Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Salon November 17 2013

Place // I'm in my typical chair.

Time // 5:48 in the evening
Eating // chips and salsa
Drinking // Still drinking Coffffeeeeee! 
Reading // I finished reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Sad. Depressing. Disturbing. and unfortunately still true today in my opinion.

I also read finished listening to// Quiet. The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking. By Susan Cain
I've reviewed both. Yay! Finally
Just starting to read// Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Can't wait to get into this one!! It was a gift to me from someone very, very special.

I've also just started listening to// The Expats by Chris Pavone
I remember this going around the blogosphere last year so I'm looking forward to it.

Watching // The movie Solomon Kane.... it's a little too much for me.
Music // Been on a Taylor Swift kick but am listening to a lot of different stuff so I can find 'that special song'. Probably silly at my age, but I don't care. :)
Blogging // Doing better there! A couple of good reviews and making some comments. 
Acquisitions // Except for the book I've already talked about that Denis gave me, I have been good about both getting AND returning library books

Hating  // Waiting and making decisions. And letting go of all 'things' mom. physical things. Her life's possessions. I've sold her house. And I'm scheduling her auction. And she knows nothing of either. Remember this is how most lives end. Don't hold on to what isn't important, just don't.
Loving // Having someone special in my life and the way it wakes me up to possibilities. Also loving having the greatest kids and family in the world! They have all helped me through these difficult days and I KNOW they will be there for the ones to come
Writing // Mom's business has actually overshadowed my writing lately and I've lost the most magical momentum. I hope to get that back very soon. 
Avoiding // Visiting mom. I love her very much but there is so little I can say. And it's very hard to engage her in any kind of conversation these days. I'm just too wiped to handle it. 

NOTE: Prayers going out tonight to all those affected by today's severe weather!! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Review-ish The Jungle ~ Upton Sinclair

Title: The Jungle
Author: Upton Sinclair
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Year: 1906
Pages: 290

goodreads blurb:
1906 bestseller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. A fiercely realistic American classic that will haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.

My take:
I may write more later but suffice it to say... once upon a time an immigrant and his friends came to 'Murica for the promise of the land of milk and honey. Then some bad things happened and some bad people swindled the immigrant, then he vowed to work and work to make things right, but then some OTHER bad things happened and THEN someone died and THEN some bad things happened and THEN someone else died and THEN the immigrant felt terrible. Until the immigrant sat in a meeting and heard a miracle man call him comrade and talk about sharing. The moral of the story is.... this book took a long, long time to get to Sinclairs belief in Socialism. 

On the other hand... the exposure of the conditions of the packing houses were phenomenal and ground breaking. And it DID (in real life) cause legislation to be passed on the treatment of both our food source and our food workers. 

3 stars totally go to this book for the social exposure, but it wasn't exactly an enjoyable read. I work in the meat/food industry so perhaps I'm more jaded. Perhaps I'm more aware that things haven't become all that much better that 'immigrants' are still ushered in and mistreated. That there are still atrocities going on with our meat. And that I could potentially get fired for saying even this much. Luckily no one reads my blog :) And at this point, I'm so opposed to what I see and the attitudes I encounter, I frankly don't give a damn.  This book was 1906, but it smacked to me of 2006 and I'm afraid just like 2016 too.

Maybe I won't write anymore later after all!! :D

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review quickie: Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
By: Susan Cain
Read by: Kathe Mazur
My rating: 4/5
Why I read this book: (or listened as is the case) 
I had encountered it in the blogosphere last year and it really captured my attention. Especially in this era where the one with the loudest opinion wins. That and I usually always listen to non-fiction in the car and I'm running out of stuff at the library to listen to

goodreads blurb:
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

My take:
If you are a parent of a young introvert (or if you are a teacher!!), this book has so much advice. Actual concrete ways to help children become more at ease and perform more confidently and less stressfully in our chaotic extrovert world.

If you ARE an introvert you will nod your head vigorously thought the entire listening or reading.

If you are an extrovert you will gain so much insight into the introverts in your life and learn great ways of conversing and compromising more effectively.

If you are a little of both, this book will help you sort out when to nurture your quite side and when the extrovert in you is just having a temper tantrum :)

Wonderfully insightful look into the chilled out, laid back, quiet world of introverts.
Like me! (sometimes)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

I just get worse and worse!! and oh so much better!!

Well despite the fact that I had had intentions of doing better about blogging, I just keep getting sidetracked!

Although I HAVE been reading! and actually stacking up quite a few more items on my TBR list that I"m Very excited to start!

but I have to admit, it REALLY isn't the books that have my attention divided... >:)

I think I'm going to give up on making resolutions in my life... yes, yes I am (although this sounds suspiciously LIKE a resolution - but anyway) Because...

I resolved to write more in my blog... to really flesh out the whosits and whatsits of the books I read... newp... not happening.

I resolved to pay down my debt yet every time I put something towards my debt bill, something else has come along that over shadows that and increases my debt actually.

I resolved to be the executor for an estate 500 miles away and then realized that with 2 kids in college and a mother in a nursing home with alzheimers, this just wasn't going to be feasible... or responsible of me to try to do..


I resolved to swear off of romance and dating... I actually resolved this twice... and low and behold... I met someone fantastic...
Which is, of course, the heart of my distraction!! And I'm glad it is so!! I'll get back into blogging soon.

One of the books that was added to my TBR pile he gave me as a gift and I can't wait to read it! Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian.

But back to the romance and dating. .. He's been to my house and he liked it, which wins points in my book because I loved my house.

and I went to his place and had the most amazing day!! He lives 2 1/2 house away and I don't even care!! He has the most amazing house!! Nestled in the timber and he asked for my help decorating it!! And he showed me around where he works which is a college.

Imagine walking along on a brisk fall day, hand in hand with the most amazing conversationalist as the sun shines, the sound of football wafts across the quad, and leaves flutter down like petals.! I was mesmerized!

And then I was smitten... big time :) and the more he talked to me, the more I smiled... and smiled... and smiled...

and I hated having to come home!

and it turns out we DO get to see each other this weekend

And I'll be smiling all week until he gets here...

can you kiss and smile?? just wondering!!