I’m not usually a huge fan of non-genre fiction, or at least I haven’t been in the past, so this book was a pleasant surprise. It really hit the right notes with me, probably because of the protagonists’ ages: late thirties. I could identify with them and their struggles more than a lot of the angsty women’s fiction that highlights younger women.
This story follows the lives and loves of four women over a three-monthish period. Each of them must truly face and question the things they thought to be the truth, and make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. I know that’s a really wishy-washy description, but I don’t want to give anything away!
I really enjoyed that there was a lot of diversity in this book, both racially and economically. I particularly enjoyed the snapshot of Indian culture. It was a wonderful change of pace!
So, if you’re looking for a mature coming-of-age story, I can definitely recommend this one.
I’m currently sniveling my way through a blossoming head cold, and there’s nothing better to combat that than a good movie, right? Sherlock Holmes came on last night, and I realized I hadn’t reviewed it here yet. Plus, the next movie we have up in the Netflix queue is the second one in the series, so I figured it was an opportune time.
So, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. Need I say more? LOL. No, really. IMO this is a perfect date movie. It’s smart, sexy and funny. Downey, Law & McAdams have a fabulous chemistry together, and I love the spin Director Guy Ritchie put on the whole Holmes/Watson mythos. Seeing Holmes as a brawler was a great character growth tool, as was Watson’s goal of becoming “normal”, which was thwarted by Holmes at every turn.
The depiction of turn-of-the-century London was fabulously gritty, and the music was just awesome. If you haven’t seen this one yet, do it!
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Even though I was born and raised in California, I didn’t have a specific alliance this year in the Superbowl. Originally, I would have rooted for Ray Lewis, but I got sick of hearing his name every five minutes, so just decided to appreciate the game for what it is…entertainment…by which I’m obviously referencing my affection for a bunch of extremely fit dudes running around hitting each other while wearing Spandex 😉
Along with the big game, you’ve got the obvious halftime gig. It was okay. I’m not necessarily a big Beyonce fan, so while I wasn’t necessarily agog over her performance, I was pretty damned impressed by her ability to do anything but scream in pain with those heels.
Commercials… (you can see all of them here: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/47/commercials#video=0ap2000000134697)
First for me was the Jeep “Whole Again” spot, followed very, very closely by the Dodge Ram “Farmer”, and then, because I’m really a big ole softy, I’m gonna go with the Clydesdale bit. The Rock gets an honorable mention for his milk spot, as does Hyundai for the Playdate and The Team.
Which part/commercial was your favorite?