Random things about me, and some quotes

12 Dec

So, this girl had tagged me some time ago to write 8 things about myself and 5 of my favourite quotes. I was looking for the perfect time to take up the tag, and it looks like that time has arrived.

Here we go.

8 random facts about myself:

1. I finally started reading Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, after having seen rave reviews about it all over blog world. I am just about 25% done with the book yet, and have loads still to go – it is a chunkster, after all! I am enjoying the book immensely, and want to take my own time with it. The writing is beautiful, simple and poetic, and I want to savour every bit of it. Plus, I want to take in all the many layers of information that the book packs in, at my own pace.

2. In a fit of inspiration, I painted my nails purple today morning, in spite of having several chores lined up for the day and being sure that I wouldn’t have enough time for all of it to dry up. As expected, the nail polish is all smudged and patchy now, but it did look pretty while it lasted. At least, I made an effort, eh?

3. I had ragi vermicelli for lunch today. Store-bought vermicelli cooked at home in 10 minutes flat. Healthy and delicious.

4. It’s time to unpack our little Christmas tree and set it up. I need the cheer and the lights and the romance of it all. However, I do need to buy some new ornaments – I am tired of unpacking the same box of decorations for the last 3 years and doing up the tree in exactly the same way. I need a change of scene!

5. I skipped my morning walk today, and the change was refreshing. And to think that I wrote about enjoying my morning walks so much just yesterday, on my blog!

6. I am loving the weather in Bangalore today, totally. It is cold and overcast, with not a hint of sun!

7. As part of my (home-grown) tradition to read something Christmas-sy during Christmas-time, I started reading David Baldacci’s The Christmas Train. My first Baldacci. Good in parts, cliched in parts, but I am not too far into the book to really make a judgement about it.

8. I really need to work on being less scattered, to quit trying to be here, there and everywhere at once. I need to re-learn to focus on one thing at a time, savour each moment before rushing on to the next. I am sucking at that, at the moment.

Now for the 5 quotes.

1. “I told my husband I was getting married for specific emotional and physical reasons. If I had to make a purely financial decision, it made more sense for me to stay single. If I chose to be a wife, I wanted to be treated as one. I wanted a husband who would look after me. I wasn’t about to write my own cheques and live like a flatmate. That too, a flatmate without equal rights and with a sexual duty to perform. Sorry. That wouldn’t have worked for me.”

- From Spouse – The Truth About Marriage by Shobhaa De

2. “If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper — memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

- From Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

3. “My daughter is seven, and some of the other second-grade parents complain that their children don’t read for pleasure. When I visit their homes, the children’s rooms are crammed with expensive books, but the parent’s rooms are empty. Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. By contrast, when I walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says ‘PRIVATE–GROWNUPS KEEP OUT’: a child sprawled on the bed, reading.”

- From Ex Libris: Confessions Of A Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

4. “If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me? I owe it so much.”

- From 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

5. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

- By H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Most of the bloggers I read have taken up this tag already, so I’m not tagging anyone. Feel free to take it up on your blog, if you feel like it!

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16 Responses to “Random things about me, and some quotes”

  1. R's Mom December 12, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    I like the Christmas Train..its a nice book…with a feel good factor..but typical fiction :)

    I never heard of Ragi vermicelli ..I usually do the vermicelli upma for breakfast when I am in a rush..cooks really fast..but this one is the MTR one!

    heheh you sound like Amma who used to crib about have the same dolls to put for Golu every year :):)

    I am the only person in the world who dislikes a weather without sun..I want the sun to shine hard..if its not there, then give me a blanket and let me sleep for a long time :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      @R’s Mom

      I need that feel-good factor in my life now. That’s why chose a Christmas-sy read. :)

      Try out ragi vermicelli sometime. Nice change from the usual semiya upma.

      Haan toh? You need a change of scene na? How many times do I decorate using the same same same stuff? :( *makes a mental note to pester the OH into taking her Christmas tree decoration shopping over the weekend*

      He he. No, you are not the only person like that – I would get sick of such weather if it were like this every single day. I need cloudy days and bright and sunny days alternately. :)

  2. chattywren December 12, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    loved the quotes! esp the one from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke! you know, it worked for me with my college notes too:)

    • The Girl Next Door December 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      @Chattywren

      It works with all sorts of books. :)

      Thank you! :)

  3. Veens December 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    I loved The Book Thief – the 1st book I read completely on the kindle software on my iPad I think, But I went out and bought the book and gifted it to my sister-in-law; I loved it so much. It is haunting, beautiful and unforgettable – totally re-read worthy – but i never re-read :) I love this tag and I really like all the quotes. I like the one by Shobha De and the one about books – so true. I am going copy it and paste it to FB :D

    I am getting out the Christmas tree and contemplating buying a real one ;) (small) for Aarya! Lets see :) I hope you have a good day.

    • The Girl Next Door December 13, 2013 at 5:02 am #

      @Veens

      I am loving The Book Thief so far. Reading it bit by bit every day. :)

      I could relate a lot to the Shobhaa De quote.

      Have fun shopping for the Christmas tree!

  4. freakyveggie December 13, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Loved all your quotes, Have never read the books mentioned, will try getting one for the Christmas…

    • The Girl Next Door December 13, 2013 at 5:01 am #

      @Freakyveggie

      If it is going to be one book, I would recommend 84, Charing Cross Road. It’s lovely!

      • freakyveggie December 13, 2013 at 5:52 am #

        Ok, I had planned to try out Christmas Train, Now, will try out both :-)

      • The Girl Next Door December 13, 2013 at 7:02 am #

        @Freakyveggie

        Enjoy! :)

  5. Nish December 13, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    I am not too sure about the Shobha De quote, the rest I enjoyed :), great to know these 8 things.

  6. NormallyContraryMe December 14, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    I love the Jackson Brown quote. :) And I so identify with no.8 on your list

  7. NormallyContraryMe January 1, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    Hi,
    I am new to blogging and have decided to take up this meme. May I please link my post to yours?

    • The Girl Next Door January 2, 2014 at 4:23 am #

      @NormallyContraryMe

      Hi there! Please feel free to take up the meme. :)

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