Sunday, August 03, 2008

Just a few things....

Well, I just worked six backshifts in a row! It was sort of tiring because I have never done it before, so I just didn't feel like doing a lot of things. The best part of it, though, was reading! I am reading The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass. I read The Serpent Bride earlier this year and loved it, so picking up a copy of the next book was a must-do. I was a bit worried I wouldn't like it because it is the second book in the trilogy, but I worried for no reason. It is not full of action, but there is enough going on that Douglass keeps your attention. I think she is quickly becoming one of my favourite fantasy authors. I was making really good progress towards finishing a couple books, but life, as usual, got in the way. It depresses me that I read so little now, but I am trying not to think about it.

I find myself thinking when I get to the end will it bother me more that there are so many books I wanted to read that I never got around to or will it bother me that I missed out on so many chances to go out and do things with friends and family because I stayed home with my book. The first like 22 years of my life was spent hiding behind a book. I was social, but when I got caught up in a book, I didn't need to be social. While I will always love to read and I am still reading great books, there are so many other things I want to do. Even with my crazy work schedule I managed to get to two movies this week (which never happens!), had a BBQ with my best friend, went to a bar to listen to some karaoke (and sang twice), went to Halifax and spent the night with a group of friends, went out to lunch with a friend and their brother, etc. That is with working SIX backshifts! I am pretty impressed with myself, I must say. Did I read six books? Nope! But, I managed to have fun amidst a really horrible work schedule. Sounds good to me!

Anyway, on to the movies. I don't really do movie reviews, so you are going to have to take them as they come... The two movies I saw were Mama Mia and The X-Files: I Want to Believe. I was supposed to see Mama Mia another time but when we went it was sold out! It was crazy busy at the theatre that night. You couldn't even park! Anyway, so I finally saw it. In a nutshell, I ended up liking it! I was a little worried in the beginning because I am not super fond of the little blondes acting (you know, the daughter... I am totally blanking on her name). She was a little too forced and I was worried the movie was going to be that way, but it turned out to be a fun movie. It was funny, it had catchy music (but don't tell anyone I just said that), and it put people in a good mood. Sounds good to me! Plus, I was really really tired and managed to stay awake during it, so that is saying something!

The other movie I saw was a necessary thing. I LOVE The X-Files. When Star Trek went off the air that was really the only television show that I would make an effort to watch, so I had to see it in theatres. I dragged my friend with me. They said it was not worth the money, but, well, I was not taking no for an answer so it is just tough! I cannot say I loved it, but I was just so happy to see Scully and Mulder together again that I did not really care what it was about. I will be buying it, of course. I wish more of the older cast members had been worked into the movie, but even without them I still enjoyed the movie.

I am very sad to admit that since Star Trek and X-Files went off the air... I have not found a show that I had to watch. I rarely watch television anymore. There are a couple shows that I will watch if I am thinking about it, but it has been all this time since I loved a television show. I mean, it's been a few years since The X-Files went off the air. So, I am very lucky this year. I get some Scully and Mulder, and then sometime soon I get a new Star Trek movie. While I am not a big fan of the Original Series, you know I will still be there to see the new movie...


  1. Hey Kailana, I wouldn't worry too much about not reading as much now, it happens to all of us. If I'm correct, I believe you aren't too much older than that 22 years you mentioned.

    I'm 40 and was a voracious reader as a kid and sounds like I was just like you. But the year I got married I didn't read, the years my children were toddler's I was lucky to have time for a bath uninterupted never mind read a book and so on.

    You are doing something else in your life right now, but you are still a book worm at heart and book lovers will always come back to the books even if they have occasional periods (sometimes lasting a few years!) when they don't even pick up a book.

    I so want to see the X-Files movie but have nobody who is into it like I am to go with so will probably have to wait till the DVD comes out.

  2. There isn't much that I 'have' to watch now either, except I do enjoy House and Bones and my one 'must watch' is probably Pushing Daisies. Love that show. Most of my 'tv' time now is spent watching shows I wished I had seen when they were first aired, like DS9 and Farscape.

    I think there needs to be a balance between living life between the pages of books and out doing other things. I think they are equally important though, for the book lover anyway. I cannot imagine a life spent without getting lost in books...and yet for me reading is also a very social thing as I love to talk about the books I've read with other fellow book lovers.


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