The Friday Five! (Special Muggle Edition!)
1. Okay, a confession: I’m not a big reader of the Harry Potter books. Which is not to say that I don’t think they’ve been a great thing for readers, and the world in general. I read the first three, or so, and while I enjoyed them they are not exactly my cup of tea, so I’ve sat out the ones following. My husband, who is addicted and has the new one pre-ordered, calls me a Muggle for this. He has read every single Potter, but I am not entirely sure he has read all of MY books, although this, like who feeds the dogs more often and who does more cleaning, is a matter of constant debate in our marriage. That said, I hope that all of you who DO love Harry are able to get your book and read it without some spoilsport ruining the ending online or elsewhere. Talk about bad karma! If I were you, though, I’d put the media blackout into place, for your own good.
2. Before my mother left for her summer vacation, she gave me this set of long, wooden tongs, on the premise that as I got bigger and getting around got harder, I would need them to reach under things. At the time, I scoffed, as I did when she suggested I buy some muu-muus for when I can’t fit into any of my clothes anymore. I have managed to avoid the muu-muu, at least so far but….I just used the tongs to retrieve one of Coco’s toys from under the couch. And I was grateful for them. Maybe this is the best time to learn the lesson that mom does know best, just as I’m about to be one myself? Hmmmm.
3. My big debate today? Bake chocolate chip cookies from scratch, thereby getting the satisfaction of homemade goodness and productivity OR just going to Whole Foods and buying some there, saving myself the time and energy. This morning, when I woke up, I was all about the scratch. Now, already exhausted from breakfast and showering, I’m contemplating the lazier route. Man, I miss having energy on a dependable basis. Those were the days.
4. It’s a weird thing: initially, I really didn’t have any interest in seeing Hairspray, which opens today. But over the last week, seeing John Travolta again and again in a fatsuit, dancing around, I’m now intrigued. Which maybe isn’t surprising, considering how much I love Grease and Saturday Night Fever and Urban Cowboy. (Favorite quote from the latter: “Mama, my legs are sweating!” Timeless!) So maybe that’s what I’ll do this weekend, when everyone else is immersed in Potter? Popcorn sounds good, too.
5. Okay, so now I’ve got John Travolta on the brain. I was about to post the clip from Pulp Fiction, but he’s just a little too cool for school in that one. I mean, if you’re going to show John Travolta dancing, you might as well go for it, right?