our summer vacation

…was a new air conditioner!!!

My niece made this!

My niece made this!

My 13 year-old niece R.A. came to visit us for a week and left a bunch of awesome artwork. She did this free-mouse in PAINT! No really, we watched her. Amazing!

I’ve started a new job. It makes for interesting people watching, interacting, etc. People are strange, btw.

We swam at the Y a bunch, with our friends a little and visited the library not nearly enough.

173px-TheFountainheadMy big summer read was The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (after I finished Lonesome Dove for the second time), not really what you would call a beach read, but satisfying nonetheless. And I wasn’t on any beaches anyway. So, The Fountainhead. What do I say? It was interesting to say the least. But what I can’t say is that I’ve ever met anyone like the people found in its pages. But I’ve also never lived in 1930′s New York either. It is hard for me to believe that there was seemingly no positive growth in any of the characters, save one. The others who “learned” from their mistakes took the lessons and twisted them into unhappiness for themselves and others. The one character who never changes, always stays the same (supposedly stands by his principles) is our protagonist and winner in the end, the person we should admire and try to be more like.

The writing was phenomenal. I can definitely see why this is a classic. The story is good. The characters are as believable as caricatures…reminding me of the people minded animals of Animal Farm. I’m certainly no expert. Just calling it as I see it.

Now that the kids are back at school I hope to have more time to WRITE!!!! Here as well as the many many unfinished projects floating on notebook paper, in word docs and in my gray matter.

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4 Responses to “our summer vacation”

  1. Allison Says:

    Looking forward to more reads from the Grey matter of Jennifer! :)

  2. Sharla Says:

    Wow…R is a great artist! I think “drawing” on the computer is even harder than by hand. What a talent! I, too, am looking forward to more of your writing! Maybe you could write something about a lion with a black AmEx card who listens to Bryan Adams…I’m just sayin’…

  3. Coy A. Lothrop Says:

    Happy to have you back. I’m looking forward to hearing about your projects.

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks guys! Sharla–I like your idea, think I may have to storyboard it. ;) –Jen

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