27.2.08

Overheard at work

(not so much "overheard" as a conversation I had)

Head of Science walks out of the kitchen with a styrofoam box marked "ICE".

Me: (raised eyebrow) ???

HOS: We're watching water boil in class today

Me: Oh. I've got some paint if you need it

18.2.08

Heaven? Hell? Somewhere in between?

Yesterday, Thing One and I had a nearly perfect day. The bad part was that Lulu went home, after a month here. The Boys and I miss her, but Thing One missed her more (and her purr and tail shake whenever he was here prove that she missed him far more than she enjoyed being here). So we drove down, listening her her yowl the entire 67-mile drive.

Once she was safely at home, we went to Jack the Horse for brunch. If you're ever in Brooklyn Heights, go there. The food was good, and the ambiance made me feel like this could be a good "local". One caveat: the French Brioche Toast slices are literally the size of a dinner plate. I'm just saying.

After that it was off to the local health food supermarket, then the movies. I really like this theatre, and it played a huge part in convincing Thing One that he wanted to move to Cobble Hill waaay back when we were thinking of moving in together. Another plus is that it's across the street from Sweet Melissa, home of the best granola anywhere.

So, what movie? In Bruges (hence the title of this post). It's now cliche to say that Colin Farrell gives his best performance, but really, whoda thunk he could pull this one off? Yes, he's profane (it is Colin Fucking Farrell, after all) but he's also sweet and tortured and it's just a great piece of acting on his part. That's not to say that the rest of the cast is a bunch of do-nothing pikers, either. Brendan Gleeson gives just as good a performance as Farrell, and Ralph Feinnes turns what could be a caricature into a well-rounded person. Even better, for Thing One, is that Zeljko Ivanek plays a pivotal role (he's one of the Top Five Guys To Look Out For, according to Thing One). Even the violence was manageable, and the language was absolutely funny. I mean, really, was it necessary to have 20 "fucks" in the first couple of minutes? No, it wasn't. But it was funny. After a while, you just don't even notice it. My advice? Go for it. You won't regret the money spent. Really.

15.2.08

Year End Reading Update

ETA: This post has been sitting as a draft for over a month!!! High time we closed out 2007, right?

Counting down from last year's 4072 books left to read, I've got 3952 more books enjoy. 379 of them are sitting on Mt. Bookpile as I type! So, what did I do with the books I've read this past year? Well, first, for lists, go here, here, here and here.

Second, here's the analysis (2006 numbers in parens):

number of books read in 2007: 120 (132)
best month: October/20 books
worst month: December/3
average read per month: 10 (11)
adult fiction as percentage of total: 16 (14)
children's/YA fiction as percentage of total: 44 (40)
mystery as percentage of total: 25 (12)
books read that were published in 2007: 70

For other reading round-ups (and to get ideas for your 2008 reading):