What a fun week I had--more socializing than I normally do in two weeks. But so little reading done! Definitely glad that my book club's selection for this month is The Help, which I've already read so I don't have to worry about that. This week I'll be reading The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen and An Unfinished Score by Elise Blackwell (I read her The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish last fall and loved it).
I started the week off at an Academy Awards show. I'm embarrassed to say that I had seen almost none of the movies. We don't hit the theater too often but I'll probably see most of them eventually because we do rent movies like crazy. It was fun anyway--it's always fun to check out the dresses, have some laughs with old friends and new ones and to try new cocktails! Anyone had champagne jello shots?
The very next night a couple of book club friends and I headed off to the community playhouse. Our friend, the playwright, was having a reading of her latest play, "Recommended Reading for Girls." She's managed to write a play that incorporates some of our favorite childhood heroines, Sara Crewe (A Little Princess), Heidi, Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) and a girl detective, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nancy Drew but, due to copyright certainly isn't Nancy Drew. It was wonderful and a new experience for the three of us.
Two days later, I met a group of new and old friends to attend a showing at the Omaha Film Festival. We got to see eight shorts and rate them. I blush to admit that, even though this is the tenth year of the festival, this is the first time I've attended. I had no idea there were actually films from all over the world and that they were of such a high quality. Definitely something I'll be planning on attending next year.
Last night we headed off with a group of friends for dinner and drinks. The guys have all been friends since middle school and we all got married within a few years of each other. Another reason to have stayed close to home is the chance to be able to spend time with friends you have known for so long!