Month: September 2015

Thought Questions, #239-#245

 

Red wall and bicycle(Photo: Brennan Ehrhardt via Unsplash)

#239: What do you think about when you lie awake in bed? There’s an e-card that compares a woman’s mind to a browser with 2,857 tabs open, and I think it’s pretty darn accurate. Work, tomorrow, yesterday, chores, a book I’m reading—all of this and more shoots through my mind. At high speed. Simultaneously. I actually find the psychology of type A personalities to be very interesting, because what allows you to be incredibly successful is also incredibly crippling!

#240: What’s something most people don’t know about you? That I write! Unless they read my blog or are a very good friend, I don’t talk about it. I’m too nervous!

#241: When you have a random hour of free time, what do you usually do? Read!

#242: What makes you weird? I talk to my cat. But what pet parent doesn’t?

#243: If you could relive yesterday what would you do differently? Sleep more…I never sleep enough on the days I work.

#244: What do you do over and over again that you hate doing? Uh…go to work? Seriously, though, I have a problem with doing things that I know I’ll regret later, like eating too much dessert or staying up too late reading. Nothing hugely serious, but I do wish I had better self-discipline.

#245: Would you rather your child be less attractive and extremely intelligent or extremely attractive and less intelligent? I think this is a trick question, because of course everyone wants their child to be intelligent, yet I also know that being less attractive can cripple your ability to do anything with that intelligence if you have low self-worth, are too shy, etc. Anyway, I don’t intend to have kids. But I wonder what those of you who do have/intend to have kids think: would you hope for an average balance, or would you hope it skewed one way or the other? Why or why not?

 

Giveaway: Aloha Superfood Dark Chocolate

Win a six pack of Aloha superfood chocolate!Yay, it’s the weekend! I’m excited to spend some time curled up on the couch with a good book and some homemade chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately I can’t give away a plate of cookies here on the blog—I’m pretty sure they’d be fuzzy before they made it through the post to the winner!—but I’m giving away something else delicious instead: a bundle of Aloha Superfood Dark Chocolate bars.

If there’s a way to make these bars better for you, I’m not sure what it is: they’re vegan, kosher, USA-made, non-GMO, free of soy and gluten, and made with fair trade ingredients. They’re loaded with superfoods like wheatgrass and moringa for a nutritional boost. Oh, and they’re pretty tasty, too!

One reader will win a six-pack of original dark bars; you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Impatient? Head over to the Aloha website and order your own six-pack in original dark, hazelnut & fig, macadamia & coconut, tropical twist, or cereal crunch. You can use the code “MARTHA37” to get $20 off your first order!

The giveaway is open internationally and will close next Sunday. Good luck!

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Book review: ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ (Unpopular opinion time!)

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (hardcover, 530 pages). Three and a half stars out of five. Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy!

Unpopular opinion time! All the Light We Cannot See is one of those books that is beautifully written, yet somewhat dull to read. Doerr’s story unfolds in aching prose, skipping back and forth through time and multiple POVs, weaving together the fates of a blind French girl named Marie and a young German soldier named Werner. The title is a bit of a scientific reference that also reveals a truth about the characters and stories within the novel: we see only a small part of what is truly occurring, and the rest–the events that shape a person and set them on their path–are invisible to the naked eye. War and history tend to focus on the big picture and gloss over the smaller details, but it’s the smaller details that Doerr brings into focus here: a father’s devotion to his daughter, a young man torn between duty and a stray childhood memory, an old man haunted by ghosts only he can see.

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