Misc. Monday is back. I make no promises about the coming weeks, but it’s back for today.
Today’s random topic — what I’ve been playing on my iPod, what I’ve been reading, and what I’ve been watching.
1. What’s on my iPod — Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of laid-back music: Amos Lee, Hem, Joe Purdy, JJ Heller, The Weepies. I’ve also added some Snow Patrol, some Ray LaMontagne, and some Iron & Wine. And then there are the days when I just want to listen to the old standbys, Billy Joel and James Taylor.
2. What I’ve been reading — Recently, I’ve read a couple good books by Elin Hilderbrand, Barefoot and A Summer Affair. Her characters are so rich, three-dimensional, flawed, complex. It’s not easy to put them in a box of “good person” or “bad person.” Her books entertain me yet engage my mind. They are marketed as escape books or beach reads, but I find them much more than that. I think her characters are wrestling with deep topics like identity and the meaning of love and forgiveness and consequences of our decisions and life purpose and juggling motherhood and one’s own ambitions. Elin Hilderbrand’s books make me wish I were in a book group so I could read with friends and talk about all those topics.
3. What I’ve been watching — I’ve seen a few movies lately. I really liked Did You Hear About The Morgans? I appreciate Hugh Grant’s dry wit and some of the physical comedy he and Sarah Jessica Parker show off in this movie. Mary Steenburgen and Sam Elliott do a great job playing a small-town, down-home, long-married couple. The movie made me laugh, but I also appreciate its message about marriage and forgiveness.
I didn’t especially love Up In The Air with George Clooney. Some of it made me laugh, but it was fairly depressing. (Spoiler:) I really was hopeful his character would undergo a big transformation, and it was disappointing that he sorted of ended in the same place he started, with an empty backpack. I felt as fooled and taken advantage of as he did by Alex, the woman he met on his travels. My husband pegged her story fairly early on, but I told him he was cynical and skeptical. I was disappointed that he was right. Again, though, I think the overall message about life and love and relationships and the pain and emptiness of his lifestyle was a good message. I think the movie did a pretty good job of showing consequences to decisions and actions.
So, how about you? What are you listening to, reading, and watching? Tell us about it.