Okay, so I think I’ve decided that Tuesdays are going to be my day to geek out over books and movie and tv. Hence calling it “Whosday.” (This is mostly a tip of the hat to my enduring love of Doctor Who.)
I’ve just started reading the Matched book series. I finished the first book, and am a little ways into the second. It’s an interesting series. Much like The Hunger Games, the main character, Cassia, is a girl living in a dystopian society. Basically, Cassia signs up to be “matched” (have an arranged marriage decided by the government based on statistics) and she accidentally gets matched to two guys she knows. Being matched to someone you know is a rarity, and being matched to more than one person just doesn’t happen. There’s a war going on, but you don’t really get into that until you’re closer to the end of the first book. The story is quite interesting, but the writing is a little difficult to read. It feels like it needed one more rewrite before getting published, but I can’t really complain because I’m not the one who wrote it and making money off of it.
I’ve really been enjoying watching Go On. It’s this show on NBC about this guy who’s wife dies, and he has to join a grief support group. It’s an interesting take on death and grief. I think what I like about it is the fact that they’re dealing with an incredibly uncomfortable subject. I grew up surrounded by death and regularly attending funerals(granted it was other people’s losses, not my own, the fun of being a pastor’s kid), so it was something I grew up knowing about and talking about. I remember what a shock to my system it was when I discovered how many of my peers had never attended a funeral. I even had friends around whom I couldn’t even mention anything to do with death or funerals. The show is funny and sweet, and just a little strange. Plus, it’s really nice to see Matthew Perry on t.v. again (he was always my favorite on Friends).
-Am I the only one who thought that the NASA scientists celebrating the landing on Curiosity was one of the most adorable things ever seen? Follow up…Can you call scientists adorable?
-Does it seem that NBC spends more time than necessary showing Olympians in tears because they didn’t win or move on?
-Why haven’t I started packing yet? Follow up…What should I pack?
-What can be done with stubborn hair that has a mind of its own?
-Why do my fingernails feel heavy when I put fingernail polish on them, but my toenails don’t feel heavy when I paint them?
-Why can’t people get it through their heads that no life (theirs or anyone else’s) is worth a text or call they send or receive while driving?
-Why does, “Call Me, Maybe” keep getting stuck in my head?
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not the biggest sports fan. I don’t usually, voluntarily, sit for hours on end watching people play with balls. All that changes, though, when it comes to the Olympics. I love the Olympics! I love watching sports that typically don’t get a lot of press. I love the soft human interest stories. I cry when the underdog wins. I cry when our (USA) athletes do phenomenal. I cheer for the girl’s gymnastics team, and for Michael Phelps to win just one more medal. (Seriously, they should just put him on all the cereal boxes at this point.) However, I think I’ve hit an Olympic sized wall.
Tonight, I was disheartened by the bad sportsmanship of the commentators during the women’s volleyball game. The U.S. ladies were playing Serbia, and one of the commentators read something that one of the U.S. coaches had said regarding Serbia being a worthy team to play against. The commentator then went on this tangent about how he thought that the coach must be drinking the Kool-Aid, because some teams just aren’t worthy. Seriously? Sure, I was cheering for the U.S., but I wasn’t sitting there thinking, “Serbia should’ve just stayed home, they look ridiculous.” I can tell you that all those girls on the Serbia team are a million times better at volleyball than I am (granted, that’s not probably the best comparison). Considering how far they’d gotten in these games, they deserved more respect than that commentator gave them.
My other issue tonight, the one that told me that I probably need a break, was the fact that when I saw they were going to show Men’s Trampoline finals, I couldn’t wait to see them, and was over the top disappointed when they only showed 5 minutes of the competition. I enjoy watching the trampoline routines. They’re scary, but so much fun. I guess NBC only showed what they did because we had no one in medal contention, but still, they shouldn’t have listed it and kept mentioning it for such a brief showing.
I’ll be back watching them tomorrow night, but I’ll be taking a break during the day.
It occurred to me today that I’ve only got two more weeks at home before heading back north. I’ve got to pack, and get my last hang out times in with my friends and family. I’m really looking forward to this next school year, but I’m also incredibly nervous. I know I shouldn’t be, but in some ways school is much more intimidating when you’re older than when you’re fresh out of high school.
Now, it’s time for sleep.