Weekend Edition

Had a relaxing weekend, as per the usual. Re-watched Let the Right One In (Swedish version) on Friday night, and was pleased to discover that it’s even better than I remembered.  It’s the only movie I’ve watched in recent memory to which I would award an “A.” (Of course, Apocalypse Now, which I watched in early February, also garners an “A”–but I am not savvy enough to review it). Out of curiosity, would anyone care to read a review of Let the Right One In? It’s the best vampire movie I’ve ever seen, all cold, dark, and snow.


On Saturday, I met a friend for coffee, and then lunch, and then ice cream–necessary developments as our conversation went on for over 6 hours! I can’t talk to many people for 6 hours in a row, and I have to say I think it’s kind of ironic that even though I harbor an intense dislike for Taylor Swift, I seem to get along really well with people who are fans of hers. Anyway, it was really refreshing to talk to her, since there aren’t a whole lot of people around who I still know–many of them moved away after graduation.

But by Saturday evening, I was restless again. G. told me to stop fussing, and gave me an assignment: to copy, as best I could, this version of Claude Monet’s “San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk.” Since I have no artistic talent whatsoever, I was pretty pleased by how it turned out. And I forgot how fun oil crayons are.


Sunday was full of more adventures. (I kid). We’ve been burning a bunch of candles all throughout the winter, and as a little hobby–and because I hate wasting the huge chunk of wax that’s inevitably left at the bottom of every candle jar–I ordered some candle wicks off of Amazon. I just pry out the leftover wax with a knife, stick it in an old salsa jar, and let it slowly melt in the oven at 200 degrees F. Then I pour it into another salsa jar so that it makes a kinda cool-looking, multi-scented, striated candle (the one on the left). I’m already about 1/3 of the way through making another one (the pink one). Then I clean out the old candle jars with some rubbing alcohol and cotton pads and use them to store makeup and other stuff.

new books

Some bookish news: I found used copies of Persepolis (which the awesome Rommel has recommended to me multiple times) and The Cuckoo’s Calling recently. I’m already about 1/3 of the way through Galbraith/Rowling’s crime thriller, and I’m really enjoying it so far. Hoping to wrap it up within the next few days–Rowling has a very clear writing style that’s easy to read (full review to come, of course!). And then Persepolis is a comic book/graphic novel (whatever term you prefer) and I’m a big fan of those but don’t read enough of them.

Ok, I won’t bore you any longer with tales of my boring weekend. Argh, I just unintentionally used “boring” twice in the same sentence. Proof. Undeniable proof.

But I’ll leave you with an uplifting photo: an image of the Holy Vernors that I’ve been drinking nearly every day since picking up not one, not two, but THREE 12-packs at Jewel a couple weeks ago. So. tasty. So. bad. I know diet soda is evil, but I don’t even drink REAL soda, so that means it’s ok, right?? I would attempt to describe why it’s so awesome, but all I can say is that it’s super super carbonated and fizzy ginger and happiness.

Holy Vernors

Here’s hoping the warm weather brings some excitement this week! Cheers.

Photo creds: 1, 2, 3, me; 4, G. 


19 thoughts on “Weekend Edition

  1. I LOVE Let Right One In. I included it to my 10 most favorite foreign films. The problem with me though is that I knew about the movie “Let Me In” first before the original. I fell in love with the story that I then also read the book. It is THE best vampire story for me. Can’t wait to see your review.

    And weee! You have Persepolis. I have I don’t cloud your judgment with what you think about it.

    1. Yeah! I went and read your review. Really liked how you emphasized that the movie is about tenderness, as most people typically assume that vampire movies are always about violence and drama.

      I’m excited to read Persepolis! Everyone says it’s very good, so I have high expectations for it not just from you, but from everyone!

  2. “Let the right one in” is one of the best vampire movies out there (not a fan of the remake though). I like the take on vampire romance done in a different way. I’m not a big vampire fan, I’m very classic when it comes to that, Dracula kind of stuff which I feel the movie handled quite well. It’s a cute movie in its dark way.

    Also Persepolis is a great novel, I think I might read a graphic novel next after all this non-fiction I’ve been immersed in.

    1. Hey there, thanks for commenting! Yeah, completely agree that “Let the Right One In” is a standout among the overdone vampire movies. I’m not surprised the re-make isn’t as good. It’s set in Arizona, which is a shame, because the cold dark snowiness of Sweden was, in a way, a character all its own. I still haven’t watched “Interview with a Vampire,” though, and I suspect it’s quite good as well.

      Let’s see, if you’re looking for a good graphic novel, then I can recommend “Asterios Polyp.”

      1. I read that already, it’s a great one. The art tells the story as much as the text which I feel is a must have. I’m looking at RASL (by the author of Bone), a bit more of a comic but I managed to get a hold of the compendium and it looks like an interesting story, bit more science fiction.

        Anyway, thanks for the blog, have a great one 🙂

          1. I haven’t read it yet but it’s by Jeff Smith and is about an art thief who can jump through dimensions. Seemed like a cool concept and the art work is pretty stellar. If you can find a copy it’s defiantly worth a look.

            Also you’re the only person I’ve interacted with outside my English program that has ever heard of Asterios Polyp, I don’t feel so alone in my graphic novel knowledge any more 🙂

            1. Yes, that does sound like a cool concept! Have you ever seen the movie “Headhunters”? It’s a Norwegian action thriller film about an art thief 🙂
              Trying to explain Asterios Polyp to someone who hasn’t heard of it before is very frustrating. To begin with, the name is completely bizarre! And it’s very unusual subject matter for a graphic novel. It was recommended to me by a very smart friend. He sometimes writes for Fata Morgana, an online comic review journal: http://www.tcj.com/reviews/fata-morgana/

  3. Oh my gosh, that candle trick is genius, I never thought to do anything like that before! Now I’m sad at all the nice wax I’ve wasted.

    Seconding Mikey’s comment – the book version of Let The Right One In is so, so great. John Lindqvist is an amazing author! But I would also love to read your thoughts on the film!

    1. haha I’m glad you’re impressed by my candle trick! I also just really like candles, so making more of them is always a good thing in my book.

      I have added “Let the Right One In” to my reading list! I don’t really like crime/thriller/vampire/horror (i.e., genre) fiction that much, but I make an exception for books from Sweden 🙂

    1. Yeah, I’m sick of vampires, too. Might save the review until Halloween. Cuckoo’s good, though there’s no way I would have read it if it weren’t by J.K. Rowling. Generally speaking, I don’t like detective novels.

      1. I like them, but I get tired of series detective novels sometimes. I didn’t read Rowling’s other adult book, did you? I heard too much about it that made me not want to try it.

        1. Yeah, I read it and really, really liked it. But I get why it wasn’t popular. It’s a kind of heavy-handed social critique, which I completely dig, but which unnerved a lot of people. I’m basically a socialist, so I get excited about that kind of stuff. There’s a big indictment of people being greedy/ungenerous with their money, and not supporting social programs to help lift people out of poverty. It’s not an uplifting book by any means.

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