Mindy Memories

Friday, May 12, 2006

Books, movies and doubts

I bought another great book at B&N yesterday. Have I mentioned how dangerous it is for me to work next to a huge bookstore? I need to sit down and budget how much I'll spend on books each month. It's really getting out of control. I'm almost done with The Killer Angels. I'm really enjoying it. I'll have to read Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure next.

Anyway, the book I bought was The Lost Blogs and is full of hypothetical blog entries from various historical figures. I just looked at a few pages so far, but one I saw quickly is by Jim Jones. He's debating which is better: Kool-Aid or Hawaiian Punch. It looks pretty irreverent and I'm looking forward to reading it.

My friend is having a hysterectomy next Thursday. She's only 32. She's had related surgeries in the past few years -- ovairan cysts, fibroid tumors -- but both came back. She held off for a few years because she knew she wanted another baby, but now that she has Kylie and they've tried other methods, she's ready. My hope is that she's going to feel a lot better on a daily basis than she has for a long time.

Oh, I saw Thank You for Smoking last weekend -- great movie. It's pretty bad when the anti-smoking people make the tobacco lobbyist look good. I may go to a movie this weekend, I don't know. I need to see what's playing. I'd like to see Poseidon, but it certainly won't be opening weekend or in the next few weeks. Of course, X-Men will be out soon and Tim and I will HAVE to see it, Tim being a huge X-Men fan. I like the movies, too.

Let's see, what else is going on? Oh -- well, I can't take any credit whatsoever but my department at work (Communications) won two international awards and an honorable mention for some of our print materials. The department usually wins at least an honorable mention every year, but I think this is better than they've done before. It's interesting: part of me is thrilled to be working in such a fantastic department in a great company (well, most of me feels that way.) The other part of me -- the nagging, negative, self-doubting part of me -- wonders if I'm good enough to be in such a great department and worries that I'll bring their quality down. Now, I now that's crap and it's just my over-thinking brain worrying about stuff that's not true. I've been there long enough for them to know my skills are up to par and I'm one of the team and trusted. I just have to let go of that part of me that's always doubting myself. I think all women have that nagging in their heads. Do men have it, too? Do they just not show it the way some we women tend to? At any rate, I'm thrilled about the awards! I saw the 2005 Annual Report when I first interviewed and it was one of the clues that JEVS is really a stand-up organization.


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