Mixed Media

January 2nd


I gave up sometime during 2008 in blogging about the books I was reading. I’m not sure why, but I’m back on the media blogging motivation train. I just finished “Ask Now the Beasts” which came as a gift from a fellow blogger. It is a moving and eloquent collection of essays about animals written by Ruth Rudner. Rudner writes about her pets (dogs, cats, horses) and of the animals she admires in the wild (coyotes, wolves, penguins) and at the zoo (gorillas). Her stories are insightful and a true delight to read.

“There are many of us, reared by humans and lavished with love, who dream of release into the wild, free to spend a lifetime wantering in mountains and forests, confident (to a certain extent) we could survive. But we are not gorillas. What can it be to bet the center of lavished attention, a pampered child, and then find yourself in so radically a different world? To be released into the wild, a captive animal has to be trained to survive in the wild. To be released into a zoo is different, The threats are different. The expectations are different. The knowledge of life is different.”

I’m now enjoying “The Ridiculous Race,” a book Finny gave me for Christmas. I am also re-reading “The Red Tent,” one of my favorites from years past with Katie. I started to read, “The Five Love Languages,” after having it recommended by a bunch of friends, but it doesn’t make sense to read this when you aren’t in a relationship. So, it’s sitting on the bookshelf for a bit.


I am currently absolutely in love with Bon Iver, Sasha Fierce and Kings of Leon. Take that for a diverse taste in music!


No surprise, I was taken by Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It ranks right up there with “Slumdog Millionare” for best picture. Love! Great movies. I also saw “7 Pounds” and it broke my heart. Beautiful movie, but bring lots of tissues.

What are you reading/watching/listening to?


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  1. Happy New Year, Kelli!

    I just saw Slumdog Millionaire last night and loved it. Also just purchased Bon Iver on vinyl – so looking forward to ripping that open.

    As far as reading goes, I’m a fairly ADD reader. I usually read at least two books concurrently (one fiction and one nonfiction), but I’m reading three at the moment:

    Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama
    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

    And to round it all out, I’m currently hooked on The West Wing (via DVD). Thanks for the prompt – I needed another distraction… 🙂

  2. I’m going to watch “Melinda’s World” today. I started reading “Blink” a while ago but haven’t finished it yet.

  3. I want to see 7 Pounds. I’m trying to finish the Twilight series (reading Eclipse). And, next is Mistaken Identity. (I also want to read The Time Traveler’s Wife this year. Everyone is reading that and The Shack.) I love those mix CDs and will check out your music recommendations.

  4. I’ve recently read: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, it’s supposed to be a young adult book but I really liked it. I also read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, this book was also good, kind of sad he died from cancer.

  5. We are going to “Slumdog” today. Glad to read your recommendation. Cliff has terrific tastes in music, He is in charge of our soundtrack. He just got the new Abby Lincoln CD (blues). I love it and am glad it’s on high rotation around here. As for books, I got Twilight for Christmas and it was a good (easy) bedtime read. Very mild. In fact, sometimes I had to remind myself that it was so light because it is in fact a book for teens! Still enjoyable fluff.

  6. Beside my bed right now are Pride and Prejudice, New Moon (the 2nd book in the Twilight series), A Year of Living Biblically, and Sylvia by Bryce Courtenay. I just finished the Friday Knitting Club and Nasty Bites both of which I thoroughally enjoyed.

    Movies – over Christmas we watched Sound of Music (an old favourite), Stepbrother (so stupid it was funny), Bonneville – a roadtrip movie about friendship starring Jessica Lange, Joan Allen and Kathy Bates that was very good and the sing a long version of Mamma Mia.

  7. I rented an awesome movie – Winter Passing with Ed Harris, Will Farrell, a woman whose name I cannot recall, and Zooey Deschanel. A great story about a daughter coming home to her neglectful father and seeing a new side of him.

    I just finished Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers – highly recommend it!

  8. Must admit I’m reading the Twilight series, too! I loved Slumdog Millionaire and I’m hoping to watch more indie movies this year now that my local indie theater has expanded to 2 screens.

  9. Reading: Men With Balls – The Professional Athlete’s Handbook (hilarious and vulgar)
    Watching: Saw Benjamin Button and Slumdog…loved both. Rented Lars and The Real Girl (hilarious) and watching Magnolia tonight.
    Listening: The Hold Steady, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon (first few songs are good, not sure about the rest). Going to get Bon Iver, had a ton of recommendations. Did you get all the music from my thumb drive yet? Ready to give it back with new music for me?

    happy new year, btw!

  10. Just finished “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan and it was great, I highly recommend it. I have Three Cups of Tea on my list as well as other.

    Music is whatevers on my iPod.

    Movies lately include Valkyrie (good), Doubt (GREAT!), Burn Before Reading (very funny!), Milk (spectacular) and I’m heading to see Slumdog Millionaire this afternoon.

  11. Glad you get the Brad Pitt Fans train!!!! I must wait till february to see the movie here in Italy!

  12. Every Christmas my husband, son and I go to the movies. Benjamin Button was our choice this year. I loved it. Not reading anything at the moment – just blogs.

  13. I’m reading “A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” by Ishmael Beah. This is a true story about a 12 year old boy in Sierra Leone. Kelli, this is your kind of book.

  14. i loved the red tent!

  15. The Red Tent is an excellent book. I’m currently re-reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

  16. I love when you start talking books and movies and such, because it helps me add to my own media to-do list. We actually went to the movies last week (!) and saw Yes Man, which was a lot of fun (and I’m not a big Jim Carrey fan. Not at all.); definitely a good one to ring in the new year.

    While clearing out the bookshelves last week, I discovered I had an entire shelf of books that have not yet been read. Looks like I have my work cut out for me!

  17. I have been enjoying an easy reading series by Jan Karon. I am on the third book of the series of The Mitford Years (“At Home in Mitford,” A Light in the Window,” and “These High Green Hills”). They are delightful stories of a an Episcopal rector in the small charming town of Mitford and of the life, happenings and people in this mountain town. You would think the happenings would be mundane but they are downright miraculous.I find myself laughing and crying, and feel I know the people in the books. As the cover of the box set says, “You’ll find a visit to Mitford is good for the soul.” It is for me.

    Haven’t been to the movies lately, though I am looking forward to see Brad Pitts new movie. Glad to hear you liked it. I bought Mama Mia. Having seen the stage production I was curious if they could pull of the energy the live performace has. They did a good job and I enjoyed the movie, but the stage production held much more excitement and energy that’s hard to capture on film. Watched “A Christmas Story” with my grandsons over the holiday, as well as “A Bee Movie.” Love both.

  18. Your my inspiration to get back into reading! I’m embarassed to say that I haven’t read a book in a long time–blogs are to blame along with the busyness that comes with being a domestic engineer. I don’t think I can set a goal of 40 books but who knows!?

    I just started reading “Home” by Marilynne Robinson. I hear “Gilead” by the same author is a great one but they didn’t have it at the library. Your recommendation for a book or two to get me started reading again would be greatly appreciated–doesn’t have to be a quick-read. Thanks!!!

    Oooh, and I’m hoping for a date night with my husband to go watch Brad Pitt’s movie!