Archive for the ‘Books’ Category
I’ve come to the realization that my lunch breaks are just too boring to blog about on a regular basis. Oh sure, some of them are funny as hell, and some of them are entertaining, but others are just like . . . meh. So I’m going to start incorporating what I HEAR on my lunch breaks. Like sometimes I hear people say really dumb/funny/stupid/random things and I just have to blog about it. So with that being said, welcome to my new goal in life: blogging about lunch and random phrases. 🙂
On a different note, I’ve decided to write a book about my son’s past surgeries. I have absolutely no idea where to start. I have the narrative completed, I just need someone to make me pictures and a publisher. Easy, right? LOL I understand that it’s a tough industry to crack into, but I’m going to give it a shot. It’s go time!
Sometimes before I go on my longer lunch breaks, I plan out what I need to get done. Today’s list was: nap. In my car. In a sparsely occupied parking lot. My daughter had some minor gum/mouth surgery yesterday but it kept us up on and off all night, so I am just wiped. Add in a couple more episodes of Supernatural than I should’ve watched, and you’ve got a recipe for sloggishness (yes that is a word).
So nap was calling me today, but you know how the best laid plans go. That’s right. A rye. Like bread.
First, I ran into a fellow employee in the parking lot and we talked about work in general: the highs, but mostly the lows. Then I had to call my husband and mom, who were watching over my healing daughter today. Then I remembered I had a book to read for some Young Living training I signed up for. The message of the book is great, but it is a SLLOOOOWWW read. Very dry. Well by the time all those things were said and done, I only had about 20 minutes left. So I stopped at KFC and got a BBQ chicken sandwich, ate it, read some more, there you have it: one lunch break done.
Now at work for several more hours. Rock on!
- Time flies when you’re having fun. Make the most of it.
Yesterday I struggled to come up with something to write about my lunch break. I got a piece of pizza and then went to Target to shop for birthday gifts and Easter stuff. But I was just so “bunky” yesterday I couldn’t have written a positive sentence if I tried. I think it was the weather partly, and partly because I think we’re going to have a hard time getting into the Ronald McDonald House when my son goes in for his surgery. It’s funny how little things like that can just throw you off.
Well today for my lunch break, I went to the local library. I haven’t been in there for quite some time but I needed to pick up a book that was on hold for me, something that was suggested reading for my final MBA class. Not too exciting but hopefully it will be helpful. I also picked up Jaycee Dugar’s memoir and read the first chapter of it before going back into work. It’s not too bad so far.
So that’s all I had time for today, but I’m glad to see the weather is turning sunnier, even though I felt like fastening myself down so I didn’t blow away.
- Not all reading is fun, some of it is necessary.
- I think people need longer than a half hour lunch break.
I didn’t do a whole lot today but I knew I needed to get away from my desk for a while. So I went to my car, drove to a nearby parking lot, and read the only book I had in the car the moment: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I got through the first two chapters, so that’s something at least.
I noticed a lot of bicyclists today. It’s January and almost 40 degree. That’s a little disturbing.
Carry on with your Tuesday!
- Even a little break is better than no break at all.
Today was pretty low-key in the lunch break department.
I just ran to Burger Time and got one of their awesome hamburgers and a pop/soda/Coke. Then I read through my mail which included a reader’s poll for some romance novels. Harlequin included the first chapter of three books for me to read (while munching on my burger) and then by returning the poll, I would receive . . .
However, after reading the fine print, if I don’t put “return to sender” and decline my free books when I receive them, then they will send me/charge me for more every month. Yeah, I didn’t fill out the poll.
- Always read the fine print!
I really like the Harry Potter series. I know, they’re Young Adult books, but I don’t really care. They are well written and interesting. So off I went to Barnes and Noble today to pick up the 2nd to the last book in the series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I figured I would jump over to B&N, grab the book, pop over to Leeann Chin’s for an egg roll, and get the first chapter read before needing to go back to work.
Good plan, right?
Well, enter the horrible traffic of this blessed town. First of all, it’s noon, so people are out in force, driving 20 in a 40 MPH area, switching lanes with no signals, and riding bikes for crying out loud. It’s 16 degrees, get a car.
I finally made it to B&N and discovered they moved the Harry Potter display they usually have when you walk in. I tried to find the books in the fiction section, but they weren’t there, so I had to ask someone. The worker brought me back to the kiddie section (seriously, down the aisle from “Goodnight Moon”) and there they were. I hurriedly grabbed one and headed up front to check out. Only to find that the line was 8 people deep. Deep breath. I’ll wait.
Finally, I got checked out and scooted over to Leeann Chin’s to grab my egg roll and luckily there wasn’t much of a line. The lady in front of me was practically getting a free meal with all the samples she was requesting to try, but I got in and out of there pretty quickly. Thank you, Leeann Chin’s workers.
Back to my car. Crap. I have five minutes, that’s not much time to read, I’d better head back to work. But, enter crazy traffic again. I was actually 10 minutes late for work because I of course A: hit every stoplight and B: had to drive defensively. I actually saw one woman in the left hand turn lane put it in reverse so she could get into the next lane, causing much honking and “gestures”.
The next time I venture out for lunch prior to Christmas, please remind me to go at 11:00 a.m. or just stay in the building. It’s safer there.
- Good books know no age limits.
- God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.
There’s someone in my life who doesn’t think I should do this blog. They can’t believe I “air my dirty laundry” day after day for friends and strangers alike to read. This person’s words were part of the reason I didn’t post my lunchtime enlightenment today. But now, as I sit and think about it, I don’t think that’s right. It’s my life, my blog, my form of daily creativity, so why should I allow one person’s words to stop me? I enjoy doing it, which is the bottom line.
So! Here is what I did today (albeit without pictures . . . see first paragraph)
I was going to have lunch with my husband, but his work schedule got a little nuts so we’ll have to reschedule for a later time. So I first went and looked around at Barnes and Noble. B&N is kind of like crack: so addicting but so bad on your wallet. Which is why I only go there once in a great while. I picked up a cheap book and bypassed – yes BYPASSED – the Godiva chocolate display. I was proud of my crazy self.
Then I went to grab a bite to eat while I sat in the car and read my new book.
Don’t you love how there are some books that just grab you and suck you into the pages? There have been some that I’ve read that I just try to try to get into because a friend told me how much they loved it. But I just don’t “get” it. So if I find a series or an author that I like, well, I’m hooked.
So today’s enlightenment is this:
- Don’t let other people’s opinions throw you off your course.
- Stay true to what you love and the rest will fall into place.
- Deer hunters – be safe!