Teaser Tuesdays

“I do not know how it feels to be thrown into a lake of fire. I am sure it isn’t pleasant. But I can say with all certainty that walking the length of a ballroom with a book upon one’s head and a back-board strapped to one’s back while imposioned in a tight corset, layers or petticoats, and shoes that pinch is a form of torture even Mr. Alighieri would find too hideous to document in his Inferno

– Page 7 of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

[I cheated again this week and used more than 2 sentences.]

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Day We Changed the World

(Sorry, 2 non-book-related posts in a row.  I promise the next one will be about books)

Ben and I just spent the last 2 hours watching By The People in honor of the historic anniversary that is November 4.  For those of you who are new to my blog, I was a Field Organizer for the Obama Campaign during the general election.  For 3 months, I lived and breathed Barack Obama.  I went home only to get a few hours of sleep and I think I saw my husband less than I did when we lived in different parts of the country.  But watching this documentary reminded me why I did it and why I would do it over if I had the chance (possibly with some Xanax nearby).  In honor of the anniversary, I’m reposting my thoughts from after the election last year.  I wrote this on November 9. 2008 and the original post can be found here.

So…we won!  Barack Obama is our next president.  And we won Florida and Pinellas County – both of which went for George Bush four years ago.  I couldn’t have asked for more.  All I want to do is stare at the little blue Florida and the little blue Pinellas county all day.

I am extremely glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of something so important.  The last 3 months definitely had its ups and downs.  Some times, I was curled up on the office floor crying out of exhaustion and anxiety.  Other times, I was having the time of my life.  I met so many amazing people – co-workers, volunteers, community members.  I am going to remember this forever.  It could possibly be the biggest thing that I am ever a part of.

Here is what Joe Klein had to say in Time magazine about us:

Indeed, there are — an army of them, untold thousands of young organizers operating out of more than 700 offices nationwide. And they have delivered a message to Rudy Giuliani, who sneered during the Republican National Convention that he didn’t even know “what a community organizer is.” This is who they are: they are the people who won this election. They were the heart and soul and backbone of Barack Obama’s victory. They are destined to emerge as the next significant generation of American political operatives — similar to the antiwar and antisegregation baby boomers who dominated the Democratic Party after cutting their teeth on the Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy campaigns of 1968, similar to the pro-life, antitax Reaganauts who dominated the Republican Party and American politics from the election of 1980 … until now. They are a preview of the style and substance of the Obama Administration.

I am glad to get back to my life.  Back to friends, family, reading, ballet, and everything else.  But I am also terrified because I have no idea what comes next.  I have to choose which direction to take my life now.  For now, I’m trying to remember how to relax and enjoy our success.  I’m going on a trip up north in a few days with some of my fellow organizers and seeing my dad in Boston and my family in Michigan.  So I guess I can put off some of these decision for a few weeks.

When I start getting nervous, I just try to remember everything that I have done so far and how much we actually accomplished here. We elected the president.  Kind of a big deal.

I’m looking forward to catching up with all of you.  I missed you all the last 3 months.

Back to realtime Michelle.

That chapter of my life is over.  I am still involved in the campaign world to a lesser degree, but I have moved on with my life.  I will never forget those 3 months, the people I met, the friendships I made, the lessons I learned.  I am so thankful that I got to be a part of Obama’s story and I can’t wait to see what he does the next 3 (7?) years.

Is it 2012 yet?

Hello World. It’s Me Again.

For the past 2 1/2 years I’ve been blogging over at http://michellen.vox.com.  I loved vox and it was a great place to get started.  But I want more out of my blog now so I’m moving over to here.  I hope I don’t lose any of my vox readers and I will continue to check back there and read and comment on their posts.  For the time being, I will either cross-post to both places or provide a link to my wordpress posts on vox.  I will most likely start moving all of my old posts over, but that will be a slow process and I don’t have the patience to do that first.

It may seem like I made this decision suddenly, but I’ve been debating it for quite some time and once I got started, I just decided to do it.

Anyway, this blog will focus on the books I read and my thoughts on them.  I will not commit to not ever discussing any other subjects, but I am going to try to keep this focused.  I’m looking forward for a refreshing new start and I hope you all enjoy reading it.

Michelle

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

For some time, I’ve been debating how much I really like vox and if I should start blogging elsewhere.  I loved vox when I first started and I love my vox neighbors and the community on here, but the limitations are starting to annoy me.  For example, the formatting is strange sometimes and it takes a lot of trial and error to get the spacing right.  And I feel like I don’t have a lot of control over the design.  But the biggest thing is that people who don’t have vox accounts can’t comment.  I’ve heard from several people that they would like to be able to comment but don’t want to join vox.

I chose vox originally because I knew a lot of people who were using it and I loved it for a long time.  But now I know a lot of people outside of it, too.  I’ve even gone so far as to get a wordpress blog but I haven’t posted any content to it because I’m reluctant to leave all of you fellow-voxers.

Anyone have any thoughts?

The Hunger Games

Around the time that Catching Fire came out this year, I began hearing of the buzz around this series. So I requested a copy of The Hunger Games from the library and calmly waited until it came in. Then I devoured it (that pun might be intended). I read it in 3 late night reading sessions last week after Husband had gone to bed forcing myself to put it down each night so that I could get a few hours of sleep. The plot moved quickly, the premise was fascinating, and the characters came to life. Like most young adult books, the writing may not be fantastic, but the story makes up for it.. I’m saving the sequel, Catching Fire for the read-a-thon and the wait is killing me.

The Hunger Games

For those who don’t know, the Hunger Games is a dystopian novel taking place sometime in the future in what is now the United States. The Capitol rules the outlying Districts and to show its control and prevent rebellion, every year 2 teenagers – Tributes – from each district must take part in a competition to the death that is nationally televised. The winner returns to a live a life of luxury in his or her district. This year Katniss takes her younger sister’s place as a Tribute. Peeta, a boy her age, is chosen as the second Tribute. Together they journey to the Capitol where they must participate in the pomp and circumstance leading up to the games and then fight for their lives
once it begins.

This book is sort of a mash-up of The Lottery and The Most Dangerous Game with a little love story thrown in for kicks. I highly recommend it to those of you out there who love a good young adult dystopian novel.

Teaser Tuesday

“The first thing Betsy and Tacy and Tib did after they were ten years old was to fall in love.  They all fell in love at once…with the same person too.”

– Page 27 of Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace

PS – The 12-year old boy in me (?!) wanted to put the passage a few pages earlier about Betsy being “pounded” for her birthday.  Inappropriate? Maybe.

teasertuesdays31

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share
    doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can
    add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!