We had a great new years at the Oregon coast. A few days of perfect weather and few days of indoor weather, which made the house seem small really fast. I read 2 books and watched 2 movies, knitted, did some stitching, and drew. I bought these great watercolor pencils (Derwent Inktense 12) a bit back and they are so fun to use, not like normal watercolor pencils at all, more like gauche pencils. The girls were amazed. I also found a wonderful black pen that doesn't bleed, so I/they can draw lines first and then watercolor over with no bleeding at all. More on this soon with photos and links.
Books I read:
- Bossypants, By Tina Fey
I loved reading about her history with improv and her journey to get to SNL and 30 Rock. She's funny and smart and there's a ton to discuss in tis book. Pete got an earful.
- Yes Please, By Amy Poehler
This was really interesting to read right after Lena's (Not That Kind of Girl) and Tina's. They each have their own vibe and voice. Tina's and Amy's books are similar— more about their work history, and less about their romantic/relationship history.
There's so many topics in these books; creativity, motherhood, sexuality, drugs, working moms, stay-at-home moms, creative paths, taking risks, sexism at work, comedy, and so much more. I could write about all of it for a long time or stop now. I'm stopping now.
I feel close (and not in a weird stalker way, but in a good way) to both Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham after listening to their podcast interviews on By The Way, in Conversation with Jeff Garlin. Here's Amy's and here's Lena's. I heard these last summer and I laughed so hard and loved both of them so much and I'm sure it affected how I read their books.
Movies watched that I liked:
- Robot and Frank
I love scenes that have robots in the forest.