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This week in…: Volume 34

this weekAt least I think it’s volume 34. Maybe it’s higher. I’ve lost count. But I don’t really think it matters much since today is THE MARTIAN DAY!!! Or, as it’s known in my house, the day I got my husband to use a vacation day so we can go see a movie while the child is in school because The Martian is the only book we’ve ever agreed on in our 19 year relationship so of course we have to go see the movie at the earliest time possible.

Also, Erin told me that you get to see Matt Damon’s ass in the movie (and even if it’s a body double I’m pretending that it’s not). Alerting you to a sighting of your celebrity crush’s naked butt is the sign of a true friend.

Let’s see what else happened this week.

  • Added Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille to the DNF pile. Finished Modern Romance and picked up 4 more books. Lots of rain and impending hurricane means hours of reading time. Also, don’t forget that Show Us Your Books is on October 13. It’s the one year anniversary and Steph and I have some presents for you to thank you for a year of support and engagement.
  • Gave a couple of new shows a spin. The Grinder (with Rob Lowe and Kevin Arnold Fred Savage), The Bastard Executioner, and The Muppets (of course). Love the first two. Hopefully The Grinder didn’t use up all its good stuff in the first episode. The Bastard Executioner is violent and disturbing but quite good. The Muppets, though. I don’t want to say anything bad about my beloved Muppets but this show? Not so great.
  • Speaking of TV, does anyone know where I can watch Fargo, Season 1 for free? I really want to watch season 2 but not without watching the first one ahead of time.
  • THE METS WON THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 9 YEARS!!! Let the playoffs stress being.
  • Worked on one of my fall projects: organizing all my Pocket links. I have a ridiculous amount of saved links and need an easy way to access them, specifically the recipes and the ones I want to share with you guys. I’ll be publishing the full list of fall projects on Tuesday. 
  • Read author profiles on Patrick deWitt and Andy Weir. My #booknerd heart is full.
  • Read these interesting articles: Buzzfeed nailed the differences in the way people treat physical and mental illness. Mashable shared some Easter eggs in The Martian inspired by actual NASA things. This post on envying wealthier parents. Rage Against the Machine’s bassist apologizing for Limp Bizkit. And this infographic with the 69 rules of punctuation.
  • Found this funny around the interwebs: dinosaurs reading

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend, whatever you choose to do. See you on Tuesday!

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24 Comments

  1. Kelli

    I’m very sad about The Muppets I was hoping for something more similar to the old Muppet show or at least something less like an episode of TMZ.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      It really isn’t very good. I wasn’t expecting it to be like the old show because I don’t know how that would go over but this format is just terrible.

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  2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I have no new TV talk. I was without a TV for many days on vacation and have just been reading upon return.

    Excited for The Martian! Not sure if I’ll get there this weekend. Let me know what you think.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I haven’t been watching much (save for the 10 hours I spent binge watching Season 1 of How to Get Away with Murder) but The Muppets, which you know I love, is just a huge disappointment.

      I think you’ll like The Martian. They definitely did the book justice.

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  3. lisacng @ expandng.com

    I’m so sad I won’t see The Martian tonight but hope it’s awesome! Congrats to your team!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      You will definitely like it! I promise!

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  4. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    we’re trying to figure out what we should watch this weekend: The Martian or Sicario! Since I already read the Martian, I wanted to see Sicario first because bloody drug lord shoot-outs, Benicio Del Toro and FBI/DEA busts? YES PLEASE (although I do love Matt Damon and science geek stuff, too).
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Which did you see?! I think Sicario, like Black Mass, will wind up being Redbox movies for us.

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  5. Gwen

    I finally read The Martian and to my surprise I really liked it. I’m not sure when I’ll see the movie but I’m definitely seeing it.

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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I highly recommend seeing it in the theater if you can. It’s one of those kinds of movies.

      I loved the book. Even with the math. And I don’t math.

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  6. Amber

    I agree about The Muppets. And I’m bummed. I thought it would be better. Oh well.

    I have The Bastard Executioner on my DVR. People told me it’s pretty violent so I imagine I’ll be covering my eyes a lot.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      It’s EXTREMELY violent. To the point that it’s actually gross at times. Gratuitous, too.

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  7. Kerry

    Has it really been a year already? Wow. So awesome. I really want to check out The Grinder. How did The Martian stack up to the book?
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      The Martian was a great adaptation of the book. I was not displeased. It’s a great stand alone movie if you haven’t read the book and if you have, you won’t be upset at the changes.

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  8. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

    I hope the booty shot was all that it should be. I’m excited about the Martian for two reasons – the movie and a date night. We don’t get many date nights. My friend, Marcy, who has some kind of connection to knowing Andy Weir was sharing our thoughts with him from the book challenge. Social media connections as fangirls is too awesome when something like that can happen. My Astros are still battling for a wild card spot.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Sadly, I don’t even think it was his booty. Sigh.

      As evidenced from my mini freak out over Dean Bakopoulos following me on Twitter, I’m a huge author fangirl and I love that she was able to share our thoughts with him.

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  9. Kristin

    I think I’m going to steal the dino quote and put it on my chalkboard at school. How was The Martian? I didn’t read the book because I figured I’d wait for the movie (shame on me).
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      You will probably like the movie more because you didn’t read the book. But as a huge fan of the book, I still think it was a great movie. Matt Damon was perfect casting.

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  10. Amanda

    I’m not surprised to hear that you thought The Muppets was a flop. I didn’t watch it and I honestly won’t even give it a try. JUST LET THE MUPPETS BE THE OLD MUPPETS!!!!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      It enrages me. I keep wanting it to be better and it’s just not. I hate Disney for doing this to my Muppets.

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  11. Kimmi

    I wish I had cable to watch The Bastard Executioner! My husband loved SOA and I think that he and I would both enjoy the new show! I am thinking I need to read the profile on Andy Weir as I am now a huge fangirl of his since The Martian!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      It’s really, really violent. Even compared to SOA. My husband won’t watch it with me.

      The profile was interesting. I love the story of it being a self-published book he wrote for fun and now it’s as big as it is.

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  12. Christina

    Was that really Matt Damon’s body? I assumed it was a double because he said he didn’t lose weight for the role, but then read something that said they used CGI on his body to make it thinner. And then there’s all the reports that you could see his thing between his legs to, but I didn’t notice. I watched the first season of Fargo, but couldn’t get into it. Season 2 looks good though. They don’t have anything to do with each other, so it’s ok if you skip it. I hate when they take the old season offline as soon as the new one comes out. Annoying. I need that dino print asap! I want to hang it in the playroom.
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  13. Kristen

    LOL to the Rage Against the Machine article! That just made my day!

    I also have a slight silly obsession with dinosaurs (especially the T-rex), so that last picture was perfect.

    I hope you enjoyed the movie! I’m still waiting to read the book, but I feel like I’ve been on the waiting list at the library forever.
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