The snow is officially melted and the grass is beginning to show a promise of green. It is the time of year that I am equal parts thrilled at the prospect of more time spent out of doors and overwhelmed by the amount of work that the yard requires. Amazing Husband spent many hours over the weekend ridding the property of a layer of winter born garbage. Everything that seems to have no where to go ends up on our lawn and filled two large garbage bags. The labyrinth still needs some clean up, but otherwise things are looking much better.
As a quick side...today is April 1 which makes it Fool's Day. Since I am hopeless at either teasing or being teased, this is not a fav day of mine. I have acknowledged it and that will be enough.
So....on to a bit of random:
TV: Game of Thrones.
It is difficult for me to simply sit and watch tv. I knit or flip through a magazine or play solitaire on the ipad. It feels less like wasted time if my hands are busy. When Game of Thrones comes on all other distraction is set aside and I am transfixed. And why, I ask, is it over so soon? An hour goes by like 5 minutes and at the ending credits screen AH and I look at each other with the same sense of loss. More, please. There are so many characters and so many story lines that it can't be over. I think I may need to re-watch it from the beginning again just to feed my Game of Thrones habit.
Movies: The Host
Amazing Husband read the book so we decided to see the film. It was a long movie where nearly nothing happened. It was sort of a visual nap. There were moments of beauty and the music was quite lovely, but taken as a whole it was just short of lame. The book was written for an adult audience and I think the film makers decided to ride the coat tails of the Twilight phenomenon and reworked it for a younger audience. Too bad. Two thumbs down.
Olympus has Fallen
I think that somewhere inside me is a 14 year old boy who loves to see things blow up. Add Gerard Butler and you have a recipe for success. Reviewed as another "Die Hard" film (and they said this like it was a bad thing?) it was definitely one cool guy against lots of very uncool guys. I loved it. Predictable, unrealistic, occasionally cheesy and a darn great time.
I have a bad habit of reading a really amazing book and falling in love with it. For me, that book was The Night Circus. After reading it no other book could break the spell that it left on me, until The Winter Witch. Set in Wales, which is the land of my ancestors,(AND Torchwood!) with a good witch, a bad witch, a drover, corgies, ponies, cattle, sheep, and an overall engaging plot, I read it in a couple of days. I am currently somewhat fascinated by witches and am always, always drawn in by anything to do with the UK so this book really hit on all cylinders for me.
But wait, there's more!
The Shadowy Horses
I finished The Winter Witch and immediately started The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley. I'm about half way through and am loving it! I've read all her books and each one was a keeper. Horses takes place on the borderlands of Scotland during a archaeological dig of a Roman fort. I've said this before, but I love books that make me want to frequently google some fact or reference. I spent over an hour last night researching the Roman occupation of England, Eyemouth, Scotland (found a fantastic house for sale with epic views of the ocean), and archaeological digs. Good stuff and a very good read!
Hope your holiday weekend was all you wished for and the Easter Bunny was generous!