I've been trying to think of all the books and movies I've read/listened to/ or watched recently because I really want to say something about "Anna Karenina." So, here are some of my thoughts on others as well:
We saw this in Puerto Rico with Rich and Jennette, but Tyler redboxed it last night. I stand by my evaluation that it should have been rated R, and that Tyler needs to do a few years in the special services before we have a daughter. Good thing we are having a son! But, in the movie's defense ... the dad is pretty dang awesome and it kept me hooked (and I normally find actions scenes boring).
This was a short little book that I had to finish because I don't like to leave things unfinished. I actually liked the end much better than the beginning because I think the author stopped being as artsy and started telling an interesting story at the end. Not one I recommend.
Believe it or not, I had never seen "Sleepless in Seattle" before Tuesday. I enjoyed it. I had to love skinny Tom Hanks and spunky Meg Ryan talking about MFEO. Hate me if you will (Emily V), but not THE MOST amazing chick-flick.
Speaking of most amazing chick-flicks, this is. I really like podcasts and I downloaded the whole audiobook off some podcast channel and could hardly function in normal life because I just wanted to be plugged into my ipod. (Even though I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen). This one never gets old. (and it was nice to try it in a new form)
Okay, Anna; I really loved it from the start. Two characters were set-up in a victorian-esc love dilemma. The other characters were talking about affairs from the female stand-point and nothing positive was said of them. Well, I liked Tolstoy's writing (except when he went off on Russian politics that I know nothing about). And I loved the two characters, from the love dilemma in the beginning, all the way through the book. But I think Anna was supposed to evoke more of a reaction from me. I just got sick of her and was glad to not read about her any longer. Anyone who has read this, I would love some other thoughts.
Actually, I also listened to this one as an audiobook. This author just writes about sad things. I think my heart broke like 300 times. But I still loved it. If they made a movie out of it, then maybe I could compare it to "The Kite Runner." I thought this one ended more sadly, but more optimisticly, but that could have just been the difference in a movie versus a book. I'll reiterate that I really like books and movies like this. They make me appreciate what I have and they shed light on things I know nothing about (ie. Afghanistan and terrorism).
So many of the things I wanted to enjoy about moving here are finally happening. (Such as fireflies). And ... yesterday at work I was talking to a friend who asked how I was feeling. I told him I still puked sometimes and I was sick of it. (I'm sick of being sick ... haha) He replied, "My ... uh ... baby mama was sick for all but the last couple months ..." Mostly, I was so excited that he referred to her as 'baby mama' in complete seriousness. Thank you Greenville.
This picture is actually pretty gross, but I was SUPER excited last night when I FINALLY started seeing fireflies. That was one of the things that made me so excited to move to the east. Apparently, we had just missed them by the time we moved here last summer. I was beginning to think that I had been lied to. But last night they were out and about. They are SO COOL!
There are definitely things we will miss about NC. BBQ has taken on another completely different meaning here. I thought BBQ meant steaks or even hot-dogs on the grill. Wrong. Here, BBQ is pulled pork. NC is supposedly 'famous' for its vinegar-based BBQ. I only learned that after moving here. Let me tell you, there is some dang good stuff. (Well, and some that isn't my favorite). There are a few hole-in-the-wall joints that have made the news though.
First - Bill Ellis BBQ. We've eaten this a few times because he is the owner of the house that we put that chandelier up in. So, they fed us his food. The BBQ was a little spicier, but good. and ... I liked the hush-puppies and I am NOT a hush-puppy, corn-stick, fan.
The above picture is at Pete Jone's Skylight Inn. Notice this man in cutting up meat with a cleaver. The guy at the front window there usually has 2 cleavers. And there were flies buzzing around. But, Presidents have gone there to eat and its ranked as one of the top-10 BBQ places in the nation. (Thanks for the heads' up, Rich).
I think my favorite so far is B's. You can tell it looks classy as well. Everyday people stand in line for an hour to get their food and every day they are open just for lunch and they stay open until the food runs out. (Which is probably 2 or 3 pm).
There are other places like Parker's and Bum's (once again ... see the theme of classiness that accompanies this food?). One of my favorite things about the food here I learned at Parker's. You can choose your side of vegetables. The options are green beans, french fries, or macaroni and cheese ... the waiter looked at me like I was retarded when I asked, 'When did mac-n-cheese become a vegetable?'
(I want to add that I was so excited the night before we found out that I could hardly sleep. I was like a kid at Christmas. I dreamed twice that we were having a boy ... look what happened. But then last night I dreamed he slept through an entire night .... hmm ...)