Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SLSO - Show #4 and #5

Back in the middle of November and early December, S and I attended two more of our symphonies for the season. However, as with so many things in life, the writing about them was derailed as a consequence of the holiday craziness.

The first show was a Beethoven spectacular - Missa Solemnis in long form. There were several soloists, both vocal and instrumental.  The lyrics, of course, were in Latin, but that hardly mattered.  Though the music was lovely, and I believe it was the first time I had ever heard more than one or two movements of MS, church music really isn't my favorite. Beethoven is always lovely, but there are several other works I would rather hear.

Our last SLSO show before the long holiday break was in four parts, with the last and title piece being Vivaldi's Four Seasons. It also started with Vivaldi: L'Olimpiade Overture, which was wonderful.  Next up was Bach's Italian Concerto, followed by Marcello's Oboe Concerto.  Then back around to the aforementioned Vivaldi.  All in all, it was a spectacular show.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Still Reading -- Truman and The Secret Battle

Ages and ages ago, I started reading (or re-reading) two books, neither of which I ever finished: Truman and The Secret Battle.  I let the latter fall by the wayside simply because I wasn't enjoying, or perhaps it's better to say that I wasn't finding it as meaningful, as I had the first time I read it.  The former is a formidable read, and I started it a couple of times but never got more than about 30 pages into it before setting it aside and moving on to something else.

I have of late taken them both up again.  Truman came up in conversation with the person I have temporarily hijacked it from, who reminded me that it gets better after you get through the distant Truman family history, so I gave it another go.  I'm now about 160 pages in and enjoying it immensely.

The Secret Battle is one I just couldn't quite give up on.  I had thought so highly of it when I read it in college that I couldn't believe my own change of heart about it.  I am pleased to say that my sentiments now remind me much more of the first go-around I had with it.

It has been interesting, and a bit confusing, to be reading two books about a guy named Harry which take place (at least in part) in theater during World War I.  In case you are wondering, both Harrys comported themselves honorably.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Goals 2018 -- January Edition

Every January, E goes sugar-free for the whole month.  I'm going to be honest: that is just not a thing I can realistically do at this point in my life.  I might -- might -- be able to do a week, but a month is way too long.

We may get to that, but it is not my January goal.  Step one for improving my life this year: clean out the fridge and pantry.  There is probably going to be a lot of perfectly good food that gets thrown out, and I'm not thrilled about that, but I would like to clean things out and start fresh -- especially with less junk food!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Goals

This year, I'm going to pay more attention to me.  That sounds quite selfish and narcissistic, but that's not how I mean it.  I am going to pay more attention to how I spend my time, what I eat, physical fitness, etc.  I want to be a better version of me.  Each month's goal will be somehow related to improving myself, my life, or my outlook.

We're starting off the year excellently, with a bout of food poisoning.

And in case anyone is wondering about December, I got one more box unpacked.  But hey, that's better than nothing!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

What I Read -- Why Not Me?

I read Why Not Me? a while back; I'm not sure how it escaped my blogging notice. It was one of our postal book club books, selected by K.

I did not read Mindy Kaling's first book, nor was I a big watcher of the American version of The Office.  (I did watch a fair number of episodes of the British version, but I still would not consider myself a devotee.)

Nevertheless, I did enjoy Mindy's anecdotes about working on the show, and making it big-ish in Hollywood.  I appreciate that she knows that her life story is not normal (not everyone gets invited to dinner at the White House!).  However, I think a few more years of life experience probably added some much-needed perspective that her first book may have lacked.  All in all, rather an amusing collection of stories.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

What I Watched -- Someone Like You

It may have been on Christmas day that I watched Someone Like You.  In any case, it was that day or one of the ones shortly after, when I was still immobile for having over-eaten, and I did nothing but watch movies that S discovered on Netflix. 

Someone Like You came out in 2001, and stars a bunch of good-looking people: Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman, and Greg Kinnear, to name a few.  It's a love triangle rom-com, but smart and funny.  And I love Ashley Judd's haircut.  Plus, as with anything set in NYC, it gets automatic bonus points from me.

Bottom line: I would have watched it even if had not been too stuffed to move and put on something else -- and that's saying something!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Extravaganza, Part II

Well, Christmas is over, but the fun ran through to December 26th!

On Christmas Day, S and I had K&J over for brunch.  Grandma came too, and we all chowed down on some eggs and potatoes, and drank a quite respectable amount of prosecco (mixed with OJ, if one so chose).  We opened gifts and K did a stellar job icing the sugar cookies.  Unfortunately the other G was housebound with an injured pup, but we had a couple of lovely telephone chats.

I continued my movie watching, with a new one recommended by C: It Happened on 5th Avenue.  Very cute!  It's old fashioned, it's set in New York, and it's about Christmas -- all of which are things I love!  In my food coma after brunch, I also watched a few not-so-good made-for-Netflix Christmas movies, which were tolerable in my semi-conscious state, but not recommended (not even named). And I watched one of my annual favorites, Little Women!  It's not Christmas without Little Women.

I'm not even sure the fun is over yet.  My birthday is coming up, and I might be able to swindle some more Christmas fun for the big day!