Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Snapshot for a Birthday Weekend!

Flying into Chicago

Currently Reading:

Wine and War by Don and Petie Kladstrup: On one hand I admire what the authors did with this work and I've enjoyed several of the stories. On the other hand I'm not that into reading about WWII (or any war, really) and the book occasionally feels too loosely connected.

Posted: Which Romance Novel Should I Read? Quiz! On Book Riot.


The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon

I actually enjoyed the first half of this movie, but in the second half it seemed like everyone was just relying on Kate McKinnon to make it funny and entertaining. The "plot" also went completely off the rails and stopped making any lick of sense.

A Taste of Romance, starring Teri Polo and James Patrick Stuart

Possibly the greatest Hallmark movie I've ever seen. A French-trained chef who looks remarkably like Brooke from Top Chef struggles to find customers while the pizza and sandwich place next door, run by a David Tennant lookalike (thumbs up), is doing great! Naturally they hate each other, but when the chef makes friends with the ingrate's daughter they start to connect over food and what inspired them to open their restaurants. SO MANY FEELS, you guys. I love stories where the hero and heroine fight all the time, and I love movies with food, so naturally I was destined to enjoy this movie. But I was still surprised by how good it was. It felt more solidly grounded in reality than many Hallmark movies, and the elements of romance and comedy were perfectly placed. There was even just a soup├žon hint of The Parent Trap, which was delightful. Very highly recommended if you're in the mood for a romcom.

Quincy, directed by Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks

This documentary about the life of Quincy Jones is wayyyyyyyyy too long. I'm warning you right now. BUT. It's also a fascinating and moving portrait of a man who's even more remarkable than I realized. It's crazy how he escaped childhood poverty and gangs in Chicago, overcame a racist industry, and became a legend in everything from music to films and TV and theater. Not to mention that he's still crushing it! Well worth making the time for if you're into music documentaries.

These weeks in heidenkindom:

Guess what, y'all? It's my birthday today! w00t w00t!


The universe has been kind to me and given me a new episode of Doctor Who AND Expedition Unknown, which are basically my two favorite TV shows, plus I got some nice presents, so I'm hashtag grateful y'all.

September was a crazy month. Well, the first part wasn't too bad, but then one of the stores I work for had to close and move locations (and they're still closed–long story), which turned out to be fine because at nearly the same time we had a death in the family and I had to fly out to Illinois for the funeral. Then, when we got back, I had to rush around to finish researching and writing an article I promised to get in the week before. Plus there's been a ton of fun things like dentist appointments and trying to find a new doctor (I've been doctorless since July). I tried a new productivity app to see if that would help me get more things done but so far it seems hit and miss.

Anyway, here are some photos from the last couple of weeks:

Corn (spot the tourist!)

Airplane reading

Six-Pack Colonialism by Julie Buffalohead @the Denver Art Museum

The best photo of Calypso I think I've ever taken so far

That's it for today. Hope you're all having an awesome month!!

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