Friday, May 18th, 2007 04:56 pm
I literally just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and liked it very much indeed. Unfortunately, I'm not the best reviewer of books. I can say I liked or didn't like it, but I'm not good about articulating the "whys" behind the feeling. In this case, I'll have to settle for saying this is one of those books I tend to pester people about. I already handed it to SFB and said it.

You should read this.


After much deliberation, I've decided to whittle down my friends list. If we haven't posted in one another's journals for months, I doubt you'll mind. If for some reason I remove you and you didn't want to be removed, all you need do is e-mail me at spedbug at g mail dot com. For those of you who decided the "cut" has been a long time coming, I wish you the best. Happy life! *mwah* (A few people will remain on my f-list even though they don't post because I remember they've commented that they just don't post much - or reply to posts much, but still read).
Friday, May 18th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
*smiles ingratiatingly hoping not to be whittled*
Friday, May 18th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Not a chance. I may be a complete shit when it comes to posting in your journal, but you've been lovely about posting in mine. Extra *mwahs* to you, too, for the delightful [lj user="artspark"] Runner Up prize you sent me. What wonderful little treasures! :)

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Friday, May 18th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh Speddie...I do hope you'll keep me. I may not be the best at keeping up with my friends' journals (ha, understatement), but I've always loved your posts!

But it's certainly up to you, and if you decide to cut me, well, it's been a wonderful ride. Thank you. **Hugs**
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
You've "made the cut" and remain on my friends list because, even if it's been infrequent, we do chat in eachother's journals from time to time. I've really only whittled away those who I haven't had any sort of exchange with in months and not because I don't like the people, but just because sometimes things work out that way . . .

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Friday, May 18th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Don't you dare whittle me, lady! And I hope you're not thinking about becoming a wallflower, because it won't work!

Saturday, May 19th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
You're unwhittleable, my friend! (say that three times fast!)

I'll never be confused for a wallflower, I suppose, but I'll admit to feeling a kinship with the young man in the book.

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Friday, May 18th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
Although I may be pissed you've added another book to my Mt. Toberead, I hope I don't get whittled. (Of course if there will be no hard feelings if you do. I won't promise not to pout though.)
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
I wouldn't whittle you, dear. And not just because I'm still eagerly awaiting your thoughts on Self Made Man...! I enjoy your comments too much! :D
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
May I remain on your list, pretty please?
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
You're still there and almost entirely due to your lovely effort. I realize I'm crap about posting in a lot of my friend's journals. THanks for putting up with me!
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
Will you still give me hugs and kisses when I see you again, even if you need to whittle me?
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
You can't get away that easily. You and your twisted sense of humor are in for the long haul. ;)


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Saturday, May 19th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)

hates to beg, but is willing
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
No need to beg.

(I first typed "No need to bed". I don't know if I was attempting to sexually harass you or I just need some sleep!) ;)

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Saturday, May 19th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
I found "The Perks..." interesting from the standpoint of a screenwriter, Chbosky, writing a novel. The references to great works - Catcher in the Rye, Gatsby, Walden, Hamlet - are mixed in with references to - MASH, Harold and Maude,and Rocky Horror - and the first kiss frm Sam.
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
I didn't realize when I picked up the book that Chbosky was a screenwriter. I'll have to have a look-see what he's written in that venue because I like the way his mind works.

Personally, I think of M*A*S*H* and Rocky Horror as great works, too! I remember watching the last episode of MASH and sobbing like I'd lost a family member. What a fantastic set of characters they were - over the years, they had become as dear to me as family.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Did you ever arrive at a party just as everyone else was leaving?

Hope I didn't miss my window of opportunity, spedbug! I filled out all the forms and everything.

*keeping fingers crossed*
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
LOL. All new people have an automatic "in". A word of warning, however: I'm not the best about commenting in my friends' journals. I'm more likely to be cut for my lack of response than those on MY f-list. This is my first cut since I joined LJ, ?? years ago and done more as a courtesty to those who are tired of seeing my rambling posts, but are too polite to say so.
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
In this case, I'll have to settle for saying this is one of those books I tend to pester people about.

You're awfully good with those--"Self Made Man" was awesome, and I ended up buying one for myself because I kept quoting from it. I'll add this new one to my list!
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Didn't you feel she had some wonderful insights into the male psyche? I found the book completely fascinating and her an incredibly strong, sensitive mind. I'd say more, but some reading here will be reading that book and I don't want to give away the ending...

Perks... is a very quick read, but the content can be like a punch to the gut. I just wanted to find this boy, Charlie, and hug him tight.
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
demands You can't cut me! I won't allow it!

bribes I helped you master the terrible difficulties of the vending machine.

wheedles please? pretty please with cherries (!) and whipped cream and ice cream on top? please, please keep me....I'll be good. I promise!
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
I helped you master the terrible difficulties of the vending machine.

ROFLMAO. For that alone, you deserve lifetime "unwhittleableness". HOwever, the fact that you keep bringing it up makes me wonder if you aren't just the tiiiiniest bit evil. (I respect that in a person).

You are too lovely to whittle. Full stop.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
As for the 'cutting', I won't beg (I do many things on my knees, but they don't include begging), but I did 'de-privatize' this little gem for your amusement. ;)
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
:: choke ::

I'm glad to be here (i.e. in your LJ and not on my knees in front of MadameU), Speddie.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
I think I am still here...... lol!!
You will keep me around til after I post wedding photos!!
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
I won't cut you, honey, and I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing about your Happy Day. xo
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
Oooh, oooh, I totally want to stay. I love your entries - sometimes they are the best laugh I get all day, which is cool because you write funny things, but does also indicate that in real life I hang around with a lot of serious people.

I don't comment as often as I should but here's my reason. You'll post something funny and there'll be a whole stream of funny comments and funny comments posted in response to funny comments, then several hours later I'm up and about and reading it. And then I want to add something but to do so 6 hours after the explosion of comments is to be one of those people who goes "oh, I get it!" and starts laughing an hour after everyone else laughed at a joke, and it just looks sad.
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
OMG, your icon is delicious! ROFLMAO!

Your reasoning for wanting to stay may be slightly faulty (your comments are never sad), but it was very sweet. I'm glad my ridiculous and substanceless froth can brighten your day in some way. I hadn't cut you. xox
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
Please will you keep me?
I don't journal much, but I really enjoy reading yours :)
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you posted. I had removed you, thinking I was probably boring the life out of you! You're more than welcome to stay. Anyone who'll put up with my silence in their journal and still wants to read my froth is welcome. xoxo
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'll bribe you with the Potionmaster's concoctions and lots of silly, irrelevant and bizarre humor to make the cut ... plus a few yummy Saturday dinners thrown in! Besides ... Look how cute I am ...
Saturday, May 19th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
You are incredibly cute, bizarrely humorous and irrelevantly indispensable. No cutsies for you!
Friday, May 25th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
I have visited your journal today because I was worried, I hadn't seen you in ages. Now I see that you have been writing but my friends page isn't showing your entries. It has happenned before to me - I don't think it's just that I miss the odd entry here and there, lost among the rest of the entries in my friends page, because it happens with specific people (people who haven't defriended me, obviously). It's like my friends-page gnome forgets to go retrieve your entries for me. I'll have to punish the cheeky little thing.

All this to explain why it's been a fortnight or so since I last commented in your journal. I thought you were coccooning. I'm glad you haven't cut me from your f-list.(Hugs)
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
I am doing a bit of cocooning, actually. Seasonal melancholy is part of it. Spring fever is another part. Whatever the combination, I'm avoiding too much computer time as it never helps and only makes matters worse. I'm trying to keep busy so I don't become overwhelmed by yard/house work as well.

My niece (the one living here for her senior year) is returning to Australia in mid-June. Prom, graduation, celebrations . . .these, too, are keeping me busy.

I wouldn't cut you, darling! I'm quite fond of you!
Thursday, June 7th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
sorry to have lost you. um, do you still want to be listed on art and fear? Otherwise I will go ahead and remove you from there as well.
Friday, June 8th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
I've re-friended you. So long as I know I'm not boring anyone to tears or offending them by my silence in their journal, all are welcome to stay. :)

As for art and fear, I haven't read in a long time. I haven't participated in any of the communities I joined for a very long time, actually. If you'd like to remove me, feel free.

Nice to have you back. :)

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