Wonderful Stuff Wednesday: New Music, New Books, and Something Cute

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Well, it's been a week and I've yet to shake the funk that I was in, hence the lack of blogging because really, there's no reason to broadcast that. I hear it all day in my own head and I wish I could turn it off, haha.

The weekend was pretty good, even if I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to. We bought a desk. Actually, we bought 2, but not really on purpose. I know, how does one accidentally purchase a desk? Well, we ordered one from Sears online because we hadn't found one that we liked and was in our budget. Then on Saturday we went out to look again because we really wanted a desk now, not in 7-10 business days. Surprise, we found a desk that was less expensive than the one at Sears, and it was able to go home with us that day. Of course, the desk was flat-packed in a box, and we had my car, which can hold a ridiculous amount of stuff thanks to the hatchback and the folding seats. (Seriously, I moved my entire life minus furniture, obviously, to FL in my car. It was impressive.) The desk was ever so slightly too long for the car, so it ended up being shoved up in between the front seats, which led to me not being able to see out of my passenger side window at all. Also, the box was pressing against the glass in the hatch and was making a terrible noise, so I drove the 20 minutes home in complete and utter fear that my hatch would suddenly explode. (Spoiler alert: It did not.) We didn't die on the way home, either, so that was a bonus. Anyway, I called Sears to try and cancel the first desk and they were entirely unhelpful and said that they couldn't cancel the order, so now we have to take this desk back to the local Kmart/Sears when it arrives, which is annoying but... oh well. So yeah, that's how we bought two desks. The end.

Right, so the rest of the weekend was spent running various errands, hanging out with Colleen, and seeing Victoria in a production of "Evita" in Moorestown. And now it's somehow only Wednesday, even though this week has been endless and it feels like it should have been Friday at least twice already.

ANYWAY, on to the Wonderful Stuff!

First up, new music! Lots of albums came out this week, apparently, but the two that made me the most excited were The Blessed Unrest (Sara Bareilles) and Last of the Great Pretenders (Matt Nathanson). Both are available on Spotify, so if you haven't downloaded this free program that lets you listen to tons of albums for free then here is the perfect excuse. Here are the singles released from each of the albums, in case you're interested:

And, because I am obsessed, here are my favorites from the album thus far:

I Choose You



Anyway, seriously, go listen to these albums. You won't be sorry.

New books are next! Many of you have problem seen this list from Buzzfeed about books that are being made into movies soon. My friend Amy and I decided that we should read them all, and that idea turned into a book club. Our first meeting was this past Sunday and our first book was Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. Hailed as "this year's Gone Girl" wasn't exactly helpful for me, as I am apparently one of the 3 people on the planet who hasn't read that yet. Anyway, the premise seemed decent enough ("A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter's life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.") and I like a good mystery. 

I don't read a lot of fiction these days, and I'm not sure when the switch occurred. I think so much non-fiction has tainted my ability to "get into" fiction like I used to, though, because if anything is the least bit unbelievable, I start to get disinterested or annoyed.  There were some parts in Reconstucting Amelia that were like that, but my bigger issue with the story was that things were introduced that never fully got resolved and it left me wondering, "Why did the author include that??" We (the book club) decided that we wanted books about at least 2 of the other characters, haha. Our next book is The Spectacular Now, by Tim Tharpe. The premise is apparently:

"SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually. Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever."

Of the books on the list, this wasn't one of my "must-reads" because the main character's name is Sutter, and that makes me want to punch someone. Also, the word "splendiferous" is used in the synopsis, and I don't know how I feel about that. Regardless, it's the book that got picked (we're going in the order that the movies are being released) and it's coming from the library soon. Our next meeting is 7/28, so I'll be sure to let you all know how it was. 

Other books that I've read recently/am reading:

The Girls (Lori Lansens)
The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides)
Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness (Jessica Valenti)
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Andrew Solomon)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain)

For those of you who are interested, here is my Goodreads profile link!

And last, but definitely not least, here is a video of kids responding to the "controversial" Cheerios ad with the biracial family. Maybe our country won't be going to hell in a hand-basket after all?

And on that note, I am getting ready to go because today has been rough for a multitude of reasons and I'd like to go home and study (which doesn't sound relaxing, but I swear, it soothes my addled brain).

Enjoy the wonderful stuff, and let me know if there are wonderful things you'd like me to feature next week!

- A

1 comment:

  1. Spotify doesn't like Canada, sadly. None of the good music sites do. :( Would you care to dropbox some of this lovely new music for me? :D I like the songs you posted!

    Also, I am one of the other 3 people who have not yet read Gone Girl. I have it on hold at the library, but I'm several hundred people down on the wait list, so it'll be awhile. Lol, and I have to agree with you that I wouldn't be inspired to read a book that used the words fabuloso and splediferous in the synopsis. I hope it's better than it sounds!

    Man, I've been listening to the Sara Bareilles songs you linked to while I read the rest of your post, and now I really want some new music!!


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