“Oh,” Julia asked perturbed. “But I thought he had a belly, a big one.”
“Certain statues of Buddha have a belly,” Aunt Kim remarked.
“But why?” Julia asked, “What does Buddha want?”
“I think he wants enlightenment dear. I’m not sure why he’s portrayed as having a round belly only sometimes.”
” He must eat a lot. My friend says he does yoga? I think a downward dog would be too hard for him. His stomach would get in the way,” Julia said thoughtfully,
“I’m sure he manages, Julia.” Aunt Kim said chuckling.
Kim sighed, “Understanding and awareness. A lot to do with meditation, sitting still, thinking, and breathing in and out.”
“Oh, but who put Buddha in your house?”
“I’m not sure dear. Everyday I wake up and Buddha is on the shelves near the back door outside. I think the neighbour lady keeps putting him there for me. And each day I keep returning him,” Aunt Kim said agitated.
” Tell the neighbour lady, we’ll keep Buddha if he has a round belly,” Julia replied with a giggle and grin.
I had big plans this Friday, to read through 2 chapters in my Study Guide for Editing 110 as well as some of the additional reading that is recommended in the Study Guide such as reading about punctuation, spelling, and hyphenation in the textbook. Not to mention, there are added readings at the back of the Study Guide. As I surmised yesterday, I had high hopes of finishing all of this reading but in reality, I am only probably going to be able to finish the textbook reading if I concentrate on it. The textbook is a great guide, something I think I will treasure as I continue to edit. It is called The Copyeditor’s Handbook, 3ed. and it is written by Amy Einsohn. The caption on the book reads that it is ” [a] guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications” and it includes exercises and an answer key. Is it wrong to love your textbook? To drink in every word as if it were ambrosia. But I think I have found a career I want to do tremendously, along with writing. Plus, it is a career I can do freelance so I’m looking forward to the future. So, please don’t mock me for loving my textbook.
Also, I received a couple LUSH products today that I can’t wait to do a beauty blog on for you. I wanted to treat myself and a
wonderful smelling body wash and a great hair mask which are naturally made, are great ways to do that. I purchased LUSH’s Prince Charming Shower Gel in the 500 ml size which include “fresh pomegranate” and “grapefruit oil” and Marilyn a hair mask that is a “pre-wash for blonds who want lighter, brighter hair.” I was a bit bummed they did not have my H’Suan Wen Hua hair mask because I love its cinnamony spicy smell but I have tried the Marilyn mask before too and it is pretty great. So, in the future look for a blog on these 2 fine products. I am especially excited about the body
wash, I love smelling great out of the shower and using a product that just wakes you up.
I also wanted to mention to you this great trilogy of books I am reading, or trying to read, because it’s hard to study and have good books to read both at once. They are by Sylvain Reynard and she is romance writer but a Canadian writer to my great happiness and what I really love about this series is her love of and knowledge of Dante and his literature TheInferno and how it contributes to the overall tone and characters of the book. The books are about a a 23-year old Master student named Julia who is studying her Master’s in Toronto. She has the talented Dante specialist Dr. Gabriel
Emerson as her teacher for one of her classes. Gabriel is not only her professor but the older brother of one of her best friend’s and the son of a now dead second mother to her, Grace.
Year’s ago when she was 17-year old, she and Gabriel spent a romantic night together in the apple orchard and they both thought they were the love of each other’s life. But then Gabriel disappeared and Julia got lost in the woods and they never saw each other again until Julia had Professor Emerson for her class, but he doesn’t recognize her. The story goes on from that point and there are 3 books in the series and I am 3/4 through the 2nd book. The first book is called Gabriel’s Inferno, the second book is called Gabriel’s Rapture, and the third books is called Gabriel’s Redemption. If you are into romance kinds of books I urge you to read these and am pleased to say Sylvain Reynard is a great writer and storyteller even if she is telling a typical romance tale. It might also interest you to see what a Canadian writer can do as compared to some of her American counterparts. I think she does an awesome job and in many cases tells a better story.
The last item I would like to tell you about in my Friday Random post is that I’m going to the Opera with my parents this Saturday night for opening night of the Opera Die Fledermaus, Revenge of the Bat. I am excited for it because it is supposed to be a funny opera. This is what it’s about:
Gabriel von Eisenstein has been sentenced to a fortnight in jail, but his confinement is preceded by an evening of mistaken identity. At a masked ball, two old flames reunite and flirtations occur between a woman and her husband who don’t recognize each other. One man’s elaborate plan for revenge results in a comedy of errors, accompanied by some of opera’s most catchy music.
So, it should be a good time. I am able to dress up and have a little wine at intermission and the opera sounds great.