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Happy Super Bowl Sunday, any and all faithful readers who continue to check my poor neglected blog despite months of radio silence.
I wanted to crank up my line to the Interwebs a little early this week to let you know that I’ve been scheming with Erika Mitchell again, and we have an exciting week planned for the release of her new book!! *Squee!!*
Please check back Tuesday for my review of Blood Money, as well as links to buy your own copy. Wednesday, I’ll have an exclusive interview with Erika herself, which I couldn’t be more excited about.
Just to further entice you, here is a photo of Henry Cavill, shirtless.
He does not appear in the book, but this is not at all gratuitous. Not at all.
Update for those Male readers*:
*-Yes, CJHannas. I’m talking to you. That’s as gratuitous as I could get with an Olympian… but gotta give the girl credit. She looks cute in a swimming cap. (Bathing cap? Diving cap? Head-swimmy water-maker-faster-thing?)
(Image via here)
I have to take a brief break from contaminating the internet with overwhelming cuteness to acknowledge the significance of this weekend.
When I started working on the Medicare team at BigInsuranceCompany a year and a half ago, Genius Boy suggested that I should start talking to The Yezel.
“Seriously. You guys have a ton in common. Including being obsessed with Twilight.”
We did, and we were, and we’ve been ridiculous ever since.
She was there to witness the whole online dating saga, and was one of the people who gave me a kick in the pants to start blogging about it. She’s been there from the beginning when I started dating Army Boy, and probably figured out that I was going to marry him before I did.
Since the beginning, she’s been planning her wedding to Mr Yezel, and I’ve gotten to go along for the ride. We talked invites, centerpieces, bridesmaids’ dresses and the frustration of People Who Don’t RSVP. (Invaluable for me… Because I would probably have turned into a raving harpy and made screamy phone calls to anyone who had the nerve to ignore my response card.) We’ve agonized over honeymoons and hairstyles, engagement pics and makeup. We laughed over the Catholic church’s “Engaged Encounter,” and laughed HARDER at the unexpected visitor at her Bachelorette party. (Anyone want a pizza?)
Suddenly, without warning… time is up. She’s getting married THIS WEEKEND.
And then deserting me for two whole weeks and going to Mexico.
All this was really to say that she and Mr Yezel are one of THOSE couples. The type that you emulate when you’re dating someone, and hate when you’re single. They’re driven, obscenely organized and smart beyond their years with finances. They have insane chemistry. There’s no question that they’re going the distance.
Oh, and I love them to death.
So Internet, I want to raise our collective glasses (of whatever you have handy- water, pinot grigio, cold coffee… ew?) in a toast to them- to a lifetime of laughter and love. May their wedding be an incredible day that marks the start of the rest of their incredible lives.
Cheers, you guys.
Oh the joy! The rapture! I have returned two book reviews of two different post-apocalyptic novels.
Also, possibly related: I am terrified that the world is going to end.
That’s a story for another day.
I KNOW! You totally thought that I forgot about that page.
I figured that I’d either find my way back to it, or end up nixing it all together at the end of the summer.
And then. The book of all books came along- one that I was so excited to read, finish, and share with everyone (aka- tell you that you’d better read it or we can no longer be friends, for serious.)(No, I’m kidding, we can still be friends.) that I was forced to get my ass back to book reviewing.
(Scene: La Casa Bedroom. Brooke and Army Boy, getting ready to sleep. Brooke looks anxious.)
Brooke: I’m really disturbed by something I saw today. I need to share it with you so you’ll be disturbed too.
Army Boy: (sleepily) Um?
Brooke: Someone on Twitter mentioned “clock spiders”. And I Googled it.
Army Boy: What is it?!
Brooke: A spider the size of a wall clock. A couple only found it because its legs were peeking out from under the clock.
Army Boy: I freakin’ HATE spiders.
Brooke: I KNOW. So there.
Army Boy: Feel better? (Brooke nods.) Get some sleep.
(Brooke looks pensive.)
Army Boy: Mmmph.
Brooke: That just made me think of camel spiders.
Army Boy: Those are some ugly mothers.
Brooke: I read that they MAKE NOISE. They get so pissed that they scream at you.
Army Boy: It’s more like a hissing. Then they charge you.
Brooke: …. OHMYCRAP You SAW SOME. In IRAQ.
Army Boy: I saw a few. I heard they’re worse in Afghanistan.
Brooke: How big are they??
Army Boy: Only a little bigger than a tarantula.
Army Boy: Did you hear the story about the guy who accidentally brought one home from Afghanistan in his gear? And it got out and killed the family’s dog?
Brooke: Please tell me that is not true.
Army Boy: It’s probably just an exaggeration. I got stopped at customs for a pebble in my boot. I can’t imagine they’d let a spider through.
Brooke: You’re right…
Army Boy: Sleep Now?
Brooke: Okaaaay… (twitches feet nervously)
Army Boy: Whaaaaaat.
Brooke: What if there IS one in your gear!? And now it’s IN OUR BASEMENT?!
Army Boy: Our climate is too cold for them. It would have died.
Brooke: Maybe it got OUT of your footlocker and is living IN OUR DRYER. Where I put our CLOTHES.
Army Boy: Babe, Iraq was 4 years ago. If there were a hypothetical camel spider in my gear, I’m sure it’s dead by now. Or maybe still living in the Ex’s basement.
(They exchange an evil smile.)
Brooke: Ok but. What if it IS still down there. Hibernating.
Army Boy: They’re bears now?
Brooke: Or in Cryo-sleep?
Army Boy: (turns to look at her) Who ARE you?!?!?
Brooke: Don’t stop being my friend, ok?
(They burst into hysterical laughter. Brooke is banned from Google images forever after.)
It seems like this week we’re finally shaking off the cold, rainy days of early May. The temps are shooting up into the 70s in the morning and steadily climbing throughout the day. We’ve turned on the A/C in the Casa, and are expecting to keep it on for the rest of the summer.
This has also given me reason to start breaking out the music that says “summer” to me more than the rest of the albums on my iPod. It’s music for road-tripping, music for dancing in flowy skirts and flipflops, and music for chilling outside by the light of a fire and sipping cocktails.
“Twenty-Three” and “Hello…X”- Tristan Prettyman
I first heard Tristan in 2006 when I went through an insane music-buying phase. It was post-college, and I really turned to music to identify with the minor identity crisis that comes with finally being launched into the “adult” world. I read about her smoky tone and sun-drenched songs in an issue of “Paste” magazine, and out of the many albums I sample that year, she’s one of the few that I’ve kept listening to.
“The Makepeace Brothers EP”- The Makepeace Brothers
This trio opened for Jason Mraz when I saw him live, and their laid-back acoustic sound is earthy and sunny. Since they’re brothers, they have similar-sounding voices which make their harmonies killer.
“Coco” and “Breakthrough”- Colbie Caillat
I love her, obviously. Her sultry alto voice combined with the acoustic guitar brings to mind humid summer nights and fireflies.
“We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things”- Jason Mraz
I love him. That’s really all. And an album that goes from the bouncy ukulele-driven “I’m Yours” to the sexy “Butterfly” and back to the sweet duet “Lucky” pretty much guarantees itself a spot on repeat. There’s something for any mood.
“Amanda Leigh”- Mandy Moore
After seeing her guest appearance on “Grey’s Anatomy” the other night, people were asking what happened to her career. In the last year, she released this gem of an album, which features her delicate voice over some awesome musical arrangements. I love that there’s a track dedicated to how she came up with each song, and “Merrimack River” is achingly lovely.
Another actress/musician, Zooey Deschanel intrigued me with her singing voice in the movie “Elf.” When I heard that she’d recorded an album, I couldn’t resist. Rather than sticking to lower, torchy sound of her register, she’s all over singing bright, retro-pop. I don’t know if that’s a term, I just made it one. They dabble in folk and pop, purposely using certain recording techniques so that it doesn’t come across as “too polished.”
“Vampire Weekend”- Vampire Weekend
This record hooked me with its catchy, unusual rhythms and the band’s collective nostalgia for Cape Cod summers. I didn’t feel the same connection to “Contra,” their second offering, possibly because it wasn’t as mind-blowing after hearing the first. The album is an intellectual’s dream, both in their creative use of the English language and the variety of instruments used.
“Curiouser”- Kate Miller-Heidke
I raved about this after I heard her perform with Ben Folds in March. It’s my current music love affair, and fortunately fits in with my summer mood. I even paused to compliment the music counter employee at a local bookstore when I heard it playing over the store sound-system. Her classical training is surprising and exciting when she unexpectedly busts out with insane operatic runs. I also love how she can switch back and forth from sass (on “God’s Gift to Women” and “Politics in Space”) to sentiment (“Our Song.” Simple and lovely.) .
What are your summer music loves? Please leave comments- I need some ear candy for the coming weeks at work while I count down to vacation! I’m officially under a month, and we’re into the most important AND most tedious part of my job- formulary review and submission. Pages and pages and pages of spreadsheets… GAH.
(images courtesy of Amazon)