Something I Lost Between The Seats

It is early morning. I eat breakfast quickly, gather up all my stuff, and start getting ready. Before I leave, I hesitantly slip the new sharpened pencil in case I need it later. I drive to the train station, park, and walk over. I sit towards the back of the train, my head facing the opposite direction. I like sitting like that. Some people get dizzy because they can’t see where the train is going but I like the fact that I can see where the train is coming from. I don’t need to see where the train is taking me, I know the route by heart. I am sitting on the right side of the train where there’s two seats. I ride the whole hour looking at busy roadways and hurried people. Run, run, run. After the last check of tickets, And before I put in back in my wallet, I try to see how it sticks to the edge of the window as I’ve seen many people do it. Big Mistake! I should’ve been more careful. The ticket slips past my fingers and into the space between the the seat and the wall/body of the train. I tell the person beside me that my card dropped on the floor and if he could please get up. Awkwardly, in front of a train full of eyes, I crouch down to get my pass. It’s not there! Puzzled, I go back and try to look for it where I dropped it. I see it! It didn’t drop all the way. I try to reach for it, but I can’t. My pass is well within my sight; however my fingers fall too short to even touch its tip. That’s when I switch onto panic mode. My stop is 2 stations away, I have a class in 10 minutes I do not want to be late for, if (not to mention when) I don’t get this pass out right now I have to go further into the city and into unknown territory.

“Did you get it?”, asks the gentleman.

Exasperated, I tell him no.

“Let me try”, he says, then slips into my seat and proceeds to try to slide it out with his notepad.

No luck. The notepad is not thin enough. With one stop away, I desperately try again. Running out of ideas, I start to panic even more. I AM NOT about to leave my $54 weekly train pass stuck in between the seats. That’s when I think of it! With the gentleman looking on, I rummage into my book bag. Thank God I had decided to bring it with me today 😌. I swiftly take out the pencil and try to get the pass. Ugh! I still can’t get it! Like the notepad, the pencil is also thick; however, I succeed in pushing the train pass with the pencil’s tip. The pass, with that extra push, glides to the ground and I sigh in relief. I’m done for the day. Can I go home now? 😝😂.

I thanked the gentleman for helping me. Instead of sitting there like an awkward person, I went up the aisle waiting for the train to come to a stop at my station. I made it 😌

^^^This topic is collected from Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. I was listening to it today and it was a possible topic for the topic train by Greg. I have to both agree and disagree with Elvis on the fact the possible topics weren’t completely lame and you can get some pretty decent stories out of some of them. Anyway, thank you Greg for coming up with this topic. It’s very relatable and I’m sure a lot of people have gone through something similar. ^^^

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“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.”

– Harlan Ellison

Book Tag

Found this tag on another blog. Looks like fun 🙂 I will not be tagging anyone. If you like this, please copy, edit, and share as you please.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yup, but I don’t on a moving train. I guess because its moving at a constant speed minus the jolts and bumps.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Well, I can’t pinpoint to one. But one or two that comes to mind at the moment… J.K. Rowling and Markus Zusak.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter of course! Was that supposed to be rhetorical? Magic, wizardry, dragons, dungeons, need I say more?

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Yes, wallet, notebook, charger, pens, and pencils.

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes. The smell of books is intoxicating (⌒▽⌒)☆

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
With. It adds to the story.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 
Haven’t had one that wasn’t quality writing. But I did stop reading one when I didn’t like how the character plot was changing. It was Anahita’s Woven Riddle. I don’t know if I should give it another chance or not.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Not really other than the fact that I was kind of an introvert and people would get annoyed that I’d prefer books over them (´>∀<`)ゝ My  dad used to ask me, “How’re you going to make friends if you tuck your nose in a book all the time?”

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Ummm…let me check. Let’s see… Ah! Penelope’s Headache by Cindy Goldberg. I received this from my host teacher on my birthday. She wrote it herself.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Hmmm…. Tales from the Arabian Nights.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do, mainly poetry. But I like to focus on other types of writing as well. Yes!

12. When did you get into reading?
When I was little. It runs in the family 🙂

13. What is your favorite classic book?
To Kill A Mockingbird, Frankenstein

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yes.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Gift it to someone that might like it, or, depending on the age-level, keep it in my classroom library.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I haven’t read them but, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones is one of them. 

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Probably using Kaomoji’s to express my emotion sometimes. But I still think they are better than emojis.

18. What is your favorite word?
Awesome, Booyah!

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
Nerd.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Dragons! I think the word speaks for itself.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters because duh.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Spirits.

23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, not because I’d enjoy sucking the life out of humans but because zombies are just empty shells walking around.  At least vampires are able to think for themselves.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Neither at the moment. But love triangle definitely a no! Too much drama.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
The latter.

 

Tsundoku (n.)

tsun•do•ku  [tsun-doh-ku]
(n.) from Japanese- the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.

I do have the habit of being a Tsundoku  。(*^▽^*)ゞ  I bought all these but never seemed to actually read them or I may have started, but didn’t get all the way through.

  1. Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr

     

I didn’t actually buy this one. Baba drove by a book sale the other day and thought I might like it. So, he bought it for me. Thank you baba! ♡〜٩(^▿^)۶〜♡ He knows me so well. Apparently, this book is the first book of its series and it is about a pair of twins stumbling upon the world of djinns. Oooh, can’t wait to crack this book open.

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

I know, I know. Usually I’m quick to gobble up HP related books, but this one came amid my student teaching and grad classes. So… it got put off the side. On the plus point, I did start it though.

  1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Actually, I finished this right after I took this picture. I had finished a third of the book when I had stopped reading it. After I picked it up again, I ended up staying the entire night to finish the book. Now I can relate with people who has already read it ^^”

  1. The Zoo Keeper’s Wife by Diana Ackerman

I became intrigued after I saw the movie trailer actually. I’m all for a good Holocaust related story. I believe that each Holocaust story is just one piece of a whole story. I like hearing and experiencing the different stories out there. I did take it to Bangladesh when I visited, but it never peaked my interest to just sit down down and read in the hustle and bustle.

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I picked this up at my local library. They’re always having a book sale. You can get three paperbacks for a dollar! I’m currently reading this one now, after finishing Wonder.

  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I never got the chance to read this. That’s the disadvantage of going to Barnes and Nobles… the books call you over, you buy them, and now they’re sitting on your shelf intend of theirs.

  1. Billy Creekmore by Tracey Porter

This book was on sale at the school I student taught at. It looked interesting so I did it.        I bought it    m(_ _;;m

  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

I also bought this at the above book sale mentioned above. But, I promise, I’ll get to this one soon. This year, no new books until I finish all these first.

Trees Coveted In Snow

The sad thing about this tree is that it’s having a hard time bearing the weight of the snow. It’s trying to hold on, it’s trying not to break. But, unfortunately, it’s seeds seemed to have been ready to come out as it was under the false pretense that summer had arrived just a tad bit too early. Now the tree, with its almost-ready-to blossom seeds, stands helpless against the last days of this winter. Last week’s snowstorm has it already shaken, with wind picking up to about 50 mph and over. Many trees have since been uprooted, if not pushed to the side as if they’re leaning. Hopefully it won’t be like that one winter a few years ago when snow arrived before the trees have had any time to shed their leaves. It’s hard to forget all the crackeling sounds all around us as tree branches were breaking off here and there. They weren’t able to support the weight of they’re own leaves, much less the snow that kept on piling on it. Sometimes, I feel like going out to shake a branch or two (at least the ones I’m able to reach😂), to just take off some pressure. Although the piling snow does make some trees look humble, I think they’d like it much better if they weren’t bowing so low to the ground because of the heavy weight of snow.

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“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves. “

– Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera 

I was actually introduced to Gabriel García Márquez in my Spanish class in college. We read his novella,  El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel). When we finished the novella, my professor encouraged us to read his famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. However, I never got around to it unfortunately.  Today is his birthday. And here’s to Google for honoring him. I think the doodle is super neat!

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March 3- Words to Live By

“I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

-Louisa May Alcott

It’s scary sometimes, but its worth it. I’m learning 🙂

 

 

 “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?”

– Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

Sometimes fictional characters gives you better advice than non-fictional characters in real life :/

Writing Prompt: Everybody on Earth has a tree that represents them. Once that tree dies, that person dies too. You work as a lumberjack.  Do you keep your job?

Yeesh…. ummm….well.. no? Well if I’m being given a choice here, then no. I don’t want to carry the burden of death on my shoulders. It would be horrible if I didn’t have an option though because then I’d be forced to do a job like this. This kind of reminds me of Death as a character in The Book Thief, where he is the messenger and transports souls to the afterlife.

“I am haunted by humans.”

Chilling, I know. To think that the messenger that comes to take away souls would actually fear the souls themselves. But, I can’t blame him. It must be hard to carry all that weight on one’s shoulder. It must be exhausting and overwhelming at the same time. In fact, Death describes how his work effects his mood. After transporting the many souls that met their demise, he makes it a habit to notice those things that are peaceful to the mind. Point to be noted… Death is narrating during the time of WWII, Nazi Germany.

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”

Because he experienced this the whole time:

“For me, the sky was the color of Jews. When their bodies had finished scouring for gaps in the door, their soul rose up. When their fingernails had scratched at the wood […], their spirits came toward me, into my arms, and we climbed out of those shower facilities… They just kept feeding me. Minute after minute. Shower after shower.”

Grim much? Ummm..yeah. Pretty much. But… he’s pretty humorous sometimes too 🙂

“A SMALL PIECE OF TRUTH
I do not carry a sickle or scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance. You want to know what I truly look like?
I’ll help you find out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.”