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Today's book icon is completely on topic [Oct. 4th, 2010|10:01 am]
Zoethe
Being of the list-keeping type, I am very fond of Goodreads, a handy tool for keeping track of what I've read and a place to store the names of books that sound good to me so that when I am casting about for a new book to read I can think, "Say, what's on my to-read list at Goodreads?" and use that for my shopping/library browsing purposes.

The only thing is, I don't run out of books. Ferrett has finally got me reading Stephen King, and there are plenty of those lying about here. And then I drop by friends' homes and they loan me books. So my "to-read" list is static.

And my "currently reading" list? I should rename it "books I've started but have misplaced somewhere in my house." Really, I am going to finish them - once I manage to unearth them. But putting a book on that list is like casting a curse on it.

So what I am currently reading doesn't appear on any of the lists on Goodreads until I finish a book. Then I add it. And there is something deliciously illicit in doing so. It's like I'm cheating on the books I've listed. Like I'm pulling something over on them.

Which is, of course, completely dumb. Those books don't care. But there is so little in a responsible adult life that can be utterly harmless and yet gives the little thrill like you're getting away with something that I indulge in that crazy little pleasure.

And that makes me curious. What crazy, yet harmless, things give you that tingle of defiance?
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2010-10-04 02:12 pm (UTC)
When I'm sitting in a cafe or bar people watching I try to imagine what color and style panties all the girls I can see are wearing based on their general look and outfit and demeanor.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 02:18 pm (UTC)
That's a good one. You perv. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: sacramentalist
2010-10-04 02:26 pm (UTC)
I get a funny tingle when I press the submit button in web browsers
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 02:31 pm (UTC)
Uh, what are you submitting??
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[User Picture]From: sylphon
2010-10-04 02:29 pm (UTC)
This one is mostly because of my family, but when I use some margarine or butter spread, I don't smooth the top back out evenly. My father used to be particularly anal about that, I even got grounded once for leaving a small indention in the margarine instead of spending 5 minutes re-smoothing it to a state of perfection. So every time I use tub margarine or butter I experience a little thrill of defiance :-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 02:31 pm (UTC)
That's a good one! I like it very much.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-10-04 02:43 pm (UTC)
I hide my favorite "Chocolate Chip Dunkers" hidden and only eat them when no one else is home. I love them too much to share.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 03:03 pm (UTC)
Good for you! I hope you enjoy every decadent moment.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-10-04 03:09 pm (UTC)
not cleaning the microwave after i use it - although i'm the one who harps at everyone else to please clean it after each use. muwahahahahahaha

not that i'm anal about housekeeping ....

oh wait. i am ... :slinks off:
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 05:17 pm (UTC)
I need someone to come and clean my house. I mean, a fair amount of it is getting done in the "moving everything around and knocking the dust off" manner, but my kitchen is a disaster and the bathroom something of a horror because I've been focused on moving back into the rest of the house.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, a very good one!
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[User Picture]From: unmutual
2010-10-04 03:20 pm (UTC)
I squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle, stand in front of the open fridge deciding what to eat, and eat dinner in the living room with the television on.

Also, I have shrimp in my freezer. I grew up in a kosher house and every time I add shrimp to my meal, there's a little internal "woohoo! so there! I can eat what I want!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 05:24 pm (UTC)
Those are great! Though I still hate when people squeeze the toothpaste in the middle. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: pachamama
2010-10-04 03:36 pm (UTC)
I love taking a slightly different route than the one my sat nav is telling me to take, turning left when she says right, and not performing a u-turn as soon as possible, forcing her to recalculate until she does it MY way. Bwahahaha!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 05:31 pm (UTC)
I do the same thing! It's a ridiculous defiance, since I voluntarily brought this tool into my life, but I feel so smug and superior when I know a better route than it does.
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2010-10-04 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, lots of defiance of childhood rules! Mine too:

Pierced ears, nail polish, and chewing gum in public! (Though I try not to chew like a cow, and that one's less often anymore since the sugar alcohols dry out my throat.)

And on a related note: not giving my kids a bedtime when they were young, letting them have nail polish and pierced ears and dye their hair colors, and letting them shave as soon as they wanted to. I'm so evil. >:)


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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, allowing our kids to do things we were denied is such a wonderful defiance!!
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[User Picture]From: seimaisin
2010-10-04 04:49 pm (UTC)
Continuing the theme of defying childhood rules ... when I was a kid, we never got to buy popcorn at the movie theater. Partly because we didn't have the money, but partly because we always went to Saturday matinees right before going to 5:00pm Saturday night Mass, and my mom was strict about the "no eating an hour before communion" rule - which meant, to her, no eating an hour before church started. So, these days, I never go to the theater without buying popcorn, and it's always a little exciting. :)
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-10-04 05:25 pm (UTC)
no eating before communion? that's a new one on me.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2010-10-04 05:25 pm (UTC)
Piercings. Tattoos. Taking a nap whenever I feel like it. Toe rings. Being able to balance being a friend to my now adult daughter and not give her unwanted advice with still being "parental" towards her younger brother. Sleeping NAKIE and feeling no shame about having socks on at the same time. I have quite a few "neener neener neener" towards parental rules on my list, too. :)
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-10-04 05:26 pm (UTC)
i sleep nude with socks on. drives phalcomb crazy. lol
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[User Picture]From: perseph12
2010-10-04 05:56 pm (UTC)
You and your hubby are pushers when it comes to sweet, sweet applications like GoodReads and Yelp. I need more books to read like I need a second head (although I could read more with a second head!), but thank you for giving me a tool to keep myself organized. *Rubs hands together eagerly* And welcome to Stephen King's work :). What are you reading of his at the moment?

I feel utterly decadent when I have a coffee or latte close to my bedtime. I drink enough coffee that it doesn't prevent me from falling asleep, but I still feel a slight thrill at being a "bad girl" on a school night :P.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 06:37 pm (UTC)
Just finished Pet Sematary and currently reading Bag of Bones. It's interesting to see the difference in characterization between an early King and and later one. He clearly trusts the reader a lot more by Bag of Bones and is willing to take time to explore his characters.
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[User Picture]From: twinkelbelpeach
2010-10-04 06:49 pm (UTC)
Waking up in the middle of the night and reading instead of going back to sleep. That was so verboten when I was a child. And as a child who loved books more than breath, it used to run me crazy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-04 07:06 pm (UTC)
That's a really good one!
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2010-10-04 11:18 pm (UTC)
Getting a pack of Tic-tacs from the checkout aisle WHENEVER I DAMN PLEASE, with no negotiations.

Wearing a skirt sans nylons. (just NOT happening in savannah.)

Listening to music at ear-rattling levels on headphones.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-05 12:40 am (UTC)
Ah, Tic-tacs. They were the oft-negotiated request of my own children....
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[User Picture]From: mermaidnchains
2010-10-05 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link to Goodreads. Never saw it before and am having fun updating it with all my books. Ah! To have them all in one place is a joy!

My little defiance is probably blasting my car stereo when I am (rarely) alone in my car. It makes me feel young, alive, and vibrant to be singing along to anything that I love at the top of my voice and not caring one f-ing bit if the people on the street see - OR hear me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-05 12:41 am (UTC)
That's a good one, too. I enjoy doing that.
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