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I hope you all have lovely days, full of love, joy, peace, and good food! Stay safe, and have a wonderful time :)
I know there are people here who don't celebrate Christmas, so I hope you also enjoy/enjoyed your holiday as well!
Lots of love to you all!
- Current Mood: calm
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- Current Mood: chipper
I'm sure most of you know about this, being my very intelligent LJ friends, but for those who don't, Earth Hour is upon us again!
On 28 March from 8:30-9:30pm (your local time) turn out your lights for an hour to save energy & help the earth!
More info here: http://www.earthhour.org/home/
Some ideas for what to do during that time (stolen from a reminder post at the environment community):
- Light some candles, lay back, and meditate quietly. This lowers blood pressure, and helps you to center yourself (which can give you positive mental and sexual energy).
- Use candlelight to rifle through an old photo album and remember some good times. Don't forget to laugh at your goofy hair and clothes from way-back-when, as laughter is the best medicine.
- Do some calming yoga or light stretching for the hour. This keeps you limber, and helps your heart.
- Catch a up on your sleep by going to bed early, and keep those wrinkles and dark circles at bay! Sleep is restorative.
- Prepare a nice meal in advance and sit down quietly to enjoy it by candlelight. You'd be surprised how underestimated a quiet, unrushed dinner can be.
- Prepare a hot bath before its time to shut everything down (maybe throw in some foo-foo bath products which will soothe with their scent), then light some candles and lie back against the tub in peace while the lights are off. You can get a good 20-40 minute soak this way, which will help relieve tension.
- Play dress up with the items in your closet (again, by candlelight). It's fun, and it'll allow you to really look at your wardrobe, so you can decide when/if it's time to purge (a secret organization opportunity!).
- Tell a funny story or a ghost story to your kids by flashlight or candlelight. Add hand puppets if you have them. Never underestimate the precious value of one-on-one family time like this.
- Spend some time with a loved one doing "loving things," if you catch the drift. You know what this is good for.
Let your friends & family know! :D
- Current Mood: chipper
Similarly, I'm looking for book recommendations. What is YOUR favourite book & why? I want something that'll inspire me, I need something that'll inspire me!
Thanks everyone! Looking forward to your answers :)
- Current Mood: bored
|Number||Book and Author||Date Started||Date Completed||Comments|
|1||Iran Awakening - Shirin Ebadi||December 31, 2007||January 8, 2008||Interesting & educational about a remarkable woman - 8/10|
|2||My Friend Leonard - James Frey||January 9, 2008||January 22, 2008||Enjoyable follow-up to "A Million Little Pieces" - 7.5/10|
|3||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon||January 23, 2008||January 30, 2008||I'd heard a lot of good things about this book, but I was a bit disappointed. It was a decent read, but not fantastic - 6.5/10|
|4||The Road to Somewhere - James Dodson||January 30, 2008||March 9, 2008||Better book than the length of time would have you believe, it was a cute story of a father & son travelling in Europe - 7.5/10|
|5||Neuromancer - William Gibson||January 31, 2008||March 21, 2008||Took forever to read, it's Stuart's favourite book, but I didn't overly enjoy it. Somehow, I just couldn't concentrate on it & enjoy it - 5/10|
|6||Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi||March 21, 2008||April 9, 2008||One of the best books I've ever read, definitely the best so far this year - 9.5/10|
|7||An Open Swimmer - Tim Winton||April 10, 2008||April 20, 2008||I got it as a Christmas present from my dear friend Megan, and the author's from Perth. It was an easy read, and some parts were good but overall, not a fantastic book - 6/10|
|8||The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dyck||April 20, 2008||May 10, 2008||Borrowed from Stuart, it was entertaining though a bit confusing at parts - 7.5/10|
|9||You Shall Know our Velocity - Dave Eggers||May 12, 2008||June 2, 2008||Not as good as his "What is the What" but still pretty good. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed it till the end though - 8/10|
|10||Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver||June 2, 2008||June 22, 2008||A bit of a slow read, but enjoyble - 7.5/10|
|11||Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah||June 23, 2008||July 20, 2008||Hard to read at times, but excellent - 8/10|
|12||Brave New World - Aldous Huxley||July 21, 2008||August 12, 2008||A bit weird but interesting - 7.5/10|
|13||Holding Up the Sky - Sandy Blackburn-Wright||August 12, 2008||September 4, 2008||One of the best books I've read in a long long time, loved it - 9.5/10|
|14||Cloudstreet - Tim Winton||September 4, 2008||October 3, 2008||Took me awhile to get into it, but in the end, I did enjoy it - 8/10|
|15||Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert||October 4, 2008||October 20, 2008||I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, really made me think about how to be happy - 8.5/10|
|16||Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen||October 21, 2008||November 1, 2008||Very enjoyable, though a lot of people said it was one of their fave books, it wasn't one of my faves but still really liked it - 8.5/10|
|17||My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult||November 1, 2008||November 13, 2008||Sad but good, another book I didn't know how much I would like but I did - 8/10|
|18||Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt||November 14, 2008||December 25, 2008||Good though a slow read (plus read the book below at the same time) - 7.5/10|
|19||The Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers||November 19, 2008||December 4, 2008||Not bad, though I found it a bit dumb compared to his other books - 7/10|
|20||Notes from a Big Country - Bill Bryson||December 26 2008||in 2009 sometime...|
As part of Blog Day 2008 (http://blogactionday.org/) the theme is “Poverty” to write on. If you're reading this today (or likely even later you can!) I recommend checking out the website and maybe writing a few words about it yourself. :)
And I realize that I'm technically writing this “the next day” in Perth, but it's still the 15th in most of the world, especially back home where most people will be reading this.
There's a lot of things I could write about, but to be honest, I don't really know about poverty much. I've never had the misfortune of poverty – I've never been rich, but always been comfortable with enough food & a roof over my head.
However, over the past 2 years, I've gotten much more interested in other cultures, particularly Africa through my experience in Engineers Without Borders. It's opened my eyes a lot, particularly to poverty. It always seems so unbelievable how little some people have – a lot live on less than $1/day. It's so sad.
And yet, some of these people always seem so happy, so much happier than those of us who have more than enough. From what I've heard, they're very kind & hospitable too, and will offer up a meal or a bed to a visitor, even if they have barely anything.
It really makes you think, do we really need all this? We certainly don't, but I don't see many people willing to give it up. I don't think I could, but that's got to be a result of growing up in Canada. I would like it though if we did have the kindness & happiness & hospitality now.
I've felt guilty previously about things I buy, that I may not need b/c why do I? I was talking to Stuart about this the other day, how I know I don't need some stuff (ie more clothes, etc) but I still want them. He suggested that I do something like for each piece of clothing I buy, I give $X to charity. I think that once I get a job again, I may do that – give like $5 for each piece of clothing, or $1 for each coffee I buy, etc. Not sure the amounts, but definitely something I might do :)
I'm not sure how poverty-related this is for Blog Action Day, but hopefully it'll make people think. And I do recommend considering to write yourself for today on poverty! :)
- Current Mood: thoughtful
- Current Music:Informercial on Timelife 60s Love Songs
|Number||Title & Author||Date Started||Date Completed|
|1||The Green Mile - Stephen King||early December||January 2|
|2||For One More Day - Mitch Albom||January 2||January 14|
|(3)||Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte||January 14|| Gave up January 17|
|3||Disclosure - Michael Crichton||January 17|| March 8|
|4||Race Against Time - Stephen Lewis||February 18|| September 1 (with a 6 month break in the middle!)|
|5||The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King||March 8|| May 3|
|6||Show of Evil - William Diehl||May 3|| June 8|
|7||Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (re-read)||June 9|| June 11|
|8||Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (re-read)||June 11|| June 14|
|9||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (re-read)||June 14|| June 18|
|10||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (re-read)||June 18|| June 27|
|11||The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini||June 21|| July 20|
|12||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (re-read)||June 27|| July 8|
|13||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (re-read)||July 8|| July 19|
|14||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||July 21|| July 27|
|15||Algernon, Charlie, And I: A Writer's Journey - Daniel Keyes||July 27|| July 29|
|16||The Jester - James Patterson||July 29|| August 6|
|17||The Lost Heart of Asia - Colin Thubron||August 6|| October 26|
|18||The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards||August 14|| August 25|
|19||Blink - Malcolm Gladwell||August 26|| September 3|
|20||In a Sunburnt Country - Bill Bryson||September 9 || September 26|
|21||The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver||September 27|| October 26|
|22||Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides||October 27||November 14|
|23||A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini||November 15|| November 24|
|24||What is the What - Dave Eggers||November 25|| December 12|
|(25)||Shake Hands with the Devil - Romeo Dallaire||December 12|| Put on hold December 16|
|25||A Million Little Pieces - James Frey||December 16|| December 30|
|26||Iran Awakening - Shirin Ebadi||December 31||In 2008 sometime...|
Btw, I know some people did reviews of the book, so please link me to your thoughts, so I can go back & read'em :) Or post them in a comment here (although write a warning at the beginning, in case someone else on here still hasn't finished!
I've apparently been having problems with my entries showing up on people's friends pages (even though I've only written one) since my post-dated one earlier this week. So hopefully this'll show up - please let me know that you can see it (if nobody else has yet :P)
Hmm...what to read now? I'm not overly upset about the series being over, as I wanted to see how it ended & I have lots more to read, but I've been re-reading HP for the past 6 weeks or so (all 7 of them!) so now I need to decide what to read next :P Oh well...I'm sure I'll figure it out ;)