Friday, July 26, 2013

I Have A Day Off (And Other Celebrations)

So this is going to be a bit of a lengthy post, and I'm sorry for that, but it couldn't be helped. Proceed at your own risk...

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly bloghop hosted by VikLit in which participants, well, celebrate the small things. Or the big things. Or the things in between. It doesn't mater what it is. We celebrate whatever good stuff happened during the previous week. (click HERE for a complete list of participants)

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—In my last post, I lamented my lack of a day off this week. I was looking at more than seven straight days at The Store. But then yesterday, I was given today off. Sure, Management only gave it to me because (in a completely freakish accident I will never be able to replicate, regardless of how many more years I work there) I bruised the hell out of my ribs at work on Wednesday and currently lack the ability to properly reach, bend, twist, and take deep breaths, but hey, it still counts. I have a day off. And a perfect excuse to lay in bed all day and watch TV.

—My metabolism. One of the things I hate most about my day job (besides, you know, everything) is that I just eat so horribly when I'm there. Not that I have the healthiest eating habits the rest of the time, but whenever I'm in The Store, it's so much worse. I go through junk food like water. For example, one day this past week, I ate about 80% of a chocolate-frosted chocolate cake my co-worker made (it was soooooooooo delicious). The next day I ate an entire bag of peanut butter cups and half a box of twinkies. Yesterday I finished off the twinkies and started on a bag on kit kats. I should seriously weigh as much as Babe the Big Blue Ox. Maybe even more.

—And last, but not least, I'm celebrating this song (it inspires me):



Next up is the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, hosted by The Armchair Squid, where participants post about a book they've read and enjoyed over the last month.

My selection this month is another YA novel: Rats Saw God by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas.

From Goodreads:

For Steve York, life was good. He had a 4.0 GPA, friends he could trust, and a girl he loved. Now he spends his days smoked out, not so much living as simply existing.

But his herbal endeavors -- and personal demons -- have lead to a severe lack of motivation. Steve's flunking out, but if he writes a one-hundred-page paper, he can graduate.

Steve realizes he must write what he knows. And through telling the story of how he got to where he is, he discovers exactly where he wants to be...


So, I enjoyed this book, but in the interest of full disclosure, there was an excellent chance that I would've loved it even if it had been about sparkily vampires because I'm pretty obsessed with Rob Thomas. He's not quite at the level of my Joss Whedon obsession, but he's damn close.  Veronica Mars is one of my all-time favorite shows; I watch reruns religiously and I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for the big screen version (by the way, THIS is hilarious. I love Ryan Hansen.) and if I'm not referencing Buffy or Firefly or Gilmore Girls, I'm referencing Veronica Mars.

Anyway, this is about the book. I liked the characters, and I loved the voice. That's really the most important element for me in anything I read. If I don't like your characters, nothing else matters. But, moving on...The story jumps back and forth between the past and the present, which is not an easy technique, but Rob Thomas does it well. It's funny and sad and sweet and, quite simply, a good read.  

That's gonna do it for me today...I'm off to do my best impersonation of an inanimate object.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend.

61 comments:

  1. Your posts always crack me up! I'm sorry about your ribs, but maybe it's worth it to get a day off. I hope you enjoy yourself and find a book you like as much as Rob Thomas's one. :-)

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    1. I'm looking forward to sleeping. And then sleeping some more.

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  2. 'I liked the characters, and I loved the voice. That's really the most important element for me in anything I read.'

    Totally with you on that. (Like, totally.) Those two elements--and the worldbuilding--tend to be more meaningful for me than the p-word.

    Have a great weekend.

    (ps I *still* heart the Gilmore girls.)

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    1. It was such a great show, right???

      I'd love there to be a Gilmore Girls movies. C'mon, Kickstarter!

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  3. Hope you get better. Last night, I did two blow outs and this morning I have no use of my left hand. But I still have use of the right one. I can still type. Thank God.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. Oh, I'll get better. I'm sure it'll even happen faster as soon as I stop going into work long enough to heal.

      The trouble's always in the details.

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  4. Rest those ribs, and enjoy your day off! And don't watch anything funny!

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    1. Oh yeah. I learned that lesson the hard way last night when I thought it would be a good idea to watch Whose Line Is It Anyway?

      It was not a good idea.

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    2. P.S. Just wanted you to know that I ordered the book, and it arrived yesterday, and I'm up to the creation of GOD, and I'm really liking it. And this from someone who's never heard of the author or seen a single episode of Veronica Mars.

      And still eight games ahead of the Yankees! :-)

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    3. Still enjoying the book a great deal (Steve and Dub just lit up his bedroom), and now 11.5 games ahead of the Yankees!

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  5. Sorry about your ribs.
    Do you need help packing healthy snacks? I'm good at that.
    Just take it easy today.

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    1. The worst part is I do pack healthy snacks. I just don't eat them.

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  6. I hope you're not in too much pain, and that relaxing and TV watching is just the cure.

    Gotta say, that chocolate frosted chocolate cake sounds yummy....

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    1. Oh, it was so yummy. I was sad when it was gone, and I spent the rest of the week asking my co-worker to make more.

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  7. Sorry about your accident, hope you feel better soon. But enjoy the day off anyway.

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  8. Sorry about the ribs.

    There's a lot of Joss Whedon love at the Coffeehouse today. I don't know Rob Thomas or Veronica Mars at all. I like the story premise for your book a lot: a lost soul finds his way. Well-covered territory, yet the well never runs dry. Who among us can't relate?

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    1. There should always be a lot of Joss Whedon love everywhere everyday. =)

      But, again, I might be a little biased. =)

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    2. Agreed. Have you seen Much Ado yet? Good stuff.

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  9. I'm glad you got a day off and completely agree about metabolism trouble. I wish mine ran a little faster. C'est la guerre.

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    1. I am going to be devastated when my metabolism slows down.

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  10. I thought you said this was going to be a long post.
    I remember when I got time off from TRU because of a twisted ankle.

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  11. Oh man... now I want chocolate frosting...

    Thanks for this highlight, MJ. I hadn't heard of this book!

    And so sorry for your state right now. I HOPE you recover quickly! :/

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  12. I excel at freakish accidents, too. We should start a club.

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    1. I'll make tee shirts. Or maybe slings would be more appropriate...

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  13. I hope your ribs feel better soon. I imagine that you are feeling quite uncomfortable right now. I like that you eat junk food. At my workplace nobody eats. Everyone is health conscious. I hope you enjoyed the day off.

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    1. I actually ended up going in to work for a few hours. It's possible I have a problem.

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  14. The book sounds engaging: good review.

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  15. Bruised ribs is no bueno. Hope you recover quickly.

    So ... this is not the Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, I take it? I've heard of Veronica Mars but haven't watched it yet: I better remedy that. And if you like Joss Whedon, you should read my Cephalopod review today. :)

    This sounds like an intriguing book ... I will have to check it out!

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    1. Nope, it's a different Rob Thomas. But I bet he hears that a lot.

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  16. Yay for a day off, but not for the ribs. Ouch. Hope you're having a relaxing day. :)

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  17. I forgot to ask last time if you would have gotten overtime for the 7 days in a row. But I guess that point is moot now.

    Sorry about your ribs. And now the Twinkie comment makes sense. I get why you eat awfully at work. It's one way to anesthetize the pain. Or the stupidity. If you loved your work, you'd eat healthier.

    I was just so ticked to learn that Bunheads had been cancelled. Never heard of Bunheads? It was Amy Sherman-Palladino's new series on ABC Family. Okay, it had teens, but it also had ASP's signature dialog. Brilliant for Gilmore Girls withdrawal. And now it's officially gone. Sigh.

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    1. I LOVED Bunheads, and I'm bummed it was cancelled. I was totally in it for Sutton Foster and Amy Sherman-Palladino.

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  18. I'm so sorry to hear you hurt your ribs, but despite the pain and lack of movement, I hope you enjoy relaxing for the day. :)

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  19. You've made me very curious about Veronica Mars--more so than the novel, which actually reminded me of something John Green would write (have you read him?)

    Hope your ribs are better!

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    1. I adore John Green. I desperately want a new book by him.

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  20. I started reading your post and then I couldn't stop thinking about cake. And peanut butter cups. Ooh, and cake with peanut butter cups on it.

    Bummer that you hurt your ribs, even if it did lead to a day off. Feel better. Go do absolutely nothing.

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  21. I hope you enjoyed your day off, even though you are injured. Here's hoping you're back in fighting shape soon! :)

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  22. I can eat a whole bag of Reese's cups myself! Hopefully, your one day off will be enough to heal you for work!

    I started watching VM when it first aired, then got switched to a different shift. I need to go back and watch it from the beginning. I loved that show! And JW rocks!!!

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  23. Sometimes the body needs carbs. Don't beat yourself up about it. Have a great weekend.

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  24. first, cheers to your day off, but sorry for your bruised ribs!

    second, why do horrible unhealthy foods taste so darn delicious!!

    have a great weekend! and heal quick, but one more day of rest to do it!

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    1. I know, right? I'd eat far fewer carbs if they tasted more like salad.

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  25. I love finding new music, and that is definitely a fabulous song. Great post!

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, with Joy)

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  26. I'm glad your keeping a good celebratory head despite all your work happenings. Sweets are the hardest thing to bypass. I wish you luck that the goodies change their format from sweets to maybe fruit. :) Writer’s Mark

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  27. I feel your pain with snacking on the treats. Sweets are my arch nemesis. They taunt me and I cave. It is what it is, though. haha I need to change the sweets into fruits. :)

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  28. Aha, I skimmed through your very long post, um, I thoroughly read your very long post :)

    It appears, no matter what you get "betterer" and betterer. Yep. I think I just created a new word.

    Actually and I have no idea why I should be jealous, but you cannot buy "Twinkies" in England. Should I star a petition? Nah....

    A hopefully good weekend to you. Oops! Just fell off my computer chair....

    Gary :)

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  29. I hope your ribs are better soon.

    Didn't they stop making Twinkies? Just wondering.

    I was never a fan of Twinkies, but LOVED Tallahassee's (Woody Harrelson) quest for them in ZOMBIELAND. Ahh, good times.

    Feel better soon and watch lots of TV for me!

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    1. They did stop making Twinkies, but Hostess recently had a comeback, and when I saw them at the grocery store, I couldn't resist.

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  30. Oooh ouch I hope you are recovered.

    & I might have to try Rob's book!

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  31. I'm a huge Rob Thomas/Veronica Mars fan, too. (I couldn't resist supporting the Kickstarter, either!) I've been wanting to check out Rats Saw God for a long time, but just haven't had the chance yet. Glad to hear it was an excellent read!

    That really sucks about your ribs, though--yikes! Too bad you couldn't have gotten a day off without an injury like that. Hope you feel better soon!

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  32. Oh man.. snacking on the bad stuff is my downfall lol
    I'm sorry about your ribs, hope you feel better soon (hugs)

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  33. If you got injured at work, you should file a Worker's Compensation claim and get paid for any time off that you would otherwise be scheduled.

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  34. oh my i hope your injuries are healing well. on a lighter note, glad you're okay and that you had a day off!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  36. Really nice things to celebrate! I like the metabolism one, especially! That's amazing. I'm sure I'd be waddling around if I'd sampled those yummy things. I have a big weakness for chocolate, but that's not the only thing, unfortunately. For example, there's also coconut.
    Happy weekend everyone.

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