Happy Friday!  I began my day with a spectacular fall on the steps of the Library.  Currently sporting the bloody knees to prove it.

Things can only go up from here, right?

My weekend plans include a Nationals baseball game tonight with friends, taking a full GRE practice test on Sunday (dun dun dunnnnn), and finally watching the Game of Thrones season 5 finale (I’ve been dodging spoilers all week).

Plus, the classic Holly weekend activities: reading in the park, walking around Eastern Market, and a few impulse buys at Target.

 A few things on my mind this week:

I’m having a grand old time rereading Harry Potter.  I have so many memories involving these stories, from acting out the train scene in the first book (“anything off the trolley, dears?”) during middle school recess, to A Great Debate in my Girl Scout troop regarding whether we should all go see the second movie despite one girl’s mom crying witchcraft (I will fight for my right to Potter).

We did go to Hogwarts, didn’t we?

I had a dream a few nights ago that Amy and I were in the Hamptons looking for Ina Garten.  Now all I want is brownie pudding.  And some crisp button ups.


Despite plans to see Far From the Madding Crowd last weekend, we went to Love and Mercy instead.  There was an incident before the movie started: two women in the theater were whispering loudly and continually, despite several shushes from the rest of the audience.  It escalated until people were actually shouting at each other.  Thus, I can’t speak to the first ten minutes of the movie.  I was too busy taking Snaps and pelting the belligerent women with Milk Duds to pay attention.

Kidding about the Snaps.

The rest of Love and Mercy, however, was fantastic.  Easily the best movie I’ve seen in 2015 so far.  Strong performances all around.  I even believed, as I often struggle to do when an older actor and a younger actor play the same person, that John Cusack and Paul Dano were Brian Wilson.


Finally, Juneteenth.  The day Texas learned that slavery — and the Civil War — had ended.  This year, Juneteenth gatherings are both celebrating that day in 1865 and mourning the Charleston massacre. #takedownthatflag


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