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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous has decided to make it official. If you want to participate, head over to her blog.

octobers

To quote Anne of Green Gables.

1. I was in Montreal last week on my brother’s birthday. I felt bad for missing it, so to make up for it we are going to the Mile High Horror Film Festival tonight. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. We’ll see how that goes.

2. For those few of you who follow me on Instagram, you already know that I started painting my library last night. I’m hoping to wrap it up tonight. Be jealous of my hot Friday night. Really, I had procrastinated long enough, it was time to get that project rolling – haha, get it?

(Just ignore me.)

3. A vacuum cleaner saleswoman tried to sell me a vacuum (of course), there was a whole presentation involved that I had to sit through. She kept looking at me funny, like she was expecting a certain reaction before she finally bursts out with “I just can’t get a read on you”. I am typically hard to read emotionally – there was a Vulcan adoption joke when I was younger – but, frankly, I am never going to get excited about a vacuum cleaner. It doesn’t exactly get my panties in a twist (Heath Ledger! Baby Joseph Gordon-Levitt!).

4. I mentioned in my last review that I had a song stuck in my head. It’s still there and it’s been a full week. I wake up humming Do I Wanna Know?, I just want it to stop. I suppose it could be worse, it could be Work Bitch.

5. The whole David Gilmour debacle is entertaining. My favorite part was his pseudo-apology, in regards to his publisher: “He was concerned that this was going to affect the general climate around the book, that some women might not like the book if they think that that’s my policy. And that’s one of the reasons that I’m apologizing. Normally I actually wouldn’t.” So while I do think his original quotes were taken out of context and he probably isn’t a bad guy, I don’t know that I’ll bother to pick up a David Gilmour book anytime soon. Though, to be fair, I wasn’t going to even before he said he didn’t like teaching books written by women.

6. I have a low resting heart rate, usually somewhere around 50 bpm. I also have low blood pressure, maybe 80/50. I mention it because I have to get my physical done this month and it is always entertaining to see the look on the various nurses faces as they insist on redoing the tests. It’s good to have something to look forward to.

7. I was blurbed on Joe R. Lansdale’s site; it made me happy (and increased my traffic).

8. It had been on my list of goals to go to San Francisco this year. Sadly, I don’t think I will get there, but the primary reason I wanted to go (in addition to the food) was to see the Prelinger Library. It looks amazing. Someday.

9. I’ve not seen Wet Hot American Summer, but I had been considering moving it to the top of my Netflix queue (the wait for Breaking Bad is apparently very long). However, I stumbled across Roger Ebert’s review. This review did two things for me: it made me realize that I actually miss him and that I won’t be moving this particular movie to the top of my list.

10. Kate Spade’s new collection was inspired by all things bookish. It’s gorgeous and dangerous. While I was *thisclose* to buying a new handbag, I resisted. I mostly think I’m just not fancy enough for (another) Kate Spade bag. Instead, I’m seriously considering purchasing this one from Wood & Faulk. It’s probably a good thing that I work someplace where kale is awesome, composting is cool, and Monsanto is the most evil of all.  A tool bag masquerading as a handbag will fit right in. I’m not girly in many ways, I don’t get my hair done, I’ve never had a manicure/pedicure or a massage, and I don’t have an obsession with shoes. I do, however, have a weakness for handbags.

Although I’m happy it’s finally October, I woke up to snow this morning and to the water company knocking on my door to tell me they were shutting my water off for the next 8 hours. What are you up to this week? Anyone else being subjected to an early bout of winter?

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  • http://turnthepagereviews.com Turn the Page Reviews

    I want the iphone case that looks like a library card- have fun this weekend!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      I want the whole collection, particularly the Reina Dress. However, that won’t be happening. I already loved Kate Spade, but I love when a company makes dressing like a librarian an awesome thing. Most of the time we get a bad rap for being unfashionable (very true in many cases, but I’d like to consider myself a reasonably well-dressed nerd).

  • http://www.lovelybookshelf.com Monika

    This weekend I’m preparing for Tropical Storm Karen. But I’m so glad it’s October and the weather is finally starting to cool off!

    #4 — Earworms are SO HARD to get rid of, they can totally drive you nuts sometimes… like if you hate the song. haha

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Stay safe and dry! October is my favorite month of the year, no doubt, followed closely by July. All the others I could live without. 😉

      I was lukewarm towards the song to begin with, now I’m getting beyond irritated. Hopefully something new takes over soon (as long as it’s not something like Redneck Crazy, which I heard today and didn’t care for).

  • http://sarahsaysread.com Sarah Says Read

    Ohhhh man I could never spend that much on a purse, but I like!

    You poor thing, winter already?! I’m hoping we don’t get any snow until December… and since it’s been in the 70’s for the past 2 weeks, we just might make it there. *fingers crossed*

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It’s not as pricey as the Kate Spade bags, but still expensive enough that I didn’t whip out my credit card yet. Maybe someday…

      It’s so frigging cold out right now, I think it’s 19 – far, far too cold for October. I’ll admit to being slightly worried that this will be a hard winter. I struggle with winter already (I get quite blue in the winter), if it starts in October, I don’t know what I’ll do. This year it snowed frequently through May. Good luck avoiding snow, if I could figure out how, I would so do it too.

  • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Ohhh… Always nice when an author quotes your review :-)

    I’m not going to resist Kate Spade, just deciding on the extent of the damage that will be done. And if there is a limit to the number of Kate Spade bags one can have, don’t tell my husband.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      This is the first time a bigger author has done it, I was so pleased.

      I was even drooling over the card catalogs in the photo backgrounds. Those are hard to come by now and I’ve been lusting after one for months. The way I feel about furniture is a little bit disturbing. If I didn’t consider it a slightly silly profession, I totally would have been an interior designer. I try to limit my KS bags. That being said, a handbag is different than a tote which is different than a clutch which is…you get the idea.

      • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

        My best friend is an interior designer/ industrial designer – by far the most talented (and successful) person I know. She works in London now – a leading architecture magazine wrote an article about her a few years ago titled ‘The Wizard from Oz’ – and she is – brilliant. And I miss her terribly. Thank goodness for Skype.

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

          She has my dream job (I’ll ignore my zero amount of training for it)! I’m still in my professional/mini-quarter-life crisis.

          I have an immense amount of respect and admiration for what she does. In the US, trends for interior design are running towards Young House Love, Bower Power Blog, and the like. My favorite is probably Sarah Richardson, though she’s Canadian. Do you ever go visit her in London?

      • http://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com booksaremyfavouriteandbest

        I am well overdue to visit her (yay!) – she comes to Australia every year or so (her family are here). The last time I went to her was ten years ago – she was living in Dublin at the time and we did a four week road trip around Ireland together – it was the best.

        We had planned to meet somewhere ‘half-way’ for our 40ths last year (I was campaigning for the Greek Islands which she pointed out weren’t really half-way but are lovely anyway…) but in the end she came to Melbourne. I am thinking 2014 is the year though – might take the whole family for the UK thing and then scoot down to Greece for some R&R at the end. Not sure how my husband would feel about the long flight back with four kids though…

  • http://www.bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com Christine @ BookishlyB

    Yay! Thanks for participating!

    Your pulse and blood pressure is super, super low. You’re practically dead.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      You’re welcome. :)

      It is! I’ve been hospitalized twice in my life, both times overnight (not for the blood pressure/heart rate). The nurses had to shut off the monitors because I continually set the crash alert off every time. It’s my one medical anomaly, I’m kind of proud of it. It really doesn’t alter my life much, except that I can’t give blood, but that’s it.

  • http://wordsforworms.wordpress.com Words for Worms

    Haaaaaaaaaaa! I LOL’d so hard at the vacuum lady. And then you hit me with a 10 Things quote? Girl, you’re my hero.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      Aww, thanks, I’m blushing. :)

      It was the most expensive vacuum ever, the only thing that got a reaction out of me was the price. As for 10 Things, I knew I wanted that clip, but I still got sucked in to watching the movie on youtube. They were all so young (as was I). 10 Things was one of my first “date” movies I went on. It holds a special place in my heart.

  • http://btweenthecovers.com/ Heather

    We’re actually getting a bit of an “Indian summer” right now. Thank the gods of sunshine.

  • http://www.therelentlessreader.com/ Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    Vacuums can get me pretty excited…but then most things do. I’m very easily amused.

    Congrats on the blurb, groovy!

    I had my yearly physical this past week as well. Uneventful really. I did get to hear about all the FUN things I’ll be doing at my next physical though. I’ll be 40 by then. I don’t care about getting older. I do care about having my poor girls smashed between two plates. Ah well 😉

  • http://loveatfirstbook.com RebeccaScaglione – Love at First Book

    Thanks for sharing all of that!!!! I am excited to check out the Kate collection!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      It’s divine. I want a library card catalog badly. I have no idea what I would use it for, but it would love quite lovely.

      • http://loveatfirstbook.com RebeccaScaglione – Love at First Book

        I want one toooo! You know what I would do? Catalogue all of my book. Haha! Nerd alert.

  • http://www.thebookwheelblog.com Allison @ The Book Wheel

    Congrats on the blurb and OMIGOODNESS that Kate Spade collection is going to be taking a bit of my afternoon away from me. Thanks?

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory

      You’re welcome. It’s a lovely way to waste time. Although it gives me fantasies of purchasing a $350 casual dress. That will never happen, but oh it would be nice.

  • http://www.caffeinatedlife.net Lianne @ caffeinatedlife.net

    lol about your vacuum story, I can only imagine how frustrated she must’ve looked! (yay for the 10 Things reference xD I think I may need to re-watch that movie now…)

    Wow at your blood pressure being so low. I recently learned how to take BPs and I think I would also do a double-take if I came across someone reading at that level.

    When the whole David Gilmour debacle broke, the first thing I honestly thought of was whether I’ve ever heard of the guy in passing when I was in uni *blushes* (probably not since he was affiliated to a part of the uni that I was barely at)

    Oooh, that Kate Spade collection looks lovely! 😀

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