November 24, 2009

In Which My Friends are Crafty. And Weird.

Amy Go has gone all pro! Last year she caught the shutter bug, and now she has her very own Amy Go Photo Blog. I miss her SO much since she moved. Stupid Kansas.

Also, peep this: One of the Best Beloveds works as a silversmith. I love this thing:
It is a fidget. You noodle with it. I need one as I am a leg jiggler and twitcher and a doodler. These days they call it being a “kinetic learner,” but we all know this secretly means “spaz.” Schools should start issuing little turtles like this. Especially to MY kinetic learning little monkey swarmers who cannot listen and sit still at the same time. One or the other, they can do, but either takes all their concentration. Choose: Jacksons cannot do both at the same time.

In response to the Grand Central catalog cover in the entry below, Karen Abbott called me, and we were talking about Seth Grahame-Smith’s upcoming title, which is, intriguingly, ABE LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. I liked his Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because, how could I not? And this new one piques my interest as well.

Me: It’s just a good juxtaposition to begin with---inherently amusing. He’s so gangly and earnest.

Her: Oh admit it. You think Lincoln is hot.

Me: I do. I DO think Lincoln is hot.

Her: Okay well, historically, emancipation and social justice and a guy with a working class background rising to greatness with honesty. I’ll give you that one. That’s all pretty hot.

Me: Well, yeah, obviously I admire him, but I mean he is ZOMGAH! HAWT! Like, just physically. He’s smokin’. You know my type, and he is it. Lincoln is the Spock of presidents.

Her: *laughing* That’s true! He IS the Spock of presidents. I am more traditional, you know? Kennedy, Obama, these are out hot-most world leaders.

Me: I am going with Lincoln.

Her: I can’t judge you. I would have dated him. I mean, you put him up by Nixon or, God help me, Grover Cleveland...

Me: Or Polk...

Her: I have no idea what Polk looked like. Let me google image him....GAH! POLK IS HIDEOUS! ... No, no, wait, that was just a bad picture. Wow. No. Polk is fine. I would absolutely date Polk.

Me; *google imaging* I kinda like the looks of Grover, too. He looks firm and resolute, that’s attractive. Oooh! Lookit Polk! Those manly eyebrows! Polk is VERY cute, actually.

Her: We need to do this all day. We need to stay on google images and go look at ALL the presidents and memorize their names in order of date-ability.

Me: As opposed to, say, working on our books.


I am pleased to say we managed to control ourselves and STOP disrespectfully google imaging presidents as if they had posted on and we were time-traveling singles with a yen to be first lady.


Posted by joshilyn at November 24, 2009 7:17 AM

Totally a conversation I could have had. Glad there is a record for posterity.

Posted by: elizabeth at November 24, 2009 8:13 AM

Me too. It sounds like some conversations I've had with my sister.

Posted by: JulieB at November 24, 2009 8:48 AM

Lincoln is a famous Aspie, you know. Aspies are hot! ;)

Posted by: Mir at November 24, 2009 9:22 AM

You just made me google Polk. He was sort of cute.

Posted by: heather at November 24, 2009 9:50 AM

I'm off to Google Polk...

Posted by: Jill W. at November 24, 2009 10:51 AM

I think Polk just jumped to the top of the hot search list, because I went and Googled him too. You're right -- he's totally datable! Although I must admit, Lincoln was hot! You're absolutely right about that.

Posted by: Aimee at November 24, 2009 10:59 AM

But is he as cute as that turtle? No, I didn't think so either.

Posted by: Kalynne Pudner at November 24, 2009 10:59 AM

Polk looks like an older version of Mr. Darcy- kinda broody.

Woodrow Wilson's got kind of a Peter O'Toole-ish appeal...

Posted by: Jill W. at November 24, 2009 11:02 AM

I think it's Polk's popped collar. He's like... predsidential AND too cool for school at the same time.

Posted by: Em at November 24, 2009 12:04 PM

OK, you just made my lo mein and my nose make friends in an inappropriate manner! I pink fluffy heart you and Karen!!!

Posted by: Beth R at November 24, 2009 1:32 PM


I was sure I was going to be spanked in the head for making light with the presidentialnesses, but you people are all as head-whacked as me.


Posted by: Joshilyn at November 24, 2009 2:59 PM

Hi, Joss - I haven't been around your blog in a while but I wanted to say WOW I CANNOT WAIT FOR BACKSEAT SAINTS! I just popped by its page and it sounds so compelling and the cover is just beautiful! I want that dress. :)

Posted by: Jess at November 24, 2009 4:47 PM

Haha I wish I had more conversations like that ;)

Posted by: Heather at November 24, 2009 6:31 PM

I would consider kicking it with Polk, but he would totally have to lose the David Carradine hairdon't.

Also, in totally small world news, i just realized that i went to high school with Amy Go's husband.

Posted by: Rachel at November 24, 2009 6:43 PM

Seriously funny - I mean reading this made me snort from laughing. I have NEVER and I repeat NEVER googled images of dead presidents to check out their hotness factor. You, my friend, are deliciously disturbed! Procrastination at its most golden and shiny.

Posted by: Les at November 25, 2009 12:19 AM

OK I admit it...I just went and googled Polk to see what all the hubub was you suppose the collar was to hold up a neck stiff from sitting and posing for too long? I have to give it to the Penny Man - he has it ALL over Polk.

Posted by: Les in AZ at November 25, 2009 12:24 AM

I spent all afternoon at work googling presidents. Not only is it good to keep you from writing but from other things, too. :)

Posted by: Nikki at November 25, 2009 2:36 AM

Now you've got us ALL doing it! Disrespectful, retroactive crushes. ;-)

Posted by: Brigitte at November 25, 2009 6:43 AM

Poor Roosevelt didn't even get a mention.

Posted by: Susan at November 25, 2009 12:19 PM

I must be very boring, you two way worry me.

Posted by: Cele at November 28, 2009 12:32 AM