in which i ask

Have you ever walked across bubble wrap? The kind with the really big bubbles?

It feels so nice on my feet.

I’m totally conscious of the fact that I’m wasting perfectly good packing materials, but it’s just one of those things — like dipping your hand into a barrel of dried beans — that simply feels too good to avoid.

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March 5, 2009 at 11:06 pm 2 comments

in which i have read a lot: february

As promised, here is the February update on my goal to read 52 books this year.

Week Five: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

I had started this in the last week January, and finished it in February. Holy mackerel was it amazing. It was completely different than anything I have ever read, and although it took me quite a while to get used to the style of writing, I was hooked by about the 20th page. I definitely recommend this one. It’s quite intense at different parts and slightly gory at others, but overall it’s just an amazing story.

Week Six: HP & The Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

Seriously, have I not mentioned that I love the Harry Potter books? Hahaha. Recently, I’ve been rereading the seventh one over and over again. I realized it had been quite a while since I read HBP, and with the movie on the horizon (how much farther away could July possibly be?!?) I thought it would be a good idea to remind myself of the book. Fabulous as always.

Week Seven: Flood Tide by Clive Cussler
Week Eight: Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
Week Nine: Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler

I went on a bit of a Clive Cussler kick this month. His books are just insanely fun to read. They are all adventure stories, mostly based on this character Dirk Pitt. If you’ve seen the movie Sahara, that was based off one of Cussler’s novels. They’re all crazy underwater adventures, with some complete psycho attempting to destroy something or kill someone or control something in order to be the most powerful-wealthy person in the world. Dirk Pitt and his sidekick, Al, get into the craziest situations and manage to get out of them in completely unrealistic ways. Totally fun books to lose yourself in.

Week Nine: Lucia Lucia by Adriana Trigiana

I bought this book a few years ago simply because I liked the cover and that it was about an Italian family. And, luckily, I ended up loving the book. It is the story of a young Italian-American woman named Lucia and how her life was irrevocably changed by a handsome stranger. It’s a great story: sweet at times, painful at times, tragic at times. Certain moments even make me tear up. It’s a pretty quick read, and it’s an interesting look at the life and traditions of an Italian-American family in the 1950s.

That brings the grand total up to 12 out of 52 books. And in only 9 weeks! I’m three ahead! Wooo! Read anything great lately? I already have my March books picked out (because the rest are packed in boxes ready to be sent to North Carolina), but I’d love some recommendations for April and beyond!

Past Months: January

March 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm 2 comments

in which i twitter

In an effort to keep myself honest in my new quest for healthier living, I have created a Twitter account specifically to keep myself (and anyone who wants to pay attention!) updated on my efforts towards the healthier lifestyle. I’ll basically be Tweeting about making the effort to cook healthier foods and exercise on a regular basis. I may even start a second blog dedicated completely to this effort.

It’s time to get my ass in gear!

Anyway, follow me if you’d like: twitter.com/rebaruns

EDIT: Anyone know of a sexier way to have my Twitter updates in the sidebar than using the RSS Widget?

EDIT #2: I decided to start the second blog! Check it out: RebaRuns

February 25, 2009 at 8:38 pm 2 comments

in which i quote

Here are a few of the quotes that hang above my desk. I like that I can glance up at them whenever I’m feeling a bit down or lost or confused, and they instantly refresh me and make me feel better. I hope they do the same for you!

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – Unknown

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Remember: You are not lost. You are exploring.” – Unknown

“May your year be filled with magic & dreams & good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere this year, you surprise yourself.” – Neil Gaiman

February 25, 2009 at 7:35 am 2 comments

in which i admit things

I admit it: I hate shopping, but desperately need new clothes. I literally haven’t been able to afford new clothes since I was in college (almost two years ago now), so my “I’m a professional not a college student” slash “Hi, I’m a really awesome photographer and artist” slash “I’m not 12 dammit!” wardrobe is severely lacking. Luckily, my Mummay helped me buy some new clothes while I was home this past weekend.

I admit it: I like High School Musical. I even saw the newest one in the theatre. Granted, it was on a Friday at 10am, guaranteeing I was the only one in there… but, still. I am mentioning this now because I randomly felt like watching it yesterday (after ‘Can I Have This Dance’ came on my iTunes — which I swear I only have because I got it for free for buying my ticket to the movie from Fandango) and proceeding to watch the entire thing on YouTube. Cue hanging my head down in shame.

I admit it: I secretly wish I could get a job in the art department for the Harry Potter movies. Unlikely as it is, it would be freaking awesome. They create the most amazing things for those films, and it would be pretty cool to be involved with it.

I admit it: I have hooked up with J (the ex-boyfriend) several times since we broke up. And yes, I mean hoooooooked up.

I admit it: If I could, I would move to Italy in a heartbeat. My ultimate dream is to live there and support myself by selling books of my photography.

I admit it: I like to read Harry Potter fanfiction. I like to read what different people think happened between the end of Deathly Hallows and the Epilogue.

I admit it: If I didn’t have debilitating stage fright, I’d have seriously considered acting as a potential career or hobby. I had a lot of friends involved in theatre, and did some backstage stuff during high school, and always loved running lines with them and helping them rehearse. But put me on a stage in front of a ton of people, or even just having to present something to a class, and I shake visibly from fifteen feet away and can’t keep my voice steady.

I admit it: I have been a suck-tastic blogger as of late. Beyond the Vlog Day, I just haven’t felt the inspiration to drop in here. Hopefully, this slack-ass attitude will leave soon.

Do you have anything to admit?

February 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm 2 comments

in which i vlog

Sooooo. I caved and participated in the 20sb Vlog Day 2. Oy. I can’t remember the last time I heard my voice through a video or something, and I sound weird. I also think that I talk weird, but maybe that is how I talk in real life… inflection-wise, tonality, etc. Anyway, the theme was “something you love” and I decided to talk about some of my cameras. Enjoy it lovers:

Things I Love: 20SB Vlog Day 2 from Reba of OrangeMagoric on Vimeo.

For some reason, I can’t get it to embed. Anyone know how to do this on WordPress?

UPDATE: Let’s see if WordPress doesn’t delete the embed HTML info.

February 18, 2009 at 6:03 am 5 comments

in which i discuss the celebs

I don’t typically — or ever, really — discuss celebrities on here, but I thought that just this once, I’d rave about some people I’m loving lately.

First of all, Emma Watson. As I’m sure you all know, I love Harry Potter. Love the books, love the movies. And of all the young actors in the movies, Emma Watson is by far my favorite. I love her Hermione, and as a person, she always seems so collected, sure of herself, and above all: normal! She is the type of person young girls should look up to. She seems to have a good head on her shoulders and she’s determined to attend college. My kinda gal! Plus, look at how gorgeous she is (at the BAFTAs this weekend):

emmawatson

In a world where it is typical for young actresses and singers to dress basically as trampy as possible, it’s refreshing to see someone like Emma. She’s classy and put together, and it is a beautiful combination! I can’t think of a single other actress in her age group (she’s only, what, 18?) who looks this sophisticated on the red carpet.

Next up, Jennifer Hudson. Mainly, her performance at the Grammys, which had me glued to my television. In case you missed it, enjoy:

Truly proof that true talent can come out of ridiculous shows like American Idol. Her voice just blows me away.

I’m also loving Adele. I was so stoked she won two Grammy’s. So stoked, in fact, that I could forgive her chewing gum throughout her acceptance speech! Silly girl.

Looooove her voice. The type of voice that gives me chills. Her performance at the Grammy’s was great also… loved that they paired her with Sugarland (one of my favorite country groups… hearing ‘Stay‘ always gives me chills).

Other things I loved about the Grammy’s: Justin Timberlake and Al Green singing Let’s Stay Together; Coldplay apologizing to Paul McCartney for their reproduction of the Sgt Pepper outfits; Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland thanking Paul McCartney because she was so flustered when they won.

Things I hated about the Grammy’s: MIA’s ridiculous performance outfit; comparing the Swagga Like Us rappers to the Rat Pack; poor Stevie Wonder being forced to perform with the Jonas Brothers; Miley Cyrus proving she can’t sing by butchering such a pretty song with Taylor Swift; Zooey Deschanel’s outfit (she can do so much better!).

Did you watch the Grammy’s? Like ’em or hate ’em?

February 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm 3 comments

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