As part of my attempt to live a more balanced life in 2013, I have given myself the assignment to watch 2 movies and to read 2 books each month. Here is my March report.
Butter – Satirical + jumbled. With Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Alicia Silverstone and Hugh Jackman in it, this uneven movie has its moments– and those moments are hilarious. All the action revolves around the Iowa State Fair butter carving competition– and the politics associated with it. Recommended if you can overlook the mocking anti-conservative slant and want something light [and rather pointless] to watch.
How Beer Saved The World – Informative + upbeat. This is a short, fast-paced documentary about beer. The narration is wonderful, the cartoon reenactments of history are delightful and the interviews with academics are great. Recommended if you like history and smart, happy people.
Mad About Undead You: A Zombie Apocalypse Love Story – Clever + unique. A mad scientist miscalculates and suddenly San Francisco is overrun with former water drinkers turned zombies. This is the backdrop for Carl S. Plumer’s fast-paced novel about love. Yes, love. With characters that could easily be your friends, this slightly campy novel is a different sort of love story that made me laugh out loud. Recommended if you like San Francisco and enjoy a modicum of gore. [H/T to Kristen at Kristen Loves Design for recommending this book– that just happens to be written by her husband!]
Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me – Not what I expected. I picked up this book thinking that I was buying a book of essays written by British mums a la Listen To Your Mother. I was wrong. Instead, Lucia van der Post’s book is a charming, well-written guide to living an upper class, stylish life in London or NYC. I enjoyed it, but will admit that I skimmed through parts of it that seemed too high brow for me. Recommended if you want detailed information about where to shop and how to create a glamorous lifestyle.
1 Inspirational Quote
Winston Churchill said: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” I’m focusing on this quote because March was not the productive month that I had hoped it would be. In fact, there were a few days when I wanted to crawl into bed and never come out again. Nothing seemed to go right. With the weather. With how I felt. With what I said. With what I planned on doing.
In other words, March, one of my favorite months, was a bust. But then I remembered this Churchill quote and figured that for me the lesson of March 2013 was to just keep going. Which I did.