Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I also watched Quiz Show. John Turturro! Ralph Fiennes! And even Rob Morrow who I've grown so familiar with because of the endless amounts of Northern Exposure dvds on my Netflix queue. Good movie!
Plus I breezed though this pretty graphic novel. I've been on a bit of a graphic novel kick lately - probably in reaction to some fo the huge tomes I've been reading. I've also been tearing through the Fables series.
Fairy tales united an a violent bloody battle against the mysteriously and vaguely named "Adversary". I am always a fairy tale junkie so this series is right up my alley (and handily reservable from my local library).
I've started with some masks, but I'll be adding garlands and artwork too. I simply don't have the focus required to stick to one type of thing.
Here's what's listed so far:
I need to redo some of those photos. I was just so excited to be ready that I didn't spend enough time on fussing with the photos. I have more masks in the works.
Did I mention how much I lurve Halloween? I'm excited. Plus getting this shop started is on my list.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I also watched LA Confidential. I had no clue Russell Crowe wa sin it or Kevin Spacey. I just saw it as a big ol Kim Basinger movie. Good movie - not great.
I read Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm this week. It made me want to gag on the wretched sweetness of it. If I grew up with Rebecca, I'd probably want to puch her into her sunny brook and hope she never came out again. Blech!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Here's my insane list:
1. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - my current read. Its quick which is the only good thing I have to say about it at the moment. She's so annoyingly good, and the author loves to remind you all the time about how much better and more interesting and more intelligent Rebecca is than the other children she knows. Its obnoxious. I'm starting to hope for a tragic downfall for the little snot. I picked it up because its a classic, and if it weren't such a quick read, I'd have quit and taken it back to the library before now.
2. Last Call by Tim Powers - I picked this up because I read somewhere that his books inspired the HBO Carnivale series. Its going back to the library before I even crack it open. The story sounds interesting, but the type is impossible. Maybe I'll reserve a different edition of this one.
4. The Deep - both picked up because of their prettiness. Astounding ocean photography to marvel at and ponder as inspiration for oddball craft projects. Probably won't read hardly any of these - just look at the pictures.
5. The Straight Man by Richard Russo - picked up because I loved Empire Falls.
6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - I have a desire to read all of Montgomery's books. Makes sense to start at the begining. Plus Anne is far less annoying than Rebecca.
7. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer - I get a desire for something in a Regency setting now and then. Heyer is a classic and I've not read a single book of hers so far.
8. Femme fatale : love, lies, and the unknown life of Mata Hari - nonfiction book picked up on impulse from the new book section.
9. The Great Influenza - another nonfiction book that's been on my to-read list forever.
10. The Black Tulip by Dumas - Loved The Count of Monte Cristo, but I've never even heard of this one.
11. Setting Free the Bears - Also trying to read all of Irvings novels. The type on this one is not so great either, but I may give it a shot anyway.
12. Clouds and Eclipses by Gore Vidal - Never read any of his work and short stories seemed a good way to dip my toe in.
13. Fables: Homelands by Bill Willingham - A graphic novel series that I'm currently hooked on. I'm okay with geeking out now and then.
1. Quiz Show - Robert Redford!
2. LA Confidential
3. Driving Miss Daisy
4. Country Boys
First three picked because I'm on an Oscar nominated movie watching kick. The last is a documentary I've heard good things about.
And if that's not nutty enough, I'm into books on tape in the car now.
1. The Brief History of the Dead - so freaking good so far!
2. Running with Scissors by Augusten Borroughs - I'm curious to see what the hype is about
The good thing is my library has insane amounts of time you can borrow books for as long as no one else has a reserve placed for it. Plus I'm able to reserve most of my stuff online and just pick them up. I think I end up reading at least half of what I check out at any given time. I just need a large selection so I'm prepared for whatever mood strikes me.
According to the PBS site:
THE WAR, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
And then a black and white plaid jumber and a pretty blue and gold dress from Target (can't find pictures of either of those on their website for some reason). Kristen was my co-conspirator. She kept saying how buying a dress was like getting a shirt AND pants but cheaper since its a complete outfit.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
And its being made into a movie. Can't wait!
A watched Mrs. Brown last night. Love Billy Connolly - who can resist a fellow with a Scottish brogue? Especially one who reminds me of one of my fave literature teachers in college (must be the beard and the sparkly eyes). Mostly it was a slow Englich sort of story. Just the sort of thing I love.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Saw a lot of dresses with belts. This is the only one that really worked for me. I like her hair too! Plus she no longer looks like Skeletor.
Love the colors of the above four dresses. Vibrant and dramatic.
It seems like a lot of folks don't like Jenna Fischer's dress, but I think its great. Love the lush fabric - maybe she should have just lost the big bow.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
And these dresses from the Derek Lam collection were posted on A Dress A Day. Absolutely stunningly beautiful! And with pockets!
- Scarves - I love how they look on many women. I can do that too!
- Some new hairstyles - I have two looks. My hair is either down or in a ponytail. Sad.
- Some retro maybe even rockabilly-ish pieces to mix into my clothes.
- New makeup techniques
- More dresses! - They are so easy. No thinking involved. I just need to have them in my closet so I can throw the suckers on and go.
Now if I only had the funds to go on a big shopping spree and get me some new items. I guess this may be a slow process, but I can start by purging my closet and keeping my eyes and mind pen at the thrift shops.
So you are warned that I'll be posting many pictures of clothes and looks I like. It helps my ideas percolate.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
And I watched this little gem weeks ago, but I neglected to post about it. Just a sleepy documentary of a one room school house in France, but so sweet and inspiring. The headmaster deals with all ages of children and even one with special needs. He's wonderfully stern and encouraging and real. I loved it.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I am making some progress on my 101 list. I've purchase an adorable pair of eyeglasses (#17). I'm getting my other wisdom tooth pulled out Wednesday (#24). And I've watched some Oscar Winners (part of my extra credit).
Here's a shot of my spiffy new specs:
But here's what I've been up to.
I read Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists in a day. Brief and silly but not as silly as I would have hoped. I don't know if I'll pick up any more of this fellow's books.
I watched the PBS/BBC series Regency House Party which is the fabulous combination of educational and realty tv. Luckily the personalities are not insane like on most realty shows so it was really fun to see the costumes and the house. The various shows they've done about different time periods mainly teach of to be thankful for the feminist movement. Life over the ages has traditionally sucked for women.
I love Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant. Why then have I never watched The Philadelphia Story? Loved it!
I watched Strangers in Good Company - a docudrama about senior women and its slow and wonderful and mad me get a little teray eyed now and then when they flashed to pictures of these old dames in their younger days. The set up is all fictitious but almost everything the women say and do is unscripted and comes from their own experiences. Really lovely.
Here's one of those nice moments when the movie is on par with the book. I loved 84, Charing Cross Road when I read it and liked it just as much watching it. It doesn't hurt that I think Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft are amazing.
This is a young adult novel I breezed through in a day - The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It looks like a tome at 500 and some pages but at least half of it is drawings. It was alright. Nothing spectacular in my book.
Okay, so I seem to be on an Anthony Hopkins or a Katharine Hepburn kick. Lion in Winter is great. Did I mention that I really like Peter O'Toole too?
I also watched The Quiet Man - cute but the spousal dragging about is a bit much I think. And for all my love of old movie starts, I can't really drum up a whole lot of enthusiasm for John Wayne. I'm fascinated with Maureen O'Hara's blue and red costume in the beginning. Its bright and almost gypsy-ish.