Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The Crush

Nope, this isn't about me stalking out some poor hapless guy who is the object of my affections. Rather, "the crush" refers to the feeling like my head's been in a vice all week.

Ha... it's been a tough, overly busy week at work. Not to complain too much about that of course, since I do love my job and it's just a fact of life. Last night I did my taxes (which would explain my lack of blogging) and tonight I treated myself to a haircut and a manicure. I'm usually not so girlie to get manicures, it happens maybe once a year, but I felt like I needed a treat. Of course I ruined one thumb within 5 minutes of leaving the salon...

So I had dinner with a friend after and we met up in Books-A-Million. I didn't see anything of note, really (rather shocking considering I was in a bookstore, for goodness' sake). They had their Valentines display up, which was a whole pile of books about relationships and then, of course, a huge display of wedding books. Ick. I have never seen so many wedding books in my life. Just too many. I guess it makes sense... maybe lots of people get engaged on Valentines Day and they wanted them ready for all those new brides-to-be on Feb. 15, but I was a little bummed out to find so little of note on the front tables (of course, it's also Books-A-Million which is generally not so rewarding in the first place). I just didn't realize there was going to be such a run on weddings this year....

I'm ashamed to admit that if they'd had the new Novel and Short Story Writers Market I probably would have broken down, if only out of sheer frustration, even though I've bitched about the last version right here on this blog. Alas, they had nothing.

Hope you're all having a good week, obviously my fiction pastime has taken a lull at the moment...



Blogger maikopunk said...

Those gigantic wedding planners freak me right out. Like, elope. Seriously, one version came in a bride's and groom's version. The Bride's version was this binder with pockets and checklists, and the groom's was this little paperback thing. I think they are pushed so aggressively this time of year at all the women who got engaged at xmas/new year's as well as the valentine's women. its a big time for proposals.
weddings are fun, but those books promote such a cheese-laden vision of the Big Day.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wandered into my fav. B&N last night in between work and church,it's the place that hates me but I needed a pitstop after my two hour drive. I wandered the stacks for a few minutes, writing down titles to order online from the interlibrary loan system. I can share some of those idears if you like.

One should never feel flummoxed or stymied in either a library or a bookstore (except for want of cash , and then there's always shoplifting). As I overheard a little girl say to her father, on the way to the bookstore Saturday "there's ALWAYS another book".


3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, all this talk about the wedding book backlash...Over the holidays I wrote an anti-baby baby book. Should turn my attentions over to weddings next.

For work, I've had to contact a number of florists this week and they are so busy...I think I even let it slip to one of them how disgusted I was with the whole idea (she said that maybe I will get flowers this year - ha *snort* *snort*).

And, about the tax thing, I officially made a gesture toward starting my taxes. Still a ways to go, though.

It's been a tough week here too and I have been super-grouchy at work - my fucked-up coworker is sleeping on his shifts (he admitted to it). I sent off a mega-bitch email to him today to get his act together and start getting work done.

Since he probably doesn't read your blog (he reads mine), I'll elaborate. He likes to get all the kudos and refuses to do the work that makes the whole place work, the invisible but essential work.

Plus, he's quitting in a few weeks and refuses to give me copies of the procedures he uses, his office is a wicked mess, and I have to train the next person.

We're not on speaking terms, but of course memos don't need face-to-face contact. My boss is too nice to tell him to shape up, if he even knows, because this coworker is an pompous ass-kisser and very much into attention-grabbing gimmicks. (He labels even the smallest, most insignificant things with his name - "done by XX on this day" - what a fucking goof! Why doesn't he get any real work done?)

Basically I can't wait til this moron leaves so we can get someone who actually does his job.

So I have been grouchy too this week. Thank you for providing me with a forum to express myself now that my own blog is off-limits.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Hebdomeros said...

I worked at a B&N for a time, and you could always, always spot the girls looking for the wedding books. They had this nervous yet ultra-happy look you just don't get anywhere else. On more than one instance we'd see them, point out the way and tell them to look for the shelf filled with pink and white.

11:41 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Actually, maikopunk, I do plan on eloping if I ever find a suitable partner. Vegas, here I come! Just kidding, but I definitely don't get into that whole "Bridezilla" thing. And those books, yeah, it is such an industry, it's not even funny. And, yes, hilarious that the prospective groom version would be a small paperback.

And yeah, I have heard that the xmas/new years engagement are a big deal, as is valentines, in terms of how many people get engaged.

Hey, Brian -- yeah, there is always another book, but it wasn't that I don't have anything to read, I have a huge stack. It was just that I was killing time and would have been tempted to purchase if anything had appealed to me, which it didn't. That little girl is of course very wise. :)

Hello anonymous, thanks for stopping in! An anti-baby baby book, ha, I should pass that to my roomie. She is not a big proponent of babies, in fact, they actively gross her out.

And sorry about your coworker! I'm happy to say i don't deal with coworkers like that. What I do work with are coworkers who are like, the brain trust, which is intimidating at times, and at times there's a lot of ego floating around. Again, not that I'm complaining, certainly no one sleeps on shifts, but at times it can be like a hotbed of... ego. Ha.

At least he's leaving so like you said, you can have somebody better come in!

Hebdomeros, that's hilarious that you could pick the brides-to-be in the crowd. You'd think they'd home in on the pink and white like there's some radar that gets switched on at the receipt of a diamond ring, but apparently not... ha.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Maktaaq said...

One of those anonymouses was me...

1:41 AM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Oh good, mystery solved... I wasn't sure who the anonymous was! Every once in a while blogger has me blog as "anonymous" which I know I have accidentally done several times on your blog...

I really am sorry about that coworker. I can't stand people like that... and I can't believe he won't even hand over the procedures! Crazy...

2:21 AM  

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