Books, Music & Movies

With treatment being pretty spread out now, there’s not a lot to blog about as far as that goes.  I still go in once a week for blood work to check my counts, I take Mercaptopurine chemo pills daily and Methotrexate pills weekly.  We are currently on day 21/84 of the second round of maintenance and the next big event is on day 29- another spinal tap to give Methotrexate to my brain and spinal cord,  my monthly IV chemo – Vincristine, and the start of another 5 days of Dexamethasone.

I find I’ve been spending most of my time reading, in fact I’ve already finished 8 books since the start of the year:  The Hangman’s Daughter; Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea; The Bedwetter:  Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee; How to Be Good; My Horizontal Life; Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang; Heaven is for Real and finally Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  The best of these by far was Unbroken, it was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.  It came recommended by my cousin Drew and I recommended it to my book club as one of next selections.  If you’re looking for a great book to pick up, this needs to be your next one!

Congrats to Arcade Fire on their Grammy win for Album of the Year!  If you remember my post Lists for 2010, I listed this as one of my top 5 favorites for the year.  Facebook was abuzz that night with people angry about this Grammy win, I’m guessing because most people haven’t heard of them.  A while back I had posted a link on Facebook to an interactive Arcade Fire video which uses Google maps to show your home town in parts of the video, pretty cool.

I'm gonna write a letter to my true love
I'm gonna sign my name
Like a patient on a table
I wanna walk again gonna move through the pain

Now our lives are changing fast
Now our lives are changing fast
Hope that something pure can last
Hope that something pure can last

Lyrics to "We Used To Wait"

Thinking of the Grammy’s makes me think of the upcoming Oscars.  Back when I was in high school and worked at the movie theater, every year I would have seen all of the best picture nominees (and I believe there were fewer nominees then too).  Life is a little more complicated now and opportunities to go to the movies are far less frequent. As of right now I’ve seen half of them:

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids are Alright
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

It would be unrealistic to see the rest of them before Sunday, but of the ones I’ve seen I’d have to go with Black Swan with Winter’s Bone a close second.  I think the win will go to the King’s Speech. I think Ryan’s pick would be Toy Story 3.

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5 thoughts on “Books, Music & Movies

  1. Hey Laura – thanks for the shout out to Nathan earlier this week. Sweet of you. Keep up the good fight!

    I’ve seen a bit more of the Oscar movies (actually, I’ve seen all of them except for 127 Hours), but I agree – King’s Speech all the way!

    Abby

  2. First of all, I like your new blog design and layout. 🙂

    Second, I wish I could say I’ll read Unbroken, but I doubt I’ll get around to it. Though I like to hear what people like just in case I get in the right mood for it.

    Third, out of the nominees I wasn’t disappointed by Arcade Fire winning. But I didn’t totally agree with the nominees.

    Fourth, I have seen True Grit, The Social Network, The Kids Are Alright, & Inception. But I’m rooting for The King’s Speech! I want to see it but haven’t been able to yet. I’m a huge Colin Firth fan. The favorite out of the ones I have seen was probably The Kids Are Alright. My opinions rarely match up. I usually root for the underdog it seems (not purposely), so I may be jinxing The King’s Speech.

    Have a good day today, I love you!

  3. Of the books you listed, I read five of them this year, too! I’m so glad you read Bedwetter…it really was a moving piece, no? 🙂 Gotta love that Kindle!

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