What’s On My Mind?

Written by abbynormally
February 25th, 2012

Oh hey, it’s been awhile, huh? I’m still here. I just don’t have anything to write about–well, I think I actually have too much to write about. Here’s a brief synopsis of everything that I could write full posts on (heck, some could be actual books).

1) Here are two articles I recently stumbled upon about C.S. Lewis that are very informative. It’s no secret that he’s my favorite author of all time. Actually, I’d go so far as to say that he’s my favorite intellectual of all time. You should read them.

C.S. Lewis as a Political Thinker
I love this line: His concern was not policy but principle; political problems of the day were interesting to him only insofar as they involved matters that endured.
The Eternal C.S. Lewis

2) Speaking of C.S. Lewis, he once said, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

This has never been as true as it is today in America.

Geneva College filed a lawsuit this week against the federal government for the mandate that religious employers must provide abortion inducing drugs to employees (and in Geneva’s case, students). The lawsuit has been filed in defense of religious freedom. I am so proud of the College (and the other schools) for taking a stand against this attack on our constitutional rights. And also for its unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life. If you’re interested, you can read more here.

3) I’m trying to read The Help, but I find it inexplicably boring. There’s only one other person that I know who shares my opinion. I think that whatever the author was trying to do, Harper Lee did it better with fewer words and fewer characters. I’ll finish the book, but I’m not happy about it.

4) I plan to chase The Help with In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Harper Lee’s character “Dill” was based on Truman Capote, a childhood friend whom she helped throughout the mystery of the Clutter murders–the subject of In Cold Blood.

5) Is that last sentence as confusing as I think it was?

6) I am so sick of training for races. Seriously. I don’t care how great I feel when I cross the line at the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in March–heck! I don’t care even if I win the dang thing– do NOT let me sign up for another race at least a year. I hate the feeling of always feeling like I “have to” run. I run simply because I enjoy it. Lately it seems like it’s a chore which makes it unlikely that I’ll do what I need to do because I’m a slacker.

7) I’m much more interested in planning for Rome than I am for my race. Dave had the brilliant idea to schedule our week using post-it notes. He’s full of those. Brilliant ideas, that is. Although I was surprised at how many post-it notepads he uncovered so I’m starting to think he’s full of those too.

8) I also updated my photography blog.

What’s been on your mind lately?

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12 Responses to “What’s On My Mind?”

  1. Liz says:

    I think about #6 every single day. Too bad I have a 10 mile race coming up in April that I have to train for and a half planned for November…but other than that, no races!

    • abbynormally says:

      Bahhh! I can’t wait for this race to be over. It will be glorious. A couple of weeks ago I didn’t do a long run on Saturday and I got up and ate breakfast and showered… I thought, “Is this what normal people do on weekends? Because it’s glorious!”

  2. I watched the movie “In Cold Blood”… I found it disturbing enough that I had no interest in the book D:

    Rome! Sounds awesome :D

  3. Susan says:

    I don’t know where in Rome you’re staying, but I lived a couple blocks from this restaurant when I studied in Rome, and it was deeeelicious. And tucked off the normal tourist path (but still close to Piazza Navona). Highly recommended, especially for gnocchi night on Thursdays. Well…at least Dave can eat the gnocchi. :)

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d983620-Reviews-Da_Francesco-Rome_Lazio.html

  4. Susan says:

    I need to read a C.S. Lewis book! I love his quotes and he sounds brilliant.

    Can’t wait for Rome (you going that is). My best friend is there right now!

  5. Dave says:

    saying “schedule our week using post-it notes” doesnt really do my brilliance justice.

  6. Lindsey says:

    I thought The Help was boring too. I plowed through it only so I didn’t end up putting it down in the middle, which I hate to do. I kept reading (aka skimming) because it was *supposed* to be AMAZING and I guess I was looking for the amazing…never found it. Overall a mehh kind of read for me.

    I think it’s really great of you to not sign up for races. I went through the same kind of feelings. The idea that I HAD to run made me not every want to do it – plus there are like 5 people at work who always talk about running, which made me hate to think about it, listen to it, or do it. I ended up skipping the RnR Half because I just couldn’t stand the thought of it. Now, after a voluntary break and then getting pregnany, I am getting super excited for the day I can run again. Good for you – you deserve a break and will wind up a better runner! I’m happy for you!

    When you go to Rome you should visit the Capuchin Crypt (google it first to make sure you’ll be into it). It was really nuts…that’s all I can say. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

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