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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Influence

Unless you are living in a bubble secluded from the internet, I'm sure you have heard by now that Robin Williams passed away.  It's appearing to be an apparent suicide.  This is incredibly sad.  And it's a great opener to discuss mental illness.

Robin Williams may have appeared on the outside to lead a charmed life, but he battled demons just like anyone else.  From what I have read he battled drug addiction, alcohol abuse, bi-polar disorder and more.

I hope that anyone reading this ....if you are sad or depressed, get help!
I know it's hard.  Getting help....admitting you need help.  That is the biggest hardest hurdle. Admitting your life isn't perfect.

But at the very least TALK to someone.

Please don't be another statistic.  And so that I'm not being a hypocrite, I promise to write soon about some of my own struggles.  The best way to get more people to be open...is to be honest and admit your own problems.

BUT...today is not that day.  I'm in a really good place right now.  Life is....let's say life is WONDERFUL.
I have a lot to be happy and thankful for and I am both happy and thankful.

Instead I want to share how Robin Williams influenced my own life.

I wasn't really a big fan of his work. I found his method of comedy uncomfortable.  I didn't really see his serious work.  I just....wasn't a fan.

But there is one movie that definitely influenced me.  A big impact.
And since Robin was known for his ad-lib...he may have even come up with the quote I use the most in my line of work.  I frequently compare my work as an IT support person (Systems Administrator if you want to get technical) to that of a genie.  Specifically...THE Genie from Aladdin.

And it didn't hit me until I said that one phrase again today...as I frequently do...

"Phenomenal cosmic powers!.....itty bitty living space."

Here is my post from Feb 2011, please enjoy!
http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2011/02/it-department-and-aladdin.html


Friday, August 08, 2014

Addicted Reader Confession

I have a confession to make.

I've gotten a little out of order on my Summer Reading.  You see...I got a phone call the other day from my local bookstore letting me know that a book I had pre-ordered was available.  Even though it shouldn't be coming out until...... (not saying, I don't want to give it away.)

I don't want this bookstore to get in trouble, but I might have failed to mention that the book doesn't technically come out yet.  BECAUSE I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON IT.

And even though I am currently in the middle of the "Croak" series by Gina Damico...I immediately put that down and devoured the book.

And it was spectacular and everything I wanted it to be...and well ....worth the wait!

So where am I?  I finished my local library's summer reading and I'm back on to my own list.
I've finished the following so far:

The Selection Series - Kiera Cass
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple
Time Between Us/Time After Time - Tamara Ireland Stone

I still need to blog about my review for the Time Between Us series.  I was mostly happy with that one. And if I dig around in my messy bookshelves...I'm pretty sure I have a giveaway for that post.
I'm currently in the middle of Croak, so what else is left?

The Elysium Chronicles - J.A. Souders
The Cahill Witch Chronicles - Jessica Spotswood
Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna/Lola) - Stephanie Perkins
The Innocents, This Side of Jealousy - Lili Peloquin
If I Stay/Where She Went - Gayle Forman

I am going to be changing up the order on these books.  I'm moving The Elysium Chronicles to the end and I might be taking If I Stay/Where She Went off the list.  I mostly put that last series on there so that I would have more room if I ran out of books before the end of summer.  Or if I finished before final books could come out for Stephanie Perkins, Jessica Spotswood and Lili Peloquin.  AND...technically I read both of those last summer.  So I don't need to read them again.

Well, I want to read them again, I just don't HAVE to.

I'll have more giveaways at the end of summer, so stay tuned!
(And I still haven't worn jeans to work....and I'm down a few pounds, woohoo!)