Randamonium: Lovely Words & Crazy Curves

I’m a sponge. That is my new career of choice, in this interim between paying positions. Each day brings new ideas, different opinions and the notion that I have a whole lot of learning left to do. This “career” is a luxury and will not last forever. Have been reading quite a bit and some powerful words have literally taken my breath away. Three greats and a snark, to be specific.

  • Have not been a fan of Christopher Hitchens. Ever. Until this morning. His column in the current issue of Vanity Fair is true, and brave, exquisite, and terrifying. I read it twice, and I know I will read it again and again, making copies and passing them to friends. “The Topic of Canceris the header; he has been thrown a very ugly curve ball which he describes in a way that is so simple, so human, so beautiful. I’m rooting for you, Hitch!
  • Started Laura Munson’s This Is Not The Story You Think It Is…” last night. After reading the first page, I knew she’d hit it out of the park and into the next county. This is her memoir and it has me entranced, involved, so much of what she has to say is so well communicated, so amazingly thoughtful, well, I’m halfway through (thanks to a three-hour power outage this afternoon) and I have only torn myself away from this treasure to write this post. She’s got a keen sense of humor, always a plus for me. At the moment, there is one line she wrote that I cannot get out of my mind; it made me feel good, “…Sometimes taking care of yourself means letting yourself be misunderstood…” . More later, but borrow or buy this book. ASAP. It is that good.
  • Rooting through one pile of books, I came upon “Labor Day”  by Joyce Maynard. The most memorable lines in this book, for me, describe loneliness perfectly. She writes, “…you are like one of those ceramic hedgehogs with the plants growing on it that the person who bought it forgot to water. You are like a hamster nobody remembered to feed”. Powerful stuff.
  • Snark On: VF also has an excerpt from “True Prep” by Lisa Birnbach. This is the “update” to her book, “The Official Preppy Handbook”. When she was writing the first book, somehow she got me on the phone. She was very persuasive and I was very young. Her book had a section on “prepster hot spots for each night of the week” for a number of cities. She needed the scoop for my city. RIGHT THAT MINUTE. So, I gave it to her. Bought the book when it was published. And there was all the info I gave her. When I write a book, I hope I acknowledge any and everyone who helped me. Just sayin’. And no, I won’t be reading this latest publication.

The curvy randamonium refers to my daily adventure quest and observations. Anything new, different, ironic:

  •  Last night, my Cooking Partner and I grilled Portobello mushrooms (marinated beforehand with olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and a dash of Worcestershire). Divine.
  • Found 17 gifts today (birthdays, Christmas, layoffs) and didn’t spend $150. These are good gifts, too. Am patting self on back because I’m a great “finder”.  Hey, maybe a new career ……
  • Cooper the dog may get me booted from my home. He is obstinate and determined to do his thing wherever he wants. He always chooses the same place:

Meh!

Later.

5 thoughts on “Randamonium: Lovely Words & Crazy Curves

  1. I never saw you as a preppy izzie :)
    (Very rude of her not to give credit!)

    Hope a ceramic hedgehog wasn’t one of the 17 gifts …

    • Hey Cin, no prep here, that would have been former life many moons ago. No hedgehogs! I swear, the gifts are REALLY good … I’d tell you what they are, but you might get one!:)

  2. Wow, you make me want to reach for the books. Second blog I’ve seen referring to Laura Munson’s book, I guess I better get it.
    I’m not a big Hitchens fan though I did love his story on the history of blow jobs and wrote my own post based on that, with personal references and everything!!! (search for Souffler if you want to read it).
    I’m sorry you’re in between jobs, if it’s a bad thing, and if not.. good for you. Have fun and it sounds like you are. Shopping, reading, eating… all of the great pleasures in life, almost…..

  3. Hey Walker – yeah, LM’s book is so insightful – will be one I read again and again. Will look up your CH-inspired post (personal refs – you brave woman!). In between time is can be horrid or good – tried horrid and it sucked, so it’s good and working for me.

  4. The mushrooms sound amazing!

    It sounds like you might have a new career as a personal shopper?!

    Our dog loves to poop in the back kitchen…he’s very good about peeing outside, but prefers to do the fun stuff indoors!

    Wendy

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