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No birthday cards yet, but I did get a package today! Forgot that I ordered Hawkeye: Little Hits!

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Clint is delighted...but Tasha is in for a surprise. "Work Wife? What the hell does that mean? Who the hell is Bobbi? Who the hell is Jessica???" Comic canon and action figure "life" collide!

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Speaking of birthdays, I had to wait until last Sunday to give Paul his birthday cake. I found the recipe on Tumblr, and it was called "THAT Chocolate Cake". Naturally, I had to make it for Paul, the chocoloholic of the family!

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Friday night, Mom is taking me to see Les Miz at the Riverside. I still can't believe the got the rights to do it....and just in time, as the show is going back to Broadway next year.


Mar. 19th, 2013 08:49 pm
mollybarton: (inkvoices hawkeye)
Look what I got in the mail today- Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, vol. 1. Little Hawkeye approves.

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I think I had a bad reaction to my medicine. I really wasn't feeling right for a couple of hours. I took an antihistamine that was supposed to be okay to take with my other meds, and for the past four hours I've been having wild mood swings and bad thoughts. Definitely NOT taking that again. I'll tell my doctor about it when I see her next week. FUCK. I really needed the antihistamine, too. My allergies are acting up.

Sam turned 21 on Saturday. Holy shit. I was a junior in college when he was born. I am freaking out about that. I can't believe it was so long ago. Anyway, we had dinner with Sam and Nikki in Richmond at The Tobacco Company. I've never been there, but it's Sam's favorite. It's a very fancy, expensive steakhouse in a beautiful old downtown building.

The birthday boy:
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The building has an interesting history!
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Finished reading Prince of Thieves/The Town. Glad they changed some stuff- Jem's last stand was very gruesome in the novel. He blew himself up with grenades! So glad they didn't do that in the movie. The book's original ending is so sad, and very different than the alternate ending shot for the movie (either way, Doug dies- the theatrical movie had him live). Sometimes changing the ending isn't a bad thing.

Got my contact lenses last week. So far I'm doing okay with them (it's been a long time since I've worn any). I'm being checked out tomorrow. Hopefully I can eventually switch to extended wear lenses.

Sorry about my woe is me post. Something just was off with my brain tonight.
mollybarton: (inkvoices hawkeye)
Amour, Les Miserables, Argo. Skipped Django Unchained, want to wait for the DVD because then I can skip whenever the violence gets to be too much.

Amour was heartbreaking and hard to watch, about an elderly couple dealing with the wife's stroke and decline. I was able to follow the dialog without relying too much on the subtitles. I'm surprised I remember so much French from high school!

Les Miz I'd already seen, and it was better the second time around. And I cried just as hard.

Argo was a great true story about a time I remember very well- the hostage crisis in Iran. This was about the rescue of six Americans through a clever plan- using a fake Canadian movie production as a cover to get them out. The ending was a little Hollywood-ized, but still a great film. It deserves the awards it's been getting, and I don't get how Ben Affleck was not nominated for the best director Oscar. Once again, he was robbed. I still think The Town deserved more award attention than it got (Jeremy Renner got the film's sole Oscar nomination, and of course he lost to Christian Bale for The Fighter).

Speaking of The Town, I'm currently reading the novel it was based on, Prince of Thieves. Not much was changed except the ending, and Jem was a little more unhinged in the book. *shuddered* I wonder how much Jeremy had to dial back when shooting...

And speaking of The Renner- I watched his appearance on The Graham Norton show. As usual, he was hilarious. He told the "mistaking Viagra for Ambien" again. He makes the funniest faces during interviews...
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Family news- my cousin Sarah is having a baby girl in July! First girl in the family in a few years. My aunt and mom are so excited. Mom wants to make a Sunbonnet Sue quilt for her. Meanwhile, Katie's niece Marissa's second baby is a boy, due in May. Two new babies to look forward to this summer.
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Took Mom's advice and finally read The Hunger Games trilogy. I loved it! If I didn't have a church event tomorrow, I'd try to go see the movie.

I bought another Doctor Who cross stitch chart- it's the "modern companions" set. It includes Rose, Martha, Donna, Rory, Amy, and River...but no Jack Harkness? I hope that means the designer is planning a Torchwood chart! And it had better be the originals, none of that Miracle Day crap.

Speaking of Who- I'm kind of "meh" about the new companion. The powers that be almost always go for a young, pretty girl...something different would have been nice. Also, I'm dreading the end of Amy and Rory's or both is likely not going to survive.
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Author Reginald Hill has died. He wrote the Dalziel and Pascoe series of crime novels (among other stories), one of my favorite book series. I was hoping he'd write a few more...his last D&P story won't be released until 2013.

I hope more of the D&P novels are going to be available on Kindle. I just finished re-reading two of my favorites, Death Comes for the Fat Man (Death of Dalziel in the U.K.) and The Price of Butcher's Meat.
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"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."- Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. My favorite novel of all time.

Speaking of books, I finished Kathy Reichs' new one, Flash and Bones, in one day. I enjoyed it, had some interesting stuff. I was wondering when one of Tempe's cases would take place at a NASCAR function, with most of the stories taking place in Charlotte, after all!

ETA- I enjoyed reading other answers to this block- I kept seeing "Скарлетт О'Хара не была красавицей..." I never knew Gone with the Wind was popular in Russia! *lol*
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Tru fax. I've put about a dozen free classics on it already (including most Sherlock Holmes stories), and bought all of Kathy Reichs' Dr. Brennan novels, including the new one on pre-order. I'm going to be very, very busy reading!

Rory is growing so fast. He's going to be a very handsome adult cat.
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Mom's garden has been productive this year. I used up most of her zucchini yesterday in a tart with onions and feta cheese, and a really awesome cake. Pics and other stuff under the cut...

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I've done a few recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking this month already!

Boeuf à la Bourguignonne:


Took all of my Sunday afternoon to prepare, but YUM. Worth the time. It's the best damn beef stew I've ever eaten! Perfect for winter.

Carottes à la concierge:


These are very rich. Katie makes these for big family dinners.

Thank you, Julia Child...
mollybarton: (Red Scharlach blanket)
This happened in my former hometown yesterday. The headline read: "Helicopter Crashes in Broomfield High School Field". Which caught my attention, because that was my school! Then I read the article and found out it was actually Legacy High School, which opened long after I left Colorado. No one on the chopper was hurt, no one was on the field, either. Headline fail. :p

Had a ball doing some early Christmas shopping at Ulta. In addition to tons of little and not so little goodies for Mom and Katie, I got some holiday themed nail polish- "Wicked Wonderland". The red is "Bad Santa". LOL!

I also picked up this calendar- I just had to have it.

And it's a 16-month calendar, so I can start using it now!

Weather happenings- we finally had our first frost yesterday. I guess this is Indian Summer now. :p It was sunny and warm today. I loved it! It's raining now. The real fall weather is coming. :( Do not want.

I'm reading through the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories. I borrowed three VERY large volumes from the library. So far I've read two of the novels. It's fun to compare the new series to the books! More than ever, I think the new series is dead-on with the characters, even in a new century!

Name game.

May. 11th, 2010 02:54 pm
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This morning on The Today Show, there was a segment about baby names. The two most popular names right now are Isabella for girls and Jacob for boys. And one big naming trend...babies being named for Twilight characters- Bella, Edward, and CULLEN. Bella and Edward (and yeah, Jacob)- fine. Good names. I love Isabella/Isabel/Isobel. Edward is a good name for a boy. But  CULLEN? Fine if it's your family name...but otherwise, it just screams fangirl!

I really shouldn't talk. :p If I ever have a daughter, I'd probably name her Briony (my second choice after Olivia). Yeah, like the girl from Atonement. I love the name. It's pretty and unusual without being weird. I think it was actually popular in England at one time.

But Cullen...I can imagine kindergarten teachers five years from now with a dozen  Cullens in their classrooms, rolling their eyes (even if they liked the books, too).

 ETA- yeah, I know Cullen is a good Gaelic name, but it's going to be overused now. Be original, people!


Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:49 pm
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One lousy inch of snow, and the city of Fredericksburg completely shuts down! The schools were closed today, and now all church activities have been cancelled. No choir! *happy dance, squee* I shouldn't be too glad about that...but the music we're doing right now is so easy we only need a few minutes before church to practice.

And there may not be church this Sunday, either. We're going to be hit with another big snowstorm. Yuck.

Being snowed in over the weekend wasn't too bad. I made major progress on one of my cross stitching projects (update here:, and finished one book and started another. :) But I really don't want another weekend stuck indoors!

I managed to get out to shop a little today, despite the weather. I went to Michaels. Why is it that every time I find a line of beads and charms that I really, really love, the makers suddenly discontinue them? The stuff I liked was all on clearance, so I grabbed a bunch. Yay sales, boo discontinuation. :( I'm going to be making jewelry this weekend for sure...
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Fangirl squee and some whining about my eyes behind the cut.

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A very large stack of books to read!

That's 14 of the Dalziel and Pascoe crime novels. There are several more that I'm waiting for! Also, I have several novels by Gregory Maguire in my to-read pile. First of those is Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, which I have to read this week so it can go back to the library.

Other things that make me happy- House is back, and last night's episode was awesome (lots of House and Wilson goodness!). 24 is back next week, and Lost not long after. And there's a rumor (unconfirmed as yet) that the BBC will produce a second series of All the Small Things! (Oh please, oh please, oh please...) Of course, I'll only watch if Bryan Dick returns...without Jake, there's really no point!

Last thing that makes me happy- a whole new cross stitch project. I'm going to start Shakespeare's Fairies tonight! This is what it looks like:

It will probably take several months to finish, but it will be worth it.

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I like the show, I like the characters created for it- but I have to say, Detective Andrew Ryan could kick Agent Booth's ass any day. Just my humble opinion. If the show were re-done, and truly based on the Kathy Reichs novels, I wonder who would be a good Ryan? And Tempe as she is in the books, too.
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Reading Rainbow is going off the air after 26 years of encouraging kids to like reading, rather than just having to read. Now the reading shows on T.V. are going to focus on how. There are schools for that. Kids need to WANT to read.

This truly, truly sucks. I honestly thought it would go on until LeVar Burton kicked the bucket (hopefully not for a few more decades!).

This library volunteer/ex-library clerk/daughter of a librarian is very sad and disappointed today.

It was the third longest running PBS kids' show...after Sesame Street and Mister Rogers. Wow. 

Thanks, LeVar. You made a lot of kids want to read.
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"This can be a quick one. Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes."

Not so hard because I read a lot. I have two non-fiction and two kids' books on my list.

In no order:

1. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
2. Hiroshima by John Hershey (had to read it for a WWII unit in history class)
3. Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Patterson (best kids/young adult novel ever!)
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
6. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
7. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
8. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky by Patrick Hamilton
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
11. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
12. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
13. Anne Frank- the Diary of a Young Girl
14. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (another childhood favorite)
15. To Kill a Mockbird by Harper Lee

Yes, a lot of the books that have stuck with me have to do with death and destruction, and racism and other bad stuff! Well, you can't read Hiroshima or Anne Frank's diary or Mockingbird and not have them stick to you. Terebithia made me aware of my mortality, that kids my age could suddenly die. And growing up during the Cold War made me think and worry about nuclear war. Naturally books like On the Beach and Alas, Babylon stuck with me!

Speaking of books, I've finished the last three Torchwood novels I had, and now I need to think of something else to read. I'm so ashamed of myself for not reading more this year. :(

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My nephew got his driver's license yesterday. O_o Once again, I feel old!

Also, I just finished reading Death from the Skies! We're all gonna die!!! (in billions of years. :p) Very interesting look at all of the possible (but unlikely) ways the Earth could be destroyed.

Choir went well this morning. I sang a solo, and everyone thought I did well. Plus, Baritone Who Can't Sing™ wasn't there, so we were really good. Bell practice was okay, except for Bad Ringer™. The festival is this weekend, and I think we're ready. Most of us are going this year, except for Bad Ringer™, thank God!

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[Error: unknown template qotd] Off the top of my head:

by Daphne Du Maurier
Bleak House
by Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice (actually, a complete works volume would be better!)
by Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Complete Works of William Shakespeare (hopefully an edition with study guides/glossaries!)

Four favorites, plus one that would take a long time to get through. Five books is not enough. 100 books isn't enough!


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