Anticipation

My blogging streak was broken by an impromptu trip to Kansas City over the past weekend since I was feeling a bit roadtrip-jilted. Usually, B and I drive out exploring small towns, but this summer is the first summer we're both working outside of academia, which means vacation days have to be planned wisely. But I felt like taking a short trip, and Kansas City, which is 4 hours west sounded perfect for a day trip.

B and I spent the day eating barbecue, touring the city, and capped it with a dinner with one of my colleagues. Speaking of work, I didn't mean to leave ya'll hanging about my new job. It's just been so sudden, and I've been spending the last couple days tying up stuff at my current position before I move to a different department within the same company next Monday. It's a step up and a completely new department, and I am so excited to gain new experiences. 

I've been swamped with stuff to do at work that when I get a break, and especially when I get home, I pretty much collapse into my couch/bed and read until it's time for bed. My current reads below:
Mary Roach is witty and sarcastic, and I enjoy the questions she asks, her methods of figuring out different answers to those questions, and the bits of personal stories she throws into her books. This book takes a scientific look at elements of the supernatural: reincarnation, ectoplasm, ghosts, etc.
A colleague loaned this to me. I thought I'd give it a shot and see what the fuss was all about. Goodness-- this book was almost exactly like Twilight (and yes, I confess I read the first book of that series). I'm not a fan of weak, naive females who are slaves to their emotions, can't make decisions for themselves, and always need saving. This book was sad and plain creepy.
I'm currently immersed in this delightful fantastical fiction set in New York City at the turn of the century. The story isn't only about a Golem and a Jinni, but all the people who are connected to them. Each character story progresses in bits, alternating from one to the other, in effect weaving a sort of tapestry. I'm already anticipating my reading time after I finish this post!
floral top: Rue 21
silk shirt: thrifted
bangle: vintage
paperbag skirt: selfmade
sandals: Marshall's

17 comments:

  1. That first book sounds really cool (and I can not bring myself to read 50 Shades of Grey...I just can't do it). Your day trip also sounds really fun and I'm excited for you with respect to the job - congrats!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  2. I'm also thinking about reading 50 Shades just to be able to back up my opinion about how much I hated the excerpts I've read. The entire concept makes me feel sad and creeped out, too. Good luck starting your new job next week!

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  3. Added that Golem book to my list! It sounds delightful.


    Someone wanted me to read Fifty Shades but I couldn't get past the first page. TERRIBLE. I'm tired of these flimsy female leads, as well. GROW A SPINE. UGGGGGH.

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  4. I couldn't get past chapter 4 in Twilight. Never wanted to read 50 Shades. Nope.
    Yay for road trips! I want to see pics of BBQ!

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  5. cute sandals!!! it took me a few years to jump on the twilight series, so maybe in a few i'll check out 50 shades of gray...although i know what you mean about those weak female characters. i was pretty irritated with bella by end of book 2.

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  6. I could just about hug you for your summation of 50 Shades of Grey. I can't ~even~ with that non-sense. I managed to force my way through the Twilight series because when it first came out, my pre-teen daughter had wanted to read it. I knew that the particular subject matter can sometimes stray across certain lines and had wanted to make sure that it didn't go too far for someone her age. (She was 11 when it came out.) I won't comment in regards to the 50 Shades quality of writing, because the only time I've ever even come close to that book is when I helped my friend pack it to move house yesterday. I can say that the only thing I liked about the Twilight books were the pretty mental pictures of things like the forests in the PNW. Myers descriptive style was good at that for me.

    Congratulations and good luck with your new position! That must be so exciting. We've not been doing our normal road trip exploration routine this summer either. I miss it. We're going to try and make up for it a little bit by going up to Wales at the end of the month for a riding holiday. Did you get to snap many pics of your time in Kansas City?

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  7. Haha I can't believe you read 50 Shades. I jus haven't been able to do it. I haven't read/seen Twilight, either, though. Not to say I don't like my share of nonsense, but I'll stick to my Pretty Little Liars obsession. It's more suspense/thriller-y and less… something.

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  8. Your trip sounds delightful! It must have been a lot of fun. Your description of 50 Shades made me laugh! I haven't read the book and have no desire too. But like you, I dislike books with weak female characters who can't do anything for themselves.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  9. Man, Bella was so annoying, I wish she was real so I could slap her silly! ;)

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  10. HAHAHA. You know, to the author's credit, I thought it was cool of her to write about the perspective of a sadist. I mean, there ARE real people who, I'm sure, go through controlling their urges, and can't help but be who they are. But I still got creeped out. Twilight, I can see how teens get sucked into. And it's equally ridiculous and creepy. I did see all the movies which are just HILARIOUS to me.


    Thanks for the kind words about my new job :) I'm excited, anxious, and kinda terrified too. But I gots to keep on rolling, right ;) I hope you get to go to Wales! I wish I could go riding, even though I haven't been on a horse in at least a couple decades!

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  11. Oh gosh, please, don't think less of me! It was a very difficult thing to share! I haven't gotten into the PLL mania, so maybe I'll steer clear while I can, yeah?

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  12. Thanks! Yes-- the trip was so fun; I wish we could have stayed longer! Ugh, why do people insist on writing and reading about weak characters who never change? It's annoying!

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  13. I watched the first movie and DIED laughing. I couldn't take it after that. My sides hurt too much!

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  14. Psh, I <3 you more for reading silly "teen" books along with everything else. Some people take books so seriously and get all pretentious. If I want to read a classic, I will. If I want to read the last book of the Mortal Instruments series in under 24 hours, I might do that, too :X

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  15. Congratulations on the new position! You're on the up and up. While I give 50 Shades of Grey that it has some mild entertainment/ titillation value, the characters were victims of the most horrendous stereotype, and the writing was plain awful. And I was creeped out that the last person to have read my copy...was my grandmother.

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  16. You know, I never thought to ask her!

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  17. Mary Roach is awesome. I really enjoyed Spook. As for Fifty Shades of Gray, I completely agree with you and not liking weak female characters like that. Which is why I didn't read it. The wiki page was enough for me!


    Also you look awesome here. I really love the color of your skirt and those cute sandals.

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