Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

1.  Is anybody else FREAKING OUT because Christmas is in about five minutes, and we haven't started shopping yet?  Being an adult and having responsibilities really takes a lot of the fun out of the holidays.  Remember when the thing that gave you the most anxiety around Christmas was whether or not Santa was going to find out about all those times you cheated at games with your brother and only leave you coal in your stocking?  I'd give anything to have that feeling back.

2.  Speaking of Christmas presents, our four-year-old niece gave us her wishlist.  It consists of 1)a unicorn with white fur and a rainbow tail and a tiara, 2)a cat with rainbow fur, eyelashes and a tiara and 3)a dog with rainbow fur, eyelashes and a tiara.  I asked if all three animals needed glitter as well, she said yes.  Thank God for Amazon and Lisa Frank!



3.  If one more person says "Liberry" to me today, I may throw up.

4.  If there is one item besides books that I consider an impulse-buy, it's lipgloss/lipstick/lipbalm.  I buy so much of it, and I don't even wear it all the time!  This is a cry for help!

5.  Reading in bed is a lot more difficult now that I have a kitten.  She appears to love books as much as I do, except she prefers to use them as pillows.

6.  Edward sprayed the backyard a couple of weeks ago, because we had some anthills.  Well, they're back and they want revenge.  They're coming in through a small hole in the threshold of our back door into the dining area.  I keep having to move the cat food.  I bought some indoor ant spray that's supposed to be safe for pets, but I guess all that means is that it doesn't actually kill anything.  Any advice?

7.  We're watching Sharknado with a bunch of friends tonight.  I'm probably going to need alcohol.

8.  About a week ago, a man came to the library to sign up for a card.  He asked me if I was afraid that all the libraries were going to shut down soon since "the written word has disappeared."  I'm always disappointed when I hear that anyone thinks there won't always be a need for libraries, but I was way more disappointed by the fact that this man thinks that the "written word" is only used in books.  He knows that even if somehow people stopped reading physical books completely, there would still be words on things like street signs and advertisements, right?  I mean, we'd still need to WRITE THINGS DOWN.  I'm thinking this is a man that doesn't do a lot of contemplative reasoning, because he tried to prove his point by asking me if I even saw people reading newspapers anymore.  I just pointed to the man sitting in the armchair about ten feet away, who was reading the paper.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This Week I Am

Reading

Pretty much the same stuff as last week.  Although, I also read

The Stench of Honolulu
by Jack Handey


Remember old episodes of SNL, where they would have a little commercial of sorts with a beautiful background of a beach or a sunset or a field or something, with text rising up the screen?  It was called Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey.  Well, this is that guy.

The book pretty much reads as one long Deep Thought in story form.  There's not a lot of substance to it, it's just meant to be funny.  And it was.  It only took a couple hours to read, so I would recommend it if you need a good laugh.








Listening To


The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars


I think this duo is considered to be Country music, but it's not that awful Pop/Country that's going on right now.  Their sound is more folksy.  They have a couple songs on the Hunger Games Soundtrack (one of them is with Taylor Swift) that are really good.  I've used some of their songs on my Game of Thrones playlists.






Watching



I seem to be in the mood for cartoons lately.

Also, Edward and I are switching off between watching episodes of Spaced and Sherlock.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the best.  And his hair!  Every time I see a picture of him with his hair blond for other projects, I get so disappointed.  One of the downsides to watching two British series at once is that I've started thinking in a British accent again.




Wearing



This coat I just bought at Target.  Last night the temperature down here dropped to the 30s.  I bought my last winter coat two years ago at a Burlington Coat Factory sale.  All the buttons came off, and I'm way too lazy right now to sew them all back on before the cold sets in.  I bought this one when a friend said it looked nice on me.  I'm really glad I listened to him, because it's nice and comfyThe hood is a bonus, because I'm not good with hats, and my head gets cold.  And it was only $40.00.




Doing


We got a kitten over the weekend!  Her name is Heidi and she's amazing.

This pretty much describes our relationship.
So, all I've been doing lately is a lot of snuggling and playing with cat toys.


Here's to another good week!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
by P.D. Viner


Disclaimer:  I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

Sad as it is, the world loves a good mystery involving a young, beautiful, seemingly innocent woman who is brutally raped and murdered.  Shows like Twin Peaks and Pretty Little Liars are evidence enough, although I'm sure there are other shows, movies and books that I don't know of or have forgotten.  Is it just the juxtaposition of feminine innocence and drug/lust-filled corruption that we find entertaining?  Or is it supposed to be a lesson to young women everywhere that THIS can happen to them if they fall from grace?

Sorry, I'll just get off my soapbox for a moment.  This book had a similar storyline.  It starts decades after Dani's murder, and we get to see the effects of grief on her parent's marriage and sanity.  Dani being their only child, Jim and Patty are unable to move on.  Patty because she is driven by an obsession to find Dani's killer, and Jim because he has now lost both his daughter and his wife.  Jim even interacts with hallucinations of Dani in his solitude.

There is also Tom, Dani's best friend who always wanted to be more.  He's joined the police and moved swiftly through the ranks, trying to solve crimes similar to Dani's rape and murder. 

The narration switches between all three characters' memories of Dani's childhood, disappearance and murder, and current events.  Tom has the bittersweet job of informing both Dani's parents that advances in DNA technology have caused cold-cases, like Dani's, to be re-opened.  Obviously chances are still very slim, due to the lack of knowledge when it came to taking samples when Dani died.  But, that doesn't stop Patty from throwing away the rest of her life in a search for the truth. 

As the search goes on, Tom and Jim reveal more and more about what they know of Dani's life at the time of her disappearance.  Unfortunately, what they think they know and the real truth aren't always the same.

I had a hard time putting this book down.  Not because I cared so much for Dani, or wanted vengeance for her; but because I really did start to care about her parents.  I found their emotions and actions (even though Patty's were often unwise) realistic considering the tragedy they had gone through.  I really wanted to like Tom as well, but he was a little too pathetic. 


Read more reviews about this book on LibraryThing.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

This Week I Am

Reading 


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
by Kelly Williams Brown

A nice, light read for anyone whose technically an adult, but isn't sure if they're acting like one.  There's a lot of good advice in here for anyone who hasn't lived on their own before.  Some of the tips seemed a little "Duh," but I guess we weren't all born with responsible instincts.

There's also a lot of decent etiquette tips.

Step 99: If you forget someone's name, try to trick them into saying it.

Step 107: Don't tell strangers about your problems

Step 157: Do not tell the Internet what you think of your job

If only everyone on Facebook would read this, I wouldn't have to block so many of my own friends from my news feed.

I'm only about halfway through.  But, I just started the chapter on money, which should be pretty good.


Reading Lolita in Tehran
by Azar Nafisi

After seeing this book get turned in to the library about a million times, and swearing  I'll read it later, I decided to go ahead and check it out.


So far, I like it.  I love both books about books and  memoirs of other cultures, so this seemed right up my alley.  

Nafisi started a secret literature class in her home for seven of her female students in an effort to give them a place to be themselves, and study books they might not normally get away with in the strict schools in Iran.






September 2013 issue of Vogue

I'm pretty much in love with Jennifer Lawrence, so I bought this back in August without even bothering to flip through it first.  Of course, the September issue is always the best anyway, so I figured it was a good investment.

It's taken me over a month to read, which is just a little sad.  But, in my defense, I've been really busy lately!

Slip dresses are back.  They look a lot nicer than they did in the nineties, so I'm a little excited.

Also, I'm now obsessed with this bag by Versace
It's only about $2800, so I'll just get two.



Also, I just bought S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst.  And I'm so excited!  I may actually have to put off some of the other stuff I'm reading to devote to this.



Listening To

I usually listen to podcasts while I get ready for work in the morning.  Currently, I'm trying to catch up on episodes of Throwing Shade.  If you aren't listening to this show, you need to start doing so immediately.  If you're like me, you like to keep up with current events, but you hate talking politics with people, because things get so heated and serious.  I hate the awkward pause AFTER a politics conversation when you have to figure out how to lighten the mood again.  Bryan and Erin strike the perfect balance between talking about today's issues, and making fun of themselves and everyone else. 

As far as music, I've been listening to the new CD by The Piano Guys and Birdy's first album, which is perfect music to clean your house to.




Watching

Old episodes of the Venture Brothers.


My Netflix queue has about 90 shows/movies on it.  Is this normal?  Does anybody else have near that much?



Wearing

Just bought this hoodie on Modcloth.  You can also buy it in red.


It's probably one of the best purchases I've made in awhile.  It's really comfortable.  I even took a nap in it earlier, and it was AMAZING.  The weather is only JUST starting to get cool down here.  And even then, it's only cool in the mornings.  By the afternoon, it's in the 80s again.  A light jacket like this is perfect.  I wish it came in more colors.




Doing

We did a LOT of work on our kitchen last week.  The tile in both the entryway and the kitchen was unfinished, so we worked on that.  I finally finished painting the baseboards in there and I painted the back door as well.

I really don't like our cabinet doors, but it's probably going to be awhile before we can replace them, so I'm trying to appease myself by picking out new drawer knobs and pulls. 

I'm loving these ones from Anthropologie right now.




Here's to a good week!