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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Days at sea

There is work on the horizon, but at the moment I'm in this pause, finishing up one project but with time on my hands. I should go out and roam the city, see movies every day, catch up on museums, and next week, I just might do that, but this week I'm doing loads of laundry and binge watching The Good Wife from the beginning, interchanging that with Mozart in the Jungle, which I've just begun and am somewhat captivated by. Let's see: I've also recently binge watched the first season of Grace and Frankie and the second season of Broadchurch, both absorbing in different ways. The reading I'm doing is mostly research for my next project, which I'll get started on sometime in March if all goes as planned. I'm nervous about this one for reasons I won't specify. I spend a lot of time figuring out how to make money that has nothing to do with art. A character in Mozart in the Jungle, an oboist, says exactly that and it rang like a gong in my brain. How am I made that I can't just enjoy this down time guilt free? A more interesting question: What are you reading and/or binge watching these days?


Me on my honeymoon in Jamaica
Photo taken by my groom

19 comments:

  1. I want to be the girl in that picture.
    I've been reading some Florida fiction. Short stories. Really enjoying them.
    And with my ears, I am listening to Burt Reynold's memoir, "Enough About Me." I am thoroughly enjoying it. Many stories, as you can imagine. He calls an asshole an asshole but he surely does pay tribute the those he has loved and respected.

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    1. Mary, I am the girl in that picture. At least, I used to be. I'm trying to bring her back home. And your reading list sounds varied and wonderful. Short stories and plain spoken Burt.

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  2. You are having a sublime time in that blue water, I can tell. I am reading Carol Burnett's memoir, plus The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch (set in 1866 in London, a series about a gentleman detective) and reading the Bible everyday in the ESV Bible in a year edition. Plus more books. I look forward to hearing about your March project.

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    1. Terra, how funny, I'm reading the Carol Burnett memoir too!

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  3. Oh, to be the girl inthat blue water...I've read three novels by Julia Glass but I should read Ms. Burnett's book...loved her Saturday night show when I was little...

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  4. These are all on my list to watch! I am binge watching Supernatural right now. I am in season 5.

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  5. I don't watch much TV or movies, but I binge-read :) I just finished The Danish Girl, The Martian, and a Stephen King novel about time travel called 11/22/63. I liked all three, and The Danish Girl even more because I saw a clip of the movie online and it gave me characters to love before I even started the book. I don't like much of King's work but there are a few that I have enjoyed and 11/22/63 was one.

    It's always interesting to hear what others are enjoying!

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  6. I'm excited because series 4 of Girls is finally coming to Belgian TV this week. I'm starting to read Surprised by Joy, by CS Lewis, an autobiography about his childhood and how he lost and found God. It's for book club, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm also reading Identiteit, which is a Flemish professor's book about identity and how it's not fixed. I may write a post about it sometime. I don't think it has been translated into English. I'm planning to binge watch the third series of The Newsroom, but I haven't had time yet.

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  7. Oh, where is that photo? I want to be that woman in the blue water. I am currently reading a manuscript of a good friend that will blow every human away when it's published. I am listening to Anne Enright's new novel, and it's breaking my heart. As far as binge watching, I just finished the first season of "Casual" on Hulu. It's sort of addictive and sort of gross -- lots and lots of casual sex, but the main character is compelling, and I admit to enjoying it! Did you ever watch that series with Gillian Anderson as the detective? I can't remember the name -- maybe it was "The Fall?" I thought that despite the content (serial killer, assaulted women, etc.), it was great television.

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  8. This is where I want to be right now. A warm ocean. Sleet here today, the kind that nakes you grumpy. What a gorgeous picture!!!

    I bingewatched Transparent and in the end I just shook my head, too hedonistic, self centered, narcissist. Are people really that careless and detached from each other, only interested in their own little happiness? It's only tv, I know, but what if this is all we can do?

    I am now hooked on Happy Valley (UK tv, series 2) and The Bridge, Danish/Swedish with subtitles, series 3Lots of murder and blood, this we obviously can do.

    Every morning I am reading my chapter of War & Peace (thanks to Elizabeth) and I started the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante.

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  9. Oh, what a picture! Just what I needed on this 30 degree morning (that's cold for East TN). I adored Mozart in the Jungle, more and more with each episode. I am so charmed by Gael Garcia Bernal and little Lola Kirke (all the Kirke sisters are just so charming and beautiful!).
    Currently, I'm all caught up with Mercy Street (you can stream it on Prime if you don't catch it on PBS), and my son is watching Lost so I'm enjoying revisiting that odd island again. I'm binge-listening Hamilton (oh, Angella, have you seen it!??) and binge-listening Leslie Odum, Jr's album (the man who plays Aaron Burr in Hamilton). It's a Hamilton frenzy over here and my family is humoring my obsession while rolling their eyes behind my back.

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  10. Just finished binge-watching Frankie and Grace with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Excellent.

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  11. I think being a new mom has given me the ability to enjoy my downtime somewhat guilt free. It still creeps in there every now and then. But I'm too tired to care. Have another baby?! =) Just kidding.
    Pat and I are watching Bates Motel right now. CREEPY.

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  12. I just finished reading 'The Boys in the Trees' by Carly Simon. I fell in love with her and James Taylor when I was 14 years old. They were the reason that I learned to play guitar. Fascinating story!

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  13. Mozart in the Jungle is on my list, I'll move it to the top, with season two of Broadchurch. I love the Good Wife, and can't believe the series will be ending. I also loved Frankie and Gracie, can't wait for the next season. Two of my most favorite recent binges were Rectify and Bloodline. I have already rewatched Bloodline and might just rewatch Rectify too. I also need to catch up on Orphan Black and I just added Cooked to my Netflix Queue. Not enough time to watch everything I want, and too much guilt when I try. I have the same inability to enjoy my down time. Let's hope we get over that!
    I recognized the girl in that picture, you're still her :)

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  14. Look at that water! I'm glad there's work on the horizon. :)

    We're watching Mr. Robot, which is a VERY bizarre show. I haven't heard of Mozart in the Jungle. Hmmmm...we haven't tried Frankie and Gracie yet but it's on my list.

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  15. Binge watching "King of the Hill" and "Brisco County Jr." lately :) The latter is a somewhat obscure and short-lived TV show from 93/94 but Bruce Campbell stole my heart when I was a little girl and I never really got it back it seems haha "King of the Hill" just tickles me, so many funny characters in that show! Beautiful picture, by the way. Maybe I should give swimming in tropical waters a try someday?

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  16. I have catch up on the Blacklist. Tomorrow I am planning a Netflix day for sure. Also, I am a couple episodes behind on Billions on Showtime. Will catch those on demand. I am going to have to look into Mozart in the Jungle.

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  17. Look at that water.. I miss Jamaica!

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