Since I finished school I have been a reading fiend.
There have been so many books that I have let pile up and it has been quite enjoyable to start dwindling down the stack.
On Saturday I finished “Everyone Worth Knowing” by Lauren Weisberger. She also wrote “The Devil Wears Prada.” Bette Robinson is the main character in this book. She’s on a journey of self discovery and she morphs into this woman she isn’t very proud of with very little privacy and a huge credit card bill. Haha. She is aware that she did not want to be that person. It takes some time for her to get out of the materialistic world of knowing all the right people and being able to get into the fancy, elite New York clubs. Eventually, she finds herself in a room of close friends and family, celebrating her birthday. It ends there, in that room, and I can imagine the feeling that must have swelled within her at that sight.
I don’t know how she held out as long as she did working in the PR position she had landed in after quitting her job at the bank. But Bette had the life of a rock star for quite some time. Until she realized that labels on your jeans really don’t matter and being able to get on a jet and sip champagne at any given moment, yes it was quite nice, but so not necessary. Especially if being that person meant disappointing everyone who ever meant anything to you. Ah Bette, you made an excellent character in a book, I really loved reading along as you blossomed. =o)
And so now I am already over 200 pages into another book, haha. My brother will shake his head when he reads this, but it is another Dean Koontz book. This one is called “Forever Odd” and though like “Intensity” it does involve a murder, this storyline is far less gruesome. In fact, I think the reason I can’t put this book down is because the main character Odd (yes, his parents named him that, strange people) can see spirits and help them find closure with what they left behind upon dying. In addition, he refers to a magnetic feeling he has, like he is being pulled places to help people in danger. It is a very interesting book and I’m pretty sure I’ll finish it tonight after Heroes. =o)
“But the thing is, it’s hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely, because almost everyone has that smallest bit of faith and hope that one day they would open their eyes and it would all come true. At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale is slightly different than your dream. The castle, well it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important that it’s happily ever after — just that it’s happy right now. See, once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you. And once in awhile, people may even take your breath away.”
*taking a deep breath*
Is it silly that when I pray for courage…I’m really only hoping for the courage to keep standing?
She’s got a vision without you in mind…
You’ll never know what it could have been…
All hands on deck…
My ship is sinking…
And good-bye to you.
– Waking Ashland
My number has been changed. I tried to give it to some people yesterday, sorry if you haven’t gotten it yet. And as most of you know, I do have a gmail account you can reach me at anytime.
Song of the moment is “Teardrops on my guitar” by Taylor Swift.
And here is a lyrical snippet for you:
So I drive home alone.
As I turn out the light,
I’ll put his picture down,
And maybe get some sleep tonight.
He’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar,
The only one who’s got enough of me to break my heart,
He’s the song in the car I keep singing,
Don’t know why I do.
He’s the time taken up,
But there’s never enough.
And he’s all that I need to fall into.
He looks at me.
I fake a smile so he won’t see.
Totally forgot to write about “Bridge to Terabithia.”
I’ll be the first to admit that though I am an avid reader, I have never read this book. Which I probably should have read to Brae before taking him to see the movie. Perhaps then I could have prepared myself better for the sob fest that occurred midway through the movie and ceased when the movie was over.
The story is about two children who feel like outsiders. They wind up being the best of friends and they build each others confidence whilst also creating a magical imaginary land…Terabithia. Jess and Leslie are King and Queen of Terabithia and they rule the Kingdom. There are fantastical creatures and a dark lord that also inhabit this kingdom and the adventures they have are a joy to watch.
Leslie inspired me immensely. She was such a free spirit, true to herself no matter what. Plus, I loved the way she dressed.
Aside for the story, the music in this movie was amazing. Jeremy Camp’s voice made an appearance which I was happy about. He is also on the Narnia soundtrack. Aaron Zigman did a great job with the instrumentals. The music enhanced the magical feel and it also deepened the sadness. Perhaps that is just because music is entirely emotional for me anyway.
So. Braeden tells me he liked the movie. There were times when he was sad and he leaned against me in the seat. But there were also times when he laughed out loud and even put his arms up in excitement when Jess was protecting Leslie from the possessed squirrel creatures. I don’t think he understood all of the plot, but I do think he enjoyed the movie. And it’s always fun for me to see his reactions to everything.
The only downfall to the outing was that while waiting in line to get pretzels and fruit punch, someone moved our coats and took the seats we saved. So by the time we got back in the theater since it took 30 minutes to get pretzels…we ended up having to sit in the front row. Brae was fine with it and though I would have preferred to sit farther away it really didn’t matter when I saw how entranced he was with the big screen. =o)
Keith Urban is on tour.
I’m aware of this…and have been for awhile now.
But I have not bought any tickets and probably won’t be buying any.
He will tour again, of that I am sure.
I would LOVE to see him live. As I would also love to see Rascal Flatts live. So for those of you who read this..this is my promise…my VOW!
Before I die, I will see both Keith Urban AND Rascal Flatts in concert. And maybe Brae will even be able to come with me to those shows. That would make the experience all the better!
Sometimes you come across things that make so much sense you just can’t believe you hadn’t thought of it before. Why couldn’t you have put it into words this way? Or you find the information so useful that you immediately need to blog about it.
Clearly, I just had one of those moments.
I came across this little column, a thought of the day, which discusses the “Triple Filter.”
“In ancient Greece, scholar and intellectual, Dr. Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, Do you know what I just heard about one of your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Dr. Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.:
“Triple filter?” asked the man. “That’s right,” Dr. Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it and wanted to tell it to you” “All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”
“No, on the contrary, it is bad “
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though. Because there’s one filter left: the filter of usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.” Replied the man.
“Well,” concluded Dr. Socrates. “If what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, and nor even useful to me, why tell it to me at all.”
You can find this daily thought and others at Sisterwoman.com. It doesn’t say who authored that post, but I thank them immensely.