Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July Book Review: Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

I believe there is a post from a few years back, where I declare my love for the movie adaption of this book. I don't know why it took me so long to read this book but I didn't pick it up until last year.

The strength of this novel is it's characters, each one unique and different and poignant. The narrator, seventeen year old pregnant Novalee Nation is dumped at a Wal-Mart by her boyfriend Willie Jack. Th story follows both characters (mostly Novalee with Willie Jack chapters here and there) through the years as they travel down very different roads. Novalee is taken in by a town she grow to call home and it's people who she grows to love. Willie Jack flirts with the law and success.

Letts' writing is also quite nice. It's not amazing but as I've said, not every book's high point has to be the writing. Letts' has some beautiful, poetic moments here and there but there are also a few bits that seem to tow the line of too abstract and trying a bit too hard.

Don't be deterred though, this book is absolutely worth reading. It's a powerful story that is told well and you, as I have, will fall in love with Novalee and the cast of characters that she is surrounded by.

Also, the movie is top notch! Not a perfect book-to-movie adaptation and although I do miss a few things that were lost from page to screen, it's a great movie. Young Natalie Portman plays the lead role PERFECTLY.

-G-

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Lovin'

Boy do I love summer. I've been soaking up the warm (hot!) weather we've been experiencing this last week. We went to the beach and I spent day after day in the pool. There is nothing more peaceful than floating on a raft with a good book.

And speaking of, my July book review will be up shortly as I just finished the book yesterday, and it's a good one. As they all have been. Oh the beauty of only reading books you know you already like. It's been an immense pleasure!

I have the week off from watching El and I'm only working for four hours on Friday so I"m very excited to spend that time relaxing and writing which is what I'm in the midst right now. I minimized my Microsoft Word browser in order to check in on the 'ole blog.

Another bit of news is that this blog turns FIVE in just over a week. That is simply CRAZY to me. I'll write more on it on the actually anniversary but holy cow, five years? And E is now the age I was when I started this up!

Ok, I'm off to organize my room and prepare to go to my grandma's house for dinner. Nothing like home-cooked food on a Sunday :)

I love summer.
-G-

Thursday, July 14, 2016

NoCal 2016

What a trip!

I'm not going to detail everything because that is what my travel journal is for and I HATE writing in that enough as it is haha. And, my experience at the Olympic Trials will be chronicled on my gymnastics blog (see sidebar).

So here, is a bulleted snapshot of my thoughts for ontrip:

  • San Francisco, on the whole, was not very impressive to me. It wasn't didn't have the old architecture or bustling charm like New York and I didn't feel very safe there. It was like you could turn the corner and suddenly end up in a very bad part of town! And it was very dirty, and cold. I did like seeing the painted ladies, Lombard street and Pier 39. 
  • Alcatraz is amazing, everyone should experience that once! The audio tour was one of my favorite parts of the vacation. 
  • Sotto Mare in Little Italy (SF) has the most amazing pasta sauce, SO GOOD. In fact, the best part about any vacation is getting to eat out all the time. I had so many good meals, also notable was the pizza at Bar Bocce on Sausalito. 
  • Speaking of, Sausalito was great. Super charming, much safer and prettier than SF and just a cute place to visit. 
  • In-n-Out Burger lived up tot the hype, I loved it. I did however, hate the first come, first serve seating. For a place that is always crowded, it was just annoying. Who wants to stand in front of a table and wait for people to finish eating so you can claim it? Furthermore, who wants to be stared at and rushed while they eat??
  • Carmel by the sea was beautiful, totally reminded me of Manhattan beach. 
  • The Olympic Trials, one word, amazing. 
  • Airplanes put me to sleep. Honestly, the second each plane took off, it was like someone had put me under a spell!
All in all, it was a really great trip with awesome experiences. Now I feel like I've seen a good deal of California but still there is more to discover someday!
-G-

Saturday, July 2, 2016

It's Finally Here

Leaving for our trip to California is right around the corner. It's hard to believe that I bought those Trials tickets about 18 months ago and now it's time to go.

I can't lie, I'm slightly nervous about soaking up the entire experience. I don't want to miss A THING. And I really want to get some autographs so there is that. I'm just going to attempt to relax and not rush things or stress about what I can't control.

I'm very pumped to see San Francisco, go to Alcatraz and Santa Cruz and more. I think it will shape up to be a very good trip. My goal is not to buy a bunch of crappy souvenirs but to let the experience be my souvenir.

I am not bringing my laptop with me in fear that he (Lars) will get lost with my luggage and I will literally have a mental breakdown. I have three and a half books written on here and countless other writing pieces. What the heck would I do if they were lost forever????

SO there will be no updates from the trip while I'm there, unless I decide to attempt to post from my ipad. It's not my favorite thing to type on but I might make an effort, we shall see.

Other than that, I'll be back in a little while!
-G-