Monday, July 16, 2018

TWTW - the one that's still going

Friday I packed shit up and Mae and I took off for a girls only night at the shore. By the time I got everything in the house and settled, it was after 11.
Saturday sunrise and a reminder why it is bad to release balloons - this is the string caught up in seaweed. They get tied up in creatures too.
Lots to do for turnover Saturday, I was a sweating mess by the end and didn't sit down to finish my coffee until 12:45. Mae and I had some walks, I met up with a coworker on the beach, picked up a freaking awesome mug at Hearth & Sole on Asbury then stopped for an iced green lavender tea from Barefoot Market.
I spent much of Saturday night with Kim and Steve and the smartest cutest goddaughter Libby in from Boston. Why has teleportation not been invented yet? I need answers. MFD and the boys arrived around 9:30.
I slept for shit Saturday night, asleep after 1 and up before 6 to walk the dogs. Around 8:30 I rode my bike up to the boards to get coffee at Locals and go for a stroll with Kim, Steve, and Libby. MFD met up a little later in need of coffee and dorky sunglass clip ons. It was a humid sweaty good time. 
I got almost two hours in on the beach before going back to the house for a leisurely Sunday afternoon rest. I finished a book and we took a few walks. 
Steve & Kim made us an awesome dinner and it was so nice to sit outside with my people and also to not leave on Sunday. MFD and Steve went fishing with Jimmy and Kim and I lingered over wine until we yawned each other out at 10. 

Still living the dream at the shore spending more time with Kim & Steve & Libby and meeting up with Jen and fam at some point. Totally out of office and I'll see you back here on Thursday.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Likes dogs, incompatible with instant pots

One of my friends from work told me the Instant Pot was on sale a few weeks ago. I've avoided its siren song for years despite many friends loving it. During our conversation, we realized we both had Amazon credit from gift cards. After a frenzied discussion of all the glorious things we would make in it, we pumped each other up with the instant pot fever and impulse ordered them.

Before mine even arrived, I knew I was sending it back. No matter how much I want to be a person who uses an instant pot, I am not a person who uses an instant pot.

You know who uses an Instant Pot? My Fantasy Self, who I learned about from Steph. Your Fantasy Self buys or saves things your current self doesn't actually want or use. It's the part of you you wish existed but she fucking doesn't so stop getting things for her and get things for your real self.

I know myself and you know yourself. There are things I will adapt to and integrate into my life and things I will never use more than three times. I knew in my oven and stove top cooking preferring soul that the instant pot would fall into the latter. And at $90 on sale, I certainly wasn't keeping it around to test that theory.

So I returned it for a dog DNA test for Bruce Springsteen, because My Real Self absolutely is a person who uses a dog DNA test. He has super long legs and is much skinnier than a pug, with huge paws, a big face, and floppy ears. Anyone want to take a guess on what he's mixed with before we get the results back in three to four weeks?

The moral of the story: don't waste your money on who you think you are. Spend it on who you actually are. And if you fuck up and do the former, return it. Let there be no regretskies.

Peacing the F out to the shore tonight for a long stay. My dryer broke last night and I lost my fucking shit then this morning the water in my shower would come out the tub portion but not the shower head. Over real life right now. I've been Friday the 13th'd.

But people in the streets in London against authoritarianism and human rights violations along with the Queen of England suffering from bone spurs are giving me life.

See you at some point next week for TWTW and Thursday Thoughts, and they might be the same? We'll see. I will not resist the siren call of instagram so you can find me on my account & my shore instagram.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - lights out tonight trouble in the heartland

1. Can you even? Should I just make this an entire post of dog photos? LOL forever at Mae's lip in the bottom shot.
2. Things I do not advise: carrying a big crockpot (empty) from your car to the train to the DD to the office without a bag. One of our shore guests left it there and I'm meeting her husband today to hand it off. Which I meant to do in a nice big carrier bag. I forgot that this morning and I lost a stainless steel straw and muttered under my breath at pretty much everyone in the process. I hate carrying awkward shit in on the train. I also do not advise walking down the street staring at your phone because you make normal non violent people want to bust a cap in your ass. Look up! The world is going on around you and you're walking into people.

3. I had to drop something off to Aubrey Tuesday and she fed me and I got to see the hawk that's been hanging around their yard. I like being able to pop in on the fam in the middle of the week.
4. Aside from the forgetting the bag for the crockpot snafu from this morning, I've actually done everything that has been on my list this week - Monday was calling about an alarm hearing, going to the pet store and Home Depot, doing some shore laundry, painting nails and toes; Tuesday was going to the bank and Stephen & Aubrey's, emailing future renters, and making marinade for chicken; Wednesday was getting my eyebrows waxed, ordering a lock for the shore, picking up around the house, grilling chicken, more laundry. I've gotten most of my stuff on my daily lists done at work too. Productivity level expert this week. Pin a rose on my nose.

5. Not on the agenda but a damn good use of time: a Tuesday night group text on glamour shots and bringing them back. Not in today's styles. In 80s or 90s only. It's the only way and it needs to happen.

6. I'm spending some extra time down the shore next week with Kim and her fam in from Boston and I cannot wait. MFD will actually be there too instead of me being there while he's home working and campaigning - well, instead of doing those things in person...he never actually stops doing those things. Still, I'm looking forward to a little bit of normal in a year that has been anything but.

7. Not normal: a fucking embarrassing NATO insanity act accusing Germany of being on Russia's tit when he himself is, nominating a judge who was Kennedy's clerk and doesn't believe in women's choice and healthcare and doesn't believe in presidents abiding by the same laws as the rest of us to SCOTUS (some of his fellow Yalies are not pleased with this), not reuniting the motherfucking kids with their parents and causing truly irreparable harm to children, on and on and on. Amy Siskind's Weekly List on Authoritarianism is the only way to keep up with it all. There's not enough bullet points in Thursday Thoughts for the huge shit avalanches that happen daily. I don't care if your senator doesn't care. Be on the phone and on ResistBot and sending postcards to these people. We are tired but we are not nearly done until we get the people who choose greed over their souls out of office. On both sides of the aisle.
8. I'm about this.
9. Reminder:
10. E-card of the week: Constantly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Show Us Your Books - July 2018

Was June 30 seconds long or is it just me? 

Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup. 
-Title link goes to Goodreads
-Buy link goes to Amazon and is an affiliate link - pennies that are made from you buying through it pay for the running of this link up

Linkup Guidelines:
This link up is the second Tuesday of every month. The next linkup is August 14, 2018
1. Visit and comment with both of your hosts, Jana & me
2. Display the button and/or link back to us on your blog post
2. Visit other blogs who've linked up and talk books as booknerds are wont to do

Engrossing Reads

Final Girls by Riley Sager - This was serious, don't get me wrong, but also somehow managed to read as campy. Like an adult version of that 80s cult classic Monster Squad except much darker. I'd give it a whirl. OCNJ library hardback Buy from Amazon

Any Man by Amber Tamblyn - This book turned the world on its head in the 24 hours I was reading it. And after too as I tried to digest it. Extreme violence and pain and darkness. A female rapist. Unlike any other book I've read. Paperback, own Buy from Amazon

Ohio by Stephen Markley - At times a three and at times a five, I settled on four stars on goodreads. So some of it belongs here in engrossing reads and some of it belongs below in passed the time just fine. I had quite a hard time getting into this, but it eventually dragged me under with it. Not until about a quarter through the second vignette though and even then it crept along, but the writing was beautiful. If you are not willing to do the thinking and put in the work and swallow the angst, this book is not for you. Dark and sad with some really poetic lines I kept wanting to take snapshots of.  Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Comes out August 21. Buy from Amazon

Passed the Time Just Fine

It Ends With Her by Brianna Labuskes - Totally didn't see the twister coming in this one. I like that. I forget where I even heard of this. Kindle e-book. Buy from Amazon

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - Man, this broke my heart in a lot of ways. It felt lonely even in the reading. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Comes out on August 14. Buy from Amazon

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding - Y'all got any more of those domestic thrillers? This one's on that list. Middle of the road. There was literally almost zero redeeming qualities in at least half of the characters but the read wasn't bad. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Buy from Amazon

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly - Plucked this one off the shelf in passing at the library not knowing anything about it. The whole thing was fucked and I really did not see the ending coming in any way at all. OCNJ library hardback Buy from Amazon

Broken (Will Trent #4) by Karin Slaughter - Well, it's been a while, Will Trent. I liked this one with its small town fuckery and dirty cops. Paperback, own

Not Worth It
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta - Just don't. Nothing redeemable.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter - Just don't. One of those there must be a point, I want to know the point, where is the point, well the end is soon so I will see the point, oh there's no point books. Writing was not good enough to carry the lack of point. Book of the Month Club, own

Did Not Finish
One Little Lie by Sam Carrington - Free copy from Netgalley for an honest review and I could not get through this boring ass shit is my honest review. Fin.

The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin - I picked it based on the cover, another grab off the library shelf. This one did not turn out well. Too much, overload. OCNJ library hardback

What have you been reading? 

Monday, July 9, 2018

TWTW - the three dayer

If you didn't see the video of Debbie getting Bruced in the car on the way to the shore Thursday night, you should. Friday was rainy, so after coffee on the porch we went to the newly re-opened Chatterbox for lunch and perused the Asbury Ave. shops between the rain drops. The dogs got bones and MFD and I got soap, which we are out of. Anyone know the Mummer artist? I liked her stuff in Stainton's.
We celebrated National Fried Chicken Day with fried chicken from Boyar's (completely delicious, we even had it for lunch on the beach on Saturday), then took Bruce for a long walk to Aunt Betty's Ice Cream Parlor. He's not the favorite, but he is the only dog who can make it that far and the only one who has excess energy.
Saturday morning sunrise followed by not the best turnover situation. I had a lot to do in and out of the house and I'm glad Debbie was there to occupy the dogs.
We ran into Jared, his girlfriend and her fam at the Chatterbox Friday and were happy to see them one more time heading onto the beach Saturday. It was chilly but relaxing. We were there for a few hours then spent a few hours on the porch with the dogs and met our new guests who were very nice.
We tried The Farm Stand at 14th for dinner. Love the location right off the boards and the food was very good. I will definitely be going back to have tacos. We followed it up with browsing, people watching, and gelato from Shriver's. 
I was rudely woken for a 6 am dog walk, then went back to bed until 8:30. It was glorious.

I set the pics up for this blog before we peaced out to the beach to have pizza for lunch, people watch, rest our eyes, glare at people who continually hit us with their ball, and my favorite - read a book wrapped in a blanket under the umbrella. Heaven. Oh! And I saw the Flat Earthers again, this time they had a huge set up and put their insanity on display for all to see. 
Showering, more dog ice cream bought for them by Auntie, and a 10 pm arrival home to round out the weekend. 

Five day week for me, then a two or three dayer next week. Boom shakalaka. And tomorrow is Show Us Your Books! See you back here for that. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream

Purging: Nail polish. I kept what's in the box and took the rest to my mom.
Painting them you me & the sea by Essie.
Reading:  Ohio by Stephen Markley c/o netgalley. I was not into it at all at the beginning, even texted Jana about it, but am now totally into it. Show Us Your Books is Tuesday!
Anticipating: A three day weekend. Debbie and I are heading to the shore tonight and I'm off tomorrow.

Laughing like a loon at this:
Going to three different stores the night before the Fourth like a simple fool and still forgetting two things. 

Making Mexican stuffed shells to freeze, breakfast burritos to freeze, and a version of strawberry lemonade lasagna (hold the jello because I forgot that).
Treating a day off mid-week sort of like a Sunday: I did laundry, packed for the weekend, ran the dishwasher, made eggs for breakfast, lingered over coffee, read, painted my nails, picked up around the house, did some purging, etc. 

Swimming at Mom & Rich's with Debbie and my uncle on the Fourth.
Enjoying a mid-week holiday dinner at Dad & Carol's on the Fourth.
Knowing not everyone in this country actually has independence, liberty, and justice, and that I will continue to do what I can to make sure that changes in the future.

Pulling: up my sleeves.

Reminding us all:


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