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Two things that are slightly related 
25th-Sep-2012 04:01 pm
Cutter + Skywise
This is one of my theme songs.

Vanilla (I'm Not Sexy)
by Marian Call

I’m not sexy, but I really want to be
I hear that’s normal for my demographic
I don’t look good in skirts, and even wedges hurt my feet
And I can’t keep a straight face and say ‘orgasmic’

Oh, I’m not hip, but I really want to be
All the bands I like you’ve heard of, and I watch too much TV
And I’m not cute, and I think too hard to be sweet
But not enough to get a real job or converse insightfully –
This is the part where you politely disagree.

My virtues are too dull to entertain,
but you can always count on me.

A nicely balanced budget’s not so thrilling,
and courtesy’s outdated, and sobriety is lame
Reliability is not appealing
But I don’t know any other way to be
I love people and I want them to love me

My virtues are vanilla at best, but you can always call on…

I’ll sing for you, I’ll sing for you
I’ll be the first one by your side
And the last one to leave
I’ll give you everything I’ve got,
I’ll get you anything you need
I’m not much to entertain,
But you can always call on me

I’m sorry I’m not meaner
I’m sorry I don’t bite
I’m sorry I don’t break as many hearts as you might like
I’m not hip or cute or spontaneous,
And I know I’m such a fool,
But I’ll love you real good if you’ll let me make
a dumb mistake or two. Oh,

I’m not sexy, but I’ll love you if you let me…

That's not all of the lyrics, but anyway, you should go listen, then buy everything Marian has ever put out. She's stellar.

So last night, Judah and I curled up in bed with our books. I'm reading The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. Judah's reading The Art of Non-Conformity, same author.

"You know I've changed my reading habits for you, right?" I said with a grin.


I pointed to his book. "The past two years. I've been reading a bunch of business books. Startup and new economy stuff. Gleaning information that might be useful to you so you don't have to read the whole book. (Unless I think you should read the whole book, in which case I buy it.)"

He laughed and pounce-hugged me as best he could from a sitting position. "My love! You are the best!"

"Did you really not know?"


"I read faster than you! It was the most efficient way to get you information!"

"I love your efficiency!"


(That went on for a while. He gets effusive.)
(We have a great inter-library loan system, is how I can read several books a week and we still have grocery money.)
(I have also read a bunch of industrial design books to get a better grasp on the history of his field.)

So basically, being appreciated for one's speed-reading and efficiency is uncommon, but so lovely when it happens.
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26th-Sep-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Being as we all live together, it's really convenient for us that Adam can't sleep with people touching him. Sleeping arrangements got sorted out with no fuss.
25th-Sep-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
So basically, being appreciated for one's speed-reading and efficiency is uncommon, but so lovely when it happens.

That's awesome. (I'm a little jealous.)
25th-Sep-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
There is much that is wonderful about this post (and yay for all of it), but (yes oh my goodness yes) I am such a fan of our shared interlibrary loan system.
25th-Sep-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
25th-Sep-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Several books a week? Some time ago, I used to think I read a book a day. Then I started keeping track; more like three books a day.

Which was excessive.

I read less now, look at the world more.
26th-Sep-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I read mostly at night, waiting for the Lunesta to start working...
25th-Sep-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Ha! I like that song.
25th-Sep-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Also, Elfquest Icon wins the day.
26th-Sep-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Guess which of us is which!
26th-Sep-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
This is tricky. I can make arguments for both sides. I will think on this.
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26th-Sep-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
You continue to amaze me.
26th-Sep-2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
I owe you a lifelong debt for posting about Marian's 49 from 50 tour a few years ago. She's played two house concerts here and she is both an incredible person and talented artist. I adore her art and find her just spiffy.
26th-Sep-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! :)
26th-Sep-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yay ILL!
I have 100$ Startup on hold.
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