Interstellar Adventures

January 16, 2007

Resolutions in Action

Filed under: Hobbies,It's Me, Lass,Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 9:00 am

So, I’m making an effort to keep up with my resolutions.

Week 1: I made it to the gym 3 times that week. Week2: Only made it to the gym once. But I’d also like to count the walking tour of the Capitol and the several flights of stairs we climbed as exercise, so I’ll bump it up to 2. That’s not cheating, right?

I’ve also worked on the reading resolution. Last night I finished a book called The Sari Shop. It’s written by an Indian woman, Rupa Bajwa, and focuses on the experiences of a young man who works in the sari shop. The manner in which descriptions were made, and the course-of-thought was slightly different from the style of writing I am used to reading, and the prose was plain and simple. In all, I thought it was a good book. The story premise (which I wasn’t sure of until the end of the book) was to show the struggle of a working class person that experiences an awakening when he is exposed to a world outside of what he’s previously known. Some of the characterizations were sketchy at best, and some of the transitions left me slightly confused. There was only a conclusion for two characters, and there were several that could have been flushed out further for a stronger story. In the end, I was left hanging. It seemed like it shouldn’t have ended where it did or ended in some other way. I was also not clear, until quite late in the book, the time in which the story takes place. There was mention of movies and cars, so I thought OK, maybe 50’s-80’s, but then a computer was mentioned, and so I figured the setting was modern times. I think this was important to understand, especially to compliment the intent of the story. The back of the book has a ‘reading guide’ and discussion topics for a book club. In the reading guide, there was some mention of a comedy. I didn’t find the book or the situations funny at all, and there were some rather sad parts and tragic circumstances. I would still recommend this to read though. It was enlightening.

The next book on my bedside table is called Love Walked In. I picked it solely on the summary on the back of the book. This is how I pick many books. I read the summary, and if the premise is decent, I’ll give it a go. Sometimes the title catches me.  Some of the reviews are mixed, but I’ll give it a chance. I started reading it last night, and the first chapter is quite clever. I was impressed that in the first 9 pages of the book, the author has worked in The Philadelphia Story, The Thin Man, and specific references to Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, William Powell and Myrna Loy AND made all references central to two of the main characters. So far I like the narrative voice being used to tell the story.

Sadly, I’m not yet doing much in the realm of ‘get more sleep’. I think that one is very important, but the easiest for me to break. I did manage to get to bed and get to sleep before midnight last night. And tonight, I’m going to the gym again.

How about you? Did you make any resolutions? Are you keeping up with them?

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