Monday, August 29, 2011

Obligatory Irene Post and some Good News


This weekend I was struck by Hurricane Irene. This after my first ever earthquake. What a week!

We didn't have much damage, all things considered it probably could have been worse. I spent Saturday night worried that the half-dead tree next to our driveway would fall, and crush our cars. Then it occurred to me that it was tall enough that it would probably fall through my bedroom. The tree is leaning now, but in a different direction, and it didn't fall.

Of course, another one did. Right in front of the house. This one broke in half randomly last year, but it grew back into health. That is until the other night when it broke in half an fell against my bedroom window.


Our dryer is also broken. A power surge fried the motherboard or something.... so sorry if I appear to be wearing wet clothing in the next week. No power most of Sunday, but that was that. It would have been an opportune time to write, but you know, things never happen as you plan them.

As for the "Good News" I mentioned? I got a new job. I cannot express how happy I am without doing a happy dance, and since I'm sitting here in my pajamas with bed-head, I don't know if I'm prepared to film myself doing that to post it.

But yes, new job. I'll be working at the same company as my dad, which is awesome. This is my last week at my old job, and then I can leave that place behind forever and laugh, and cry of happiness, and laugh some more. I'll feel bad for some of the coworkers I'm leaving behind, but not the rest of the company. Just so you all know, working at a bank anymore... sucks.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Awesome


Oh wait, wasn't I supposed to be reading Harry Potter all week? Well, after I thought about the fact that it was "7 books in 7 days" I realized that might be a bit of an unattainable challenge. I'm still reading Sorcerer's Stone, but I'm enjoying it. I took a break today though. I ended up in Target, for whatever reason, and I found myself in the book aisle. I couldn't resist the fresh titles, and the clean, crisp covers. Suddenly one cover popped out. It was dark with bright, colorful letters. It was awesome. Literally. It was Awesome.

The Book of Awesome, to be exact. A book written by a Neil Pasricha. It's a decent-sized, almost chunky book, that I finished in one day. It's all about the little things in life that make us smile.
  • High-fiving babies
  • Popping bubble wrap
  • Celebrating your pet's birthday even though they have no idea what's going on
  • Getting into a bed with clean sheets after shaving your legs
  • The smell of the coffee aisle in the grocery store
...And so many more. They are the little things we tend to overlook, but when they happen, they suddenly brighten our moods and change out outlook on the rest of the day. They make us into geniuses or the luckiest people in the world. They are the things that are purely awesome.

Please pick up this book. It's not too long, and it'll make your day. (And if you happen to find yourself in Target, the book is 20% off. Now that's awesome.)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Here's the New Plan

What I wouldn't give for a vacation. A nice break... a whole week away from work, away from counting money, from not meeting my solution goals... oh wait, I have that coming up. Next week I go on vacation! Seven glorious days away from the bank, all leading up to a concert in Hershey.

(I'll give you three guesses as to who's playing.)

So I've got a week off from work. What do I do? Go to the doctor's appointment I scheduled months ago because I knew I'd finally have a day off, maybe make a trip to the beach, another meeting might take place... Those are technicalities. Or something.

I'm going to read the Harry Potter series. I haven't touched the series in about six or seven years, and I only made it to the middle of book number five.

I'm starting over. I'm reading the whole series. And yes, I was totally sucked into the Harry Potter hype. And no, I did not see the movie.

Forget About It - a book review

So after what felt like an incredibly long time, through a writing contest (in which I made semi-finals, but I didn't win,) and continuous streams of stress and obsession running through my head, I finally finished reading another book.

Forget About It, by Caprice Crane, is a quirky tale of Jordan Landau. She might very well be your average doormat, (and even she won't argue with you on that) and is incredibly unhappy about how her life has turned out. She has a vanity obsessed mother and half-sister, a self-centered boyfriend, and a credit stealing boss. Then one day, she winds up in an accident, and decides to take a mental vacation. In a crazy moment she conjures up the idea to fake a bout of amnesia.

Jordan takes things into her own hands with her fake memory loss, and that seems to work for her, until she winds up in another accident and has to start from square one for real.

Wow. That's the simple response. The idea, I thought, was promising. How could I hate a story about a girl who fakes amnesia, and then gets it for real? I wouldn't say I hated it, but I most likely won't read this book again.

Caprice Crane does a lovely job of building Jordan's world, and even her character. We know who Jordan is from the beginning and the things she has to deal with. Even if some of the characters are a little cliche. My biggest peeve of the book, however, is how wordy it is. Everything is described. Every single event in Jordan's life seemed to make onto the pages of the book. I was honestly bored, but due to the fact that I'm working on an amnesia story, I forced my way through to the end. And that, was quite possibly, a predictable ending at best. I will say that I liked the character Todd, and I think the best parts of the book were the ones in which he was present.

Don't let my review, or skewed opinion, sway you on the book. It wasn't horrible, and I think it's good enough to read at least once.