Connecticut is awesome and ticks are Satan's curse on the world.

Okay, so I have so much to tell you all and I've missed writing this week. To be honest, it's not that I haven't had the time. Many of my friends and family will tell you that I've been bored out of my mind and begging them to Skype me, but now that I've been here almost a week, I'm starting to kind of mentally adjust to all of this and HOLY CRAP CONNECTICUT IS AWESOME.

Also, get ready to deal with my insane ramblyness for a little while, because while I'm finally starting to settle, my brain is firing on all cylinders right now, and I've been drinking caffeinated tea and it's making me all WEEEEE!!!!!

The boring stuff first: My job is great. I'm really psyched to be working in a tiny bookshop 40 hours a week and everyone is really nice. Blah blah blah.

I'm really sorry if that sounded braggy. It wasn't meant to be. Probably.

Okay, done with the work stuff. Time to play. This next part will definitely be braggy.

Two pictures:

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So yeah. Be jealous. I don't mind.

However, there is a price to pay for this type of living... other than the fact that it gets dark here at like 6PM and I have no friends outside of the Internet...

THIS PLACE IS A FRACKING TICK FACTORY.

I'm not kidding, you guys. I pulled 31 MOTHERFRACKING TICKS OFF MY DOG YESTERDAY ALONE.

And then I created a tick graveyard in a tealight candle, because THOSE BITCHES DESERVE TO BURN. I should have let one go so he could go back and warn the others...

 

For the sanity of us all, I did not photograph said waxy graveyard, because it's disgusting and no one should have to see that. You're welcome.

And don't worry, I went to the vet this morning and got the magic juice that kills those bastards on contact and now Gio should be fine.

 

So yeah, Connecticut is awesome other than the tick thing, but so far my life as a Gilmore Girl is off to a great start! I haven't found Luke's Diner yet, but I will. Oh! I did get to meet Ann Leary, author of The Good House, and she was quite possibly the most adorable and charming woman I've ever met in my entire life. Read her books. All of them. I bought her memoir, An Innocent, a Broad, last night and it's crazy incredible. Go to your local bookshop and buy it right now. Okay, I'm done rambling.

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And now, in totally unrelated news, I found this badassery today and I feel it is only appropriate to leave you with it, because Haters gonna hate, and then we will outsmart them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz2jbCJXkpA

I'm Boycotting GoodReads. It'd Be Awesome If You Joined Me.

I know. It's a big dream. GoodReads is amazing. You'll probably never leave them. But the thing is that Amazon just bought them, so in my eyes, they've officially gone over to the dark side.

I've talked about the fact that I'm an independent bookseller before on this blog, but today I'm going to go pretty far into what that means. You see, Amazon is kind of a douche as a company. They're monopolizing the book market, putting your favorite little indie bookshops out of business, and frankly, not really giving a damn. Did any of you see when Ann Patchett was on Stephen Colbert? No? Go watch it.  For whatever reason, I can't get it to embed here, but it's a short video.

So there's that.

So yeah, I could also rattle off statistics about how your local economy is damaged by shopping at big box stores, but I'm sure the fact that something like 60ish% goes back into your community when you shop local verses the 40ish% that goes back when shopping in a chain doesn't interest anyone.

And Amazon? Well, just google the history of their tax situation. Or maybe you recall the day that they urged their customers to go into local bookshops and use their "price comparison app" to see how much they could save by shopping online? Yeah, that was fun.

Okay, I should stop ranting. Let me point out why you should shop local and not attack others. That's not like me.

The local shops are going to take care of you not because they work on commission or because they get paid to, but b ecause they love the fact that you love books and are willing to support the shop because of that. I literally work with a woman who agreed to work FOR BOOKS when things got rough at the store. That's worth thinking about.

So yeah, I'm leaving GoodReads, because it's one thing to include Amazon in your business, but to sell out your entire website to them? Well, I'm sorry... If I keep going with them, it's sleeping with the enemy.

So where am I going?

Two places:

Just search for EmelieAwkwardlyAlive. You'll find me.

I know it might be inconvenient to ask, but if you would join me, I'd really appreciate it. I also get that a lot of you guys don't have a local bookshop anywhere near you anymore, so you've gone to Amazon just to get your books in general, and that's still supporting authors and stuff, so I still love you.

I know this wasn't a particularly funny post, but I really needed to share this with all of you.

I'll be back to my normal quirk tomorrow!

Love you all.

Emelie.