Things I shouldn’t love, but I do
1. Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, including
2. the video for Bad Romance, but in particular
3. the Alexander McQueen get-up she wears in the video, more specifically
4. those horrible hoof boot-shoe-things that I find so weirdly beautiful, like, they make me happy and I can’t quit staring at them (but I have a closet full of Dansko clogs, so my taste in footwear is suspect)
Andy and I finished season three of The Wire this week (on our spiffy new TV—thanks, Santa!). And I know I keep mentioning my obsession with this show, and pestering you all around the internet to please watch it, but seriously, people, PLEASE WATCH THE WIRE. It is very graphic in all it depicts, but it is just so, so good. We watched a Q & A with cast and crew that was one of the DVD extras, and I learned that the creators are a print journalist and a 20-year Baltimore cop who then became a teacher, so that explains the realism. I also discovered that Baltimore is only like 40 minutes from Washington D.C., and the fact that I did not know that probably got my valedictorian membership revoked. That, and the fact that I misspelled “valedictorian” the first time I typed it.
I know that health care is a mess, and the economy’s in the crapper, but the fact that The Wire didn’t win every award ever created, while knife-wife-threatener Charlie Sheen is allowed to be the highest-paid dude on TV? THAT, my friends, is what truly is wrong with our country.
I finished my first book of 2010: I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb. A thumbs-up recommendation. I expected it to be funny, since the author is a Daily Show executive producer and there’s a Judd Apatow blurb on the cover. But it actually is pretty melancholy, and your heart hurts for the main character, Oliver. The website for the book is pretty genius, too.
Now I’m trying to finish up books I started over the holidays: 9 Dragons by Michael Connelly, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Pride and Prejudice is my book club’s pick, but I decided to read the zombie version because doesn’t that sound more fun? I have the original on my iPhone to browse to make sure I didn’t miss anything, and so I can contribute to the book club discussion more than, “What do I think of Elizabeth’s relationship with Lady Catherine? Was that before or after Elizabeth battled her ninjas?”
I’m trying to figure out how I want to keep track of what I’ve read in 2010. I might keep doing individual posts, or I might do a running list over there in the sidebar somewhere. That way, I stay motivated to keep reading, since it really is my very favorite thing, and you might be motivated to pass along some book recommendations.
(UPDATE: sidebar added!)
I know my children are why people (read: grandmas) visit this blog, but I have a lack of kid-stories due to it being -8275656 degrees outside and snowy, so we’ve stayed inside in our jammies all week. Henry and Eleanor were just telling me their toy Dyson pooped and pretended to change its diaper, so I think we all have a touch of cabin fever.
We still have lingering naptime issues, mainly the lack of naps, which is driving me a little crazy. I’m blaming the toddler beds until I find a better reason. Although toddler beds are also the reason I crept in to check on the kids the other night and found them snuggled together thusly.
I should have moved Henry back to his own bed, but I didn’t, because how do you break up that cuteness?