June 2 08

way back when Ali was a wee lass (yes, i realize i am still kinda sorta of the wee lass persuasion) … back when i was littleali. when i looked like this…

well, way back then, i went to private school. like my kids do. jewish day school. like my kids do. and when i was in first grade, i had my right of passage of sorts to make it to the second grade. like my kid just had last week.

it was my graduation/siddur ceremony. Every first grader is presented with his or her own prayer book. i found a picture of me posing proudly with my mom from that day (sadly, there’s no ACTUAL big, blue and bulky siddur in the photo…)

and it feels funny (and when i say funny, i mean old) to be going through these motions with my own daughter...only with way less feathered hair and overall jumpers and pigtails…Emily at 7 has way more style than i could ever hope for…but, the ceremony was the same. the siddur was the same. the blue and white outfits were the same (this is one of those wtf jewish traditions. growing up, any time there was anything, you wore blue and white. israeli flag colors. hahahah. i guess it’s akin to wearing red, white and blue on the 4th of July..only you’d wear it every time you ate apple pie. or something.)

well, of course i saw Sex and the City this weekend. (i mean, you knew i would, right?) (possible spoilers ahead…possibly…but nothing that hasn’t been all over the internet for months)

i liked it. and i’m glad i saw it. but i wouldn’t say i LOVED it. i definitely didn’t love it.

the movie wasn’t so much the ‘sex and the city’ that we are used to, but more ‘friendship and the city’. it was more about how these four friends are there for each other. thick and thin. good and bad. funny and sad. and boy was it ever funny and sad. it was a real emotional rollercoaster. i laughed. i cried. and then i cried some more. and then i laughed some more (how could i not…when one of the girls shits her pants. and when one of them tries to figure out how to answer the phone while she’s lying naked, underneath the meal of sushi she just cooked.)

sure, there was gratuitous sex, and even a peek at a wiener, and some good-old-SATC’esque pube-mocking, but the Sex and the City girls from the series have moved to a different place. they are not the women they once were. They are the marrying kind and the babying kind. They are still sharp-tongued and quick-witted (but just not enough). They are still in love with shoes and fashion, although at times i must use the word ‘fashion’ loosely…i mean, Carrie wore a bird on her head. on her wedding day. i was not impressed.

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A BIRD!!

but, we know they’d moved on. hell, even they know they’ve moved on. as have all of us. My friends and i are the marrying kind. and the babying kind. but i was expecting so much more. more raunch, more over-the-top’edness and, you know, actual SEX.

but, i did love the shout out to season 1′s infamous tutu..

then:

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now:

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(my personal thoughts about Sarah Jessica Parker aside…girl can still wear a tutu)

it was too long…two and a half hours. and it was pretty cheesy. far more cheesy than i ever remember the show being. but, then again, sometimes you just need to grab your crackers and enjoy a little cheese. i mean, i saw the movie with my girls. they are the Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha to my inner Carrie.

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  1. I want to see the movie, but I no longer have a passel of girls to go see it with. Sigh…

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    Comment by Queen of Shake Shake on June 2, 2008
  2. I might have to go see it alone. Tonight. Can’t wait.

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    Comment by ohmommy on June 2, 2008
  3. I love the purse you’ve got in the picture with you and Emily. You guys are totally cute.

    I’m not a SATC fan at all – never seen an episode – but I’ve heard two things about the movie: that it was good and it was bad. No in between. LOL!

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    Comment by mamatulip on June 2, 2008
  4. I loved the movie! It was the perfect ending to the story of friends, and I saw it with my gal pals too. We went out for cosmos afterwards & I’m not kidding – our waiter looked exactly like Samantha’s boyfriend in the movie. It was strange…

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    Comment by Maria on June 2, 2008
  5. I loved the movie and saw the transition the characters made as being similar to my own and my friends my age’s transitions from the 30s to the 40s too. (Am 39, and the first of my closest buddies turns 40 this week). We are the same women, just wiser and therefore mellowed. Like fine wine and good cheese!

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    Comment by MazingAmy on June 2, 2008
  6. I’ve been dying to do a reveal some old photo of myself post, but never find a very good reason!

    Yours is great…a milemarker your kid has that you also had. You’re just so intergenerational over there at Therapy. I don’t know a good phrase for congrats? Shalom? That’s all I know, well and schvitzing (you absolutely MUST learn that one when you live in Brooklyn). And Tchatkies, and schlemiel, but I mix it up with the other one…I can’t think of any others, there must be a list somewhere??? Common phrases the goyim have adopted and subsuquently bastardized? PS, sorry for the wrong spelling, only learned to speak them not write them!

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    Comment by Good&Crazy on June 2, 2008
  7. Ali you were so cute when you were little.what a nice pic of you and emily.this weekend we did grad.my eldest is now a grADe 12 graduate…oh and by the way you are still cute.

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    Comment by LAVENDULA on June 2, 2008
  8. I’m not sure we’ll go see the movie since every time my wife insists I watch SATC with her, I insist she call ME Mr. Big.

    We don’t get out much.

    Matthews last blog post..Another thing they don’t tell you about fatherhood

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    Comment by Matthew on June 2, 2008
  9. Can I admit that I have never even seen one episode? I kid you not.

    That photo of you and Emily is perfect :)

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    Comment by Angella on June 2, 2008
  10. I loved the movie.
    It was kind of predictable, but I tried not to go into it assuming what would happen.
    Plus, like you I went with friends, and it was sooo much better sitting with people who remind you of “the girls”. I loved it.

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    Comment by LD on June 2, 2008
  11. I actually did love it. Surprisingly. (I’m usually a pretty tough critic.) And I thought the tutu looked even better this time around. AND, I was happy SJP had far fewer “what the Hell was she thinking with that outfit?” moments than she did in the seven seasons. Overall, I was happy, except for the ending. The whole closet bizness was just a little too much for even me.

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    Comment by Camels and Chocolate on June 2, 2008
  12. I liked the movie a lot, but the continuous product placement got annoying!

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    Comment by anne on June 2, 2008
  13. I went to a private school. Up till 4th grade. Mine was catholic though. NEWAYS. Hee. LOVED the movie. I thought it was perfect for the SATC crowd. And I loved watching the men in the audience flinch. Ha.

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    Comment by Miss on June 2, 2008
  14. Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday when you were a kid and now you HAVE a kid, doing the same things you did as a kid?! Weird feeling.

    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED SATC! I thought it was a perfect movie and a perfect progression of the characters’ lives. I only cried twice, but I felt like crying many more times. I want to see it again.

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    Comment by Jennifer on June 2, 2008
  15. It WAS pretty cheesy! But, I loved every minute of it. And, WOW, SJP can EVER where a tutu. What a BAWD on that woman! Her face is looking a little gaunt, though, and they put too much eyeliner on her — making her eyes look way to wee at points….

    Of course, I LOVED it, though. It’s the first movie I’ve seen in the theater in MONTHS!!!

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    Comment by Haley-O on June 2, 2008
  16. I am seeing it tomorrow with some girlfriends. I can’t wait!

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    Comment by Ruby on June 2, 2008
  17. I’m looking forward to seeing it- even if it is cheesy.

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    Comment by 180/360 on June 2, 2008
  18. hey i can’t comment on the juice, but i won a movie last time and i still haven’t gotten it… did the post office lose it?

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    Comment by B2G on June 2, 2008
  19. You were (are!) so cute. What is on the front of your jumper? Is it a horse? Perhaps an Israeli Horse? :)

    I’m dragging my husband to SATC so he can see that being married to me isn’t so bad :) At least I don’t wear birds in my hair. On purpose.

    Also, how did I not see your cute bag when you previously posted that photo of you and Emily. Love it!

    The Over-Thinkers last blog post..Oh Really? You think this is a stupid book? How the hell do you keep your job??

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  20. I can’t believe you ruined the plot for me. I was going to take my wife, but now – nope. She’ll have to settle for watching Girls Gone Wild again.

    Now THOSE girls are crazy.

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    Comment by Pants Wearer on June 2, 2008
  21. I loved it, but it WAS long. I think mostly because they know this all you are ever going to get of these characters. I actually enjoyed the fact that they were all grown up.

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    Comment by slynnro on June 2, 2008
  22. Mazel Tov, Emily!

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    Comment by kgirlto on June 2, 2008
  23. I loved the SATC movie, BUT I also went to see at a movie theatre with a bar. And cosmos were the special. And I had a bunch. But yeah, the bird in her hair..what. the. hell? So skanky.

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    Comment by Shamelessly Sassy on June 3, 2008
  24. Emily looks like you at seven, I think.

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    Comment by Rebecca on June 3, 2008
  25. Ok I totally enjoyed the movie but GOOD GOD what was with the BIRD?! I still can’t get over that. I mean… a bird? Are you KIDDING me? Of COURSE Big stood her up at the alter… I wouldn’t have gotten out of the car either!

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    Comment by AbsolutelyBananas on June 5, 2008
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