Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Book and A Brain

Whilst making my blog rounds today I happened upon a quick little link called The Book Quiz at Blue Pyramid over on Maddy's Alien in a Foreign Field blog so, of course, I just had to check it out! With only six questions to answer and over sixty-four possibilities as outcomess it sounded pretty good to me. Besides, you know how curiosity tends to kill the cat on a fairly regular basis!

So, six quick and easy questions later this is what I got ...

You're Love in the Time of Cholera!
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Like Odysseus in a work of Homer, you demonstrate undying loyalty by sleeping with as many people as you possibly can. But in your heart you never give consent! This creates a strange quandary of what love really means to you. On the one hand, you've loved the same person your whole life, but on the other, your actions barely speak to this fact. Whatever you do, stick to bottled water. The other stuff could get you killed.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

O ... K ... With sixty-four possible outcomes that's what I got?? You're kidding, right? Is it because I said "no" when asked if I liked Oprah? The only reason I have ever even heard of this book is because it's the book that Sara (Kate Beckinsale) writes her name and phone number in before disappearing on Jonathan (John Cusack) in Serendipity, a 2001 romantic comedy that I just happened to watch on TBS this past Saturday. Now tell me watching that movie recently and then getting that very book in this quiz is not serendipitous! Hmm, perhaps strange things are afoot at the Circle K?

If you're not familiar with the whole concept of serendipity, it's the phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for - in other words, a happy and unexpected turn of fate or fortune. Which is sort of what the whole movie Serendipity is about. To be honest I didn't particularly like it the first time I saw it but it had John Cusack in it and I love me some John Cusack so I watched it. I wanted to reach through the screen, grab Sara and throttle her at times because you don't just have a fantastic night with a guy like John Cusack (oh, okay, his character Jonathan) and then just take off in the hopes that fate will bring you back together. Good God, woman, what were you thinking?? But at the same time, I am a firm believer in fate so after giving it some thought and a second viewing, I decided I did like it after all. Sort of. Almost. Kind of. I definitely liked John Cusack!

I've also sort of kind of had John on the brain this week as I had watched another John Cusack movie with Amanda this past Friday night. She insisted I watch 1408, a scary movie which is based on a Stephen King short story, and then she has the nerve to tease me about liking John Cusack! Funny how she can go all ga-ga over her various rock stars and yet if I like a movie star or two I get razzed about it. Doesn't seem quite fair, does it?

Speaking of having things on the brain (nice segue, eh?), I am honored to have received the following award from Lee at Tar Heel Ramblings today -

To quote from Lee -
"Linda ... has written an excellent post that got me thinking, and for that, I would like to award her the Brain Building Blog award.
This post, which was in response to a challenge from Morgen’s Manic Monday to blog on the word heart, evolved into an essay on what love does to the heart…especially when that love fades and the heart is broken.
I have experienced the phenomena of a broken heart, both as the one doing the breaking, and as the one who’s heart has broken. To be honest, it isn’t a pleasant experience to be in either role.
Linda has shared from her life and experience, putting the wounds of broken relationships on display for all to see. In doing so, she helps all of us examine our relationships with an awareness that our own feelings and thoughts are only part of the equation.
Thank you, Linda, for sharing your heart with us. With reflection, perhaps our relationships can be healthier and happier, and the pain of a breaking heart can be avoided.
Well, shucks and golly - thank you so very much, Lee! I'm so glad to have written something that spoke to another and got that person to thinking. Broken hearts, I feel, are something that a lot of us have experienced and join us together as human beings. Whether you're the breaker or the breakee, it's never a pleasant experience but it is one that you can learn and grow from. What you do with a broken heart can define the remainder of your life in that it can scare you off of love completely or it can show you that you're stronger than you think and perhaps make you a better person. Or perhaps not.

In my case I would like to set the record straight on one thing that maybe I wasn't clear on in writing yesterday's post ... even though I still wish that things had turned out differently with the guy who grape-stomped on my heart three times - which I alone allowed him to do - I am not pining over him. My heart healed years ago and no longer sports a gaping, open wound that pains me with every single beat. Sure, there are things that will stop me in my tracks every once in awhile - a bit of a song, a phrase in a movie, a hint of a scent, a piece of a dream, a line in a book - but the debilitating gut-wrenching, drop-to-my-knees pain is simply another part of my life's history.

As Simon & Garfunkel once sang ... "If I never loved, I never would have cried." And as My Chemical Romance also sang, "I'm okay, I'm okay, I'm okay now." Trust me.


  1. So much for that stupid quiz:

    James Joyce - Ulysses

    Most people are convinced that you don't make any sense, but compared
    to what else you could say, what you're saying now makes tons of sense. What people do
    understand about you is your vulgarity, which has convinced people that you are at once
    brilliant and repugnant. Meanwhile you are content to wander around aimlessly, taking in
    the sights and sounds of the city. What you see is vast, almost limitless, and brings you
    additional fame. When no one is looking, you dream of being a Greek folk hero.

  2. ok, not even going to try that quiz...thanks anyway.

    cool award.

    who you gonna give it out to?

  3. the video for how to thread a needle with your eyes shut is up and running.

  4. I'm the same book as you Linda and I have to say reading the explanation it is probably right!

    Glad to hear your heart has mended and you're OK now. xx

  5. I got the same one as Gracie, and I think the last bit is most accurate, lol!

    I love Serendipity, it's one of my favorite movies :) I go all smooshy at the end when he's laying on the skating rink in the snow. *le sigh* I'm just that kind of girl.

  6. Anonymous8:44 AM EST

    The Giver, by Lois Lowry (I think it's ironic --a book by another Lois

    "While you grew up with a sheltered childhood, you're pretty sure everyone around you is even more sheltered. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, you were tapped on the shoulder and transported to the real world. This made you horrified by your prior upbringing and now you're tormented by how to reconcile these two lives. Ultimately, the struggle comes down to that old free will issue. Choose wisely."

  7. Anonymous8:58 AM EST

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. I posted my results, too. I am The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams... I must say some stuff may apply to me...:o))))

  8. I don't like Oprah either. She is just an entertainer. A rich one, but nothing more.

    John Cusack works for me too. :)

    The piece you did for MM was awesome Linda and you certainly deserve this award. I've told you before and I'll tell you again. You write very, very well. Have a great day. :)

  9. Linda, '1408' has two endings. I saw the American one at the cinema, then when I had the DVD, I saw a different ending, for those outside, where Cusack gets killed in the fire.

  10. Congratulations on a well deserved award. As for the quiz ... one of my favorite books: Watership Down.

  11. Congrats on the award. It's much deserved!
    Your MM post was superb in every way. You are a great writer, Linda.

  12. It would seem for all that no matter what happens regarding love, we all will go back for not because of the bad that things that might happen...but for all the wonderful things that will happen

    Excellent writing

  13. Anonymous7:54 PM EST

    I can't help but love silly quizzes. I have never seen one on books. Looks fun. I'll try it out.


  14. Anonymous8:21 PM EST

    I loved Serendipity, but I could've slapped that chick for trusting the "universe" to bring them back together! Poor guy! I am crazy about Cusack, too.


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