Pet Peeves: What Are Your Top 5?

Supernanny Where Are You wants to know your Top 5 Pet Peeves – I know you are all probably getting a little sick of me and my crazy obsessive need to post 5 or 6 times a day (maybe it’s a pet peeve of yours), but I promise this will be my last post of the day.

So what really annoys you? What gets you piping hit annoyed in this world? Head over to Supernanny Where Are You and play along!

  1. People, who, feel, the, the, need, to, put, commas, everywhere, for, no, good, reason, (me, included)
  2. When the bagger at the grocery store puts my things into 30 bags that could easily have fit into 5
  3. People who park like an a**hole. We call them a**hats in our family – at least, when the kiddos aren’t listening we do. (i.e. you parked in the fire lane; you parked your car in the middle of two spaces for no apparent reason; you aren’t even parked in a space at all, etc.)
  4. When the media uses our emotions to try and create political scandal over nothing – scare tactics, smear campaigns – anytime they assume we are too ignorant to do the research and will just read the headline and go “OMG, how could HE/SHE/IT/THEY?” and of course the sad thing, is that most people will only do that, but it doesn’t make it right.
  5. Killing people over peace. Religious Wars. Mothers, Sisters, Daughters fighting over the right to stay at home or the right to work; the right to nurse, the right to bottle feed – people thinking their opinion is the end all, and that other people are just ignorant if they don’t believe what you believe. We’re all different – and we all deserve a chance to make our own choices. And going to war over which Religious Figure you believe in is just stupid. Sorry. (okay this could have easily been 3 different pet peeves but I ran out of numbers…)

What are your Top 5 Pet Peeves?

Bookworm Meme

Bookworm Meme

Lisa at Lisa Writes posted this book meme ages ago, but I just stumbled across it and since reading seems to be the theme of the day, I couldn’t resist – because I have no will power where reading is concerned. So the rules are fairly simple – if you like to read, too, feel free to post this meme on your own blog, or even just reply to this entry with your answers if you’re so inclined. Ready?

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?

I don’t know exactly when or why I decided that I LOVED reading, but I know my grandmother and my father always encouraged it – my grandma loved to take me to the library or our local bookstore when I was visiting her and I remember one of the first times we went to the library together, I asked her how many books I could get – and there was no limit, but somehow she felt I wouldn’t understand that so she made up a really big number, that I couldn’t possibly want more than – 17 I think. So I was holding something like 8 books and said, “Oh good, I can get 9 more” and the librarian’s jaw dropped because apparently that was really impressive math for a kid my age (I was reading picture books then). And then I went back and got the other 9 books, which surprised my grandma, too. The really impressive thing is I’m sure I read all 17 books and went back within a week for 17 more. It wasn’t until a LONG time later, that I realized she’d been joking about the limit, and by then the books I was reading were much to big to take out 17 at a time.

What are some books you read as a child?

I have always been a big fan of the series thing – I devoured Baby Sitters Club books with a fierce tenacity, and read a lot of the Sweet Valley High books, Anastacia Krupnick and a few others whose names I don’t remember. I also remember loving The Secret Garden and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. I read a lot of books back then, though, so this is a very small selection of what I remember reading.

What is your favorite genre?

That’s so tough to say – I like a kind of light and fluffy mystery novel – you know heavy on the whodunnit but light on the murder and mayhem. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series being a key example. I loved the Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and am recently obsessed with the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. I am also a big fan of young adult fantasy lit – think Twilight, Harry Potter, A Great and Terrible Beauty, etc. I may be a bit late in catching on to this trend at 25 years old, but I love it all the same – it’s nice looking back on those years of my life now, from the outside looking in.

Do you have a favorite novel?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell or else Lamb by Christpher Moore

When do you usually read?

It varies between nap time and just before bed. I always mean to read during MM’s naps but frequently get caught up with other chores. I always read before bed, but how much I read depends on where I am in the book (you know sometimes you hit a point of no return) and how tired I am…

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?

I tend to focus on one book a time, but often put down a book in the middle and start another, hoping to get back to the previous book later. When I finish one book, I usually grab 4 or 5 books I’ve been meaning to read and read a chapter of each book to see which one is catching me at that moment, and occasionally I have a hard time choosing and I’ll read a few at once, but it doesn’t generally take long until I’ve narrowed it down to one for the time being.

Do you read non-fiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?

I probably skim non-fiction a bit more, but for the most part, it’s all the same.

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?

All of the above? I buy about half of them I’d say, I’ve recently become a bit better at going to the local library and I have several friends that like to trade books with me from time to time.

Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?

For a time I was selling books to a second hand bookstore that gave you book credit for your old books – so I’d drop off 4 or 5 books and get one for “free” – but I don’t really like parting with my books so it didn’t last long and some of the books I sold, I wish I’d held onto now… and it’s strange because it doesn’t matter if I ever read it again I just like to have them near me – to be in their company you could say. I know, I’m rather odd.

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?

Most of the books MM and I read right now, I don’t remember reading as a child, but I’m hoping when he gets older, we’ll share more books. Right now we love All by Myself by Mercer Mayer, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms by Jane Yolen, a Curious George collection by H.A. Rey and hmmm Goodnight Moon is always good. We’ve done a few Dr. Seuss books and our favorite is probably Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? We also really like Pat the Bunny and That’s Not My Bunny – bunnies are good, you could say. OH haha and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – that one’s brilliant.

Oh I just remembered one I liked as a child, that I read to my son now – The Monster at the End of This Book – Starring Grover – I always loved that book and MM thinks it’s hysterical. We’re big Sesame Street fans so that one was a no brainer.

What are you reading now?

Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce and I’m getting ready to possibly replace it with Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

Do you keep a TBR (To Be Read) list?
I have a goodreads account with a long, extensive list of books read and books to read, etc.

What’s next?

after Lost in a Good Book will be Pride and Prejudice for the Classics Book Club, and then hopefully Rumors by Anna Godbersen, god willing.

What books would you like to reread?

Lamb by Christopher Moore and Gone With the Wind; maybe some of the Baby Sitters Club books for fun and someday I’ll reread the Harry Potter series

Who are your favorite authors?

Janet Evanovich, Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Lisa Lutz, Christopher Moore, Jennifer Weiner, Charles Dickens, Chaucer, Lemony Snickett, Libba Bray, Margaret Mitchell

Tackle it Tuesday: De-Cluttering the Chaos

So I don’t think I’ve ever done a Tackle it Tuesday for the simple reason that I sadly don’t seem to tackle very much – at least not much worth blogging about. But there has been this little issue that has been driving me a little insane for oh say 2 years now. My son, love him though I do, has too many toys. I know there are a lot of kids out there with more toys than him, but for us, it’s too much. Namely because he just plain doesn’t treat them with respect – he’s not content to actually play with the toys, but would rather have a toy throwing bonanza of wisking several toys into the air, so they fall like confetti around him – at least, that’s what you’d imagine from the look of our apartment. It drives me insane. And I keep saying, “One of these days, I’m going to get rid of HALF these toys,” but I always manage to fall short of that goal, and simply tried to find new ways to organize the junk – I mean toys. But the problem is, I can organize till I’m blue in the face, it won’t make him stop making messes – he’ll take them out of whatever container I put them, no matter how cute the container is (maybe especially if it’s cute). It was time to buck up and make a cut.

I gathered all of his toys into the living room while he was napping on Sunday and started making piles – first, simply of what went with what so that any toy had all it’s pieces, regardless of where it was going next. Then I talked with my husband, through the pile, about each toy – who had given it to us, how many other toys were like it (I started organizing the pile into categories here), and how he treated the toy – was it a favorite or just something to throw into the wall? Some toys were harder to decide with than others – maybe it was a toy, I personally picked out just for him – but for various reasons it had not caught on. Maybe his grandmother had picked it out just for him, but it wasn’t a great fit. And so on… we showed no mercy until all of his toys fit neatly in two baskets, which we’ll rotate whenever he seems bored with the current collection. Even with both baskts emptied onto the floor of our living room, it looked immensely better. He still had lots of toys, but they were the GOOD ones. Some we are keeping for when he’s older, some for when we have another baby.

Bags Filled with Toys for Friends
Bags Filled with Toys for MM's Friends - what lucky kids!

The biggest thing we cut, were the little toys – all the little toys with little pieces that didn’t do much other than take up space, despite their small size. The box of clutter we got rid of was not big, but when the contents were spilled on the floor it was massive – like spilling a drink, the contents could cover a lot of ground. We also put some good toys that were just not a good fit for MM into three bags for some of his friends, who might appreciate them more than he did.

After the Storm (getting rid of old toys typhoon)
After the Storm (you know, the getting rid of old toys and clutter typhoon).

My living room is a mess, still, but somehow this mess is one I’m willing to live with – it’s toys he loves, and toys that  don’t look like a cluttered disgusting mess so much as an assortment of his favorite things, left in the middle of a very fun morning of playtime. And you can see from the look on MM’s face that he isn’t very torn up over the loss of those other toys, which didn’t make the cut…

Did you do something recently that you’re hella proud of? Something truly Tackle it Tuesday worthy? Write about it in your blog and then link up with other Tuesday Tackler’s at 5 Minutes for Mom.

I Think I Have Book ADD

After sifting through different posts in the What’s on Your Nightstand blog carnival hosted by 5 Minutes for Books, I decided I was less than content with my current “reading” list so I packed up MM and headed to the library, where we picked up Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde and of  course Pride and Prejudice so I can get started on the Classics Bookclub pick for August asap. I wanted to get Rumors by Anna Godbersen but alas, it’s still not in, so I put in a request for it and went about my day.

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

I’m not sure if Lost in a Good Book will replace Alanna: The First Adventure or if I’ll attempt to read them simultaneously – but I will definitely be finishing Alanna at some point, because I was enjoying it, I just got tired of being jealous because everyone else was still reading the Jasper Fforde series except me, despite the fact that I LOVED the first book – what’s that about? And then the library had this great collection of like 5 or 6 of his books which I’d somehow never noticed before and even just the other day had commented about how hard to find his books were – a lie, apparently, so, in short, I won’t have to starve for his books anymore. ::happy dance::

I read The Eyre Affair, his first Thursday Next book, a while ago and absolutely adored it – all the literary references and such were irrestistable, and the heroine of the novel is oh so relateable in her own way, a lot of like Isabel Spellman in my personal opinion, which is a huge praise coming from me. So then I almost picked up Thursday Next: A First Among Sequels, thinking for obvious reasons that it was book 2 but it’s actually like book 5 apparently – what’s that all about? Way to be confusing, I say. But luckily I noticed the problem quickly, and swapped books before it was my turn in line – phew.

Now MM is napping and I’m trying to decide – do I continue blogging, as I do have more posts to get around to; do I go get reading as the new books are sitting all pretty, calling out to my like calling out-like books… or do I work on my own novel, which I only just recently began coming up with fresh, new exciting ideas for, but haven’t actually put any of it into writing yet – actual, novel writing, as opposed to brainstorming and outlining which I’ve done plenty of and then some… Time shall tell, it always does.

What's on Your Nightstand: How Many Obsessions Can One Momma Obsess Over?

Right now I’m reading Alanna: The First Adventure in the Songs of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. I first read Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce a few months back, being intrigued by the snazzy cover, but after reading Trickster’s Choice and then Trickster’s Queen and realizing they were definitely not the first books in Pierce’s series, I decided I’d better go back and read at least some of the others. This book is much smaller, but the writing is equally good and so far I’m enjoying it a great deal, despite being oh so tired at night every time I sit down to read – so I’m not making much progress in spite of myself.

The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce; Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs; Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce; Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs; Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

Next up on my list is Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs, whose books were the inspiration behind the tv series Bones on Fox, which you may or may not know I’m obsessed with – almost as obsessed as I am with Grey’s Anatomy. Almost. Okay, let’s face it, I just live to be obsessed with things – from the days of Buffy, Dawsons Creek and Gilmore Girls (and the Backstreet Boys) to today with Grey’s, Bones and John Mayer.

After that I’ll either get on to Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky which looks wonderful or else get onto reading Pride and Prejudice for the Classics Bookclub on 5 Minutes for Books – which I’ll need to read by September 2 or else risk disappointing myself utterly and entirely.

Classics Bookclub

Rumors by Anna Godberson
Rumors by Anna Godberson

I also REALLY want to read Rumors by Anna Godberson, the follow up book to The Luxe which was just as luxurious to read as it was enticing, thrilling, and fabulous. That book just had me dying to wear some fabulous evening gown and dance the night away with a forbidden lover, who would turn out to be my husband because, well, at the end of the day, he’s the only one I want to dance the night away with, but in a fabulous evening gown, wouldn’t it still be dreamy and wonderful?

Don’t you want to curl up with a good book now? What’s on YOUR nightstand? You can tell me in comments, post about it on your own blog and of course, link up to 5 Minutes for Books and check out what other people are reading, too!