Archive for September, 2008

A Darker Domain

I recently picked up a Darker Domain by Val McDermid, and boy was I impressed.   The story takes place in the present day but goes back in time to 1984 to a miner’s strike in Fife.    Mick Prentice was a miner but had left his family, seemingly to become a blackleg scab in one of the Southern towns.   But when detective Karen Pirie begins to look more closely at Mick’s desertion, she begins to wonder if that was what really had happened.   Add that to the fact that there was also a clue discovered in the kidnap of Catriona Maclennan Grant, who was murdered and her son Adam was never recovered from the kidnap.  Catriona’s father, Brodie Grant is a rich and powerful man and will stop at nothing to find a solution to the crime, and hopefully find his grandson who has been missing for over 20 years.   But, he is an unpleasant man to deal with, and wants things done his way on his terms. 

Could Mick’s friend Andy Kerr have a key to the solution?  But Andy supposedly committed suicide years before, but strangely, the body was never discovered. 

Val McDermid does it again with this wonderful tale of mystery.   It sucks you in and keeps you reading and she really is a master at taking several plots and weaving them together into a comprehensive whole.   This is  a great book to settle in with now that the weather is getting cooler. 

Unfortunately, it is only available in the U.K. so it has to be imported for those of us on this side of the pond.  Thank God for Amazon!


September 30, 2008 at 11:43 am 4 comments

I can’t get this song out of my head…

It is the Saturdays, with the song “up”.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

September 26, 2008 at 6:01 pm 2 comments

Moving Right Along

I know I have been quiet this week.

I have had some news.

I have been transferred from my branch to another branch in my library system.  Not a big deal.   It happens, and as I have been at my branch for six years, it was time for me to find a new home.   But I will be sad leaving all I know and all my work friends, and have to get used to a new branch, a new staff, and a new desk.

So,  this week I have been taking cardboard boxes and packing up my stuff, and it appears I have collected quite a bit of it.   Some of my items are hanging out on shelves around my desk and I don’t even know if I have shelves at my new branch.   As you might guess, I have a bunch of colorful, silly stuff that live on my desk that are not really work related, but are aspects of my personality and give my work-space a little color.   I hope my new coworkers appreciate that and don’t think that I am nuts!

So, I guess I am a little worried.  I am not big on change.  I like knowing where I am going and what I am expected to be doing and I like everything to move along just so.   And this will be a change.

I do know some of the people I will be working with, not very well, but I am sure I will get to know them better.  And I have a lot of Mad Skillz that a new branch can make use of.

And I definately will do my best to get everyone there reading mystery novels.   Cause everyone likes a mystery, right?

Anyway, I am babbling.

I had a good weekend.  My allergies are off and I have been sniffing and sneezing and feeling really sleepy.

We DID go to Field of Screams on Sunday night with a friend and that was fun.  They have the best and scariest hayride with lots of ghouls.  But the hay is definately not good for my allergies.   But we had a good time even though we stayed up a little bit later than usual and got to bed late and incidentally was a bit tired on Monday.   It was worth it.

We were planning on going to Halloween Park on Friday but it might rain, and standing out in the rain is not very fun.   SO maybe we will postpone that one a little bit.  

Anyway. Better get back to whatever it was I was doing.

Take care!

September 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm 6 comments

Thursday news

Just a short post as I still don’t have much to say.

I broke down and ordered “A Darker Domain” by Val McDermid and “The Birthday Present” by Barbara Vine from the U.K.     As these are two of my favorite authors, I am sure I will be thrilled with them.   A Darker Domain has arrived and I started it this morning.  I will let you know how it goes.

I think I can wait for the new P.D. James “the Private Patient” as it is going to come out over here in November.    I can stick it out til then!

I love getting a new book in the mail.   I work for the library so I don’t purchase too many books anymore, but sometimes I like to treat myself and there is nothing like holding an unopened book in your hands, knowing that you will be the first to crack the spine and dig in.   And they always look so new and shiny! It makes me happy, it surely does.

There is more news that I will get to later.  Today I am just keeping things low key.

Oh, and Halloween weekends start up this weekend! The haunted houses are starting to open.  I have six weeks to get to as many as I can!


September 18, 2008 at 3:53 pm 4 comments

My Boring Life…

I really have had not much to say, so I have been staying mum.

I spent the weekend watching Gossip Girl, and I love it, but I wondered how a couple of 14 year olds could get into a New York bar and drink Martinis on a weekend night.   And they LOOK 14.   Did anybody not notice?  I am suprised they did not get groped by a 40 year old…

I was also reading.

I read “The Likeness” by Tana French.  Loved it.

I read “GenX” by Nicky Singer and I really liked that one, too.

And now I am reading Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks and I like this one as well.

But I am  not going to bore you with a book related post.   My book related posts tend to generate no comments.   But sometimes I just have to talk about them.

Other than that, it has been pretty darn hot for late September.  I really hope the weather starts to cool.  I want to get out and do some fall related stuff and it is just so hot.

And there is no such thing as global warming.

Tell that to the polar bears!

September 16, 2008 at 12:50 am 6 comments

Thursday Thoughts

I am feeling a bit better today.

I was getting behind on my reading for the committee I am on, and that was making me nervous.  When I get upset, I can’t concentrate and reading becomes impossible.   But in the last two days I managed to finish two books and get a good start on a third, and I think I can get some good reading time in this weekend, so I should be back on track.   I will be happy when December comes and I can put the reading behind me and concentrate on my mystery novels!

Work has been so busy that I don’t have time to think of other issues that affect my life, and that seems to be a good thing.   The problem with work being so busy is that when I get home I am so tired that I become useless.   I can only manage to put in a stupid movie and sit and watch it.   But, like all things, this too shall pass and I think things will eventually level out.

The reason that I took the week off in the first place was so that Chris could rent a van and we could drive to my mom’s house and purchase my sisters scooter from them.  Chris always wanted a scooter, and I am so worried about my moms financial situation that I thought that this would be a perfect solution.

I should just keep my nose out of things.

When we got there, after renting a van (and this is not cheap)  Chris discovered that the scooter would not start.   He got upset and started blaming my mom and my sister’s boyfriend for not disclosing this fact and then my mom told him that the store that sold it to her was out of business.   Chris could not be consoled and as we had driven up there on a Saturday, on Sunday he decided that he was leaving to return the van as soon as possible.  And then he left.

I can only think that the whole fiasco is my fault because I should have checked the scooter the last time I was there and had my brilliant idea.  I should have pulled it out and see if it started and I failed to do so.  I could have stopped these problems from happening.

But I am a fixer.  I am always trying to smooth things over, to make things better, to try and make everyone happy.   If my mom could see the scooter she would be happy. If Chris had a scooter, he would be happy.  So I hatched a plan and it backfired.

And the real reason this upsets me so is that I don’t have many people in my life.  I have my mother, my sister and Chris.   I know Chris and my sister cannot ever be together, but I thought that while my sister was away, at least my mom could spend some time with Chris to get to know him better.  And he left so quickly that did not happen. 

Anyway.  That is my side of the story.  And I am sticking to it.  There is more to tell and I might get to it, I might not.  Depends on how I am feeling.

September 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm 4 comments


Yesterday was much better.

I came to work and found about 9 pieces of chocolate that a co-worker left for me hidden on my desk.  I kept finding them all day!

My friend at work bought me a stuffed leopard.  I haven’t named her yet.

And my friend who left the chocolate made me this funny paper ball with the names of all the local restaurants on it.  All I have to do is roll the ball and it tells me where to eat. 

Cause I am always asking “Where do you want to go to dinner?”

I love the people I work with.  I could not ask for a better team of friends.

That makes all the difference.

When I got home I rested and then Chris and I went to Pizza Hut for a pizza and breadsticks.

I love their breadsticks!

Then we watched a movie and I went to bed.

And slept soundly.


September 9, 2008 at 11:50 am 5 comments

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