I am a 24-year-old, LSU graduate whose dream is to get paid to travel the world in style. Unfortunately this dream has not yet been made a reality, due to a lack of willing endorsers. I do plan to one day turn this dream into a reality, but until then I will continue Reading, Eating, & Dreaming I was Blair Waldorf.
Reading – Funny Story Actually!!
I used to constantly tease my younger sister, Chelsea, for always having her head in a book. Reading for fun? I honestly thought she was nuts, but she would just smile at me knowing she was the one who actually knew better than I did. My reading experience was completely limited and based on school required readings, which were all either extremely boring and/or written in Old English (I think that’s what Ms. Seguin-my senior-year, high school English teacher called it). I literally spent so much time trying to translate Old English to English and trying to interpret what the author was trying to say through their hidden meanings and metaphors that by the time I would make sense of that sentence I completely forgot what I was even reading about. All of this contributed to my view that reading was a difficult and painful process and not at all fun.
An example of Old English from Shakespeare:
Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,To digg the dvst encloased heare.Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.
“Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear,””To dig the dust enclosed here.””Blessed be the man that spares these stones,””And cursed be he who moves my bones.”
Even with the modern spelling, what is Shakespeare trying to say? I am sure if I sat here for a couple of minutes I could figure it out (well maybe not since I took this clip out of its context), but seriously a whole book like this! AGH!
So after explaining to Chelsea why I couldn’t fathom picking up a book for pleasure she assured me that not all books were like that. I decided to give her one shot to prove to me there was a book out there that I would actually like, with a few stipulations of course! 1)It has to have a great love story. 2) It has to be an easy read. 3) It can not take place deep in the past. 4)It can not be about old people. 5) It can not be anything supernatural (I wanted something believable).
And what book does she give me?
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. She held up on the first four stipulations but she did get the supernatural by me and by the time I even realized it I was so caught up in Forks, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen that it didn’t matter one bit.
That was about five years ago…Since then I have read approximately 500 Young Adult, Romance and Fiction books. I have even branched out in my reading. One of my all time favorite series is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which is one of the best love stories but it is not an easy read, it takes place deep in the past, it’s about old people and it supernatural. So basically all of my stipulations have been dropped and I officially understand the obsession with reading.
Eating – I included eating in my blog title because I LOVE FOOD! But it’s not that I MUST eat three-five meals a day (although I typically do), it’s more that when I sit down to eat it’s very difficult for me to order one thing. I am the girl who always takes half an hour to narrow the menu down to a few things, then I typically question the waiter on what is better between those few things and what he or she thinks I should get, then I ask whoever I am dinning with if they want to order an appetizer and/or split two entrees…”Well if you get the nachos I can get the fajitas and we can split half and half”. This is a continuous thing I have going on. And it’s because I like a variety of food. When I go out to eat I don’t want to only be limited to one dish I want to taste a little bit of everything!
I won’t be blogging about any restaurants specifically on readingeatinganddreaming.wordpress.com, but you will find mentions here and there about my love and obsession with food.
Dreaming – For those of you who do not already know Blair Waldorf is a fictitious character in the Gossip Girl book series, written by Cecily von Ziegesar, as well as in the television series where Blair Waldorf is acted by Leighton Meester. Blair Waldorf is an Upper East Sider who plots, manipulates and schemes to get what she wants but underneath it all she has a sensitive heart and will go above and beyond for one of her friends especially her BFF, Serena Van Der Woodsen. And with famous fashion designer, Eleanor Waldorf, as a mom Blair is allotted all the opportunities in the world however she still works very hard to get what she wants. Portraying wit, intelligence and some snark Blair Waldorf is my ideal socialite… and lets get real, who wouldn’t want to be a socialite?