An adventurous weekend…

and not in a good way.

It all started Friday , about 1:30.  My MIL called to say Ellie had fallen at the playground and was in pain.  She wasn't crying (at that moment) but was holding her arm and acting like it still hurt, which is unusual for her.  She tends to pop right back up, even after the most horrible looking falls.  This time, she had fallen off of the 5 inch high step she was SITTING ON.  My daughter, no grace at all.  Gets it honest too.

So, I came home from work.  She cried a little, when she saw me, and was still holding her arm.  She was VERY ill though, as she had not had her nap yet and she gets VERY cranky when she doesn't.  So, I bring her home and knock her out.  She fell asleep about 4.  At 6, she woke up, crying and I noticed that her arm was swollen.  So, off to the emergency room A and I go.  To make a long story short, it looks suspicious.  The doctor didn't think it was broken, but because 2 year old bones are still growing and changing she couldn't be sure if it was cracked or just where it was growing.  SO, Monday, we get to go to an orthopedic specialist.


Today, she doesn't seem to be in as much pain, thank God, but they did give us Tylenol with codine (sp???) in it.  Just have to say, my kid on the good stuff is a FUN-NY sight.  She was hilarious last night and this morning.  No more for her though, makes her too hyper.  I put her on Motrin. 

Hopefully the weekend will get better.  I started Joyce Carol Oates's Black Water, a short book and so far pretty good.  Hope to finish it later.

Books 27 and 28

Finally! I have sat down to review these books! I'm going to review my reads 27 and 28 together, since obviously they DO go together. 

Maus I and II (My Father Bleeds History and Here My Troubles Began, respectively) are brilliant.  If you have not read these books you should.  If you don’t read graphic novels, I don’t care; you should still read these books.  It is worth the experience to try it. 

For a long time I have been a lover of history.  I get it honest, as my grandmother was the same way.  I love it so much I minored in it in college.  One of my classes in college was on World War II and it was so fascinating.  The professor was amazing and he really made the class into something more than your regular boring history class.  To this day I remain fascinated by WWII and the Holocaust and have read many books on the subject.  Out of all I’ve read, Maus stands out as an astonishing achievement. 

This, by far, was the most moving and emotional read for me this year.  The stark black and white drawings, coupled with the true story of the authors’ father, the story-within-a-story motif, all come together to make an unforgettable story.  The visuals alone often moved me more than the words or the story.  Just being able to visualize what those people went through, all because of their race, it’s heartbreaking.  And Maus really brings it all home.  This is an amazing and poignant monument to one man’s struggle to survive, even when the odds were stacked against him.   

Now, moving on to more by Speigelman.  And I also want to look into
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

JUST for Amanda

Today is one of my best bloggin' buds birthday: Amanda of The Blog Jar!  Amanda is one of the most amazing people I have ever met on the net.  She's one tough cookie and I'm so proud to have met her and gotten to know her over the past year. 

I made this for you, for your birthday, because I know how much you love (want to shag) Jon Stewart.  So happy birthday to you!!  I had to size him down a bit, so if you want the bigger picture just email me and I'll send it on.

So behind…

I'm so behind on posting to my blog.  Things I should have posted:

1) Easter weekend trip to the zoo.

2) Book review for Holy Fools by Joanne Harris

3) Book review for Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

4) Book review for Maus I

5) Weekend trip to the mountains

6) Ellie's 2 1/2 year pictures I got Friday

It's a sorry state of affairs over here.  I'm going to try to catch up.  Just have to find the energy.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through ThursdayThis was suggested by Mary.

Connect any six books in your library to each other by any way you want. One book will remind you of another because the author's name is similar, a fictional character shows up in someone else's book, another author is talked about by characters in a book, maybe the same friend recommended both books, or whatever. Books from a series count as one entry in your list.

1) Maus I by Art Spiegelman : One of my current reads. A graphic novel about the author's father. Which leads us to…

2) Fables by Bill Willingham : The first graphic novels I ever read. All the fables of the world have been brought together into one complex and fascinating story. Which leads us to…

3) Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire : The first novel I read by Maguire after reading (and enjoying) several of his short stories. This story features a spin on the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves fairy tale and Lucrezia Borgia, a real historical figure. Which leads us to…

4) The Faery Reel ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling: The first place I met Maguire's work (and lots and lots of other fantastic writers). A collection of modern day fairy and folk tales. Great reading. Which leads us to…

5) Wicked by Gregory Maguire: The first novel I TRIED to read by Maguire but was unable to finish because I was so supremely bored. Which leads us to…

6) The Annotated Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum : Loved this story as a child and wanted to read it with all the notes thrown in. Really need to get to that.

Get Me a Vicodin Sandwich!


"We have anal bleeding" – Cameron

"What? All of you?" – House

House last night was awesome. So much angst! I'm sorry, but I think Foreman was an ass. True, Cameron did not handle the alleged theft well, but what the fuck was that? We're not friends? He SO told House in Season 1 (before The Date) that he didn't want Cameron hurt because she's his friend. I hope Cameron listens to Cuddy – get revenge.  I pity her.  I'm not sure where her idealism comes from, but she's way too naive for the world she is working in.  She acted like a spoiled child who didn't get her way.  She needs to learn to stick up for herself or she will continue to be railroaded just like she was last night.  I pity Foreman too though.  It won't be so nice when he makes it to the top if he has no friends because he backstabbed all of them.

I can't wait until next week to see how it plays out. Especially with Foreman's life-threatening illness coming up in a couple of weeks!

More favorite quotes:

"I'm a night owl. Wilson’s an early bird. We’re different species." How long will this Odd Couple last?

"Gotta hand it to Foreman, though. He knew you were a suck up and I don’t give a crap. He successfully exploited us both."

"That happens when you have something 6 feet long shoved inside your colon"

And of course, the now immortal "Everybody Lies." Definitely saw that last night.

Quote O' the Day

"Lord!" he said, "when you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue-you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships and sea by night-there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jiminy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by-just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation-yes, ma'am, salvation for their little, stunted minds-and it's hard to make 'em see it. That's what makes it worth while-I'm doing something that nobody else from Nazareth, Maine, to Walla Walla, Washington, has ever thought of. It's a new field, but by the bones of Whitman it's worth while. That's what this country needs-more books!"

-Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Booked by Three for April

I answered this post over at Danielle's A Work in Progress by way of Shelly's Book Shelf via Pages Turned (or something like that, whew!) and thought I'd also post it here. 

Name 3 books you liked, titles which start with A, B, C (one per letter).

A: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
B: Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
C: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Name 3 authors you like whose names (given or surname) start with A, B, C (one per letter)

A: Alice Hoffman
B: Nick Bantock
C: CS Lewis

Name 3 books on your To Read list with titles starting with A, B, C (one per letter)

A: An Inconvenient Woman by Megan Chance
B: Burning Your Boats: The Collected Works of Angela Carter
C: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

I just love memes like this!

So…what did I get?

During my lunch hour today, I went to my favorite little UBS.  I am SO excited about my favorite little UBS because they are moving to a big, huge, gimongous new building at the end of the month!!!  YAY, more room for books!

Anyway, I got some realllly good looking books today:

  • Maus I
  • Maus II
  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
  • Jack of Kerowen by Charles de Lint
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Maus, I wasn't too sure of, but I remembered that (I think) Andi liked it, so I peeked at the first few pages.  Before I knew it I had read about 10 so I figured instead of staying there and reading it in the aisle, I'd take it on home.  They had both I and II so I got them both.  I know Andi and Amanda liked Donna Tartt's Secret History and since The Little Friend was only $4.50 in an excellent hardback (doesn't matter though, as I had over $100 in credit, but still!) I snapped it up.  It's freaking huge!!  I have liked all of de Lint's stuff I've read so I got this one, a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.  And the Pink Carnation looks like a good historical/mystery/something-or-other book. 

And I feel a little better now, especially thanks to your sweet comments.  At least the trying part is fun 😉