When you turn fifty, desperate measures are called for. Which means a shopping spree. Which means books, movies and food. The only thing missing is a bottle of hooch, but I’m working on that.
Erica Jong has been in the news with her new book Fear of Dying, so I am beginning with the one that started it all (Fear of Flying). Also Portnoy’s Complaint, which makes for interesting comparisons with Jong. A few frothy novels set during the jazz age, and a popular favorite, Elizabeth Goudge’s romantic Green Dolphin Street, set in New Zealand in the mid-19th century. Finally there is The Crucible, which is coming to New York next Spring. I decided I had better read it, but I’m scared by the intensity of the tale and the horrors it represents.
Two Mr. H. movies. I am gradually watching them all (all the ones that are available, that is). In The Nativity Story, he makes a suitably menacing Herod. I avoided watching this because I was afraid he would look ridiculous in his Assurbanipal wig and beard, which the costume designers seemingly based on hokey Bible illustrations. (The real Herod would not have spent hours every morning with a curling iron.) But actually he’s kind of hot.
Who Bombed Birmingham is a heartbreaking true story about the six Irish men who were arrested, tortured into confessing to a crime they didn’t commit, and imprisoned for 16 years. Mr. H. plays Richard McIlkenny, the gentle and devout one they called “the Bishop.” John Hurt and Martin Shaw are journalists determined to prove the men’s innocence. This dramatization and a previous documentary by Granada television played a significant role in securing the men’s release in 1991.
What kind of a shopping spree would it be without a visit to the cheesemonger? Cheese connoisseurs usually don’t go for cheeses with bits of things, but I couldn’t resist the chipotle cranberry cheddar.
And something else I don’t normally indulge in: store-bought bakery goods. I have an oven and mixing bowls, so I usually insist on making my own. But it has to be admitted that these are sensational.
I received some lovely gifts for my birthday. This is my favorite…
Each gift in your list is better than the one before; together they look to represent a wonderful celebration. I like to think of birthdays not as age, but as a day it’s officially OK to tell someone we are glad they were born and the fact that they exist has an impact on our lives. While I have not met you, I know you; I am glad to know you, and knowing you has impacted my life. Happy Birthday Linnet.
Thanks Ellen! I feel the same about you 🙂
Happy special big number Birthday LM. You deserve all the good cheese and food, books, hooch, Mr H (movies) and crazy but super cute 3D cat pictures in the world. Most of all, you deserve a plethora of love and joy because I too believe, in as much as I have come to know you, that you are a very cool chick. (Argh, we studied The Cruicible in Highschool and it is emblazoned on my psyche forever….)
Aww shucks. Thanks Cheer! It certainly is a “big number” birthday. Someone the other day told me rather sardonically, “Welcome to the club.” And it does feel a bit like that, but in a good way.
ohh, happy happy birthday!!!! is it today? hope you have a great day and enjoy all the goodies on a relaxing, sunny and happy day! loads of hugs!
Thanks for the good wishes Hari! It was a few days ago, but I am still enjoying the goodies 🙂
Many happy returns. Linett. You selected some winners Waiting for the wine choices, though. I’m very eager to find out how the new produciton of The Crucible is received and what may be different from the Yaël Farber version we Richard Armitage fans have become been so familiar with.
Thanks Perry! It’s true, I should have extended my spree to the wine shop. But I do have a nice bottle of rosé in store for this weekend… one of the last warm ones of the year, no doubt.
I’m thinking this new production is going to be radically different from Farber’s version. I expect that there will be less emphasis on Proctor’s physicality, given that Ben Whishaw has been cast and he is quite willowy and slight, though a very intense actor. I loved his performance as Richard II in The Hollow Crown. It will be interesting to see what they do. And: new music by Philip Glass!
Sylvie G said:
It sounds like a very goo plan and good choice. Happy birthday Linett 🙂
Thanks Sylvie! I am enjoying it all 🙂
Happy birthday! I couldn’t think of a better selection of gifts… books, cheeses, brownies, DVDs featuring a certain someone… and yes, I think you need a trip to a vineyard or specialty wine shop. =) Love the photo from the LSF. Sweet man.
Thank you 🙂 It was very sweet of him. And I didn’t even show the chocolates he got me! A trip to a vineyard is a great idea. Maybe I should turn it into a yearlong celebration 🙂
Happy birthday 🙂
Dvd, books, cheese ! That looks great so again: Joyeux anniversaire!
(you’ll have to tell us about ….cheese of course)
Thank you! All my favorite things 🙂
Hold on, another birthday girl today??? Well, best wishes, then. And 5-O? I can’t believe that (and I *have* met you in the flesh)!!! Just a silly number, who cares.
Lovely presents there, and all well deserved. I hope you have had a lovely day and the special man in your life has spoiled you rotten. Lots of love!!!
PS: I have just clicked “Buy” on the Elizabeth Goudge book. Set in NZ? I cannot resist that. Thanks for pointing it out – I really look forward to reading this…
Let me know what you think!
He does spoil me 🙂 I am still getting used to the weirdness of reaching the venerable half-century mark, but so far it’s not too bad 🙂 Thanks for the good wishes (and the compliment)!
Happy Birthday!!! And you really know how to treat yourself well… great selection of gifts there!!
Thank you Esther 🙂 It was a long time since I had a shopping spree, so it felt good.
Happy, happy, happy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Lots of love and hugs. What a gift that of the LSF.
Many thanks Barsine 🙂 All the good wishes from my online friends take the sting out of the big five-oh!
A massive Happy Birthday wish being sent your way! Have a wonderful day/week/month/year!
Thank you! Sadly your juice cleanse has reminded me of a certain procedure I must undergo this year… too bad there is no such thing as a “wine cleanse.” Or is there…?
Drink enough wine and anything is possible!
Happy Half a Century 🙂 Ooooh…. cheese… cake…cats AND books – what more could a girl want?!
Dorothy Langman said:
I think she missed out the extraordinary #IrishFella! x Hope you had a splendid birthday Linnet~ I had n’t realised ~ Follow me on FB then, I’ll know!
I just sent you a friend request but it’s under my “real life” name.
Thanks for the good wishes 🙂