40 Days: When Life Gets in the Way

40 Days: When Life Gets in the Way

5 Things That Have Happened Since Thursday

1. Observed Valentine’s Day on Saturday with my husband. We were going to get super fancy chocolates from Godiva at the mall, but unfortunately there was an obscene amount of traffic due to President’s Day sales. But we went to see “Warm Bodies” (and if you haven’t seen it, you should) and had a special dinner: an oil-based fondue with Filet Mignon, spinach and vegetable dip (pro-tip: use a round loaf of hawaiian bread and add parmesan to the mix), wine and almond cake for dessert.

2. Scraped a lady’s car in the Target parking lot. Ugghh. I left a note, contacted my insurance, did all the responsible grown up things and all the while my inner child was throwing a tantrum.

“This is one of those things that happens to everyone. It was bound to happen sooner or later.”

“Uh, yeah, but did it have to happen the same month as the speeding ticket? The other thing that ‘happens to everyone sooner or later’?”

3. Cut my husband’s hair. It was terrifying. It looks super.

4. Rediscovered an anime from high school: Kare Kano (His and Her Circumstances). Watching it always fills me with a warm nostalgia for Japan, which I was chosen to visit in Summer 2002 for a Sister City visit.

Random trailer is random!

5. Scrubbed the tub. Not every day can be full of excitement.

On an ending note, have this. It’s not mine. A friend of mine shared it on Facebook. Normally I skip over these sorts of things, but there’s an Animorph’s reference and that gave me…feels. Also, it is true, so yeah.

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5 Valentines for Writers

Ah, Valentine’s Day! A special time of the year when sweethearts do what sweethearts are supposed to do: throw money at each other and make the people who work with them nauseous! But no, really, I like Valentine’s Day. It took me a good 10 years to start getting behind it, eschewing my black clothing and glowering persona for a, you know, positive attitude.

Now, as my gift to all of you, here is a list of 5 Valentines for Writers: things to watch, listen to, enjoy and appreciate for it’s important message about twue wuv.

1. (500) Days of Summer: Stop shrieking! I hear you out there. “This isn’t appropriate! They say in the first five minutes that it’s not a love story!” While that is true, I feel that this movie is the epitome of a love story’s caricature: the sweeping joy, the disgusting infatuation, the devastating falling apart and then…hope.

Also, the soundtrack is pretty amazing.

2. The Fault in Our Stars: I recommend the audiobook, as I really enjoy listening to Kate Rudd read to me. It’s a cancer book, with all the things that make a cancer book a cancer book…there’s even a cancer book in it! Pretty meta, right? It’s YA, but it’s so beautifully written that through about half of it, you forget. And that sounds like a way to go, but…uh…yeah, you won’t actually stop reading/listening anyway. It’s that good.

I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

3. “The Bed Song” by Amanda Palmer: don’t get just this for your Valentine, because you’ll look cheap. Get the whole album it comes off of.

Sorry it’s a boring video, but just go with it.

4. Chocolate or an Edible Arrangement: who doesn’t love these things? I refuse to be clever here. They are delicious. People deserve these.

5. Eat, Pray, Love: either the book or the movie or both. Oh God, stop rolling your eyes. I’m actually not recommending this because of the love story snuck in at the end, although that’s nice. No, the real reason is that the deepest, most meaningful truth in this story is how much you are worthy of love. You deserve the right to be so in love with your life that you lose yourself in it.