Not going to be able to do it all (sorry stand up paddleboarding), but I’m definitely going to try! Some of my favorite people swear by bucket lists and I think this is a great jumping off point for my own first-summer-in-DC extravaganza. Thanks washpo!
“Protect your friends. You only have one hometown. If you think you’ve had a bad date, remember, it can always get worse. And it’s okay to eat breakfast for dinner.”—
Amy Poehler, when asked, “Assuming Leslie Knope is real, what lessons have you learned from her?” (via sarakatherine)
(Sorry these past two weeks have been barren times on the blog. I’ve been busy up to my eyeballs getting adjusted to the new job, new city, catching up with old friends and finding a place to live. Promise I’ll get back to fun stuff reeeeeeal soon but in the meantime, some wise words from Leslie Knope.)
It’s my high school gym teacher’s birthday today. Hundreds of students and faculty and friends wished him a happy birthday. This was his facebook status today:
"This morning on this beautiful sunny day, I woke up and as usual, I brushed my teeth, l have them all, let the dog out, washed my hair, I’ve lost a few strands, drove to school, a place I love, and now I’m at my desk eating a piece of banana bread and drinking a glass of chocolte milk. Wife I hope to live another 60 years, it may not happen; however I will continue to cherish each and every day, I love you all.”
I hope I can say these things when I’m 60. Happy Birthday Mr. Behr!
So, during my two week stint of downtime I’ve been reading like it’s going out of style and it is GREAT. Below, a brief review of what’s on my nightstand.
Ok, so I never read Eat, Pray, Love. Yeah, I know women all over looooooved it and I did catch bits and pieces of the movie on TV once and it was good, but it just never happened. But, when I saw this novel in the supermarket I decided to pick it up. And it was nice. Not life changing per se, but definitely sweet and thought provoking. Gilbert does a great job of tying history in with her own relationship and connecting the reader to her story with her now husband Felipe. Also, it definitely provided a platform of reflection, which helped me to appreciate the things I love in my own relationship and examine my expectations about marriage and my place in it’s ever-changing history.
I mentioned the Hunger Games Trilogy in my last post mostly because I COULD NOT PUT THEM DOWN. They are indeed YA novels, but they examine society and the individual, government and revolution and even life and death in a way that I really liked and appreciated. Not to mention the fact that they’re suspenseful and sad and that Collins creates characters that you can’t help but feel connected with.
Duh. I love Tina Fey and was super excited to read Bossypants. And I did not find myself disappointed. I wasn’t in stitches the entire time but there were moments where I was literally laughing out loud and snorting to myself so much so that my roommate had to come in and check on me. Also, I really liked Fey’s chapter about women and balancing and everything that comes with the territory of having a family and a career.
Just picked this up yesterday and I’m really looking forward to it. I saw the trailer for the movie on tumblr, reblogged about a zillion times and I knew I had to read the book first. After all, you should never judge a book by its movie.
I still have a few long train rides ahead of me and some Barnes and Noble gift cards - Any books I should add to the list?
Sorry all! I’ve been MIA from my computer for most of the week for two major reasons
1. It was my last week in my apartment near campus and I spent most waking, and many sleeping hours, just hanging out with my girlfriends - royal wedding sleepover, scones, drinking champagne by the lake, late night wings and all good things. I’m insanely lucky to have a great group of girlfriends from college and I was so glad I got to spend a lot of this week with them.
2. Also, since I have this week off I’ve been OBSESSIVELY reading, specifically the Hunger Games trilogy. So good, so sad. Read all three in four days. Two of them I read in one sitting and would have done the same with the third had I had an uninterrupted chunk of time. Have any of you read them? Because they are awesome. Alex thinks that I have the reading habits of a teenage boy since many of my favorite books are YA series (percy jackson, harry potter and now hunger games)…but oh well. Also, just looked at the IMDB for the movie that will be out in 2012. Already excited.