Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and taxes.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and taxes.

Ok, really, anything BUT that—I’ll take whatever distraction there is rather than do my taxes. Oh look, my cat is doing that cute thing again where he’s curled up sleeping. I must take a photo now to capture the moment. Here’s a fun quiz that guesses my favorite meal based on my Disney princess preferences. Maybe I should clean the bathrooms. It’s definitely time to rearrange my pantry. I wonder if Glen Phillips has a girlfriend. I should look that up. In fact, I should look up anything and everything about him. What did Ryan Gosling wear to the Oscars? Is that a bird on my balcony?

Every year I vow to do my taxes earlier and stay organized throughout the year, and then every year something new pops up. Thankfully I am doing them earlier this year—granted by only a week or so but, hey, it is earlier. I had everything organized ready to turn in, and then I had just a few last questions for my accountant. Seems like for every question I had, he had two more questions for me and then I’d find out there is something else I need to include. Sigh. Time to look up more cute baby goat videos.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Quiet American by Graham Greene, which I finished. I also read and finished When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I’m currently reading The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (yes, that Judy Blume).

Ok, so The Quiet American . . . a well written, great read that takes place in Vietnam prior to the Vietnam War. The book makes you think about whether or not doing unthinkable things that hurt others even if you earnestly believe it is for a greater good is actually the right thing to do. The book disturbed me, and while not a happy-go-lucky book, I like that it made me question and think about what we do in the name of love and war.

When Breath Becomes Air was a disappointment. I had put off reading this because I thought it would be too sad and too emotional. Unfortunately, I found the book to be too focused on neurosurgery and not as focused on the personal or emotional side. It was less a personal account of Kalanithi’s battle with cancer and more of a clinical account, making the author sound distant and removed. While well written, it lacked the passion and emotion I expected given the hype, PR, and promotion of this book. The warmth and emotion comes from the beautiful and moving Epilogue written by his wife. I wanted to like the book, and I feel for Kalanithi and his family. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be.

I’ve been watching . . . Life in Pieces. I kind of like this show. It’s a comedy about one family but with four mini-episodes in one. Each mini-episode focuses on one part of the family, for example, the mom and dad, played by James Brolin and Dianne Wiest, both actors I love. Another mini-episode might focus on their adult daughter and her family. The writers and actors do a great job of creating a substantial and funny scene that wraps up in a short amount of time. Perfect for someone like me who gets easily distracted.

I’ve been listening to . . . um, ok, STILL listening to the La La Land soundtrack. Continuously. BUT, I have been listening to Glen Phillips as well. Saw him in concert again last weekend. Love his music, his songs, and his stories. My favorite song off the new album is “Go.” Simple and beautiful acoustic version of it here. 

Happy St. Paddy’s Day, and have a wonderful weekend!


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