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Monday, July 02, 2007

Monday, Monday

We were busy all day yesterday with home projects and cleaning, so by the time we finished up in the early evening, both my husband and I were ready to sit back and relax. We made ourselves some dinner and then settled in for some "Freaks and Geeks" (one of the best cancelled shows ever).

So, no running for me yesterday -- I needed the day of rest.

Last night, we also made a trip to the bookstore to pick up some new reads. I'd finished reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" last week, and was very much impressed with it, and had kinda started reading Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher" but I could tell 60 pages in, that I wasn't in to it. I like Stephen King and do think that he gets brushed over by critics and academics all too often; however, I don't think all of his work is noteworthy. Sometimes, his novels lack depth, characters are flat, and the plot is tired, and even though I just started it, I could tell that this novel was not something I wanted to spend another 700 pages on. So, I pulled my bookmark (kinda like pulling up anchor) and got me two new books: "A Dog Year" by Jon Katz and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hoisenni (I'm positive I didn't spell that right, but I don't have the book with me, and am too lazy to look up the author's name; in fact, I might have gotten the title wrong as well). Started the first one last night and am loving it -- I always like good dog tales (pun intended).

Tonight I have 3 miles scheduled. Stomach is feeling a little queezy this morning and I don't know why. I had yogurt with raspberries for breakfast -- bad berries?


Anonymous said...

Holy mother of jesus!! You watch Freaks and Geeks??!!

That is one of my favorite shows EVER :) T'was a shame they cancelled it

JustJunebug said...

quesy stomach you say? not bad berries, just (too much) good beer the day before ;o)

keith said...

Have you read Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian?'

One of my all time favorites.

I liked The Road, it had a very lonely, spartan feel to it. It was not un-depressing in a way.

Eat something ginger-ey. Bye Bye queezy feeling in your stomach.

L*I*S*A said...

If you're ever bored, give Dreamcatcher another try. It's a difficult one to get into, but it's not too terrible once there.

I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, and if you are, too, you'd probably love his book "On Writing" where he discusses his past, how he writes, etc. It's actually quite funny.

Jess said...

Lisa: I have read "On Writing"; in fact, I used portions of it in my graduate thesis, so I liked it as well. As I said, I am a fan of most of his work -- particularly "The Shining" and many of his shorter works, including his short story "The Man in the Black Suit," which I think is his singularly best piece of writing.

Jess said...

Keith: I have not read "Blood Meridian" but have read "All the Pretty Horses" which is beautiful. I agree with your description of "The Road" -- lonely, but uplifting at the same time. I think it's gonna be the best book of the year. Plus, I thought the structure of the writing -- at the sentence level and as a book -- was innovative. Not something I see in many modern novels.

Firefly's Running said...

Good luck on those miles!

Marcy said...

Hmmm . . ."Dreamcatcher" what was that one supposed to be about. I think I read it *maybe, who knows. My memory is off and I haven't pick up a book in probably 4 years LMAO* or was there a movie? Man that book sounds so familiar LOL Were those dudes in a cabin or something?

teacherwoman said...

Ooh... I just bought a few books as well. A couple easy readers by Nickolas Sparks... and the one that you got by Khaled Hoisenni... However you spell it! I heard it's a great one!

Good luck with your three miles tonight!

Anonymous said...

Oh! I heard that dog book was good - you'll have to let me know.

Hope your run goes well.

J~Mom said...

I totally want to read that sun one. Is that the guys that wrote Kite Runner? I am guessing you read Kite Runner. Man that was good...and depressing...but good.