An exciting delivery: books

There is something fun and exciting about receiving a package in the post and it’s even more exciting when it’s a package you’ve been waiting for with baited breath. Today my order of books finally came, and let me tell you there was a moment of joy when I saw the mailman. The emotions went as following; first there was confusion “Why is the mailman here on a Sunday?” then there was hope, “Could it be…my books”, then there was a moment of suspense after politely taking the package and thanking the mailman. As soon as the front door closed, I was a crazy women; jumping up and down while trying to rip open the box. And then the box rip open to reveal books. Lovely, new, fresh books.

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While I know that hard-cover books are more desirable when creating one’s collecting, I often prefer to get paper backs. I love paper backs because they’re much easier to throw in a bag ‘on the go’ for someone like me who reads everywhere.

Right now I’m at the end of Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym, so will be starting these very soon! The only problem is deciding which to read first…

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After reading Paris by Edward Rutherfurd (which I highly suggest) I was absolutely hooked and upon finishing knew I had to order more. I ordered New York (pictured above) and LondonI am looking forward to reading them both!

I also ordered A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. I ordered this because not only did a history teacher and english teacher suggest it, but it seemed like one of those books that every American should read to understand what our country was founded on.

Finally I ordered September by Rosamunde Pilcher. She is an author who’s books I have enjoyed, as I wrote about a month ago in Discovering a New Author: Rosamunde Pilcher.

If you haven’t already figured it out from previous posts, you know it now; I love history. I look forward to reading these very soon! Which one would you read first?

 

Let us Dance.

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”~Voltaire.

No quote could not have hit home more. Dancing and reading are two of my greatest pleasures. Both give me a chance to escape, to not be myself, but another. To truly be immersed in something, even for just a short time, is a blessing.

With a dance show coming up, I have been in that world more and more. I have been feeling the burn of extra rehearsing, but it isn’t a bad thing. There is a sense of pride, knowing what all this work will contribute to; a beautiful and well earned performance.

It is not only a physical activity, but an art form. It allows us, humans, to use our bodies to express our thoughts and feelings without words. To dance with others there must be a level of trust; trust that you are in a safe environment to express yourself. Another part of dance is bravery. To perform and show a bit of yourselves to the audience to the audience takes courage. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable and strong, at the same time.

The nice thing about dance is that it is never too late to start. All you need to do is be willing; be willing to try new things, and put yourself out there. You don’t need to take any class to be a dancer; those who dance are dancers.

Next time your given a chance, take it, get out there, and dance! Dancing never fails to take my mind off of things and make me feel good.

This is a video of a guy dancing to Beyonce. He is truly amazing; not only does he nail every move, but he seems to embody Beyonce. He puts everything he’s got into this. You can see the passion. I found myself watching this again and again without becoming bored. He is not only a great dancer, but also an amazing performer. A good example of someone who puts their soul into dancing!

What’s something you put your soul into?

 

And so the garden grows

About three weeks ago I wrote about Beginning my Garden. Now, after waiting a bit, I can see that the garden has grown. Not only have the fruits and vegetables in our raised bed grown, but flowers and other things in the garden as well. Spring is upon us!

Finally in bloom!

Finally in bloom!

After five years of caring for this baby lilac, it has finally bloomed! The wait was worth it; its rich perfume fills the air and is a pleasure to behold.

At it's beginnings; the garden about 3 weeks ago

At it’s beginnings; the garden about 3 weeks ago

The garden now!

The garden now!

Everyday it seems to grow more and more. The lettuces look good enough to eat, but I know I must be patient!

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It’s really exciting to watch your food grow. Each day I have found myself  peeking out the window searching for some sign of growth. Slowly, but surely, this growth has become evident.

Roses in bloom

Roses in bloom

Every year we have been blessed with beautiful blooms, such as these. For months they will decorate our house and garden.

Gardens are a blessing. We see the fruit of our labor in the growth of the flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. I can feel Spring in the air as the garden around me blooms into a diverse mix of beautiful plants.

These are a few of my favorite things part 2

When I first starting blogging I wrote an article called These are a few of my favorite things, and now I give you part 2.

1. A big bowl of pasta.

It’s delicious and comforting. Need I say more?

2. Reading a good story.

When you read a good story, you’re are no longer cozily in your bed, but are suddenly in another place and time, seeing things from new eyes. Being immersed in a story helps you to understand what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes a little more.

3. A cozy grey, rainy day.

It’s your excuse to do nothing, and relax.

4. Dancing, with all your heart.

It’s the point when you no longer think about the steps, but do them. You feel them. You aren’t thinking at all, your feeling.

5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

This stuff is amazing. It’s the solution to dry lips, skin, everything. It can be found in all different stores from places like Urban Outfitters to beauty stores.

6. Spending quality time with those we love.

Be it friends or family, there is nothing like the time we share with those people.

These are a few of my favorite things, what are some of your favorite things? Let me know in the comments!

 

30 Rock: missed, but not forgotten.

Many know Tina Fey from her work on Saturday Night Live, or for her iconic movie Mean Girls, and others may know her as Liz Lemon on her TV show, 30 Rock. Though I have seen every episode more than once, their array of quirky characters continue to bring laughter to my house. To the annoyance of my family and friends I am often quoting 30 Rock, saying “this reminds me of that one 30 Rock scene” before launching into a descriptive explanation of the scene, or sending 3o Rock gifs in reply to many texts. This is all true, though it has become more toned down lately, especially around those who don’t watch 30 Rock.

Not only is there an amazing array of constant characters, but there are a number of equally funny and amazing guest stars that add to the many funny moments. Originally I was planning on making this a “top 10” style article, but found that I couldn’t narrow it down to just 10 of my favorite moments. So instead, I will share with you a few things 30 Rock has taught me.

1. When in doubt, dance it out like Liz Lemon. Also one minute dance parties are always a nice rejuvenating break.

2. Only Jack can pull this off, or rather not pull this off?

3. Don’t trust Kenneth.

4. Sometimes things aren’t how you remember them… (For those who don’t understand refer to the episode including Liz Lemon’s high school reunion.)

5. Valentine’s day is actually Anna Howard Shaw day

I hope this has been a reminder of the great moments that 3o Rock has brought to you to those of you who have watched it, or has made those of you who have not seen it curious to do so.

What are some things that make you laugh?

 

 

Top 6 Fictional Couples

There are many fictional couples who inspire us. We look for these traits in others, and we believe in their love. The following is a few inspirational and well loved fictional characters in no particular order.

1. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s two’s relationship begins rocky, and remains so for much of the book due to misunderstandings, by the end of the novel it’s smooth sailings for Jane Austen’s couple. Pride and Prejudice is a story of love and courtship, in which love is the goal for these two young people in a society who base marriage on a “good match”.

2. Sabrina Fairchild and Linus Larrabee- Sabrina

In the 1954 romance Audrey Hepburn plays the Larrabee’s chauffeurs daughter, Sabrina, who returns from culinary school in Paris as a elegant and attractive woman, and Humphrey Bogart plays the Larrabee’s eldest son, Linus. Most of her life Sabrina had been in love with the younger brother, David, who finally notices her when she returns from Paris with her new elegance, but will soon fall for Linus as he falls for her when the family charges him with keeping her away from David.

3. Princess Leia and Han Solo – Star Wars

Leia and Han are both brave, outspoken characters. Upon meeting there is tension. Tension sometimes arises when there is attraction, but both refuse to admit it, and that is just the case with these two. Eventually the two would swallow their pride and admit their love for one another.

4. Molly and Arthur Weasley – Harry Potter

 

They are the creators of the much loved Weasley Family in the Harry Potter series. They’re the ideal parents to orphaned Harry; caring, sweet, fond of one another, and slightly smothering. They love one another and every single of their red-headed clan, and whomever else they happen to take in.

5. Aragon and Arwen – Lord of the Rings

Arwen is the beautiful elfin daughter of Elrond, Lord of Rivendell. Aragon is the knowledgeable rugged ranger, who would would later become King of Gondor. The two have their strengths, and come together as a wise team. In marrying Aragon, Arwen chooses to be mortal and stay in Middle-Earth. Arwan’s choice shows us that she would rather live a mortal life with love, then an endless life without it.

6. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet- Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, a tragic love story known by all. Though these two will not live ‘happily ever after’, their story shows the power of love and has been cherished for many centuries.

 

 

Discovering a new author: Rosamunde Pilcher

Discovering a good author is like finding a new friend; you enjoy their company, or their books, and you hope to be able to rely on them for more words in the future. I have recently discovered the books of Rosamunde Pilcher, and while she is new to me, she is known and has been known to others for some time now. She is an English writer who began writing in 1949. Though I just discovered a few of her books, they were living on my families book shelf, right under my nose the whole time. These were originally my Grandma Cathy’s books, who read them in the eighties and was inspired by them to travel to places in England that were mentioned in a few of the books.

I first read Coming Home and was immediately drawn in by the story, set in mostly England, but also involving elsewhere. The story is sweet, interesting and entertaining and I give it my highest praises. After finishing Coming Home, I immediately begun to read Winter Solstice, another great read! Having finished that one in a short time I have now picked up The Shell Seekers and am thoroughly enjoying it. These books give an insight to English culture, and through them I have met many wonderful and complex characters. These books make me want to travel to some of the locations mentioned, as my Grandma did.

There are times when I have “readers block” and can’t seem to find a good book, but it never lasts long, for the world has a never ending supply of writing just waiting to be discovered.

What are your latest discoveries in literature?