Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational and Thought Provoking Quotes From Books

This is actually a prompt from earlier this year, which I missed from some reason or another - whomp, whomp...  But, given that today's prompt is a freebie, I've been given a second chance.  Yay!  Without further ado, here are some of the most inspirational and thought provoking quotes from books that I've come across in recent years:   


"Everyone is a hundred different things, but in other people's eyes we usually get the chance to be only one of them." 
- from Us Against You by Frederik Backman

"Culture isn't just what we encourage but what we allow to happen." 
- from Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

"Everything's a risk.  Not doing anything is a risk.  It's up to you." 
- from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

"Maybe you can afford to wait.  Maybe for you there's a tomorrow.  Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows or three thousand or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers.  So much time you can waste it.  But for some of us, there's only today.  And the truth is, you never really know." 
- from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

"One morning you wake up with more life behind you than in front of you, not being able to understand how it's happened."  
- from Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

"When you're given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn't give things, you take things." 
- from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

"Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing."
- from The Humans by Matt Haig

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it." 
- from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

"Passion is...it's fire. And fire is great, man. But we're made of water. Water is how we keep living. Water is what we need to survive.  My family was my water.  I picked water.  I'll pick water every time." 
- from Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

"There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. And that’s wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it." 
- from Dumplin' by Julie Murphy 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Currently... (Vol. 41)

Enjoying...  waking up without an alarm.

Planning...  a 4-5 day trip in August.  Given that the start of the 2019-20 school year has been pushed back due to numerous weather related delays (rain), I figure I should make the most of the additional time off, especially since I will not get a Fall Break this year.

Singing...  this line from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song:

Tired...  of the persistent rain that has plagued the Ohio Valley for much of the past year.  A local news station posted these on FB within the last week:

*As of 6/26.  It is now 50 because we had a downpour on Sunday 6/30.

Listening...  to the audiobook Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen.

Reading...  blogs and online articles about Acadia National Park, backpacks, and one-bag travel.

Watching...  Yellowstone on the Paramount network.

Choosing...  a new paint color for my hallway.

Trying...  to be very conscientious of my usage of single-use plastics this month in honor of Plastic Free July.  I tell ya what, folks, it's a lot harder than it sounds because single-use plastics are all around us and are such a big part of our ordinary daily lives that we often don't give them a second thought.  As I write this, I'm staring at the plastic container my strawberries came in.  I do really well at refusing straws and taking my own re-usable bags to the grocery, but when it comes to containers like this, I'm not sure what to do.  

Celebrating...  my 16th wedding anniversary.

Eager...  to go to West Virginia for a few days to see my family.

Loving...  this:

Laughing and agreeing...  with this:

Cringing...  at the incorrect grammar usage in the above meme...  The Walmart's.  Lord, have mercy!

Recommending...  this:

June in a Snapshot:

1) Puple in the park, Hamilton!, bamboo rafting on the Martha Brae in Jamaica
2) Stingray City (Cayman Islands), starfish beach, exploring Chacchoben
Mayan ruins with R and my folks
3) Love the blue water of the Caribbean, summer's first chicory, dog-sitting

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