Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fun in Advertising

Yesterday, I found this advertisement in the September issue of Marie Claire.

It's an ad for birth control.  But that's not important.  What's important is the terrible Photoshop that's taking place in this bathroom.  All the kids in the bathtub look the same age.  I guess that's possible.  But, I think it's really unfair that they make their slightly older, blond brother bathe in the sink just because he's different. 

Also, THAT SINK.  Is the sink deep enough for him to be in it that far?  Why would anyone believe this scenario?  Did the lady taking this picture realize that her family was complete because she looked at her five beautiful children and felt fulfilled?  Or because they've destroyed her sink?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

Christine at BookishlyBoisterous hosts this weekly link-up.  So get over there and join in!

Two of postcards I bought in The Dusty Bookshelf.

1.  This weekend, Edward and I flew to Kansas City.  We were running a booth for the company he works for at the Mother Earth News Fair.  The actual fair itself was in Lawrence, Kansas; about a 30 minute drive from Kansas City.  Lawrence has some amazing indie bookstores.  We visited The Raven Bookstore and The Dusty Bookshelf, both of which I would be happy to live in for the rest of my life.  Of course, we broke our book-buying ban and picked up a few cool titles.  And I couldn't visit Kansas and NOT buy another copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (I collect cool copies of as many Oz books as I can find).  I also picked out a bunch of fun postcards, like the ones above, to hang up in our library at home.

2.  While checking my stats on Blogger today, I noticed that the phrase "penis shower" has led at least TWO Google searchers to this blog.  I tried Googling it myself and came up with nothing, so who knows.

3.  I really don't think there is such a thing as "too many towels."

The cardigan I just bought at H&M.  It has elbow patches!

4.  The weather is finally getting chilly down here!  I'm beyond ready for heavy sweaters and boots. 

5.  The weather change also gets me in the mood for cooking, so I'm probably going to start going through all my cookbooks.  I can't wait to try out some new soups and casseroles!  I'll probably try to work on my baking, too.  I need more patience when it comes to cooking.

6.  I've had crazy urges to go thrifting lately.  But, when I get to the store, I always get so overwhelmed by HOW MUCH STUFF there is to go through before you start finding treasures.  I guess I need more patience all around.

7.  I wish that I could get away with doing more book-themed presents for Christmas.  The bookish friends and family members that I DO have are so picky, that I stress about choosing books for them.  I don't really blame them, though.  I'm pretty picky too.

8.  Do you guys think I use too many commas?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

Christine at BookishlyBoisterous hosts this weekly link-up, so get over there and join!  Unless you don't want to be cool like the rest of us.

1.  We recently purchased a (slightly) used washer and dryer from a friend of ours, to hold us over until we've saved up for something new.  Well, the washer kept stopping in the middle of cycles and shouting error messages about the "sensors," or whatever.  Edward called a repair company to try to get an estimate.  And, after giving them the brand name and model of the washing machine, the man on the phone simply said, "No.  I don't do those anymore." 

Fortunately, it was something we could fix ourselves!  But, I would advise you to avoid the Whirlpool Cabrio washer.

2.  On Sunday I made another deal with myself to stop buying/checking out new books until I finish all the ones I already own.  I've already checked out two new books.  I regret nothing.

3.  I've heard a bunch of amazing things about Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves.  But I'm honestly way too scared to actually read it myself.  So, I'm forcing Edward to read it and tell me everything.  Hello, Nightmares!

4.  Edward has to go to Kansas City, MO this weekend for work, and I'm going with him.  Anybody know anything fun to do there?  I hear the antique and thrift stores in the area are pretty awesome. 

5.  Today, at work, a man asked me how many times you were allowed to read a book.  I thought he was asking how many renewals he had, but he actually wanted to know if I thought someone should be ALLOWED to read the same book more than once in your lifetime.  I told him that I thought you should read a book as many times as you wanted, if you enjoyed it that much.  He was very disappointed in me.

6.  I am obsessed with this bar cart from Target.  But everybody I show it to acts like a total buzz kill and points out that my house already came with a bar.  Ummm, I wouldn't actually use it for a bar, duh.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

Christine at BookishlyBoisterous is hosting this weekly link-up starting today, so get over there and join!  Unless you don't want to be cool like the rest of us.

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1.  We just bought our house this summer, so this is the first year I will host our group's official Halloween party.  I'd really like to rock the hell out of it.  Have you guys seen all the cool Halloween stuff they have at Target?  Some of it I can easily see myself using year round.

2.  Sometimes I look at my To-Be-Read list on LibraryThing and just become completely overwhelmed.  Surely it should be a good thing that I have THIS MANY books I would like to read, right?  Ugh, I know, First World Problems or what?

3.  You guys, we need to calm down on all the pumpkin-flavored stuff.  Otherwise, we're going to be all pumpkin'd out by Thanksgiving.  And then we're going to throw up when we try to eat pumpkin pie and won't be able to eat anything pumpkin flavored for at least a DECADE!  (This happened to me 15 years ago, so I know.)

4.  America, please let your children read books.  It makes me so sad when you come to the library and show up at the circulation desk with a whole bunch of DVDs, and your five-year-old is crying because he wanted an ACTUAL BOOK TO READ, and you said, "No."

5.  Sometimes I get tired of carrying a purse, and I just want to wear a fanny pack.  And I don't care who knows it!  Tory Burch says it's okay, so get on board.

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6.  I love magazines so much right now.  I just want to buy ALL THE MAGAZINES and take off work for a week until I've read them all.

7.  How old is too old to put stickers all over everything?


Wednesday, October 2, 2013


What's the nicest way to tell someone that they've somehow scribbled with pen all over their blouse, right on top of their left boob?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013