Monday, June 30, 2014

Waking Up to Monday: 'Ridin' by Chamillionaire

*is thoroughly embarrassed/not embarrassed that this was the first thing that popped into mind so early in the morning*


Friday, June 20, 2014

Too Old to Care

I work all this weekend, so I need poolside time now or else I spend the next two days feeling resentful and hating all the people I see there frolicking.

In my mid-30's and not really caring anymore that everything I eat now goes directly to my tummy and thighs (thank you, levothyroxine medication) and I'll never rock a bikini in public. And that's okay, 'cuz I can definitely rock a modest black one-piece and not give two fucks what the skinny biatches who try to stare me down think as they walk pass my lounge chair. Whatever makes them feel better about themselves.

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Took the thickest book from The Stack, Stephanie Kallos' Sing Them Home and read a chapter before putting it to the side and jumping into the frigid water. I had spent two hours earlier doing errands so the temp wasn't so bad. Had fun watching two teenage girls climb hesitantly into the water and yelp in shock.
I had only intended on being out there for an hour but ended up staying for two. Wondering why it's not so busy today, it being Friday and all. I came to the pool for the first time ever this past Tuesday and it was busy, so what gives?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mushi-shi: Zuko-Sho

Oh my stars and garters! I just recently discovered that one of my favorite anime series, Mushishi has a 2nd season and it's currently airing on HuluPlus.

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Entitled Mushi-shi: Zuko-Sho, it continues the adventures of Ginko, an white-haired Mushi master or 'mushi-shi' who travels the Japanese countryside encountering various forms of mushi (think organisms like bacteria, amoebas, that sort.) and helping people suffering from mushi-related problems. The anime as a whole is very different; the settings are tranquil and seem like something out of a watercolor, the human characters are drawn very naturally, and the stories are intriguing and sometimes a bit spooky but never scary.
What I love most about Mushishi is it's soundtrack. Like the 1st season, the opening theme is actually an English song, sung by a non-Japanese artist. Ally Kerr's 'The Sore Feet Song' was a fitting track, quiet and beautiful, like the show.


But I think the 2nd season opening theme, Lucy Rose's 'Shiver' is sooooo beautiful. I'm happy that it's available for my repeat listening pleasure on Spotify!

I could listen to this allllllll day.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Reading

Two books finished so far for the month of June! Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, a part-memoir, part-instructional-but-not-really will have a permanent place on my shelf. It's everything I ever wanted in a book about fiction writing: his experiences are both entertaining and insightful. He talks at length about writing Carrie, which I loved a lot. The instructional part of the book is just as entertaining and no-nonsense; he taught English before his writing career took off, so without a doubt, you know he's legit. He talks about building a toolbox with grammar and vocab as common tools in the top tier, then style and form follows underneath, and so on. I recommend this book for anyone with fiction writing aspirations because Mr. King knows his stuff really well and doesn't b. s. about his craft. I especially love this bit of wisdom, "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.". Ah-ha. Read a lot, and be an observer.

I'm still debating on whether or not to throw The Perks of Being a Wallflower into the used book box. It was a good read, but I don't know if it's a keeper. I bought the book two years ago, right after seeing the movie, and since then it had been sitting in The Book Stack Mea Culpa.
Speaking of which, that dastardly stack is about to be joined by another stack of my own making. I found the HPB (Half-Priced Books) website, and dropped more than $50 on eight books. The most I've ever spent on used books. Yeah. I'm going to justify this purchase by saying that they had been on my Amazon wishlist for the longest time and I had recently swore that I was going to shop exclusively from my wishlist. Two of the eight books came in the mail yesterday; Jan Marsh's Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood and Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within. I felt a bit like Helene Hanff (84, Charing Cross Road) when she received in the mail her precious used books all the way from her favorite English bookshop.

I'm off today, so I'm going to vaccum and make space on the carpet for this new eyesore, right beside the one I have going on.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Waking Up to Tuesday: "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow

I spent the better part of the night listening to Royksopp and Robyn's 'Monument' on repeat, but woke up with this song in my head.