Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My New BFF: Jen Lancaster

I realize that all of you have been blogging about Jen Lancaster's books for FOREVER, but I have only recently jumped on the bandwagon. Let me just tell you...I LOVE HER! Her sense of humor is just spot on, and I find myself laughing out loud every 5 seconds when I'm reading. To the point that it's likely annoying my husband.

I am in the middle of reading Bright Lights, Big Ass and it is just so damn funny. What I love most about Jen (yes, I feel that we're on a first name basis) is that the stuff she writes is so freaking REAL. Stuff that you've thought to yourself a million times. Or maybe it's just that my sense of humor is almost exactly like hers? Not sure. Either way, I've got to share an excerpt that keeps making me giggle.

"The second prong in my revised Trinity is IKEA, the Swedish home store monolith. If you're unfamiliar, they carry every single thing you could possibly ever need to fill your home and garden at low, low prices, but in obscure Swedish sizes so those items won't coordinate with anything else you own, like, way, if you want to put a regular Target lamp shade on your IKEA lamp. Fletch thinks it's Sweden's master plan to make Americans so busy trying to construct furniture with Allen wrenches that we don't notice they've invaded us. (Personally, I think it's payback; the Swedes are pissed that we aren't buying ABBA albums anymore.) ... Except possibly Las Vegas, there's no better place to people-watch than our IKEA. Were the FBI to pay attention to my helpful suggestions (or return my calls), they'd know to set up a camera at the front door, because at some point every single person on the face of the earth eventually passes through it. I don't care how rich or poor you are, the draw of purchasing twelve hundred tea lights for thirty-seven cents is too great for anyone to resist."

Seriously...go to the library/bookstore. Check out/buy Jen Lancaster's books. I desperately want to be her real-life BFF.

In other news...I'm heading out of town on Friday (yep, again!) to Chicago/Milwaukee! I am TRES excited. I'm driving up to Chicago on Friday afternoon for a fun weekend with Lisa. On Saturday morning, a good friend of mine from Boston will also be in Chicago, so I'm going to have breakfast with her while Lisa has to work for a few hours...and then, L and I are heading to Milwaukee for the rest of the day to FINALLY meet and hang out with Jenn!!!!!!!!! I don't remember when/how Jenn and I discovered each other's blogs...or who discovered what first. All I know is that the we became fast bloggy friends, and our relationship has evolved from blog commenting to constant emailing/Facebooking/Tweeting/IMing. Yep, it's out of control. We prefer to use 2+ modes of communication at once.

ANYWAY, the point is, I'm excited. You should be too. Expect photos.

12 comments:

Susannah said...

OK, seriously, I LOVE her too! Great great books! And it is soooo fun to meet a bloggy bestie IRL. I met b.e.g and we had a freaking blast!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I have to admit I haven't read any of her books. I've heard they're all so great. I don't know where to start!

Jenn said...

i've never read any of her books but might have to.

and oh, btw. SEE YOU ON SATURDAY!!!! yay!!!

Lucy Marie said...

Clearly I'm missing something. I haven't even heard of Jen Lancaster. But I must say ... I'm offended. She's your wannabe BFF? Sadness. What about me? Also, no comment about your weekend plans *jealousy*

Brittany Ann said...

This may be shocking, since I'm a self-professed book lover, but I've never read her. It seems I should, though! From one reader to another, this is great advice!

bianca said...

How exciting!!! I'm missing home hardcore lately and I'm a tiny bit jealous that you're going to Chicago - take pics!

Also, I too want to be Jen Lancaster's friend - I'm so glad you're reading her books! Perhaps you'll get a glimpse of her in Chicago :)

kilax said...

I tried really hard to like Such a Pretty Fat especially since Lancaster is a local author, but couldn't get into it :(

Have a great time this weekend. A trip to Chicago/Milwaukee sounds so fun! :)

Lucky in Love said...

I heart Jen as well! She rocks my world...and she went to Purdue! What, what??

Give Jen a big hug for me!! Have a safe trip!

Jennifer said...

I need to read her books. They're on my list. I keep hearing such great things!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I've been wanting to read her books too! glad to hear another great review=) i hope you have a great trip!! sounds like it will be so much fun!

d.a.r. said...

I have heard so much about her...where would you recommend I start? ;)

debbie said...

Let me tell you laugh out loud funny, my husband thinks I have lost my mind when I read her. I just love her and the books. I would love for her to be my bff