BTT and The Aging Meme
(Eva’s note: I just realised that I always misspell aging, because I totally wrote ‘the ageing meme’ before I noticed how Emily had it spelled. Whoops.)
First, Booking Through Thursday! I love this week’s question:
What, in your opinion, is the best book that you haven’t liked? Mind you, I don’t mean your most-hated book–oh, no. I mean the most accomplished, skilled, well-written, impressive book that you just simply didn’t like.
Like, for movies–I can acknowledge that Citizen Kane is a tour de force and is all sorts of wonderful, cinematically speaking, but . . . I just don’t like it. I find it impressive and quite an accomplishment, but it’s not my cup of tea.
So . . . what book (or books) is your Citizen Kane?
I know exactly what she’s talking about! The one that’s coming to mind right now is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I expected to love it; I can see why so many people do. But it just didn’t do anything for me. What about you?
Now for the longer one! Emily tagged me for a meme, and since she said
Eva (who is So young and yet so wise)
, you know I’m going to do it! And yes, I am young, but I’ve still got a little experience aging. Especially the post-college transition. *shudder*
At a certain age women should know what their core values are, be able to articulate them, and live in accordance with them.
At a certain age men should decide NOT to have a mid-life crisis which involves acquiring a new hobby with lots of expensive toys. Ok, that’s kinda mean, but I swear most of the men I know in their 40s do that. More seriously, they should realise that their passions are more important than being a ‘bread-winner’. *sigh* Most of my best guy friends are studying business, not because they’re interested in it, but because that’s what men (especially their fathers) do.
When I was a kid I thought I would change the world!
Now that I am older I wish I hadn’t wasted all of high school thinking I was so ugly it hurt other people to look at me (dude: almost all photographic evidence of high school Eva involves me with a purse over my face; I really thought I was heinously disfigured). Seriously: low self-esteem is just silly.
You know you are too old to ? when I really can’t think of anything for this one! How awful is that?
You know you are too young to take yourself seriously when you still get carded for rated R movies! ;) (oh yes, this has happened. also, when I was flying home at age 20, I was sitting in the emergency exit row. a flight attendant came over, and said “honey, how old are you?” she thought I was younger than 15!!!)
When I was in high school I listened to the music of Live (the band), Savage Garden, Johnny Cash, ACDC, and Vivaldi. That’s just a random sampling, but obviously I have rather eclectic music tastes.
Nowadays I find I like the music of well, lately I’ve gotten more into blues and bluegrass. But I still love a wide-range of music: my car CD holder includes La Boheme and Carrie Underwood. :p
On my last birthday I had a quiet, family-filled day. In fact, I blogged about it.
On my next birthday I want to party!! Hehe I’m in love with the idea of turning 23: I really like that number. So I want a real celebration!
The best birthday present I ever got was ohhh, that’s a hard one. My mom is really into giving great gifts, as is my sister (and me). I pretty much wear the silver Tiffany’s ring I got for my 21st birthday all the time, though.
The first time I felt grown up was…I’m not sure I really feel grown-up. That’s awful, isn’t it? But oh, I remember, the first time I flew home from college, travelling all alone. That felt pretty grown-up at the time.
The last time I felt like a kid was I feel like a kid a lot! I especially felt like a kid during orientation week at my grad school, where the average age of students is 27. Having to continually say I was 22, and hearing people’s reactions, made me feel like a kid. I don’t mind it, though. ;)
When I read We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch it changed my life.
Last year was a wonderful break from school, and an incredible opportunity to bond with my niece, one that I wouldn’t change for anything in the world.
Next year I hope to have a much more impressive resume. ;) I also wouldn’t mind being in a relationship again; I’ve avoided anything serious for two years now, and I think it’s about time to take a risk or two.
How would you finish the sentence next year I hope?