My biggest fears in life are completely irrational. My parents constantly tell me I'm naive to wander city streets and not fear moving by myself to somewhere like New York or New Orleans (well, I'm not fearful for my personal safety). I'm not a complete idiot - I lock my doors and do'nt talk to strangers - but it's not something I focus on. But at 26 years old, I am terrified of ghosts and have just in the past few years been able to sleep without a nightlight. I kid you not. My biggest fear, however, are oversized catfish. Yes, I said catfish. Would you look at these things? Seriously Yuck.
I grew up swimming in lakes and rivers, especially at Lake Eufaula in SE Alabama, and they found these things in the mud just a few hundred feet from the area where we had a place. These things can EAT ME. And ever since I saw the pictures (the most menacing of these creatures are found in a river in Thailand, but I digress...), I haven't set foot in murky water. People laugh and laugh and tell me a catfish would never eat me, and I was content with that, until Liz sent me THIS. FLESH-EATING MUTANT CATFISH.
Yes, in India. But still... how many people see their most irrational and worst nightmares realized? I'm getting nauseated just thinking about swimming in that water.
Oh my toesies!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Apparently you can make boo-coodles of money blogging. For example, as I learned from this article in Slate Magazine, the LOLCats folks make over $5k a month, and Perez Hilton, for God's sake, brings in $111,000 A MONTH. Yeah. So I think I need to vamp up these little musings and draw some attention for the big bucks. Who's with me?
Posted by Lauren at 9:55 AM
Friday, October 10, 2008
Some of you may know that I looooove Johnny and June Carter Cash. I grew up listening to the vinyls, and there's just something about that deep voice that makes me wish I knew him in all of his reckless crazy abandon days. (And if he actually looked more like Joaguin Phoenix in the movie, I probably would have located a time machine by now.) Anyway, I digress. So there is a new Cash recording coming out soon, called I Am the Nation, in which "deep-voiced singer personifies the country with references to important events and people in American history."I know, right? But here, dear folks, is my favorite part from the article. Let's play a little game of "Do What?"
The documentary features interviews with Bob Dylan; Al Gore; Snoop Dogg; Sheryl Crow; Steve Earle; Kris Kristofferson; Loretta Lynn; Merle Haggard; U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander; Tim Robbins; Vince Gill; Cash; his sister, Joanne; and his children, John Carter Cash and Cindy Cash.I must say I'm DYING to hear what ole Snoop has to say!
Also, apparently this is all part of a CD/DVD package deal coming out later in October. This will be added to the Christmas List ASAP!
Posted by Lauren at 12:47 AM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
So Random House Library Services have started a blog, and it's actually quite interesting. The staff there takes turns blogging, and so far so good... Anyway, I quite enjoyed blogger David's "What I haven't read: A Confessional." Here's a bit of it:
This makes me happy for two reasons:
One of my favorite Mark Twain aphorisms is, “A classic is something that everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read.” I agreed wholeheartedly. I ran into a friend on the train this morning, and told her that I’ve decided to take on Crime and Punishment. She gasped and said “WHY?” and I said, “Because I haven’t read it, and I feel like I should.” C & P, though, is just one of many I could say that about. Here’s my list of my most embarrassing haven’t-reads:
Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, The Grapes of Wrath, Invisible Man, Animal Farm, Beloved, Heart of Darkness, A Farewell to Arms, Tropic of Cancer, Huckleberry Finn, A Tale of Two Cities, The Iliad, Pride and Prejudice (or any other Austen), Mrs. Dalloway, Brave New World, Anna Karenina, War & Peace, The Lord of the Rings, Lady Chatterly’s Lover…and possibly the most dangerous, job-security-wise, The DaVinci Code.
This makes me happy for two reasons:
- I constantly feel inadequate when I realize how many "classics," whether modern or actual classic, I haven't read. So it's nice to see another professional in my boat. My years in high school were spent reading "chick lit" (hey - I'm not knocking it.. no sirreee) and I've been brushing up on the latest random fiction and YA for the past couple of years, picking up a few "should-have-reads" along the way.
- I've actually read several on his list! Go me! Ok fine, only like a few (Da Vinci Code, Catcher in the Rye, Huck Finn, Scarlett Letter, P&P) of them. But still!
So anyway, obviously this guy's list, save for the five aforementioned books, is a tell-tale on my own embarrassing list. Seriously. But here the Top 10 "must-reads" that I actually PLAN to get to, but have not:
- Absalom, Absalom! by Faulkner (he makes the "must-read" list here in the South
- The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- 1984 by Orwell
- The Electric Kool-Aide Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas
and the kicker.... you are gonna die when you realize I haven't actually READ this:
....you are gonna die when you realize I haven't actually READ this:
- GONE WITH THE WIND (ohhhhh the shame!)
So I must ask - what are your most shameful "haven't-reads"? Obvi this only applies to my fellow bookies. :)
Posted by Lauren at 6:49 PM
Friday, October 3, 2008
My hilarious coworker buddy Holley tagged me, which is why I have the fun little addition to my blog at your right. By being tagged, I am now supposed to tag a few of my favorite blogs. To be honest, I don't read many personal blogs, and some of the peoples' blogs I read are complete strangers, but they crack me up, so there you have it. And I'm probably breaking the rules by double-tagging folks, but I don't give a care. Get over yourself, blog world ruler man.
Anyway - here are a few I recommend:
Anyway - here are a few I recommend:
- Holley's House - As I said before, Holley is quite funny. Sometimes she vents about the library (I especially love her retelling of the now infamous domestic dispute we had in our stacks - I froze when she was yelling at me to dial 911 - and her adventures in shushing our unruly teenagers). And she also has lots of other witty things to say about the world around us. Plus she shares my love for funny cats.
- The Burrow - Katie, my ultra-cool and crafty boss, has a blog where she rambles about everything from crafting to books, and occasionally calls out her husband for not leaving enough comments. She has three mini-me daughters under the age of 6 who are always into some kind of trouble or saying hilarious things, and she loves to document.
- The Maddox Family - I grew up with the writer of this blog (she's a year older than me), and we were both in the same sorority at Auburn. Now she is married to a fellow Dothanite with two beautiful daughters, and she (very eloquently, I might add) writes about their trials and tribulations, loves and losses. Some days I'm laughing at their adventures, and she's been known to bring me to tears at times as well. I highly recommend her blog if you're looking for inspiration!
- The Company of Broken Books - So here's a dude I have yet to meet: my "replacement" at the bookstore where I worked before coming to the library. I kid about him replacing me because the guy actually has a graphic design degree and loads of experience, whereas I was just getting by with my designs. Regardless, he caught on much more quickly than most to some of the ridiculousness required as part of the job description at the store, and he keeps a blog about it.
- Babbling About Life - I lurve Brookie's blog. She's an AU football nut, and if she didn't give it away by including details about tailgating decorations, you'd probably mistake her for one of her brothers. Well, by her writing at least. :)
- Cake Wrecks - I came upon this blog randomly, and it is my new fave. Blogger Jen collects cake wrecks, cakes that have been ruined, or are just plain-out bad to begin with (most are submitted to her, but she apparently is part of the cake baking world and frequently finds them herself). I never knew that the art of cake decorating/baking could be so complicated or so funny when screwed up. I think I'm going to submit Nat's birthday cake to it. Which I'll post later.
Posted by Lauren at 3:10 PM