Weekly Roundup

Friday, May 8, 2015

This is me in Venice Beach, not smiling because I'm so hilarious and ironic.

This week has been a great one! Now that it's officially May, we've started our countdown to our move! Just three months left until we're outta here, and I'm ready to start cleaning out drawers, closets, and shelves. I just don't want to get too ahead of myself like before we moved to California; I packed the entire kitchen the day we decided to move and we had to live out of boxes for four weeks! Ha! I guess I was really excited. Lesson learned.

Chels had two days off at the beginning of this week so we took advantage! We pulled a few things out of the garage on Monday and took a bunch of Christmas decorations to Goodwill. Some things just aren't worth shipping across the continent. I'm glad we've lived very minimally here; it's been a wonderful learning experience to understand what we value and to not form attachments to material things.

On Tuesday we ventured up to Venice Beach and decided it was amazing.

Last weekend Dan was supposed to go out with some coworkers but his plans were cancelled. He said that it was a perfect day for a ride out on his motorcycle and teased that I should go get a helmet and ride with him. He always does this, but he was shocked when I responded, "Okay, let's go buy a helmet then." So we did! It took a lot of trust from me and a bit of a learning curve for him (apparently the bike feels very different with a passenger) but we had a great ride out of town towards the mountains. We stopped at a little cafe and had fried zucchini and grilled cheese sandwiches. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Saturday! Here's a picture of me trying to look like a bad-ass.


  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert This was probably one of the best books I've read in a very long time. It was just so incredibly well written. I will probably write a review of this book in the future, but for now you should just start reading it immediately. I was thrilled to hear that Masterpiece (producers of Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, etc) has picked this up and will begin production soon! I already know that this will be a wonderful show, and it just might save me from the sadness of knowing that Season 6 of Downton is going to be the last. (Sorry if I was the one to just drop that bomb on you.)
  • Factory Man by Beth Macy I'll be honest, it has taken me a really long time to get through this book, and I'm still not finished. That's not to say that I'm not enjoying it, but this isn't a leisurely read; it's almost work. I began reading in January and set it down for a while, but I'm back at it now. I'm drawn to the journalistic approach to this very-true story because it takes place so close to home. These towns are close to where I grew up and lived for the first 26 years of my life. The author is a reporter for the local paper, the Roanoke Times. I also know family friends who have lost their factory jobs to off-shoring, and more specifically, many of these exact factories are mentioned in this book. It's a hard, sad look at the lives of rural Virginians who are living this reality and the persistence of one man who refuses to bow down to China.


  • Avengers Age of Ultron We went to see this on Monday night, which is clearly the best and most empty night to see a blockbuster! As with all of the other Avengers' movies, this one was fantastic, but there was one scene that had both Chelsea and I literally laughing out loud in the theatre at its absurdity. Promise, no spoilers... but there's this one scene where a tractor trailer is barreling towards some cops until these robots actually make it fly. It wasn't more absurd than any other part of the movie (giant green Hulk monsters, anyone?) but the sight of this trailer flying horizontally across the screen was just so out of place that my concentration and suspension of disbelief was broken and I nearly cried laughing. I tried to find a gif, but could only find this glorious Zoolander reference, which might be better. Seriously though, must find truck gif.



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