What I watched: Mrs. Butcher and I watched a movie neither of us had ever heard of before, even though it’s 20 years old: Wonder Boys with Michael Douglas, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey, Jr., Tobey Maguire and Katie Holmes. If you haven’t seen it before, I definitely recommend it because it is fucking hilarious. That’s all you’re getting out of me for this one.
What I read: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I got this book as a gift, which meant that my obsessive desire to actually read this 731-page tome continually overrode my desire to walk away from it and never look back. I am primarily a non-fiction reader, and most of my non-fiction reading is historical in nature…but holy shit is this book a drag to read. It was like the homework assignment that would never end. I finally had to make a deal with myself that I would read one chapter a day…and it took me almost two months to get through it. I’d say the main thing I got out of it was just how fucking petty the founders of the country were with each other. If reality TV had existed then, these people would have definitely had their own show, complete with table flipping and bitchy comments into the camera. Still, given the choice between reading this phone book all over again and reading literally anything by Jane Austen, I’d pick this one no question.
What I listened to: I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Chris Duarte this past week. He’s a Texas blues musician who has been around since the mid-90’s, although you’d be forgiven for not having heard of him.
I’m taking Mrs. Butcher into town today for her 2nd Covid vaccination, then we’re heading over to her oldest daughter’s place to have a picnic lunch outside with her and her husband. So, no gardening today, but maybe tomorrow.
Whatchoo watching, reading and or listening to this week? Doing anything fun this weekend or drawing the shades and contemplating the doom of humankind? Let’s hear it.