We have officially come down with our first colds of the season. Such a bummer. We spent part of Saturday outside at a very blustery tailgate for the Mizzou vs. Alabama game, and woke up on Sunday not feeling so hot. Needless to say, it was a mostly uneventful weekend — which was fine, because it literally rained the whole time. Aside from the tailgate, we spent most of our time reading, playing games and watching movies on the couch.
On Saturday, we finished No One Left to Lie To by Christopher Hitchens. We’ve both read quite a bit of Hitchens, and although I typically stay away from political non-fiction (especially during election season), I was intrigued by his thoughts about the Clintons. They were in office throughout our teenage years when we were both obviously a little less aware of what was going on, and other than the Monica Lewinsky business, neither of us had a lot of knowledge or memory about most of his presidency. Without giving too much away, there’s definitely a lot to learn, and in typical Hitchens form, he tries to cram as much in as possible. It was impossible not to come away with a diminished view of both Hillary and Bill, and it left me wanting to read more about them both — from a multitude of different perspectives.
I then opted to pick up something a little lighter, and have had Death Comes to Pemberley on my list for some time. If you’re an Austen purist, you might struggle to really feel any of the characters as you know them, especially Elizabeth. It’s lacking some character oomph perhaps? She does a good job of building scenes and stories, but seems to poop out when it comes to really making the characters live in them. However, it is an easy read and the mystery is somewhat entertaining, so not all bad.
On Sunday Neil made a big roast in the crock pot and we finally got around to moving our old TV stand into the guest room and the displaced dining room buffet in its place to house the TV. We weren’t sure how it was going to play out, but it’s the perfect fit and we love it. Here is the “before”:
And now the “after”:
What do you think!? It has plenty of room to hold all our music/cable/gaming devices neatly with plenty of room to add, and it hides all the cords, which was our biggest gripe about the old metal/glass stand. We’d still like to replace and minimize some speaker equipment, but it’s worlds better than it was, and fits the rest of our furniture. For now I can focus on hanging some things and finding some curtains.
It was a nice low-key weekend, but we’re ready to shake these colds and get back to life.
How was your weekend?