Fridays are long days for me at work, as we are open an extra hour and it is generally a very busy day of the week at my job. This week, as usual, I came home exhausted. My husband has learned how exhausted I get and is great about having a nearly comatose wife on Friday nights. He usually either takes me out to dinner or fixes pizza for us to have at home (since he gets home earlier than me on Fridays). As I arrived home this week, he was pulling pizza out of the oven and we ate our quick and unhealthy, but delicious dinner. I, then curled up on the couch with Andy....and promptly fell asleep - before 7pm! I woke up about an hour later and we watched some more TV and surfed the net together. This isn't the first time I've done this. It's funny when how old I must be getting - to need a nap on a Friday night and then still go to bed by 10:30-11pm.
On Saturday we did breakfast at a little local diner that Andy really liked. It actually wasn't too bad and we might go back sometime. We went to the library, did some cleaning, and Andy got the oil changed in our vehicles. On Sunday we got my SUV washed and vacuumed - boy, did it need it! It's sad that a car wash is a highlight of the weekend, but it was because it was soooo dirty! I somehow managed to convince Andy that I didn't need to go to the American Red Cross youth Superbowl party last night (because I am so not a football fan....I've even been known to have anti-Superbowl parties in years past) and sent him without me. I went shopping and brought home a RedBox movie that I had been wanting to see: The Other Boylen Girl
I just finished reading the book by Phillipa Gregory with the same title and was interested to see the movie. My mom's rule growing up was that we had to read the book before we could watch any movies based on books. And it's something I still try to do with most movies/books because I've found that usually the book is so much better and richer than the movie. And it's usually a lot easier to understand what's going on if you've read the book first. I really enjoyed the book - even though I know its only loosely based on the actual history. It was still a very good read and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it (I bought it at a used bookstore over a year ago and it's been collecting dust on my bookshelf ever since). But the movie was not as good. It moved too fast, speeding through the years and details written about in the book. I honestly don't know if I would've been able to understand all of what was going on if I hadn't read the book first. I did, however, really enjoy Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman portraying Mary and Anne Boylen. They did a wonderful job of making the two main characters come to life and they were both very much how I had pictured those two women to be when I was reading the book. A lot of big things were changed from the book - pushing the movie even further from historical accuracy. I'm glad I saw it (and it was certainly better than watching the Superbowl!), but I think I would only recommend the book, and not necessarily the movie for anyone reading this blog who may not have seen or read this story. And if you only saw the movie - go get the book! It's much better and worth your time in my opinion.