Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

1. Every August 1 since 1994, I think and now it's August and everything after. Thanks Adam Duritz and fellow crows.
2. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. To celebrate (and in an effort to kick Summer Steph to the curb), this weekend I'm working through my utility room and basement. I have a bunch of shit that's been sitting down in my library room (originally intended to be a place of serenity to read, it is now a dumping ground of cardboard boxes to be recycled, mummer regalia, and real estate signage) since the beginning of summer waiting to be spirited away to Goodwill. I am also waiting anxiously for the day my brother Stephen takes more shit from the basement for his new man cave that's being built.

3. Last week I mentioned intentionally doing something good on Tuesdays because I hate them. I have now named this my Give Tuesday a Purpose Program. Last week it was a visit to The Clay Studio. This week my friend Tara and I lunched at Pizzeria Vetri on Tuesday. It was on point. We got the Crudo and the Renato and we both preferred the Renato. The pizza was light and the crust was excellent. They jam you right in there next to your neighbors but we just carried on talking among ourselves.
4. So, similar to how there can only be one type of hero, we are now only capable of caring about one thing at a time? And if we care about an animal being killed we are assholes who don't care about human beings losing their lives? Come on, people. You can care about more than one cause at a time. If you post about one thing on social media and not another, it doesn't mean you are a godless asshole who cares about the wrong things. Instead of spending your time making people feel small, go do something productive. Acting like your concerns are  superior doesn't actually help your cause. Like it or not, we're all in this together. So maybe spend your time finding a way that will help right what you perceive to be wrong instead of lecturing people who care about shit that means less, in your opinion. Put your money where your mouth is and worry about your own self and what you care about.

5. MFD got his wisdom teeth out Monday. I was all prepared to wing a Weinerwhistles and Wisdom Teeth on Wednesday post, but it was unnecessary. Given that the man wraps himself in a robe and lays in bed like Cameron in Ferris Bueller when he has a cold, I am really surprised at how not weinerwhistle-ish he's been in the interim even though he only took pain pills the first night and made do with mega ibuprofens since. I did a fair amount of nurse and house bitch stuff on Monday night, never sitting down until after 11 and getting up a few times to give ibuprofen and antibiotics, but thankfully that was the only day. We all know (or should be able to surmise) that being a kind, nurturing care giver is not really the strongest spoke in my wheel.

6. You guys, something miraculous has happened. I've finally found knee high boots that fit my fat ass calves. I've even blogged about how I try a bunch on every year and hate them/can't zip them up. After many years, VICTORY. I got the Born Helen boot in tan burnished leather on sale for $159 from $239 during the Nordstrom sale.

7. Just checked the ol' calendar. I'm only working 11.5 days in September. Holler. Vacations are on the horizon.

8. I'm in the middle of reading this monster. It's one of the weirdest books I've read in a long time. Someone recommended it in the last Show Us Your Books linkup.
9. Speaking of, the next Show Us Your Books linkup is this Tuesday, 8/11. Are you ready?

10. Ecard of the week:


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Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff & Things

Stuff, Things, etc.

45 comments:

  1. Holy shit! That pizza looks amazing!! Those boots, I neeeeeed those boots. I have big ass calves myself, and it's winter (boot season!). Going to look at those boots after this comment. I'm almost done with my monster of a book. It shall be discussed in Show Us Your Books.

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  2. i must be in tune with the universe because just last night i decided my desk was way too cluttered and i simplified everything by tossing a bunch of shit into recycling and reorganizing.

    i have that book on hold at the library!

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  3. Very wise on the Tuesday adventures! That pizza looked great. Bravo to Mike Doyle for not being a weinerwhistle and lol on the Cameron-like behavior. Sean likes those Counting Crowes, too. You 2 have many similarities even though you are 17 years apart. Did I spell Crowes correctly!? Amen on the comparing of causes. Amen and get a life. Enjoy this day! Love, Your Momma

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  4. Darn ! I spelled Crowes like Russell.
    I cringe when I hear I seen and where you at!!
    Love, your Momma again

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  5. Yay to finding boots for the calves, I know exactly how you feel! I haven't tried looking in years, partially due to the limited cold in Florida and partially due to disappointment. Loving the Tuesday purpose stories, and that pizza looks delicious! I had no idea you had a library room, but I just found your house post from 2013, so all is right with the world again. Happy Friday Eve!

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  6. The inside of a book e-card makes me laugh every time I see it, because it's just so true.

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  7. I hear you on the calves and boots thing. It's sad. I had some from Old Navy (wide calf) for so long but I had to toss them last year since they were ripped. :( I should probably go ahead and start looking for some now while they might be on sale. :)

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  8. So many things to love about this week's Thursday Thoughts!

    Yay, Counting Crows!

    Thank you for #4! I've been thinking the same thing but couldn't articulate it.

    LMAO at MFD looking like Cameron when he has a cold. I'm glad all went well, but I would have loved that Weinerwhistles and Wisdom Teeth post.

    Hooray for finding boots! Last year I got lucky finding wide calf boots. This year I know I need a new black pair so I should get on that hunt ASAP.

    And in closing, just because I may not have commented on every bullet point doesn't mean I didn't like it. ;)

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  9. The knee high boots are in my wishlist. But I dont seem to find boots that I love and also fit me.

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  10. August and Everything After and The Blue Album were the first two cds I ever bought! Before that it was always tapes. I love Counting Crows so much. I still listen to both albums all the time. That music is timeless.

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  11. #4 is really annoying. "there are more important things happening in the world." UGH. Just because what I'm currently talking about doesn't match up with your ideal crusade does not mean that it's not worthy or I don't care about anything else (in my case it does, I only care about animals and not people, that's true. But that's not true of most people.)
    Those boots are fabulous.
    I'm impressed with MFD's maturity, look at him go. He did better than John did Sunday, and John was only hungover not fresh out of surgery.
    And now I want pizza.

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  12. I try not to champion many causes on social media, no one cares and I'm not changing anyone's mind.

    Is America Elsewhere weird good or weird bad?

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  13. I need to do major cleaning out too. Kicking summer Amy to the curb also might be a good idea. She bad. I want that pizza.

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  14. When people say "I seen" I seriously CRINGE. It's a pretty common occurrence in my hometown and I have to resist correcting people every single time.

    Also- those pizzas...my mouth is watering at 10:30 in the morning!

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  15. YAY for beautiful boots from the Nordstrom sale - congrats girl! And I'm glad MFD is feeling better, and hasn't been all Cameron on you. Men when they're sick.. I tell ya! Ugh..

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  16. that seen ecard gets me every time. hilarious.
    holy mackerel that book is huge!
    had no idea it was simplify your life week. i'll do some simplifying this weekend.
    that pizza looks amazing. congrats on finding boots! i am still looking for a comfortable, affordable pair. life is hard.

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  17. The Cameron comparison is just too good. I'll have to use that one at some point. I'm having good pizza for lunch and you just kicked my need for noon up to an 11. Yay Counting Crows, and Tuesday's link-up, and boots, and that last ecard. Basically your post was full of good things, so thanks for that.

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  18. That pizza looks incredible! I shouldn't have read this so close to to dinner time. Now I'm starving! Those boots look amazing - I have oddly long calves so finding boots to fit is also a total hiding to nothing. When I find a pair that fit I buy them in all colours.... Your September sounds awesome, travels ahoy!

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  19. PREACH! I am so tired of people thinking that their own causes wins the gold medal of all causes.

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  20. I haven't heard of that song! I first heard of Counting Crows when they sang for Shrek "Accidentally in Love." those pizzas look delicious. YES! I agree with that picture so much. I also like "The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." So important to not judge others for what you do not know.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  21. i can't believe it's national simplify your life week. how freaking perfect!! my mouth is watering at the site of that pizza. i think i need those boots. great find!

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  22. Annnnnd now in August I will forever think of the Counting Crows! I had to laugh at the Ferris Bueller reference because Chris is the same way with a cold. I have the exact same issue with boots, nothing wants to fit over my calves and I spend so much trying on boots and getting pissed....so I will have to check those out! They look cute! I am going to go dream about that pizza now and laugh over that ecard!

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  23. I'm so glad you told me this week was a holiday!! Just another reason for me to take another trip to Goodwill and keep up with the purging and decluttering :) And YES to that ecard.... oh my gosh, my MIL says that and I just want to cringe every time.

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  24. The pizza date sounds fun! Hope MFD is feeling better each day and that's good he only used the pain meds on the first day. I think I used them for a full week when I took mine out last year.

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  25. I love the Tuesday program! I hate Tuesdays too, always have thought they were way worse than Mondays. I might have to start participating.
    Re: #4. THANK YOU. I get so, SO sick of people acting like they're morally superior with respect to what's being discussed in the media. Just because I'm upset by the killing of Cecil doesn't mean I don't care about the troups; I donate to Wounded Warrior every year. And just because I had something to say in support of Caitlyn Jenner's transition doesn't mean that's the only thing I was thinking about at the time or that I think cancer is a good thing. JFC, people. All they prove to me is that their minds are so shallow they can only care about one thing at a time—I mean, why shouldn't I assume that if they assume it about others?

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  26. Those are some stellar boots my friend!

    And what's with most, if not all, men that when they're sick, they revert back to infancy and it's like the world must stop on its axis, ______ is sick. When we are sick, forget it!!

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  27. I always prep the Books post last minute because I'm trying to squeeze in one more book ;). I hope to finish You by then!
    Those are cute boots! A few years ago, I found a pair that fit my wide calves and angels sang! Though, they do bunch at the ankle and I only wear them with opaque tights because jeans don't fit underneath them. #widecalfproblems

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  28. August also means my birthday month, just sayin'! Those pizzas look amazing! Those boots are gorgeous, boots are always so hard to find. Glad MFD kept the whining to a minimum for his sake! ;)

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  29. There were so many posts on my Facebook feed about people criticizing people for getting upset over the line. I commented on none because I don't feed the trolls of the world I just like to ignore them but at the same time I'm infuriated that they can even compare the two and they think I'm stupid enough that I cannot care about multiple things at once. It's really insulting that people think I'm on capable of caring about many different world matters. OK I'm hopping off my soapbox. The pizza looks amazing Yum!

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  30. I like your Tuesday idea! My Mondays suck at work, not because it is even Monday, but b/c the office I travel to is full of horrible people, lol. Maybe I should make Mondays purposeful? Um, I have never been able find boots that fit over my calves, so I a quite excited for you!

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  31. That is one of my favorite ecards of all time. Actually, it might be my favorite. I remember pinning it at one point.

    Yeah, I'm also not the most nurturing individual. At least you only had to take on that role for a day or so :)

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  32. That Counting Crows album is one of my favorite albums of all time. (That's saying a lot because I really love music.)

    #4 is exactly why I've pretty much been avoiding Facebook these days. I can't handle that bullshit.

    I bought a new pair of boots last year and already feel like I need a new pair because I wore the shit out of them. They were amazing and comfortable and fit perfectly. It's insane how difficult it is to find a great pair of boots, especially if you need a "wide calf" option (and I do).

    Your September sounds like my November last year. Between my vacation and the 2 days we get for the Thanksgiving holiday, I only worked 8 days. It was glorious. Enjoy your time off!

    I'm a sucker for weird books, so I'll be looking forward to your review! I've been steadily updating my book post. I used to wait until the last minute to write my reviews, but that got really overwhelming when I started reading more.

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  33. I need to check these boots out STAT. I have a serious boot addiction but can only ever get booties or ones that don't go up higher than about mid-calf because of how muscular mine are. It's a disappointment year after year when I try to cram my legs into a pair of gorgeous knee highs only to not have them fit. I just want one pair!

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  34. "We all know (or should be able to surmise) that being a kind, nurturing care giver is not really the strongest spoke in my wheel."

    I'm sorry but the above statement is VERY untrue. You may not be all hugs and cuddles (which I believe is also untrue because I see you loving on your crew all the time) but you are INCREDIBLY kind and nurturing. Your encouragement has helped me enormously and I'm some random internet person.

    On a lighter note, Born boots are amazing. I've been wearing the same pair for 5+ years now and they only get better with time.

    Happy weekend Steph.

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  35. Yes on #4. You know I have your back on that one!

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  36. I can't imagine getting my wisdom teeth out now! Mine came out at 18 and it was bad enough then, but being an adult automatically makes it worse. Haha! Amen on social media lecturing!!!

    I'm working on my linkup post now! It's my favorite day in blogland!

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  37. That pizza looks so good!! Glad MFD was a champ on the wisdom teeth - that was the worst for me!! I definitely snorted at the last e-card!!

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  38. I had mine out Thursday! Lucky him for it being not so rough. I'm still swollen and look like I've got a fat suit on haha.

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  39. That pizza looks amazing! Seen/saw drives me batty!

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  40. #4 = all the slow claps. I've been going batty with that shit lately between Bruce/Caitlyn and Cecil. There's enough room in our hearts and minds for more than one person/animal. If there isn't, it's YOU who has the issue.

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  41. We all know (or should be able to surmise) that being a kind, nurturing care giver is not really the strongest spoke in my wheel.<---THIS. Totally me right there. I think it's the patience thing.
    Also I love Born. Their shoes are so comfy. I have several pairs. You should check out Gentle Souls too. They are perfect for lots of walking.

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  42. I have trouble finding wide calf boots myself. I bought a pair of knee high wedge books from Lane Bryant last year that I love.

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