Friday Hodgepodge

Tears, people. And partial bafflement.

This morning a new post appeared on my reader from my friend Amy’s blog. On Fridays she tries to post a Special Needs Spotlight, but today she decided to feature a video about the beloved American gymnast who emancipated from her parents when she was 16, Dominique Moceanu. If you know Amy’s blog, you’ll have a deeper understanding of why she posted the video. It’s inspiring even outside of this context, but nonetheless, I’m grateful she shared this video:

Two books, by worthy prizewinners:

Yesterday I finished Blindness, by José Saramago. Toward the end of my commute to work I finished a particular heartbreaking scene and held back tears while making sure my fellow commuters didn’t see how distraught I was. On my commute home I read another scene that brought joyful tears to my eyes.

This morning I finished The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. She won the Newbery Medal in 2012. This book also made me cry, also because of sad and happy moments.

Excellent writing about important issues. Call to action and most definitely to contemplation.

I highly recommend both novels.

The other day I observed a conversation where one person said to the other,

I don’t know what your political leanings are, but there is one side that does whatever they want, and then there’s the other side with principles.

As I observed this conversation, I realized I was the other person, and the one person was talking to me. Approximately 67 trillion assumptions bounced around in my head, attracting and repelling each other until an image formed — like the kind with a magnet and iron shavings — of a big question mark. I didn’t say anything, because there were stray thoughts circling this question mark, trying to find a niche but also seeming to defy the magnetic force. In this defiance, these stray thoughts kept my brow from furrowing; they allowed me to have mercy on the one person’s soul. And if all I wanted to say was, “Huh?” I know that the one person’s “principles” would have tried to replace my metal shavings with shavings made of soap. Because the one person stands on a box of soap. Which is fine. I respect the one person’s opinion and I won’t treat the one person like less of a human being. This kind of understanding and regard is a principle the one person and I have in common. So we’re actually on the same side.

But we’re so, so not.

Friday Hodgepodge

I didn’t get home until late, so this post will be quite short. You’ll forgive me, I can tell.

Three things tonight, then I’m off to bed.

1. So, we were at In -N- Out this evening, and Reilly and I ordered our cheeseburgers “animal style.” I wondered if anyone has tried ordering their burgers “Gangnam Style.” What would that mean, exactly? Would you get your burger with a mini Psy doll? Would the song blare through the speakers and the cashiers do the famous dance? Could some try ordering this way and let me know how it goes?

2. Have I mentioned that my brother-in-law is in a band called Book on Tapeworm? They had a slumber party concert tonight, and it was awesome. They were also on a radio show called Radiowest. It’s cool hearing people you know on the radio. It’s especially cool hearing all of a personality in a voice: in sentences, in mumbles, in single syllables and hesitations. Listening to both shows was a lot of fun.

Seriously, though, buy their debut album. You won’t regret it. (And while you’re on that page, watch that awesome video again.)

And listen to yesterday’s radio show. They played live in the studio, and you won’t find much difference in sound with the recorded album. They’re that awesome.

3. I have not cried more reading any other blog than Miggy’s. (That’s her internet handle. The family members she writes about get nicknames, too.) Today’s post was incredibly touching. I attended the same LDS ward in NYC with the author for a couple of years. Not only is Miggy really creative and artsy (she makes her home decor, makes clothes, transforms cute shoes to even cuter shoes, paints, etc.), she’s also a very cool mom with a terrific perspective on life because of the experiences she’s been given. If you don’t end up regularly following the blog, at least read the one post. It made my day.

This Week’s Hodgepodge

First off, I want to thank everyone who boosted blog traffic today. You guys are super nice. Who knew, right?

Oh, I replied to a job post on Craiglist the other day and received this reply:

Hi there,
Thanks for your interest in the website reviewer position. We are currently looking for honest people with a keen eye for detail to visit various adult sites online and write the things they like and dislike about each. We will require 12 reviews per week which are due by 2pm EST every Friday.

The starting wage for this post is [x]$ per week which rises after 6 months. No previous experience is required for this position. The only requirement we have is that you submit a 100-word review of the member’s area at a pre-selected site [not a very nice site at all]. It’s completely free to join so don’t worry about any costs (be sure to cancel within 3 days or you will be billed).

Please submit this review to [a legitimate email address] within 48 hours if you’re still interested. This position can be taken from anywhere, it’s going to be a home-based position. If this isn’t for you we thank you for your time.

Thanks for your time
[Person]
[Organization]

Okay:

-the original post did not indicate exactly what I’d be getting into
-the dollar sign does not follow the number here in America; this should have clued me in
-wanting to think more wholesomely, I went ahead and assumed “adult” = “not for kids”, not “adult” = “porn”
-the compensation isn’t shabby at all, but considering the business it is …
-I clicked on the link provided
-it loaded at the same time the LDS Church website was loading
-it came up faster than the Church site
-I thought my laptop would burst into flames and brimstone would fall from the sky
-this isn’t for me.

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A few things made me cry this past week, in a good way. I’m grateful, because I’ve definitely needed different and better reasons to cry.

1. In reading the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon, I came across the reference for Isaiah 14:7, “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.” I thought about the continual strain the earth is under, and the time when it will really get to rest. This brought me great peace.

2. I texted a friend to find out how she’s doing with health and school. I asked about her Thanksgiving and the time she spent with her fiancé and his family. I received this reply: “Thanks! It was awesome!! I really like his fam and all that time w [fiancé] 24/7 was amazing … i can’t wait until I get to seem him everyday”. Call me a big sap, but that really touched me.

3. I was listening to a Christmas album the other day and “Auld Lang Syne” played. I thought about the New Year and loved ones and starting over and a whole rush of emotions washed over me and suddenly my heart overflowed with gratitude and I just couldn’t help myself.

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Sunday Hodgepodge 7/20/08

I’m kind of waiting for the phone to ring and my mom to call. I figure the second she reads that post about the spontaneous date, she’ll yank the phone cord from the modem and hit the speed dial on her landline. Then she’ll admonish me. Or, I’ll just tell her about it the next time she calls. Mom, I went on a date with a complete stranger. Yes, I know, Mom. No, Mom, nothing happened. Yes, Mom. Yes. No, I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t feel I was in control of the situation. No, I’ll probably never see him again. Yes, I’m being careful. It’s fine that you keep saying it. Yes, Mom. I know.

Just in case you’re wondering: I do not write my rabbits’ blog. I contribute photographs, yes, but none of the text is mine. I do not know if they know I read their blog. I’m impressed with their typing. Their spelling is even pretty good. Pig seems a bit diabolical, or maybe on the domineering side? This doesn’t surprise me, I mean, the rabbits in real life are pretty true and honest to their internet personas.

The search terms people use to come across this blog are pretty fun. I won’t list all of them here from the past week, maybe just my favorite from each day:

7-14: “her biceps” mom
7-15 (I have two): id like hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm with you, cambodian “large-chested” (People, you’re not going to find questionable material here. Move along.)
7-16: tori spelling’s mom blogging on her new …  (I have to mention 3 separate searches for “dirty [talk] dialogue” happened on that day. Those people were probably extremely disappointed.)
7-17 (a list): “brooke white”, mormon, “ken jennings”, eliza dushku, ryan gosling, katherine heigl
7-18 (two, again): “partner threw up” sick, ah oooooooo song (What is the “ah oooooooo” song?)
7-19: david archuleta (This was the only different one; the others were about birthdays.)
7-20: what does cat deeley whisper in contestants’ ears (I’d like to know that, too. Unfortunately I didn’t have the answer.)

Church was good today. Again, LOTS of visitors, and no sign of the neighborly celebrity couple. Only one child showed up for class today, so we had a good discussion. Really articulate and thoughtful guy. Very respectful. I remember really liking being 7 years old.