Where did last week go?

It went by in such a rush!

Had a decent weekend. Didn’t do much of anything Saturday, except read and do laundry. Got a bit further into Don Quixote for the group read coming up at Tilting At Windmills. I like to be ahead because I know I’m going to fall behind! So far it’s not as daunting a read as I was fearing. In fact, I’m finding it quite amusing! I also finished the first story/novella in my Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol 1, A Study in Scarlet. I am finding Holmes to be such a fascinating character! I knew he was smart, obviously, but I had no idea he had such a sense of humor. I read Hound of the Baskervilles in high school, but that was ages ago, so I don’t remember much.  And, sad to say, it probably wasn’t as well taught as I would have liked.  I am loving this almost as much as I love Wilkie!  And that is a lot!

Sunday I decided to pick up something slim that would be a quick, easy read.  I dug out my copy of Incantation by Alice Hoffman, which is very slim and very quick.  I wouldn’t call it such an easy read though.  Typical Hoffman, with mystical influence, but with a  heartbreaking story.  I will try to write up a proper review, along with Witch Child, soon.  That makes 3 books completed for the Once Upon a Time challenge!

I did a little cooking over the weekend too. I got such a craving for fresh bread and butter, so I made some sourdough bread in my bread machine. It was yummmmmmy. And, as I had little groceries, I tried a new recipe for Ginger soup. Look for it on my cooking blog later today (or tomorrow). It was very good too, although I will make a few changes next time I make it.

Don’t forget, new issue of Estella’s Revenge coming out tomorrow! And look for my big surprise (for me anyway!) interview with Joshilyn Jackson, author of gods in Alabama and the soon-to-be-in-paperback, Between, Georgia, and one of my absolute FAVORITE authors. It was such a pleasure to interview her, she’s hilarious. And of course we have lots of other great interviews, articles and reviews!

Writing Meme…

writing.jpgAndi, over at Tripping Toward Lucidity, tagged me with this tasty little meme.

“What’s Your Favorite Type of Writing?” And I should mention, your favorite type of writing to do as opposed to your favorite type of writing to read.

I have thought on this for the last 12 hours and the more I thought on it the easier the answer was for me. I don’t write as much as I used too, but when I do write, I loev to write fiction. I wrote quite a bit when I was in college and one of my regrets is that I did not take a creative writing course while there. Alas, I’m too shy. I used to write quite a bit of fan fiction, which I will not share ;), for fun and practice. And I hate admiting that, but there it is.

I remember when I was younger, around the 7-13 age range, everytime I saw a freshly sharpened pencil I just itched to put it to paper. In a way, I’m still like that now, even though I prefer to write on the computer now. There’s just something so tempting about a fresh blank page and a freshly sharpened pencil. Hmm…the smell of graphite…

I have one YA novel on the go and a short story that has fallen by the wayside. As it the time comes closer for the new baby to get here, I am realizing I’m going to have to learn how to prioritize a little better so that I will have more time to write. I miss doing it. I’m not all that great, I know, but it’s fun.

Now… who to tag… I think I’ll tag Nancy (Bookfool) and Iliana (Bookgirl).


tear.jpgIt’s worse than I thought.

I always take a book with me when I go to take a bath.  Which is a daily (or nearly) occurance.  Always.

Well, this morning, I went into the bathroom, started my water, got my things together, was almost in the tub when I realized – I had forgotten to bring my book.   Gasp!

I figured, since I’m obviously not interested enough in what I’ve been attempting to read, that I would try something new.  So, I went into my “library” (aka, where all the books are) and gazed at my shelves, willing something to jump out at me.  I stroked a couple non-fiction books.  I fondled a couple classics.  I gazed at my YA collection, which I have read most of, when one of them jumped out at me.  It was quite startling 🙂

Witch Child by Celia Rees (which I’ve heard good things about) made it into the bath with me.  As I had to take a quick-for-me bath (I usually stay at least 30 minutes) I only read about 3 chapters.  But what I read was quite good (it’s reminding me of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, which I loved when I was younger) and it’s sort of a smallish book so hopefully I can stick with it.  And, luckily, it should count for the Once Upon a Time challenge since it’s folklore, right?


knitting.jpgIt’s happening again. That I-can’t-really-getting-into-any-book-I-pick-up thing is happening again. Don’t get me wrong, I am loooooving The Moonstone. And the Fantasy collection is good too, I just know it!  But I just can’t get motivated to pick those, or any other books, up!

Part of the problem is, we had the weekend from hell. It rained most of the weekend. The wind howled. And moaned. And our hot water heater apparently exploded. It’s in our basement and somehow, water wound up outside my kitchen window. A lot of water.  About 9 feet up and 15 feet away from the blasted thing. It was a mess. An expensive mess, since we had to replace it. Thank God for uncles! He came and helped the hubby replace it. As a reward, we three took him and my aunt and went out to supper Saturday night. We wanted to go to PF Changs (looooovely Asian), but, since the wait was 2 hours (!) we went to Carrabas (an excellent Italian place) instead. The hubby and I had the Calamari Ricardo and some kind of mushroom ravioli. The calamari was ah-maz-ing; it was so big and tender and delicately fried and the sauce on it was buttery and spicy. We all loved it. The ravioli had a very thick, creamy, cheesy sauce that I probably would have enjoyed if I wasn’t pregnant. It was too rich and heavy for me right now though. Aunt and uncle had the lasagna, which I know from experience is quite good. I wish I had gotten that.

And the kiddo slept through the entire ride over, the entire meal, the entire trip to Super Target, and the entire ride home. She was plum tuckered out!  Then woke up at 8:30 and stayed awake until 12:30!!!  12:30 A.M.!!!

Yesterday was also boring. Still couldn’t read, so I finally finished knitting my new (3 month old) nephew’s blanket.  I forgot to take a picture though and already gave it to him.  Hrrmph. I also started a new blanket for my baby. I’m knitting a quick little blanket with three strands of yard; purple, green, and cream. It looks pretty nice so far.

I also have a new obsession. I have long been a user of Bloglines. Well, I don’t know why it took me so long, but I realized I could add all the food blogs I like to it. In the last for days I have added about 65 feeds and I have many others I want to add. I am addicted. So much lovely food. I hope to start back to my food blog now because I’m dying to start cooking again now!

I wish I knew what to read right now. I’d dearly love to dive headlong into a book and forget where I am for a bit. Any suggestions for a poor girl just looking for a good read?

*Picture complements of the excellent NatalieDee

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails?

baby_blue_pull.jpgWhat are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dog tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

Do you want to know?

I know.

It was pretty obvious.  Not a very shy kid in there.  Legs spread wide.  He looked very….oops, I gave it away.  It’s a boy!!

And yes, everything looked wonderful.  She said I have a healthy little baby in there!

*Edit for update* The Hubby has an interview!!!!!!!  Good thoughts again!!!  Squeeeee!

Cloud Nine!

clouds_0010.jpgYes, I’m on it!  A favorite author of mine has consented to be interviewed, by ME, for Estella’s Revenge!!  I’m so excited!  I haven’t stopped smiling all day.  Well, I did for a second when I found out just how shitty my raise is this year, but then it came back!

So, who is it?  You’ll just have to wait until the next issue of ER comes out, wontchanow?  🙂

Now if only the hubby would find a new job, life would be grand.

Well…almost…I’m nervous too.  Ultrasound tomorrow.  I hope we find out 1) that the baby is fine and 2) the sex!!!  More news on that tomorrow!  Good thoughts (or prayers if you pray them) people!