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Monday, July 31, 2006

Last week, I went on "vacation" with my husband. I say "vacation" because he actually had a bunch of stuff to do for school/work and I went along with him because I'm still in the "my husband was in school for YEARS and I only ever saw him for about three minutes a day!" stage and actually think long car rides with him are fun.

It was nice getting to spend time with him on the car ride down and back, but while he was there--oh, how I wished I was somewhere else! He had to go to a rather rural area (and by rather I mean VERY), and as we only had one car, I spent a lot of time walking around the hotel parking lot, cursing the non-working hotel 'high-speed' internet connection, and reading books. Sadly, most of the books I packed turned out to be not super enjoyable but one night when my husband got back to the hotel, I made him drive me to the nearest bookstore (we won't discuss how far away it actually was) and got a copy of Golden by Jennifer Barnes, which was a fantastic read--I devoured it in about an hour, and then pouted because I have to wait to January for her next book, Tattoo, which also looks amazing.

And then, when I got home, I found out Teen People is folding. (And also about the Floyd Landis doping controversy) I've been reading Teen People for a long time (I remember when they had a book club!) and why it was by no means Sassy (which I still mourn), I thought it was one of the better magazines aimed at teenagers, and I'm going to miss it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A big YAY! to Michael Rasmussen for winning today's stage of the Tour de France -- I was hoping he'd win, as he needed to in order to have a good chance at winning this year's King of the Mountains competition, which he won last year as well. As for the rest of today's tour results...well, let's just say that after seven years of everyone knowing who would win, this year's race has been one surprise after another. And I have to say that I'm really enjoying it.

And I just read that there might be an Arrested Development movie--granted, it seems *extremely* hypothetical at this point, but still! I know the show ran for three seasons (sort of) and I'm grateful that the box sets have been so great (can't wait for season three to come out!) but I have to say I wouldn't pass up the chance to see the Bluth family again.


Friday, July 14, 2006

Apparently something went a little crazy with my blog feed yesterday and for those of you (all five of you, and you know who you are!) who got part of my entry (with the links removed, no less!)--and then a bonus of parts of older ones--I'm sorry about that. If this post should happen to show up all wonky, or show up wonky and have more than yesterday's post attached (I think that one was the problem), let me know.

Right now (well, not right now, as it's barely 7 AM and I'm pretty groggy) I've been watching the BBC adaptation of Middlemarch. It's not bad, but so far my favorite bit has been when one of the characters says something along the lines of "She's a lovely girl. She likes geraniums, you know." As much as I love the big sweeping literary adaptations, they don't always bring the funny. But that's good stuff.

books and bikes

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Today, someone (and I forget who, but clearly they're fabulous) linked to David Lubar's The History of Young Adult Novels.

Fave lines: A short time after that, S. E. Hinton, realizing that she's just as qualified as Salinger to go by her initials, writes several ground breaking YA novels while still in utero. Teachers across the land respond by assigning Silas Marner.


And okay, I can't not mention today's stage of the Tour de France, which was totally amazing. How someone can find the will and energy to ride up FIVE mountain climbs is beyond me.

it's that time again...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Well, it's now July, and my life has officially been taken over by the Tour de France. Eleven months out of the year, I don't even think about bicycles (and every month out of the year, there's no way you could get me to ride one) but for three weeks in July, the Tour is pretty much all I can talk about. For instance, last night a friend of mine called and we basically had the following conversation.

Understanding Friend (hereafter known as UF): Hey, how are you? How was your Fourth?
Me: Okay, it has been CRAZY! First, Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich have to withdraw from the race because they're suspects in this huge Spanish doping case, and then Alexandre Vinokourov has to leave too, because his whole team was suspected as well and he had no one to ride with. Then the tour starts, and it's been crazy--Stuart O'Grady is riding with a cracked vertebrae, Sandy Casar got clonked in the face by a crazed fan trying to take his picture with a cellphone and got all banged up. Oh! And Thor Hushovd got his arm slit open by a SIGN someone was waving by..
UF: Oh crap, I forgot it was time for that stupid bike race. So I should just call you at the end of the month, right?
Me: HEY! The Tour isn't stupid. It's a total endurance trial, really, because hello, bike riding for three weeks! With almost no time off! Plus where else can you see obsessed fans stand on the sides of mountains for hours dressed in devil costumes?* And you can call anytime you want. Except don't call until after 11:30 AM, when the live race coverage ends.

So to sum up, I have very understanding friends. Oh! And everyone should read The Notebook Girls. It's a non-fiction book based on a notebook four girls passed around among each other during their first couple of years in high school, recording their friendship and everything that happens to them, and I seriously couldn't stop reading it once I started.

*The devil costume thing is totally true! Every year for as long as I've been watching, there will be fans dressed up in costumes waiting for HOURS on the sides of mountains during the part of the tour where they are in the Pyrenees and the Alps, all so they can see the riders go by. And for some reason, devil costumes seem to be very popular. (I should also add that along the whole tour, there are always lots of people standing by the side of the road, watching (and sometimes in costume too), but for some reason, the mountain fans seem to be the most intense.