Bookshelf: Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Sunday, April 26, 2020
This is the second book that is in my B&N Collectible Edition of Agatha Christie stories, so now I'm two-thirds the way through it. This book is very much like Clue, except we know the weapon. So I spent a lot of time trying to figure out, along with the lead character, who the true murderer was. I did not see the true identity coming. I was detecting right alongside the lead character, and all of my theories were wrong. And that's the fun of a whodunnit. It should surprise you and come out of left field, but not so far out that you can't buy it. You can buy the identity of this murderer and why they did it.

It's hard to talk about a book where the mystery is a whodunnit because you don't want to reveal who did it if you want other people to read it. So, if you like playing Clue or watching the movie Clue, or liked Knives Out, you'll like this.

Working Out Has Been a Start-and-Stop Endeavor

Thursday, April 23, 2020
In the beginning when I decided to try to be an active person during this isolation period, I was on it. I walked in the morning for forty minutes mostly every day for a week. Then I fell under the weather for a bit, so I couldn't walk for a week. Just the average cold so it made mornings hard and by the time I was conscious enough to function it was too hot for my Irish skin to be in the sun for long. So once I got better I was walking again and that lasted about three days. And I haven't really walked since. Some of that was legitimately bad weather preventing any outside activity. Then the habit was officially dead.

Into the YouTube Wormhole with Dancing With the Stars

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Everyone experiences the phenomenon of clicking on a video, and clicking more just like it, and then the only thing you end up watching for a day. And now that most people are stuck at home, this is probably happening to them more than usual. However, I have been stuck in one for the last three weeks. Obviously it's not the only thing I've watched, but seeing as it has been almost a month and it's still pretty constant, I'd say I'm still in it.

Earworm: "In Too Deep" by Sum 41

Saturday, April 18, 2020
I think this song is the national mood regarding the crisis we are living through. It also happens to be one of my all time favorites and is one of the best songs to play in a high school movie or tv show.

100th Post Retrospective Extravaganza!

Monday, April 13, 2020
100th post! Woohoo!

I started this blog January 17, 2019 on a whim. I don't talk much in real life. In fact, I am the ultimate champion of the quiet game in my family, no one can beat me. But I figured this was a way for me to be able to express myself since I don't speak much, and maybe help me get comfortable with stating my thoughts on whatever is going on. It's been fun. I feel like I get to show a bit of my personality and how my brain works when it comes to processing events in my life and the art I consume.

Some of my favorite pieces have been why Rise of Skywalker sucked, my thought's on Carole King's Tapestry, my quest for ice cream one afternoon, that time my car died on I-4how Gossip Girl ended and why it was bad, and why I shouldn't ride bikes.

Here's to the next 100!

Grey's Anatomy Needs a Revitalization Desperately

Saturday, April 11, 2020
What is going on with Grey's Anatomy? The season just felt like a long, too complicated for its own good, journey to get to the end of this season that ended up being shortened. It would be wrong to say thank god about a shorter season because it was due to a global pandemic, but also not.

At Night In At The Theatre with One Man, Two Guvnors

Sunday, April 5, 2020
So in this time of self-isolation, London's National Theatre is making some of the tapings of their productions available for free on their YouTube channel for a week. The first production they are doing this with is One Man, Two Guvnors from 2011, starring James Corden. Now, unlike every single other production the National Theatre has done, this is the only show I've seen in an actual theater. My sister and I got to see the 2012 Broadway run starring Corden not long after he won the Tony for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.

It wasn't until I saw The Play The Goes Wrong last year that I had laughed that hard at a play. It's a classic British farce, and it breaks the fourth wall, and it's hilarious. It's available for purchase somewhere, let me know because I'd like this for my personal collection, it's that funny. I was nervous as to what our parents would think of it because we have pretty much waxed poetic about this show since we saw it. And they think it's funny, too.

What this extended period will to do to theater scares me, so I hope this strategy of releasing shows to the public will help people get invested in theater, and seek it out once we can enjoy the outside world again beyond our screens.

I Went for a Walk Today

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Its week three of this self-isolation time, and that means realizing this is a long haul kind of thing and not a short staycation. So this week my parents were suggesting different activities to get us out of the house. Bike riding was a failure. But yesterday, it wasn't hot like it usually is, so I checked the weather when I woke up today and it was gonna be in the 70s for a few days so I decided to go on a walk.

It was really nice. When I was out, it was 63 degrees and breezy, right in my range of acceptable weather to be outside. I played some great music, Niall Horan, Backstreet Boys, Stevie Wonder, Little Mix, Carole King, Adele, Fleetwood Mac. The best.

I was living in New York so I had to walk everywhere and I liked it. I learned I like walking places and not driving. But now since I'm stuck in the Florida suburbs for the foreseeable future, the only place I can reasonably walk is around the neighborhood. Both for social distancing reasons and there's nowhere to walk to for miles. It was nice getting back to that.

Hopefully this mini cold front lasts for awhile so I can go on more walks and maybe attempt riding a bike again. Because then my exercise options would be limited unless I want to become a tomato and be permanently burned.
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