Okay, here is my book list...this is stuff that is leaving my house...let me know if any titles interest you.
-Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Fred Chappell
-The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
-Matilda by Roald Dahl
-Medea by Euripides
-Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
-Jane and the Man of the Cloth by Stephanie Barron
-Jane and the Wandering Eye by Stephanie Barron
-The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
-A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
-Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
-The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
-The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
-The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
-The Aeneid by Virgil
-The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
-The Princess Bridge by William Goldman
-Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Okay, whew. I had a good conversation wtih my mom today. I've been struggling since yesterday about something someone said...or didn't say. And it really made me question my choices, things I've done. I was feeling pretty bummed. But then my mom really snapped me out of it. Who cares about how others view the choices I have made? As long as I am happy about it, that's all that matters. If I'm always thinking about something someone might have said...then I'd probably never get around to doing anything! All I can do is live my life. Duh...so simple. But sometimes it takes a mommy to slap that into your head.
In other news...I have always been a Marvel kinda gal. You know, X-Men, Spiderman, Wolverine. DC Comics never really appealed to me. But last night I finally saw Batman Begins and holy smokes! Christian Bale is so awesome. I loved him since American Psycho (disturbingly enough, I have seen that movie about 4 times) and he did an awesome job...he does just as a good job as Batman. Yum-o. I love superhero movies, but they have to be good...like Spiderman 2 good. I like X-Men (the 3rd movie comes out this May), but there are way too many characters to really make it work. But this movie definitely is up there for superhero movies. It has brought back the respect and darkness that is Batman. He is one hot guy. LOL. Spiderman is still awesome, but Batman...wow. I've always found the character very appealing. He's not a goody-goody (like Superman), he wasn't born or mutated with superpowers, and he is a bazillionaire! He has a very dark side to him, but he is also the protector of Gotham City. A regular guy who wants to do the extraordinary. Nice Nice Nice. I read that they're planning on making another one. I really look forward to it.
Wow, it's hard to believe the day has flown by...and I'm already into Sunday!
Today I played poker with some of the boys...bleh, unfortunately I lost $2. Not too shabby, I am still on top if I count my last game's winnings. So it's all good. I learned a bit more, but I definitely need to work on my betting ability. I get the cards, but it's how to get them to keep betting that is the key! Hmm...I don't think I'm quite the expert poker player, but I think I can hold my own with a group of guys!
I finally saw Sin City on DVD. I am quite torn as to how I feel about the movie. I loved the visuals and the graphics...love them. I definitely think the movie could have been tied in together much better with all that was going on. Final grade: B- I'm looking forward to Sin City 2 whenever that is filmed and comes out.
And the house is gradually looking a TINY bit better. It's still a bit of a mess, but there is crap going out. I can't believe how much stuff I have sometimes.
As I'm decluttering, I come across this quote and it fits into everything I've been thinking about and my goals for the new year. well, two quotes that really hit home with me, especially given my melancholy mood yesterday.
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." -Joseph Campbell, author
"Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent." -Krishnamurti, spiritual teacher.
And it just fits. And makes total sense.
Yep, it's really late now...or really early! Well I've started turning all my cds into mp3s...and some of these songs I haven't heard in forever. I've been really listening to some of these songs again. Lately, I've really noticed the sad ballads, songs. Maybe it's because we haven't seen the sun here in over a week? I dunno. It's just made me really wistful.
Now, more and more I wonder where you are
Do I ever cross your mind, anytime
Do you ever wake up reaching out for me
Do I ever cross your mind anytime
I miss you
From Brian McKnight, Anytime
I wrote them down somewhere earlier and have no idea where it all went. So, this will all come from my memory. Eek.
-be more active...play DDR more, walk more.
-simplify. get rid of the clutter, eliminate the need to want MORE MORE MORE.
-finish knitting my blue sweater.
-crochet at least 5 more items for the Dulaan Project.
-submit a scrapbook layout!
-paint the bedrooms/bathrooms
-laugh a little more, cry a little less.
I am home. Very tired. Thankfully I don't have to go to work tomorrow.
I wanted to write an entry before I disappear for a few days (though I disappear for days at a time, I have been trying to update more often!). I'm flying with SO to see his family and spend some time with them in OH. To celebrate yet another Christmas. And to welcome in the New Year. And hopefully take some great photographs.
I haven't completed my list for New Years. But I should have something when I am back.
I am trying to declutter my computer. It's amazing how many duplicates and photos that I have. Things I wrote that are uncompleted. Things I should burn, things to delete. I'm listening to the ONE and ONLY mp3 on my computer. I've never been a big fan of blasting music while I do other things. I like tv noise. But this song is so good. And from a good movie.
I love Spiderman 2 so much. It's one of my favorite movies now. I love the moment when MJ and Spiderman/Peter Parker look at each other right after he unmasks himself. She is stunned and it confirms everything she ever thought but wasn't sure. It's a very painful, poignant moment. She knows why he was never around, disappearing at random moments. But it's that moment they both know. Very cool. I love that scene. Makes my heart ache.
Be back later.