August 29, 2010

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Day Tripping & Pod People

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I'm trying to squeeze as much as I can out of this weekend before school starts for the girl. Yesterday I was in a no good very bad mood where I didn't want to talk to humans- that included blogging, emails, even Twitter. At the same time, I knew I couldn't stay at home stewing in my thoughts, so I dragged the family into the car and headed to the Highland Village in Iona. It was quiet there and yes there were humans but mostly they were animators who just wanted to talk about the harrowing voyage across the sea from Scotland or discuss wool carding in the 19th century. Thinking about the hardships of the settlers put my own whiny problems into perspective.

Today we headed To the Lighthouse! -not with Virginia Wolf though. We took a trip into Louisbourg to walk the Lighthouse Trail. It was a beautiful day for it. The swells were very rough and the waves crashed onto the rocks with a roar. The girl really enjoyed that part. We spent hours walking around the lighthouse and the walking trail into the wilderness there. We made sure we picked up a walking stick just in case we encountered coyotes (we didn't, thankfully) and took lots of photos.

Reading wise, I've finished listening to the audio version of This Book is Overdue! I've also started reading Her Mother's Daughter by Lesley Crewe and The Rebecca Notebooks and Other Memories by Daphne du Maurier. The latter contains several short stories that Daphne wrote in her youth. Some are just meh but others are quite good. My book club is about to start Dracula and since I read it just last year, I thought I'd try some other books for the discussion. I picked up a graphic version (a children's version) and Dracula the Undead and a Bram Stoker bio.

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I continue to find new and interesting things to listen to on my ipod besides books yet still book related.

This interview on CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi talks with Sarah Polley, director of Away From Her, a film adaptation of Alice Munro's story.(Sarah is filming a new movie in Louisbourg.)

Book bloggers Amy and Nicole continue their interesting discussions with authors.

Halifax librarians pick their favorite August reads.

Bookrageous podcast is also discussing books and bookish things.

I'd love to hear if you've found a podcast series that you like. Please leave your suggestions in the comments!

6 comments :

  1. It sounds like you made the best of a bad mood and had fun in the process! The trip to the lighthouse sounds wonderful, and a heck of a lot cooler than we were today. Good luck to both the chicklet and you on the first day of school tomorrow!

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  2. I've been such a lazy fool while on vacation in Boston...I haven't come across a podcast but only because I haven't really participated in or checked any out! I'll be checking them out now, though!!

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  3. good of you to try to shake off the bad mood with a little day trip. i usually try ice cream therapy! :)

    i've never listened to a podcast in all the years of owning an ipod and iphone and figure if i haven't done it yet, it's not going to happen! i'm too busy listening to audio books.

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  4. Michelle- Sometimes you just got to get in the car and go.

    Coffee- Oh good!

    Nat- Ice cream is good but I don't think it was going to do it.

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  5. The New Annotated Dracula rocks if you are looking for a way to interact anew with the story!

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  6. NPR: Books remains my favorite bookish podcast. I haven't listened in a while, which is a shame. Need to get back to it.

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