Monday, March 27, 2006

Still on Holiday

That is what I'm considering this break. The census was extended for two more days, so I return to work on Tuesday (tomorrow) :-(
Well, all good things .....

I have been super-productive over this last week or so. I am a big 'to-do' list-maker and I revel in knocking completed tasks off my lists. I think I have surpassed even my own expectations though. I have done a lot of work for the BAWo project, which will be starting soon, typed-up my notes from our last NYSC CD day meeting, watched a lot of TV (caught-up on music videos) and DVDs (I started season 1 of The Shield and am almost done with that. Planned on also watching my way through season 2, but that will have to wait for next weekend), read (not as much as I planned to, but still much more than I normally would).

I completed High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. One of the reviews on the back of the book promised that it would give an insight into how men think. Well, oddly enough, not so differently from women judging from this book. I also read Half a Life by V.S. Naipul. A very insightful book on the life of immigrants. I had many of those "OMG! Me too! I felt/thought/experienced that" moments, while reading this. I thought that the ending was very abrupt and wholely unsatisfying. I am not one of those readers who likes to be told everything and be presented with a nice, tidy ending but I hate it when the ending slams down on you from nowhere (the only way you know that you are approaching it is because the number of pages left to read is getting smaller). I am about to start The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. I already consider her to be one of my favourite writers, even though I have only read two books by her (and one was non-fiction). So, I am looking forward to this with delicious anticipation.


Pilgrimage to Self said...

Hi Ore, Just an unrelated query. I have tried to list myself on blogher but can't seem to. I keep asking for a password to be (re)sent but four days later and I'm still waiting. Any suggestions or helpful hints on what to do? They also don't seem to have a 'Contact Us' option.

grace said...

Do tell more about the High Fidelity book.

Ore said...

@pilgrimage: I had to submit my blog twice before I saw it appear on their blogroll, so when they say it's a "beta" site, well I guess it really is and not all things work perfectly. I would try registering on the site again and re-submiting your url again.
I know one of the site's administrators and will look for their email address and send to you.

@grace: Have you seen the movie with John Cusack? I saw it years ago and really liked it. Having read the book now, I can say that the film was really true to the book (which is quite rare).

I read it because I realised that most of the books I read have a female protagonist and I really wanted something that spoke from a male point of view. The book is quite funny and since the story is narrated by Rob (the 'hero' of the book), it comes across as a very honest account of his feelings after his girlfriend leaves him. We get a look at his wierd and sometimes embarassing thoughts.

Even though I'm sure the book was marketed as giving a sneak-peek into how men think, it was as much a book about break-ups and also about that phase in your life (could be late 20s or early to mid 30s), when a lot of your friends are settling down and you feel that you should be too, though you aren't so sure that you really, really want to.

Pilgrimage to Self said...

BlogHer have finally gotten back to me ... with 17!!!!!!!!!!! emails in my inbox all with different login passwords! Crazy. I've just had to filter through the whole lot to find the password that worked. So i think it's been sorted now. thanks anyway.

Vixen said...

Hello Ore,

I just wanted to let you know that reading your blog has been most inspiring and illuminating. I currently live in Cali and I'm moving back to Nigeria at the end of July. I read through all your archives and I just want to thank you for the valuable insights.

I've added you to my RSS feeder so I will get updates as soon as you do. Thanks for helping me see Naija through your eyes:)

Ore said...

Hi Vixen
I'm glad that you enjoyed reading my blog. I wish you all the best with your impending move. I moved back last August and it was honestly the best move for me.

I look forward to reading all about your experiences too.