The entire city of Columbia, MO is covered in a thick sheet of ice, which means I'm stuck here for the three-day weekend. I'd planned to go to Arkansas to see the family and get some kisses from Reece and spend a couple of hours with Emily on Sunday night when she returned from her softball clinic in Louisiana, but no. I'm iced in and have no plans to venture out onto the treacherous highway until I have to go to work on Tuesday.
I was without internet connection yesterday, so I was forced to watch a lot of TV and do some reading. I'm reading this book, and just want it to be over now. I'm not in love with it like most people have been. It's received such wonderful reviews, but I'm two-thirds into it, and I'm not getting what all the fuss is about. If you want something a little different, try this writer. He's from West Plains, MO, and is considered one of the best writers in the U.S. today. Who'da thunk it? It's definitely Grit Lit and if you're from my region of the country you'll understand every phrase and idiom, but, if not, you'll probably appreciate his characters anyway. They are quite real, rough, and despicable. West Plains is my pitstop on the way to Arkansas and one of these days I'm going to see if I can find the guy. He supposedly walks around town every afternoon and acts like an ordinary fellow, so I'm going to keep a copy of one of his novels in my car and hope one day to get his autograph. Nothing like a literary stalker, huh?
For Christmas, I gave Emily the DVD Steel Magnolias. I told her that there are two chick flicks that I consider crucial to watch if you're a woman, and Steel Magnolias is one of them. I'm planning to give her the other one for her birthday next month. Can you guess what the second one is? I'm not going to say, of course, since I want to surprise her, but I'll reveal it via e-mail if you're really curious. I'd also like your opinions on the subject, of course. What are your favorite chick flicks?
The Golden Globe awards are Monday night and I've not seen but a couple of the movies nominated. Planning to watch it, however. Be sure to read "Go Fug Yourself" on Tuesday for the best in ridicule. Those girls are hilariously clever and mean and I love them.
Okay, time for a nap.