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 So I was looking at this list from Jezebel about books all women should read:  http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/852.Jezebel_s_Books_All_Women_Should_Read#250795

And the first one on the list is Pride and Prejudice.

I can't actually remember if I've read it.  I know I've read at least one Panic at the Disco version of it, and I've seen at least one of the movies.  But can't remember if I've read the actual book.

Oops.


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 So very tired.

I had today off work, and I had a doctor's appointment and a dentist appointment so I had to get up early and head into downtown.  Well, Midtown really but I find that confusing in Atlanta because really they are next door to each other. So weird.  Then I ran over to the library, where I got, among other things, Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.  I was getting another book by the same author, and was sucked in by the cover.



That's Matt Bomer, isn't it?  The guy in the back?  Or just someone who really, really, really looks like him?

I also went to see Spiderman again.  I had a free pass.  It was as good the second time.  Spiderman isn't my favorite superhero, I generally find him a little whiny, but I like this iteration so far.  

Then I came home, at lunch/dinner, and cleaned up a bit.  Then I absolutely crashed out.  I fell asleep on my couch; I never do that.  I hope it doesn't throw me off tonight, as I'm driving to Asheville tomorrow to meet up with my parents and my sister for the weekend.  They decided at the weekend that they wanted to get away for a week or so and are coming out to the mountains to get away from the awful heat and dryness of the midwest right now.  

Also tomorrow, I am getting my first ever mammogram.  It's a few years early, but my doctor wants me to have a baseline on file, which makes sense.  I'm still a little nervous though.
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I just had the stupidest breakfast ever.

I'm at Midway Airport in Chicago, and I wanted to get something to eat before my flight. The Bar & Grill at the food court seemed the best bet for actual breakfast, because as much as I like Chinese food, 10 am is a bit early for General Tso's chicken. So I looked over their (extremely) limited menu, and settled on the "3 Buttermilk Pancakes." When I ordered, the woman asked me if I wanted 1,2, or 3, which surprised me because the menu said 3, but I was pleased to be able to order less so I asked for 2.

Then they came out.

When I say these pancakes were the size of my head, you will think I'm exaggerating but trust me I am not. They were on a plate that was 10 inches, and they were hanging off the edge. They were about an inch thick. AND THERE WERE TWO OF THEM. No one, I mean no one, needs that much to eat in one meal. I'm pretty sure if you counted the calories it would have sustained you for the whole day.

When strangers stop to comment on your food, you have too much food.

So I'm sitting there, actually feeling humiliated (I have enough weight issues, I don't need to be seen as the piggy girl with the monster pancakes) and angry (so much waste!) I don't understand why the woman wouldn't have at least asked me if I'd had them before, and if I said no, have explained their size. What makes me even angrier is that I know they do this to be perceived as being of great value. That is why our portions are so out of control in this country; we've been trained to to value quantity over quality. And these pancakes were not good. I ate one corner of them, and then threw over 3/4's of them into the trash. Again, what a waste. Ugh.

I had planned to use my pre-boarding time to write up a post, but I didn't think it would be about that. Let's see, other things about my week:


  • I've been on a client site about an hour outside of Chicago.

  • I didn't leave the building I was in from Sunday to Wednesday, when I walked over to the building next door to watch a free movie.

  • Limitless was okay, I give it a B-. Points up for Bradley Cooper's pretty blue eyes, points down for gore.

  • This site had only buffet dining. The food is excellent but I have eaten way too much this week. Although nothing I had touches the Pancake Excess above, so I guess that's something.

  • I didn't work out at all, because I was tired and afraid I'd get dizzy on the treadmill, but mostly because I didn't want to.

  • I'm 3/4 the way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I'll probably finish it on the ride home.

  • I had made a huge list of things to do whilst on site this week, and I got through most of them.

  • I bought $30 of coloring books off of Amazon last night. Most of them were Christmas gifts for my cousin's kids, but a couple of them were for me, not gonna lie. Go to Amazon and search for Dover Coloring Books and you'll see why.

  • I haven't been sleeping enough this week. Like last night, when I stayed up til 1:30 even though I knew I needed to wake up at 7. Once again, I fail at being sensible.



One of the things I had on my to-do list was to explore Spotify. So far my judgement is, "That's cool, but it doesn't live up to the hype." Maybe I'm missing something, but their application isn't terribly user friendly. Icons with no explanation of what they do, the sync from my iPod duplicated, it doesn't sync up smart playlists (which is 75% of what I use,) and so far as I can see, it doesn't do anything Grooveshark doesn't do, except link up to Facebook. To be fair, I haven't linked mine up to Facebook, so maybe that's where all the fun is.

It's making me feel like maybe I'm getting old, because I don't see the big deal with it or with Google+. I guess if you use a web cam a lot, G+ would be more. Right now, it's just a social network with very little of my friends on it which is just... not fun. Facebook is fun. Also, I am grumpy at Google's lack of innovation recently... Buzz=Twitter, +=Facebook, Android=iPhone. They aren't coming up with anything NEW. Except for Google Wave, which, well... that didn't work out so well.

See? I feel like I'm yelling at kids to get off my lawn. Which should be mowed when I get home, so that's a plus.

Book rec

May. 26th, 2010 10:22 pm
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Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq by Christina Asquith


I loved this book - it gives a very clear picture of what the early day of war were like for women and how it has adversely affected women's rights in Iran, all while keeping the story personal and interesting. No easy feat!
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Day 14: A non-fictional book

I really enjoyed An American Lion by Jon Meacham. Not only did I learn a lot about the events that led to the Civil War and the Native American removal, but it also has many parallels to the Bush administration.

I'm also currently reading A People's History of the United States. I think I may be trying to reassure myself that we've always had inefficient government and a mob mentality. And so far, yes, we have.

Future days )
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Day 13: A fictional book

Hmm... this is harder than it should be, but Hollywood keeps taking the books I love and turning them into crap chick flicks. For example, My Sister's Keeper is a really interesting look at the ethics of genetic engineering. The Lovely Bones is a super moving book. Also, I haven't read a lot of fiction this year. I finally got around to reading World War Z, so if you like zombies, that's fun. Just don't expect to sleep well afterward.

Future days )
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Day 04: Your favourite book

I've got to go with Good Omens by Neil Gaiman (ETA: & Terry Pratchett). As much as I love to read, I rarely keep or re-read books (there's so much more to read out there!), but this one will never leave my shelf and I've read it at least 3 times.

Future days )

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