"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Irons in the Fire

What can one say about the Twins lately? They're not good enough to inspire, nor bad enough to be comedic. They're just rather...blah. Which may be a good word for the season as a whole, really.

As TBL can take only so much blah without going stark raving mad, she's found other things to occupy her attention lately. (She is still as passionately devoted to the Twins as ever, but sometimes one just needs a wee break, especially in the midst of the blahs.)

Obviously, there was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was brilliant and TBL loved it and is now in deepest mourning for the end of the most amazing fantasy series in her lifetime.

Being a frequent walker and bus rider, TBL is never without her mp3 player. Said player is, as usual, tuned to the Levellers. Today's playlist features "Exodus", "Falling From the Tree", "Just the One (EP version)", "Make U Happy", "Liberty Song", "Tranquil Blue", "Another Man's Cause" and "Men-An-Tol".

TBL normally does not watch movies very often, but has been on a rare DVD surge lately. In the last couple of weeks she has watched:

  • Pride and Prejudice, the 1995 BBC version, which is TBL's favorite movie of all time and which she makes a point of viewing at least thrice yearly despite its being six hours long.
  • Pride and Prejudice, the new version with Kiera Knightley, which TBL had not seen before, and which failed to impress due to taking far too many liberties with the book. It was, however, visually stunning.
  • Emma, with Gwynneth Paltrow. A good and very funny short take on a lengthy novel. TBL is still hunting for a copy the miniseries version with Kate Beckinsale.
  • Sense and Sensibility, the one with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. Another old favorite. Yes, TBL does like her Jane Austen...
  • The Cater Street Hangman, an entertaining version of a well-loved book.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They're all so TINY in that one! TBL is inspired to greet this coming Halloween as Professor McGonagall.
  • Nicholas Nickelby, with Charlie Hunnam and Anne Hathaway, which was very well done and frequently hysterical. Nathan Lane plays Crummles--'nuff said!
  • Nanny McPhee. TBL adores it. Who can resist a movie with both Emma Thompson AND Colin Firth?
  • An Inconvenient Truth. Even better the second time!
Whilst watching said movies, TBL does like to indulge in some knitting. Currently OTN--on the needles--are: an experimental shawl in James C Brett "Marble" DK (TBL has begun concocting her own patterns, everybody duck), two pairs of socks--a chevron pattern in Lion Brand "Magic Stripes" and a 3x3 rib plain sock in Crystal palace "Panda Cotton", and a Gryffindor House Scarf Bookmark from Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter in Brown Sheep "Nature Spun".

The past year has not been so good for the writing, but TBL has finally gotten back on that horse. She is actively working on revisions to novel #1, recently completed chapter 4 of novel #2 and a short story which was run as a serial right here on Third Base Line, and is tinkering with chapter 2 of novel #3 whilst pondering another short story. (If anyone would like to volunteer to do TBL's housework and/or laundry, do send an email.)

And, in what miniscule bits of time remain for reading, we find TBL's nose planted in "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore.

Silva faces off against Litsch today at 11:37 a.m. (and just how in blazes did they come up with that time?!) , attempting to wrest one game of the series from Toronto's clutches. TBL will be tuning in from work and devoutly hoping for something above and beyond blah.

1 rejoinders:

Baseball_Lipgloss sounded off...

Sadness is abound for the last three games (heck, let’s make it four.)
I see you are on a Jane Austen kick for movie viewing. I am trying to re-read all her novels. It is going slow since I am breaking for Harry Potter and another book club book. Did you know they actually have Jane Austen Literary Tours in England? I am trying to talk myself into going on one. I haven’t been able to decide with movie version of Pride & Prejudice I like better (I think Colin Firth is winning) since they both have good qualities.