Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Good news, Bad news

Things have been going so-so around here. I just want to go over some pros and slight cons of the day. (I say slight cons because I don't think of the bad side very often, and if there's any badness, it's pretty trivial in comparison.)

The good news is that when Shira and Adam got back from the library yesterday, I had 3 new books to read: Twilight, Coraline, and The Titan's Curse, the 3rd book in the Percy Jackson series.
The bad news is that I'm not crazy about the Percy series, but the first 2 I've been looking forward to for a while (the most obvious reason being that they're both made into movies and there's a lot of hype surrounding them, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon) and I'm definitly reading them first.
More good news is that I've already started Twilight and it's fabulous. (you were so right, Jacoby; it really gets going after a few chapters!)
The bad news though not quite so bad, is that I started reading it aloud with Annette and Adam, because they want to hear the story too. Usually I go through books very fast by myself, reading silently. Saying the words takes too much time and slows down my reading. But there's something pleasant about reading out loud, especially this book, and I suppose it's a good thing that I'm taking my time with this novel.
Good news is that we covered 2 chapters in one night all together.
The bad news (I actually do feel bad about it) is that we had to cancel our plans to see the movie Twilight, since we wouldn't be able to finish the book in time. I've never seen a film based on a good book without having read the book first, so I wasn't about to start now, but I was still disappointed. Why couldn't I have gotten the book sooner?
On the other hand, I suppose it's a good thing we're postponing seeing the movie, because it allows me to finish the book more leisurely.
Unfortunately, for my brother and sister, I've been impatient to see what happens next in the book (as usual) and read ahead of them. A lot. I've left them in the english dust. They've got a couple of chapters of catching up to do, so I'll probably have to wait and become more impatient. (Hey, I brought this on myself)
Back to good news, like I said before, I am really loving this series! I can see why some would compare it to Harry Potter. You can just become lost in this fantastically descripted world.
I'm frustrated however that whenever I read about the handsome vampire boy in the story, Edward, my head always comes up with the face of Robert Pattinson, who plays him in the movie. As much as I dislike seeing movies before reading the book, I dislike having my imagination robbed from me like that (though he is very cute. Just the perfect guy to play Edward) . Why'd I have to watch all those awesome previews?

Besides Twilight, there's other good news. For one thing, the pizzas we made today were delicious (as per usual.)
On the other hand, I hadn't even wanted to have pizza in the first place. We've had this pizza tradition for a long time now, so in order to get rid of it slowly, I proposed only having it on the last tuesday of every month instead of every tuesday. Unfortunately, Adam didn't remember this, and was disappointed when I told him we weren't having pizza. I felt a bit guilty about that, so Benny, Annette and I roused ourselves into pizza chef mode and actually made the pies in seemingly record time (though no one had a timer.)
On the bright side, my twin and I have finally finished animating the Arabic alphabet, both right and left handed sets! All we have to do is record an arabic person's voice saying the alphabet and their 1-2-3s (as well as a greek person, haven't gotten that done yet) and we're ready to move on.
On the not so bright side, I don't think I've memorized the Arabic letters or names as well as Greek. I need Annette to help me in reciting them. I fell short on my expectations, but in my defense, Arabic letters look quite alike. You can only tell them apart because some have a dot over them or something. But besides that, it seems like there's some website host trouble, so you can't check out the site anymore. I hope that gets fixed soon.

Well, I think that's all I'm revealling tonight (that's probably all you can take anyway). To end this on a high note, tomorrow will be my first Writing Day in my self-imposed, hectic "Buzz" schedule. On the sidebar I have all the days I plan on writing this month. Wish me luck!

Edit: The website trouble is over. Now you can see how we've added the Greek and Arabic languages. You can't hear how the letters are pronounced, though. Here's the link!


J.N. Future Author said...

^.^ you used my name! thanks! you used Jacoby instead of J.N. ^.^

I had that same problem! and it drove me crazy! When I was reading the very last book (Breaking Dawn) I couldn't see Bella anymore! all I could see was the movie actor! it really did kind of bother me. as you said, i felt like my imagination had been stolen for that character.

your pizzas always sound so delicious!!!

Brian said...

Arabic shouldn't be too hard if you think of Hebrew. I'm Jewish and I've known the language most of my life. When we went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls a few years ago, I remember being able to read a few of the Arabic letters.

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