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Currently | Hungover from The Hunger Games

Time // How did it get to be 4:30 already?

Place // Reluctantly sitting at my desk after spending most of the weekend away from the computer. I’m going to make this quick!

Consuming // Raspberries and some water

Watching // My sister, Jenny, drove out to my small town this weekend so we could go see Catching Fire. We headed out to the local one-screen theater on Saturday night for a 7 p.m. show. But when they went to start the movie, we got sound but no picture. After waiting around for an hour, a theater employee told those of us who were left that they were having projector issues and wouldn’t be able to show the movie… ugh!

After some back-and-forth, Jenny and I decided to drive 45 minutes to the next closest town with a movie theater so we could catch the 9:40 p.m. showing. We made it. The movie was great. Then we had to drive home, getting us back through the door just after 1 a.m. I’m exhausted.

Reading // I finished one book this week, Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson. It was really interesting, and a wonderful companion to one of my other favorite books from the year, The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. I’m in the middle of Pinkerton’s Great Detective by Beau Riffenburgh, but it’s pretty dense. While I was being lazy this morning, I started some YA fiction, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

Making // My brain has been a little fried today (see: Catching Fire adventure), so I’ve been mostly working on a craft project while watching football. Unfortunately, I can’t share a photo because it’s a Christmas present and I want to keep it a bit of a secret. After the holidays, I promise.

Blogging // As part of Nonfiction November, I shared a fiction/nonfiction pairing related to video games, along with mini-reviews of Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch and Why Have Kids? by Jessive Valenti.

Promoting // This week is the last topic for Nonfiction November: sharing some new nonfiction you heard about this month. I’m excited to see what books fellow bloggers helped bring attention to this month.

Anticipating // For the first time in, perhaps, forever, I’m not going to be at home for Thanksgiving. My parents have been very supportive of the decision (which is so good because otherwise I would been feeling deeply guilty), but I’m still a little sad to spend the holiday away from my family. To help make up for it, I’m planning an entire day of reading — I’ve already got a pile set aside that I’m excited about.

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  • Athira November 24, 2013, 5:59 pm

    I’ll be going to watch Catching Fire this weekend and I cannot wait to watch it! Sounds like you had quite the adventure in trying to watch the movie but it was all worth it!

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) November 24, 2013, 6:18 pm

    I didn’t think theaters used projectors anymore – I thought it was all digital.

    • Kim December 1, 2013, 9:53 am

      We actually have a digital projector, but the theater just switched earlier this year. It turned out to be an issue with the power supplies — frustrating!

  • Christy November 24, 2013, 6:54 pm

    I really enjoyed Catching Fire. I may even go see it again. One of my favorite scenes was the montage of Cesar’s interviews with the victors before the Quarter Quell – there was just this escalating energy as the victors chose their different ways to be defiant or to manipulate the Capitol audience.

    • Kim December 1, 2013, 9:53 am

      That was a great scene! I loved the different ways the victor’s expressed their anger at what was happening — so savvy.

  • Kim November 24, 2013, 8:00 pm

    We just saw Catching Fire tonight. We hardly ever go to the movie theater so it was a fun treat. I thought it was well done and it made me want to read the series again. I’m starting to work on crafts for Christmas gifts as well. Hoping to get things done ahead of time this year. I always seem to be scrambling the day before to finish things up.

  • Sheila (Book JOurney) November 24, 2013, 8:19 pm

    GAH! What a bummer about your Catching Fire experience! SO glad you were able to find a theater – it was worth it!

  • susan November 24, 2013, 9:45 pm

    Glad to hear the movie is great! Seeing Catching Fire on Monday night!

  • Jeanne November 25, 2013, 9:46 am

    I went to see it, despite my reservations (the whipping scene was so prominent in the previews) but as my son had said, it was a good movie. The kids read the books, but I quit after the first one, so I also got the pleasure of not knowing the story.

    • Kim November 25, 2013, 11:38 am

      I wondered what someone who hadn’t read the book would think of it.

    • Kim December 1, 2013, 9:54 am

      Yeah, that scene was played out of context in the previews. There’s violence in the book/movie, obviously, but that scene seemed elevated. I’m glad you liked it!

  • Rebecca @ Love at First Book November 26, 2013, 8:12 am

    I also thought Catching Fire was great. I reread the book in anticipation earlier last week and overall I think they did a good job with recreating the book. Of course, there were off scenes and things, but in general, it stayed accurate.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    • Kim December 1, 2013, 9:55 am

      I re-read the book earlier this year, but went into the movie not remembering a lot of the details. I think that was the way to go since then I could just enjoy the movie for what it is.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End November 26, 2013, 9:37 pm

    Aw, what a trek just to see the movie you wanted! I hope you are catching up on sleep now. Ultimately worth the trip, do you think? Did Jenny think it was worth the trip also?

    • Kim December 1, 2013, 9:55 am

      Oh yes, we both really loved it. I may go see it again with the boyfriend using the comp ticket I have from the missed showing.