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How is it Thursday already?  I go through this every week, but some weeks are busy with errands and activities.  This week has passed with very little going on, other than some reading and blogging.  There has been rain.  And naps.  Suddenly I am napping every day, probably so that I can stay up late and watch Netflix or Amazon Prime.  This week, I watched a movie on Prime starring Molly Ringwald.  Remember her?  Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc.  The 80s were full of her work, movies mostly produced and directed by John Hughes.  Now she is starring in a film about marriage and family, in which Molly and Brian D’Arcy James play a couple in a tumultuous relationship, struggling to stay together while trying to parent two teens: All These Small Moments, with Brendan Meyer, who stars as one of the teens:

I also enjoyed her in that show with Shailene Woodley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

  • Back in the 80s, I watched these movies with my own teens, so the titles and memories are indelibly linked to those times.  We had our first VCRs, so we would go out and rent movies.  Not something that happens nowadays.  When was the last time you saw a Blockbuster store?
  • When I think of those movies, I turn to my photos from the 80s, and back to this townhouse where I lived then.   And where I parented my teenage and preteen kids.

  • I actually like streaming movies from Prime...we don’t have to wait as long before they are available to view.
  • I just added another movie to my Prime Watchlist:  Boy Erased.  “The courageous story of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe).”

  • Earlier this week, I finished reading and reviewing The Red Address Book, by Sofia Lundberg; (click for my review).  I loved it!
  • Now I’m reading The Family at No. 13, by S.D. Monaghan: A twist-filled thriller with an ending that will shock you to the core. Perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door, Lies and Behind Closed Doors.
  • Soon I will start reading my March ARCs…well, once we are into February.  How quickly the months are passing.
  • The passage of time reminds me of how long this government shutdown has kept us hostage.  Yes, hostage, since there is no negotiating coming from the WH or the Senate.  Supposedly something will happen on Thursday, a vote between two possibilities, but I’m not feeling optimistic.
  • How long can we be without the few protections offered by the various agencies, and how long can the Federal employees go without pay?
  • I do like watching some of the late night hosts, who add a bit of humor to the situation…  and it does help to poke fun at the unreasonable persons in charge.


How is your week going?  Are you enjoying books, movies, and adventures?  Are you feeling angst about the state of the union?


10 thoughts on “COFFEE CHAT: BOOKS, MOVIES, & ANGST…

  1. I can’t believe the shut down has gone on so long and so many people suffering from no wages. A nap sounds perfect if you are up late viewing. I am such a hopeless viewer but I am making my way through Brothers and Sisters still. One at a time – that’s me!

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    • Thanks, Kathryn, I wish the checks and balances would come into play and force Trump to open the government. The legislative branch has the authority to override the president, if only the stubborn senate would act. The house is on the right path.

      I hope you keep enjoying Brothers and Sisters, a little at a time.

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  2. I’m impressed how up to date you are with reading ARCs, that’s something I could do with emulating.

    Here in the UK we have our own political turmoil over Brexit but at least our public service workers are still getting paid. It seems grossly unfair that people doing similar jobs in your country are going unpaid because of the intransigence of political leaders. Particularly since Trump, with all his millions, could probably afford to pay them himself.

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    • Thanks, Cathy, my thoughts exactly! Today there will be a vote, but nobody expects the government to reopen. This is the first time in our history that a shutdown has gone on so long.

      Hopefully something will turn things around, but until that happens, we have to focus on other things…if we can.

      The key to keeping up with my ARCs has been to keep my numbers down…and try to space the release dates. In the beginning, I went crazy ordering the books and not paying attention…it was not fun! LOL

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