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Books, Books, Books- Merry Christmas, Jessamyn

I’ve been a bad girl. Well, not really- I mean it’s been a celebratory weekend. Doesn’t that mean I deserve a few treats?

Ok, maybe I got a few too many treats. But in my defense, I legitimately “needed” several of my purchases. And the others…well, whatever. Plus, I’m too much of a gluttonous American to conceal my purchases from you guys. Smile

The Borders Bookstore in Greensboro is closing its doors- sad story. On the bright side, the entire store is 60—80% off. So really, I can only express so much sadness.

I emerged from the store with quite a large haul (and I giant grin):

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  • The Radleys by Matt Haig. I started reading this book months ago, and couldn’t bring myself to actually buy it. I harbor a slight (understatement of the year) obsession with vampire lore. The Radleys is about a family of vampires who’ve assimilated into human society by learning to eat real food. It’s been very well-reviewed, and I was quick to snap it up when I saw a 70% off sign hanging above it (and it’s hardcover WHAT)
  • Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy: yet another book that’s been hanging out in my amazon shopping cart. 70% off? Yes, please.
  • A mess of greeting cards, which (at 80%off) cost less than $2.00 total.
  • Shortbus: this movie kind of changed my life. I’ve been in love with it for years, but it’s very difficult to find. Even if you can find it, it’s usually kind of expensive. I CAN’T BELIEVE it was there- I snapped it up, even though it cost more than I wanted to spend.
  • Not For Tourists- NYC 2010 and a Boston street map: Self-explanatory. I’m an obsessive geek, what can I say.
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan: Michael Pollan also wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma, the book that’s been taking up all of my free time. I was really excited to snag this book, but I didn’t actually get it at Borders. I bought it during an unplanned record buying frenzy at one of my favorite used bookstores, Edward McKays.

While I was at Edward McKays, I also bought a couple of new records (I bought one record that I can’t post- it’s a gift for someone who reads this blog, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise Smile):

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Anyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that owning Prince’s 1999 was an absolute necessity. Also, I had to get this Donna Summer record. Really. Stop rolling your eyes.

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It includes “Mac Arthur Park”. Have you heard Donna Summer’s version of “Mac Arthur Park”? It’s disco magic that WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.

In fact:

Yeah, I’m listening to this right now.

Speaking of books, have y’all heard about The Bookup?

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Simple concept- show up, bring books, read books. No talking. Lots of eating.

And I promise this isn’t a dream. It’s real life!

The first Triad Bookup will be April 13th, 6pm-8pm, at Bin 33, a new-ish Greensboro restaurant with seriously delicious eats- they are also renowned for having one of the triad’s best wine selections, and a Bottomless Champagne Sunday Brunch. But for real, the food is DE-lish.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this event. I love to read while I’m eating, and this is the absolute best of both worlds. It’s a free event (pay for your food, obvi), and you can donate books to the library. If you’re in the triad area, definitely consider coming to this event- and if you can’t make it to April 13th event, look out for future Bookups.

Happy Sunday!


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Dancing Machine: My Favorite Exercise Music

In general, I’m pretty much incapable of doing any activity without the proper soundtrack as an accompaniment. If ever you see me shopping in the grocery store, standing in line at the bank, or just strolling down the street, I’m knee deep in my own music video fantasy.

The success of my exercise routine is highly dependent upon the perfect music mix. I have a painfully short attention span, which makes reading books/magazines while exercising almost impossible. Sometimes, if I get stuck on a bad song while I’m exercising, I can feel a noticeable lag in my productivity. But with the perfect music, I become a MACHINE.

I rarely listen to entire albums, and some of my favorite work-out songs are not songs which I would listen to under any other circumstance (i.e. around other people). In fact, I’ve been embarrassed more than once by realizing that the song I’m jamming out to is blaring so loudly that the person on the spin bike next to me is mouthing the lyrics to a fairly embarrassing song.

Likewise, there’s a lot of music I love that drags me down when I’m working out.

Here are some of my favorite songs for working out.  What Are Your Favorite Exercise Songs?

[There are a few artists (Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Peaches, Prince, etc.) which compose a huge portion of my mixes. The list below only includes a few “essentials”.]

Amanda Blank– Big Heavy

Bel Biv Devoe– Poison

Britney Spears– Womanizer

The Contours– Do You Love Me?

The Cool Kids featuring Lil Wayne– Gettin’ It

Crystal Castles– Untrust Us

Daft Punk– Around The World

Destiny’s Child– Nasty Girl

The Donnas– Too Bad About Your Girl

Drake– Best I Ever Had

The Dresden Dolls– Mandy Goes To Med School

Feist– Gatekeeper (Do Right Remix)

The Fiery Furnaces– Single Again

Girl Talk-One of the few artists whose entire albums can be the soundtrack of my workouts; I especially love Night Ripper and Feed The Animals

Gnarls Barkley– Smiley Faces

Gogol Bordello– Mala Vida

Gossip– Where The Girls Are

Jackson Five– Dancing Machine

Jamiroquai– Canned Heat

Jump, Little Children– My Guitar

Kanye West– Stronger

Lady Gaga– Bad Romance

Lady Gaga– Paparazzi

Le Tigre– Nanny Nanny Boo Boo

M.I.A.– Teqkilla

M.I.A.– Bamboo Banga

Madonna– Deeper and Deeper

Marvin Gaye– Got To Give It Up (Part 1)

Michael Jackson– Bad

Michael Jackson– Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

Miss TK and The Revenge– No Biterz (DMNDAYS Remix)

N.E.R.D.– She Wants To Move

Outkast– Bombs Over Baghdad

Otis Redding– Love Man

Pat Benetar– Heartbreaker

Peaches– Mommy Complex

Peaches– Tombstone, Baby

Prince– Baby, I’m A Star

Prince– Computer Blue

The Prodigy– Smack My Bitch Up

Queen– Bicycle Race

The Red Hot Chili Peppers– Higher Ground

Rihanna– Rude Boy

The Roots– Web

Spank Rock– Loose

Sleater-Kinney– Dig Me Out

Sleater-Kinney– Entertain

Tobacco– Backwoods Altar

Unk– Walk it Out (Remix)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs– Date With The Night



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