Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

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1. If you read a blog post and instantly think "eff you, shut up" it's time to unfollow (as my number of followers dwindles...)

2. I think there may be some of my colleagues that think I'm getting a divorce (I'm not). I've had a lot of trouble wearing my rings since giving birth to Sawyer, as I have a severe allergy to whatever metal is under the white gold. I have to have them re-dipped every 6-8 weeks, which is pretty costly. People  I barely know seem to just all the sudden seem to be asking about him and are apparently just now realizing I didn't change my name. It's weird. I don't really care, I just don't love the notion that people are discussing my personal life behind my back. 

3. I finally bought a lawn gnome. Don't tell my husband (so, the like two of you that read and know him I will figure it out!)! If he finds out I put it in the yard I might end up getting a divorce after all... He's a little on the smaller side, so I'll have to find him a big brother eventually.

[Hello, new friend!]

4. This last Friday I went to urgent care to get my asthma inhaler refilled, since my doctor won't do it without an office visit. I've been using one Sawyer had for bad chest cold, but I have to admit I don't have it controlled well at all. It would almost be easier if it was just wheezing, but instead it's a sudden tightness in my chest and the inability to get a full deep breath in (no, they are not anxiety attacks... I know they sound like it). This is super hard during the day when teaching and needing to talk a lot. My students, husband, and son also make me laugh frequently, which sadly also aggravates it. I talked to the doctor for a bit and while he did give me what I needed for the short term, he said that I needed to get my allergies and stress under control. Ha! I was born with allergies and stress. I came out of the womb sneezing and over-analyzing worse case scenarios. I was tested for an ulcer in kindergarten I was such an anxious little child. Anyway, I guess I need to go to my regular doctor for a pulmonary function test (in my free time...).

5. Apparently out district must have changed their IP address or done something differently with the servers, because I can now detect traffic from our schools on my blog. It was a good reminder to mind my manners, I guess. It also spurned a middle of the night "oh my god do I need go back through and delete posts like last time?" mini-freak out, but that was interrupted by my kid, who has been getting up again because he hates me and doesn't want me to ever get a good night of sleep for the rest of my life. 

6. Anyone an Orange Theory fan? There's a new studio not too terribly far away that I'm tempted to check out. Will I die? Will I love it? Will it cry? Will you go with me and do slightly less better than I so I don't feel stupid?

7. It is impossible for me to talk about asteroids and not refer to Armageddon

8. This weekend will be fun; Friday I'm taking Sawyer to the homecoming carnival at our school, Saturday I have yoga and then we are going to the fall festival at the ranch where his old PT place did hippotherapy, and then Sunday possibly to Irvine Regional Park with friends. It's been so nice to be back at yoga, even if it's just once a week. The instructor is insane, though, and I feel like it's getting worse each week. It's funny as hell after the fact, but in the moment I hate her so much (I will not do "ommms" ever, nor will I say "I love myself" or "give a big dorky smile" with my eyes closed). 

9. I did a bad thing last weekend that involved Anthropologie and their 20% off dresses sale. I actually feel like a total uppity asshole when I shop there, but I just can't help it sometimes. Plus there's a tree in a glass enclosure at the one I go to, which is pretty cool. 

10. I'm about to start a book blindly. A student is doing an extended research paper regarding post- and pre- 9/11 literature and he found a book called The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up by Jacob Appel. I honestly don't even know what it's about, so this should be interesting. Or not even close. I'm also rereading Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family, which is a structurally complex memoir that my students seem to hate, at least right now. I love that there's very little available online for it, so they actually have to read for once and not BS their way through it with the help of the internet. But, if we're being honest, few of the works we read senior year knock me off my feet. Maybe someday we'll get to redesign the curriculum...


  1. 3. It's cute. But he needs a friend or two.
    4. Take the time to investigate. I had a few nagging health problems at the end of last year. Nothing major but inconvenient. Once I started the long and tedious process of having #ALLTHETESTS by #ALLTHESPECIALISTS I realised that I had to see the process through until it was resolved. And it was resolved and now I feel better than I have in a decade (and I keep thinking, if only I'd done all those tests years ago when my doctor first suggested it...)
    9. You might feel like an uppity arsehole re Anthropologie but I feel jealous... It's one store that hasn't made it to Australia. Yes, they ship here now but I usually like to browse...

  2. I hadn't heard of Orange Theory until your post...looked it up and turns out there is one in the more "froo-froo" area of town. I won't be going alone, but if I lived near you, I'd go with you.

  3. Your metal allergy sounds like a pain in the ass. Nickel?

    I have asthma too. It sounds like you could use a long acting corticosteroid. It would give you lasting relief. Please go to the doctor :)

    I'd totally go to Orange Theory with you buuuuuuut I live on the other side of the country ; ) You should give it a whirl, it sounds fun.

  4. Did I miss the link up this week? Here is my Blogpost for Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts.
    Bookish thoughts at Headfullofbooks

  5. Yes, you should totally check out Orange Theory! They give you a free week so no reason not to try. I absolutely loved it when I tried it - it literally was the most efficient one hour workout of my life. It was intimidating the first class, but I made sure to show up early and the instructor took me in before the class and showed me the ropes. The first class you're just trying to remember what to do, but it's still a good workout. I just like how much it pushes you! Try it and let me know what you think.

  6. Haha I love the location of your garden gnome. But I agree with Kate, he needs a friend or two ;)