Book Haul

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

Orla Kiely Pattern

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 Depression

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 Me

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.

  1. I was named after Carly Simon
  2. I’ve met her twice, both times at malls. She cried when she found out I was named after her.
  3. I was an only child until my senior year of high school
  4. As a kid, I loved Art and Theater equally
  5. Since I always had after school jobs in high school, preventing me from attending rehearsals, Art eventually won out
  6. I had my first job when I was 15
  7. I have worked as a file assistant at a eye doctor’s office
  8. I have worked as a grocery store bagger and cashier (at Ukrop’s)
  9. I have worked as a ice skating rink party host (second worst job ever)
  10. I have worked as a basketball games operator at King’s Dominion (third worst job ever)
  11. I have worked as a dishwasher at a college eatery (this was the grossest job ever)
  12. I developed an deep aversion to seeing food floating in water (gag)
  13. I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a Sunday in my entire life
  14. I lived outside Los Angeles as a toddler and I constantly wish I could go back to California
  15. I won’t move back to the West Coast while my parents are still on the East Coast
  16. Traveling is my favorite hobby
  17. I went to London for a long weekend once
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. I’ve been on two cruises, both to the Caribbean
  21. I’ve love to to a European Cruise
  22. I went to Lourdes France the day after Senior Prom, on a religious pilgrimage sponsored by friends and family
  23. I’ve been to New Orleans once pre-Katrina and stayed in a sketchy hotel full of prostitutes
  24. I’ve been to New Orleans once post-Katrina and stayed in a sketchy hotel where the bathtub faucet fell off from being rotted
  25. I organized that trip for my whole office. We were there to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
  26. Even though I don’t party, or like strippers, or gambling, I love Las Vegas
  27. I’ve gotten to see Oprah in person, at the groundbreaking for the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
  28. I’ve heard then-President G. W. Bush speak at the National Prayer Breakfast (still cool)
  29. I’ve seen Mo Rocca at a book signing in DC
  30. I’ve also seen him live at a taping of The Daily Show
  31. I’ve seen John Oliver at a performance in NYC during the writers’ strike (and got a picture)
  32. I also saw him at UVA
  33. I met Neil Gaiman at the DC Book Festival
  34. I had him sign a book for my then-boyfriend
  35. I hadn’t liked Gaiman until I met him in person and saw what an amazingly nice person he was
  36. I still don’t think I like Sandman, though
  37. I’ve slept in the car overnight at a rest stop (with my parents) once en route to a family vacation
  38. I am a terrible singer
  39. This doesn’t stop me from sing-talking, especially at work, when things are frustrating or stupid
  40. I like what I do for a job, but wish I had more flexibility
  41. I hate that I get extremely passionate and opinionated about things that I cannot change
  42. People think I look much younger than I am
  43. I’m not flattered by this. It’s annoying.
  44. And potentially creepy if I’m out trying to meet people, and they assume I’m a teenager
  45. I just turned 30
  46. Every boy I’ve ever actually loved is now either married or engaged (to someone that isn’t me)
  47. I’m glad they didn’t end up married to me
  48. I like being single
  49. I don’t want to be single when I’m 50, though
  50. 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
  51. It’s complicated
  52. My mom is my best friend and I don’t care if you think that’s lame
  53. I hung out with adults, or alone for most of my childhood
  54. I would spend all day in my room reading
  55. 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
  56. But I love the library in theory and have been a lifelong patron
  57. I would be 100% on the e-book bandwagon if they would more bathtub friendly
  58. I buy a lot of clothes
  59. I return a lot of the clothes I buy
  60. 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
  61. I got over it… mostly
  62. I’m one of those bitches that is actually trying to GAIN weight
  63. My favorite food group is candy
  64. My least favorite types of candy are black licorice and chocolate
  65. My favorite types of candy are gummy
  66. My favorite brand of gummy candy is Haribo
  67. 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.
  68. I used to take growth hormone shots as a pre-teen.
  69. I’m 5’3″…
  70. … I used to be 4’11”
  71. My favorite typographical element is the em dash
  72. I throw out 90% of the catalogs I get in the mail, so I’m not tempted to buy things
  73. I lived across the street from a crack house for years as a kid
  74. 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
  75. I’m not really afraid of getting murdered
  76. I used to ride horses, then I became severely allergic
  77. Also allergic to: cats, dogs, pollen, mold, dust…
  78. I finally got an iPhone this month
  79. I’m working on my MBA
  80. I’m that annoying girl who likes learning and does her homework early
  81. 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.
  82. I don’t think I ever want kids of my own
  83. But I like other people’s kids
  84. I run a support group with my mom
  85. I always want to “help people” – whatever that means
  86. I met a lot of my friends on the internet
  87. I got back in touch with a lot of my friend because of the internet
  88. I eat a lot of rice
  89. I eat a lot of sugar
  90. I love bread, but pretty much only freshly baked bread. I hate sandwich bread you get in the grocery store.
  91. After a childhood of nothing but horrible canned asparagus, I discovered fresh and fell in love
  92. I once went two (medically supervised) weeks without eating
  93. I’d rather eat a small amount of something really good than a bucket full of something mediocre
  94. If I had a bucket list, then it would include a visit to miniBar
  95. My favorite vacation destination: the beach
  96. Runner up: the city (San Fran, NYC)
  97. I’ve never been to Chicago
  98. I’d like to improve my Spanish
  99. I’d like to take voice lessons
  100. One day I’d like to write a book