|Riveting, no doubt.|
A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Another book club read! This book was certainly a different one – a utopian novel set in a “brave new world” where people are decanted, (not born) are grown to serve a certain purpose in society, conditioned for only happy feelings and taught to have as many partners as possible – enjoying oneself is key. I wasn’t at all surprised to see that this book has made numerous banned book lists over the years; I can see why it would have caused a stir…especially since it was published in 1931. A good book though and I really enjoyed reading it. Word from my Mom is that she hates it…
|Not sure I’d want to live in this world…|
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon – The sixth book in the Outlander series; I finally had the time on my hands at the end of the month to put this book out of it’s misery, ha-ha! I think I’ve been bouncing around on this book since sometime in late December. The story follows Jamie and Claire as they face the oncoming Revolutionary War – Claire knows what the future will hold for the young country of America and she must help Jamie and their family navigate the dangerous waters that war will lead them through.
|Finally finished this one!|
Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall – Our book club read for April; this is the story told in the Gone with the Wind but from the perspective of a slave on Tara Plantation. I’m really looking forward to reading this one!
*And to be honest, I have got so many books on my bookshelf right now that I still need to read, there is no telling what I’ll end up reading next. So this section will just have to be left at the one book because what I read next is anyone’s guess, ha-ha!*
|It’s hard to “be human”|
House of Cards – Season Three! Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched this far – and that means you Ginger! The story picks up six months after Frank has taken his place in the Oval Office; his approval rating is not great, Claire is bored with only being the First Lady, tensions with Russia are high and a once trusted friend is turning his coat…and that’s only in the first five episodes. Where the Underwoods always seemed to have a firm grasp of every situation they were presented in seasons one and two, their hold on power in season three seems tenuous at best in season three. Perhaps the House of Cards they’ve built themselves is about to fall? I’ll have to continue watching but I must admit, I’m proud I didn’t just blaze through all thirteen episodes in one sitting – I have a wee bit of self-control.
|Oh the Underwoods….|
Ellen’s Furniture Design Challenge – This was a show my Mom and I saw preview for and just decided on a whim to check it out; it has really been a neat show. Six designers were chosen by Ellen DeGeneres and each week they have to make a piece of furniture that falls within certain guidelines. As with most any show like this, each week a contestant is eliminated. We had an early favorite who went home after four weeks and now with just the finale to go, it’s anybody’s game but I think everyone in our house is cheering for Tim to win. I’ve been so impressed (and at times horrified, ha-ha) by the level of creativity and skill that these designers have showcased over the weeks and thoroughly enjoyed watching it!
|I like that yellow chair….|
|This movie was…different…|
|Also another interesting movie…|
Snowpiercer – Oh what a movie; I’ve been back and forth about watching this for about a month now and I finally decided to bite the bullet (train) on Friday night and just watch it. The films follows the survivors of a global apocalypse who live on board a train called the Snowpiercer. The train circles the globe and a class system has emerged on the train; Curtis, a member of the lower class located at the tail of the train leads a revolt to get to the front of the train and make changes. The film itself was a bit odd…but also intriguing and as the group of revolutionaries move closer to the front of the train, the cars become more extravagant and amazing. I’m glad I watched it but I don’t know if I could recommend it…not because I didn’t like it, but I don’t know if I know anyone else who would like it!
|Fighting your way to the front is dangerous…|
Despicable Me 2 – I finally got around to watching this one, courtesy of my minion-crazed friend Katie. I loved Despicable Me and I’m not sure why it took me so long to watch this one, but I loved this one just as much as the first. The story follows Gru as he is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help seek out and take down a new and “evil” threat. The antics are made funnier as Gru navigates the waters of romance, raising three girls and corralling all of his minions; made especially more challenging when some of them are snatched and turned a funny shade of purple…ha-ha! As my sister also pointed out – the guacamole hat is delightful; someone should make that a real thing.
|Altogether more delightful.|
Horrible Bosses 2 – The last day of the month was obviously sequel day…ha-ha! I’d been waiting to see this since it came out last Fall and this was the first opportunity. I absolutely love the Horrible Bosses trio and the first movie is most likely one of my favorite comedies – ever. The second one…well, not so much. The story follows Nick, Kurt and Dale as they endeavor to be their own bosses, try to sell their invention and have it stolen from them…which leads them to plan a kidnapping in an effort to steal back their company and their money. Hi-jinks ensue and Jennifer Anniston and Kevin Spacey makes cameos as two of the three original Horrible Bosses…but it just didn’t quite have the same magic as the first.
|A bit more “horrible” than the original…|
House of Cards Soundtrack by Jeff Beal – This music is very intense and somewhat empowering. I guess it makes me feel a little bit fierce, ha-ha. I must confess, I listened to this music when I went on all my job interviews because it made me feel a little bit like I could take over the world. 🙂
Outlander Soundtrack by Bear McCreary – Another companion to a show that I love; all of the music on this soundtrack is just really beautiful Scottish music and I love it. I joked with my Dad that maybe I enjoy the music so much because of our Scottish ancestry; regardless of why I enjoy it, it’s certainly beautiful music.
Drops in the Ocean by Hawk Nelson – Another great song I’ve come upon while listening to K-Love; it has a great beat and and awesome message – which of course are two things I really love!
Kirkland European Cookies – Oh my you guys. Our church has a Valentine Banquet/Silent Auction for gift baskets and this year, my family won a tea basket. A packet of these cookies was included with the basket and they are to die for. All manner of chocolate and shortbread awesomeness in one box.
|Oh my yes – these are lovely!|
Albanese Gummy Bears – A little treat that my Mom brought back from her weekend visit to Indiana; these are the absolute best gummy bears ever in creation. I discovered that the peach gummy bears might actually be my favorite; they are the most delightful.
|Yes please – I’ll take all of them.|
Starting my new job! What!! That’s right – March will bring with it the awesome start to a new journey for me, working at Creveling Wealth Management. I can’t wait to start this new job! It will be so awesome to see how things unfold, learn some new things, step back into the work week hours of 8-5 and have the weekends to get on with adventures again.
Hopefully some more Spring-like weather! Although I’ve been warned that the snow in Virginia likes to hang around sometimes till almost April, so that may not happen. I guess I’ll take whatever comes, right? Can’t do much to sway Mother Nature!