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Movie Monday – Grandma & Me

Weekly Movie on Monday

I love Movie Monday.

This is because I need order in my life.

This is because without it, I’m too lazy to ever get out of bed.

(Which reminds me, how heavenly does bed sound right now, right?)

(Oh bed, I long for you.)

(Your fluffy sheets, your old pillows, your random clothes hangers – it’s like heaven, but smaller.)

(The clothes hangers aren’t necessarily there on purpose, but rather as a result of the aforementioned laziness.)

This past Christmas, I gave my Grandma a pile of movies, matched in awesomeness only by their eclecticism.

So now, every Monday, we get together and watch one of the movies.

(Skye also attends.)

(So just pretend she’s in any of these photos.)

(See, it’s like she’s really there.)

(Which she was.)

(So well done.)

Monday Movie

It’s possible my Grandma doesn’t share my love of photographing every action.

(I think it’s because she grew up without owning a camera.)

(Stuff like that really messes with a person.)

(It’s like being an evil Canadian.)

(No, no I won’t let it go.)

(Apparently not, at least.)

Monday Movie

She also has quite a fondness for talking animals.

I don’t know what caused that.

But it might be a sign that in 1920s St. Louis, animals had the ability to speak.

I mean, you never know what could be happening out west.

It’s like a foreign planet.

Especially if there’re talking giraffes.

(Why giraffes?)

(‘Cause they have the most to say.)

(At least that I’d want to hear.)

Monday Movie

She’s clearly thrilled with Movie Mondays.

As anyone would be, when a weekly activity is forced upon them as part of a present.

Plus, I gave her a Donkey Chia Pet, so it’s not like she can complain.

Monday Movie

Not that she gives the Movie Monday photo shoot the reverence it clearly deserves.

Though in her defense, she does have a strong fear of flying and I bought her a movie about a plane that almost crashes.

(In my defense, I totally didn’t get that from the cover.)

(Really, it’s inscrutable.)

(And entirely possible it’s going to be a movie about tying small rubber figurines into knots.)

(Which sounds thrilling, personally, so if any screenwriters are listening, you’re welcome.)

Monday Movie

I have found a photo shoot dilemma solution.

I keep saying weird things to trick her into laughing.

And if that’s not the essence of photography, I don’t know what is.

My grandma’s awesome

Not just because she’s fabulously awkward

(And by that, I mean creepily into Skye),


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  • MaryAnn January 26, 2012, 9:14 am

    What a fabulous idea for spending time with your grandma :-) I have a weekly ‘date’ with my g-parents, too. I’m supposed to help them around their house (laundry, changing the bed sheets, etc.). Most weeks they have it all done by the time I get there & we just end up talking. I should probably take some pictures while I’m there & write my own post about them. There are some stories that could be told…old people are endlessly fascinating :-)

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:23 pm

      I always feel like I need to spend more time interviewing and getting down stories but then instead I’m lazy and we watch movies. So… still on my to-do list! And it’s so sweet you go over all the time to help! I’d try that but my Grandma’s place is far cleaner than mine will ever be, so I probably wouldn’t be an asset! (That isn’t to say my place is dirty, just I would never devote the time it takes to get the level of clean my Grandma requires!)

  • Lorrie January 26, 2012, 9:15 am

    Your grandma is a hoot. I bet she’s a blast to hang out with.

  • Life of a Doctor's Wife January 26, 2012, 9:23 am

    Oh man am I envious of your Movie Mondays with Grandma! What a nice way to spend time together.

  • Laura January 26, 2012, 9:25 am

    I love your Grandma! And it makes me miss mine… I was only 10 when she passed away, but I bet if she were around, she’d totally be just like yours. We used to play cards for money and she always would win but then try to change the rules so she could give me my money back… (“no, look, honey! you have the special magic card which gets you your nickel back!”)

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:19 pm

      My Grandma loves to play cards – gin in particular. But we’ve never actually played for money. That said, if we did, she would totally keep it!

  • Maureen January 26, 2012, 10:02 am

    I am jealous of your awesome grandma, and think it is pretty funny that you refer to St. Louis as “out west.”

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:17 pm

      Hey, I recently made that drive – and it was a pretty long haul headed west, so I stand by my description!

  • Lance January 26, 2012, 10:46 am

    This is a MAJOR compliment:

    You get your personality from your grandmother. What a funny, neat post. Thumbs up!

  • liz January 26, 2012, 10:46 am

    #1 reason why your grandma is awesome: She makes faces for the camera.

  • SpilledInkGuy January 26, 2012, 10:54 am

    In my mind they spoke with a french accent, too.
    Which totally makes sense.
    Because they were French fur-trading animals.
    Of the 1920’s.
    A larger demographic than you might expect.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:14 pm

      Wait… they were fur-trading animals?

      ‘Cause that just seems wrong.

  • Amanda Austin January 26, 2012, 11:12 am

    Your grandma RULES. How much fun must you guys have? I can’t even imagine, if the pictures are any indication.

  • Annie January 26, 2012, 11:13 am

    Your grandma is hysterical. No holds barred for Gram! This post cracked me up this morning.

  • Janie Fox January 26, 2012, 11:21 am

    You will look back and treasure these days. Your grandma is cute! Is she from St Louis?? Thinking of talking animals I wonder if Mr Ed is on dvd …hmm I am off to Amazon to see. I loved that smart ass er, horse I mean.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:14 pm

      She is, St. Louis born and raised. She’s only come out east ’cause she recently broke her shoulder, but is raring to return!

  • Skye January 26, 2012, 11:28 am

    I am quite honored to join in your weekly ritualistic viewing of animated talking animals.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:12 pm

      I know, but we’ve clearly fallen down on the talking animal front. Though hopefully, with the new hearing aid she’ll start laughing again!

  • Tracy P. January 26, 2012, 11:28 am

    THIS will be the best gift you ever gave yourself. EVER. Love it!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor January 26, 2012, 11:33 am

    You are correct, animals DO talk out west – especially giraffes. It’s hard to get them to shut up some days.

    Also? I love the idea of you forcing your friends into a grown up prom. If anyone could, it’s you.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:12 pm

      Sigh. It’s just like I’ve always dreamed. Do you all also wear cowboy hats and call everyone ma’am and sir? Ooh, and do you know everybody else? And do you have hoe-downs?

      I figure if the talking giraffes are real, all the rest of that naturally follows.

      (And I hope my friends also love the idea of their forced prom-ness!)

  • julie gardner January 26, 2012, 11:33 am

    Those are some sweet flicks and some fabulously awkward facial expressions coming from Grandma.

    Love it.

    Next week, though, you’ve gotta find a talking giraffe to invite.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:10 pm

      I know, right? Now I feel all this giraffe pressure. It’s pretty intense.

      • nursemyra January 26, 2012, 3:55 pm

        But it’s nothing compared to elephant pressure

  • Maggie S. January 26, 2012, 11:45 am

    So which one did you actually watch? It is incredible that you and your grandma get to do this.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 12:10 pm

      Oh, we’ve watched all of them – this week was the 5th Movie Monday!

  • tori January 26, 2012, 12:20 pm

    This. Is. Awesome. My granny is an avid YouTube surfer. Marcel The Shell With Shoes On makes her pee her pants. But then again, so does sneezing.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:42 pm

      Man, my Grandma would love YouTube if I could ever convince her that a computer has a secret world inside.

  • Lin January 26, 2012, 1:02 pm

    You’re so awesome!

    I love that you spend time watching movies with your grandma. I’d totally steal this idea but I work on Mondays (& Tuesdays & Wedensdays…yeah, there’s just not enough time), my grandma only understands Spanish & will only watchdramatic Mexican telenovelas :(

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:44 pm

      I’ve only experienced Mexican telenovelas through 30 Rock story lines, but they seem hilariously entertaining. I should totally try and force my grandma to start watching them!

  • LDiggitty January 26, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Awww… your grandma is adorable! I miss mine :(

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:45 pm

      I’m so sorry! Grandmas are fabulous, it sucks they have to be so old and then die.

  • John January 26, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Skye + Megan’s Grandma, 4eva!

    I love the relationship you share with her . . . my grandfather & I had computer lessons & the opera — I truly, truly loved getting together with him, often. She sounds like a truly amazing person to have in your life.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 1:46 pm

      Hahahaha – my Grandma and I had computer lessons for one painful week. It did not go well.

  • thoughtsappear January 26, 2012, 1:49 pm

    I love Madagascar and those penguins.

    The only ever movies I’ve ever watched with my grandma were Shirley Temple movies and the People Under the Stairs.

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 3:04 pm

      I’ve actually never seen a Shirley Temple movie. And I’ve never heard of the People Under the Stairs, but I’m already frightened.

  • Jessie Powell January 26, 2012, 2:04 pm

    That’s AWESOME!! I love your grandma’s pictures. Especially the ones where she sticks out her tongue. Giving her a present that gives her the gift of a regular visit from you has GOT to be the BEST IDEA ever. (I bet she even thinks the photoshoots are worth it.)

    And, bonus, if you ever need a spare career, you’re now armed to make small children laugh for the camera.

  • Amber January 26, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Oh grandmas, they are great like very unCanadian great.

  • Lauren January 26, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Your grandmother is beautiful. Really awesome idea to watch movies with her…makes me miss my own grandmas. So thanks. 😉

  • Yuji January 26, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Love your grandma! I can see where you get your you-ness from!

    That was an awesome idea for a present! (I like it when young people make an effort to spend time with their grandparents).

  • daisyfae January 26, 2012, 3:11 pm

    My ex-husband also liked the “Talking Animal” genre… and we fell for “Snow Dogs”. don’t be sucked in. not only do the dogs not talk, but the film is horrid. Better off with “Airplane” – which is, in fact, the funniest movie ever made!

    Waving madly to your Grandma! She rocks!

    • Megan January 26, 2012, 4:48 pm

      The dogs don’t talk? Okay, that’s just blatant false advertisement. Why else would anyone see that movie? There should clearly be a warning label of some kind.

  • Sunday January 26, 2012, 7:20 pm

    Your Grandma is the bomb!

  • Kimberly January 26, 2012, 7:39 pm

    I totally want to hang out with your gma.
    she looks like a gal that could kick it.
    That’s only if she’s not afraid of a Canadian who is awesome and not evil.
    I will let her ride the moose and polar bear out in my front yard.

  • Rach January 26, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I absolutely love this post! You guys are adorable!

  • Jennifer January 26, 2012, 10:00 pm

    AWESOME! I love your grandma… fun! What a great post!

  • Christina January 26, 2012, 11:08 pm

    Oh…this is wonderful! I miss my grandmas. They were very different from one another personality-wise, but I loved each one so much. I think it is so awesome that you are watching the movies together. She looks like she is as much fun as you are!

  • Olivia (waituntilthesunset) January 26, 2012, 11:32 pm

    LOL you are so funny!!!
    I was crying with laughter through this post- and your grandma is fabulous! :)

  • suzitee January 27, 2012, 1:22 am

    My children make me watch many of the same movies…I think I know how your Grandma feels LOL

  • Buttons January 27, 2012, 1:32 am

    Oh I love your Gramma she has spunk I can tell by the tongue. This reminds me of taking my Mom to a thrift store on Wed. she bought about six movies all for a VCR she does not even know how to turn on. I am pretty sure she buys them for the pictures on the cover. I love my Mom. She looks very similar to your Gramma but I think her tongue is longer:)
    Have fun with your Gramma there is nothing more special. B

  • Missy Jill (What's Going On Here!?) January 27, 2012, 9:23 am

    Dibs on the rubber figurine script!

  • Carrie January 27, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Love, love, love this.

    What a lucky Grandma!

    And she is just cute as a button!

  • Sue at Naperville Now January 27, 2012, 9:31 pm

    If your Grandma grew up in St. Louis, which high school did she attend?

    • Megan January 29, 2012, 9:50 am

      Hmmm – I feel like you’re testing how good of a granddaughter I am! She grew up in Baden, so I could be extrapolating, but Baden High rings a bell. Clearly I should ask before just embarrassing myself, but whatever, I’m going for it! I know my Grandpa went to Catholic school (Mt. Carmel? Maybe?) but I’m fairly confident my Grandma went to the local public school.

  • Honey B. January 27, 2012, 10:50 pm

    Grandmas are the bomb, and this post proves it. Period.

  • Gianna January 28, 2012, 12:03 am

    you have a picture of your grandma STICKING HER TONGUE OUT AT THE CAMERA!!!!
    How stinkin’ cool is that!

    You make me giggle so hard! I LOVE it!

  • Classic NYer January 28, 2012, 7:06 pm

    Hm… what about a movie about tying small rubber figurines into knots on a plane that almost crashes?… OR a movie about a plane that will crash if someone doesn’t tie several small rubber figurines into knots? Now that sounds like a movie plot!

  • ava January 29, 2012, 1:55 am

    Oh, reading this made me miss my Grandma Megan! Waaaaaah! You’re mean.

    Seriously though, I hope I thought of this when she was still alive. You are an awesome grandkid!

  • Trinity January 29, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Both you and your Gma are awesome! Love that you are spending time with her. I am now inspired to go watch a movie with my gma!

  • blackhuff January 30, 2012, 4:19 am

    You and your grandma sure is photogenic – love it

  • alonewithcats February 2, 2012, 11:49 pm

    My grandma and I didn’t have movie night, but we used to have sleepovers and watch “Golden Girls.” Those were the days.

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