Friday again…what’s new pussycat? I hope you’re well. I haven’t been around here much lately, and it’s not because life is so darned exciting that I haven’t the time, or so darned horrid that I can’t manage it. It’s just how it’s been lately, I guess. The spirit hasn’t moved me. But it’s moving me a bit now, so I’ll give you some random ‘Thinking About…” type stuff, OK?
Maya and her chorale group from school sang at a swanky fundraiser last night at our local swanky rep center. The fundraiser was to raise money for the city education foundation, which spends its money on crazy, extravagant things like librarian salaries, English and math tutoring, counselors, etc. It was swanky, though, so we didn’t buy tickets. Instead, we spent a couple of hours at the local bookstore (Barnes & Noble…all of our independent places have closed down), and then we walked over to Starbucks and had a cup, and relaxed. We went over to the theater at the time they were supposed to finish, and they hadn’t gone on stage yet. So we went inside out of the sprinkling rain, and waited in the lobby. We were there for a little while, listening to the performance being piped in, when we got the great idea to try to sneak in and see them. They performed 2 songs, and we sneaked in about 1/3 way through the second song, so we didn’t see much, but they were GREAT. It was lovely to see her on a big time stage like that, and they really sounded good. Fun.
I was tempted by several books at the bookstore, but I decided to get them from the library instead. I know the bookstore needs my money, but I need it more than they do, and I trust myself to put it to better use than they would. So…the books I put on hold to read are:
- Disgrace ~ J.M. Coetzee
- The Sense of An Ending ~ Julian Barnes
- Mathilda Savitch – Victor Lodato
- The Last Runaway ~ Tracy Chevalier
- The Magician’s Assistant ~ Anne Patchett
- The Museum of Innocence ~ Orhan Pamuk
- The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
You can easily see that at $15 – $25 each at my local B&N, this was going to break the bank. So I did the right thing. I was a bit nonplussed to pop over to the library website upon our return home to find that I am 1st in line for several books at one time. I hate that feeling, having many library books come at me all at once. I feel like I have to rush through them and get them back for the next person.* Then I realized, duh, if I’m #1 in line for them, there is no one waiting, so I can renew them if I don’t finish in time. That was a relief. I’m very much looking forward to some good reading time in my near future.
I’ve read Gatsby before, of course, but not since high school, and all I really remember is laughing at my teacher’s massive crush on Robert Redford, which I did not understand, because he’s old and everything. I have a vague recollection of not liking the story much, but maybe this time I’ll enjoy it more? I want to read that one first or second, because I’d like to have it more freshly in mind before I see the new film adaptation that comes out in May. Actually, looking at that sentence, I realize I have more time than I thought I did. That’s a good thing, too.
I’ve read other books by Chevalier, Patchett, and Pamuk, and liked them all quite a bit, so I’m looking forward to reading these newer efforts. The others just caught my eye for whatever reason.
Maya is taking the SAT tomorrow. I don’t envy her that, but I do know that she’ll do well, and be relieved when it is OVER. This whole college thing is stressing her out. She doesn’t really know much of what she wants to do with her life, or where she wants to go to college. She’s thinking about teaching, and about some kind of journalism. I know she’d be successful at both, assuming there are still jobs in journalism in the next 10 – 20 years. I know the face of journalism is changing rapidly, but people still need to read and write, right? I sure hope so.
I’m going to lunch with Dorothy today. I miss her blog. I’m happy to see her pretty face, though, which is even better than her blog. But her blog was pretty funny. I do miss the days when so many of my real life friends and family were blogging.
Ted and I went to see Side Effects last weekend. Rumor has it that Steven Soderbergh is getting out of feature films or something to that effect, and this is his last big film. I hope that’s not true, that he takes a much needed rest for a few years, but comes back to it, because I am definitely a fan of his work. I’m not saying I’ve seen every film he’s made, or that I’ve loved every one that I have seen, but I did love Sex, Lies, and Videotape way back when, and have enjoyed many of his films since. I would say that Side Effects was among the better films in his catalog. It’s a twisty turny suspense type film, and not really what I expected it to be at all. I generally try not to read reviews of a movie before I see it, because I find if they hate the movie, it dampens my enjoyment, and I notice the things that they mention. So I won’t say more about this one, except that the performances were really good, the story was interesting and kept me guessing, and I came out of the theater really glad we had seen it. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.
What else…not much. Watched an episode of The West Wing on Netflix the other day, and I’m thinking I’d like to re-watch that series. It’s a nice place to spend some time. Last weekend was girl scout cookies, and now we’re done with that for the year. It’s dry dry dry here, though it did sprinkle today. California needs a wet, wet spring, and we almost never get that. If you know of any rain dances, please, do one for us.
Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!
*Saturday evening update…went to the library today, and 5 books I had put on hold were there. Guess I’ll be reading a bunch in the next few weeks, yeah?