Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.  Although it took me a while to get into the flow of the narrator's voice, it was a nice surprise in a 'modern day dark fairy tale' kind of way.

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Must be your goal to make me die

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


My heart feels heavy and my house feels strange. Home. Hope. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

The LeftoversThe Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a hard time giving books five stars, but with this one, I do so without reserve.  I read this book because I was simply engrossed in the HBO series and I wanted more.  Something about the darkness and the unknowing in the show felt like home to me and the book delivered the same.  As a person who is addicted to observing the human experience, this book could not have been more in my wheelhouse.  One of the things I love the most about this story is that all of the characters are reacting to an unexplainable trauma, and all of them are right in how they process their grief.  It couldn't possibly get more raw than the meandering thoughts of a woman whose entire family inexplicably disappeared who arrives at the conclusion, "Now that she knew the truth, she could see that she'd lost a little less than she thought she had, which was almost like getting something back."

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Saturday, September 6, 2014


I used to have a personality. Thoughts of my own. People who cared about them. Maybe.  Actually, I'm pretty sure they didn't. I just believed that they did. It's funny how that made all the difference. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

From The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

"Now that she knew the truth, she could see that she'd lost a little less than she thought she had, which was almost like getting something back."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy, #3)The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I definitely enjoyed the first book in this series the most, but this last book, while long, is also pretty strong.  The series as a whole was really good.  I have grown tired of the romanticized images of the vampire that have surfaced of late.  This series was a refreshing return to the vampire as a monster and a threat to the human race.  I found that the series seemed to read to me almost like a screenplay, which I enjoyed.  The author's did an outstanding job of setting up the plot in such a way that each detail was easy to visualize.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Today's book title....

The Vagueness of Printer Settings:  My Life as a Nerd.

Monday, August 18, 2014


I am in love with a certain kind of melancholy.  It is the most true romance of my life.

My least favorite words...

My life depends on them.  Right now.  This pile of noodle feelings and thoughts...  I have to sort through them, one noodle at a time.  Unraveling them without unraveling.

I haven't looked for her profile in about a week.  I haven't asked about her.  Sometimes I am conscious of it and sometimes I am not.  All of the time, it hurts.

He stays and he goes.  Sometimes without physically moving.  It hurts.  I don't know what the future holds and for the first time in my life I might be ok with that.

The feeling of weakness is sometimes overwhelming.  I am coming to despise being called strong because it's a lie.

Insert a zillion positive cliches about overcoming here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

My husband...

Good morning my love. Something has been weighing so heavy on my heart for the last few days and I need to talk to you about it. I am truly and deeply sorry to you that I, your wife, was not there for you and as supportive of you as I should have been over the last months, but especially when you felt alone and needed me the most. I was too angry and too resentful to be able to forgive you and love you the way you deserved to be loved and cared for. And I am so ashamed and so sorry for that. I could offer a million excuses to you for my responses, but none of them really matter. The only thing that matters was that you needed me and you deserved more from me than I gave. And I can't possibly tell you how sorry and regretful I am that I was not the person I should have been for you. It breaks my heart that I let you down. I need you to know that this is not a small thing to me and that I will do every single thing I can to make it up to you. I love you so much  I can't possibly tell you how sad I am that we have lost so much time to trivialities. I am so lucky to have you in my life. You are such a beautiful blessing to me.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I should be...

...writing my 40th birthday manifesto about a new beginning, mistakes, regrets, failed relationships, fresh starts and all of that other shit, but I just can't.  Even breathing is hard right now.  My thoughts don't make any sense and thinking futher than 5 minutes into the future makes my heart race.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Joey Kerouac

I probably need to be stopped.  I just wrote this bio for one of our available Boston Terriers:

Joey is an American Gentleman who has the heart and soul of a literary genius and we believe that he is very much a large dog trapped in the body of a small dog.  Joey prefers the company of humans to other dogs and would do best in a home as an only dog, or perhaps with one other independent pup.  Joey is likely the Jack Kerouac of the dog world.  He is highly introspective, preferring to be an only dog in a calm and quiet environment (after all, he is planning his next literary masterpiece).  Joey would like a home with very little chaos and a solid routine, as all iconoclast writers do!  Joey likes structure that includes designated areas for sleeping and a regular schedule for walks and feeding.  Can you provide Joey with the space that he needs to develop his next master work?  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Stranger Than FictionStranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, to be fair, some of the stories are a little slow and I think that is mostly because I was disinterested in the subjects, but the biography and autobiography sections of the book by far make up for what is lacking in the initial stories.  I really loved the undercurrent of recurring connections in each story.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Buie, Kerri
Still up to go to Auggies?  I can use a walk after all.
9:00 AM
One can really never have too much coffee 9:00 AM
Note:  Next time get iced coffee 9:47 AM
Audette, Geoffrey
Coffee is bitter
9:50 AM
Buie, Kerri
Glad it was not just me 9:50 AM
Maybe pressed would have been better? 9:51 AM
Audette, Geoffrey
don't think it would have helped. it's probably just the ethiopian beans 9:51 AM
I'm bummed out this coffee isn't good. Will give them another shot. Hopefully it's just the type of coffee today. 10:29 AM
Buie, Kerri
I had high hopes. 10:29 AM
Audette, Geoffrey
yeah, me too. And it was freshly brewed 10:30 AM
Buie, Kerri
#firstworldproblems 10:30 AM
Audette, Geoffrey
strong point 10:30 AM

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A PSA for Men

Dear Men,

While we appreciate that you claim to love our real and curvy bodies when you are happy with us, it follows that you just can't use that same mouth to call us a fatass when you are angry with us and expect that we should be ok with that... because you were angry.