January 9 12

On Friday, January 6th, at about 10am, I ventured out to Starbucks to get a grande nonfat mild coffee misto with sugar-free peppermint.

The last time I had been out of the house it was December. And 2011.

Yes, that’s right.

I spent an entire week at home in my bed. Pro tip: I highly recommend never getting an inner ear infection. The good news is that I’m feeling at about 85% and I find relief in exactly two things. Tylenol Sinus (I have absolutely no idea why this works, but it does) and using the Starbucks app. I swear to you, *I* am the reason companies make apps like that.

“WHAT? I can PAY for my coffee FROM MY PHONE? I don’t need to bring any money at all? None? All I have to do is register my cards online and bring in my phone? WAIT! And now you are telling me that all of my flavor shots are FREE? And I can work up to rewards? Sign me up please! I will drink Starbucks exclusively…even though I rarely drank it before because I found it slightly underwhelming and overpriced but now? Well, you are basically giving me my coffee for free, so how can I not buy my coffee at Starbucks?”

It’s genius, I tell you.

They have convinced me that I am getting some sort of great deal. Even though I’m getting, like, thirty cents off of an already-too-expensive drink. And yet, here I am, showing up for my daily $2.76 peppermint misto. As if they are giving it away. It must be what people were like when credit cards were first introduced. “WHAT? I can pay for things WITH THIS CARD?  I don’t need to bring any money at all?” It’s a slippery slope, you guys. I’m sure I won’t be the first person to go broke, one misto at a time. And if it happens, well, I can really just blame it on the ear infection. What do you mean? I’m from the past! I don’t know what things are like in 2012!

Speaking of time travel (Related: this might be my most favorite segue I have ever used on this site. Speaking of time travel. Awesome. It’s like I’m Dr. Brown right now.) I plowed through 11/22/63 this weekend. After I made the resolution to read 62 books in 2012 (which is one more book than I read in 2011, for those of you wondering why I decided on such a seemingly random number here), I realized that choosing a big, honking 849-page novel may have been a poor choice in reading material. But, you guys, I could not put this one down. I am generally a fan of Stephen King. Or I was, back when he was writing terrific character novels, but then something weird happened to him, an accident maybe (?) and he was churning out some piss-poor excuses. But now? Redeemed. REDEEMED. This one was so good. It’s like The History Channel meets Back To The Future meets Friday Night Lights meets Pleasantville.

(And if you know anything about me, you know that this is something I’d be willing to get behind. Probably twice.)

I know the entire planet seems to be reading The Hunger Games right now, but I am telling you, this is so much better. And this one wasn’t even written for 5th graders! (Note: I have absolutely nothing against The Hunger Games. In fact, I read it and liked it in 2009 when I was choosing a read-aloud book at work. For grade 7. Heh).

And I have no fancy segue for this, but I just wanted to ask your thoughts on the all-caps. You know, when I tweet something like:

You see, when I first started tweeting, I found the interface to be somewhat limiting. I mean, I was okay with the 140-character limit, but the lack of bold and italics were making me twitchy. As you know, bloggers tend to be, um, what’s the word…EMOTIONAL. And because of this obvious character flaw, I feel the need to express myself through bold and italics and words spelled out in all-caps. I have also become a fan of doing *this* to express to you that I am putting MAJOR EMPHASIS on that this. Now, I am sort of put-off by tweets that are written like this: I REALLY LOVE PAPERCLIPS! IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER ON THIS PLANET?! Because, well, really? Is there anything worth that much emotion? Possibly an encounter with Jon Hamm. Possibly.

There seem to be two camps, as far as capital letters go. The ones who see it as emphasis and the ones who see it as screaming.

Obviously, I’m in the emphatic camp.

What camp are you in?

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  1. I’m always looking for good book recommendations! Do you think you’d ever post a list of books you’ve read per year?

    Also, OUTFITS OF THE DAY (emphatically, not screamingly).

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    ali replied on

    I always keep a list of the books I read so I can send it to you?

    ALSO.
    I just took a photo last night. Revamping Ali’s Closet! Whee!

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    Comment by Jen on January 9, 2012
  2. Very kind of you to offer…yes I would love to get your list!

    Verrah verrah excited to hear that there is a new Closet post in the works!

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    Comment by Jen on January 9, 2012
  3. Emphasis. UNLESS, it’s an entire email written in all caps, then it’s yelling. And, really hard to read.

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    Comment by Rhi on January 9, 2012
  4. Emphasis. All the way. EMPHASIS.

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    Comment by RunANC on January 9, 2012
  5. Would you also send me your list of books? I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and am just beginning to read again for pleasure. I used to really enjoy Stephen King before college killed my love of reading, so I’ll give this one a go. Thanks!

    Regarding the capitalization, if it’s just a few words, I see it as emphasis. If it is the whole sentence or email, I am stabbing you in the eye with my thoughts.

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    Comment by Corey on January 9, 2012
  6. Emphasis. Unless it is ALL CAPS! Then it is yelling. Like, HOLY SHITBALLS I CANNOT BELIEVE TEBOW DID IT AGAIN.

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    Comment by Kristabella on January 9, 2012
  7. I agree with everyone else, if I capitalize ONE word, its emphasis. If it’s the whole sentence, then it’s yelling.
    p.s – what’s this misto thing you speak of? I think $2.76 is super cheap for Starbucks compared to my $5something for a latte with an extra espresso shot *no flavor, too expensive haha* ?? Maybe I can get on board with whateve a misto is!!

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    alimartell replied on

    If I’m not mistaken…misto is the same thing as cafe au lait. Instead of a latte, which is espresso and milk…misto is coffee and steamed milk with a bit of foam. I drink it because it has way way fewer calories than a latte and is way cheaper.

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    Comment by Amy on January 9, 2012
  8. I read the Hunger Games. Also a few years ago. When my son was in grade 7 and brought it home. He wasn’t terribly keen on it, and either was I. I don’t get the current craze around it to be honest.

    Hope you start feeling 100% soon.

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    ali replied on

    I certainly never thought it would become a Harry Potter-like phenomenon…;)

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    Comment by Redneck Mommy on January 9, 2012
  9. I read 11/22/63 in November when I was on my cruise and couldn’t put it down. So many of his books end up sputtering out towards the end, but this one gripped me from start to finish. Loved it.

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    ali replied on

    YES! Start to finish indeed

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    Comment by Avitable on January 9, 2012
  10. 62 books this year? That number would scare me I think. Then again, it’s the 9th and I’ve read three books already.

    I read and liked Hunger Games but for some reason I have no desire to read the other two.

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    ali replied on

    That’s me too. I read the first…no desire to read the other two.

    What three books have you already read??

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    Comment by Issa on January 9, 2012
  11. I loved 11/22/63. I *might* have let the kids watch an extra movie so I could have 2 more hours of peace so I could finish it.

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    Comment by Mandi Bone on January 9, 2012
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