Retail Therapy

I went out for a little retail therapy today. Spent a little too much money, but it was nice to splurge a little bit on myself. Yeah, and the kid too, she got some clothes. But she needed them.

I got for me:

The Annotated Brother's Grimm. Needed this for my Nanowrimo.
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach. Not sure I'm quite ready to read this at this moment in life, but I enjoyed her book Stiff, so I'll save it for when I am.

I also got a start on my Christmas shopping. We got Ellie an easel with a chalk board and a dry erase/magnetic board. My friend has one for her girls and Ellie loves it. It was on sale too! I meant to get me some clothes, but just ran out of $$$. Damn house payments too the depths of a fiery hell!

I'm still not quite ready to talk about Mama. It was sudden, unexpected and I'm still working through a lot of it in my head and my heart. I know I'm going to be using this blog to work through a lot of it, but not quite yet.

Thank You

Thank you for all the sweet comments this week. They have meant a lot to me. I'm not quite ready to talk about anything yet, but I wanted to post to let anyone who might be worried about me that I'm okay. I'm hurting; like Amanda said, she was more a mother to me than anyone else in my life. Life made her my grandmother, circumstance made her my mother. She raised me, clothed me, fed me, educated me…she made me into who I am today.

I'm in pain, but I'm still here.


My grandma is having surgery today. She has had a kidney stone for over a week now and they are finally going to remove it. I know I probably shouldn't worry; it's a simple procedure she's had before, but I'm worried regardless. She's my Mama!!

Update 1:41 PM – Everything is fine! They got the stone out and as soon as she can stand on her own she gets to come home. As usual, I worried for nothing; although I wonder…if I didn't worry, what would have happened??

Random junk

I just saw this in the NaNo forums and thought it sounded pretty interesting.

Gender reversal of Beauty and the Beast.

That has the potential to be great for me. I'll have to think on it. Not sure I can think of a guy character though, who would fall in love with a hideous girl. Men (the majority) just don't seem to work that way.


Yes, I know, there is no HNT here, yet again. And you know what, there probably won't be…potentially ever again. For me, HNT was the chance to be creative with pictures. And I just don't feel like doing it any more. I never got very many comments; not like the girls who are willing to flash their private areas every week, and…well…I'm just bored with it I guess. It was fun while it lasted, but I'm done. Over and out.


I finally finished The Historian this week. See my other blog for my review. But it was sooooo good. Now I feel a reading slump coming on. I want to read The Widow of the South; being Southern I love Southern novels and I think it will be a very good read. But I can't bring myself to pick it up. Maybe if I zip through Inkspell first I can snap out of it.


What the fuck! Our water bill was $204 dollars last month!??! Where did all that water go?


One good thing came out of being sick last week. I weighed 128 pounds this morning. That's why my clothes are too big!!

Ho Hum

Ah, it's been one of those days. It wasn't a bad day, but it was one of those hum drum, why am I even here? days. Nothing just didn't seem to go quite right.

My copier wouldn't run right. None of the deliveries were quite on schedule.

My jeans didn't fit right; they are way too big. My shirt was uncomfortable; it felt too small.

Supper was not good; I used a new marinade and it was too sweet.

My back hurts.

I have one of those little tags of skin coming off around my nail. It hurts like hell.

I'm just feeling generally bitchy and ever so not very happy right now. I think I'll go to bed.

The Historian

The Historian
By Elizabeth Kostova
Rated 5/5
Published in 2005
642 pages

Comments: I loved this book. I loved it, loved it, loved it!! THIS was the perfect time of year for me to read this book. It was cozy, it was suspenseful, it was wonderful. I loved every word, every page, every minute with it.

But I can see where others would hate it. It's long. It has a tendency to wander. For the wrong person; it would annoy them. For the right person; it would delight. At another time, it might have bothered even me. This is one book where you absolutely have to be in the right place at the right time to read it and enjoy it. I am so glad it worked out for me.

From BN, because I'm feeling lazy!

For centuries, the story of Dracula has captured the imagination of readers and storytellers alike. Kostova's breathtaking first novel, ten years in the writing, is an accomplished retelling of this ancient tale. "The story that follows is one I never intended to commit to paper…. As an historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it." With these words, a nameless narrator unfolds a story that began 30 years earlier.Late one night in 1972, as a 16-year-old girl, she discovers a mysterious book and a sheaf of letters in her father's library — a discovery that will have dreadful and far-reaching consequences, and will send her on a journey of mind-boggling danger. While seeking clues to the secrets of her father's past and her mother's puzzling disappearance, she follows a trail from London to Istanbul to Budapest and beyond, and learns that the letters in her possession provide a link to one of the world's darkest and most intoxicating figures. Generation after generation, the legend of Dracula has enticed and eluded both historians and opportunists alike. Now a young girl undertakes the same search that ended in the death and defilement of so many others — in an attempt to save her father from an unspeakable fate. (Fall 2005 Selection)