Bug Soup

A Broth of Rambling Thoughts ( with some morsels of 'silly' thrown in for flavor)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

New Post- Little Gems

Weltek wanted a new post, she is lovely and I adore her so I want to give her something new, something fresh.
Something not about what an asshole my Husband is. Because goodness knows we are all tired of what an asshole my Husband is ( note that Weltak never called my Hubby an asshole, I did)

I wish I had something to talk about that was happy and positive and didn't revolve around the abusive idiot I married.

Maybe I do, because you know I look for those gems, those little things that help me get through the shit. Sometimes it's hard to find those gems, (tonight it's very hard) sometimes it's hard to write good stuff when all I think about is messy . But I am happy to search for them.
Sometimes I have to remind myself to search for them.

Today's little gems!

The Library Book Sale!

Twice a year our local County Library does a used book sale. If you've been reading here for awhile you know I've written about it before. It is awesome!
I don't read as much as I used to to, I don't read as much as I'd like to, but I have books.
I have to have them.
Like stashed candy, hidden away for when I really need it (or that tiny little stash of pot that I never smoke, but I know it's there)
I have books.
I have books I don't even know I have.

The Library Used Book Sale is 2 huge rooms full of books. Tables and tables and tables of books.
New books, and most hardcovers go for $1.00, some special books ( or more popular authors) are $2.00. Paperbacks for 25 to 50 cents. Books on tape for $2, old CD's for $1, they even have some DVD's for under $3.
It's an amazing thing!
I live for the Book Sale!
I wish I could bring you all with me to the Book Sale!

I come home with a huge bag filled with more than I can read, always.

Today I spent $15.00.
I came home with 9 books for me, 2 CD's for the idiot I married, 3 children's books for the kids nextdoor ( Katie picked them so she would have something new to read to them when she babysits. Isn't she amazing? I'm so proud of her.)
2 paperbacks for Katie, and a beautiful color photo travelbook of Japan, that she Loves.
( We searched and searched for something similar for France, maybe next time.)
All that for 15 bucks!
And let's not forget the joy of just touching all those books for 2 hours.

The sale is held in the Old Library, the part that has been there since the late 1800's ( there is some very cool very historic old shit in my town, people!)
It smells like books, and History, and it's beautiful.

Of course I still have a big bag of books that won't fit in my shelves ( and I have several bookshelves, and many baskets for them) from the last book sale, but that's okay. I will never be without something good to read. Ever.

And a bonus is a recommendation.
Last book sale I bought a book just because I liked the cover, and I picked it up a week ago; finished it yesterday.
Janet Fitch - Paint it Black
She wrote White Oleander, but I didn't know that when I bought Paint it Black
Get it! Read it! It's amazing!

I'm Fat

Okay so I'm not so much as I used to be , FAT, but I've been slacking and put on some weight.
Okay, so slacking is an understatment. ( and maybe some weight, is an understatement too)
I have type 2 diabetes, and I'm good when I watch what I eat and keep my weight down and excercise , take my meds , and control my stress.
( LAUGH! The stress is the hardest one to control, and it really isn't under my control at all)

After the booksale we stopped into the awesomely amazing store , Sweet Repeats.
One of the resale clothing stores in my town. ( There used to be 0ne, now there are four. I have only been to 2 of them).
I tried some on clothes, and then scrapped our original lunch plans for a place that served a salad. ( Katie was pissed ) .
I did find a great pair of jeans for 12 bucks, and Katie found a beautiful pair of crystal dangly earrings for $8.
I could have found more if I'd been in the mood to look at larger sizes, but it was humid out and I didn't want to totally burn my Book Sale Buzz.

Yes, This all about Shopping, You Gotta a Problem with That?

I wanted happy, you wanted happy ( you know you did).
This is the happy.
Oh and I bought a Shark floor steam cleaner washer thing at my work Friday.
I have wanted one forever, ( really really wanted one after Pam bragged about hers) but just couldn't afford it.
But for $55 bucks and then another 20% off with my employee discount, I had to have it.
We only had 10 of them in the store, and by Sunday they would be gone. I took them off the truck, I put them on the shelf, I already owned it, I had to take it home.

It is in the trunk of my car. It will stay there til Hubby goes to work on Monday.
He won't even notice it if I get rid of the box.
The sad thing is that I worked hard for it, and we can afford it, but he would still bitch about it.

Really Talented Kids - A True Tale of a High School Musical

Tonight we went to the High School Musical Production of The Music Man , at my daughter's school.
We went because Katie likes a boy who was in the production.
It was so good!
Her friend played several parts, and he was in most of the show, and he was very good.
Very good!
And overall the entire show was very entertaining!
I never knew that our High School auditorum had an actual orchestra pit in the stage.
For real!
The production had live music, and it was great!!
The kids were all very talented. I mean VERY talented.
It was so fun!
We got there early, so we had great seats until Katie saw some of her friends and we went and sat with them. The seats not so great, the friends not so polite.
Katie has trouble with social issues. She has to work at that which many of us find easy.
The social thing.
And to be honest, I struggle with understanding it.
The social thing is natural for me.
I get it, make eye contact, be friendly, be polite. I can talk to anyone.
Katie struggles with that. She is working at it, but making friends is hard for her.
Fitting in is an issue for her.
But these kids were less socially apt then she is.
Katie introduced me to her friends , she was polite, they were rude.
( And maybe I am just old, but people should wash their hair, just saying)

Anyway, my daughter was lovely, and her friend performed so well in the show. ( He's a cutie!)
The Show was so good! So Fun!!!
I may start going to High School performances just for entetainment.
Live theatre for 10 bucks a ticket, can't beat it for the price, and I am all about the little gems.

Love ya all


Blogger kim (weltek) said...

I could just sit and read your writings all day. I love these kinds of posts and getting to know all the little things about my bloggy friends in a time when Facebook and Twitter have broken lives down into one sentence increments.

I love touching books, too. Our Madison libraries do a book sale and it's becoming quite controversial, as major used book sellers are coming with scanners and taking up the aisles and generally being rude. The poor library staff are having to do crowd control a bit. Kind of ruins the experience. Speaking of touching books, I have almost no desire to get a Kindle even though it would make my traveling so much easier.

Sometimes I think parents forget EVERY child needs help with social issues. Children that struggle, with parents who care, probably have the better social skills when they get to the high school age. We were at Chris's coworker's house last week and the 17 year old son called me "ma'am" and cleared my plate from the table. I KNOW that was because his parents have brought him up that way. It made me smile.

9:09 AM  
Blogger maroonclown said...

Wow! What a post.

The book sale made me laugh because I really figured you would be the one bringing your own collection of books for sale.

I was wrong.

12:27 PM  
Blogger maroonclown said...

Oh, and I feel old when someone calls me ma'am.

But it is the polite thing for young whipper-snappers to do.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Puffy said...

Consider the steam floor cleaner a mother's day present to yourself. I like high school musical productions, too. Lots of good entertainment. I read 3 books while on my vacation.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Silvergirl said...

So we have the used book thing in common, too. I want to work for the library as a volunteer so I can help with the used book sale. Reading your post reminded me I need to fill out the paperwork and send it in.

I remember our HS productions of Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, and The Sound of Music. All of them were stunning, because the English teacher who directed them was a big fan of Broadway. I loved them so much that I can remember the details all these years later.

My DD has some social issues, but maybe not to the extent that Katie has. She is actually getting good at speaking in public, and doing Powerpoint Presentations in her classes. I am proud of her.

Is there anything to help Katie feel more confident socially? Just curious.


10:16 PM  
Blogger Silvergirl said...

I came back to say, I know about the Asberger's and I'm sorry if I sounded insensitive. I was just wondering if Katie could benefit from some kind of therapy or medication.

DD has some anxiety, and I think medication might help her, but DH doesn't like the idea. She is ADD, on top of the anxiety, and so is he, but he has learned to manage his without the use of drugs.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

High School productions can be fabulous! Ours just did Seussical the Musical, and it was AWESOME!

The Jr High did Music Man - we never did musicals in Jr High, so that was cool to see it! My dd will be in Jr High next year, and is quite the performer, so I'm sure we'll be getting in to it.

8:25 PM  
Blogger yvonne said...

Yay! A Buggy update.

Books - my mother was a huge reader and my brother and I both have a major thing for books. When my brother was here earlier this month for my dad's funeral we talked about how much we love books and how we both obsess over our books. Too many books, not enough room, but neither of us can bear to part with our books. Yay books!

Stress - boy do I wish I had a miracle cure for dealing with stress (one that wasn't called "Coors Lite"). Big hugs to you!

Kids - I agree with Kim in that all kids need help with the social thing. I was very shy growing up, and I worked hard in college to overcome my shyness and to learn to be outgoing. I am sure it helps Katie to watch you interact with the world, to be at ease and friendly. I am so impressed by the things you write of Katie and I know how proud you are that she is a lovely, caring young lady. You rock, Buggy Mom! Well done!

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