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.


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.)


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?


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

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

  1. RA

    September 15, 2009 at 6:29 am

    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. Jenn Bo

    September 15, 2009 at 7:03 am

    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. Jenn Bo

    September 15, 2009 at 7:05 am

    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. beyond

    September 15, 2009 at 7:08 am

    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. Sarah

    September 15, 2009 at 7:13 am


    “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. beyond

    September 15, 2009 at 7:13 am

    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. Sarah

    September 15, 2009 at 7:15 am

    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. hi kooky

    September 15, 2009 at 7:24 am

    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. Angella

    September 15, 2009 at 7:28 am

    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. sarah

    September 15, 2009 at 7:30 am

    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. sarah

    September 15, 2009 at 7:32 am

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

  12. Mylene

    September 15, 2009 at 7:32 am

    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. sweetsalty kate

    September 15, 2009 at 7:33 am

    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. Isabel

    September 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

    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. Tina

    September 15, 2009 at 7:42 am

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