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House and Festival Stuff -- Tying Up Loose Ends

I'm tying up loose ends on various festival projects.

I needed to get my 'vote' to Marilyn today about the direction for the new website. We had three choices and were supposed to pick one -- and explain our reasoning. Hopefully I did a decent job of that. I'm interested to see what the others decided...

I've been going through my emails and organizing them and taking care of things that still need to be done. I had a few IT things to tackle (with more to do tomorrow when I'm in the office). It's the time of year when there are lots of little things to work on...

I need to pick the eNewsletters that we're going to submit to IFEA this year -- and get them printed out (hopefully tomorrow). We're cutting way back on submissions this year, which I'm glad to hear. It's a ton of work, and last year the return wasn't all that good. So...

Sister Sue and I went for Starbucks together today. And I picked up a few things at the store. (And managed to FORGET several things we needed. Oh well.)

Sue and I also went to the Goodwill. We want to keep going through things and making more and more trips, getting rid of stuff on a regular basis. I'm totally ready to get back into that mode again!

I also changed the beds and did laundry. And a load of dishes. And picked up a bit in the kitchen. Little stuff around the house, in other words.

I did get up with Marilyn around 4:30 a.m. to watch a little bit of Wimbledon, before heading back to bed. Unfortunately, Rafa Nadal went OUT today (in the first round) -- which is a huge disappointment...

What else?

SPOILER ALERT!!! Discussing "Divergent" Below!

If you don't want to know things about the book, then avoid reading -- I'm going to spoil for sure...

I've finished the book "Divergent" (by Veronica Roth). She's a good writer and tells an interesting story with interesting characters. Regardless, I have a lot of issues with her book. There's no insight as to what created her dystopian Chicago world -- so even if I find that world rather clever, I'm confused as to how it would be created in the first place. Like others I tend to wonder what the world is like OUTSIDE the city of Chicago. And where are citizens that don't fall inside the ages of teens, those slightly older than teens and there parents??? There are a couple of vague references to children. But none at all to any older citizens, that I can see. (Are we offing all people over 50, or what???)

And I'd like to say those are the ONLY issues I have with the book, but there are many others, I'm afraid. Like others before me, I don't find the Dauntless faction BRAVE (far from it!). As many have pointed out, doing STUPID and DANGEROUS physical acts don't strike me as brave actions. And wearing body piercings and tattoos really don't require bravery, either... I personally found the Abnegation faction the most interesting -- but it's possible that most of that faction has been killed off at the end of the book -- and end that was pretty unbelievable, by the way.

Interestingly enough, I still might consider reading the next book in this series. I'm curious to see if the author can engage me again, regardless of all my reservations about the novel.

You know, there's something to be said for being able to get others to read your work even when they have negative feelings about said work!

Anyway, I'm going to the office tomorrow and am ready for a nap. So that's all for today.

No. I haven't forgotten about my "Man of Steel" review. Again, I've just put it off... On the same note, friend Rich sent me a RANT about that movie today! It make me chuckle. I'll have to chat with him about it tomorrow.

Goodnight, all!

Tags: 2013, book, dishes, divergent, enewsletter, festival, it-manager, it-related, june-2013, kindle, laundry, marilyn, movie, reading, rich, sister-sue, work

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