This was a great book. It took less than an hour to read, but it’s a great allegory. A lot of good lessons to be learned from this book. i can relate to it in my professional and personal life. i highly recommend everyone read this book. it doesn’t’ take too long and it’s cute!My only criticism is the actual story did not distinguish between the two mouse characters. I would have loved just at least a page talking about both mouse character’s different approach. Only 1 more left before i can call this goal complete!!!!!
So this book was just ok. I didn’t really start to get into it until the last third of the book. At first i was confused as to how the characters related. Plus, i can’t read Spanish so I didn’t get some of the subtle points whenever he wrote sentences or phrases in Spanish. This last chapter about his heartbreak probably redeemed this book and just because of i, I would give it one start more of a rating than i otherwise would have. It’s kind of cool, i think the author’s intention was to make us believe the character was him. Like i said, the last chapter redeems the book in my opinion.
I don’ need to have a convo with M about what frustrates me. Tha should not be her problem. I just need to work hard in my position, take on more responsibility, outperform my peers ;) and take advance of or create career opportunities. That is why i’m “giving up” on this goal. I’m going to change it to something else where i am more accountable. I’ll see more results that way.
22: The Dinner by Herman Koch
I liked this book. After reading Game of Thrones, it went by really fast! Most people would consider the book disturbing, but I thought it was pretty sad. It raised the question of what to do in an tough situation where you make the choice between being unethical and violent to protect yourself or your family members or take the honorable route and risk ruining yoru future. Most people would say it was disturbing, but I found it sad, in a good way. Really made me think. I really enjoyed this book!
- 21 Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
So I just finished reading this book and it felt like a homework assignment! it’s very dense reading, very wordy, it took a solid 100 pages for me to get a jist of the characters. Some story lines I love, others not so much. I wanted to read the book before i start the show, but i don’t know if I’ll finish the books. Especially since D told me it’s like the author doesn’t really know where the series is heading. Kinda like a “Lost” situation. But I’m done! Now I want something completely different. And a quicker read! I’m coming up on my deadline!
So I’ve been feeling pretty down lately. With my knee problems, work loneliness, and lack of love life, there hasn’t been much to keep me in Virginia. I mean, the only reason I’m here is because of my job, right? Well what I realized was that I didn’t want to switch jobs. Not yet, at least. I sor of articulated why i wanted to stay i my current job in my dream. So today at work, DD and P brought me into DD’s office. They said that admissions needed help and wanted to know if I wanted to help out. Well i was so shocked and happy! I had to play it cool, but this has been like a year in the making. First of all, i’m glad i was thought of first. I hope that I portray myself professionally as someone dependable who you would want to work with. I guess i have this insecurity that DD wouldn’t want to work with me, and now I know that she brought my name up and it makes me happy. Also, i’ve been craving for a chance to get some admissions experience, and I’ve played the rules” and avoided it long enough, that now I can get a chance. I know it’s just a small foot in the door, but at this point in my life, I’m just so happy for some good news and recognition.
20 Salt Sugar Far by Micheal Moss
So I had to read this book in 7 days because it was a one week loan from the library. I’m glad I did. I learned a lot about the food industry. Mainly, that most food we eat is not real food. It’s inundated with salt sugar and fat to exploit our biology’s preference for those ingredients. Mainly, food is killing us, and I’ve got to stick with organic fruit, veggies meat and grains to stay healthy. A good read. I would suggest it to almost anyone. Next is Game of Thrones. I’ve only got it fro 2 weeks from the library and it’s a dense read.
i woudl say i average well below 2 shows a day. Sometimes i go over, but mostly I’m more often under or on target than over. I haven’t been counting online TV, but I will start to from now on.
So i’m changing the name and revamping this goal a bit. I had been telling myself that i can’t get take out during the week, and if i wanted a treat during the weekend, i would have it once a weekend. The problem is that during the weekend, i find that I usually don’t want it. I have time to chill out and cook and try something new at home usually. during the week, usually after a tough day at work is when i really want take out. So I’m changing my rules. I’m going to eat it only once a week. The week starts on Monday and ends Sunday evening. If i cave in and get take out during the week, it’s not available for that weekend. If I give up a weekend, well then thats ok, because another week starts back up on Monday. i’ll see how this works. Also, i’m trying not to buy any alcohol or keep it in the apartment for the next few weeks or so. Also, just read about how aweful and processed “cheese products”(you can’t call it cheese, it’s hardly ever real cheese) are so I’ll try to limit my intake. Let’s see what food habits stick.
So last weekend I got take out onnce Friday and cave on in Wendesday. I’m thinking I might tonight too.
This is not off to a good start…
19 – the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
This book was phenomenal. It went beyond entertaining, I truly learned a lot from it and it shifted my perspective on life,death, wealth, choices, material possessions, gratitude. I decided to read it because it has received great reviews and awards. It was by no means an easy read. 543 pages that you really had to concentrate on and made you think. At times it dragged. All in all, i got a lot more out of this book then I would say 90% of books I’ve ever read. Really being able to step into the world on the Congo made me realize how lucky i am to love how I live. It made me really that I don’t really “need” all this stuff. It assured me that my body is stronger that I think it is and can withstand a lot. I just learned so much from this book. This really is a work of art.
I hadn’t been eating very well and its hard to workout with my knee situation. My body has been “telling on me” since KD takes me blood pressure every week and the dialstic is usually in the mid 80’s. I’m genetically pre-disposed to having high blood pressure. I need to start making choices now that take that into account. My body isn’t absorbing the bad food like it used to.
So last night I moved up from a “2” to a “3” in 8-ball. My first match as a 3 and G put me up against a 7. Very very strange choice. Then L and G were fighting, L refused to give me a timeout because he was mad at G and then my entire teammates left me without even telling me. Is was crap!
But on the positive side….I played very very well. I tried to keep my head in the game, slowed down and concentrated on each shot. Defensed when I wasn’t certain of what to do. I ended up legitimately winning one game against V, the 7. Then we were both on the hill and I had a chance to go for the 8-ball. I missed it and then we won, but I’m still really proud of how I played. I got a lot of compliments (not from my teammates, they had abandoned me) and really impressed some players, including myself. I stayed calm under pressure, played well, made good decisions, and tried my best. The team I was playing against even tried to recruit me for next session. After the crap my team pulled, I might take advantage of their offer. I’ll see what happens. Bbut yes! I’m a 3 and I played well and people saw and acknowledged that!!!
So today for work I went to FB. I was walking from the downtown office to Potbelly’s when I recognized someone across the street. It was SL, a girl i worked with at the admissions office my freshman and sophomore year! It was so cool! I didn’t remember her name off the bat, i’m pretty sure she didn’t remember me neither, but it turns out we both work for our undergrad institutions now!It was ncie that she remembered me and we had a conversation and what are the odds really. I wasn’t even walking on campus! Made going to FB today so much more worth it.
So i’m really depressed today. Not only did I wake up with knee pain, which is a completely different beast, but I’m conflicted with my “relationship” with G. He had been telling me that we were not together, but then he does things that make me know that he likes me. I like him too. But then….i don’t know. I wanted to hang out with him last night, but he refused my invitation because he was tired (another sire spot for me). Turns out he went to a Beer Fest today. Why was i a little bummed that he didn’t invite me? Maybe it was a guy thing. Maybe not. Maybe he is dating someone. i don’t know. If he was that would make me jealous. Does he not want to hang out with me this weekend? i had such a great time with him last weekend, but we just hang out 1:1 in his house mostly. Is my hopes for anything with him in vain? should I keep seeing RO2, even though I’m not really motivated to anymore? Why does he keep asking me out anyways? i’m pretty sure there’s not much there between us. At least not anymore. Should i poke back into RO1’s life again? Would that just be pathetic? Or should I audit my dating life?/?I feel like doing nothing all weekend, even though i have tons of errands to run. I wish I could see my family and friends. My knee hurts, and I struggle with the patience of it ever feeling better again. I keep getting random medical bills. I don’t know who to reach out too.
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
E suggested this book. At times it was funny. I enjoying the renters story and Feeling story in the beginning. Others were stupid. That’s why I don’t like books written by comedians. They are trying to do too much. Too many adjectives, too extreme metaphors, too many words. I like hearing Chelsea’s stand up or TV show so much better. Next is something completely different. At least it was a quick read and i’m practically caught up to where i should be reading wise for this goal, I think. Poisonwood Bible.
So I read this book. It was a quick read. I’m single, and it’s geared towards married couples, so it was a little depressing to read. THat’s probably also why I blew throguh it so fast, because I was just reading fro the words but didn’t reflect that deeply. It did give me some insight into my past relationships and why they didn’t work out and how I can do more in the future. I can relate what I read in this book to other relationships with E and my family as well. Apparently the author wrote a similar book geared towards single people. Maybe i’ll check it out, but def not next.
16 The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
I liked this book a lot. Maybe not as much as the first book – The Inner Circle, but it was still good. I loved the last 200 pages when you are speed reading through to try to figure out who the “bad guy” is. Next will be “The 5 Love Languages”. It should be a fast read.
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
This book was OK. It was like Blink or Freakonomics, but a little less interesting. I guess it’s good information to know and it was an easy read, but when I’m done reading it, I don’t know if I would suggest it to anyone. I juts wasn’t feeling it. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I was on painkillers while reading most of this book? Who knows. At least this surgery is really helping me catch up on my reading goal. I have 4 books to choose from next. i think I’ll eeny meeny miny moe it!
So even though I’ve been hanging out with G lately, I can’t put all my eggs in the G basket. I’ve really enjoyed his company, were both going through a lot of shit, and he’s been very supportive of me, especially yesterday picking me up from surgery and all. There’s no one else living in this area that i would have wanted to help me like that. That being said, i also went out with R on Monday. I had a good time, he has kinda younger energy, but if he wanted to see me again i would go. I need to realize that right now, it’s ok to date around. Have experiences before I narrow down what sort of person I want to be in a serious relationship with. Things with G are good, i like him, he likes me, but there is a strong possibility that we won’t “live happily ever after”. And i know this and am accounting for it.