Monday, September 26, 2016

Why do I bother?

What is it?
What is it about him that makes me hang on his words?

He told me to believe.
He asked me to believe.

I want to believe.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Book Review, "Leave Me"

I can check one off my BookMarks goal list! I finished reading it last night.

I've been in Maribeth's shoes. No, I didn't have a heart attack, but due to perimenopause I'm experiencing anxiety bordering on panic attacks. There are those days when the weight of the world is such that I want to grab some cash and just keep on driving.

Unfortunately real life doesn't work out as neatly as Maribeth's story.

But that's exactly why I liked this book. I was swept away, but only on the surface. There wasn't any depth. I wasn't too immersed or bogged down in the deep and I didn't lose any sleep due to complicated characters or plots.

I enjoyed Leave Me for what it is. Simply, a good book.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

‘Sully’ Flies High With $35.5 Million Opening

Sully made a much a bigger splash at the box office than was initially expected, touching down at an estimated $35.5 million for the No. 1 spot in its opening weekend.

Playing on 3,525 screens, the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow drama made $12.2 million on Friday, boosting three-day estimates that were previously set at $24 million for the weekend. The Clint Eastwood-directed film stars Tom Hanks as hero pilot Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger.

With an 84 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, reviews are solid for the movie about Sully's crucial call to glide an imperiled US Airways jet for a water landing on the Hudson River just minutes after it took off from Laguardia Airport, a decision that saved 155 lives on board in 2009.

CinemaScore polling said opening night moviegoers gave it an A grade on average.

What I'm Currently Reading

An Evening At The Theatre, "Sixty Miles To Silver Lake"

Last night Crystal and I attended Theatre Alliance's staged reading of Sixty Miles To Silver Lake. Ken, who played the father Ky, had alerted me to some of dialogue so I could prepare Crystal.

The material was very mature, allowing both uprorious laughter and some scratchy, ewww moments. The real power of the show is in the lighting and scenic transitions. Although Jamie Lawson read the stage directions, much was lost as just a staged reading.

Ken always does an outstanding job and this reading was no different. Spencer Absher, who played Ky's son, Denny, also did a great job.

I'd love to see this as a full production.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

BookMarks 2016

I don't think it's any surprise that one of my favorite festivals is BookMarks. Winston-Salem is indeed very lucky to host this free event.

There's always a $2.00 book table and I purchased 3 books, all by Melinda Rainey Thompson.

  1. SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully
  2. The SWAG Life
  3. I've Had It Up To Here With Teenagers
I attended the NC Book Club Picks talk and was introduced to 3 new authors: Leigh Himes, Megan Miranda and Susan Bishop Crispell.  Each talked about their books. I was so impressed and interested that I left the talk during the Q&A and bought: 
I went to the Booksigning tent where Leigh and Susan both signed their books. (Susan also offered a mini pie with a tiny heart in the crust!) I talked with Megan and apologized that I'd missed out on buying her book (they'd sold out very early). She did sign her book card for me and it's on my Amazon wishlist.

I was really looking forward to seeing Gayle Forman. I've read two of her books (If I Stay and Where She Went) and have been waiting to read the just one day series. As I was making my 4th or 5th trip through the book sale tent (anyone who knows me understands that I just can't stay away from books!) I realized she had written an adult novel, Leave Me. It sounded interesting so I bought it and then waited 30 minutes in 100 degree heat to get it signed. (I think it's less dedication and more addiction!) She was so very nice!

While I was fine by myself, I really missed Sam. Sam is very much like me in that we love books and have no problem standing in the heat waiting to get our books signed. We both always want All. The. Books. Lol.

In between all the book buying and book signings I had my first ever fish tacos from the Taqueria El Azteca Taco Truck (delish!) and cooled down with Angie's Italian Ice (refreshing orange creamsicle). I also picked up some Pokeman balls and added a Pokeman to my Pokedex.

Six books got added to my library. I'm making it my goal to read all 6 of these new books before I acquire any more. It's a lofty goal, but I'm going to do my best!

Friday, September 09, 2016

A Book Review, "Killing Maine"

Wind power is the use of air flow through turbines to mechanically power generators for electricity. Wind power, as an alternative to burning fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, consumes no water, and uses little land.

That's according to Wikipedia.

According to Mike Bond, it's Killing Maine. I know this because he spent a great deal of time educating the reader on this serious politically corrupt issue.

Between his soapbox sessions, Mike attempts to weave an interesting whodunnit. Unfortunatley the reader is stuck with Pono Hawkins, the main suspect, as he tries to solve the murder mystery and clear his name. While it seems Pono does have a heart, he's more lothario than anything else.

Killing Maine didn't do much more than Kill My Precious Time.

Monday, September 05, 2016

I Won!

From: Cody, Katie
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2016 1:16 PM
Subject: Congratulations! Sully Employee Screening Tickets!

You have been selected to receive tickets for you and a guest to attend the special American Airlines employee advance screening of “Sully.”

Here are the details for CLT:

                Where: AMC Northlake 14
                                7325 Northlake Mall Drive
                                Charlotte, NC 28216
Date:     Wednesday, September 7

Time:    7 p.m. Showing
                Check in Begins at 6 p.m.
                Theater Doors Close at 6:50 p.m.

Additional Info:
Each attendee will receive a $10 concession gift card upon arrival to stock up before the movie. As a reminder, Check in will begin at 6 p.m., and the screening will start promptly at 7 p.m.  Theatre doors will close at 6:50 p.m., and guests will not be permitted into the screening late, so please give yourselves plenty of time to get settled. The movie is expected to run approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.

The name of the attendee must match the winning employee. We will check identification upon arrival.  

Katie Cody
Corporate Communications Manager – Charlotte