So, have you heard of this book--Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert? I just started it last night while Derek was sleeping. I should've read a lot more given that after I turned out the lights, I laid there for two hours and had really creative and productive thoughts that I can't really remember right now. In fact, this blog post was going to be humorous and clever and well, it'll probably be neither to be honest.
I really appreciate a well crafted phrase--don't we all? You know, a quote that just says exactly what you want to say or makes you chuckle? Her book is full of those. Yes, chock full of those as well as thoughts that come across as sidenotes and you KNOW I love sidenotes. I think I pretty much only think in terms of sidenotes--I'm what you would term a detail person.
Let me share a couple of my favorite phrases:
"God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies (or however the old adage goes)."
"But why must everything always have a practical application? I'd been such a diligent soldier for years--working, producing, never missing a deadline, taking care of my loved ones, my gums and my credit record, voting, etc. Is this lifetime supposed to be only about duty?"
I'm probably really making you all think how totally lame this book is, but if you like a novel where it feels like your best friend just called you up and is telling you the latest, this is such a great book for you. Now, remember I'm like 50 pages into this thing which isn't much--but can't those 50 pages make or break a book for you sometimes? Although I do think that I'm a bit of an overeager optimist when it comes to books. I'll hear friends discuss a book I loved and hear them confess how it started out slow and I'll be thinking, "What? Are you crazy? What did you expect the author to do kill someone in the first 50 pages?"
A new book--a GOOD, new book--almost as exciting as chocolate, but better in some ways because you don't have to exercise it off later.