December 12, 2006

Every time I read another news article on James Kim I feel myself blinking back tears. Somebody posted a graphic detailing Kim’s journey through that harsh terrain, and seeing the trail leading back towards his family’s car about breaks my damn heart. I wish like hell we could all spin the earth backwards like Superman, and fly to him, a deus ex machina to pluck his still-living body from the cold ground, and return him to safety and warmth and his family’s arms.

I know this world’s got a million sad stories, but this one just won’t leave my head. I hope for peace and healing for the Kim family.


Boy, I don’t even know how to segue from such a sad topic without sounding like an insensitive asshole, so let’s just…move on, together, to the incredibly shallow topic of concealer. Specifically, I need your advice on a good cover-up for my spectacularly unsexy dark eye circles, because you guys know EVERYTHING. Leave me a comment, or shoot me an email, and help me not spend so much time getting up close and personal with Photoshop’s Dodge tool.

And hey, as long as I’m soliciting advice, I need a good book. I keep picking things up from the library that aren’t very enjoyable, and then I feel resentful about spending my practically nonexistent free time on something that is teh suck, so YO, kick down with the suggestions. What’s the last great thing you read?

Work is incredi-busy lately, what with Macworld and a new product release and Workplace’s upcoming semi-closure for several days in a row over the holidays (would you believe I actually argued against that decision? I really am an asshole). I’m pleased to report, though, that I had time this week to write a very stupid blog post that included a photo of one of our employees in a monkey mask, so the next time I have a mini career crisis and wonder if I’m Really Being All That I Can Be, I will remind myself: monkey mask.

I’ve been posting photos of the various Christmas accouterments scattered around the house, and for those of you with really good memories, here’s an old friend: Porny McSquirrelton, He-Who-Wields-Anal-Beads. Speaking of anal, my ass is going to get really fat if I keep doing this.

In other news, this video is oddly wonderful. Rescue many horses, yes indeed! (Thanks, Jilly.)


134 Responses to “Only a moment to spare, typey typey publish”

  1. mo from ne on December 13th, 2006 11:40 pm

    I really enjoyed “The Tender Bar” by J.R. Moehringer. It’s a memoir about someone who grows up near and around a bar on Long Island. Another great memoir is “All the Wrong Men and One Perfect Boy” by Spike Gillespie. I think you would also like her essay collections. If you want something fluffy and light….. Sarah Bird is great. Any of her novels are fun to read in between chasing after the kid….Virgin of the Rodeo, The Boyfriend School, Alamo House, and The Mommy Club.

    I loved reading other people’s books suggestions….

    Good luck with your holiday season and the concealer thing…

  2. LLL on December 14th, 2006 12:25 am

    Seabiscuit – one of the most well writtn books I have ever read
    For juvenile, breezy, humor (think Bridgette Jones at 14) – the Goeria Nicholson series, starting with Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging
    Gates of Fire – thought it was a man book, its really good
    Walking in Circles Before Lying Down

    Eye makeup – for those with bags. Its some sort of lightening in a twist stick by Christian Dior – I really like it. Set it with powder

  3. Diablevert on December 14th, 2006 5:44 am

    Well, I’m number 80-bajillion, so you’ll probably never get to this with all the other good stuff up there, yet I must recommend

    Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters.

    I’ll skip the plot and just say this about that book — it’s divided into three parts, and I picked it up one morning with the intention of reading until the end of the first part and then going to run some errands.

    Yeah, that didn’t happen. I was so surprised by the twist that I had to read the second part, and then when I got to the end of that…

    I just checked on Amazon — that book’s about 600 pages, and I finished in a day and a half. I cannot guanrantee the same results in your case, but it’s the most page-tunrey good book I’ve read in years, possibly ever.

  4. Beekeebear on December 14th, 2006 7:38 am

    For something just downright good, try:
    The Bonesetter’s Daughter, by Amy Tan
    Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates

    For something a little lighter, insanely funny, but incredibly well-written, and consumable in bite-size chunks (considering that it’s actually a collection of short stories), try:
    The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure, by Jack Pendarvis

    For something very light, quick to read, and fun, try:
    Ella Minnow Pea, by Mark Dunn

  5. Erin on December 14th, 2006 8:06 am

    OH! I have lots of good books that I have read lately, but I think my favorite is P.S., I Love You by Cecelia Ahern – and the good news about it is that they’re currently making a movie out of the book, so by the time you finish it, you can see the movie! :)

    Its one of those sappy, make you cry then makes you feel good and then makes you laugh out loud books.

    Also, in a completely different category, one of my favorite authors is Bill Bryson and you should definately read “A Walk In The Woods” – its a laugh out loud book all the way telling Bryson’s story of hiking the A.T.

  6. Sarah on December 14th, 2006 12:41 pm

    That video reduced me to a sniveling twit. Seriously, I couldn’t even drink my tea my lower lip was so jiggly.

    As for books, I just read Lamb by Christopher Moore and it was very good/funny as hell/naughty in the name of Jesus. I highly recommend it!

  7. Kim on December 14th, 2006 12:59 pm

    The Education of Little Tree is my fave book EVER, though i can’t remember the author off hand. I COULD get up from the couch and look for it…but I am nursing right now, sorry. You’ll love it I am sure, even my HUSBAND cried it was so good.
    As for dark circles, I own a day spa and am an esthetician. I can give you the straight poop: Vitamin K will help if they are due to lack of sleep or what not. a good concealer will help (i LOVE bobby brown’s concealer, it even has powder…ATTACHED!!!) but if they are hereditary…you will only get results from concealer. So sorry.

  8. angela on December 14th, 2006 1:39 pm


    I also recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife. I disagree with all the Jodi Piccolut recommendations… My Sister’s Keeper left me feelings kinda “Nyeeh.”

    I just finished reading, From Baghdad, With Love. I got it thinking it was all about a little puppy stranded in Iraq, and while it is, it’s also very much about the reality of war. The puppy aspect of the story provides a welcome contrast to all the shit. Let’s see… I enjoyed Neuromancer (William Gibson)… Any and everything by Chuck Palaniuk, especially Invisible Monsters… And I also enjoy David Gutterson, especially Snow Falling on Cedars, but I have to be in the mood for something a bit more in-depth than my standard pop-fiction when I pick up his books.

  9. Celine on December 14th, 2006 9:09 pm

    Holy crap this post is comment-tastic!! I just wanted to recommend a concealer that is virtually unknown outside the film industry, even though it is the most incredible thing ever. It is the Cinema Secrets concealer/foundation that was designed for medical purposes (cover scars etc) and is amazing. I swear by it as I am also a dark circle queen.

    Also, their eyeliner sealer is a dream!!

  10. Chaya on December 15th, 2006 1:17 am

    I second the recommendations for anything Bill Bryson, Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem, and Middlesex. My whole extended family passed around a copy of The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason, and we all loved it. If you can deal with a somewhat sad book (as in, I cried for hours but in a really cathartic way), I was really blown away by The Lovely Bones (I’m a little behind the times with the reading here).
    Another great book is The God of Small Things.

    Also, any Barbara Kingsolver. Happy reading.

  11. eva on December 15th, 2006 10:21 am

    I think you’d like Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. It’s light but interesting, funny and heavy on amazing wordplay. J.G. Ballard is great, he’s who Chuck Palanhuak wishes he was.’s books are funny and informative.

  12. MRW on December 15th, 2006 3:53 pm

    OK so I’m late to this post and I only have a few minutes because my work is exploding too. So, just let me recommend World War Z – awesome book – sure, it’s not literature, it’s about zombies, but it’s damned exciting and I burned through it in a week-end. It’s not a snooze.

  13. MRW on December 15th, 2006 4:01 pm

    Gah, got totally sucked in by the comments. So now I’m going to spend more time away from work and second the recommendations for Bill Bryson’s work – A Walk in the Woods made me laugh out loud several times as did In A Sunburnt Country – hilarious! Really, I’m done now.

  14. Amie on December 15th, 2006 5:17 pm

    I’m late to the party, as usual, and didn’t read the whole 108 comments ahead of mine, so if it’s already mentioned, I apologize. I recommend The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. It’s fiction, but almost reads like a memoir. It’s about an autistic man, and it’s told from his point of view. Aside from that really bland synopsis, all I can really say is it was one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. I couldn’t put it down, which made me very grumpy at work after getting very little sleep the night before.

  15. kim de kimblahg on December 18th, 2006 7:21 am

    such a long list of things to read. if you want something easy & harry potter-esque but with a futuristic twist, try the pendragon series. they are technically kids books but i picked them up and got hooked. nice to take a break from the more serious books every once in awhile. i noticed someone up there said “a prayer for owen meaney” which is the other book i’m reading right now. i don’t know if everyone is like this but i usually read one to four books at once. okay, not at once but in the same time span.

  16. jessica on December 18th, 2006 1:12 pm

    Hi! I know this is late but no one mentioned The Red Tent by Anita Diamont, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. These are my fav’s, I could read them all a hundred times over!

  17. jessica on December 18th, 2006 1:14 pm

    Me again, I forgot, To Kill a Mockingbird is awesome and someone mentioned The Handmaid’s Tale -which is also very good.

  18. Catherine on October 11th, 2007 7:31 am


    May I recommend “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, “The Lovely Bones” and “Black Swan Green” ?

    Have a nice day.



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