(I stole the consumables concept from the Pop Culture Librarian. I hope she won't mind.)
In the interest of slimming our budget, we agreed to ditch our cable package. I do miss the DVR, but I don't miss flipping through 200 channels on any given night and finding nothing to watch. We got Apple TV and a Netflix subscription to replace it, and in the interest of getting our money's worth, MB has queued up movies left and right. I had never seen Romancing the Stone, so we watched that last night. It was surprisingly good, especially for an 80s movie. I was impressed with the non-wimpiness of the lead female character. We also watched Chaos Theory, which I'd never heard of before. If you like Ryan Reynolds, you should give it a try. It's a sweet movie and he's funny but low-key in it. If you don't like Ryan Reynolds...well...did you not see his abs in Blade III? Actually, never mind. If you don't like RR, more for me.
After listening to the Decemberists' last album, Hazards of Love, on repeat for the entirety of 2009, I was eagerly anticipating their new one, The King is Dead. I got it from the library this week and was initially underwhelmed, but I think it's starting to creep up on me.
My sister gave me four fantasy / sci-fi novels for Christmas that she thought I'd like, and so I'm currently reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It's the kind of fantasy I usually think of as heavy, with blatantly fantasy-type character names and some made-up language. Usually this is not my style of fantasy as I prefer stuff that doesn't constantly remind me that I'm reading a fantasy, but I am really enjoying the book. It has kind of been a long read for me, but not necessarily in a bad way. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.
A few blog posts that I've wanted to email to everyone I know:
Maybe I am just an awkward person, but come on, you are, too.
Crime and Punishment
I am in search of a kids' book to pair with Bear Snores On for a program I'm doing as part of a totally nervewracking job interview situation, so if you have a favorite little kid book that involves bears, please let me know.