Monday, July 23, 2012

Perpetual Students


When I started to write this post, I immediately thought of Matthew McConaghey's David Wooderson character in Dazed and Confused. I don't actually think he was still a student, though. Just an old perv who liked high school girls. Anywhoo...

If one was to come into Mr. W's and my house and begin inspecting various surfaces, they would quickly realize that the two of us are perpetual students. The areas around our nightstands are cluttered with books we're trying to finish. The windowsill in our kitchen holds dozens of cookbooks. The coffeetable usually acts as a catchall to our paperbacks and magazines. Mr. W even had to build an additional shelf in our guest room to accommodate our growing library.

I think you can tell a lot about a person by the books they keep. 

For example, you might look up at The Urban Homestead book above and know immediately that I spent about 20 minutes yesterday picking worms our of compost. True story.

And you might predict by the picture below that Mr. W often leaves overflowing bottles of sourdough starter around our sink.


If someone didn't know I was training to become a life coach, they could probably pretty quickly make guesses about my interests or desired career path if they examined some of my recent reads:


It's not pictured here, but 50 Shades of Grey does exist in our house. And although Mr. W would probably LOVE for me to dedicate my studies to its subject matter, he'll have to wait. Gardening and career counseling currently trump S&M around here...

What are you reading right now?

12 comments:

  1. I love your book photos! I'm reading Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello. It's an adventurous tale of a man who resells the hottest handbag in history.

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    1. That book sounds totally fun! You sold me on Cheryl Strayed's book too - that will for sure be one of the next ones I read.

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  2. I'm reading books about Adobe Creative Suite and the illustration market :) and Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James. Fun is necessary too. I love your books, and feel totally sorry that you had to pick icky worms out of your compost. ick.

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    1. I think my brain just melted. :) Adobe Creative Suite seems like it would NOT be an easy read! I think I've heard of Death Comes to Pemberley - glad you're liking it.

      And thank you for your condolences on my worm-picking. :P

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  3. I'm pretty sure a lack of books will tell you a lot about a person, too, eh? Sigh. Then again, maybe I should rephrase that and tell you that I am surrounded by books aimed at toddlers. =)

    "That's the thing about them high school girls. I get older and they stay the same age." ha.

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    1. OMG I love you for quoting the movie. Totally made me laugh!

      Children's books are the best! The illustrations are always so fun - and I love that you can get through the story faster than if you were reading, say, The Fountainhead. :P

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  4. Until I read this, I hadn't looked at all my stacks of books as a whole. Now I'm thinking the combination might make me look slightly unstable. "Apparently she likes reading about religion, murder mystery, and grammar." Ha.

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    1. Unstable, no. Very well-rounded, YES!

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  5. Our nieces (6 & 8 y/o) just sent us Goodnight iPad (a funny little play off Goodnight Moon)....a nice children's book for their Uncle Danny to read at bed time.

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  6. I have a stack of books by my bed that I wish I had time to read. I'm trying to get through a book about healing faster after surgery (I do not think I'll be done with it be Friday!) as well as some book club books I'm behind on.

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  7. I'm still looking for "How to make a living at being a HOT MESS."

    Sriously, great post.

    I'm currently reading:

    - Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra,

    - The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure (my chapter is on page 171... tee hee)

    - Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines (Andy Cohen)

    - It's Called a Break Up Because It's Broken

    If THAT doesn't scream The Grace Adler of the new millenium, I don't know what does.

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  8. I LOVE all those books in your first picture. I feel like they belong on my shelves. I haven't read anything since you recommended the Dirty Life. The next one I want to read is French Kids Eat Everything.

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Well, whatdya think?