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Here comes the Rain Again

It is raining, YET AGAIN.  I think all of December has been gray with drizzles.  It is quite depressing, really.  I need a little sunshine in my life!

But Chris and I managed to get out to the supermarket.  And we have a party to go to on New Year’s Eve. Our friends Joanne and Bob are having a small get together.  Joanne is cooking dinner for us!   Yum!

This is the first New Year’s in a long time that I am not spending with my mom. But  I will see her soon enough, in three weeks time.

I know I have been promising a book review.  I am reading, I really and truly am!

I just finished Hidden Moon by James Church, a mystery set in contemporary Korea.  It is an “Inspector O” novel.   I highly enjoyed it.  Inspector O has many problems because the Korean government can’t seem to make up its mind on whether or not they want him to solve a bank robbery.   And what witnesses there are, are not forthcoming.  Plus, they have sidled him with a member of the State Security Department, and the agency that he works for can’t stand the SSD.

The plot moved quickly and there was a great deal of action.   Throw in the possible attempted assasination of a Scottish diplomat, and you get quite a story.  This is James Church’s second novel and it makes me want to go back and read the first.   Very enjoyable.

I started a new novel called “Die With Me” by Elena Forbes.   This one is about a serial killer luring suicidal teen girls to their death from the heights of a balcony in a church.  It is a first novel for Ms. Forbes and it is quite good so far, with a good set of characters in the police force that are working the case.  I am only about 100 pages into it, but definately will keep reading.   This book is just up my alley.

And with all the rain that is coming down continuously, it is a good day to stay in and read. And read. And read.  And that is precisely what I plan to do!  


December 30, 2007 at 8:21 pm 3 comments

Wrapping wrapping wrapping.

I think I am done with wrapping.

Preparing my gifts for my mom and my sister.  This is normally the week that I take off to visit them, but too many people requested off so I was not able to get it.   Usually I am there for New Year’s.  Will have to ask sooner next time.

But it gives me time to get some last minute things done (i.e. get even more presents).  I think I am overcompensating because my sister was sick.  I certainly have a lot of things to give them already.   We tend to give gifts in my family to make things better.   And things will certainly be better now!   Oh, no, I really didn’t overspend.  Just a lot of little things really that I have been collecting since October.   So it’s all good.

I took today off to have a three day weekend.  Not a bad deal, really.   So, I have been playing computer games and wrapping presents and I think I am off to read a little now.  I can FINALLY read adult novels because I read all my children’s books for the committee I am on.    I am not signing up for it next year. It is a fun committee but three years is enough to do in a row.  I need a break!    Plus, I really miss just reading adult novels.    You guys know how I feel about a good mystery.  I have a pile to tackle!  

Incidentally I am feeling quite relaxed.    I like feeling this way.  Chris said that I seem really happy this winter.   I guess I am.  Maybe it is the fact that my sister got better.   I was pretty worried.   And I really can’t wait to see her.  Maybe I will give her a call now.   Hmmm…

Hope you all have happy plans for a new year.  I am going to  a party! 


December 28, 2007 at 5:57 pm 2 comments

Writer’s block; holidaze

I know I have not been great about posting.  I think I am suffering from writer’s block.  I hop on to the ole’ laptop and struggle for something to say.   Anything.  And sometimes I just draw a great big blank.

I even find that sometimes it is hard for me to leave comments.   Again, I am struggling for words.   Not that I need to sound pithy, but I like to add something to the comments already posted.  But I can’t seem to think of anything to say.  Maybe I am just in a quiet mood.  That happens to me sometimes.  I close up into myself.  Maybe I need to bring this up with my therapist!   Maybe she can think of things for me to talk about!  Who knows?

I hope all of you had a great holiday.  Mine was pretty quiet.   Over the weekend, we drove up to Altoona PA to visit Chris’s mom.  It was a nice visit, although his mom  had to work during the day on Saturday.   She did take us out to dinner on Saturday night, which was nice.  Chris and I found this great old fashioned diner for breakfast that I enjoyed immensely.   Then Sunday we headed home.

Monday was quite boring for me, as Chris had to work all day, and then at night he had to be at church to ring handbells for both services so he was gone for most of the night as well.   I would have gone but I don’t like to sit in church for six hours and I also don’t like to sit in church alone on Christmas eve, while Chris is up in the choir loft.  It makes me feel really lonely while everyone sits with family.   I tried it once and ended up in the basement of the church crying.  So it is not a good thing for me.   So, I stayed home and watched “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”, and awesome film and perfect for Christmas Eve good feeling.

Christmas day was low key.  Chris made waffles and I cooked dinner.   Just us two.  I really liked it.  Chris gave me this really cool video game of “Murder on the Orient Express?” where I have to help Poirot solve the crime.  It is pretty fun.  I got Chris an Onion Atlas and a Roy Harryhausen monster movie collection.  He really like them!

Anywho, I have to start getting ready for work.   But I just thought I would check in and see if you are still reading.

I think I might post a book review next.  


December 27, 2007 at 3:46 pm 2 comments

Last minute suggestions and a great website

Just a shameless plug.

 Hurry on to my friend’s site:

Duane is compiling a list of his top 31 albums of the year, and if I do say so myself, Duane has GREAT taste in music.  And his descriptions of the albums are thoughtful and make a good read.

So, if you still need a good stocking stuffer check it out. I have put a few of them on my list!

Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2007 at 12:29 pm 4 comments

Doug and Chris tackle Pinter

This past Saturday Chris and I went to New York.

It was a last minute trip.  The Staff Association at work was taking up a bus for forty bucks a person and they needed us to help fill the bus, so we went.  And I managed to get cheap tickets to a Broadway show!

A Broadway show!

I got tickets to see The Homecoming by Harold Pinter, starring Ian MacShane.    I knew that Pinter was an award winning playwright, and that he had won several Tony’s for the show when it was first produced.   I figured, we needed some culture in our lives so we would give it a go.

It was the most bizarre thing I have ever seen.    My friend told me today that she had read Pinter in a course entitled “theater of the absurd” and I can believe it!   I thought that it might be depressing but it wasn’t really.  What it was was quite odd.

I would try to explain  it all to you but you would really have to see it to really understand what I mean. The good news is that if you are curious, there is a film version made in 1973 and it is available on Netflix so you can rent it.  If you decide to rent it,  get my email so that we can discuss.  I really need to find someone to discuss this one with!

The play itself was really well done and the acting was superb, and if Pinter is your thing you are in for a treat! And I really didn’t dislike the play, one thing that it does do is open up discussion.  You are left feeling that everything you saw might now be exactly what you think.  You start thinking about the dialogue and the play stays with you as you try to dissect it. I guess that is what good theater is all about.  I want to see the film to see if I missed anything.  I also want to try and read more Pinter to try and understand it better.  I guess this is a good thing!

We also wandered around New York, saw the Big Tree at Rockefeller Center, went to Dean and Deluca for cappucino’s and muffins, then went to our favorite restaurant, the Iguana, for lunch.   Then we saw the play nad headed back to Dean and Deluca to get some sandwiches for the long ride home.   We left an hour earier than we were supposed to because the threat of an ice storm that never materialized.   Thank goodness for that!

I hope you all had wonderful weekends!

December 17, 2007 at 10:49 pm 7 comments

Continuing on the theme….

Here is Kylie singing Santa Baby!

Or, Eartha, if you prefer…

Or RuPaul!


December 12, 2007 at 2:35 am 3 comments

All I want for Christmas

Luckily, I don’t have a large list of people that I have to buy prezzies for.

I really just have my mom, my sister and Chris.

Chris wants to get a new computer this year because  his desk top machine is getting rather old and that is all that he wants.    Although desk tops are a little cheaper than they were, I would like him to get a good one and spend the money now so that it will last for several years.  I am going to let him pick out the machine that he wants.   I might go and try and find him some little presents here and there but that will be his main gift.

My mom and sister are almost done.  I bought a few things for them back in October, and found a few things for them on the cruise, so I am off to a good start.   And I am not able to see them until Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   we had too many people off over the Christmas and New Year holidays so I can’t have my regular week off over New Year’s.  And I like to take a week off around a holiday so I get the extra day that I don’t have to use vacation.  So Martin Luther King week it is.  So, if I see some deals in January, I can pick them up.

Neither me, my mom, or my sister have a lot of extra cash anyway, so we only want to be very light and not spend a lot this year.    And when you get to be in your forties, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of things out there that you really want or need.   I have been trying to make up a Christmas list but it is hard.   I mostly like cd’s, dvd’s and sometimes a computer game.  Here is what I came up with so far.

1. A Nintendo DS lite.    And maybe a yoshi or mario game.  (or Zelda)

2.  The Xanadu Broadway soundtrack.

3. The Little Mermaid Broadway Soundtrack.

4. Rufus Wainwright singing Judy Garland on CD.

And, that so far is what I have come up with.    There are a few more cd’s coming out that I could want.   Fill me up with music.  I guess that is the key.

What is on your Holiday List?  



December 10, 2007 at 6:50 pm 5 comments

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