Shiny Objects

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

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

It has been one busy workweek—way busier than usual. So I’ve been distracted by nothing. (Well, almost nothing.)

Last weekend we had beautiful weather and I worked. As I sat inside and worked, I thought, What am I doing? It’s beautiful out. Sunday afternoon and everyone is out walking, riding bikes, enjoying the day. I am working. I felt a little sorry for myself. So I decided then and there that I would make sure I took advantage of warm, sunny days, that I would be productive so that I would have the choice to stop working and enjoy the day. Sometimes taking in a bit of nature and taking some time for yourself is the most important thing.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Sympathizer—I finished it! Oh my god was it worth it. One of the best books I have read. It’s easy to see why it won the Pulitzer Prize last year.

I am really blown away by The Sympathizer. It is one of the best books—if not the best—in describing the immigrant and refugee experience from a political and ideological standpoint. It’s also the best at bluntly and succinctly (5 lines to be exact) explaining why we lost Vietnam. As one character points out, “The truth is so often uncomfortable,” which is exactly what the writer makes the reader feel reading this book—uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable to have a mirror held up to you and really see yourself, see your country. That’s what this book does. You are meant to be disturbed but not to the point that you are turned off—it’s to the point of questioning and thinking about things.

I’ve been watching . . . The Voice. How many more days until Game of Thrones for god’s sakes???!!!

I’ve been listening to . . . Leon Bridges. Yep, still, and I don’t care.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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