11 July 2014

This Post Is Brought to You by the Letter M

I first encountered this meme on Trish's blog Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity.  It seemed like fun and a good way to think outside the box about my reading habits and other preferences.  So I asked Trish to assign me a letter.  At first she chose K, but then I said I would have to cheat, so she gave me M instead.  Much easier!  For the meme, you list out your favorite book, author, song, film, and thing that start with your letter.  Unfortunately, I left my draft of this post in Tulsa (more on that at the end of the post), so I am going at this from memory because I really wanted to get a blog post up and this seemed like a relatively easy way to do that.

Favorite Book Starting with the Letter M:
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Well, I had to get a Hemingway novel on here somehow!  This was a really fun book to read.  It's about Hemingway's time in Paris.  Though he's looking back from a distance and was writing at a time when Fitzgerald was rather popular (which made him super jealous), the stories in the book are really interesting, even if they are a bit embellished.

Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier

Technically I am just in the process of reading this one, but it's been really super good so far and I think it is going to be a favorite book, which is kind of weird to say about a non-fiction book.  I had seen tons of promotions for the show, but that was not a channel I had access to.  I happened to catch an episode at the end of season 1 while at a friend's house last weekend and fell in love with the show!  I immediately bought the book (as in, I was sitting on their couch watching the episode when I ordered the book) and haven't looked back.  I need to buy the first season of the show so I can see it from the beginning.

Favorite Authors Starting with the Letter M:
Margaret Mitchell!  I am so happy I was able to include her in this list.  I really need to re-read Gone with the Wind soon.

W. Somerset Maugham is apparently becoming a favorite author of mine.  I read The Razor's Edge not too long ago and I recently read The Painted Veil, then I immediately ordered Of Human Bondage because that sounded really good.  His novels are what I would call "good reads," they're good stories, but not super substantial.  Except for when he just sucker punches you with an amazing bit of writing.  I underlined several really good quotes from The Painted Veil that I will share when I finally get around to writing my review.

Favorite Song Starting with the Letter M:

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra
"Memories Are Made of This" by Dean Martin

I just don't see how you could go wrong with songs by these two.

Favorite Movie Starting with the Letter M:

Midnight in Paris was one of those movies that just really stuck with me the first time I saw it.  I love the story of this guy finding a portal to the 1920s.  I love the cast of characters (real life figures!) that he meets back then.  I love the lessons he learns.  It's been way too long since I've watched this movie, so I'll have to rectify that soon.

Favorite Object Starting with the Letter M:

When I was first doing this, I was going to be super cheeky and say "My _____" because "My" starts with M.  But I actually thought of something--Macbook.  I love my laptop.  It does a lot of great things and has helped me out a number of times.  I wish I were more techy because I sometimes feel like I am not using it to its full capabilities.

If you want a letter, just let me know and I will pick one for you.  I have to say--this post was a lot of fun to put together.

***OK.  Now for that bit of stuff I said I'd talk about at the end of the post.  Zach and I broke up on Monday.  I moved back home on Tuesday.  I gave my two weeks' notice on Thursday.  I've been crashing on friends' couches and will continue to do so until I finish my job.  I've had a huge outpouring of concern and support from the friends I have told and of course my family has been amazing.  I appreciate it.  But I want to say that it's not the relationship I mourn.  We had some problems and I think we really broke up about a year ago, but only just recognized it.  Honestly, I will miss his friendship.  Over the past year, we've lived together essentially as roommates and not as a couple and I had a wonderful time hanging out with him.  That is what I will miss more than words can express.  I am also sad that I'm moving an hour away from my best in real life friends.  On the whole, I am really excited about the opportunities I now have available to me.  I can find a job in my field, I can live in a city again, I can go to law school (which I've been mulling over for a while now), I can do a lot of things that I wouldn't otherwise have been able to do.  So believe me when I say that this is a good thing.