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Wow, work was busy today. I am glad to have a bonus day off tomorrow.
I got a little over excited, and treated myself to two books. Both Longbourn and the new Lionel Shriver, Big Brother, came out in paperback today. Yay!
We had a Cheese Night…. I set out loads of cheese, fruit and savoury crackers, and we’ve picked and nibbled and snacked and it’s been delicious! I am enjoying a few small glasses of wine while we watch films and enjoy the last few hours of the year. I do hopehopehope 2014 will be happier and easier.
A very Happy New Year to you all! xx
I am officially in 2014! Daughter and DS danced to Auld Lang Syne, which I really wish I’d filmed! Love and hugs to all! xxx
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY LEAKY FRIENDS. May 2014 be a year of good health, happiness and good fortune.
Happy New Year to you all. I’ll never make it to midnight so I’ll say it now.
My DS made the chili but didn’t get started until after 3 PM when we finallly returned home from his test. By the time he had it put together it still needed to cook for some time. I did the chopping of the onions, tomatoes and peppers so I still had to make cornbread, slaw, guacamole, and a baked brie when we were supposed to have been leaving to take the food to my parent’s apartment.
So, we called and rescheduled the gathering for tomorrow and went to Cracker Barrell for dinner and came home. We are watching The Sum of All Fears and keeping our furry people company as the fireworks go off.
I am glad to be home. I was tired after waiting for the test from 9 AM until after 2:30 PM, then coming home to cook in a panic..
I have been busy doing part of my New Year’s resolution. That is to keep a neater house. Since I can see better maybe I will keep the dust gone. I have swept the floor and in the process of cleaning my table off again so I can put on a table cloth.
Have I wish everyone a Happy New Year? My daughter’s texted me last night at midnight and my granddaughter di at 2:00 AM.She was having fun but did not tell me what party she was at. Lol I spent the night watching TV Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve. It seems two of my daughter’s were doing the same. They did not go out since they had to work today. I was up very late so did not wake up until 9 AM this morning. It seems I have been doing this a lot over the holidays.
We are heading over to my parent’s apartment with our chili, cornbread, baked brie, guacamole, cheese dip, and cole slaw. We’ll pick my MIL up en route. I hope to be home by early evening. My DS has to go to work in the morning and I have some housework that needs doing before the weekend. We are having the first non-family guest to the house on Saturday since the bedbug incident. My friend who ushered with me at the theatre is coming over to play games and have dinner.
Sorry I haven’t popped in in a while. I haven’t been spending much time online anywhere…it’s amazing how much more I can get done that way, lol! There hasn’t been anything particularly interesting or exciting going on – overall I’m still very happy with my job, I’m still seeing my niece and nephews often (and especially enjoying attending the various sports games a couple of them participate in), and by not spending so much time online, I’m able to enjoy a lot more books and tv shows. So, aside from a few bumps here and there with family health issues, things are going well.
So, I can’t necessarily promise I’ll be here a lot more often (because I usually don’t stick to it when I do), but I thought the start of the new year was a good time to say hello and let you know that I’m always thinking of you all, even when I’m not here regularly. Thank you to everyone who sent holiday cards; I’ve enjoyed them all!
Hello Bookworm Jen!!!! I’m glad you are still enjoying your job. You worked hard to get it and we’re very proud of you. ;)
I seem to be doing nothing productive today. ;)
We’ve had a very quiet day today.
My DS and I didn’t get to bed ’til gone 2am. We sat up talking. Today has been a bit groggy for all of us.
The weather is absolutely filthy……. We took a short trip out to buy a lead my son needs for his computer, and there is a LOT of flooding, not just on the fields where the river has burst it’s banks, but on a lot of the roads too. It was pretty treacherous. We saw evidence of a couple of accidents, and a lucky escape when a tree came down on the other side of the road, just missing a car. I wouldn’t say we were foolhardy to go out, but I was glad to get home again. It was BAD.
I have started Big Brother, by Lionel Shriver. I do very very much admire her as a writer. She always delves so deep, her characters are so rounded and well developed, but she has such a dry wit, I find myself constantly in awe of her writing. She can be very droll, without ever being cruel. She is clever. Her subject matter is always thought provoking and CHALLENGING, both to me as a reader and to society as a whole. Brilliant stuff.
Jen, it’s a delight to see you, and to hear a quick catch up. It would be lovely to see more of you, but yay for all the reading, and the happiness in your job. xx
CoolG, I really should adopt that resolution too. I manage to maintain an adeqate(ish!) level of hygiene, but it would be a huge stretch to call my house neat and tidy!
We were also up until 2.0am but I was reading P.D. James and my DS was watching a stand-up comedian, John Bishop.
Hi, Hufflebug and BWJen. It is good to hear that you are enjoying your job, family and your books.
I watched Terminus starring Tom Hanks, Stanley Tucci and Catherine Zeta Jones. I’ve seen it before and remembered it was very good, but I had forgotten most of the content. Tonight I watched the return of Sherlock, such a treat! My DS won’t watch it, but it is his loss.
Spent a while looking up Terminus until I realized that over here it was called “The Terminal”
Ironsos – it is wierd to think a well known movie here is named differently in another country. I was also going to look for the movie Graymayne mentioned. LOL! :)
We are back home. We drove through a very heavy snowstorm last night to get here. It was pretty heavy at some points were you had zero visibility. Our Guardian Angels worked overtime to get us home safely. :(
HAPPY NEW YEAR!. I know I’m a day late but I was on the road yesterday, :/
My DS had to go to work today. I slept until 8 AM. That is very late for me. The last week has been exhausting and it finally caught up with me.
I have no particular plans for today. That is welcome. My days are going to become packed once Monday arrives.
I knew which movie GRAYMAYNE meant. It never occurred to me a movie might have a different title in the UK than it has here. That is silly of all of us though. We KNOW movies can have different titles as can books. SORCERER’S STONE and PHILOSOPHER’S STONE are an example of that. So, it probably happens more often than we think. I know the first Diana Gabaldon book is called OUTLANDER here and CROSS STITCH in the UK.
ASTI, that is very frightening about the tree coming down while you were on the road. When we have had windstorms or ice storms that is one of the primary ways people die, trees falling on their cars while they are out driving around. Trees can be unstable and they are heavy.
Gee I had to go back and read Asti’s post again about the tree. I missed it the first time. Trees coming down are dangerous.
I cooked a meal for dinner today. I gave my daughter my pot of soup to finish. I was washing the dishes and realized I had a lot of pots and pans. Not only that I had used microwave bowls too. Two plates. I really did not have a lot to put away for another day. I fixed buttered potatores, white beans, corn, and a pasta. I couldn’t think where so many things came from since I always rinse everything off If I don’t wash them. Then I realized this was trash day so I had emptied the fridge. That is where all the things came from to wash.
It has been spitting snow all day. I looked at the weather and saw I won’t be able to go out until Saturday. I am on the last bag of dog food. I usually have a bag in the truck but I don’t know if I brought it in with the other bags. I tried to look thru my windows but they were iced over. I did not try to open the door since it is probably frozen.
We are in for more bad weather. Tonight and tomorrow, a respite on Saturday, and then again on Sunday. I shopped tonight to ensure I do not have to venture out tomorrow if it is bad.
Since we lost the small tree at the back of the garden a few months ago, I cannot stop worrying about the huge old oak that is already half dead. If it falls, and if it falls THIS way, it’ll crush the back bedrooms where the kids sleep. I think about it all the time.
I still feel as if I’m on Christmas break. I was off yesterday, showed up today, and now have another three days off! A few days more before normality kicks in and I have to face the reality of too much month and not enough money!
I am half way through my Lionel Shriver, and am slightly depressed that, on only January 2nd, I am pretty sure that I have already found my book of the year. It’s astonishingly good. She doesn’t waste a single word. Every sentence is layered with meaning.
ASTI, I know it can be expensive but if you are that concerned about the tree maybe you should look into having it taken down. My DS and I pulled down a tree ourselves one time, a very tall, heavy tree. It was quite frightening. Is the tree you are worried about the one on the other side of your back garden fence, the one that is next to the road behind you? It really doesn’t give you much of an option for taking it down, unless you really know what you are doing. It would be too easy to take it down on your fence and house or take it down across the road and obstruct traffic. Is it even your tree? Does it belong to the town? If it belongs to the town I think I would go on record as having pointed out how old, large and what bad shape it is in and ask the town to take it down.
We have been at home all day. I did run out to get my parent’s check for rent to take to the office at their apartment. I also picked up their signed offer for the house across the street. I’ve called the owner of the house for him to come by and pick up the offer.
I’m touched that you would all believe that would not make a mistake in a post with regard to a film title, but I strongly suspect that I did. I don’t remember which channel I was watching so I can’t be absolutely certain. Anyway The Terminal with Tom Cruise I can recommend as being a superb piece of entertainment.
I was so intent on trying to finish Death Comes to Pemberley that I stayed up until 4.0am! I discovered that quite noticeable changes were made to the storyline because the story descends into long explanations which became a little tedious and would have been impossible to film.
I must go to bed, I think that I had better make a belated New Year’s Resolution to go to bed before midnight every night, I’m getting dark shadows under my eyes:(
I have seen the film too. I love Tom Hanks.
My fingers are finally warm. I went outside to get the snow off my truck. I hope the sun will melt the ice now that the snow is off. My ice scraper is inside my truck and I can’t get the door open. If I can’t get it melted then one of my kids will have to go get dog food for me. Tomorrow is going to be 40 but then the tempertaure is going to plummet again.
Hello all! Happy New Year, though it’s a few days late. And Merry Christmas, though it’s more than a few days late. I hope everyone is well and have had a wonderful holiday season!
Graymayne, My mom got Death Comes to Pemberley last year (I think) for Christmas. I’m not a big mystery reader, but I enjoyed it for the most part. This fall I read Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion (after finishing Persuasion). I enjoyed the storyline that followed the original story – it was Austen’s story, just told from Wentworth’s perspective. But then it went into a espionage thriller and I lost my interest.
I am currently reading the Divergent trilogy at the recommendation of PB and am REALLY enjoying it. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the second book – I should finish it up tonight, and hopefully finish up the series by the end of the weekend.
I rediscovered reading and am enjoying it (mostly because I’m not working at night right now). I also read The Other Boleyn Girl over Christmas. It dragged on a bit, but I thought it was quite good. I’m now re-watching the Tudors on Netflix. I also picked up a biography on the Tudors to do some fact-checking.
I have finished Big Brother, and loved it. I am in awe at her writing.
LEW, lovely to see you! I hope all is well with you and yours, that you had a lovely Christmas, and are the wedding plans in full swing?!
Lady Hawke, yes, that is the tree. We’ve been concerned for a while……it drops dead twigs and the occasional small branch often. It is not ours, but no one will take responsibility for it. We’ve rung the local council who say it is the problem of the Highways Agency. The Highways Agency say it belongs to the council…….
Also Lady Hawke, did you see that Elizabeth Jane Howard died yesterday, aged 90? And, are you aware that a fifth book in The Cazelet Chronicles was published in November?
Hi, asti! We did have a very nice Christmas. The fiance came home to Atlanta with me and was able to meet most of my family – he had only met my parents and grandparents before this. It was relaxing and I didn’t do any work – which was SOOO nice.
Wedding plans are definitely in full swing. In fact, they’re pretty much done until June. My mom and I finalized most of the big stuff over Thanksgiving. Over Christmas, the DF and I got our marriage license. There’s not expiration date for license in Georgia, and now we don’t have to worry about it with everything else that will be going on in the few days before the wedding in August. We finalized the guest list, ordered the invitations, and set up our registries. Save the dates will go out on Monday. Hopefully I’ll hear back from the minister I want to marry us in the next 4-6 weeks so that can be finalized (he has to finalize his summer schedule – he’s retired, so he’d be doing me a bit of a favor to fit us in).
Other than that, everything is just about done until June. I’ll go home for a dress fitting, pick and order the cake, and finalize the menu. We still have to do the rehersal dinner invitations, but that’s pretty minor. I’ve emailed my bridesmaids so they know what’s up and which dresses to get. I just have to make sure the DF gets his tux and actually communicates with his groomsmen – which, honestly, I don’t trust him to do. Or at least do correctly.