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I assumed that the reason all five of us are a little on the unsettled side was because of my new work situation; that three days a week I leave the house with the kids in the morning, and come home after they’ve returned home from school. 1.5-hour latchkey kids. I assumed incorrectly. None of us are really having any problems with this. In fact, it’s better than I thought it would be—for all of us. Character-independence building kind of stuff. Also, the 3:30pm Dictator is only able to dictate twice a week.

Nope. It’s the living in a staged house that is basically killing us. I realize in the grand scheme of problems, a family of five living in a basement is hardly what many would consider A PROBLEM, but we are finding it more difficult than not. Emily is concerned about the lack of food in her food. “Not all of the food groups are represented here,” she says. And she’s right. We are eating like we live in a frat house — think pizza, Chinese food, and chicken wings for those of us who eat chicken wings (I do not omg). There’s nothing green as far as the eye can see (unless you count garnishes or green M&Ms). I even drank Coke Zero for the first time in years. It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.

We are on top of each other. All the time. And everyone’s irritated by everything. I’m suddenly aware of who breathes loudly and who I can’t sit beside when we are eating our morning cereal out of paper bowls and plastic spoons. CRUNCH. I’m suddenly aware that we need a schedule for when we use the bathroom, since we are only using just the one. We are bickering over the television, over computer time. I have been volunteering to run errands in the deep freeze just so I can breathe. You guys, I willingly filled up my Jeep. Twice.

I have nowhere to go to take my pants off, watch Gilmore Girls, and write a blog post on my laptop.

Instead I have to keep my pants on, watch my children play Madden 25th Anniversary, while Emily works on her history paper on my laptop.

There’s no decompressing.

But I know this is short-lived. We have had lots of people come through our home each day, the feedback has been wonderful. There’s no doubt about it — our buyer is out there. And then things will go back to normal.

And I will be able to take my pants off.

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On Friday night, a conversation with friends over alcohol and American goodies from Trader Joe’s (mmmmmmmm licorice) that began with the true beauty of The Royal Tenenbaums and ended with us all trying to figure out what our Top Five Movies Of All Time are led me to two conclusions: A) I make good choices in friends and B) Choosing only 5 movies is nearly impossible.

All of my time living in my basement has allowed me to ponder this.

almost-famous

Almost Famous

Sleepers

Fargo

For sure. And then the rest goes a little bit fuzzy. How do you decide what’s THE BEST. Cinematically the best? Or is it something you can watch over and over and over and over and over and never tire of? (If that’s the case, I could make a strong case for almost anything John Hughes and Back To The Future and, well, I’m not proud but Dirty Dancing.) Or maybe it’s something that you associate with a good experience. Beaches was the first movie I saw in the theater without my parents. Annie was the first movie I could act out from start to finish. Garden State was the first movie whose soundtrack I devoured.

Some Kind of Wonderful. Possibly.

Dead Poets Society. 

On The Waterfront. Pulp Fiction. Fight Club. Apocalypse Now. Rain Man. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. Stand By Me. The Princess Bride. The Silence of The Lambs. The Godfather Part II. Mermaids. Newsies. All could have been contenders. (See what I did there?)

And of course, The Royal Tenenbaums.

Not nearly impossible, it seems.

Clearly impossible.

Could you come up with only five? I would love to hear yours. I’ve got nothing else to do but sit in the basement and listen to everyone chew.

 

 

 

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  1. share many of your faves….

    for me, Shawshank Redemption is #1
    also love
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Grease
    Sound of Music

    a strange combination I know, but those are my top 5 .. I think!

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    Dimitra replied on

    YES to Shawshank Redemption. I still remember my jaw dropping to the floor the first time I watched. And just thinking about the ending makes me tear up.

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    ali replied on

    So many of my friends had Shawshank on their list as their favorite. I love that.

    I remember liking it a ton, but I think I have maybe seen it, like, twice? Maybe I need to watch it again.

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    Comment by Sarah McCormakc on January 21, 2015
  2. Godfather II
    Goodfellas
    Dead Poets Society
    Dazed and Confused
    Mermaids
    Dirty Dancing
    Clueless
    Scarface
    Stand By Me
    American Beauty
    Say Anything
    Can’t Buy Me Love

    Okay I’m getting out of hand here. Five is impossibly hard!

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    ali replied on

    I told you. Impossible.

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    Comment by Loukia on January 21, 2015
  3. big lebowski
    indiana jones: raiders
    star wars: return of the jedi
    in the name of the father
    godfather II

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    ali replied on

    Bumping the Untouchables, I see.

    (which could alternatively be the title of a porn.)

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    Comment by Gav on January 21, 2015
  4. Godfather II
    Casablanca
    Magnolia
    Ferris Buellers Day Off

    Can’t think of number 5…

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    ali replied on

    well, it’s a very respectable 4, so.
    :)

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    Steve replied on

    I think There Will Be Blood may be my fifth… This is weighing heavily on my mind.

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    Comment by Steve on January 21, 2015
  5. Mine are all over the place…

    Gross Anatomy
    Gidget (with Sandra Dee)
    The Parent Trap (with Hayley Mills)
    Top Gun
    Titanic

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    ali replied on

    Ohhhh I loved Gross Anatomy!
    Haven’t seen it in a million years!

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    Alison replied on

    It’s pretty corny but I can’t resist Joe Slovac.

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    Comment by Alison on January 21, 2015
  6. Its so interesting how much your movie list and mine deviate from each other. My family and extended family also have the movie speak gene, sometimes to the point of scary. For me the list is something like this:

    The Ten Commandments
    Gone with the Wind
    Star Wars 4,5,6 (Original cinematic versions only please…)
    Star Trek 2010/2012 releases
    The Princess Bride (timeless, must be on all lists)
    The Hunt for Red October
    Shawshank Redemption
    Independence Day
    History of the World Part 1 ( still waiting for Hitler on ice. )
    National Lampoon Family Vacation
    Animal House
    Porkies (because no 80′s childhood would have been the same without it!)

    Lol… Movies are awesome. Hang in there, your salvation is coming.

    -Jason

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    ali replied on

    Yup. I’m more of an offbeat indie type of girl :)

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    Comment by BigdaddyJSB on January 22, 2015
  7. Hmmm, I think mine would have to be the top movies I could watch over and over and then never get sick of. Which means a lot of them are lame.

    Shawshank Redemption
    Field of Dreams
    Sound of Music
    Pretty Woman
    Bull Durham
    13 Going on 30
    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Stepmom (I KNOW! But sometimes I need to do an ugly cry and that one gets me every damn time!)
    Coyote Ugly (shameful)

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    ali replied on

    No shame. None.
    If you love it, you love it.

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    Comment by Kristabella on January 22, 2015
  8. Grease
    St. Elmo’s Fire
    Breakfast Club
    Sound of Music
    Saturday Night Fever
    and everything else listed here! I think a movie you can watch repeatedly is considered a great movie.

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    Comment by MARIA on January 24, 2015
  9. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    A Room with a View
    When Harry Met Sally
    Star Trek (2009)
    Star Wars: A New Hope
    Pitch Perfect
    The Avengers
    Sound of Music
    Grease
    Princess Bride
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Serenity

    … Oh, for crying out loud! I had no idea!

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    Comment by Nenette on January 26, 2015
  10. I need to hear more about living in the basement. Our house has been listed for six months, with a many showings per week, but not sleeping in our own beds or using our kitchen is not an option. Is this ‘staged house’ an Ontario thing? If we have a showing, we leave it clean and show-ready leave while it’s being shown.

    I’m legit curious. :)

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    alimartell replied on

    I think the answer is…it depends.
    In our neighborhood, it seems to be the thing to do. It makes sense, since the houses around here go for over a million dollars.When you are expecting someone to make a financial investment that high, you want them to see your house in the very best way possible.
    But in the neighborhood where we are buying, I haven’t seen a single staged house.
    So, I don’t know. I don’t think there are any rules…but we are competing against similar homes to ours that are all staged, so it was kind of a no-brainer for us. But I doubt our house will sit for six months. The neighborhood is too hot.

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    Comment by Angella on January 28, 2015
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