Books I have read recently

  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte — I'm reading a giant biography of the Brontes "Wild Genius on the Moors" By Juliet Barker (amazing!! but I'll post on that when I finish) So I'm reading each novel as it's discussed in the book. I loved Shirley. I have to agree with the critics that it is a slow painful start and it does take about 150 pages till we meet the title character Shirley. But besides that, it is so well written. Caroline Helstone’s angst is beautiful and poignant. And knowing that the last third of the book was written after Emily & Anne died explains so much about the change in the book. Charlotte likes to fix her world by writing about it and in her version the sick heroine recovers where her sisters did not. I definitely recommend Shirley for the Bronte fan. Don’t skip it.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas --- It took me a couple chapters to really dive in but after that I was in love. I had read somewhere that it was based on Beauty & the Beast, which is great. What I did not know is that it is a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon!!! What a treat when I discovered that. I love that story. It's whimsical and the girl saves the day which I love love love. Sarah does a beautiful job of it and I can't wait for the next one!!
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson —What a little treat. My mom gave these books to me for my birthday and there are so much fun. It’s a light easy read and it made me chuckle.
  • Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder— I adore her soul finder books. I’ve been reading them for years. She builds beautiful strong women and sweeping romance. Her magic system is unique and I want to live in her world.
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E. B. White — A must read for every writer. Thanks to Stephen King for the recommendation. It has all those little things that I had questions about and answered them quickly and succinctly. It’s not the funnest read but it’s helpful.
  • Click of Titles to go to the book's Amazon page

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Going Bovine- Close to the biggest disappointment ever

Just in case this blog gets googled and I can do some good.

So I was hoping I could put this review somewhere that people would read but this will have to do.
Going Bovine By Libba Bray

Now I am a fan of Libba Bray. I think she is super but somewhere along the lines in the past couple years she was abducted by aliens and something was left in her place. Something that has published such a waste of tree. I read every page of that stupid waste of money hoping, praying it would turn out wonderful but it was crappy and vulgar. Really the F-word every 2 pages. A bit much really.
Ah I just want to shake Libba and ask "WHY!!!"
So in case you were planning on spending your money just don't.
Buy a journal and write a book, it will be better than Going Bovine.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I thought I would feel it.
I stopped looking for it because I was sure if it was being created I would know.
I thought I would feel it's presence as surely as if it had come from my own womb.
That no matter where it was, our love would draw us together.

But I didn't.
I had to be told from another.
And my joy in that moment...
I grabbed my husband face. "Are you serious?"
He nodded.
"For real. I mean really?"
A broad smile spread across my face. Another one.. I though I would die of happiness at two.

Yes. There is another Kingdom Hearts game and yes I know your shock and excitement. But just take deep breaths and hug your husband.
The first problem is that now i have to get a Nintendo DS.
The second bigger problem is that my rapid pressing A skills are greatly diminished. Guess i'll have to practice :)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Earth Apple

I feel as though when I do not blog regularly that when I do return I should share something profound and eloquent. But this evening I am simply overcome by the joy of a good cup of tea. I opened the packet of chamomile and was instantly thrust back to summer camp where dear sheila would drug us so we would not be up all night. There is something so familiar and safe about camomile, maybe because it will always make me feel like I am sitting in Sheila's parlor with Sheila and Bri, reading aloud as we knit and crochet. The tea is seeping as I write.
Good Evening.

P.s. the weird thing we are doing with our hands... that is how many cups of tea we had in that sitting. Yep and you can only guess how many bathroom trips that was.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Little Culture For You

Here are some quotes I have come across lately

Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
"Dimples, too, in cheeks and chin! "A woman with dimples always gets her own way." thought Valancy in a recurring spasm of bitterness at the fate which had denied her even one dimple."

Emily Dickinson Life XIII
The soul selects her own society
then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariots pausing
At her low gate
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat,

I've known her from an ample nation
Choose one;
The close the valves of her attention
Like stone

"He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" - William Butler Yeats
Had I the heaven's embroidered clothes
Enwrought with gold and silver lights
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and half-light
I would spread the cloths under your feet;
But I being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Everything a young man ought to be

It is said that fictional heroes ruin young woman for "real-life" men. But I must disagree. Well I guess I am the exception of the rule. In a world full of Jacobs and Mr. Collins I found the one Edward-Darcy. I could sing his praises all my days.
Thank you my love for everything. Especially for taking care of me when I was sick at 2:30 in the morning.
For those of you who are visual learners.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Were that i was Chuck

What sweet joy when the thing you most love is returned unexpectedly
When it jumps into your arms and it feels as though it was never gone
When being able to say it's name aloud sends glorious chills and no heart wrenching pain
My friends I have been thrust into such a moment
My heart would near explode from happiness if... but I know it will only last three weeks.
Three glorious weeks.

Readers meet the Pie Maker, Pie Maker meet my readers... again

Starting yesterday ABC is playing the last three unaired PD episode. 10pm be there. I'll be the one with happy tears running down my face and pies in the oven.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

21st birthday HOOHA

Here is my birthday in photos

Here is maarrrkk giiillmminnnggg


P.S. I'm a model now. European ANTM watch out.

thank you valet man

My first aunt card YEAH!

Best nephew ever

It says "Happy Birthday Megan. Jake love Megan." Then he drew a picture of us and then a picture of him with a heart. Masterpiece.

Bowling with Jake

Here are some awesome pics of our bowling adventure.

From his stance you would never know this is his first time bowling!

Victory Dance (of course)

This dance move looks a lot like the "puddin in my pants" dance.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hey Britt Guess What!?!?!

So as we both suspected. Totoro does indeed have a house at Disney.

There is a sign for those who can't tell a Camphur Tree on sight

I almost got on the cat bus to bring you over but I hadn't any corn. You understand of course.
All my love,

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Delayed Post

O God, hold me now
O Lord, hold me now
There's no other man who could raise the dead
So do what You can to anoint my head
O God, where are you now?
O Lord, say somehow

Da da da, da da da

O God, hold me now
O God, touch me now
There's no other man who could save the day
There's no other god who could raise the dead

H sang that song on Sunday
1. It gave me chills
2. Had to fight off the desire to cry. It was really moving
3. Way to go H

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sir Brian De Bois Guilbert

Now before you read this post you must pronounce the name properly
Sir Brian De Bois Guilbert

phonetically: Sir Brian De Bwa Gillbeyar
say it a couple times. Alright you are ready.

So I just finished watching Ivanhoe A glorious six hour movie. I secretly wish that all movies were at least 6 hours.
I presumes Ivanhoe to be a movie of undying love and enduring faithfulness. I was deceived but I do not regret the time I gave to it. Sir Brian De Bois Guilbert is really the big time bad guy in the movie but he is redeemed thankfully. Pretty much I just really enjoy saying his name.

That's all I should say about this


What's a blog post without a picture?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What I am reading now

The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James

She had a theory that it was only under this provision life was worth living; that one should be the best, should be conscious of a fine organisation (she couldn't help knowing her organisation was fine), should move in the realm of light, of natural wisdom, of happy impulse, of inspiration gracefully chronic. It is almost as unnecessary to cultivate doubt of one's self as to cultivate doubt of one's best friend; one should try to be one's self best friend and to give one's self, in this manner distinguished company.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sigh Forevermore Ladies : Part II

This blog is the continuation of "Chapstick in the Laundry: The Worst Day of Your Life"

This blog was supposed to be titled "Sigh No More Ladies".
Implying that the hitherto chapstick heartbreak had been solved.
But as you see the title is "Sigh Forevermore Ladies."

I was very tempted to skip this blog and ask my two blog reader to forget that I had ever said the word "chapstick" that I had ever used chapstick, that I have ever loved chapstick.

But I will face this pain in true literary style.
Here is my adaptation to "Sigh no more, Ladies" By W. Shakespeare

Sigh Forevermore , Ladies, Sigh Forevermore
Women were deceived ever,
One hand on the heart and one on the lips
But to one thing constant ever
Then sigh so,
But let Chapstick go,
And be you chapped but bonny,
Converting all your woes,
Into. Hey Nonny Nonny

Apply no more glosses, apply no mo,
or sticks so rich and minty
The fraud of them was ever so,
Since first wash is too high a levy
Then sigh so,
But let Chapstick go,
And be you chapped but bonny,
Converting all your woes,
Into. Hey Nonny Nonny

Worst of all, It ended in a fiasco of bubbles and Matt's work pants are still stained. Sigh