Saturday night

Life has been INSANE the last couple of days and I do not anticipate it letting up until December.  Such is my life in November!!  Work stinks.

But Saturday, the hubby and I went out and had a grand time.  We tried a new Italian restaurant, which was yum. my.   My goodness the lasagna was delicious.  And, thanks to a mix up with our salads (we didn’t get them before the meal) we received a free dessert!  And we weren’t even upset!  Oh, it was delicious. 

We planned to go see The Prestige after our meal, but thanks to that big huge dessert, we were too sleepy.  So, what did we do?  We went to my favorite store!  The UBS (ie the used book store)  You may recall, I had $50+ in credit there.  And boy did I use it!  I got Hard Times by Charles Dickens because I am definitely planning on reading more Dickens in the new year.  I loved the Wilkie Collins novel I read earlier this year and, as Dickens is a contemporary of his, I should like him.  I liked Great Expectations when I read it in high school and, shockingly, it’s the only Dickens I’ve ever read.  Gasp!

I also got Domino by Ross King because it just looked good. 

Thanks to my earlier read of The Three Musketeers, I snapped up The Count of Monte Cristo (Modern Library Classics) by Alexandre Dumas which was in great condition.  And only $2!  Like Musketeers, I read this book during an insane Dumas-a-thon during my Junior year in high school.  It’s been fun revisiting him. 

I found lots of Edna O’Brien books, an author I’ve been meaning to try, so I got Wild Decembers and In the Forest: A Novel

And they had The Cave by Jose Saramago, an author I’ve been meaning to try again.  I read his book Blindness a couple years ago.  It was one of those strange books (in more than one way) that I loved the writing but didn’t really care for the story.  This one looks pretty good. 

All in all, a pretty good haul.  And I still have over $20 left in credit!  Woot!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

halloween51.jpgPumpkins scream in the dead of night…

I’m dying (no pun intended) to watch Nightmare Before Christmas!

May you and yours gorge yourself on candy and scare yourselves silly on this most festive night!

I know we will. 

1.  Take kiddo to church for tricks and treats.
2. Take kiddo to neighborhood houses for more of same.
3. Take kiddo home, watch the Garfield Halloween cartoon as it is most hallowed Halloween tradition. 
4. Attempt to calm down kiddo and get to her bed. (Wish me luck)
5.Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, as it is another most hallowed Halloween tradition.

Will try to post pictures tomorrow.  Definitely need to get one of hubby – he went to work dressed as a hula girl today.  Was VERY funny.

Best laid plans…

I totally meant to work on the webzine tonight.  Or my book, which I rewrote most of today in a fit of complete insanity. But I was going to work.  I’m childless.  I’m husbandless. I AM ALL ALONE IN MY HOUSE and I have MY music playing.  It’s a perfect work night.  If only I had a drink…


Unfortunately for the webzine, I have a small pile of books by my side.  In a small fit of the crazies (I actually thought I didn’t have a book to read, gasp! the lies I tell myself to get my way) I went and bought The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, “THE SADDEST BOOK EVER,” and Incantation by the goddess Alice Hoffman.  Total bliss. I have books again.

(Don’t fool yourself, I have hundreds, I am a lunatic.)

And, blessings upon blessings, Fables; 1001 Nights of Snowfall, quite possibly the most beautiful book I own, was on the porch waiting for me when I got home. 

Contented sigh.

So, despite my best laid plans, I’m going to go run a hot bath, grab a book, and read.  And relax.

Repeat contented sigh.

What to do, what to do?

This time of year, things get kind of crazy for me. Work goes insane, and it’s worse this year, and will be until the end of November – probably. I signed up for NaNoWriMo because I really want to work on my story but don’t know when I’ll find the time because – I am now Assistant Editor of Estella’s Revenge, Andi’s webzine baby. I’m going to help her out while she works on her thesis for school. Which I am WAY excited over. This is fun stuff for me! So I’m NOT complaining about that (Andi).

But work, oh my gosh, it has exploded. I haven’t had anytime to blog or read blogs or do much of anything – besides read. I’ve read 4 books in the past week. Granted, they were all Young Adult, so they were quick and really entertaining. So much so that I am almost afraid another slump is coming on. I finished New Moon last night and already I want to pick it up and read it again. I don’t know what it is about Stephenie Meyer’s two books (Twilight is the first one), but I am totally addicted to them. I’ve read Twilight 3 times in less than a year and I’m already ready to read them both again. My crush on Laurie from Little Women ain’t got nuttin on my crush for Edward the Vampire. Which actually gave me a story idea…but I’ll talk about that later.

So, my dilema is, what do I read next? I’d love to read more books like Libba Bray and Stephenie Meyer’s, but I don’t know where to look. And I need the distraction of reading now more than ever, thanks to work, and the lighter reading I get from Young Adult is fantastic for the distractions I have going on. Help! I brought Grimm’s Fairy Tales (for research) and The Haunted House by Charles Dickens (for fun and because it’s short) with me to work today, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to get into them yet. *sigh*

PS: If you want to submit anything to the zine (reviews, articles, etc) email me at heather at estellasrevenge dot com and I’ll get you hooked up!


mama.JPGAnniversaries can be good. They can be bad. And they can be bittersweet.

This one is bittersweet.

Today is the one year anniversary of my Mama’s death. Many of you were with me during that time of life and were such a comfort with your words of love, comfort and friendship. I can not begin to tell you how much that meant to me…and still does.

It hasn’t been bad so far today. I’ve been dreaming about her a lot lately, and it’s strangely comforting, like we have been visiting together. I only wish I could remember the dreams better. I did my crying early this morning and have been blissfully busy today at work. I am wrapped up in my book, Twilight, and it helps to get me away from the world for awhile. But that huge gap in my heart, that was just starting to…not fill…but slightly easier to live with.

I just miss her so much.

Weekend readings

rebel.jpgWell, I finished Rebel Angels Saturday night. And it was So. Good. Just as good as the first one, if not maybe slightly better. And oh, wow, I do not know how I will last until next fall for the last one. MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. I freaking hate sequels. And love them. Sigh.

Am now devouring Twilight for the third time. I don’t know what it is about this book; it’s simple, little brain power is required, but it’s also hot. No, it’s hawt. With a capital H, Hawt!! I get the finger tingles every time I read it. I just can’t figure out what the attraction is for me.  Is it because I’m so similar to Bella (except for the obvious death wish)?  Is it because I have a semi-crush on Edward? (who is technically older than me which makes it all okay.)  The painful star-crossed love story?  I don’t know, but I am totally enjoying it.   I absolutely can not wait until I finish it and can get on to New Moon. What the heck took me so long???

New play thing

I discovered, thanks to Les, a new site that I have been having tons of fun playing with.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it?  It’s called Shelfari.  It’s rather like LibraryThing, but free.  And it’s neat, because if you go and look at my profile, you can “see” my bookshelf.  That is to say, my books are lined up on “shelves” for display.  You can see the covers.  To my “sucker for a great cover” self, this is awesome.  I totally looooooove it.  I’ve been adding books like crazy.  At first, I was just adding books I actually possessed, but I decided to put everything I’d ever read too.  My list is getting huge!! 

It is still in beta form, so I assume they will be adding more things and changing, but I love it as it is now.  So check it out!  And if you decide to join, please friend me!

Random bits

I received my new issure of Bookmarks yesterday. What is it about this magazine that makes me squeal like a 4 year old on Christmas day?

Oh, maybe it’s the colorful pictures of stacks and stacks of books on the front cover. That could be it.

As usual it is chock full of books, reviews, articles, and ads. This is the only magazine in which I love the ads. I can’t wait to dive into the Anne Tyler article. And there is an article about Naguib Mahfouz, Nobel Prize winning author, whom I had never heard of. And Best Books of 2006, I have to see what I’ve missed! Not to mention the What to Read Next feature, always good for a few books for the TBR list.

In other news, my 3 year old is biligual. Yes, thanks to Dora and Diego, my child can now count to 5 (almost 10, she just skips some) and say Help me! in Spanish. She’s been running around acting like a horse crying “Ayúdeme, ayúdeme!” It’s hilarious. And she’s already smarter than me. I took French in high school and college. And I might remember how to count to 10, but I don’t know that I ever knew how to say Help me! At least we’ll be covered if we ever go to Mexico or Spain!

And, for your weekly helping of cute, I give you Ellie with her birthday present sucker!


Thursday Thirteen


I almost forgot!  Since Amanda at The Blog Jar did it, and I’m not above being a copycat (imitation is the most sincere form of flattery ya know) I will too! Here are 13 classic books I would like read in 2007.

1. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
2. Emma by Jane Austen
3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
4. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
5. A Study in Scarlett by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
7. Evelina by Fanny Burney
8. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
9. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
10. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
11. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
12. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
13. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Only 6, 12  and part of 13 (think I read an abridged version in high school because my new copy is WAY bigger than my old one) would be rereads. Shouldn’t be too hard. Yeah, right! LOL