The road less travelled by me

I guess it could be argued, based on some of my blog topics, for example, the one describing the exorbitant amount of food I can eat in one sitting and the one about my aspirations to be a super model, that I’m not exactly the deepest puddle on the road.
Notice how I said, it could be argued. Because I don’t agree. If you asked me, I would tell you that I am capable of very profound thought and meaningful conversation.
I just find that profound thought and meaningful conversation suck.

But then the other day, my friend Janella who is a costume designer, made a reference about me in which she said that I’m easily distracted by shiny objects. I didn’t really know what she meant. I thought she was trying to be clever, but that she was failing miserably. Because really, distracted by shiny objects? What in hell does that mean? I don’t even wear jewellery.

Then I went to her house to try on some of the newest swimsuits she made. So we’re in the middle of chitchatting, when I spot from across the room, the prettiest bikini top.

Of course I beeline straight for it. Why wouldn’t I? Look at it. It’s pink. It’s flowery. It’s…shiny.  
K. I get it.

A few nights ago I started reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I figured I’d give my Twilight obsession a little rest. I’ve already been through all the books twice and my kids are refusing to sit through another Twilight and New Moon marathon with me. Now it just feels weird to sit in the living room by myself fastforwarding to all the Edward scenes.

As I’m reading this book though, I’m struck, yet again, by the very discomfitting notion, that I’m not exactly as deep as I think I am. For one thing, the author is on an introspective journey in which her ultimate goal is peace and contentment. My ultimate goal is to stay a size 5.
As I advance through each page, I find myself struggling between admiration for the writer, and a burning desire to blog about her.
I guess it’s clear which road I’m travelling down.

I don’t normally read anything that’s too terribly complex. The excuse I give for this is that I spend so much time reading textbooks for school that when it’s time to sit back and relax, I prefer to read about successful single women who wear Manolo Blanicks, drink Cosmopolitans, have momentary man-troubles, solve man-troubles, then get the big promotion at work…I think I just described every episode of Sex in the City.

“Eat, Pray, Love,” although not Nietzsche, does require the reader to…well, think. Where are the references to the designer labels, the 4 carat diamond engagement ring that the heroine inevitably gets at the end. Where’s all the fucking?

I guess the biggest confirmation that I may be a tad superficial is in the way I even chose to read this book. Usually I gravitate towards the pretty pastel coloured covers on which are pictures of high heels or glittery jewels, or martinis.

I would read this book. Pretty. Pink. Strapless shoes. The perfect cover.

This is the cover of “Eat, Pray, Love.”
                                                                            
See. It’s white. I would never even pause by this book. Nothing shiny on it. No pink or purple.
But then, the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” was made.
This is the cover that caught my eye.
That’s Julia Roberts! Pretty Woman! Mystic Pizza! Runaway Bride! My Best Friend’s Wedding!
That’s more like it! Now that’s a reason to read the book.
So I repeat: it could be argued that I’m not the deepest puddle on the road. But the mere fact that I’ve sat here for over an hour analyzing this issue at least puts my levels to those of a kiddie pool.
Right?
Don’t answer that.
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15 Responses to The road less travelled by me
  1. I'm just the MOM
    July 16, 2010 | 11:30 pm

    Ha! I love shiny..just not pink. :) The books I read contain everything from alcohol to manolos to sleeping around. They're the most fun books!
    I was having a pretty dull friday night ttrolling blogs when I came across yours from friday follow…THANK YOU! LOL! You have completely made my night and so I have added you to my reader :)

    Nicole
    http://theboyslockerroom.blogspot.com

  2. Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do
    July 17, 2010 | 8:22 am

    Oh this is so me! I am in the process of reading one of those "deep books" and I just want to finish it so I can get to something that talks about fashion, sex and chocolate. Got any good recommendations?

  3. The Mayor!
    July 17, 2010 | 11:21 am

    Ummmmm…sorry…can't remember what I was gonna say….too distracted by that bikin top….

    :-D

  4. JennyJenJen
    July 17, 2010 | 11:42 am

    oh shut the fuck up, you are deep and there is more to you than the occaisional distraction by a shiny pretty object.

    favorite line in this blog: "where's all the fucking?" HA HA! Now *that*, is deep ; ]

    Lemme know how you like eat, pray, love.. That's next on my purchase list from B&N

  5. The Boob Nazi
    July 17, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    I would do the same thing. Covers always attract me more when they're pictures of celebrities or something.

  6. Pamela
    July 17, 2010 | 4:40 pm

    You freaking kill me! There's nothing wrong with shiny. I on the other hand am a bit of literature snob, because I purposely try not to buy the books with the movie covers on them. I have done, but I cover it up if I'm on the subway or something, as if someone would actually approach me & say "Excuse me m'am, but judging by the cover of that book you're reading I can tell you're not a true reader of literature." I know, I'm a freak!
    BTW put up your button so I can grab it pls:)

  7. so kikay
    July 17, 2010 | 8:54 pm

    hi! thanks for visiting my blog! following you back =)

  8. Poppy
    July 18, 2010 | 1:30 am

    I do think you get points for thinking about it and extra points for picking up an actual book. I am attracted to only magazines in the checkstand that hilight ass fat of our favorite celebrities. I wil read those suckers cover to cover.

  9. Julie From Momspective
    July 18, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    The last time I had a meaningful conversion was when I was high as shit, so I'd say about seven years ago. People want to "share" and then like "hug" and get all like, let's run naked through a field and I'm SO not into the grass lashing on my thighs and I have no depth perception so I'd probably smash head-long into them and it'd be a bloody mess.

  10. Cameron
    July 18, 2010 | 1:44 pm

    I checked this out from the library & wanted to read it, but I just couldn't even get the interest to pick it up once I started reading Breaking Dawn again. Oh well.

    Have you read Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin? I just finished that one a couple weeks ago & I LOVED it! I think it sounds a little more your style.

  11. Jess
    July 18, 2010 | 2:13 pm

    I hear you on the past time reading… The last thing I want to do with a few minutes of my free time is to read something profound. I like some good ol' word glitter ;) I will say that I enjoyed Eat Pray Love, too! Thanks for stopping by our site- we love your comments & you have a great blog!

  12. Lydia @ On The Verge
    July 18, 2010 | 7:36 pm

    Thanks for joining my Follow Me Friday. I am following you back.

    I love finding other Moms of four. Trust me, I lost all my marbles a long time ago! :)

    Lydia
    http://www.ontheverge6.blogspot.com

  13. CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley)
    July 19, 2010 | 11:46 pm

    you're hilarious – and eat pray love was AMAZING. I'm completely pee my pants excited about this movie coming out – with Julie Roberts

  14. Leenie Lu Lu
    July 20, 2010 | 9:43 pm

    Funny stuff…where's all the fucking indeed??? I chuckled when I read this.

    I'm following you back from FMBT, thanks!

  15. Crystal Escobar
    July 22, 2010 | 12:41 am

    Love the swimsuit!!! I would have totally picked that one our for myself. Loved your review on Eat Pray Love, I've heard it was kind of deep, so thats probably why I have not read the darn thing yet :) I like simple just like you. Love your blog, following you now!

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