Weekend Things

Hi!  What if I watched four movies, two TV show episodes, six football games and one award show this weekend?  Is that too many things?  Is that why I barely read this weekend?  Don’t worry, I still fit in a (the last??) bike ride to the farmers’ market, a facial, dinner with my sis and Sunday chores, but I sure do feel like I watched a lot of things this weekend!

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Joey really really wanted to see It Chapter 2 and was considering going by himself when I decided I could take one for the team and see it with him.  I am NOT a scary movie person but I fully committed by watching the first one BY MYSELF on Thursday night so we could see the second part together on Friday.  I’m not going to lie, I did not love the first one and the second one felt SO LONG, SO REPETITIVE, SO NOT SCARY.  But, sitting in a packed theater for a horror film was actually a very fun experience!  Mostly, Stephen King just seems really hard to adapt and I’m not sure why we keep doing it, but give me Bill Hader and I’ll sit through anything!

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Saturday started with coffee and whole wheat pancakes for two, which were a lovely reminder that buttermilk is the best.  Afterward, we biked to the farmers’ market and there was that unmistakable fall chill in the air!  Felt kind of nice.  This may have been our last trip to the Union Station Farmers’ Market so I snagged peaches one last time and tried not to feel too sad.  The rest of the day included a trip to the grocery, lunch and a facial for me, but then we had evening plans with my sister and Wayne.

First, dinner at Chook.  It’s just rotisserie chicken and side dishes but it’s somehow much more!  After, we saw Ad Astra, which I’ll be honest, I was not very excited for.  The trailer made it look like the same old stoic astronaut with daddy issues plot.  I was hoping to be pleasantry surprised and… I was not.  To be fair, it is GORGEOUSLY shot — the color palette, the galactic scenery, Brad Pitt’s face — but god, I was bored.  I can’t even imagine all the trouble they went through to make a film in a futuristic version of outer space but with nothing new to say.  I hope to have my mind changed but for now, meh.

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We relaxed Sunday morning — did anyone else watch Between Two Ferns: The Movie??  I thought some parts were very funny and some parts were very dumb, but Paul Rudd is a national treasure! — then we went over to our friend Josh’s parents’ house to watch football.  Their house is STUNNING and I ate a bowl of the best pozole, but watching football basically amounts to me just not speaking for three hours.  Joey wouldn’t even let me bring a book 😛

Back at home, we watched an episode of Deadwood, took a picture of a pup’s nose then made lunch salads with Lars and the Real Girl on in the background and man do I love that movie.  We had eggplant pizzas and the Emmys for dinner.  Tonally, that telecast felt very weird and I did not need that hard to hear commentary by Thomas Lennon.  There is just so much to watch on TV that I feel more and more disconnected from the Emmys every year because there’s so much I haven’t seen!  That being said, I really loved the wins/speeches by Alex Borstein and Michelle Williams plus that look on Gwendolyn Christie’s face when the crowd cheered for her was INCREDIBLE.  Also, I reserve the right to feel outraged by the Julia Louis-Dreyfus snub until I watch Fleabag, okay??

Please tell me how your weekend was and… Happy First Day of Fall!

Recent Reads

Before I forget how to write anything but a weekend recap, let me talk to you about some books I’ve made my way through recently.  Mostly I want to tell you that, while it took me over a year, I finally finished reading The Stand!  By the end, I felt like I’d been on as much of a journey as all the characters and between finishing that behemoth and finishing my re-read of the Harry Potter series, it’s really been a year for me 😛

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The Stand by Stephen King

The backstory is that I agreed to read Joey’s favorite book and he agreed to read Harry Potter.  Fair’s fair.  And even though I kept getting interrupted, every time I picked up this up, it was like being greeted by an old friend.  It’s long but it’s all so expertly written and none of it feels unnecessary or purposeless or boring.  The characters (and there are MANY) are all so well-fleshed out.  There’s dimension and complexity that would be impressive if given to one character, but that he’s able to do it with so many characters truly blows me away.  Not to mention the plot.  It felt so genre-defining.  I’m so glad Joey pushed me to read this one because, whoa, what a book!

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

This book is so incredibly beautiful.  I tried really hard to explain what it was about to my mom and struggled because, though the actual plot of the book only takes place across a few days, there is just so much happening.  It takes places across generations, across cultures and across realms but it’s so seamless in its fusion of all these elements.  There is a supernatural element that never once feels hokey or out of place and I found the sense of unease and sadness that lingers over this whole story to be so moving.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

First and foremost, this is obviously a very funny title.  I felt like I had to hide the cover when I brought it into work but my friend Ari made the mistake of listening to it out loud at work and that makes me laugh every time I think about it.  There most definitely are erotic stories for Punjabi widows written out in the book.  Anyway, to me, this book felt lost between being a story about sexual liberation, the difficulty of being a second generation Indian woman and… uh murder?  That last part felt like it was tossed in as an attention grabber.  Like maybe the author or the publisher didn’t feel like a story about “old” (some of them are in their 40s!) women would be interesting enough so “we need to sensationalize it!”  As a result, the women didn’t feel well-developed — and some of them seemed like they could have been very interesting, if given the attention — and the main character, Nikki, just wasn’t that likable.  Still, it was a fairly entertaining read.

I just picked up I know this much is true (I’m formatting it as it appears on the cover, but not capitalizing all those words felt so wrong!) and it’s 901 pages long, so I guess I’m a glutton for long reads.  What are you reading right now??