That Was Then, This Is Now

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend and we got onto the topic of books. I had rated a book on Goodreads recently and she was curious as to why I did so now even though I had read the book in my youth. I wasn’t sure what she was getting at so she explained. She didn’t think I should rate a book now that I’d read a while ago because I wasn’t in the same place now that I was in at the time I read the book. She didn’t think the rating would be accurately reflected. Her feeling is that your life experiences color your perception so a book you read when you were a teenager might not still hold the same resonance with you now since you’ve lived more life in between the times. I understood her position but I didn’t agree.

For me, if I read a book and don’t like it, I won’t read it again. If I like a book, I’ll re-read it again, but I’ll still have the same feelings towards it that I had initially. The only difference is that if enough time has passed, I might pick up on something that I didn’t before or I’ll have a new appreciation for the themes and characters. I honestly have never liked a book, re-read it, and disliked the book.

So, I ask you all, have you ever read a book you liked then re-read it and disliked it?

Rubber Ducky, You’re The One

1. Do you shave every day?
No. I don’t think I need to go into detail with this one.

2. What brands (shampoos, conditioners, soap, etc.) do you use? or do you stick to one certain brand?
I generally use Suave for shampoo and Irish Spring for soap, but I’m not really picky. As long as the smell of whatever isn’t too perfume-y, then I’m ok.

3. Do you brush your teeth in the shower?
Not as a general rule but I have been known to do so if I’m in a hurry or if a sink isn’t available.

4. Shower at night or the morning?
If I’m adhering to a schedule (like a work schedule), then I shower at night because I like to sleep as long as possible in the mornings.
If I don’t have a schedule to keep, then I usually shower whenever I feel like it.
If I’m going out into the public, I will shower before doing so.

5. Do you listen to the radio while in the shower?
Not unless I’m doing some serious pampering. Otherwise, I’m not in the shower long enough to warrant bringing a radio into the bathroom.

Devious, Frown, Venomous

I know, it’s not Wednesday. I forgot about it so I’m doing this today. I mean, technically, I could’ve retroactively posted this, but I didn’t feel like it.

Devious, adjective: showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals; (of a route or journey) longer and less direct than the most straightforward way.

Frown, verb [no object] furrow one’s brow in an expression of disapproval, displeasure, or concentration; (frown on/upon) disapprove of; noun: a facial expression or look characterized by a furrowing of one’s brows.

Venomous, adjective: (of animals, especially snakes, or their parts) secreting venom; capable of injecting venom by means of a bite or sting; (of a person or their behavior) full of malice or spite.

I wasn’t really feeling these words this week, so I tried to make negative words into a positive.

Devious is not
a word I’d use to describe
how you are at all.

It’s a cliche, yes,
but I long to turn your frown
upside down. Silly?

Venomous people
want to tear you down, but me,
I just want your love.

An Asian Condiment War

Back when my family first moved to Huntsville in 1988, there was only one Chinese food restaurant in town (that I knew of; there might have been more but I only knew of the one because we ate there when we first moved to town and didn’t have housing yet). During my subsequent years in town, a few more Asian places opened up but they were few and far between. At some point during my high school years, there was talk about how my mom and her friends should open a Vietnamese restaurant and I do believe that if my mom hadn’t gotten sick, that might have happened.

I was thinking about this because I watched a show last week (and will watch this week’s episodes shortly) called Fresh Off The Boat. Per Wikipedia, it is

“an American situation comedy series . . . that is loosely based on the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. The story follows the course of Eddie Huang’s Taiwanese family as they make their way from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida to open up a steak restaurant during the mid-to-late 1990s (with the first season being set between 1995 and 1997). The mother struggles with culture clash of having to move from D.C. to Orlando, the father embraces the “American Dream”, and Eddie and his brothers struggle with assimilating into the school.”

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Desire, Shiver, Wilt – 3 Word Wed

Desire, noun: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen: [with infinitive]; strong sexual feeling or appetite; verb [with object]: strongly wish for or want (something); want (someone) sexually.

Shiver, verb [no object] (of a person or animal) shake slightly and uncontrollably as a result of being cold, frightened, or excited; noun:
a momentary trembling movement.

Wilt, verb [no object]: (of a plant, leaf, or flower) become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; droop; (of a person) lose one’s energy or vigor.

I recently read that Dominic Monaghan has a stalker. That inspired me to write this haiku.

I desire your love.
I crave, I anticipate
reciprocation.

I shiver with rage,
Anger at your rejection.
Why won’t you love me?

I wilt at your cut.
Your cruel dismissal of me
makes me want you more.

I might decide to do something else later, but for now, this is enough.

Music Monday – Songcatcher

I recently read a book called Velva Jeans Learns To Drive by Jennifer Niven. It’s the first book in a four-part series about a girl named — wait for it — Velva Jean. In the events of this first book, it takes us from Velva Jean at age 10 to age 18 (*spoiler alert* She doesn’t learn to drive until almost the end of the book) and her life living in a rural hollow in the Appalachians and what she does to try to fulfill her life’s dream of becoming a singer.

After reading the book, I recalled a movie I saw back in 2000 called Songcatcher. The movie is about a music professor who goes to visit her sister, who is a teacher in a rural town in the Appalachians. While visiting, she begins to realize that the songs the townsfolk are singing are old English/Irish/Scottish folk ballads that have been passed down through the generations and she begins to catalogue the music. I wasn’t overly impressed with the movie per se but the soundtrack always stuck with me because of the beauty of the songs and the history that goes along with them.

After a little searching on Google and YouTube, I found a playlist of some of the songs on the Songcatcher soundtrack. Take a listen. I think you’ll enjoy it.

In the meantime, here’s a snippet of Emmy Rossum from the movie.