Journal: Monday, May 11, 2020

In Personal

Quarantine Day 55. I’ve been reading a couple friends’ journals (you guys know who you are 😂). When I read them, I can’t help but think: wow, there’s so much stuff going on their lives!

For the most part, my life in quarantine feels rather boring and solitary, despite all the virtual meetups. The only thing that I really look forward to during the week is the weekend, when I have enough time for an Epic Run™. During the week, it’s pretty much:

  1. wake up
  2. do some reading or writing
  3. get to work
  4. realize how late it’s become around 2-3PM
  5. maybe take a short nap
  6. some kind of virtual meeting or short run after 5PM
  7. do semi-productive things
  8. sleep around 10-11PM

That was how it was today. I had a meeting at 9AM, to learn more about how a new data entity can be used. Then I walked through my team’s machine learning infrastructure with another team after noon. Then I had 3 additional hours of various meetings. I fit some work in today somewhere in the gaps.

After all that said and done, the only thing that was left to do was wait for Movie Night with the Malbork crew. (I decided not to run because of the dehydration issues I had over the weekend.)

Last Monday, we watched Solo. This week, the nominations were

After a last-minute vote, Knives Out broke a 3-way tie. (I voted for only JSA.)

One thing about last Monday: the movie was supposed to start at 7:30. We started at 8PM. Today, I was resigned to the fact that we’d probably start half an hour late, again (these folks aren’t exactly the most punctual). Ultimately, we started a little after 8:30. 😂

Overall, I liked the movie.

Spoilers ahead. Stop reading now if you don’t want to be spoiled!

When Christie asked me about it later, I said:


It was like watching a crime novel play out on screen. Also liked James Bond and Captain America. I kinda knew there was going to be a big twist/reveal at the end, but I honestly couldn’t put my finger on it!

I was also realllly hoping not to be disappointed by whatever that twist was going to be — and I wasn’t. I was definitely amused by the explanation around how Marta _didn’t_ actually mix up the drugs because she’s “a good nurse who’s knows the weight and viscosity of each.”

The explanation at the end definitely wrapped up everything fairly well. I also really liked the final reference to Harlan’s “can’t tell the difference between a real knife and a prop” at the end. and LOL, I didn’t realize Rian Johnson directed.


It’s hard for me to sit through most movies. If I had watched this movie on my own at home, I probably would’ve skipped forward to the reveal. I’m that impatient! Since this was a group screening, though, I had to watch everything. Looking back, this was a good thing. After the movie was done, I turned to the group and said “what a ride!” If I had fast-forwarded during the movie, I would’ve (intentionally) missed a lot of the “UGH, WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN” buildups that basically defines this movie.

Unlike last week, no one stayed after the movie (we started an hour late, after all). I didn’t have any further plans. I played some chess against the computer (one of the “semi-productive” things I do daily now). Then I tried to sleep.

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