Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This will be easy, since this is my semi-secret blog! Here are 25 totally random things about me. I will try to make them interesting.
- I start my day with a cup of coffee every day, but I rarely get to drink the whole thing.
- My favorite shirt color is robin's egg blue.
- I think in written sentences.
- I am horrible in confrontation because I always start crying.
- I never take my mascara off, or at least I put it back on right after I remove it.
- I dream of what my single life would be like.
- I hate to watch television for hours at a time, but my husband loves it.
- I enjoy Bollywood movies when I can invest the time. (kind of contradicts #7!)
- I will not let my children see a book-based movie without first reading the book.
- I look at license plates while I am driving and make them into words.
- I hate competition so sometimes I let people win, especially Scrabble.
- I know how to cross-stitch but I don't get to because of my tendinitis.
- I was once a top-level manager for a premiere fitness company, before I developed tendinitis.
- I am not a good cook without a lot of preparation and effort.
- I can play the guitar very ill indeed.
- I love to sing when I am alone in the car.
- My toenails are always painted, and I do my own pedicures.
- I love country music and always beg my husband to put on some tight jeans and a big belt buckle. (he always refuses!)
- I read part of my Jane Austen treasury every day at lunch.
- I have a Sudoku book but all the easy ones are done, so I cheat a little by filling in the grid from the answers at the back.
- Documentaries are one of my most favorite things to watch.
- I grew up watching the Three Stooges on late-night TV.
- I had a big poster of Sonny Crockett on my wall when I was 12. (seems odd now)
- I never wear hats because I get awful hat hair.
- I eat chocolate every day. I need it. I am not kidding.
Hope that wasn't too boring! I'm sure later I will think of better things I could have written!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
That's right, just a list. Here are the books I have finished so far.
- The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
- The Penderwicks, Birdsall
- The Jane Austen Book Club, Fowler
What I am reading now: two Agatha Christie mysteries, The Pale Horse and After the Funeral
As of January 27th, I have finished four more books.
- The Pale Horse, by Agatha Christie (I figured this one out right away)
- After the Funeral by Agatha Christie (did not figure this one out)
- Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie (my favorite one, very difficult to figure out)
- Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (entertaining chick lit, devoured this in one day)
I wasn't sure I would make the gold ten books read, but I think I might! I have a couple Anne Tylers and Jennifer Weiners to read this week.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Our plans for the weekend were pretty slim. Friday night we have a commitment at our new church. I want to go and take the older kids with me so they can hang out with their friends. We only see these people once a week and I never stay around long after service. This will be a good opportunity for us all to get to know each other.
DH has jazz practice all morning Saturday so I had planned to drive out to my mother's with the kids. She lives about 30 minutes away in a college town that is pleasant to walk around, and also has a huge library at which my card will work. The kids enjoy getting a strawberries and cream and checking out the expensive toy store.
Sunday is church, as usual, that's not even a question unless one of us is sick.
However, my father called this afternoon to say he is driving out tomorrow due to his uncle being admitted to a nursing home after ankle surgery. This uncle is 80 years old and my father wants to take advantage of this time to see him a bit, just in case he doesn't get well. My father always stays with us, no problem. But, he asked me to accompany him to see our uncle. The home is a few hours away, and obviously I cannot take the kids. This throws our weekend into upheaval, a necessary upheaval though.
I called DH to tell him about the proposed plan, and he informed me that he may need to work after his practice. Wow. We could really, really use some overtime pay! I told him to absolutely work, that I will handle getting the kids taken care of, but he MUST work! Maybe we can split the child care between a friend and my MIL, we'll see. The priority is visiting my uncle. I am also looking forward to spending some solo time with my father during the drive.
Thankfully our plans are some that I have no firm hold on. We can still Netflix and stay up late. With my father sleeping on the couch, the romance aspect of the weekend is somewhat dampened, that's for sure! But on the whole, I am taking all the changes in stride. I just need to get my housework and grocery shopping done before my father gets here!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
- Tender is the Night, Fitzgerald
- After the Funeral, Christie
- The Pale Horse, Christie
- Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lewis
More to come.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Today I finished The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My favorite line was about wet moonlight soaking the tangled clothes on the floor. Wow. I want to read some good critical essays about this book to completely understand why it is considered one of the best pieces of American literature ever written. I enjoyed the themes and the plot, good food for thought woven throughout, but I want to really get it. You know? I would love to sit down with an English professor and just let them explain everything about this book that makes it so highly regarded. Anyway, here is my first winner badge for the Just Read More Novels monthly contest, which is here: http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2009/01/fourth-annual-najuremonomo.html (still trying to figure out this hyperlink thing!)
Yay! I think I will cozy up to one of my Agatha Christie mysteries next.
Friday, January 2, 2009
- Prophecy:The Blending by Sharon Green
- Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie
- The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
- After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Sempster's Tale by Margaret Frazer
- The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
These are just to start. I am a very fast reader, and yes, I do comprehend and remember what I read. Last weekend I devoured a Grisham in one afternoon. Of course I had to burrow deep into my blanket and let the family fend for themselves for a while, but, hey, it was my vacation, too.
On my nightstand is a Slate diary entries book that I am thoroughly enjoying. The chapters are blog entries from various people in various lines of work and I love to unwind to their daily lives after my own. I am also still working through Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. I love the language and the imagery.
We are starting back on our home school schedule next week, so I checked out some new chapter books for the kids' read-aloud time. First we are heading onto the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis. I know the movie is coming out soon and I prefer to have read the book before seeing it. Considering how poorly Hollywood interpreted Prince Caspian, I have low hopes for the next installment. Sigh. I love to read. I love books. I love words.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
So, one of my goals is to get my freezer stocked via Freezer Gourmet, and start some progress on the meal-planning aspirations I have. Right now, I have two roasting chickens, that I bought on sale, thawing out in my fridge. My plans is to cook one for a meal tomorrow, and cook the other at the same time, but just to get the meat in the freezer. A bag of cooked chicken has so much potential. I think that is a great start.
Another issue I have with meal planning is making menus. This is difficult right now with our regular schedule being thrown off with the holiday. DH will be home until Monday, so I'll be leaning heavily on getting all the leftovers eaten. There is a crock pot full of nacho cheese in my fridge right now, and a huge bag of tortilla chips on my table. By Monday, these should be gone. And we will all hate the sight of cheese. I have a carnitas roast we will be making sopes with tomorrow. See that? I have planned a roast chicken for tomorrow, too. Hm. Maybe I will have two bags of cooked chicken in my freezer, since I do need to get those chickens cooked. This is why I need help. I need a notebook to keep my plans straight.
Good thing I have so many notebooks laying around. Isn't that a mark of a writer? Talk about potential! I love notebooks, note pads, list pads, any stack of paper bound together by glue or spiral, speaks hope and invites words. But, I digress. See? I need to focus. So, I'm off to read the Freezer Gourmet daily digest from Yahoo Groups. Maybe later I will post a menu for next week.