Sunday, January 6, 2013

In 2013

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Initially inspired by the massive influx of new Goodreads friends and their 2013 reading challenge aims, I committed to my first real resolution of the year: read 100 books in 2013. Except, being a hippie, I don't believe in resolutions, and instead call them intentions. And also, being a hippie, my sister and I had already done early Solstice intentions for the coming year (complete with burning them to release the energy into the world), and mine centered on taking action more. Anyhow, 100 books in 2013. Okay.

Then, listening to my favourite, they discussed their own resolutions for the year, and I was again inspired to set some more goals.

100 movies. Unlike Ms. Holmes, I will not require myself to see new movies (and I have yet to decide whether they have to be new to me), but I'm going to watch 100 movies this year. And read 100 books. And, the strongest bit of inspiration, I'm going to write about them. I was sitting around the other day, after reading some great bit of writing about some great bit of pop culture, and I was getting down on myself for not writing about things, mostly because I worry that I won't have anything to say. Brainwave: write about things you love and why you love them, and about things you hate and why you hate them. Easy. Hopefully I'll come across (or, you know, have) some insights, and I'll find some interesting things to say. But yes. Action. Action!

I've made my way through the first of my books for the year: Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality, by Jacob Tomsky. I'm giving it 7/10 - a solidly enjoyable account of a life spent working in hotels, along with all of the dirty (like, pretty gross) secrets of the industry. Included: how to steal from the minibar, and how to get an upgrade. Also included, an odd undercurrent that felt like it was leading to a story of sobriety, but maybe that's still coming (he needs to keep something for the next book). The main theme: Tip! Also: Unions are awesome.

9 comments:

Lara said...

Yay! Looking forward to reading your observations...

Ange Friesen said...

Thanks, Lara. Looking forward to having them.

ana said...

Hey Ange, it's so enjoyable to read your blog again. I love your "intentions." :)
I also was thinking to do similar things, but with some reason, I was shy to pronounce "resolution". Is it because I am a hippie? Am I?

p.s. Do you know any place similar to The Foundation in Toronto? I brought a friend there and she loved it. Since she is from Toronto, she wanted to find somewhere similar to.

Ange Friesen said...

Hi Ana, Thanks! Maybe you are.

I don't know anywhere in Toronto that's too similar to the Foundation, but Fresh is currently my favourite Vegetarian restaurant in Toronto. It's more focused on fresh, raw ingredients, but it's really good.

ana said...

I knew you would know somewhere good. :)
Thanks, I will let my friend know.

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