Friday, February 02, 2007

You know?

Is it wrong to have a soy white mocha and a black-bottom cupcake for breakfast? I normally eat a very healthy diet, but this morning I was craving sugar in a major way.

I stopped at a Starbucks on the way to work, where the line was mercifully short. They’ve started writing customers' names on their cups to avoid inadvertent java pilfering. I'm thinking about giving a false name next time, just for fun. Medusa, maybe. Or Shakira.

(the thought of telling the barrista that my name is Shakira is hugely amusing to me)

Is it weird to mourn a book? I finished Michelle Wildgen’s You’re Not You over a week ago and I still think about it every day. I loved it. I wish I could explain why, but I’m very inarticulate when it comes to expressing my feelings about books. This is probably why I’m terrified of joining a book club. I’d stammer, “It was good! Really, really good!” Or, “It kind of sucked, you know?”

As a librarian, I expect more of myself in this department.

My parents have a bunch of audio tapes of me talking when I was around five years old. My dad was an Air Force pilot and therefore frequently absent, so we used to mail tapes back and forth. In one recording my mom is prompting me to tell my dad about my new skirt.

“I got a new skirt today!” I crow. “And some socks!

“Why do you like your skirt?” my mom asks.

“I like my skirt because… I like my skirt because I got it today!

Some things never change.

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Blogger His suzy said...

My English teachers always got after me because they said I never put enough examples or detail in my papers. Perhaps I have another form of the same condition you have? lol

12:03 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

hee. i think it's because liking is so instinctive. you can try to explain it later, but at first it's just a feeling.

12:18 PM  
Blogger bdogg_mcgee said...

Ha! I'm the same way. I have always had trouble elaborating things. My papers would be riddled with "need more explanation." Grr.

I know what you mean about mourning books. I do the same thing--Marian Keyes's "Anybody Out There?" in addition to having me sobbing while I was reading it, also made me sad when I finished the last page. I do that with a lot of books, though.

I see it this way--I love books so much and I become so absorbed in the characters' lives that when the book is over, I almost feel as if I've lost a friend. Does that make sense?

12:52 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I was sad when I finished reading Water for Elephants. I wanted more, darn it.

7:31 PM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

if you give your real name, the terrorists have won.

No, seriously, I always give a fake name at Panera when they ask. You know, so they can shout that your lunch order is ready? It's usually a normal but random name, and not mine. Merely because it does amuse me. so go for it, shakira!

3:06 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Bearette, I think you're right. I usually know right away whether I'll like a book or not, even though I can't explain why.

Bdogg- it makes total sense. I'm still depressed when I realize that Anne of Green Gables would be dead now, and she wasn't even a real person.

Babel- the possibilities are endless. I'm favoring Tawanda as of this morning...

10:46 AM  
Blogger Iamthebookworm said...

I'm the same way! I can tell you if I like or dislike a book but its hard to say why.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I've always wanted to join a book club, but never have because I figured I would either feel intimidated by everyone else's insights or feel too pressured to finish the book by a deadline.

I love the idea of giving a different name. It's so simple, yet so fun.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Suse said...

So what name did you give? Enquiring minds and all.

(How about Tamara tomorrow?)

3:25 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

bookworm, it's good to know that I'm not alone. :)

Suse- I gave my real name that day, but I'll give a falsie next time.

5:17 PM  

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