Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Lifes Ups and Downs
I don't have my new laptop yet. It'll probably arrive tomorrow. I am frustrated in my attempts to upload pictures when I'm not on my own computer. I thought I could upload a photo of Janice, but it isn't working.
Janice is a woman I knew at church. She died this week, and her funeral is tomorrow. She was beautiful, kind and classy and had a gorgeous singing voice. She and her husband both loved to sing; they used to sing duets together, and it was always so touching to listen to them make beautiful music together. He is devastated. She died of brain cancer. I wanted to show you a picture of her when she was healthy and vibrant, but it's too hard on this foreign computer.
Speaking of photos, about ten days ago I posted news of a block challenge, and I told you about the link and the contest that would happen on Feb. 8th. Then I promptly forgot all about it. I did not get in on the linky fun, because I forgot. And now I can't even upload my picture. If I don't forget, I'll try to get it uploaded in the next few days, along with pictures of other things I've been doing since my computer died.
I finally finished reading We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. What a book! I went through quite a journey while reading this interesting story. At first I strongly disliked the mother character. With time I disliked her less. By the end, I actually liked her. The story is a fascinating psychological look at what makes a person evil. It never answers the question of whether a person is born that way or is a person made that way due to his/her environment. It's a huge question to ponder. The story gets pretty gruesome as it leads up to the mass murder Kevin commits in a school (no, I'm not ruining any secrets - this is known throughout the whole book). I am wondering if I even want to see the movie, coming out soon. Could be a very upsetting experience. Even though it took me quite a while to read this book, and at first I wasn't even sure I liked it, I give it 4 out of 5 stars, because it was so well told, and I got wrapped up in the Big Questions as the story unfolds. That's a well-written book, in my opinion. I love when I can feel my own growth or change as a story develops.
Feeling a little blue and unsettled due to the loss of Janice and some other stuff that I'm just not feeling comfortable with (within myself). Looking forward to some happier days.