The great thing about getting a country-wide vacation is that no one is really ready to come back to work.
So this has been review week and I really like that.
It basically means going back to work consists of literally doing nothing but playing games and goofing around with my kids.
I'm reading this book right now — Eat Pray Love, maybe you've heard about it — and I love it. I'm obsessed with it. I would have finished it by now if I were any other person, but I'm a slow reader. Well, that and I'm scared of what life will be like when I don't have this book to read anymore.
That's how much I love this book that I'm only a third of the way through; I want to be able to read it for the rest of my life.
It's a travel book all about this woman pursuing pleasure, devotion and balance after her life sort of falls to pieces and she's essentially having a self-identity crisis. "Balance" apparently turns out to be love. I'm not sure how that works, but I'm not there yet.
I'm sure almost anyone could say this about this book, but I feel like so much of it mirrors my personality and how I feel a lot of the time. You know, minus the divorce and having already written several novels, some of which were being made into movies.
Overall though, the book just makes me want to keep traveling all over the world and to continue writing about it and to, hopefully — one day, write a novel. I've always wanted to write a novel, but it's sort of this renewed ambition.
Then again, I'm only in my early-20s and the prospect of writing anything of consequence seems ridiculous, at least to me. Then again Fitzgerald wrote his first novel when he was 23. I just haven't lived enough. I know we all think we know everything about the world, but luckily I'm smart enough to know that I really know nothing about life or the world or how it all works.
I suppose I could get started on the chic-lit.
Anyhow, Chinese New Year is coming to an end soon. This Sunday I'm going to Pingxi with some friends for the annual Sky Lantern Festival. They let loose a whole bunch of wish lanterns every year in Pingxi.
It's supposed to be a fairly rural town in the mountains just outside of Taipei and there are fire crews at the ready, so I don't think we need to worry about anyone's home catching on fire or something.
I can't wait to see 2,600 lanterns floating through the sky though. I'm pretty sure it's going to be beautiful. I'm going to be snapping away with my camera don't worry!
I have a 口試 (koushi - oral test) today in my Chinese class. Since we just finished the book I'm using, Linda decided she's going to test me before we move on to book two. Wish me luck!