Thursday, July 26, 2007
Of books and movies...
Like many other folks this time of year, I’m suffering greatly with sinus congestion and horrible headaches. It was not a good weekend for a new book and to go to the movies. So, naturally, this is the weekend the very last Harry Potter came out — and my daughter and granddaughters wanted to go see Hairspray and were insistent that I go with them.
If you’re reading or haven’t read “Harry Potter — the Deathly Hallows” yet, don’t worry. I won’t tell you anything and spoil it.
Binkster nearly lost her life over it though! She picked up the book, read the end and then threatened to tell her mother, her friend Grace and I all about it. I, for one, would have had conniption fits! I cannot stand to know the ending before the beginning and middle.
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, but apparently too old to be a “fanatic.” I go to bed way too early to be at a bookstore at midnight (12:01 actually). It was nearly 8:30 a.m. on Saturday before we got our books.
Saturday afternoon, I went very reluctantly to the movies to see Hairspray.
I was so glad I went! Even with a horrible headache, I laughed until my head hurt even worse. The music is great (of course, it’s all ’60s, so...) and John Travolta is perfect as the mother (yes, mother).
If I’m right, Hairspray was a movie a couple or so decades ago, then a Broadway show and now is a movie again. It’s about a short, plump (really plump), high school girl who wants to dance on a TV dance show (Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was probably the inspiration). She triumphs, not only by getting on the show, but integrates the dance crowd also.
Queen Latifah, a favorite, is in the movie, along with Christopher Walken as the dad and Michelle Phieffer as the drop-dead, gorgeous, mean person. Walken and Travolta are just fantastic as an “old married couple” in this movie!
After the movie Saturday, the headache and congestion was much worse, so I came home and worked on a quilt for my sister, while watching the Food Network, huddled in my sewing room.
Sunday morning, I was very, very tempted to take Harry Potter to church, but I resisted the temptation. I was glad of that!
My favorite pastime on Sunday afternoon is napping! So, after a nap, while supposedly watching the entire series of “The Next Food Network Star” I was very happy to be able to resume reading (with the Next Food Network Star in the background — Amy won).
I didn’t even take a break for supper, reading right on through. By 9:30 p.m., I was really tired, headachy, hungry and grumpy.
Why was I grumpy? Because I’d finished the book and didn’t have it to read anymore! I was right about Snape all along though! And I’ve started reading it again, this time just to enjoy.
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