Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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10. The difference between cute, sexy, pretty, and beautiful. I only include it because the author (who is male) references the urban dictionary definitions. Plus, it’s good to know…?

09. I mentioned that I was going to try and meet – in real life (imagine!) – Carolyn from Rosemary and Reading Glasses. And guess what? It really did happen. She’s great, she’s one of those people you meet and you feel like you’ve known her forever. It wasn’t awkward at all (I feel like there was a bonding moment when we realized we share a favorite contemporary author). I met her after my morning hike (I hiked into see these ruins), two hours in the car, and three days without a hairbrush. I’m impressed she even let me in her house. And she made me tea, lunch, and the best brownies I’ve eaten in a long time. Thanks Carolyn, you’re the best!


The proof is in the picture (I’m on the right, just in case you didn’t know).

08. Gillian Anderson is co-writing a sci-fi trilogy. Sadly, it will have nothing to do with The X-Files. She pretty much stole my heart after she named her sons Oscar and Felix.

(Side note: Is it exclusively women who are fascinated by baby names? Probably…)

07. My favorite shit story of the week: “Are feminists and wussy men a threat to national security?“. Because real men shoot guns and guns are incredibly hard to come by here in America.

06. What if books were whorishly re-titled, optimizing search engines rather than imaginations? My favorites: Moby Dick (They Told Him White Whales Were Impossible to Hunt. Thatโ€™s When He Went Literally Crazy) and Lord of the Flies (You Thought Millennials Were Bad? Watch These British Kids Totally Nail Chaos Theory).

05. I like my job, but I would LOVE this job more. My love of books is only rivaled by my love of home decor and restoration (when I’m not complaining about how every single thing in my house is broken).

04. My very first blog friend (that would be you, Kate) and I both managed to go on a beach vacations – at the same time – though certainly not the same beach. I’d like to think we have an unusual amount in common (we both started fiction in the kitchen blogs, love John Irving, and have similar academic backgrounds, among various other personal things), so a similar vacation destination is not surprising. I’m not too proud to admit her vacation was better than mine (see vacations here).

03. I signed up for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure and am failing miserably. The only bit I’ve managed so far is the designated media free day. It’s not my fault, at least partially. Most of the assigned tasks start on Saturdays and that is the beginning of my work week.

(To the first person who points out that I could be doing said tasks on Thursday and Friday when I’m home – we’re not friends anymore. Because yes, I know. And just FYI, I will be spending Thursday deep cleaning my bedroom, as prescribed as part of the January cure. But only because it’s a snow day.)

02. I don’t get particularly excited about The Grammys (and I feel like this year’s Record of the Year category is a bust), but I am excited to watch Lang Lang and Metallica. I’ve always felt like my affection for everything Metal is a personality outlier.

01. To quote some guy I don’t know: “How’s everyone’s seasonal depression going? I feel like I’ve really nailed the “lie on the floor and drink whiskey ’til spring” vibe this year.”

Thoughts on music award shows? How are you doing this January? Anyone hate it as much as I do?

(P.S. It’s rare, but I double posted. In case you missed it, here is my review of Michigan, Ten Cents.

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  • Heather

    #7. UGH. UGH. UGH.

    I hate January, also. So much. I don’t want to do anything but read and sleep. Why don’t humans hibernate? We need to hibernate. Wake me up in April.

    • Rory

      I always think I hate January. And then February rolls around and I realize my hatred for January pales in comparison… I could get behind the hibernation thing.

      Also, I’m fairly certain Elisabeth Hasselbeck defies words. I just don’t understand.

  • Julie Merilatt

    Definite seasonal depression (-4 this morning) except curled up in armchair with vodka.

    • Rory

      It’s a downright balmy 20 degrees here with 6 inches of new snow and a lovely coating of ice underneath. I nearly broke my arm this morning. This winter has been brutal. I can tell just by the light coming through my blinds whether the weather going to be shitty and this morning I didn’t even want to get out of bed.

  • Alice

    I am beyond excited about Gillian co-writing, the women is my hero.

    (I would however prefer a third x-files film.)

    • Rory

      I seriously love her and I wouldn’t complain about a third film. At all.

  • whatmeread

    You and Carolyn look really cute.

    • Rory

      Thanks, we got lucky! She snapped it on her iPhone as I was getting ready to leave and it was a good one of both of us.

  • Naomi

    That’s a great picture of you and Carolyn! Funny thing about baby names. That’s always the first thing I want to know about a new baby, but my husband never thinks to even ask. I don’t get it.

    • Rory

      Thanks! I’m fascinated by baby names. My list of potential baby names is embarrassingly long (and there are no babies in the near future for me). I think the problem is the list keeps growing as I keep reading. Men don’t seem to really care…

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    #7: Blerg!

    Love this list of randomness. It fits my mood ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rory

      I think these lists are probably most representative of the way my mind works. It’s a really strange, random place in there.

  • Words for Worms

    I’ve long held the opinion that humans should hibernate during the winter. I went out and spent too much money on one of those special S.A.D lamps. I don’t know if it’s doing anything or if it’s purely placebo, but I feel ever so slightly less hostile toward the Polar Vortex at the moment. (PS, that is a ridiculously cute pic of your blog meet-n-greet. Adorable) I think the baby name thing is a girl thing. I’ve had names picked out for my hypothetical children since I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted any.

    • Rory

      I’ve considered trying one of those. Currently I use exercise to alter my mood. It’s works out…okay. It helps, at the very least. I don’t know if anything exists to make me less bitter towards the months of January and February.

      And thanks. We got lucky with that picture.

      My list of baby names is embarrassingly long. I don’t think I’d be able to use them all unless I had ten kids with two middle names each. I assure you that is not going to happen.

  • Care

    Book blogger meetups are THE BEST! I have even met one in a strange town and shared a hotel room. We are bestest of friends now (and were prior to meeting) but now I know what she looks like.
    Maybe a piece of pie will chase away some January blues. Where to find pie in your state:

    • Rory

      I really enjoyed meeting someone online in real life. I plan to do it again in May at BEA. I’m hoping for an equally good outcome.

      I could really go for a Boston Creme Pie right now.

  • Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    I’m so excited about Gillian’s book but am sad it won’t be X-Files related. David Duchovny, it’s now on you.
    I don’t even want to watch the Grammy’s either. Why does everyone have to love shit music so much? I hadn’t heard about Metallica performing so I might watch. Well, no. I’ll try to find the performance on youtube though definitely. lol

    • Rory

      Metallica’s performance is getting no love. Everyone is excited about Taylor Swift though. When I was reading through the nominees I about choked when I saw Blurred Lines nominated for album of the year. I knew it was going to go down hill from there (although I was excited to see Volbeat get some attention). I know this goes against everything popular, but I just don’t see the appeal of Beyonce. I don’t dislike her, but I really don’t care either. And I loathed the song put Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – every time someone I knew posted on Facebook “he liked it, so he put a ring on it” with a picture of their hand I vomited a little. Apologies if you did that… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I might try to watch, but youtube is way more likely.

  • Charleen

    2014 seems to have been sucking for everyone so far. Hopefully it’s just a January thing.

    • Rory

      I hate January. I think the only way January doesn’t suck is if you live in the southern hemisphere or are wealthy enough to have a second home somewhere warm.

      I have my fingers crossed for a good February. Although I might have life changes on the horizon – stressful (so as not to be intentionally vague, I’m considering moving).

  • Carolyn O

    It was so great meeting you! I felt the same way re: not awkward at all, as if I’d known you for a long time. Also, I didn’t ask about your hike because you looked so radiant I figured that there was no way you’d done it.

    • Rory

      Ha, thanks! It was all that fresh air, that and it was way too cold to sweat (much).

  • Lianne @

    About #9 — that’s awesome! You guys look great in the photo ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m intrigued that Gillian Anderson is writing a sci-fi trilogy. I can’t remember if I’ve read what it was about but I am nonetheless looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw love your new (?) layout here! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Rory

      It was a lot of fun.

      I’m curious about the books from a quality standpoint. Is she getting to co-author the books because she is a truly talented writer or because having her co-author a sci-fi book will be good for sales. It must suck to be a celebrity, you’ve got people like me being cynical. I hope it’s good though.

      And thanks, the layout is brand new. I lost my CSS edits (always, always save them separately – I know that now) and I figured I might as well start over. The layout is still evolving, but it’s getting there.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    I can’t remember the last time I watched a music awards show, but from the ages of like 11 to 15 I was pretty much obsessed. I’m so not cool now, I guess.

    And yes, January needs to be over. I need to get paid. Our weather has been nice, but it’s just such a looooong month!

    • Rory

      I’m fairly certain I’ve never been cool, although I always appreciate when something I’ve been doing for years becomes popular again (i.e. flannel, braids, oxfords). I might try and catch The Grammys, but most likely I won’t (my mind is too busy being pulled in a thousand worrisome directions, I’m sure you can relate (to worrying)).

  • Alisa Selene

    Lol I hate january nothing to look forward to it is totally freezing out and you are inevitably broke from Christmas it blows!

    • Rory

      I pretty much agree with all of that. Not to mention all the holiday fun is over with. The next fun holiday is maybe memorial day or cinco de mayo?

  • booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    #8 No, my husband is obsessed with baby names and still reads the birth announcements, reading aloud ones of interest or dubious quality. Obviously naming babies is long since off my agenda…
    #8 Related, my kids have the middle name Fox (my maiden name). When we named our first child a few people commented “You must be really into the X-Files!” I had no idea what they were referring to. I still haven’t watched a single episode (although I now know there is a character called Fox). Are you horrified?

    #9 I met someone IRL recently who I had come to know via Twitter. It was a bizarre, wonderful and really weird experience.

    And lastly, out of numerical order, #4. Ditto re. first blog friends and ditto re all that we have in common. And although you were in Maine (you know how much love I have for Maine), I am quite sure my beach holiday won that round ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Rory

      Your husband is a good man. I still look over my college bulletin that I get monthly to read the birth announcements for the same reason. I don’t expect to be naming any children in the near future, but I have a list ready just in case (though I have since removed Penelope from it).

      I am a little horrified. It’s a fabulously intelligent show. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are the lead character names. All of my children will have O’Connor as a middle name.

      Your holiday most definitely did beat mine. If you can potentially lose a finger to frostbite it takes a little fun out of the beach experience.

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