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1. I’m starting a Blunt Bangs Brigade. (That sounds a little porny, doesn’t it?) I’m inducting Metalia and Kristen as my first two members. Against their will, most likely.

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Wanna join? You need to have blunt bangs and a missing body.

2. I have a cold. I caught it from Wito, who caught it at a children’s museum. See what you get for trying to educate your children in a fun, hands-on environment? I’m sorry, but next week it’s Goldfish crackers and Chutes and Ladders in our germ-free living room, kid. Mama’s a little bitter.

3. Remember when y’all suggested the Sookie Stackhouse series to me? I read a few, but was feeling a little neutral. Well, I just started watching True Blood last night. (We don’t have HBO, so I’m watching the episdoes online. I CAN’T STOP. I’m staying up past my bedtime (10 p.m – shut up), already dreaming about vampires and I’m only through Season 1, Episode 3.)

(Sooookie.)

4. I would like to retract my previous statement that my favorite Jelly Belly flavor is Green Apple. Please excuse me, I was misinformed. My favorite flavor is Sour Cherry. What’s your favorite flavor again? Are you in that crazy Juicy Pear majority?

5. I need a good book to read, and no, I don’t want to visit Goodreads. (Nothing against Goodreads, I’m just WAY too lazy to weed through all of the suggestions. In fact, if I possessed an iota of intelligence, I would re-read the other suggestions from the above post, but, well, I’m sick.) You know what I like, right? Please tell me what to read. Did I mention I was sick? Have mercy.

6. I will gladly accept any book suggestions except for any of the Backyardigans books, especially Mission to Mars and Pirate Treasure. WE HAVE THOSE COVERED OVER HERE, THANK YOU.

7. My second post about potty training is up. Can any of you relate to this biznass?

7. Could my son’s haircut tomorrow afternoon arrive any sooner?

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Well, would you look at that? Reading Mission to Mars AGAIN.

Please feel free to answer one, many or absolutely none of these questions.



COMMENTS (62)

Comments

  1. I can really only speak to #5, so here we go:

    YA fiction: The Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire (which just came out this month), by Suzanne Collins; Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson; Burned, by Ellen Hopkins

    Contemporary fiction: Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery; The Secret History, by Donna Tartt

    Nonfiction: Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl; Secret Ingredients, edited by David Remnick; The Opposite of Fate, by Amy Tan

    But if you haven’t read them, I still recommend my previous suggestions: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon; The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger; Life of Pi, by Yann Martel; His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
    .-= RA´s last blog ..An upstanding library citizen =-.

  2. I took the blunt bangs earlier this summer. Now, I’ve softened them a bit, but after 18 years of no bangs, this was a fun change!

    Books: Just finished “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett -great characters, quick read, and thought provoking. If you like books that incorporate cooking go for either “The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry” by Kathleen Flinn or “A Homemade Life” by Molly Wizenberg. Both are memoirs and tied to a year in Paris for Le Cordon Bleu cooking school (in the first book) and tied to memories of family and other life experiences (in the second book). I’m loving them both.

  3. Oh, and I second RA’s suggestion for “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. Quirky, funny, and thought provoking all at the same time.

  4. you need to read ‘the girl with the dragon tattoo’ by stieg larsson, then because you enjoyed it so much, you will want to read ‘the girl who plays with fire’ by the same author. excellent series.
    .-= beyond´s last blog ..poetry & travel =-.

  5. Books:

    “Bringing Home the Birkin” by Michael Tonello. It’s fluff, yes – but it’s about shopping, and eBay, and Hermes. It’s a fun, easy read. (That’s what I like when I’m sick: fun ‘n easy.)

    “Between, Georgia” by Joshilyn Jackson. If you like Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes) then you might like this, too.

    “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloane Crosley. I wish I’d been as cool as she is when I was in my 20s.

    …and my favorite? “I’ll Take It” by Paul Rudnick. It’s out of print, so you may have to resort to your library to find it. I read this years – like a decade – ago. And it’s the right time of year to read it (fall). It’s truly funny if you like stories about quirky families and shopping! Glorious shopping!

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  6. wow, i just read that clooney, depp and pitt are all interested in playing the central role of mikael blomkvist, the central character of the stieg larsson books.
    .-= beyond´s last blog ..poetry & travel =-.

  7. p.s. how ’bout a blunt bangs Hall of Fame? I’d nominate Jane Birkin (that’s the look I’m currently going for myself.)

  8. Oh, the potty training. I took the wait-until-they-want-to approach because I’m lazy. Both my boys were about 3 and 1/2 when they were ready. My oldest (bless his heart) had a horrible time of it when I tried to start potty training at age 3. Poor guy, he’d tell me so sincerely that he had to go, but what he was feeling was the pee in his pants after he’d already gone. His frustration level went through the roof. I realized he honestly couldn’t tell when he needed to go, so I waited and tried again a few months later. (By the way, neither of them could make it through the night without needing a pull-up until they were 4.)

    One specific thing I did: if they were too nervous to put the pee in the potty, I let them keep the pull-up on, but they at least had to sit on the potty to do the actual peeing (in the pull-up). They learned to pee while sitting (or standing) at the potty, but could still maintain a sense of control by keeping the pull-up on until they were ready try without it. Does that make sense?

    Every kid has to go through potty training, and every kid is different. Keep trying different approaches. And like the saying goes, don’t worry – he won’t be wearing diapers to first grade. Promise.
    .-= hi kooky´s last blog ..World Peace (or at least one little step toward it) =-.

  9. I’d get bangs, but then I’d end up looking like a deranged poodle.

    I finally read the Time Traveler’s Wife, which goes to show you how current my reading list is. I’ll just have to sift through your suggestions.

  10. 1. can i join? http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamsdr/3905047772/ i know i still have a body, but jillian is working on killing that off.

    2. dirty dang kids. my nose is currently running because of that same predicament.

    5. books: the history of love by nicole krauss is my very favorite book. very favorite. it’s beautiful, and mysterious, and just damn good. check it.
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..monday memory =-.

  11. good read is by Kristen Hannah “Firefly Lane”
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..exposed =-.

  12. I just finished a collection of short stories that took no time to read and were all beautifully written (if some a little crazy, but crazy is fun, right?). It’s called I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere by Anna Gavalda.

    But more importantly, cantaloupe is a surprisingly awesome jelly belly flavor. However I will never, EVER understand buttered popcorn. What a terrible idea and an awful surprise if one is consumed accidentally.

  13. That’s a knockout smorgasborg, right there.

    Please don’t tell anybody, but I’ve been having spasm-like fits of bang consideration. I’ve had the same hair since I was, uhhh, three years old. I’m terrified. I’m in a constant cold sweat. I’m afraid to come here and witness women with balls.

    If you, uhh, get what I mean.
    .-= sweetsalty kate´s last blog ..now, kato, warm up the silver hornet =-.

  14. I’m totally rocking the blunt bangs too. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I wish I would have cut them YEARS AGO. They are easy and cute and dude, I just love them.

    Good book? I just finished ‘These is my Words”. I couldn’t put it down. Just a suggestion….

    (I also loved “The Poinonwood Bible”…)
    .-= Isabel´s last blog ..In which we mingle with rock stars =-.

  15. Blue Angel by Francine Prose
    or
    Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (This is insanely beautiful and very intense. Stick with it if the beginning seems weird.)

  16. One more thing–about potty training:
    My son stands up and pees. It seems much easier for him. Have you tried that? At first, he just held the little potty insert from a kiddie potty in front of himself and peed into it. He could SEE the pee and it was fun for him. Now he pees standing up on a little stool and I can also hold him so he’s just hovering over gross public potties too.

  17. if i didn’t look like a total asshole with bangs, I would totally join your club :)

    i’m reading the book Empire Falls by Richard Russo right now. It’s good so far. also, my sister just recommended My Lobotomy by Howard Dully. she said it’s great.
    .-= ali´s last blog ..Deux. =-.

  18. On that potty training thing…..try having Wito “train” his favorite animal/doll/whatever to go pee-pee on the potty. He can give the doll stickers, etc. It’s the only thing that worked for C-Man and it worked right away!
    .-= Jora´s last blog ..Wild Geese. =-.

  19. THE GLASS CASTLE.

    You must read it. I thought about it for weeks after finishing.

  20. The Road, Cormac McCarthy; Blindness, Jose Saramago;
    .-= parsingtime´s last blog ..RSS Links Widget =-.

  21. Oooh, the Bangs Brigade totally needs some sparkly t-shirts, and maybe a mascot.

    My bangs are definitely less “blunt” and more “stubborn,” but I’m learning to pseudo-love them.

    And I must herein admit to feeling a little sad that you aren’t a fan of Goodreads, if only because that site helps me keep my wits about me with regard to which books I’ve read, and which I want to read, and which I absolutely refuse to. The interface is super easy and clean, the review system is pretty stellar (especially because I love having my friends review books I’ve read or want to read), and do I sound like I’m being paid by Goodreads to pimp them out? Haaa. (Are you listening, Goodreads?)

    No, but seriously, where I can I sign up for a job that pays me to write book reviews? (I think that’s called In Your Dreams, Kerri.)
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Portraits Of A Three-Day Weekend =-.

  22. I’m obsessed with Jhumpa Lahiri and Junot Diaz right now—both have full-length novels (Lahiri wrote The Namesake, and Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) but I really enjoy their short stories (Unaccustomed Earth, Interpreter of Maladies by Lahiri and Drown by Diaz) because I have a short attention span. Both are great writers. I’d also recommend Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan.

    The bangs look darling, by the way! xo
    .-= Amy — Just A Titch´s last blog ..On my iPod… =-.

  23. True Blood FTW! Sooookeh!

  24. I loved Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.

    But if I was sick, I’d read any of Jen Lancaster’s books. They have me rolling with laughter – so maybe one of those would make you feel better?

  25. I’m actually jealous that you haven’t watched all of True Blood yet. I’m going to die waiting for Season 3!
    .-= HollyLynne´s last blog ..Making the most of the Annual Pass =-.

  26. Grapefruit Jelly Bellies are where it’s at.

    I only like to comment on the REALLY IMPORTANT stuff…
    .-= Gretchen´s last blog ..Kindergarten – Part II =-.

  27. I just finished Valley of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann and I was seriously upset when I finished it; it is SUCH a great read, totally recommend.

    Sorry about the cold! Hope you are feeling better soon.

  28. My boys got the training from Hubs–that seemed to work more than listening to me.

  29. I recommend anything by Kate Atkinson, especially:
    Behind the Scenes at the Museum
    One Good Turn
    When Will There Be Good News?

    She is a genius.
    .-= Jana´s last blog ..BBAW Interview: Florinda from The 3 R’s Blog =-.

  30. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett is the best book I have read in years. Currently reading Pat Conroy’s South of Broad. As a former Virginian, I love writers whose words read like Shelby Foote sounds in Ken Burns’ Civil War. As for potty training, lord help me I have a stubborn boy too and no amount of bribery, cajoling, laissez faire etc. is working. And I so want to put him in Hanna Anderrson boxer briefs. I too have given in and bought pull ups, but he asks for diapers.

  31. de-lurking to give my 2 cents.

    1. cannot join your blunt bangs club. I am a card carrying member to the curly hair club and blunt bangs do NOT work for me. We can still be friends (I check in the by-laws).

    2. didn’t have time to read other comments but here are some good recent reads of mine:

    *The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross (awesome twists)
    *Julie/Julia by Julie Powell
    *The Guernse Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societ by Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows (great read)

    Enjoy!

    I’m reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society right now!

  32. I wanna join the blunt bangs brigade! Unfortunately, every time I tell a stylist I want bangs, they make a *face* and tell me no way! Not just one or two, but at least FIVE or more stylists have told me this. Apparently my face is too square. Meanies.

    Pina colada, coconut, or cream soda. Yum yum

    Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Seriously! It was fantastic.

  33. While I’m currently convalescing from recent surgery, I am spending an inordinate amount of time online, living vicariously through blogs. Yours is such fun! I’m a fan of the long bang, not blunt though– my face is too long for the heavy fringe… but a light wispy long bang is so sexy.
    Anywhoo…. my book recommendation is Lark and Termite by Jayne Ann Phillips. It is a gorgeous read- absolutely magical and heartbreaking. in a really great way.
    feel better!

  34. A second here for The Help, by Kathryn Stockett and The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Also, Olive Kitteridge.

    We’re obsessed with Berenstain Bears books here so I have no sympathy on the Backyardigans theme.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..We should all work this hard =-.

  35. love is a mix tape by rob sheffield

  36. Yes! Juicy Pear…and I didn’t know we were a majority…

    ‘The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing’ by Melissa Bank is my all time favorite. The last good book I remember reading was ‘The Glass Castle’ by Jeanette Walls, it’s a memoir, I don’t know if you like those, but I sure do! Oh! I read ‘Body Surfing’ by Anita Shreve last summer, it was a really good summer read.

  37. I can, and have, literally passed a whole day only eating
    ‘pink grapefruit’ jelly belly’s. They are that good.

  38. My all time favorite author is Bodie Thoene. She has an amazing way of weaving stories. Check out her Zion Covenant and Zion Chronicles. Awesome stuff!

  39. Mmm. Peach jelly belly’s are the yummiest, not that I’d complain about eating any except the black liccorice. If you’re just looking for a fun book that travels easily to the park, Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson was one of my favorite summer pool books. Hope you’re feeling better.

  40. I really think we need t-shirts or something.

    Anyway, because I’m an adolescent at heart, I just ordered a YA book that has been getting raves, according to my teenage neighbor. It’s called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She was all, “it’s one of those future dystopia books, but it’s really SO much more than that.” And then I was all, “WHICH school do you go to again? Because I most certainly did not know the word ‘dystopia’ in seventh grade.” And that may have only happened in my head, but whatever. Anyway, then we started talking about Twilight (the glue that bound us in the first place), specifically, New Moon, and the bottom line is that I really have no true idea what the book is about, but the moral of this story is that I’m impressionable.
    .-= metalia´s last blog ..Gah-Guhm, Gah-Guhm =-.

  41. Yay! My son has the same Mini Boden shirt!!! He counts all the *circles* on it. I’m reading Dan Brown’s new book and am loving it. Also loved The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and for a classic My Antonia by Willa something…

  42. Hey Sarah,
    My son is also OBSESSED with Cars, seriously ask anyone who knows us, it’s an insane over the top kinda love for that show anything that is about it. Have you tried the toilet seat that goes on the BIG toilet? Our son has a Cars on (odd eh?!). Anyways our son took almost a year to train, but now he is GREAT!
    Also once your son has collected ALL the die cast cars you can find in the stores, e-mail me, I’ll send you a link to all the “special” die cast ones! Ka-chow!

  43. We went to a children’s museum. And my 8 month old caught the stomach flu. Which he gave to me. Which I gave to my husband. Who gave it to my 2 year old. Now the cat is barfing.
    I’m not taking my children back to a children’s museum until they’re adults!

  44. Just finished LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave and highly recommend it. Here is what the inside jacket says about the book (capitals below appear on the jacket):

    “We don’t want to tell you WHAT HAPPENS in this book. It is a truly SPECIAL STORY and we don’t want to spoil it. NEVERTHELESS, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this:

    THIS IS THE STORY OF TWO WOMEN. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again—the story starts there.

    Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds.”

    It was really, really good!

  45. Potty training tip. It was easier for my son to learn standing up…less to think about I think (instead of making sure he was tucked in).
    At public restrooms, try having him stand on your feet.

  46. OHMYGOD – two books you MUST MUST READ:

    – American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
    – The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

    I devoured both and didn’t have the dirty feeling that most “chick lit” leaves me with. You know, like you just did a disservice to women everywhere by supporting cr@ppy stereotypes and bolstering an industry that plays ito your insecurities and weaknesses. But I digress.

    READ THESE BOOKS NOW. Thankyouverymuch.

  47. Try Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Great book! Any of the Jen Lancaster books (first in the series is Bitter is the New Black), Girls Poker NIght, by Jill A. Davis is good (fun, quick, semi-predictable read). The New Yorkers (Cathleen Schine) – EXCELLENT READ!

    Happy reading!
    Michelle

    PS – Lurve the bangs on all three mamas in your post! Perfection!
    PPS – I’m trying to find the Dauphine sandals from J Crew in silver metalic…they dont have my size – gah!

  48. Ok, I have to comment one more time with book recommendations.

    Lamb by Christopher Moore. HYSTERICAL. You’ll rip stitches our reading it, even if you don’t have stitches. (how does that work? Don’t know) Any of his books are a good pick, actually.

    David Sedaris is my other LOL favorite.

  49. excuse me but i think Bill needs to die a painful death and Eric needs to be the dude for her. besides, the way Bill says ” Sookeheee” makes me want to stab myself.
    .-= gorillabuns´s last blog ..big brother in tha’ house and donations for the needy. including me. =-.

  50. no bangs for me…i have a mean widow’s peak, but y’all are totally adorable.
    .-= mommymae´s last blog ..8 years =-.

  51. Does it count if you did them yourself: http://www.flickr.com/photos/minismith/3925892707/ ?? (Don’t smite me Hair Thursday gods!!!!)
    .-= Amy Smith´s last blog ..now faith… =-.

  52. Also delurking to add my 2 cents… Books you have to read are The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah…..Happy Reading!!

  53. My husband and I just did the same thing you are doing with True Blood (which I watch as well) but with Friday Night Lights. For like 2 weeks, it was all I wanted to do. I stayed up waaay past my bedtime (which is also 10 PM) to watch episode after episode online.

    I think I have an issue b/c I have a huge crush on a high school guy in the show – thank God in real life he is only like 8 years younger than me. Can’t go to jail for that.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Check out my latest article in KC Parent magazine! =-.

  54. Love the photoshopping. More like the headless wingnuts. ;)
    .-= Aimee Greeblemonkey´s last blog ..Maghound Winners! =-.

  55. Absolutely Juicy Pear, hands down. And did my bangs yesterday :)

  56. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani was a great book. It gives you a glimpse into a different culture, a different time. I could not put this book down. Also, The 19th Wife byt David Ebershoff was a page turner about Brigham Young’s 19th wife.

    I’m loving all the book suggestions here. I need something new to read, other than People and US of course.

    Feel better soon!

  57. I want to join the blunt bangs brigade!

  58. Where can you see the True Blood episodes online? I have read the first 8 Sookie books (I’m waiting for #9 in paperback) and have heard great things about the show. However, I don’t have HBO either. What service/website can I see the episodes on? Any info is greatly appreciated!

  59. my life in france. by julia child.
    1950’s. post war. paris. love story. hilarious julia.

    the best and lovliest book i read all last year.
    but i’m biased because i want to move to paris.

  60. I have to agree with Sally…I LOVED the Post-Birthday World (but, for fair-disclosure, no one else in my book club did).

  61. Since moving to London, my usually curly hair has refused to curl (I think it’s the hard water), so I decided do something that I never thought I could ever do before. BANGS! I love them. I also cut them myself (a week after the stylist refused to do it for me). East London should be the mecca of the Blunt Bangs Brigade. I’ve never seen so many fringed ladies in my entire life.

    As for books, two of my fav are Fall On Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald (dark, but I was unable to put it down) and The Girls by Lori Lansens. Also, Runaway by Alice Munro is an absolutely AMAZING compilation of her short stories.
    .-= Bryanna´s last blog ..As per your request… =-.

  62. I second “The History of Love” (which is beautiful, and not at all a cheesey romance novel like the title suggests) by Nichole Krauss or “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” which is written by her husband Jonathan Safran Foer.

    Or, if you need a quick, light read, find a copy of Ms. Pettigrew Lives for a Day, even if you’ve seen the movie. The book is so sweet.

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