Good morning my friends! Well, no Slo Mo Sandy today. I'm up at 5:30am in order to get my post written and head off to church. The week has been fairly uneventful...just the usual song and dance that you hear from me each week.
I did a lot of walking - the weather has been gorgeous. I don't mean to rub it in here, but all that awfulness the rest of you have been experiencing has basically missed us, with the exception of some rain here and there. (Hint - come and visit me!) My son was in a Regional History Bee. He did not advance on to National, but it was a pretty intense but fun experience. Sort of like Jeopardy, with buzzers and stuff. I golfed on Thursday, despite the fact that it was nippy and VERY WINDY. Only four of us showed up, but dammit we hit that ball! I had lunch with a long-lost friend who moved away and is now back n town again. And Valentines Day was supposed to have been celebrated Friday night by going to some friends' house, but the hubby came home from work with the flu. Yep, that was special. So I drank my champagne, ordered in pizza, took a bath and fell asleep reading. Bah.
So this is kinda cool. A girl from my daughter's high school qualified for the top 30 on American Idol. Her name is Emily Piriz. She is really GOOD! We are very proud of her. We don't get much celebrity action around here.
So I finally finished "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin. I know this is a "beloved" work of fiction, and it did hold my attention, at least enough for me to finish it. But it just did not deliver in the end. I was waiting for some revelation, but it never came. What I got instead was a bloated stream of weirdness. Very strange magical realism, which I'm not against if it makes sense. And the writing, which has been praised to the hilt, to me just sounded like the author was in love with his smartness. Ack! The movie released on Friday and got 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. So. I will probably see the movie if I get the chance, but how disappointing.
After that experience, I grabbed something short. I am now (slowly) reading "Fight Club". I adore the movie, and while I like the book, I think maybe the movie is even better. I should wrap that up fairly soon.
On audio I finished "Zealot", a book about the historical life of Jesus, versus Jesus of the Bible, which was a bit of a mind-blower. I have no idea whether everything this guy says is true (alas, I am not a Bible scholar) but he sounded like he knew what he was talking about and I was willing to listen. My husband wouldn't hear any of it though. There were some challenging ideas in there. I like to have my brain tickled.
I'm now close to finishing "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater. And wow. I had actually downloaded this from the library awhile back when Jill raved about it, and didn't get to it. I'm glad I tried again, because I love the story and I love the narrator. Which is a shocker because I usually have plenty of disdain for these kinds of books. I think this is the first of four books (of course) and I couldn't be happier.
Not sure what I'll be doing for the rest of the day. Definitely a couple hours at the animal shelter. My son and I talked about going to the shooting range with my dad...will see if my son can actually find his way out of his room today. And my son also has tomorrow off from school, so somewhere in the next 24 hours, I predict a movie. Hope you all have a great Sunday!