Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Blatherings: News & Giveaway Closing

Thanksgiving week was wonderful.  I stayed close to home and had my bff "Doc" here for the past three days.  Although we went to my aunt's house for the actual day, I had cooked up a turkey breast (which was AMAZING after a nice brine) with a bunch of smaller side dishes.  That way we had our own fixings.  I haven't pushed everything aside though, since I've been grading stacks of papers for school.  I'm not quite finished with them all, but I made a really nice dent in them.  Once I get the simple assignments out of the way, I'll have about 50 essays to grade and 90 tests.  Then I'll be finished!  No biggie, right? 

By way of news, I found out the new Masterpiece Classics from the awesome blog site Enchanted Serenity Period Films.  I was excited to learn that they will be re-airing The 39 Steps on March 27, 2011, which I reviewed here in my "A Short Jane Austen Actor Love: The 39 Steps" post.  Besides the visual beauty lent the film by Rupert *sigh* Penry-Jones, I thought it was a fun story to follow. 

Also showing this season on Masterpiece Classics is:
  • "My Boy Jack" with Daniel Radcliffe on January 2, 2011
  • "Downtown Abbey" running every Sunday from January 9th to the 30th
  • "The Unseen Alistair Cooke" on February 6, 2011
  • "Any Human Heart" starring Mathew MacFadyen on February 13, 20, & 27, 20100
  • "The 39 Steps" on March 27, 2011--as mentioned
  • "Upstairs Downstairs" on April 10, 17, & 24, 2011
Each of these showings by PBS Masterpiece Classics should be excellent and I'll be eager to catch a few new ones this time around! 

I've also decided to join a holiday reading challenge.  Yes, me.  Honestly, I've been so bad about keeping up with challenges that I really didn't join many after the year got started, but I think I found one I can tackle!  "The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2010" is being hosted by The True Book Addict & The Christmas Spirit Blog.  It started on Friday, November 26th and runs until January 6th.  You can read as little as one book on up.  For more information or to sign up, visit their site today!

One last thing.  Don't forget to join in on my awesome giveaway for The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum.  The giveaway ends tonight, November 28th by midnight!

What about you?  How was your holiday week and weekend?


  1. This is great news about Masterpiece Classic. I love watching their great programming and look forward to it every week!

    I'm so glad you joined my reading challenge. Did you know that The Christmas Spirit is my year round Christmas blog? Yes, I am a Christmas fanatic! I hope you enjoy the challenge and get to read some great Christmas books this season. =O)

  2. I started reading The 39 Steps this weekend! I'm about halfway through now. The beginning was very similar to the PBS show, but now it's starting to diverge. It's pretty good, and at 100 pages a quick read.

  3. I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving Becky. Good luck on your challenge. I'm staying away from any more this year since I didn't finish the ones I had. I'm seriously going to limit how many I do next year. I want to set a few for myself like a Harry Potter challenge and maybe something else.