You Put the Time in the Coconut

This is a random post for this wonderful, glorious Friday morning. Yes,  I am in an extremely good mood. I am giddy over the fact that it’s a long weekend. I am even more giddy over the fact that I am taking an extra day off which makes it even longer and if you count that it’s my birthday weekend… well, you can see why I am so darn chipper.

Random stuff…

When I opened up the old dashboard this morning I was welcomed by an unreal number of spam posts. My favorite one was this comment:

“You put the time in the coconut.”

This guy must know me because I love coconut. Except, I’ve never put the time in one. His comment did, however, make me sing that song with a very similar line. Why is it that nearly every spam comment is tied to one post? I even deleted the said post, thinking that it would help, yet I continue to get comments on the post even when it’s gone, so I added it back. I don’t understand spammy comments. They never make it though the filters and I always delete them. Seems like a lot of trouble on their part for a comment that will never be posted.

On the reading front…

I’ve been reading the best books lately. Seriously. Every book I pick up seems to have been written for me. I tend to lean towards heavier reads with complex characters and although they aren’t usually the most joyous of stories, they are inexplicably appealing to me. Could be my age or where I am in life, or both. Whatever the reason, I hope my great reading streak continues.

Right now I am nearing the last pages of Annabel by Kathleen Winter. It has been a wonderful read. I don’t want it to end. I just finished On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and it was wonderful in its own way. I just started Sleepless by Charlie Huston to mix things up a bit, but it’s not fitting my mood right now. I may switch it out with  The House on Tradd Street by Karen White. Anyone read either one?

I don’t really have any big plans for this long weekend. My MIL (mother-in-law) is having a BBQ on Saturday that we’ll go to of course,  and then on Sunday The Fam is taking me out for lunch. I may buy myself a birthday gift. I don’t normally like to shop for myself but this is probably the one time of the year that I don’t mind doing so. Monday is my actual birthday and I just plan to be lazy that day. I think it’s allowed.

Do you have any plans for the long weekend?


31 thoughts on “You Put the Time in the Coconut”

  1. I am so glad that you are giddy and ready for the long weekend. I hope you have a great birthday with lots of coconuts. LOL Seriously, have a great weekend.

    As for The House on Tradd Street by Karen White, I’ve read it and liked it, but no complex characters or dark, depressing stuff there…mostly just light and fun.

    1. Good thing I asked because the blurb doesn’t really make it sound light and fun. I like light and fun sometimes, but it’s not what I am going for at the moment.

  2. Oh wow! Happy early birthday to you! I bet there are some fantastic books on your wish list that you wouldn’t mind gifting yourself! It sounds like it’s going to be a lovely weekend for you, and I am glad. I am planning on doing nothing but reading, but then again, that’s what I always say, and something always deters me. Hopefully not this weekend!

    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes! What do you plan to read this weekend? Or will you just pick something up on a whim?

      Oh lord… there are tons of books I could buy but I have so many to review that I should probably hold off on book purchases. We’ll see. If a bookstore is anywhere close to where we’ll be lunching, I may not be strong.

  3. You got me singing that song now. You put the lime in the coconut….

    I have moderation on older posts and when some get a lot of spam thrown at them, I shut down comments. But I don’t delete posts. There must be some word combo that attracts them but I can’t figure it out.

    1. I tried to shut down comments first but they were still able to get comments through, even with the restriction. Which means that are hacking into it somehow. When I did that.. I swear they got angry because then they were attached to all posts..

  4. I have gotten probably 200 spam comments on my post from years ago for “The Giver”. I don’t get it, but whatever, Blogger does a great job of capturing them all. None of my spam comments are as cool as “You put the time in the coconut” though.

    I just posted today on the insanely wonderful summer of reading I had. Eleven five star reads. I mean, I do try hard to pick good stuff for my summer travels, but I’ve never been quite this good at it.

    You have a wonderful long weekend and a wonderful birthday! I don’t know what we are doing, besides football, horseback riding lessons, church, and maybe a quick fly-by to Universal and perhaps a movie? Nothing relaxing unfortunately!

    1. You are always super busy but you seem to work the fun in there too. I wouldn’t mind seeing a movie. I’m not sure what though. The Boy saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes and gave it 5 stars but he won’t want to see it again. Saw The Help already. The Girl is very girly when it comes to movie and can’t take too much suspense or horror (horror to her is a dog dying).

    1. Chesil is not a difficult read, but the subject matter is an awkward one to work with and you feel the character’s stress levels build as the story moves forth. McEwan is so good at setting the stage.

  5. Karen White seems like a shift from your usual reading choices. I haven’t read her work but hope you enjoy it. I’m curious to read your review for Annabel.

    I’m planning to shop this weekend to… replenishing two refrigerators/freezers and I hope to find some items from my decorating list!

    Have a wonderfully relaxing weekend. Happy Birthday!

    1. I thought the White book was a little heavier than it is. So yeah, I guess it is a departure from what I normally choose but I didn’t think it would be.

      I hate shopping for food. Big trips, anyway. I always feel pressured to put meals together and lately, I don’t want the pressure. We eat simple stuff a lot of the time just to avoid menu planning.

  6. How sad that here you are having a birthday and yet everybody HATES you for making them have that song stuck in their heads! LOL

    Happy happy birthday! Next time we come there, you will have to direct us to coconut cake for Jim – he loves it, while it makes me gag…

    1. I make a mean coconut cake. You would not gag on it, but I can’t eat it anymore because of that gluten-thing.

      As for the song, I got Kathy to sing it in her head but then I quickly diverted her to Malibu Rum on twitter and somehow, that made it all better.

  7. (I’ll wait until Monday for the birthday wishes :))

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on On Chesil Beach. Thought it a very special book, lots of food for thought in such a small story.

  8. Nothing much ado Ti. My last long weekend was last week. Everytime I had a long weekend I found it is just wasted on shouting and screaming at my boys! Hope you have a good one. 🙂

  9. Happy Birthday Weekend!! And I’m so glad to hear that you are in such a good mood! And the amount and type of spam comments that don’t get through boggle my mind. Then I found out there are spam robots!

  10. Happy Birthday Ti! I hope the weekend is full of wonderful things for you. We have no plans either–just being lazy and maybe some packing up of the college boy’s room–I am in a bit of denial over that one though!

  11. That’s actually a funny spam comment. I’m amazed that they can find a way to get through the spam comments on WP as it seems better than Blogger. Blogger catches most of them now and I barely check them anymore. Have a wonderful birthday weekend and how lucky for you to have the day off! My family is fighting colds so we’re laying low and going to a BBQ one day. I have had trouble with books lately but it maybe my mindset at the moment.

    1. Reading funks are no fun. I have them about three times a year. I find that short story collections usually help.

      Well, hope you kick the cold. Have fun at the BBQ.

  12. I hope you’re enjoying your birthday weekend! I love it when birthdays fall over long weekends. As for spam comments, 99% of the time they’re such a pain, but I must admit I quite enjoy the random one (like your coconut guy) that makes me giggle.

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