour t-shirt as I write this.  Well, not really, but I could be, because I do own one and still sleep in it every so often when I am feeling particularly sexy.  Anyway, any new Elvis, especially plus The Imposters, is a big plus plus (have I said “plus” enough?).

  • Modern Family

I enjoy my time with the Dunphy’s and the Prichett’s every Wednesday, even in reruns, but I am ready for more.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t share my love for this family! I love Gloria, Phil, Jay, Cam, and Manny.  I love them all!  Well, we can all get more soon — the new season premieres on September 21.

  • Dexter

The new season of Dexter begins airing on Showtime on October 2.  I can hardly wait to see what Dexter gets up to next.  I am completely addicted to this mix of horror and comedy, involving a serial killer/blood spatter expert with a strict moral code.  There is really nothing else like it.  Also, for some reason I really enjoy watching real-life  soon to be ex-husband and wife Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter play brother and sister on-screen.  How complicated is that relationship?

  • Anonymous

I had never heard of this movie until I saw the poster in a theater lobby the other day.  Does my interest really need to be explained?  If so, let me just add that this film stars Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth, Joely Richardson as Young Queen Elizabeth, and Rhys Ifans as the Earl of Oxford.    And the website includes phrases like “The Virgin Queen” and “the Privy Council.”  This is about all it takes for me.  This film opens October 28.

  • MadMen

This probably needs no explanation either.  Don Draper.  The Sixties.  A kid named Sally.  Cocktails.  Cool clothes.  It is new and old at the same time.  You don’t know where it is going.

But you’ve been there, from a different vantage.  My parents’ kitchen looked just like Betty Draper’s.  Ok, that won’t be in the new season.  God knows what year it will be.  But that is part of the an-ti-ci-pa-a-tion.  And who knows, maybe Sterling, Cooper, Draper & Pryce will get the Heinz account.

The new season is currently set to start airing in March 2012.

This is not an all-inclusive list, by any means.  These are just the things I keep thinking about.  That anticipation.  It’s makin’ me wait, it’s keepin’ me wa-a-a-it-in’.

I really hope it doesn’t all stink.


8 responses »

  1. Me and Elvis too, the lip ring on a half filled cup of coffee that u poured and didn’t drink, but at least u think u wanted it which is more than I can say for me – it’s been a good year for the roses
    Can’t believe I can still remember the lyrics – most have been a big break up!
    Enjoying ur blog

    • He has recorded some of the best lyrics EVER and that is a fine example, though he did not write this tune. It was written by Jerry Chestnut and recorded originally by George Jones.

  2. I have several very erudite, classical music, autobiography only friends and from them I have an embarrassing secret…I LOVE Katy Perry! Very jealous, have a great time. I hope it is a blog all it’s own.

    “Plus” you have added a few things to my anticipation list now too. Thanks.

    • She was outstanding. As you would expect, very over the top and kitschy, but also quite intimate at times. There was a relatively long and very entertaining acoustic portion in the middle that was both funny and showed that the girl can sing. We both loved it. And I only embarrassed Ashley a few times. I was saved by the fact that there were several obvious mom and daughter pairs wherein the mom was wearing a blue wig and skin tight neon ala Katy. Ashley was very relieved that I did not do this, so the dancing seemed less embarrassing as a result.

  3. Did you see the Young Victoria with Emily Blunt? Sooo good. I have a ton of other English movies/series, if you are interested.

    • Yes, I loved Young Victoria, and I thought Emily Blunt was outstanding. It is a wonderful bookend with one of my other favorites, Mrs. Brown, with Judi Dench. What series do you have?

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