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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

This week’s top ten list: Best Sequels Ever! Since I already shared my opinion about sequels here, I’m skipping this week’s list. I am, yet again, stealing (with credit) Christine’s (at Bookishly Boisterous) Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts. Fair warning, a few of the pictures I’m sharing are rather disgusting (and unedited – high class, high quality blogging for the win).

(It’s parenthetically worth noting that there are far too many parenthesis in the opening paragraph.)

1. My library looks like a white chair graveyard, where all the pretty furniture goes to die (or, in this case, to wait for a buyer). Craigslist/Thrift Stores are my enemy. The problem hasn’t reached used book store proportions yet, but it’s close.


I just had new windows put in, which is why I have painters tape on the windows. But yes, I do believe I’ve previously mentioned my love of white furniture.

2. I’m trying to finish up house projects. I both love and hate it. I love it when it’s done but hate the process of actually getting it done. Current project: master bathroom. Side project: Library. Painting may very well be the bane of my existence.


Before. I have to credit the previous owner’s creativity. I never would have thought to use wood to create my faucet. As an added bonus, when you wash your hands you can get a splinter for free. Please note the pink ceiling. Rory + Pink…no.


Before. To see what happened to the sink on the right, go here. Otherwise please enjoy the pink flowered wallpaper, pink counters, gold trim, and moldy carpet.

During. There was gold sparkle linoleum below the carpet.

During. There was gold sparkle linoleum underneath the carpet. Yesss!

All that rotting subfloor is exactly why you don't have carpet next to running water.

All that rotting subfloor is exactly why you don’t have carpet next to running water. New subfloor, new tile, new sink, new vanity, new window, new shower base, etc. etc.

After. Horrible photo, but you get the picture (haha...).

After. The room's almost done. At least close enough for me to be willing to share a picture.

After. The room’s almost done. At least close enough for me to be willing to share a picture.

The master bath is done, only 50 or so more projects to go. I’m accepting volunteers, I’m willing work with any skill level (and I have a very lovely guest room). Anyone?

3. I almost never abandon a book, but I didn’t finish Red Moon by Benjamin Percy.

4. It is rare that I hear a song that reminds me of absolutely nothing else, but it happened this week when I heard ‘Come With Me Now’ by Kongos (haven’t decided if I like it yet, but it did go on my running playlist AND they’re of Greek descent). They played in Denver this weekend, I didn’t go (but sort of wish I’d been able to).

5. RIPVIII update: I am halfway through season two of The Walking Dead. So much drama, so little action, all very good. I tried to watch Dark Skies and failed miserably. I turned it off within an hour of starting it. Lesson learned: Never watch a scary movie alone at midnight (especially if it is about alien abductions).

6. The neighborhood I work in has several lunch spots within walking distance (and several homeless people as well). Recently, I bought lunch for one of the homeless people I usually see on my walk (he was behind me in line at the sandwich shop). The person behind him told me I was “perpetuating the problem”. And I had absolutely nothing to say to that, I was speechless.

7. Apparently Generation Y yuppies are unhappy because we all believe life should be rainbows and unicorns and pretty flowers (and this is reinforced by the inflated social media profiles of our friends). Although I’m not sure that I would refer to myself as a yuppie or that I’m swayed by the perfect world depicted on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, I’ll be the first to admit that I do whine and complain with enthusiasm. I get irritable about politics, the religious climate, and the sincere lack of desire to have gun control in the US. But I’m pretty sure I’m not unhappy because I believed life would be all sunshine and butterflies. I think some of my unhappiness stems from working two jobs to pay for my student loans (and other expenses that come with being an adult, like home renovation) and the exorbitant cost of healthcare. But that’s just me. Also, when I imagine my student loans being paid off, the feeling I get is practically orgasmic. Not even kidding.

8. On that note, I liked this Rolling Stone article about student debt in the US (Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal). For what it’s worth, my undergrad is from a public university and my graduate degree is from a private university.

9. Because this whole article is excellent and hilarious: ‘Whole Foods is like Vegas. You go there to feel good but you leave broke, disoriented, and with the newfound knowledge that you have a vaginal disease.’ If you haven’t read it already, I’d recommend it.

10. Tomorrow I will be going to the bookstore to buy my long-awaited copy of Doctor Sleep. Surprised? Thought not.

So anyone else take on any home improvement projects as of late? Anyone want to take over mine? Because, as I said above, I don’t mind sharing – I’m nice like that. Or, if you did participate in Top Ten Tuesday, do you have a favorite book sequel. I definitely do not.

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  • picturemereading

    Your house looks great! I am addicted to those home makeover shows on home and garden tv but I am rubbish at that sort of thing..though I love the idea of taking an older house and making it your own!

    • Rory

      Thank you! When I had cable I loved HGTV and I used to love Trading Spaces way back when Laurie was on. My favorite now, though I don’t often get a chance to watch it, is anything with Sarah Richardson. I covet every single home she designs, she is my home decor hero (my other favorites are the design team at Schoolhouse Electric).

      As far as home improvement skills, it comes with having to do it (as in I can’t afford to hire it out). I once took off the faucet in the bathtub without shutting the water line off – water was everywhere. Oops. But I’ve never made that mistake again.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    Totally jealous of your library, regardless of it’s graveyard status (I have the same sofa and one of your chairs, but in gray!), because my husband and I are currently turning one of our bedrooms into a library/office and it’s just a ton of work. We totally redid our 100 year old house two years ago and I thought I was done with all this stuff…but apparently not.

    • Rory

      Home renovation…the idea makes me shudder (although I do love a good before and after). I assume you have the C&B Petrie? If you do, excellent choice in choosing gray, the white is a huge pain. The comfort of that sofa is worth it though, I’ve determined it is the perfect nap spot. I’ve always wanted to renovate an older home (mine was built in the ’60’s) – they usually have the best architectural details.

      I’ve decided, as a general rule, that there is always something to do.

      (And thanks, I appreciate your jealousy!) 😉

  • Charleen

    So, does #6 person think if all the homeless people die of starvation that there won’t be anymore homeless people? I’m just trying to understand the logic…

    • Rory

      I didn’t think of it like that, but that very well could be. I just thought the person was being a douche and it made for an incredulous story. To add a little background, I work in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Denver. I think the compassion gene has been bred out of the population there (along with a concern for drought and a sense of humor). I find logic and extreme wealth very rarely coincide. Anyway, I’d rather buy a sandwich then hand over a couple of dollars, that way at least I know it goes towards food.

      • Charleen

        Yes, absolutely. I recently spent quite a bit of time in Chicago and at the exit that I would take, there were always guys standing there with their cups and their signs. I’d always just avoid eye contact — Chicago makes me nervous — but when my dad was with me he’d always insist on rolling down the windows and at least giving them some of the change that sits in the car. He made the comment once that the next time we went down there we should stop at McDonalds, get a bunch of $1 hamburgers, and just start passing those out.

        Which we never did, but it’s a valid point.

        • Rory

          I think people think too little of others, generally, so I like your dad’s idea very much. I haven’t spent much time there, but I like Chicago (parts of it are a bit scary, of course) and I love Oak Park.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    The day my student loans and the PMI is off our house I will curl up in the fetal position and cry hysterically. I just can’t even imagine having hundreds of dollars extra each month.

    • Rory

      My tentative plan at the moment is to fly to Europe monthly – for fun – just because I can. Seriously though, I cannot even imagine what I will do will all that extra money (my student loans will be paid off in May 2014, my PMI sometime in 2015). The possibilities overwhelm me. I imagine I’ll probably save it. Or pay someone to fix my house for me. I get all jittery and giddy trying to imagine it all…

  • Sarah Says Read

    HUGE improvement on that bathroom! You impress me with your home renovating skills.

    #6 – Good for you! I hate when people are jerks about being nice to bums. I always give spare dollars or change if I have it, and I’ve had people say to me “Well, he’s just going to use it to buy alcohol or something.” and I’m like “Maybe, but if I lived on the street I’d want a drink too.” And giving someone the change at the bottom of my purse isn’t hurting me any.

    #7 – that’s so silly. I highly doubt that many people feel their lives are sucky just because of social media. For as much of the happy, awesome stuff I see on social media, I see just as much whiny/sad/angry stuff. I like Huffington Post usually, but sometimes their articles are just ridiculous.

    • Rory

      Thanks! It now looks like a bathroom I wouldn’t be afraid to shower in.

      That guy I bought the sandwich for is legitimately nice to me every time I see him. That is more than I can say for some of my coworkers. I’ve never been homeless, but I have been dirt poor, so I try and keep it in perspective (and buy someone a sandwich every now and then).

      My cousin just had a baby last week. She’s beautiful and adorable and all her pictures show the baby sleeping peacefully. Naturally, I’m jealous and am going to have a baby myself (because any kid of mine will look beautiful and sleep peacefully, not to mention be they’ll all be geniuses). OR NOT. Yeah, picturesque social media portrayals do nothing for me. I feel no need to compare. But I wouldn’t complain if there really were unicorns. I typically like Huffington Post too, but this one made me laugh.

  • Lianne @

    The bathroom looks fantastic Rory! I am in awe of your interior decor & renovation 😀

    Hope the white chairs find a new home soon xD

    Can’t remember if I mentioned this last week but have fun on your trip 🙂

    • Rory

      Thank you, I aim to please (mostly myself, but when others are happy, I’m happy too). 😉

      Hopefully. All that money is just sitting there blocking my access to books. One sale is pending and another one is looking promising. Hopefully soon, I’d feel best if it happened before vacation, but that is cutting it close.

      I think the trip will be good (and thank you). In a rare occurrence, I have a nonstop flight both way AND good flight times.

  • amyo3119

    Great post. I agree with #7. I will be ecstatic when my student loans are paid off. I can’t imagine what that will feel like. I remodeled a house a few years ago. It is a lot of work, but so worth it at the end.

    • Rory

      I am less than a year out on my student loans. It’s so close, yet SO far. I cannot wait.

      This is my second remodel, the first was a newer, much easier house (and much smaller). My current house has 4 bathrooms. Who builds a smallish house with 4 bathrooms (all of which need to be redone – 2 down, 2 to go)? It’ll get done, I just wish it would magically do so.

  • Heather

    Damn. I was going to ask YOU to come HERE and do some home improvement projects for ME. No?

    I think that wanting the world to be a better place =/= thinking it should be all hugs and butterflies. Could we just get some improvement, please?

    Great list.

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    It’s hardly the forum but… Gun control. When is Obama going to bite the bullet (so to speak)?

    And buying someone lunch… Do they think it’s like feeding pigeons? Feed one and hundreds come? Unbelievable.

    • Rory

      You know, I’m really not sure he will. If he does I think there will be so many loopholes that it will essentially be useless. So much funding for our government comes from the National Rifle Association. And for a reason I cannot fathom, about half of the US does not relate guns to gun related crimes. I do not and will not ever own a gun, barring some sort of zombie apocalypse, and I don’t like the easy accessibility of them. It is easier to buy a gun than to get your driver’s license here. It makes me sick. Part of my abhorrence probably stems from Colorado’s history with gun violence (Columbine and Aurora Theater Shooting in particular). It was so avoidable.

  • Julie Merilatt

    Our master bathroom is next on out list too. Tons of wallpaper in lovely shades of peach and sea foam green plus vaulted ceilings and water damage on the ceiling from a blizzard a few years ago. Hoping we can do some of it ourselves after all the money we spent on the kitchen. Your finished product looks great! Wanna come to chicago?

    • Rory

      I found the wallpapering stripping annoying but easy. But you want to get rid of sea foam green? Why? It’s my favorite! 😉

      Hmmm… I would like to come to Chicago (incidentally, I really want to take the architecture tour). Bathrooms aren’t hard cosmetically, it gets more difficult when you hit piping or mold (live and learn, in my case). Good luck!

  • Turn the Page Reviews

    Your house looks wonderful. I loved the Whole Foods article- I forwarded it to a couple of friends.
    BTW- very sweet of you to buy someone lunch- it is sad that it was not appreciated as the act of kindness it was.

    • Rory

      Thank you! It’s definitely a work in progress. I love that Whole Foods article, it’s too true (it’s my local grocery).

  • Samantha

    Ohh the Generation Y yuppie/sunshine and unicorns article INFURIATED me. It’s just one of many, but they just make me angry every time I see them. Sure, we point out life is not fair, and it’s never going to be fair, but we can at least strive for change, instead of sitting back apathetic and good with whatever is thrown at us. I don’t know. I am off to read a couple of the other articles you linked 🙂

    • Rory

      It’s frustrating in some ways. Because Generation Y and later is frowned upon and called lazy more often than not. There are lazy people in every single generation. I do actually believe everything is harder now than it was back then, especially with a family. Things cost more, but wages haven’t keep pace and don’t get me started on healthcare. It’s absurd. I might complain about it, but I still pay for it. I still get up and go to work every day. I vote. I volunteer. I am an active citizen. If I want to complain a bit and have high expectations, I will. Anyway. I’m glad someone else found it a bit ridiculous.

  • Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

    hahaha I’m glad I don’t have a love for white furniture because they certainly wouldn’t remain white for long.
    Gold…sparkle..linoleum. And pink counters. With gold trim. Wow. There are no words. The bathroom sure looks lovely now. I really love the floor design.
    Ooooh I was interested in seeing what you thought of Red Moon. It took me forever to get through and if I didn’t have a buddy reader pushing me alone I may have quit as well.
    Perpetuating the problem? What the hell is wrong with people. Ugh.
    Oh my gosh, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for my student loans so I know what you mean. I had to take a deferment when my fiancé got laid off and then I took another one because he got a job paying half of what he used to get so at this rate my children will be making final payments.
    I rent (so no home improvement projects), I have no talents in that department (so I won’t be taking over yours) and I didn’t participate in TTT because I don’t have a favorite sequel either. I did post a Cormac McCarthy review in support of Banned Books Week though!

    • Rory

      But white furniture is the best! Just ask my upholstery cleaning company.

      I was quite excited to uncover gold sparkle linoleum. What are the odds? It was fabulous in that appalling, who thinks up shit decorating decisions kind of way.

      Red Moon didn’t work for me. The pacing of the novel was so inconsistent, so by the time it had been sitting on my nightstand untouched for two weeks I had to give up. Maybe someday. I probably would’ve finished it for a book club, etc.

      Student loans. I joke that painting is the bane of my existence, but it’s student loans. They are the only thing capable of making me sick, angry, and fearful all at once. I hate them, I truly, sincerely hate them. Education should not be so expensive.

      Cormac McCarthy!!!!!!!!! (Did my exclamation marks indicate my approval? Because that’s the intention.)

  • Alice

    Your home improvement stories are brilliant, you make everything look so nice and shiny (I’m a big white fan too). Although, I couldn’t have white sofas or chairs, I’d spill and stain them for sure.

    • Rory

      Thanks. I’ve got plenty. The white gets a little dirtier than I’d like to admit. I like to think of it as helping the local economy by keeping the upholstery cleaner in business.

  • RebeccaScaglione – Love at First Book

    The bathroom looks great redone. And I have a white chair if you need one. You seem to need one, right??? Just kidding!

    • Rory

      Um…where’s it from? I might consider it… 😉

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