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Why I Couldn’t Finish 50 Shades of Grey

I would be the first to say that there are only a few genre that I read for pleasure, and love stories are not one of them. I would never have picked up E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey for myself, even if everybody says it’s a great read because I’m just not into it. However, I was not given a choice in the matter because I had to do an analysis of it. Not just the one book, mind you; the whole trilogy. Check it out here.

I was philosophical about it. At least it was popular fiction so at least it should be easy to read. I also have to admit that I was intrigued about it because my friends said it had BDSM. I’m no prude, and I’m not above a little experimenting myself to keep things fresh in the bedroom.

Halfway through the first book I knew I wasn’t going to be able to finish it, let along slog through the other two waiting for me like sharks in the water. Despite the generous and detailed descriptions of scenes in what is frankly a porn book, it was so boring I began to feel desperate. I finally cheated and read a couple of reviews about it and put together an analysis before consoling myself with some sugar free frozen yogurt. If there’s anything I know it’s how to fake it (pun intended).

The biggest problem I had was there was no depth to the characters. I didn’t like them, hate them, or empathize with them. They were like paper cutouts that talked of extensive emotional damage as if it was a grocery list. The relationship between the main characters had no progress beyond the shallowest degree. The prose was tilted, the dialogue trite. It was a disaster. It would have just taken too much time of my life to finish it that I’m never getting back.

Now that the movie is coming out, I regard it with a jaundiced eye. I have no intention of watching it, but I sincerely hope that it is better than the books.

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Some Facts about Quilting

9245c83fcb0aadc8b88b8800077d733eLet’s get started with the basics. Quilting is not an American invention as far as we know, but it did make its way to the US during the olden days, presumably a skill brought over by English colonists. The word quilt is derived from the Latin for “stuffed sack” (culcita) but the English word is more closely related to the French word cuilte. It is speculated that the art of quilting dates back thousands of years. The oldest surviving quilt artefact was found in Mongolia and is believed to have been fashioned around 150 AD. There are a lot of references found in literature and legal documents.

The Crusaders were believed to have brought quilted garments over to Europe from the Middle East in the 11th Century, although some experts place the date at around the 5th Century. An example of a quilted garment is the gambeson which was popular in the Middle Ages. The arming doublet was used as armor or as an undergarment under plate armor, presumably because it made the heavy suit more comfortable to wear. There is still a bed quilt surviving in Europe that has its origins in Sicily dated from the 14th Century that is currently kept in a museum in London.

Quilting is a great concept for a business, but it is labor intensive. Less commitment would be needed for something like a frozen yogurt franchise, which here is essentially designed to be a turnkey small business for the first-time entrepreneur. Both are family friendly, however, so they both work for us.

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Drug Designed to Trick your Bio Clock Coming Soon

If you travel a lot or work on the night shift, chances are you are at risk of health problems like stress-related diseases, heart disorders, even cancer. If you have ever fallen face first into your bowl of sugar free frozen yogurt or couldn’t remember how you drove yourself home, you are definitely headed for disaster. Fortunately, some smart folks over at McGill University and Douglas Mental Health University in Canada put their heads together to come up with something that might help. Check out this site to know more.

Jet lag and microsleep are manifestations of a disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm, that internal clock we all have that schedules when we eat, when we go, and most importantly when we sleep. This “clock” takes it cue from visual clues i.e. sun out, daytime, wake up. The trouble starts when you go to a different time zone or go on the night shift when everything is topsy-turvy. Night is day and day is night, so it messes up our sleep patterns. In the short term it hampers functionality; in the long term it can really wreak havoc on the health.

The new drug is designed to trick the brain into adjusting the circadian rhythm so the body can adjust quickly to an atypical work shift or another time zone. It’s a great concept and it seems to work. We’ll wait and see when it comes out in the market.

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