NCR: Just Ginny > Reading Books With Strangers
The first few months of 2014 have been pretty rough. Team McConchie© has been dealing with some serious health roadblocks, meaning everything else gets put on the back burner. It also means I have a lot of time to spend worrying – and that’s on top of my daily allotment of “what could go wrong, and where is my life going” anxiety.
When I find myself in this downwards spiral, I find it helps to turn to some old friends for comfort and laughter.
I’ve read Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (andother concerns) by Mindy Kaling at least 5 times each. Sometimes all the way through, sometimes just the chunks I need to hear that particular day. The beauty of collection of essay books. Also, I find it soothing to know what’s coming next.
BossyPants on family and friends: Tina understands what it means to grow up with (semi) German parentage – the way it gives you the “gift of anxiety. The fear of getting in trouble. The knowledge that while you are loved, you are not above the law.”
THIS IS MY CHILDHOOD. A “pep” talk from my mom is never very peppy, although often useful. Tough love to the max.
Tina’s writing never feels like she is trying to impress you, which is, well, an impressive feat for a collection of essays. Also, her love for Amy Poehler (ex: the chapter entitled “I don’t care if you like it: One in a series of love letter to Amy Poehler) showcases true best friendship – the way women can support and root for one another, even though pop culture might want us to believe otherwise.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and feeling connected . Everyone feels a little bit like Mindy is one of his or her best friends, right? That’s one of her superpowers, and one of the reasons I can read chunks of this over, and over. It’s funny, it’s comfortable, it’s pretty perfect. I would say she just gets me and my love of celebrity gossip, fear of one night stand murders and love of SVU, but according to Instagram, Mindy “just gets” millions of people. So, that’s talent folks. Read about her exercise fantasies, they will make the gym SO MUCH BETTER.
Old friends make everything better, even if they have no idea you exist. ~ Ginny