• Watching Breakfast at Tiffany's (Netflix link) for the first time. I had NO IDEA what the plot was (I'd expected it to take place mostly in a restaurant), but it seemed like the sort of cultural literacy I should acquire. I think of it as being mostly famous for Holly Golightly's fashion style, and I'd say that is what I most enjoyed about the movie. I didn't feel any romantic chemistry between the stars (they seemed like good friends who had to force themselves to kiss) or any hope for their future romantic relationship (as with As Good as It Gets ((Netflix link)), I thought a far better plot resolution would have been for the stars to form a non-romantic family unit), but I did weep openly over the cat storyline. The portrayal of the upstairs neighbor is embarrassing but historically interesting. I loved the clerk at Tiffany's.
• Ordering another 3-pound box of Russell Stover Bloopers. It went SO WELL last time and, like a gambler, either success or failure makes me feel even more intrigued. Will the next box be as good? or will it be a TOTAL BUST? It's due to arrive Thursday. It is fun to have something to anticipate.
• Starting Divergent, which I'm trying ONLY because of all the talk on Twitter. For Twittercultural literacy. The cover doesn't look like my kind of book at all, and I think of young-adult stuff as not my thing either, so I let it sit on the library pile for two weeks. I kept finishing a book and taking another book from underneath it. But this morning I sighed and thought I'd just get it over with---and 5 pages in, I was hooked enough that I had to rip myself away from it.
And now I have to STOP reading it, because writing the above paragraph reminded me to renew it because it's due tomorrow, and I noticed The Leftovers was also due tomorrow so I tried to renew that one too but I couldn't because it's on hold for someone else. So I need to read THAT, and THEN I can go back to Divergent. The Leftovers is another one I have been putting off reading, because I'm still not sure if I liked Little Children (that's weird: the one I read had goldfish crackers as the cover art, but the one I just linked to has cookies; I wonder if Pepperidge Farm complained?), and because fiction that involves a religious plot element can be dicey: sometimes it's helpful and thought-provoking, sometimes it's good for recreational anger, sometimes it's just kind of tiring and upsetting.
• Painting my nails with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in 130 Blue Me Away.
It is difficult to get a photo of fingernail polish that looks good and represents the color accurately. But this is a polish that looks exactly the same on the nails as it looks in the bottle, so if you pick up the bottle you will know what it looks like.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...