Sunday, September 8, 2013

Special Outfits For Special Occasions

Gone With the Wind is Playing at My Local Theater and Snacks Are Necessary

Gone With the Wind Is Playing At My Local Theater And Snacks Are Necessary
Pale Pink Mossimo Tank and Denizen Stretch Skinny Jeans from Target, Pink Chiffon Tank from Aerie, Navy Cardigan from Old Navy, Gold Herringbone Toms, Fossil Vintage Revival Satchel, Going Steady Pendant Necklace from Forever21, Mint M&Ms from Walgreens

Friday, September 6, 2013

This Month In Fiction

The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

So, I finally read this.

Holden's just this guy, you know?

Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

The Basic Eight
by Daniel Handler

I love this book.  Let me just repeat that; I LOVE THIS BOOK.  I already knew that Daniel Handler was amazing, because he wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket.  But anybody that makes me question my own sanity over the course of a novel deserves the title Genius.

First of all, where does this man come up with these names?  The narrator in this novel is a teenage girl named Flannery Culp.

The Basic Eight is the unofficial name of Flannery and her main group of friends.  They're starting out their senior year of high school.  And before the end of the first semester, SOMEONE is going to get murdered and Flannery is going to be arrested for it.  We just don't quite know how or why.  Yet.

This is not a YA novel.  At least, it's listed under adult fiction in the library.  Which makes sense, because it's a little more graphic than the typical teen mystery.  These kids are having sex at really inopportune times.


Awesome Quotes

"Relax," she said.  "You will be wise.  You're young.  You can't have everything right away."

Today she was wearing, and getting away with, a cape.  A cape.  No one else could wear a cape to school; people would think they were pretending to be a wizard or something.

...the singer snarls, and the drums kick in, the full band in full force, the bass crackling like the feel of cold cement on your back as you lean against a building you hate, a building you have always hated, to kiss a man you love and have always loved.

Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

 Adverbs: A Novel
by Daniel Handler

This "novel" is really a series of short stories about love with connecting characters.  I enjoyed a lot of the stories, but I think this is something I'll have to reread before I can fully process everything that happened.

At some point Daniel Handler mentions that there may be more than one character with the same name, which just totally threw me off.  I was already confusing myself a little bit trying to place how everyone fit in with each other's stories, so that didn't help.

I don't know how he's able to get inside the mind of everybody in the whole world, but he should never stop.

This isn't my favorite of Daniel Handler's, but you know you're going to read it anyway, so just do it.

Awesome Quotes

All alone, unwitnessed, there is no one else to believe it, the way paths cross in the sun.  Love is this sudden crash in your path, quick and to the point, and nearly always it leaves someone slain on the green.  I killed the bird and I never saw Keith again and so I am alone this morning with blood on my shoe.

This is love, to sit with someone you've known forever in a place you've been meaning to go, and watching as their life happens to them until you stand up and it's time to go.  You don't care about yours.  Why should it change, the love you feel, no matter how death goes?

Love - is this something we can learn to do again, and if so, when will that time arrive, even on a bad day?

It is not the diamonds or the birds, the people or the potatoes; it is not any of the nouns.  The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done.  It is the way love gets done despite every catastrophe, and look - actually look! - the potatoes have arrived!

She got herself a glass of water and drank it even though she also had to pee, and this is even another thing like love.  We need things and also to get rid of them, and at the same time.  We need things, and the opposite of them, and we are so rarely completely comfortable.
Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

This Month In Non-Fiction

Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding
by Jessie Sholl

Reading this book is like listening to someone who has been holding their breath for about thirty years suddenly release it.  Jessie Sholl tells us everything; the bad and the even worse parts of growing up with a parent who is a compulsive hoarder.

Watching the reality shows about hoarding, you get a brief glimpse at the way one person's hoarding can affect everyone in their family, but you don't really get any details.  Jessie's mother's hoarding not only affects her daughter; it also affects her daughter's husband and his career (particularly when they all get Scabies), her daughter's friendships, her ex-husband and his new wife, and her son and his relationship with all the rest of his family.

Those shows always give you a vague description of the outcome of the treatment, and whether or not the person in question is able to triumph over their hoarding.  But what about their kids?  What if they don't get any better?  How long should you wait, or try to help, before it's time to let go and try to save yourself?

Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache That Wouldn't Go Away
by Jennette Fulda

As someone who has suffered from migraines for over ten years, I thought that I would easily be able to identify with Jennette.  False.  As bad as my headaches get, they eventually go away.

I can't even begin to imagine that kind of constant pain.  Especially when it's in your head, where you are.  Jennette tries every doctor and every medication you can think of, all to try to destroy the headache that is trying to destroy her life.

If you're a victim of chronic pain, this book will probably help you feel less alone.  If you're not, it's a good reminder that your situation could always be worse, and we should all be more understanding of our friends and family members that have to go through this.

Can we please get some more funding for headache research?

Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

Who Wants To Watch Pretty Little Liars With Me?

Season Two: Episode Twenty-Five

It's Finale Time!

True Story: I'm watching this episode right after the last one with all the fucked up dolls.  And my husband decided he was going to bed, so I asked him to please turn on all the lights and hide my niece's Dora the Explorer doll because it was standing in the next room staring at the doorway.  So he went in and as soon as he picked up that damn doll she started talking and we almost shit ourselves.

Thanks, Pretty Little Liars.  You've ruined my life.

The news is on at Spencer's house and everyone is talking about Garrett.  Mariska Hargitay found out that Jenna was the one who turned in page five.  Hanna is a genius as usual and says that whoever killed Ali may be slowly getting rid of everyone involved, like Ian and Garrett.

Now Melissa is in here all, "I knew Ian wasn't the killer."  Blah blah blah.  She just took Aria's froyo. 

What a bitch.  She knows about the Jenna thing.

That's a cute sweater though.  Damn.

A texts to ask for his/her phone back.

And a messenger arrives with invites to a masquerade ball.

It's hosted by the "Rosewood Junior Society."  Junior Society of What?