I've done two rec lists this week over at spn_themes. One was unusual sports recs and the other was all about nipple piercings. (WHAT!) So, if you have interest in either topic, please check them out!
Watched "How To Train Your Dragon" yesterday and it was absolutely adorable. LOVED IT. I was a little bit disappointed though that they'd changed the story so much from the book (which also was very, very good), but the DVD version was delightful too. I think I'm the last person alive to see it, but just in case...it's worth a Netflix or a library check-out. Go get it!
I also read two good books recently.
The first was Matched by Ally Condy. EXCELLENT STORY. It has shades of Fahrenheit 451, crossed with bits of Uglies, elements of 1984, plus a little Hunger Games-style love triangle. It was really good and I hope you'll check it out!
This is the first book in a trilogy, of course. All good YA books are now-a-days. Here's the Amazon summary:
For Cassia, nothing is left to chance--not what she will eat, the job she will have, or the man she will marry. In Matched, the Society Officials have determined optimal outcomes for all aspects of daily life, thereby removing the "burden" of choice. When Cassia's best friend is identified as her ideal marriage Match it confirms her belief that Society knows best, until she plugs in her Match microchip and a different boy’s face flashes on the screen. This improbable mistake sets Cassia on a dangerous path to the unthinkable--rebelling against the predetermined life Society has in store for her. As author Ally Condie’s unique dystopian Society takes chilling measures to maintain the status quo, Matched reminds readers that freedom of choice is precious, and not without sacrifice.I also read and adored Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell, though it basically is YA fluff. It's about a family who spends their summer at a camp where they have to live as if it's 1890. The main character smuggles in a cell phone and it has unexpected repercussions, on many levels. This is an easy, cute read. Also, I love that in the author's notes, Bell admits she wanted to write this story because she fell in love with Laura Ingalls Wilder at the age of eight.
I have slowly been re-watching the Golden Girls on DVD. It is so good!! And, I've been thinking about how revolutionary it was to make a TV show based on old people. That certainly wouldn't fly today. Not only that, but they did a lot of episodes centered on hot topics including animal rights, politics, sexuality, menopause, the list goes on.
One of the episodes I saw yesterday was called "Isn't It Romantic." It centers on a college pal of Dorothy's coming to visit. She happens to be a lesbian. According to Wikipedia, that episode aired on November 8, 1986. 1986!! I was 14 years old! INCREDIBLE. It just made me really impressed with the writers and producers, and the stories they chose to tell.
And, of course, all that is mixed in with incredible, rich and unique characters, coupled with non-stop laughs. I had the revelation that I am Dorthy. She is me! If you want to see what I'll be like in my 50s and 60s, just look at Dorothy Zbornak.
I always knew Bea Arthur was considered a gay icon, but I always (shamefacedly, in retrospect) assumed it was because of her man-ish appearance. (Arthur herself was not gay.) But that wasn't actually the reason. In addition to her intense dedication to animal rights (prompted by filming an episode of the Golden Girls!), I found this in her bio:
Arthur's longtime championing of civil rights for women, the elderly, and the Jewish and LGBT communities -- in her two television roles and through her charity work and personal outspokenness -- has led her to be cited as an LGBT icon. Arthur bequeathed $300,000 to The Ali Forney Center, a New York City organization that provides housing for homeless LGBT youths.Simply amazing.
Tomorrow, I am getting up at 6 a.m. (!) so I can get all ready and packed and take the dogs to the kennel as early as possible. Then, it's off to my parent's house so I can get bundled into their car and we can drive off to San Antonio. I have been promised both french toast from Pam's Diner and Starbucks along the way. Once we arrive, I plan to spend the next three days never once not having my hands on either Addison or Drew. It will be glorious!
Merry Christmas Eve Eve y'all!