Friday fun: books and movies

Hello there! Just a quick pop-in to talk books and movies because Friday night, yay!


I just started Sing, Unburied, Sing which is shaping up to be quite good. I have another book waiting to be picked up from the library, plus a friend just handed me this book, too. I love it when there’s a plethora of good reading material at my fingertips.

To the younger two, I am currently reading Jane Eyre. They both drag their feet about it, but now that Mr. Rochester’s bed went up in flames, they’re a little more engaged.

My younger son is reading the first book in The Wheel of Time series. At first he didn’t like it, but I made him persevere and now he’s hooked. With fourteen ENORMOUS books in the series, he should be good to go for the entire winter, me thinks.

I had both my older two kids read this Time article. My older daughter said she was going to snapchat it to her friends (ha). My older son says I should read this Atlantic article (also about smartphones) next.


Last night we finished watching season three of The Great British Baking Show. It’s my favorite season thus far. I cried.

Olive Kitteridge: my mother got the DVDs through Netflix and I finished watching them last night. After the first episode (there are four), my husband refused to watch, saying they were too depressing. I, however, found them absolutely delightful. Frances McDormand is a superb actor (and she has a new movie coming out, yay). Highly, highly recommend.

I’m mulling over whether or not Monty Python and the Holy Grail would be a good family movie. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it. Thoughts?

I can’t wait until Lady Bird hits Redbox!

I’m rewatching all of Stranger Things, this time with my mother and older daughter (see photo). Tonight is our third viewing session this week (we’ll finish season one and maybe start on season two)!


In other news, I made a tiramisu and tomorrow is our post-Thanksgiving turkey feast. Also, we might get our tree.

Now, gotta go make popcorn….

Happy first weekend of December!

This same time, years previous: writing: behind the scenes, in the sweet kitchen, the day before, the quotidian (12.1.14), Thanksgiving of 2013, pot of red beans.


  • dbWVogel

    Can you help me understand why ones cries for a baking show? I'm certain I am missing something important!

    By the way; if you're interested in finding some gripping and long-term series, give Stephen R. Donaldson's "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" a look. Two trilogies and (20 years later) a quartet to close it all off. The first six books were something my wife and I shared in the couple years just before we met, and they stuck with us so strongly that our wedding rings are made of white gold. I'm working through the last set now.

    • Jennifer Jo

      Ha! My mother had the same question. See, this season the contestants were loveable and funny and GOOD, and the person I was rooting for won, and it was all so lovely that I quite teared up!

      Never heard of those books — passing on the titles to my husband. Thank you!

  • Margo

    I need to know more about why I should watch Olive Kitteridge. My memory of the book was SO DEPRESSING although I don't remember details.

    I did just re-watch Mrs. Pettigrew Lives For a Day, which stars Frances McDormand – love it so much.

    I think we might do Monty Python in a year or two – I bet your kids are ready. My concern was that they would miss the humor, not that it's raunchy. I wanted my kids to think it was hilarious the way I did in high school.

    • Jennifer Jo

      I recommended Olive Kitteridge to my writing group and then one of them left this comment on my facebook page: "Thank you for telling me about Olive K the other day! I watched the whole 4 episodes last night! Soooooo Good, I loved it so much. Acting, character development, story, scenery, choreography…. superb." Need I say more?

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