Thoroughly Thursday - the "I'm So Tired and Can't Wait to Have for a Green Beer" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the I'm So Tired & Can't Wait to Have a Green Beer Edition. I am a fan of the change Daylight Savings Time in that each year I'm momentarily surprised when I suddenly don't feel the need to get into my pajamas at 6:30 pm (like most of the winter months). However, the week-long jet-lag that comes with it is always a little rough. However, it's nice to look forward to Sunday's celebration of St. Patrick's Day, which is one of the few days that I can say with authority that drinking Budweiser with green dye will make you Irish for 24 hours. Or, really sick. I forget which...
What I'm Reading: Do Everything, Pretty Well
This last week, I've been reading How To Be Better at (Almost) Everything by Pat Flynn. This short book suggests that one key to being successful and happy is working to be "pretty good" at various skills (music, languages, programs, fitness, etc.), rather than trying to be "the best" at any one thing. The logic is that perfectionism often becomes a constant competition with others or a specific ideal. Alternately, a "generalist" can attain a basic mastery of a skill (about 80%) relatively quickly and then "stack" various skills together to be more innovative and nimble in our fast-changing environment. Of course, I'm not sure how I can use my talents of super-fast flossing and social media puns to work together, but I'm trying.
What I'm Watching - Can You Comment on His Bow-Tie if He is Invisible?
Aside from seeing Captain Marvel this weekend (yay!), I introduced my youngest to Harvey, which is one of my all-time favorite films. Based on the play by Mary Chase, Jimmy Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a small-town's local eccentric whose best friend is a 6ft. 3in invisible white rabbit. The story touches on mental illness, kindness, and what to do when a púca (a Celtic spirit) takes residence in your home. Additionally, the author John Green has a great story about his first viewing of Harvey during a dark time in his life and how it changed his perception of both his self-worth and black-and-white movies, in general. I recommend Harvey to everyone.
What I'm Listening To - An Audio Journey (occasionally in French)
One of my favorite film soundtracks is the music to Amelie by Yann Tiersen. This week, I've been listening to Tiersen's beautiful new album ALL. Musical orchestrations mix with captured audio from airports, conversations, and the sounds of nature, creating an experience which feels like being led by a guide who is trying to share the experience of humanity without using visuals. We are a long way from the accordions of "J'y Suis Jamais Allé." Let me know what you think about this one.
What I'm thinking about - Still True Now
"Years ago my mother used to say to me; she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' – she always called me Elwood – 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." - Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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