Thing 1 (FUN):
My long lost friend Kristy B found me by accident through a google search for something else and left a comment on my blog! That's us in the photo, on the first day of first grade in 1976 in Virginia Beach. I'm on the far left and she's next to me with the cute little Dorothy Hamill haircut. That's Catherine on the right, and my brother behind us. We lived three houses in a row on a cul-de-sac beside a lake. We all moved in the summer of 76, and away the summer of 80. Kristy's family moved to Saudi Arabia and I still have their Christmas card from that year, which features them with a camel! We haven't seen each other since we were nine years old, though our parents have sporadically kept in touch so I knew that she and Catherine both have two children, a boy and a girl each, and live on the East Coast. So it's GREAT to hear more about her -- she's been blogging for a few years and her blog is funny! She's got a whole special archive detailing things eaten by her dog, and I couldn't stop laughing. (hi Kristy!)
Thing 2 (APPALLING):
Jim was delighted recently when we were rewarded at the movie box office with 2 free iTunes coupons. But when he tried to redeem them later online, he discovered that in order to use them he would have to first register with the ARMY RECRUITING OFFICE!!! I've heard plenty of desperate, underhand recruiting stories lately (including recruiters knowingly signing up an autistic 17-year-old who needs help getting dressed, and excluding his condition from his paperwork!), but this is slick and horrible, and I am truly appalled. But not surprised.
Thing 3 (LOVELY):
My dad just emailed me a lovely bit of writing called Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann (1927), and in it were these words: "You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." And I love the thought, but then I can't help but wonder if we humans aren't trying to prove how powerful we are by interfering with that natural unfolding of the universe's plan. Aren't we mighty?
Things 4 & 5 (I defy you to mock me!)
First, I just read a Harlequin Romance without even realizing it! It tricked me with its respectable cover and trade size; it's from an imprint called "Luna" and I just thought it was fantasy, and it basically was, as it turned out. It wasn't juicy or bodice-rippy, and it was pretty good! It seems pretty clear to me the author, Rachel Lee, is in love with Aragorn from LOTR, and wanted to write a book about a character like him. There were many similarities, but it didn't bother me the way some LOTR derivatives do (Eragon, anyone? Oy, what a piece of c___!) because I love Aragorn too, and also because this is a great thing about being a writer -- being fully alert to what you love in a book or character and then being able to incorporate that into your own writing, in your own unique way. (If this idea intrigues you, stay tuned to Sunday Scribblings this week.)
Second, I am unashamed to admit I am going to see the cheesy gymnastics movie "Stick It" with Kelly tonight! We're both former gymnasts and secret enthusiasts of cheesy dance and sports movies, so we can't wait. The husbands will be slipping into another theater to see MI-3, but I think they should PAY for something else, then go in to see MI-3, and in that way not contribute to Mad Tom's Scientology Piggybank.