Yesterday Patrick and I stayed downtown to continue making Carmageddon such a huge success, and also because that is generally what we do every weekend. We visited The Last Bookstore where I picked up some awesome $1 finds, like the Roald Dahl pictured here,

hardcover copy of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim sans dust jacket (that’s how I prefer them)

A Clockwork Orange (that should be a fun read).

hardcover copy of Pattern Recognition which completes my Bigend Trilogy set.

I decided to start with the Dahl today because I have still never read anything by Roald Dahl so I should probably start now.

Also, Robopocalypse was good, despite my skepticism about the choice of title and author’s portrait on the back cover.



I finished Bossypants today. As you can tell its an incredibly quick read, or maybe I just love Tina Fey so much that I couldn’t read slower. I’m actually a very slow reader so it probably is a quick read for most of the population over 9 years old.

Unlike Simon Pegg’s memoir, Fey’s spanned a lot more of her life beyond childhood. Though both had some “nerdy” drama/theater experience in their childhoods and early teens but mostly the story telling was pretty different. I did have the same thoughts while reading both books though, how do they remember all this stuff? Or rather, how do they remember all these stories from childhood that had a point or purpose? My stories are usually amusing only to me. I guess it’s good that I am not trying to write a book. But not so good for you, the reader of this blog. Suckaaah!



Finished another book today, Philip K. Dick’s “Ubik” and I really liked it. I should probably read more books by… him.

Speaking of books, I was halfway through A New Earth when I lost it so I guess I have to get it from the library to finish the last half and that will be the 20th book. Patrick has brought it to my attention that the last two times I was on a plane, I lost a book. At least this one didn’t cost $50 to replace.

Also, I bought the ebook of Bossypants (by Tina Fey of course) so that will hopefully be book #21. So close now, you guys!



In the immortal words of The Waitresses, “Now the calendar is just one page and, of course, I am excited.” I thought I’d take this time now to review what I’ve accomplished so far toward the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

Resolutions Progress Report

365 Project: I will post one thing a day to this Tumblr from my life for a whole year.

24 Books New Years Resolution: I will read 24 books before the end of the year. Graphic novels and comics will not count as books but audiobooks will.

1. Zero History – William Gibson
2. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain

3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
4. Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby

5. The Commitment – Dan Savage
5-1/2. Scenes From an Impending Marriage – Adrian Tomine
6. Born Standing Up – Steve Martin
7. Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen

8. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex - Mary Roach

9. Spook: - Mary Roach

10. Boneshaker - Cherie Priest
11. I’m A Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away - Bill Bryson

12. Robopocalypse - Daniel H. Wilson
13. The Umbrella Man and Other Stories - Roald Dahl

14. Nerd Do Well - Simon Pegg
15. Immovable Feast: A Paris Christmas - John Baxter

16. The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution And The Battle Over American History - Jill Lepore
17. Stranger Than Fiction - Chuck Palahniuk

18. Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
19. Ubik - Phillip K. Dick

20. Bossypants - Tina Fey
21. A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle

22. Wicked - in process
23. Woman Warrior - in process (audio)
24. World War Z - To Be Read

My 12 Items Resolution: I will only allow myself to buy one item per month that contributes to my wardrobe. This includes purses and shoes but excludes socks and underwear.

1. Gary Graham Dress
2. Matt & Nat Hobo
3. AllSaints Pious Tee Dress
4. straw hat
5. Theory Maxi Dress
6. Nike Basic Black Racerback Tank
7. AllSaints Cerulean Cardigan
8. White Sweatshirt with Buttons from Forever 21
9. Mustard colored knit cardigan from Anthropologie
10. Bespoke Scarf
11. Nau Out-Skirt
12. Mary Meyer Maxi Dress

and the resolution breaker:
13. Grey John Varvatos for Converse slip-on Chuck Taylors

As you can see I am a little behind on my 24 Books resolution, gone a little over my 12 Items resolution and I think I might actually be missing a day from this blog if my math is right, though I have no idea where that could have gone.

I’m quite satisfied with how this project turned out, so much so that I may continue to make new years resolutions just to see what I can do. I never would have read even 10 books this year if I hadn’t given myself the goal. I probably would have bought a lot more clothes, shoes, bags, and scarves this year if I didn’t have to think each purchase through carefully. I would have spent much more money and saved a lot less as well.

And if I didn’t look for things in my life every day to post to this blog I wouldn’t have memories like this, this, this, or this to look back on.



Yessss… finished The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History today. I learned a little about the American Revolution and more about the beginnings of America. I learned that the true meaning of the Tea Party is just to stop taxing the citizens of the country. Which, I admit, is not what I thought the movement stood for and on one hand I think it would be nice to not pay so many taxes (and we do, there are a lot) but I more strongly believe in the public goods and services that those taxes are supposed to pay for (though I’m sure there’s probably a lot that I would not want my tax money to support). I learned there are a lot of people who are more radical (and racist) who are the ones that I’ve seen and have used to base my opinions about the Tea Party.

I learned that just like the Tea Party affiliation and the Bible, people twist and turn the American Revolution and their interpretation of what our founding fathers meant to support their own arguments. It’s hard to know what exactly our founding fathers would want for America now because 1. They’re dead so we can’t ask them and 2. This America (and the world) is so different from theirs that maybe they would have written a totally different Constitution or more specific one.

So there, I learned, I expanded my mind. Now to find some good old science fiction.


A 24 Books update.

So far this month I’ve started three books:
Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”
Jill Lepore’s “The Whites of Their Eyes” about the American Revolution and the new Tea Party movement
And I just started Chuck Palaniuk’s “Stranger Than Fiction” because I couldn’t really get into either of the above books!

I last read “Immovable Feast” by John Baxter which I just found and borrowed from the stacks at the library. After finishing it I promptly lost it in a Virgin America cargo hold. Now I owe the library money, and you never want to owe the LAPL. Just kidding, I’m sure they’ll be dears about it.

Anyway, back to Stranger Than Fiction, let me tell you something, the book is nothing like the movie. If you’ve ever read the book and seen the movie then you can imagine my surprise whenI read the first chapter. It was like finding Cap n Crunch with Crunchberries in your box of Honey Bunches of Oats (the honey roasted kind), not what you were expecting but still good in its way. (I used to love eating Cap n Crunch when I was a kid but I stopped because I realized I wasn’t a masochist. Why would they make a children’s cereal so painful?!)

Hopefully I’ll be able to finish this one and then go back to reading about history, politics, and personal growth and awareness. Palahniuk always seems like an easy read, well, “easy” if you’re okay with loneliness, desperation, greed, coercion and the occasional murder. I am.

Meanwhile, I’ve been buying used books like there’s no tomorrow. I have a large stack of reading material to last me into the new year, which is still over three months away. I’ve been trying to find a “previously owned” copy of World War Z that I can buy or borrow, know of one?


Okay I know I’m not even done with my current book and still need to finish another I started, I know I wasn’t even supposed to be looking for another book, but with a title and cover like “Robopocalypse” how could I not take this home?!


Just finished David Sedaris’ “When you Are Engulfed in Flames” and tonight I am starting Nick Hornby’s “Juliet, Naked” for my 24 Books resolution.

Amusingly that book took the longest to finish of the three books I’ve read so far, but was probably the easiest read. My first Sedaris, it was pretty fun.

On the other hand, I didn’t think much of Hornby’s “Long Way Down” but I’ve pretty much loved all the movies adapted from Hornby books. Let’s see how this one goes.

february 17,2011