Friday Favorites 10/23/2015

Ahhh…it’s Friday!  Did you all just breathe a huge sigh of relief, too?  That sigh of mine came after finishing one last homework assignment for the week with no intention of working on another until Monday!

Last week, Doug and I went to see The Martian in theaters!  It was amazing!  I’m a huge Matt Damon fan, so I loved seeing him in the role of Mark Watney.  It was well cast all around.  It is a must-see if you’ve read the book.  It’s one of the few movies I’ve seen that really pays tribute to the book.  And just for fun, I thought this was an interesting look at how the book and movie would have been different if author Andy Weir had included the recent discovery of water on Mars in his plot.

The Martian

I’ve not been watching much tv lately, but I finished up homework early one day and decided to check out two episodes of CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling on Netflix.  I’ve liked Lisa Ling since her days on Channel One News.  That is a throwback to my high school days, by the way.  Did anyone else have Channel One at their school?  Serena Altschul and Anderson Cooper both made their debuts on Channel One.  Anyway, back to This Life with Lisa Ling.  This is such an interesting series.  The first episode that I watched was on women living amisdt the oil boom in North Dakota and the second was about drug addiction amongst the mormon population in Utah.  Ling does’t take a traditional look at issues.  She spins them in a way that creates such intrigue for viewers.  I plan on watching more of this series when I get a chance.

So, what are you all up to this weekend?  Doug and Grace are watching Star Wars Episode V as we speak.  There is a fabulous vintage market and Lego Brickfest in town this weekend.  Unfortunately, we may miss them both because we have other plans.  But we may try to squeeze in Brickfest Sunday morning if we can all get up and moving.  If you know how we move on the weekends, then you also know that is a big IF.  LOL!

Is it beautiful where you live right now?  Because it is gorgeous right now in Indiana!  We are having the most spectacular display of fall colors that I recall seeing in several years.  I’m not sure if it is the unseasonably warm temperatures that we’ve had this fall or the lack of rain, but I just can’t get enough of the trees!

Speaking of fall, here is a link to love.  Be sure to turn the sound up to hear the cute noises this porcupine makes as he tries pumpkin for the first time.  It’s so adorable!

What are you reading now?  I picked up The Hanging Girl: A Department Q novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen from the library a few weeks ago.

The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler Olsen

This is another great detective series set in Denmark.  Detective Carl Mørck is a bit of an outcast.  Sent to the police headquarter’s basement in what would appear to be a demotion, Mørck and his ragtag band of misfit assistants form Department Q.  Department Q sets out to solve cold cases and does a surprisingly good job of it.  This is another formulaic detective series, but if you have a thing for self-loathing detectives with a wonderfully dry sense of humor like I do, then you will enjoy this series.

Wherever you are this weekend and whatever you are doing, I hope you enjoy!  Happy reading!

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