Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Halloween candy.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Halloween candy.

I CANNOT stop eating Halloween candy. It’s everywhere: in the lobby of my building, in the lobby of any building or business, and in my home.

I don’t usually keep candy in my home because I will eat it. And as we all know, sugar is poison. Why would I keep poison in my house? Well, because it’s Halloween and so I must have poison, I mean, candy for the three trick-or-treaters who will probably show up at my door.

I tried to be good this year. I waited until this week to buy the candy. I didn’t open the bags . . . until I did. I put the bucket of candy away in my guest room . . . and then found many reasons to go into my guest room. I put the bucket of candy away in the back of a closet in the guest room. And that seems to be working . . . sort of.

I should’ve bought only the kind of candy I don’t like: Sugar Daddy, Skittles, Sweetarts, candy corn, any kind of gummie, or any non-chocolate candy. Anyone remember getting those Bit ‘o Honeys? Who actually likes those? Give me some M&Ms, Snickers, and 3 Muskateers any day. Hmmm, I think I have some in a Halloween bucket somewhere.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Her Body and Other Parties, the debut book of short stories by Carmen Maria Machado, and Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr. Both are so good.

I ended up picking up the Anthony Doerr book for my reading challenge.  The category is to read three books by the same author, so after a failed attempt at Elena Ferrante’s Neopalitan series of books, I picked Doerr’s books. Yes, I am the only person on Earth apparently who couldn’t get into Ferrante’s books. I tried the first book My Brilliant Friend, and I gave it about 60 pages and then said forget it. I am really baffled as to why everyone loves it and it gets rave reviews. I keep thinking I must be missing something or maybe I have don’t have the refined taste of a literary guru.

I also read and finished The Burning Girl by Claire Messud. I gave this 2 out of 5 starts on Goodreads, but I would’ve given it 2.5. (Really wish Goodreads would let you do half stars.) Messud’s writing is great, which is what kept me reading. The storyline about two childhood friends who drift apart during their teens was o.k. The story is told from the perspective of one of the friends, Julie, or JuJu as the other friend Claire calls her. She’s in high school, looking back and telling the story of when they were friends. My biggest issue with it is there is no way the narrator voice was the voice of a teenager. It read like an adult narrator, so I kept fixating on that and it took me out of the story.

The book did have this great line that has stuck with me: “Nobody particularly wants the happy ending when they care more about the story than the person.” Made me think of how the world is today when it comes to news, social media, and television shows.

I’ve been watching . . . The Voice, The Mindy Project, Will & Grace, The Good Place—the usuals.

I’ve been listening to . . . women of music. I’ve been inspired by this list of 150 greatest albums made by women. (Some serious omissions and picks I think bend the rules a bit but more on that below.)

Been listening to Sara Barielles, Shawn Colvin, Heart, and Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell’s album Blue is on the list, and I know it’s considered her best album but I prefer Ladies of the Canyon. Love “Morning Morgantown” and “Rainy Night House.”

Ok, so the list. Overall, pretty great list except for two HUGE omissions in my opinion: Cher and Pat Benatar. Seriously? How could Cher not be on that list? These albums are supposed to be by people who influenced music, influenced others, and who were pioneers. That’s Cher. She’s the original rebel who influenced the style of so many others. And Pat Benatar—how is she not on the list? She’s the first woman to have a music video on MTV, not to mention iconic rock songs. And don’t even get me started on why these two (and Kate Bush) are NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet despite the fact that Radiohead is. How they beat out Janet Jackson is beyond me.

I understand it’s impossible to put every woman on this 150 greatest albums list but why have Madonna on there twice when you could have Cher, who totally influenced Madonna? Or why have several male groups with a female member in it and put their album on the list when you could have Pat Benatar? Take a look at the list and see what you think.

Have a wonderful pre-Halloween weekend!


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