This week I bought some things and watched some movies and read some books. But maybe I’ll start with last week when I finally sent Mel the little prize I put together! It was really fun shopping for stuff. So, here’s what she got: a little pill case like mine only yellow, a two-piece box of Russell Stover’s, some really cute owl stickers, a box of pretty blank cards, one copy each of my two favorite magazines – Brain, Child and The Sun, and cute little salt and pepper shakers – a mushroom and a snail. Okay, that might not be everything but it’s all I can remember. She’s actually got another package coming because I forgot a couple things. Fun, right? Definitely gonna do that again.
So like I mentioned, this week involved poop. Puppy poop, a constipated 6 yr old, and the best part, a stool study for moi. So Monday (I think, who remembers days anyway) I dropped Kenai at school and then took Elliet and Ziva with me to the lab so I could get bloodwork done. While we were waiting Elliet puked all over the floor of the lab. After we cleaned that up, they got my blood and I got a stool collection kit. So the rest of the day I was scooping and stirring and shaking as per the instructions on the SEVEN vials I had to fill. Plus cleaning up Elliet’s puke. Then the puppy shit on the floor TWICE. The next morning I dropped off my samples to the lab and they were like, “Oh you have to do four more” Oh, okay. BLERGH.
I bought some things this week. I went to Amazon and bought a globe for the girls, an origami kit for Elliet, a How to Draw Horses book for Elliet and a set of those scratch magic picture things for Kenai AND the book My Grammar And I Or Should That Be Me? for Elliet’s schooling but mostly for me because it looks really fun if you’re a grammar nerd. I also ordered eight boxes of K-Cups for me AND another pound of See’s because OMG the brown sugar ones are like heroin. So that was fun because shopping is always fun. Usually. Well, sometimes it’s really not but anyway.
I also watched some more movies. There was Catfish which was totally not what I expected and it was excellent. It’s a documentary and I think some people could find it boring but I loved it. I don’t want to give anything away so I guess you’ll just have to try it out. Case 39 — DUUUMMMB. For real. But a little scary so that was fun. Then there was Conviction, really good movie. Based on the true store of a guy falsely convicted for murder. His sister goes to law school to get him out and after he’s served 16 years, she and the Innocence Project get him out. It’s frustrating and sad and uplifting and I love the backstory of the sibling relationship. It’s not quite as heavy as other similar movies like Dead Man Walking or Murder in the First which was actually kind of nice. Definitely recommend. Then I watched Phoebe in Wonderland which was different and cute, nothing that sticks with you but I don’t regret that 90 minutes or anything. Let’s see…oh yes, Maxed Out, EXCELLENT documentary about the evil that is carrying a credit card balance and the predatory nature of banks. Very good movie, recommend to everyone. Save Me was a strange movie about a guy who hits rock bottom and ends up at a Christian “ex-gay” ministry. I thought it might be awful (because, hello, Chad Allen) and part of the way in I paused it to look up reviews because it almost seemed like they were leaning toward a “happy” ending of turning him straight. Turns out they were just trying to show both sides of things. In the end, a pretty decent flick. Last but not least, I just watched What’s Wrong With Kansas. Pretty good documentary based on a book by the same title. It really was a good film but it brought up a lot of difficult emotions for me regarding my fundamentalist upbringing.
What else did I say? Oh yes, I read some books. I finished House Rules by Jodi Picoult and it gets the usual 3 stars from me that most of her books get, I’ve only really liked three of her books but I’ve now read all of them. Even the not so great ones are easy to read and I do enjoy her character development. I started The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose which is VERY GOOD. This guy grew up a Quaker, pretty liberal, pretty much agnostic and was attending Brown when he decided to attend a semester at Liberty University (Jerry Falwell’s place) to get a better idea of what evangelicalism is really about, especially within the younger crowd. I can barely slog through most non-fiction but this is riveting and fun. He’s really open about his thoughts and feelings and he’s rather generous with his description of some of the more hardcore students. Highly recommended.
So that was the week. Oh, plus last weekend I got to go to my sister’s, get drunk and corner her pregnant friend so I could spout off about the GOP and gods know what else for two hours. She friended me on facebook the next day so maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought?