Free Time Fridays – October 31, 2014

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Free Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shannon (who currently doesn’t have any Free Time due to a recent move) at eatupmyfreetime.

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I’ve watched two movie marathons and an assortment of old horror movies in this week leading up to Halloween.

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First up was a four movie marathon of Tremors. These were fun to revisit, but I actually prefer the television series from 2003. Michael Gross is perfect as Burt Gummer.

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A five movie Alien Nation marathon is in progress. Three down, two to go. These also make me want to re-watch the entire series.

Right in the midst of all the movies, there was a special Halloween team challenge at Fun Trivia featuring six exploding pumpkins. On the book front, I finished Burn by Nevada Barr which was due at the library. Not that our dear librarians would have placed a voodoo curse on me had I been late, but one never knows what esoteric knowledge might be picked up through reading and it was set in New Orleans.

That pretty much sums up my free time for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

Free Time Fridays – October 3, 2014

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Aside from reading and playing trivia, I spent a lot of time watching television over the past week. One of the highlights was Tommy Chong’s performance of the Tango with Peta Murgatroyd on Dancing With the Stars. Tommy, at age 76, was absolutely amazing. The team finished third of ten couples.

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Last week was the return of Person of Interest. This season is interesting since the entire team is on the run from Samaritan and have been forced to take on new identities. In a nice twist, Reese is a detective and now Fusco’s partner! I loved Fusco’s wicked little smile this week as he left a stack of paperwork on Reese’s desk.

I’m sure there must have been other things I’ve done this past week, but what they are escapes me at the moment. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

Free Time Fridays – September 26, 2014

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Free Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shannon at eatupmyfreetime.

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The past week I finished two non-fiction books I’ve been reading for a while: Letters from Africa by Karen Blixen and Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein. I also started A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction so this is an unusual number of non-fiction books for me to have going at once.

I finished two fictions works this week. The first was a short story by Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons. Finney is the author of Time and Again which is a masterpiece of time travel. He’s also the author of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the basis for several movies. The other book I finished was Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse series.

On the tv front, I watched the season premieres of Person of Interest and Survivor. Of the new series I sampled, Gotham and Forever were my favorites.

Did I actually ever leave the house? Oh yes, the highlight of my week was getting my flu shot, lol.

That pretty much sums up my free time for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

 

Free Time Fridays – September 19, 2014

BlahFTFFree Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by eatupmyfreetime.

On Fridays we will recap how we spent our free time during the week + our plans for the weekend! ie. Did you read? If so, what books? Did you shop? Listen to any cool tunes? Binge watch any cool TV shows? Take any trips lately? I want to hear all about it! You can either mention ALL of the ways you spent your free time that week or focus on one activity. Whatever your heart desires!

This was a very unproductive week for me. While I didn’t feel as bad as the man on the left looks, I really had the blahs. I think it might the be allergies kicking up from all the grass pollen. I would linger in bed of the mornings, lie down for a nap in the afternoons and, at any point during the day, find myself just sitting and doing nothing–not even daydreaming. Cure: get up and exercise! If only I wasn’t so lazy.

That pretty much sums up my free time for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

Free Time Fridays – August 29, 2014

LadyReadingFTFFree Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by eatupmyfreetime.

On Fridays we will recap how we spent our free time during the week + our plans for the weekend! ie. Did you read? If so, what books? Did you shop? Listen to any cool tunes? Binge watch any cool TV shows? Take any trips lately? I want to hear all about it! You can either mention ALL of the ways you spent your free time that week or focus on one activity. Whatever your heart desires!

 

My free time this week was spent reading (as it should be!) and catching up on some odds and ends. I needed to get as much as possible done because, with two group reads starting soon, the next two weeks will be busy. I’m looking forward to them.

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The discussion of Katia aka Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy begins Sunday at the 19th Century Literature group.

 

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The discussion of Balzac’s Omelette by Anka Muhlstein begins Monday at the French Literature group.

 

 

Anyone interested in either of these two books is welcome to join us.

 

That pretty much sums up my free time (so-called) for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?

Free Time Fridays – August 15, 2014

A new MEME this week! Read about it at Shannon’s eatupmyfreetime blog.

ShannonFTFFree Time Fridays is a weekly meme created and hosted by eatupmyfreetime.

On Fridays we will recap how we spent our free time during the week + our plans for the weekend! ie. Did you read? If so, what books? Did you shop? Listen to any cool tunes? Binge watch any cool TV shows? Take any trips lately? I want to hear all about it!! You can either mention ALL of the ways you spent your free time that week or focus on one activity. Whatever your heart desires!

 

First I think I need a definition of Free Time! When I was working, I always thought that after retirement, I’d have oodles of free time to read, read, read. Well, this was before the days of the Internet, book groups, trivia hangouts and certainly before the days of blogs. Do I read more now than before I retired? No. Do I occasionally (often), at the end of a day, log off and think that I could have read an entire book in the time I just spent on the Internet? Yes. C’est la vie.

 

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This week I spent nearly an entire day preparing for the group read at the Nutshell Cubbyhole of The Haunter of the Dark by H. P. Lovecraft.

HaunterAndFirst I discovered it was a sequel to The Shambler from the Stars by Robert Bloch which appeared in the September 1935 issue of Weird Tales. (Bloch is the author of Psycho among other things.) Naturally I had to find this story and read it first.

Lovecraft’s story was written in November of 1935 and published in the December 1936 issue of Weird Tales.

This stone, once exposed, exerted upon Blake an almost alarming fascination. He could scarcely tear his eyes from it, and as he looked at its glistening surfaces he almost fancied it was transparent, with half-formed worlds of wonder within.  –  The Haunter of the Dark

Another discovery was that Bloch had written a third tale many years later. The Shadow from the Steeple appeared in the September 1950 issue of Weird Tales and I can hardly wait to get to it! Fortunately all three have been reprinted together by Arkham House in Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.

 

That pretty much sums up my free time (so-called) for this past week. It’s your turn now. How did you spend your free time this week or what are you looking forward to this weekend?