Sundays are a time of rejuvenation for myself, as I find delight in the most simple and slow-paced delights. Coffee tastes better on Sundays with breakfast after sleeping in with no care in the world about time frames. My neglected laundry gets the attention it deserves in between whatever endeavors I deem pleasant to pass the time. I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!
Monthly Archives: April 2012
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Stranger by Albert Camus
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
- Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
- The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Emma by Jane Austen
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Siddharta by Hermann Hesse
- The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I have decided that my new tradition to establish will occur yearly on my birthday, obviously beginning next year. The tradition that I am tentatively establishing (since it hasn’t been made official) is to write down the names of cities I’d like to go to for a few days that I have never been, proceed to draw one from a jar or my trusty Texas Rangers cap, and purchase a ticket and hop on a plane to said destination for a long weekend every year. Boom.
I am deeply craving a road trip through NM, AZ, NV to CA and back. I want to see the Grand Canyon as well as stay a night in Vegas and knock out several of my list items all in one swoop. I’m thinking that some saving is in order for this one!
I have commenced the reading of the first novel on my list, which is the timeless classic Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I purchased the book a while back at my local Barnes & Noble and completely fell in love with the leather-bound book (picture to follow).
It amazes and saddens me to read such eloquent grammar and inadvertently compare it along the way to modern vocabulary, or lack thereof. It shames me to think that we seemingly only use one fourth of the English language in our day to day communications.
Anyway, so far I am loving the book. Cheers!
The definition of insanity is essentially doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, which is appropriate for the Insanity workout program, but not for life. If you continue to take part in the same things every weekend, with the same people, it completely hinders your self growth.
If you never take chances on new things or people, you will keep getting the exact same results in your life that you get now. Branch out and meet new people and take chances. Don’t be discouraged by things you try that aren’t your favorite. Instead, know you at least tried it and move on to the next thing. Get beyond your comfort zone to experience life, and I promise you will not regret it.
Crazy has many definitions. It just depends on who you ask. If you were to call me crazy, I’d take it as a compliment and nod in agreement proudly. Some may disagree, but to me crazy can just be someone who is bold, a maker of bold choices (I’m a fan), and a status quo changer. It can be someone who isn’t afraid to not only think outside of the box, but to think as if there is no damn box.
We live in a world of falsely self-entitled individuals who all think the world hangs on their Facebook statuses about their every detail. High school teenagers watch Jersey Shore and 16 & Pregnant marathons, and yet I wonder why their grammar is sometimes equivalent to that of a third grader with a baby bump. What the hell happened? MTV used to actually have music.
Call me crazy, but it seems to me like so many people are sleepwalking through life-the living dead. When I made this website, it was for me. I had an epiphany one evening and knew it was a wake up call. Whether anyone reads it or not, it keeps me in check and tracks my progress. I made my list of 30 things to accomplish in the next three years by age 30.
Action speak much louder than words. At 27, I have realized the importance of actions. You don’t tell someone who you love them; you show them. You don’t say you’re going to change; you change. You don’t tell yourself that you will look like a vixen in your swimwear by June; you make yourself look like a damn vixen come summer.
I pledge to be a woman of my word and most importantly, a woman of action. Today I completed Insanity Day 8. It is a 60 day challenge, but I can already tell that it’s building a new lifestyle for me, which is stellar. Cheers!
I injured my knee during last night’s Day 4 Insanity workout. I’m keeping my knee propped up at work with a makeshift ice pack, made with a Ziplock bag and bubble wrap, tied to my knee with a tourniquet ( I work with clinical trials so they’re everywhere). So stylish at my desk…
I ventured out to Dick’s Sporting Goods on my lunch break to purchase a knee brace and ended up ordering Reebok RealFlex shoes in my size. They are just lovely! I can’t wait for them to arrive at my home next week. Now, back to my knee. Obviously this puts a damper on my challenge, so I will be modifying my workouts to include exercises that do not involve jumping, but still work out with the video to stay motivated and use their time-points for intervals until my knee is better.
On with Day 5!