Catching up...

BELATED Happy Thanksgiving! So, I'm a week late. Who cares, right? I hope everyone had a nice holiday.

My dad, sister and I participated in a 5K on Thanksgiving morning in support of an organization called So Others Might Eat (SOME). It was a beautiful day and we had a good time. Debbie ran, while my dad and I walked. This is the second year we've done it, and I think it's going to become a tradition. It's for a good cause, and also a good way to burn some calories before the turkey later in the day.

Go Debbie, go!

After our Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant called Georgia Brown's, we went to see This Christmas in Georgetown. $10.50! Damn. Anyway, the movie was okay--some parts were quite predictable, but there was a good cast, and as my dad pointed out, a great soundtrack. Also plenty of nice male eye candy (Chris Brown, Idris Elba, and Mekhi Phifer, for example.) I enjoyed watching the "Soul Train" line dancing featuring most of the cast at the end of the movie.

On Friday AND Sunday I watched Home for the Holidays as I normally do around Thanksgiving. On Sunday I watched with the Director's commentary on, and am so glad I did. This movie was directed by Jodie Foster, and she acknowledged that the movie wasn't that well received, but explained why it meant so much to her. Her commentary made me love the movie even more.

On Saturday, Mark, Erika and I went to see Denzel! Er...I mean American Gangster. I really enjoyed it, but then again, they could just put Denzel on the screen reading the encyclopedia and I'd find it amazing. He's just an electrifying personality and I thought his performance was wonderful. Oh, and that guy Russell Crowe did a good job too.

I think that's it for movies. I'm still reading Eat, Pray, Love and am enjoying it. I've finished the "Eat" portion, which I adored, and am now in the "Pray" section. It's slowed down a bit, and I don't relate to it as much, but Elizabeth Gilbert is a great author and I'm still very interested in what comes next. Check out this blurb about pizza in Naples:
...he gave me the name of a pizzeria in Naples that I had to try, because, Giovanni informed me, it sold the best pizza in Naples. I found this a wildly exciting prospect, given that the best pizza in Italy is from Naples, and the best pizza in the world is from Italy, which means that this pizzeria must offer...I'm almost too superstitious to say it...the best pizza in the world?....

So Sofie and I have come to Pizzeria da Michele, and these pies we have just ordered--one for each of us--are making us lose our minds. I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair. Meanwhile, Sofie is practically in tears over hers, she's having a metaphysical crisis about it, she's begging me, "Why do they even bother trying to make pizza in Stockholm? Why do we even bother eating food at all in Stockholm?"
Yummm....aren't you hungry now, and don't you want to travel to Italy?

OK, that's enough. Hopefully I can get back on a regular schedule so I don't wind up with these long winded posts!



Just wanted to let everyone know that if you're sitting at your desk at work, minding your own business, and a one-inch long COCKROACH suddenly crawls toward you from under your keyboard, drowning it with "Clean 'n' Disinfect" spray will help take care of the situation. Do NOT ask your coworker to come in and take care of it for you when she's the type of person who will leave her house if a bug enters.

Ugh. I feel sick now. Can I get some kind of workers' compensation for this traumatic experience?

[This reminds me of my favorite essay from Augusten Burroughs' Magical Thinking where he tried to drown a rat/thing in his bathtub with bug spray.]


Living by the Bible

I finished The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs some time last week. I really enjoyed this book. I consider myself agnostic and am not religious (at all), but I do find it a fascinating subject. The author--who’s also agnostic--read the Bible, wrote down all the rules & laws contained therein (I think there were over 700 of them), and tried to live by them as best he could for one year. He also wrote down what he considered to be the five strangest laws, such as not mixing wool and linen, and tried to live by those too, sometimes to hilarious results. He was also completely non-judgmental throughout the whole experiment. I thought that was great. By the end of the year, Mr. Jacobs realized that he’s still agnostic, but that he learned to appreciate things that were sacred—I admired that. I get a twinge of that every once in a while (like singing Silent Night at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve—that always touches me). I definitely recommend that everyone read this. You’ll learn a lot AND be entertained.

Up next: Eat, Pray, Love


The Historian

I finished reading The Historian a few days ago. I've decided to keep better track of the books I read on this blog, so at the end of the year I can say, "I read X books this year."

Anyway, the story of The Historian is about the hunt for the real Dracula. Not usually something I'm interested in (though I really enjoyed Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat.) I enjoyed the first half of The Historian immensely, but the second half got bogged down in too much detail and I found myself skimming. And the ultimate twist/explanation, was a let down--to me, anyway. I think the author, Elizabeth Kostova, is a wonderful writer--similar, but much better than Dan Brown, of The DaVinci Code--and I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next.

Now I'm reading a book by A.J. Jacobs called The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible and am loving it. I've laughed out loud several times and really enjoy Mr. Jacobs' writing. (He's currently the editor of Esquire magazine.)