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A Long Sabbatical

28 Mar

Yes, I know.  I have failed in my Post A Day challenge.  I don’t want to make excuses, but I have few anyways!

Currently, I have no internet access at my home.  It’s a long story that involves a serious love/hate relationship between me and my internet service provider.  So, for now I am having to hoof it to the library if I want to use the internet.  And when I say “hoof it”, I mean that literally.  Paige and I share a vehicle and she is gone most of the day working which leaves me and my two legs for transportation.

It’s not like the library is far.  Actually, it is probably less than a quarter-mile from my house.  I’m just lazy.  Yup, that’s right, just plain ol’ lazy! Well, not all of it is laziness, some of it is fear.  I don’t live in the best part of town, if you know what I mean, and I am the worlds most paranoid person.  It takes me forever to fall asleep at night because every rustle of the leaves, creak, or any other noise sends me into a paranoid frenzy. It really is a serious problem.

Anyway, maybe I will start walking up to the library every day just so I can get my posts done. At least it would give me a bit of exercise too.  Killing two birds with one stone.  I suppose if I didn’t make it to the library every day I could use my Blackberry.  I do have the WordPress App installed, but for me, I think its useless.  Sorry if I offend anyone, but it’s really difficult to use.  I can’t get pictures exactly where I want them, I hate the “phone draft” thing, and you have to constantly refresh the app to have all your drafts current.  Maybe its just me, but I just don’t like it.  Not to mention, typing a whole post using the tiny little keyboard is annoying.

So there you have it. My not so good excuses for not posting everyday.  I will seriously make the effort to post everyday even though it’s a bit more difficult.  I really have missed blogging.

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Oh Books, How I’ve Missed You

3 Mar

I wrote a post a few weeks back about wanting to read more. After all, I do want to read 20 books this year. Finally, I have gotten into the routine of reading. As a matter of fact, I’m reading 2 different books-one fiction and one non-fiction.

First, I began reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Actually, Paige and I read it together before we go to bed-I read out loud while she tries to doze off. Cheesy, I know, but its a wonderful bedtime routine.

Anyway. The first time I heard about the book was because of the movie. Now it is one of my favorites. I took the advice of one of my readers ,neuroticnotes, and she suggested I start with a book that was made into a movie I like. It was definitely a good place to start because I’m thoroughly enjoying the book.

Since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is my bedtime story I decided to read something else while Paige is busy working. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson is what I picked. Now, I had never heard of the book until I went to NYC a few months ago. Seriously, every time I stepped on to a train at least 5 people were reading this book.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of 3 books. The other two are The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. From what I understand the author, Stieg Larsson, died shortly after delivering the manuscripts for the last 2 books and these are the only books he wrote.

Thus far I’ve made it through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it was amazing. I finally understand what the fuss has been about! Now, I’m about a quarter of the way through with The Girl Who Played with Fire and it is hard to stop reading it.

I definitely suggest all of these books. If you like crime fiction and non-fiction, then these books are worth a read.

I Was A Guest Blogger!

16 Feb

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from scriptorobscura asking me to do a guest blog post.  It is the first time someone has asked me to guest blog, and I can honestly say I was so excited and a bit overwhelmed. I thought about what to write and nothing came to me.  Then, the other day I was writing and decided it would make a great guest blog post.

Anyways, here it is! My guest blog post…go check it out.

http://scriptorobscura.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/guest-blog-post-chloe-sullivan/

I Have Never Seen Star Wars

12 Feb

That’s right. I have no problem admitting it. Here’s the thing. I’ve never really been into to the Sci-Fi genre. I’m sure all you Star Wars fans are probably cursing me right now.

Now, when I decided to watch them I decided to watch them in order. So, last night I watched the 3 prequels. Yup. Three Star Wars movies in a row. And you know what? I actually liked them.

Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace, the first of the prequels, was my least favorite.  Before you get all huffy, let me explain. This movie is a little boring, because it is doing the “set-up” of all the characters and the story.  Just like in the first season of television shows.  They can be hit or miss because they are mostly introduction.  Which to me, is what the first movie really does. Having said that, I still enjoyed the first movie.  Little Anakin is adorable, it’s a shame that he goes to the Dark Side.

Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones, the second of the prequels, was better than the first.  This movie is the reason I decided to watch the 3rd movie. Much more entertaining.  One of the reasons I liked it so much is the love story. To see the love story of Anakin and Padmé unfold makes you understand why Anakin does what he does and you understand how it was so easy for him to fall.

Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith, the third and best of the prequels. At least in my eyes it is.  Constant action from start to finish. The best part, the “unveiling” of Darth Vader. From what I understand, the die-hard Star Wars fans love the Darth Vader suit.

I understand why people love these movies, and I like them enough to watch them again. Hopefully, I will grow to love them just like everyone else.  The true test, I think, will be the originals, but I’m really looking forward to watching those too and to hear that one line-“Luke, I am your father”.

Epic Fail

9 Feb

Well, I did it. I missed a day of blogging. It’s probably for the best. I was in a not-so-great mood yesterday. Therefore, my blog would have probably been very pessimistic.

The skipped day was good for me. I was starting to feel like I was blogging everyday just to get keep up with my Post A Day.

Speaking of Post A Day, I have decided I think the topics are sort of lame. No offense to anyone who likes them, but every time I check the topic I feel like I can answer in one paragraph, sometimes in one sentence. Then again, I guess that’s something that doesn’t make me a writer. Not to mention, I feel like I’m trying to write a 5 paragraph essay like in 8th grade.

I really hope this is just a lack of motivation that is going to pass.  I really like blogging, but I don’t want it to start feeling like a chore.  I’m teetering on the brink of losing interesting which will make this just one more thing to add to my list of things I’ve never finished.

Wow, now that I think about it, I guess my pessimism ran on into today. After all, it is only 1:29 a.m., so my not-so-good mood is still lingering.

Two Inspiring Movies, Inspired By True Stories

7 Feb

You Don’t Know Jack” staring Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman and Susan Surrandon. This movie is about Jack Kevorkian who started a major doctor-assisted suicide movement in the 80’s and 90’s. Whether you agree with his methods or not, it’s a movie worth watching.

Temple Grandin” staring Clair Danes and Julia Ormond. This movie is about Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who is brilliant.  Just brilliant.  I could just gush about this movie, but I really suggest you watch it for yourself!

Family of Choice

6 Feb

Today, I received a message from a friend who had lost her way for a while. Well, friend is not really the correct term.  She is more like family, like another little sister. In her letter she told me how sorry she was for betraying my trust and how much she missed our “little family”.  She had really hit a rough patch and I wasn’t there for her. Not for lack of trying, but it came to a point where she had to fall and I couldn’t be there to catch her.

I wrote her back, and as I was proof reading I had an epiphany.  They say that “blood family” will always be there for you, but as I’ve grown up I’ve realized that it’s not always true.  It’s certainly not true for my family or Paige’s family. I’m okay with that, because I don’t think that being related by blood is the only way to be a family.

In recent years, I’ve chosen a select few to be apart of MY family.  The people I want to raise my children around. That’s right. I’ve CHOSEN them. Sometimes, I think it’s the best family and just like any normal family, we have our own issues.  However, my family of choice has been there for me more than my real family.

 

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