Wonderful Wednesdays

by Ginger on July 21, 2010

in Entertain Me

It’s that time of week again peeps, when we try to look at some positives in our lives to get over the mid-week hump. And what a hump it is for me this week (hello performance reviews, how I loathe you), so it couldn’t come at a better time.

This week, my wonderful has come in the 1-2 punch of music and books. See, a little while ago, I commented on Twitter that my goal for July was to read A book. Just one.

Now, you have to realize something about me–I have always been a bookworm. Books have always been my little safe haven, a place to immerse myself in another world. A place where I, quite literally, can ignore the entire rest of the world. I also read really fast. If I get really into a book, I have been known to finish it within hours (I think it took me about 5 hours to finish the last Harry Potter book, whereupon I immediately started it over and reread it, finishing it for the second time the next day).

So the fact that I can count on one hand the non-pregnancy, non-baby handling books I’ve read in the last year really hurts me. To my core. And the fact that my goal for July was to read ONE book? When I’ve been known to be reading 4 at a time? Oy. But you gotta start somewhere right? So I decided that I would read during my pumping sessions instead of screwing around on my iPhone. I started a couple of weeks ago, and I’m pleased to say that I’m on my THIRD book this month! And if you count the audio book I’ve been listening to in the car (suggestion by way of Accidents!), it’s actually FOUR. (As an aside, I still don’t think I could do a fiction audio book, but I’ve been listening to Dress Your Family in Cordorouy and Denim by David Sedaris, which is a perfect companion for my commute–unrelated essays, funny, and I can get through anywhere from 2-4 chapters per drive depending on how traffic is. It’s been great). YAY BOOKS!

So anyway, one of the books I read last week was Kristin Chenowith’s memoir A Little Bit Wicked. It was a really easy read, and very interesting–but as I was reading, she kept talking about Wicked (duh), to the point that I felt the overwhelming need to hear the soundtrack. Wicked was one of the best Broadway shows I’ve ever seen, and reading this memoir had me jonesing for the music–so I bought it. It’s been a while since I impulsively bought music, but I am SO glad I did, because I’ve been listening to it every day at work. And I’ve especially had Defying Gravity on repeat. And who knew, but these words? They’re like a beacon of hope to me when I’m down:

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

It’s time to try
Defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down!

I’m through accepting limits
”cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
(selected lyrics from Defying Gravity from Wicked: The Musical)

Something about the idea of defying gravity–well, it’s the message I need to hear right now. And that’s pretty damn wonderful.

So peeps, what’s wonderful on your Wednesday? Let me know in the comments, or if you want to post on your blog, just grab the badge below and let me know and I’ll link you up!

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Lisa July 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

I love listening to audiobooks at work. Some are easier than others; it seems that with some books you really need to see the sentences to retain any of it, but fluffy chick lit is usually pretty good (I’ve listened to the Janet Evanovich books and they were good). I have a tendency to get distracted really easily, so audiobooks help keep that part of my brain busy so I can focus on my work tasks.

That’s what sucks about all this video editing I’ve been doing lately, I can’t sit here with my headphones on.

Hilly July 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Whenever I am glum or unsure what to do, I pop on Wicked and listen to that song! I love it so much. 🙂

Megan July 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

This is cracking me up. I could have WRITTEN this post.

David Sedaris absolutely kills me; I love him. But, I have the hardest time listening to the audio books because of his incredibly nasal voice. LOL

Dude, I saw Wicked at the Pantages SEVEN times, and I always want to see it again when I hear the soundtrack.

And I have a mad girl-crush on Kristen. 🙂

Congrats on finishing books! I haven’t gotten my mojo back yet. I’ve been reading the same book for months. It’s quite sad.

Ginger July 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

His voice was a bit of a shock at first–I wasn’t quite expecting THAT, so I kind of giggled at first. But then I got into the stories and…somehow it got less prominent.

Perpetua July 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I have somehow managed to miss out on the whole Wicked thing. I was thinking about taking it to the hospital for the labor (I know, WHAT was I thinking??? Who told me I’d have time/desire/energy to read a book there??), but that didn’t happen.

However, I did see Kristin Chenowith on Glee,and–LOVE 🙂

Ginger July 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

The book (which I love also) is VERY different than the musical. The story is obviously pretty much the same, but the feeling of the two is incredibly different. Wicked the book is actually a pretty intense read.

Elizabeth July 22, 2010 at 8:09 am

I’ve been reading so much less now that we’re back in Texas–I need to get on that library card thing!

Natalie July 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

I loooove Chenowith and I love Wicked. She’s fabulous.

Ginger July 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

You should check out her book then–it was a fun quick read and it was very much like she was talking to me…wait, does that sound crazy??

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