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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I write stories in my head all the time.  I see a leaf of odd colors and I make up a story about the leaf.  I see a house that doesn’t quite fit the neighborhood and I make up a story about the occupants. If I were a writer, this is the book I would write.  I would have this type of storyline, in this type of setting, with these characters saying most of these same things. 

I believe this is her first nationally (internationally?) published book, and really what a promising start!  The story is a cross between Practical Magic and a Mary Stewart short novel.  One specifically springs to mind.  A couple of times the story went to a predictable point but I can forgive that.  This is a fast read, with characters you’ll know quickly.  Light and easy with nothing to offend.  I can’t wait to get my hands on her second book. 

 

Twilight – the movie.

My sister and I went to see this today.  All of you who didn’t fall prey to the phenom go ahead and get your guffaws out of the way now.  I really enjoyed the books, and so I was scared to see the movie.  Even more so after I saw the Today show interview with the two stars who played Bella and Edward.  They were gawky and uninspiring to say the least.  Then to see the pipe toking actress a few days later just about did me in.  I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get over the image of that and be able to suspend reality and enjoy the movie.  I’m happy to say I was wrong.  I enjoyed the movie!  It had a great feel.  Sort of like the book I just read, not to heavy, but enough story to keep you interested.  I think the casting was spot on.  I’ll be waiting patiently for the next one!

I don’t know if I would bother if you’re not a fan of the books, or a young girl.  I’m just not sure it will have the same impact.

More opinions than you really need.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I write stories in my head all the time.  I see a leaf of odd colors and I make up a story about the leaf.  I see a house that doesn’t quite fit the neighborhood and I make up a story about the occupants. If I were a writer, this is the book I would write.  I would have this type of storyline, in this type of setting, with these characters saying most of these same things. 

I believe this is her first nationally (internationally?) published book, and really what a promising start!  The story is a cross between Practical Magic and a Mary Stewart short novel.  One specifically springs to mind.  A couple of times the story went to a predictable point but I can forgive that.  This is a fast read, with characters you’ll know quickly.  Light and easy with nothing to offend.  I can’t wait to get my hands on her second book.

 

Twilight – the movie.

My sister and I went to see this today.  All of you who didn’t fall prey to the phenom go ahead and get your guffaws out of the way now.  I really enjoyed the books, and so I was scared to see the movie.  Even more so after I saw the Today show interview with the two stars who played Bella and Edward.  They were gawky and uninspiring to say the least.  Then to see the pipe toking actress a few days later just about did me in.  I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get over the image of that and be able to suspend reality and enjoy the movie.  I’m happy to say I was wrong.  I enjoyed the movie!  It had a great feel.  Sort of like the book I just read, not to heavy, but enough story to keep you interested.  I think the casting was spot on.  I’ll be waiting patiently for the next one!

I don’t know if I would bother if you’re not a fan of the books, or a young girl.  I’m just not sure it will have the same impact.

I do so love a new book.

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Protected post! 

Only cause it  has pictures of my nieces. 🙂

 

Bed Blogging

It’s one of those glorious mornings.  The beagle and I lying in bed with coffee on the table and laptop on the lap.   The beagle is keeping my feet warm, and the laptop is keeping my lap warm.
Thanksgiving today will be at my sisters at 3.  Attending will be my sister,her girls and her beau, my husband and myself our two kids (adults) and one guyfriend. My sister will do all of the cooking and cleaning, we’ll eat, laugh and then play on the Wii.  No muss, no fuss, no pressure.
OMG!  Kevin Bacon as Jorge!  The tv is on and Beauty Shop just came on.  No matter what else happens, it was worth the 10 seconds of Kevin Bacon.
I’ve been stalking auctions online for the last couple of weeks.  Admittedly it’s an obsession.  I’ll get over it. Yesterday I bought a painting.  I don’t know what came over me.  I saw it and it just struck me.  It’s a watercolor.  It is damaged, but it’s difficult to tell how damaged from the photo.  So I bid on this painting, not much, then I went to lunch.  Came back and the other person who had been bidding did not up their bid.  Painting is mine.  Then I went online and googled the artist, you never know right?  As Emeril would say BAM!  The names shows up quite a few places.  I found a couple more paintings with images at other auction houses and it’s definitely the same artist.  You can tell by the style and color.  Now, my painting is probably worth less than I paid for it (almost nothing) because of the damage, but still that’s cool.  I bought myself a famous artist painting. I hope it strikes me the same way in person as it did online.  I like paintings that make you feel something.
The first think I ever bought on instinct was a music box.  I love music boxes but I don’t own many.  I bought a little funny one a few years ago for $3.00 and $5.00 shipping.  It’s cute, and it works, no markings or tags.  I just liked it.
Last night while showing my husband the painting that was about to move in with us, I typed in music box on a whim and found another one that matches the one I bought.  This one has tags on it though.  And that tag says Reuge, good maker.  I’ve bid on the matching one now too.  $8.00 for a $100.00 music box, not a bad deal.  Of course if I were smart, I would turn around and put them on ebay, but here’s the thing, I can’t.  I just like them.
Someday when I’m old I’ll give them to my great-grandchilren and let them sell them all.  Let them get some money from them.
Today I feel good.  I hope everyone who wanders in here feels good, and has a wonderful day.  I am full of so much hope and joy today that I believe it may be radiating a few states away.

 

 

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Security Breach! Security Breach!

   No flights of fancy today!  Instead we’ll talk soup.  I think soup is the perfect work food.  I go through stages where I eat soup on a daily basis.  I loved the thought of the Progresso Light Soups when they first came out.  However I found them disappointing.  Great calorie count, but the flavor was lacking.  It just didn’t have any depth to it.  I found a new one last week that I am eating RIGHT NOW and it’s quite the pleasant surprise.  I’m eating Homestyle Vegetable and Rice.  They finally made one with a little thickness to the broth.  Now, it’s still pretty thin but they’re on the right track.

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I really like the flavor of the chunky soups. mmmm mmm Good!

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But for some reason I always feel slightly nauseated after eating them. Strange isn’t it?

Least appetizing website, but my favorite candy bar!  I have one broken into little pieces in the freezer here.  I’ll probably have a chunk after my soup.  Hmm, Even the picture didn’t copy right!  Almonds and toffee.

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I talk about food too much, don’t I?  I don’t know why.   Soups gone, off to work again.

 

 

May you be blessed and healed.

May you see the light that shines in you and around you.

May you always know that you are loved.

 

 

Brain Hiccup

What would happen if a long time ago when you were a teenager, let’s say 16 years old, one day you were getting ready for school and you were standing there blow drying your hair kind of drifting away, as 16 year old girls tend to do and suddenly you realized your feet weren’t touching the ground.  I mean literally not touching the ground.  You look down and you can clearly see your feet a few inches off the ground.  You kind of push with your toes and you can see your foot flexing, and your toes now pointing down, but still, no floor touching them.  You rotate your foot, and now your heel is pointing down and you can move the front of your feet back and forth, side to side like windshield wipers, but still no floor touching them.

You start to think, I wonder if I can push up.  Will I go even higher?  If that doesn’t work, maybe if I point the blow dryer towards the floor the downdraft will push me up?  That’s when you realize you’re holding the blow dryer it’s running and it’s pointing at your ear.  You shift, and turn the blow dryer off, you feel a little tap, and now you realize you’re standing on the floor.  Never to lift up again.

How badly would that screw with you?  For how many years would you try to do it again?  How often would you have that internal discussion with yourself, am I crazy?  Did I hallucinate it?  Was I asleep, or did I have a seizure?  Or was it some grand cosmic moment where the laws of physics bent for a just a moment and I was in the right place at the right time.  How many times and in how many ways would you try to duplicate the exact same circumstances to try and achieve the same result.  As you go through your life how many other changes would take place because of this lone two minute incident?  Would you start experimenting with drugs to see if you can replicate the feeling?  Would you investigate various religions or philosophies to try and find a explanation?  Would you ever be able to trust your own senses again?  Such a small thing really, a tiny little incident, but it could alter your entire perception of life.

This is what I was thinking about last night after my husband and I had a discussion about repressed memories.  He believes if you have something you can’t remember, there is a reason, and you should never try to get it back.  I started thinking of odd things you could repress.

 

 

Dinner

 Tonight  I went here:

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And I ate this:

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OH MY GOODNESS!!

It was fantastic.  I want to eat there often! Sadly I would be fat and BROKE if we did!

 

Shake your blog thing, blog thing, oh yeah.

So many stories, so little memory.

Last week my immediate boss came into town.  I like her and I think she enjoys my company as well.  By the end of the week she was touching my arm a lot.  It was kinda cute.  Then at the end of last week her boss came into town, and also an engineer from our Texas office.  On Monday another techie from Texas came in and then we had one big old happy family until yesterday afternoon.  Today it’s just two of us in the office.  Tomorrow one of the founders of the company will show up and spend the day with us.  That’s the day I’m really not looking forward to.  I’ve never met him.

I’m trying to think if anything happened worth relating.  Mostly it was all just training and working and talking and blah blah…Oh!  Got one. so my 5’8″ Blond Swedish boss and I run to Jimmy Johns to grab some sandwiches.  She has a very pronounced Swedish accent (obviously!) and it’s fun to listen to.  She orders some sandwiches and the guy behind the counter asks her if she’s from Italy.  She had the most startled look on her face.  It made me laugh.  I mean, I guess if you’ve never heard an Italian accent and a Swedish accent you wouldn’t know.  But really she couldn’t look or sound less Italian.  We had Paneras, Appplebees, Jimmy Johns (twice) Red Robin, Biggbys  and Bravo’s.  And those are just the places that I went with them! Goodness.  Hard to believe I’m having issues with my weight, isn’t it?

I had some extra duties added onto my list, but they are good ones and well suited to my strengths.  If they had come with a pay raise it would have been a promotion. 😉

Did you know, that in Swedish companies, it’s very common to have reverse bonuses?  It’s not what they call them, but it’s what they are.  They give you a rate of pay, and then a number, say 15%.  Every quarter, or half or year you have goals.  Then they determine how much of a percentage of your goals you achieved. The amount you didn’t achieve is then what determines what percentage of that 15% of your salary you LOSE!  So they do punitive instead of reward.  It’s very odd.  They do not do it in America becuase they realize how bad it could be!  How demoralizing.  Every quarter they are reminded of how much they have failed.  It all started because of their tax laws and the way they apply to salary versus bonus. 

It’s day 2 of a W00t off.  I haven’t bought anything.  I’m giving my daughter my artificial Christmas Tree and buying myself a little tiny one.  yup, I have become that person. 

I have a reoccurring fear that I’m going to be one of those post menopausal, had her tubes tied women you see in the enquirer (not that I read it) that one days doesn’t feel good, goes to the emergency room, and gives birth.   Why, you ask.  I don’t know.

 

 

 

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