Sunday, November 16, 2008

Top Five Books

My girlfriend at work brings her Oprah magazines in for all of us to read.  There are a couple sections in them that I like a lot.  Each month, she features a guest who lists his/her top 5 books which have changed their life in some way.  It made me think about what mine are so, here goes:  
I found this one at the library about 5 years ago.  I love free borrow that is.  I used to go to the library when I wanted to know more about something.  I'd pick out some books that sounded like they would do the job.  When I found this one, I was wanting to learn about the history of Jesus Christ.  I grew up Christian, but I didn't know hardly anything about Jesus himself.  I wanted to know what historians had written about him.  This book covers his life as recorded by the few historians of that time as well as the lives of the people around him.  The book goes into the history of the parts of the world that effected Jesus Christ.  I learned more about Jesus Christ in this book than I learned in my entire upbringing in Christianity.  It's a great book.
I was so lucky enough to live with my grandparents for the majority of my undergrad years. They have about a million books lining the walls like wallpaper. When I wanted to read something good, I would pick one out. I had been wanting to read something non-fiction from CS Lewis and stumbled accross this small book among the many. I loved the way it was written analytically. I can just imagine him at his type writer, typing every thought as it entered his head. The whole short book is about his wife's dealth and his feelings about the loss of life and about God. His writing is tangential and I love the way he thinks and doubts and we get to read about it.
Studs Terkel is one of my favorite authors and he has recently passed away. He lived a full life though. I first was introduced to him in a Social History class in college.  I dreaded taking History, but as soon as we were assigned our first book, I was hooked.  This book completely made me fall in love with history. Terkel accumulates oral histories from certain eras and the end result is a diverse wealth of knowledge from that time. This one in particular covers poeples memories of WWII including women entering the work force, people who had witnessed Pearl Harbor, African American soldiers and I remember specifically the white European soldiers' dismay at how the US treated even their black military at that time. It's so well put together and it really makes you consider all aspects of that time.

I love the Dalai Lama. I actually have a few books written by him. This one is co-authored by a psychologist who meets with the Dalai Lama a bunch of times, asks him questions, and reflects on the responses and how the Dalai Lama lives. I love the simplicity of the Dalai Lama's philosophy and way of life. His practices seem like they would be obvious, but actually reading them in this book helped them to sink in on a deeper level for me. Most importantly, having compassion instead of hatred or anger for someone who has done you wrong of even if you feel you were handed a raw deal in life. The information in this book really helped me feel at peace with a lot of issues in my life.
Can I put a workout book on my list? I read this book about 8 years ago. I read a lot of health/fitness/nutrition books. It's funny because my aunt does too and we end up sharing our information usually on the latest nutrition trends. But of all the books like this I have read, this one is the best. I have lost weight and felt great on certain workout regimes and the one he outlines is just the standard for the best workout. The nutrition section is simple and not rigid. And...there's lots of before and after photos that totally get you pumped up to get in shape. One tip in the book, I know has worked for me in the past, is to work out in the morning before eating a huge meal and the importance of stretching.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pregnant pictures

Liz sent me one of the pictures she took when her and her fam came to visit. She's been taking professional pictures and experimenting with her camera.

I should probably make this a separate angry blog. But...I don't care even if someone is is still not ok to comment on how big the person is or how huge they will be by the time they are ready to have their baby!! What is wrong with people that think just because you are pregnant it's ok to say how big your baby will be as evidence by your size! I completely get huge when I get pregnant and I already have issues about gaining weight...and I still have a long ways to go until I can have my body back. Today is just a rough day I guess. At least the beautiful ocean is in the background.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween and the first rain

I know it doesn't look like it, but it actually was raining!  Monet put on her rain boots and rain coat and walked back and for on our little yard.  I miss the rain and colder weather.  I always forget how warm October is.  It seems like this one is extra warm though.  We stayed in mostly all weekend.  Robby didn't even surf at all.  Poor guy.  I actually got to spend Saturday night with some girlfriends.  It was so nice to hang out with the girls.  We went to Cheesecake Factory, then to a movie.  The movie was so funny, my face hurt after.  I feel so lucky to have good friends.  I'm surprised I even still have friends....having a 3 year old and working, I completely have to neglect relationships.  It really weeds out fair weather friends.   

And...Halloween was a success.  We've been going downtown the last couple years.  It is so fun.  Each shop passes out candy and these people get decked out.  I believe I saw a mini pink flamingo, a toddler Grinch, about a million fairy princesses and ladybugs, the outfits people find are amazing.  There were about 10 different bounce houses up and down Main Street and they were all free.   Monet chose to wear her mermaid costume I made her.  That made me happy because we also got a fluffy fairy princess outfit at the thrift store that she could have worn.  Chris met us down there too.  Another Halloween come and gone.    

Sunday, November 2, 2008

2 years

Yay, happy anniversary to us.   I can't believe it's been two years since we got married.   I love Robby's profile.  I took this at the pumpkin patch.  I think my husband is super handsome.  I'm so impressed with how good he is to Monet.  I fall more in love with him the longer we're together.  When we first started dating, I was surprised at how easy it was.  I found this quote by Johnny Depp's girlfriend.  I feel the same about Robby: 


Asked if she's "tamed" the Pirates of the Caribbean star, whose previous girlfriends include Kate Moss and Winona Ryder, Paradis says: "Tamed. What's that? Like a lion? Noooo, no, we did it to each other. Maybe I'm a good girlfriend because I'm his girlfriend. I'm not sure I'd be a good girlfriend to anyone else; the same for him. It's difficult to explain, but it's something that's natural, obvious and beautiful."