Archive for September, 2011

September 27, 2011

new thing i do, pt 5

I haven’t watched a tremendous amount of television in the past five years or so. I mean, other than bad television, True Life, and the occasional marathon of something I’ve seen a million times. I watch The Office. I watch How I Met Your Mother. I watch Mad Men. Everything else, I wait until enough people tell me to watch it and there are 2 or 3 seasons to catch up on.

We recently had to cut out extended cable… On Demand… Showtime and HBO… which means no Teen Mom, no True Life (except for the 50+ episodes I’ve stocked on the DVR…) and no random episodes of Sex and the City or Bored to Death to watch at my leisure.

So now, I am watching every new show under the sun.

It’s shameful.



How I Met Your Mother

All the Haters need to quit. I don’t care how long it takes for The Mother to be revealed…

as long as I get to watch Jason Segel and NPH while I wait.

2 Broke Girls

On the fence about this one. It’s goofy, but there are some good jokes.

And I would probably watch Kat Dennings brush her teeth for 30 minutes a week, ya know?

Hart of Dixie

I am watching this right now, as I speak.

This is what’s going on:

A “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” lady just gave birth in someone’s sitting room,

the baby emerged clean and pink and free of viscera,

and the doctor said “She’s got good looks that would make Carrie Underwood jealous!”

I think that about sums it up!

The Sing Off

My love for The Sing Off should come at no surprise to any man, woman, or child.



New Girl

Apparently everyone thinks this show is anti-woman or something?

And that Zooey is trying too hard to seem weird when really she’s Just Another Manic Pixie Dreamgirl…

but it’s also funny! The camera shots and cinematography are a little Glee-ish, which I appreciate.

And YES I like to stare at Zooey Deschanel I am a red blooded HUMAN! What more do you WANT from me?




This one premieres tomorrow, but the trailer makes it look like a mix of Mean Girls and a teenaged Desparate Housewives.

Which is exactly up my alley, in case you were wondering.

Up All Night

Okay, I pretty much like this show.

(Will Arnett + Maya Rudolph) x Mommy Blog.

I hope it doesn’t get cancelled.



The Office

I have been devoted to The Office for a number of years, but maybe I’ve kept watching because I’m just devoted.

But last week’s episode really tickled me.

Michael Scott is gone, but I think I’m liking what’s going in the office this season!



Once Upon a Time

I like fairy tales.

I like Ginnifer Goodwin.

I like that girl who used to be on House

 (but I don’t like her blonde or marrying Ted Mosby. Just saying)

So maybe, I will like this show.

Pan Am

I am not sure how I feel about this show or the other Mad Men knock-offs hitting the air this season.

Is old fashioned misogyny just fun to watch now?

I’ll need to re-watch this week’s episode, but I am not sure that is the case with Pan Am. From what I could tell, the women are the focus of the show, and they are all quite resourceful in getting what they want out of life, and are pursuing a variety of non-female life paths…

like leaving men at the altar, living freewheeling and single…

and international espionage.

September 26, 2011

something new that i do, pt 4

I take more than the reccomended dosage of ibuprofen.

I schedule 8 minutes of neck stretches into every hour I spend sitting upright.

I only carry around what I can fit in my lunchbox (my sexy new purse), I take the bus so I won’t have to walk so much (sad), and I accept rides.

I have a scrip for muscle relaxers.

You see, I got my first massage a few weeks ago and my therapist gave me a very poor report. My scalene muscles are tight and short. My right trapezius is a few inches higher than my left. My shoulders are going to fuse with my neck. I need to stop carrying stuff on my right shoulder or I am going to die.

It was a stressful massage.

This, combined with the realization that every day I am sitting up for more than a few hours (see EVERY DAY) is a day that I am in pain, led me to the school clinic which led me to a recommendation for physical therapy.

I haven’t quite figured out the time/money part of that yet, but I’m not opposed. I went through a course of PT for this same shoulder when I was still in high school. It’s a muscle problem, so there was a lot of light strength training (stretching bands around) and then a lot of different massages from guys who were cute and close to my age.

I didn’t like it when they rubbed a frozen Dixie cup full of water on me until it melted, but at this point, I’d rather feel almost anything than the actual sensations emanating from right-upper-trap.

In the meantime, I’ll just lie down a lot. Laying down is the best medicine! And it makes reading 100 books before in 10 months or less completely possible.

September 25, 2011

September 2011 – Reading Wishlist

You know what they  say: the grass is always greener inside the book you aren’t reading!

In my case, this is true. The most recent grass on my side of the fence? A hopelessly HOPELESSLY sexist Heinlein novel written in 1964 that went FIFTEEN YEARS without being checked out from the library.

June 6 1995 – Oct 20 2010

I am lusting for greener book covers.

1. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen – I was starting to really enjoy my little summer Dessen-a-thon, and my little row of her newer, hardback books keep catching my eye in my bedroom. I haven’t re-read this one since I was in high school! What if it’s more amazing than I remember! The world may never know… because I am too busy reading science fiction and fantasy.

2. This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson – A friend of mine bought this for me for my birthday in March, and I keep forgetting to pick it up and read it. I am ashamed, and it looks like it might perk me up a bit.

3. Pearl by Jo Knowles – I saw her speak about being a working writer at the children’s lit conference and there is just something so honest about the way she describes her books that they get stuck in my head. Plus, I think I read once that she started writing this one while working in the office one door down from where I work! Crazy!

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This one is receiving buzz and good reviews… and my friend and co-blogger Lindsey suggested I join her friend and writer Tracey for an online YA book club! I thought it sounded fun and even forked over some of my hard-earned cash to purchase a hardback (which I NEVER do, people), but I am pretty sure I am not going to finish in time. Ah, well. I will perhaps post about what I can, but no, I will not have time to actually finish this one.

5. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bordain – ANOTHER friend of mind bought this for me for CHRISTMAS… I think you know where this is heading. I REALLY want to read this one – from reading one chapter, I can tell it’s one of those books that I won’t want to put down – but ALAS, Alack, etc

6. Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson – New Jacqueline Woodson… who personally bestowed an Advanced Reading Copy upon my roommate. I feel itchy knowing it’s sitting in her bedroom, but that I can’t read it!

7. Slow Love by Dominique Browning – Janssen gave it a great review. Need I say more?

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – Would y’all Judgy McJudgersons keep your mouth shut right now? Thanks.

September 24, 2011

here are some things i have done right lately

1. Got A’s in both of my Spring classes and both of my Summer classes while working 30+ hours a week.

Not A-minuses. A’s.

2. Cleaned out five years worth of emails out of my inbox, and maintained “Inbox Zero” for three months.

3. Finished reading my 91st book of 2011.

4. Scrounged up the following large sums of money in the past 12 months:

  • 2,000 to purchase a new car for Lance to drive to work and back
  • 3oo to fly home to watch my younger sister graduate from high school
  • 400 to fix two of my five cavities
  • 4,500 to pay for my health insurance from January 2011 to May 2012
  • 300 for new tires on the new car

Without a trust fund. Without significant help from family. Without carrying any credit card debt. Without taking out additional student loans. Without turning tricks on any street corners.

5. Lost five pounds since Sept 1st.

6. Received unsolicited invitations to apply for two sought-after jobs/internships and offered positions.

7. Had a whole bunch of friends over at my apartment to play board games and everyone had a grand time.

8. Have made it through 2+ years of grad school and an increasingly crazy schedule with only once being late for class (under five minutes), only once going to the wrong place at the wrong time, and never missing an assignment deadline.

9. Maintained a good relationship with my best Boston friend for 2+ years, even after we became roommates (and she became roommates with my boyfriend and my cat…)

10. Maintained a good relationship with my boyfriend after living together for 2+ years, after being together for 7+ years, after 2+ years of long distance, after meeting when we were both eighteen in a BAR…

So hey, World? Would you quit kicking me around this week?


September 23, 2011

some pig

A quick way to divide the Children’s Lit People from the Not-Children’s-Lit-People?

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?”

Mean anything to you?

I’m not sure I would have been able to pass the test before I started my program, and I haven’t read the book since I was in 4th grade…

but reading it now, I have to say

Charlotte’s Web = best book.

If you disagree, I will fight you.

September 22, 2011

something new that i do, pt 3

A story:

Last week, I needed to buy a pound of coffee. With my fancy (read: indulgent) Starbucks Gold Card, I get a free tall drink of my choice with the purchase of a bag of coffee. Naturally, I thought this would be a great time to have my inaugural PSL of the season:

I also had some reading to get done that day. Surprise, surprise, right? So, I dream up this little pleasing scenario for myself:

1) Wake up super early

2) Grab my seasonal latte and make it to the library by 8 a.m.

3) Drink, enjoy my caffeine buzz, and read for two hours before work.

What a lovely Thursday morning, eh?

So. Things go smoothly until Step 2.

(Okay, that’s a lie. A bus drove by my stop without stopping, the one that stopped next was really crowded, and at one point, a bunch of really perky evangelists boarded the bus and attempted to convert all of us commuters, loudly, en masse. But this is nothing too out of the ordinary.)

The Starbucks is a bit of a madhouse. I wait in a long line. The barista takes my order from a few feet away, over the heads of some lingering patrons.

I am not at all surprised when my latte arrives with a singular shot of espresso.

I am surprised when I can’t bring myself to finish my beloved PSL because without the extra shot,  I can’t handle the SUGAR.

My efforts to cut back on the delicious white stuff was not for naught.

I am now a person that drinks coffee with cream.

And that’s it.

It all started with that pesky Pioneer Woman. She posted this “recipe” for cold-brewed iced coffee in June, and I tried it right away. Her photos were just too seductive.

Ree’s daily coffee:

My daily coffee:

An absence of glam, yes. But look at all that coffee! In a giant measuring cup! Whenever you want to drink it! I’ve started using canned coconut milk instead of regular, which is about as delish as you are imagining.

I am now a person who gets up and moves directly toward caffeine, without detour.

But Pioneer Woman, can you answer me this one question:

How the heck do you clean coffee grounds out of cheesecloth?

Take some glamorous pictures and get back to me.

September 21, 2011

something new that i do, pt 2

I am “that girl” who brushes her teeth in public restrooms.

I floss every night (except sometimes Friday nights because it feels good to be a rebel).

I rinse with flouride mouthwash marketed toward 5-year-olds.

This happens after you fork over 400 dollars to get 40% of your cavities filled.

September 20, 2011

something new that i do, pt 1

I’ve picked up a lot of bizarre habits in the past few months.

I’m starting not to recognize myself.

For example, I am apparently the kind of person who

Runs first thing in the morning.

(Oh, don’t worry, there’s no snow on the ground, this is an old morning picture)

(Oh, and don’t worry. I run in the morning, but it is a sorry affair. If I am up, dressed, and out of my apartment before 8 a.m., then I’m allowed to walk as much of that sad little one-mile loop as I feel like)

September 19, 2011

good morning

Today is the first day of the season for my warm and cozies.

Carry on.

September 18, 2011

this is going to feel easier soon, right?