Got a job!

I now have a 10 hour a week position at the local branch of the library. I will be shelving books. I’m so excited! I get to touch hundreds of books!

I was a volunteer shelver in high school so I know what I’m getting into. It just so happens that the lady I was a shelver for in high school, is the branch manager of the library here in town. We are so excited to be working together again.

Now I can get a closer look at the library to decide if I want to go ahead and get the Library Science Masters I’ve been sniffing around for a while.

Getting better at this.

I quit another book today. Normally, I really like Christopher Rice’s stuff. And in his latest, the writing is still really good. As in style, anyway. As far as story goes, I just don’t care. I gave it about 120 pages before I gave in.

I only feel a little guilt, too. Yay, me!

Monday Redux

Took The Girl to the doctor. It’s strep throat.

I’m exhausted. Somebody has been up at 5:00 for the last 2 nights. Last night, The Girl had to go potty. Then at 6:30 her stomach hurt and she wasn’t tired anymore. Then at 7:00 she was hungry. At 7:30 she was thirsty. And most of you are thinking, “Shouldn’t you be up by 7:30 anyway?” Well maybe, but it’s not necessary.

So here we are. The Girl can’t go to school today because it hasn’t been 24 hours since her last fever, but she appears to feel fine. Which means she will be miss energy today, and I’ll have no chance of keeping up with her.

Plus, my throat hurts.

It must be Monday.

So after spending most of yesterday and all night worrying about the Girl who had a fever, today started. Actually, today started last night when I got the phone call that someone wanted to look at my house. At 9:30 this morning. So we were on a mad cleaning spree til after 11:00 last night.

The Boy woke up at 5:00 this morning complaining that he heard a noise that scared him. After a half hour of trying to convince him he could not get in our bed because we actually wanted to sleep last night, we located the source of the “noise” as a neighbor’s yappy little dog. The same one that wakes us up at 5:oo every morning.

Just as we convinced him to go back to bed and sleep with his light on, The Girl woke up with more fever.

Finally got back to bed and caught a couple more hours of sleep before I had to get The Boy to school. I got the dog and The Girl loaded into the car and went for a ride while the house showed. Then my cell phone rang.

It was the exterminator I had scheduled for 10:00. He was early. I raced home to let him in. I’m exhausted and it’s not even 12:00, yet. Gah!

And now The Girl is complaining of a headache and sore throat. Poor thing.

Right on!

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don’t mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Much Easier than Defining Books…

Defining music.

While posting my list of books that define me, I realized it would be much more interesting (and easier) to list the 10 albums that define me. I’ll try to do this in chronological order, but no guarantees.

1. Credence Clearwater Revival – my brother and sisters were teenagers when I was born, so I thought Down on the Corner and Looking Out My Back Door were kid songs. Still love me some CCR.

2. Hooked on Classics – classical music with a disco backbeat. I was the coolest kid in pre-school with that album.

3. Synchronicity – the Police – The first record I ever bought. I was 10. Every Breath You Take.

4. Hysteria – Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me was the song that made me a metal head (groupie?). This song makes no sense, but is so good, I still love it.

5. Kick – INXS – I spent forever listening to just this one album. I was about 15. Loved it. I’m very unhappy about their choice for the new lead singer. It’s not because I’m a purist and want someone just like Michael Hutchence. It’s just that JD makes me sick. He reminds me of my ex-boyfriend and I feel like he’s putting up a front. He’s not real. Just my opinion.

6. Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue – Loved it in the 80′s. Still love it. ‘Nough said.

7. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns n Roses – The pool hall where I hung out had this song on heavy rotation on the juke box. The pool hall was called The Jungle, actually, so it kind of fit.

8. Skid Row – Skid Row – Mmmmm. Sebastian Back. These guys were gritty when everyone else was pop-y. 18 and Life? Youth Gone Wild? Awww, yeah.

9. Permanent Vacation – Aerosmith – This was my introduction to Aerosmith. Dude Looks Like a Lady was actually written about Vince Neil, but I won’t hold it against them. :)

10. Dirty, Rotten, Filthy, Stinkin’ Rich – Warrant – The video for Down Boys was really cutting edge. Hair metal guys choreographing their moves like a boy band. We didn’t expect much, I guess.

11. Slip of the Tongue – Whitesnake – I love blues rock. It doesn’t even matter that most of these guys were British and therefore had no real knowledge of the Blues. I still want a Jag XJS.

12. Pretty Hate Machine – Nine Inch Nails – I can’t really define why this is (almost) on the top 10 list. Michael remembers, though.

Yeah, I obviously couldn’t keep it to 10. I don’t have the same problem with music that I did with the books. I’m much pickier about books.

I realize my list of music isn’t very current, but only one song from recent years really struck a chord with me:

1985 – by Bowling for Soup
“When did Motley Crue become Classic Rock?”


A few more…

I thought of a couple more books that maybe define me. I had to loosen up the rules a little bit. I was at first trying to choose books that have shaped me and influenced me, but there were only a few. So I decided if I add books that if someone saw them on my bookshelf would give the best possible picture of my personality. Here are the additions:

4. The Dirt – Motley Crue – I think this is fairly obvious, but its presence on my shelves shows a dimension to my personality one might not know about me (if you had never read my blog, seen my license plate, or listened to me talk for any length of time).

5. Beethoven Essays – a collection of essays about Beethoven. I am a classically trained pianist and Beethoven is my favorite composer. I especially like the essay about the supposed identity of Immortal Beloved.

6.The Chronicles of Barset and the Palliser Novels – by Anthony Trollope – I love Trollope. So witty. So ironic. Just my type of thing.

7. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas – and the rest of the books in the series. Talk about page turning action. Also a very witty guy.

8. Interview with a Vampire – Anne Rice – This was especially telling during my teen angsty, vampire, black fingernails phase. I still love a good vampire story and Rice’s style and imagery is wonderful.

Blessing of the Animals

OK. My church, for some strange reason considering this is the Bible belt and not The Vicar of Dibley, decided to do a Blessing of the Animals service this Sunday afternoon. Most of the congregation thinks this is ridiculous, but there are a few who plan to have their pets blessed. One guy is bringing his cow since it is going to be dinner next month. If he has it blessed now, he won’t have to pray before he eats.

Anyway, Michael and I decided the choir should be involved in this, too. We came up with a few songs for them to sing during the service. They are as follows: Continue reading

The Dare

On September 8, Mental Multivitamin issued a challenge. Can you identify the 10 books that have most influenced your life? The ones that have made you who you are. This is much more than a Top 10 list. Although, they are probably close.

people have taken the dare and I have been carefully studying their answers and thinking about my own. I’m not sure I can come up with 10 right now, but here are a few. I’ll add more as I think of them. Continue reading

It’s that time, again.

I must be getting stressed out. How do I know this, you ask? Is it the constant tension headache caused by the grinding together of my jaws? Is it the fact that my shoulders have permanently reattached themselves just under my earlobes? Is it the way my voice pitch gets higher and higher with each added calamity?

No! I tell you. I know I’m getting stressed out because I’m trying to read 4 books at a time. I don’t know why this is an issue for me. Some people have a different book for every room in their house, one for the car and 2 in their purse. This is not me.

I’m currently piecing through:

Confessions by St. Augustine

A Light in the Window by Jan Karon

Writers on Writing – New Yorker essays

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

I think that’s all. I’m so scatter-brained right now I don’t even know if I’m reading any more.

I haven’t started Tommyland yet, because I have too many going already. Gah!

Guess what’s out in paperback!!!

TommylandTommyland! I have been waiting forever!

Most of you already know about my obsession with Motley Crue, but for the uninformed, there it is. The name of my blog and my tagline are from MC songs. So it would stand to reason that I would be excited about this.

Yes, it does.

Trust me.

Bad reader…

Ok. I know I haven’t posted any book reviews lately. It’s not that I haven’t been reading, because I have. It’s just that I haven’t read anything I really feel like talking about.

Here’s a list:
Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. – not bad.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman – I really like her and I like reading this book. I just don’t have much to say about it.

The DogWalker by Leslie Schnur – This was a book club book. It is also Chicklit. I am not fond of chicklit. If I never have to read another book about a “quirky” or “kooky” young, single woman who either is or was in the publishing/journalism business, it will be too soon.

I like this short summary format. Maybe when I’m in a reading funk, I’ll just save up my reviews and do them this way. Then, if anyone wants more info, they can just ask.

Bookmark Meme

Thanks to Shelly again.

1. Do you use bookmarks? (if no, go to question 2)
Yes. I love bookmarks. I have a little plastic sack full of them. I have some from elementary school. I even try to match the picture on the bookmark to the book I’m reading.

2. If you don’t use bookmarks how do you keep your place? Gotta have the ‘mark, man.

3. Where do you like to stop reading? At the end of chapters? At the end of scenes? Wherever you doze off? Mostly, I try not to doze off until I’m at the end of a chapter or at least one of those double spaces some authors put in their books to denote a scene ending. If that’s not possible, I try to remember where I am, but I usually end up reading most of a page over again. sigh

OK. Who’s up for it? Brandy? Leslie? Anyone?

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The HistorianWhat can I say? I expected more. The librarian who checked it out to me said the first 300 pages were kind of boring. I didn’t find that to be true. I rather enjoyed the research aspects depicted in the first 620 pages.

If you have not read this book, and plan to, do not read past this point because I plan to spoil the ending in a big way. Seriously. I mean it. Continue reading

Seven and Seven Meme

Thanks to Shelly

7 Things I plan to do before I die
- Live about 60 more years
- Read the list of books on my list
- Go to Paris
- Go to London again
- Put my kids through college
- Go back to school
- Pay off all my bills.

7 Things I can do

- Read
- Dance
- Sing
- Teach
- Relate to teenagers
- Knit
- Nap

7 Things I can’t do
- A Back Handspring (never could)
- Eat whatever I want without gaining weight (used to do this)
- Put up with people’s shit (also used to do this)
- Run more than 20 yards (never could. Don’t really want to)
- Watch Survivor
- Remember not to turn on the wrong burner
- Read more than 3 books at a time.

7 Things that attract me to the Opposite Sex (which I suppose you could change to same sex, if that works for you)
- big expressive eyes
- Long fingers
- Nice tush
- Long hair (yes, on men. I know this hasn’t really happened since the 80′s but I can dream)
- Renegade attitude (bad idea, but hey, what can I say)
- Strong thighs (yes, this is weird, I’m aware of my idiosyncracies)
- tattoos (unless they’re stupid, like the one my ex-boyfriend got of my name on his leg)

7 Things I say most often
- No
- Because I said so
- ‘Sup?
- That’s hysterical.
- No problem
- Are you high?
(which all leads me to believe I need to get some taglines)

7 Celebrity Crushes (only 7?)
- Johnny Depp
- Vince Neil
- Nikki Sixx
- Dave Navarro
- Colin Firth
- Stuart Townsend
- Joe Perry
(There are more, but this will do for now)

7 People I want to do this
Ok, well I can’t think of a whole 7, but I’d like to see what Denise and JMFausti have to say. If you want to. No pressure.


Mommy heaven.

My 3 year old starts dance this fall. I have been a dancer my whole life, and I am so excited to share this with her.

I went out and bought her dance shoes today. They are soooo cute. I’m all gooey. She loves them. She is currently “breaking in” her tap shoes while she eats lunch.

Dear God, please let her like dance class. I will cry if she doesn’t. No pressure.