So I decided to start something new on ye ol’ blog, and that is a monthly rundown of what I got up to, posted, where I travelled and what I saw, and even read. Why? Because a lot of life happens in the smaller moments and those moments, though not “big” enough for their own post, still come together to create a pretty great life. And that deserves remembering, writing down and, yes, sharing.
I would love to hear your thoughts, friends, and more about what each of you gets up to on the regular!
I went to hear Stephen Kinzer, author of Blood of Brothers, speak. His book is an incredible real life account of Kinzer’s journalistic experiences through the Sandinista Revolution and the Contra War and all around great book for learning about how Nicaragua got to where it is. He writes with awareness that he is not Nicaraguan, but with an obvious love and appreciation for Nicaragua. I also found him to be quite unbiased in his writing, owing to his journalism career, I am sure.
He was an eloquent and fun speaker and elaborated upon a few of the stories from the book and opened up about his perceptions of what has been going on in Nicaragua since then. And afterward he took the time to share a word, sign books, and take a photo with all of the attendees! He seemed a really nice, thoughtful, and interesting man, and as a book lover and fellow lover of Nicaragua, it was a real treat to meet him.
I feel pretty lame about admitting this, but I honestly spent more time watching tv than reading this month. Like, WAYB more. SO MUCH TIME. I had grand plans to read four books from a friend before she left Nicaragua and took them with her, but I didn’t get so very far. I did, however, really enjoy the one I managed to read!
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – The friend who recommended this book to me swore it was un-put-down-able and I can see why, though in all honesty, it was not so for me. That could just have been my frame of mind (heat exhaustion and laziness), because it was a really good read.
The story follows several generations of a Greek immigrant family through Detroit in the 1900s and that part alone is really interesting. But the story is actually about a young hermaphrodite and his journey through life, raised first as a girl and then around puberty realizing something was amiss. The author handled the subject matterB perfectly in my opinion. It all came together in a way that was interesting, subtle, and beautifully delivered. Recommended reading.
How I Met Your Mother – I re-watched, ahem, nearly the entire series this month. Ya, that’s a lot of TV. But it was a fun way to shut off at the end of the day and I have no regrets, I tell you!
You know what I didn’t enjoy, though? A lot of the humour is out of date and offensive…but the show’s only a couple of years old. It kinda goes to show that when we see things in smaller tidbits, the things we are ingesting may not sink in as much. Watch a few episodes back to back and you will realize that they make A LOTB of fat girl jokes, there’s a ton of slut shaming (but only towards women), and I think I saw fiveB persons of colour on the entire show, always in tiny, bit pieces. That’s NINE SEASONS without any diversity at all. So that sucked.
The one thing I do think the show gets kinda awesome, is showcasing different kinds of relationship neurosis in a lighthearted and still lovable way, and having a super successful relationship at the heart of the show; one that doesn’t rely on the fairy-tale trope so much as regular life ups and downsB (Lily and Marshall forever!).
But dudes: DIVERSITY. It’s a thing.
The Little Prince
A classic that, admittedly, I have never fully read. I KNOW, right? Who even am I? I started it in English and got about half way through…twice. Then I started it in Spanish and got about a third of the way. Which is ridiculous in both instances because the book can’t be more than 150 pages! Anyways, so I watched the movie and it’s adorable and dreamy and beautiful and well worth your time. Give it a go! And I will get on reading the book once and for all…
There’s a small pub right in my very own neighbourhood that offers craft beer and poutines (or something similar enough, anyways). Win! It’s called La Estacion, and while the beer was quite a bit pricier than normal, they also made the best mojito I’ve had in the country at a very reasonable price. Worth it!
I’ve been tracking how many catcalls I get a day and you may not believe it when you see the numbers…
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