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Feb 28, 2012, 6:52pm Top

Book #14

I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
Tags: fiction, juvenile, fantasy, fairies, abuse, los angeles, california, models
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Other than Mab the fairy queen, this book is like all the rest of Miss Block's books--it involves an anorexic protagonist with an abusive past and lousy taste in men, as well as some more beautiful side characters (1 or 2 of whom will be gay). Still, I like her writing style and would recommend it to fans of YA fiction and/or magical realism.

Feb 28, 2012, 7:44pm Top

Hmmm, if I come across that, I'll give it a look.

Feb 29, 2012, 1:40am Top

I wasn't too nice in my notes, but it really is a good book. Hope you're able to find a copy. :)

Feb 29, 2012, 2:45am Top

Book #15

This Is My House by Mercer Mayer
Tags: fiction, juvenile, picture book, series, little critter, family life
Rating: 5/5
Notes: I have loved Little Critter books since I was in elementary school (a good 25 years or so ago), especially the subtle humor and love/hate relationship he has with his younger sister--it's all there.

Edited: Feb 29, 2012, 1:04pm Top

Book #16

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allan Poe
Tags: fiction, juvenile, horror, short stories, picture book, cats
Rating: 4/5
Notes: I'm only vaguely familiar with 2 of the 4 stories in here--("The Black Cat" and "The Fall of the House of Usher")--and going by Poe's writing style in all 4, I doubt I'll ever get into his other stories (they're too flowery and dated). What really makes this mini collection so good, though, are the illustrations. It's not quite a graphic novel, more of a large picture book for teens or adults.

Feb 29, 2012, 2:12pm Top

>5 saraslibrary: If you find Poe to effusive, I'd avoid Dickens. I like both of them. :) Poe is one of the few authors I enjoy who writes stories on the "creepy" end of the spectrum.

Sorry to hear about the cold/flu bug you had. My co-intern has been at home sick for two days now too. Which leaves me in the office all day doing data analysis which means I may catch the crazies sometime soon.

Feb 29, 2012, 7:48pm Top

You like Poe?? I'm shocked! Obviously, he's nothing like some of today's horror writers, but I didn't think you liked anything scary.

I will keep the Dickens warning in mind, though. I only have one of his books (A Tale of Two Cities), because I wanted to try him and it was the first cheap copy of his I could find. So we'll see...

Thanks! :) Actually, the mysterious whatever-the-hell-it-was wasn't all that bad, except for the extreme nausea at the beginning. No aches, coughs, stuffed anything--just a pretty high fever (almost 101) and a crazy heart rate (around 128, just resting). Thankfully, it's all over; I just hope it isn't contagious. But something's been going around at work, 'cause some of my coworkers are dropping like flies. As usual, I blame our patrons. ;)

Ah, The Crazies. Such an awesome movie, but I'm sure you mean catching these crazies:

Have fun with your new psycho self! ;)

Feb 29, 2012, 8:53pm Top

Wearing make-up gives me a more normal and natural looking

...I would argue EXACTLY the opposite, but I've always had this strange idea that women like the most natural when they don't put chemicals on their face. *Sigh* I know I'm in the minority there though. :(

Sara: Oh, shaving my face is ridiculously inconvenient. There is very little gain in doing other than slight comfort, which is fairly will balanced by the burning discomfort caused by the shaving itself. Thank the hairless gods for soothing balm. Shaving of the pubic region is very convenient, for day-to-day purposes.

No, I wasn't calling you a lesbian, I was running away from all the non-virginal women. You obviously have a much better chance of sleeping with them than I am. Eeeep! *Hides under a lamp shade.*

Feb 29, 2012, 9:42pm Top

>7 saraslibrary: Yup, I definitely meant the post-it note crazies. :) As for Poe, I've liked his stories since junior high when we studied some of his short stories for language arts. I'm just full of surprises. And Tale of Two Cities is one of my favourite Dickens' novels. I think it's a decent one to have as your first try at his stuff. It's not too long and there's lots of French Revolution stuff which is fun.

>8 Ape: I think this is one of those things that you have to be a woman for to really get. Maybe. But when you're done hiding under a lampshade, I'm sure the girl you find will be thrilled to not have to wear make-up around you. But let her do it if she wants to. *pointed look*

Mar 1, 2012, 6:00am Top

Of course! I'm not exactly one to force my opinion onto other people, although if asked I don't have an issue with expressing it. I don't mean to criticize people who wear make-up, but if they ask me "how do I look in this?" the answer will always be "Great! But you'd look even better without it..."

I think this is one of those things that you have to be a woman for to really get.

Perhaps. It might be comparable to the whole penis size thing for one, something you women just never seem to understand.

Mar 1, 2012, 2:16pm Top

>10 Ape: Yeah, I really don't get that. *shrug*


Mar 1, 2012, 4:16pm Top

It's IMPORTANT! I can give you the gritty (and perfectly logical) details as to why penis size matters, if you like.

Mar 1, 2012, 5:03pm Top

No thanks. That definitely falls into the category of TMfreakin'I

Mar 1, 2012, 7:34pm Top

There should never be a limit when it comes to information! :(

Mar 1, 2012, 10:09pm Top

Believe me, sometimes there is. I work in a profession that's all about information. But when it comes to personal stuff, there is such a thing is too much. Especially when someone starts to tell you their whole life story right after you've told them that there is no colour photocopying at the library. (true story)

Mar 1, 2012, 11:49pm Top

#8: I will agree you're the minority in the makeup debate. :P And I'll leave you to your shaving routine. Just tell me you shave from the north to the south with the same razor, even if you're lying.

(eyeballs the thing hiding in the lamp shade) I still think you're calling me a lesbian.

#9: I'm just full of surprises. -- Like you got deported back to Canada for trying to smuggle a herd of maple-covered moose across the border? We already knew that. And that's just dirty! But what were you doing in Ohio??

#10: Remind me not to be standing anywhere near you when someone asks how their ass looks in spandex and you tell them what you really think.

#11: HI MICKY!!!! NOPE, I'M NOT HARD OF HEARING AT ALL. Or I wasn't 2 seconds ago.

lol @ 12. That's got to go on a list of worst pick-up lines ever.

#13-14: Hmm. Stephen does have a point. And not there! (Perv.) There's never such thing as too much information.

#15: I love running into those people. They make me feel less weird. ;)

Mar 2, 2012, 6:14am Top


Micky: Ah, but that information is useless to you. How many chances to you have to get an objective look into the psyche of a young male as he presents to you a the reasoning behind a concept that you don't understand? You should be jumping at the chance to hear about my penis! :P

Sara: Nope, different razors. I'd give you the details but I'm not allowed anymore. :( Oh, and I don't really see any problem with asses in spandex. Any discomfort would be on their part, not mine!

You can put that on the list of worst pick-up lines but I do NOT want to be credited for it. :P

Mar 2, 2012, 2:19pm Top

>17 Ape: You should be jumping at the chance to hear about my penis! And yet, somehow, I'm not. Don't make me break out the librarian glare to keep you in line.

>16 saraslibrary: No, you've got that story turned around. Stephen got deported back to Ohio after trying to sneak into Canada with a herd of moose that he covered in maple syrup. As for the oversharers, I can usually tolerate them. But in that particularly case, it was five minutes before close and I had things that NEEDED to be done and instead got stuck in the politce small talk cycle of Her: Blah blah blah. Me: Mmhmm. Repeat.

Mar 2, 2012, 2:34pm Top

keep you in line.

You can just say erection. Really, it's okay. We know that's what you meant anyway. :P

It's true, I did try to sneak into Canada. I can be pretty self-destructive like that sometimes. :P

Mar 2, 2012, 2:54pm Top

*glares over glasses at Stephen*

And if that was insult about Canada... we're too good for you anyway. :P

Mar 2, 2012, 4:05pm Top

I would never insult Canada! I, personally, find it barbaric to pick on those who are lesser than you. :P

Mar 2, 2012, 5:01pm Top

Dude, we have more landmass than you. Don't make us throw it around.

Mar 2, 2012, 8:39pm Top

That's exactly how I picture Canadian warfare, a bunch of people throwing rocks at eachother. :P

Mar 2, 2012, 10:20pm Top

Yeah, not so much. However, it may be how I deal with annoying boys from Ohio... ;)

Mar 3, 2012, 1:46am Top

#17: Any discomfort would be on their part, not mine! -- That's true. :D

I would put Micky's name down for that pick-up line, except it would sound a bit odd, unless she were meaning her giant collection of dildos.

#18: (smacks forehead) Oh, right! I forgot that was Stephen. I should've known, what with his moose/maple syrup fetish. Totally sounds like him. ;)

Ok, with 5 minutes before closing, I can completely understand your exasperation. We have patrons who linger around until the last minute, which drives me freakin' bonkers. At least you were good about not asking that particular patron any questions. That's key to getting anyone to shut up.

LOL @ all the Canadian smack.

#23: Let's hope it's not those curling penis-handle rocks. Those could probably cause a little damage. o_0

#24: I think it's officially on. The U.S. and Canada are at war. :D Sorry, sorry. (serious face) I give it all of one day before Canada waves a white flag. Then we could make them our slaves! Brilliant idea! (pats self on back)

Mar 3, 2012, 2:36am Top

CD #17

Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists
Tags: alt rock, soundtrack, series, twilight saga, checked out from work, cd
Rating: 4/5
Notes: My favorites: the first 3 tracks--"Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse, "Decode" by Paramore, and "Full Moon" by The Black Ghosts--as well as "Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation. There were a couple others that need a few more listens to grow on me. As for the other 6 songs, they kind of fell in the meh category, including Linkin Park's song ("Leave Out All the Rest"), which surprised me, since I like the band. I feel Rob Pattinson's song only made it on here because, well, he's Rob Pattinson (Edward the sparkly vampire to non-Twilight fans). It's not my favorite style of music (kind of country); plus I was amazed at how unrecognizable his voice is. Overall, I'm liking the Twilight score better, but I'd probably still buy this one if it was on sale.

Mar 3, 2012, 7:04am Top

Micky: I'm not annoying! *Pokes Micky repeated in the shoulder for several minutes on end without stoping*

And yes, I had to indicate that I was specifically poking you in the SHOULDER because I don't trust Sara with that sentence otherwise. :P

I like the enslaving Canada idea. Do you think we can trust them enough to make them make us pancakes?

Mar 3, 2012, 8:19am Top

Stephen, Sara can still twist that sentence. . . you didn't specify what you were poking Micky with.

Mar 3, 2012, 10:19am Top


Mar 3, 2012, 4:36pm Top

>25 saraslibrary: Oh man, curling rocks are such a good idea. *heads off to sports supply store to get ammunition to chuck at Stephen*

>26 saraslibrary: Unsurprisingly, I have all of the soundtracks to these films as well. I liked all of them, except the one for Breaking Dawn. That one only had a couple tracks that I really liked and the rest of them are pretty meh. I like all of the tracks on all the other CDs. If you get the bonus tracks for the first soundtrack, there's another song from Robert Pattinson that I actually really like, but it's really bluesy so it may not be your thing.

>27 Ape: I wish you much luck in enslaving us. We're super stubborn. And your pancakes are far more likely to turn out to be crepes. We do have that French population.

Mar 3, 2012, 5:17pm Top

#27: Do you think we can trust them enough to make them make us pancakes? -- Hmm, good point. We'll have to put them behind a glass wall with only long plastic gloves that stretch through to reach the food, just so they don't spit, snort loogies, whatever into our food. But then, I don't eat pancakes, so I don't have to worry about that. Neener neener. ;)

Ooorrr, we could put them in plastic bubbles, which would be so much more fun for beach volleyball! Or for making giant snowballs! :)

#28: You read my mind!

#29: You were poking here with crap?? Dude, you're sicker than I thought! (gets the hose ready in case Stephen comes anywhere near her)

#30: Yeah, I can see them now, throwing that rock across the ice border in slow motion. I think we'd all pee ourselves silly before it'd stub anyone's toes. ;)

Or you could drop them from your planes. That is, if you can fish them out of the water first. ;)

The crepes I don't mind so much. I haven't had any in years, and they look so pretty. And stubborn? Ha! My family's part Scottish-Anglo-whatnot, so I'm just as stubborn. :P And in general, American's are pretty darn stubborn, too.

As for the Breaking Dawn CD, you've already listened to it?? Nooooo! I mean, I knew you would, but still--noooo! And I'm just now getting around to listening to the pop/rock Twilight soundtracks. The orchestral ones I knew I'd like (that's why I did those first), but the pop/rock ones might take awhile to grow on me. And I may skip on the CD with the bonus Rob Pattinson song on it. He's not a horrible singer, but I'm not into that bluesy country music.

Mar 3, 2012, 6:27pm Top

Just the soundtrack for Breaking Dawn not the score. You're still doing ok. :)

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 1:21am Top

To be honest, I don't remember any of the songs (the score or soundtrack) from Breaking Dawn--and I just saw it awhile ago. That's pretty bad, huh? I just figure I need to watch the movie a couple more times, and then maybe they'll stick. That's probably why I like the scores to the first two Twilight movies; I've rewatched those the most.

ETA: Oh, I forgot to mention, when I was out shopping Friday @ HPB, I bought the Eclipse and Breaking Dawn: Part 1 DVDs. My little inner tween squealed when I found them. :) HPB carries very, very few Twilight CDs and movies, much to my disappoint. Tons of the books, though.

And I forgot to mention watching Frat House Massacre; but I figure since I watched most of it in fast forward (it was due the next day), I'm not really gonna count it. It wasn't too bad (kind of on the gay bdsm side if you think about it, even with the girls involved), so I may put a hold on it again and actually watch it from beginning to end.

Mar 4, 2012, 1:21am Top

Ok, I just got the score for Breaking Dawn from iTunes. So sadly you lose. What I liked about the score (and part of this is because it's the same composer as the first film) is that there are a lot of musical themes that recur from the first film, like Bella's lullaby. I enjoy little touches like that. But usually on each Twilight soundtrack there are at least a couple of songs I really dig, and the Breaking Dawn one was rather unimpressive. Also there was no Muse on it, which is a travesty.

Mar 4, 2012, 1:40am Top

(sigh) Score 1 for Micky. Actually, I knew you'd get to it before I would. That is good to know they reused a previous composer, though; I really liked the first Twilight score. And was Muse on every soundtrack before Breaking Dawn? I hadn't paid close enough attention.

Mar 4, 2012, 1:58am Top

Book #17

Zombie Tales: Volume 1 by Andrew Cosby, et al.
Tags: fiction, horror, graphic novel, zombies, anthology, short stories, series, zombie tales, tokyo, japan, zoos, animals, los angeles, california, rome, italy
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Almost worth 5 stars. Quite a few good ones, like "Daddy Smells Different" by John Rogers and Andy Kuhn (which has one of my favorite lines in it: "Daddy smells delicious!") and "I, Zombie: Remains of the Day" by Andrew Cosby, et al (another one with some quirky dark humor). A few kind of fall short, though, like "The Bakemono and the Cranes" by Johanna Stokes (I didn't really get this one, not to mention there are no zombies in it). But overall, this is an excellent zombie anthology with some interesting zombie theories (fluoride in the water has allowed zombies to retain their teeth when they would've been harmless--and toothless--in centuries past??), plenty of action and gore for the sickos, and extra laughs when needed. I'll definitely be looking for the following books in this series.

Mar 4, 2012, 2:44am Top

Book #18

Flesh-Colored Horror: The Junji Ito Horror Collection by Junji Ito
Tags: fiction, horror, short stories, series, tomie, graphic novel, ghosts, bees
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Such an engrossing and at times disturbing read. Loved it (well, most of the stories at least). Had nothing to do with the monster-girl Tomie, even though it's apparently part of the Tomie series(?).

Mar 4, 2012, 1:38pm Top

>35 saraslibrary: Yup, there's always been one track by Muse on every other CD.

*sigh* Between you and Stephen, my non-existent zombie quota has been more than filled...

Mar 4, 2012, 2:46pm Top

Hehe, I think I'm kind of 'done' with zombies for atleast a couple months. Too many at once, and I'm getting the storylines mixed up since they are all series. Not sure what to go with next. Werewolves suck though and vampires creep me out with all the rampant horniness...

Mar 4, 2012, 4:42pm Top

Stephen, like what type of creature? Aliens maybe? There are books with parasitic aliens. Or, I suggest to everyone, Ender's Game.

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 11:20pm Top

#38: Didn't know that about Muse. I'll have to pay more attention to the track listings.

And you're so welcome for the zombie overload! :) We try our best.

#39: Werewolves suck though and vampires creep me out with all the rampant horniness... -- Aren't vampires the ones that suck? What with those two long hard, er, fangs while regular human men have, well, never mind. You're right--they're pervy.

#40: That's a good one. Aliens are definitely science-y. I can't think of any good alien books, though, since I don't read a lot of sci fi.

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 7:46pm Top

Aliens are good, but my library's science fiction section is less than stellar and since most sci-fi is all about series I find them very difficult to read.

I think I'll just start looking for more non-zombifying but still disease-related apocalypses.

Now what's this about regular man's...teeth? I say big and blunt is the way to go!

Mar 4, 2012, 8:14pm Top

Oy with the penis jokes.

What a Twilight binge you've been on lately, Sara! It's fun to let your inner tween out sometimes, isn't it?!?

Mar 4, 2012, 11:59pm Top

#42: Sorry I can't help you with any disease-related apocalypse books. I've maybe read a handful of apocalypse/dystopia books (like Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Green Angel by Alice Hoffman), and they had nothing to do with diseases. I even tried tag searching on LT, but didn't find much that you hadn't already read or probably wouldn't like (there's always Revelations in the Bible, y'know ;).

Well, big and blunt is fine if you're a cow. But if you're a predator, you need long, sharp canines to "penetrate" the skin, swap body fluids, yadda yadda yadda (the usual vampire sexual innuendo stuff). Can't do that so well when you're still gnawing on the skin.

#43: If you hadn't noticed, Penis is Stephen's middle name. He's obsessed with them. Seriously. More than any straight man should, imho. ;)

I wasn't planning on watching/reading/listening to so much Twilight stuff, but I let my mom watch the first Twilight movie I had. Then she wanted to see the next. And the next. And thankfully, the 1st part of Breaking Dawn arrived at work, so she and I watched the entire series all the way through (well, it was a rewatch for me). So, yes, I totally blame my mom for the Twilight binge. ;)

Mar 5, 2012, 6:14am Top

Hey, I'm not the one that made the teeth-to-penis connection, you did that...much to my displeasure. Now that sounds like we're talking about something completely different...

Mar 5, 2012, 8:04am Top

Gah! Now I'm reminded of that terrible movie, Teeth *shudders

Mar 5, 2012, 3:07pm Top

I hate to think what a trip to the dentist is like for Stephen, given this current teeth-penis connection...

I will be watching Breaking Dawn at some point soonish. I bought the DVD but haven't "checked to make sure it works" (my excuse for watching all my DVDs ;). However, I just finished rewatching the first season of Sherlock on DVD (oh special features how I love thee) and I now am trying to avoid going into Benedict Cumberbatch withdrawal. *sigh over dreaminess*


Hi Sara!

Mar 5, 2012, 7:40pm Top

#45: I'm only 50% responsible for that. You said vampires were extremely horny first. I just made the obvious teeth-penis connection (even though everyone knows vampires are impotent because they're dead).

#46: Ha! I didn't even think of that. But now that you mentioned it, I want to watch it again....

#47: Hi Micky!

I don't think Stephen likes the dentist, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Soonish? Riiight. Keep on watching your Benedict Cumberbatch (dude seriously needs to change his name; people'll start thinking he's English or something ;). Breaking Dawn'll always be there when you're ready. Besides, the ending is kind of aggravating, since it's broken into two parts.

oh special features how I love thee -- Aren't they awesome? :) Of course, I've never seen the ones for Sherlock, but I meant in general. Breaking Dawn has some good extras, even two edited versions of the movie--one with scenes that mostly Edward is in, and the other with mostly Jacob. I don't know what they were thinking when they did that (no, actually, I do), but it's kind of amusing.

Mar 5, 2012, 7:42pm Top

Book #19

Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants by Barbara Park
Tags: fiction, juvenile, series, junie b. jones, humor
Rating: 5/5

Mar 6, 2012, 7:01am Top

I'm completely fine with the dentist so long as I don't have to talk on the phone or to the receptionist. *Shudders*

Mar 6, 2012, 2:39pm Top

>48 saraslibrary: I will continue to watch things with Benedict Cumberbatch, don't worry. YouTube is very helpful (there's a vid on there of him reading a children's book... SA-WOON!). I also have a film that he's in that I haven't watched yet waiting for me at the library and I may rewatch Starter for 10 and maybe Atonement (although his character in the latter is truly horrid - as in a bad human being not badly acted - and that film is a bit of an emotional wringer).

As for special features, I am such a junkie when it comes to them. Interviews, commentaries, bloopers, bonus scenes... I heart them all. One of the episodes of Sherlock has commentary with Benedict (and 2 other people) and it's thoroughly delightful. He does an Alan Rickman impression that makes me laugh so much.

Anyway, enough of my gushing. Your most recent read looks entertaining. :)

Mar 7, 2012, 12:15am Top

#50: I think those are the only times you have to talk to anyone at the dentist's office. The rest of it is spent with some stranger's hands in your mouth. And you pay them for it. Go figure.

#51: Somehow I don't think any of the kids were swooning over him, but I guess you never know.

He was in Atonement? I saw that, but I don't remember seeing him in it. What character was he? I also have Starter for 10, but I haven't watched it yet. Don't even know where it is.

(snorts over Benedict (and 2 other people)) I'm sure they have names, but who cares, right? ;) I don't watch the special features on every movie I watch, but I love the ones for movies with lots of special effects (like the Lord of the Rings series--those extras were fun to watch). Or TV series (I really, really want to replace my VHS copy of Twin Peaks just for the DVD extras), so I can kind of understand your enthusiasm over the Sherlock series.

And yes, Junie B. Jones is always entertaining. :) Too bad I only have a couple books left in the series to read and then I'm finished (if/when I find them). I would've loved to see this series go on and on.

I doubt you would like my next read, though. No zombies, but there's poo humor. And lots of it.

Mar 7, 2012, 12:24am Top

Book #20

The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle
Tags: fiction, juvenile, humor, fantasy, ireland, animals, dogs, series, meanwhile adventures
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Such a fast read involving one long-drawn-out event of stepping in dog poop.

Mar 7, 2012, 12:58am Top

CD #18

Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits by Don Henley
Tags: rock, best of, cd
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Some songs I grew up on ("Dirty Laundry," "The Boys of Summer," "All She Wants To Do Is Dance," "The End of the Innocence," "The Last Worthless Evening," "The Heart of the Matter"--the latter two sound so similar, I always get them mixed up); some I've never heard until now ("Not Enough Love in the World," "You Don't Know Me At All," "Everybody Knows"). Definitely one of my favorite classic rock CDs.

Mar 7, 2012, 2:26pm Top

>52 saraslibrary: Children better not be swooning. He's way too old for them. ;)

In Atonement he plays Paul Marshall SPOILER WARNING the pedophilic rapist END SPOILER. See what I mean about a terrible character? Starter for 10 is actually good. I quite liked it. James McAvoy is pretty good looking too. ;)

I'm sure they have names, but who cares, right? No they're both great too. One is the writer/Mycroft, Mark Gatiss, and the other is Martin Freeman who's also awesome.

As for your current read, I'll probably skip it. But I doubt you'd be a fan of my current read either. But at least all kinds of books get love from somebody. :)

Mar 9, 2012, 12:54am Top

As I've mentioned before (I think on your thread), kids can develop crushes on much older people (I certainly did when I was a kid), especially celebrities, so I wouldn't be surprised if he has a few fans young enough to be his daughter/son (in some guy's case).

I should probably rewatch Atonement, because I don't remember any pedophilic rapists. And yeah, it's probably not one of his more likable roles. ;)

James McAvoy--that's who I was thinking of in Starter for 10. Wasn't he in Atonement as well? I really like a lot of movies he's in. I even watched a Shakespeare movie with him in it. I know! Me, watch something Shakespearian. ;) I think it was Hamlet, but don't hold me to it. It's late and my memory's falling asleep.

(snickers over all kinds of books get love from somebody) I won't say it, but my mind totally fell into the gutter that time. I'll waddle over to your thread instead and find out what kind of horrific romance novel you're reading now. ;)

Mar 9, 2012, 5:57am Top

Romances ewwww! Y'know, we need to find a book that all 3 of us would love. I don't suppose either of you have heard of any zombie child romance novels, hm?

Mar 9, 2012, 1:56pm Top

I think that's illegal everywhere, Stephen. Maybe not in Canada, but definitely the U.S. ;)

Mar 9, 2012, 3:48pm Top

>56 saraslibrary: Yes we have had that conversationg before. Here's a clip from Atonement where he's super creepy. Maybe it'll jog your memory.

As for James McAvoy, he's one of the other actors I quite like. He was in an episode of Shakespeare Retold (which I haven't watched but will eventually). i also really love him in Becoming Jane.

>57 Ape: Why would I read that? Sounds hideous.

>58 saraslibrary: Nope, illegal up here too. :P

Mar 9, 2012, 4:58pm Top

But surely WRITING about it is legal. It's fiction, right?

Micky: But it has romance. You like romance. And children for Sara! And zombies for me! We could all read it.

Actually, there really is a zombie romance-ish novel. I saw the cover under a list of zombie novels and I was so psyched about reading it JUST because I loved the cover so much. Then I read the description and changed my mind. It's called Warm Bodies. I believe it is about a zombie...that falls in love with a teenage girl...or something like that.

Mar 9, 2012, 5:08pm Top

>60 Ape: Stephen, romance is SUCH a small portion of what I read. I think I may resent being stereotyped as a romance reader. :P

Edited: Mar 10, 2012, 5:07pm Top

#59: I couldn't view the YouTube link this time because "This video contains content from NBC Universal, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds." Bummer. :( You naughty Canadians, stealing copyrighted material. ;)

Shakespeare Retold--yes, that's the movie I saw him in. It's a pretty good.

(break's over; sorry, I'll be back during lunch)


#60: I really like that cover, too, but I probably won't read it anytime soon unless it's on clearance somewhere. And somehow, the zombie liking the living girl sounds a little less revolting than if roles were reversed (living girl liking zombie boy). Or maybe it's just me.

As for zombie romances, there are quite a few: Love Eats Brains! A Zombie Romance, Hungry for Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance (which sounded kind of good, like the Hot Blood series, except these have happy endings *hmph*), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I'm surprised you didn't mention this one for Micky!), Married with Zombies, Breathers: A Zombie's Lament, Dearly, Departed, etc. And then there are these, which probably only I would enjoy: Zombie Erotica: An Undead Anthology About Sex, Sex Zombies, and For Love of the Dead: Gay Zombie Erotica. Yes, I obviously had too much time on my hands during lunch. ;) And there are quite a few more on Amazon, like lesbians vs. zombies. :D

#61: I don't like being stereotyped either, especially as someone who likes children in my books. Sounds a little pedophilic, imho. But then Stephen's into necrophilia (zombies), so I guess I shouldn't complain. :P

Mar 11, 2012, 8:06am Top

There's a YA zombie romance I know where human girl likes zombie boy: Generation Dead. I have Breathers, but haven't read it yet.

Mar 11, 2012, 3:48pm Top

Oh I'm way too much of a Jane Austen purist to be able to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. However, I do find the title amusing. I also find Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters an entertaining title as well.

Mar 11, 2012, 4:51pm Top

61: There's no shame in liking a certain type of book, and I'm certainly not stereotyping you. Well, I mean, no more than my being perceived as a zombie expert. Really, aside from this year because I've read a couple zombie series, I really haven't read a lot of zombies in the past. I was going to recommend some to my sister because she IS a zombie fanatic and found I had only read 4-5 in my lifetime, and a couple of them weren't 'real' zombies. The only reason I got the reputation for liking zombies is because years ago I mentioned prefering zombies over werewolves and vampires, and suddenly I'm Mr. Zombie. *Shrug*

62: The zombie erotica sounds horrifying...

Edited: Mar 12, 2012, 3:11am Top

#63: Oh, that's perfect! And I even own the first Generation Dead book (haven't read it yet). Let me know how Breathers turns out. It looks good.

Still, loving dead things in the romantic sense sounds a bit self-destructive; it's not like they can love you back. Lusting after them I kind of understand, because there are some controlling sickos out there (like in Deadgirl {movie about a zombie kept as a sex slave} and Kissed {another movie, this one about a woman necrophiliac working in a funeral home}--both pretty good movies, all things considered--and the latter is a Canadian movie, which should make Micky proud, right? ;).

Sorry, all of that just popped into my head. Must learn to control my babble. :)

#64: I've heard that from quite a few Jane Austen purists; they want nothing to do with the parodies. I think there's one or two others (I even own one, the one with the young dead girl on the cover), but I can't think of their names off the top of my head.

(ETA: Found it: Dawn of the Dreadfuls.)

#65: I noticed that, too (people assuming you just love every zombie book out there since making that comment). Maybe you should read some werewolf or vampire books to change that reputation, like Twilight. ;) So kidding.

And yes, the zombie erotica sounds horrifying, because it's meant to arouse and horrify the reader. There's very little of it out there, but I absolutely love erotic horror, more for the horrifying factor than anything else. If you ever want to try some (I know, you're just jumping up and down, aren't you?), see if you're library has the Hot Blood series series. It's probably the best erotic horror anthology series out there. There's the I Shudder at Your Touch series, but it's not as good overall, imho.

Ok, I'll stop babbling now.

Mar 12, 2012, 7:34am Top

I probably read more zombie books than most people because I like both disease books and apocalypse novels. Zombies fit in both, I guess. :D

I was going to wonder if it is even possible for a woman to be a necrophilia, but I remember reading in Mary Roach's Stiff that when men are embalmed their penises swell to giant enormity. So yeah, of COURSE it's all about the giant penis, as usual. :P

Mar 12, 2012, 2:56pm Top

Just swooping in to say hi. *swoops out*

Mar 12, 2012, 8:13pm Top

#67: Disease + apocalypse + zombies. Makes sense, I guess.

Oh, sure, it's possible for either gender to be a necrophiliac. I don't remember the woman in the film talking about how big her "lover" was, though. It was all flowery explanation why she does it--"...when life turns into death, it's explosive. There are streaks of light, magical, and electrifying."--without actually saying anything. (shrugs) Still good movie.

#68: (gets the fly swatter out for any more flying Mickys) j/k. Hiya! :)

Mar 12, 2012, 10:47pm Top

*flutters superhero cape*

Mar 13, 2012, 7:14am Top

Sara: I was just wondering how a dead guy can get an erection without a heart beat. Embalming helps, I hear.

Mar 13, 2012, 2:25pm Top

You guys are so morbid lately with all the zombie stuff. Obviously we're in need of some sparkle around here.

*tosses glitter all over the thread*

Mar 13, 2012, 8:09pm Top

#70: You know I'm gonna say it--where's the rest of your outfit, girl? :P

#71: Or maybe stick a knitting needle in him. Hmm. I never gave it much thought. It's not like the movie showed exactly what she was doing. For all I know, she just liked dry humping dead bodies. So would that make her not a necrophiliac since no actual sex occurred? I think I'm just confusing myself at this point.

#72: *ahem* Click me. ;) And it's not all morbid. I listed some romance titles somewhere up there.

Mar 13, 2012, 8:15pm Top

Micky: Does it still count as morbid if you are talking about SEX with zombies/dead bodies? Because, as we all know, sex is a wonderful and absolutely non-pervy act of love and life and an act necessary to create more life. Surely they balance out or something. :P

Sara: I think necrophilia is loosely defined as 'a sexual act with a corpse,' therefore I would think dry-humping counts, especially if orgasms are involved.

I'm deeply concerned that the thought of use a knitting needle to keep a penis erect is MUCH more disturbing than the necrophilia itself. *Shudders*

Edited: Mar 14, 2012, 2:18pm Top

>73 saraslibrary: I'm wearing a complete outfit. It's just that only the superhero cape can flutter. :) And lol at the link. My mom is crafty and it's true. Glitter gets EVERYWHERE when you use it. Drives my younger brother crazy.

And I'm just going to ignore all of the grossness you two are discussing. Instead:

Mar 14, 2012, 2:49pm Top

Thanks for changing the subject, Micky. Yeah, homosexual dolls with 70's pornstar moustaches are totally non-pervy. I like how it doesn't have eyes so you don't feel awkward about not looking at it when you do god-knows-what to it. I appreciate the subtle 'hang loose' sign he's flashing with his spoon-hand.

Mar 14, 2012, 7:48pm Top

#74: What Stephen said. And just think of all those zombie babies born from all that love. Just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it? ;)

But it's an inanimate object (the dead body), so wouldn't that just be like masturbating with a mannequin?

Hmm, you're right. She probably shouldn't use a knitting needle; she might get hurt.

#75: Ugh. Why did you have to show that? Haven't you seen American Pie? And I don't know where that puppet's gonna put the wooden spoon or who he's gonna spank.... o_0 See! You're worse than Stephen and I are combined.

LMAO @ 76. Or that it has no teeth for easy access. You just know Jim Henson had some kind of freaky puppet fetish going on.

Mar 14, 2012, 10:39pm Top

Dudes, I heart Swedish Chef and I am ignoring all of your attempts to pervert the Muppets. Go back to your necrophilia and zombies.

Edited: Mar 15, 2012, 9:17am Top

Sara: Hmmm, well, despite the body being inanimate it's still a dead body, although it's an interesting point. Y'know, this topic (well, not this exactly but a similar one) was discussed a bit towards the end of Mary Roach's Stiff. Many people are shy about donating their bodies to science because it creeps them out when they think about people doing things to their body after they are no longer using it. Even though they would not know, or feel anything, it still distresses people. So, while technically the body is an inanimate object, we still apply the person's personality to it. Someone who has sex with a mannequin/blow-up doll is much less creepy than someone who has sex with a dead body, even though they are basically the same thing (only the body is much more, y'know, realistic.) That doesn't justify the act itself, just that I would consider them on an equal plane of creepiness. :)

Micky: No attempt required in perverted the Muppets, they did it all for us. Hey Sara, how much do you want to bet we could find muppet porn of we googled it?

ETA: Googled and...oh dear... o.O

I did find something completely innocent and not remotely as horrifying as...that stuff...that I saw... *Shudders*

Mar 15, 2012, 2:27pm Top

Lol! Love the Kermit cartoon.

Edited: Mar 16, 2012, 1:16am Top

#78: What about zombie puppets? Can we talk smack about Chef then?

#79: That's so true (re: people getting creeped out at the thought of donating their body to science). I'd never do it, even though the logical part of me knows I would't care once I'm dead. But still, I've seen cadavars before and there's (sometimes) no respect for them, even in the science room. Hence the reason I'm getting cremated. And I seriously need to read Stiff. I'm sure it's growing a thick cover of dust by now.

I don't know about necrophiliacs and sex toy enthusiasts (is there a proper name for those people?) being equally creepy. The latter don't do any harm, while the former usually kill to get a body instead of digging up a grave or breaking into a funeral home. Sheesh. ;)

Oh, I've seen muppet porn and it's just so wrong. Funny, but it makes me wonder if there are people who seriously get turned on by cartoons and whatnot having sex. I'll have to google those weirdos.

Hee hee @ the pic. I will not make fisting jokes for the sake of Micky.

Mar 16, 2012, 3:56am Top

Book #21

The Prince's New Pet by Brian Anderson
Tags: fiction, juvenile, fantasy, picture book, princes, animals, checked out from work
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Dark and beautifully illustrated. I didn't quite get who the adults were on the last page (a younger version of the king and queen?), but I suppose a picture book shouldn't be overanalyzed.

Mar 16, 2012, 4:11am Top

Book #22

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley
Tags: fiction, juvenile, picture book, animals, birds, bears, goats, camels, frogs, possums, checked out from work
Rating: 5/5

Mar 16, 2012, 6:25am Top

Micky: Well good. You don't want to know the horrible things I saw him doing to Ms Piggy.

Sara: Right, but it corpses could be bought in sex shops they would be equally creepy. :P

I don't know if people get off on muppet porn, but anime/hentai is too popular for people not to enjoy it. I once regularly posted on an INCREDIBLY nerdy website dedicated to the nerdy card game Magic the Gathering and a sci-f/Star Wars-type nerdy fellow frequently discussed his love for, crazily enough, hentai pornography features women with penises. There was a specific name for it I believe, not transexuals but a word specific for the animated version, but I would have to look it up.

Edited: Mar 16, 2012, 6:33am Top

Okay, looked it up. Wikipedia actually has an article on hentai. Futanari involves women with penises. Not only that, apparently there are sub-genres of hentai in Japan that feature children. Since I believe the laws here state that drawn pictures of children nude or comitting sex acts isn't allowed, the pictures would technically be illegal. One of the pictures on the article itself is depicting children, although they are clothed, and the explicit one up top doesn't exactly look like an adult either. This is most curious, I would wonder if there are hentai-specific comic shops in America, and whether or not they have that sort of thing. I mean, anime people rarely look over the age of 14 anyway but...well, it's just very strange. Hm.

Mar 16, 2012, 7:05am Top

On the subject of muppet porn: I think most people don't know about this little piece of pre-LotR work from Peter Jackson, but it's a gem - Meet the Feebles. If you can find it, rent it. Now. You can thank me later.

Mar 16, 2012, 2:07pm Top

Happy Friday!

Mar 16, 2012, 6:33pm Top

RE: Muppets and porn. . . If you don't already know of Avenue Q, go find the soundtrack or a DVD (if they're available). It started on Broadway. Actors/singers on stage interacting as muppets/puppets (which are on their hands). There is a sex scene. And a song called The Internet is for Porn.

Edited: Mar 17, 2012, 10:15pm Top

#84: Well, there are butcher shops, which could double as a sex shop for some people, but let's not go there.

Hentai...yeah, I never got into that, and I doubt I ever will. I hate to say it, because it just makes me sound like more of a perv, but it's just not graphic enough for me. (shrugs)

#85: Futanari. Yay, there's my new word for the day. :P I wonder how I can work that one into a conversation without getting fired or slapped....

I'm glad you brought up the underage-looking anime. That's another reason I don't really like hentai or even some anime--it's just too pedophilic (is that a word?). And I'm sure there are some American shops that carry hentai. In fact, I think Half Price Books has a few on there top, top shelf that almost no one ever looks at. I guess I'll have to be That Weirdo who climbs up there to find out how "adult only" it is.

#86: I'm so bummed. I thought our library would carry it, but we don't. Hmph. If I find a reasonably-priced copy, I'll buy it. I already IMDb'd it and it looks very amusing. :) Thanks!

#87: And a Happy Saturday! Sorry, I was a day late. And, oh! Mustn't forget. (pinches Micky) No pinch-backs. I have green eyes and Irish blood (in a bottle in my dungeon, but let's not get technical, shall we? ;).

#88: lol @ The Internet is for Porn. I had to listen to that one at work so low, I barely heard the words. And no, I'm not familiar with Avenue Q, so I'll have to see if our library carries any of the CDs or DVDs. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

ETA: They only have the Avenue Q the Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording CD, which I put on hold. Too bad that's the only thing.

Mar 17, 2012, 10:18pm Top

Book #23

Another Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Tags: fiction, juvenile, picture book, series, monster at the end of this book, monsters, checked out from work
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Makes me want to re-read The Monster at the End of This Book, one of my favorite books as a kid (if I only knew where my copy was). This one's just as amusing as the first.

Mar 17, 2012, 11:30pm Top

>89 saraslibrary: Hey! I did wear green today. :P

>90 saraslibrary: I'm sure I read The Monster at the End of This Book as a kid, but I really don't remember any details at all. However, childhood nostalgia is always awesome.

Mar 18, 2012, 1:29am Top

Too bad. I'm color blind. :P (pinches Micky again)

And there's not much to the first book (or the second; they're picture books after all). It's just Grover begging the reader not to keep turning pages, because there's a monster at the end of it (**spoiler** he's the monster **no more spoiler**). Ring any bells? Anyway, they're both just silly fun, and proves the more someone tells you not to do something, the more you want to do it. Now I demand you to re-read it. Now. This instant.

Edited: Mar 18, 2012, 2:43am Top

Book #24

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Mike Berenstain
Tags: fiction, juvenile, bears, picture book, christian, easter, series, the berenstain bears, checked out from work
Rating: 3/5
Notes: Definitely a Christian-themed book, which I guess should be obvious since it's about Easter. However, my Easter knowledge boils down to chocolate rabbits and egg hunts, so I was a little surprised and disappointed to see one of my favorite childhood series go the religious route. (Apparently, that's what has happened since Mike Berenstain took charge after his father, Stan Berenstain, died in 2005.) It does a good job of explaining the meaning of Easter, though, and even has some reader Q&A and activities at the end of the book, as well as some stickers (though our library takes them out of the books, so I have no idea what they look like). However, this is probably the only Berenstain book I won't be purchasing (along with any other that Mike Berenstain's penned), so I'm kind of glad I checked it out first. Definitely recommended to Christian families and/or fans of The Berenstain Bears. Non-Christians looking for an Easter book might like Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny by Barbara Park instead. Or middle-of-the-roaders might like Happy Easter, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer, which involves a little of both--church and candy.

Edited: Mar 18, 2012, 3:19am Top

Book #25

Angel Cat Sugar: Sugar Loves Valentine's Day by Ellie O'Ryan
Tags: fiction, juvenile, picture book, series, angel cat sugar, cats, friendship, valentine's day, checked out from work
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Very cutsey, girly, and PINK. I couldn't help but think how much Angel Cat Sugar looks like a Hello Kitty ripoff.

Mar 18, 2012, 3:22am Top

Book #26

A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko
Tags: fiction, juvenile, valentine's day, picture book, rabbits, checked out from work
Rating: 5/5
Notes: I commend Gennifer Choldenko for writing a Valentine's Day book for boys (though girls will like it as well). I can't think of any V.D. kids books that have done that.

Mar 18, 2012, 8:21am Top

89: Yeah, I'm not into hentai either. If it weren't bad enough already, the audio is just horrendous. With all this advanced video game technology and all the ultra-realistic graphics, there's a surge of "3D" porn. It's even weirder, the tentacle monsters look so much more...shiny... o.O

90: I suppose since the jokes that can be made about that cover are so obvious I'll just keep them to myself.

Mar 18, 2012, 2:45pm Top

>92 saraslibrary: Ah yes, I do remember that one. :)

Mar 18, 2012, 6:55pm Top

#96: Yeah, tentacle rapes? Not my thing. I would think most people would be creeped out by octupuses (octupi??) to not be aroused by the tentacles, but you never know. People are plain weird.

And the cover--yeah, it's seriously gay. Not to mention Grover's really, really old (probably even Elmo's father, come to think of it). So how old would that make Elmo? I won't think about it, I won't, I won't. Incestual gay puppet sex! There, I said it. Couldn't help it.

#97: Cool, glad I could jar your memory. :)

Edited: Mar 19, 2012, 7:15pm Top

DVD #26

Dive! directed by Jeremy Seifert
Tags: documentary, los angeles, california, checked out from work, dvd
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Preaches what just about everyone knows--Americans (in particular) are wasteful pigs. It's very bothersome to see so much food thrown away each day by grocery chains and in such good condition. At least this documentary has a somewhat happy ending (the last scene's pretty funny), though I highly doubt it'll change American eating habits. (And no, I don't mean that everyone should go dumpster diving like these guys do.) I think it would take something like another war or depression to make people ration more (as briefly mentioned in the movie). Very short (just under an hour, which is a plus for me).

Mar 19, 2012, 2:34pm Top

>98 saraslibrary: Ugh, not again with the putting my brain in a jar. ;)

Glad you liked your latest flick. Guess what I watched on the weekend? If you guessed the first episode of Sherlock (again), you win a shiny prize. :)

Mar 19, 2012, 4:43pm Top

Ok, you can definitely have your brain back, especially if it's full of what's-his-name. :P

Mar 19, 2012, 5:02pm Top

Yay! Benedict saved my brain! :D

Mar 19, 2012, 7:05pm Top

Well, saved from being munched on by me, but I'm sure he's toxic in high doses.

Mar 19, 2012, 7:11pm Top

Definitely not. He does nothing but good things for my brain. :P

Edited: Mar 19, 2012, 7:40pm Top

Nope. I saw it on a poster. He does bad things to your brain. See?

And apparently your brain is the size of an egg. And tastes good with bacon. o_0 "They" said it. I didn't!

Mar 20, 2012, 2:42pm Top

Mmm, I'm not sure that being a fried egg is all that bad... ;)

Mar 21, 2012, 2:20am Top

So Benedict will eat you? You're a dirty, dirty girl.

Btw, we just got Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy at work today (the DVD). I would send a copy your way, but we don't do movie ILL's. Don't know why either. :/

Mar 21, 2012, 2:42am Top

CD #19

New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists
Tags: alt rock, soundtrack, series, twilight saga, checked out from work, cd
Rating: 3/5
Notes: Other than "Hearing Damage" by Thom Yorke and "New Moon {The Meadow}" by Alexandre Desplat (sampled from the The Twilight Sage: New Moon: The Score), this soundtrack was rather blah. As I've said before, I much prefer the scores to the soundtracks (I must be getting old if I prefer orchestra music to rock), though a couple songs on here bump this CD halfway onto my Want to Own Wishlist (only if I find a cheap copy).

Mar 21, 2012, 6:38am Top

Micky's brain looks lonely in that empty egg carton. :( *Hugs Micky and gently pats her brain*

Mar 21, 2012, 2:29pm Top

>107 saraslibrary: Your words, not mine. ;) I have the DVD of TTSS on hold at my library, no worries. And I'm reading the book right now. As for non-ILL of DVDs, it's just a rule most libraries have.

>108 saraslibrary: I actually like that CD. *sighs over Sara's lack of indie-ish rock appreciation*

>109 Ape: Aww, thanks.

Mar 21, 2012, 4:48pm Top

Nope, not a big fan of non-ILLs of DVDs or indie rock.

Mar 22, 2012, 2:32pm Top

Sad for you about the indie rock. More for me, I guess. ;)

As for not ILLing DVDs, I totally hear you. It may be a copyright thing. But don't quote me on that.

Mar 22, 2012, 6:10pm Top

That's fair. You can definitely have my share of indie music. :)

I remember asking several of my coworkers over the years why DVDs and CDs weren't ILLed, and nobody could give me a straight answer, even the librarians who process the ILL holds. It's kind of scary that even they don't know; but I've learned that most of my coworkers have no clue what's going on in general (myself included!). But your explanation kind of makes sense. I guess it's just one of those eternal questions, like "Why do so many people find Benedict Cumberbatch hot?" Hmm.... (scratches head)

On the brighter side of things, my coworker (who was burglarized a month or two ago) found out who did it--and, even better, he's in juvie! :) He's 17, but hopefully they'll try him as an adult (though I have this horrible feeling that they won't). I could only hope it's the same guy who did our place back in November or my other coworkers place, but I know we're not that lucky. Anywho, if anyone wants to send this ... guy a "Congratulations on Your New Digs," "Hope You Get Sodomized Every Night," or worse message, here's his Facebook page. Yes, even criminals have Facebook accounts. Nice.

Mar 23, 2012, 2:33pm Top

"Why do so many people find Benedict Cumberbatch hot?"

Because he is. :P

I know a lot of the not ILLing DVDs comes from the "(insert library name) isn't doing it so we won't do it either" mentality. Sad, but true.

Yay for the burglar getting caught. :)

Mar 23, 2012, 6:40pm Top

Congratulations on Your New Digs," "Hope You Get Sodomized Every Night"

How about "I hope your posterior gets burglarized!"

Mar 23, 2012, 10:03pm Top

Hi Sara! How're things going in WA?

Mar 23, 2012, 11:30pm Top

#114: Or people have been brainwashed to think he's hot, because everyone (other than the aforementioned folks) knows the English are born with the Not Hot gene. It's quite sad really. ;)

I think the majority of libraries have joined that lemmings club. It can't really be about money (say if a DVD is lost or damaged), because I've seen some ILLed books come through that are worth 5+ times more than a movie. I really should google what libraries--if any--loan out other media, because I'd love to ILL them.

Yep, I'm happy he's been caught, too. I'm just afraid he'll be out soon and go right back to stealing. Too bad the legal system can't do something like those evangelicists, where they have viewers adopt a starving African orphan for pennies a day. Instead, people could "adopt" a criminal by paying a certain amount of money to pay for their upkeep. Granted, I'd want my adopted criminal to get the basics; none of this free cable or access to the Internet or special meals. So I'm sure a penny a day would be adequate. :) I could afford that.

#115: Good one*! Or something about breaking and entering, but I'm too tired to think of something witty.

*except I'd hate to think what they'd be stealing, if it's not something he's already smuggled up his butt. o_0

#116: Hey Laura! :) Same ol', same ol'. Went to a library book sale today, which was awesome. I bought around 100 books, plus 1 DVD, for $48.55, which is a sweet deal, imho. I just didn't calculate how far I'd have to walk home with it. I'm not hurting now, but I'm sure my biceps will be feeling bruised tomorrow. Anyway, how's by you?

Mar 23, 2012, 11:43pm Top

CD #20

Made in Germany: 1995 - 2011 by Rammstein
Tags: industrial, best of, checked out from work, cd
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Missing a few of my favorite songs (like "Stripped" and "Rammstein"); contains a few others I could've lived without ("Pussy," "Amerika", etc.); but overall, pretty good, and worth a listen if you're a Rammstein fan.

Mar 24, 2012, 6:24am Top

My library is having a sale soon. In fact, the exact words on the website are "Huge Spring library book sale." Yes, "huge" they said. Awesome.

Mar 24, 2012, 2:23pm Top

118: OMG, I forgot about Rammstein. I used to love to blast Du Hast back in the day. Good times

Things by me? They're alright. I'm losing one of my part time jobs in the very near future. (It's really up to me to get the paperwork done - and oy, there's a lot of it.) Sucks. Applying for new part time jobs, but am getting nothing but rejection letters. Bastards. Despite all of this $$ upheaval I'm super positive that I'll find the right job. I've been looking at a work-from-home website (ratracerebellion.com, FYI) just for flexibility, and there've been quite a few jobs listed there that I'm qualified for that I wouldn't mind doing. Now all I have to do is actually apply to them. *sigh* I'm kind of avoiding doing that until I get the bulk of my bye-bye job done with so I don't let it just sit here longer than it has to. Probably not the best theory, but ...

Oh! I've really been digging a lot of the music that they play in my Zumba classes lately, so my new favorite artist is Daddy Yankee. I had his music cranked yesterday afternoon when my parents called, and I answered the phone before I could turn it down - my Mom said "What the F---? Am I calling the barrio?" Ah yes, my PC mother. At any rate, it probably does sound like a Latin dance hall here if I've got music on. Something different for me to get obsessed with! Oh crap, just realized I need to be at work in 20 minutes - more later! :)

Mar 24, 2012, 3:05pm Top

#119: I'm reading too much into "Huge Spring," but sill, awesome!! :) For some reason, I almost missed yesterday's sale (oh noes!), but thankfully my coworker reminded me about it. Usually I have their bi-annual sales marked on my calendar months in advance, but I had a brain fart, I guess. Anyway, let us know how your books sale goes! :)

#120: "Du Hast" is definitely on the above CD, though I don't think the English translation is in the booklet. For the longest time, I thought they were saying You Hate instead of You Have. See? Even in English, the words look similar. Ah well, you probably already knew that. ;)

(shudders @ the thought of anyone doing the job application thing) It's a scary, scary, time-consuming thing (though I doubt I have to tell you that). I'll have to check that site out you listed during my lunch hour (my break's almost over). Sounds interesting. And best of luck job-hunting! :) You have your own little LT cheerleader squad rooting for you. (pokes Stephen with a stick and prompts him to pick up his pom poms and do a cheer)

lol @ your mother. I can totally relate about racist family members. I've never done Zumba (and am pretty sure I have it confused with something else), but a couple of my coworkers are really, really into it.

20 minutes to get to work? :D You sound like me. I'm almost never on time for anything. Hope you made it!

Mar 24, 2012, 5:06pm Top

Book #27

Confessions of a Teenage Vampire: The Turning by Terry West
Tags: fiction, juvenile, horror, graphic novel, series, confessions of a teenage vampire, vampires
Rating: 4/5
Notes: I really enjoyed this book (vampires and illustrations--what's not to like?); however, a couple scenes were so abrupt (mainly the climax) that I had to flip back to make sure I hadn't forgotten something. Then there were the fight scenes between Lily Jordan (the main girl) and two separate vampires. Apparently, the ray from a flashlight and 2-day-old garlic renders a vampire temporarily helpless. Seriously? The ending is no surprise (the title of this series gives it away), but it still made me want to immediately start on the second book: Zombie Saturday Night (which, unfortunately, I don't have yet, and is the only other book in this series :sigh:). Despite my gripes about the book, I'd definitely recommend this book/series to vampire/graphic novel fans.

Mar 24, 2012, 11:03pm Top

Nice haul from the library book sale, Sara! I am also of the crew that loves to blast "Du Hast" every once in a while. One of my favourite memories is riding in my brother's car, blasting "Du Hast," and getting a really dirty look from the woman in the minivan next to us, which just made me laugh really hard. Good times.

Work just had their winter book sale in February but I didn't go as my bookshelves are currently overloaded and I haven't read the books I got at the library book sale two years ago. Also, going in to work on the weekend when I'm already there five days a week just wasn't something I wanted to do.

Mar 25, 2012, 1:52am Top

Thanks! :) I can't believe you didn't go to your work's book sale, though. :o That's blasphemy! Actually, I admire your restraint, and I make it a rule to never go to work on my days off either(unless it's an emergency, like picking up mail). I have hundreds of books I own but haven't read yet, but they're all ones I know I'll read eventually (my reading taste hasn't changed that much over the years). Plus I rarely spend more than $2 on a book, so I convince myself it's ok to buy a couple dozen books at a shot. And I can still see a square or two of wall and floor space in my book room. Too bad I can't utilize the ceiling somehow. Hmm.

I had to laugh at the woman you mentioned in the minivan, because I know eventually I'm gonna be that grumpy old lady who's complaining about today's generation of music. Never mind that I used to listen to offensive songs with more profanity than actual words.

Mar 25, 2012, 2:30am Top

Book #28

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Tags: fiction, juvenile, picture book, series, alexander
Rating: 5/5
Notes: I know I'm supposed to empathize with Alexander, but this book only made me glad I don't have children. And all the raves I had heard about it (from patrons to books, like the BSC series by Ann M. Martin) left me a little bewildered as to why everyone thought it was so great. It's good, but not it'll-change-your-life-and-make-you-a-diehard-fan good. Aside from that, this is a wonderful learning tool for kids who tend to catastrophize the little things in life (don't we all?), and it couldn't hurt to be re-read to keep things in perspective (though I wish my bad days only consisted of gum in my hair, soap in my eyes, ugly-looking pajamas, lima beans for dinner, etc--because any old fart will tell you: the older you get, the worse bad days get, so it's best to learn to deal with the small upsets now).

Mar 25, 2012, 3:02am Top

Book #29

Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story by Martin Springett
Tags: nonfiction, juvenile, picture book, animals, dogs, deer, checked out from work
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Abso-freakin' adorable! (Yes, that's a word. :P) One of those books you hate to see end and wish there were a documentary or more in-depth book to go along with it. If you like easy-level animal nonfiction like the Owen and Mzee series (the hippo and tortoise duo) or Knut: How One Little Polar Bear captivated the World or Looking for Miza (gorilla), etc., then you should definitely give Kate & Pippin a read. I dare you not to say "Aawww" at least once.

Mar 25, 2012, 3:21am Top

Book #30

Bubble Bubble by Mercer Mayer
Tags: fiction, juvenile, fantasy, magic, picture book, animals, snakes, cats, elephants, mice
Rating: 5/5
Notes: I'm so used to reading just the Little Critter/Little Monster series (which I've loved since elementary school), that it was nice to see that Mercer Mayer's other picture books are just as entertaining. How I wish my days of playing with bubbles were as magic-filled as this young boy's.

Mar 25, 2012, 4:39am Top

Book #31

What Do You Do With a Kangaroo? by Mercer Mayer
Tags: fiction, juvenile, fantasy, picture book, animals, kangaroos, opossums, llamas, raccoons, moose, tigers, camels, cats
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Cute (fiesty little heroine vs. demanding, unwanted fur-guests), but probably won't ever make it onto my favorite Mercer Mayer book list.

Mar 25, 2012, 6:13am Top

I know eventually I'm gonna be that grumpy old lady who's complaining about today's generation of music.

I already do that! :D Although to be fair, I also complain about my generation of music and every generation before too. Hmmmm...

Mar 25, 2012, 5:49pm Top

> 118: nice surprise to find Rammstein in your thread.
I prefer the studio albums, Frank has been to a concert twice!

Mutter is one of my favorites ;-)

Mar 25, 2012, 7:14pm Top

>129 Ape: If you say you hate The Beatles, Stephen, we can't be friends anymore.

>124 saraslibrary: Sort of restraint, sort of the realization that hopefully at some point in the nearish future I'll be moving out of my parents' house and then hauling less books is probably a good idea. :)

Mar 25, 2012, 7:48pm Top

I have my ticket for an upcoming Rammstein concert :)
It's four days before commencement. I told my mother she couldn't get upset if I had a black eye or other injuries for it. She was not pleased to learn of this, lol.

Mar 25, 2012, 8:22pm Top

Micky: I don't hate them, but I don't listen to them either. Most pre-80's pop music doesn't suffer the same way as anything after the 70's. The problem is bands began to design their music to appeal to teenagers, and all was lost after that! :(

Mar 26, 2012, 1:14am Top

#129: Stephen as a grumpy old lady. I can almost imagine it. :P

#130: You guys like Rammstein? Awesome! :) I've never seen them in concert (I doubt I ever will, since I'm not a fan of crowds); I prefer listening to their CDs instead. I don't think I've listened to Mutter yet. I own 3 of their CDs; Sehnsucht is probably my favorite.

#131: That makes sense. Once you're moved out, though, then you can go crazy--buy so many books you're making forts out of them. Oh wait, that's igloo in Canadaland, isn't it? ;)

#132: Awesome! :) I didn't know they were touring, but then I'm so out of the loop on most everything. And who needs a Rammstein t-shirt when you can get a black eye or broken bone--or both! ;) That'll make for some lovely pictures your mother will be eager to frame, I'm sure.

#133: (mumbles under breath: How could you not listen to The Beatles?)

I agree--teenagers should be locked away in attics until they're adults. Oh wait... *ahem* I mean, yes, music sucks. Wait. That's not right either. (re-reads post) I'm lost. Why is making money off teenagers a bad thing again?

Mar 26, 2012, 1:43am Top

Book #32

In Search of the Saveopotomas by Stephen Cosgrove
Tags: fiction, juvenile, picture book, dinosaurs, series, serendipity
Rating: 5/5
Notes: I hate to admit it, but this one certainly applies to me, since I have, oh, 2 or 3 *ahem* thousand books. Even for being such a small book, it made me ponder the fine line between hoarding and having a hobby. As always, I love the illustrations and animal characters.

Mar 26, 2012, 6:51am Top

Why is making money off teenagers a bad thing again?

Nothing wrong with exploiting the stupid for financial gain, but when the music is designed to appeal to them I'm not obviously going to avoid it for the same reason I avoid, let's say, clothes intended to appeal to teenagers.

Mar 26, 2012, 12:07pm Top

Fair enough.

Mar 26, 2012, 2:29pm Top

>133 Ape: *joins Sara in grumbling about Stephen not listening to The Beatles*

>134 saraslibrary: We have forts and igloos. We're all about equal opportunity. ;)

Mar 26, 2012, 6:47pm Top

Ok, I was going to joke about trees not growing above the Arctic Circle, but this one's much worse! :D

Mar 26, 2012, 7:23pm Top

Unless Micky posts a picture of herself on her profile that is going to be my new mental image of her. :P

Mar 26, 2012, 7:32pm Top

:D You know that's not a cigarette either. Their national emblem is a pot leaf, for pete's sake.

We love you, Micky. :)

P.S. I'd only be scared of Canadian girls if there was blood on that axe.

Mar 27, 2012, 2:56pm Top

>140 Ape: Dude, I look nothing like that. Brunette, curly hair, glasses, and absolutely no one would ever trust me with an axe. Ever.

>141 saraslibrary: How about I just sit here and enjoy my socialist health care and the fact that most countries don't hate me, while you continue with your mocking? :P

Mar 27, 2012, 3:04pm Top

Sara: She has a face? *Looks again* Oh! Right, I didn't notice. I was kind of distracted by the shirtlessness...and the, y'know, giant friggin' axe.

Micky: I knew all of that, but it doesn't matter, that's how you look in my mind now! If it makes you feel any better, Sara won't post a picture either and my mental image of her is MUCH worse.

Mar 27, 2012, 5:57pm Top

#142: Mock, mock. Funny accents. Mock, mock. And mock. Ok, I'm done.

And you do have a good point about the health care and international popularity. I even read somewhere that U.S. citizens should claim to be Canadians when abroad (unless they're in Canada obviously). But I don't have money to go anywhere, so I'm safe. :)

#143: Yeah, and she has two hands, except I can't see where her other one is....

LMAO @ my mental image of her is MUCH worse. If you say I'm only wearing blood, gore, and socks, then you're 2/3 correct. I'll let you figure out the 2/3 part. :)

Mar 27, 2012, 7:09pm Top

Hmmm, weird, I was picturing you in just the socks. In my defense, that's all I can see in the profile picture. I'm sure you wear more clothes than that...right? ...right!?

Mar 27, 2012, 7:24pm Top

No, I only wear socks at work. (eye roll) But you can see my jeans in the pic, so I guess I burst your bubble there. Unless I was wearing jean leg warmers to throw you off. You'll just never know. I may work for the first-ever nudist library.

Edited: Mar 27, 2012, 7:40pm Top

Ewww, so much nudity should never be around so many precious books, they could be contaminated...

Edited: Mar 27, 2012, 7:49pm Top

These guys don't seem bothered by it:

I'm not sure what the books have to say about it, though....

Mar 28, 2012, 6:03am Top

Those poor books!! :(

Mar 28, 2012, 2:13pm Top

>144 saraslibrary: Glad you got that out of your system. ;)

If protestors, prisons, hospitals, and law firms can all have libraries, I'm sure nudist colonies do too. It's nice thing about books. They never discriminate however odd you are. :)

Mar 28, 2012, 5:23pm Top

#149: Oh sure. Take the side of the books. Never mind that those poor nudists probably get nasty papercuts on their unmentionables.

#150: Nope, not out of my system. It's a new day, so I'm full of (don't say it) Canadian-mocking again. ;)

They never discriminate however odd you are. -- Even if you're Canadian (like Dictionary of Canadianisms: How to Speak Canadian, Eh). :P (runs for cover)

Mar 28, 2012, 7:31pm Top

I am so not clicking that link in post 151, how horrible sounding! Oh, and the top link sounds unappealing too.


Mar 28, 2012, 7:52pm Top

The Canadian Dictionary just links to a book, silly. And the nasty papercut one isn't as offensive as it sounds. I dare you to click them.

Mar 28, 2012, 10:44pm Top

Meh, I'm proud of my Canadianisms. After the British, we speak the best English. ;)

>152 Ape: I gave Sara permission to mock Canadians. You sir, have no such license. *glares over glasses*

Mar 29, 2012, 6:47am Top

Sara: Okay I clicked and... ...errr, okay...very odd. That looks quite precarious! Sheesh, as if men didn't have enough pressure already to maintain an erection already... =P

Micky: Wow, Canadians have the power to issue licenses to Americans now? Now I am getting scared. Quick, Sara, activate the booby traps!

Mar 29, 2012, 1:58pm Top

>155 Ape: I come from a land of beavers, moose, and Stephen Harper. You really think an American booby trap is going to scare me? ;P

Mar 29, 2012, 2:01pm Top

It's not supposed to scare you, it's supposed to surprise you. :)

Mar 29, 2012, 2:13pm Top

I am a ninja, nothing surprises me. :P

Mar 29, 2012, 2:19pm Top

*Hugs Micky*

Mar 29, 2012, 4:03pm Top

*faints in shock*

Mar 29, 2012, 5:09pm Top

So, were you surprised?

Mar 29, 2012, 8:49pm Top

#154: I don't know about that. We'll have to rock-paper-scissor that one with Britain.

#155: Who says it's even his penis holding the book up? Sheesh. You are a perv.

The fact that anyone would license me is scary. And did you just tell me to activate my booby traps? Double sheesh.

lol @ 156. Land of beavers? Ok, you said it, I didn't!

#161: That or you need to let go of the windpipe sooner.

Mar 30, 2012, 6:08am Top

Unless he has powers of levitation, I'm pretty certain it is his penis. I'm also not sure if erections don't already fall under the category of 'powers of levitation.'

Wow, don't quote that first sentence, people would think I'm weird. :P

Edited: Mar 30, 2012, 5:02pm Top

>161 Ape: I fainted. What do you think that means?

>162 saraslibrary: You hopped in the gutter all by yourself. :P

Mar 30, 2012, 8:16pm Top

I fainted. What do you think that means?

That you're not really a ninja. :)

Mar 30, 2012, 10:56pm Top

Oh, I'm an information ninja. My work name tag says so. :)

Mar 31, 2012, 1:19am Top

#163: People already think you're weird, so feel free to talk about levitating penises all you want. Just the thought of levitating body parts kinda freaks me out. (images all these dead men laying about from blood loss while their penises float around aimlessly)

#164: (splashes around in the puddles) Yay, gutter water! Made all by myself.

#166: And this here t-shirt says you are, too. (It's ok to click, I swear.) And this is how Stephen imagines you, though probably with less clothes.... Don't blame me! Stephen's the man here.

Mar 31, 2012, 8:48am Top

Micky: Information ninjas aren't immune to booby traps, I don't think.

Sara: If the library ninja had less clothes then she wouldn't be a library ninja, and the amount of clothing is fine by me. Y'know, because if she had less clothes she would be way more intimidating. :P

Edited: Mar 31, 2012, 4:34pm Top

I beg to differ. The amount of clothes doesn't matter, as seen HERE and HERE. And here's a ninja page that's Micky-friendly. :) It even has a Canadian/Mo dig, eh.

ETA: Oh oh! Found another dirty one. You've got to be terrified by now, Stephen, right? ;)

Mar 31, 2012, 6:42pm Top

Sexy ninjas are the stuff of my nightmares, I think.

I find sexy fantasy-inspired ladies to be so...ummm, awkward. I played a game called Icewind Dale once, a role-playing game where you could implement your own character images into the game, and browsing the sites that hosted pictures of all the scantily-clad and well-endowed warrior elf chicks was so uncomfortable. Like this one.

Mar 31, 2012, 11:12pm Top

I think only guys play that game, because the women are extremely hot and scantily-clad (like you said), and the men, well, are not. The only scary element I could find about the women is the weapons they had. Now those were intimidating.

Apr 1, 2012, 12:05am Top

Book #33

Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender & Doug Chernack
Tags: nonfiction, humor, animals, dogs, cats, birds, snakes, guinea pigs, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, falcons, rats, goats, hedgehogs, skunks, monkeys, family life, photography, series, awkward family photos, checked out from work
Rating: 5/5
Notes: Some photos had me laughing out loud (eg, the cover photo, the seemingly-naked man holding his dog, the little girl eating dog food on the floor with the dog (who hasn't?), while some had me confused why they were even in the book. It's been too many years since I read Awkward Family Photos to remember my overall opinion, but this one just felt funnier than the other one, probably because I find animals much funnier than children. (Note to LT's "Will you like it?" indicator: stop saying I won't like anything! Do you really want me to stop reading altogether? Phbbt.)

Apr 1, 2012, 7:29am Top

There are some scantily-clad guys, the first page of human males has a monstrous conan-like barbarian that could probably use a bra with the size of his pecks, the topless '45-year-old 80's hair metal' dude, and the fellow with the gold armor, fake tan, and excessive abs. But you are right, just about EVERY female portrait has breasts or legs or...something.

Apr 1, 2012, 9:33am Top

Most of those guys are weird looking and I wouldn't want to stare at them too much--just a little out of "what the hell?!?" curiosity. More should look like the demon dude under miscellaneous.

Apr 1, 2012, 11:30am Top

>167 saraslibrary: I much prefer that one to the Canadian woman with the axe, I have to say.

>168 Ape: But you'd need an information ninja to actually answer that question. And we're not likely to give our weaknesses away. ;)

>172 saraslibrary: Awkward photos are always awesome. I think my favourites are the photo bombing ones. :)

Edited: Apr 3, 2012, 11:53pm Top

#173: EVERY female portrait has breasts or legs or...something. -- They're called vaginas, Stephen. Va-gi-nas. :P

I'm still not crazy about any of the guys. This human guy might be ok, 'cause I'd just imagine he looks like a different guy every day. And this one's kind of cute in a gay sort of way (no guy that looks that good is ever straight).

#174: Ditto. I'm not knocking the drawing quality (I can barely draw a stick figure), but the guys are just meh. I'm not into girls, but they're waaay hotter on that site. Btw, which demon dude? Gay demon dude (the one I linked to above)? Or one of the other beasties?

#175: But how would you pee??

Omg, and thank you for letting me know about photo bombing! I'd never seen the site before, but I skipped over and found the bestest photo ever. Stephen's gonna punch me and lock me in his basement, but what the hey. It's so worth it.

Apr 2, 2012, 9:02pm Top

Yep, gay looking one. There's always the chance that he swings both ways. . . . if we're lucky, lol.

Apr 2, 2012, 9:25pm Top

:D That's true.

Apr 3, 2012, 6:31am Top

176: That first human guy seems a bit too...pointy. He could poke your eye out, among other things! The 2nd guy is totally definitely gay, but he's possessed by a demon it would seem and maybe it'll make him do things he doesn't want to do against his will. Like touch a vagina. There's still hope for you!

I thought the picture was funny when I first saw it because I thought the person in the photo made it. Then I looked up what photo bombing is. Very uncool, but we don't exactly live in the golden age of respect and courtesy, now do we?

Apr 3, 2012, 2:14pm Top

>176 saraslibrary: You're welcome.

>179 Ape: They're not all like that. My friends submitted one where they were taking a picture of themselves when the Olympic torch came through town, and there's a guy in the background in a massive fur hat doing creepy eyes over a small barrier wall. It's hysterical. That's more of what I think of with photo-bombing. :)

Apr 4, 2012, 12:04am Top

#179: Pointy. Gay. No guy's perfect. :P And no demon in the underworld could make that guy touch a woman. I just can't see that happening. I bet he didn't even like breast-feeding when he was a baby.

Idk whether or not the guy made the flier or not, but it's freakin' hilarious. And kind of like Micky said, some people have no problem making fun of themselves, so maybe he posted it. Or not. Either way, he gets a karmic pat on the head for making me laugh (even though my coworker thinks I'm crazier than a loon now).

#180: Hmm. Stephen, do you own a fur hat?

Apr 4, 2012, 1:44am Top

CD #21

20 Classical Favorites by Various Artists
Tags: classical, compilation, checked out from work, cd
Rating: 5/5
Notes: I find a lot of classical music slow and boring, but the majority of songs on here are energetic and memorble. Definitely recommended to classical fans, as well as to those who're just dipping their toes into the classical pool.

Apr 4, 2012, 6:39am Top

Definitely not a hat guy, although I did have sombrero when I was a kid. Unfortunately it was comically huge and thus unwearable in public.

Apr 4, 2012, 2:07pm Top

>182 saraslibrary: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture is on there I'm assuming. Any classical music with cannons is awesome. :)

>183 Ape: I love hats. They're so amazing. And they help so much on the crazy curly hair days.

Apr 4, 2012, 7:53pm Top

I'll probably be bald by the time I'm 35 so I'm sure hats will be in my future. :P

Edited: Apr 5, 2012, 12:24am Top

#183: Actually, that sounds like the perfect hat to go photo-bombing in! Now comes the tricky part--getting close enough to strangers to ruin their pictures. :o Or you could just moon from afar.

#184: I don't remember if that one's on there (I've already dumped it in my Take Back to Work pile); lemme check.... Nope. Odd, huh? The CD has a couple songs by him, but not that one. :( Compilations are weird like that. Who decides which songs make it on and which ones don't? (shrugs)

#185: Ditto. No, wait, that's like in 2 years for me. Make that 53 then.

Apr 5, 2012, 2:10pm Top

>186 saraslibrary: That is odd. I love classical music and that's definitely one of my favourite pieces. They do Symphony Under the Sky here every year on the September long weekend and they play the 1812 Overture every year with the local regiment coming in to set off the big guns for the cannon part. One of these years, I will go and see it. :)

Lots and lots of hair on my head. :P

Apr 5, 2012, 2:47pm Top

I've always had super-thick hair and there is no baldness in my family that I know of (not that men in my family ever live that long, really) but my crown is ginormous and things are definitely thinning a bit in the front. I blame the anxiety and constant self-induced stress.

Apr 6, 2012, 1:43am Top

#187: Ah, who doesn't like a little gunfire with their concerts? ;)

(gets out her tweezers and plucks a fistful of Micky hair) Plenty to go around! (tosses half at Stephen)

#188: Blame your mom. I think it's the female gene that passes on baldness.

Apr 6, 2012, 6:05am Top

Yay, something else I can blame her for!

Apr 7, 2012, 9:34pm Top

Yes! Baldness is a gene passed on through X chromosomes. I'll include a crashcourse video for Sara because it's awesome and they just did heredity last week. And I'll give the hamster running Stephen's internet a sympathetic pet because the poor thing just can't handle it.

Apr 8, 2012, 2:14pm Top

Hehe, I believe Sara has dial-up too, or something equally as slow, but she can watch things at work. No fair.

It sure has been quiet around here...

Apr 8, 2012, 5:03pm Top

Library is probably closed over the long weekend. So Sara must be sleeping/binging on Easter candy. :)

Apr 8, 2012, 6:41pm Top

But...but it's EASTER! :(

I was going to post this but it might not exactly be appropriate, even if it is a cute wittle rabbit.

Apr 8, 2012, 9:06pm Top

#190: Yep, that's why moms were invented. ;)

#191: You can pet my poor hamster, too, because I can't view it either. :( And by hamster, I do mean hamster, not Stephen's version of cute little furry things (*ahem* mss 194).

#192: Yep, I have dial-up, too. And if it makes you feel any better, I can't watch porn at work. The humanity! :*(

And the quietness is your fault. :P Actually, I've been traveling back and forth from some crappy little town in Washington to Seattle the past couple days. One of my dogs has some health issues (collapsed trachea, 1 lung barely working, etc), so she got to see a specialist.

#193: Oh, don't get me started on the library being closed on Sunday (we get paid time and a half to work Sundays, which I love; but for some cheap reason, they decided to close us on Sunday). Not that you asked. Sorry. :)

Sleeping: yes. Bingeing: no. I don't think they make vegan Easter candy. Everything has gelatin or milk in it. And tons of sugar. I get a headache just thinking of all that running I'd have to do to burn off one chocolate rabbit.

#194: LMAO! I don't know where to start. That's just all wrong. XD But I can vouch for the linked picture--rabbits are total pervs.

Apr 9, 2012, 12:21pm Top

The library I work at was closed Friday, Sunday, and today but they were open on Saturday. It was a little weird. But since I'm an M-F employee, I'm not complaining because I get a four day weekend. :D

As for you not eating Easter candy... more for me!!!

Apr 9, 2012, 5:35pm Top

That is a weird schedule, but hooray for 4-day weekends! :) And in case you didn't know, candy rots your brain. Oh, and teeth. ;)

Apr 9, 2012, 6:10pm Top

Meh. I'll take the trade-off. Besides, I'm not actually consuming any Easter candy as I started coming down with a cold today. Blech.

Apr 9, 2012, 9:20pm Top

That sucks! :( Well, I hope you get to feeling better soon. Take your vitamins, and don't forget...

I'm not gonna ask what kind of liquid is in that cup. o.o

Apr 10, 2012, 6:50am Top

His facial expression creeps me out. o.O

Apr 10, 2012, 4:11pm Top

> 195: One of my dogs has some health issues (collapsed trachea, 1 lung barely working, etc), so she got to see a specialist.
Oh I am sorry Sara, how is she doing now?

Apr 10, 2012, 7:49pm Top

#200: Well, the mysterious liquid isn't for you, silly. :P But yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if he slipped some date rape drug in it.

#201: She's doing about the same as she always has, which is a good thing. She looooves to eat (keeping her at 8 lbs is surprisingly hard, since she can't exercise a lot), she's pretty alert (though she is 10 years old and her eyesight's not the best), and loves to follow me around everywhere. :) Right now we're just waiting for her lab results (they scoped and lavaged her lungs, as well as measured her for a stint, though we probably won't continue with that). I was pretty shocked at how serious her health conditions are (her daily Rx's are increasing every couple of months). Our vet had thought her coughing and difficulty breathing was due to kennel cough (which it wasn't), so I'm glad we went ahead and saw the specialist (though I could've bought a new car for the amount we've spent! ::gulp::). I'm just keeping my fingers crossed until next week. I don't want it to be cancer or anything serious.

Apr 10, 2012, 9:56pm Top

Sorry to hear about your pup's health woes. Hopefully it's not too serious.

>200 Ape: Um, Stephen, his face is not the focus of that picture. ;) (although I do agree with you that the smirk is a bit odd)

>199 saraslibrary: I appreciate that! :D I stayed home from work today to baby myself and I'm feeling quite a bit better, although I've started developing a cough, which tends to freak other people out because while I'm pretty little my coughs are not. I've had people think I'm choking or having an asthma attack. Yay for special lungs?

Apr 11, 2012, 2:10am Top

Yes, hoorah for sounding like you're choking to death! ;) Sounds like fun. No, really, I'm glad you were able to stay home. Rest is probably the best thing for you.

And thanks re: Princess's health. I'm hoping it's not too serious, too. And even if it is, I'm ready to deal with it.

Apr 11, 2012, 2:36am Top

Book #34

Sweet Valley Kids #25: Left-Out Elizabeth by Francine Pascal
Tags: fiction, juvenile, series, sweet valley kids, skiing, california
Rating: 5/5

Apr 11, 2012, 6:31am Top

Um, Stephen, his face is not the focus of that picture. ;)

Oh...well, his torso is pretty freaky too! I mean, what's with the huge dent under his breast? Do his top abs have a gravitational pull or something? And then right below that his abdomen explodes outward, and it's kind of crooked...like he swallowed a giant egg-shaped beach ball or something. o.O

I'm glad you got a second opinion on pooch's predicament. Surprisingly, not even doctors and vets are infallible! (That was sarcasm...) I hope you get good news when the results of the tests come in.

Apr 11, 2012, 11:17am Top

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your dog - hoping for the best!

And, yeah, the guy in 199 creeps me out too, Stephen. What *is* going on with that dent?!

Apr 11, 2012, 2:28pm Top

>204 saraslibrary: It was super nice. Plus things are starting to wind down with my contract, so taking a day off is fine by me. :)

>205 saraslibrary: I never read these ones. I was all about SVH when I read Francine Pascal.

>206 Ape: It could either be the angle at which he's leaning or the picture is photoshopped. *shrug*

Apr 11, 2012, 3:32pm Top

Ah, well, between the freakishly disfigured torso and the "I'm going to rape and murder you" facial expression I'm really very confused about what about the picture is supposed to be sexy. Just general male toplessness? :)

Apr 11, 2012, 9:54pm Top

Basically. Don't think guys are the only ones who enjoy seeing the opposite sex topless. ;)

Apr 12, 2012, 1:34am Top

#206: Maybe it's the lighting and the pose. I'm not sure. (stares at the photo for a few more minutes...) Yep, mm-hmm, he's half-naked. Oh, wait, you were saying something about an egg in his stomach, weren't you? Let me stare some more.... :P

Me too (re: getting a second opinion on "pooch's" predicament--I am so gonna sic her on you for calling her a pooch). Oh, and thanks! :) I'm still waiting, which is almost worse than the news itself.

#207: Thank you! :) I've got my fingers crossed, too. Not that it'll help, but you know what I mean.

Maybe it's a bad lipo job? Or maybe he's got a tumor. Hmm. That would mean we'd all have to make sure his last days alive are memorable--including you Stephen! :P

#208: Oh, that's right. When is your last day at work?

I think I maybe read one or two SVK books when I was in elementary school (I've read more of them now as an adult than I ever did as a kid), but I was mainly into SVT. SVH was too old for me, I guess. Besides, SVT was what all my girl friends were reading. We'd buy alternating numbers, so we could read most of the series without paying a fortune doing it. (Correction: so our parents didn't have to pay a fortune. ;)

You're probably right about the angle or being photoshopped. Oh! Which reminds me of this funny site featuring photoshopped boo-boos. I'll have to look for it.

LMAO @ #209: "I'm going to rape and murder you" facial expression. I think you forgot to add another raping after murder. Serial killers tend to enjoy a second and third--and more!--helping of necrophilia. I guess it's an acquired taste.

And yes, I think it's the half-nakedness that most straight women and gay men like. I couldn't tell you exactly what it is that makes him attractive overall, but he just is. End of story. :P* I'll google a topless chick to make it fair. Is that ok?

#210: Exactly! But unfortunately for us, we don't get an entire restaurant chain like Hooters to oggle half-naked waiters while we eat. The injustice. :( BUT a lot of guys walk around topless during the summer, so it all evens out. :)

Apr 12, 2012, 3:04am Top

Sheesh. Never have me go look for dirty pictures. I get massively sidetracked.

Micky: I couldn't find the funny photoshop site I found at work earlier today, but I found THIS SITE ... which, on second thought, you may not want to click on. Oops, sorry. But Stephen, click away, you hairy-palmed ape-man, you! And then wait an eternity, because it's photo-heavy. If you're patient, I'm sure there's a boob or three, as I had promised you (in mss 211).

Apr 12, 2012, 6:36am Top

210: Hehe, no, I definitely agree. I would just like to point out that whenever I express interest in a scantily-clad lady somebody has a tendency to roll their eyes at me and think me juvenile. So unfair. :(

211: You mean all I have to do to make my days more 'memorable' is get a tumor? Why didn't anyone tell me this before...???

212: Yeah, not loading. I got down to 'sexier knees' before my browser froze.

Apr 12, 2012, 8:54am Top

#212 Sometimes we look at those types of ads for class. . . . marketing definitely has its interesting days. Did you notice how they weren't from the US? People here are too uptight. They get super worked up over this (sorry, best quality I could find)
*le sigh

Apr 12, 2012, 2:57pm Top

>211 saraslibrary: My last day for my contract is May 4. O_o And because I haven't managed to snag another job yet, it's looking like I may have another life vacation ahead of me. :S

>213 Ape: Yes, but I believe you also roll your eyes at Sara and I when we ogle half-naked men. Fair turnaround. :P

Edited: Apr 12, 2012, 3:08pm Top

Ah, but I roll my eyes at all genders equally. :P

Apr 12, 2012, 3:09pm Top

*shakes head at Stephen*

Apr 13, 2012, 10:22pm Top

#213: Nope, I meant you'd have to be extra nice to him. Maybe give him a sponge bath or two, do his nails, massage his front, that sort of thing. :P

Don't worry about the rest of the pics. It's basically sex, sex, maybe sex, and definitely sex.

#214: Actually, I hadn't noticed they weren't from the U.S. (goes to show how much I read when there's flesh on the screen), but I'm not surprised. Like you said, we are pretty uptight. I'll check out the YouTube link tomorrow when I'm at work. My computer's pretty slow.

#215: May 4's not too bad. It would be hard to find a job in that short of time (that you would publicly admit to having at least), but still, good luck! It is possible.

#216: Wait, that's so not fair. I don't roll my eyes at you when you oggle women, so why do you get to roll your eyes at me? (hands on hips)

Apr 14, 2012, 7:43am Top

Micky: *Nods*

Sara, Wait, that's so not fair. I don't roll my eyes at you when you oggle women, so why do you get to roll your eyes at me? (hands on hips)

Because I'm a mean judgemental bastard? :D Actually, I think I was lying anyway, I roll my eyes at men MUCH more often...although I think because they seem to give me more opportunities to do so. Women defintiely aren't immune though! :P

Apr 14, 2012, 4:45pm Top

LMAO @ 214! I finally got around to watching that YouTube ad. That's hilarious! I'm trying to figure out who the guy is who says, "Bob Johnson?" He was on some sitcom, wasn't he?

#219: Mean judgemental bastard--well, you said it, I didn't. :P

Apr 14, 2012, 4:50pm Top

That guy showed up in a bunch of shows and movies in the 90s. . . but I can't think of his name, or a specific example. Brain no function today.

Apr 14, 2012, 8:24pm Top

>218 saraslibrary: Thanks for the luck wishing. Librarian job boards have been pretty quiet lately and with a new crop of fresh graduates showing up competition is stiff. We'll see how it goes. *shrug*

>219 Ape: Why am I getting a nod? I'm so confused.

Apr 14, 2012, 11:11pm Top

#221: I'm glad I'm not the only one having a brain fart today. It's gonna bug me forever, too. If I dream about him tonight, it's so your fault. ;)

#222: You're welcome. I do know how hard it is to get a job in a library. Been there. As for competition, I remember one of the reference librarians I used to work with mentioning how he planned on killing all his competitors so he'd be assured a spot in the branch he wanted. Not that I'm suggesting that, murder being illegal and all. But it's never too lateto start digging trenches for, um, some really big flowers. ;)

Pssst. I think he's messing with your head. Actually, I think it's because you were shaking your head at him, so he did the opposite. But then, this is Stephen we're talking about, so who knows. He should be caged and studied, I think, until we know for sure how his brain works.

Apr 15, 2012, 7:08am Top

I'm afraid to know how my brain works...

Apr 15, 2012, 2:40pm Top

>223 saraslibrary: Ah yes, because librarians don't retire, they die. ;) Not quite true, but it feels like that some days. I think I'll skip digging trenches. Not a big fan of dirt.

>224 Ape: We all are, Stephen.

Apr 16, 2012, 8:24am Top

#225 And don't forget, they are evil too!
Reference: Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians - Brandon Sanderson

Apr 16, 2012, 10:43pm Top

>226 PiyushC: Oh man, I love those books. However, they did reveal my supervillain alter-ego... ;)

Apr 20, 2012, 1:32am Top

#224: I'll bet I can guess. 90% of your brain revolves around sex, while the other 10% revolves around sports and/or food. Am I right? :P (runs for cover)

#225: Not a big fan of dirt? Hmm. You might not like the blood part of it then. Forget I mentioned eliminating the competition.

#226: I've wanted to read that series, but I've never gotten around to it--like most books I own or want to own. (adds to mental wishlist)

#227: Yay! Do you get to wear a cape and see-through leotard?

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