Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This little novella is pretty charming. You have to love a book with characters named Ambrose Zephyr and Zappora Ashkenazi. Or at least I do. The End of the Alphabet is charming and sweet.
I may be the last person in the world to read The Outsiders, but I finally did. I listened to it at work and really really liked it. I cannot believe the author was only 16 years old. Geez! I was mostly touched by how caring and sweet the boys were to eachother even though they all identified themselves as hoodlums.
Service Included was a quick breezey nonfiction read about life as a server in a fancy restaurant. Pretty fun reading.
Hmmm.....funny in parts but so painfully (and I do mean squirming in my seat painfully) awkward at times. Knocked Up was somewhat fun, but I have a hard time believing a guy could be so damn socially challenged. And I've known some guys with really awful social skills. Meh.
Population: 485 is such a treasure of a book. The small town characters were so lovingly well described. And now and then I would stumble upon such a gem of a sentence. Like this one:
"Somewhere on I-80, still in Iowa, westbound mile marker 13, a little overpass, a blackbird teeters on a wire, flutters against the crosswind, and just as we pass beneath, he allows himself to be swept aloft and I think, these are the moments that fine-tune the spin of the earth."
Love the moodyness of that armadillo shot by Slight Clutter.
Friday, January 25, 2008
HulaSeventy - Lists and prettyness.
Nimoy Creations - She just may be my internet doppel ganger cause she loves the kakapo too as well as goodreads and terrariums. But her crafts are adorable-er.
Absolutely delicious and unexpected.
My first choice was Zelda by Nancy Milford, and at 467 pages it seemed to fit. I should have done some further checking. See the book was those probably all those pages in hardback and including the glossary. Oops! My paperback tiny print book was just at 402 pages including glossary.
At 819 pages, Libba Bray's The Sweet Far Thing easily fit the challenge requirements. The last of Bray's books about Gemma Doyle, this YA novel was really enjoyable and hard to put down.
The Scent of Water - such a beautiful blog full of gorgeous photos, crafts, quotes and flickr finds. I'm immersed in its archives.
Simply Breakfast - Its food and its pretty and it makes me want to get up earlier in the morning.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Girl Culture, a book of photographs and essays covers a wide variety of girls and women. A few positives here and there, but for the most part this left me wondering what the fuck we're doing to little girls' minds out there. Pretty disturbing stuff.
Okay, so I should have known that a book written by and about a man who lost his wife very young in life would turn me into a teary eyed mushball. Sometimes, its good to be a mushball! Read Love is a Mix Tape if you're in need of some musical nostalgia and a good cathartic bawl. I really really liked it.
We breezed through the first season on Monarch of the Glen over the long weekend. The husband put it right when he referred to it as Northern Exposure in Scotland. Very fun and cute with scenery that makes me want to smack myself for not having a passport right now.
I watched only half of the David Attenborough special The Life of Birds before i had to return it to the library. It's stunning! I'm going to have to check it out again and just sit in front of it with my sketchbook at the ready to try to capture some of its interestingness. The best was this bird:
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
So if you're in need of a pick-me-up, try any of the following.
Loved this book! So sweet and funny! Dan Savage's book, The Kid, is all about he and his boyfriend's experience with adopting a child. Its a wonderful read! (Really do I need to use any more exclamation points to convince you to pick this book up?)
The Uncommon Reader is a really short little novella all about the queen of England icovering the joy of reading. Very sweet and breezy.
How's Your News? was the real heartwarmer. Its a documentary about 5 mentally disabled camp members who travel across the US interviewing people for their news show. Its so wonderful! So many times I flinched thinking that someone approached by these reporters wouldn't be nice, but the response of the general public is so great. And the reporters are so enthusiastic and have such a great time with it. The scenes with Larry (in the picture above) were my favorites. I also have the overwhelming urge to roll down a grassy hill - something that will have to be put off until summertime of course.
I put off watching Ratatouille forever. Something to do with my growing dislike of most things Disney (Why does every f'ing dress up costume for girls in the toy store have to be a stupid Disney princess? Can't girls want to dress up as other things?!) . However, Pixar is wonderful and this film was cute and funny and about cooking which I love. Not my favorite Pixar film story (that's reserved for Finding Nemo), but this is probably the most stunning animation I've seen.
Also as a side note - I'm a rabid overuser of parenthesis. I can't help it, but I can confess and apologize for it.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Brideshead Revisited is a pretty gripping tale about a family in England during World War II. Cordelia may be my new favorite fictional character. She's hysterical.
Superbad was cute and sweet in between all the silly humor. I liked the friendship between the two main characters and I have to admit that McLovin cracked me up. And the dick drawings at the end are pretty awesome.
Juno is so good! So funny and cool and with a soundtrack chock full of the Moldy Peaches. Loved it!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Then dogs (one for each of three families)
Ninjas - who the husband pointed out really look like women wearing burkas:
And here's a grouping of the last four. To me they kind of look like the begining line of some obscure joke. "A mermaid, a ninja, a king, and a dog walk into a bar..."
There mermaid is my fave so far.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I've resisted participating in one of these reading challenges, but a fresh new year has me prepared to throw myself headfirst into two of them. I always have to overdo everything.
The first I'm doing is the Mythopoeic Challege to read 7 award winners this year. Mostly chosen cause I love mythic lit. My list is:
1. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (which I've been meaning to read forever.)
2. Something Rich and Strange by Patricia McKillip
3. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye by A.S. Byatt
4. The Porelain Dove by Delia Sherman
5. The Line Between by Peter S. Beagle
6. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Adore everything she ever wrote)
7. Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
And two just-in-case-I-hate-something substitutes are:
1. Summerland by Michale Chabon
2. Giant Bones by Peter S. Beagle
The second challenge I cannot resist is the Chunkster Challenge.
I have to read 4 books of 450 pages or more regular type. Sounds like fun!
Here's my picks:
1. Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford (just edging in at 467 pages)
2. The Mitford Girls by Mary Lovell (624 pages)
3. Misfortune by Wesley Stace (544 pages)
4. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (at a whopping 900+ pages)
1. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (640 pages)
2. Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Oh my! Better keep my library card handy!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Finished On Chesil Beach yesterday. What a brief and absorbingly detailed look into a couple's relationship! Utterly heart wrenching! I liked it very much.
I watched Three Coins in a Fountain tonight. Super fluffy romance classic about three secretaries looking for romance in Rome. Watchable if only for the stylish dresses and the incredibly cheesy theme song.
Round Ireland with a Fridge was a bit of a letdown. All about a man who bets a buddy that he can hitchhike his way all around Ireland with a fridge. Seems like a fun story, right? I was disappointed that he had the help of a big radio station to accomplish his feat. The betting part was funny, but all the rest was only mildly amusing.
I'm on to reading Zelda: A Biography about Zelda Fitzgerald and listening to Brideshead Revisited. Both are thoroughly fascinating.
Here's the goals I have right now for 2008:
1. Be kinder to my body. More moving around, better eating, less vodka, and all that stuff. I'd really like to keep myself in better health all around.
2. Start my very own Ladies Activity Club. More news on this soon.
3. Do more on my 101 list.
4. Frequent the farmers markets more...uh...frequently.
5. Go on some of the local parks department's hikes.