Book HaulPosted: May 28, 2011 Filed under: About Me, Shopping Leave a comment
The fancy bookstore at my local mall is going out of business/bankrupt and they have the clearance people in there to liquidate. I haven’t been able to get over there until Friday afternoon, when I was lucky enough to be allowed to leave work early for the holiday weekend (hurray!). This ended up being a good thing, since lots of books were only marked down 30% off retail after about 2 weeks of liquidation. 30% is about what you can get on Amazon, so I was disappointed and wandered around the store for a long time with just one book in my basket.
But they announced if you bought 3 books, you get an additional 10% off everything and if you buy 6 books you get an additional 20% off everything. So I ended up getting 10 books.
I got a real assortment: two books from the health section, two travel books, The Pioneer Woman’s new book, a science book, a book about work, A Visit From the Goon Squad…
Probably the two I am most excited about are Orla Kiely’s Pattern and Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable.
I love to read, but rarely spend a lot of money on books (since adolescence anyway) since I don’t like to waste the money, or have to store them, or more and more lately I don’t have the time to read very much. Today I didn’t have anything I needed to do, so I stayed home and read an entire book.
Facebook DepressionPosted: May 27, 2011 Filed under: About Me, Friends 3 Comments
The latest news is that there is a new condition affecting teens, “Facebook Depression.”
My initial thought was basically eye-rolling, but then when I learned a little bit more, I felt I could relate somewhat, even though I’m not exactly a teen.
“With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up.” (source MSNBC)
I don’t get upset about friend counts, because I’ve always preferred to have a few close good friends, than a large number of false friends or just acquaintances. Sure, I use Facebook to keep tabs on people that I might not ever see face-to-face again, but I deleted a bunch of people that I once knew, but who I never interact with even online.
In addition, seeing photos, or hearing about events that you were not invited to, or included in, can be hurtful. This is the part that has gotten me in the past. I’d go through a cycle of seeing photos of happy shiny friends having great times at parties and other events that I was never invited to, getting really upset, getting over it, then seeing similar photos all over again. I never said anything to the “offenders” in these cases, but I eventually made the personal decision to just remove these accounts from my Facebook. I’m not sure if anyone has noticed. I have never gotten any emails, phone calls, or other comments since. And in this case ignorance has not quite been bliss, but has stopped salt from pouring into my wounds.
I can’t imagine how hard a situation like this would be to a teenager, when everything in the world is SO DARN IMPORTANT. I think I am very lucky I didn’t have to deal with so much social media when I was a kid.
101 Things About MePosted: April 14, 2011 Filed under: About Me 2 Comments
It’s always hard to start a new blog, so when I saw this idea on My Milk Glass Heart’s blog, I decided posting 101 random things about myself would be a good way to kick things off.
- I was named after Carly Simon
- I’ve met her twice, both times at malls. She cried when she found out I was named after her.
- I was an only child until my senior year of high school
- As a kid, I loved Art and Theater equally
- Since I always had after school jobs in high school, preventing me from attending rehearsals, Art eventually won out
- I had my first job when I was 15
- I have worked as a file assistant at a eye doctor’s office
- I have worked as a grocery store bagger and cashier (at Ukrop’s)
- I have worked as a ice skating rink party host (second worst job ever)
- I have worked as a basketball games operator at King’s Dominion (third worst job ever)
- I have worked as a dishwasher at a college eatery (this was the grossest job ever)
- I developed an deep aversion to seeing food floating in water (gag)
- I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a Sunday in my entire life
- I lived outside Los Angeles as a toddler and I constantly wish I could go back to California
- I won’t move back to the West Coast while my parents are still on the East Coast
- Traveling is my favorite hobby
- I went to London for a long weekend once
- I went to Cancun after high school graduation thanks to a generous friend who took about 10 of us there to stay in their time share suite for free
- I took an awesome one week road trip from San Diego to Oakland California when I turned 25 and could rent a car without penalties
- I’ve been on two cruises, both to the Caribbean
- I’ve love to to a European Cruise
- I went to Lourdes France the day after Senior Prom, on a religious pilgrimage sponsored by friends and family
- I’ve been to New Orleans once pre-Katrina and stayed in a sketchy hotel full of prostitutes
- I’ve been to New Orleans once post-Katrina and stayed in a sketchy hotel where the bathtub faucet fell off from being rotted
- I organized that trip for my whole office. We were there to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
- Even though I don’t party, or like strippers, or gambling, I love Las Vegas
- I’ve gotten to see Oprah in person, at the groundbreaking for the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
- I’ve heard then-President G. W. Bush speak at the National Prayer Breakfast (still cool)
- I’ve seen Mo Rocca at a book signing in DC
- I’ve also seen him live at a taping of The Daily Show
- I’ve seen John Oliver at a performance in NYC during the writers’ strike (and got a picture)
- I also saw him at UVA
- I met Neil Gaiman at the DC Book Festival
- I had him sign a book for my then-boyfriend
- I hadn’t liked Gaiman until I met him in person and saw what an amazingly nice person he was
- I still don’t think I like Sandman, though
- I’ve slept in the car overnight at a rest stop (with my parents) once en route to a family vacation
- I am a terrible singer
- This doesn’t stop me from sing-talking, especially at work, when things are frustrating or stupid
- I like what I do for a job, but wish I had more flexibility
- I hate that I get extremely passionate and opinionated about things that I cannot change
- People think I look much younger than I am
- I’m not flattered by this. It’s annoying.
- And potentially creepy if I’m out trying to meet people, and they assume I’m a teenager
- I just turned 30
- Every boy I’ve ever actually loved is now either married or engaged (to someone that isn’t me)
- I’m glad they didn’t end up married to me
- I like being single
- I don’t want to be single when I’m 50, though
- I’m Catholic and I’m down with a lot of their religious philosophy, and the social justice stuff where you help people out, but not the social stuff where homosexuals don’t deserve basic human rights
- It’s complicated
- My mom is my best friend and I don’t care if you think that’s lame
- I hung out with adults, or alone for most of my childhood
- I would spend all day in my room reading
- I sorta hate the library, because I don’t like the way the books smell, and when they have weird stains in them, or the fact that the popular books are wait-listed for months
- But I love the library in theory and have been a lifelong patron
- I would be 100% on the e-book bandwagon if they would more bathtub friendly
- I buy a lot of clothes
- I return a lot of the clothes I buy
- I went an entire summer (possibly 2) in high school never once wearing shorts because I was so embarrassed by the stretch marks allover my legs
- I got over it… mostly
- I’m one of those bitches that is actually trying to GAIN weight
- My favorite food group is candy
- My least favorite types of candy are black licorice and chocolate
- My favorite types of candy are gummy
- My favorite brand of gummy candy is Haribo
- I drink a Red Bull every morning because coffee doesn’t really get along with me. People think I’m totally hardcore, but it doesn’t really have that much caffeine in it.
- I used to take growth hormone shots as a pre-teen.
- I’m 5’3″…
- … I used to be 4’11”
- My favorite typographical element is the em dash
- I throw out 90% of the catalogs I get in the mail, so I’m not tempted to buy things
- I lived across the street from a crack house for years as a kid
- I lived next to subsidized housing for a year and would walk through a parking deck to get to the grocery store, which had my roommates convinced I would get murdered
- I’m not really afraid of getting murdered
- I used to ride horses, then I became severely allergic
- Also allergic to: cats, dogs, pollen, mold, dust…
- I finally got an iPhone this month
- I’m working on my MBA
- I’m that annoying girl who likes learning and does her homework early
- I also like education because it’s pretty much the only constant source of measurable, merit-based, praise I get as an adult. (Not just “You look nice today” or “good comps.”) I like getting that A, even if the grading scale isn’t that tough.
- I don’t think I ever want kids of my own
- But I like other people’s kids
- I run a support group with my mom
- I always want to “help people” – whatever that means
- I met a lot of my friends on the internet
- I got back in touch with a lot of my friend because of the internet
- I eat a lot of rice
- I eat a lot of sugar
- I love bread, but pretty much only freshly baked bread. I hate sandwich bread you get in the grocery store.
- After a childhood of nothing but horrible canned asparagus, I discovered fresh and fell in love
- I once went two (medically supervised) weeks without eating
- I’d rather eat a small amount of something really good than a bucket full of something mediocre
- If I had a bucket list, then it would include a visit to miniBar
- My favorite vacation destination: the beach
- Runner up: the city (San Fran, NYC)
- I’ve never been to Chicago
- I’d like to improve my Spanish
- I’d like to take voice lessons
- One day I’d like to write a book