* thoroughly enjoying fall.
* dear weather: stop dancing around with the warmness! we just had three days of nearly 70 degrees. wrong. canceled. today it’s back to a respectable 50-something out there and I’m so happy. fall is supposed to be chilly! I want to wear scarves, dammit!
* recently read: Room by Emma Donoghue, A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
didn’t finish reading: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro even though I was hoping to read it before I saw the movie. I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I will pick it back up later this winter?
* also finally got to read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, which was the last of the books in The Hunger Games trilogy. it is definitely up there with Deathly Hallows as one of my favorite ends to a story or series EVER. it was extraordinary. I expected to love it, but I did not expect it to go where she went. highly, highly recommended.
* next, I’m hoping to read The Fall – the second book of The Strain trilogy by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro. I enjoyed The Strain quite a bit. I thought the opening was amazing and the end was a bit of a let down. I am looking forward to seeing how it played into the second book. maybe it can be redeemed for me?
* also looking forward to reading the mega-buzzed about Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. people either loved or hated The Corrections. I was in the love camp. I will never read it again because it was deeply uncomfortable and not an “enjoyable” book to read, but I thought it was brilliantly written and compelling in kind of a brutal way.
* there has been a real movie drought, hasn’t there? the last movie we went to see in the theater was The Social Network (loved) and I intend to still see Let Me In to see how it compares with the film and book Let the Right One In, both of which I absolutely adored. I’m looking forward to Deathly Hallows, of course and Black Swan. and I’m hoping to catch a screening of the newly restored version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis sometime soon. other than that I’m just playing catch up on old films and ones I missed with Netflix.
* discovered I love the grapefruit flavor of Izze spritzer and wish I could buy it in cases.
* got a car. she’s a jeep and her name is Lorelei:
* having very particular food cravings. last night I made a wonderful turkey shepherd’s pie (one of my best recipes) and even though it smelled amazing and was so cozy and fallish, all I wanted to eat was a boring salad and I had a mad craving for shrimp cocktail?!? (I don’t know.) the other day I had to have mountain dew. (I rarely drink regular soda, let alone that one, I’m a cherry coke enthusiast!)
* still working on my etsy site. good lord, it’s taking me forever to get my shit together!
* I’ve been busy being a big tech nerd. I installed ubuntu on our dinosaur desktop and I love love love it! I also upgraded the memory in a laptop that I’m refurbishing, with excellent results. I am now running into problems getting a linux system installed and working on that one. it’s a problem, but the kind where I am having fun working on figuring it out. I also have been checking books out of the library with titles like “how to build and repair computers”, “motherboards for dummies” and “the new hacker’s bible” etc… I’m a little obsessed right now.
* listening to: the xx, Matt and Kim, and a lot of music that I always seem to revisit in Fall and Winter – magnetic fields, yo la tengo, the pixies, neutral milk hotel, old ani, old tori, old fiona, radiohead, portishead, hooverphonic, sonic youth, random assorted folk music. rediscovering my old cds now that I have a car with a radio again. also been listening to a lot of dizzy gillespie lately.
* just started watching the british tv series “Skins”. even though I’m only a couple of episodes in, it’s really incredible. I’ve been told many, many times that I would love it, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but wow.
* following local politics closely and things are heating up in RI! (can anyone say “shove it”?) I’m really looking forward to voting on tuesday. there was a mix up with my voter registration and apparently I’m still registered to vote by my old house. so I have to commute to vote on tuesday, but I’m going to be there. I can’t not be a part of the process, you know? no matter how powerless and frustrating it feels sometimes.