Sentence Wednesday #4

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I am using the idea of posting a sentence (or more) on Wednesdays from Rebeca’s One Sentence Wednesday meme. For more details please check out her delightful blog Books and Messy Buns.

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The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

This week I started a book set in the late eighteenth century in Germany. I am only a few chapters in and have been enjoying the story so far. If you are not used to German names like Dietmahler or Sidonie I highly recommend writing them down. This will cut down on confusion and turning back pages to figure out who is Freifrau Von Herdenberg. And just like Russian novels some of the characters have several names Erasmus is referred to as Asmus and Friedrich as Frits.

Pg. 3. ‘Jena is a place where Fritz and Asmus wasted money, caught lice, and listed to nonsense from philosophers.’

Pg. 6. Opportunity, after all, is only another word for temptation.

Pg.. 12. ‘You said once death was not significant, but only a change in condition.’

             ‘Drat you, you’ve no business to understand that,’ Fritz shouted in his ear.

Until next time,

Rey

Resolution #4 and #2

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Yes, I am now just getting around to posting two other New Year resolutions on the first of February. Better late then never, right? It is not as if I have not been doing these resolutions in the organic world. I just have not posted them yet. (If you are wondering where, and what, my third resolution you can find it here.)

My Fourth Resolution:

My fourth resolution was is a simple one, but one I think is overlooked. It is evaluating all the people in my life. Is it a toxic person who wont change? Let them go. Are you the one putting in all the effort making the relationship work? Explain how you feel to the other person. If nothing happens let them go. Are there people you want to be closer to or have drifted away from? Make an effort to reach out.

Bottom line your time is not infinite. Don’t waste it on people who don’t value you. Never be afraid to let go out of fear of not finding someone else. There are over seven billion people on this blue dot, you will manage just fine.

My Second Resolution:

My second resolution is to read 20 books. Last year this was my only resolution and I succeeded with the final tally being 28 books. Keeping it simple works.

Until next time,

Rey

 

MR. January: A Record

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(Please read my MR (Movies Resolution) article to find out more about this)

I don’t know about you, but the first month of the year is the craziest for me. In the midst of the holiday whirlwind I found myself watching far more movies then I expected. To my surprise I watched 17 films this month. Before this month the most movies I had seen in a single month was four or five.

A few days before January I moved in with my long time boyfriend. The apartment is within reasonable driving distance from his parent’s house. His grandfather was staying at his parent’s house for a month and we spent a great deal of time with them. There are not many activities a 92 year old can do, or would want to do, besides the race tracks, dining out, smoking cigars with a nice whiskey, and watching movies. I watched roughly half of these with my boyfriend’s family, a quarter with friends and the rest with my significant other.

Due to the volume and time it would take to write out my thoughts for each film I will list them instead. As I am not going into detail I will not place my personal rating. In parentheses I have written where or how I viewed the film.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (DVD)

Hateful Eight (Theater)

Pale Rider (DVD)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Theater)

The Revenant (Theater)

Anna Karenina (Netflix)

Shakespeare in Love (Netflix)

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (DVD)

Frida (Netflix)

The Crow (Netflix)

Hot Fuzz (Netflix)

The Aviator (Netflix)

Like Chocolate for Water (Netflix)

Turbo Kid (Netflix)

Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)

The Terminator (Netflix)

The Naked Gun (Netflix)

Since I did not rate these films here are a few I would recommend seeing because they are underrated, surprisingly good, or a classic. Here they are in alphabetical order:

Anna Karenina

The Crow

Frida

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Hot Fuzz

The Revenant

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

Turbo Kid

Below in the comments please recommend movies for the month of February. If I ch0ose your movie I will be sure to thank you in my next article.

Until next time,

Rey

Update 02/02/16: My boyfriend pointed out that I missed two movies: Ink and Aeon Flux. If you have not seen Ink you need to. It is a very emotionally moving film with a great story. This brings my total number of films for the months of January to a staggering 19 movies. To my surprise I did not sprout seeing as I was a couch potato.

100 Movies in 2016

My third New Years Resolution

Hello, world!

I am movie illiterate. If you were to ask me if I saw a particular movie I would answer ‘no’ or ‘I caught the last 15 minutes of that movie.’ I have very bad luck of sitting down on the couch with my family who insist I haven’t missed much. This is a common joke among my friends. (An example of this bad luck is V for Vendetta, which I saw the ending ten times before seeing it from start to  finish).

I have had this idea of watching 100 movies in a year for some time now. This year I have the means and opportunity. I was finally inspired to take the plunge because of BookTuber Senna from Bookandquills. You can watch the video here.

At first 100 movies a years sounds like an intimidating number. That is one of the reasons I have put it off. The sheer amount of time makes it seem halfway through my goal I will have transformed into some strange couch potato creature subsisting on frozen pizza and Cheetos. This will not be my fate. So, lets look at the math.

The Math

How many movies a week will I need to watch? How many a month? What about the amount of time for this goal?

I will need to watch two movies minimum a week or a minimum of eight movies per month.

2 movies per week x 4 weeks = 8 movies per month

8 movies per month x 12 months in a year = 96 movies

As you might have noticed that does not equal 100. I know I will be able to fit four additional movies in throughout the year. This breakdown of the numbers makes everything feel much more possible. Now onto the last question!

How much time will it take watching two movies per week? According to the article the average movie length is 130 minutes long.

130 minutes x 2 movies = 260 minutes

260 minutes = 4.3 hours (4 hours and 20 minutes) minimum per week

4.3 hours per week x 52 weeks= 223.6 hours per year

Even if both movies were three hours that would add up to a total of six hours per week or 312 hours per year. Seeing as I do not watch TV and most Americans watch 35+ hours of brainless TV a week I figure this won’t be a problem. I am still watching 29 hours less of TV than the average American in a week. The amount of time spent watching movies will be between 223.6 to 312 hours 0r 9.3 to 13 days, which is small compared to the annual 28 weeks or 196 days people spend in front of the TV.

In the comments please feel free to let me know what are your favorite movies and possibly what I should avoid.

Until next time,

R

P.S. You will learn of my two other resolutions soon.

Sentance Wednesday #3

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I am using the idea of posting a sentence (or more) on Wednesdays from Rebeca’s One Sentence Wednesday meme. For more details please check out her delightful blog Books and Messy Buns.

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Atonement by Ian McEwan

This is one of those reads a friend of mine had brought up many times and I was eager to start it. She did not give me any details of time, location or plot summary. All she would tell me was the writer knew his craft and the characters had emotional depth. My friend did not emphasis enough that these characters at times felt as real as if they breathed. At times they feel more real then people standing behind me in line at the grocery store.

When I picked this book up I did not realize it took place in England where WWII was looming just beyond the horizon. I bring this up because the book I had read before this was set in WWII and followed the real events of a Jewish women who survived Nazi Germany. The contrast of location, gender, POV, fictional and nonfictional might give me a better understanding of the human impact of the war.

Pg. 35. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to the reader’s. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it. Reading a sentence and understanding it were the same thing; as with the crooking of a finger, nothing lay between them. There was no gap during which the symbols were unraveled. You saw the word castle, and it was there from some distance, with woods in high summer spread before it, the air bluish and soft with smoke rising from the blacksmith’s forge, and a cobbled road twisting away in the green shade…

Pg. 39. The truth had become as ghostly as invention.

Pg. 87. He thought himself in 1962, at fifty, when he would be old, but not quite old enough to be useless, and of the weathered knowing doctor he would be by then, with the secret stories, the tragedies and success stacked behind him.

Pg. 97. She blamed no one, but had hung about the house all summer, encouraged by a vague notion she was reestablishing an important connection with her family. But the connection had never been broken, she now saw, and anyway her parents were absent in their different ways, Briony was lost to her fantasies and Leon was in town.

 

The passages I resonated with the most come from the teen to young adult characters. The first quote comes from one of the younger characters were she realizes she cannot control everything and everyone. The second quote and following scene is her accepting the fact that whatever the truth might be it does not matter at times. The last two quotes come from two of the young adults. Both quotes show similar internal change where they realize they must and will continue on with a chosen path that they created.

I am a third of the way through the novel and I recommend reading it for the characters and for the Ian McEwan’s mastery over the English language. This book is for more mature readers not necessarily because of content but certain truths of life must be in the process of being understood if they are not already. Or the subtlety of McEwan’s characters and story will be lost.

Until next time,

R

Sentence Wednesday #2

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Many changes have happened since the last I posted roughly a month ago. I moved to a different state with my loving boyfriend, seeking employment, and illness in the family.

I am using the idea of posting a sentence (or more) on Wednesdays from Rebeca’s One Sentence Wednesday meme. For more details please check out her delightful blog Books and Messy Buns.

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The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer

This book is the recounting of one women’s story and how she was able to survive in Germany during WWII. I am half way through the book and here are a few of the quotes that spoke the loudest to me.

Pg. 118. “La vie est belle, et elle commerce demain.
‘Life is beautiful, and it begins tomorrow.’”

Pg. 175-176. “Surrounded by a population that had been completely sold on monstrous ideas, I simply retreated down, down, down, trying to live in imitation of the German writer Erich Kastner, whom I had always admired and who responded to the Nazi years with what was called “internal emigration.”

Pg. 175.”The soul withdrew to a rational silence. The body remained there in the madness.”

Until next time!

-R

 

 

Sentance Wednesday #1

Hello, world!

I am using the idea of posting a sentence (or more) on Wednesdays from Rebeca’s One Sentence Wednesday meme. For more details please check out her delightful blog Books and Messy Buns.

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For my first OSW I choose The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. I choose two sentences out of the five I intended on posting. I did not want to spoil any big themes and I felt the ones I choose might possibly give away a bit to much.

A professional omeletter. (p.15)

It seemed so absurd. So futile. Like polishing firewood. (p. 41)

This book goes between two timelines and the perspective of several characters. When it shifts between characters the tone and feeling of the writing dramatically changes. The first quote is from when the protagonist when she is younger. The idea of mixing omelet and privateer is something that makes sense and would come natural to a child.

The second quote comes from one of the most influential characters that shapes the life of the protagonist. This snippet shows the cynicism that can only be gained through age, experience and pain.

Always,

Rachel