Friday, December 28, 2012

My Most Brilliant Ideas

Why is it I get my most brilliant ideas at night? And I don’t just mean the evening, I mean night, like midnight to 2 am. It’s just like my brain turns on at night, my writing brain and when I try to turn it on during the day, its not available. I can’t even seem to squeeze one creative thought out during daylight. But at night, when it’s dark, and still, and the stars are covering the sky, and it seems it’s just me, my brain, and the world, all alone. And then all of sudden, thoughts just spark and come alive, from stories to thoughts about blogs, to hilarious moments, to ultra-moving and inspiring quotes. But it’s my bedtime! And I have to sleep because I have to get up the next morning and work with kids for 6 hours (and you definitely need sleep for that!). So, I try my best to fight the urge to creep out of bed, into the still dark living room, turn on my laptop, listen to my latest theme song, and just write away. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Green Beginning

Here's to doing something new and different in life! I've always heard that gardening can be therapeutic, not that I need "therapizing" at the moment, but I could use the rejuvenation of a little new adventure. So let meet introduce you to my three little guys. On the left, we have a concoction of three different mystery herbs (the tag listed nine possible herbs they could be without specifying which ones I had) and I'm not good enough with herbs to be able to smell and name. The middle guy, is lemon peppermint, which I did not know even existed nor did I realize I bought "lemon" peppermint. And lastly, is my cactus, which now that I'm introducing my plants, I realize I don't know what this one is either! Well, I guess this is a pretty haphazard beginning to my garden adventure! Let's hope this is not a foreshadowing of my success as a gardener. At least, I'm guaranteed that one will survive. I've heard it's pretty hard to kill a cactus.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hoping for the Best...Life of Pi


Have you ever found yourself reading a book, you get so into it, you just have to highlight that line because it was such an amazing quote? And then, immediately afterward, you feel all the effects of nerdiness spilling out? Well, that's me, every time I pick my new addiction Life of Pi. No, I have not seen the movie, and please don't spoil it any more for me than one of my brothers has already. To quote him, the movie was "finding nemo meets castaway meets the jungle book meets the book of Job". Finding that critique to be entirely uninspiring, I dropped the book for a few weeks and resorted back to the always satisfying Harry Potter series. However, the other night, I was in one of those, take-on-the-world-and-do-good-things-that-I-never-want-to-do moods and decided I needed to give the book one more try. And, once again, I got out my highlighter and my nerdiness and absolute happiness seeped out. Well, here's to hoping that the book is a million times more satisfying than the movie!
Oh, and, I just have to share with you all a few quotes. I really can't help myself (really).

"If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams."

"I have nothing to say of my working life, only that a tie is a noose, and inverted though it is, it will hang a man nonetheless if he's not careful."

"It was my luck to have a few good teachers in my youth, men and women who came into my dark head and lit a match."

"Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' then surely we are also permitted to doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation."