November 23, 2016

Two thoughts.

First, I'm going to a girls' night with some former co-workers tomorrow. I was only planning on going for a couple hours and using the pregnant mom card as my excuse. It starts at 6 so getting in some socializing and being home shortly after 8 felt like a win-win. I was also planning a productive weekend which isn't going to happen now, so I'm hoping to hammer some projects out once Parker's in bed today and tomorrow. Friday and Saturday nights will be dedicated to Gilmore Girls and chocolate chip cookies. (Side note: I contemplated pop-tarts, but can only have un-iced ones and they taste like cardboard anyway.) (Side note #2: NEVER MIND. I just realized that with some puff pastry and jam I can make my own pop-tarts.)

The problem is, yesterday our host texted us to let us know that she needs help bagging and labeling what sounds like clothing donations for seniors so we'll be doing a lot of that. When I told her I'd likely be a little late she said they'd save me some work. It's like that time I was invited to a wedding and then informed I was on set up and tear down for the whole event. How do you say no to charity/brides when you've already said you're going? I don't mind helping out, but feel a little hoodwinked. All I can say is, there had better be potato chips.

Second, I'm really enjoying being on the Goodreads party bus. It's motivating me to finish reading Today Will Be Different which I'm currently in the middle of and not enjoying at all. It's a quick read which is why I haven't bother putting it down. I liked Where'd You Go, Bernadette? but I listened to the audiobook and I'm wondering if that had some sort of impact. I've read this author's other book and hated it, too, which leads to the ultimate question: Does listening to an audiobook count as reading it?

I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I find listening to them an excellent way to get housework done during nap time, kill time while travelling/commuting, or knit along to. I don't consider audiobooks "reading," however, because they're listening. I'm still consuming the book, though, so does it count? The problem with audiobooks, too, is that it's all about who reads them. When I listened to Stephen Fry read Harry Potter it was actually magical. On the other hand, the fellow that reads the Song of Ice and Fire series kind of butchers it. Both are book series I love, but the audiobook experiences are night and day. I'm currently listening to Yes Please and I can tell you that it's a totally different experience than just reading it would be. I mean, Patrick Stewart reads part of it. That's definitely not in the paper version.

So do audiobooks count as Goodreads books? Yay or nay?

Homemade puff pastry pop-tarts. Yay or nay?

Leggings as pants. Yay or nay?

Who would win in a fight? Justin Trudeau's hair or Donald Trump's?


  1. 1.I think they count because it is not like goodreads is for bragging about how many books you've read.

    2.The puff pastry would make it more of a toaster streudle than a pop tart, right? But would be so yummy.

    3.I've seen way too many lady butts and butt floss because people think they are pants.

    4.I don't even know

    1. 1. This is true. But part of me disagrees. I like to brag to myself.

      2. I don't think I've ever had a toaster strudle, but I feel like that would be much more delicious than a cardboard-like pop-tart. And it involves less work than making my own dough.

      3. Do you even own any leggings? I feel like you need to own leggings to fully understand the depths of this debate.

  2. Somebody is bringing pop tarts to our viewing party, and it's the thing I'm least looking forward to. Other snacks include pizza, Chinese, another undetermined takeout, homemade donuts, and candy.

    I really think it depends on the butt if it can pull off leggings as pants for myself, it's a no. My rear is too large and sticks out from my thighs too far. Need to cover that transition! I don't care about leggings as pants if hey are thick enough and the bum is nice enough. But I find myself staring, which might give the wrong idea.

    And stop talking about politics! :P

  3. If audiobooks don't count as books then I don't read very much. Audiobooks take effort too, the way some would argue sitting down to read does.

    I did not like Today Will Be Different at all (I quit halfway through) but I loved Bernadette.

  4. Homemade pop tarts? Sounds like a yes to me.

    Leggings as pants? I was all kinds of no on this until 1) my pants stopped fitting and 2) I discovered maternity leggings. Though for me the leggings have to be pretty thick and my booty decently covered.

  5. You should feel hoodwinked! I would probably use the pregnancy card to get out of working for free. I'm the worst.

    I'm anti-audiobook. I can't pay attention. My mind drifts off every single time. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that I've yet to listen to one with a decent narrator.

    Leggings as pants is only ok while pregnant.

  6. The thing with audiobooks is that the reader influences your view of the book so much. Which I guess can be a good thing or a really, really bad one, depending on which audiobook you're talking about!


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