It's Monday morning, and that means the first thing I'll do when I get to church is hammer out my to-do list for the week. But before I start in on what must be done, I want to document what has been done. We had a particularly interesting week.
1. Hiked about 5 miles a week ago Saturday, up at Griffith Park. We went with friends from Bowling Green, who also lived in Kent, and who now live in Los Angeles. It's wonderful to share a landscape. We did the Mount Hollywood trail, past the Observatory toward the Hollywood sign.
2. Hiked about 5 miles with my friend Rosamond on Friday at the Claremont Wilderness Trail. I don't know if it's the heat, the height, or the everpresent smog, but that's a much more difficult hike for me. But lovely.
3. Went to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on both Saturday and Sunday. We didn't get there until mid-afternoon yesterday, but we still made it to a lot of great panels. One of my favorites was the one with S.E. Hinton (of The Outsiders fame) and Francesca Lia Block. Hinton surprised me with her deadpan humor- she had the whole place in stitches) and Block surprised me because she wasn't a fairy covered in glitter and stardust (if you've read any of her work, you might recognize my shock at her lack of magical accoutremonts).
4. On Saturday night, we went to see Twelve Angry Men at the Ahmondson Theater. And yes, this is the point we were congratulating ourselves on our highly cultured weekend. We also really enjoyed the play. I have so little grasp of drama I can't even pretend to be a theater critic, so I'll leave it at that.
5. On Sunday night, as part of the Festival, we saw a screening of Away from Her. It's based on an Alice Munroe story, and the film was written and directed by Sarah Polley. As the moderator of the post-screening Q & A mentioned, the shorthand for the film is that it's about a couple dealing with Alzheimer's disease. It was just a comprehensively well-done movie - the script, the casting, the acting, and definitely the direction. Coming to a really small indie theater near you.
And now it's time to turn to the things that must be done.