Yesterday was the first day of spring! I know, people are excited. I love winter, but it has been a tough one this year. We went to brunch on the last day of winter. This darling little restaurant/bakery has the sweetest, most spring-like decor.
Big Sis and I went to the Orpheum Theatre for their monthly film series. Last month, both girls went with me to see It Happened One Night. (Big Sis loved it, Little Sis did not.) Last night, the movie was a bit more contemporary: Ghostbusters!
A bit more contemporary... Sheesh, I was younger than Big Sis the first time I saw Ghostbusters on the big screen. Wow. It was fun seeing it with a theater full of people who love it as much as we do. "Who ya gonna call?"
Little Sis went to my grandmother's house instead. She was not in the mood for '80s comedies. Rather, she was in the mood to raid my decidedly '80s toy collection, which my grandmother lovingly stores for me. Her mission: "I want to find all your bald Cabbage Patch Kids!"
By that, she meant my CPK Preemies and my Newborn Kid.
On the grown-up book front, I have a wonderful book to share with you! I am a big Alice Hoffman fan. In my book store days, co-workers would often set aside any Hoffman galleys that came into the store, knowing my love for her novels. My favorite past books of hers include Practical Magic, The River King, and Blue Diary. Last month, she released The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a historical novel set in New York, 1912. The usual whimsy is still there, but tempered with heavier things: freak shows, fires, murder, labor disputes... The book weaves real historical events and people into an original story about a "human mermaid" and a Jewish photographer, charged with solving a missing person's case.
Here is the book trailer.
I am currently reading Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller. I found an excerpt from an old issue of "Vanity Fair" online one evening, and decided I wanted to read more. My own Women's History Month reading, if you will. I've listened to my own little playlists on Spotify and YouTube as I read, sad that my stupid voice keeps coming and going, not allowing me to sing along. I also found this very cool website, which provides listening accompaniment, chapter by chapter.
Here is a video provided by Simon & Schuster of author Sheila Weller, discussing the book.
The girls and I are still working our way through our Women's History Month stacks. Spring break is almost over. I wish it had been more fun, but at least it gave everyone time to recover from our nasty cough/cold thing. (So types the woman with the sore throat and cough that came back!) Today, the whole family is seeing an early matinee of Muppets Most Wanted, which we're very excited about.
Tonight I'm cheering my alma mater in their first March Madness appearance this year. We're undefeated - let's stay that way, boys! (Good luck to KU and K-State, too. Three Kansas teams!)
Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!