Shaken, not stirred

April 4, 2007

Thanks for your advice on the nose piercing conundrum. For now, I bow to the conventional wisdom that it might be hard to job hunt with a piercing. But once I find a job–boy howdy!

I tend to seek calm waters in life (read here–comfort zone, big time). But whenever I do, something comes along to shake me up. So here’s what’s been shaking me up lately:

Amazing Grace (the movie). Some friends called it heavy-handed. I thought it was wonderful. I felt inspired to mesh a life of contemplation with a life of service and action (although I much prefer the non-action part).

And speaking of action–check out Dixon’s posts on the Jesus action figure (JAF). Are you allowed to say Jesus and nipples in the same sentence? His take on that is very thought-provoking.

Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil. My friend gave me the book, and I read it. Darn you, Somerset, darn you all to heck. I resisted reading it (despite the fact that I wanted to see the movie. Cannot. say. no. to. Edward. Norton.), because I am stilled scarred after more than a quarter century from being forced to read Of Human Bondage in high school. Dude managed to cram a lot of misery in those five hundred (or however many) pages. I can still feel its cloying fingers grabbing for me after all these years.

I have to confess that although I found the protagonist of The Painted Veil almost completely without merit, I was unable to put the book down. Maugham’s writing is so brilliant. I hate him. And I love him. Couldn’t he write about something happy? The whole “life sucks and then you die” approach is really draining for the reader. And probably for the writer too.

Watched The DaVinci Code last night. I love Tom Hanks; I can’t help it. And though I will never watch some of his movies on principal, he is a great actor. (I also watched Forrest Gump this weekend. He totally deserved the Oscar for that movie.) Back to DaVinci. I read the book and thought it average. I much preferred Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons. The movie, to me, felt incredibly heavy-handed. I found the whole premise incredibly hard to stomach. The actor who played Silas, though, stood out as the best part of the entire movie. His yearning to be free of the evil in his nature; his pain at his failures and his past; the dichotomy of murdering a nun and then administering last rights to her. Brilliant. And Alfred Molina and Jean Reno: love those guys.

Lots of food for thought as I sit here on this blustery April day watching random snowflakes flit past my window. Last week it was 80 degrees. This week? Not so much. That’s the mystery of spring, I guess.

Speaking of spring, my greatest accomplishment so far is spring cleaning. Those of you who’ve seen my house know exactly how enormous that is. My kids and I spent a big chunk of spring break cleaning, and I am pleased beyond measure at how much better the house looks and I feel.

I gave the dog his spring haircut and bath (I think I could make three other dogs from the hair I cut off). Now he has to wear a sweater because he’s almost bald and shivering. But he’s clean!

On the knitting front, I’ve started a prayer shawl using the Chatelaine stitch (knit one row in main color, purl one row in MC, P3K3 next row in contrasting color, K3P3 in CC). So far so good (on row five). Now that I’ve cleaned up, I can take a better inventory of how many UFOs I have and what needs to hit the frog pond.

Speaking of frogs, I met a guy recently who recommended the book–Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. The premise is that if you have to eat a frog a day, it’s better to do it first thing in the morning. I’m happy to say that I’ve been eating the frogs of cleaning, bill paying, organizing, making appointments, putting air in car tires. There’s a whole durn pond of frogs awaitin’ to be et, but I’m making progress, my friends.

Next time, I’ll post about shopping bargains, packages received and some kickin’ yarn. And just a quick observation. I keep getting hits from porno sites because one of my post titles is a reference to a burning bush (A PLANT, you perverts!). Guess I’ll have to change it to Moses’ verge or something. Good grief.  They’d better watch out or I’ll sic my Moses and Jesus action figures on them.

Maybe it’s all the frogs I’ve eaten that have left me a little shaken. Ah well, I’m hopping off to fix some dinner for the tadpoles.

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3 Responses to “Shaken, not stirred”

  1. heatherly Says:

    my kids had a jesus action figure…when bella beat jaden with it, we decided it was not a great idea. no one should be beaten with jesus

  2. Becky Says:

    I’m reading Eat That Frog right now. It’s nothing new, but it cracks me up to think of eating frogs. Of course, it wouldn’t be funny if they were real frogs.

  3. Janus Says:

    I need to eat some frogs too, I am getting so behind lately I am croaking from the strain 🙂 nice post

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