To Distract Or Not To Distract…

The question I have been asking myself over the past few weeks revolves around just how much of what is going on do I want to subject myself to. I want to be an informed citizen, but so much of what is going on in DC just pisses me off, and I have to wonder if it is really healthy to put yourself through raising your blood pressure continuously.

You can’t escape it, or at least the social media life that I have cultivated basically means that I can’t escape it. I have put the work in to make sure that I don’t just have left leaning sources for the information I take in. I do this because I cannot stand being caught out in a situation and possibly looking stupid because the opinion I have is based on something that has been skewed, possibly an “alternative fact”. So if I can’t escape it, at least I am staying aware or something along that line.

Bullheadedness and curiosity are what keeps me going back for more, but at what cost? Continue reading “To Distract Or Not To Distract…”

One Week Later…

A lot has happened in the last week, A LOT. I didn’t expect the new President to try and implement each and every one of his campaign promises as fast as he seems to be doing, but then again I haven’t known what to expect from him on any level. I had a discussion with a friend that voted for Trump and we agreed that it seems like the President might be afraid that he will be looked upon as a failed politician if he doesn’t see these promises through.

For someone that voted against this group of campaign promises as much as I voted against the man himself, I am finding it hard to find optimism in all of this. I like progress, acceptance, and understanding, but so far this Presidency seems to be full of knee jerk reactions that work because the people pushing things through have blinders on. I was reminded by the Women’s Marches around the world that there are reasons to still have hope, but it is still difficult to hold on to that for extended periods of time.  Continue reading “One Week Later…”

And So It Begins

This is a day that I have thought a lot about since it became a reality on November 8th, but when it actually got here, well that was something else entirely.

I did not vote for Trump, really there was no scenario where I could find myself voting for him, so I was disappointed by the election results back in November. I was surprised by the results, I knew it was a possibility, but I was still surprised by it. There were a lot of exciting possibilities in this election, but Trump was one I could not back at all. Continue reading “And So It Begins”

Time Is On My Side

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That right there is my 2016 calendar in front of my laptop’s desktop, I have a bit of a thing for Doctor Who. There is something about a fresh calendar taking it’s place on your wall, and I like that I get one every year from my parents.  There is something comforting about having the faces of the Doctor keeping track of time for you, a poetic beauty of having a Time Lord show you what day it is.

The beauty of a new calendar is that it holds so much potential within it. We have no idea what will happen as we flip from one month to the next, all we can count on is what day our birthday is on, when holidays will occur, and what order the months will slip past us.  Continue reading “Time Is On My Side”

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

I must have liked this one a lot seeing as how I stayed up until 6 a.m. finishing it. I got in a groove of really wanting to see it play out, so I had to stay up, it just happens.

Alex Woods is a normal kid until one day a meteor crashes through the ceiling of his bathroom and strikes him in the head. He survives, but is in a coma for two weeks, and finds that he is plagued by seizures as well.

After some time he has his seizures under control enough to go back to school, but there he has to deal with everything that comes with that, namely, bullies.

Through various circumstances he befriends an older man, a man with the reputation of being gruff and keeping to himself. The friendship grows, Alex figures some things out, but then of course something happens, something that will have a great effect on everyone in Alex’s life.

I thought this was a well written book that found various ways to keep my attention while making me want to keep turning the pages. I really enjoyed it, and maybe you will too.

 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Okay, this right here, this was a great book.

An alcoholic woman with a broken heart from a failed marriage rides the train into London and back home every day. The train takes her past the house she lived in with her husband before her marriage fell apart. The train she rides usually stops a few doors down from her former house and she has made up a backstory for the couple that lives there. She doesn’t have a job anymore, but she makes the trip so that she won’t tip off her roommate. Things go south when the woman a few doors down goes missing.

Who did it?

What happened?

What does she know that can help?

There are embarrassing circumstances that occur throughout the story, and there is a woman who wants better than what she has, or what she allows herself, but it doesn’t seem to click for her.

Paula Hawkins does a great job of weaving a story together that is well organized in an interesting way that lets three separate characters tell us the story of what happened, and what is happening now.

I really enjoyed trying to figure this one out, finding the red herrings, and being surprised by some things as I went along.

Hell, I must have enjoyed it if I found myself staying up until about 4 in the morning because I HAD to finish it.