Thursday, October 9, 2014

10 Book Challenge

There's this thing going around Facebook. It's call the 10 Book Challenge. It's where you list 10 books that you have read that have stuck with you in some way. They don't have to be the best or your favorite, they just have to have effected your life in a way that made them unforgettable. 

I think people have caught on to the fact that I like to read because I was nominated by three different people. 

There were SO many books that I have read that could have made this list, but the only let me have 10, so these are those most endearing. I know them for their life lessons, pure enjoyment, and found memories.  

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is my all time favorite book. I love absolutely everything about it. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” This helped me to really see things from other's points of view.

2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” I love the opening line to this book. The idea that life can be both good and bad at the same time and it’s not what should define you or your perspective. In the book this idea applies not only to times, but to people as well. It helped me to look at people I don’t care for a little differently and not always assume the worst of them.

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book was absolute magic.

4. Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
I remember laying in my bed as a kid until two in the morning sobbing my eyes out. this was the most traumatic book of my childhood.

5. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The phenomenon of my generation.

6. A Walk To Remember By Nicholas Sparks
The traumatic book of my teens. I compare this to today's Fault In Our Stars.

7. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
This is the first biography I read about the Holocaust. Hard to believe those things are true.

8. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This book introduced me to mystery and intrigue. It was the only book I have ever reread.

9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Full of adventure and romance and R.O.U.S’s. What more do you need?

10. The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn
These books were not that great. Teenage romance type stuff. What make them such a memorable part of my life was that it was during my “rebellious stage”. I wasn't allowed to read them because my mother thought they would ruin my mind and give me a false ideas of love. But Instead of listening to her I snuck them home from the library and read them in the middle of the night so she wouldn't catch me. The most unbelievable thing is that years later she BOUGHT them for my sister to try and bribe her to read! This taught me that life is unfair and opinions can change.

What are some of the books that have stuck with you? 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

When I Was Gone

How do I start...

I've been gone for a minute and now I'm back! Ta-da! 

I know I left rather abruptly with no explanation, but my life has been rather abrupt and without explanation so it seems fitting.

I kept telling myself, "Luns, tomorrow you won't have to do two jobs or work twelve hours or maybe you won't want to pass out as soon as you get home and you can have a real life. Tomorrow you'll be able to breath. Tomorrow you'll find time to write something." 

As you can tell that worked out real well. I was full of tomorrows. Well tomorrow is now today. And Today will never be tomorrow again before it turns into next week and before you know it will be Thursday...and I forgot where I was going with this metaphor...

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, things are starting to look up. 

As far as this past month or two, I don't want to go into too many messy details, because these are real people with real problems who I really do care about, but there were things happening such as missing people, multiple medical leaves, car crashes, last minute schedule changes, overtime, psych wards, gossip, threats, lies, tears, frustrations, pink slips, demotions, grievances, and lawsuits, and TONS AND TONS AND TONS other people's paperwork*. 

And that's all just at my day job!

Sometimes it seems like I'm the only stable person at my job...and that's not saying too much.

But, like I said, things are starting to look up because I now have a coworker. She is here. She shows up everyday. I'm really not asking a lot.

*If I never had to see another piece of paper I would die a happy women