Some Great Reward

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Lois Lowry and Netflix

I just finished reading Lois Lowry's The Giver and found it very moving and unsettling. I have heard it referred to as a junior version of The Handmaid's Tale which I felt was spot-on. However, I have heard from reviews and word of mouth the follow up novels in the trilogy are a bit disappointing so I'm not sure if I will read them. Any thoughts?

As far as movies I watched two good ones lately, V for Vendetta and Inside Man. V for Vendetta made me think of Phantom of the Opera meets 1984. Great visuals, exciting plot, and it makes you think. Inside Man has a dream cast (Clive Owen, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster) and a plot that will keep you guessing until the end with some trademark Spike Lee moments as well. It was even more of a treat because for awhile there I felt like I had been watching nothing but so so or dud movies. I have a Netflix account (another new thing I love!) and I currently have 50 movies in my que(!), but I'm always looking for more suggestions so send them my way.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

7 1/2 Lifelong Learning Habits

I would say the easiest for me is to play. I am a naturally curious person and love learning new things either through formal or nonformal channels. My latest adventure (other than this 23 Things program) is taking pilates. I will keep you updated about how that goes. Hopefully I won't hurt myself. I also would say that I use technology to my advantage. I love new gadgets and after I start using them I don't know how I survived without them before. For example, my TIVO. I can't remember what it's like to watch a program at the time when it actually comes on or to watch commercials. TIVO is like my TV friend. Sad, I know.

Probably the hardest is having confidence in myself because I do tend to get frustrated if I do not learn something easily. Of course, you can't give up just because things don't go your way in life, but sometimes you can't help but feel that way.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

My first post- better late than never!