October 16, 2011

What I've Been Up to This Weekend

• 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.

16 comments:

Jodie said...

I hope that when you are done with the Leftovers, you'll post a review or something. That book is in my "maybe I want to read this" list.

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

Eerie!

I JUST finished Little Children on Thursday and did NOT like it. I hated his smarmy, condescending take on staying home with kids -- I never quite grasped whether he was trying to be funny or not. I'm going to call Franzenfreude on this one and say it got glowing reviews because it written by a man. No, I did not hate the book, but did not think it was worthy of all the breathless declarations of genius.

FWIW, my book had a picture of goldfish in a plastic bag.

Slauditory said...

That nail color is beautiful. I like how solid it is. Most blue polishes are sort of streaky...not like this one! Will check out that line of polish.

Melissa Haworth said...

If you're at all like me, Divergent will SUCK YOU IN. (so be ready with children at school etc). Or, if you can, wait about 5 months and read it when the sequel is already out (listed as 2012 but I don't know the date). It's like Hunger Games and all the rest with a cliffhangery ending.

OR, and this is kind of a bad idea if you don't like YA but read Matched since the sequel comes out in a few weeks and it's not nearly as suck inny as Divergent. (nor as good in my opinion but at least you'll have the next book). Actually, instead of reading Matched, go old school and read The Giver which seems like exactly where the Matched author came up with most of her world.

Enough about books--enjoy the rest of your weekend. My captcha thing is beexcalm so Bee Calm ;)

Maureen said...

Melissa-there can never be enough about books-that is the motto I live by! I agree with you about Matched, I am halfway through, but put it down and have no burning urge to finish. I'm sure I will at some point in time, but now I need to check out Divergent!

Crafty Beth said...

I have Divergent waiting for me on hold at the library RIGHT NOW--gotta get over there and pick it up.

Anonymous said...

i tore through "The Leftovers" - absolutely loved it.

fairydogmother said...

Your weekend has been way more weekend-y than mine has felt. I think I've been doing my weekends wrong lately. Also, I love the look of fun nail polish colors like that even though I pretty much only wear it on my toes, but I'm so fair skinned I'm translucent, so blues & greens look horrible on me. Really, I tried it once(even a few different shades) & I looked like I had space alien feet. Not attractive on me at all. So, I'm jealous is essentially what I'm saying ;)

Nellyru said...

Your nail polish matches your blog! Errr...at least it does on my screen, in an accent-y color kind of way! Nice!

Anonymous said...

Pepperidge Farm did complain!

JEN said...

the polish rocks!

lifeofadoctorswife said...

I did NOT like Little Children.

I do, however, like your nail polish. And I'm impressed that you don't have polish all over your fingernails.

Annie said...

I really liked Divergent. I am not sure that it is the best book EVER or anything superlative like that...but I did like enough to read it all in one day. It seems that there could be a new trend in YA fiction: post-apocalyptic revolutions.

Saly said...

That color makes me wish I could paint my own nails. I can just barely paint the girls' and make them look acceptable.

Nik-Nak said...

Ah that color looks great with your skin color!!
I need it, like NOW!

(Also am so looking forward to your bloopers box review! I live for those posts)

Laura Diniwilk said...

Yay, nail polish pics always make me happy! That's a good color on you, I tried something similar-ish recently because my daughter picked it out, and it didn't work with my skin at all.

Adding all three books to my goodreads list; I completely forgot about perotta after I read election a million years ago.