Rediscovering A Favorite

I recently binge watched the first season of A Discovery of Witches. They did a really good job on the show. I read the book a couple years ago and remember enjoying it. The show got me thinking that maybe I should re-read the book, and perhaps even read the other two books in the trilogy.

So, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’ve gotten through about a quarter of the book in the past three days or so and I’m loving it all over again. Deborah Harkness has a way of making her characters feel real and relatable. The dialogue has a natural flow that is difficult to achieve, let alone maintain the way she does.

I would love to be able to write with such grace. Perhaps, one day I will. I just need to practice more, or at all.

I hope everyone has a productive weekend!

Birthday Wishes

I want to wish my dad a very happy birthday! He’s my friend, my role-model, my hero. Without him, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. And I am forever thankful for everything he’s done, for me and the rest of our family.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Tomorrow, May 12th, has multiple meanings for me. The most obvious is that it’s Mother’s Day. I love my mother immensely and know just how lucky I am to have her in my life. It’s also the day, seventeen years ago, that I met my husband. Another lucky break for me.

What I’m trying to say is that, while Mother’s Day is difficult for me for personal, fertility-based reasons, it’s also a day that has brought me great joy. It is a day of contrasts for me indeed.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Storytime: Beauty and the Beast

When I was nine years old, Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast came out. It’s the first movie I remember seeing in theaters. It stuck in my memory because of what happened that day before we went to the movies.

My dentist in Arizona was named Dr. Lamb. I saw him every six months for routine cleanings. When I reached the age of nine, he decided that, in order for my adult teeth to grow in with no problems, I needed to have four of my molars pulled. The reasoning behind this decision was that, with one molar taken from each quadrant of my mouth, my adult teeth would have the room necessary to grow in without overcrowding. Now, mind you, I still ended up needing braces due to extremely crooked and crowded teeth. So, I’m not entirely sure that his idea actually worked. Regardless, at this point in my life, that was the procedure recommended, so that’s what I got.

My appointment was in the morning and I got to miss school. Not a bad trade-off. Or so I thought. I’m not a fan of going to the dentist for anything other than cleanings. I love getting my teeth cleaned. They feel so wonderful afterwards and don’t hurt in the process. Anything else, as in anything that requires the use of needles in my gums, and I’m a huge mess. Nowadays, I can only go in for other procedures under the use of sedation – either I.V. or pill sedation.

Of course, that wasn’t an option when I was a child. I had to lay there quietly as they placed the numbing gel in my mouth on a cotton swab, followed by the dreaded needle for the full numbing effect. It wasn’t fun. Once I was fully numb, he used these awful looking pliers to grab my teeth, that weren’t even loose yet, and twisted and yanked until they finally released from my mouth. There was no pain at this point, but the sound was simply appalling. The ripping and tearing sounds as the roots were broken made me cringe.

When all was said and done, I had a mouth full of cotton and four less teeth. My face was numb for a long time afterwards and I couldn’t eat or drink anything until the feeling came back. I was fairly miserable and wishing I’d just gone to school instead. I think my mum must have known this and decided to cheer me up with a special trip to the movie theater, just me and her. It was awesome.

We got in the theater just after the movie started, but before anything big happened. It quickly became one of my all-time favorite movies and has stayed that way ever since. When the live action remake came out in 2017 with one of my favorite actresses, I was thrilled. When it turned out to be excellent, my heart overflowed with joy. Having been connected to a terrible experience, I could have ended up despising the movie. I’m glad it went the other way though. Belle is a heroine I can truly relate to and who continues to inspire the bookworms of the world to keep reading and be kind to everyone, even the beasts in our lives.

Writing Inspiration

I started re-watching Sex and the City recently and seeing Carrie writing her articles every episode has made me want to start writing again. Not exactly what I thought I’d get out of the show, but I’ll take it. After all, that is what I got my degree for – Creative Writing.

My first book of poetry came out a year ago and I haven’t done much writing since then. I’d say it’s about time to shake off the dust and try to get the creative juices flowing again. Maybe something a bit more novelly this time. Who knows, maybe I’ll write the next Great American Novel.

Guess we’ll see. Have a great day everyone!

Valentine’s Day 2019

I’ve been waiting for Alita: Battle Angel to come out for over a year. It was originally scheduled to be released last July, the day before my anniversary to be exact. I was super excited to see it as our date movie, but it was not to be. I was so mad. Needless to say, I have been both annoyed by the longer wait and eagerly anticipating the release.

It finally happened. Valentine’s Day. A perfect day for a date movie.

It was spectacular!

Overall, I was really happy with the cinematography. The storyline kept me engaged, until the end that is. It felt rather lacking to me.

Still, I am satisfied that I finally got to see this movie. I’m sure it’ll be one that we buy and watch more than once, weak ending and all.

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day. See you all next week!

Remembrance

Twenty-two years ago today, my great-grandmother passed away. I didn’t know her as well as I would have liked, but I do have some fond memories. She always wore a turban, for some reason, had a collection of glass trinkets. She gave me one for my birthday one year. It was a glass dish shaped like a bunch of grapes. It was beautiful and particularly special since she didn’t usually give away parts of her collection. I’m pretty sure I still have it, somewhere. In all my moves, it got misplaced. I hope to find it again someday.

The winter holidays are all about family, the ones that are here and the ones that are gone. We lost GG Vi while we were in Okinawa, five months before returning to California. It broke my heart that we weren’t able to say goodbye, but I continue to remember her affectionately, especially this time of year.

I will never forget you, GG Vi, for you are always in my heart.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and joyful time spent with family and friends.