Archive for October, 2009

prends la vie comme il vient

Hello all, realized it’s been a bit since my last post. Not too much has been going on. Found out the really difficult interview I transcribed was the incorrect one, so I redid it today. This particular interview was much easier. Need to send it in to my museum contact. And then I can get a paycheck, enough for gas money I suppose.

I have finished two books since I last wrote: The Book Lover’s Cookbook by Shaunda Wenger and Janet Jensen and Dracula’s Heir by Sam Stall. I’m still typing up the recipes I found in the cookbook (in a recently found free mac recipe program on the web, love it!) It’s currently still marked with a few dozen post-it notes, haha. Dracula’s Heir is an “interactive mystery” that a coworker of mine had placed in a Vampire end-cap display. It was interesting, and cute. Interactive because it has pull-out photos and letters that you use to piece together the final mystery.

I forgot to mention, but I also found out that I’m going to be an “uncle” for the third Babytime. “Uncle” because not true blood relation, but the children of one of my best friends from high school. Jenifer and her husband Joey currently live in Indiana, which is completely unacceptable as it is too far for me to spend time with them and spoil my nephy-poos, as I like to call their 2 sons, EthanSean and Ethan and Sean. So this will be baby #3, his or her ultrasound photo shows you that the pregnancy is still early; I believe Jenifer said s/he was over an inch long at the moment and she’s about 2 1/2 months pregnant, around 10 weeks I believe. They’re hoping for a girl, as evident by the fact that they’ve already agreed on a girl’s name, but not a boy’s name, haha. We’ll see, got about another 2 1/2 months to go before they know the sex. But I’m so excited, just wish I could see them more!

That’s all for now. Going to type up some more recipes and hoping to rearrange my room tomorrow (these are the thrills of recent graduates working part-time and living with their parents). Oh, and my Dad apparently just finished his final exam for his online Psych course, and most likely will be getting an A, so yay him! Means his company will reimburse him for the course (he’s working on his bachelor’s degree in Nuclear engineering (I think) and has most of the requisites done through his jobs, now working on all his electives).

Alright, definitely going now, toodles!

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Musing Mondays

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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about books on your wishlist….

Last week we talked about keeping a wishlist. Why not pull out that list and show us some of the books you’ve been eyeing?

Like a lot of people I have both a TBR pile and a wishlist, though apparently I differ in what constitutes both of those piles. My TBR pile is composed of books I have bought, received, swapped, etc. and haven’t yet had the opportunity to read. My wishlist is composed of books I’d like to read or own. I’m planning on only posting 5 books here, but knowing me, I might do more. Here goes:

undead-and-unwedUndead and Unwed – Betsy the Vampire Queen “Undead” Series by Mary Janice Davidson. I’ve heard really great things about this series from my patrons at the library, sounds like just the series to comfort me while I wait for the next Sookie Stackhouse novel!

Homework for Grown-Ups: Everything you Learned at School and Promptly Forgot by E. Foley

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Even though I’m only 22, I know I’ve forgotten tons of information from grade school, and this looked like an interesting read to see how much I’ve forgotten.

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

angels-game I loved Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind, and this looks to be another great book from him.

Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns  Florey

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As I’ve mentioned before on here, I’m a bit of a pen and handwriting nerd, so this book is right up my alley.

imgme-talk-pretty-one-day2Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Since I love Augusten Burroughs’ memoirs, my friends constantly tell me I need to read David Sedaris. I just received his first 2 memoirs via PaperBackSwap the other day, so hopefully I shall get to see what all the fuss is about soon.

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure by Joseph C. Jenkinsthe_humanure_handbook_a_guide_to_composting_human_manure_third_edition-img-0964425831

Back when I was a shelver at UVA, this book passed through my hands and I was immediately intrigued. I’m environmentally-inclined and have genuinely wondered why human manure has never been composted, recycled, etc. Though I’m sure few others share my curiosity in this matter, haha.

cradle_to_cradleCradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Another environmentally-themed book. I became acquainted with Mr. McDonough by watching one of his lectures on TED.com Ideas Worth Spreading, a great nonprofit that posts videos of lectures and talks from the greatest minds on the latest in technology, entertainment and design. I loved McDonough’s speech, and then discovered that he was a big time architect, as well as a professor of architectural design at my own UVA! Very intelligent man with wonderful and creative ideas on how to more intelligently design more environmentally friendly buildings and products.

After going through my list, I noticed that I mostly posted non fiction books, which I find amusing because there is a ton of fiction I want to read, but apparently these NF titles caught my eye more for posting than the other titles. Interesting. What books do you have on your wishlist(s)?

Dead and Gone 

Hope everyone is doing well on this lovely October Sunday. I am being comfortably lazy while my family is at the Fall Festival in Newport News (I went yesterday, so no need to go today). Finished up Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris, and unfortunately, was not terribly impressed. Review:

I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed with this book. First, not much happens in the first 2/3 of the book, 2 deaths and that’s about it. A lot was stuffed into the last third, and it was pretty intense. So many people die, and the introduction of the faeries into the series is over – what was the point? I would love for them to stay in the story, but Harris has sealed them off which I find highly disappointing. I agree with others that the novel was a tad rushed. Harris usually explains developments a lot more than she did here, but now everything seems to be a blip and “oh well”. Also Sookie is not as strong of a character anymore; she’s confused, she dwells too much, in all honesty she’s becoming more like the Sookie portrayed by Anna Paquin in True Blood, which is not a good thing, at all. I really hope Harris does a lot better with the next book, I love this series too much for it to just fizzle out into the ranks of other mediocre fantasy/vampire literature.

Never thought I’d say something that critical of a book from this series. I’ll concede to Harris, though, the Sookie Stackhouse series is not the only thing she writes, and a mediocre book pops out from time-to-time. Just a warning though: Do not disappoint me with the next book Charlaine, I will be most displeased!

The Art Thief

I finished The Art Thief yesterday. I’d say it was another good or average novel. The glimpses into art history and iconography were fascinating, as well as the lapses in French and Italian (which I absolutely love), however, the structure (I guess?) was odd. A lot of dialogue and monologue which I found un peu bizarre. And while I thought the ending was a bit of a twist, others may have figured it out much earlier.

I know, kind of a piddly review, but can’t really figure out what more to say about this novel.

ArtThiefNCharneyThe Art Thief by Noah Charney