10.28.2014

Ok, I'm shaking it

My friend Kerri posted Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" video for her Music Monday post.  It reminded me that I saw the video the other day and caught two dancers from So You Think You Can Dance backing up Taylor.  One is Fik-shun, the winner from two (maybe 3?) seasons ago, and the other is the guy with the squiggly arms, Phillip Chbeeb. I love watching videos and catching former contestants doing their thing. I'm always so happy for them that they've found work doing what they love to do.

As I mentioned over on Kerri's blog, I've never been a big fan of Taylor Swift's, but I have to admit that I really do like this song and the video. I'm *this* close to downloading the song. (This has happened to me before--I was proud not to have a Katy Perry song on my iPod but then she went and came out with Roar and Dark Horse. Darn her. Who knows. Maybe Taylor will join her.)

Anyway, Kerri, thanks for the reminder that I wanted to write this post!





Fik-shun:





Phillip:



Fik-shun doing his thing. (Man, I love that smile!)




And here's Squiggly Arms (aka Phillip Chbeeb, aka Pacman):




10.26.2014

Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the WorldLost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is such a lovely and charming little book filled with words from around the world that don't exactly have an English translation.

Some are quite beautiful, like my favorite in the book: komorebi, which is a Japanese word for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees.

Some just make me think, "Yes! I needed a word for that!" like, trepverter which is a Yiddish word for a witty riposte or comeback you think of only when it is too late to use. Literally, "staircase words."

And the word that completely describes my life: tsundoku, Japanese for leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.

I recommend this one for everyone.



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10.05.2014

My author crush

I can't believe I forgot to mention that my sister and I had the chance to see Rainbow Rowell recently, in Arlington, VA. I already loved her, but now love her even more. She's so charming, quirky, and funny. She's one of those people that make me feel like I'd want to know them in real life. If you get a chance to see her in your town, please do. You won't be disappointed. 

At the talk, someone asked about a sequel to Eleanor & Park. Rainbow said she'd originally intended to write a sequel and had written an outline for it when she wrote the first book. It would follow E&P in their thirties. Her editor suggested waiting to see if people liked E&P.  Well they did, but now, because people liked those characters SO much, she feels enormous pressure to write them again and is afraid she wouldn't meet expectations. 

She compared it to her experience with the Star Wars prequels.  She had such anticipation for them, but then when she saw The Phantom Menace, she was disappointed. So, about an E&P sequel, she said, "I don't want to Jar Jar Binks 'Eleanor & Park.'"  

When I got home that night, I tweeted about that, and guess what?  She favorited my tweet. So cool!



More musings on TV and movies

As a friend mentioned in the comments on my previous post, it was well worth it to watch the second episode of black-ish, which was so funny, better than the first episode, and worth the wait.  I look forward to more with this show.

Mysteries of Laura is still fun too.  I don't expect it to win any awards, but it's enjoyable.

 I loved the premiere of A to Z which I was really looking forward to.  I think it's charming and sweet, and I just love the actors.

I wasn't planning to watch, but a coworker recommended I check out Selfie, another show with an unfortunate title.  It was better than I expected.  I really like John Cho, and I'm giving this one a season pass.

I also checked out Manhattan Love Story, and eh.  While I think it's fun to hear the inner thoughts of the main characters as they related to the same experience, the majority of the show was done in voice over and I think it was just too much.  I'll give it another try, but this one is iffy.

Looking forward to Homeland tonight, and American Horror Story: Freak Show later in the week.  I think for AHS, I might have to record it and watch over the weekend during daylight hours. I really don't like being scared, but I love Jessica Lange and the performances on the show.  Speaking of being scared--the commercials for Annabelle freak me the hell out and I would never purposely see that movie.  I find dolls creepy anyway, and those ads aren't helping!

In the movie world, I saw Gone Girl on Friday.  As I expected, it was better than the book.  I still didn't care for the ending, but it played better on screen than it did in the book, in my opinion.  I thought Ben Affleck was great. I went to a 10:30am showing (AMC charges only $6 for shows before noon) and was surprised by how many people were there.  It was mostly women in their 50s and 60s who looked like teachers or librarians...how's that for a stereotype?  Anyway, I thought it was interesting that they all looked the same.  There were a few guys thrown in as well.

Ciao for now!