Monday, February 18, 2013

MELK! ...

Whenever I think of vacation -- the word as a concept -- I think of the time we stepped off a plane at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to unusual heat. I took off the sweater that had been a necessity in Minnesota, tied it around my waist and stepped out of a shadow and into direct sunlight.

My shoulders were sunburnt within 30 seconds. True story.

It's hard to put the past seven-plus days -- this year's winter vacation -- in the same category. But I will say this: I'm very happy with the champagne-colored blinds we hung in the upstairs bathroom. Like, seriously thrilled. When we got a new curtain rod for the bedroom, replacing one that was permanently sagged under the weight of two monster kitties, I almost did a cartwheel.

OTHER WAYS WE SPENT OUR WINTER VACATION
Perfecting moves inspired by Michael Jackson
Considering which came first: The teenaged stoner who works at a  pizza place
or the teenager who becomes a stoner because he works at a pizza place? 
... regardless: Fake plastic. 
Car buying=So much waiting=Zombie Tsunami

Nacho date
BEAR(ish)! at Lemon Wolf Cafe in Beaver Bay. 
"Ugh. That smelled like shark diarrhea." -- Chuck. 
Home Depot: Take One
No Jacket Required
Shits getting real. 
One-third of Communist Daughter at living room show. Isn't that just like a songwriter to say his worst-favorite song is your first favorite song. 
Melk. 
Anyway: I didn't make anything. So this is just what we've watched and I've read.

WATCHING
House of Cards: Finally. Netflix TV. This 13-episode series is about a White House biggie big, new journalism and behind the scenes wheeling and dealing. Think "The Wire" kind of, think "Damages" a little. It's pretty good. We ate it in two or three big gulps.

BOOKS

The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein: Esther Kohler moves home after college graduation, which has darker roots than just Gen Y slack, and gets wrapped up in her neighbors' super-sad story while trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

Full review here.


The Beautiful Indifference: Stories  by Sarah Hall: This is a mucky collection of seven short stories torture, dead insects and bloody muzzles.

Full review here.

Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)by Cheryl Strayed: It was hard to read Strayed's memoir of her 100-plus days hiking the Pacific Crest Trail because of her (admittedly) poor planning. The last time I read something about someone taking off like this, the kid ended up dead in an old bus in who-knows-where Alaska. But it's gripping enough and will probs inspire some wanderlust.

Full review here.

Where'd You Go, Bernadetteby Maria Semple: This is exactly the book I would want to write. Bernadette is a bored former innovative architect negotiating an entirely different world in Seattle. And then she disappears.

Full review here.

2 comments:

Laurie said...

I am curious to see what happens to your reading lists once the little one arrives. It takes me 3-4 weeks to finish a book nowadays!

Christa said...

I'm curious, too. It'll probably be all "Goodnight Moon" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Zzzzzz. :)