Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

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1. Yesterday was a bad day, and I don't say that often. Sure, I'll jokingly roll my eyes or groan about the weekend not coming fast enough, but rarely will I proclaim that a day is full blown crap. I'm a problem solver and I try not to wallow- if something sucks I'm all about fixing it, not fantasizing about laying under my desk and crying. I guess we all have our moments. I'll spare everyone the boring, domestic, professional details (I actually just wrote them out extensively and deleted them... you're welcome), but the gist is that my kid was on day five of a never-ending fever (meaning my nights are never-ending), I haven't been able to exercise (my mental health needs this), I have a ton to do for work, people are not fulfilling their obligations, putting my deadline at risk, our effing garage door broke, etc... I texted my husband from work at seven-thirty and told him that I wasn't sure how I was going to make it through the day, let alone the week. I never, ever do that. But I sucked it up. And today was better. 

2. Being both a Top Chef and Salman Rushdie fan, I downloaded Padma Lakshmi's new audiobook Love, Loss and What We Ate. So far it's far more candid then I thought it would be. Maybe too much so, actually, as I don't really need details about her menstrual cycle. Her descriptions of pretty much everything are a bit overdone, as well. But her story is interesting, and it's a pretty mindless listen than I can handle on the way home, so I'll finish it.

3. You now what's well-written, fascinating, and not mindless? Lauren Groff's The Monster's of Templeton. I'm over a hundred pages into it now and am loving it.

4. Over the weekend we watched Wild, which is the movie based on Cheryl Strayed's book. Finally, someone (my husband) agreed with me that she's not very likable! Between reading her book and seeing her speak at an event I was totally rubbed the wrong way, but I know that I'm in the minority. It was still a good movie, though, and I thought that it did well by the memoir itself.

5. Recently I came across someone on Facebook that I went to high school with and was relatively friendly with at the time, despite her being younger than I. Fourteen years later, she's spent time working along Sheryl Sandberg, is drop-dead gorgeous, just started her MBA at Harvard Business School, and is engaged to a guy going to medical school at Duke. And guess what surprised me? I wasn't even a tiny bit jealous. I think she's impressive and I love that someone from our home town has come that far. Plus, while I do have bad days, I enjoy my life and though hers seems awesome, I don't think I have that kind of energy. I can't wait to stalk her again in a few years to see what other cool things she does. 

6. I ordered some prints from Parabro (first set is free), and I have to say that Artifact Uprising is so much better in terms of quality.

7. I've recently discovered Better Life Bags and am seriously considering getting their Alicia bag that you can design yourself, since it's the first cross-body bag that I've seen and liked. The drawback is that they're pretty expensive, buuuuuuut they're handmade by women in Detroit that wouldn't have jobs otherwise. The premise is pretty cool, so I might be able to justify it.

8. While I've got the gimees, I also just ordered two weekly to-do list tablets from Rifle Paper Co. They're so pretty and the size is perfect, plus we all know how much I love my to-do lists. I start every morning at work with a list of tasks and each weekend gets a ginormous one at home. Sometimes I even make one on weekdays. It's a disease, I tell ya. But at least now I can do it in style.

9. My mom is coming in on Friday afternoon and I usually clean the house from top to bottom before she arrives. There are a few people that I don't do this for, like my brother, a few super close friends that I know won't judge me from dishes in the sink, and a few people that I don't care if judge me. My mom falls in some gray area. On one hand, I want to make a good impression and show her how efficient and tidy I can be. On the other, she is my mother and she has to love me no matter what. This is why I need a housekeeper.

10. While I hate losing the hour this weekend, I am so excited for it to stay light longer in the evenings so we can hang out outside. 

Have a great week, all!


  1. Sorry you had a bad day! It seems like all the stressful things wait to happen all on one day. Is your little boy feeling better? Everything else definitely seems worse when the little one isnʻt feeling well.

    That bag is super cute and I love that it allows women to live a better life. If only there were more companies like that in our world.

    We donʻt do daylight savings time in Hawaii which Iʻm pretty thankful for...I always have the hardest time adjusting when I do have to deal with the spring forward, fall back stuff.

  2. I totally agree with you on Wild! How do you feel about Eat Pray Love? :P
    Sorry you're having a hard time. Don't let your kiddo get you sick!

  3. I absolutely loved Wild,but I can understand how its not for everyone! I too am excited for extra light in the evening! More time to take my dog on a walk!

  4. I absolutely loved Wild,but I can understand how its not for everyone! I too am excited for extra light in the evening! More time to take my dog on a walk!

  5. Oh, no, time changing again? Ever since they rearranged it all from October and April, I am constantly caught unaware!

    I have a collection of battery-operated clocks that have to be taken down off the wall and changed. I hate it! LOL

    I started watching Wild and didn't like it...only got about half an hour into it.

  6. I liked the movie Wild, but I still haven't decided if I want to read the book or not.

  7. I read Wild and saw the movie on tv. I didn't care for either that much, but I think I liked the book better because you got more of the whole picture than was represented in the movie. Though I do like Reese Witherspoon and she did a good acting job with what was given.

    Too bad about your awful day (week?). I hope things go more smoothly for you soon. We here are having one of those bad days that roll on into bad years, but I think there is a light at the tunnel in our future :)

    Enjoy your weekend coming up, and try to relax!

  8. Sorry to hear about the bad day last week, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    I love the stuff from Rifle Paper Co.; you can never have to many notepads for to-do lists and stuff ;) It's not from Rifle Paper Co. but I love the agenda that I'm using for this year because because it has a little "To Do" column in the weekly pages; helps keep me on track xD

  9. Goodness, that really was a terrible day. You had every right to wallow in it for a bit! I liked Wild but I've listened to some of Dear Sugar and I'm not always fond of Strayed on that.