Sunday, November 4, 2012

Post-Halloween, Weekend Round-Up, & Announcing Winner of Drawing

Another Halloween has come and gone. It's kind of sad that I only have one child who's still into dressing up, going to parties,  and trick-or-treating. I need to enjoy it while it lasts.

But seriously ... how cute is she?

I spent Halloween night catching up on work and eating my weight in chocolate. It's a sad -- and frightening -- state of affairs when PMS and Halloween land at the same time of the month. :-/

Some post-Halloween business. The awesome ladies at the Estella Society wrapped up the Dueling Monsters event. Stop by and check it out! Patrick Bateman kicked serious ass, and he should be coming up to accept his Ultimate Psycho Award as we speak. But he needs to make reservations at Dorsia, and then he has to return some videos.

Nick wrapped up his The Most F**ked Up Movies We've Ever Seen Blogathon. You know you don't want to miss tha!. Compared to other intrepid viewers, I am definitely a wimp. But I give myself credit for making it through the novel American Psycho. :-)

And I am belatedly announcing the winner of the drawing for a $15 gift card, which was part of the review of American Psycho I posted as part of Banned Books Week.

After considering all the technological tools available to me, I decided to go old-school and draw a name out of a hat. Literally.

And the winner is ... Amy! I am e-mailing you as we speak.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Still Reading:

Annabel by Kathleen Winter -- from Goodreads:  
Kathleen Winter’s luminous debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment.

In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of the remote coastal town of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret: the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbor and midwife, Thomasina. Though Treadway makes the difficult decision to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, the women continue to quietly nurture the boy’s female side. And as Wayne grows into adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting society of his father, his shadow-self, a girl he thinks of as "Annabel," is never entirely extinguished.
Yes, I'm still reading this book -- I'm almost finished. It's a lovely novel with compelling characters and lyrical writing.

Movies Watched This Week:

The Cabin in the Woods -- I rewatched this the day before Halloween

My Penis & Everyone Else's -- An unusual and interesting documentary. According to the promo: "My Penis And Everyone Else’s challenges society’s stereotypes of masculinity as well as getting to the heart of why men are so fixated with their members. "I do think pornography and the way it seeped into culture has had some effect because it’s so saturated, it’s so become a norm that people are seeing sex and their bodies through a completely distorted lens.” - Rowan Peeling, Former Editor of the Erotic Review. " I received an apt and funny comment from a reader who thought porn shouldn't be blamed for these issues with self-image when it gets such a bad rap already. ;-)

Rosemary's Baby -- I saw this again, after many years, and found it benefited greatly from a second viewing.

Traffic -- I thoroughly enjoyed watching and reviewing this movie. It was right up my proverbial alley.

Tony (London Serial Killer) -- What was I doing watching another serial killer movie?

Watching Next:

Brick -- High school film noir? Why not?

Other Posts: 

Our Halloween Cinematic Line-Up

The Most F**ked Up Movies We've Ever Seen

Have a great week of reading and movie viewing!


  1. I hope you like Brick! It's a favorite of mine.

    (In that blogathon I'm surprised no one did Funny Games or Salo or A Serbian Film, which are usually what I see referred to as the most fucked up movies.)

    1. Thanks! I keep hearing good things about Brick, so I wanted to give it a go.

      I've heard of those movies, but I am too wimpy to watch them, especially A Serbian Film. I read a review of it, and even that was a bit traumatic. :)

    2. Oh no, I don't think I could watch them either.

  2. I watched Rosemary's Baby again a few months ago...I guess I should have brought it out again for Halloween!

    Enjoy your week...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. What an adorable little butterfly! You're right to want to enjoy it while it lasts...the time goes too fast!!

  4. Your daughter is so cute! I think trick or treating and dressing up for Halloween is a grand tradition, I'm a bit too old to go to the houses and ask for candy but I dress up every year :)

    1. I know, right? Once you get past a certain age, they stop opening the door for you. :-D

  5. What a cute butterfly she makes!

    Wishing you a great reading (and watching) week

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. lol...I think our ovaries must be in sync from my reading your blog regulary. Halloween has been cancelled here, well rescheduled in NJ, for tonight actually. But it's just not the same. I ate most of the Halloween candy while stuck at home with no power anyway :P
    Your daughter is too cute!

    1. Bwahaha! Your comment about our ovaries being in sync is hilarious. I'm glad your life is getting back to normal, Naida.

  7. Ooh, you're watching Brick. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. :)

  8. Super cute kid! Love the butterfly wings. Annabel looks interesting. I like it when plots are a bit...different.

  9. Halloween looks super cute - glad you had a good time! Have a lovely reading week. Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

  10. bahaha PMS and halloween, fitting combo, shame halloween is only once a year, I'd 'milk' it for sure ;)
    Your daughter looks adorable dressed up!

    I'm going to check out Annabel, it sounds like an intense, emotional read. Rosemary's Baby freaked me out many, many years ago, not sure I'd re-watch it. I love reading horror but I'm a sook when it comes to watching it ... weird.

    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  11. I like your film choices! I've heard so much about Rosemary's Baby but haven't had a chance to watch it yet. There was a time when I watched foreign films on quite a semi-regular basis (fortnightly, I believe), but now, I find that I can't sustain that much attention any longer for lengthy films - my sensibility has been spoiled by TV series, methinks.

    Annabel also looks ... sinister. :) Your daughter is beautiful, and the costume is perfect for her. My ten year old has stopped trick-or-treating since last year. Kids. They grow up much too fast these days.

  12. Your daughter looks adorable! Halloween is so much fun, isn't it? Enjoy that leftover candy this week!


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