Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Rats, I cannot find my "activities" list from last year. I had kept track of all the books I read, and all the films we watched on our "Dinner & Movie" nights... and it went well into two pages.

This list was much shorter of course, being only about a month, with 6 days in bed to "kill time." Still, it represents one of the best parts of doing these studies. You screen to see if you can make it, you check in to see if you can do it -- but it doesn't hurt to have lots of time to "catch up" on stacks of books or rental DVDs :)

So here is how I spent my downtime when I wasn't blogging or net surfing:

The Japanese Mind by Roger Davies & Osamu Ikeno
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Failure Is Not An Option by Gene Kranz
All We Did Was Go To The Moon by Richard Lattimer

A Beautiful Mind
The Last Samurai
The Duchess
Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch, Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Star Trek: Nemesis
Fire Over England
Millennium (TV series, Season One)

I'd always recommend Kranz's book -- read that one twice now. Lattimer's recap of our moon jaunts was also interesting, and I expect to see a whole lot about that in the news this summer as the 40th Anniversay of Apollo 11 draws near.

If you appreciate an irreverent sense of humor or even mild flippancy, treat yourself to "Good Omens." My best friend, Karin, recommended it to me the last time I was on the ward, and I purchased it online from Amazon just in time to evacuate. So, I saved it in the hopes I would return. And hey, I finally got to read it. Awesome book, and extremely funny in a Monty-Python-Meets-The-Antichrist kinda way.