Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
This book was phenomenal. I saw the movie a few years ago and was stricken by how moved I was in the movie. Now this colored my perception of the book, because I sort of guessed what was going to happen the whole way through, even if I didn’t remember many key parts of the movie. But this book…..it was amazing. I touched me in such a deep way. Now it took a while to get there, and I was a little hesitant at the start…maybe i dind’t want to get into that serious of a book right now – maybe I’m not in that mood….but once I got to the third part…the heart wrenching part of this book…i lived it. i lived this book like you can only live a percentage of books in your life. It made me feel something.
i can’t decide if my next book should be more heavy or less heavy. Maybe a quick read first – then onto Wally Lamb’s latest.
So I just finished this book this morning. I enjoyed it. It got a little slow 2/3s of the way through so i had to read the Magicians in between, but then i went back to this book and really enjoyed it. I just love how Micheal Pollen articulates himself. He makes good, wholesome food really seem like something beautiful. I’m sort of going backwards with his work, so the next book of his i’ll read is his fist one ( i believe off the top of my head) – In defense of food.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This book was fun to read!I enjoyed the story, the characters,and the fantastical element. It didn’t quite come together 100% for me, but I still enjoyed the ride. It was fun to read a book where I could really get into the world. I would recommend this this others!
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
SO I really enjoyed this book. I had heard a lot about John Green – that he was an excellent YA author and wanted to read the piece of his work that was getting the most attention. This book was really great. I’ll almost call it the “A Walk to Remember” of this YA’s generation.It was exceptionally written,I got a sneak peek into the “children with Cancer” world, and I really felt something while reading it. It pulled at my heartstrings in not the expected ways. I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately, so I’m going to go over to the adult fiction or non fiction world for a little bit, then maybe i’ll pick up another J. Green book. Perfect day to catch up on reading, as it’s a snow day!
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I have no idea what all the fuss around this book is. I recently read another PC book and liked that much much better then his most famed piece of work. I just don’t get the fuss. Yes, it’s an allegory, but not a particularly good one. Yes, I can decipher the message, but….still…I expected much more. I do like PC’s simple style though. I’ll try reading other books by him, because I really enjoyed the Devil and Miss Prim, but at least now I can understand alchemist references and get what it’s all about. One thing I did enjoy about this book…it had a lot of quotable moment.
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
This was a great book. I can clearly see the author’s passion and expertise on the subject. He articulated something that always bothered me about nutrition information – the whole reductionist paradigm, but i didn’t have the words or knowledge to express it as he did. then of course, he provides firsthand (and sometimes not firsthand) accounts of the evils of the haelthcare, paramacuetical, supplement, industrial animal farming, dairy and processed food industries. There was a lot of information I gathered from this book, and more the most part it was a fun read and understandable. If someone is interested in the subject, I would recommed the book. Also, I am now limiting myself to only 1 serving of animal foods a day. I can’t believe the evidence of this diet preventing/reversing cancer is not more readily available to the public.
Allegiant – Veronica Roth
So i finally finished the Divergent series. It sort of reminded me of the Hunger Games. The first book was the best, the second was ok but now as good as the first, and the third one was stupid. i just did not buy that the “bad guys” were really bad in the last book, so it sort of made it hard to buy into the plot. I did enjoy how the series ended though. It didn’t wrap up in a pretty and perfect way. The author did provide some thought provoking themes as well. Ok, we’ll see how the movie hold up.
Cooked by Michael Pollan
I really enjoyed this book. Not only did I get to learn about the history of cooking, but as the author cooked, i got to learn with him. I also saw how this book affected my own habits. I started pot cooking and it’s delicious! Except for the 2 times i sort of made mistakes, but thats what the author mentions. That you need to work on something several times before you get it right. To not be discouraged by an attempt that fails (or dones’t work as good as you hoped), beucase you’ll learn from it for next time, and thats how you hone in oyru skills of cooking.
So yesterday I went to the pool hall. I have been feeling very anxious about C and was trying to orchestrate hanging out with him and thought I would go to the pool hall and thne invite him to play, but what is hes busy but what if theres no tables, blah blah blah. Well I decided to text him once i got there, but once i got there there were no tables available. Unbelievaably, B was there and had just gotten a table. I spent the next few hours playing pool and talking to B. It was so easy and fun. B reminds me of J. yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding B, but just the sheer coincidence of this happening taught me a couple of things. First….leave oyu house. More interesting things will happen once you do. Second, stop trying to control everything! Things will happen or they won’t, but just enjoy them at your pace and relish the really cool moments in life when you make a connection with someone.
So I just finished the YOGAFIT Level 1 training..I’ve got to teach 8 classes worth of community service before i can officially get the certification. I mean, i’m already teaching yoga at my gym…but ok, I get the point of the “community service” classes. This ust pushed this goal of being complete by…..let’s be honest, probably 3 months. Aw well, if I want it, I want it!
Ok so yesterday at work there was a fire, and I SAVED EVERYBODY. It goes back to the beginning on the week. J, my bosses boss suggested I along with P go to this Floor Warden safety training. I had already decided I wasn’t going to go, but since J suggested it, I fort of had to go.
Now P and I spent the last few days making fun of the training. But yesterday at 4:50pm the fire alarm went off. P had already left for the day, and I knew it was not a drill, so I grabbed my stupid fireman’s hat and clipboard and got everyone out of the building.
Everyone was taking pictures of me and laughing along with teh hat, but people actually did listen to me when I asked them to move and stuff.
Anyways, I got to be the hero yesterday and P is totally jealous that he’s missing out on all this glorious attention.
Talked to my mom for 50 minutes yesterday so i guess this counts for this weekend. i could also call my sister if i want to later today.
So not even a month into the new year and i guess i can technically cross this off my list. What i will do is wright entries every time I go somewhere new to track where i go in 2014.
On Monday I went to Charlottesville, VA. It wasn’t too far away from where i live, a day trip that took a little more than two hours to drive to. But it was really cool to get out of my bubble, especially after the whole apartment debacle. I got to see a cute new city, tried a hot yoga class for teh first time, just had a nice day away. If I do another day trip, JC from work suggested Richmond. Maybe in a month or two.
So far I’ve been doing quite well with this. I’ve taken a day trip to somewhere new. I’ve been going to pool and hung out with pool people last night in reston town center. Dating has been tricky, but I’ve been pretty vocal about wanting to find someone to date and friends and coworkers have been mindful of this and thinking of hooking me up. Life is good, interesting and exciting.
Today I made Minestrone soup for the first time. It was delicious, healthy and filling. I tweaked the recipe a little bit by cutting half of the chicken broth so it was thicker and using pasta sauce instead of canned tomatoes because I don’t have a can opener. I added elbow macaroni to this batch, but plan to try it with rice and quinoa next meals. Trying to new recipes will really help break the cycle of eating take out, especially since i am back in my apartment now.
This book was great. I started it years ago, but couldn’t finish it because it made me so mad. It still did. But i was ready to read it. It was very interesting, but the whole “what we ca do about it” part of the book was disappointing. The changes neeed to be made on an institutional level, and I don’t even know where i can start, even though I work in higher ed. Yes the tenure system sucks. Yes tuition is becoming inexcusably high. Yes many professors can’t teach well and don’t even care to do anything about it. What am i to do? I’m running around making sue the department doens’t fall apart all day, when, where and how can I even begin to change things! It made me think about leaving higher edu for industry. I think thats what makes it such a good book, is that i had such a strong reaction to it. It made me mad beucase i care.
So on Monday I needed to get away from all the “displacement” and choas of my life recently. I decided to take a road tri to Charlottesvile for the day. When i was there i planned to go to a Bikram Yoga class. It was a very interesting experience. I figured that since i’m going to be a Yoga instructor soon, I should at east try out hot yoga. It was interesting. Smelly, yes. Since it was a holiday it was retty crowded and the smel smoetimes was weird. It was very stretching orientated, so i had to hold back a lot becuase of my knee. Also, the heat was quite an aded obstacle. I wouldn’t say it ever got unbearable, but towards the end when we were on teh ground i just wanted to lay there most of the time instead of get up and do another move. Very cool experience. i would try it again.
So I have been so involved with TED for years now. I love it! I try to watch a new video everyday. MY workplace is organizing a TEDx event in 3 weeks and I’m going! I hope my supervisor approves this, but I already bought the ticket regardless! That weekend will be amazing! I’ll knock off two goals on my list. I’ll attend the Ted conference and become a certified yoga instructor! I’m very excited for this event!
Went to lunch with EJ last week and invited P to walk during work. It seems small and they are both coworkers, but these are steps for me.
The past two weeks have been awful. My emotional eating and take out is out of control. It’s been tough, since I’m not living in my apartment. It’s really tough. I’m bummed out and depressed and getting fat and out of shape and so on and so forth.