I actually finished this one a while back and failed to post about it. It's a book about a man who's spent his entire life feeling that he's really a woman, and trying to come up with ways to cope with that including keeping it secret, believing that love will fix him, and ultimately getting sex change surgery. It's a really interesting discussion on not only transgender folks but also what makes a person who they are in the first place. I give it all of my thumbs up.
Book 12/15 - Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Finished this one yesterday. This is the second Jodi Picoult book I've read (the other was My Sister's Keeper), and here's the thing about Jodi Picoult. I like her books quite a bit, she's very talented at creating tons of characters with fleshed out lives and back stories and motives, you feel for every single person in her books and can see where they are coming from, and she's obviously well researched. HOWEVER, her driving need to end every section of story she writes on some Deep and Meaningful one-liner, and pepper the book with metaphors of Great Importance, kind of drives me up the wall bonkers. I think she'd be much better suited following the "less is more" policy there, and letting the story tell itself so that the Deep and Meaningful moments of Great Importance have a little more weight.
THAT BEING SAID, I enjoyed this book.
HOOP CLASSES. I started teaching dems! They've been going well, if small (my largest class has been three people). But everyone in them seems to be enjoying them and learning something, so THAT IS A PLUS. I also got to perform last Saturday at the studio's monthly hafla, and that was a friggen' blast. I think maybe one or two people in the room had actually seen hoop dance before, and the rest were like, "WHOA THAT'S RIDICULOUS I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU COULD DO THAT WITH A HOOP. INCREDIBLE." And I was like, *squee*
It's crazy, because any time I ever perform anything, whether it be singing, acting in high school, whatever, I always feel like my stage presence is lacking, like I'm too shy to really give the audience a good show. But with the hoop around me, I felt GREAT. It's like it takes away the stage fright. And it was really exciting. :)
RENT!!! Went with Vanessa to see it with original Broadway cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, aka Roger and Mark. HOLY FREAKING BANANAS, that was the best performance of RENT I have EVER seen. I've seen RENT on the stage twice, and it always leaves me an emotional wreck (which is just how I like it), but having the REAL Mark and the REAL Roger up on that stage, especially during the song where they are yelling back and forth right before Roger leaves for Santa Fe...oh man. OH MAN. So good. And we hung out at the back after the show and I got to see Adam and Anthony with my OWN EYES (I mean not on the stage this time). I have pictures. I need to upload them.
I got a new phone, and I'm slowly getting used to it, but one of the best features is that it has THE INTERNET ON IT. I have abused this feature way a lot already, I love being able to check my e-mail from my apartment. I also have room for more text messages in my inbox, so I may be getting a little more involved in Twitter. MAYBE. WE'LL SEE. It still weirds me out a little. But everyone else is obsessed with it, so there must be some draw. I'm determined to find it.
It also has the theme from Edward Scissorhands as the ringtone. (My phone, not Twitter.)