Just a random kind of post, I’ve been feeling pretty yucky lately. You know those colds you get that make you feel all achy and blah, but never really morph into a full-blown cold/flu. Well, that’s what I’ve been like all week. Sigh, I sound all whiny I know, but I just wish I’d either get a frikkin’ cold or not. Like what? are my immune system cells just sitting around taunting the virus cells, like velvet rope bouncers until finally the cold bugs decide to either go around the corner to the next club, or bust through into ‘Club Jo’ and kick some ass?
So in my ‘feeling sorry for myself’ mood, I’ve actually gotten quite a bit of reading done. Thursday we had a snow-storm (pathetically small one) but work was dead so I finished off The Crazy School by Cornelia Read – it was fantastic, but only once I’d finished had I realized it was the second in a series. The really great thing was that it didn’t seem to have ruined anything by reading it out of order. Friday I finished up Poe’s Children: The New Horror a collection of horror stories by Peter Straub. “The New Horror” – umm yeah not so much. If anything this seemed like a tired remix of other anthologies, the newest story was from 2006 and every story was previously published in some other work. Worst of all Straub’s introduction came across as pompous, the gist I got from it was that the new evolution of horror is writing that transcends the horror genre and possesses literary merit. Don’t get me wrong, there are good stories such as Neil Gaiman’s October In The Chair, but again this story has been in countless anthologies.
Also this week has been pretty good in terms of what I’ve been watching. It started off dismally with a trip to the theatre to catch the new Friday The 13th. Gah! What utter crap, really I would rather sit through a High School Musical marathon than have to watch another godawful Michael Bay remake. As the credits rolled and the giggly little high school girls talked about how hawt Jared Padelecki was all I could do was shake my head and say, “Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw, horror is dead.” Things looked up later that night as I started watching Season 2 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I can’t even express how fun this show is – really it’s the way Friends should have been, seriously any show that has a character who dates a pre-op tranny because of how great she/he will be after the operation is bound to have some good laughs! For tonight or tomorrow I dusted off my Blockbuster membership card and rented some movies, first being a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk – I would have his babies if he asked – I picked up Choke, based on his book of the same name, and Savage Grace, which is also based on a book, it’s a dramatization of the controversial true story of the famous Baekeland family, who were the founders of the Bakelite Plastics corporation. It stars Julianne Moore, one of my all-time favourite actresses which is a bonus.
Now today, Saturday, what to read? I’ve got lots of things started, to be started, to be finished. Then a small pleasure happened along. There’s a back-story involved so here’s a brief re-cap: Earlier this week as I was catching up on my Google Reader I came across Kim’s (of Sophisticated Dorkiness) wonderful review of Saturday by Ian McEwan. Hubs happened to be sitting there as I responded that this is a book I’ve always wanted to read. Fast forward to this morning, I’m sitting around the house not doing much, hubs is out trying to track down a steel rim for his car – note: avoid Nova Scotia potholes at all costs! – anyways, the phone rings and it’s hubs asking me whether I would prefer a hard or softcover copy of Saturday … awwww even my cold, black heart melted a bit at the thoughtfulness. To add a little context to just how special this is, the hubs is the type of guy that I could ask him to pick up a loaf of bread, put a reminder note in his pocket, call the store ahead of time, tie string to every one of his fingers and call to remind him while he’s at the cash register and yet he will arrive home without the loaf of bread. So him remembering that I was looking for this book was BLOODY AMAZING!! Here is my favourite picture of us together, me sporting a rare smile – I really don’t like having my photo taken. And the hubs sporting a rare full head of hair – he’s been shaving his head for ages now, it’s hard to remember what he used to look like :P
Normally, I don’t quite go on so much, well I try not to. But I’m in a weird mood today. So what’s you’re week been like? Any good movies you’ve seen or are looking forward to watching? Tell me what you like to watch on TV, I’m so behind on the times TV wise. Or just tell me about the potholes from your week – the real ones or the metaphorical ones – feel a need to rant about something that bummed you out this week – Go For It! Make me feel like less of a whiner :P Or share the small pleasures that you experienced lately, that perfect cup of mocha, the stranger you exchanged a few kind words with or the random sight that made you smile.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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