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I’m watching “The Jane Austen Book Club” on the Lifetime network – since this is Saturday, and I have absolutely nothing planned, outside of a pedicure and a trip to the pet store for some Advantix for my pup, I am halfway considering a Lifetime movie marathon. I tried that once before, and made it through two and a half hours before switching channels. The movies are all very nice, but without much teeth, which is the only way I can explain it, and after a few hours, I feel the need for more…grit? Guess so. One effect of watching this particular movie is that I now want to read Jane Austen; since I’m already in the middle of two books, she’ll have to take a number, unfortunately. (And since this movie about Jane Austen is based on the book “The Jane Austen Book Club,” there’s another one in the queue!) Since my ADD is not being cured anytime soon, let’s blow through some items of interest, why don’t we?
Tom? Is that you? “Rock Of Ages” sounds like a hoot – ’80s rock, with a singing (yep, you read that correctly) Tom Cruise, also with Russell Brand, and….wait for it…Alec Baldwin. I love this in a way that I can’t put into words; if you don’t, too bad, so sad – there will be more popcorn and a quieter theatre for me. And if you do have instant love for this, save the date and we’ll go –
My trip to Iowa is all set. I will be staying at the Motel Wilton, which is an adorable-looking twelve-room motel run by Don and Lois Kiser. I’m flying to Phoenix, then to Colorado, then to Moline, then driving from Moline to Wilton, which has a population of about 3,000. Aside from my husband, I have no immediate family, and I’m feeling it more right now, which is why this trip feels important and necessary to me. I’ve only been to Iowa once before, about forty years ago (Gah! Can that be right?), and I’m excited about spending the Fourth of July with my niece and great-niece, and meeting her husband and her baby, J.J. This is a photo of the motel at night (and the comparisons to “Psycho”and the movie “Identity” have already been made; kinda hope it’s not raining when I go):
Plans for exterior renovation of Club Petaluma (also known as our house) have begun, albeit slowly. So far, I have collected names and numbers, and gotten two estimates, one for removing the gruesome brickwork on the front, and one for the painting. No work has actually begun, but it is sooooooo close to starting that I can almost smell the paint and taste the plaster (or whatever it is that they will use for the stacked stone that will replace the brick). My vision should become real before the summer ends, and front row seats are available here for those of you who like that curb appeal thing – I’m anticipating the house finally looking more like it belongs in a nice neighborhood, and less like all it needs is a couch in the front yard, and a muscle car up on blocks in the driveway.
Finally, a little wave to the wireless gods, who decided to show mercy and bestow a decent connection upon Club Petaluma. Jane and Tom and I all thank you, and let’s keep it going, hallelujah!