Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Noggin Nuggets: with extra fiber

Howdy, campers! I took a little mini-break yesterday and didn't do a lick of work, which felt great at the time but left me feeling a bit brain-dead today. I'm still working my way through the fog, so I'm not sure I'll have anything terribly interesting to say, but when has that ever stopped me from blogging? Never, that's when.

Today I'm doling out some Noggin Nuggets. It has been a while since I've done a brain dump; maybe this will cure my mental constipation. Here goes!

I have an enormous pimple on my face. I rarely, if ever, get zits, so this has been extremely annoying for the past few days. It doesn't seem to be getting any smaller and I don't even own pimple cream or whatever the heck you use to rid yourself of Mt. Washington-sized eruptions. I just took this picture but it doesn't do the splotch justice so you'll just have to take my word for it. It's huge.

I read The Hunger Games yesterday. It's a young adult novel so it was a very quick and easy read, and I enjoyed it. I wouldn't say I was totally swept-away by it as so many people were, but I liked it enough that I'll probably seek out the next two installments in the series and read those too.

Why not buy it using these links so that I can buy myself that solid gold toilet I've always dreamed of?*

Reading all of these heavy books has reminded me of how fragile life is, which isn't something that I really needed to be reminded of. I found myself driving to work this morning thinking about how it could all end in a heartbeat. Just - BAM - another car flying out of nowhere that ends me. All that was Bevtastic could go away before my brain even registered what happened. Morbid. Fatalistic. Bogus.

Hence, I really, really, REALLY need a light & fun read! Nothing too silly, but something that doesn't take place in an horrific future setting with flesh-eating mutations and lots of people dying. Something that requires no mental heavy-lifting would be nice.

Suggestions welcome!

Recently the wife of one of my coworkers got a very scary diagnosis and I knew all about the ailment because I watch too much TV. Seriously. As soon as my coworker told me the name I recognized it as being what Nate had on Six Feet Under. I did not tell her about NARM.

That show broke my heart. *a tear*

Maybe this makes me un-American or at the least, un-girly, but I'd rather take a hot poker in the eye than see Eat, Pray, Love. For one thing, I really don't care for Julia Roberts.

I know that goes against some sort of girl-code but honestly, I don't care. I've heard she's a nasty, superior bitch off-camera, and I don't find her acting particularly charming or... what's the word? Oh yeah, GOOD. As Celebitchy so accurately put it:

"The book and the film are the other side of self-absorbed, narcissistic, hyper-consumer-driven, woe-is-the-privileged-white-lady bullsh-t that Sex and City represents. Where SATC’s problems had to do with the search for love when you’re a shopaholic, narcissistic sociopath, Eat, Pray, Love seems to be about the search for oneself, for one’s “soul” when you’re a a shopaholic, narcissistic sociopath. It’s still about consumerism, only the material you’re trying to buy - shoes, love, a soul - changes."


There! My noggin feels less cluttered already!
Have a nice Tuesday, my beautiful BOOBHs!

* Yes, I've finally succumbed to the temptation of the Amazon Associates link love. What can I say? I am po' and need to feed my ever-expanding need for new books, music, and movies! Sue me.


Frank Irwin said...

I'm not a big Julia fan, either. The only movie of hers that I've seen was the Pelican Brief, and that was only because she was married to Lyle Lovett at the time.

I was almost as disappointed by that movie as I was when I heard about the marriage.

Rich Girl Red said...

Sorry about your zit Bevers. Put some Windex on it! For a very light read (and I do mean light!) any of Chelsea Handler's books will get the job done. "Chelsea Bang Bang!" made me pee my pants.

I did see "Eat, Pray, Love" this weekend. I'm not a big JR fan but there were several thought-provoking lines that I'm still processing. There are some life corollaries for me that made it relevant. I won't hate you for not liking it if you won't hate me for skipping the whole vampire thing. Deal? And btdubs, "Sex and the City" is lame. Yeah, I said it.

MJenks said...

I've actually heard that Eat, Pray, Love is fucking terrible.

And if it was a story about a guy going around the world fucking whatever he wanted, there'd be a huge outcry about how sexist it is.

I've always wanted to write a parody about a cannibal going around the world called "Eat Prey, Love".

Bev said...

Frank - Yes, that was a very odd pairing! I'd ask what Lyle was thinking but then again... if you look like LL and a famous and (allegedly!) beautiful actress wants you, I guess you just go with it.

RGR - I agree about SATC. I used to watch it - I admit it - but I always knew it was trite, nouveau-riche garbage.

And hey, vampires aren't for everyone! I just think that if people want a great movie about a woman leaving behind her life to find herself in Europe you can't go wrong with Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun!

Thanks for the Chelsea rec! I will definitely check that out!

Jenks - Very true, re: sexist. And I think adding cannibalism to the story definitely makes it more interesting.... Go for it! I'll read it (and then have morbid, fatalistic thoughts about it. Sigh.)

Elliott said...

Did RGR get a new haircut? Very nice. (Hubba, hubba.)

Speaking of cannibalism (which we are now, thanks, Jenks!), the less popular of my two currently unpopular blogs, see-you-next-thursday.blogspot.com, has several installments of a work-in-progress surrounding a coulrophagic psychopath. I laughed. I cried. I ate.

And I'll go on record saying there aren't nearly enough films that deal with cannibalism, while there are too many with washed-up actresses 'getting their groove back'.

And as for books that are amusing, relatively light, and have little or nothing to do with cannibalism, I'd suggest 'Skinny Legs and All', by Tom Robbins, or 'A Dirty Job' by Christopher Moore.

(And yes, I know it's possible to embed html links into my comment, but I don't remember how to do that right now and I'm too lazy to find my notes.)

Frank Irwin said...

Lyle may not look like a young sparkly vampire, but the word is that he's the Milton Berle of the music world, if you know what I mean. Plus, he's a super nice and funny guy, and you lady-types are supposed to like that in a man.

Cary said...

Wish I could pop that zit for you. I have this nifty tool I got at CVS that makes it easy. I keep hoping for more zits just so I can use it. Extracting blackheads is particularly satisfying.

I will not see a Julia Roberts movie, period. I have never understood her success. And I wouldn't see Eat, Drink, Dump even if it starred my girl Katie Winslet.

Narm? Wasn't that Marge's husband in Fargo?

onebadmamajama said...

Add me to the list of JR dislikers! Not only that but I think the whole premise of the movie just sucks.

Ugh. Chick Flicks. ;)

Bev said...

Elliott - RGR is a smokin' hot babe. It's a fact!

Thanks for the book recs! I will be going over to B&N tomorrow to do a little shopping, so I'll add those to my list.

The cannibalism story sounds kind of interesting, but I can't think about that right now. I skipped lunch!

Frank - Oooh, now you're talkin'. The Milton Berle of music. Suddenly I get the appeal!

And yes, some of us do appreciate a nice and funny guy, so I can dig it.

Cary - lol @ "Narm!"

I am not so sure I'd let you anywhere near my face with your tool. Just sayin'.

OBMJ - Yup! Of course, I do like a good chick flick from time to time. That gives me an idea for tomorrow's post.... THANKS!

Samsmama said...

I can't stand JR! That enormous mouth, obnoxious laugh...blech. You couldn't pay me to see that movie.

Sorry about your blemish. I get about one a year and the last one was so big I could see it out of the corner of my eye.

I can't remember the last book I read. But the last one I bought turned out to be full on porn, so I've got that goin' for me.

Mala said...

I didn't want to see EPL until Jenks said it was about fucking...

And shame about the zit.

Senorita said...

Sorry, La Bev, but I still want to see Eat, Pray, Love.

It has Javier Bardem in it !

I do like the review though. Priceless !

Mike129 said...

That's no zit. That's a baby blemish. Get over it; you are as hot as ever.

And I don't dislike Julia like many of you. She has yet to say, "no," when I have asked her for a blow job, and you gotta' like that in a lady.

Molly's Mom said...

Catching up on the blog reading after vaycay - New England was PHENOMENAL. I could totally move to New Hampshire or Maine and am jealous of all y'all that live there.

I'm with you on the EPL thing...so I guess I'm ungirly too. I've never been a big reader of romance novels and schmultz. If you're looking for light reading, I love Laurie Notaro's books/memoirs - esp The Idiot Girls Action-Adventure Club.

You talking about your mongo zit reminded me of one I had in high school - I am like you in that I rarely got zits, but when I did, oy! This monster was right in the crevice alongside my nose...if you so much as touched it, my eye would water for hours...therefore, no squeezing could be done. It was so big that my best friend's mom looked at me and said "honey, that thing needs a name". Thus, Regina was officially dubbed.

Frank Irwin said...

Molly's Mom, surely you didn't go to NH and not experience the levity and hilarity that is the Bev & Mala show????

Bev said...

Frank, I was thinking the same thing. All of my BOOBHs have a standing invite to the Mala & Bev show when they're visiting New England!

Molly's Mom said...

I'd have been all over visiting if I hadn't been with my family and the other family we vacation with! But I'd be more willing to visit solo ;) Where in NH are you? We took 9 across on the way there, then on the way home (via Boston) went on 95 south through Portsmouth, and made a pit stop at the Seacoast Science Center. I have pics on FB...