Monday, August 18, 2014

Last Few Weekends of Summer.

I can't believe we're already in the second half of August!  It really feels like summer is just beginning, but it's already starting to end.  I usually am very happy for the end of summer.  Since I'm not in school anymore, the only thing that summer usually means to me is hot weather, which I hate.  But I've actually loved this summer.  It's been incredibly mild here in North Carolina, so I haven't wanted to die when I walked outside.  And we joined a pool, which has been one of my favorite things to do.  Donny hasn't loved it nearly as much as me, but he also can't sit still on a weekend as long as I can.  This has been my view most weekends for the last few months, and I'm pretty sad to say goodbye to it.
I spent both Friday afternoon and most of the day Saturday at the pool, so I got some great reading in.  I finished two books this weekend that were fantastic:  The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver and The Final Detail by Harlan Coben.  I have read six Harlan Coben books this year, and I loooooove them!  Each and every one of them draw me in and keep me turning the pages long after I should be asleep.  SO good!
Donny and I also went to see Get on Up on Friday night.  He thought it was much better than I did.  I thought the acting was all fantastic, especially Chadwick Boseman, who was truly amazing as James Brown.  And of course, the music was great.  But the movie itself jumped around from the 80's to the 60's to the 30's and back to the 60's, etc.  This reviewer said it best-- we got snapshots of the life of James Brown, not the story.  The character himself doesn't offer much help.  James Brown is not a likeable guy.  But there have been plenty of movies about unlikeable subjects that I've loved, so I can't blame it all on him.  I felt like they were merely scratching the surface of the man, not really what a good biopic does.  For instance, there was no mention of his drug/alcohol use, and only fleeting mentions of his tax problems, domestic abuse allegations, and his involvement in the civil rights movement.  However, the scenes of his concerts lasted FOREVER.  I just felt disappointed because it could've been SO much better.
Sunday, I didn't do much at all.  Donny took a little road trip to a town he's been reading a book about, so I just chilled at home and read some more.  He got the King of Queens DVD set a while ago and has been watching them, and only recently have I started getting into it.  So we watched a few of those episodes after dinner, and they are hilarious.
How was your weekend??