Yesterday was just as awesome as my first seaplane rides! Mr. F and I went to 9am Hatha yoga, went grocery shopping, and had an awesome beet, egg and goat cheese salad for lunch. I also tried on dresses and got new shoes at REI. At 5pm, we went paddleboarding! We had another Groupon for Surf Ballard, which is amazing and I love that we launch from our wedding beach. There was a wedding ongoing so we were serenaded by cello music as we paddled West from the beach. Puget Sound was super clear and calm. We saw a couple of seals from far away. They seemed curious about us but didn’t get too close. In under an hour, Mr. F and I paddled out to the Discovery Park lighthouse which is twice as far as we’d ever been before. We could see Mount Rainier from the lighthouse point but we didn’t go further because the current was stronger. We had an hour to get back before the rental was over but didn’t want to chance it. We saw dozens of jelly fish that looked like fried eggs! I’m so glad we didn’t jump in, next to one! [Phacellophora camtschatica, known as the fried egg jellyfish or egg-yolk jellyfish, is a very large jellyfish, with a bell up to 60 cm (2 ft) in diameter and sixteen clusters of up to a few dozen tentacles, each up to 6 meters (20 ft) long.] The Monteray Bay Aquarium reports that turtles, 50 species of fish and many marine birds eat these egg yolk jellys! We made it back to the Shilshole Bay Beach Club with 10 minutes to spare so we took a few fun photos before going to dinner at my favorite Ballard restaurant, Ia Isla! Mmm, camerones with coconut en fuego sauce and a queso empandilla are some of my favorite dishes, but the pernil pastelon (beef and maduro banana lasanga with more queso) is the ultimate favorite. I may have eaten too much. Save me from myself!
topic this week:
I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand about every other year. It’s known as Ayn Rand’s last novel about the mysterious disappearance of the world’s greatest innovators and industrialists. It’s my favorite book because all the characters are fascinating. Hank Reardon, John Galt, Francisco d’Anconia, and Dagny Taggart are full of integrity and idealism. I also enjoy Ragnar Danneskjöld, the pirate with ideological principles.
Dagny Taggart is the herione of the novel. She is much more than the Vice President of the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad. More than a powerful woman engineer, she’s a fair and strong leader, an adventurer with a dynamic personality. Who wouldn’t want to be Dagny with her confidence, beauty and intelligence?
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Atlas Shrugged:
“This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope.”
— Narrator (referring to Dagny Taggart)
Atlas Shrugged (Part 1, Chapter 4, Page 87)
“Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth.”
— Dagny Taggart
Atlas Shrugged (Part 1, Chapter 10, Page 297)
“Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else.”
— Francisco d’Anconia
Atlas Shrugged (Part 2, Chapter 4, Page 490)
“No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.”
— John Galt
Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 2, Page 798)
“To love is to value.”
— John Galt
Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 7, Page 1,033)
Watching a movie, if you haven’t read the book that it’s based on, can be very confusing. I generally prefer to read the book before it is made into a movie. I enjoy picking up subtle references, nuances and fully understanding the plot if it’s become disjointed. The Harry Potter movies are a prime example of the movie not able to capture all tiny details because it would make a more than two and half hour movie. Likewise, the recent Watchmen movie cut the secondary plot from the original graphic novel and made it into a second straight-to-DVD movie. Streamlining the plot is essential in a movie, but I always enjoy knowing more of the back story.
However, you do not always get the luxury of reading beforehand, or even knowing that it was based on a book. When I started watching the HBO series, True Blood, I neglected to notice that it was based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries, otherwise known as the Sookie Stackhouse series, by Charlaine Harris. After several recent glowing recommendations, I’ve ordered the series on Amazon. I’m very excited for the series to arrive in the mail in the next week.
Here are a few notable recommendations:
The James Bond Series by Ian Fleming are rather fun and easy reads. They are quite fast paced and intriguing too. From Russia, With Love was my favorite book and the Sean Connery version is awesome too.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman was my first graphic novel and it was made into a stunning movie. The characters were portrayed beautifully, especially Claire Danes as Yvaine. Robert De Niro’s character Captain Shakespeare was a scene stealer in the book and movie too.
I’m hoping that the Time Traveler’s Wife coming out soon will make a good movie. Rachel McAdams is even more beautiful than I imagined the main character and she’s totally sweet and innocent just like Clare Abshire.
Ultimately, I’m very curious about Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand being made into a movie. There’s rumors on imdb.com that it’ll coming out in 2011. The main character, Dagny Taggart, is such a strong and powerful, independant woman, driven and forthright. Ayn Rand and Dagny Taggart introduced me to “rational selfishness”. How could any mortal play this dynamic woman?