Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Summertime And The Livin' Is Easy

There's something about the dog days of summer and the sense of community that it awakens within me. As the days get warmer and warmer, people spend more time outside and more time with their doors and windows open which gives little glimpses into their lives. I can hear what my neighbors are watching on television, what music they're listening to. I can hear the carnival-esque music from the Mexicans' parties at the venue next door wafting up to my little patio. I can hear which ringtones my neighbors have selected to express their personalities. I can hear the musician neighbors down the street playing their jazz when I drive by in the evenings. It makes me think of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and the days when people would move their mattresses out onto the patio to get some relief from the oppressive heat. I think of summers spent back in Michigan at Grandma's house when the neighbor kids and my cousins would come over to play softball or roller hockey in the street. My Mom was telling me that one of her fondest memories of her summers growing up was to lay under my grandmother's huge walnut tree and watch the clouds. Maybe there's something to being poor and finding diversion and pleasure in the most simple things.

So often, I feel that I was born into the wrong time.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reunited with My Dear Old Friends

I went home last weekend to avoid the company picnic and to help my mom clean out my brother's room before he got home from summer camp. I took full advantage of being at home, and I did my laundry and washed my car (of course, it rained while I was driving home). I came away with the usual groceries that my mother sends me home with. This time, my mom surprised me with something even better than free food: the missing box of all of my favorite books! I have been searching for this box for about 2 years now. She found it in an obscure corner of the garage. I am so excited! It contained the hardcover copy of Julie that my mother gave me, as well as The Phantom of the Opera, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mere Christianity, my dictionary, and some miscellaneous beloved textbooks from my time at Biola. Some of those were books from my Bible credits that I didn't read for the class, but for some reason, I held on to them knowing that I would probably want to read them in the future. Well, the future is now because lately, I've really been craving reading something spiritual. I think that as soon as I finish the Bond books (I only have two left!), I'm going to start on Mere Christianity. I really love books. I have a constant desire to read as many books as possible before I leave this world, and yet, I constantly find myself revisiting my old favorites. Why is that?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Bachelorette: Season Finale

Boy, was I wrong! After my last post, I was certain that DeAnna was going to end up with Jeremy. I knew that Jason was out--there was just something about him that didn't quite click. Yes, he was very romantic and his son is adorable, but he was also kind of a little kid in some ways. I can't put my finger on it, but it just wasn't there. The game that he made for her was really cute. So, when DeAnna sent Jeremy home, I was pretty sure that she was going to end up with Jesse (or make a huge mistake choosing Jason).

I was surprised to see Jesse getting so far in this whole thing. After all, he was the guy who met her in his pink shoelaces. However, the more "we got to know him", the more I liked him. He is strong, fun, genuine, caring--he's just an overall nice guy. He's totally into her, and as DeAnna's sister pointed out, he's very exciting. I love that he said he would take Mr. Pappas with him to get his hair cut to an acceptable length. : ) I think it's great that he's not like any guy she's ever dated before. I love how nervous he was about asking her to marry him. I'd imagine that guys are nervous enough when they pop the question and they know what the answer will be. He was asking her to marry him with the very real chance that she would say no to him.

They look so happy together--I hope to find someone someday who makes me look at them the way that she looked at him when he was proposing. Well, I don't have anything more to say about Jesse & DeAnna. I don't understand why I like this show so much, but I can't wait for the next season!

Monday, July 7, 2008

So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?

I've been walking a lot lately--partly to save gas and partly for the sake of walking. I was walking down to the movie theater over the weekend, and I walked past a house that could have been right out of Macon, Georgia. As soon as I saw it, I thought to myself, "That is be Boo Radley's house." It made me want to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. Maybe I'll borrow it from Valerie next time I go home. Maybe I'll just buy a pretty copy of it for my personal library.

I've been in a very literary mood lately. I think that I can narrow the source of that mood down to influences in my life right now. The first is one of the books that I am reading: Winesburg, Ohio. I've been reading through the "College-Bound Reading List" (to which my sister snickered), and this is one of the not-so-well-known little treasures that I have found during this process. It is a collection of short stories, maybe vignettes, about different people who live in this little town in Ohio. The stories are about people and their personal struggles--they tell me why those people are the way they are. This writing style has just captivated me. Here are a few quotes that I love from this book:

"Within him there is a secret something that is striving to grow."

"If you are to become a writer you'll have to stop fooling with words," she explained. "It would be better to give up the notion of writing until you are better prepared. Now it's time to be living.

I don't want to frighten you, but I would like to make you understand the import of what you think of attempting. You must not become a mere peddler of words. The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say."

The second source is all of the walking that I've been doing around Reno lately. I love walking around cities. I notice so many more details. There are some really beautiful buildings in Reno. I also notice the way things smell. I love watching the people walking around downtown. It's definitely an interesting mix.

***I'll take a picture of that house and post it later. I still need to get my camera fixed, but it's going to cost me $60. : (