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I spent the day Pomodoro-ing; my sense of accomplishment is entirely disproportionate to my actual accomplishments.

The Siren Depths, A Memory of Light, The Death of the Necromancer, and Night Calls )
proustbot: (Butterfly)
Still in Spain! Still without Internet. Still haunting Starbucks.

Towers of Midnight, The Fault in Our Stars, and Divergent )
proustbot: (Liberty Leading the People)
This weekend I frolicked with TDR in Philadelphia, which meant that we drank copiously after someone else's dissertation defense; watched approximately a million episodes of Season Four of Crossing Jordan (TDR's new favorite Netflix show for viewing-while-data-crunching), selected episodes of Elementary, the entirety of Hot Fuzz (which TDR had never seen???), and the just-released The World's End (which required a special field trip and everything); and ate juicy dim sum, mussels, salmon crepes, farmer's market tacos, bacon cupcakes (consumed while watching The World's End), burgers (while playing bar trivia), huevos rancheros and french toast, bar-food hummus, moussaka, and pad thai.

Verdict: success!

Venetia, Nine Stories, and Knife of Dreams )
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GOSLING: [coming into the kitchen] "Oh, are you chopping up cheese or butter for that salad?"

ME: [sarcastically] "Butter, obviously."

GOSLING: [oblivious to the sarcasm] "Tasty!"

And then I made fun of him for the rest of the day. (Although I shouldn't be surprised. Despite having the body of a Greek god, Gosling refuses to eat vegetables and has only a dim idea of how salads work.)

Crossroads of Twilight, Nightingale Wood, and New Spring )
proustbot: (led by your beating heart)
I had "juicy" (soup-filled) dim sum last night for the first time, and it was the most delicious thing ever.

Path of Daggers, Black Sheep, and Winter's Heart )
proustbot: (clint eastwood)
Watched Star Trek Into Darkness two weeks ago. Did not hate it! (Although am sympathetic to everyone who did -- I have no particular affection for earlier iterations of the franchise, but I can see why that film might not tickle the fancy of an actual Trekkie. Me, I'm just in it for the families of choice/workplace relationships/super-sentai team, and on that level, yesssssss.)

The Ships of Air, A Crown of Swords, and Arabella )
proustbot: (clint eastwood)
Within 24 hours of arriving home, as I was unpacking and reeling from jetlag, my former roommate Memo called me up. He had an emergency! He needed me to come with him and help him buy khaki pants right away!

Reader, I went to the Gap with him.

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club and Lord of Chaos )
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In the midst of salt mines and sleep deprivation, I read Elizabeth Wurtzel's recent NYMag piece. A lot of it is problematic -- Wurtzel tends to universalize her particular experiences in a way that is sure to enrage a majority of readers -- but I found that parts of it were (unexpectedly) resonant:

"Women who have it all should try having nothing: I have no husband, no children, no real estate, no stocks, no bonds, no investments, no 401(k), no CDs, no IRAs, no emergency fund -- I don’t even have a savings account. It’s not that I have not planned for the future; I have not planned for the present. [...] I had the great and unexpected success of Prozac Nation in 1994, and that bought me freedom. And I have spent that freedom carelessly, and with great gratitude. Why would I do anything else? I did not expect, not ever, to be scared to death.

I was born with a mind that is compromised by preternatural unhappiness, and I might have died very young or done very little. Instead, I made a career out of my emotions. And now I am just quarreling with normal. I believe in true love and artistic integrity -- the kinds of things that should be mentioned between quotation marks -- as absolutely now as I did in ninth grade. But even I know that functional love includes a fair amount of falsity, or no one would get through morning coffee, and integrity is mostly a heroic excuse to avoid the negotiating table. But I can’t let go. I live in the chaos of adolescence, even wearing the same pair of 501s."

Unnatural Death, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, NOT The Secret History of Moscow, and The Fires of Heaven )
proustbot: (Floreat Etona)
DARWIN: "Yeah, we were supposed to meet, but he got his book proofs back from the publisher and was apparently horrified by the index. He sent me an e-mail apologizing for the delay: 'We can meet later this week. As an added bonus, if you're interested, I now have many strong opinions on the Principles of Indexing.'"

The Shadow Rising, NOT Rhapsody: Child of Blood, The Line Between, and NOT Lorna Doone )
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[SCENE: TDR and I are watching Spaced in the living room; Wellington and his girlfriend are making dinner in the kitchen, but Wellington keeps coming out to peer at the TV over my shoulder.]

WELLINGTON: "So, [ profile] mutantkoala. Bet Brian is your favorite character, eh?"

ME: "Yes, he is... How did you know that?"

WELLINGTON: [shifty-eyed] "Just a lucky guess."

The Gate of Angels, Whose Body?, and The Dragon Reborn )
proustbot: (Floreat Etona)
PROFESSOR: "My, hello! Hello! Haven't seen you in a while. You're looking good!"

ME: "Um, thanks. You're...looking good, too!"

PROFESSOR: "What do you mean? Are you saying that I don't normally look good?"

ME: "..."

The Great Hunt, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie )
proustbot: (clint eastwood)
Ah, July -- the month of working an awful job, drinking myself to sleep each night, and diving into my shelf of leisure reading again as a means of preserving my sanity.

Housekeeping, I See By My Outfit, Mort, and The Eye of the World )


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