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 Amazon.com 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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17 Comments »

  1. I resolve to watch the Thin Man box set this weekend.

    Risen up/back on the street/Lass is keeping resolutions…

    Love you

    Comment by Nick — January 16, 2007 @ 10:53 am |Reply

  2. I’ve been pretty good about my resolution. I’ve been logging my calories online and I’ve been eating good, healthy food in reasonable quantities. So far I’ve had one splurge night, when we had dinner at a friend’s house.

    Comment by Gypsy — January 16, 2007 @ 11:07 am |Reply

  3. Yes, excercise and not drinking during the week. The excercise one is working out splendidly.

    Comment by Jolynn — January 16, 2007 @ 11:11 am |Reply

  4. I can see through walls now, but I’m still working on that flying thing…

    Comment by creative-type dad — January 16, 2007 @ 11:18 am |Reply

  5. Firstborn son alive–check
    Husband not murdered–check
    Not throwing myself down stairs to induce labor–check

    2007 is ROCKING!!!

    Any and all tours count as at least 1 if not 2 trips to the gym. Think of the stairs. Just think of the stairs.

    Comment by Kristen — January 16, 2007 @ 4:11 pm |Reply

  6. I only made two resolutions and I’m working on them step by step. lol The first was to get the family to cook, that was really important to me and so far it’s working.

    I’d love to get back into reading again but didnt make that a resolution. However, whenever a blogger or a friend mentions a good book, I usually make note of it, so thanks for this suggestion! lol

    Good luck with the gym! My daughter joined one, she needs to get back into it too, cause I paid for it! LOl

    Comment by Laura — January 16, 2007 @ 7:34 pm |Reply

  7. i never make them so i won’t be breaking them.
    i did decide last year to try and start reading more, but i did that in the summer and i’m doing my best to stick to that. no stairs involved.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — January 16, 2007 @ 8:19 pm |Reply

  8. I like the sound of “Love Walked In” – who’s the author?
    WC

    Marisa de los Santos. I’m several more chapters in and it’s still good so far.

    ~IL

    Comment by writerchick — January 16, 2007 @ 9:27 pm |Reply

  9. I made a resolution to make no more resolutions.
    So far, I’m doing fine. 😉
    ~m

    Comment by michaelm — January 16, 2007 @ 9:55 pm |Reply

  10. i went to yoga class today but it was the wrong day and time. Sigh.

    Kristen is correct- you get many extra credit points for that walking tour.

    More sleep- that seems like more of a reward than a resolution. Right up there with I resolve to eat more chocolate.

    Comment by vicki — January 16, 2007 @ 10:00 pm |Reply

  11. Resolutions??? forgotten them already!

    Consumption of pringles are down though!

    Comment by wisbo — January 17, 2007 @ 9:46 am |Reply

  12. I did not make any resolutions this year. I decided not to set myself up for failure again. :-/

    Comment by Angie — January 17, 2007 @ 11:06 am |Reply

  13. Yes and NO! UGH!

    Is if freezing there today?

    Comment by nancy — January 17, 2007 @ 12:46 pm |Reply

  14. i meant it. Is IT freezing there?

    Not if. My fingers are cold.

    Comment by nancy — January 17, 2007 @ 12:47 pm |Reply

  15. I’m trying to lose my status as “house slave”, it’s not going very well. I’d like to read more too, but I don’t think the trashy novel I picked up for mindless comfort in the middle of the last blizzard counts.

    But I’d say you’re doing good! Probably better than most who make resolutions!

    Comment by AbbyNormal — January 17, 2007 @ 5:22 pm |Reply

  16. I made no resolutions, and yes I’m keeping up with them!!! I’m reading Suite Francaise….it’s beautiful thus far. The Alchemist is next for book club and I hear that is a wonderful story too.

    Comment by carnealian — January 17, 2007 @ 5:59 pm |Reply

  17. I found your webpage on the internet and check a lot of the earlier articles. Keep up the wonderful perform. Looking for to reading through further of your stuff later on!…

    Comment by Cecil — September 15, 2011 @ 12:24 am |Reply


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