Small Pleasures & Random Grrrs

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 choketomorrow 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!

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.


Anonymous said...

I hope you feel better soon.

Ladytink_534 said...

Lol good analogy and I know how you feel. I hope get better soon! Glad you got some reading and TV watching done though.

I've been trying to work through my reviews as I'm so far behind (like October 2008 behind) lately so I haven't done too much but I did watch Muppet Treasure Island yesterday and I've had the songs stuck in my head ever since!

Susan said...

I hope you feel better soon too. Peter is many things but rarely pompous. He's smart, often hilarious, and always hoping to bring great writing to the attention of readers.

Kailana said...

Oh, I sooo hear you on pot holes. The top of my street is so bad that you can't really avoid them anymore! I keep telling people if we lose much more pavement we are not going to have a road left! It's TERRIBLE! And, I think I did something to my car. I just haven't investigated what exactly...

The snowstorm was kind of minor compared to what they were calling for. I had thought we were supposed to get another one? All I know is that tomorrow they are calling for snow changing to rain, which will make a mess considering how much snow we have already! Since the weather is hardly ever right, though, I will resist judgement until the day of.

Anyway, I hope you feel better soon! Happy reading!

naida said...

Feel better soon, I can totally relate. I've been fighting a head cold all week long.
I did watch the movie Corlaine and it wasnt too good :( Sorry to hear Friday The 13th was bad.s

A while ago, I started reading Black House by Peter Straub and didnt finish it.

cute photo and sweet of your hubby to bring you the book :o)

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

I felt the same way about Poe's Children! Oh and Chuck Palahniuk? He's so amazing!!!

I'm sorry you've been sick. I hope you feel better soon.

I've been in a weird mood lately too. I finally admitted this week that I was in over my head, perpetually stressed out, and miserable homeschooling the girls. So I took a survey of the girls, their stepdad, their dad, and their stepmom, and everyone agreed public school would be the best option right now. I go down on Monday to enroll them. Letting go of that much control and letting them out of my sight (and trusting others) is going to be hard to get used to. I think this is the right thing to do right now though.

I hope you have a great weekend and that things turn around :) That pic of you two is really nice!

Dar said...

Hey, hope you feel better soon. This stupid cold of mine has been lingering on----I wish it would just get outta here already.

Potholes-I'll tell you Alberta isn't any better. YOu can fit small cars in some of them. Errrrrrrrrrrg. You can be driving along, minding your own business and kaboom. I'm not sure what they spend all their time fixing on our roads cause it isn't those potholes.

That book, The Crazy School sounds really good. Looks like another to add to the wish list.

What a great pic of you and the hubby! How sweet that he remembered about your book-sounds like a keeper.

Have a great Sunday!

Nymeth said...

Aw, I hope you feel better soon, Joanne.

That's too bad about the Straub anthology...the title would have fooled me :P

And that was very sweet of your husband indeed! Love that picture of the two of you.

Anonymous said...

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is fantastic, I'm a big fan of that show. The story about Saturday is very sweet, I hope you enjoy the book!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

Stephanie said...

Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well....I'm a bit under the weather myself. I woke up today with a sore throat and a terrible cough.

I'm also sorry to hear about Friday the 13th, though I have to say I predicted it would suck. I don't think horror is quite dead yet. Rob Zombie (one of my idols) is doing a fairly good job of reviving the genre. (House of 1000 Corpse was bloody fantastic!! As was The Devil's Rejects...although I was only so-so with Halloween. I mean, WHY remake a Classic like that??) I'm hoping the August release of the next Halloween is good!! will have to stand in line behind me to have Chuck Palahniuk's babies!! That man is also pretty freakin' fantastic!!

Zibilee said...

I have heard a lot of really good things about The Crazy School. I am glad you liked it. I think I may pick it up soon. Hope you are feeling better soon!