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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sunday Salon May 25, 2008 - Saturday Evening edition

Good (Saturday) afternoon to you, fellow Saloners! I know I'm a day early this week, but I won't be around my computer tomorrow, and I've come to enjoy typing up my weekly posts just as much as I enjoy surfing around to everyone's Salons.

It has been yet another slow reading week, but with good excuses this time around! I'm still dogsitting for my friend S while she is teaching in Ireland, so my normal schedule is thrown off. It's not like this is such a disruption of my day, but staying at someone else's home plays with my normal rhythm of a day, so I find myself not being able to get in as much reading, even though I have the same amount of time in a day. Weird, isn't it? (If you're reading this, S, I don't mind! It's just an observation.)

Also, Tuesday night, my friend B and I went to Detroit to see Eddie Izzard and his Stripped show. If you are not familiar with Eddie Izzard (for those in the US, you may know him from Fox's The Riches), he is an English comedian and actor and who is, in my opinion, one of the funniest and smartest men alive. He tends to be extremely liberal in his ideals and isn't for everyone, but he's worth watching. I would recommend his show Dress to Kill for those new to Eddie.

Thursday, B and I went to see the Michigan Opera Theatre's performance of Verdi's La Traviata. They usually perform at the Detroit Opera House (which happens to be where we saw Eddie Izzard on Tuesday) but occasionally they will hold one-night performances at our local theater here in East Lansing, the Wharton Center. It has been probably 20 years since I had last scene La Traviata, and I was thrilled to be seeing it again. This was a beautiful performance. Even though I know how the shows ends, when the curtain fell on Thursday night's performance, I had chills. Click here if you'd like to see a dress rehearsal of the Drinking Song.

And then last night, B and I sat home and watched Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in anticipation of going to see the new film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Lost Skull on Monday. I love the Indiana Jones films, and can't wait for Monday to get here! They are just so much gosh-darn fun!!

So you see, so many reasons why I didn't get any reading done this week. I should be able to finish Meg Waite Clayton's The Wednesday Sisters tonight (which is still proving to be an enjoyable read - I hope you aren't let down, Irish! I'll be owing you $15 otherwise.) I'm hoping to finish reading Jeff Smith's Bone tomorrow. I can't tell you how much I've been enjoying this book. It starts out as what seems to be nothing more than the silly adventures of the Bone cousins getting lost in the Valley after they are run out of Boneville due to some cash-making scheme that Phone Bone came up with, and it has transformed into this sprawling, epic tale. I'm sure I'll have more to write later in the week when I get it finished.

Have any of you ever had a book like that? Something that you were sure was going to go in one direction, and thrills you by going in another, completely different direction, and you loved every minute of it? Just curious.

Happy reading everyone and look forward to visiting with everyone later in the week when I'll be around a computer again.


Anonymous said...

Like everyone else, I'm excited about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Lost Skull too. I am going to wait until it comes out on DVD before seeing it.

Have Fun Today! :-D

Anonymous said...

I managed to read two tomes and on my third book today which plan to finish reading today!

A poetry book..:D

My SS post!

My Journey Through Reading... said...

I finished The Wednesday Sisters this week and loved it. I had been reading a lot of historical fiction and classics so this was a much welcomed break.

My husband saw Indiana Jones Thursday night with some friends. I don't have the patience to sit through a movie anymore! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Now why am I not surprised you're an Indiana Jones fan? I rarely go to the cinema these days, it's such a disappointing and extraordinarily noisy and grubby experience, but for this I shall be making an exception. I know what you mean as well about having your routine disrupted. I'm afraid I love routine.

Irish said...

House sitting always throws off my routine as well. I think that its partly because you aren't in your own space...and it can be hard to get truly comfortable in someone else's place.

I've also read several other positive reviews of the Wednesday I think that your $15 will be safe. ;-)

Hope that you are having a wonderful sunday!

Anonymous said...

Hope you enjoy Indiana Jones! I got to see it last night :)

Ravenous Reader said...

You're the second person on the Salon to mention The Wednesday Sisters...why haven't I heard of this before??? This is just my kind of book :)

My son saw the new Indiana Jones yesterday - in Thailand of all places! They're just as excited about it over there as we are here.

And you and I are neighbors (sort of!) I live in Livonia (suburb of Detroit) and go to Lansing quite often for concerts, etc.

tapestry100 said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone.

I went to see Indiana Jones today, and what a FUN movie! It totally took off in a direction that I wasn't anticipating (I wasn't sure what I was anticipating) but it was still a darned good movie. It's so over-the-top that it becomes believable. I think I want to go see it again!

As for The Wednesday Sisters, I finished it last yesterday and really enjoyed it. Believable characters who were real, living through real life situations. I found myself truly caring for each of the 5 main characters. I may have to go pick up some other books by Meg Waite Clayton.

I'm only stopping home for a moment, so I'm hoping that I can stop by each of your blogs tomorrow and catch up on your Salons. Until then, happy reading!

Book_Spirit said...

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is awesome. Its a little different from the original trilogy in that there isn't quite an official "go off and find this awesome relic" bit, but its still quite good. To those who complain about a ton of sitting around talking in the movie, remember, its been 19 years in movie time since the last one as well, and there's a lot to catch us up on.