Tuesday

Dec. 17th, 2013 09:24 am
Trying this again. Routine and staying on task.

Work

P-card reconcile
P-card attach receipts (me & boss)
T&E card reconcile (me & boss)
BOL audit 12/16
file MCK BOLs
PO for end of 2013 - uniforms

Rush Orders
Go over days off with Mngrs


Life

Transfer $ for property taxes
check still needed Christmas gifts list
look up address for tonight's band concert
get $ in envelope for band leaders' gift
verify therapy appt tomorrow



probably more - I will add to throughout the day.

2:10 - progress
4:10 - I opted to not add more until all complete, given the million other tasks that come up during day.

tonight

Dec. 16th, 2013 04:30 pm
shoe shopping for E
go over English homework with E
dinner for self - meds
address 2 Christmas presents, and get postage done
at least 5 Christmas cards

clothes for tomorrow
cats
litter
trash
shower
bed by 10

update 10:25 - Failure, let me show it to you.
So LJ seems to be my place for that. When the interactions at b.org and fb are not enough to pull me out. It seems I need to go long form and brain dump and make lists for a while until things settle out.

I am in a pissy mood and mad at the world and I am getting nothing done, so here I am.

I really think the two biggest factors are 1)E's complete lack of Holiday spirit 2)My Grandmother is dying.

I know #2 will read like a giant DUH, but let me put in perspective. My Grandma is 100. We all got together in July to celebrate her 100th birthday and she was thrilled and had been looking forward to it and while in pretty steep decline was doing well for 100. I actually thought that after making it to and through the party, she would just let go and pass in her sleep soon after. About 2 months ago she fell twice. The second time breaking her ankle. This meant she had to go the hospital and then to a nursing facility, not back to her apartment in the assisted living. She got depressed, she got confused, she was not able to build strength in her good leg or arms to help with moving her. Did I mention she is 100? So finally the decision-makers say, she needs to go back to her apartment even if we have to hire 24 care. So that is where we are now. She is sleeping 18-20 hours a day, she is barely able to hear or see us. She is confused and she wants her children to be with her and stay with her. She wants to die and has verbalized it more than once. We are entering week 2 of her being back at her place. She is in hospice care now and We all feel very lucky that she is not fighting any disease or illness, she is just old and tired.

So yeah, it is emotionally upsetting and draining, but it is not wrought and devastating.

It does force the Holidayness down and gives me emotional whiplash when wanting to bounce around because I love Christmas.

So in writing that out I can see that it might be hard for E to see me being all Holiday Cheer also, I mean combined with his tween moodiness complete self-centeredness and generally being 12.

Ugh. There is no answer, it just is.

another day

Sep. 4th, 2013 01:03 pm
No recalled dreams last night and also no Gaba. I was at a school meeting until 8:30 so the whole evening process was shortened, I ate earlier and spent less tv & computer time. lots of factors going on, I am going to try and isolate on a few of them.

First stab will be to move up eating time and stop all consumption by 7:30pm.

dreams

Sep. 3rd, 2013 04:38 pm
crazy dreams continued last night, despite taking gaba, although I do think I slept a bit better

Charlize Theron was my roommate and we were going to a party together where the object of her affection, Jared Leto was. He paid her attention enough, but would blow her off for phone calls and his buddies and she kept coming back to me in tears. Also at the party was Tahmoh Penikett, who was in love with Charlize and wanted to do anything to keep her from being upset, despite being painfully aware of how enamored she was with Jared. Also at the party Robert DeNiro. I was just sitting around. It seemed normal to be there, this was the group that hung out, but everyone made me eyerolly with the swooning and the pining.

second dream I am having trouble recalling now - I should have done this when I woke up

dreams

Sep. 2nd, 2013 10:10 pm
I was told to write down the dreams.

I am driving up a mountain road that had the first heavy snowfall of the year on it. It is important that I get to my destination because they will be closing for the season soon as the roads become impassable for all but the heartiest of vehicles. I am driving a school bus. This is never explained. I am alone in the bus, but I have in the seats cat carriers and boxes. This is a retrieval mission and I have done it several times. This feels like it might be the last time though.

My destination is a farm to table restaurant and homemade luxury goods gift shop place. It is a big place and a destination for travelers spring through fall, but it shuts down except for the few workers who are residents there also in the winter. I need to get there before shut down is complete and get my cats (my current 2 cats, Oz and Sylvester). For some reason never explainedI have been stashing the cats there each spring and then retrieving them for the winter. it is very important that I get them and also important that I am not discovered. There is something clandestine about my stashing and then regetting the cats. I also am getting some belongs from there that I have hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the gift shops. I may also be stealing things, unclear.

I know of this place because I worked there in high school, which it seems will be a point I stress should I get caught.

I park the bus in one of the sheds out near the fields and the main vegetable garden for the restaurant. The restaurant is one building wooden, single story, wooden floors, ramps from added on room to added on room, a large greenhouse connected to the kitchen.

The gift shop is more like a house, old and small rooms that you have to back track through to get to one you missed. And then there a couple of warehouse that were built to look like old wooden barns. Everything in the gift shop is marked down for the season closing. A line of Holiday pillows in deep jewel tones with words in gold script are everywhere. I need to find the cats and get them in the carriers, but they are not so easy to carry unnoticed. There are cats all in the gift shop area, it is a bit of a "thing" there, I guess that made it a safe place to stash mine (still no idea why).

Other dream

I am on a motorcycle pulling into a gas station. There are barricades up because of road work and it is making getting in and out difficult. I am getting gas and then all of a sudden I am picking up E there, that was unplanned and I am bothered because I do not have the correct seatbelt for him to use with me on the motorcycle (what?). I do get him strapped on with something and am getting ready to leave when there are pets left by someone. We are still at the gas station, but also somehow inside. There are small birds, like tiny, but hopping around, not flying, and then some baby chicks and I am afraid they are gong to get stepped on, but there are also kittens, lots and lots of kittens, like that clip from the British game show, they will not stay put. Somehow all this ends up in our house which is the house I grew up in in Decatur (if I am in a house from my actual life in a dream, it is always this house). I am trying to keep our cats and dog away from all these other animals and have tried to separate them by type in the rooms. People keep opening doors which is no good.

Somehow related to this we are supposed to be having a garage/yard sale with some people (a couple from our church that are more friends of my parents'). The sale is to be at their house in the country (they do not live in the country) and they are concerned where people will park because they just landscaped and put in a garden. They have me out to see the whole set up and it is very nice, but all of a sudden I seem at a loss about what I have to contribute.

the end.
So along with that list of CDs that is up for grabs, I sold 2 more items on ebay this week and then I put up 5 listings yesterday along with 7 listings on amazon and adding 2 books to a bag to go to half price books. seriously good times.

I tossed out a largish pile of paper, magazines and what not. Then filed another largish stack of school work of mac's from the last 4 years. I have 2 boxes of papers to go through and file of bills, house papers and such.

All of this was in a fit of wanting to rearrange the front living room and realizing that I need to get rid of at least one piece of furniture from there. I could remove a smallish piece now, but I would rather continue on this purging and get rid of the larger piece. Furniture that just serves to store stuff ends up getting filled and usually filled with stuff I do not need.

CDs

Aug. 25th, 2013 08:09 pm
I have the following CDs that were burned for me that I no longer want in CD form. They are up for grabs, I will happily send them out. If you can paypal a couple bucks for postage if you happen to want a lot of them, great, if not, also fine, because you are helping me get stuff out of my home that I feel to guilty about just trashing.

None of these have cases, they were kept in 3 ring binders in CD sleeves. If you get 4 or more, I will happily send them in the sleeves.

Annie Lennox - Little Bird EP
Lyle Lovett - Live in Texas
Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth
Lyle Lovett - The Road to Ensenada
Lyle Lovett - Pontiac
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Lyle Lovett
Madonna - Ray of Light
Madonna - Music
Rhett Miller
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
Various - O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
U2 - Zoo TV live disks 1 & 2
Mark Ronson - Version
Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Gypsy Original Broadway Cast Recording
Angela McClusky - The Things We Do
Emily Skinner & Alice Ripely - Unsuspecting Hearts
Kelly Willis - What I Deserve
Rufus Wainwright - Want One
Gillian Welch - Time (The Revalator)
John Prine - Great Days Anthology disks 1 & 2
Outkast - Stankonia
Gram Parsons - GP/Grievous Angel
Nickel Creek
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
Kasey Chambers - Barricades & Brickwalls
BR5-49
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band - The Mountain

Just leave a message here or email me. I am removing ones as they are claimed.
Sold 2 more things on ebay and got them shipped off. Listed 5 things, 3 of which are re-lists, but fingers crossed. These are bigger items than the clothes, so bigger stuff getting gone.

E's clothes that did not sell with the last listings went in the goodwill bag. That bag is almost full, so it should go out this week.

I know I have gotten rid of more than has come into the house in the last 2 weeks. All that I have bought is groceries and school supplies. And school supplies, I was really frugal. I am making E re-use spiral notebooks and composition books that he had drawn in over the last 2 years. He lost maybe 10 pages out of each, but it will at least get him started. I did not buy any pencils or pencil holders or pocket folders - he is reusing all of those. and no new backpack this year, he has about 4 to choose from.

Last week I also got rid of some of the mental baggage I have been carrying around. Stuff I needed to do that was just running circles in my mind, sending me on a shame spiral every day that I did not take care of them.

I called 3 different drs for either appointments or information. I got on the regular order cycle for my cats' special vet food. I mowed the back yard and did some weeding. And then last night I EXERCISED! miracle of miracles.

I also read in a couple of books that I have "started" over the summer, so I hope I can stay with that (reading every night) and get at least two more books completed this summer.
2 of the 5 things I listed on ebay last week sold. Only about $10, but a decent size of stuff, the two largest items. Of the other 3, one will go to goodwill and the others will get re-listed, probably elsewhere.

I cleared out a pile of papers this week also ans grabbed a few more random items for the goodwill bag.

Still need a bigger push to get stuff out consistently.

This has been a week of timesuck via fb games. ugh. But really, whatev, harmless and not that much of a timesuck, a few hours a night.

What I did accomplish this week was a bit of straightening in mac/E's room. Mostly putting books (that he has not read) back onto the bookshelf and putting bins of toys onto the bin shelf. We did uncover a fair amount of trash, a few books to go to half-price, and 2 boxes of rocks that need to go into the backyard. We did it all in 15 minutes and I think I can get him to do more of these 15 minute clean-ups if we keep working at it.

School starts in 3 weeks and I am SO READY. I want a more regular routine and I want him using his brain. He has read NOTHING (save a comic book) all summer, even with the offer of money for each book he read. Also? I love buying school supplies. LOVE IT.

DID IT

Jul. 31st, 2013 11:48 pm
I listed 4 items tonight on ebay! woohoo!

Nothing else on the de-clutter front.

I also ate out for both lunch and dinner, so some of this stuff better sell. joking - it's not like that at all, but I am trying to be more on top of my spending.

I am up too late and am going to regret it in the morning.
I seem to lack it.

All that stuff that I listed to sell? Have no listed one item.

I did take pictures of a small pile of stuff last week, so there is hope yet that I could get a few listings up this week. I need to do some every single week, if not every single night. Just get it done and I will be much happier with stuff out of my house.

ok? what have I done? I have been taking my lunch to work and dealing with whatever food is in the house rather than buying more.

I have taken a small bag of items to donate and started another goodwill bag.

I have thrown out a couple of pieces of stretched out, worn out, not servicable pieces of clothing.

I am also reading a couple of books that I am 90% sure will be passed on rather than make it to my to-be-kept shelves. That is part of my summer reading strategy. Read stuff I will enjoy, but that I will not necessarily want to keep.

So there is that.

Tonight I need to deposit some checks and then maybe I can list some items. If I do some listings I shall reward myself with.... a pina colada. no summery yummy adult beverage until I do some listings. THERE. That is my attempt at motivation.
So the A/C was fixed around 7pm Wednesday night, but the house was still mid-80s by 8:30 so we stayed at my parents' again. Last night we were back in our own beds and if not for the hecticness of the evening, it would have been great and restful...but, that's not how life rolls, is it?

See, this weekend, tomorrow, in fact, is my Grandma's 100th birthday. I KNOW! Big deal and the whole fandamily is coming in and getting together and doing it up small town style for a couple of meals and some cake. So, the brother is in town and has plans with E/mac which I needed to coordinate with one of E's friends. I also had a house/petsitter coming over to meet the pets and go over the routine with me (she is a friend and so I had said we'd do dinner (grill) also). Then with the a/c out, nanny McPhee had not been in for 3 days and we needed a bit of time to catch up. It was a hectic evening.

I still need to get an overnight bag fully together, but I was able to get things thrown in a bag this morning. I left E to his own devices with only verbal instructions on the types of clothes to take for tomorrow (there will be lots of family pictures). Fingers crossed that he can get it together with some Uncle Gary help this morning, I left them at the house before 8. They and a friend are going to see the Wolverine movie.

One carload of folks is headed to Grandma's mid-day, but I am working a full day and then grabbing mom and heading down. It is only an hour and a half away, so not a huge trek.

Brain Dump

Jul. 24th, 2013 03:13 pm
I have been doing spreadsheets of Budgets vs. Actuals all day long at work today and my brain and eyes need a break from numbers.

The new A/C is getting installed today. I let unknown people into my house and then just left. I locked the cats up in my bedroom with food in my bath and a litterbox in the shower. When I checked in at noon, they were still there working and the house was not ransacked, so fingers crossed they will be done or near done when I get home from work.

A sad little sidenote on this A/C replacement/upgrade - the unit will much more efficient and that will be good, but they had to replace my original 1960's thermostat and I am not happy about it. I want a retrofit, I want a flip cover, I want something that looks like my cool old one and covers the new blah digital WHATEVER!

ok, got that out.

Having to make this upgrade now and spend the money is making me shift around the order that work in my house is going to be done. The efficiency of the new unit is going to be hurt by my crappy single pan original windows and the lack of enough insulation in attic and exterior walls. Rather than do the interior cosmetic fixes, I will probably do those things. But electrical should get done before insulation. Windows, attic stairs, electrical, insulation, drywall repair. So 5 or 6 years and I should have those items done. WAH!
Bikes (2) (need to research)
Bike Rack (probably not more that $10 - $15)
Richard Tyler skirt (pictures already taken - just get it listed)
Various toys and clothes (list immediately if pictures are taken - take pictures each night)
Suits (3-4)
Vintage wool coat with Mink
Vintage gloves, hats, clothes
Wool yarn
Fabric
Antique tins
Eggs
Various collectible pottery
Any unliked pyrex, depression glass
Cartoon glasses
Madame Alexanders (?)
Paving Stones 18"sq ($3 each cash and carry - count how many after work and list on CL)
Paving Stones interlocking (need to pull up and clean off)

books

Jan. 1st, 2012 08:04 pm
Trying to get this updated and finalized for the year since I had ignored it for months.

24. The Advent Conspiracy by by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay and Greg Holder

23. The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

22. The Red Thread by Ann Hood

21. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth

20. Gregor the Overlander and the Code of the Claw by Suzanne Collins -

19. Gregor the Overlander and the Marks of the Secret by Suzanne Collins -

18. Gregor the Overlander and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins -

17.5 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - book on tape, so I don't really count it, but I wanted to note it. - The perfect book for me to try out on tape. I have never read any of her stuff before, and I would probably not wade through this book in print at this point in my life. The reading was excellent and the story is wonderful.
17. 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr - This is not part of her mystery series, it's a stand alone. It's good, but not really as strong in my opinion. I had figured a twist out fairly early and I just do not think she writes this dark gritty stuff as well as so many others I enjoy.
16. Gregor the Overlander: The Prophesy of Bane by Suzanne Collins - The second in the series, I think as strong as the first. I whiz through these, bt really enjoy them.
15. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins - This is a children's series she wrote well before The Hunger Games. Not as dark, but still darkish and really fun to read.
14. Holes by Louis Sachar - reread for me, read for mac. Loved it. A bit hard for mac in places and several things I had to connect for him and explain multiple times.
13. Fire Star by Chris D'Lacey - read for mac. Third in the series, I think. It is getting very confusing, this series. I liked the first one so much, but each one less and less.
12. The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block - I love Lawrence Block and this series is always a good read. This one was fun for me because I knew a lot of the references.
11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - This would be considered schmaltzy, right? Don't care, loved it. I thought it was charming and lovely and a TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, ok, not really, but really nice read.
10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - read for mac. I never read this as a child, so it was all new to me. My big take away was, I still don't like the East Side and I am pretty sure Harriet has Aspergers. Don't think that that means I didn't like it, I did and hope to read the follow up.
9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - This was a recommendation and borrow from a friend. Set in 19th Century China, a woman's story of women's life. I really enjoyed it.
8. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - Another read to mac, the third in this series. I think I need a break from this series, it is all starting to mush together in my head. Enjoyable.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden - Off the TBR shelf, which makes me very happy. I really liked it, and oddly related to the narrator quite a bit. It was a very fast read and hard to put down once I got going.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink - I never saw the movie, but knew the basic premise. It's a very good read, quick and not hard at all. I could not remember who played the male part in the film, but thought while reading that Kate was really too young to play the female.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

movies

Aug. 6th, 2011 11:48 am
29. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Library check out. I had seen parts of this movie, but I don't think ever the full thing. What a nice little teen romp with a few deeper digs.

28. Mrs. Brown - Netflix on Demand. Little Judy Dench. I felt like this was oddly edited down in places, like chunks of explanation were missing. Beyond that? The Highlands are not for sissies.

27. The Lovely Bones - Library check out. Read the book and loved it. Did not hate the movie the way I had heard others did. The 70s is a hard setting for me to watch movies in, makes everything a bit watch from the hall. I do love Susan Sarandon as a boozy grandma though, really good.

26. Let the Right One In - Netflix on Demand. Good. Really unsettling good. I really loved how it wasn't lush and romantic and beautiful Gothic surroundings. Harsh, cold, barren.
25. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Netflix on Demand - I had never seen it. I feared it was going to be Forrest Gumpy and I HATE Forrest Gump. Turns out I liked it and even though it is just so common to be painful, that Brad Pitt fellow? Really easy on the eyes.
24. A Panther in Africa - PBS POV. Another Documentary on PBS, started watching just cause it was on and actually taped a later showing to catch the second half of it. Interesting stuff, American history I know very little about and a personal journey that is fascinating.
23. Adjust your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene - PBS Independent Lens. Caught this randomly. What a trip Petey was. Love Independent Lens.
22. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - VHS. A re-watch for me, clearly, but mac had never seen the whole thing. Love it to pieces, like love love love. I hope I can now get mac to read the book.
21. Inkheart - Netflix DVD. Mac and I had read the book together. The book was much more in depth and the casting did not match the images in my head. Still, not a bad flick and mac seemed to enjoy it.
20. An Education - Netflix on Demand. Had no real ideas about this, but so good. Damn that Carey Mulligan is adorable, really adorable. I loved what she had to say about the education of girls at that time. Her parents were heartbreaking in how they viewed her and her future. The men were tools, I wish there had been more balance there.
19. Caberet - VHS. I had never seen the full movie, just some scenes and then had seen the Broadway revival. Fosse the way I like him and Liza in something way too close to reality.
18. Audition - Netflix on Demand. I've wanted to see this for a long time, and as usual with foreign films, it was not what I expected. Slow to build and then disturbarama. Kinda loved it.
17. Tom Jones - Netflix on Demand. Old and campy and slow in parts, but fun. How cute was the young Albert Finney? so cute. I think this would be a great movie to remake, actually. Some adorable up and coming actor, 3 or 4 decent female roles that could be scene stealers, a few good roles for older males. fun.
16. The Kids Are Alright - Netflix. Kind of a mood piece, yes? I do think there were great performances. I really like Mark Ruffolo, but does he play too much of the same guy over and over?
15. Eat, Pray, Love - A friend's Netflix. I have not read the book, so please don't tell me how much better it is. I was prepared for this to be too cutsy or fluff or something, but it wasn't those things. I liked it more than I expected to, but kept being flung out of the story because it is coming from such a point of privilege. Man, I would love to check out sometimes (like now) and travel to just experience stuff. My guess is resentment is not what the movie was trying to stir in me.
14. The Fighter - On Demand at my cousin's. So uncomfortable to watch. Wow. Just not any person at all that I would want to be in the room with. Bale was magnificent. Started a good discussion between us all about socio/economic differences being a bigger divide than race. We decided maybe even just socio was the big factor.
13. 8 Mile - Yeah, had never seen it. Not a huge Marshall fan, so wasn't in a big rush. Weird seeing Brittany Murphy.
12. The Pajama Game - I don't think that many movie musicals age well and this one certainly did not. Instant love! No transitions! Crazy non-sensical everything. I do love Doris Day though.
11. Dogtooth - I'll take f'ed up foreign films for $600, Alec. Good grief. Netflix on demand and was an Oscar nominee. Not disturbing like Old Boy, not violent (although there is some blood), not extreme in really anyway - EXCEPT that everything about the story being told centers around a very extreme set-up of isolated adult children. The whole thing is portrayed so deadpan, no one is really emotional, even when they do act out it is shortlived.
10. Inception - RedBox rental meant to be watched after medical procedure, but it really took parts of 3 days for me to get it watched. So yeah, that was, huh. Often pretty. Not so so confusing, but Momento-esque in the what now, is this real or the past or huh. Was this based on a book? Cause maybe I would read that off one of your recs. I get why it was talked about a lot, but not sure I'd want to sit around talking it to death. Kinda makes my head hurt, because there is no real answer, is there? Not given what the film shows.
9. The Town - Netflix disk and an Oscar nominee. Nice film. Never been a big Affleck fan, but this was more understated and I think really good. Nice cast, decent pacing and script.
8. I am Love - Netflix on demand and an Oscar nominee. First off, SWINTON! I so often have problems with foreign films. I feel like I am missing information or like there is weird editing. This had lots of linear easy to follow stuff and then there'd be a small bit where I had no idea how or why we jumped from A to F.
7. The Social Network - RedBox rental due to snow in, plus I had a free coupon. Also an Oscar nominee. I remember laughing at some of the first commercials I saw for this movie, before I knew Sorkin had written it. It just seemed so ridiculous. Man what a bunch of unlikable people, like generally all of them. Really smart, rich, unlikable people. The dialogue is so Sorkin I could hardly stand it.
6. Lars and The Real Girl - Netflix disk. I have had this since before we moved. in July. I was pretty sure I was not gonna like it, but I really really did. Would a town all pull together like that and not have at least some people act like dicks? no. But it was a movie and I liked seeing a community act that way. Also, I tend to be sort of broken about people who are centrally defined by their loss of a parent.
5. Alice in Wonderland - Also Netflix on demand, also an Oscar nominee. I avoided this like the plaque when it came out, but I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. As with all Burton films, I loved a lot of the costumes.
4. Exit Through The Gift Shop - On my Netflix on demand and an Oscar nominee. Eh - interesting story and development, but I pretty much hate the whole street art scene as big business. It also felt a bit Andy Kaufman stunt-esque.
3. Tron - No, I had never seen it before. Watched it with mac. Not as bad as I was assuming it would be, but kinda ridiculous. Hilarious seeing Jeff Bridges, like zero acting chops.
2. Bright Star - On my Netflix on demand. I know nothing of Romantic poets or the period, but it struck me as not accurate. Didn't love it, didn't hate it, am glad I did not pay for it.
1. The King's Speech - Awesome. Just as awesome was seeing an adult movie at a theater with another adult. Makes me long for the years where I saw most of the Oscar nominated films.

books

Aug. 5th, 2011 09:13 pm
17.5 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck - book on tape, so I don't really count it, but I wanted to note it. - The perfect book for me to try out on tape. I have never read any of her stuff before, and I would probably not wade through this book in print at this point in my life. The reading was excellent and the story is wonderful.

17. 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr - This is not part of her mystery series, it's a stand alone. It's good, but not really as strong in my opinion. I had figured a twist out fairly early and I just do not think she writes this dark gritty stuff as well as so many others I enjoy.

16. Gregor the Overlander: The Prophesy of Bane by Suzanne Collins - The second in the series, I think as strong as the first. I whiz through these, bt really enjoy them.

15. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins - This is a children's series she wrote well before The Hunger Games. Not as dark, but still darkish and really fun to read.

14. Holes by Louis Sachar - reread for me, read for mac. Loved it. A bit hard for mac in places and several things I had to connect for him and explain multiple times.

13. Fire Star by Chris D'Lacey - read for mac. Third in the series, I think. It is getting very confusing, this series. I liked the first one so much, but each one less and less.

12. The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block - I love Lawrence Block and this series is always a good read. This one was fun for me because I knew a lot of the references.
11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - This would be considered schmaltzy, right? Don't care, loved it. I thought it was charming and lovely and a TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, ok, not really, but really nice read.
10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - read for mac. I never read this as a child, so it was all new to me. My big take away was, I still don't like the East Side and I am pretty sure Harriet has Aspergers. Don't think that that means I didn't like it, I did and hope to read the follow up.
9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - This was a recommendation and borrow from a friend. Set in 19th Century China, a woman's story of women's life. I really enjoyed it.
8. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - Another read to mac, the third in this series. I think I need a break from this series, it is all starting to mush together in my head. Enjoyable.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden - Off the TBR shelf, which makes me very happy. I really liked it, and oddly related to the narrator quite a bit. It was a very fast read and hard to put down once I got going.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink - I never saw the movie, but knew the basic premise. It's a very good read, quick and not hard at all. I could not remember who played the male part in the film, but thought while reading that Kate was really too young to play the female.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

books 2011

May. 1st, 2011 06:39 pm
12. The Burglar in the Library by Lawrence Block - I love Lawrence Block and this series is always a good read. This one was fun for me because I knew a lot of the references.

11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - This would be considered schmaltzy, right? Don't care, loved it. I thought it was charming and lovely and a TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, ok, not really, but really nice read.

10. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - read for mac. I never read this as a child, so it was all new to me. My big take away was, I still don't like the East Side and I am pretty sure Harriet has Aspergers. Don't think that that means I didn't like it, I did and hope to read the follow up.

9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - This was a recommendation and borrow from a friend. Set in 19th Century China, a woman's story of women's life. I really enjoyed it.

8. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - Another read to mac, the third in this series. I think I need a break from this series, it is all starting to mush together in my head. Enjoyable.

7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden - Off the TBR shelf, which makes me very happy. I really liked it, and oddly related to the narrator quite a bit. It was a very fast read and hard to put down once I got going.
6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink - I never saw the movie, but knew the basic premise. It's a very good read, quick and not hard at all. I could not remember who played the male part in the film, but thought while reading that Kate was really too young to play the female.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I had never read it. Totally prompted to read it by seeing the preview of the new movie. I was all "wha??!! That looks crazy exciting, I had no idea." I loved it. Not much more to say. It has made me decide I need a female dog to name Darcy Rochester.
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - This took forever to get through. I read some of it aloud to mac and he read along while we listened to the rest on tape. It is a much larger book than he usually reads, but it was good to make him push through it and I did like the story. I think a few plot points were weak, and in such a long book I didn't like where they fell (on important areas). Not sure if we will read the follow-up book.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - Also second in a series, and also read to mac. I liked this one as well as the first, less explaining was needed and that left more room for story.
2. Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - The second in the series. Read this to mac, built on the first, but I didn't like it as much. It did end on a better cliffhanger, though.
1. Let Them East Fruitcake by Melody Carlson - The second of the Holiday themed books I picked up on impulse from the library. This was just not good. I did not notice until I got home, but it is "Christian Literature" whatever that is. I guess this would have to be considered Christian Chic Lit.

movies

May. 1st, 2011 06:35 pm
26. Let the Right One In - Netflix on Demand. Good. Really unsettling good. I really loved how it wasn't lush and romantic and beautiful Gothic surroundings. Harsh, cold, barren.

25. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Netflix on Demand - I had never seen it. I feared it was going to be Forrest Gumpy and I HATE Forrest Gump. Turns out I liked it and even though it is just so common to be painful, that Brad Pitt fellow? Really easy on the eyes.

24. A Panther in Africa - PBS POV. Another Documentary on PBS, started watching just cause it was on and actually taped a later showing to catch the second half of it. Interesting stuff, American history I know very little about and a personal journey that is fascinating.

23. Adjust your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene - PBS Independent Lens. Caught this randomly. What a trip Petey was. Love Independent Lens.
22. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - VHS. A re-watch for me, clearly, but mac had never seen the whole thing. Love it to pieces, like love love love. I hope I can now get mac to read the book.
21. Inkheart - Netflix DVD. Mac and I had read the book together. The book was much more in depth and the casting did not match the images in my head. Still, not a bad flick and mac seemed to enjoy it.
20. An Education - Netflix on Demand. Had no real ideas about this, but so good. Damn that Carey Mulligan is adorable, really adorable. I loved what she had to say about the education of girls at that time. Her parents were heartbreaking in how they viewed her and her future. The men were tools, I wish there had been more balance there.
19. Caberet - VHS. I had never seen the full movie, just some scenes and then had seen the Broadway revival. Fosse the way I like him and Liza in something way too close to reality.
18. Audition - Netflix on Demand. I've wanted to see this for a long time, and as usual with foreign films, it was not what I expected. Slow to build and then disturbarama. Kinda loved it.
17. Tom Jones - Netflix on Demand. Old and campy and slow in parts, but fun. How cute was the young Albert Finney? so cute. I think this would be a great movie to remake, actually. Some adorable up and coming actor, 3 or 4 decent female roles that could be scene stealers, a few good roles for older males. fun.
16. The Kids Are Alright - Netflix. Kind of a mood piece, yes? I do think there were great performances. I really like Mark Ruffolo, but does he play too much of the same guy over and over?
15. Eat, Pray, Love - A friend's Netflix. I have not read the book, so please don't tell me how much better it is. I was prepared for this to be too cutsy or fluff or something, but it wasn't those things. I liked it more than I expected to, but kept being flung out of the story because it is coming from such a point of privilege. Man, I would love to check out sometimes (like now) and travel to just experience stuff. My guess is resentment is not what the movie was trying to stir in me.
14. The Fighter - On Demand at my cousin's. So uncomfortable to watch. Wow. Just not any person at all that I would want to be in the room with. Bale was magnificent. Started a good discussion between us all about socio/economic differences being a bigger divide than race. We decided maybe even just socio was the big factor.
13. 8 Mile - Yeah, had never seen it. Not a huge Marshall fan, so wasn't in a big rush. Weird seeing Brittany Murphy.
12. The Pajama Game - I don't think that many movie musicals age well and this one certainly did not. Instant love! No transitions! Crazy non-sensical everything. I do love Doris Day though.
11. Dogtooth - I'll take f'ed up foreign films for $600, Alec. Good grief. Netflix on demand and was an Oscar nominee. Not disturbing like Old Boy, not violent (although there is some blood), not extreme in really anyway - EXCEPT that everything about the story being told centers around a very extreme set-up of isolated adult children. The whole thing is portrayed so deadpan, no one is really emotional, even when they do act out it is shortlived.
10. Inception - RedBox rental meant to be watched after medical procedure, but it really took parts of 3 days for me to get it watched. So yeah, that was, huh. Often pretty. Not so so confusing, but Momento-esque in the what now, is this real or the past or huh. Was this based on a book? Cause maybe I would read that off one of your recs. I get why it was talked about a lot, but not sure I'd want to sit around talking it to death. Kinda makes my head hurt, because there is no real answer, is there? Not given what the film shows.
9. The Town - Netflix disk and an Oscar nominee. Nice film. Never been a big Affleck fan, but this was more understated and I think really good. Nice cast, decent pacing and script.
8. I am Love - Netflix on demand and an Oscar nominee. First off, SWINTON! I so often have problems with foreign films. I feel like I am missing information or like there is weird editing. This had lots of linear easy to follow stuff and then there'd be a small bit where I had no idea how or why we jumped from A to F.
7. The Social Network - RedBox rental due to snow in, plus I had a free coupon. Also an Oscar nominee. I remember laughing at some of the first commercials I saw for this movie, before I knew Sorkin had written it. It just seemed so ridiculous. Man what a bunch of unlikable people, like generally all of them. Really smart, rich, unlikable people. The dialogue is so Sorkin I could hardly stand it.
6. Lars and The Real Girl - Netflix disk. I have had this since before we moved. in July. I was pretty sure I was not gonna like it, but I really really did. Would a town all pull together like that and not have at least some people act like dicks? no. But it was a movie and I liked seeing a community act that way. Also, I tend to be sort of broken about people who are centrally defined by their loss of a parent.
5. Alice in Wonderland - Also Netflix on demand, also an Oscar nominee. I avoided this like the plaque when it came out, but I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. As with all Burton films, I loved a lot of the costumes.
4. Exit Through The Gift Shop - On my Netflix on demand and an Oscar nominee. Eh - interesting story and development, but I pretty much hate the whole street art scene as big business. It also felt a bit Andy Kaufman stunt-esque.
3. Tron - No, I had never seen it before. Watched it with mac. Not as bad as I was assuming it would be, but kinda ridiculous. Hilarious seeing Jeff Bridges, like zero acting chops.
2. Bright Star - On my Netflix on demand. I know nothing of Romantic poets or the period, but it struck me as not accurate. Didn't love it, didn't hate it, am glad I did not pay for it.
1. The King's Speech - Awesome. Just as awesome was seeing an adult movie at a theater with another adult. Makes me long for the years where I saw most of the Oscar nominated films.

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