Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's shakin'?

Well, Virginia, for one thing. Yesterday's earthquake, with the epicenter just 85 miles from me as the crow flies, was my first ever. What a surreal and unsettling experience! I admit to being a bit excited, too, and thankful that our quake was puny compared to those that seem to create devastation in other parts of the country and the world. When I picked my kids up from school yesterday, just an hour after it happened, my 8 year old told me that he was in science class when it happened, and they followed emergency procedures and all hid out in the bathrooms until it was over. His comment, "Mom, it was great! We never had a science class like that in third grade!" (Note to science teachers around the globe - wanna excite your kids about science? Plan for something "scientific" to happen during your class time!)

Since I work at a university with an active Geology department, we have a seismograph here on campus. Here's what the quake looked like here:

Another thing shaking is our (the kids' and my) fists at the movie screen last night. We've been reading The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks every night for a couple weeks now, and just finished it last night. As a capstone to that lovely story that I remember fondly as a kid and was determined that my kids would read (they loved it!), we decided to watch the movie, too. Ugh! Why must they always take a perfectly good book and mangle it when they make the movie??

Which has me wondering, right now I am reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and was thinking that I'd watch the movie when I am done. Has anyone read the book and watched the movie? If so, am I going to be disappointed again? What about The Help by Kathryn Stockett? I'm waiting for that book to become available at the library so I can read it in advance of watching the movie. If you have read and seen that one, am I going to be disappointed?

Are any of YOU disappointed that there hasn't been much quilting on my quilting blog lately? I'm so sorry. I've been a little disappointed in the slow nature of my hand quilting, and how little time I've spent in the sewing room lately. Most of my efforts have been towards karate lately - tomorrow, I am scheduled to go through the entire 1.5 hour Black Belt test with my instructor, demonstrating everything I have learned in the past 2.5 years. If I don't pass, I have to take the test again, and again, and again until I do pass, else I can't participate in the official Black Belt Test in front of the public on October 22, when I am hoping to receive my Black Belt. I am SO nervous. I've been practicing for HOURS every day. Wish me luck!

Actually, speaking of luck, I won a giveaway while I was on my staycation. The prize hasn't arrived yet, but this book should be in my mailbox any day now:

Perhaps there will be some applique in my future?


Piece by Piece said...

Glad you only got a bit of a shaking with no damage and you are all OK. I felt it here in S.W. Ontario.
I haven't done much sewing or quilting either, Summer always seems to be a busy time.
The evenings are drawing in so I expect to be in my sewing room a lot more.
Have a geat day.

Hazel said...

I just finished reading "The Help" Usually the book is always better but in this case I wish I had seen the movie .
Good luck with the Black Belt test .

Becky said...

Love the seismograph pic! I'm sure you'll do well in the Black Belt test!

Cheryl Willis said...

glad to hear that your quake was survible.
One thing that helps me in the book/movie thought process is to remember they are two different experiences. Try not to compare. did you enjoy the read- great. if you had not read the piece would the movie have been OK?

lucky for me that with my memory I can read a book and two days later pick it up to read again! I never expect the movie to be even similar to the characters I have in my imagination(I usually don't even get the names the same- lol)

I think we are conditioned to think that every thing has to be compared, just let it be what it is.

Lipstick Momma said...

I read The Help, about a year ago, and loved it. I went with my sisters to watch the movie last week. The book is much better (isn't that always the case?), but the movie IS pretty awesome, and definitely worth seeing. I wasn't really disappointed, but there is sure a lot you miss when watching it on film instead of reading the book. I'm reading the book again now, because after a year, I was foggy on some of the details.

What a scary shake for you yesterday! My oldest son lives in Philly, and ALSO said how "awesome" it was (he's 23, not in the 3rd grade anymore, but earthquakes are fun to boys apparently!).

Good luck on your black belt!!

joe tulips said...

Congrats on the book. It looks like fun. My niece in Virginia Beach asked..."when is the earthquake coming?"....she didn't even notice it had already happened! Dang...all the other relatives out there noticed.
My cousin loved the book Help. Have you read Holes?? that is another great book for kids...and the movie isn't to bad. Book are always better. I read Mr. Poppers Penguins to the kids when they were little. I see that is a movie now.
good luck on black belt!!

Shay said...

That earthquake sounds very scary. Im so glad you're all OK! The city I live in is built on a fault line but we haven't had a large quake since 1954.

I hate it when they mangle books to make films. It's so disappointing.Often I wont go to see a film because I know it wont meet my expectations.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

LOL! Don't all science teachers wish they had such great timing as your son's did with the earthquake happening during class.
I have read The Help but haven't seen the movie. Everything I've read on other blogs of those that have both read and seen like both.
Sounds as if you have a very full life right now without sewing. Good luck on your black belt test!!

Judi said...

Finished the book (there is a small list at Leyburn) and saw the movie last Saturday. Loved both, but loved the book much more. The details are in the book - I haven't found a movie I have liked more than the book.

Anonymous said...

I was at the matinee for The Help in Staunton when the quake hit. I grabbed my mother who was with me and said, we've got to get out of here, this is an earthquake. She looked at me and said to sit down and relax. On the way home she gave me the relax and don't over react pep talk. When we got home and learned there had been a quake I was relieved that my instincts were right and not an over reaction. Anyhow, LOVED the movie and LOVED the book. The details in how they differed I was thankful for.

Julie Fukuda said...

My son in D.C. was joking about the quake because ha grew up in Japan where those are common.
I have to admit that one reason I never go to movine is because the book is always better.
As for the Black belt...I'd keep my fingers crossed but it is hard to quilt that way. You can get your black belt in quilting later when the kids are grown and you can't kick as high.

bernie said...

Your blog is always so interesting I love reading it even when there is no quilting involved. I echo others when I say that the book is always better than the movie, the movie can't give all the detail you get from a book. The Help was a great read, loved it, but haven't had a chance to see the movie yet. I am sure you will do just great for your black belt test. Bernie

Nancy said...

After the earthquake this week I hope Irene misses you all! I have The Help on order from Amazon; hope to read it before going to the movie. I've recently read some unfavorable comments about the book; maybe I just wasn't paying attention before, but I thought it was widely praised when it first came out.

Michelle said...

I usually read the books and then find I have no interest to see the movie. I guess, because I don't think the movie will do it any justice. Cold Mountain sticks out to me. The movie could never be as good as the book!

Glad your safe from the earthquake and the hurricane!