Hello All. It's time for another riveting edition of A Week in Review. Hold on to your hats.
Amazon.com has become one of my very best friends. I don't really have a friend at the office to talk to all day (which is kind of a sad situation and might be the subject of another post), so I spend a good amount of time online. Maybe I should rename this post "True Confessions from the COB". Anyway, I have purchased several items from Amazon. You might remember that I found there a couple of books that I'd been wanting for years. This week, I found the complete original series of "As Time Goes By", an eleven dvd set. It's a British comedy starring Judy Dench that I used to watch every night on PBS, and have looked at buying several times, but it was always too much money. PBS.org wants $180 for it! Well, this week I searched Amazon, and found that I could buy it from a private seller who works through the Amazon site for $65. Jackpot! I bought it. So excited. I really, really love this website. Five stars!
I'm reading a book called "The Duchess". It's the biography of Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, and is very interesting. I tend to move a little more slowly through a biography then I do fiction just because they're not quite as much fun, but sometimes I find one that is written so much like a story, about a life that's so fascinating, that it's not much different than fiction. "John Adams" was like that, and this book is too. Georgiana lived in England in the late 1700s, and was a prominent figure in London society. She became very involved in politics, and even though women couldn't vote at the time, she was seen as very influential on elections because she could generate so much interest in her candidate of choice. And, her marriage and personal life were sheer drama, which makes for some interesting reading.
There's a new movie out staring Keira Knightly that's based on the book. Melissa and I saw it last Friday. I liked it, but it's kind of heavy. Not the beautiful, fun English period piece that Jane Austen can create. The story focuses on the circumstances of her marriage, which really were heartbreaking. I wouldn't discourage anyone from seeing it, but be warned.
Speaking of Politics
Today I got online to look into the local elections. I'm all caught up in the Presidential election this year, but I'm realizing that there are going to be other categories on the ballot when I go to vote, and maybe I should try to figure out who these people are. I'm pretty lame when it comes to local politics. So, I found the Utah Voter Information Pamphlet online and printed it out. I was expecting about ten pages, but printer just kept spitting out more and more. My eyes grew bigger with each sheet. "For crying out loud! How long is this thing?" Ninety-one pages, that's how long. I can't learn 91 pages worth of names and parties and constitutional amendments and referendums! Not in two weeks. Heck, not ever. Bah! And why on earth do they want me to vote for judges? How am I suppose to know whether or not a judge is doing his job? I'm just going to vote "yes" on keeping all of them because I would feel awful about being the reason why someone lost his job.
If you're interested in the giant pamphlet, it can be found at http://www.elections.utah.gov/. When you go to pick it up, lift with your legs. You don't want to put too much strain on your back.
I think that's it for today. I'll end with a quote from Oscar Wilde, "The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself."
Thanks, as always, for all of the blogging warm fuzzies.
You are loved.