i've been on a reading kick over the past couple of months thanks to my commute to and from work each day.
i'm sure you know how much i love music, but despite the almost 3000 songs harbored in my itunes, i need something more engaging to pass the hours - so i joined the oak brook public library at the beginning of this summer to keep myself from going stir-crazy on the train. & what a gem it has been.
i love reading, but a commitment-phobe through and through, i have trouble sticking with a book til the end unless (a) it's really good or (b) i'm on a reading schedule.
but a schedule i certainly have - i've totally gotten used to my morning/evening reads. i haven't had a book with me for almost two weeks & i'm going nuts, so i stopped into the lib today.
by the way, if you aren't already subscribed to goodreads, i highly recommend you jump on that! i downloaded the iphone app & it has been the absolute best way to search for and/or discover new books. i currently have 30 something on my que.
i was watching some repeat oprah episode tonight with alecia moore, better known as pink, as the guest.
they were talking about her famous grammy (emmy?) performance with the cirque de soleil bidness & her new(est) album, funhouse. they then moved on to discuss her year-long breakup from her husband. i didn't realize that one of my favorite pink songs, "i don't believe you," is what brought them back together. i love that!
oprah then asked what she learned from that time apart.
pink said that she used to think that she was perfect & in their time apart, she learned to recognize her weaknesses & work on herself. her dad always told her...
"think of 20 things you want in a partner. now make sure you have all of those."
i thought that was so intriguing.
what's on your list??
it got me thinking. here's mine:
sexually attractive (good looking, zexy body)
i mean, come on. it's important.
interested in music & travel
confident & assertive
independent & self-sufficient
humble & level-headed
has manners, values, faith, & a good family
wants to get married & have a family (in the future, not right now!)
short of being manly, i hope i possess most of these qualities. it is a bit of a wake up call though. i can't set my expectations so high for someone else when i have so many things i'd like to improve about myself.
so until i reach my personal level of perfection, it's time to open my mind a little further. and get to the gym.
thursday - mexican & margs with friends to celebrate having natalie in town, followed by beers at dj's. i wish we had gotten to hang more while you were in town, guurl! actually, i wish you just lived here.
friday - party at club belmont. woop! why did i eat that pizza? :(
saturday - worked. dahhh volare.
sunday - basically nothing. cleaned house, got a little work out in, went to costco, watched hbo. for serious.
i drove up to aaron's lake house in michigan sunday morning and spent all day laying in the sun, drinking beer, lounging on boats, jumping on water trampolines, grilling, partying on a sand bar, and watching fireworks from the water.
it was definitely one of the best 4th of july's i've ever had.
i'm currently surfing amazon for a few new dvds.
more specifically, dvds i can put on when it's storming out and i want to just be lazy/fall asleep.
for as long as i can remember, my mom would buy plain white sweatshirts for all of us every 4th of july weekend. she'd lay them out on the bench on our back deck along with a buffet of neon puff paint. as an artistic child, she may as well have set up a sugar buffet - that's how freaking much i loved this tradition.
then our entire family (+ extended family) would wear our awesome coordinating sweatshirts while watching fireworks from our boat on lake geneva. i miss those days.
...wish i still had those sweet garments. or some photos.