Saturday, June 13, 2009

Barnes and Noble Member



I'm officially a Barnes and Noble card-carrying member! My card is my wallet right next to my "American Eagle All Access Pass." After taking some advice from a co-worker I went in to buy "Strength Finder 2.0" and came out with 3 more books and a membership. Now I see why people have library cards- so much cheaper! If money hadn't been an issue, I had about 5 more books picked out, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

I found all of this slightly amusing and ironic considering I wasn't the bookworm growing up like my brother and my mom. I would occasionally get whisked away into some fantasy or a random book that just caught my eye, but it seemed as if there was a star-trek/star-wars/ Orsen Scott Card book or a comic book, excuse me, graphic novel, practically glued to my brother's hand. I didn't get it- the Colts were playing on TV- and he's reading.

But how time changes people, or how people change over time? Now my brother is a Colts fan (not quite a fanatic) and I'm the one that just dumped $90 at the bookstore and sat and read a book cover to cover in one sitting? Heck, I even didn't go to the movie that was the original motivation to get me out of the condo because I had spent too much money already and I was excited about the books I bought- that's just strange. I still consider myself more of a football/ sports fan than him, but I could get used to this bookworm thing. And I have a little ways to go to make this membership thing pay off from a financial standpoint.

The picture is of my brother, Ben, and me at a Purdue football game my freshman year. I look perfectly happy and well suited to my surroundings. I have my Purdue shirt on and a great smile :), where you see Ben "trying" to belong. Maybe a slight grimace on his face? Actually, to give him some credit, I'm pretty sure the sun was in his eyes! I remember it being a great time with him- I really do love him, despite the hard time I give him occasionally.

Back to the present. I took the assessment test from the strength finder book and it calculated my five strengths, but my brain was so fried from the 177 paired personality questions that you had to answer, each within 20 seconds, that I set it aside and picked up one the books I bought and read it. Instead of trying to figure out what these strengths mean and how they reveal themselves in my life I decided I had thought about myself enough for one day and I didn't want to run the risk of becoming narcissistic.

That leads me to some good blogging material for future posts I suppose (insert the 'dun-dun-dun' cliff-hanger music).

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