Saturday, June 25, 2011

What's Keeping Me From Reading Lately

It's not that I'm not enjoying Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (I really am!). It's just that there are so many other things going on around here lately to pull my interest away from reading. Tonight it was some baseball followed by big fireworks show. I've gotten tired of the driveway displays but I sure do love those big bombing shows!


The flooding Missouri River continues to fascinate and horrify me. That road you see on the left? That's Interstate 29, the north-south corridor from Kansas City to Canada. You can just make out Omaha to the south.


I'm not much of a baseball fan as a general rule, but I do like to watch some college baseball and I love to watch the College World Series. It was especially interesting to watch as a massive bow echo line of thunderstorms moved over the city on Monday night.


If Virginia had won last night against defending CWS champions, South Carolina, it would have been a toss up what to do tonight. It will be a beautiful night to spend outdoors and, had VA won, it would have meant rematch to determine who gets to play Florida in the championship series.  Since they lost, the decision is made for us.

This year marks the 25th year for Shakespeare on the Green and it looks like tonight we'll be heading down to watch A Midsummer Night's Dream. They always do a terrific job but a big part of the fun is having a picnic dinner in the park with a few hundred other fans of the bard while enjoying juggling and wandering troubadours. I'm eager to see Hamlet as well so we may be back down to the Green next weekend.


Perhaps I can work in some reading while I'm stretched out on a blanket waiting for it to get dark enough for the show to start. What are your plans for the weekend?

15 comments:

  1. The picture of the Missouri is fascinating---that alone would distract me. Hope you enjoyed MSD--one of my all-time favorite plays.

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  2. Holy cow that flooding looks awful! I love Shakespeare on the Green productions! Haven't been in years! (and here in the desert, they would have to call it Shakespeare on the Brown....)

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  3. What a great weekend Lisa... enjoy!!

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  4. It does sound like you are having a wonderful weekeend! I would love the chance to sees some Shakespeare, and wish we had more literary events here around town. I was just complaining about that over on Amy's blog!

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  5. What a lovely eclectic post! Reminds me of a "what's going on around town" column in a small newspaper. Sounds like a packed full of fun weekend. Enjoy!

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  6. Wow! Sounds so fun. That would keep me from reading more too. have a great weekend!

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  7. With all the family we gave back in Council Bluffs the flooding has been on our minds. I just can't imagine living there right now.

    When we were back there two years ago it was right before the Wirld Series and it looked so fun.

    Shakespeare in the Park sounds wonderful.

    The only set-in-stone weekend plans we have are swimming this afternoon and relaxing.

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  8. Sounds like it should be Shakespeare in a Boat!

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  9. I think you have a great weekend on tap!

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  10. We have Shakespeare in the Park here every summer and I agree - the picnic under the stars is one of the best parts of the experience!

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  11. How terrible that flooding must be for the people in its path. Disrupting an dislocating for so many people.
    I went to a 'Shakespeare in the Park' production of Midsummer Night's Dream a few years ago (in Perth WA) it was great fun. One of my favourite although I think my favourite is 'The Scottish Play'.

    Have a great time

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  12. With all of these distractions, no wonder you're having a hard time continuing with The Book Thief. I read it in the winter when not much was going on. I hope your weekend is a splendid one.

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  13. I think most of those are all fun stuff and you should certainly be doing all those. After all, when winter comes, there won't be any of these. Have fun and I hope the flooding river stays cool.

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  14. Wow that thunderstorm picture is scary! You do have a whole lot going on, I hope things calm down for you soon :-)

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  15. Floods and earthquakes terrify the heck out of me because you realize, quite quickly, that you have no control over the situation.

    My weekend was shot since I spent most of it in bed. But, I read like 4 books! Unheard of. Now, I must write the reviews.

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