Saturday, March 17, 2012


Been a few weeks hasn’t it? Hrm.

I haven’t been doing anything out of the ordinary that I can think of …

Let’s see. What in-the-ordinary things have I been doing?

Well, reading, obviously, although I’ve only finished a couple of books lately and I’m not feeling the reviewing mojo at the moment.

I read 11-22-63 by Stephen King which, for me, wasn’t up there with his best. It was readable and the premise was interesting but I found it very easy to put down and walk away.

I also read Engines of God by Jack McDevitt – I seem to be entering a sci-fi reading phase which happens once in a while. It’s the first in a series of books featuring pilot Priscilla Hutchinson (Hutch) and I really loved the premise, which was about finding alien artefacts on long-abandoned worlds and what responsibility do human beings have to long-lost alien cultures?

I really enjoyed that one and I have the second one in the series out of the library.

What else.

Patrick is enrolled in school. Which is a huge shock to my system and he’s not even starting officially until May – lol. He’s having school visits twice a week from now until then, though, which I actually think is a really good idea. He’ll get to know his little classmates and it won’t be such a shock to the system.

His first one is meant to be Tuesday but he’s got an ear infection at the moment that seems to be coming and going so we’re keeping him home tomorrow and Tuesday and taking him to the doctors as early as we can get him in. I’m probably being over-protective but that’s how it is. I’m the mum, therefore what I say goes. :P

I saw Midnight in Paris at the movies on Thursday and oh my gosh what a lovely movie! Even before it had finished I knew it had to be mine because as soon as it was over I wanted to start watching it again – lol. By virtue of Invercargill being a large cultural wasteland, it’s already out on DVD and therefore it is MINE ALL MINE.

I’m working – slowly but surely – on my room; turning it into a kind of escape from the boys/cats where I can just come and kick back and read. It’s getting there, but I have a couple of corners that still need to be cleared out. I cleaned off my dressing table and I now have only seven things on there so my brain is going “hmmmm … minimalism” (that’s very minimalistic for me. I have crap everywhere).

I’m musing on whether I can pare everything down and just have three bookcases – two for books and one for DVDs/cross-stitch stuff/sundries. I’d really really like that but it means getting rid of a fuck-ton of books.

My cross-stitch rotation is going well although I haven’t done much lately – mostly lately at night I’ve been mooching on twitter and watching crap TV. They both have their place but you can overdo it and I do believe I have.  I have Stuff To Do.

I started Clash of Kings and I’m loving it – just waiting for the body count to start tallying up. It can’t be long now – I’m already about 100 pages in. I’m still picking away at Bleak House on my eReader and it’s still fascinating, even though I truly have no idea what’s happening. I’m also about to start Taken by Robert Crais – it’s a review book for work so that’ll become my lunchtime read. 

I do believe that’s all I have. How’s it hanging, blog-world? :D


rhapsodyinbooks said...

I started the Hutch series and really liked it until maybe the 4th or so when it seemed to peter out, for me anyway! But I like the author.

I had trouble with 11/22/63 until the last part - the romance part! The other part didn't appeal to me as much, but I'm always big on doomed romance!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I was stuck back on a "fuck-ton" of books. That sounds like a lot. ;) Unfortunately, I can relate.

Kailana said...

Time flies! I hope Patrick enjoys school. :) When I was little I used to have ear infections like crazy, so I can relate to what he is going through. I hope he feels better soon!

Jenny said...

In solidarity with your bookshelf space plight I will say this: Getting rid of a fuck-ton of books is sad but it can feel very cleansing.

Maree said...

Rhapsody: I've just discovered Mr McDevitt, so I'm looking forward to more :-)

unifinishedperson :P :P It's A LOT of books. A. LOT. *Sigh*

Kailana: Thank you, me too. I never had them but they do lay him low when he gets them.

Jenny: It IS sad! But I think it needs to be done, it's rather out of hand ...

Kristen M. said...

I just nodded my head through your whole post! Remembering those feelings of sending Z off to school ... love, love, loving Midnight in Paris ... getting rid of all the crap that is cluttering up my house (including some books, of course) ... feeling guilty about all of the Stuff to Do when I just spend my time doing crap on the computer. Yes, I can definitely relate to this post! LOL! But I'm doing okay so you must be doing okay too. :)

Debi said...

Hope Patrick is feeling better soon!!!

Sort of sad to hear that 11-22-63 isn't more unputdownable. I so wanted to read that one this year, but I think I'm way too distractible as of late (okay, longer than 'as of late') to stick with it if it's not thoroughly compelling.

Oooh, I like the idea of a personal escape room!!! Though the idea of getting rid of a fuck-ton of books is somewhat distressful. I know that kind of thing must be done sometimes, but that doesn't make it hurt any less, does it?

Care said...

I miss you!

Maree said...

Care!! I miss you too DD: