SUNDAY POTPOURRI: READING, TV SHOWS, & MOVIES….

It’s time to share thoughts about Sunday.  Once upon a time, when I was still working my “career job,” I didn’t like Sundays that much.  Mostly because Mondays followed.  And Mondays were also on my “not so favorite” list.  But now I love Mondays, too.

Nowadays, I enjoy Sunday night TV shows, like Madame Secretary, and currently, Feud:  Bette and Joan.

The Good Wife was a favorite Sunday show until it ended.  But now we have The Good Fight, a show that streams on CBS: All Access.  Today’s episode was the final one for the first season.  Waiting for Season II (yes, it was renewed) will be challenging.  Luckily there are other shows that come along.

 

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My other favorite things to do on Sundays, besides reading, are various Netflix shows and movies on my DVR.  Last night I watched an older movie, with Renee Zellwegger, called Miss Potter.  A sweet story based on a real person, Beatrix Potter.

This weekend, I watched some movies on Amazon Prime, too, like Miss Sloane.  Jessica Chastain is someone worth following.

Check out last week’s reading on my Weekly Updates post.

My blog changes brought about two new headers this week:

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I can’t seem to leave my blogs alone!

What is your day like?  What are your favorite things?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A FLURRY OF ACTIVITIES…

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Welcome to my Sunday Potpourri post.  It has been a while since I’ve written one, although I’ve done some Weekend Potpourri posts lately.

Today it is raining…hard.  After a week of lovely sunshine, I should have known!  Luckily I did my round of shopping yesterday, and accomplished a lot.  I went to two shops and found two dresses as “potential” Mother of the Bride outfits.  My daughter vetoed one of them, but liked the other.  As it turns out, I think I will be happy with it, too.  A kind of silvery shade with lace over the top, but with very simple lines… and flattering.  I still need to find shoes, but I’m not going out in this rain!  Another day will work.

My other errands were a flurry of activities involving picking up medications; going to Fed Ex to get copies of some legal documents; and finally, settling down for this relaxing cup of Chicken Tortilla Soup…and, of course, the ubiquitous Pomegranate Martini.

 

 

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Tonight I am excited about another episode of Big Little Lies, as well as The Good Fight, streaming later on CBS: All Access.

Another miniseries I’ve set to record:  Feud, Bette and Joan, starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange.

Today I’m reading The Good Daughter, by Alexandra Burt.  I’m enjoying it so far, although there are alternating characters whose connection to the MC has not yet revealed itself.

 

 

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As I read and try to enjoy the rainy day, I keep a close eye on my skylight cover….so far, so good.

What do you enjoy on rainy days?  What does your weekend look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ROUTINES & CHANGES….

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Welcome to another Sunday!  I love weekend blogging, as there are many blogs to visit.  And then I get more blogging ideas.

As I went through my routines this morning, I started thinking of how I do tend to go on automatic pilot and move through the early morning activities, scarcely thinking of what I’m doing.

After the usual morning ablutions, my steps lead me to the little office nook, where I boot up the computer.  Louisa May, my laptop, must be used to my actions, too, as she cooperates.  So far.

 

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Then….off to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot and ready my tray (below):

 

 

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When the coffee is ready, I bring the tray into the office…and I’m all set.

But sometimes, just to shake things up (anyone who reads my blogs knows how much I enjoy making changes), I might vary the routine.  Like booting up the laptop BEFORE my morning ablutions.  Or preparing the tray first.

If I do that, though, my actions cease to be automatic…and I have to think about what I’m doing.  That has to be good, right?

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Speaking of changing things up, I did some new things here…notice?  Same blog header, but different theme, which also meant a different background.

I also did a remake of Curl up and Read, with the same header, but with the theme I’m using here.  Theme changes can be subtle, but the most noticeable aspect of this theme (Dara) is how the quotes look…and also how the posts are arranged.

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While I was checking out Netflix last night, I found a show called Schitt’s Creek.  I’ve only watched a couple of the episodes and I’m not sure about it.  Some of the characters are really annoying.

So I switched over to shows I had on my DVR, including a movie called Anesthesia.

 

 

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With an assorted cast of characters including Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, and Gretchen Mol, we connect with each of them as their lives intersect around an event that happens to a beloved professor.  Set in Manhattan and its suburbs.

I picked it at random (seemingly), and was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed it.  The fact that Sam Waterston and Glenn Close had roles did affect my choice.

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Do you ever find books or movies that you love unexpectedly?  What are your anticipated enjoyable moments this weekend?  Do your routines seem to flow automatically, or do you change things up a lot?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A RAINY DAY OF READING, ETC.

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A windy rain has been blowing through these parts, starting yesterday.  I was out then, having lunch with my second son, my two granddaughters, and my daughter, along with her husband.  We had to run through the downpour and the puddles afterwards.

So today is all about curling up and staying warm.

After blogging a little, I decided to watch some Amazon videos while I ate lunch.

Earlier, I found an e-book from an author I’ve enjoyed, so I had to “click, buy.”  Yes, it is a habit.  Never Alone, by Elizabeth Haynes, is a brilliantly suspenseful and shocking story in which nothing is at it seems, but everything is at stake.  I discovered it on Cleopatra Loves Books.  I often find books I must have on her blog.  Thanks!

 

 

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Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she’s living alone. But she doesn’t consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.

When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah’s cottage seems ideal; and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a reason to smile again. It’s supposed to be temporary, but not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement: her children are wary of his motives, and Will Brewer, an old friend of her son’s, seems to have taken it upon himself to check up on Sarah at every opportunity. Even Sophie has grown remote and distant.

After Sophie disappears, it’s clear she hasn’t been entirely honest with anyone, including Will, who seems more concerned for Sarah’s safety than anyone else. As the weather closes in, events take a dramatic turn and Kitty too goes missing. Suddenly Sarah finds herself in terrible danger, unsure of who she can still trust.

But she isn’t facing this alone; she has Aiden, and Aiden offers the protection that Sarah needs. Doesn’t he?

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On another blog, Readerbuzz, Deb shared some nonfiction books she enjoyed, which led to me adding another one to my “must buy” list.

White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg, is one I ordered in hardcover, so it will arrive via mailbox.

 

 

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Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics–-a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ’s Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.
 
We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. With Isenberg’s landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.

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So much to ponder, with this second book; and a good mystery will always keep me turning the pages.

What are you reading/watching on a Sunday?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: FIGHTING THE DISTRACTION BEAST

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Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri.  Today started out rather late.  I couldn’t believe I had slept until 8:30, but to be honest, I woke up at my usual time…and turned over to snooze some more.

I felt better for the extra sleep.  Lately I have even taken regular naps during the daytime.  I think my body has been trying to stave off depression and whatever illnesses are lurking out there.

So far this morning, I’ve done some blog visiting, linking to my Weekly Updates, in which I talk about my avoidance and my distractions.

Last night, rather late, I finished Hillbilly Elegy (click for my review).  I had intended to finish it Friday and add it to my updates.  But, the Distraction Beast reared its head again.  But it’s all good.  It doesn’t really matter, in my overall enjoyment of a book, if I was distracted for a while.

 

 

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I plan to finish reading some of the books I started and stopped last week…and then, see what happens next.

My granddaughter Fiona just called, and is headed to my house in a few…so I’m going to stop now.

What are you enjoying on this weekend before Thanksgiving?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: MY GREAT ESCAPE….

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What do I tend to do when I’m troubled, sad, or just bored?

Change things up on a blog…or read a lot of books.  This week I did both, reading and reviewing FIVE books…and changing up the headers on this blog (see above), and Serendipity, where you can read my Weekly Updates, with details about my reading.

 

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The baby in the header above is my great-niece, who reminds us that you don’t have to be a grown-up to love reading whatever you can get your hands on…lol.

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I also love going to one of the neighborhood restaurants and eating soup…with a martini or a margarita.

Yesterday, it was pea soup and a strawberry margarita.  The book I was reading on Pippa was Two If By Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  I’ve had the book since May.

 

 

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Here’s the dessert, which I really shouldn’t have had…but sometimes we just have to go with our weakest impulses…lol.  Key Lime pie, with coffee.

 

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Then I came home to resume reading Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson.

 

 

 

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Tonight I am looking forward to a line-up of shows that make Sunday a wonderful day in the week:  Madame Secretary; Secrets & Lies; and a couple of movies from the DVR.  Next Sunday, The Affair returns.  Yay!

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What does your Sunday look like?  What great escapes have you planned?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: FALLING BACK….

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It has been a morning of changing back the clocks…and I have a lot of them.  But as you can see (above), one of the clocks is stalled at 12:00.  No matter what battery I put in, it doesn’t work.

Hmm, maybe I should remove all the batteries and set the clocks at various times.  The clocks could be purely decorative.

My computer and iPhone automatically reset their times….but I still have my bedside clock to change, my clock in the office, the microwave and coffeepot clocks…and this big red Coca Cola clock.

 

 

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I’ve been visiting blogs this morning, and I’m getting ready to start reading again.  First, though, I made some changes at my Serendipity blog…a new header.  A big change, with my little grand-niece featured as a “reader.”

 

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I am over halfway finished with American Heiress, the story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping, by Jeffrey Toobin.

 

 

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I remember what I was doing when I first heard about the kidnapping…I was in my office at work, and it was intriguing to hear the feedback from colleagues.  So many thought it was about money, but as we listened and read in the following weeks, we found out more.

In this book, I’m also discovering what I didn’t learn from the newspapers. 

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On the lighter side, I’m also reading an e-book:  Stealing Jason Wilde, by Dee Ernst.

 

 

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After her divorce, librarian Annie Reynolds thought she’d closed the book on love for good—it just wasn’t part of her safe, comfortable routine. But if there’s anyplace she can relax and have a little fun, it’s Dune Road, where she and her closest girlfriends return for their annual getaway in the Hamptons. She knows it’s just what she needs to escape her empty nest (and empty bed).

A chance encounter with a ruggedly handsome local promises Annie just that. But when one of her friends turns a simple flirtation with B-list movie star Jason Wilde into seduction—and Jason accidentally mixes a few drinks and his back-pain medicine—the ladies end up with a very high-profile houseguest. The media calls it a kidnapping, and before long, the FBI is on the hunt.

Soon the ladies’ tame little trip has turned into the adventure of a lifetime. But will this case of mistaken misdoing sabotage Annie’s second chance at love, or will she have the confidence to take matters into her own hands to find her happily ever after?

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I took Pippa with me yesterday when I went for lunch….and got a good start on this one.

 

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Later today, I hope to watch some Netflix...I added Doctor Foster to my list.

What does your Sunday look like?

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