Thursday, October 16, 2008

friday faves!

It's Friday,
which means two things...
One, it's my birthday tomorrow!!!!!!! :)
And two,
it is time for a few of my favorite things of the week!!
Here we go...
This bat headband from Martha Stewart's collection at Michael's is SO CUTE. I bought it when it went on sale a while back and was going to wear it for fun around Halloween, but it has now inspired my Halloween costume- I'll be a cute bat!!! :) Now I've just got to make the costume....! (And Andrew's costume!)

Now I am a bit hesitant to put this book on my list of favorites at the moment, for a few reasons. First, I haven't finished it yet- I am currently listening to the book on tape, and I have a bit more to go. So I feel like I am cheating by writing my "review" of this book already. Secondly, I have had some definite mixed emotions about the entire thing, and still am- BUT it is a book that makes me think, and I definitely find Elizabeth Gilbert compelling, whether or not I agree with her way of going about life and what-not.... Anyways, let me get to my point. I was really, really hesitant to read this book at all because Oprah likes it. And that is NOT a good thing. Of all the "Oprah books" I've read, I have strongly hated them all. (Not that I don't like Oprah, but her taste in books is awful.) So I didn't know what was moving me to read this book, but maybe it is because I see it everywhere I go. Bookstore, Target, WalMart, etc, etc... the cover was haunting me and making me want to read it, Oprah or not! So I decided to not waste money on it, just in case I despised it, and I got the book on tape from the library. I have been listening to it the past couple of weeks, and I have to say, I love it. As of right now at least. My thoughts of the book, this author, this woman, her life... they have been mixed- I can't say that I like everything about it. But it is so interesting to go on this journey with her- a personal journey that is at times bizarre, at times narcissistic, and at times, completely fascinating. I do think Liz Gilbert is a pretty self-involved individual, yet I encourage you to pick up the book and see for yourself. She is totally real, and is on the way to finding true happiness for herself, which I think is a commendable accomplishment in anyone's life.
Has anyone else read it???
I am dying to know what you think of it! Anyways, maybe this won't be a favorite by the time I'm done, but I'll be sure to let you all know!!!


Preppy Mama said...

That headband is so cute. Happy Birthday!! I did not read that book, but my sister just finished it and is booking a trip to Bali. She loved it!!

Just me.....Shelly said...

Happy HAPPY b-day!!! Whooo Hooo! P.S. I have not read that book, sorry, i m no help!

Amy said...

An early happy birthday wish to you!

And yes, I read the book. I had mixed feeling throughout the book as well... but in the end, LOVED it! Like you said, some of her ways and points of view are completely different from mine as well, but that's part of the journey! It did make me think, helped me evaluate some things in my life and overall left a great impression. Let me know what you think when you get to the end!

onlymehere said...

Haven't read the book but Happy Birthday tomorrow! I just had a birthday and I have several blogger buddies with birthdays this month, hmmmmmm such strange goings on! I love the headband and can hardly wait to see you blog your costume!!

Neabear said...

Happy Birthday! Lots of October birthdays it seems. And add me to the list of people who have not read the book yet. Maybe one day I will.

eRiCa said...

I have read that book 3 times...I love the way she writes and some of the profound she says that made me think. I think I have something highlighted on almost every page. There are parts that are slow and some things she says I don't agree with but there is a lot of good in this book.

Cecilia said...

Happy birthday!Hope you have a great day!

Corinne said...

I have read the book and really enjoyed it. It was light reading, yet I enjoyed her story and it's message. Happy Birthday!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Holly; I so love the bat headband very cute. I have not read that book and I never heard of it. I must live in a hole or

Have a great weekend.


Claudie said...

First Happy Happy Birthday to you.
Second. I did read the book and read it a second time. I think you will enjoy her journey.
At the time i might have been searching for something in my life. Not sure what since I do have a great life...but when you listen to Oprah (who I don't listen to anymore) she seems to always be searching for the "answer". The Eckard Tolle she pushed on everyone put me over the edge. I only read a few chapters and threw it in the garbage. People need things to help them through hard times, and if your "there" then go ahead and try to find what ever it is that can get you over that hump. When your content than be it.
Enjoy Liz for who she is. I loved it and wanted to jump on a plane with my hubby and go to Rome.
Have a great weekend
P.S. wow so much to say this morning!!!!

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