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Every week, Christine at Bookishly Boisterous gives me a platform to whine (and you can too!). For that, I thank her…

Merry Happy

10. Worst films of the year. A Good Day to Die Hard – not surprising. Man of Steel – a wee bit shocking.

9. I am sick. Not simply with a little cough and a scratchy throat. No, I am full on zombie apocalypse sick. I fully realize I am not going to die (hopefully), but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like I am… At any rate, I’ve been a little quiet as of late and this is why. (Excuses, excuses…)

8. Because of this, I’ve managed to fit in three movies this week: The Young Frankenstein (excellent, I laughed and it was appallingly painful to do so), Get Low, and the 1973 BBC Jane Eyre miniseries (so, so bad). I spent five episodes cringing at Jane’s constantly incredulous eyebrows…

What did other Jane Eyre fans think of Sorcha Cusack’s eyebrows performance?

7. I mentioned that my washer broke. I had to remove the old washer to paint behind it before the new washer was delivered. So at 10:00 at night, wearing my flannel snowflake pants, my stripped socks, and a t-shirt, I maneuvered my washer onto to socks so I could slide it across the floor and out the front door. While sliding it across my front porch, I see my neighbor in his driveway. Laughing*. This is the equivalent of the suburban walk of shame.

6. The night shirt referenced above says “never trust an atom, they make everything up”. Provocative, I know, but would you expect anything less…?

5. Stephen King joined twitter. Sadly, I was not one of the first 15 people he followed.

4. So when you open a Bukowski-themed bar, you name it…Barkwoski? I suspect a better name could be had.

3. Morrissey performed at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert. Because nothing says calm and peaceful like Morrissey…

2. I like to decorate for the holidays. Christmas is no exception. This year I made Christmas ornaments from old library due date cards. I’m quite pleased with how they turned out, even if only the bookish portion of the population would appreciate them. Just ask if you want one, I have extras.


1. I really do get fabulous search terms. They’re the best. My two favorites as of late: “So Annoying But I Love You Anyway” and “What do you think of an older man who has sexual fantasies about his son and his son’s girlfriend?”. To the first, I’m sure I feel the exact same way. To the second, um…I think not good things.

Bonus: I am mailing out holiday cards and they’re adorable (if that doesn’t sound too pompous). If any long time readers would like one, I’ll mail one to you. Just message me your address.

Bookish thoughts for the week?  Worst movie of the year? Anyone else get any crafting done (and yes, I count laminating, hole punching, and twine as crafting)? Added challenge: coming up with a suitably clever name for a Bukowski themed establishment.

*The washer was surprisingly light, just awkward to move.

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  • Turn the Page Reviews

    Thankfully I can say I did not see one of the movies on the list- but I did watch Oz:The Great and Powerful and it was awful.
    I really hope you feel better soon.

    I love the ornaments! I wish I had one.

    • Rory

      If you want to message me your address (on twitter or via email), I’ll mail you one!

      And thanks. Last year I picked up norovirus right before Christmas (joys of working closely with the public and schoolacge children) and I’ve never been that sick in my life. This is mild compared to that, so I’m thankful. And I have every hope that I’ll be virus-cold-free by the holidays, so that’s an added bonus.

  • Charleen

    Ha! Love #6.

    Man of Steel is the only movie on that list I saw. I didn’t think it was terrible, and I don’t know that I’d put it on a list of worst movies of the year, but it was disappointing after all the build-up. I guess I like my super hero movies on the lighter side. Thor 2, in comparison, was highly enjoyable… though I didn’t care for Iron Man 3 at all.

    • Rory

      Thanks, me too! And I can honestly say that there’s no one I’m trying to impress with my sleepwear, so my satisfaction is all that matters.

      I don’t mind dark superhero movies, but I don’t mind light ones eithers. I don’t like the Iron Man series because I honestly and truly can’t stand Gwyneth Paltrow. Had they cast any other actress in the role, I probably at least would’ve mildly enjoyed them.

      And don’t worry, you missed absolutely nothing by skipping A Good Day to Die Hard.

      • Charleen

        Aw, that’s a shame. I don’t think I have any actors/actresses that will completely ruin a movie for me. I really liked the first Iron Man, thought the second wasn’t as good, LOVED Avengers, and then IM3, especially as the first post-Avengers Marvel movie, just fell really flat for me.

  • cleopatralovesbooks

    Oh poor you re washer incident and illness. I love the ornaments 🙂

    • Rory

      At least both are fleeting. My new washer has been delivered and I’m already starting to feel better.

      And thanks. I’m not a crafty person, but I felt like these were worth the minimal effort they required.

  • Carolyn O

    Those ornaments are great! Where did you find the cards?

    • Rory

      Thanks! I work at a library/archive and we did a large inventory project earlier this year, I grabbed them when I was weeding the old books.

      • Carolyn O

        So jealous, on so many counts!

  • Bonnie (@missbonnie13)

    I haven’t seen a single one of those movies. Maybe that’s a good thing?
    Ugh, my washer went out not too long ago. The one positive of renting… handy men to come replace it for me. lol
    Stephen King just tweeted about Red Moon. He said it was epic. I’m going to have to disagree.
    Those ornaments are charming. I don’t do much crafty stuff either. Like at all.
    Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Rory

      I’d say so. I rarely go see movies in the theaters. This year I’ve seen Skyfall, Stoker, Austenland, and Gravity – and this was a big year. I might have seen one more, but it’s escaping me at the moment.

      I dream of renting again. This month all the shit has happened. First my washer broke, then the control box on my boiler, then my garbage disposal, and then yesterday my dishwasher burnt out (literally, the wiring inside actually caught on fire, I’m lucky my house didn’t burn down). And to top it all off, the headlight in my car went out, minor, but come on. Couldn’t it wait until January? Needless to say, I am now washing my dishes by hand until sometime next year.

      Now I feel like I should give Red Moon another shot. SK loved The Troop (available on NG) and I like that so far. Rather gory, which is what I’m in the mood for (that, or someone gifting me loads of money).

      And I don’t craft. I was over 25 by the time I figured out what the hell bedazzling was. Though I never did figure out why anyone would do it…

      And I am, mostly. I even cracked open Bold Tricks.

  • Samantha

    Not “done”, but I have a crochet blanket I’ve been working on for years, and last weekend when the heat broke I was under a blanket with boyfriend watching Harry Potter while I crocheted. It’s very soothing, although my fingers start to hurt after awhile. I have some brand new unopened yarn in my crochet bag that I should dig into and try to make a scarf. I was really into it in high school when everyone would bring their knitting or crocheting to class and do that while they listened to the lecture, which was kind of cool.

    • Rory

      One of my coworkers uses her down-time to knit and crochet. She makes some beautiful things. I used to know how to knit, but I’ve lost that knowledge over the years. I’m hoping, that when I have more free time, it will be like riding a bicycle and I’ll pick it right back up.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    What a fantastic idea for ornaments, I love them!

    • Rory

      Thanks! I can send you one…

  • Jennine G.

    The ornaments are awesome! Where did you find the cards?

    • Rory

      They are from some of the old books at the library I work at. It’s sort of the anti-technology library. I still stamp dates on due date slips, although we now use stick on ones instead of the cards…

  • Nish

    That’s a lovely idea for ornaments 🙂

  • picturemereading

    I like the ornaments! I am a fan of the 1973 Jane Eyre but I understand everyonr likes a different version for their own reasons that is okay because we all read books a different way. I like how close it is to the original book. I am sorry you are feeling so sick, feel better!

    • Rory


      I like the faithfulness of the adaptation, I just didn’t care for her constant look of surprise. I didn’t like the George C. Scott version because of how far it strayed from the book and I thought that Jane was far too confident (Susanna York, maybe?).

      And I am feeling better now, thankfully.

      • picturemereading

        My husband isn’t fond of Sorcha either..I like her but my favorite Janes are Mia W. and Ruth Wilson! I am glad to hear you are feeling better1

        • Rory

          Those are my favorite Janes too. I think Mia nailed the ethereal/unworldly aspect of Jane.

  • tanya

    I love your ornaments. I’m going to make them next year.

    • Rory

      There easy, unbreakable, and cute. As far as crafts go, it makes them near perfect.

  • Ciska (@_Ciska_)

    I guess I would call my Bukowski bar “The Problem with Drinking”
    I honestly cannot remember what movies I watched this year that were terrible. I choose them very carefully and rather watch my series.
    I am so in love with your ornaments. Though I love to create things I do not give myself the peace of mind or time to do so any more, I did try out some fabulous Christmas dinners though (even though we are eating at other peoples houses for Christmas but he we have to spoil ourselves some times right?!?)

    • Rory

      That’s a good one – much better than Barkowski.

      Absolutely. The best part of the holidays is the food (or family/friends if you have good ones). I still bake elaborate cookies for Santa, even though I know I’m going to be the one to eat them. It’s just tradition at this point.

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    I really must put together another post about search engine terms. I had a nice one today – “Simple word for purveyor” – have to wonder how many pages they scrolled through before visiting my blog (and not finding an answer).

    • Rory

      I keep a draft post with search terms, every time I get a good one I just throw it in there.

      But seriously, sometimes people will scroll through about 20 pages, find my blog, click it and still not get there answer. That’s dedication.

  • DoingDewey

    Beautiful ornaments! I love hearing about people’s crazy search terms. Sometimes, I just can’t imagine how mine ever led people to my blog.

    • Rory

      Thanks! I get quite a few crazy ones that have nothing to do with my blog. Some of them are so odd that I’ve tried to recreate the search and still not been able to find my blog in the first 20 page results…

  • Sarah Says Read

    “never trust an atom, they make everything up”.

    I SO want that shirt. You have no idea.

    Bummer that you’re sick! And that your washer broke. But at least your ornaments came out FABULOUS.

    • Rory

      Thanks, I’m finally starting to feel a little better today, though my cough is still awful. Maybe by Christmas…

      I love the shirt, it’s ugly yet wonderful. It’s forest green with bright orange lettering. I don’t think I could find an uglier night shirt if I tried, but I don’t think I could find one that’s more perfect either.

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel

    We’ll have to hang out in our Christmasy pajamas. Mine have trees and I wear them with striped socks all of the time. I don’t have a cool shirt about atoms, but I do have one from the 70’s that says “Stop Continental Drift” that a surprisingly large number of people don’t understand.

    P.S. I hope you feel better. Maybe you overdid it at the neighborhood party?

    • Rory

      We will, because there’s is nothing better than hanging out AND being comfortable.

      Thanks. I’m pretty sure I did, but it was a fun night. More likely, one of my neighbors kindly shared their germs, because I got sick right after. Which means this is the never ending sickness, because that party was on the 7th.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    i really love your ornaments- so perfect. Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Rory

      I’m passable, but not fully functional yet. And thanks, it’s not quite a bookish wreath (which was really impressive, by the way), but it’s fun and librarianish.

  • Andi (@estellasrevenge)

    I LOLed at your washer story. Not long after I moved into the house I live in now (rental), it dawned on me that I should wrap my outdoor pipes for winter. I found myself bent over in my flower bed (butt sticking up, of course) wrapping my pipes in the mostly-dark with butterfly patterned duct tape. Go me! I was so afraid my scary neighbor would show up right about that time. Eeek!

    • Rory

      Thanks. There’s is nothing like embarrassing yourself publicly while pushing an overly large, broken appliance.

      And butterfly duct tape is suitably rad for a number of projects. I like it.

  • Alice

    10. I refuse to accepted Die Hard is no longer a trilogy.
    9. For a moment I thought you meant the Ruth Wilson BBC mini series from a few years ago, I’m very glad you meant Sorcha Cusack, I’ve not seen that one.
    1. Sigh, you get the best search terms.

    • Rory

      10. That’s the best possible option for that series.
      9. I love the Ruth Wilson one! It’s my personal favorite. I think the Sorcha Cusack one takes the honor of least favorite.
      1. It’s one of my favorite blogging accomplishment, plus it reassures me that weird people are all over the place.

  • Care

    I learn so much from you (how cool you are and how out of it I am.) Hope you feel super great soon! Happy New Washing Machine.

    • Rory

      That made me laugh. I’m the least cool person I know (there are a number of people who would back me up on this), but I love that you think so and learn stuff while your at it.

      I hate that my washing machine broke, but my new one is fancy and pretty and can be controlled from my iPhone (not that I’ve tried that yet, but I like that it’s a possibility).

  • Isi

    I love those cards/ornaments!!
    Unfortunately I have no Christmas tree, but I love the idea, seriously!
    Well, let’s follow S. King on twitter, yes? 😉

    • Rory

      Thanks! I have a small, fake Christmas tree that has seen better days. One of my cats jumped on the branches and they broke, so it droops to one side now. The ornaments make it look better though.

      Yes, let’s.

  • Carolyn O

    Ok, so I know it’s after Christmas, but can I take you up on that ornament offer? They’re so awesome!

    • Rory


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