Wednesday, December 17, 2008

(Warning, if you haven't read Twilight and plan to, this is probably a spoiler)

I finished reading Twilight the other day, and I must say it's no Harry Potter. It was entertaining enough, but nothing special. First of all, it's written in first person narrative and generally, I do not like books written in first person. Second, somehow J.K. Rowling was able to make Harry Potter somewhat believable, but I just didn't think Twilight was so much.

My last complaint is probably because I'm not a teenager. I can see how teenage girls would like the book - they are the same age as the characters, they know everything, and when you're a teenager, you think everything you want is what you really want and need. Because you don't realize how irrational your decisions are. So on that note, Bella wanting to become a vampire, really? Really? You're 17! You are most likely NOT in love with the love of your life. You're 17 and you make irrational decisions! I mean, come on. Once again, I can see why teenagers find this plausible, but I, at the ripe old age of 24 think that this is ridiculous.

Oh, so that wasn't my last complaint, this is - the climax of the book. It just wasn't good. Obviously Bella wasn't going to die - there are THREE more books! I thought the ending was poorly written and somewhat anticlimatic. All of a sudden she was dying, but then she was saved! Yay for Edward! And the bad guy is gone/dead and the readers did even get to read about what happened really, just the retelling of the story. No stand off between James and Edward, no dramatic fight scene. Just a recap after Bella almost died. Seriously, not the best ending.

Oh, another thing that bothered me about the book (this one is really the last one) - Edward laughed ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME. I swear, every other sentence was about him chuckling or snickering or another word for laughing. It got old after a while.

So even with all my problems with the book, I do plan on reading the rest of them. I'm just not running out right away to do so.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I'm a serious slacker when it comes to this thing lately. The semester is winding down. Today was our last day of classes, but both of mine were canceled so last Tuesday was actually my last day of classes. Yesterday was my last day of field until January and I spent three and a half hours of the day at a restaurant with my supervisor and task instructor doing my end of the semester evaluation. I'm sure our server just loved us being there that long. Now I'm just one paper and one grant proposal away from being done with the semester. I can't wait. I'm looking forward to the break.

We went to Texas for Thanksgiving. It was nice to see everyone - we had a great time. Jeremy and I went with my redneck nephews, sisters, and brother-in-law to Bass Pro Shop and Cabela's. I don't think we were quite as excited as the rest of the family, but it ended up being fun. We got a bottle of roasted blackberry chipotle sauce at Bass Pro Shop and Jeremy got a pair of non-redneck shoes at Cabela's. I am obsessed with the sauce and am eating it on everything. The break definitely went by too fast, although it was nice to come home and sleep in my own bed. For two nights. Now we're house and dog sitting for a week.

Yesterday Jeremy and I went to the memorial service for a friend, Lisa, from church. She was only 44 but had type II diabetes and a host of health problems. She was probably the strongest person I have ever met, and the happiest. She will be sorely missed by everyone at our church. She and her family moved here shortly after Jeremy and I did. She helped to start the Supper Clubs at our church, which is where families sign up, are divided into clubs of 3-4 family units, and then take turns meeting at each other's houses for dinner one night a week. Each family unit brings a dish and you just eat and talk. Jeremy and I were in her family's supper club, along with another couple. The supper clubs are a great way to get to know people better, outside of the church setting. We really enjoyed it. And we enjoyed getting to know Lisa and her family. This was the first memorial service/funeral I have ever been to where the person who died was not old. I think because of that it felt different than the other three I have been to. It was a bit sadder.