Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts March 9, 2016

March 9, 2016 Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts 9

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

Welcome to my latest installment of Bookish (and Not so Bookish) Thoughts hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous. This post could also be entitled Verbal Diarrhea (and Random Stream of Consciousness) Thoughts From Katie, but it simply doesn’t have the same ring to it.


1. While reading Whiskey Tango Foxtrot last week (review), I couldn’t help but find myself daydreaming about how lovely fields of poppies would be and how sad it was that such beauty caused such ugliness with Afghanistan’s drug trade. This, of course, made me think about the episode of Seinfeld where Elaine fails a drug test because of eating poppy seed bagels (or was it muffins?) Then I started wondering how poppy seeds can be innocuous when the plant is also capable of producing opium. I decided it would be a bad idea to google opium production, so I started daydreaming about how messy “everything” bagels can get. I realized that I didn’t know what a sesame plant was all about, because I only know the seeds. I googled that instead. It’s a flowering plant. The more you know.

2. My bosses are on vacation in the Galapagos Islands. They got to swim with Galapagos penguins, the most northerly penguin on the planet. I repeat: THEY GOT TO SWIM WITH PENGUINS. I’m torn between being super jealous because PENGUINS and realizing even if I had been there, I wouldn’t have swum with the penguins because swimming in water containing fish completely freaks me out. I’ll wade in natural bodies of water, but that’s about it. If I’m going to swim-swim, it’s in a chlorinated pool. I’m extremely indoorsy.

3. I’ve been listening to Watership Down on audio and I keep getting really freaking stressed about these ding dang bunnies! Now when I see rabbits in my yard I’m like “I don’t want to hurt you, bunny friend. Stay away from that awful white stray cat who is always skulking around!” But alas. I do not speak Lapine.

4. I keep seeing stories on Facebook about Jared Fogel having gained 30 pounds in the short time he’s been in prison and it’s pissing me off. I know, I know, irony. But can’t we focus on human trafficking or something? Because he’s in prison for visiting underage prostitutes and possession of child pornography. Fat shaming a guy who deserves to be shamed for, you know, BEING A PEDOPHILE is crap and it makes it seem OK to hate on the overweight. There is no correlation between weight and being a dirty bastard. It’s obvious the man is depressed (and let’s hope he’s depressed because he feels actual remorse and not just because he got caught) and turning to food for comfort. I, and millions of other people, also struggle with emotional eating. So, thanks, Facebook, for pointing out that I have something in common with a pedophile. Ya jerk.

So, Bookworms. Now that you know what’s been going on in my head, what’s been going on in yours?

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9 Responses to “Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts March 9, 2016”

  1. Katherine Koba

    OMG people pathologizing Jared’s weight as it relates to his child abuse makes make squirm. “Maybe he was so overweight because he was feeling so guilty/self-loathing/whatever about his pedophilia and then he was eating his feelings.” “Now that he’s back in prison and gaining weight he must be depressed!”

    Who cares how much he weighs? The guy is an unrepentant creep. His unrepentant creepiness and his weight are not at all correlated. Can everyone just please stop. Stop.

  2. April

    Fantastic post, Katie! I love the flip flop from opium production to Everything Bagels. SO ME! And now I totally want one.

    The Jared thing makes my skin crawl with a combo of disgust and fierce Anger. I’m not sure people like him can feel remorse. If so, he wouldn’t have made a habit of such a horrifying terrible act.

  3. Lindsey

    I am extremely indoorsy too. I will take my kids to the playground and we will have a firepit in the backyard, but I will not be signing up anytime soon to go camping or anything!

  4. JoulesDellinger

    My mind often goes from randomness to randomness too, so I totally get the poppy to everything bagels train of thought. I’m having one of those grumpy weeks where everything and everything is kind of pissing me off. I really want donuts and right this second there is a Krispy Kreme 2 blocks away… but I’m trying hard to resist.

  5. Heather J Merchant

    Dude!! I didn’t know laypeople could visit the Galapagos Islands! (flashback: Elisa thought the Smashing Pumpkins song “Galapagos” was pronounced “gal-ah-POH-gohs” and never made the correlation till she saw a bag of endangered species themed orthodontic rubber bands featuring the Galapagos turtle in my room one day…) I thought only biologist and zoologist types had access to the islands! Was that ever true, or did I completely invent that in my head?

    Also… I think I need to make a bagel run….

  6. lostinliterature108

    Oh Katie, I’m so glad to see you’re finally getting to Watership Down! It IS intense. After I finished reading it I started seeing the wild bunnies in my back yard as Hazel and Bigwig and such. But now…I have a cat…..

  7. SuziQoregon

    I loved Watership Down when I read it way back probably before you were born. I have the audio on my iPod but haven’t listened to it yet.

  8. Jenny @ Reading the End

    BUT YOU LOVE PENGUINS!! It’s very unfair that someone in your orbit got to swim with penguins and it wasn’t you. I am going to register an objection with the universe.

    Are you liking Watership Down? Is this your first time reading it? The rabbits go through so much!

    • Words For Worms

      I KNOW, RIGHT?! They just got back and I keep asking for more details. They know about the penguin thing though, I mean, they’re all over my office, so while they may be annoyed they are not surprised. I did like Watership Down. It was my first read through and I’m not going to lie. I was STRESSED. Whew.

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