Monthly Archives: April 2012

This is what I deal with…

While trying to write my blog!

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for April’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Cindy from  Cindy’s Love of Books.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Books that came in my mailbox this week:

The Divorce of Henry VIII by Catherine Fletcher from Palgrave Macmillan (won from a ShelfAwareness contest)

“In 1533 the English monarch Henry VIII, married to Catherine of Aragon, fell madly in love with lady-in-waiting Anne Boleyn, the future mother of Elizabeth I.  No easy matter, procuring a divorce involved strenuous lobbying of the Pope in the exalted halls of the Vatican.  Henry’s lobbyist-for-hire in Rome was a wily Italian diplomat named Gregorio Casali who drew no limits on skullduggery – including kidnapping, bribery, and theft – to make his king a free man.

Set against the backdrop of a Rome recently sacked by the Spanish army and at the height of the Renaissance, winner of the Rome Fellowship Catherine Fletcher draws on hundreds of previously unknown Italian archival documents to revel the extraordinary true story behind history’s most infamous divorce, which led to the creation of the Church of England and changed the course of history.”

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson from Hachette Book Group (also a win from ShelfAwareness)

“The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future.  Earth is no longer humanity’s only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between.  But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.”

Books I got this week on my Kindle:

Rot & Ruin by Jonathon Maberry

“In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

I’m sure most of you have heard about these books, as I have, they’ve been all over social media outlets and news stations.  I had avoided them just because they didn’t really sound like my style of book.  Finally a couple of my good friends from college told me they were reading them, so I finally agreed to read them.  I’m refraining from final judgement here, because I’m only 15 chapters through the first book.  So far, I’m not impressed, and in fact, I dislike Christian Grey.  One of my friends has assured me that she felt the same way, but the books got better, so I’ve agreed to continue on with them.  If you have any opinions or thoughts, I’d be interested to hear from you!

What books made it into your home this week?

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Lazy Sunday

Typically I reserve Sundays for sleeping in, a big breakfast, and catching up with the family.  I try to do errands and chores on Saturday so I can rationalize doing a whole lot of nothing on Sundays.  Today was not my typical Sunday.  My little heart did not feel good last night, and the fifth time she got up (in 2 hours), I told her to just crawl in bed with us.  Of course that means that hubby and I are both hugging the edges of our King sized bed, while she sleeps comfortably in the middle.  I was surprised to wake up at 6:45 am, since I had only been asleep since 2am, but I got up, wrote out a grocery list, and that was the first step to my amazingly productive day.

 

My husband is a rescue diver for the county, and this weekend they have been clearing swim areas at the lake, so my lil’ heart and I joined them at Village Inn for a yummy breakfast, then went to get “real” coffee from our favorite coffee house.  On our way we came upon a little family out for a Sunday stroll.  Perhaps they were looking for a new ride?

After getting our coffee, we went grocery shopping.  I don’t really mind grocery shopping, but I do not like to do it on the weekends.  I thought that perhaps going early enough would spare us the crowds, and I was mostly right.  If I had only been in the store 20 minutes, it would have been perfect timing.  It took a bit longer than that, so it was getting crowded by the time we left.  We put away our groceries, but my productive streak still wasn’t finished (much to my surprise).  I cleaned bathrooms and litter box, did laundry, wrote cards and letters, packed up Mother’s Day gifts and replied to emails.  I even started dinner in the crock pot!

When I finally decided to sit down and check Facebook, Sabertooth was exhausted from watching me work, and needed a nap.  Another nap.  I wouldn’t give him my lap, so he took what he could get.  I don’t understand how cats can be comfortable and sleep almost anywhere!

 

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday, whether its productive or lazy, or a little bit of both!

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I’ve been nominated!!!

I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Twigs for Pigs!  Check her out – she talks about life, books and photography!  She nominated me a while back, but I’ve been crazy trying to catch up on all my to-do list, and am just now sitting down to read the rules.

After you are nominated, you thank the person who nominated you, (obviously) and link to their blog, then you in turn nominate 15 blogs that you are crazy about, blogs you like to read.  Lastly, you tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself.  So, here are my seven things for Twiggy (and you can read along).

  1. I am dyslexic.  It started out only affecting my numbers, then a few years ago, I noticed the consonants migrating on my papers.  I can type an entire word with the consonants completely reversed.  (and not on purpose!)
  2. I love doing genealogy research.  I squint at old handwritten notes with dates and names, trying to figure out where they go, and who they married.  I often call my mother to tell her about an obscure relative I found who overcame incredible obstacles, or traveled half-way around the world to live their dream.
  3. I use humor to shade the harder parts of life.  I’d rather laugh through it than cry, although sometimes both can help.
  4. My dream job would be for someone to pay me to proofread books.
  5. I abhor talking on the phone.  I would rather text or email, or better yet, visit with you in person.  Phone calls are a bane.  I only willingly talk on the phone when its someone too far away to visit in person.
  6. If I could have a super power, it would be to know people’s motives.
  7. If there really is a zombie apocalypse, I plan to live in a large tree house, like one of these.  (I should start building now – it’s not like there is a downside to having a fabulous tree house, even if there is never a zombie apocalypse!)

Now for the fun part – I get to share 15 blogs that I enjoy for this same award!  I hope you check them out, and if you like them, subscribe!  These are listed in no particular order.

  • JustBeingMichael – Michael is an old college friend of mine – he’s still my friend, still fabulous, and still funny.  I miss him!
  • Geninne’s Art Blog – Geninne is a freelance illustrator/designer and an amazing artist.  I look forward to seeing her blog pop up in my inbox every day.  She also has an etsy shop.  I wish I could pay her to come decorate my whole house!  This is one of my favorite pieces of her art – 
  • Books and Bowel Movements – Cassie writes this blog – she’s a reader, a perpetual student, and hilarious!  I love her writing style, and I’m also sure that this is not the first nomination she’s received.  We began being pen-pals during our “Month of Letters” in March of this year.
  • To Love, Honor and Vacuum –  this blog is written by author Sheila Wray Gregoire.  Her subtitle is “Real Marriage.  No Pretensions.”  Sheila isn’t afraid to address those questions that some of us are afraid to ask, or voice to anyone other than our bestie or therapist.
  • Brave Girls Club – This blog is co-written by sisters Kathy and Melody.  It is a worldwide community of women who want to live the best, happiest, most productive and fabulously brave life they can possibly live…and that means something different to every single one of us.  Some days just reading their Daily Truth Email brings tears to my eyes!
  • The Daily Love – I was introduced to this blog by one of my very best friends, and have really enjoyed it.  The Daily Love was started by Mastin Kipp in 2005 during his journey to find his true purpose.  TDL blends wisdom with style, and reminds us that we are not alone.
  • Forgotten Bookmarks – This blog is written by a rare book seller, who shares all the personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things found in the used books that come to the shop.  
  • Sunflower Girl – (Because someone was going to have to set a bad example)  Jennifer is a writer and photographer and a mother of four – four boys!  I’m impressed that she survives each day with four boys under 13, much less that she survives to write and take pictures!  :)  Props to you, Jennifer!
  • Filling the Well – written by author Carrie Vaughn.  I love reading her books, and her main series is about a werewolf named Kitty.  (Oh, the irony!)  She also has other stand-alone novels, young adult novels and collections.
  • Thoughts of You – This blog is written by Melissa, who I’m lucky to call both family and friend!  She’s been on hiatus for a while, but I love her thoughtful/thought provoking posts, and am, in my oh-so-subtle-way, hoping to get her back to writing again.  She has stuff in her soul that we need to read!
  • Bermuda Onion’s Weblog – This blog is about books, food and movies.  I am amazed at her consistency and content.  I truly do plan to write/post about 5 times a week, but Kathy is able to write book reviews, coordinate book giveaways, interviews, photographs, etc.  She is also a fellow World Book Night Book Giver!
  • Peeking Between the Pages – Ironically Darlene and I first bonded over the TV Reality Show “The Bachelor”.  We also share a love of books, and she also writes an amazing number of book reviews with tons of great giveaways.

  • People I Want To Punch In The Throat – Jen writes in her “About Me” section that she’s a funny, negative, bitchy type of person, and that her blog is “meant to be funny and satirical.  You don’t have to take me seriously, because I don’t take myself seriously.”  I was turned on to her blog by a fellow elementary school home room mom, who shared Jen’s post about the Elf on the Shelf.  I sat in the car line at school and laughed out loud!  (I wish I could say I laughed my butt off, but it’s still there.)  I enjoy her irreverent style, and love that she just puts out there things that most of us are afraid to say outloud (but still think to ourselves).
  • Mosaic Art Source – This is a beautiful photo blog of different mosaic artists and their work.  It’s the type of beauty that I could not hope to match creatively, and it just makes me smile that so much artistic talent is out there in the world for all of us to enjoy.
  • Bookshelf Porn – This is a photo blog for book lovers.  It showcases bookshelf photos from around the world.  I have to admit that this blog makes me drool and turn green with envy.  I don’t know that I could build a house big enough to hold all the bookshelves this blog makes me want to have.
I hope that you have found a blog or two that you like in this list of nominations!  I would also love to hear of blogs that you have found that you think are fabulous.  If you are one of my nominees, thanks for all that you share with me (and ever so many others), I love your work!

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

This weekend’s snapshot is of our little orange cat, Sabertooth.  “Little” is relative, because compared to our other cat, Baxter, Sabertooth IS little – Baxter tops the scale at over 20 lbs.  He needs a feline Jenny Craig.  Anyway, Sabertooth came to us after several homes in our area were foreclosed on, and people moved and some left their pets behind.  Dogs are easier to catch, but catching a cat that doesn’t want to be caught is pretty much like buying a lotto ticket.  Your chances of accomplishing what you want is very slim.  Sabertooth started coming around our yard, flirting.  Apparently somehow he found out about my weakness for orange kitties.  After a while I invited him in, he and Baxter had their sniff-around, and decided to leave each other alone.  Sabertooth is de-clawed, so I knew he was used to being in the house, and he’s never acted unrefined, so he’s been free to come and go as he pleases.

A few weeks ago my lil’ heart and I traveled home to Texas for Spring Break, and my mother sent me home with an old chair that used to sit in my grandpa’s den.  I grew up sitting in his lap while he smoked his pipe and watched the horse races in this chair.  After he and my grandmother passed, the chair floated around our house until I claimed it for my room.  After a while my mom claimed it back and had it recovered.  It sat in the office for a while, and I’ve missed that chair.  When my mom suggested I bring it home with me, I was overjoyed!  For some reason, Sabertooth believes I brought it home for him.  It sits between my window and a bookcase, and I write, read, daydream and blog in this chair.  This afternoon I wouldn’t let him in my lap because when he gets on the keyboard he hits all kinds of keys, and totally messes me up.  So, he jumped up on the bookcase to look down at me in disdain.  This is Sabertooth – sitting atop a David Baldacci novel.

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Wondrous Word Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme from Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and write a post.

This week’s word is from The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

salubrious:  favorable to or promoting health or well-being <salubrioushabits>

“As the handsome carriage sped east, the salubrious, almost countrified atmosphere of Kensington soon gave way to the crowded urban environment of Piccadilly, and beyond to the Circus where Anteros, the avenger of unrequited love, protrudes like an arrow fired at  the city’s heart.”

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I’m not one of those people who find their stride.  My body was not designed to run.  My body was designed to sit in a n expensive car and drive.”

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

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