Archive | March, 2011

A Long Sabbatical

28 Mar

Yes, I know.  I have failed in my Post A Day challenge.  I don’t want to make excuses, but I have few anyways!

Currently, I have no internet access at my home.  It’s a long story that involves a serious love/hate relationship between me and my internet service provider.  So, for now I am having to hoof it to the library if I want to use the internet.  And when I say “hoof it”, I mean that literally.  Paige and I share a vehicle and she is gone most of the day working which leaves me and my two legs for transportation.

It’s not like the library is far.  Actually, it is probably less than a quarter-mile from my house.  I’m just lazy.  Yup, that’s right, just plain ol’ lazy! Well, not all of it is laziness, some of it is fear.  I don’t live in the best part of town, if you know what I mean, and I am the worlds most paranoid person.  It takes me forever to fall asleep at night because every rustle of the leaves, creak, or any other noise sends me into a paranoid frenzy. It really is a serious problem.

Anyway, maybe I will start walking up to the library every day just so I can get my posts done. At least it would give me a bit of exercise too.  Killing two birds with one stone.  I suppose if I didn’t make it to the library every day I could use my Blackberry.  I do have the WordPress App installed, but for me, I think its useless.  Sorry if I offend anyone, but it’s really difficult to use.  I can’t get pictures exactly where I want them, I hate the “phone draft” thing, and you have to constantly refresh the app to have all your drafts current.  Maybe its just me, but I just don’t like it.  Not to mention, typing a whole post using the tiny little keyboard is annoying.

So there you have it. My not so good excuses for not posting everyday.  I will seriously make the effort to post everyday even though it’s a bit more difficult.  I really have missed blogging.


Oh Books, How I’ve Missed You

3 Mar

I wrote a post a few weeks back about wanting to read more. After all, I do want to read 20 books this year. Finally, I have gotten into the routine of reading. As a matter of fact, I’m reading 2 different books-one fiction and one non-fiction.

First, I began reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Actually, Paige and I read it together before we go to bed-I read out loud while she tries to doze off. Cheesy, I know, but its a wonderful bedtime routine.

Anyway. The first time I heard about the book was because of the movie. Now it is one of my favorites. I took the advice of one of my readers ,neuroticnotes, and she suggested I start with a book that was made into a movie I like. It was definitely a good place to start because I’m thoroughly enjoying the book.

Since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is my bedtime story I decided to read something else while Paige is busy working. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson is what I picked. Now, I had never heard of the book until I went to NYC a few months ago. Seriously, every time I stepped on to a train at least 5 people were reading this book.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of 3 books. The other two are The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. From what I understand the author, Stieg Larsson, died shortly after delivering the manuscripts for the last 2 books and these are the only books he wrote.

Thus far I’ve made it through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it was amazing. I finally understand what the fuss has been about! Now, I’m about a quarter of the way through with The Girl Who Played with Fire and it is hard to stop reading it.

I definitely suggest all of these books. If you like crime fiction and non-fiction, then these books are worth a read.

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