Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm Still Here ...

Hello to everyone! I am still here, despite my lack of movie presence as of late. Life has been full ... but not of movies. Sometimes things gotta give :(

First off, my apologies to Vincent at Carole & Co. A long time ago I agreed to be part of his wonderful blogathon this past weekend, but I sadly ran out of time. Please read the wonderful entries at his blog!

Second, my apologies to anyone else (especially ClassicBecky), who I've prolonged for way too long our Take Two. Hang in there ... I promise it will be done by this time next year!

Third, my belated thank yous to the members of the Classic Movie Blog Association for nominating me for two CiMBAs: Best Movie Review Musical or Comedy for "Top Hat" and Best Blogathon for my Best Actress 1963 event. It's a real honor to be recognized.

Fourth, my apologies to all of the blogs I read and leave comments on. I simply have not had time to read anything, but rest assured I'll be back. Someday. (I'm sniffling at the moment because I miss all of you.)

Fifth, I won't apologize for spending this past Sunday at the Chicago Marathon. The day was gorgeous. No, I didn't run, but friends and family did. I discovered a new love for ringing a cowbell. Who knew that could be so much fun? Our good friends from Germany have been in town and we've thoroughly enjoyed our visit with them. One ran his third Chicago Marathon. Now it's our turn to visit them -- so be forewarned, because I won't apologize for not updating my blog during that time :)

Sixth, I do have a suggestion for everyone out there. This past spring, for a fundraiser at our church, I donated dinner and a movie (pre-1960s) at our home. Frankly, when I suggested it, I wasn't expecting much of a response. But to my surprise, there was a bidding war for the package! I ended up agreeing to do three of them and raised $1,000 (I'm still shocked when I think about it). Someone liked the idea so much they asked if we would do the same for another fundraiser, and we said yes. So, four dinners total -- one in June, one in July, and two in the last few weeks. I had each group select a movie, and in some cases I made recommendations. We ended up watching "Roman Holiday," "The Maltese Falcon," "Notorious" and "Shadow of a Doubt." Since I like to cook, that part was fine with me. I highly recommend that my fellow bloggers share their talent in this way for a good cause. The rewards are worth it, and people are so appreciative of having their own personal Robert Osborne for an evening!

Despite all of this activity, I will be back soon. I look forward to catching up with all of your blogs!


  1. You dinner and a movie project was a wonderful idea, and so successful! I think it's a great idea. Sounds like although you've been busy, you've had some good times going on too. Don't worry about it. We miss you too (sniffle) but I've been there myself, and know how it is. Whenever you're ready, we're still here too!

  2. Apology accepted. If you ever want to write something Lombard-related for us in the future, just let me know.

  3. Hi CFB,
    Congrats on your two CiMBA noms. Well deserved!
    Your dinner and a movie sounds like such a fun way to make money for charity.

    We'll all be here when you get back, pushing and shoving to read your next post first.

    You're missed!

  4. Good to hear from you again, FilmBoy...was beginning to wonder if all was well (though I know you get sooo busy). Your dinner and a movie concept/donation is a great idea. And you selected four fabulous films - all favorites of mine. A question - what did you make for dinner?

  5. Hi Becky, thank you for the sniffle :) Looking forward to seeing everyone more regularly.

    Hi Vincent, I'd love to write something on Carole for your blog, so let's stay in touch about it.

    Hi Page, I miss you too. Your reviews always perk me up :) We will chat soon.

    Hi TLE, Ah, dinner. The first two were similar, as they were during the summer. We grilled chicken, and I made two different marinades -- one is orange/lemon, which is more subtle, and one is Dijon mustard/cayenne pepper, which has a kick to it! For the third dinner, I made a homemade beef pot pie. For the fourth, I did homemade beef stew. I love making pies, so I did blueberry and strawberry/rhubarb for the first, and blueberry and lemon meringue for the second. Apple crisp for the third, and a new pumpkin bars recipe for the fourth. I like trying new recipes when people come over ... call me crazy, and one was an apple/cheddar cole slaw that I ended up making twice. I'm now getting very hungry ... LOL

  6. CFB, as a ridiculously busy person myself, I can relate to your currently busy life! That "Dinner and a Donation" idea is terrific! Good luck with your endeavors; we'll all still be here eagerly awaiting you when you return! :-)