Midweek Movies and More

I am, for no reason that’s reasonable, making my way through the new March releases on Netflix.

I detailed last week’s watch in my last Currentlybut it just wasn’t enough.

I’ve seen two more entries since then- 30 f0r 30: Of Miracles and Men and Across the Great Divide.

30 for 30 is the tale of how America’s hockey victory affected the Soviet hockey program (and, in turn, a lot of other things).  It was moderately interesting, but I don’t watch hockey.  I know the story and I’ve seen some of the movies and docs about it, but the most interesting thing to me was the political influence sports had at the time and the impact that a coaching change had on the Soviet team.

Hey, I did my best.

Across the Great Divide is part Oregon Trail: the Movie and part Apple Dumplin’ Gang.  The dialogue takes some getting used to as not many people are probably accustomed to “saucy pioneer girl” parlance.  Holly, a tough-as-nails twelve year old is traveling to Oregon with her little brother, Jason, to claim their land.  They come across an “Irish” gadabout named Zachariah who somehow hitches his wagon to two kids even though he has excellent survival skills and speaks fluent “Indian”.  A note-  he says he’s Irish two or three times and I think he attemps a brogue once or twice, but it’s a non-issue.  What’s magical about this man, however, is that he can speak to every Native American he meets in their native tongue.

Lots of hijinks ensue.  They see lots of beautiful scenery, hunt for food, deal with Indians, disease, bear attacks, and caulking the wagon to float across the river.

A dog swims with an otter, there’s a falcon, lots of friendly natives, and a bear with serious boundary issues.

Why aren’t you watching this already?

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6000 Steps a Day

Last week, our 4-H agent brought my classes new pedometers (they’re all about the health, you know- we pledge our health to better living every time).  I got one, too, and I’ve been wearing it every day at school.  I put it on before I go out the door and then take it off when I get back home.  On a typical day at school, I’ve found I walk around 6,000-7,000 steps from 8:30-3:30, depending on what the kids are doing that day.  On days that need much more guidance or monitoring, it sometimes goes up to 9,000.  Of course, that doesn’t count any of the steps after I come home, change into clothes with no pockets (so I have to take off the pedometer), and proceed to do light cleaning, laundry, dinner, and work out.  Yikes.  I think I’ll try wearing it ALL DAY until bedtime (which means I need to find something to wear in the evening with pockets on it) and see what happens.

We also spent the week discussing my husband’s choices for a literary agent!  Yes, he is agented.  He is now with TriadaUS.  His agent is Uwe Stender.  I’m very proud of him, but not at all surprised.  He’s talented in more ways than is really natural.  This week was also his birthday (he got a magic set and a knitted Viking hat with an attached beard), so what a nice present!

This Week’s Book(s)

I’m done with Galateo!  You think I did something awesome, but that was a seriously short book.  I’m working on the yearbook and I’ve been battling all the myriad diseases the kids have been spreading around, so the reading-for-pleasure went to the wayside.  Sorry about that.  I DID read, though, so the objective was still met.

Last week’s subject was French literature.  Can I count Mastering the Art of French Cooking?  Ok, thanks.

This week’s subject is 14th century literature.  I totally want to to re-read The Canterbury Tales because I was required to read it in twelfth grade and ended up loving it.  Ms. Tilley let us in on all the dirty secrets and jokes and we were hooked.  I miss that woman.

Still working on:

People of the Weeping Eye (North America’s Forgotten Past)

This one’s tailored to what I want to read about-  ancient Mississippian culture.  The 13th century of North America sounded pretty interesting because we study the Mound Builders in 4th grade social studies.

I also wanted some fiction, so I went with

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Signet Classics)

The tales of Robin Hood started popping up in the 13th century, so what better way to satisfy the topic?  And although I adore the Disney version, I am excited to read the more derring-do version originally created in the way-back-when.

This Week’s Movie

Confession:  I couldn’t order The Third Man on Amazon Prime because my debit card got marked for fraud (nothing happened, I think it was just because I shopped at Kroger or Target).  I now have no access to anything unless I use a check.  Which I think I have one of around here somewhere.

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This needs no explanation.

I’ve Gone Viral

I mean literally.  I’ve had a virus for a week or so, mostly in the head and nose region.  Now it’s made its way into my chest and I’m breathing through a damp sponge and walking around with about as much energy as the sponge.  Needless to say, my reading is behind.  My cooking is behind.  My behind is pretty behind, too.

This Week’s Book(s)

I’m still working on these.  Galateo is pretty interesting so far and has a really enjoyable voice and a tone of “Just don’t be an ass, ok?”.

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior
It’s a treatise on polite behavior in 16th century Italy.  How can you not read that?

Unfortunately, the bad weather means that I still haven’t received the book.  I love my Kindle apps (and my Kindle) but I really like holding my books, too.  So, we wait.  Politely.

For the coming week, we’re reading 13th century literature.  Now, granted it doesn’t have to be written in the 13th century.  Thank God.  I can’t handle any more Dante right now.

For this week, I chose two books (now I have three to read, eventually):

People of the Weeping Eye (North America’s Forgotten Past)

This one’s tailored to what I want to read about-  ancient Mississippian culture.  The 13th century of North America sounded pretty interesting because we study the Mound Builders in 4th grade social studies.

I also wanted some fiction, so I went with

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Signet Classics)

The tales of Robin Hood started popping up in the 13th century, so what better way to satisfy the topic?  And although I adore the Disney version, I am excited to read the more derring-do version originally created in the way-back-when.

This Week’s Movie

Synecdoche, NY is an enjoyable enough movie.  That’s all I really have to say about it at this point.  It was a little sad, considering Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s recent death and most of what I was thinking about through the movie is that we’ll never get to see more of him.  He was such an interesting actor, seeming both remarkably intense and incredibly humble from moment to moment- and sometimes in the same moment- that I really didn’t think much beyond him and his life during the movie.  I think this week will be different because we’re watching…

The Third Man (again, Amazon Instant Video, 2.99)

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We made some tarts.  They were very, very good.  The Knave of Hearts did indeed steal and eat the tarts, but I haven’t decapitated him yet.

Apparently this is my 200th post.

In the weeks and months between the last post and this, not much exciting has happened- at least in terms of my personal life and/or earthquakes in my village.

My best friend got engaged (hooray!), my other best friend made Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee education system continues to be in turmoil, and Brooks and I both got food poisoning (or possibly Norovirus; or possibly both) over winter break.

I’m not going to get philosophical.  I’m just going to walk in here like I’ve never been gone and start posting again.  I’m doing a few challenges- 52 Books in 52 Weeks, A Movie a Week, and a relationship thing that I can’t talk about here because it’s not supposed to be something Brooks is actually aware of, for the most part.

So, without further ado (notice it’s not adieu- why would you be saying goodbye a lot in French?)

This Week’s Book(s)

Last week’s selection was supposed to be about Italian and/or Roman history, so I chose something very carefully.  I love history, but I don’t really enjoy reading sweeping overviews of time periods.  Give me a snapshot of culture or daily life or give me a biography and my sparkler will sizzle just right.  In the week previous, I had delved back into Dante’s Inferno, which, let me tell you, was not as interesting as my college assignment to read The Divine Comedy.  I don’t know why, really.  I guess I just wasn’t in the mood.

The book I ended up with this week was

In the weeks and months between the last post and this, not much exciting has happened- at least in terms of my personal life and/or earthquakes in my village.

My best friend got engaged (hooray!), my other best friend made Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee education system continues to be in turmoil, and Brooks and I both got food poisoning (or possibly Norovirus; or possibly both) over winter break.

I’m not going to get philosophical. I’m just going to walk in here like I’ve never been gone and start posting again. I’m doing a few challenges- 52 Books in 52 Weeks, A Movie a Week, and a relationship thing that I can’t talk about here because it’s not supposed to be something Brooks is actually aware of, for the most part.

So, without further ado (notice it’s not adieu- why would you be saying goodbye a lot in French?)

This Week’s Book(s)

Last week’s selection was supposed to be about Italian and/or Roman history, so I chose something very carefully. I love history, but I don’t really enjoy reading sweeping overviews of time periods. Give me a snapshot of culture or daily life or give me a biography and my sparkler will sizzle just right. In the week previous, I had delved back into Dante’s Inferno, which, let me tell you, was not as interesting as my college assignment to read The Divine Comedy. I don’t know why, really. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood.

The book I ended up with this week was

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior
It’s a treatise on polite behavior in 16th century Italy.  How can you not read that?

Unfortunately, the bad weather means that I still haven’t received the book.  I love my Kindle apps (and my Kindle) but I really like holding my books, too.  So, we wait.  Politely.

For the coming week, we’re reading 13th century literature.  Now, granted it doesn’t have to be written in the 13th century.  Thank God.  I can’t handle any more Dante right now.

For this week, I chose two books (now I have three to read, eventually):

People of the Weeping Eye (North America’s Forgotten Past)

This one’s tailored to what I want to read about-  ancient Mississippian culture.  The 13th century of North America sounded pretty interesting because we study the Mound Builders in 4th grade social studies.

I also wanted some fiction, so I went with

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Signet Classics)

The tales of Robin Hood started popping up in the 13th century, so what better way to satisfy the topic?  And although I adore the Disney version, I am excited to read the more derring-do version originally created in the way-back-when.

This Week’s Movie

This week’s movie is Synechdoche, NY (Amazon Instant, 2.99- this is the only place I could find it streaming and apparently the monstrous monopoly TimeWarnerXfinityCast doesn’t have it in its catalog right now).

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Delicious Valentine’s Day dinner and hijinks just before I got sick the very next day.

Maybe I’m luuuuuuuuuuuuurve sick.