Right Now – January 2014

So annoying that the week I went back to work after three and half weeks off and THEN the heatwave hit! Anyway, we had a lovely Christmas and New Year and I spent the Christmas period relaxing and hanging out with my sisters, because it was the first time the three of us had been in the same city in two years! And now it’s back to work, back to my routine of childcare pick ups and trying to cook meals in bulk for the week and swimming lessons and all that jazz. But here’s what else I’ve been doing on my down time:

The Carrie Diaries: Is anyone else watching this? I find it super cute and a nice breath of fresh air. I think sometimes the writers don’t know what to do with Mouse and Maggie, and I find Carrie’s friendship with Walt the most interesting and well written, but it’s a cute show nonetheless. I do find it super hard not to think of neurotic adult Carrie Bradshaw who CHEATS ON AIDAN from the original TV series, but then I have to remember that Candace Bushnell did create both versions of the character. I just find young Carrie so sweet and genuine. Though I must say, the casting of young Samantha is SO SPOT ON. The actress has the voice, the attitude, the whole thing down pat. I am DYING to see a young Stanford Blatch, who has already been mentioned by Walt’s boyfriend. You just know he’s going to be rocking some serious 80s coloured suits and a heinous hairstyle. I also loved Carrie’s doubts about Sebastian’s skate clothes business. Stick with him Carrie, he’s going to be rich! Also, considering these are teenagers, they have a LOT of sex. Aaaaaand I am officially old.

The First Phone Call From Heaven
: I love Mitch Albom’s books. He wrote Tuesday’s With Morrie, and his books are always easy to read, but they always come with a nice little reminder about how short life is. I bought this before Christmas and then my sister told me my mum had bought it to give to me as a gift, so….oops! Anyway, it’s a nice little read, as are most of his books.

The Book Thief: My sister, mother and I saw this last weekend and it was okay. I read the book quite a few years ago, and while I didn’t remember the plot exactly, I definitely remember feeling much more interested and engaged when reading the book compared to watching the movie. I think this is a wait for DVD film. The cast was good, but it felt a little slow at times. And the cinema was really cold, and the film is very Wintery, so points to the cinema for unintentional atmosphere, but it added to the slow feel of the film as I sat shivering under my denim jacket.

The Blessed Unrest: I’ve been a huge fan of Sara Bareilles since about 2005 or 2006 when I first heard Lovesong as the free iTunes download one week. I was hooked instantly. I bought her latest album this week and I like it well enough. I think I need a few more listens to let it sink in a bit more. Of course I love Brave, and so far I think I Choose You is lovely, and Manhattan reminds me a lot of Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind. I think this album has a really different style to her other albums, and while I think I’ll always love her early stuff the best, this album definitely has a lot of potential to be a hit, particularly now that she’s a Grammy nominee. Hopefully one of these days she’ll actually tour here now that she’s getting more global recognition.

What’s on your right now list? Reading/watching anything good?

Until next time,

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5 comments on “Right Now – January 2014

  1. Natalie

    I watched the first episode or two of Carrie Diaries but it just didn’t reel me in, which is a shame because AnnaSophia Robb is very likable.

    I haven’t seen the Book Thief yet but I’ve read the book and loved it. I’m hoping the movie doesn’t ruin it for me.

    And you know I love me some Sara bareilles.

  2. Sam Still Reading

    I haven’t watched the show (is it on Foxtel?) but I’ve read the first book of The Carrie Diaries. Haven’t got around to the second, which I think would be more interesting as more ‘known’ characters appear.

    Haven’t seen The Book Thief either (I adored the book), so I think I’ll take your recommendation & wait for the DVD.

    1. JuliaJulia Post author

      Sam, yes it’s on Foxtel. I haven’t read the book so I don’t know what happens, but I am SO hoping we get to see Carrie meet Miranda and Charlotte, who I think would both be hilarious as late-teens/early twenties girls.

  3. Hannah

    I can’t see The Book Thief. I loved the book so much for the beautiful, evocative language that I just can’t see it working well as a movie. Booooooo.

    1. JuliaJulia Post author

      Yeah, Hannah I don’t think that really came through in the film. Definitely give it a miss if you loved the book that much!


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