Sunday, June 12, 2016

Back from the Emerald Isle

Time //  9:03

Eating // Oatmeal in a bit

Drinking // gee I wonder

Weather // Hot and I love it!!

LISTENING TO // Apt Pupil ~ Stephen King. Originally published in his book Different Seasons, I had managed to miss this story. That's ok, I probably couldn't have handled it. This is not a scary story. Not in a Stephen King sense, this is a terrifying story in a 'what the hell are humans capable of anyway'. Arguably one of the most disturbing stories I've every read. Not in a good way. Not at all. 
Especially today. But then again, maybe we should revisit this story to scare us off the path we seem to be on. 

READING:// People of the Book ~ Geraldine Brooks

I'm not captured by this book at all. I've been leaving it and returning to it for months. It's like a personal challenge now. 

Goodreads blurb: n 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. 
Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Watching //  I'm so fed up with Netflix. Has anyone else seen the slow, insidious descent into mediocrity that their catalog of streaming titles has become? I went to a list of movies about writing and writers and of that list I came up with one movie I could watch on streaming. I loved it! but that's not the point. You usedtacould go on and get lots of relevant titles. Relevant being if now brand new, at least popular. What other movie service is out there for a comparable price? I don't watch that often so I'm really not getting much value anymore. 

Except I did binge watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt. I was in love with that show for the first 10 episodes. Then I was in love with Titus for the rest of the first season and all of season two. Mr. Titus Burgess, you knocked this one out of the park!! 

Music // I'm writing now so I need to be listening to sound tracks. I usually find them by going on Youtube to find them. I haven't seen many recent movies. So suggestions welcome!

Blogging // I really need to get a schedule...

Acquisitions // I did buy a book of Irish short stories to read on the plane. I was too excited to read or sleep. 

Hating  // I'm not in a hating mood today. I see too much everywhere. The mass shooting in Orlando last night has my heart breaking again. I'm so exhausted from people erasing other people for simply being different. Why have we gone from "I don't like you. I don't agree with you. I'll not have anything to do with you." to "I don't like you, I'll get rid of you." It hurts me. 

Loving //  My trip. I want to go back. So much yet to experience. 

Writing// Most of my writing is focused on my classes to finish my BA in creative writing. Yet they are projects in my portfolio. So I'm excited. 

I have an unusual opportunity but I've got reservations on acting on it. 

segue into... 

Avoiding //  Next year I can finally finish my degree. It's been a long, long time coming. This is the path I want to pursue for the rest of my earning years. But where I am, an accounting clerk at a mid sized company, is fairly stable. If rather low paying. I have a nest egg (not my retirement, just a savings) that I could use to subsidize my part time work that would allow me to to work part time in town, focus on finishing my degree. Can I do it if I work full time? perhaps. But I wouldn't be able to also work on my writing and my stress would be crushing. My dad would have said keep the job. But my dad wasn't big on dream chasing. My mom would have said, go for it! Life is about living and doing what we are uniquely appointed to do. My disparate upbringing should have evolved into my own life philosophy by now, and usually it has, but occasionally I'm stumped. And what I'm stumped about honestly is the best decision that lies between what I WANT to do versus what I SHOULD do balanced what I believe i CAN do. Written that way it seems easy. But I've had enough 'what was I thinking' moments over the years to not actually trust that. Without telling me what I should do, has anyone else taken the bold step to leave a paying gig to go back to school? 

OH yeah!! And I'm back from Ireland!! 

The countryside that moves my soul!! It resembles Iowa, where I live. Huh. Imagine that!

Dublin - the long room at the Book of Kells exhibit. Both are amazing!!
The streets of Galway

The Aran Islands - this is Inis Mor. We went up to the cliffs too. 

I didn't take this. I couldn't get anywhere near this close to the edge. There is NO guardrail and no catch net. I get vertigo. Serious vertigo. My daughter took this, which as a mom, gave me heart attack enough. 

Dunluce Castle.

 Loved this stop. It was historically impressive and so beautiful here to.

Giants Causeway. Gorgeous and after last semester's Paleontology class, very fascinating!!

Remember when I said I get terrible vertigo... they talked me into doing this bridge. 60ft high rope bridge to an island with nothing there but more cliffs. I went back across to relative safety almost immediately!

Queen's University Botanical garden in Belfast. Could have left a piece of my heart here. 

And my favorite location:
Bru na Boinne

All the magic that is rumored to be in Ireland emanates from here. I'm sure of it. Every Celtic myth and tale. They flow from the energy here. Older by 500 years than the pyramids at Giza. 


Sorry for the information overload. if it was TLDR, that's ok too. I totally understand. If anything I need a place to park all these things. Reading, thinking, going, doing, wishing, writing.  If you enjoy it, I'm ecstatic and deeply humbled. I know I enjoy getting to see all of your reading, going, doing, wish-ings too!


  1. First of all, wow! Ireland. How long were you over there?

    Second, if you're not being captured by People of the Book, why continue it? There are better books calling to you, I'm sure.

    As for Netflix, to be honest, we don't watch for movies, but watch for TV shows that we haven't seen since we don't have cable. It's been a great way to catch up with older shows.

    I have no advice (sadly) for you on the work front based on my own experience, but I think you should do what your head and heart tell you.

    1. I was in Ireland for 2 weeks as a tag a long with my daughter's Theatre in Ireland class through her University (they needed enough bodies to make sure they could go). We got to see some amazing theatre while we were there too.

      I hate when I give up on a book. I feel like it's me not the book and I'm just not being fair.

  2. Lovely, lovely, lovely photos from your trip to Ireland. I want to go!

    I read, and loved PEOPLE OF THE BOOK...actually I listened to the audiobook of it, which I think helped me. Gals in my book club were pretty frustrated with the authors writing style which I missed completely in the audio version.

    My daughter, who had lost her teaching job, went back to school full time and it transformed her life. She does have student loans to pay back but I am sure she would say it was worth it.

    My Sunday Salon

  3. Loved my Ireland trip -- thanks for sharing the photos to take me back there.

  4. Good wishes for finishing that degree! Fingers crossed!