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TGI Friday Open Thread: Bloody Mary, Lizzie Borden And Can We Have A Slumber Party?

148505658Lizzie Borden premieres on Lifetime Saturday night and I’m so excited to watch it because not only is Lifetime television for women, it’s television for women who love trashy television, and that would be me. It hits on everything I’m interested in, women behaving badly and urban legends and other creepy things.

 

 

Did you ever play Bloody Mary when you had slumber parties when you were young? When you stood in the mirror with your friends and chanted “Bloody Mary” three times and turned off the lights and you were supposed to see some dead chick covered in blood in the mirror?

I want to hear about all the other stupid creepy ghost stories you heard about as a teen and all that other good stuff. But if you are too bawk bawk chicken you can tell us what you plan on doing this weekend, unless it involves shoveling your driveway, because I so don’t wanna hear about that.

I know it’s so boring to discuss the weather, but come onnnn.. my kids had one snow day and two late start days and I am over it. We are expecting more snow this weekend so I’m going to curl up with the cat and watch trashy TV and NOT EAT POPCORN and maybe drink something amazing. I wish we could have a Mommyish slumber party and all watch together because I think it would be hilarious.

And I am dying for some book recommendations, so hit me up with those. I feel like I haven’t had time to read anything that hasn’t been written here in forever and I need to lose myself in a good book.

Cuddle up, grab a cocktail or a beer or whatever else you have to drink (Not nail polish) and share creepy stories with us plus anything else ya want!

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  • MegzWray

    I’m a HUGE book reader! Like 3 books a week (with a full-time job and a toddler). So if you ever want any recommendations, let me know! I enjoy everything from romance, historical fiction and non-fiction, bio’s, mysteries, etc.

    • Lee

      How do you do it? Full time job and toddler here too. I used to read a couple books a week. Now I am lucky to get in a couple a year. Lately I have stooped to reading all those poorly written, dystopian future, young adults books because I can tear through them. I did really like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children though.

    • LadyClodia

      It took me a while to get into Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I loved it once I did.
      Did you see that the second Miss Peregrine book, Hollow City, is out? It was just released this month, and I have it, but haven’t been able to start it yet.

    • Lee

      I heard that this week. I have been trying to figure out when I can go get it. I know I could get it instantly on my kindle but there is just something about a brand new anticipated book.

    • MegzWray

      I’m lucky in that I work in outside sales. I keep books in my car to read during lunch and between client visits. Plus, I’m a ridiculously fast reader.

    • Lee

      I read read fast too but I can’t read during my lunch hour. I have a little problem with putting a book down once I start reading it. I get a little too wrapped up in them and my brain is gone until I finish. When my husband sees me with a book he usually has some witty comment about how I won’t be talking to him for a day or two.

    • pineapplegrasss

      oh I have too many kids and a job too! Sometimes I go grab books from the teens for a fast read and I started that book last year and somehow never finished. That’s the one with the falling apart house while the boys out of town with his dad? I don’t want to be a spoiler… Maybe I did read the whole thing, now Im not sure lol

  • Alicia Kiner

    Book recommendation: Absolutely anything by Nora Roberts/JD Robb. The JD Robb line is futurist cop drama. If you like Castle, you’ll like these. Start with Naked in Death. If you want some trashy fantasy, check out Laurell K Hamilton. I love to read. I won a Kindle Fire HDX right after New Year’s, and I have been glued to it! I plan to read a lot this weekend and organize my linen closet (it needs it), and hang some new curtains. Might even clean the bathrooms, if I get the gumption ;)

    • libraryofbird

      I second the jd Robb rec. LOVE THEM.

    • pineapplegrasss

      I read the LKH series too, like 8ya before the vampire rage hit

    • Alicia Kiner

      I actually like her other series better. It’s about a freaking faerie princess. I’m a sucker for fantasy.

    • pineapplegrasss

      Wasn’t that character Mededith something? I think I read some of those too :)

    • Alicia Kiner

      Yep. She finally has a new one coming out soon.

  • pixie

    I remember Bloody Mary. That was a fantastic way to scare the bejeebus out of yourself at 10.
    I’m currently getting ready to go to a ball that my university department is putting on tonight. And by getting ready, I mean painting my nails, reading mommyish, and drinking pepsi and vanilla vodka. I have plenty of time before I head to my friend’s house for pre-drinks, and it’s freaking cold out so I might just get dressed at her place.

    As for books, I’m mostly into young-adult fiction still (the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare are pretty good, which I just read; also Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series), but for more adult stuff, there’s always Christopher Moore. He writes more off-the-wall humours things, but they’re still fantastic (A Dirtyy Job, Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, Bite Me, Lamb, Fool, Sacre Bleu; he’s got quite a lot). I haven’t really read any dramas or inspirational books lately.

    • Aimee Beff

      I looooove Moore! I read “The Stupidest Angel” last summer and Gospel of Biff is an all-time fave. I have “Fool” on loan from a friend but we’ll see if I get to that (or any book) before the twins are out of diapers!

    • pixie

      I’ve yet to read The Stupidest Angel, but I’ve Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff is definitely an all-time fave of mine too! And you really should read Fool, it’s fantastic!

    • Lee

      I have had to replace Lamb twice as it has fallen apart on me from over reading. I think my favorite Moore book is Fluke though.

    • pixie

      Fluke is also fantastic!
      I don’t think there’s a single book of his that I don’t like. And I’m stoked for his new book The Serpent of Venice.
      Now I just need to remember to bring these books back to my apartment from my parents’ house when I visit in February.

    • G.E. Phillips

      YES to Christopher Moore!!

  • Bethany Ramos

    Mommyish skype slumber party!! I am way too chicken for ghost stories, so count me out. Believe it or not, we actually did have a snow day here in Texas, which is a pretty big deal for South Texas. Also, the best day of the year is happening… My in-laws are babysitting, and my husband and I are going to a draft house movie theater to see the Wolf of Wall Street. Yayyy!

    • Natasha B

      Oooh draft house theaters are theeee best

    • Bethany Ramos

      I love them!!

  • libraryofbird

    Rachel Vincent’s shifter series is one of my favorite book series (behind Harry potter & huger games). The first book is stray.

  • Snarktopus

    Ohhh, I so want to go to the Lizzie Borden house someday. Also the Villisca Axe Murder house. And Waverly Hills Sanitarium, and Eastern State Penitentiary Because there’s something terribly wrong with me.
    Ah, book recommendations. Depends on what you’re into. If you’ve never read the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, get on that shizz. I think the first book is technically The Color Of Magic, but you certainly don’t have to start there to understand the other books. I think you might really enjoy Equal Rites, Mort, and Soul Music.
    Another series I like is the Parasol Protectorate. That one is written by Gail Carriger and starts with Soulless.
    Last, but not least, I think Boneshaker and Dreadnought by Cherie Priest are great books, too.
    I’d like to read The Fault in Our Stars. I just haven’t found it in my bookstore yet.

    • Aimee Beff

      DISCWOOOORLD. Especially Vimes. I started with Guards! Guards! and that’s still one of my favorites.

      The Fault in Our Stars is good, but not enjoyable, if that makes sense. Bring Kleenex, and if possible, a puppy.

    • Snarktopus

      I love Susan. :)
      Yeah, one of my friends read The Fault in Our Stars, and she tried to talk me out of it.

    • EX

      The Fault in Our Stars = Ugly Cry, but I loved it.

    • pixie

      The one Discworld book I read was fantastic and I keep meaning to read more of them!! I think it was the Fifth Elephant that I read. I know it had something to do with Elephants…

    • Snarktopus

      All Discworld books are at least tangentially related to elephants. :)
      The Fifth Elephant sounds about right.

    • tSubh Dearg

      I started with Reaper Man and it made me fall totally in love with his world. I think Witches Abroad would also be a good starting point because fairy tales or Wyrd Sisters because Shakespeare and the witches are awesome.

      The Vimes books are also excellent and I have developed quite the soft spot for Moist Von Lipwig.

    • Jess

      Feet of Clay was the first book that made me laugh hysterically out loud.

      I was 17.

      I was on public transport at the time.

    • Allyson_et_al

      The Fault in Our Stars absolutely broke me. I keep trying to get my daughter to hurry up and finish it, because I want someone to talk about it with!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Ooh I finished a book by Bill Bryson about the Appalachian trail that was quite amusing. Not something I’d normally pick but the co-op I live in set up a free library in our basement and I’ve been picking random things from there lately outside of my usual reading comfort zone and so far it’s been quite nice.

    There are these folks in my city who’ve been putting on events called ‘Drunk Feminist Films’…as far as I know there’ve been just two so far (I know Mean Girls was one of them) and I couldn’t go before but I am hoping to make it out to the next one. I have high hopes that it’ll be kinda like the mommyish comment section but in real life.

    • pixie

      Wait, what? That sounds fantastic.
      What city is it in and is it anywhere near Ottawa or Toronto?

    • pineapplegrasss

      that does sound cool. Why do I live in one of the largest cities and its soo boring?

    • Lilly

      Googled answered your prayers — it is in TO and run by the Academy of the Impossible:

      https://www.facebook.com/academyimpossible/events

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      Yep, toronto! Are you in Toronto?

    • pixie

      I’m in Ottawa for my Master’s program, but I grew up just outside of Toronto (Milton) and my parents and boyfriend still live there so I’m in the GTA pretty frequently. :)

  • G.E. Phillips

    I have no ghost stories, which is strange because I went to Girl Scout sleep-away camp 5 summers in an row, you’d think I’d have a ton. But I am a total chicken about shit like that. I was always the girl at the slumber party who had to sit in the kitchen with the mom while the rest of the girls watched Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
    Beyond that, I have book recommendations! If you haven’t read Wonder by RJ Palacio, you have to, it’s beautiful. Other favorites of (relatively) recent years: Lamb by Christopher Moore (hilarious) and Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Just finished The Descendants (ie, like the film) which I quite enjoyed. Right now I’m reading Tampa by Alyssa Nutting and it’s genius, in that the subject matter is super disturbing but the writing is so good that you just have to keep reading it.

    • Snarktopus

      I went to Girl Scout camp, too, and we never did ghost stories. It was quite disappointing. :/

    • Allyson_et_al

      Wonder is beautiful. My kids and I all read it, and had some awesome discussions about it. So rare when a novel can appeal to a (semi)-adult woman, a 13-year-old girl, and a 10-year-old boy.

  • Megan Zander

    Stephen King just dropped the sequel to The Shining called Dr Sleep which I really liked. True story- When i was a kid my cousins and I made a spirit board out of construction paper and we were sad when it didn’t work, so my aunt wrote us letters from The Sunshine Ghost ( she didn’t want to scare us too much so she gave him a nice name) and we would write back, then one day we left him a note in the bathroom and went out, when we got home the door wouldn’t open and when we broke in the paper was all wet but the faucets were off, so we got spooked and never did it again.

  • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

    Eve, I read this book at the beach last September and couldn’t put it down. It’s legit without being too highbrow, fun without being too syrupy….it’s just good. I really think you’d dig it. Plus, old movie stars and Italy! http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Ruins-Novel-Jess-Walter/dp/0061928178

  • Aimee Beff

    I read “The Book Thief” last year and really enjoyed it! Not what I was expecting exactly, but pretty great stuff.

    • G.E. Phillips

      That’s on my Kindle wishlist….along with like 75 other books I’ll never get to read, probably, but maybe I’ll do The Book Thief” next!

  • LadyClodia

    I’d love a slumber party! But no ghost stories; I have an overactive imagination. I just need something to break up what a brutal week it’s been without my husband here. At night I’ve been wanting to just chill on the couch, and I have a couple of nights but most nights I’ve had a bunch of housework to do instead. Especially since my toddler is acting up because my husband isn’t here, and he’s getting destructive so I can’t leave him alone, even in the playroom with the gate up and me on the other side in the kitchen. And my preschooler’s teacher had to talk to me about him again today because he keeps freaking out when he doesn’t get to sit/stand next to his best friend, and he’s getting disruptive. I’ve talked to him about it, but I don’t know what else to do. I need a break and a stiff drink.

    • pineapplegrasss

      I will totally friend you and we can hang with these crazy boys together! They can slumber party on the pull out couch in my play room and we can hang out in the adults side of the house :)

    • LadyClodia

      Sounds great!. And you have an adults’ side of the house? I’m jealous, lol. I spend probably 70%+ of the waking day in our playroom, even after the boys are in bed since that’s where our good TV and stereo are. There aren’t too many toys in our living room, but that’s usually where we eat since our dining room table is overrun with Lego sets, heh.

    • pineapplegrasss

      oh yes, we have a huge play room, that where the legos, trains, video games, kid tv etc is. Then my hubby has a mancave/ sports room devoted to football *gag* and the living room is all mine, I’ve got it all worked out :)

    • LadyClodia

      Awesome! :)

  • tSubh Dearg

    Just asked the Beau about scary childhood stories. He says that he was told that saying the Hail Mary backwards makes the devil appear, ditto the Lord’s Prayer. There is a also a church near where I live that is in the middle of the road and apparently if you hop backwards around it three times at midnight the devil will appear. Though why he would bother baffles me! There were also tales of being taken away by the fairies if someone doesn’t say “Bless you” after you sneeze, though only if you sneezed three times without the blessing.

    I have a hate read recommendation. If you are looking for a book to make you irrationally angry, then Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is it. I made my friends read it just so I would have someone to bitch with about how bad it was. Much hilarity was had from the updates as they got through it.

    This weekend I plan to go looking for a new tv and I’m going to price a new freezer for my garage. It needs to be large so I can hide dead bodies in it. I will also try and get some study done because I’ve just realised I have the first proper exams I’ve taken in 10 years in May and I am not prepared at all! I might also try and tidy our bedroom (with help from the Beau) because I honestly can’t remember the last time I hoovered the floor in there.

    And now that I have written a crazy long post I will go back to my delicious wine and roasted quail. Plus lemon mousse for dessert!

    • tSubh Dearg

      Also serious book recommendation: The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. It is a police procedural but dealing with supernatural crime and it is so so good. The author also wrote for Dr Who. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

    • ChillMama

      Whaaaat? I love Dr. Who, I am a sucker for police procedurals, and I have a total soft spot for the supernatural in fiction. How have I not heard of this phenomenal combination?? (Scurries to amazon and buys everything she can!)

    • tSubh Dearg

      They are the best! Totally realistic police work but just happening to deal with the supernatural. I stumbled on the first one by accident and now I read them too fast and wish the next one was out already. So well written with lots of humorous bits.

  • pineapplegrasss

    omg! when we were kids we had a mirror up against the wall in the back of the garage and we were slid under the door halfway (bet you know where this is going) fucking around as kids will do and it was always open like 3 feet or something bc its so damn hot here in the summer and BTW: no snow here Eve, I sent my son to school in shorts #weatherbrag ;) anyways, this kid starts chanting bloody mary bloody mary bloody mary, And Im a bawk bawk and always have been so I was OUT! and of course he said he saw something, screams, pops up and the door crashed down on him. Sent that kid to the hospital. There isn’t a mirror in my office so I’m safe if I typed that 3 times and only chanted in my head right?

    • pineapplegrasss

      For all you SK fans: you can’t say Zelda anywhere in my house or my husband will cry and its so fun to call him from random phone numbers and say all creepy zeeeldaaa, I think I’m inspired to do that today :) Maybe right now…

    • pixie

      Is it bad that when I read this I automatically thought of the Legend of Zelda video games instead of Stephen King? Or maybe that’s just because my N64 is currently sitting right across from me.

  • Lee

    I love Ruth Reichl’s memoirs. Tender to the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, and Garlic and Sapphires. There are actually some great recipes throughout them too. Other favorites: anything by Augusten Burroughs, The Red Tent, Memoirs of a Geisha, anything by David Sedaris, early Chuck Palahniuk (anything written before Rant), Frank McCourt memoirs, Howl’s Moving Castle

  • JD

    When my parents were first married my dad would whisper, just as my mom was falling asleep, “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty one.”

    She was eighteen, met and married him in three months’ time and moved 1000 miles away from her family, so she was like, WTF DID I GET MYSELF INTO!? They have been married 37 years and he did all manner of similar things to my siblings and I growing up. He’s going to have a field day scaring his grand kids.

  • LiteBrite

    I never played Bloody Mary as a kid. I have, however, sat at a bar on Sunday morning chanting “Bloody Mary Bloody Mary…” over and over. No dead chicks, but I did get a decent Bloody Mary.

    I’m gonna DVR Lizzie Borden. I’d watch it, but I still need to get caught up on Coven, so that comes first tomorrow night.

    I’m not reading anything, but I bought “Gone Girl” two weeks ago. I’ll read it; I promise. Just need to get motivated.

    As for the weather, I read that it’s supposed to be a high of -2F here on Monday. This winter is bullshit.

  • ChillMama

    Ooh, Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series (the fourth one is the best IMHO). It is a blend of Irish folklore, fantasy, and romance. Love it. Oh, and tonight I am pigging out on Doritos and Dr. Pepper, because I am pure class.

    • tSubh Dearg

      This sounds interesting but being Irish myself I am little wary of “celtic” books because I know too much. Maybe my library has one I can try…

    • ChillMama

      Well, it isn’t kitschy Celtic tourism, if that helps. The first one (and I’m not spoiling anything here) is based on the tale of the six swans.

      If you do check it out, I am very curious as to whether you like it!

    • tSubh Dearg

      I am somewhat reassured by the comparison to Mists of Avalon, which I loved. I think I will have to get reacquainted with the local library :)

  • candyvines

    I really enjoy Tana French. If you haven’t read any of her books I’d recommend starting with In The Woods.

  • Alex Lee

    The last delicious drink I had was: Vodka, Coca-Cola, and chocolate syrup.

    I have two Asian horror films to catch up on: “Phobia” and “13: Game of Death”.

  • Ally

    A judge ordered Marlise Munoz (the brain-dead pregnant woman in Texas) to be taken off her life support. Thank goodness that family can finally have peace.

    Considering that entire story is a serious enough nightmare, I don’t consider this necessarily off topic.

  • Joye77

    Lizzie Borden was my great-grandfather’s cousin (their moms were sisters) That is as close as I have to being related to a famous person. Proof that instability runs in the family. ;)

    • Bethany Ramos

      WHOA! That is a cool claim to fame. :)

  • Kay_Sue

    I was dusting our bookshelf today and ran across a book by Preston & Child. I’ve read a few by them, and they’ve all been awesome.

    I am so over the cold. We don’t have snow (I know, what am I bitching about then?), but it’s so cold that the kids still can’t go out to play. And they don’t get it, because the days are beautiful with so much sunshine. It’s just the air that is so cold.

  • SusannahJoy

    We went whale watching today! We’re site leaders with NOA during the annual humpback whale count. This year we had a way better site than last year, so we saw at least a couple dozen, which was pretty awesome.

    That’s about it.

    I was a boring teenager, I’m sorry. *hangs head in shame while opening a bottle of wine*