Jul 27th 2008 10:09:01 pm
To be totally honest, I have not been feeling very perky this month. I have been feeling discouraged and down on myself… not exactly fantastic blog fodder. Luckily, I have also had lots of distractions to keep me busy:
- Dexter, Season 2 – Oh, baby! Hanging out with a sociopath serial killer is so much fun! I am actually disappointed that we finished the series because it was so suspenseful and entertaining – I really looked forward to watching it each night. It is definitely a very adult program (blood, nudity, f-word, you know, the works), but the plot twists are so insane that I actually was yelling at the tv at multiple times. Love it. Definitely recommend it. (Siidenote: Travis downloaded the whole series from iTunes and we watched it via the AppleTV. Success!)
- The Assault – My mom sent me this book by Harry Mulisch, which is apparently THE ultimate Dutch literary classic. I didn’t realize that fact until after I completed the book and was reading online reviews. The novel is a concise, beautiful account of the effect of WWII on an ordinary, young man. The events in the story are profound, but the characters are extremely easy to relate to – and that is saying a lot because no matter how many things I learn and read about WWII it still manages to seem like a quaint, old-timey event that never feels totally real. Maybe that is disrespectful, but I don’t think it is possible for those who have only lived in the changed world to ever really know what the world-changing event was like to experience. Anyhoo, I marked a random favorite quote:
“Time passed. His hair turned gray prematurely, but he did not grow bald like his father. As the proletariat was vanishing, the appearance of people all around him grew more proletarian, but he himself continued to wear English tweed jackets and checkered shirts with a tie. Gradually he reached the time of life when he met old people whom he had known at the age he was now. This was a strange experience. It made him look differently at both old and young, and himself as well.”
- Black Kids – Their first album, Partie Traumatic, was just released last week and I am in love. I found them originally via The Hype Machine and was really looking forward to a full cd. So fun and talented. The lead singer’s voice totally reminds me of Robert Smith, but the music is not goth. More like dance-pop. They are my second favorite band of the year (next to Vampire Weekend).
- Wow – Mainly just to distract myself from doing much-needed work, I started playing World of Warcraft again. They recently changed the rules so that you could get a mount at level 30. (Mounts make your character run faster.) For some reason I felt driven to finally get a mount. Don’t ask me why. I am weird. I got some sort of bird for my character to ride (see above). Ya, I think that might be as far as I get in that game…
- New “media center” – We need a new fence, but you can’t put a 46″ flat screen tv on a fence. We opted instead for the Rhys Modular Media System from the barn. The tv stand and two bookcases miraculously fit in our living room and it looks much more classy than the old tiny tv stand we were using. The only downside is that we find ourselves with an overabundance of shelf space. There are worse problems… Oh! Have you noticed how the barn is trying to get all mid-century modern?! I will give them credit for trying to update their style, even if I don’t really love any of the new stuff. Maybe that is a good thing…
That is basically what I have been up to. That, and going to work, stressing about Swap-bot, and trying to kick my butt into gear exercise-wise. I have been extremely unmotivated lately, so I am sorry if you are disappointed. I’m just trying to hold it together.