Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The One With the Brilliant Title

I stayed home sick on Monday because A) I was trying to be responsible and not put my fevered face in those of my little students, thus spreading the joy of my illness and B) even the thought of doing jumping jacks with the way my head felt was enough to make me hide under the covers. So I let them know I wouldn't be in, took some amazing Chinese sore throat medicine we'd just bought, as well as some zinc (all I could find were zinc lollipops) and some echinacea/eyebright and echinacea/astragalus and buried myself under the supersoft blanket and duvet. A few hours later, I re-emerged a much happier and better-feeling, fever-free woman. In fact, I almost felt like I had cheated a little I was doing so much better. I swear that Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa stuff has magical powers. Plus, it tastes REALLY GOOD. I drank ginger tea throughout the day, just in case of a relapse. Today was Crazy Tuesday and I felt good, even during class and some kick-butt sparring. Actually, it wasn't my butt that got kicked, but the other side. Really, really hard. :-P

In other unrelated news, we watched
Click, which was surprisingly poignant, and very good, as well as American Dreamz, which sucked ass in spite of its Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaidness. I mean, for one thing, what kind of comedy kills off a protagonist at the end? In a non-funny way? But there was plenty more to gripe about than just that. It had all-around suck-factor. Gwillem's (he's from Appleton?!?!?!) physical appearance was shocking, considering that the last thing I'd seen him in was Boondock Saints, which has to be one of his best roles. (And really, people, what are you waiting for??)

I am FINALLY on the new Thomas Covenant book, having painfully slogged through the old series for the third (and final?) time, and having finished them in spite of continually putting them down to read other, less annoying books. I thought those books rocked the first 2 times around, but this time they have lost their lustre. The new one, however, is far less annoying as Donaldson seems to have misplaced
his thesaurus. Hallelujah, Jaffar!!

I also just finished the Mermaid Chair, which was freaking awesome. I think it's my favourite Kidd book yet. I cried unabashedly at the end (OK, I attempted to do it covertly, and therefore, abashedly, to tell the truth) not because it was sad, but just because it was such a poignant (there's that word again -- that's twice in one post -- have I no shame -- have I no thesaurus?) book.

I've got nothing to follow such a great book, so here, my Dear Reader, is where I shall leave you until next time.

19 comments:

Egan said...

A very poignant post indeed. I'm surprised Click was good, but was pleasantly surprised by Spanglish. I'll have to try the ginger tea suggestion of yours some time.

Jay said...

I have to lay off reading the sad books. I'm a wreck for days, until some fresh sadness overtakes. It's like an epidemic, and I'm not sure my tear ducts are up to the task.

Winters said...

Some fine recommendations there, C.

I'm glad you're feeling better - sounds like you were well dosed up on the good stuff there.

So you're now back to your ass-kicking best, and the world can tremble once more. Nice...

~d said...

Good Morning ☼ shine!
I am passing thru. I like the rcommendations you gave, the book. I just may have to check them OUT!
The Mermaid Chair forces readers to question whether moral issues can always be interpreted in black or white.

THIS line alone intrigues me. Do you own it?!

~d said...

OH! Holy cow, I loved the secret lives of bees...very, very good!

XO

Candace said...

Egan - I'll have to check out Spanglish. I love Adam Sandler's goofy stuff, to tell the truth, but he does a good job with the less goofy stuff, too.

Jay - You could have a funny one on hand as a chaser. :) It wasn't really sad, just very emotional. I think it had a positive ending, but there's some very powerful stuff along the way.


Winters - thanks. :) It's good to be able to get my ass (and other parts) kicked again. Then again, maybe not. :-P I'm wondering if I'm going to get a massive bruise that I can't even blog. That happened once before - a massive trophy bruise that I couldn't even show anyone besides MuNKi. Bummer!

~d - LOVE the new avatar! BRILLIANT! :) I, too, loved the Secret Life of Bees. The Mermaid Chair, while a completely different story, is along the same sort of lines - woman finding herself. I just loved it. I also really enjoyed her nonficition book The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. Fascinating.

ldbug said...

Wow, I'm writing down those recomendations for getting better fast! That will be helpful when I catch the sniffles later this winter;-)

I read the Mermaid Chair too. I thought it was good, but I think because it took place in the south and I was trying to get the hell out of there at the time...well I think that tainted the story for me. All I kept yelling at the charactors was "leave your husband" "don't be a monk anymore, idiot!" and "please, please escape the south!!"

Yeah, I know, but at least it got emotion out of me? I'm a tough book critic.....

Candace said...

Ldbug - I cracked up over your reaction to the book and had to read it to MuNKI. :) I can totally understand your reaction, though. :) So what are some of your faves?

Candace said...

PS - ~d - much to my chagrin, I do NOT own the book. I borrowed my friend's copy since she already owned it. But I will probably buy my own copy.

Trundling Grunt said...

There must be some virus doing the rounds as I've been sick also. Even posted a Young Ones picture in your honour....

Have you read Mr Norrell & Jonathan Strange - I believe the second one is either out or due out shortly?

Get well soon/

Candace said...

Oooh, was that in my honour? I DO feel honoured. :)

I have not yet read Mr Norrell and Johnathan Strange, though it went on my list back when Marcus was talking about it. And now there's a sequel on the way? Cool!


I hope you're feeling better soon. :)

Toby said...

Not much of a reader lately, nor am I a movie goer. I hate spending money on something I'm pretty positive will disappoint me.

I'm glad you're feeling better. Remember, it's only cheating if you get caught. ;)

~d said...

Haha, I do not own it either.
(smile!)
glad, glad you liked the avatar...
I took it down in a manic phase b/c I so didnt identify with it.

Whateveh

tshsmom said...

Agree about American Dreamz. We rented Thank You For Smoking, at the same time. That was well worth the money!

Jay said...

Yes, I know, I read that one some time last year. But a book doesn't have to be sad to make me sad. I just am a wreck for no good reason.

Egan said...

Just in case you're bored, I thought I would offer you this video to keep you company.

Trundling Grunt said...

Um ok, where are you?

Candace said...

Toby - that's why I borrow most of mine from the library, LOL!

~d - no avi? What will be next, I wonder. . . :)

Tshsmom - I'll check that one out. :)

Jay - Oh, ah! Got it.

Egan - I LOVE that vid. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! "Reach out with your peelings, Cuke." HAhAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

TG - I'm here. :-P I'm a bad blogger. I've been reading and watching movies and jumping in leaf piles.

Egan said...

Anything to keep you happy with me Candace. I don't want you angry with me ever.