Monday, June 14, 2010

Weekend Edition: Typical Summer

This weekend was pretty typical of summer weekends.  Up early to get the chores done before the heat and sun become too much each afternoon.  When that happens, close the curtains, all of the south and west windows and retreat to the couch to watch movies or read a juicy novel.  

Since I'm not currently that inspired by what I'm reading, this weekend it was all about dvds.  Specifically Crazy Heart, Broken Embraces, and Season 1 of The West Wing.  If you are an Almodóvar fan and haven't seen Broken Embraces yet, get to it!  It's got a cyclical element to the plot in that the film that's being made in the movie is more or less Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.  There are even cameos by some of the stars of that film, now playing older characters.  Plus, as in all Almodóvar movies the sets and locations are fantastic.  This movie has a lot of gold and blue backgrounds, and the main characters escape to Famara on Lanzarote-- an amazing volcanic island which is one of the Canary Islands.  It has just jumped to the top of my travel destinations list.  (Seriously, those volcanic vineyards are the coolest thing I've seen in ages-- I just didn't want to steal anyone's photos to post here... it's worth clicking through).

Most of the weekend chores revolved around gardening.  The beans are getting tall enough for the trellis, and the lettuces are really starting to get somewhere under their protective covering.  

Its rewarding to see vegetables grow after all the hard work of sowing, watering, and building raised beds.  I can't wait to actually eat beans and lettuce!  Yet, after those vineyards on Lanzarote, my beds aren't very aesthetically pleasing to me.  Sigh.  Has anyone actually been to the Canary Islands?

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