Many lovely medias

I’m going to try to be better about updating this here blog. “Try” being the operative word so don’t be getting all pissy and finger pointy if I don’t do it.

Lots of good things I’ve read or seen lately. Here they are in a list. (lists! lists! lists!)

Books:

Moose – a memoir of a girl at fat camp. While I couldn’t relate to the fat camp aspect, I found that totally interesting. I could relate to the perils of puberty and the crippling insecurity everyone feels at that time. I enjoyed her candid, conversational style of writing. Plus, the author and I are roughly the same age and her pop culture references had me laughing out loud.

Beautiful Boy – I devour non-fiction. I like to know things really happened. Dunno why. This is tragic and beautifully written.

OPEN – Andre Agassi’s autobiography. I know. Andre Agassi.  I was at the library just this morning and saw it so I’ve only read a few pages. I had heard from a few places that it was good. I opened it and started reading. He literally got me from the very beginning. That’s hard to do. Who knew he could write so well or that his life had been so heartbreaking? (looking forward to the salacious bits about other celebrities too….)

As I’ve said before, I go through phases where I freebase books. This is one of those times.

TV:

Anything I want to see, I’ll usually watch on my laptop, in the most fantastic bed ever.

Survivor finale was disappointing. Russell should have won. I was pissed. I was elated however, when NOTA won “The Sing Off”, so everything equals out. Go watch my favorite performance from the show.

Also, forgive me if I have already praised this show and I know I’m the last one to discover this but have you seen Party Down?? It rules. It was on Starz, which is unfortunate because what the hell channel is that anyway? However, if you love Arrested Development, this show will make you laugh.

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Speaking of Arrested Development, I’m watching the entire series again from the very beginning. It makes me giddy it’s so good. And now I desperately want to name something George Michael.

Movies:

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I rented Junebug and was so glad I finally saw it. It’s really fantastic. I had long heard Amy Adams was unbelievable in it and she is.  It was quiet and nothing really happens but so much does.  It’s beyond interesting. Fascinating really. So beautifully acted. Heartbreaking and enigmatic.  I loved it and was entranced. Plus, how great is the poster artwork?

I saw Up in the Air, which I liked. Anna Kendrick stole if for me. The director, Jason Reitman dealt with the subject well and wasn’t too heavy handed with anything. I like when the audience is given a little credit, instead of having everything laid out in order like a happy meal.  There were certain sequences with recently laid off people that were heart wrenching and very real. I wondered if they were scripted. I’m still on the fence about everyone FREAKING out about how amazing it is though.

I saw It’s Complicated and it was a fun romp. A Rom-Com for the Boomer generation. (AKA Old people can have sex, make bad decisions and act zany too) I didn’t have to think and that was why I went. Meryl was Meryl…luminous and funny and sweet and warm. Alec Baldwin was good per usual. I coveted Meryl’s character’s house. Good God.

I rented Food, Inc. and tried to watch it but gave up. I knew if i watched it, I would never eat again. Meg’s watching it and giving me the watered down notes.

Music

Music has been like water lately. Can’t. Get. Enough.  Loud and danceable are the requirements. Music is the remedy for everything isn’t it? As the surgery approaches I have constant music on pumping me up. I compare myself to a boxer or something, getting riled up before a fight. It’s sort of the same thing. Except I get sweet pain meds after my fight. Oh and new boobs.

6 comments:

Taylor | January 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Junebug is in my top 5! I just love that movie:)

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman | January 4, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Re movies, have you seen 500 Days of Summer? Thought it was fun - one of my top 5 of 2009. Just saw Up too, good one to see with the kiddos. Maybe on a recovery day?

Cheers to you and those new boobs ... thinking of you ... keep that music pumped up high ... shake those wall ... XO, J

Emily | January 4, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I did see 500 Days of Summer. Thought it was well done too. Great soundtrack. Interesting idea. Love Zooey and Joseph.
We saw UP in the theater and I loved that too! I try to see everything. Little movie whore I am...

Thanks for all of the encouragement, J! Hope you're doing well.

Sheri Nugent | January 5, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Beautiful Boy: Now read the other side of the story - "Tweak" by Nick Scheff, his son. Fascinating to see both sides.

Up in the Air: Agree about the over-exuberance of the reviews. Liked it, didn't love it. I read that some of the firing scenes where not actors but real people they found who had just been let go. The scenes were their recollections of what they said when it happened to them. How cathartic to express it on film!

It's Complicated: A review I read said that the best part of the movie was the decorating. That the director was more interested in showing the most fab house ever than exploring more than one note per character. I thought that was funny. Can't wait to see it - I love decorating shows!

Good luck with your surgery! Hopefully your last trip to the hospital for a very long time.

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman | January 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Hi E - Just blog-stalking you ... no need to call the authorities yet though, just want to make sure you are doing well for surgery countdown ... I know those medical procedure countdown days are way stressful. Plan to be stalkin ... err, checking in on you ... post-recovery too, just so you know.

My son went back to school today, so I have some time on my hands. I am on my fourth glass of champagne to celebrate ... $%###@#8&xmkad ... bet you cannot even tell! If I do say so myself, I hold my luqkuor vury w@#$ell!

Keeping you on my mind tomorrow ... many healing thoughts coming your way.

XO, J

Crystal | January 5, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Hey Gorgeous, YES Party Down, Glee, whatever: I Heart Jane Lynch (I LOVE her, no, I LOVVVVE her, no...) Good luck with business tomorrow. I dreamt you showed me your boobs - a positive omen, I think. Thanks for posting.